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The Latest: Turkey says its army convoy targeted in Syria
News ImageTurkey says airstrikes have targeted a Turkish military convoy in Syria, killing at least three civilians. The Defense Ministry says 12 other civilians were wounded in Monday's strikes, which took place as the Turkish convoy was heading toward a Turkish observation post in the Syrian rebel-held stronghold of Idlib. Turkey has 12 observation posts in and on the edge of Idlib as part of an agreement reached with Russia.
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 07:56:27 -0400
Iran Warns U.S. Against Seizing Oil Tanker Headed to Greece
News Image(Bloomberg) -- Iran warned the U.S. against apprehending a supertanker carrying the Middle East countrys oil and said it couldnt be clear on the ships ultimate destination, leaving the fate of the vessel uncertain as it sailed into the Mediterranean Sea from Gibraltar, where it had been detained.The tanker, formerly called the Grace 1 and re-named the Adrian Darya 1, was signaling Kalamata, Greece -- at least for now -- with an arrival date of Aug. 26, according to tanker-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg at 5:25 p.m. London time. It had previously been showing an arrival date of Aug. 25.The vessel left Gibraltar Sunday night after being detained there since early July, when British forces seized it on suspicion of carrying oil to Syria in violation of European sanctions. The U.S., which has sanctions against Iran, is seeking to prevent anyone from doing business with the ship.Iranian Crude Tanker Leaves Gibraltar Waters: What Happens Next?U.S. sanctions mean Iran cannot be very transparent about the destination of the tanker, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said at a press conference in Helsinki. He said the U.S. is trying to bully others from purchasing our oil and that he hopes the release of the vessel will de-escalate tensions in the Persian Gulf.A spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council didnt immediately respond to a request for comment.The incident is one of several in recent months that have strained relations between Iran and the West, following the U.S. reinstatement of sanctions on the Islamic Republic last year. Iran has maintained that the ships original detention on July 4 was unlawful. The Persian Gulf state continues to hold a U.K.-flagged tanker, the Stena Impero. Aggression in the region has threatened shipping in recent months in the Strait of Hormuz, the worlds most critical waterway for oil supplies.The U.S. surely cant seize the Iranian tanker and, if it does, it would pose a threat to international maritime security, Irans Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said. Iran warned the U.S. via diplomatic channels, including Switzerland, against interfering with the tanker, in international waters, Mousavi said at a news conference in Tehran. Swiss diplomats serve as interlocutors between the U.S. and Iran.Destination UnclearIts not known where the Iranian vessel is ultimately headed. Greek authorities havent received formal notification that the vessel intends to head to a port in the country, according to a spokesman for Greeces coast guard. Kalamatas port usually serves pleasure craft like sailboats and cruise ships, data compiled by Bloomberg show.The waters off Kalamata could be a possible location for ship-to-ship cargo transfers, according to two vessel brokers without specific information about the tankers plans. A ships destination is entered manually into its Automatic Identification System and is picked up by vessel-tracking. The destinations can be altered multiple times on the same journey.Gibraltar rejected an attempt by the U.S. to block the Iranian supertanker, saying that EU regulations dont allow it to seek a court order to detain the vessel.U.S. ComplaintA complaint unsealed in Washington stated that Oil Tanker Grace 1, all petroleum aboard it and $995,000 are subject to forfeiture, according to a Justice Department statement. The statement alleges a scheme to unlawfully access the U.S. financial system to support illicit shipments of oil from Iran to Syria in violation of U.S. sanctions, money laundering and terrorism statutes.Gibraltar last week released the vessel, after the government said Iran had provided assurances that the ship would not sail to a destination sanctioned by the EU. In response, the U.S. said it was gravely disappointed with Britain, and it warned that ports, banks and anyone else who does business with the vessel or its crew might be subject to sanctions, according to two administration officials.(Updates vessels estimated arrival date in second paragraph, request for comment in fifth. An earlier version of this story included an incorrect spelling for a port official in Kalamata, Greece.)\--With assistance from Serene Cheong, Anthony DiPaola, Alex Longley, Julian Lee, Paul Tugwell, Kati Pohjanpalo and Nick Wadhams.To contact the reporters on this story: Brian Wingfield in London at bwingfield3@bloomberg.net;Arsalan Shahla in Tehran at ashahla@bloomberg.net;Verity Ratcliffe in Dubai at vratcliffe1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaric Nightingale at anightingal1@bloomberg.net, Brian Wingfield, Rachel GrahamFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:58:54 -0400
A man walked into a sheriff's office and said he killed his daughter that day, police say
News ImageA North Carolina father told a dispatcher that he was there to turn himself in for murder. The victim was his 15-year-old daughter.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:07:10 -0400
Mexican man facing voter fraud trial in Sacramento. Hes a Trump supporter
News ImageFor years, President Trump has claimed that millions of noncitizens voted in the 2016 presidential election, unfairly skewing his vote as Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College.
