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France's Macron at UN defends Iran, climate deals

France's Macron at UN defends Iran, climate deals

French President Emmanuel Macron stood firm Tuesday that landmark agreements on Iran and climate change would not change as he gently nudged Donald Trump to return to the fold. Macron, like Trump appearing for the first time at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders, met his US counterpart on Monday for their latest meeting -- which appeared to be friendly but did not bridge differences.

So, Australia just had its warmest winter on record

So, Australia just had its warmest winter on record

Australians have just wrapped up the warmest winter on record, according to a new report. The Climate Council's report, titled Hot and Dry: Australia’s Weird Winter, found that Australia's winter had the highest maximum temperatures on record — reaching nearly 2ºC above average. SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' star on climate change: 'A threat maybe even graver than the White Walkers' But while Australians were able to leave a few layers at home, ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes reminds y'all that it's not a positive thing — how about that climate change? “Without any meaningful action to tackle climate change, we will continue to see many more hot winters, just like this, as global temperatures rise,” she said on the Climate Council website. "We must take meaningful action to strongly reduce Australia’s emissions from fossil fuels." According to the Climate Council, Australia's average winter temperatures have increased by approximately 1ºC since 1910, thanks to the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, a big source for the country. SEE ALSO: How M&M’S is taking a stand against climate change with wind power The report comes at a time when Australia's energy policy is under high scrutiny, especially in regards to the country's ability to meet emission reduction targets set at the Paris climate change conference. The report draws attention to Australia’s energy system, a largely coal-based system, which is described as "ageing, inefficient and polluting, and has proved unable to cope with escalating extreme weather, like heatwaves." Australia's not just warmer in winter, but drier Outside of warming, maximum heat temperatures weren't the only records broken over the winter, according to the report, with over 260 heat and low rainfall records smashed.  It was the driest winter recorded since 2002, and second driest Australian June on record. Bushfire risk is above normal for approximately one third of Australia, and the season will begin earlier in in Australia’s southeast. Here's a neat little infographic from the report's findings that paints a pretty concerning picture: Image: Climate council.According to the report, Australia is on track for a warmer than average spring. Nothing important after that though, just Australia's characteristically blistering hot summer. Bondi's going to be crowded. WATCH: Giant icebergs are a big tourist draw in Newfoundland, and a warning sign

Terminator moves step closer to reality as scientists create synthetic muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight

Terminator moves step closer to reality as scientists create synthetic muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight

An artificial muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight has been created, laying the groundwork for Terminator-like humanoid robots. Scientists used a 3D printing technique to create the rubber-like synthetic muscle that expands and contracts like its biological counterpart. Heated by a small electric current, the material was capable of expanding to nine times its normal size. This is a big piece of the puzzleProfessor Hod Lipson, Columbia University In tests it demonstrated enormous strength, having a strain density - the amount of energy stored in each gram of a stretched elastic body - 15 times greater than natural muscle. The device, described as a "soft actuator", was able to lift 1,000 times its own weight, said the researchers whose work is reported in the journal Nature Communications. Professor Hod Lipson, from the Creative Machines laboratory at Columbia University in New York, said: "We've been making great strides toward making robot minds, but robot bodies are still primitive. "This is a big piece of the puzzle and, like biology, the new actuator can be shaped and reshaped a thousand ways. We've overcome one of the final barriers to making lifelike robots." Artificial muscles may not only be used in robots but also sensitive surgical devices and a host of other applications where gripping and manipulation is important.  Co-author Dr Aslan Miriyev, also from the Creative Machines lab, said: "Our soft functional material may serve as robust soft muscle, possibly revolutionising the way that soft robotic solutions are engineered today. "It can push, pull, bend, twist, and lift weight. It's the closest artificial material equivalent we have to a natural muscle." The long-term aim is to accelerate the artificial muscle's response time and link it to an artificially intelligent (AI) control system, said the researchers, who were part-funded by the Israeli defence ministry.

Ancient Shipwrecks Discovered at Depths of Black Sea's Dead Zone Perfectly Preserved After Thousands of Years

Ancient Shipwrecks Discovered at Depths of Black Sea's Dead Zone Perfectly Preserved After Thousands of Years

The Black Sea Maritime Project (MAP)—a two-year investigation of Bulgaria’s Black Sea waters—involved local and international experts who found 60 previously lost shipwrecks spanning 2,500 years in the history of a coastline that has been port to many of Europe’s major empires. Dozens of old ships lie preserved in low-oxygen waters off the coast of Bulgaria, where ships from the Roman Empire, Byzantium and Ottoman ports once docked.

