Five climbers die in snowstorm on Russia’s Mount Elbrus

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MOSCOW — Five climbers died after they got caught in a sudden snowstorm on Russia’s Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, officials said.

The other 14 members of the party were rescued on the peak in the Caucasus in high winds and heavy snow amid temperatures of minus -20 Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit), the regional emergency ministry said.

The group of Russian climbers sent out a mayday call just after 5 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday, the ministry added. Eleven of the survivors were taken to hospital, it added.

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One member of the group broke his leg as he was being brought down, Denis Alimov, who organized guides for the climb, told TASS news agency.

“Probably because of this, the group lost time, the weather deteriorated catastrophically… They decided to split the group into three parts – those going faster and those going slower,” he told TASS.

“As they descended, two more people died in one of the groups. But the decision to split up was the right one, otherwise there might have been more casualties.”

Guides with the group suffered frostbite and other injuries, Alimov told TASS. (Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya and Gleb Stolyarov; writing by Polina Devitt; editing by Andrew Heavens)



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Tea Party Patriots Mount More Nationwide Protests Against COVID Vaccine and Mask Mandates – RedState

On Wednesday, September 22, Tea Party Patriots Action (TPPA) will hold nationwide protests against the mostly Democrat-led push for COVID vaccine mandates and mask compliance.

The “Just Say NO” to UnAmerican Medical Mandates events will be held in 17 states, as far west as California, and as far east as Florida. Twenty-eight events are planned thus far, and TPPA is in the process of finalizing a few dozen more.

TPPA Honorary Chairman Jenny Beth Martin issued the following statement:

“President Biden’s outrageous vaccine mandate is firing up the grassroots, and we are channeling that energy into a ‘Day of Action’ for those who are ready and eager to stand up for their constitutional rights,” said TPPA Honorary Chairman Jenny Beth Martin.

“No American should be forced by the government – or anyone else, for that matter – to put something in their body they don’t want to take. Nor should anyone be required to wear a mask, especially our children when they’re in school.”

There are five of these events (so far) scheduled in California, where the battle over mask mandates in schools continues to rage. Let Them Breathe, in conjunction with Reopen California Schools filed a lawsuit in July to end all mask mandates in K-12 schools throughout the state. That lawsuit has been granted an emergency hearing at the end of the month.

Martin further stated,

“The growing number of mandates are not about public health, they are about control. They are about trying to replace the doctor-patient relationship with a government-patient relationship, and that’s just wrong. Politicians at all levels are seeing how much they can get away with, and hoping to set precedents that will extend the reach of government even further into our lives permanently. Our protest events this week will show them that large numbers of Americans reject that line of thinking, and will not acquiesce to this would-be tyranny.”

This is the second round of protests mounted by the grassroots organization. On August 28, TPPA held its first “Day of Action” against medical mandates in 79 cities and towns across the country.

For information on main events near you, visit StopMedicalMandates.com.





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Embattled Evergrande warns of growing default risks as pressures mount

People gather to demand repayment of loans and financial products at the Evergrande’s headquarters, in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China September 13, 2021. REUTERS/David Kirton

September 14, 2021

By Clare Jim and Samuel Shen

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) -Cash-strapped property group China Evergrande Group said on Tuesday it has engaged advisers to examine its financial options and warned of default risks amid plunging property sales, sending its stock and bond prices sharply lower.

The real estate giant has been scrambling to raise funds it needs to pay lenders and suppliers, with regulators and financial markets worried that any crisis could ripple through China’s banking system and potentially trigger wider social unrest.

In the latest development, Evergrande said two of its subsidiaries had failed to uphold guarantee obligations for 934 million yuan ($145 million) worth of wealth management products issued by third parties.

That could “lead to cross-default”, which would “would have a material adverse effect on the group’s business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations,” it said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, without providing further details on the products.

The company’s shares slumped to a six-year low in Hong Kong on Tuesday and the Shanghai bourse halted trading of its listed bonds amid wild swings in its price.

Evergrande said it has appointed Houlihan Lokey and Admiralty Harbour Capital as joint financial advisers, the clearest indication yet that it is looking at restructuring options, analysts say.

The two firms will assess the group’s capital structure, evaluate its liquidity, explore solutions to ease the current liquidity stress and reach an optimal solution for all stakeholders as soon as possible.

“Evergrande’s announcement flags the first step of a restructuring, which usually involves either delay in interest payment, no interest payment or delay together with haircuts,” said James Shi, distressed debt analyst at credit analytics provider Reorg.

