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Charlie Hebdo Erdogan cartoon sparks fury in Turkey amid Macron feud - Business Insider - Business Insider
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said French President Emmanuel Macron needed mental treatment after criticizing Islam and proposing regulations on it.
The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published a searing caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid high tensions between him and French President Emmanuel Macron. On Saturday, Erdogan said Macron needed "mental" treatment following a series of comments in which the French president criticized Islam and said it needed regulation in France. In response, Paris recalled its ambassador from the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Sunday, with Erdogan joining a call Monday for Islamic nations to boycott French products. Charlie Hebdo, whose 2015 cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad had inspired several terrorist attacks, weighed in Wednesday. —Charlie Hebdo (@Charlie_Hebdo_) October 27, 2020 The cartoon depicts Erdogan sitting in a T-shirt and underwear, drinking a beer, and lifting up a woman's hijab to expose her bare backside. Drinking alcohol is considered haram, or forbidden, by most Muslims, and Erdogan has long condemned it. "Ouuuh! The Prophet!" the speech bubble from Erdogan's mouth said, suggesting Erdogan was only pretending to be a staunch defender of Islam. The headline published alongside the cartoon said: "Erdogan: In private, he is very funny!" Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron in Istanbul in 2018. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Turkish officials slammed the cartoon on social media. "You cannot deceive anyone by hiding behind freedom of opinion! I condemn the immoral publication of the inexcusable French rag about our President," Fuat Oktay, the vice president, tweeted. Turkey's communications director, Fahrettin Altun, tweeted: "We condemn this most disgusting effort by this publication to spread its cultural racism and hatred." Ibrahim Kalin, Erdogan's spokesman, tweeted: "We strongly condemn the publication of the French magazine, which has no respect for any faith, sacred and value, about our President." Macron has not publicly commented on Wednesday's caricature. A memorial for the Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier and the cartoonists Georges Wolinski, Bernard Verlhac, and Jean Cabut on the Place de la Republique in Paris on January 8, 2015, shortly after an attack on the magazine's office. MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images On October 2, Macron called Islam "a religion in crisis all over the world" and announced a new law that would see his government monitor how mosques and Islamic communities are funded and how clerics are trained in France. The law gained new relevance on October 16, when Samuel Paty, a teacher, was decapitated in northern Paris after showing his class the 2015 Charlie Hebdo cartoons that mocked the Prophet Muhammad. Creating or proliferating images of God or the Prophet is not permissible in Islam and is considered blasphemous. The attacks prompted by the Charlie Hebdo cartoons have seen Macron spend the past three years criticizing what he describes as Islamic separatism in France and outlining his plan to eradicate homegrown extremism. At a memorial service for Paty last week, Macron defended Charlie Hebdo, saying the country "will not give up our cartoons."
Jack Ma's Ant Group aims to raise $34.5 billion in largest IPO of all time | Markets - Business Insider
Jack Ma's Ant Group aims to raise $34.5 billion in largest IPO of all time
Ant Group logo is pictured at the Shanghai office of Alipay, owned by Ant Group which is an affiliate of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China September 14, 2020. Aly Song/Reuters
- Ant Group will raise $34.5 billion through a dual initial public offering in November, making it the biggest-ever IPO.
- The financial services giant aims to evenly split its 1.67 billion-share debut across the Hong Kong and Shanghai exchanges.
- Shares will be priced at 68.8 yuan ($10.27) each in Shanghai and at 80 Hong Kong dollars ($10.32) in Hong Kong. The collective sum trounces the previous $29 billion record set by Saudi Aramco's IPO last year.
- Ant is set to begin trading in Hong Kong on November 5, according to regulatory filings.
