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Vietnam Fights China Moves to Hinder Offshore Energy Exploration

Vietnam Fights China Moves to Hinder Offshore Energy Exploration(Bloomberg) — Vietnam is pushing back harder against China’s efforts to isolate it diplomatically on a territorial dispute in an energy-rich part of the South China Sea.The foreign ministry in Hanoi on Thursday called on China to immediately order a state-owned survey vessel along with several Coast Guard escorts to leave Vietnamese-claimed waters in its exclusive economic zone, which stretches 200 nautical miles from its coast. It also said a multi-billion dollar oil and gas project being carried out by state-owned Vietnam Oil & Gas Group and Exxon Mobil Corp. in block 118 of the waters would continue unimpeded.“Any activities that hamper Vietnam’s oil and gas exploration in Vietnamese water are violations of international laws,” Le Thi Thu Hang, a spokeswoman for Vietnam’s foreign ministry, told reporters during a briefing on Thursday.The Chinese-owned Haiyang Dizhi 8 has intermittently zigzagged across a Vietnam-demarcated block of water to study the seabed in an active drilling block operated by Russia’s state-owned Rosneft Oil PJSC since early July. China claims most of the South China Sea with a map of a nine-dash line stretching far from the mainland, and has sought to negotiate one-on-one deals with countries in the region on sharing energy and fish resources.The latest Vietnamese statements came after China scored diplomatic wins with other South China Sea claimants. On Monday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed with his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah on the establishment of a bilateral consultation mechanism to “properly handle” disputes in the South China Sea.China also appears to be making progress on a joint exploration deal with the Philippines, with President Rodrigo Duterte saying earlier this week he would ignore an international court ruling affirming his country’s territorial claims in order to advance energy cooperation with Beijing. Duterte said the deal would entail a 60-40 revenue-sharing scheme favoring the Philippines.“We’re seeing a full court press with China to push its nine-dash line, press foreign oil companies and pressure countries into joint development deals,” said Carl Thayer, emeritus professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia who has written about Southeast Asia security issues for more than two decades..To contact the reporters on this story: Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen in Hanoi at uyen1@bloomberg.net;Peter Martin in Beijing at pmartin138@bloomberg.net;Philip J. Heijmans in Singapore at pheijmans1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Let it burn: U.S. fights wildfires with fire, backed by Trump

Let it burn: U.S. fights wildfires with fire, backed by TrumpIt was the kind of fire that has terrified communities across the drought-ridden U.S. West in the past few years: a ponderosa pine forest ablaze in the mountains of New Mexico filling the air with thick, aromatic smoke. Except this fire was deliberately set by state penitentiary prisoners, dressed in red flame-resistant clothing and dripping a mix of gasoline and diesel around trees and scrub. The managed burn — a low-intensity controlled fire – was meant to clear undergrowth and protect the Santa Fe National Forest, and surrounding villages, from future wildfires that are growing more frequent and severe across the West with climate change.



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Man fights off grizzly bear by stabbing it in neck with pocket knife as it savaged him

Man fights off grizzly bear by stabbing it in neck with pocket knife as it savaged himA man savaged by a grizzly bear while mountain biking fought off the animal by stabbing it with a 2in pocket knife – and then cycled four miles to get help.Colin Dowler was out in the backwoods of British Columbia exploring possible hiking routes when he turned a corner and encountered the huge grizzly at a distance of about 30m, the BBC reported.He had hoped the bear would avoid confrontation and pass him by, or retreat into trees near the logging trail on Mount Doogie Dowler, named for his grandfather.But the animal approached him with “methodical, heavy swats” of its paws, Mr Dowler told the broadcaster. He tried talking it down, he said, telling it: ”I know this is your territory, I’m just passing through, we don’t have to do this.”When the grizzly did not retreat the 45-year-old tried throwing his bike at it, to no avail. Then it lunged, sinking its teeth into his stomach.Mr Dowler told Canadian broadcaster CBC: “It grabbed me by the stomach and kind of pushed me down and dragged me toward the ditch maybe 50 feet. I tried eye gouging it away and it didn’t really work.”The bear also bit into his limbs during the 29 July attack, the reports said.He added: “It sounded like it was grating my bones up. “Somehow, I don’t know how I did it. I used both hands to pull underneath the bear to get to that knife, and I grabbed the knife … and stabbed the bear in his neck.“It let go of me immediately. It was bleeding quite badly, I wasn’t really sure if it was dying faster than I was.”Once free of the bear’s jaws Mr Dowler reportedly made a tourniquet from his shirt and rode some 4.3 miles before finding help, in the form of five logging camp workers who gave first aid and called for an air ambulance.Mr Dowler, a father of two, is now recovering at Vancouver General Hospital.The bear was reportedly tracked down and killed by wildlife officers.



