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This Day In Naval History - November 19
1813- Capt. David Porter claims Marquesas Islands for the United States.
1922: In a PT seaplane, Cmdr. Kenneth Whiting makes the first catapult launching from an aircraft carrier at anchor, USS Langley (CV 1), in the York River.
 
1943 - Carrier force attacks bases on Tarawa and Makin begun.
1943 - USS Nautilus (SS-168) enters Tarawa lagoon in first submarine photograph reconnaissance mission.
1961 - At the request of President of Dominican Republic, U.S. Naval Task Force sails to Dominican Republic to bolster the country's government and to prevent a coup.
1969 - Navy astronauts CDR Charles Conrad Jr. and CDR Alan L. Bean are 3rd and 4th men to walk on the moon. They were part of Apollo 12 mission. CDR Richard F. Gordon, Jr., the Command Module Pilot, remained in lunar orbit. During the mission lasting 19 days, 4 hours, and 36 minutes, the astronauts recovered 243 lbs of lunar material. Recovery by HS-4 helicopters from USS Hornet (CVS-12).
 
This Day In Naval History - November 20
1856 - CDR Andrew H. Foote lands at Canton, China, with 287 Sailors and Marines to stop attacks by Chinese on U.S. military and civilians.
1917 - USS Kanawha, Noma and Wakiva sink German sub off France.
1933 - Navy crew (LCDR Thomas G. W. Settle, USN, and MAJ Chester I.
Fordney, USMC) sets a world altitude record in balloon (62,237 ft.) in flight into stratosphere.
1943 - Operation Galvanic, under command of Vice Admiral Raymond Spruance, lands Navy, Marine, and Army forces on Tarawa and Makin.
1962 - President John F. Kennedy lifts the Blockade of Cuba .
 
This Day In Naval History - November 21
1918 - U.S. battleships witness surrender of German High Seas fleet at Rosyth, Firth of Forth, Scotland, to U.S. and British fleets.
 
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6 Oddball Facts About Turkeys We Bet You Didn't Know - Modern Farmer
 
 
6 Oddball Facts About Turkeys We Bet You Didn't Know
 
Ever thought about the spirited life and legend of your tryptophanic Thanksgiving centerpiece? Most people know the story of Ben Franklin vouching for the turkey to be America's national bird, which may or may not be true, but here are some other funky facts about the bird itself.
People have been eating them for a while now.
Researchers discovered the earliest-known instance of turkey domestication in a Mayan archaeological site in Guatemala, many miles from turkeys' native habitat in Mexico. The turkey bones—presumably from a ceremony, sacrifice, or feast—were more than 2,000 years old.
All turkey species originated in Mexico.
Which is a surprise, since Chipotle doesn't even offer a turkey burrito.
You won't find their eggs in a store.
Have you ever seen turkey eggs at Trader Joe's? Probably not. They lay significantly fewer eggs per year than chickens do. "Turkey eggs are very valuable," said Nick Zimmerman, an associate professor of animal/avian sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, in an interview with Discovery News. "They have a higher value for making new baby poults, so we can grow them up into nice large turkeys and make meat for people." Zimmerman estimates the market price of one turkey egg at $3.50, more than twelve times that of a chicken egg.
They change color.
Well, the heads and necks of males do. Naturally a grayish blue, their skin can turn a deep red-purple when they're feeling feisty (think mating/fighting). "When they're breeding or when they're aggressive, more blood goes into their head—it's sort of like people who get flushed when really excited or mad," says retired ornithologist (a person who studies birds) and author Roger Lederer. "During breeding season, their heads could be red all week!"
The name turkey happened because someone didn't know their birds too well.
It's theorized that Europeans originally misidentified the gobblers as guinea fowl, which they believed hailed from the country Turkey. (They're not. They're from Guinea in Western Africa, but that's another mistake altogether.) Turkey and guinea fowl are not the same thing, but that doesn't mean anyone bothered to change the name to something correct, like "Mexico." Example:
Bob: How much Mexico did you eat on Thanksgiving this year?
Jane: Dude, so much Mexico. Like eight slices of Mexico with stuffing. I gotta learn some self-control.
Facial boners are a thing.
