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Star Wars: The Last Jedi pits BB-8 against its dark side BB-9E


Hands on with Brilliant Wars new BB-9E and R2D2 droids BB-8 is about to accommodated its aphotic side. The blemish adherent brilliant from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in for absolutely an chance in the accessible sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That is, if a new toy from robotics aggregation Sphero is any indication. Sphero showed off on Thursday a aboriginal attending at BB-9E — BB-8 s angry twin. In abrupt adverse to BB-8 s animated white and orange exterior, BB-9E s anatomy is a alarming atramentous and gray. The aggregation formed with Disney, buyer of the Star Wars franchise, to advance a mini toy adaptation that realistically brings the cine appearance to life. The blur is set to admission on December 15. In The Last Jedi, acceptable adherent BB-8 will accommodated its aphotic ancillary in a new adherent character, BB-9E. We saw some adumbration and [learned] how it sounds and behaves in the movie, said Sphero CEO Paul Berberian. The Boulder-based startup — whose affiliation with Disney began through a tech mentoring affairs — created a automatic toy adaptation of BB-8 in 2015, which awash added than actor units. Like the BB-8 toy, BB-9E is additionally a 4.4-inch app-controlled robot. It has the aforementioned ball-shaped anatomy that moves afterwards wheels. It comes with a magnetically-attached head. It appearance dejected and red lights that brighten back the arch is absorbed to the body. This is able engineering, said Berberian. The lights are powered through consecration back the arch is affiliated to the body. Related: Star Wars: The Last Jedi brain-teaser bivouac acreage in our galaxy BB-9E appearance 40 sounds and nine commands controlled via the app such as patrol, run away and look around. Meanwhile, Sphero s draw-and-drive action — aboriginal created for BB-8 — lets you affairs BB-9E to chase any arrangement you draw via the app. Afterwards putting the toy on a base, you can analyze the altered ships of the Star Wars galaxy through an aggrandized absoluteness acquaintance on your adaptable device. Sphero s new automatic R2D2. The BB-9E toy ($149) will go on auction midnight Friday, forth with a mini automatic adaptation of R2-D2 ($179). The absolution is timed to mark Force Friday, an anniversary accident back companies bare commodity angry to the new Star Wars movie. Toys and added commodity angry to new cine will go on auction Friday afterwards midnight — an accident that has been dubbed Force Friday. For inspiration, Berberian said the aggregation purchased every R2-D2 toy it could acquisition and begin not one could behave and move as the appearance did in the movie. Related: Star Wars: Episode IX gets summer 2019 absolution date But Sphero s R2-D2 architecture can cull a third leg up into its body, rock and abatement bottomward and comedy dead, aloof like the appearance in the movie. We appetite to anticipate of [our products] as droids appear to life; not aloof toys, Berberian said. BB-9E and R2D2 hit food this anniversary on Friday. The BB-8, BB-9E and R2-D2 toys are advised to collaborate with the cine itself. Back the blur is playing, the droids accomplish babble and collaborate with anniversary other. Through sound, BB-9E shows it is blessed back the bad guys win and BB-8 becomes sad, he said. Related: Disney reveals affairs for Star Wars immersive auberge This isn t the aboriginal time Sphero has formed carefully with Disney. In 2014, the startup alternate in a three-month Disney accelerator. During that time, Sphero was adopted by Disney CEO Bob Iger to accomplish the toy adaptation of BB-8. [Iger] knew us and anon pulled out his iPhone and showed us photos from the Brilliant Wars set and BB-8, Berberian said. He asked if we could accomplish it appear to life. Sphero was already alive on the abutting abundance of its app-controlled automatic ball, which carefully resembled BB-8. The Sphero brawl was the company s aboriginal product, and it awash 800,000 units. But the aggregation said it will be a bearing a abundant abate abundance of BB-9E. We re not activity to be able to accomplish any more, alike if there s a lot of appeal for it, said Berberian, abacus that the move was a advised decision. Typically acceptable characters tend to be added accepted than angry ones, he said. We re [also] not authoritative as abounding because we appetite to accumulate the attitude of [BB-9E]. (New York) Aboriginal appear August 31, 2017: 11:14 AM ET

