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Balenciaga unveils $2,590 Hello Kitty bag

Hello Kitty is moving up in the world.

The collaboration-crazy cat has partnered with luxury Parisian brand Balenciaga on a collection of accessories with the classic Hello Kitty character — and a hefty price tag.

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The character, created by Yuko Shimizu in 1974, started out on a coin purse but expanded to decorate everything from skateboards and sneakers to Polaroid cameras and air purifiers.

And now Hello Kitty has hit runways, too. In September, at Balenciaga’s spring 2020 show, male models toted black, pink and white versions of the brand’s iconic Ville bag, all emblazoned with the unmistakable cartoon cat.

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The fashion world loves a good pop culture collaboration these days — see the recent Levi’s hookup with Netflix’s “Stranger Things” — especially when it comes to referencing childhood favorites. Throwback brands such as Good Luck Trolls have made their way from trinkets in children’s rooms to the runway, when they showed up on Moschino’s catwalk in Milan last year.

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As for the Balenciaga Hello Kitty collection, the items still have that familiar cute face, but they’re clearly not for toddlers. This medium Ville top-handle bag is for serious fans with bank accounts that can handle a price tag of $2,590.

The collaboration includes other items that are bound to be at least a little more accessible, such as a phone holder, an XXS tote and an XS camera bag.

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The collection will be available worldwide Jan. 27.

This story was originally published by the New York Post.

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Discussion Thread: Democratic Presidential Primary Polling – January 2020

Welcome to the r/Politics polling discussion thread for the Democratic Primary. With only 23 days remaining until the Iowa caucuses, the field is continuing to narrow. Since our last discussion thread in December, Julian Castro and Marianne Williamson have suspended their campaigns. The seventh Democratic Debates will take place on Tuesday, January 14th and will feature the six candidates who met the DNC’s polling and donor thresholds (5% in four approved polls OR 7% in two approved early-state polls, and 225,000 unique donors with at least 1000 in 20 different states or territories) by yesterday’s deadline: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer. Michael Bloomberg is not eligible for the DNC debates because of his choice to decline donor money, and Andrew Yang fell short of the polling threshold.

Below is a list of polls that have been released since the last megathread we did, showing where the qualifying candidates stand. Please be mindful of following the rules of r/politics when participating.

[1] – Poll of Democrats and Independents (the other Ipsos poll from the same date range is of Democrats only)

A few tips when looking at polls:

  • All polling isn’t created equal. Some pollsters have distinct leans towards one candidate or another as a result of polling methodology that oversamples or undersamples certain demographics. A large distinction is online-only polls versus live caller vs robocalling polls. In other instances, some pollsters just consistently have poorer showings than others (the FiveThirtyEight pollster ratings chart is a good approximation) and might warrant less weight.

  • Don’t compare apples to oranges. Polls generally should reach the same result, but sometimes there is a systemic undervaluation or overvaluation of one candidate or another. Trendlines between polling firms is not very useful. Trendlines within the same poll, however, might yield much more useful comparisons.

  • Polling goes stale quickly at this time of the year. As we approach the Iowa caucuses, the polling will likely start changing a lot, which may or may not shake up the race. A poll from the beginning of the month might no longer be instructive at this point in time, for instance. A rolling average of recent polls is a better estimate, and what outlets like 538 and RCP tend to do when they have enough polling to do so.

  • Keep in mind the sample size. This isn’t aimed at the toplines, but the cross-tabs that sometimes get published. These polls are often just 300-500 people nationally, meaning a subsample for a particular minority group or socioeconomic class can end up being just a few dozen responses, which often gets parsed for support for individual candidates. A trend across a number of polls is still significant, but individual polling in this case is less useful.

  • Polls are just polls. At the end of the day, polls don’t vote, people do. If your candidate is down, or if they’re doing well, the polls are only meant to be a reflection of what the pollster thinks the current electorate looks like. Don’t take that to mean your preferred candidate is done, or that they have a glide path to the nomination. What happens in the primary is a product of far more than just the polling being done.

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Remembering Neil Peart, A Monster Drummer With A Poet’s Heart

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When Canadian prog-rock innovators Rush were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, it was both somewhat surprising and totally appropriate that drummer Neil Peart opened the trio’s acceptance speech. The musician and author, who passed away at the age of 67 on January 7 after a private, three-and-a-half-year struggle with brain cancer, famously eschewed the spotlight and rarely gave interviews. However, the Ontario native was a quiet leader who shaped Rush’s voice, writing the bulk of the band’s lyrics and maintaining a steely, rock-solid presence behind the drumkit.