A floppy, fleshy piece of skin above the beak called the snood gets engorged with blood as an ornamental way of attracting females. Research shows that female turkeys are most attracted to larger snoods, and that if you're going to be a male turkey, it's best to be the one with the biggest snood of the bunch: Not only does it help you get the girl, but other males avoid fighting with and defer to you
 
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Bad News For The Pharma Cartel: Statin Profits Collapsing, The Cholesterol Bubble Has Burst
In a press release on November 1st, Pfizer, one of the world's biggest pharma companies, announced it was scrapping its high-profile experimental cholesterol drug bococizumab. Citing studies showing adverse reactions and the chemical's ineffectiveness, the drug maker concluded that the candidate injection product was "not likely to provide value to patients, physicians, or shareholders." In plain English, this means it doesn't work and that investors couldn't make money from it. With global sales of statins and other so-called 'lipid regulators' having now fallen more than 32% over the past 5 years, the announcement provides further evidence that the pharma industry's multibillion dollar 'cholesterol bubble' has burst.
 
Only a few years ago, everything in the 'cholesterol garden' seemed rosy for the Pharma Cartel. By 2011, global sales of statins and other lipid-regulating drugs had reached a dizzying new high of 39.1 billion dollars a year. At that time, with statins functioning as the pharma industry's "goldmine", Pfizer's Lipitor was the world's top-selling drug with annual sales of over 12 billion dollars. But in the years that followed, things quickly began to change.
Lawsuits were filed against Pfizer after it was found that Lipitor may increase the risk of developing diabetes, severe muscle pain, and other serious health problems. AstraZeneca, the manufacturers of Crestor, another statin, also had lawsuits filed against it by patients who had suffered side effects. From the global highpoint in 2011, sales of statins and other lipid-regulators subsequently fell every single year. By 2015 they had plummeted to 26.5 billion dollars, a fall of over 32%. With drug patents expiring and a growing worldwide awareness of the dangers of statins, this downward trend seems set to continue.
Source: IMS Health statistics
Statins are NOT the answer to heart disease
Sales of statins and other 'lipid regulating' drugs are built on a deeply cynical combination of fear and lies – the fear that cholesterol supposedly causes heart attacks, and the lie that statins are the answer. Far from being an undesirable substance, however, the fact is that cholesterol is actually essential to our bodies. A structural constituent of the walls of billions of cells, it is the precursor of important biological molecules such as vitamin D and the hormones estrogen and testosterone.
Moreover, so long as blood vessel walls are structurally intact, there is no scientific evidence that cholesterol, even at moderately elevated levels, damages them or causes atherosclerotic plaques and heart attacks. To have a damaging effect on otherwise intact blood vessel walls in test animals, cholesterol must be artificially increased to levels essentially never observed in humans. 
Significantly, therefore, with skepticism about the cholesterol theory of heart disease growing even among orthodox cardiologists, researchers were said to have been "stunned" earlier this year to learn that evacetrapib, a new cholesterol-lowering drug produced by Eli Lilly, did not reduce the risk of either heart attacks, strokes, or death. 
As the ongoing cholesterol drug failures therefore remind us, in order to successfully control heart disease it is essential that we correctly identify its root cause. 
The end of heart disease is now possible
In April 2015, scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California published a groundbreaking study in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease proving that heart disease is an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy. Building on a discovery made by Dr. Rath in the early 1990s, the publication of this research dealt a major blow to the cholesterol theory of heart disease and the Pharma Cartel's sales of cholesterol-lowering drugs.
As Dr. Rath's work has shown, coronary heart disease occurs for precisely the same reason that clinical (early) scurvy does – a deficiency of vitamin C in the cells composing the artery wall. Unlike animals, humans develop heart disease because their bodies cannot produce vitamin C. While the average human diet provides enough vitamin C to prevent scurvy, this is not enough to guarantee stable artery walls. As a consequence of the insufficient supply of vitamin C, millions of tiny cracks and lesions develop in the artery walls. Subsequently, cholesterol, lipoproteins, and other risk factors enter to repair this damage.
Of all these risk factors, by far the most important is a molecule known as Lipoprotein(a). Primarily found in humans and sub-human primates, Lipoprotein(a) functions as a repair molecule compensating for the structural impairment of the vascular wall. In general, animals that produce vitamin C in their bodies do not produce Lipoprotein(a). In human beings, in the case of a chronic deficiency of vitamin C, the arterial repair process becomes continuous. Over the course of many years, atherosclerotic deposits develop. This eventually leads to the occurrence of heart attacks and strokes.