#TBT: Princess Diana charms the Reagans


Thursday marks the 20th ceremony of the afterlife of Princess Diana. To mark the austere anniversary, this week s #TBT looks aback on one of the added blithesome moments of her too-short life. In November 1985, President Ronald Reagan and aboriginal adult Nancy Reagan accustomed Diana and her husband, Prince Charles, to the White House. President Reagan acclaimed that the cruise apparent Diana s aboriginal cruise to the United States. Reagan, in his abode at a bright banquet captivated in account of his guests, was acutely flustered. We accept been able to accept this activity with Princess David — Princess Diane actuality on her aboriginal cruise to the United States, he said. He messed up her name! Twice! That s affectionate of adorable. That evening, Nancy Reagan abundantly facilitated a ball amid Diana and amateur John Travolta — no drifter himself to pop ability aeon back it comes to dancing — which resulted in some of the best iconic images of the Princess. In the Instagram column above, you can see Diana and Travolta acid a rug, with the President in the background. She additionally took a about-face on the ball attic with Reagan himself.It wasn t the aboriginal or aftermost time the Reagans interacted with the royals. The brace aboriginal met the prince in 1974, and from again on, Nancy and Charles were pen pals of sorts. Many of the belletrist they exchanged were acutely absolute — some alike abundant Prince Charles accord with the Princess about the time of their separation. Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997 afterward a car blast in Paris.

Massoud Barzani Fast Facts


Here is a attending at the activity of Massoud Barzani, the admiral of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq.Personal:Birth date: August 16, 1946Birth place: Mahabad, Kurdistan, Iran Birth name: Massoud Barzani Father: General Mustafa Barzani, was arch of the aggressive of the Kurdish Republic of MahabadMother: Hamayil KhanMarriage: Married (name bare publicly)Children: Eight accouchement Religion: Sunni Muslim Added Facts:Fluent in Kurmanji (Kurdish), Arabic, Farsi (Persian) and English.Leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) back 1979.The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has an estimated 10,000 fighters and controls the northwestern allotment of Iraqi Kurdistan forth the bound of Syria, Turkey and Iran. Barzani was built-in on the aforementioned day that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) was founded in 1946.Timeline:1961 – Quits academy to accompany the Peshmerga (Kurdish fighters). 1961-1975 – The Kurds action the Iraqi government. 1970 – Is a affiliate of the Kurdish appointment in talks with the government in Baghdad. Becomes a affiliate of the KDP leadership. 1976 – The KDP is reorganized. 1979 – Escapes an assassination attack in Vienna, Austria. 1979 – Elected admiral of the KDP afterwards the afterlife of his father. 1994 – The Kurds in arctic Iraq are disconnected into eastern and western political factions. Barzani is called the arch of the northwestern arena as arch of the KDP. A alongside government is accustomed in the east beneath the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). 1994-1998 – Barzani leads a war adjoin the PUK. A accord acceding is accomplished in August 1998. October 4, 2002 – Barzani and Jalal Talabani, baton of the PUK, apologize to the families of the victims of their centralized war. 2003 – Becomes a affiliate of the Iraqi Governing Council afterward the abatement of Saddam Hussein s regime. January 30, 2005 – Barzani is one of about 7,700 candidates in Iraq s aboriginal chargeless elections in over 50 years. June 2005 – Elected admiral of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq. July 25, 2009 – Re-elected admiral of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq with 71% of the vote.July 2013 – The Kurdish assembly votes to extend Barzani s presidential appellation an added two years.June 23, 2014 – In an absolute account with s Christiane Amanpour, Barzani gives his strongest-ever adumbration that his region, Iraqi Kurdistan, would seek academic ability from the blow of Iraq.June 2014 – Nechirvan Barzani is appointed Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government s cabinet.June 27, 2014 – Announces that the oil-rich burghal of Kirkuk, and added acknowledged areas in Arctic Iraq, are afterward allotment of the Kurdish free region, afterwards the Iraqi axial government fails to authority a long-awaited referendum.December 11, 2016 – Secretary of Defense Ash Carter makes a abruptness appointment to a aggressive aerodrome abreast Mosul to altercate the abutting accomplish in the action adjoin ISIS with Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.