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Trump news: President’s ‘embarrassing mess’ parade speech widely mocked, amid arrests over July 4 fights between MAGA fans and left-wing activists

Trump news: President’s ‘embarrassing mess’ parade speech widely mocked, amid arrests over July 4 fights between MAGA fans and left-wing activistsDonald Trump delivered his controversial ”Salute to America” address in Washington, DC, on Thursday amid hammering summer storms, his speech managing to avoid partisan politics but marred by an extraordinary gaffe in which he claimed the 1775 revolutionary army “took over the airports”.The president also promised to “plant a US flag on Mars” and encouraged young Americans to sign up for military service, despite receiving no fewer than five deferments himself preventing him from serving in the Vietnam War.While the event featured the Air Force flypast and spectacular fireworks display Mr Trump had promised, it was also defined by an unseemly brawl breaking out between protesters and members of the alt-right militant group Proud Boys after the former set fire to the stars-and-stripes in front of the White House.The president meanwhile saidon Friday he may issue an executive order over his 2020 Census demands. The US Constitution specifically assigns the job of overseeing the census to Congress, limiting the authority of the president over it, which could complicate an effort to add the question via presidential missive.“We’re working on a lot of things including an executive order,” Mr Trump told reporters outside the White House as he left for his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.In a court filing in response to a Maryland-based federal judge’s deadline, the Department of Justice indicated it has not yet come up with a new legal rationale for adding the question after being blocked in the Supreme Court on 27 June.US District Judge George Hazel said on Wednesday that if the administration did not reach a decision he would press ahead with considering allegations based on newly discovered evidence that the decision to add the question was motivated by racial bias.The Justice Department said in its court filing it objects to the case moving forward.Critics have called the citizenship question a Republican ploy to scare immigrants into not participating and engineer a population undercount in Democratic-leaning areas with high immigrant populations. They say that officials lied about their motivations for adding the question and that the move would help Trump’s fellow Republicans gain seats in the US House of Representatives and state legislatures when new electoral district boundaries are drawn.Mr Trump on Friday said the “number one” reason for adding the question was for the drawing of electoral districts, which is not the legal reason the administration gave for adding it.He and his supporters say it makes sense to know how many non-citizens are living in the country. His hard-line policies on immigration have punctuated his presidency and 2020 re-election campaign.Additional reporting by Reuters. Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load



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EU fights to keep nuclear deal alive amid US, Iran pressure

EU fights to keep nuclear deal alive amid US, Iran pressureA year after the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement, the pact is at severe risk of collapse and the European Union is caught in the middle, struggling to keep supply lines open to the Islamic Republic’s wilting economy under the threat of U.S. sanctions. With few real options left, their trust in the Trump administration running low, and fears rising that conflict could break out, major powers Germany, France and Britain have been reduced to repeating calls for restraint as pressure builds and Iran threatens to walk away from the painstakingly drafted 2015 deal. In an effort to keep Iran’s economy afloat and save an agreement they believe has stopped Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, the Europeans are turning to diplomacy to try to encourage other countries to buy more Iranian oil.