“There’s a stereotype about rock music, that it’s mundane or predictable. Neil’s lyrics were neither. … [He] had the ability to express complicated ideas in a rock song,” Donna Halper, an associate professor of media studies at Lesley University, tells NPR Music. A media historian and former broadcaster, Halper is credited with getting Rush their U.S. record deal and breaking the band: In 1974, while working as music director and a DJ at the legendary Cleveland radio station WMMS, she spun an import copy of Rush’s early single, “Working Man,” which promptly took off.

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Peart didn’t play on the studio version of “Working Man,” but joined Rush that same year, replacing original drummer John Rutsey. Peart contributed his first lyrics to the band’s 1975 LP, Fly By Night and, from there until Rush’s final studio album, 2012’s Clockwork Angels, he became known for his philosophical musings on road life and restless souls; sharp critiques of power and greed; fantasy-tinged vignettes; and incisive political and social commentary, cloaked in metaphor.

Peart’s love of literature and reverence for history deeply informed his songwriting. “Red Sector A,” for example, emerged after he read accounts of World War II concentration camp survivors. “Manhattan Project” addresses the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, from multiple viewpoints. For much of Rush’s career, Peart was also dogged by long-ago praise for the author Ayn Rand, whose works were an influence on the sprawling 1976 song cycle 2112. (He later clarified that Rand’s work no longer resonated with him.) In a 2015 Rolling Stone cover story, Peart self-described as a “bleeding-heart libertarian.”

That streak of individuality is also there in his songwriting, making Rush’s lyrics feel more like a manual for life, full of economical quips (“I’m so full of what is right / I can’t see what is good,” from “The Color of Right”) and thorny questions (“Roll The Bones” and its skepticism about faith). Like the best songwriting, Peart’s body of work was also malleable enough to grow with its listeners — his songs often mused about aging and the importance of dreaming; the ominous “Subdivisions” railed against the conformist suburbs that “have no charms to soothe the restless dreams of youth.”

Peart’s lyrical vulnerability also helped Rush’s music resonate across generations. Even as a young man, Peart thought deeply about the future and how fleeting life could be; the facetious 1975 song “I Think I’m Going Bald” references going “grey my way.” The fan-favorite 1987 single “Time Stand Still,” which features Aimee Mann on background vocals, is an ode to being present (“Freeze this moment a little bit longer / Make each sensation a little bit stronger”) that’s shaded with melancholy, because the protagonist knows that the other shoe can drop at any time. “Experience slips away / The innocence slips away.” Four years later, on 1991’s “Dreamline,” his thoughts crystallized into a bittersweet observation: “We’re only immortal for a limited time.”

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“Writing lyrics, like drumming, was something he took seriously and respectfully,” Halper says. “He made observations that the average fan could relate to, and he encouraged people to think for themselves, and to be themselves, too — to stand up for what they believed.

“And, above all, his lyrics made people think — Rush fans were liberal, conservative, religious, non-religious — but they all united around their respect for the band and their admiration for how Neil could articulate their experiences, or give them a new way to look at an issue.”

In no small part because of his erudition, Peart’s erudition earned him the nickname “The Professor.” It was apt: Carrying himself with an air of well-spoken authority, he possessed knowledge about a variety of topics, owing to his extensive global travels — on Rush tours, he was known for taking off on bicycle rides and, later, would hop on his motorcycle to travel between gigs — and a voracious curiosity about the world around him. In his 2002 book, Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, he described going to art museums in the afternoons before Rush concerts “to feed my growing interest in paintings, art history, and African carvings.”

While an interesting travelogue, at its root Ghost Rider was a chronicle of how to repair a shattered self. The book details how Peart embarked on a solo motorcycle trek “to try to figure out what kind of person I was going to be, and what kind of world I was going to live in” after his 19-year-old daughter, Selena, died in a 1997 car crash, and his wife Jackie passed due to cancer the following year.

All told, Peart released seven nonfiction books, several fiction collaborations and poured out thousands more words via his personal website. “What made Neil such a good writer is how much he loved to read,” Halper says. “He really loved and respected books. He loved good literature — he and I sat around one night talking Shakespeare — he loved poetry, he loved philosophy. He valued good conversation. He was a thinker — in the truest sense of the word.”

