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2-year-old girl who disappeared from Michigan campsite found alive -

2-year-old girl who disappeared from Michigan campsite found alivePolice have found the 2-year-old who went missing from a campsite in Comins Township, Michigan on Monday. The search lasted more than 24 hours.


Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:00:00 -0400

Saudi Arabia Ends Forced Prayer-Time Shop Closures -

Saudi Arabia Ends Forced Prayer-Time Shop Closures(Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia said it will allow some businesses to stay open 24 hours a day, an announcement that triggered puzzlement over whether it was ending rules that require shops to shut for Islam’s five daily prayers.A cabinet decision on Tuesday permitted stores and restaurants to operate all day in exchange for paying a fee, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs will determine the charge, as well as which commercial activities will be affected, it said.“This is positive news that I expect will increase consumption and create jobs,” said Mazen Al-Sudairi, head of research at Al-Rajhi Capital in Riyadh. “Fast-food restaurants, cafes and cinemas will be the primary beneficiaries.”The decision to allow all-day trading was welcomed by many in a society that skews nocturnal despite businesses currently closing around midnight. But there was confusion over whether the conservative Islamic kingdom was ending its practice of forcing stores to close during prayers. Doing so would amount to another substantial loosening of regulations since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began an overhaul of the economy to reduce its reliance on oil.Saudi-owned television channel Al-Arabiya initially published a tweet saying shops would now be allowed to stay open during prayers, but that was later deleted and an official subsequently rejected the idea in an interview with the same network.The cabinet decision “doesn’t include carrying out commercial activities during prayers and it doesn’t touch any previous decision related to prayer times,” said Khalid Al-Degaither, a deputy at the ministry implementing the change.Pressed repeatedly by the presenter about whether a shop that opened during prayers would be violating the law, Al-Degaither didn’t commit either way.A government document last year had called for an end to mandatory prayer closures, though the recommendation was buried on page 156 of the document and removed in a later version. Over the past year, many shops and restaurants in Riyadh have relaxed their approach, quietly keeping their doors unlocked during prayers or openly directing their customers to enter through side doors.Muted BacklashIn the past two years, the government has lifted a ban on women driving, allowed cinemas to open and sponsored gender-mixed concerts in a country where music was rarely heard in public.The changes haven’t been without controversy, but the backlash from more conservative citizens has been muted -- out of deference to the kingdom’s rulers and also due to a climate of fear that grew as the government cracked down politically, detaining dozens of domestic critics.The prayer closures have long been part of the rhythm of life in Saudi Arabia, with cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, shopping malls and pharmacies shutting down for 30 minutes at a time, sometimes even locking their doors with customers inside. The practice contrasts with neighboring Muslim-majority states, many of which close businesses for a special Friday prayer but otherwise continue commerce as usual.(Updates with quotes from analysts and context from third paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Sarah Algethami in Riyadh at salgethami@bloomberg.net;Vivian Nereim in Riyadh at vnereim@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net, Mark Williams, Stuart BiggsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:34:02 -0400

Which items and services included in your cruise fare and which will cost you? -

Which items and services included in your cruise fare and which will cost you?If you've been scratching your head, wondering whether ice cream, fruit juice and a good shvitz will cost you extra on your cruise, read this list.


Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:49:35 -0400

Former congressman Sanford considering challenge to Trump: newspaper -

Former congressman Sanford considering challenge to Trump: newspaperMark Sanford, a Republican former U.S. congressman from South Carolina, said on Tuesday he is considering mounting a primary challenge to President Donald Trump. Sanford, 59, a longtime Trump critic who lost his seat in the House of Representatives last year after he was challenged by a Trump supporter in the Republican primary, will decide in the next month whether to make a long-shot bid against Trump for the 2020 presidential nomination, he told the Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina. Sanford, who is also a former South Carolina governor, could not be reached immediately by Reuters for comment.


Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:39:56 -0400

Florida sued over sanctuary policy ban -

Florida sued over sanctuary policy banThe city of South Miami and a coalition of immigrant advocates sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday over a new law that forces local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officials. The lawsuit filed by lawyers with the Southern Poverty Law Center says the new law will erode trust in law enforcement and lead to racial profiling. It says brown and black people will be subject to harassment by law enforcement because they might be perceived as foreigners.


Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:07:10 -0400

U.A.E. Says Missing Oil Tanker Didn't Give Any Distress Signal -

U.A.E. Says Missing Oil Tanker Didn't Give Any Distress Signal(Bloomberg) -- A small oil tanker that has apparently gone missing in the Persian Gulf isn’t owned or operated by the United Arab Emirates and hasn’t sent out a distress call, a U.A.E official said.The Panamanian-flagged Riah, which entered Iranian waters and stopped transmitting its location, also “does not carry Emirati personnel,” said Salem AlZaabi, director of the International Security Cooperation Department at the U.A.E.’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The U.A.E is monitoring the situation with international partners, he added.The vessel was passing through the Strait of Hormuz, a shipping chokepoint at the mouth of the Gulf, before it went silent more than two days ago in unexplained circumstances, according to the Associated Press. The news agency said the U.S. “has suspicions” that Iran took control of the tanker, citing an unidentified defense official.The disappearance was first reported by CNN’s Barbara Starr, who said U.S. intelligence increasingly believed the tanker had been forced into Iranian waters by the Revolutionary Guard but that some Gulf sources suggested the ship simply broke down and was towed by Iran.If the Riah has been seized, it would seem an unusual target for Iran. The vessel is 30 years old and tiny. Its capacity is 2,000 dead weight tons, according to the MarineTraffic website. That is only a fraction of the nearly 160,000-ton capacity of the British Heritage, the U.K. oil tanker harassed by Iranian ships last week while exiting the Persian Gulf.Why Tanker Attacks Raise Fears Over Strait of Hormuz: QuickTakeWhile Iran has been blamed for attacks on merchant shipping in recent months, it has denied responsibility. The main threats it has made in the past few weeks have been against the U.K. after British Royal Marines helped authorities in Gibraltar to seize a supertanker as it carried Iranian crude in the Mediterranean Sea seemingly bound for Syria.In May and June, six tankers were attacked just outside the Gulf. A British Navy frigate intervened this month to stop Iranian boats from blocking the BP Plc-operated British Heritage as it was exiting the waters.U.K. Navy Intervenes After Iran Tries to Stop British Oil TankerIranian officials haven’t said anything publicly about the Riah. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain, declined to immediately comment.(Updates with details from third paragraph.)\--With assistance from Anthony DiPaola and Golnar Motevalli.To contact the reporters on this story: Zainab Fattah in Dubai at zfattah@bloomberg.net;Verity Ratcliffe in Dubai at vratcliffe1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Mark Williams, Paul AbelskyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:50:35 -0400

There’s a huge iPhone bug in the latest iOS 13 beta that you really need to know about -

There’s a huge iPhone bug in the latest iOS 13 beta that you really need to know aboutThe latest iOS 13 beta has a serious security bug that will allow access to your stored passwords by anyone with access to your device. For someone to get to your passwords, they need to know how the bug works, and they need to get their hands on your iPhone or iPad. The good news, however, is that this bug will almost certainly be fixed in the coming weeks, maybe as soon as the next iOS 13 beta release.As you'll see in the video at the end of this post, all you have to do is go to the Settings app of an iPhone and then tap on the Website & App Passwords menu inside the Passwords & Accounts section repeatedly until the passwords show up. Ignoring the Touch ID or Face ID authentication prompts that appear should prevent you from seeing the passwords. In the latest iOS 13 beta, however, that doesn't happen and access is granted.Apple will fix whatever is causing the bug soon since the company has been notified about the issue according to a Reddit thread. Even if the upcoming iOS 13 beta update doesn't deal with the matter, you can rest assured that the final release, due in mid-September, will not have this serious security issue.iOS 13 is currently on beta 3 (developers) and its equivalent beta 2 (public), but both releases offer the same set of features and they obviously both have the same bugs. Apple should release iOS 13 beta 4 soon, followed by the iOS 13 public beta 3 with more fixes and improvements.The iOS 13 beta rollout hasn't been as smooth as was the case with the iOS 12 beta last year. The current beta release delivers a far less stable experience, riddled with app crashes and performance issues. But beta releases aren't supposed to be as stable as the final product, and that's what testers sign up for. If you want to roll back your iPhone or iPad to iOS 12.3, that will continue to be possible until Apple releases the final version of iOS 13.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_rlN2IIbyM


Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:35:01 -0400

Italy's far-right Salvini moves to clear 'illegal' Roma camps -

Italy's far-right Salvini moves to clear 'illegal' Roma campsItaly's anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini ordered a report Tuesday on the country's Roma population, with a view to shuttering overcrowded, "illegal" camps, provoking an angry response from rights campaigners. The head of the far-right League ordered the country's regional prefects to draw up "a report on the presence of Roma, Sinti and Caminanti" within two weeks, the interior ministry said in a statement. The Roma, Sinti and Caminanti are traditionally nomadic ethnic groups who have lived in Europe for centuries.


Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:30:14 -0400

The U.S. Army Is Building a Smarter Land Mine -

The U.S. Army Is Building a Smarter Land MineThe mines must take commands from long ranges, threaten “peer threats” such as the Russian Army, but minimize harm against civilians.


Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:06:00 -0400

Johnson, Hunt raise Brexit stakes with Irish border views -

Johnson, Hunt raise Brexit stakes with Irish border viewsThe two contenders to become Britain's next prime minister raised the Brexit stakes by saying they will discard a contentious part of the European Union divorce deal agreed by outgoing leader Theresa May. The pound fell to a 27-month low of $1.2408 Tuesday after Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt appeared to make it more likely that the U.K. will leave the EU without an agreement on the terms to smooth the way. Britain's Parliament has repeatedly rejected May's deal with the bloc, in large part because of a measure designed to keep goods and people flowing freely across the border between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.


Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:43:40 -0400


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