Goldfish, released into the wild, are somehow surviving in saltwater

Goldfish, released into the wild, are somehow surviving in saltwater

In case you didn't know, goldfish aren't meant to survive in saltwater. Yet that's what James Tweedley and researchers from the Centre of Fish and Fisheries at Murdoch University discovered in the Vasse and Wonnerup estuaries, located in south-western Australia.  They've been surveying the invasion of goldfish in these waterways, the results of which have been published in an article in the journal, International Aquatic Research. And well, it's not looking good. SEE ALSO: Man catches rare translucent lobster, throws it back into the sea because it was such a pretty lady "If you have a goldfish at home, you'd just put it in a tank with tap water which has a salinity of zero," Tweedley explained. "By comparison the ocean has a salinity of about 35, and we found [the goldfish] in about 17 — which is halfway between the two, but a lot more than we'd expect." An estuary is a body of water, next to the ocean, where freshwater from rivers and saltwater from the seas mix. Its salinity is higher than a river, but less than the ocean.  The big problem is if goldfish use these Vasse and Wonnerup estuaries as what Tweedley calls a "saltbridge." With these goldfish swimming down to an estuary, the concern is if these goldfish manage to use the estuary to cross into other connected rivers — just like a bridge. "If they can tolerate salt for a short period of time — enough to make the swim — from one river to another, they can spread," he explained. If the goldfish spread, they'll cause even more havoc than they are already. So far they've been accelerating algae blooms, stirring up sediment, and consuming the eggs of native fish species.  And as you may have seen, the size and plentiful food sources of a large waterway mean they can get so big that they have no natural predators, like birds or any other species in the water. Researchers found 526 goldfish over three surveys in these estuaries. "By the age of one, they'll grow to 18 centimetres (7 in) in length ... and they actually get to 40 centimetres (15.75 in) in length and 2 kilograms (4.41 pounds) in that river. Some of the biggest in the world," Tweedley said. There has been a goldfish control program in place since 2003, but when it comes to stopping it, prevention is key. That means people not flushing goldfish down the toilet, or releasing it into an open waterway. Image: Dr Stephen Beatty"With any invasive species, once they're out there, the horse has already bolted," Tweedley explains. "You only need a couple to survive an eradication attempt before they spawn and produce more." If you have unwanted goldfish, you can try and return it to an aquarium. Or you can euthanise it by putting them in the freezer — it's better than unleashing havoc on the environment. WATCH: Add this video to the list of why you should never propose over a body of water

Nominee for EPA chemical safety post has deep industry ties

Nominee for EPA chemical safety post has deep industry ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency has for years accepted payments for criticizing studies that raised concerns about the safety of his clients' products, according to a review of financial records and his published work by The Associated Press.

1,000-Year-Old Tomb of Maya King Discovered in Guatemala

1,000-Year-Old Tomb of Maya King Discovered in Guatemala

Archaeologists digging under a Maya palace in Guatemala say they have opened the tomb of a royal and found a jade mask and bones, both painted bright red. The tomb was unearthed at the site of El Perú-Waka' in the rainforest of northern Guatemala. A wealthy royal family once ruled Waka' and controlled what was a major trade route along the San Pedro River.

Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the Environmental Protection Agency does not manage its Superfund staff effectively to match its workload, an internal government watchdog said Tuesday.

Wildlife pays the price of Kenya's illegal grazing

Wildlife pays the price of Kenya's illegal grazing

Months of invasions by sometimes armed semi-nomadic herders, and tens of thousands of their livestock, have had a disastrous impact on the wildlife of a region heralded as a conservation success story. African wild dogs, elephants, buffalo, lions, giraffes, zebra and antelope have all been affected by shooting, starvation and disease, or by being forced out of their usual habitats. Canine distemper, a virus most likely caught from the pastoralists' attendant mongrels, has wiped out scores of endangered wild dogs, including all seven packs studied by Ngatia, an ecologist at Laikipia's Mpala Research Centre.

