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Explosions at Baghdad weapons depot blamed on Israel, U.S.

Explosions at Baghdad weapons depot blamed on Israel, U.S.

Business
Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Explosions in a Baghdad munitions depot this week were said to be deliberate by a former Iraqi minister who blamed them on Israel. A weapons storage facility at the Saqr military base in southern Baghdad exploded. Adjacent to a mosque, it is used by federal police and the Popular Mobilization Forces, a state-sponsored umbrella group of local militias. Those militias include pro-Iranian forces, including the Iraqi Shiite group Kata'ib Sayyid Al-Shuhada, or the Sayyid of Martyrs Battalion. The blasts on Monday killed one person and injured 37. The incident prompted the firing of short-range Katyusha rockets in several directions and caused panic in areas south of Baghdad. Local civil defense teams closed streets to restore order, and the Iraqi military maintained a high al...
Trump’s Bronx golf course lost $122,000 last year and blamed New York City

Trump’s Bronx golf course lost $122,000 last year and blamed New York City

Finance
Eric Trump, third from left, and Donald Trump Jr., second from right, talk with guests at the opening of the Trump Golf Links clubhouse, Monday, June 11, 2018, in the Bronx, New York.Mark Lennihan | APTrump Ferry Point, the Bronx golf course operated by President Donald Trump's company, lost more than $ 122,000 in the past year, a financial statement shows.The income statement covering April 2018 to March 2019 was first reported by The Washington Post and later obtained by CNBC. The Post reported that the golf course, which opened in April 2015, posted its first-ever operating loss this year, despite a gilded contract in which New York City agreed to cover its irrigation bills and its first four years of rent.The company's explanation for the loss in spite of the sweetheart deal: a f...
UK growth rate downgrade blamed on 'Beast'

UK growth rate downgrade blamed on 'Beast'

Business
The annual rate of growth in the UK economy has been downgraded because of a bigger-than-expected hit from last winter's snow. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that while gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the second quarter had been left unchanged at 0.4% following its latest revision, it had cut its estimate for output during the previous three months.It now calculated that disruption, particularly to the construction sector, from the so-called 'Beast from the East' was worse than originally anticipated. Image: Housebuilding suffered during the cold wintry weather of February and March It revised growth between January to March to a figure of just 0.1% from 0.2%.It meant, the ONS said, that the annu...
EU bans use of three neonicotinoid insecticides blamed for bee decline

EU bans use of three neonicotinoid insecticides blamed for bee decline

Science
April 27 (UPI) -- After an extensive scientific review and intense debate, the European Commission, a legislative body of the European Union, voted on Friday to ban three neonicotinoid insecticides blamed for killing both wild bees and honeybees.Farmers and gardeners in Europe will no longer be able to spray the pesticides clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametheoxam outdoors. The chemicals can still applied inside permanent greenhouses."Bee health remains of paramount importance for me since it concerns biodiversity, food production and the environment," Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said in a statement.An assessment published earlier this year by the European Food Safety Authority determined neonicotinoids pose a risk to wild bees and honey bees. T...
As Secretary of State, John Kerry blamed Israel for lack of peace with Palestine: Reports

As Secretary of State, John Kerry blamed Israel for lack of peace with Palestine: Reports

World
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Israel's Channel 10 published recordings Tuesday of former Secretary of State John Kerry blaming Israel for the lack of peace between it and Palestine.The recordings are said to have been made during a conference in Dubai in 2016. Kerry is heard praising the Palestinian Authority for its commitment to nonviolence while the majority right-wing Israeli government refuses to engage in peace talks."The Palestinians have done an extraordinary job of remaining committed to nonviolence. And in fact when the [knife] intifada took place they delivered non-violence in the West Bank," Kerry said, referring to a wave of violence in 2015 through 2016, in which mostly Palestinian suspects attacked Israelis with knives."This is overlooked by the general [Israeli] population because it is ...