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  • G-7 Leaders Squabble as World Economy Teeters

    (Bloomberg) -- Want to receive this post in your inbox every day? Sign up for the Balance of Power newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and Facebook for more.Historians may look back at this weekend’s gathering of world leaders in the French port city of Biarritz as a squandered opportunity.The global economy is weakening, trade wars are escalating and major economies like Germany are sliding toward recession. But Group of Seven allies are so divided there’s little hope for the type of coordinated response that sprang from similar meetings a decade ago.Amid the growing financial crisis in 2008, then-President George W. Bush called an emergency G-20 meeting that yielded a roadmap to combat the worldwide slowdown. Along with subsequent multilateral actions, it’s widely seen as having helped avoid a deeper downturn.Now disagreements over everything from Iran’s nuclear program to Brexit to the future of the global trading system likely will stand in the way of unified solutions.U.S. President Donald Trump has dismissed accusations his tariff assault on China and threats to impose duties on Europe’s auto industry are contributing to any slowdown.As Shawn Donnan, Raymond Colitt and Toru Fujioka write, the brightest economic hope for this round may be just that things don’t get any worse.And while the world’s political leaders squabble, it may be left to central bankers conducting their own retreat some 5,000 miles away in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to save the day.Global HeadlinesAmazon brouhaha | French President Emmanuel Macron’s call on the G-7 to tackle the fires raging in the Amazon jungle has set up the summit's first flash point. It’s sure to irritate Trump, who pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, and has already riled Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who said discussing the issue without his nation’s involvement reflects a “colonial mentality.”Seeds of discontent | Top Trump officials met yesterday to consider options for quelling a backlash in politically important farm states, Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Mario Parker report. The topic of discussion? Recent administration moves that would slow biofuel use. They’re trying to blunt anger in Iowa and other states critical to the president’s re-election in 2020.Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has produced a new film called “Claws of the Red Dragon” attacking Huawei Technologies, an attempt to steel the president’s resolve to confront China. Click here for more on why - even if Trump faces another Republican primary challenger - it’s unlikely to lead to much. Online army | The technology underpinning Hong Kong’s leaderless protests is a major reason there’s no end in sight: Online discussion groups are the movement’s backbone, and authorities who've tried to subdue it can’t simply lock up the masterminds and send everyone home. And no single leader has emerged with enough clout to call demonstrators off - or negotiate with the government. One of the biggest tests of unity will come this weekend, when netizens are again planning to disrupt airport operations.Tiring of war | From his heavily fortified compound west of Libya’s capital, Ghassan Salame has a ringside seat as two forces battle for control of the country. The United Nation’s special envoy, his mission is to end fighting between the internationally-recognized government and its chief rival, commander Khalifa Haftar, that’s been fueled by the ambitions of regional powers. His argument, writes Samer Khalil Al-Atrush? No one can win this deadlocked contest.Pyongyang criticism | North Korea’s top diplomat has blamed Michael Pompeo for stalled nuclear talks with the U.S., saying the secretary of state “casts a dark shadow” over the negotiations. Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said Pompeo was more focused on his own political aspirations than getting a result. It’s the latest statement from North Korea seeking a more favorable negotiating framework before Kim Jong Un restarts talks.What to WatchItalian President Sergio Mattarella gave the center-left Democrats until Tuesday to form a coalition with their long-time rivals, the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, following the government’s collapse. Trump’s lawyers will be in a New York court today trying to block Democrats’ access to financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One - and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has much at stake over the outcome.And finally ... Prime Minister Boris Johnson believes a U.K. economy free of the EU will see depressed British port cities roar back into life as tax-exempt zones. He’d be well advised to have a look at the concrete bunker on the edge of Luxembourg’s airport. As Hugo Miller and Stephanie Bodoni report, the reality can be a nightmare as such duty-free facilities face growing criticism for being conduits of money laundering and tax evasion. \--With assistance from Karen Leigh.To contact the author of this story: Kathleen Hunter in London at khunter9@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.net, Karl MaierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Only in Canada: Family Dogs Confront Grizzly Bears Rummaging Through Backyard Shed

    Alberta resident Marjorie Whitehead had a very scary morning when her two dogs confronted a trio of grizzly bears that had wandered onto her property just south of Whitecourt, Canada, on August 17.Whitehead was out watering her plants when she noticed the bears at the same time her dogs started barking. Whitehead said she was too petrified to move at first but eventually came to her senses and went inside the house and then out onto the upstairs patio where she felt safe.Whitehead then called her husband, Bruce, who was in Edmonton with their son at the time, asking him what to do. Their conversation can be heard in this video, as Bruce says to get the dogs inside and then finally that Marjorie should “get the gun,” which is exactly what she did.Whitehead said she fired warning shots to scare the bears away, but that they did not appear scared or even fazed by the noise. Luckily for Whitehead, her son had called their neighbor, Sean Gurnsey, who was able to come over with his two children and help. In an Interview with CBC, Gurnsey said when they drove onto Whitehead’s property, the first thing he was able to do was grab the two dogs and place them safely in the car. Then, Gurnsey drove his vehicle at the bears to try and get them to leave the yard.Gurnsey said that one of the bears was entirely unfazed by his vehicle, so he got out of the car and fired warning shots himself. Similarly to Whitehead’s warning shots, his did little to startle them but they eventually wandered off the property.This was not the last Whitehead saw of the bears, however. A few hours later the bears returned, likely looking for more food in the root cellar. Since the cellar was locked, the bears started to dig around the the exterior of the shed, attempting to get inside from underneath. They were unsuccessful in entering the root cellar, but Whitehead told Storyful that when the bears returned, “they did more property damage, including damaging siding on our house.”Whitehead then went back inside to get her gun and fired more warning shots. “I guess because they couldn’t get into the root cellar they actually went away when I fired off those three shots,” Whitehead told CBC Canada when discussing the incident.Whitehead said she has not experienced anything like this in 29 years of living in the area, and that the situation was very unnerving.In an email to CBC Edmonton, Ina Lucila, spokesperson with Alberta Fish and Wildlife, said that officers set traps and caught three grizzly bears after being alerted to Whitehead’s situation. They cannot confirm if the bears are the same ones that were on Whitehead’s property and the officers will assess whether or not the bears pose a public safety risk and need to be put down. Credit: Marjorie Whitehead via Storyful

  • Celtics owner selling Martha's Vineyard estate to Obamas, report says

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