Satan's Enigma: 'Possessed' Nun's 17th-Century Letter Deciphered

Satan's Enigma: 'Possessed' Nun's 17th-Century Letter Deciphered

A mysterious letter written more than 300 years ago by a Sicilian nun who claimed to be possessed by Satan has finally been deciphered. Scientists used a deep-web code breaker to read the letter. The message — indeed devilish — describes God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as "dead weights," the researcher said.

As Fall Equinox Approaches, Was Stonehenge Used to Predict Astronomical Events?

As Fall Equinox Approaches, Was Stonehenge Used to Predict Astronomical Events?

This Friday night and Saturday morning, druids, pagans, hippies, and assorted hangers-on will gather at Britain’s world-famous neolithic “Stonehenge” site to mark the fall equinox, the point when summer ends and the days begin to shorten. “This is the third of the four ‘sky points’ in our Wheel of the Year and it is when the sun does a perfect balancing act in the heavens,” says a piece on the Stonehenge blog. The nearest full moon to the equinox is known as the “harvest moon.” Farmers would celebrate it as the end of the second harvest.

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A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

Maria “will essentially devastate most of the island,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said earlier this week. “After Irma, the people of Puerto Rico stood up and helped others,” he said, according to USA Today. Fewer than half of Americans, however, even realize that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

By Julia Simon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices settled up 2 percent on Wednesday despite a rise in U.S. crude inventories, with the market heading for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners were considering extending or deepening output cuts. Brent crude futures rose $1.06, or 1.9 percent, to $56.20 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 93 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $50.41. U.S. crude oil stockpiles jumped last week as imports and production increased, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, as operations resumed from the impact of Hurricane Harvey which hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

General Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may think that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but it's not the only way in which she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds The former secretary of state opened up about her relationship with Putin during an appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"  on Tuesday, and detailed the leader’s apparent fondness for "manspreading."

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Dramatic video footage has emerged of a helicopter accidentally firing a rocket at bystanders watching Russia's military drills. At least two bystanders were injured and two cars burnt down in the incident that occurred during the Zapad 2017 military exercises, the 66.ru news website reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified source familiar with the situation.  According to the Yekaterinburg regional news website 66.ru that first broke the story and published a video of the incident, two military helicopters were chasing a target when one of them accidentally fired air-to-ground rockets at bystanders.  The video of the incident, published by 66.ru, depicts a helicopter firing a shot at a man walking near three cars. “[The helicopters] were 500 meters away from the target. They activated the weapon chain, but something malfunctioned, and rockets went down [earlier],” the source told 66.ru and added that two people – “most likely journalists” – were hospitalised with serious injuries. The incident was reported to have taken place at the Luzhski range right outside of St. Petersburg. It remains unclear when it happened, but the 66.ru report suggests that it wasn’t long before Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the range on Monday. Later on Tuesday the RBC news outlet reported that the incident happened on September 16, citing an anonymous source close to Russia’s Defence Ministry. The source claimed three people got injured in the incident, and none of them were civilians. RBC published another video of the incident, showing the helicopter firing rockets at a military truck parked near three apparent civilian cars.   The Defence Ministry refuted claims that the shot was fired at bystanders who were watching the Zapad exercise. The video posted by 66.ru depicts an incident that happened “at a different period of time,” during another army aviation exercise, the Ministry spokespeople told RBC.   They confirmed the fact that a helicopter accidentally fired a rocket at a parking lot, and said that an empty military truck was damaged as a result. Information about “many people heavily injured” is either “deliberate provocation,” or “someone’s personal silliness,” the Ministry officials said. Zapad 2017 is a large-scale joint military exercise of Russia and Belarus that raised concerns in neighboring European countries as a potential threat to regional security. 12,700 troops are officially said to be participating, together with some 140 tanks, up to 150 artillery and air defence units and more than 40 planes and helicopters.

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

By Daniel Trotta and Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against the odds on Thursday to find survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years, as the search for a 12-year-old schoolgirl that transfixed the nation faced complications. More than 50 survivors have been plucked from disaster sites in Mexico City since Tuesday afternoon's 7.1-magnitude quake, leading to impassioned choruses of "Yes we can!" from first responders, volunteers and spectators gathered around the ruins. At the site, Navy-led rescuers have communicated with the 12-year-old girl, but were still unable to dig her free.

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona's streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote.

