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The world's oil producers keep a massive amount of capacity in reserve. But it's almost all in Saudi Arabia and the drone attack messed with that too.

The world's oil producers keep a massive amount of capacity in reserve. But it's almost all in Saudi Arabia and the drone attack messed with that too.Drones hit two key Saudi Aramco oil refineries, shutting down production on around 5% of the world's daily oil production and causing prices to surge.



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Elizabeth Warren says she's got a detailed plan for almost everything, but she still lacks specifics on Medicare for All

Elizabeth Warren says she's got a detailed plan for almost everything, but she still lacks specifics on Medicare for AllElizabeth Warren still lacks specifics on Medicare for All, which allows her to redefine her vision on universal healthcare later on in the primary.



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Iranian forces have been harassing this British warship almost daily in the Persian Gulf

Iranian forces have been harassing this British warship almost daily in the Persian GulfThe Royal Navy frigate has reportedly had 115 run-ins with Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf since the start of July, and it's not backing down.



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Taliban attack Kabul as US envoy says deal almost final

Taliban attack Kabul as US envoy says deal almost finalThe Taliban claimed responsibility for a large explosion in the Afghan capital Monday night, just hours after a U.S. envoy briefed the Afghan government on an agreement “in principle” with the insurgent group that would see 5,000 U.S. troops leave the country within five months. The explosion sent a plume of smoke into the night sky over Kabul and caused a nearby gasoline station to burst into flames.



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Joe Biden: 'I think almost anybody' in 2020 Democratic field could be the president

Joe Biden: 'I think almost anybody' in 2020 Democratic field could be the presidentIn an interview with the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, Joe Biden seemed on the verge of undermining his own campaign's argument in favor of his electability.



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U.S. removed almost 2.7 million barrels daily of Iranian oil from market: Pompeo

U.S. removed almost 2.7 million barrels daily of Iranian oil from market: Pompeo



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The Polish village where no boys have been born for almost a decade

The Polish village where no boys have been born for almost a decadeIt was during a competition for junior firefighters that somebody first noticed something unusual about the small Polish village of Miejsce Odrzanskie. Every single one of the uniformed children showing off their skills was a girl.  The reason is as simple as it is surprising. No boys have been born in Miejsce Odrzanskie for almost a decade, while the village’s women in the rural backwater of 300 souls have given birth to 12 girls. The boy shortage is so acute that the mayor has offered a cash reward for the first family to produce a son. The world’s media have descended on the village in the fields of south-west Poland not far from the Czech border to investigate the phenomenom.  “Of course the media attention was a surprise for us, for the residents and the area,” Rajmund Frischko, the local mayor who offered the reward—and the father of two daughters—told The Telegraph.  “There has been so much talk about us in the media that for a minute there I was considering naming a street after the next boy born here,” he said. “He will definitely get a very nice gift. And we will plant an oak and name it after him.” “The situation was that the girls were growing up, and the kids were around us, so we didn’t pay much attention to it. Until, that is, someone noticed during a competition for volunteer firefighters that the team consisted of just girls,” he said.  The all-girl young volunteer firefighters team in the village of Miejsce Odrzanskie, Poland, Credit: Kasia Strek/NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  The mayor said doctors from across Poland has been calling him with tips on how to encourage the birth of a boy. One retired doctor had told him that the sex of a baby depended on the mother’s diet, which must be rich in calcium to guarantee a son.  “There is always the tried way of the Polish highlanders: If you want a boy, keep an axe under your marital bed,” he joked.  “We treat the whole affair as something as a curiosity,” said Krystyna Zydziak, the head of the village and the mother of two daughters. “I always say that nature can find ways to balance things. There may be more girls born here but somewhere else in the world more boys are probably being born.” Krystyna Zydziak of Miejsce Odrzanskie Credit: Kasia Strek/NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  The lack of male births over the past few years compared to the dozen or so female births has fuelled worries about the future of the village.  Miejsce Odrzanskie, like many Polish villages, has been fighting a losing battle to retain its population as people leave the fields for Poland’s flourishing cities. Without men going into farming, people fear, that struggle could get harder. Ms Zydziak, said that everyone in the village had family living and working elsewhere in the EU.  “Some villagers are concerned who will fill the farming jobs in the future,” she said. The Facebook page of the local volunteer fire brigade, a centre of community life in the village,  has taken to listing all the stories now featuring the village, along with numerous pictures of happy, if somewhat bemused, villagers being interviewed for television cameras. The all-girl young volunteer firefighters team. Credit: Kasia Strek/NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  Malwina Kicler, 10, has been a volunteer firefighter for three years. The lack of boys has not stopped her crew from scooping up trophies in major competitions across Poland in the six years since the tram was founded.  “Boys are noisy and naughty,” she told the New York Times. “At least now we have peace and quiet. You can always meet them somewhere else.” The comments below the links to the stories range from the baffled to proud “Go girls!” posts. One joked that perhaps the lack of boys was due to a particularly libidinous postman delivering more than letters to the village’s womenfolk.  Malwina Kicler, center, and Liliana Kicler, left, of the village of Miejsce Odrzanskie, Poland, Credit: Kasia Strek/NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  Scientists have stressed that people should not jump to conclusions as to why so many girls are being born in the village.  “You have to go deep into the history and check the birth statistics,” said Professor Rafal Ploski, head of the genetics department at Warsaw’s Medical University.  “They you have to check to see if the girls’ parents are not related to each other, even to a very distant extent. Then you have to conduct detailed interviews with the parents and the children, and check the environmental conditions. Only then can a trail appear.” Not everyone sees the dearth of boys as a problem. One villager, perhaps making a veiled reference to Poland's war-scarred history said that the string of daughters was a good omen.  “They once said that ‘when boys are born there will be war, when girls are born there will be peace’ so thank God it is as it is,” she said.