Almost a quarter of a century ago, Dr. Rath and two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling issued their historic "Call for an International Effort to Abolish Heart Disease". Today, it is becoming increasingly clear that the possibility of eliminating heart disease as the major cause of death and disability is closer than ever before. The more of us who commit ourselves to reaching this goal by sharing the facts as widely as possible, the sooner it will be achieved.  
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In the Seat With AGCAS: Those Lost and Those Saved
Now called AGCAS (Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System), or sometimes Auto GCAS, this new capability in the F-16 essentially "takes over" for the pilot if it recognizes an impending ground collision, and pulls the airplane out of the dive without any pilot involvement. It's primarily designed to save pilots who have GLOC'd (G-Induced Loss of Consciousness) and pilots who have lost SA (Situational Awareness) like Ice did.
Auto GCAS was implemented into the F-16 fleet in late 2014 and was developed over the course of three decades by Lockheed Martin, NASA, and the Air Force Research Laboratory.
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 11/18/2016 CANADA - MILITARY RECRUITING SITE SUFFERS HACK; USERS ARE DIRECTED TO CHINESE GOVERNMENT PAGE (NOV 18/OC)  OTTAWA CITIZEN -- The Canadian military is examining its systems after its recruiting site was hacked, reported the Ottawa Citizen.   The army's recruiting site was briefly hijacked on Thursday, according to a military spokesman cited by Agence France-Presse.   The www.forces.ca website was redirected to China's State Council website, www.gov.cn, said a Defense Ministry spokeswoman. The site had no sensitive information, she added.   The Canadian site was taken down after the hack was discovered. As of Friday morning, the recruitment site remained down.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 11/18/2016 CHINA - U.S., CHINESE TROOPS CONCLUDE JOINT HUMANITARIAN DRILL IN KUNMING (NOV 18/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- Chinese and American troops have wrapped up a joint disaster relief exercise, reports NBC News.   The six-day drill was held in southwest China's Yunnan province in the city of Kunming. A closing ceremony and barbecue was held Friday.   The exercise involved 89 U.S. troops and 134 Chinese soldiers. The goal was improving cooperation in rescue operations. It involved "live troop exercises," said officials from both nations.   The drills included the simulated digging of bodies out of earthquake-destroyed buildings. Tabletop exercises focused on information sharing and joint decision-making.   This is the fourth time the U.S.-Chinese drills have been held since they began in 2013, noted Reuters.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 11/18/2016 GERMANY - TURKISH OFFICERS AT NATO BASE AMONG MANY SEEKING ASYLUM (NOV 18/REU)  REUTERS -- The head of NATO has acknowledged that some Turkish military personnel have requested asylum since the attempted coup in Turkey in July, reports Reuters.   Some officers posted to NATO command structures in Europe have requested asylum, said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday.   The countries involved will consider the cases individually, said Stoltenberg.   German media say that there has been a major increase in asylum applications from Turkey -- more than 4,400 in the first 10 months of this year, 2.5 times all of 2015, reported Deutsche Welle.   DPA in Germany said several stationed at a NATO base in Germany were trying to avoid returning to Turkey.   More than 110,000 people in Turkey's military, civil service, judiciary and other occupations have been fired or suspended in the wake of the failed coup.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 11/18/2016 INDIA - RUSTOM II UAV MAKES MAIDEN FLIGHT AT CHITRADURGA TEST RANGE (NOV 18/INDIAMOD)  INDIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) in India has flown its Rustom II unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time, reports the Indian Ministry of Defense.   The flight from the test range at Chitradurga on Wednesday evaluated the platform's aerodynamic performance.   The Rustom II is being developed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions for all branches of the Indian military, the ministry said.   The UAV's first flight was originally scheduled for 2013, noted the Times of India.   The air vehicle has a 66-foot (20-m) wingspan and can stay airborne for 24 to 30 hours, say officials.   The Rustom II can carry a variety of equipment, including electro-optic sensors, radar, electronic and communications intelligence payloads