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:03:22 -0400
CNN Pundits Bodyguard Charged with Assault after Removing Reporter Covering Her Speech
News ImageCNN pundit April Ryan's security guard has been charged with assault after he forcibly removed a local New Jersey reporter from an event at which Ryan was delivering a speech.Charlie Kravotil, editor ofNew Brunswick Today,claims that Ryan's bodyguard, 30-year-old Joel Morris, approached him during Ryan's speech at The Heldrich Hotel on August 3 and stole his camera after he refused to stop filming.A video of the incident shows Kravotil, who secured press credentials for the event, following Morris into the lobby of the hotel to retrieve his camera. After the local journalist reclaimed his camera, Morris grabbed his arm, placed it behind his back, and shoved him out of the hotel.Morris has been charged with harassment, assault, and theft in connection with the incident.Kravotil says he was invited to the event and was allowed to film for roughly two hours before Ryan took the stage to deliver a speech, at which point Morris stole his camera but allowed other people in the room to continue filming. He called on Ryan to apologize for the incident in a Monday tweet.Shes been silent about the unacceptable and illegal behavior of her bodyguard, Joel Morris, and we are still waiting for her comment on this unfortunate incident, Kravotil said in a video posted to Twitter. Maybe now that there are criminal charges, we might hear something from her. I hope, sincerely, that she does comment and I hope she does condemn this. This is unacceptable. . . . In our country, we have freedom of the press.Ryan is a vociferous critic of President Trump and routinely disparages him for his rhetorical attacks on the press, even authoring a book on the subject last year entitled Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:59:00 -0400
Now You Can Buy Your Very Own F-16 Fighter Jet
News ImageIs $8.5 million a lot of money for an old jet? That depends.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:51:00 -0400
Rescued migrants disembark as Italy justice probes Salvini
News ImageEighty-three migrants rescued at sea by the Open Arms disembarked early Wednesday from the charity rescue vessel in Italy's Lampedusa island, television images showed, after Italian justice ordered they be brought ashore. The boat had spent six days anchored off Lampedusa before a local prosecutor ordered their disembarkment amid a probe of far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for forbidding their entry to port. Salvini, who may be out of a job on Wednesday after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned in protest at the League leader's bid to bring the government down, has forbidden all NGO rescue boats from entering Italian ports.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:52:51 -0400
2005 Ford GT: America's Homegrown Supercar
News ImageDon't miss the opportunity to own this rare American supercar. The first generation run of the Ford GT quickly propelled the car into American supercar status, and it all started with a 2005 Ford GT, just like this one up for grabs. This mid-engine beauty is a part of the limited production first year run, and its super low mileage as a bonus, making it an ideal modern classic collectible.When Ford came up with the idea to release a street legal supercar under their moniker, they were inspired by the iconic GT40, four time consecutive champion of the "24 Hours of LeMans. It is built using a lightweight aluminum space frame and body, and a powerful 5.4-liter supercharged engine carries the lightweight body effortlessly.The mid-engine powertrain funnels 550-horsepower and 500 ft/lbs of torque through a six-speed manual transmission, and gives the car the ability to sprint to 60 miles per hour in approximately 3.3-seconds, with a top speed of almost 200 mph.Ford limited production on this model to keep it exclusive, and thats turned it into a highly sought after collectible. With only 1900 total 2005 Ford GTs produced, finding one for sale isnt always an easy task, but this example from Triple F Automotive is a perfect choice, with only 1400 miles on the clock.Check it out now and see the adhighlights below.Ad Highlights:-5.4-Liter DOHC Supercharged/Intercooled Aluminum V8 Engine-Ricardo Six-Speed Manual Transmission -Helical Limited-Slip Differential-Twin Plate Clutch Setup-Six-Spoke Aluminum Wheels-Goodyear F1 Eagle Tires ( 18-Inch Front/19-Inch Rear)-Brembo Vented Disc Brakes with Optional Grey 4 Piston Aluminum Calipers-Four Channel Anti-Lock Brake System-Air Conditioning-Power Windows/Seats/ Mirrors-Leather Bucket Seats & Interior Trim-Keyless Remote-Driving Lamps-Tilt-Telescopic Steering-Optional McIntosh Audio Option: AM FM/CD-8-inch Subwoofer-A-Pillar Speakers