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

The U.S. poverty rate fell for the second straight year in 2016 while median income rose to an all-time high of $59,000 as the economy made up ground lost during the 2007-2009 recession, federal government data released on Tuesday showed. Median household income rose 3.2 percent from $57,200 a year earlier, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. "Real median household income has finally completed its nine-year slog of digging out of the ditch," IHS Markit Executive Director Chris Christopher said, with more gains expected in 2017 and 2018.

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

A so-called preventive military strike would not only fail to resolve the threat to U.S. personnel and U.S. allies, but worsen it. Last Friday National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster emphatically told reporters that despite what many have said to the contrary, “there is a military option” for North Korea. Tuesday afternoon at the United Nations, President Trump went even further, saying that if he felt certain conditions warranted it, then he would have no choice “but to totally destroy North Korea.” The president and his national security advisor, however, are wrong.

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

On Wednesday, Mediaite published a full eight minutes of outtakes from the MSNBC host’s Aug. 29 broadcast of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Apparently O’Donnell’s earpiece was acting up that night, a malfunction he repeatedly sounded off about between segments. This has been updated with O’Donnell’s comments on Twitter.

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is "extremely concerned" by U.S. President Donald Trump's comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Lavrov's comments, made to Russian reporters at the United Nations in New York and published by his ministry on Wednesday, illustrate how deeply Moscow and Washington are at odds over an array of issues and suggest any attempts to improve already battered relations face an uphill struggle. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said Iran's 2015 pact with six world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for loosening economic sanctions was "an embarrassment to the United States".

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A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

Maria “will essentially devastate most of the island,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said earlier this week. “After Irma, the people of Puerto Rico stood up and helped others,” he said, according to USA Today. Fewer than half of Americans, however, even realize that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

By Julia Simon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices settled up 2 percent on Wednesday despite a rise in U.S. crude inventories, with the market heading for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners were considering extending or deepening output cuts. Brent crude futures rose $1.06, or 1.9 percent, to $56.20 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 93 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $50.41. U.S. crude oil stockpiles jumped last week as imports and production increased, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, as operations resumed from the impact of Hurricane Harvey which hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

General Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may think that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but it's not the only way in which she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds The former secretary of state opened up about her relationship with Putin during an appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"  on Tuesday, and detailed the leader’s apparent fondness for "manspreading."

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Dramatic video footage has emerged of a helicopter accidentally firing a rocket at bystanders watching Russia's military drills. At least two bystanders were injured and two cars burnt down in the incident that occurred during the Zapad 2017 military exercises, the 66.ru news website reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified source familiar with the situation.  According to the Yekaterinburg regional news website 66.ru that first broke the story and published a video of the incident, two military helicopters were chasing a target when one of them accidentally fired air-to-ground rockets at bystanders.  The video of the incident, published by 66.ru, depicts a helicopter firing a shot at a man walking near three cars. “[The helicopters] were 500 meters away from the target. They activated the weapon chain, but something malfunctioned, and rockets went down [earlier],” the source told 66.ru and added that two people – “most likely journalists” – were hospitalised with serious injuries. The incident was reported to have taken place at the Luzhski range right outside of St. Petersburg. It remains unclear when it happened, but the 66.ru report suggests that it wasn’t long before Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the range on Monday. Later on Tuesday the RBC news outlet reported that the incident happened on September 16, citing an anonymous source close to Russia’s Defence Ministry. The source claimed three people got injured in the incident, and none of them were civilians. RBC published another video of the incident, showing the helicopter firing rockets at a military truck parked near three apparent civilian cars.   The Defence Ministry refuted claims that the shot was fired at bystanders who were watching the Zapad exercise. The video posted by 66.ru depicts an incident that happened “at a different period of time,” during another army aviation exercise, the Ministry spokespeople told RBC.   They confirmed the fact that a helicopter accidentally fired a rocket at a parking lot, and said that an empty military truck was damaged as a result. Information about “many people heavily injured” is either “deliberate provocation,” or “someone’s personal silliness,” the Ministry officials said. Zapad 2017 is a large-scale joint military exercise of Russia and Belarus that raised concerns in neighboring European countries as a potential threat to regional security. 12,700 troops are officially said to be participating, together with some 140 tanks, up to 150 artillery and air defence units and more than 40 planes and helicopters.