  Item Number:5 Date: 11/18/2016 IRAQ - ISIS TARGETS WEDDING WITH SUICIDE BOMBING IN ANBAR PROVINCE (NOV 18/MIDEEYE)  MIDDLE EAST EYE -- At least 30 people have been killed and dozens injured in a suicide attack on a wedding in Iraq's Anbar province, reported the Middle East Eye.   The blast occurred Thursday in Amiriyat Fallujah, a small city in Fallujah district, home to many pro-government Sunni tribal fighters.   Numerous Sunni tribal elders were in attendance, said security sources. The groom, the son of a tribal leader who has reportedly been active against ISIS, was among those killed.   Other accounts placed the death toll much higher. Police sources cited by Al Jazeera said at least 40 people were killed and more than 60 injured.   The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility
Item Number:6 Date: 11/18/2016 IRAQ - PROMISED CANADIAN WEAPONS STILL HAVEN'T REACHED KURDS; OTTAWA BLAMES BAGHDAD FOR DELAY (NOV 18/CBC)  CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- Kurdish commanders in northern Iraq are impatiently waiting for weapons promised by the Canadian government, reports CBC News.   Senior peshmerga commanders told CBC News they have given Canadian officials all of the assurances required to make sure that the weapons will be used in accordance with international law.   In February, Ottawa pledged small arms, ammunition and optical sights when the then-new Liberal government revamped the Canadian mission in Iraq.   Potential problems include the fact that the Canadian weapons must make the way through the Iraqi government in Baghdad, which is concerned about Kurdish independence.   Canadian arms-export laws may also be hindering the deliveries, said Kurdish officials.   Canadian officials mentioned a few months ago that the delay might have been linked to concerns that the weapons would be used in a potential fight for Kurdish independence when the ISIS threat is eliminated.   An official with the Foreign Affairs Dept. in Canada said this week that the request is hung up in Baghdad.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 11/18/2016 JAMAICA - 2 NEW PATROL VESSELS EXPECTED BY YEAR'S END (NOV 18/DAMENSG)  DAMEN SHIPYARDS GROUP -- The Jamaica Defense Force has just awarded Damen Shipyards a contract for two new patrol vessels, reports the shipbuilder, which is headquartered in the Netherlands.   The new patrol ships will replace the Jamaican coast guard's three Cornwall-class vessels, the company said in a release on Thursday.   Both vessels were in stock and will be able to be delivered by the end of the year, said Damen. They are currently undergoing minor modifications.   The new craft will be named Cornwall and Middlesex, said the release.   The existing Cornwall-class boats were decommissioned on Nov. 8 and will be returned to Damen. After refurbishment, they will be made available for sale, the company said
  Item Number:8 Date: 11/18/2016 LEBANON - NEW ACCORD COVERS CHINESE AID FOR LEBANESE MILITARY (NOV 18/DAILYSTAR)  DAILY STAR -- Senior officials from China and Lebanon have finalized an agreement on military aid, reports the Daily Star (Beirut).   Gen. Jean Kahwagi, Lebanon's army chief, and Fan Changlong, the vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of China, signed the accord Thursday in Yarze, southeast of Beirut.   The deal covers "an aid program for the [Lebanese] military for the upcoming years," said Fan.   Fan also met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri during his visit, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency
Item Number:9 Date: 11/18/2016 LITHUANIA - LAWMAKERS PUSH FOR ACCELERATED DEFENSE SPENDING SCHEDULE (NOV 18/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- The Lithuanian Parliament has urged the government to rapidly step up defense spending to meet a key NATO goal, reports Bloomberg News.   This week, lawmakers approved a non-binding resolution calling for an increase to the 2 percent goal of gross domestic product by 2018, sooner than previous objective of 2020.   Lithuania is projected to spend 1.49 percent of GDP on defense this year.   The accelerated schedule is needed "to take responsibility for security of the state of Lithuania and its citizens, thus earning the trust of NATO allies and aiming to provide the conditions for NATO to implement the North Atlantic treaty," says the resolution.   Currently, just five of NATO's 27 members meet the 2 percent goal.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 11/18/2016 NIGERIA - BOKO HARAM SUICIDE ATTACKS PILE UP IN NORTHEAST (NOV 18/NANIGERIA)  NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA -- At least three Boko Haram suicide attacks were staged Friday in northeast Nigeria, say local authorities.   In one incident, two suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers were killed near a mobile police unit in the city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, reports the News Agency of Nigeria.   The bombers, which included two females and one male, reportedly began running toward police when they were ordered to stop. One of the females detonated her explosives, killing herself and a male accomplice. The other female was arrested.   At least two other blasts took place later in the morning. A police official cited by Reuters said two members of a government-backed militia and four suicide bombers were killed.   There have been six or seven such attacks in the last several days, Borno's state police commissioner said, as cited by AFP.  