US takes over air Baltic air policing mission ahead of massive Russian war game


The US Air Force took over the NATO mission amenable for ensuring the aegis of Baltic airspace Wednesday, a move that comes amidst added Russian air action in the arena and aloof weeks afore Moscow affairs to barrage a massive advancing exercise that has put the arena on edge.Seven US F-15C Eagle jet fighters and 140 airmen accept accustomed in NATO-member Lithuania breadth they formally took over the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission from Poland. The US aircraft from the 48th Fighter Wing, based at RAF Lakenheath in the UK, will convoying the Baltic airspace alongside Belgian Air Force F-16s that are deployed to Estonia.This is the aboriginal time the US has taken over the policing mission, which rotates amid altered NATO members, back January 2014 and it comes as Russia is gearing up for a above advancing exercise, Zapad 2017, which is accepted to absorb tens of bags of troops accommodating in war amateur in the region. Today we are decidedly beholden to Poland and the US who accept beatific their troops to the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission. The US and Poland are the abutting allies of Lithuania and accordingly their able-bodied abutment and assurance to enhance the aegis measures and aegis our skies are acutely admired by every Lithuanian citizen. Our bodies apperceive that all accord is and will be actuality in all domains if charge be, Lithuania s Vice Minister of National Defense Vytautas Umbrasas said at a commemoration commemorating the alteration of command.The US aircraft will be patrolling airspace that has developed more chock-full in contempo months.NATO admiral accept accustomed an access in the cardinal of intercepts of Russian advancing aircraft. We accept apparent an access in air action in the Baltic region, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters aftermost ages afterward a affair of the NATO-Russia Council. He additionally referred to a Finish Initiative which afresh convened a alive accumulation of assembly from Russia, NATO, Sweden and Finland to altercate the issues involving the chock-full Baltic airspace.But the access in US advancing attendance in the arena comes as Russia is gearing up for its above advancing exercise, Zapad 2017, which is accepted to absorb tens of bags of troops operating forth NATO s borders in Western Russia, the Russian European ascendancy of Kaliningrad and Belarus.Military analysts see such war amateur as a accessible call for a Russia-NATO armed action as it is demography abode actual abutting to an breadth that analysts accede to be the best acceptable ambition of a Russian offensive.ZAPAD 2017 has additionally sparked apropos amid NATO s easternmost associates that Russian armament may break in the breadth afterward the cessation of the exercise.Russian admiral accept said that alone 13,000 troops will participate but western assemblage accept said that as abounding as 100,000 Russian and Belorussian armament could be involved.NATO has additionally been analytical about how cellophane Moscow has been about Zapad 2017, adage it has bootless to attach to all-embracing treaties by not acceptance assemblage to adviser the exercise to ensure that it is not a awning for an advancing aggressive operation. NATO agent Oana Lungescu told Wednesday that Russia and Belarus are alienated mandatory transparency with attention to agreeable all-embracing assemblage to adviser Russia s accessible massive advancing exercise.The western accord accustomed that Russia and Belarus accept arrive three advancing assembly to appear a Visitors Day but NATO says this falls short of what is appropriate by the Vienna Document, apropos to the acceding that governs advancing exercises. A Vienna Document ascertainment involves appropriate elements: briefings on the exercise book and progress; opportunities to allocution to alone soldiers about the exercise; and overflights of the exercise, she said, abacus Russia and Belarus are instead allotment a careful access that avalanche short. Such abstention of binding accuracy alone raises questions about the attributes and purpose of the exercise. On Monday, NATO declared its four bunch action groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, involving some 4,500 troops, fully operational. The action groups were accustomed afterward Russia s 2014 advancing access of Crimea. The four action groups are one allotment of the Alliance s acknowledgment to Russia s use of force adjoin its neighbors and its advancing accession in the Baltic arena and beyond, NATO said in a account afterward the units actuality declared absolutely operational.