He added liquidation would only happen if the restructuring failed.

Evergrande late on Monday said online speculation about bankruptcy and restructuring was “totally untrue”.

That came despite growing markets expectation that Evergrande may need to restructure, after China ruled in August that various lawsuits against the developer would be centrally handled in Guangzhou.

Evergrande said it is talking to potential investors to sell some of its assets, but has made no “material progress” so far.

The company said earlier this month that it was in talks to sell certain assets, including stakes in Hong Kong-listed units Evergrande New Energy Vehicle and Evergrande Property Services.

Pressure on Evergrande – which has 1.97 trillion yuan ($305 billion) in liabilities – has intensified in recent weeks as fears over its ability to repay investors triggered protests that are certain to rattle Beijing.

The company blamed “ongoing negative media reports” for dampening investor confidence, resulting in a further decline in sales in September.

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Shares of the company fell over 10% on Tuesday morning to their lowest since December 2014. Its listed e-vehicle spinoff plunged over 23% and shares of its property management unit dropped 8%.

In the debt market, Evergrande’s June 2025 dollar bonds fell nearly 6 cents on Tuesday late morning to 27 cents, yielding 58.45%, according to financial data provider Duration Finance.

Moves in the company’s highly illiquid onshore bonds were more erratic, with one Shanghai exchange-traded bond surging nearly 23% and triggering a trading halt, while another in Shenzhen dived almost 12%.

Reorg’s Shi said there may be fresh bond selling if Evergrande defaults, but the market spillover would be limited because the risks have mostly been largely priced in.

The bigger risks are likely to be social, he added.

Angry investors gathered near Evergrande’s headquarters in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Monday to demand the firm repay loans and financial products.

The developer’s struggles to quickly sell off assets and avert defaults on its massive liabilities are raising the risk of contagion for other privately-owned developers, fund managers and analysts say.

In a statement on Monday, it said it was facing “unprecedented difficulties” but would do everything possible to resume work and protect the legitimate rights and interests of its customers.

The company’s debt has been repeatedly downgraded by ratings agencies targeting the developer over its struggles to restructure huge debts.

($1 = 6.4511 Chinese yuan)

(Additional reporting by Miyoung Kim and Andrew Galbraith; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Sam Holmes)





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Never-Before-Seen Replica of Mount Rushmore with Trump’s Face Revealed for First Time

Now it can be seen.

(Trigger warning: If you’re a leftist, you might want to avert your eyes.)

Made public for the first time was a picture of a scale model of a Mount Rushmore sculpture with President Donald Trump joining Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

That’s right. Donald Trump on Mount Rushmore.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem commissioned the 4-foot-long sculpture, giving it as a gift to Trump when he visited Mount Rushmore for a speech on July 3, 2020.

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Noem’s office says private donors paid for the the sculpture. It cost $1,100, according to a filing with the Office of Government Ethics, the U.K’s Daily Mail reported.

It was a lighthearted gift. But, as usual, The New York Times took it as dead serious.

About a month after the presentation, the gift, coupled with Noem’s efforts to provide Trump with a Mount Rushmore fireworks show for Independence Day, were possible evidence Noem was angling to replace Vice-President Mike Pence on the 2020 Republican ticket, according to Times writers Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman.

You remember Maggie Haberman. As Times’ White House correspondent she was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for tying Trump advisors to Russia. That Maggie Haberman. Yeah.

If it were physically possible, should President Trump be on Mount Rushmore?

The seriousness of the legacy media about the whole Mount Rushmore thing allowed Trump to play a bit of a joke.

A 2018 article in the Sioux Falls Argus said that upon Noem and Trump’s first meeting in the Oval Office, Trump told her: “Do you know it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?”

“I started laughing,” Noem responded. “He wasn’t laughing, so he was totally serious.”

Noem later mentioned it to someone and word got out.

Eventually, Trump talked about it at a rally in Ohio. “I’d ask whether or not you think I will someday be on Mount Rushmore, but here’s the problem: If I did it joking, totally joking, having fun, the fake news media will say ‘he believes he should be on Mount Rushmore,’” reported the Argus.

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“So I won’t say it, OK? I won’t say it.”

But, according to the Daily Mail, Trump has said that his accomplishments mean it would be a good idea to put his likeness on Mount Rushmore.