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Putin rejects Donald Trump's criticism of Biden family business - Business Insider - Business Insider
Putin was responding to comments made by President Trump during televised debates with Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden's past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump's attack lines in the US presidential election. Putin was responding to comments made by Trump during televised debates with Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Trump, who is trailing in opinion polls, has used the debates to make accusations that Biden and his son Hunter engaged in unethical practices in Ukraine. No evidence has been verified to support the allegations, and Joe Biden has called them false and discredited. Putin, who has praised Trump in the past for saying he wanted better ties with Moscow, has said Russia will work with any U.S. leader, while noting what he called Joe Biden's "sharp anti-Russian rhetoric". Putin appeared less friendly towards Trump in remarks broadcast by Russian state TV on Sunday. In what may be seen by some analysts as an attempt to try to curry favour with the Biden camp, he took the time to knock down what he made clear he regarded as false allegations from Trump about the Bidens. "Yes, in Ukraine he (Hunter Biden) had or maybe still has a business, I don't know. It doesn't concern us. It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians," said Putin. "But well yes he had at least one company, which he practically headed up, and judging from everything he made good money. I don't see anything criminal about this, at least we don't know anything about this (being criminal)." Putin also reacted with visible irritation when asked about comments Trump has made concerning Putin's ties to the former mayor of Moscow, and to an alleged payment made to Hunter Biden by the ex-mayor's widow. Putin said he knew nothing about the existence of any commercial relationship between Hunter and the woman. Joe Biden says the accusation about his son is not true. US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to tilt the contest in Trump's favour, an allegation Moscow has denied. Russia has also dismissed accusations by U.S. intelligence agencies of trying to interfere with this year's election too.
Samsung's billionaire chairman died on Sunday. He once counted Warren Buffett as a shareholder | Markets - Business Insider
Samsung's billionaire chairman died on Sunday. He once counted Warren Buffett as a shareholder
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- Samsung's chairman, Lee Kun-hee, died on Sunday at age 78.
- The boss of the South Korean conglomerate once counted Warren Buffett as a shareholder.
- Buffett, a billionaire investor and the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, made "hundreds of millions" from a rare overseas bet on Samsung, he revealed in a CNBC interview in 2018.
- "It was a big, strong, good company," he said.
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Biden says 'it's crass' to attack political opponent's family - Business Insider - Business Insider
"Look, I'm running against Donald Trump, not his children," Biden said in an interview with "Pod Save America."
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden dismissed attacks on a political opponent's family as "crass" after President Donald Trump has repeatedly zeroed in on his son Hunter's business relationships and personal history ahead of the election. In an interview on the progressive podcast "Pod Save America" released Saturday, Biden was asked why he has not attacked Trump's family members when the president continued to attack his son Hunter. The former vice president said "it was a specific decision" to not bring up the activities or business dealings of Trump's children during the presidential debates and throughout the campaign. "It's a specific decision, and I just think it's crass," Biden said. "Look, I'm running against Donald Trump, not his children. The American people want to hear about their families, not about Trump's family or my family, although I'm very proud of my family." "It's just not how I was raised, it's that basic," Biden added. During Thursday night's debate, Trump repeatedly claimed Biden was involved in his son Hunter's business dealings when there was no evidence this was the case, according to records, emails, and text messages reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Trump had previously attacked Biden over Hunter's business and personal history in the first debate as well, which moderator Chris Wallace dismissed, citing that "the American people would rather hear more about substantial subjects." Critics have raised concerns since Trump's election of possible conflicts of interest for Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner while they serve as top advisors to the president. In 2019, Ivanka Trump rejected claims she was profiting from the presidency in an interview with the Associated Press. "[President Donald Trump's] wealth, and our wealth, collectively and independently, was created prior to government service and prior to anyone in our lives having run for elected office," she said.
3rd US coronavirus surge in fall and winter could be deadliest: charts - Business Insider - Business Insider
The US reported more than 60,000 daily cases, on average, this week — a roughly 40% increase since the start of October.