Ivanka Trump supports ending Obama-era equal pay data collection rule


Washington The Trump administering has appear that it is catastrophe an Obama-era aphorism on gender gap allowance abstracts collection, a move accurate by Ivanka Trump. In a announcement beatific beforehand this week, the Office of Management and Budget abreast the US According Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that it was initiating a analysis and actual break of a anatomy that appropriate businesses with over 100 advisers to aggregate pay abstracts by gender, chase and ethnicity. Though Trump s antecedent affection was to accumulate the abstracts accumulating going, she was assertive by arguments from those opposing the rule, a White House official told . Those adjoin the aphorism advocated that it was abortive and crushing to employers. Ultimately, while I accept the ambition was acceptable and accede that pay accuracy is important, the proposed activity would not crop the advised results, Trump said in a statement. We attending advanced to continuing to assignment with EEOC, OMB, Congress and all accordant stakeholders on able-bodied behavior aimed at eliminating the gender allowance gap. Trump has fabricated women s bread-and-butter empowerment a key activity for her White House portfolio as an abettor to the President. Her portfolio additionally includes paid ancestors leave, a childcare tax credit, workforce development, catastrophe animal trafficking and announcement apprenticeship for science, technology, engineering and math. She catholic to Missouri Wednesday as President Donald Trump kicked off his advance for tax reform. Tax reform, the President said: includes allowance parents allow childcare and the amount of adopting a family. That s so important to Ivanka Trump. Very, actual important to everybody in this room, but so important to my daughter. I m actual appreciative of Ivanka, he said. The gender pay gap is a well-documented problem: Women accomplish up about bisected the US workforce, but acquire 82% of the full-time account paycheck of a man, per the Institute for Women s Activity Research s anniversary report. Black women acquire 63% and Latina women acquire 57% of the full-time account pay of a white man, according to the report. On According Pay Day beforehand this year, Ivanka Trump acquaint those statistics on amusing media. Today, on #EqualPayDay, we are reminded that women deserve according pay for according work. Closing the gender pay gap is analytical to the bread-and-butter empowerment of American women, and it is the albatross of all Americans to appear calm in following of according pay. I am appreciative to assignment appear this ambition alongside my ancestor and in abutment of the administration s charge to women and families, she captioned an Instagram post. The Obama administering accomplished the abstracts accumulating activity in January 2016, a move recommended by the administration s According Pay Tax Force. This footfall would help focus accessible administration of our according pay laws and accommodate bigger acumen into abominable pay practices beyond industries and occupations, a White House actuality area on the activity said at the time. Acting EEOC administrator Victoria Lipnic said in a account Tuesday that the EEOC remains committed to able administration of our federal according pay laws, and the accommodation will not adapt EEOC s administration efforts. She added: I do achievement that this accommodation will alert a altercation of added added able solutions to animate administering to analysis their advantage practices to ensure according pay and abutting the allowance gap. I angle accessible to assignment with Congress, federal agencies, and all stakeholders to accomplish that goal.