This mindset also made Peart a laser-sharp analyst of music. In a 1986Modern Drummer interview, he discussed the virtues of Thomas Dolby and Peter Gabriel, and how they incorporated electronics into their work, and mused on the “new morality that has to be developed for sampling.” A2017 tribute to drumming hero Buddy Rich, meanwhile, found Peart describing the late jazz icon as having the “ears of a dancer.”

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Peart was an ardent admirer of ferocious, aggressive drumming greats such as The Who’s Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, and absorbed influences from a wide range of players besides, as he relayed in a 2003 interview: Gene Krupa, Yes’ Bill Bruford, King Crimson’s Michael Giles, an obscure English session drummer named Harold Fisher. His own playing — which he honed and refined via drum lessons for as long as Rush toured — covered vast ground, darting in and out of jazz, rock, blues, funk and all points between and beyond.

Despite an iconoclastic nature, Peart found musical, and personal, brotherhood with bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson. The trio’s bond came alive during performances, which were immersive musical marathons that doubled as communal, spiritual experiences. Shows — of course — featured an extended Peart drum solo, performed with the precision of a surgeon and the creative freedom of a surrealist. But while highly technical, Peart’s playing was always joyous: As any Rush fan will share, air-drumming to 1981’s “Tom Sawyer” can be one of life’s greatest pleasures.

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Peart’s peers saw him as an oracle of advice and support — as Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and E Street Band’s Max Weinberg shared in touching posthumous remembrances — as did fans: Peart was known for sending handwritten (and, later, typed) postcards to people who wrote asking him about drum techniques, musical or career advice, or the eclectic pre-concert playlists he curated for Rush tours.

On Friday, rapper Chuck D — also inducted into the Rock Hall in 2013, as part of Public Enemy — tweeted that he and Peart ended up alone together after the ceremony “talking and laughing low in relief the long night was over — a small table backstage sharing a unique moment without much word[s].”

Such a low-key moment embodied Peart’s preferred state.

“He was in many ways like an outsider — the guy who was often different from everyone else,” Halper says. “But that was okay with him. He didn’t want to be like everyone else. He just wanted to be Neil. He loved being a rock drummer, but he also loved literature. He loved poetry. He loved the outdoors. He didn’t care what society thought a rock star was ‘supposed to be’ — he wasn’t afraid to be himself, and he didn’t really care about fame. He just wanted to be good at what he did — and he was! — and he just wanted to share his music with the fans.”

Peart indeed made sure to credit the support of loyal Rush fans during his heartfelt and funny Rock Hall remarks. In addition to praising Rush’s crew, the band’s long-time manager Ray Danniels, and his bandmates, he drew laughter by noting previous inductees were like a “constellation of stars” and dryly noted that “among them, we are one tiny point of light, shaped like a maple leaf.”

But he also talked about the grounding influence of family, and shared a favorite quote from Bob Dylan, taken from a 1978 Rolling Stone interview: “The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do for anyone but inspire them?”

After Rush wrapped up their 40th-anniversary R40 Tour in 2015 and effectively called it a day, Peart retreated from the spotlight, noting in a late 2015 Drumhead interview that his then 6-year-old daughter, Olivia, “has been introducing me to new friends at school as ‘my dad — he’s a retired drummer.’ True to say — funny to hear.”

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Meghan Markle already signed a deal with Disney amid royal exit: report

Meghan Markle is wasting no time embarking on her and Prince Harry’s independent career path amid their exit as senior members of the royal family.

The Duchess of Sussex already inked a deal with Disney before she and Prince Harry shocked the world with their “Megxit” announcement this week, according to a new report.

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Meghan Markle inked a new deal with Disney ahead of her and Prince Harry’s monumental “Megxit” announcement, a new report claims. (Getty)

U.K.’s The Times claims the duchess recorded a voiceover for a Disney project before she and Prince Harry left for a six-week-long sabbatical ahead of the Christmas holiday.

The outlet claims Markle did the voiceover in return for a donation to Elephants Without Borders, a non-profit organization in Botswana that aims to protect the species from poaching.

