2016 Friday, Aug 26, 2016
Initial estimates of the economy’s growth last quarter turned out to be overconfident, new data released Friday shows. The latest gross domestic product figures released by the Commerce Department found the value of goods and services produced last quarter actually increased at a 1.1 percent rate, down from the 1.2 percent rate initially reported. The report did, however, reveal a higher rate of household consumption and an increase in worker wages, indicating that some of the sluggishness caused by falling government spending was offset by increased personal wealth and consumer spending. Economists remain optimistic the third quarter will show greater growth.
American swimmer Ryan Lochte was charged Thursday by Brazilian police with filing a false robbery report during the Rio Olympics. In a statement, the police said Lochte will be notified and can decide if he wants to introduce a defense in Brazil, The Associated Pressreports. The indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission. Lochte had said that while returning to the Olympic Village from a party Aug. 15, he and three other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint by men with badges. Police say a video instead shows an altercation between the swimmers and armed security guards. Lochte later said he was intoxicated at the time and the confrontation was caused by his behavior. In Brazil, the penalty for filing a false crime report is up to 18 months in prison. If he does not return to Brazil to face the charge, Lochte could be tried in absentia.
Source: The Associated Press
2016 Thursday, Aug 25, 2016
- Turkeysends more tanks into northern Syria to continue its offensive against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In reality ISIL forces retreated almost without a fight and most of the attacks target Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). (Reuters)
2016 Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016
- TheTurkish Armed Forces and US-backed Syrian rebels launch an initially successful campaign to capture the town of Jarabulus from ISIL. TheTurkish Land Forces are also shelling YPG positions to prevent them from capturing areas that ISIL will retreat from. (AP via NBC News) (AP) (ABC News)
- TheAmerican University of Afghanistan in Kabul is attacked by suspected Taliban militants, resulting in at least 13 deaths and 30 injured. (CNN) (Fox News)
- The world’s largest aircraft,Hybrid Air Vehicles HAV 304 Airlander 10, crashes at RAF Cardington, Bedfordshire, during its second test flight. (The Guardian)
- Proxima Centauri b is discovered as the closest exoplanet to Earth that may be habitable. (BBC)
2016 Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016
- War in Afghanistan (2015–present)
- A service member becomes the first U.S. military combat casualty in Afghanistan since January 2016 when he is killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) while on patrol near the city of
- Philippine officials believe they may have recovered biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world — weighing 34kg. Officials are awaiting confirmation from gemologists that the find is indeed the world’s largest pearl. If confirmed, it will beat the current record holder, thePearl of Lao Tzu, which weighs 6.4kg. (BBC)
- Former presenterAndrea Tantaros sues Fox News by accusing the network of being a “sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult.” (The Washington Post)
- New U.S. single-family home sales unexpectedly rose in July, reaching their highest level in nearly nine years as demand increased broadly.(Reuters)
- Turkey–United States relations,Turkish government – Gülen Movement conflict
- Melania Trumpplans to sue The Daily Mail and Politico after the publications allege that she worked as an escort. (CNN)
Hillary Clinton is fending off criticism over the Clinton Foundation, which Donald Trump blasted Monday as being “the most corrupt enterprise in political history.” Call logs reveal Clinton’s chief of staff received at least 148 phone messages from the Foundation’s chief operating officer between 2010 and 2012 — while Clinton was serving as secretary of state — while Fox News notes that “no other individual or non-profit appears in the logs with anything like that frequency.” Meanwhile, after the announcement Monday that the FBI found 14,900 previously undisclosed work-related emails on Clinton’s private server, the campaign is scrambling to downplay their importance. Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said Monday that Clinton handed over “all the work-related emails she had in her possession in 2014,” but maintained the campaign supports the release of any new material the State Department deems relevant. “We’ve already released, I don’t know, 30,000-plus emails,” Clinton said on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. “What’s a few more?”
Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros asserts in a lawsuit filed Monday that sexual harassment at the network went beyond ousted chairman Roger Ailes. “Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny,” Tantaros’ lawsuit says. She also accused former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown of inappropriate comments and touching when he was a guest on her show and said fellow Fox host Bill O’Reilly repeatedly invited her to his Long Island home, which he assured her would be “very private.” Ailes has denied all allegations of sexual harassment.
2016 Monday, Aug 22, 2016
Pills discovered at Prince’s Minnesota home after his death were labeled hydrocodone but contained fentanyl, the opioid that killed him, said the Minneapolis Star Tribune, citing a source with knowledge of the investigation. The musician’s autopsy report says he died from an accidental, self-administered overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine. Investigators are not sure how the recording superstar obtained the drug — he didn’t have a prescription — but they are leaning toward the theory that he did not know the pills contained the drug.
Source: Star Tribune
- Iranconfirms that Russia will stop using its Hamadan Airbase to launch attacks in Syria, saying Russia’s use of Hamadan Airbase was “temporary, based on a Russian request,” and that Russian operations are “finished for now”. Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan earlier criticized Russia’s announcement of its use of the base in Iran, saying “There has been a kind of showing-off and inconsiderate attitude behind the announcement of this news.” (The Washington Post)
- The death toll estimates for the crackdown onrecreational drugs in the Philippines reaches 1,800 amid a senate investigation of the killings. (NBC News)
- FormerPresident of France Nicolas Sarkozy officially declares his candidacy for president in 2017. (The Guardian)
2016 Sunday, Aug 21, 2016