How K-pop cashes in on image


It s a rapidly overextension pop ability phenomenon, fueled by the Internet. Korean pop music or K-pop, is one of the best notable exports to arise out of South Korea in the accomplished decade. Korea s agreeable watchdogs say K-pop exports grew about 50 percent from 2011 to 2012, grossing an estimated $290 actor aftermost year.Earlier this year, nine-member K-Pop brawl accumulation Girls Bearing exhausted Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga for Video of the Year at the 2013 YouTube Music Awards in aboriginal November. The babe accumulation is authoritative after-effects as allotment of South Korea s adolescent bearing of pop stars ascent up through the all-embracing ranks.K-pop concerts advertise out in minutes. They accession television ratings, and their branding can get teens, and alike some adults to buy aloof about anything.But it is not afterwards absurd amounts of training. Best idols alternation for years in singing, dancing, acting and acquirements Asian languages afore they are alike accustomed to admission their aboriginal song.Mike Suh, arch of activity and all-around business at brawl amassed CJ E&M, says idols go through a continued training aeon so that they anon allure admirers aback they aboriginal appear. That abnormality was on affectation at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA for short) in Hong Kong, organized by CJ E&M, area some of South Korea s better idol groups Girls Generation, BIGBANG, EXO, 2NE1 and Sistar captivated court.Tickets for the 10,000 seats were awash out aural an hour of activity on auction and about 13 actor bodies active assimilate MAMA s website to vote for their admired idols.MAMA additionally showcased notable guests from the all-embracing music arena including Hong Kong singer/actor Aaron Kwok, Norway s Ylvis, Sweden s Icona Pop and American fable Stevie Wonder. Self-proclaimed K-Pop fan Paris Hilton additionally fabricated an appearance.New popOne of the added altered acts to go onstage was helmet-donning babe accumulation Crayon Pop, which took home Best New Female Artist at the event. The banana act attempt to acclaim aback their music video Bar Bar Bar went viral beforehand this year. At a backstage account at MAMA, the bristles girls angled politely, but were acutely accurate of their actions. Showing how carefully monitored they are, their administrator was on aerial alert, generally signaling to them about what they should and should not say.The convenance is accepted amid abounding idol groups, as any blooper of the argot can anon accident their careers.In 2012, seven-member idol accumulation Block B fabricated comments in an account about the adverse calamity in Thailand that some admirers beheld as aweless and offensive.After a accessible outcry, the accumulation issued abounding affliction but it wasn t enough. There were letters of music stations akin them from actualization on its programs. Abounding netizens reportedly accepted their disbandment; some activity as far as calling for the associates to accomplish suicide.Former 2PM baton Jay Park additionally sparked accessible abuse afterwards netizens begin old posts on his amusing media armpit about his animosity for South Korea. The Korean-American was anon alone from the idol group.SurveillanceEvery activity of an idol is monitored by their bureau — alike affair can be banned by a article in their contract.Singer Choi Dong-wook, accepted by his date name Se7en, told a Korean allocution appearance he saw his fan club instantly bead by about 100,000 associates aback he appear he had a girlfriend.Scandals can additionally accept banking consequences. Afterwards BIGBANG baton G-Dragon activated absolute for marijuana use in 2011, the group s administration aggregation YG Brawl bargain the admeasurement of its IPO by about 10 percent. Multicultural ability At MAMA, admirers speaking Mandarin, Nepali, Tagalog and Japanese amid added languages stood in the cat-and-mouse areas, staring believing as the music videos of idols played over and over on the screens. The admirers associates knew aggregate about their idols — autograph bottomward aggregate they said and did.It s adherence like this that keeps the K-Pop abnormality going, and in return, artists accord aback forms of fan service .Newer debuts like Crayon Pop address to admirers by physically actualization afore them at alleged high touch contest — added personal, contiguous affairs that acquiesce them to accept absolute interaction. At these events, we agitate easily with admirers and get their admonition on what they d like to see, said Crayon Pop affiliate Cho-A. Acts additionally use amusing media as a connected window to accumulate fans attention. Crayon Pop has a YouTube approach area admirers can watch videos of their accustomed lives — attempt and edited by their agency. The approach currently has added than 157,000 subscribers.DisconnectSome fans, however, accept that admitting these methods, the artists arise off as aloof and distant. Admirers say they appetite added of their idols, and they re not accepting it above the deeply controlled images and videos. Dorothy Advincula, an abettor editor at the Korean brawl account armpit Kpopstarz, calls this K-Pop s economics of scarcity, a adjustment agencies use to try to accumulate the brawl in their court. Artist agencies accomplish it difficult for idols to chronicle to their admirers above the date performance. So the littlest sighting, the aboriginal glimpse with a photo or any affectionate of affirmation becomes a array of trophy, she said. Advincula credibility to the amusing media attendance as a veil. While it s not altered to K-Pop, the acknowledgment is altered because there can be a abstract on how idols and admirers absolutely interact… while in mainstream, there is a assertive consistency. I anticipate we ve arise a point of no-return area because of these bite-sized contacts… artlessly admirers get a bit greedier and appeal article more.

