June 20, 2019

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Cards' Nkemdiche arrested after traffic stop

Cards' Nkemdiche arrested after traffic stopPolice in Scottsdale, Ariz., arrested Arizona Cardinals defensive end Robert Nkemdiche for alleged speeding and driving without a license earlier this month, ABC 15 Arizona reported Wednesday. The incident occurred June 6 at 6:30 a.m., according to police documents obtained by the TV station. Police allege that Nkemdiche was driving 75 mph in a 45 mph zone.

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Witness: Navy SEAL called dead prisoner an 'ISIS dirtbag'

Witness: Navy SEAL called dead prisoner an 'ISIS dirtbag'A Navy SEAL charged with killing a captive militant boy in his care had told fellow troops that if they encountered a wounded enemy, he wanted medics to know how "to nurse him to death," a former comrade testified Wednesday. When a radio call announced an Islamic State prisoner was wounded on May 3, 2017, Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher replied: "Don't touch him, he's all mine," Dylan Dille told jurors in a military courtroom. The captive was on the hood of a Humvee fading in an out of consciousness with only a minor leg wound visible when Iraqi forces delivered him to a SEAL compound in Mosul.

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Joe Biden under fire from rivals after talking about 'civility' with segregationists

Joe Biden under fire from rivals after talking about 'civility' with segregationistsJoe Biden used his time in the Senate working with segregationists as an example of “civility” at a fundraiser on Tuesday night, drawing criticism from his fellow Democratic nominees.“When I got there, there were still five, seven segregationists from the south,” Mr Biden told donors. “But the politics wasn’t broken in the sense that we still treat each other with some civility. I was in a caucus with James O Eastland. He never called me ‘boy’, he always called me ‘son’.”The comments, which also mentioned the former vice president’s memories of Mississippi’s segregationist senator Herman Talmadge, shocked Mr Biden’s fellow candidates. “You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boys’,” senator Cory Booker said in a statement. “Vice President Biden’s relationships with proud segregationists are not the model for how we make America a safer and more inclusive place for black people, and for everyone.”Speaking to reporters, senator Kamala Harris said the comment “concerns me deeply”.“To coddle the reputations of segregationists, who, if they had their way, I would literally not be standing here as a member of the United States is, I think, misinformed,” she continued. “And it’s wrong.”Senator Elizabeth Warren also condemned the comments, saying: “I’m not here to criticise other Democrats, but it’s never ok to celebrate segregationists. Never.”Eastland was a senator from Mississippi who fought hard, and lost, for segregation during his career.In a 1954 speech addressed to Lyndon B Johnson directly after the passing of Brown v Board of Education, which ruled that segregation in schools was unconstitutional, Eastland said: “The southern institution of racial segregation or racial separation was the correct, self-evident truth which arose from the chaos and confusion of the reconstruction period.”“Segregation is not discrimination,” Eastland’s speech continued. “In fact, segregation is desired and supported by the vast majority of the members of both races in the South, who dwell side by side under harmonious conditions.”“Well guess what? At least there was some civility,” Mr Biden said of Eastland 65 years later.“We got things done,” he continued. “Today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition: the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”Accompanied by a photo of his wife and two children, Bill de Blasio tweeted: “Eastland thought my multiracial family should be illegal.”“It’s past time for apologies or evolution from Joe Biden,” the New York City mayor continued. “He repeatedly demonstrates that he is out of step with the values of the modern Democratic Party.”

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Jilted by Trump, Xi and Kim Seek Upper Hand Before G-20 Summit