No wonder he makes their heads explode … and causes those who get Trump’s schtick to laugh.

Noem’s office commissioned the sculpture a month before Trump’s arrival at Mount Rushmore. Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby of the Bad River Artworks of Aberdeen, South Dakota, did the work. They’re both Trump supporters, the Daily Mail said, although Leuning might consider Noem or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2024.

The Daily Mail ran a photograph of the sculpture here.

The pair used a technique called “lost wax casting” using clay, hot wax, and molten bronze to join a likeness of Trump to the miniature of the historic monument. Besides the sculpture given to Trump, two copies went to anonymous donors to the project.

Despite CNN and the New York Times reporting last year that the Trump White House contacted Noem about putting Trump’s likeness on the actual mountain, there can be no more presidents up there, not even the sainted Barack Obama, as has been petitioned.

There’s no more room, Mount Rushmore Public Information Officer Maureen McGee-Ballinger said. She told the Argus that her office daily gets suggestions about presidents to add to the mountain.

Gutzon Borglum began the presidential carvings on Mount Rushmore in 1927; after his death, his son, Lincoln, finished it in 1949.



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Biden’s challenges mount with fallout from chaotic Afghanistan exit

As the dust settled from the chaotic U.S. troop pullout, the politics of war and withdrawal revved up in Washington with President Biden declaring the end of the 20-year mission an “extraordinary success” and Republicans ripping his decision to leave Americans behind in Afghanistan.

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the tumultuous evacuation and the deaths of 13 U.S. service members in a suicide bomb attack at the Kabul airport all lay at Mr. Biden’s doorstep.

The president was already dealing with a surge in COVID-19 as schools began to reopen, renewing polarizing debate over masks and vaccination holdouts, and raising broader concerns about the economy.

His administration also has struggled with a flood of migrants jumping the southern border.

Seeking to regain his footing, Mr. Biden on Tuesday defended his decision on Afghanistan. He said it boiled down to a choice between “leaving or escalating” the war.

He made it clear that he thinks American voters are on his side.

Republicans on Capitol Hill said the commander in chief had violated the “no man left behind” credo of the armed forces — a jab expected to echo in Washington for months to come and likely in next year’s midterm election campaigns.

The lawmakers said the president’s poor decision-making bolstered America’s adversaries and unnerved its allies.

Speaking at the White House, Mr. Biden praised the armed services and intelligence agencies for “the incredible skill, bravery and selfless courage” in evacuating over 120,000 people by a self-imposed Aug. 31 deadline.

“The bottom line is 90% of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave, and for those remaining Americans, there is no deadline,” he said. “We remain committed to getting them out if they want to come out.”

Mr. Biden said the administration reached out 19 times since March to the Americans in Afghanistan “with multiple warnings and offers to help them leave” the country.

The president said he had delivered on his promise to end a war that left 2,461 service members dead and 20,000 more injured and cost taxpayers over $2.3 trillion.

“I refused to continue a war that was no longer in the service of the vital national interest of our people,” he said. “I refused to open another decade of warfare in Afghanistan.”

He vowed to continue to hunt down terrorists in Afghanistan and around the globe “without American boots on the ground, or very few if needed.”

James Carafano, a leading expert in national security and foreign policy at The Heritage Foundation, said public opinion will turn sharply against the pullout decision if Afghanistan again becomes a sanctuary for Islamic terrorists.

“There is a question of how popular it will be in the future if the consequences of leaving result in bad things, including terrorist attacks and more destabilization,” Mr. Carafano said on C-SPAN. “So the assumptions the American people are with the American president on this, I think, is a very open question.”

What is clear is that Mr. Biden and other Democrats are taking lots of criticism, including from some parents of fallen soldiers.

Shana Chappell, the mother of Kareem Nikoui, one of the Marines killed in the suicide bombing in Kabul, used social media to call Mr. Biden a “traitor.” She said the president bristled when she criticized him to his face at a “dignified transfer” ceremony Sunday at Dover Air Force Base.

“You are no leader of any kind! You are a weak human being and a traitor!!!!” she said on Facebook. “You turned your back on my son, on all of our Heros!!! you are leaving the White House one way or another because you do not belong there! MY SONS BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS!!!”

In Washington, Republicans said Mr. Biden did the unthinkable by leaving American civilians and Afghan allies behind and providing safe harbor to a “fundamentalist Taliban regime.”