Item Number:11 Date: 11/18/2016 PAKISTAN - NAVY BOASTS OF FOILING INDIAN SUBMARINE THREAT (NOV 18/DAWN)  DAWN -- The Pakistani navy says it detected Indian submarines and prevented them from entering the nation's waters earlier this week, reports Dawn (Pakistan).   Other accounts, including one from Reuters, only refer to one submarine.   In Monday's incident, the navy used "extreme skill" to detect the Indian subs (or sub) and prevent them from entering Pakistan's southern waters, said a navy statement on Friday.   The navy said it kept tracking the sub and "pushed" it "well clear of our waters," as cited by several agencies.   The incident highlighted Pakistan's "extremely skilled anti-submarine warfare unit," said the navy on Friday.   "This is all blatant lies," said an Indian navy spokesman.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 11/18/2016 PHILIPPINES - 14 DIE AFTER ENCOUNTER BETWEEN TROOPS, ABU SAYYAF (NOV 18/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Fighting between Philippine security forces and Abu Sayyaf militants in the country's south has left 14 dead, says the military, as reported by Agence France-Presse.   Troops encountered as many as 150 members of the terrorist group on Friday on the in Patikul in Sulu province, said a regional military spokesman cited by GMA (Philippines).   Four soldiers were killed and nine others wounded in a subsequent 45-minute firefight. Ten militants were killed in the clash, said the spokesman.   The operation was aimed at destroying Abu Sayyaf and recovering hostages it has kidnapped. No hostages were seen; the army will continue the search for them, he said
Item Number:13 Date: 11/18/2016 SOMALIA - AMISOM SAYS IT NEEDS 9,000 MORE TROOPS (NOV 18/STDN)  THE STANDARD (NAIROBI) -- The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is looking for around 9,000 soldiers to strengthen its operations in that country, reports the Standard (Nairobi, Kenya).   The peacekeeping mission lacks its necessary logistics support, said Francisco Madeira, the special representative of the chairman of the African Union Commission for Somalia (SRCC).   The Somali army now has about 10,900 personnel, but that needs to be increased to about 20,000 before AMISOM leaves as scheduled for October 2018, said Madiera.   There is also a need for equipment for Somali troops being trained by the peacekeepers, he said. A request has been made to the U.N. for gear
  Item Number:14 Date: 11/18/2016 SPAIN - AIR FORCE GETS INITIAL A400M TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT; 26 TO COME (NOV 18/ADAS)  AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE -- The Spanish air force has taken delivery of its first of 27 A400M cargo aircraft, reports Airbus Defence and Space, which builds the plane.   The aircraft was handed over on Thursday at the Airbus final assembly line in Seville, Spain.   In Spanish service, the A400M is replacing aging C-130 cargo aircraft. The fleet will be based at Zaragoza in the northeastern part of the country, said Airbus.   Another 13 A400Ms will be delivered by 2022, with the remaining 13 to be handed over starting in 2025.   The new A400M is scheduled to fly to Zaragoza within days, said the company
Item Number:15 Date: 11/18/2016 TURKEY - ANKARA LOOKS AT RUSSIA'S S-400 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM; DEFENSE MINISTER SAYS OTHER COUNTRIES ARE BEING CONTACTED (NOV 18/TASS)  TASS -- Turkish officials have been holding talks with Russia about the possibility of buying air defense systems, reports Tass (Russia).   Turkey is considering Russian-made S-400 air defense systems, said Defense Minister Fikri Isik on Friday. Russia's stance on the issue is "positive," he said.   The minister said Ankara has also contacted other countries on missile defense, reported the Jerusalem Post. Fikri said he hopes this will encourage NATO to come up with a more serious initiative.   "But this does not mean that we will ignore Russia's proposals. We are pushing ahead with pro-active work [with Russia] in this direction. Our ultimate goal is to start producing these systems on our own," he said.   Turkey canceled a US$3.4 billion tender for a long-range missile defense system last year. The contract has been provisionally awarded to China. At the time, the Turks said they planned to develop a system