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:23:44 -0400
Woman in video of Prince Andrew at Jeffrey Epstein's house is daughter of ex-Australian prime minister
News ImageThe daughter of a former Australian prime minister was drawn into the scandal surrounding the Duke of York as it was claimed that Jeffrey Epstein boasted about his friendship with the royal to his alleged victims. Katherine Keating, 37, was identified as the mystery brunette seen waving goodbye to the Duke as she left Epstein's house in New York in 2010. Meanwhile, three new alleged victims sued Epstein's estate for damages. One of them claimed Epstein "bragged" about his connection to the Duke, and "controlled" a series of powerful people, threatening them on the phone. Hundreds of people connected to Epstein, and his friend Ghislaine Maxwell, through the New York social scene, are now facing questions over why they did not raise the alarm about the paedophile. Ms Keating is the daughter of Paul Keating, the former Australian prime minister who gained notoriety in the UK in 1992 when he put his arm around the Queen. The breach of protocol led to him being dubbed the "Lizard of Oz." His daughter is a former adviser to the New South Wales government and familiar face in New York society. The video footage showed a young blonde woman leaving Epstein's mansion with him. She shivered in the cold, before going back inside. Later, Ms Keating could be seen departing as the Duke peered from behind the front door. A woman believed to be the daughter of the former leader of Australia was seen leaving Jeffrey Epstein's New York house Credit: Mail on Sunday Paul Keatings secretary said he was aware" of the situation but would not be commenting. Ms Keating is understood to be staying with her younger sister, Alexandra, in a secluded home in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles. She has spent almost a decade in the US, in November taking up an executive role at Madonnas record label, Maverick. In the past she had been photographed with the Duke's daughter Eugenie, and with Miss Maxwell. In 2014 she conducted an interview with Miss Maxwell about ocean conservation for the Huffington Post. There is no suggestion that Ms Keating was involved in any of the crimes committed by Epstein, nor any wrongdoing. Ms Keating has previously been photographed with Misha Nonoo, the fashion designer believed to have set up Meghan Markle with Prince Harry, at a 2014 New York Fashion week event. She currently lives in an apartment above an art gallery in the fashionable Cheslea district of Manhattan. The Duke of York Credit: AFP A neighbour said he had not seen Miss Keating for several days, adding "she travels a lot, she's not here much". "I don't really know her but she seems a nice person," he said. Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell earlier this month while awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing underage girls. In a string of new legal cases against his estate one woman, who was 17 at the time, claimed he raped her and would brag about his friendships with high-profile figures during her years with him. Priscilla Doe, a pseudonym, was a 20-year-old aspiring dancer when she met Epstein. "Jeffrey Epstein commonly bragged that Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and the Sultan of Dubai were among his closest friends," her complaint said. "These circumstances caused Plaintiff to believe that Jeffrey Epstein and his organisation was powerful enough to cause her serious harm if she did not strictly follow his and their demands." She claimed Epstein forced her to give "sexual massages" to some of his friends but did not say who. Epstein took his own life in prison Credit: New York State Sex Offender Register The woman also claimed to have overheard Epstein on the phone. Her impression was that Epstein "controlled very powerful and influential people, and that disobeying him would cause serious repercussions for the disobedient party." Additional claims included that Miss Maxwell taught her how to perform sexual acts for Epstein, that she was forced to have sex with another man while Epstein choked her, that she had sex with Epstein