“What is the plan to get Americans out?” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, said at a press conference. “Never in my lifetime would I ever believe America would have an administration knowingly make a decision to leave Americans behind.”

House Republicans tried and failed to get Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, to allow a vote on a bill that would require the Biden administration to detail how it plans to evacuate the remaining American citizens, account for the military equipment left behind and bar funding for the Taliban.

Rep. Michael T. McCaul of Texas, the ranking Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, said it was “sickening” that the Biden administration greenlit an “unconditional surrender” to the Taliban.

“Now they are celebrating their victory over the United States of America,” Mr. McCaul said. “I never thought I’d see this in my life. It is embarrassing, it is shameful and it is wrong to our veterans who served so well.”

Mr. McCaul said Mr. Biden owns the mess after ignoring the advice of his top generals and members of the intelligence community.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this week that over 123,000, including roughly 6,000 American citizens, were flown out of Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover.

Mr. Blinken told reporters Monday that fewer than 200 Americans were still in Afghanistan.

Mr. Biden and congressional Democrats are hoping the American public will ultimately agree with his decision.

Mr. Biden‘s net approval rating has sunk about 10 percentage points over the past month, according to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker.

The website’s analysts said Mr. Biden‘s slide started with the uptick in COVID-19 cases. Even though most voters agreed with winding down the war, they panned the way the withdrawal was carried out.

That helps explain why Democrats are eager to shift the focus back to the president’s domestic agenda, which includes infrastructure, a massive spending push and his coronavirus mitigation efforts.

Republicans say the bungled withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan is among many failed responses from the Biden administration that deserve more oversight from Congress.

Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee said Tuesday that the situation is so dire that Democrats should put the brakes on the president’s proposed $3.5 trillion expansion of America’s social safety net. They said lawmakers should instead address the nation’s mounting foreign and domestic problems.

“This week is not the time for the committee’s majority to be advancing partisan wish lists,” the Republicans said in a letter.

They said thousands of Afghan refugees are arriving daily, hurricanes and wildfires are wreaking havoc, and a “humanitarian, public safety and environmental crisis continue to rage as a result of this administration’s failure to secure our southern border.”

Republicans are confident that the frenetic nature of the Afghanistan withdrawal is boosting their hand ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, when Democrats will be defending control of the House and Senate.

“Voters know that Joe Biden and House Democrats’ failures in Afghanistan have made America less safe, and they will hold them accountable for that,” said Michael McAdams, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Mr. McAdams said the NRCC is experiencing a “tremendous amount of interest from veterans” who want to run for public office and turn the clock back on the “failed policies of House Democrats.”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the campaign arm for House Democrats, did not respond to requests for comment.

Christopher Preble, a foreign policy analyst at the Atlantic Council, said the political fallout from the end of the war in Afghanistan is messy.

“It is predictable that Republicans will use this to score points, and if the shoe were on the other foot, the Dems would almost certainly do the same thing,” Mr. Preble said. “The problem for many of them is that, well, they were on the record, less than a year ago in many cases, arguing in favor of withdrawal. And now, if they change their mind, someone is going to call them on it.”

To his chagrin, Mr. Preble said, the public doesn’t pay much attention to foreign policy, and the Afghanistan issue is far from a slam-dunk for Republicans.

“First, if they try to make it a political issue, they are running into the headwinds of public opinion that believe the decision to withdraw was correct. And second, if they try to make the focus on this August, they and any others have to account for the 19 other Augusts that came before it,” he said.

Adam Weinstein, a research fellow at the Quincy Institute who served as a Marine in Afghanistan, said the withdrawal will go down as one of the best decisions of the entire war.

“I think the American people are capable of understanding that the withdrawal was the right decision, but maybe the evacuation didn’t go as planned, and I think the American people understand the dysfunction we saw in this evacuation over the last week is an extension of the dysfunction we saw over the last 20 years,” he said on C-SPAN.

Haris Alic contributed to this report.

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Troubles Mount for Pelosi, Moderates Go All-In Against ‘Two-Track Strategy’

Nine House Democrats are standing firm in their commitment to not consider Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) budget proposal before the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has long planned to pass the infrastructure bill and Sanders’ budget at the same time as part of what Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) calls President Joe Biden’s “two-track strategy.” In an Aug. 12 letter to Pelosi, nine moderate Democrats called the bill “a bipartisan victory for our nation” and rejected this “two-track” approach. The letter concluded, “We will not consider voting for a budget resolution until the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passes the House and is signed into law.”