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Trevor Noah Wants Biden to Be Trump’s 2020 Rival So We Can All See ‘Old Man Fights’

Trevor Noah Wants Biden to Be Trump’s 2020 Rival So We Can All See ‘Old Man Fights’Now that former Vice President Joe Biden has officially tossed his hat into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah revealed that he’s partially hoping Biden snags the nomination just so we can see “the most entertaining debates of all time” as he and President Trump get into an “old man fight.”Explaining Thursday night that the former veep comes into the race with a “whole lot of baggage,” Noah highlighted Biden’s tendency to stick his foot in his mouth, showing clips of Biden asking a man in a wheelchair to stand and casually tossing out racial stereotypes. “I feel like these gaffes are what made Biden the perfect balance to Obama,” Noah remarked before impersonating the former president speaking very slowly and measured.“But when Biden talks, his brain just clicks ‘I’m feeling lucky’ and the first words come out of his mouth,” the Comedy Central star joked.After discussing Biden’s lengthy legislative career and policy achievements, as well as the issues he’ll face over his problematic handling of the Anita Hill hearing and his vote for the Iraq War, Noah said that Democrats will still likely turn out for Biden due partly to “how progressive he’s become and partly because of how good he is at getting under Trump’s skin.”He proceeded to play a series of clips of Biden saying he wishes he could take Trump “behind the gym” and Trump returning fire, comments which he predicted could very easily turn the 2020 election into a spectacle with a couple of 70-plus-year-olds throwing down.“Old man fights! Old man fight! Old man fight!” Noah chanted while pounding his fists up and down.“This would be hilarious,” he continued. “These two dudes fighting? It’s like ‘Let’s get ready to stumble!’ It would be the most entertaining fight. Are they going to knock each other's teeth out, pick them up, and put them back in again?”Noah then snarked that they should make this fight happen just so they can raise money for charity, adding that it’s a “win-win” for everyone as Biden can “stand up to Trump and Trump gets to secretly keep the money for charity.”The segment ended with animated versions of Trump and Biden physically fighting and throwing out insults on a debate stage in front of a raucous crowd, ending with Trump landing a Karate Kid-esque crane kick.Read more at The Daily Beast.



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Bernie Sanders campaign touts its diversity and fights 'the narrative of 2016'

Bernie Sanders campaign touts its diversity and fights 'the narrative of 2016'The leadership of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign held a press call with reporters on Tuesday where they touted figures showing the diversity of their staff and supporters. On his way to losing the Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton in 2016, Sanders was dogged by the impression he was not popular with minorities and that many of his supporters were male “Bernie bros” who were hostile towards women. “The senator is really popular and supported by a diverse coalition despite the narrative that is put out there from time to time,” Turner said on the call.



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Erdogan fights to hold Turkey's cities in bitter election battle

Erdogan fights to hold Turkey's cities in bitter election battleLess than a year after Tayyip Erdogan celebrated election triumph with fireworks in Ankara, Turkey's all-powerful leader faces the embarrassment of losing his capital in local polls marred by bitter campaign rhetoric and economic storm clouds. Emily Wither reports.



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Mom Fights for Justice After Daughter Claimed She Was Sexually Assaulted at Elementary School

Mom Fights for Justice After Daughter Claimed She Was Sexually Assaulted at Elementary SchoolWhen it comes to fighting for her daughter`s safety, one Virginia mother says she`s taking matters into her own hands after school administrators didn`t do enough in her student`s alleged sexual assault.



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Huawei fights back against U.S. blackout with Texas lawsuit

Huawei fights back against U.S. blackout with Texas lawsuitHONG KONG/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies sued the U.S. government on Thursday, saying a law limiting its American business was unconstitutional, ratcheting up its fight back against a government bent on closing it out of global markets. Huawei said it had filed a complaint in a federal court in Texas challenging Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump in August, which bars federal agencies and their contractors from procuring its equipment and services. The lawsuit marks the latest confrontation between China and the United States, which spent most of 2018 slapping import tariffs on billions of dollars worth of each other’s goods.



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