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

By Daniel Trotta and Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against the odds on Thursday to find survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years, as the search for a 12-year-old schoolgirl that transfixed the nation faced complications. More than 50 survivors have been plucked from disaster sites in Mexico City since Tuesday afternoon's 7.1-magnitude quake, leading to impassioned choruses of "Yes we can!" from first responders, volunteers and spectators gathered around the ruins. At the site, Navy-led rescuers have communicated with the 12-year-old girl, but were still unable to dig her free.

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona's streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote.

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

The U.S. poverty rate fell for the second straight year in 2016 while median income rose to an all-time high of $59,000 as the economy made up ground lost during the 2007-2009 recession, federal government data released on Tuesday showed. Median household income rose 3.2 percent from $57,200 a year earlier, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. "Real median household income has finally completed its nine-year slog of digging out of the ditch," IHS Markit Executive Director Chris Christopher said, with more gains expected in 2017 and 2018.

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

A so-called preventive military strike would not only fail to resolve the threat to U.S. personnel and U.S. allies, but worsen it. Last Friday National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster emphatically told reporters that despite what many have said to the contrary, “there is a military option” for North Korea. Tuesday afternoon at the United Nations, President Trump went even further, saying that if he felt certain conditions warranted it, then he would have no choice “but to totally destroy North Korea.” The president and his national security advisor, however, are wrong.

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

On Wednesday, Mediaite published a full eight minutes of outtakes from the MSNBC host’s Aug. 29 broadcast of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Apparently O’Donnell’s earpiece was acting up that night, a malfunction he repeatedly sounded off about between segments. This has been updated with O’Donnell’s comments on Twitter.

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is "extremely concerned" by U.S. President Donald Trump's comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Lavrov's comments, made to Russian reporters at the United Nations in New York and published by his ministry on Wednesday, illustrate how deeply Moscow and Washington are at odds over an array of issues and suggest any attempts to improve already battered relations face an uphill struggle. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said Iran's 2015 pact with six world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for loosening economic sanctions was "an embarrassment to the United States".

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A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

Maria “will essentially devastate most of the island,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said earlier this week. “After Irma, the people of Puerto Rico stood up and helped others,” he said, according to USA Today. Fewer than half of Americans, however, even realize that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

By Julia Simon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices settled up 2 percent on Wednesday despite a rise in U.S. crude inventories, with the market heading for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners were considering extending or deepening output cuts. Brent crude futures rose $1.06, or 1.9 percent, to $56.20 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 93 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $50.41. U.S. crude oil stockpiles jumped last week as imports and production increased, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, as operations resumed from the impact of Hurricane Harvey which hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

General Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may think that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but it's not the only way in which she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds The former secretary of state opened up about her relationship with Putin during an appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"  on Tuesday, and detailed the leader’s apparent fondness for "manspreading."

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Dramatic video footage has emerged of a helicopter accidentally firing a rocket at bystanders watching Russia's military drills. At least two bystanders were injured and two cars burnt down in the incident that occurred during the Zapad 2017 military exercises, the 66.ru news website reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified source familiar with the situation.  According to the Yekaterinburg regional news website 66.ru that first broke the story and published a video of the incident, two military helicopters were chasing a target when one of them accidentally fired air-to-ground rockets at bystanders.  The video of the incident, published by 66.ru, depicts a helicopter firing a shot at a man walking near three cars. “[The helicopters] were 500 meters away from the target. They activated the weapon chain, but something malfunctioned, and rockets went down [earlier],” the source told 66.ru and added that two people – “most likely journalists” – were hospitalised with serious injuries. The incident was reported to have taken place at the Luzhski range right outside of St. Petersburg. It remains unclear when it happened, but the 66.ru report suggests that it wasn’t long before Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the range on Monday. Later on Tuesday the RBC news outlet reported that the incident happened on September 16, citing an anonymous source close to Russia’s Defence Ministry. The source claimed three people got injured in the incident, and none of them were civilians. RBC published another video of the incident, showing the helicopter firing rockets at a military truck parked near three apparent civilian cars.   The Defence Ministry refuted claims that the shot was fired at bystanders who were watching the Zapad exercise. The video posted by 66.ru depicts an incident that happened “at a different period of time,” during another army aviation exercise, the Ministry spokespeople told RBC.   They confirmed the fact that a helicopter accidentally fired a rocket at a parking lot, and said that an empty military truck was damaged as a result. Information about “many people heavily injured” is either “deliberate provocation,” or “someone’s personal silliness,” the Ministry officials said. Zapad 2017 is a large-scale joint military exercise of Russia and Belarus that raised concerns in neighboring European countries as a potential threat to regional security. 12,700 troops are officially said to be participating, together with some 140 tanks, up to 150 artillery and air defence units and more than 40 planes and helicopters.