Pelosi originally responded to the efforts by the nine—Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Carolyn Bordeaux (D-Ga.), Filemon Vela (D-Texas), Jared Golden (D-Maine), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Vincente Gonzalez (D-Texas), Ed Case (D-Hawaii), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.)—as “amateur hour.” But since then, the nine have stood strong in their commitment outlined in the letter and have been in negotiation with the Speaker and the White House.

The situation has intensified as several representatives have reiterated their commitment to not passing the budget before the infrastructure bill. This renewed resolve comes after news yesterday that moderate Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) were privately advising the nine representatives on these negotiations.

Case said, “We must pass the $1 trillion Senate physical infrastructure package immediately and send it to the president without changing it and without linking it to the $3.5 trillion social infrastructure package.”

Bordeaux urged that the situation be resolved quickly, warning that “We cannot wait … time kills deals.”

This is not to say that some of the nine do not plan to support the resolution.

Gottheimer said, “We should first vote immediately on the bipartisan infrastructure package, send it to the president’s desk, and then quickly consider the budget resolution, which, I plan to support.”

Vela said that the infrastructure bill should be brought “to the floor for a vote and immediate passage next week for the president’s swift signature.” He insisted that after that bill is passed, “I will support a budget resolution and look forward to the negotiation of a reconciliation package.”

But one signer, Schrader, is not giving the same assurances. He worries that “the ambiguity of the reconciliation process would leave the bipartisan infrastructure package in limbo and lead to possible failure.”

All nine House Democrats worry that tying the infrastructure bill together with the controversial budget will cause Republicans not to vote for it.

But the reticence of some to commit to voting for the budget is not a good sign for Pelosi. With a thinly united caucus of 220 seats against Republicans’ tightly-knit caucus of 212, Pelosi can spare no more than three ‘nays’ from her party. Any more would put the vote at a 216-216 tie or outright rejection.

But House moderates are not the only ones attaching conditions to an ‘aye’ vote. In an Aug. 11 press release by the Congressional Progressive Caucus—which at 95 members is nearly half of all House Democrats—the left-leaning group said it will “continue to stay focused on ensuring the passage of this bill before we can vote for the smaller bipartisan package sent over by the Senate.”

With these commitments from the left and center, Pelosi lacks the votes for either bill to pass. Their renewed insistence today indicates that the moderates are not planning on relenting; but the progressives are unlikely to relent either, as they fear that the moderates in their party will vote against the budget resolution without the threat of not passing the infrastructure bill.

The attitudes towards both pieces of legislation by the different elements of the Democratic bloc speak to the fragility of the coalition. If neither the moderates nor the progressives agree to a compromise, it is likely that both bills will fail to reach the threshold for passage.

Joseph Lord is a Congressional reporter for the Epoch Times who focuses on the Democrats. He got his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Clemson University and was a scholar in the Lyceum Program.



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Lava streams from Indonesia’s Mount Merapi in new eruption

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Monday with its biggest lava flow in months, sending a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing more than 2 miles down its slopes on the densely populated island of Java.

The rumbling sound could be heard several miles away as Mount Merapi erupted, sending hot ash nearly 2,000 feet into the sky. Ash blanketed nearby towns, but long-established evacuation orders are in place near the volcano, and no casualties were reported.

It was Merapi’s biggest lava flow since authorities raised its danger level last November, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center.

She said the lava dome just below Merapi’s southwest rim and the lava dome in the crater both have been active since the end of July. The southwest rim dome volume was estimated at. 66.9 million cubic feet and about 9.8 feet tall before partially collapsing Monday morning, sending pyroclastic flows traveled fast down the southwest flank at least twice.

Smaller pyroclastic flows of searing gas and lava traveled up to a mile southwest at least twice more during the day.

The 9,737-foot peak is near Yogyakarta, an ancient city of several hundred thousand people embedded in a large metro area on the island of Java. The city is a center of Javanese culture and a seat of royal dynasties going back centuries.

Merapi’s alert status has been at the second highest of four levels since it began erupting last November, and Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center has not raised it despite the past week’s increased volcanic activity. The four levels describe eruption activity as normal, minor, moderate or major.

People are advised to stay 3.1 miles from the crater’s mouth and to beware of the peril of lava, the agency said.

In this photo taken using slow camera shutter speed, hot lava runs down from the crater of Mount Merapi, in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, early Monday, Aug. 9, 2021.
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Ash from the eruption blanketed several villages and nearby towns, Humaida said. Cloudy weather obscured views of the peak.