while he was on "work release" from prison, and that he forced her to undergo surgery to remove moles on her body. She claimed Epstein introduced her to the Sultan of Dubai and Woody Allen, neither of whom are accused of any wrongdoing. Another complaint from an alleged victim, under the pseudonym Lisa Doe, who was a 17-year-old aspiring dancer when she met Epstein, said: "In implementing his scheme Jeffrey Epstein made it clear that there were many powerful people behind him. "In fact, some of the most powerful people in the world were his best friends. He not only surrounded himself with these types of people, he also bragged about how he controlled them." Epstein signed a will two days before taking his own life in jail. Death of a financier | Jeffrey Epsteins final days He left his money in a trust, which could mean a long battle over his fortune as alleged victims seek damages. The estate was valued at more than $577 million (475 million). On Tuesday night it was alleged that Prince Andrew flew on a private jet with Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Roberts. In court papers, seen by The Sun, pilot David Rodgers, 66, said one trip saw Epstein, Prince Andrew and the then 17-year-old Ms Roberts travel to the US Virgin Islands. She claims Prince Andrew had sex with her when she was a teenager. He has always strenuously denied it. Buckingham Palace has branded the allegations "false and without any foundation", stating: "Any suggestion of impropriety with under-age minors" by the duke was "categorically untrue". Ms Roberts' allegations were later struck from the court record. In releasing the court papers the Federal Appeals Court in New York noted that materials submitted to a court should not be understood as firm findings or "some sort of marker of reliability".
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:56:59 -0400
Australia says it will join U.S.-led defense effort in Strait of Hormuz
News ImageAustralia will join the United States in a coalition of countries protecting oil tankers and cargo ships from threats posed by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. Global commodity trading has been rocked in recent months after a series of attacks on international merchant vessels, which the United States has blamed on Iran, and the seizure of a British tanker. "This destabilizing behavior is a threat to Australia's interests in the region," Morrison told a news conference in Canberra.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 21:11:14 -0400
Suspect in Utah student Mackenzie Lueck's death is charged in a second case
News ImageThe man suspected of killing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck was charged Tuesday with sexual abuse and kidnapping of another woman.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:01:03 -0400
Sen. McSally calls out Omar and Tlaib, talks bill to define domestic terrorism as federal crime
News ImageRepublican Sen. Martha McSally weighs in on the Israel trip turmoil in Congress and her push to have domestic terrorism defined as a federal crime after the latest mass shootings.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:46:09 -0400
Authorities praised for handling of protests in Portland
News ImageAfter previous political rallies that ended in violence, police in Portland, Oregon, earned praise Monday from outside observers for using a natural barrier the city's Willamette River to keep dueling protesters apart during a weekend far-right rally and large counter-demonstration that included a subset of masked and black-clad anti-fascists. As the city returned to normal, Mayor Ted Wheeler called Saturday's dueling demonstrations a win for residents. Oregon's top federal prosecutor called the handling of the event a "definitive counterpoint" for those who on both sides who have criticized police after past protests for favoring one side or the other.
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:29:22 -0400
Animal native to South American rainforests waits outside Florida mans front door then barges in and repeatedly charges him
News ImageAn animal native to South Americas rainforests has attacked a man after invading his second-floor Florida apartment.The kinkajou often known as a honey bear - ran into the home, in Lake Worth Beach, through an open door and launched itself at Michael Literskys legs, inflicting bites and scratches.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:25:16 -0400
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