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

By Daniel Trotta and Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against the odds on Thursday to find survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years, as the search for a 12-year-old schoolgirl that transfixed the nation faced complications. More than 50 survivors have been plucked from disaster sites in Mexico City since Tuesday afternoon's 7.1-magnitude quake, leading to impassioned choruses of "Yes we can!" from first responders, volunteers and spectators gathered around the ruins. At the site, Navy-led rescuers have communicated with the 12-year-old girl, but were still unable to dig her free.

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona's streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote.

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

The U.S. poverty rate fell for the second straight year in 2016 while median income rose to an all-time high of $59,000 as the economy made up ground lost during the 2007-2009 recession, federal government data released on Tuesday showed. Median household income rose 3.2 percent from $57,200 a year earlier, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. "Real median household income has finally completed its nine-year slog of digging out of the ditch," IHS Markit Executive Director Chris Christopher said, with more gains expected in 2017 and 2018.

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

A so-called preventive military strike would not only fail to resolve the threat to U.S. personnel and U.S. allies, but worsen it. Last Friday National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster emphatically told reporters that despite what many have said to the contrary, “there is a military option” for North Korea. Tuesday afternoon at the United Nations, President Trump went even further, saying that if he felt certain conditions warranted it, then he would have no choice “but to totally destroy North Korea.” The president and his national security advisor, however, are wrong.

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

On Wednesday, Mediaite published a full eight minutes of outtakes from the MSNBC host’s Aug. 29 broadcast of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Apparently O’Donnell’s earpiece was acting up that night, a malfunction he repeatedly sounded off about between segments. This has been updated with O’Donnell’s comments on Twitter.

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is "extremely concerned" by U.S. President Donald Trump's comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Lavrov's comments, made to Russian reporters at the United Nations in New York and published by his ministry on Wednesday, illustrate how deeply Moscow and Washington are at odds over an array of issues and suggest any attempts to improve already battered relations face an uphill struggle. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said Iran's 2015 pact with six world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for loosening economic sanctions was "an embarrassment to the United States".

energy

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

Maria “will essentially devastate most of the island,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said earlier this week. “After Irma, the people of Puerto Rico stood up and helped others,” he said, according to USA Today. Fewer than half of Americans, however, even realize that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

By Julia Simon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices settled up 2 percent on Wednesday despite a rise in U.S. crude inventories, with the market heading for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners were considering extending or deepening output cuts. Brent crude futures rose $1.06, or 1.9 percent, to $56.20 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 93 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $50.41. U.S. crude oil stockpiles jumped last week as imports and production increased, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, as operations resumed from the impact of Hurricane Harvey which hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

General Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may think that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but it's not the only way in which she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds The former secretary of state opened up about her relationship with Putin during an appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"  on Tuesday, and detailed the leader’s apparent fondness for "manspreading."

