Turkey fails to halt lira carnage, Erdogan slams 'stab in back'

Turkey fails to halt lira carnage, Erdogan slams 'stab in back'Turkey’s central bank on Monday failed to halt the precipitous plunge of the lira with a raft of measures aimed at soothing markets, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of seeking to stab its NATO ally “in the back”. A dispute between Turkey and the United States — which reached new intensity over the detention of an American pastor — has hammered the lira and also raised questions over the future partnership between Washington and Ankara. As the lira plunged another seven percent in value, investors fretted over potential economic contagion from Turkey, particularly to European banks.


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IVF: Genetic screening before embryo transfer fails to improve the chance of a baby

The genetic screening of fertilized eggs for embryo selection in assisted reproduction makes no difference to live birth rates, according to results from the largest published study of its kind. Results from this multicenter randomized controlled trial confirm the ‘widely accepted’ view that preimplantation genetic testing for chromosome abnormality (PGT-A) will not increase live birth rates in IVF.
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Air Force fails to acknowledge mysterious meteor that crashed to Earth near US military base

Air Force fails to acknowledge mysterious meteor that crashed to Earth near US military baseThe US Air Force failed to report a major meteor explosion near a military base in Greenland earlier this summer, leading to concern and confusion. The explosion contained 2.1 kilotons of force and occurred just above an early-warning radar at the Thule Air Force base in June, according to Hans Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists. Mr Kristensen confirmed the explosion in a tweet on Wednesday, suggesting the meteor could have been mistaken by some as a “Russian first strike”.


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Air Force fails to acknowledge mysterious meteor that crashed to Earth near US military base

Air Force fails to acknowledge mysterious meteor that crashed to Earth near US military baseThe US Air Force failed to report a major meteor explosion near a military base in Greenland earlier this summer, leading to concern and confusion. The explosion contained 2.1 kilotons of force and occurred just above an early-warning radar at the Thule Air Force base in June, according to Hans Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists. Mr Kristensen confirmed the explosion in a tweet on Wednesday, suggesting the meteor could have been mistaken by some as a “Russian first strike”.


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Sarah Huckabee Sanders tries and fails to explain Trump’s odd comment on groceries

Sarah Huckabee Sanders tries and fails to explain Trump’s odd comment on groceriesHas Donald Trump ever even been to a grocery store? We may never know. At a White House press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about Trump’s now-infamous line from his Tampa rally in which he said, “The time has come for voter ID, like everything else. You know if you go out an buy groceries, you need a picture or a card — you need ID.” When pressed about the last time Trump was actually in a grocery store, Sanders said, “I’m not sure why that matters,” before she stumbled through an explanation about how you have to show ID at a grocery store if you’re buying beer and wine. Which could maybe sort of explain it — except the president doesn’t drink.  The answer is, overall, unsatisfying.  Now, it is true that you have to present an ID to purchase alcohol, some drain cleaning supplies (depending on the state), and, if the store has a pharmacy, cold and allergy medicines that contain pseudoephedrine (which can be used to make meth).  But one can easily make a trip to the grocery store without ever having to use an ID.  This, you might think, is
really splitting hairs. It’s hardly the most outlandish thing Trump has said nor is it the most out-of-touch thing Trump has said. Why does it matter when, well, there’s so much other horrific stuff happening? It matters because Trump is using this inaccurate example to push tougher, more strict voter ID laws. Trump has repeatedly made claims about millions of illegal votes being cast in the 2016 election without ever offering proof. And his attempt at a commission to investigate the alleged fraud was disbanded without ever coughing up anything to back his claims.  SEE ALSO: Just some photos of Donald Trump yelling It matters because Trump is trying to fundamentally change the way many people in the United States gain access to voting that it amounts to disenfranchising those voters, something that’s already starting to happen across the country.  Yes, there are cases of voter fraud that are investigated but they are extremely rare, they occur at a fraction of the rate Trump has claimed. Besides, if he really wants to investigate voter fraud, Trump may need to start in his own living room. Trump’s rhetoric about grocery store ID usage isn’t just misleading, it’s being used to prop up a piece of his platform that does real and lasting damage to the democratic process in America.


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NXP launches $5 billion buyback after Qualcomm deal fails

NXP launches $5 billion buyback after Qualcomm deal failsWASHINGTON/BENGALURU (Reuters) – NXP Semiconductors followed Qualcomm Inc in announcing share buybacks worth billions of dollars on Thursday as the companies sought to compensate investors for the collapse of their $44 billon merger due to Chinese opposition. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said it was unfortunate that China had not granted regulatory approval for the deal, seen by analysts as the quid pro quo for concessions made by Washington on Chinese phonemaker ZTE. “I’m very disappointed that they didn’t get regulatory approval,” Mnuchin told CNBC in an interview.


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A commonly offered add-on treatment for IVF fails to provide any benefit in a large randomized trial

An add-on treatment commonly offered to female IVF patients to improve their chance of success has been shown in a large randomized trial to be of no value. ‘Endometrial scratch,’ a technique whereby a small scratch or tissue biopsy is made to the lining of the uterus prior to IVF, was associated with no improvements in pregnancy or live birth rates, and should, say an international team of investigators, be abandoned as a procedure by fertility clinics.
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Maverick entrepreneur's space rocket fails at blast off

Maverick entrepreneur's space rocket fails at blast offA rocket developed by a maverick Japanese entrepreneur and convicted fraudster exploded shortly after liftoff Saturday, in a major blow to his bid to send Japan’s first privately backed rocket into space. Interstellar Technologies, founded by popular internet service provider Livedoor’s creator Takafumi Horie, launched the unmanned rocket, MOMO-2, at around 5:30 am (2030 GMT Friday) from a test site in Taiki, southern Hokkaido. Interstellar Technologies said it would continue its rocket development programme after analysing the latest failure.


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US Fed: Deutsche Bank USA fails 'stress test'

US Fed: Deutsche Bank USA fails 'stress test'German banking giant Deutsche Bank’s American operations failed the US Federal Reserve’s annual stress test due to “widespread and critical deficiencies” in its risk management, the central bank said Thursday. The Fed gave a “conditional” pass to US investment behemoths Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, even though their capital backstops sank below required levels, since that was due to one-time charges tied to December’s tax cuts, officials said.


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