Mount Merapi is the most active of more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia and has repeatedly erupted with lava and gas clouds recently.

Authorities in November had evacuated nearly 2,000 people living on the fertile slopes of the mountain in Magelang and Sleman districts and about 550 more people in January, but most have since returned. Merapi’s last major eruption in 2010 killed 347 people and caused the evacuation of 20,000 villagers.

Indonesia, an archipelago of 270 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped series of seismic fault lines around the ocean.



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Chelsea Gray, Aces mount comeback to stun Mystics

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Chelsea Gray canned a step-back jumper with 4.6 seconds left Sunday as the Las Vegas Aces erased a 21-point deficit, ending the game with an 11-2 run to defeat the Washington Mystics 84-83 in Las Vegas.

Gray’s 17-footer enabled the Aces (16-6) to tie Seattle for the WNBA’s top record and capped a 29-14 fourth-quarter burst that turned a near-certain loss into a stunning victory.

Washington (8-11) had a chance to win it, but Ariel Atkins’ 3-pointer went begging as time expired. The Mystics scored on just one of their final six possessions, going 1 of 4 from the field and committing a pair of turnovers.

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A’ja Wilson scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Las Vegas, while Liz Cambage added 17 points and Jackie Young kicked in 14.

Atkins and WNBA scoring leader Tina Charles each scored 20 points for Washington. Myisha Hines-Allen added 16 and Natasha Cloud produced an 11-point, 10-assist double-double. The Mystics went 10 of 29 on 3-pointers, but were outscored 15-7 at the foul line.

Washington controlled most of the first three quarters, looking more like one of the WNBA’s best teams rather than the 8-10 team as which it entered. Hines-Allen’s 3-pointer less than three minutes into the game gave the Mystics a lead it held for 36-plus minutes.

The Mystics opened up a 27-15 lead after a quarter on Erica McCall’s layup that capped a 10 of 18 performance from the field. Meanwhile, Las Vegas was just 6 of 16 from the field, uncharacteristic for the team with the league’s best mark prior to tipoff.

Charles got going in the second quarter with 13 points, including a 3-pointer that made it 48-29 with 2:29 left in the half. Washington settled for a 50-35 advantage at intermission.

The margin grew to 20 again just over four minutes into the third quarter when Atkins hit a short jumper. It was 21 when the Aces ripped off a 9-2 spurt to close the period, cutting the deficit to 69-55.

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FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Mount Kailash’s Summit?

A video shared on Facebook purportedly shows an aerial view of the peak of Mount Kailash in the Himalayas.

Verdict: False

The video actually shows Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro.

Fact Check:

The video shows the view from an aircraft’s window as it flies around a mountain featuring a large crater. Near the end, a voice can be heard saying, “Ladies and gentleman, you can see so many people at the top.”

The caption of the Facebook post claims the footage is a “rare video at the top of Mount Kailash.” The peak, located in Tibet, is regarded as holy by Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. However, Mount Kailash is not the mountain in the video.

The prominent crater in the footage seems to match Reusch Crater on Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, which, according to UNESCO, is the tallest peak on the African continent. Photos of Kilimanjaro and its Reusch crater can be found on Getty Images. Mount Kailash’s top is far narrower and does not appear to include such a crater, based on other pictures available on Getty Images.

A verified YouTube channel run by Tanzania Standard Newspapers (TSN) posted an extended version of the footage last year, describing it as showing Mount Kilimanjaro. HabariLeo, part of TSN, also tweeted the footage. (RELATED: Does This Image Show The ‘G7 Parking Lot’ Packed With Planes?)

If a plane was to fly around Mount Kailash, people would not be seen on top. Because it is regarded as sacred to several religions, the peak remains unclimbed, according to Lonely Planet.





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13-Minute News Hour with Bobby Eberle – Vacation Time? Joe Biden Leaves Town as Crises Mount 8/13/21


Joe Biden has decided to check out of the White House and start a vacation. Taliban forces are threatening Americans as Biden rushes troops to Afghanistan. Inflation continues to rise. Biden is practically begging OPEC for help with gas prices. Is now the best time for a Joe Biden vacation?

The border crisis is out of control and getting worse every month. The Biden-Harris message on Covid-19 and the delta variant is all over the place. What kind of message does Biden send by leaving town now?

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