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Meghan Markle reportedly recorded a voiceover with Disney, and in turn, the money earned will be donated to a charity helping to save elephants, according to the report. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

News of the deal comes months after Markle attended the U.K. premiere of “The Lion King” in London. The Duchess’ attendance at the red carpet event made headlines after she was spotted speaking to Pharrell about the lack of privacy that comes along with being a royal.

As Pharrell complimented Meghan and Harry’s marriage, the Duchess of Sussex responded, “Oh, thank you. They don’t make it easy.”

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As a part of their big announcement on Wednesday, Prince Harry and Meghan updated their official Sussexroyal.com website with answers to burning questions about how the couple’s finances would be impacted by reduced royal roles.

The couple explained that in the current structure, they do not earn “any income in any form,” but value the “ability to earn a professional income.”

A rep for Elephants Without Borders did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Christian rapper TobyMac pays tribute to late son in emotional song, music video

TobyMac is honoring the memory of his late son with new music.

The Christian rapper, 55, released his heartbreaking new song, “21 Years” and music video on Friday which was dedicated and inspired by his 21-year-old son, Truett Foster McKeehan, who died unexpectedly in October.

‘”21 years’ is a song I wrote about the recent passing of my firstborn son, Truett Foster McKeehan. I loved him with all my heart,” TobyMac wrote on Instagram. “Until something in life hits you this hard, you never know how you will handle it. I am thankful that I have been surrounded by love, starting with God’s and extending to community near and far that have walked with us and carried us everyday.”

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“Writing this song felt like an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise that describes the journey I’m probably only beginning. One thing I know is that I am not alone. God didn’t promise us a life of no pain or even tragic death, but He did promise He would never leave us or forsake us. And I’m holding dearly to that promise for my son as well as myself,” he added.

TobyMac, whose real name is Kevin McKeehan, spoke about the devastating passing of his son earlier this week.

“The last couple of months have been the hardest I’ve ever faced. Thank you for the love and support,” the musician wrote on Twitter. “Part of my process has always been to write about the things I’m going through, but this went to a whole new level.”

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“What started out as getting some of my thoughts and feelings about losing my firstborn son down on paper, ended up a song. ’21 Years’ is a song I never wanted to write. I hope it’s for someone out there, or maybe it’s just for me. Out Tomorrow,” he added.

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The Davidson County Medical Examiner’s confirmed Truett died on Oct. 23. Authorities responded to a phone call about a person in cardiac arrest at the family’s Tennessee home.

Truett was an aspiring rapper. He went by the names Truett Foster, TRU, Shiloh and truDog online and collaborated with his father on a few tracks.

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In a tribute written by TobyMac at that time, he said his son “had joy that took the room when he entered.”

“He was a magnetic son and brother and friend. If you met him you knew him, you remembered him,” TobyMac wrote in a statement obtained by Fox News. “His smile, his laugh, the encouragement he offered with words or even without. He had an untamable grand personality and dreams to match. And he hated being put in a box.

“He expressed himself through the music he made,” TobyMac continued. “And by made I mean, written, recorded, produced, mixed, and designed the art. All of it. A true artist. His first show was a week ago, and it was nothing short of electric.

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“Everyone felt it, everyone knew it,” he recalled. “He could’ve easily taken the easy route and put music out when he was 12, 14, 16, even 18, but he always said he wanted to live some life and have something to say before he did it. He didn’t want to be a child star, he wanted to be a man with scars and a story to tell. I always admired, respected and encouraged that stand.”

Fox News’ Mariah Haas contributed to this report.

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Ashley Graham designing plus-size wedding dresses with Pronovias

Ashley Graham may be mere days away from giving birth to her first child, but she has marriage on her mind.

The pregnant model, 32, announced a partnership with bridal brand Pronovias on Tuesday, revealing a slate of plus-size wedding dresses of her own design.

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The pregnant model, 32, announced a partnership with bridal brand Pronovias on Tuesday. (Photo: Pronovias)

“[Your wedding day is] beyond a size or a type of woman — it’s really just about her,” Graham told WWD about the collaboration. “That’s why I’m so excited there are now sizes from 0 to 34.”

Graham helped design a collection of 16 styles, including a gown with lace sleeves, an off-the-shoulder silhouette, and a tuxedo — which was reportedly “a must” for the model — with prices ranging from $1,000 to $3,500. She also said that she built shapewear into the dresses so that curvy brides don’t need to worry about doubling up.