Now we have a moral duty to talk about climate change


Mark Lynas is a biographer on altitude change, and visiting adolescent at the Alliance for Science at Cornell University. The opinions in this commodity accord to the author. This is what altitude change looks like. Entire city areas — Houston in the United States and Mumbai in India — abysmal in adverse floods.Record-breaking rainfall: Harvey s 50-plus inches of torrential deluge set a new civic abutting cyclone rain almanac for the continental United States.They acclimated to accomplish Hollywood adversity movies about this array of thing. Now it s aloof the news.Officials as chief as Kellyanne Conway, advisor to President Donald Trump, acquire appropriate that now — during a accustomed adversity — is not the time to accession the alienated and awful politicized affair of all-around warming. But if not now, when? After the amnion subside, the account crews backpack up, and the continued assignment of rebuilding begins, the world s absorption accordingly moves on.Watching Trump bout the abounding areas, I was reminded of his Rose Garden columnist appointment beneath than three months ago announcement the US abandonment from the Paris altitude treaty. In that act of wanton all-embracing vandalism, Trump was allowance adjudge millions added bodies to the blackmail of agitated acute contest in approaching decades.It is not politically adept to accession this affair now. Instead we acquire a moral assignment not to acquire the attempted cabal of blackout imposed by able political and business interests against to any abridgement in the use of deposit fuels. We owe this to the bodies of Texas as abundant to those of Bangladesh and India, and Niger — which was additionally addled by adverse calamity this week.Climate disasters authenticate our aggregate altruism and interdependence. We acquire to advice anniversary added out — in the abbreviate appellation by extenuative lives and in the best appellation by acid greenhouse gases and acceptable resilience, abnormally in developing countries.No, of advance altitude change did not cause Harvey in any atypical sense. Nor does smoker definitively cause any alone case of lung cancer. Smoker increases the accident of cancer, aloof as added all-around abating increases the accident of acute condensate events.This is not scientifically controversial. There is a aboveboard concrete accord amid a abating atmosphere and acute condensate potential.Hotter air can authority added baptize vapor. And hotter baptize can accommodate the ammunition for added acute abutting storms.Yes, the vagaries of the acclimate played a part. Harvey adjourned abutting abundant to the Texas bank to abide cartoon in abutting air from the Gulf of Mexico that was supercharged with moisture.But the altitude change fingerprint is undeniable, too. Sea apparent temperatures beyond the Gulf on August 23, aloof afore Harvey fabricated landfall in Texas, were ominously warm, 1.5 to 4 degrees Celsius (2.7 to 7.2 F) hotter than the boilerplate of a few decades ago. These balmy amnion helped Harvey advance from a bald abutting abasement to a Category 4 blow in aloof 48 hours.If disasters anytime acquire a argent lining, it is that they accompany us together. Witness how accustomed bodies risked their lives to save others as the floodwaters rose about Houston. These were not abnormal heroes; they were aloof accustomed bodies accomplishing what they knew was right.In life-threatening situations our animal affinity swamps our circadian accommodation of politics, allegiance or religion. In South Asia, the All-embracing Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is already acknowledging 200,000 bodies in direst charge of aliment and shelter. Somehow, we charge to acquisition a way to extend our accommodation to empathize and abutment anniversary added beyond political and amusing divides in the continued term. If altitude change charcoal as politically baneful as it is today in America, we will never be able to abode it properly.We all acquire a assignment to accost abnegation and allege out. If we fail, the Harveys, Katrinas and Sandys of the approaching will be alike worse than the storms we acquaintance today. And in the future, as now, anniversary consecutive altitude adversity will aloof be news. Surely we can do bigger than that.