  Item Number:16 Date: 11/18/2016 USA - ARMY CYBER OPERATIONS BEING OVERWHELMED BY HUGE AMOUNT OF DATA, SAYS GENERAL (NOV 18/FEDTIMES)  FEDERAL TIMES -- A senior U.S. Army cyber official says the service is having trouble with the amount of data flowing through its network, reports the Federal Times.   The Army and other U.S. military services are working on ways to evaluate "a tremendous amount of data" in such a way that brings the necessary knowledge or information to decision-makers in the field, said Brig. Gen. Patricia Frost this week at a conference in Washington, D.C.   "At echelon, when you talk to our commanders, they are overwhelmed, they rarely feel they [have] the information required to get to the decision," Frost said.   The general heads a new directorate in its Army G-3/5/7 office that oversees cybersecurity and electronic warfare.   Solutions to better understanding the cyber battlefield and processing data include visualization tools to aid commanders in the electronic warfare spectrum and the ability to pinpoint an adversary, if that adversary can see you in cyberspace, said Frost.   Commanders also need to view the network as part of the cyber battlefield, said Brig. Gen. Jennifer Buckner, deputy commander of operations at U.S. Cyber Command's Cyber National Mission Force.   "If you are denied service on that war fighting platform, portions of what you are trying to achieve as a commander" cannot be accomplished, said Buckner.   Cyber operators need to see the battlespace and how data are moving within that in order to shape operations, said Frost
  Item Number:17 Date: 11/18/2016 USA - AS PROMISED, TOP INTEL CHIEF CLAPPER SUBMITS RESIGNATION (NOV 18/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, says he is stepping down, reports CNN.   Clapper announced on Thursday that he had submitted his resignation the night before. It takes effect on Jan. 20, 2017.   He told the House Select Committee on Intelligence that submitting his resignation "felt pretty good."   The move was not a surprise. Clapper previously indicated that he would step down at the end of President Barack Obama's final term.   As DNI, Clapper acts as the principal intelligence adviser to the president and oversees the intelligence community's 17 agencies. He began five decades of service as a rifleman in the Marine Corps.   Rep. Devein Nunes (R.-Calif), the head of the Intelligence Committee, had had his name floated as a replacement for Clapper
Item Number:18 Date: 11/18/2016 USA - DON'T ALLOW CHINESE FIRMS TO GAIN CONTROL OF U.S. COMPANIES, ADVISES CONGRESSIONAL REPORT (NOV 18/FT)  FINANCIAL TIMES -- A new congressional report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission recommends that Washington bar Chinese state-owned firms from purchasing American companies, reports the Financial Times.   "There is an inherently high risk that whenever a state-owned enterprise acquires or gains effective control of a U.S. company, it will use the technology, intelligence and market power it gains in the service of the Chinese state to the detriment of U.S. national security," says the annual report, which was published on Wednesday.   "Chinese firms, which often receive state funding, have been particularly active in bidding for U.S. technology assets," noted the study.   The report is the latest indication of the political sensitivity of growing Chinese investment, said the newspaper.   Last month, another such panel – the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China – recommended that the U.S. place curbs on investments by Chinese entertainment, media and internet companies. This is seen as an appropriate response to the censorship and restrictions Western media and internet companies already face in China
  Item Number:19 Date: 11/18/2016 YEMEN - DOZENS KILLED IN NEW FIGHTING; GOVERNMENT REJECTS ANNOUNCED TRUCE (NOV 18/GULF)  GULF NEWS -- Fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels in Yemen has picked up ahead of a disputed cease-fire that was supposed to begin on Thursday night, reports the Gulf News (Dubai)   Earlier in the week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a truce had been approved by all sides. The rebels confirmed their endorsement of the truce.   The Yemeni government, however, rejected the deal, saying it had not involved in recent talks between Kerry and a Houthi delegation in Oman.   Heavy fighting left 51 dead around the country, reported Agence France-Presse on Thursday.   Fifteen soldiers and 23 rebels were reportedly killed in fighting around the coastal town of Midi and nearby Haradh, said Yemeni officials.   Another nine militants and four soldiers were killed in fighting on the outskirts of the city of Taiz, in southwest Yemen, said military officials
  Item Number:20 Date: 11/18/2016 YEMEN - HOUTHIS LOSE GROUND AMID HEAVY FIGHTING NEAR TAIZ (NOV 18/AL ARABIYA)  AL ARABIYA -- Yemeni government forces have gained control of parts of the eastern city of Taiz, reports Al Arabiya (Dubai).   Forces allied to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi took over the town of Al-Hekmaliah and other eastern part of Taiz from Houthi rebels, said army sources on Thursday.   They reportedly seized a military hospital, an army supply depot, two schools and a cultural center.   At least 32 people were killed in fighting, according to pro-government forces cited by Xinhua.   Medecins Sand Frontieres (MSF) reported that 21 were dead on arrival at its facilities in Taiz and 76 wounded. That, as MSF noted, was supposed to be the first day of a cease-fire.

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