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Dramatic video footage has emerged of a helicopter accidentally firing a rocket at bystanders watching Russia's military drills. At least two bystanders were injured and two cars burnt down in the incident that occurred during the Zapad 2017 military exercises, the 66.ru news website reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified source familiar with the situation.  According to the Yekaterinburg regional news website 66.ru that first broke the story and published a video of the incident, two military helicopters were chasing a target when one of them accidentally fired air-to-ground rockets at bystanders.  The video of the incident, published by 66.ru, depicts a helicopter firing a shot at a man walking near three cars. “[The helicopters] were 500 meters away from the target. They activated the weapon chain, but something malfunctioned, and rockets went down [earlier],” the source told 66.ru and added that two people – “most likely journalists” – were hospitalised with serious injuries. The incident was reported to have taken place at the Luzhski range right outside of St. Petersburg. It remains unclear when it happened, but the 66.ru report suggests that it wasn’t long before Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the range on Monday. Later on Tuesday the RBC news outlet reported that the incident happened on September 16, citing an anonymous source close to Russia’s Defence Ministry. The source claimed three people got injured in the incident, and none of them were civilians. RBC published another video of the incident, showing the helicopter firing rockets at a military truck parked near three apparent civilian cars.   The Defence Ministry refuted claims that the shot was fired at bystanders who were watching the Zapad exercise. The video posted by 66.ru depicts an incident that happened “at a different period of time,” during another army aviation exercise, the Ministry spokespeople told RBC.   They confirmed the fact that a helicopter accidentally fired a rocket at a parking lot, and said that an empty military truck was damaged as a result. Information about “many people heavily injured” is either “deliberate provocation,” or “someone’s personal silliness,” the Ministry officials said. Zapad 2017 is a large-scale joint military exercise of Russia and Belarus that raised concerns in neighboring European countries as a potential threat to regional security. 12,700 troops are officially said to be participating, together with some 140 tanks, up to 150 artillery and air defence units and more than 40 planes and helicopters.

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

By Daniel Trotta and Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against the odds on Thursday to find survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years, as the search for a 12-year-old schoolgirl that transfixed the nation faced complications. More than 50 survivors have been plucked from disaster sites in Mexico City since Tuesday afternoon's 7.1-magnitude quake, leading to impassioned choruses of "Yes we can!" from first responders, volunteers and spectators gathered around the ruins. At the site, Navy-led rescuers have communicated with the 12-year-old girl, but were still unable to dig her free.

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona's streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote.

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

The U.S. poverty rate fell for the second straight year in 2016 while median income rose to an all-time high of $59,000 as the economy made up ground lost during the 2007-2009 recession, federal government data released on Tuesday showed. Median household income rose 3.2 percent from $57,200 a year earlier, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. "Real median household income has finally completed its nine-year slog of digging out of the ditch," IHS Markit Executive Director Chris Christopher said, with more gains expected in 2017 and 2018.

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

A so-called preventive military strike would not only fail to resolve the threat to U.S. personnel and U.S. allies, but worsen it. Last Friday National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster emphatically told reporters that despite what many have said to the contrary, “there is a military option” for North Korea. Tuesday afternoon at the United Nations, President Trump went even further, saying that if he felt certain conditions warranted it, then he would have no choice “but to totally destroy North Korea.” The president and his national security advisor, however, are wrong.

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

On Wednesday, Mediaite published a full eight minutes of outtakes from the MSNBC host’s Aug. 29 broadcast of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Apparently O’Donnell’s earpiece was acting up that night, a malfunction he repeatedly sounded off about between segments. This has been updated with O’Donnell’s comments on Twitter.

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is "extremely concerned" by U.S. President Donald Trump's comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Lavrov's comments, made to Russian reporters at the United Nations in New York and published by his ministry on Wednesday, illustrate how deeply Moscow and Washington are at odds over an array of issues and suggest any attempts to improve already battered relations face an uphill struggle. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said Iran's 2015 pact with six world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for loosening economic sanctions was "an embarrassment to the United States".

green

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

A Lot Of Americans Don't Know That Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too

Maria “will essentially devastate most of the island,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said earlier this week. “After Irma, the people of Puerto Rico stood up and helped others,” he said, according to USA Today. Fewer than half of Americans, however, even realize that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

Oil up 2 percent despite U.S. crude build; set for best third quarter since 2004

By Julia Simon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices settled up 2 percent on Wednesday despite a rise in U.S. crude inventories, with the market heading for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years after the Iraqi oil minister said OPEC and its partners were considering extending or deepening output cuts. Brent crude futures rose $1.06, or 1.9 percent, to $56.20 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 93 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $50.41. U.S. crude oil stockpiles jumped last week as imports and production increased, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, as operations resumed from the impact of Hurricane Harvey which hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 25.

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

GE to sell corporate jets in cost-cutting move

General Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Hillary Clinton opens up about Vladimir Putin and his apparent habit of ‘manspreading’

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may think that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but it's not the only way in which she thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds The former secretary of state opened up about her relationship with Putin during an appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert"  on Tuesday, and detailed the leader’s apparent fondness for "manspreading."