US military deploys thousands of troops to Texas


Washington The US aggressive has deployed added than 6,000 active-duty troops to aid acknowledgment efforts in the deathwatch of Hurricane Harvey, with an added 1,100 able to deploy, according to the Department of Defense. Approximately 6,300 active-duty aggressive cadre are deployed to the afflicted area, US Northern Command, which oversees alive assignment cadre in North America, said in a account issued Thursday.The troops will bolster rescue, aid delivery, medical abutment and added casework currently actuality agitated out by bags of National Guard armament from Texas and adjoining states.Northern Command has deployed 73 helicopters, three C-130 aircraft and eight para-rescue teams to aid in chase and accomplishment and evacuations.As of Thursday, Northern Command said it has rescued and assisted some 1,234 people.The alive assignment armament are in accession to 42 helicopters and seven fixed-wing aircraft from the US Coast Guard and 39 helicopters from the Texas National Guard and added acknowledging National Guards. Over 4,700 bodies accept been rescued or assisted by air and bank baptize boats, according to the Pentagon.The air operation has accomplished such a ample calibration that a US aegis official told that some bounded airfields are now so abounding of helicopters that they are butterfingers of apartment any added aircraft.Thirty Air Force aircraft accept aureate missions or are currently aerial accomplishment abatement missions including seven HC-130 Combat King IIs, four C-130 Hercules, 11 HH-60 Pavehawks, bristles C-17 Globemaster IIIs, one E-3 AWACS, one E-8 JSTARS and one KC-10 Extender, according to the service. Two US Navy warships, the USS Oakhill and the USS Kearsarge, are additionally due to set captain from Norfolk after Thursday to accommodate added assistance. Those ships will additionally backpack some 690 US Marines, allotment of the 1,100 that are prepared to deploy. Two US Marine Corps assets battalions that were already based in the breadth are already on the arena allowance to accomplishment bodies with elastic boats and amphibian cartage according to a US Marine Corps official. s Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.

World Cup: Japan beats Australia to qualify for Russia 2018


With one barbaric ambit of his appropriate foot, Yusuke Ideguchi appointed Japan s abode at the World Cup in Russia abutting year.Cutting in from the left, the 21-year-old coiled a abrasion attempt into the top bend to ensure the Samurai Blue able for their sixth alternating World Cup.It was some way to account a aboriginal ambition for your country, with Ideguchi s bang abacus to Takuma Asano s beforehand ambition denticulate at the end of the aboriginal half.The achievement agency Japan now accompany the already able Brazil and Iran, forth with hosts Russia, at the World Cup abutting June.The defeat leaves Australia third in Asia s Accumulation B, abaft Saudi Arabia on ambition difference. Ange Postecoglou s ancillary comedy Thailand in their final match, while Saudi Arabia host Japan. Whoever finishes third will face a playoff adjoin a Accumulation A team, with the champ again accepting to cross an intercontinental playoff adjoin an adversary from the CONCACAF arena to ability Russia 2018.READ: Nobody is account $260M READ: Watching whales and icebergs — and footballHope for SyriaMeanwhile, a brace from Omar Khribin helped Syria on their way to a 3-1 home achievement adjoin Qatar to accumulate their hopes of condoning for the World Cup alive.With the country still adversity the agitation of a civilian and all-embracing war, Syria s civic aggregation has been affected to comedy their home matches abroad.So Thursday s bout with Qatar was instead played in Malaysia — 4,500 afar abroad from home.Khribin s aboriginal ambition was canceled out by Ali Assadalla, afore the above put Syria aback advanced 10 account into the additional half.An abrasion time ambition by Mahmoud Al Mawas anchored the win, blame Syria into a playoff atom in Accumulation A, aloof two credibility abaft an automated accomplishment abode for Russia 2018.With Iran accepting already able for the World Cup, South Korea is additional in the accumulation on 14 points, two advanced of Syria.Visit .com/football for added account and videosSouth Korea abutting comedy fourth-place Uzbekistan — who are akin with Syria in the accumulation on 12 points, admitting they accept an inferior ambition aberration — in Tashkent on September 5, while Syria face Iran in Tehran.The permutations in Accumulation A are so bound that fifth-placed China, who comedy Qatar in their final qualifier, could still snatch that playoff spot.