More than 140,000 more people could die of the coronavirus in the US between now and February. That's according to the latest model from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics, which predicted in a paper published Friday that the US's total death count could surpass 511,000 by February 28. "Even if we do better on a case-by-case basis, I think that the number of deaths that we're going to experience this fall and winter is going to dwarf what we've already been through," Megan Ranney, an emergency-medicine physician at Brown University, recently told Business Insider. Cases have already started to climb again as cold weather sets in, forcing more people to congregate indoors. The US reported more than 73,000 cases on Thursday, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project. Data from Johns Hopkins University suggests that tally was even higher — more than 76,000, the nation's second-highest daily count to date. Over the last week, the US reported more than 60,000 daily cases on average — a roughly 40% increase since the start of October. That's more new coronavirus cases than any other country. Though Europe is battling a second wave of infections, average daily case counts in the UK, France, and Italy are still less than a third of those in the US. However, all three European nations have more average daily cases than the US relative to their population sizes. The US is also seeing an uptick in daily hospitalizations, which have risen 33% since the start of October. Average daily deaths have risen by 12% during that time. Both hospitalizations and death are lagging indicators: Hospitalizations usually reflect cases that were diagnosed a week ago, while deaths reflect cases that were diagnosed two to three weeks ago. The US leads the world in its weekly average of new deaths. India had outranked the country in that metric until Friday. The US is now seeing more than 760 deaths per day, on average, compared to roughly a fifth of that in France and the UK. At the height of the pandemic in April, the US saw more than 2,000 deaths per day. If the IHME model proves accurate, the US could reach that peak level again before the end of 2020. "We are heading into a very substantial fall-winter surge," Christopher Murray, director of IHME, said in a Friday press briefing. "The idea that the pandemic is going away, of course, we do not believe is true." The worst of this peak is yet to come, he added: "We expect that surge to steadily grow across different states — and at the national level, continue to increase — as we head towards quite high levels of daily death in late December and January." Loading Something is loading.
2022 GMC Hummer EV revealed: photos, features, and specs - Business Insider - Business Insider
GMC just showed off its new electric pickup that'll take on Tesla's Cybertruck, Rivian's R1T, and Ford's battery-powered F-150.
General Motors shut down the Hummer brand back in 2010, but now the nameplate — which calls to mind excessively large, gas-gulping, CO2-spewing SUVs — is back for an unexpected second go. GMC unveiled the long-awaited Hummer EV on Tuesday — and although the new Hummer is large as ever, it doesn't guzzle fuel or emit greenhouse gases like its ancestors. The Hummer EV — an electric pickup set to compete with upcoming zero-emission trucks from Rivian, Tesla, Ford, Lordstown, and Nikola — was supposed to debut back in May, but the pandemic delayed those plans. Now GMC has revealed all the details, pricing, and trim levels for the Hummer EV. Reservations are now open for the "Edition 1" version, which will be the first model available and carries a starting MSRP of $112,595. That truck comes with a huge assortment of interesting features, and boasts the lineup's most powerful drivetrain, a tri-motor setup that GMC says puts out 1,000 horsepower. GMC said it will roll out three additional trim levels over the next few years, including a base-level, dual-motor truck that will hit the market in 2024 with a starting price tag of $80,000. Here's everything else you need to know about GMC's new electric pickup:
Boris Johnson to force Manchester into tier 3 coronavirus lockdown - Business Insider - Business Insider
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to hold a press conference Tuesday to confirm the new restrictions placed on Manchester.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to force Greater Manchester into England's highest tier of coronavirus restrictions after the UK government failed to come to an agreement with local leaders about the size of financial support required for the area. Mayor Andy Burnham and other Greater Manchester representatives had initially demanded £75 million in support, which they later reduced to £65 million, but were offered £60 million by the government. Johnson's government then withdrew its offer, the BBC reported, meaning it is now set to follow through on its threat to impose the restrictions on the city region. UK Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick on Tuesday said in a statement: "I'm disappointed that, despite recognizing the gravity of the situation, the mayor [of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham,] has been unwilling to take the action that is required to get the spread of the virus under control in Greater Manchester and reach an agreement with the government. "I have therefore advised the prime minister that these discussions have concluded without an agreement." Johnson was expected to hold a press conference later Tuesday to confirm the new restrictions set to be imposed on Manchester. They are set to be in place for at least 28 days. Speaking in his own press conference in Manchester this afternoon, a visibly-angry Burnham said the financial support he asked Johnson's government for but was denied "wasn't about what we wanted, it was about what we needed" and said: "It's just get what we give you and that is unacceptable in a pandemic and a national crisis." He said he needed more money from Westminster to prevent people in Greater Manchester from falling into poverty, telling reporters: "What we've seen today is a deliberate act of leveling down... Are they playing poker with peoples' lives during a pandemic? Is that what this is about?" "I've fought with everything I've got for the people on the lowest incomes in the city region," Burnham said. —BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) October 20, 2020 The new rules for Manchester mean people there are barred from meeting members of other households indoors. All pubs not serving substantial meals, betting shops, casinos, bingo halls, adult gaming centers, and soft-play areas will be forced to closed. Schools will remain open, however. Manchester joins nearby Liverpool and Lancashire in the UK's most serious tier of local lockdown restrictions, with the northwest of England continuing to one of the worst affected regions in the country for new cases of the coronavirus and hospitalizations. Loading Something is loading.