Jilted by Trump, Xi and Kim Seek Upper Hand Before G-20 Summit(Bloomberg) -- Both China’s Xi Jinping and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un have suffered from President Donald Trump’s penchant for walking away from talks. Now, he’ll have to worry about what they tell each other behind closed doors.Xi’s state visit to Pyongyang on Thursday -- the first such visit by a Chinese president in 14 years -- will showcase a renewed camaraderie between two neighbors that battled the U.S. together in the Korean War. The trip also sends Trump a pointed message about China’s broader influence ahead of potentially pivotal trade talks between American president and Xi on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan.For Kim, it’s another chance to demonstrate he’s got options beyond a third meeting with Trump, after the second ended in collapse in February. The North Korean leader may find a more receptive audience for complaints about U.S. after Trump rejected China’s latest trade offer last month.“Both leaders will likely seek to put pressure on Washington to conduct nuclear diplomacy with North Korea largely on North Korea’s terms -- through a phased, step-by-step approach to denuclearization and including partial sanctions relief,” said Mintaro Oba, a former U.S. diplomat who worked on Korean Peninsula issues. “If anything, this visit will underscore the weakening regional support for the U.S. pressure campaign.”China’s LeverageXi arrived in Pyongyang before noon local time Thursday accompanied by his wife, Peng Liyuan, the official Xinhua News Agency said. He was met by Kim at the airport and feted with a 21-gun salute, honor guard and a convertible ride past cheering crowds, according to the Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper. The two leaders held talks on what was expected to be the first of two days of events. Xi’s entourage included top diplomats Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi, as well as He Lifeng, head of the National Development and Reform Commission.The summit comes at dramatic point in the strategic dance between the three leaders -- with U.S. ties with both China and North Korea on the downswing. Until his recent breakdowns with Xi and Kim, Trump had managed to keep relations with either one or the other on the rise.The problem for Trump is that China -- as North Korea’s dominant trading partner and sole security ally -- is key to maintaining the economic isolation the U.S. is relying on to force Kim back to the negotiating table. While China has repeatedly affirmed its commitment to the international sanctions regime it helped erect against North Korea, the country has shown its limits amid the trade showdown with Trump.On Tuesday, China joined Russia in blocking the UN Security Council committee that monitors North Korea sanctions from declaring that the country exceeded its annual import cap on refined petroleum products, the Associated Press said, citing two diplomats. The move came after the U.S. and its allies accused North Korea of using illicit ship-to-ship transfers to bring in more oil, Bloomberg News reported, citing a U.S. letter to the panel.In a commentary published Wednesday in North Korea’s ruling party newspaper, Xi said he wished to “open a new chapter” in ties. He told Kim, whom he repeatedly referred to as “Comrade Kim Jong Un,” that China supported North Korea’s “right direction for politically solving the issue on the Korean Peninsula.”Xi’s visit -- representing his fifth meeting with Kim -- is part of series of moves to repair ties strained by Kim’s weapons tests and other efforts to assert his independence after taking power in late 2011. The first meeting came in the early days of the U.S.-China trade dispute last year, when Xi told Kim in Beijing that he had made a “strategic choice” to have a friendlier relationship.“It is in China’s interest to comply with UN sanctions without necessarily enforcing them, mainly for two reasons -- so as not to put strain on DPRK-China relations, and to ensure that North Korea survives prolonged sanctions,” said Rachel Minyoung Lee, a Seoul-based senior analyst with NKPro.Trump may have facilitated Xi’s trip to North Korea by playing down Kim’s recent tests of short-range ballistic missiles in an apparent violation of UN sanctions -- approved with China’s vote. During a trip to Japan last month, the U.S. president referred to the missiles tested as “some small weapons,” saying the operation “disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me.”South Korea’s top nuclear envoy, Lee Do-hoon, expressed optimism about Xi’s visit during an appearance Wednesday in Washington with U.S. counterpart Stephen Biegun, noting that previous meetings between the Chinese and North Korean leaders were followed by contacts between Kim’s regime and the U.S. “I hope that this time again this pattern will apply,” Lee said.Biegun noted that China had long backed the elimination of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. “China’s not doing this as a favor for United States of America -- this is China’s national interests,” he said, adding “in this case, Chinese national interests and American national interests coincide.” Xi and Kim might discuss ways to convince Trump to drop his demands that North Korea first dismantle its nuclear arsenal before it can receive sanctions relief. China, like Russia, backs a process in which North Korea’s disarmament steps are met by U.S. rewards, arguing that it’s the best way to build trust.‘Over-interpreting’Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang acknowledged during a briefing Wednesday that the country wields “significant” influence in North Korea, but encouraged “all parties” to do more to promote a resolution. Earlier this week, Lu dismissed a link between trade talks and the North Korean visit, saying: “Whether or not this meeting will be used as a marker or leverage, I can only say that people who think this may be over-interpreting.”Still, Xi’s mere presence in Pyongyang -- a place no top Chinese leader has visited since Hu Jintao in 2005 -- may make the point. Trump has previously speculated after meetings between Xi and Kim that China was working to undermine nuclear talks out of spite for their trade disputes.“Xi’s visit will send a message that the strong relations between China and North Korea are critical to tackle the nuclear issue and to maintaining the peace on the peninsula, which the U.S. should not ignore,” said Wang Sheng, a professor of international politics at Jilin University in China.(Updates with Xi-Kim talks.)\--With assistance from Peter Martin, April Ma and Lucille Liu.To contact the reporters on this story: Jihye Lee in Seoul at jlee2352@bloomberg.net;Dandan Li in Beijing at dli395@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Jon HerskovitzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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