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China's Xi vows to buy more Mideast oil as US focus wanes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed on Friday to import more oil and natural gas from energy-rich Gulf Arab states while not interfering in their affairs, likely seeking to cast Beijing in a more favorable light than Washington as America’s attention in the region wanes. Xi also urged the Arab countries to conduct energy sales in the Chinese yuan, potentially divorcing the U.S. dollar from transactions in a region where the United States still stations thousands of troops across a network of local bases as a hedge against Iran. China’s hands-off approach could appeal to leaders such as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who stands ready to rule the oil-rich kingdom for possibly decades, even after facing widespread international criticism over the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and the still-raging war in Yemen. During Xi’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week, the prince himself welcomed him to a meeting of the clubby Gulf Cooperation Council, and later to a wider summit of Mideast leaders.
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On 2024, Romney won’t back Trump, even if he’s the GOP nominee

It’s been difficult to keep up with Donald Trump’s failures and setbacks of late. The former president dined with some of the nation’s most notorious antisemitic voices. He called for “terminating” constitutional rules in pursuit of bonkers election conspiracy theories. His prized family business was convicted of several felonies. His handpicked Republican candidate in one of the nation’s most closely watched Senate races lost.

White House denies Saudi claim MBS negotiated Brittney Griner and Viktor Bout prisoner swap

The White House has denied claims that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman negotiated the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner in a prisoner swap for a notorious Russian arms dealer dubbed the “Merchant of Death”.White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insisted on Thursday that – despite the prisoner exchange taking place on middle eastern soil – the only nations involved in the negotiations were the US and Russia.“The only countries that negotiated this deal were the United States and Russia,” she said.“There was no mediation involved.”Saudi Arabia and the UAE sought to take credit for the release of...

The Top Target of Texas’ Abortion Bounty Law Isn’t Backing Down

Texas’ abortion bounty law, SB 8, put an end to virtually all abortions in the state when it took effect in September 2021. Even though it carries no criminal penalties, the threat of expensive and time-consuming civil lawsuits was enough to scare most of the state’s providers into compliance with the extreme law, which bans abortion after 6 weeks gestation. Most providers, but not all: A week after the law took effect last year, Dr. Alan Braid, an ob-gyn who’d practiced in Texas for more than 45 years, declared in a Washington Post op-ed he’d violated the ban and...
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Here’s why Elon Musk is the worst kind of boss

I’ve had my share of dreadful supervisors. One regularly sent me to the bathroom in tears, unremorseful about her hazing camouflaged as summer intern training. Famously bad bosses abound. British supermodel Naomi Campbell pleaded guilty in 2007 to assault for hitting her housekeeper with a cellphone in a dispute over a pair of jeans. Former Enron CEO Jeffrey K. Skilling helped hasten the energy company’s collapse, landing himself in prison for fraud and costing thousands of workers their jobs.

Kuwait’s Internal Politics Threaten a Storied Comedy Club

In the annals of comedy venues, few names occupy a higher echelon than Caroline’s on Broadway, located in New York City’s Times Square. As a Forbes article pointed out in 2018, the venue played a significant role in the development of comedians like Dave Chappelle and John Mulaney, and continues to host an array of both big names and up-and-comers. The club’s 30-year run at its current location is about to come to an end.

Why Have The Kennedy Assassination Records Been Kept Secret For So Long?

The ongoing secrecy around President John F. Kennedy's assassination files has added fuel to an already inferno-sized conspiracy fire. Despite Congress announcing that documents related to the terrible events of November 1963 should be released, the White House has repeatedly stalled (via NPR). Bizarre things surrounding JFK's assassination have been...