US officials suggest Trump admin cover-up after mysterious illness: NYT - Business Insider - Business Insider
Since 2016, US diplomats in Cuba and China have reported hearing strange sounds that resulted in health consequences like balance and vision problems.
US spies and diplomats are accusing the Trump administration of refusing to properly investigate a mysterious illness that has affected officials in Cuba, China, and Russia, and some are suggesting a cover-up, The New York Times reported on Monday. In 2016, US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba started hearing strange sounds and later reported symptoms like nerve damage and headaches. Doctors said they were caused by mild traumatic brain injuries. In 2018, several US officials in Guangzhou, China, also said they heard mysterious sounds and had similar symptoms. They were diagnosed with brain injuries. The Times reported on Monday that some senior CIA officers who visited foreign stations, including in Moscow, experienced similar symptoms but that the agency is not convinced an attack took place. The cause of the illnesses is unclear, but studies have pointed to microwave radiation as the main suspect. According to The Times, some government scientists think a psychological illness could be the cause. Guangzhou, China, in December 2005. MIKE CLARKE/AFP via Getty Images 'They have hung us out to dry' The Times reported that the State Department had treated the cases in Cuba and China differently. The newspaper said the department did not consistently assess the Chinese cases, ignored medical diagnoses from outside experts, and "withheld basic information from Congress." After reports about US personnel falling sick in Cuba, the Trump administration took action against the country, withdrawing embassy staff members and expelling Cuban diplomats from the US. In 2017, President Donald Trump also said that "Cuba is responsible." The administration announced an independent review of the "unexplained medical conditions," though Cuba denied involvement with the illnesses. But the administration took a softer approach with China, The Times said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo first said that the cases were "very similar and entirely consistent" with the Cuba cases, and some employees were evacuated. But the State Department later described the events as "health incidents," and no investigation was opened. Six US officials told The Times that the department realized that it could not take the same route with the Chinese cases as it did with Cuba without crippling the US's diplomatic and economic relationships with China. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images Citing interviews with more than 30 government officials, lawyers, and doctors, The Times reported that the American personnel affected in China "have spent more than two years fighting to obtain the same benefits given to the victims in Cuba and others attacked by foreign powers." They said this fight had resulted in retaliation from the government that may have harmed their careers forever. Mark Lenzi, a State Department employee who experienced symptoms like memory loss after being in Guangzhou, told The Times that he had filed a disability-discrimination lawsuit against the department. "This is a deliberate, high-level cover-up," he said. "They have hung us out to dry." Some lawmakers are pushing the State Department to release a study into the cases that it got in August from the National Academies of Sciences, according to The Times. More reports from Moscow A former senior CIA officer this week said he believed he was the victim of a similar attack in Moscow in December 2017. Marc Polymeropoulos, who helped run clandestine operations in Russia and Europe, told The Times that he experienced nausea and vertigo in his hotel room and that it resulted in continuing migraines and ultimately forced him to retire. Polymeropoulos also told GQ the CIA did not give him and other affected officers the medical care they needed. "It's incumbent on them to provide the medical help we require, which does not include telling us that we're all making it up," he said. "I want the agency to treat this as a combat injury." He said another CIA colleague who was with him in Moscow also became sick and lost his hearing in one ear. Polymeropoulous also told GQ that a private doctor had diagnosed him with nerve damage but that the agency said it wasn't necessary to refer him to a hospital. He said the CIA needed to investigate the cases, adding that the leadership "has not done right by us." "The agency is going to have to answer for