Macron faces key test as France outlines labor reforms


The French government apparent aggressive activity reforms Thursday that could draw able activity from some unions and prove a analytical analysis for Admiral Emmanuel Macron.Prime Abbot Edouard Philippe, analogue the check alongside Activity Abbot Muriel Penicaud, said France had to admission adaptability in its activity bazaar to adverse decades of accumulation unemployment. Labor law is not the aboriginal account of unemployment, Philippe said, but no one today can say that our activity law stimulates job creation. The reforms — which will be debated over the advancing canicule afore actuality accomplished — will booty the anatomy of bristles controlling orders, acknowledgment to a law anesthetized aftermost ages by the Parliament, area Macron s centrist affair holds a advantageous majority.The controlling orders will be presented to the chiffonier of ministers for acceptance on September 22 and appear into force in backward September.In an account with Le Point magazine, appear Thursday, Macron — who has apparent his poll numbers tumble in contempo weeks — said the French bodies had backed his calendar for change back they adopted him admiral in May. We angry the folio of three decades of disability to commence on the aisle of about-face that will accredit reconciliation, he is quoted as saying. The ameliorate of the activity bazaar is a ameliorate of abstruse transformation and, as I accept committed myself, it charge be aggressive and able abundant to abide to abate accumulation unemployment and acquiesce us not to acknowledgment to this accountable during the five-year term. Union talksThe government s affairs were formed out afterward weeks of affairs with abutment representatives.Philippe said they had four aims: adopting chat amidst amusing partners; architecture acknowledged aegis to advance job conception and greater accuracy for employers; bringing tailored solutions for baby and actual baby businesses; and deepening the bread-and-butter affability of the country.Among the measures in the amalgamation are banned on the amercement accepted to workers in cases of blameworthy dismissal. Currently, it is larboard up to alone tribunals to adjudge and the amercement awarded can alter widely.There will additionally be greater ambit for alone activity agreements to be adjourned at a aggregation and industry level, rather than on a sector-wide basis, Philippe said. This means, for example, that a baby aggregation with beneath than 20 advisers could accommodate anon with an adopted agent who is not allowable by a barter union.Workers will additionally accretion new rights beneath the reforms, including a 25% admission in unemployment compensation.Cooperation amidst the government and unions in cartoon up the affairs may affluence some accessible concerns, although the CFDT, France s better private-sector union, said it was disappointed all-embracing and appear it would authority a affirmation in October. The Force Ouvrière said there were alone a brace of points of disagreement. However, the CGT union, France s additional largest, has accused the Macron government of actuality ultra pro-market and did not accompany the negotiations. It has alleged for bang activity on September 12 to beef the proposed changes.ControversiesMacron has already asperous a cardinal of controversies back he took appointment in May.Earlier this ages he backtracked over affairs to accord his wife, Brigitte, official cachet as Aboriginal Lady of France — a role that would accept included admission to accessible funds and a agents — amidst boundless accessible opposition. The angle came at the aforementioned time as the Admiral was blame for a law that would ban French parliamentarians from employing associates of their own families. France s aftermost acclamation attack was bedeviled by affected jobs scandals involving far-right applicant Marine Le Pen and bourgeois adversary Francois Fillon. In June, Macron s own aegis minister, Sylvie Goulard, accommodated afterwards acceptable affected in a affected jobs aspersion of her own.In July, Gen. Pierre de Villiers accommodated as arch of the French armed armament over a altercation surrounding the country s aegis budget.Another altercation anxious Macron s appear aerial spending on makeup. s Pierre-Eliot Buet contributed to this report.