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BlackRock voted to replace Tesla's Musk with independent chairman

BlackRock voted to replace Tesla's Musk with independent chairmanFunds run by BlackRock Inc voted in favor of a recent shareholder proposal that would have required Tesla Inc to replace Elon Musk with an independent chairman. BlackRock-managed funds voted for a measure requiring the chairman be an independent director, according to BlackRock’s filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. The proposal, which was defeated, would not have affected Musk’s standing as Tesla’s chief executive officer.



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German minister calls for payment channels independent of US

German minister calls for payment channels independent of USBERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister is calling for Europe to create a payments system independent of the United States, a move that could help keep alive the nuclear deal with Iran following the withdrawal of the U.S.



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Amazon wants to foster small independent delivery fleets

Amazon wants to foster small independent delivery fleetsAmazon.com Inc on Wednesday said it would offer incentives to entice entrepreneurs to set up their own small package-delivery businesses as part of Amazon’s latest effort to solve the challenge of getting goods the last mile to customer doorsteps. At a press event in Seattle, Amazon unveiled one of the dark gray Prime-logoed vans that it wants to lease to delivery businesses on what it says are attractive terms. It also said it would provide uniforms, fueling plans and insurance programs for fleet operators and even offer classes on tax, payroll and other small-business challenges.



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UN chief calls for independent investigation into Gaza deaths

UN chief calls for independent investigation into Gaza deathsUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for an “independent and transparent investigation” after 16 Palestinians were killed and hundreds more wounded during clashes with the Israeli military, a spokesman said. “The Secretary-General calls for an independent and transparent investigation into these incidents,” said a statement by Guterres’ deputy spokesman Farhan Haq, which also reaffirmed “the readiness” of the world body to revitalize peace efforts.



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UN chief calls for independent investigation after 16 Palestinians killed near Gaza's border with Israel

UN chief calls for independent investigation after 16 Palestinians killed near Gaza's border with IsraelUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Friday for an independent investigation into deadly clashes in Gaza between Palestinians and Israeli troops, while Security Council members urged restraint on both sides. The council didn't decide on any action or joint message after an emergency meeting. Kuwait convened it hours after the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 cross-border war between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the coastal strip. At least 15 Palestinian protesters were killed and more than 750 injured in clashes with Israeli forces on the Gaza border.   Thousands of Palestinians marched towards the Israeli fence around Gaza as part of large-scale demonstrations supported by Hamas, the militant Islamist group that controls the enclave.  Israel’s military said that some of the demonstrators turned violent and hurled firebombs and burning tyres at Israeli troops on the other side of the fence. Soldiers fired live ammunition as well rubber bullets and lashes of tear gas dropped by drones.   Mr Guterres wanted "an independent and transparent investigation" into the violence, spokesman Farhan Haq said. Palestinians marching past the tent city erected to commermoate Land Day, when six Arab Israelis were killed during 1976 demonstrations against Israeli confiscations of Arab land Credit: MAHMUD HAMS/ AFP Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour said he was disappointed the Security Council didn't coalesce to condemn what he called a "heinous massacre" of peaceful demonstrators, or to support his call to provide protection for Palestinian civilians. "We expect the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility" and "defuse this volatile situation, which clearly constitutes a threat to international peace and security," Mansour said. Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon said "the international community must not be deceived" by what he termed "a well-organised and violent terror-gathering" under the banner of a peaceful march. "The Palestinians sunk to a new deceitful low so that they could use the UN to spread lies about Israel" while its representatives weren't there because of the Passover holiday, Danon said in a statement. Teargas canisters fired by Israeli troops fall down on Palestinians during a demonstration near the Gaza Strip border  Credit: AP The violence comes at the start of a tense period which will culminate in the opening of the controversial US embassy in Jerusalem in May and the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call “The Nakba” – the mass displacement of Arabs during the 1948 war with Israel.  Friday’s demonstrations were billed as the start of the “Great March of Return”, in which Palestinian refugees will demand to be able to return to their 1948 homes in what is today Israel.  Palestinians have erected camp sites of tents at five locations along the Gaza border and plan to move the tents closer and closer to the border as the May 15 Nakba anniversary nears.      “At the peak of the attack on the Palestinian cause – by Trump’s move on Jerusalem – the Palestinians reiterate that they are sticking to their land,” said Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ political leader.  A wounded Palestinian demonstrator is being moved away from the site after the intervention of Israeli security forces  Credit: Getty The group said the people killed “sacrificed their souls for the sake of the great revolution which precedes the great return”. Israel said the marches were “a dangerous, premeditated provocation meant to fan the flames of conflict and increase tension”.  “The Hamas terror organisation cynically uses women and children, sending them to the security fence and endangering their lives,” the Israeli military said.  The health ministry in Gaza said 16 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces. More than 1,400 were injured, including 758 by live fire, with the remainder hurt by rubber bullets and tear gas inhalation, it said. A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during clashes ahead of a march along the srael border with Gaza Credit:  MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS Turkey accused Israel of using "disproportionate force” in confronting the protesters.  The demonstrations were largely ignored by the leadership of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, who have been locked in a decade-long fierce rivalry with Hamas for leadership of the Palestinian movement.  A Palestinian youth being carried on a stretcher after being injured during demonstrations on Friday Credit: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a Twitter post directed to Gazans in both Hebrew and Arabic that "Hamas's leadership is playing with your life." "Anyone who approaches the fence today will be putting themselves in danger." US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December has infuriated Palestinians, who claim its annexed eastern sector as the capital of their future state. Hamas has fought three wars with Israel since 2008.



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Independent group, now called Unite America, names its Senate candidates — all two of them

Independent group, now called Unite America, names its Senate candidates — all two of themUnite America, formerly The Centrist Project, a group hoping to create a third political force in America, on Tuesday named the two candidates it plans to run for the U.S. Senate in November.



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Denied Again: Kirkuk and the Dream of an Independent Kurdistan

Denied Again: Kirkuk and the Dream of an Independent KurdistanIn a closed-door meeting at a Washington think tank in July, I had the opportunity to ask a high-ranking Iraqi Kurdish official whether he worried that Kurds might be overplaying their hands in Iraq and Syria. My interlocutor, whose name frequently came up in recent discussions on the KRG’s independence and Kirkuk, politely dismissed my points and assured me that my worries were unfounded—especially in Iraq.



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Bernie Sanders Says He'll Run For Re-election As An Independent

Bernie Sanders Says He'll Run For Re-election As An Independentconfirmed he’ll run for re-election next year as an independent candidate.



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Iraqi Kurds Look to Form Independent Country

Iraqi Kurds Look to Form Independent CountryRichard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent, talks with Hoshyar Zebari, an Iraqi Kurdish politician, about the desire by Iraqi Kurds to break away and form their own country, and what that would mean for Iraq's oil.



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'March for Truth' Protests Draws Thousands Across U.S. Demanding Independent Russia Investigation

'March for Truth' Protests Draws Thousands Across U.S. Demanding Independent Russia InvestigationThousands marched in cities across the U.S. Saturday, demanding an independent investigation into alleged connections between Pres. Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.



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