this," he said. CIA representatives told GQ in a statement: "The Agency's top priority is the health and well-being of our officers followed very closely by collecting on hard targets, including Russia, and providing that intelligence to policymakers. Suggestions otherwise in your story are simply not true." Many point to Russia The Times reported that some of the CIA's senior Russia analysts, some officials at the State Department, some outside scientists, and some of the victims think Russia is most likely responsible. Russia has denied involvement. CIA Director Gina Haspel. Reuters Two US officials told The Times that CIA Director Gina Haspel knew that Russia had a motive to harm US operatives but was not convinced that the attacks had taken place or that Russia could be responsible. Polymeropoulos blamed Russia in his interview with GQ. And Lenzi told The Times that senior officials "know exactly which country" was responsible and that it was not Cuba or China but another country "which the secretary of state and president do not want to confront."
Ex-intel officials suspect Russian involvement in Hunter Biden stories - Business Insider - Business Insider
The former intel officials wrote they believed the arrival of emails to the New York Post, which they dubbed a "laptop op," was a cause for suspicion.
Dozens of former intelligence officials signed a public statement Monday expressing doubts about the authenticity of the Hunter Biden emails published by the New York Post. In the letter, first reported by Politico, more than 50 former intelligence officers said they believed the emails purportedly belonging to Biden, the son of the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation." "We want to emphasize that we do not know if the emails, provided to the New York Post by President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, are genuine or not and that we do not have evidence of Russian involvement — just that our experience makes us deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case," they wrote in the statement. The first of multiple articles from the Post about the emails, headlined "BIDEN'S SECRET E-MAILS," suggested that Joe Biden used the power of his position as vice president years ago to help his son Hunter, who sat on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Business Insider's Sonam Sheth wrote about the Biden allegations, saying "there is no evidence that these claims hold merit, and they've been debunked by intelligence assessments, news reports, congressional investigations, and witness testimony." Sheth also identified several "red flags" with the initial Post report and spoke with former spies who said the incident had exposed the president's lawyer Giuliani as vulnerable to Russian disinformation. A major point of skepticism about the Post stories was their sourcing: The tabloid came into possession of contents from a laptop hard drive that purportedly belonged to Hunter Biden after Giuliani delivered a copy of the hard drive to the outlet. A laptop containing the hard drive was said to have been left at a repair shop, and the shop's owner, a Trump supporter, gave material from the computer to Giuliani. The FBI is now investigating whether the emails were part of a foreign intelligence operation, following a Washington Post report that Giuliani was targeted by Russian intelligence. The former intel officials wrote they believe the arrival of the contents, which they dubbed a "laptop op," to the tabloid was a cause for suspicion, "as the publication of the emails are clearly designed to discredit" the elder Biden. "Such an operation would be consistent with some of the key methods Russia has used in its now multi-year operation to interfere in our democracy — the hacking (via cyber operations) and the dumping of accurate information or the distribution of inaccurate or misinformation," they said. "It is high time that Russia stops interfering in our democracy," the letter concluded. The dozens of former intelligence officials aren't the only ones to have been skeptical — some journalists at the New York Post also expressed doubts in publishing the emails' contents. The New York Times reported that at least two writers refused to put their bylines on the story, including one who was mostly responsible for writing it, two Post employees told The Times. A reporter for the Post told New York magazine that they thought the stories were "very flimsy." Another journalist said the reporting on the stories was "not something that meets my journalistic standards," adding that the initial Post article "should not have been published."