Though she’s been married to husband Justin Ervin for nine years, Graham reflected on her own bridal shopping struggles while envisioning the collection.

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“I really didn’t get the option of what I truly wanted because I didn’t have the time or the luxury because of my size,” Graham said about her wedding dress. (Photo: Pronovias)

She told WWD that she planned her wedding in just two months, revealing that she ended up buying a size 10 off-the-rack dress from a small boutique in Nebraska because they did not have an option for her size 14-16 physique. She said she had to add a panel sewn into the back of the bustier to make it fit.

“I really didn’t get the option of what I truly wanted because I didn’t have the time or the luxury because of my size. And to be completely honest — because of my budget,” Graham said.

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The activist is not only disrupting the wedding industry, but also the swimsuit market; she’s had a steady gig designing bathing suits for a wide range of sizes with Swimsuits for All, and recently posed for a sexy campaign for the brand, showing off her baby bump.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, the model covered the January issue of Vogue — also while expecting.

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This report was originally published by the New York Post.

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Images of items found with Soleimani after fatal US airstrike

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One of his weapons, a pistol, was found with his body.

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Omani Sultan Qaboos, Who Ruled Oman For Half A Century, Dies At 79

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Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said, seen during a 2010 ceremony in Muscat, died at the age of 79 after suffering for years from an undisclosed illness. After a half-century reign, he has been succeeded by Haitham bin Tariq Al Said.

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For the first time in roughly half a century, Oman is under new direction.

The longest-serving monarch of the Arab world, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, died Friday at the age of 79, ceding the country to his cousin and former culture minister Haitham bin Tariq al-Said. The latter was sworn in as sultan Saturday, assuming the reins of state in a ceremony attended by high-ranking military and government officials.

“The trust in us is great and the responsibilities are great,” the new sultan told those assembled for the occasion, according to the state-run Oman News Agency. He focused on maintaining Oman’s long-standing role as a neutral party for peace in the troubled region.

“We will follow the same line as the late sultan,” he said, according to a translation from The Associated Press, “and the principles that he asserted for the foreign policy of our country, of peaceful coexistence among nations and people, and good neighborly behavior of non-interference in the affairs of others.”

The speech ushered in a new and unfamiliar era for the country, which had been governed by just one man since Qaboos overthrew his father in a bloodless palace coup in 1970. Qaboos, who had been educated in the U.K., oversaw something of a revolution in Oman during his reign, guiding the Gulf state in its development from an isolated loner to active member in the Arab League, the United Nations and eventually the World Trade Organization, as well.

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Oman new sultan, Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, speaks during his swearing-in ceremony Saturday.

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Since he took power, Oman has seen a dramatic upswing in its fortunes, increasing its gross domestic product from about $250 million at the start of his reign to a sum better measured in the tens of billions, according to statistics from the World Bank.

In recent years the tiny country — which boasts a population of only 4.6 million people and a land area smaller than Kansas — has played an outsize role in Middle Eastern diplomatic affairs. Nestled on the borders of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and war-torn Yemen, and just across the Gulf of Oman from Iran and Pakistan, Oman lately has taken on the role of arbiter and peacekeeper in its tumultuous neighborhood.

The country, which maintains positive relations with both Iran and the U.S., hosted the secret meetings that eventually resulted in the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. And Oman has repeatedly stepped in to facilitate high-stakes negotiations between the two countries — as when Qaboos himself paid half a million each to help secure the release of American prisoners from Iran in 2011.

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High-ranking military officers carry the coffin of Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who died at the age of 79. The late sultan oversaw the country’s development for nearly half a century. He was succeeded by former Culture Minister Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, who was sworn in Saturday. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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High-ranking military officers carry the coffin of Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who died at the age of 79. The late sultan oversaw the country’s development for nearly half a century. He was succeeded by former Culture Minister Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, who was sworn in Saturday.

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“We always keep a focus not on the negative, but on the positive,” Mohammed bin Awadh al-Hassan, Oman’s permanent representative to the U.N., explained to NPR last year. “When you focus on this, opportunities for peace become quite clear.”

Lately, though, the septuagenarian absolute monarch had largely withdrawn from the public eye, as he underwent treatment for a long-undisclosed medical condition, believed to have been colon cancer.

The silence from the sultan’s palace also raised difficult questions about succession, as the popular leader had only briefly married and produced no obvious heir to the sultanate — though observers commonly included Haitham, 65, on shortlists of potential successors.