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Almost 30 people jump off boat into shark-filled waters after fire: 'All hell broke loose'

Almost 30 people jump off boat into shark-filled waters after fire: 'All hell broke loose'About 30 passengers and crew members on a small boat in the Galapagos had to jump into shark-filled waters last month after a fire broke out on board.



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India Almost Sank Its Own $2.9 Billion Submarine by Leaving a Hatch Open

India Almost Sank Its Own $  2.9 Billion Submarine by Leaving a Hatch OpenWater “rushed in as a hatch on the rear side was left open by mistake while [the Arihant] was at harbor” in February 2017, shortly after the submarine’s launch, The Hindu reports. The modern submarine is not a simple machine. A loss of propulsion, unexpected flooding, or trouble with reactors or weapons can doom a sub crew to a watery grave.Also, it’s a good idea to, like, close the hatches before you dive.(This article originally appeared at Task & Purpose. Follow Task & Purpose on Twitter. This article first appeared in 2018.)Call it a lesson learned for the Indian navy, which managed to put the country’s first nuclear-missile submarine, the $ 2.9 billion INS Arihant, out of commission in the most boneheaded way possible.The Hindu reported yesterday that the Arihant has been out of commission since suffering “major damage” some 10 months ago, due to what a navy source characterized as a “human error” — to wit: allowing water to flood to sub’s propulsion compartment after failing to secure one of the vessel’s external hatches.



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Almost a War?: Russian and Chinese Planes Violated South Korean Airspace

Almost a War?: Russian and Chinese Planes Violated South Korean AirspaceIntrusions into East China Sea airspace claimed by both China and Japan are fairly common — even sometimes involving South Korea. What HappenedAn odd set of confrontations unfolded July 23 around the Korean Peninsula involving South Korea, Russia, China and Japan. According to an official South Korean account of the events, early on July 23, two Chinese H-6 bombers entered South Korea's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) near Ieodo, a submerged rock claimed by both South Korea and China in the Yellow Sea. They later entered the ADIZ once again at Ulleung island off South Korea's east coast in the Sea of Japan before being joined by Russian TU-50 bombers and re-entering the ADIZ for a third time. After this, a Russian A-50 early warning aircraft and two Tu-95 bombers entered the ADIZ around Dokdo Island — a maritime space that Japan also claims as the Takeshima Islands — before the A-50 passed into South Korean-claimed airspace, leaving it and then reentering it again. South Korea scrambled jets to respond to both alleged entries by the A-50, firing both warning shots and flares.



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