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Watch moment Russian helicopter 'accidentally fires rockets at bystanders'

Dramatic video footage has emerged of a helicopter accidentally firing a rocket at bystanders watching Russia's military drills. At least two bystanders were injured and two cars burnt down in the incident that occurred during the Zapad 2017 military exercises, the 66.ru news website reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified source familiar with the situation.  According to the Yekaterinburg regional news website 66.ru that first broke the story and published a video of the incident, two military helicopters were chasing a target when one of them accidentally fired air-to-ground rockets at bystanders.  The video of the incident, published by 66.ru, depicts a helicopter firing a shot at a man walking near three cars. “[The helicopters] were 500 meters away from the target. They activated the weapon chain, but something malfunctioned, and rockets went down [earlier],” the source told 66.ru and added that two people – “most likely journalists” – were hospitalised with serious injuries. The incident was reported to have taken place at the Luzhski range right outside of St. Petersburg. It remains unclear when it happened, but the 66.ru report suggests that it wasn’t long before Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the range on Monday. Later on Tuesday the RBC news outlet reported that the incident happened on September 16, citing an anonymous source close to Russia’s Defence Ministry. The source claimed three people got injured in the incident, and none of them were civilians. RBC published another video of the incident, showing the helicopter firing rockets at a military truck parked near three apparent civilian cars.   The Defence Ministry refuted claims that the shot was fired at bystanders who were watching the Zapad exercise. The video posted by 66.ru depicts an incident that happened “at a different period of time,” during another army aviation exercise, the Ministry spokespeople told RBC.   They confirmed the fact that a helicopter accidentally fired a rocket at a parking lot, and said that an empty military truck was damaged as a result. Information about “many people heavily injured” is either “deliberate provocation,” or “someone’s personal silliness,” the Ministry officials said. Zapad 2017 is a large-scale joint military exercise of Russia and Belarus that raised concerns in neighboring European countries as a potential threat to regional security. 12,700 troops are officially said to be participating, together with some 140 tanks, up to 150 artillery and air defence units and more than 40 planes and helicopters.

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

Mexico rescuers labor against time to find trapped quake survivors

By Daniel Trotta and Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against the odds on Thursday to find survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years, as the search for a 12-year-old schoolgirl that transfixed the nation faced complications. More than 50 survivors have been plucked from disaster sites in Mexico City since Tuesday afternoon's 7.1-magnitude quake, leading to impassioned choruses of "Yes we can!" from first responders, volunteers and spectators gathered around the ruins. At the site, Navy-led rescuers have communicated with the 12-year-old girl, but were still unable to dig her free.

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Catalan nationalists protest in Barcelona

Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona's streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote.

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

U.S. incomes, poverty rate bounce back to pre-recession levels in 2016

The U.S. poverty rate fell for the second straight year in 2016 while median income rose to an all-time high of $59,000 as the economy made up ground lost during the 2007-2009 recession, federal government data released on Tuesday showed. Median household income rose 3.2 percent from $57,200 a year earlier, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. "Real median household income has finally completed its nine-year slog of digging out of the ditch," IHS Markit Executive Director Chris Christopher said, with more gains expected in 2017 and 2018.

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

How North Korea Plans to Survive a U.S. Attack

A so-called preventive military strike would not only fail to resolve the threat to U.S. personnel and U.S. allies, but worsen it. Last Friday National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster emphatically told reporters that despite what many have said to the contrary, “there is a military option” for North Korea. Tuesday afternoon at the United Nations, President Trump went even further, saying that if he felt certain conditions warranted it, then he would have no choice “but to totally destroy North Korea.” The president and his national security advisor, however, are wrong.

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

Lawrence O'Donnell Lost His Mind Over A Malfunctioning Earpiece

On Wednesday, Mediaite published a full eight minutes of outtakes from the MSNBC host’s Aug. 29 broadcast of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Apparently O’Donnell’s earpiece was acting up that night, a malfunction he repeatedly sounded off about between segments. This has been updated with O’Donnell’s comments on Twitter.

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is "extremely concerned" by U.S. President Donald Trump's comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Lavrov's comments, made to Russian reporters at the United Nations in New York and published by his ministry on Wednesday, illustrate how deeply Moscow and Washington are at odds over an array of issues and suggest any attempts to improve already battered relations face an uphill struggle. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said Iran's 2015 pact with six world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for loosening economic sanctions was "an embarrassment to the United States".