That expectation came to fruition upon Qaboos’ death. Reuters reports that the late sultan named his successor in a sealed envelope.

In a reflection of the trust and friendship Oman managed to cultivate among its neighbors and others under Qaboos, Haitham was flooded with words of consolation and congratulations from world leaders Saturday.

Among the expressions of grief over Qaboos’ death was a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Muscat, Oman’s capital, which mourned “his steadfast leadership embodied his sincerity, his generosity, his tolerance, and his deep love for his country.”

“We lost one of the world’s most important leaders,” the embassy wrote in a statement published on Facebook, “an inspiring leader of Oman’s rise and development in half a century.”

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Dr. Oz thinks we should ‘cancel’ breakfast in 2020, says it’s a ‘ploy’

For many, breakfast is an essential start to the day. Much like a cup of Joe, the morning meal – in the U.S. often consisting of foods like pancakes, bacon, and eggs – is a daily tradition.

But apparently, the idea that breakfast is a necessary part of the morning is a sham – at least according to Dr. Mehmet Oz.

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“I think for 2020, the first thing I’m going to do is ban breakfast,” the famous doctor recently told TMZ. “I don’t think we need to eat breakfast. That’s an advertising ploy.”

“Unfortunately, a lot of the dogma that we were fed for decades came out of advertisements. It wasn’t really based on the truth around our health,” he added.

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“I think for 2020, the first thing I’m going to do is ban breakfast,” Dr. Oz said. (Photo: Getty/iStock)

Dr. Oz said we should “cancel” breakfast, and instead have our first meal of the day when we’re actually hungry.

“If you’re intermittent fasting and you hadn’t had a late dinner, it won’t happen until midway through the morning,” he said.

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And if you do find yourself hungry first thing in the morning, Dr. Oz says it’s likely because you’re having the equivalent of food withdrawal.

“Because you had some simple carbohydrate like a potato chip or french fries at 10 at night, that means your body’s insulin is all whacked up,” he explained. “By the next morning that withdrawal is happening, you’re starving like a drug addict. You got to get your meds.

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“Most Americans are addicted to food – we should be addicted to life,” he added.

But while the TV doc may swear against breakfast, he is a fan of one popular meal in America: brunch.

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“Have brunch every day of the week!” he advised.

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2 U.S. Troops Killed By Taliban Bomb In Southern Afghanistan

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U.S. soldiers keep watch near the wreckage of their vehicle at the site of a Taliban suicide attack in Kandahar in August 2017.

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Two U.S. soldiers were killed and two others injured when their vehicle struck a bomb planted by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, according to a U.S. military statement reported by the Associated Press.

The U.S. military vehicle was traveling in Kandahar province when it hit the roadside bomb. The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which marks the first American deaths in Afghanistan this year.

The attack also comes amid stalled peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban. U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is waiting to hear if the Taliban will agree to a temporary ceasefire, which could open the door for the withdrawal of some American troops.

The Pentagon did not identify the service members who were killed, per Defense Department policy.

Nearly 2,400 U.S. troops have been killed in America’s longest-running war, which began in 2001. Last year was one of the deadliest on record with 23 deaths of U.S. service members, the AP reported.

The Taliban have been resurgent since NATO ended its military mission there in 2014, and the group has been conducting almost daily attacks on Afghan and U.S. soldiers, killing many Afghan civilians in the process. More than half of Afghanistan’s population now live in districts controlled or contested by the Taliban.

A Taliban spokesperson said this week that increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran will not impact peace talks. Iran has supported the Taliban through providing refuge to militants and their families and routing smuggling networks used to finance the Taliban through Iran, NPR has reported.

U.S. Ambassador John Bass left his post in Kabul this week after two years as the top U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan. He told NPR’s Audie Cornish that a diplomatic agreement between the U.S., the Taliban and the Afghan government is the only way out of the conflict.

“I think wider Afghan society is waiting to see if the Taliban are prepared to act differently and to sit down and try to work out a way to resolve differences within the society through something other than violence,” Bass said.

“The Eid cease-fire in 2018, in which Afghans for the first time in 18 years enjoyed three days of peace across the country,” he added, “demonstrates what is possible when the Taliban and the government listen to you and respond to that overwhelming desire of the Afghan people for peace.”

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