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In Tense Exchange, Trump and Macron Put Forth Dueling Visions for NATO

LONDON — A once-cordial relationship between President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France devolved in a dramatic fashion on Tuesday, as the two leaders publicly sparred over their approach to containing the threat of terrorism and a shared vision for the future of NATO, a 70-year-old alliance facing existential threats on multiple fronts.

In a lengthy appearance before reporters, the president met a cool reception from Mr. Macron, who earlier in the day Mr. Trump derided as “very insulting” for his recent remarks on the “brain death” of the alliance. When asked to address his earlier comments on the French leader, Mr. Trump, a leader averse to face-to-face confrontation, initially demurred, but Mr. Macron was direct.

“My statement created some reactions,” Mr. Macron said. “I do stand by it.”

What followed was an extended, terse back-and-forth over trade, immigration, and Mr. Trump’s relationship with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

Mr. Trump’s interactions with the Turkish president are also sure to be closely watched. Mr. Erdogan, who has already upset NATO allies by purchasing a sophisticated Russian antiaircraft missile system, the S-400, is now threatening to oppose NATO’s plans to update the defense of Poland and the Baltic countries if the alliance does not join him in labeling some Kurdish groups as terrorists.

”Who is the enemy today?” Mr. Macron asked. “And let’s be clear and work together on that.”

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Mr. Trump, left, with Turkish president Recep Tayypip Erdogan during a visit to the White House in November.Credit…T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times

The meeting continued to devolve as the two discussed the containment of ISIS fighters in Syria. Hunched forward, Mr. Trump tried to jokingly offer captive fighters to the French.

“Would you like some nice ISIS fighters?” Mr. Trump said.

“Let’s be serious,” a stone-faced Mr. Macron replied. Mr. Macron said that he and Mr. Trump “don’t have the same definition of terrorism around the table.”

“When I look at Turkey, they are fighting against those who fight with us,” he added, referring to Kurdish fighters.

The contentious tone was baked into the day’s proceedings. Hours earlier, in a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO, Mr. Trump said President Emmanuel Macron of France had been “very insulting” to the alliance.

Mr. Macron had suggested that Europe could no longer assume unwavering support from the United States. “I think nobody needs it more than France,” Mr. Trump said of the alliance, “and that’s why I think when France makes a statement like they made about NATO, that’s a very dangerous statement for them to make.”

Mr. Trump’s visit comes as leaders across Europe struggle to balance the shared goal of combating the rising influence of global adversaries — China will be a focus — and containing other unpredictable members, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump said that he was considering delaying reaching a deal in his protracted and economically damaging trade war with China until after the 2020 election.

“In some ways I like the idea of waiting until after the election for the China deal,” Mr. Trump said, adding that he had “no deadline” for reaching an accord.

Mr. Trump’s defense of NATO against Mr. Macron’s comments was something of a role reversal for the two leaders. In the past, Mr. Trump has been so disruptive at NATO meetings that he triggered an emergency session. He has accused other member countries of shortchanging the United States on military spending, and he has questioned whether the alliance still served a purpose.

A goal of the current meeting was to avoid any formal disruptions. This time, however, it was Mr. Macron’s comments that were viewed as unhelpful to the alliance.

Mr. Trump called the remarks a “very, very nasty statement essentially to 28 countries” and said that NATO served a “great purpose.”

Heather A. Conley, director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Mr. Macron saw an opportunity to assert French leadership in Europe, with Britain moving toward leaving the European Union and the German government enmeshed in its own political troubles.

“President Macron is seizing that moment, seeking to be disruptive in his own way, and so we will see how that works,” she said.

In the background of these competing global interests is Mr. Trump’s possible impeachment. On Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee is set to question legal experts about whether there are grounds to impeach Mr. Trump for pressuring Ukraine to take actions that could help him in the 2020 election.

That threatens to throw off Mr. Trump’s focus and overshadow a victorious message that administration officials brought along with them to Britain: Last week, officials told reporters that the president had been “spectacularly successful” in urging allies to increase their military spending by more than $100 billion.

On Tuesday morning, Mr. Trump spoke to reporters for 52 minutes, at times turning his attention back to domestic issues. He castigated the impeachment effort led by Democrats as “unpatriotic” and again defended his behavior during a July call with the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky — an interaction that formed the basis for the inquiry.

“I did nothing wrong,” Mr. Trump said of the impeachment inquiry during a bilateral meeting with Mr. Stoltenberg, noting that he was not open to a censure from Congress, either. “You don’t censure somebody when they did nothing wrong.”

Mr. Trump’s morning comments set a tense backdrop for his meeting on Tuesday afternoon with Mr. Macron, who has shifted from a charm offensive with Mr. Trump to a more confrontational approach.

Experts in the region said they were watching to see whether Mr. Macron and Mr. Trump could agree on a path forward for NATO. “We need U.S. leadership in order to push any number of things on the NATO agenda, particularly in tougher areas like nuclear modernization or arms control,” Ms. Conley said.

Mr. Trump will also meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and host a private fund-raising round table with supporters, which Trump campaign officials say will raise $3 million.

Notably absent from the president’s schedule is a one-on-one meeting with the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, who is campaigning ahead of a Dec. 12 election and has been desperate to keep Mr. Trump at arm’s length. Mr. Johnson is managing the political fallout from a terrorist attack on Friday in central London, where a lone extremist fatally stabbed two people and wounded three others.

Mr. Johnson will host several leaders, including the president, in a group reception at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday evening, before the Trumps head to Buckingham Palace for a reception with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.

A chief concern in Britain is that Mr. Trump could change the course of next week’s election, intentionally or not, by sending inflammatory tweets or wading into local politics in interviews.

During his meeting with Mr. Stoltenberg, Mr. Trump indicated that he would respect Mr. Johnson’s wishes and not interfere in the impending election.

“I’ll stay out of the election,” Mr. Trump said. “I think Boris is very capable and he will do a good job.”

Hours before he and the first lady, Melania Trump, were expected at the palace, Mr. Trump also addressed a controversy engulfing the Royal family. Prince Andrew, the queen’s third child, recently spoke with the BBC about his relationship with the disgraced financier Jeffrey A. Epstein — an interview that turned into a public relations disaster, leading to the prince stepping back from public life.

“I don’t know Prince Andrew, but that’s a tough story,” Mr. Trump said.

In dealing with Mr. Erdogan, Mr. Trump has taken a soft touch, after other NATO members condemned Turkey’s decision to launch an offensive into northeastern Syria against Kurdish militia. A Kurdish force had been fighting alongside the Americans against the Islamic State, but Mr. Trump gave the go-ahead for the Turkish incursion in a controversial phone call.

Steven Erlanger contributed reporting.

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Mark Steyn mocks Biden’s daily ‘gibberish’ on ‘out-of-touch’ No Malarkey tour

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Commentator and author Mark Steyn mocked 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday, for his “out-of-touch,” No Malarkey Iowa bus tour.

The eight-day bus tour was launched on Nov. 30 and includes stops in Cedar Rapids, WaterlooMason City, Elkader, Decorah, and Oelwein.

“He paid some fancy millennial consultant $30 million to come up with that slogan,” Steyn said. “They did focus groups on other ones … They also want for the, no horsefeathers tour. I think that tested quite well with Muslim millennials. And they tried the no-flap doodle tour. I think that actually worked well with some feminist lesbians.

“And then the final one… the no cockamamie, fiddle-faddle, for the birds, bunkum, dagnabit tour, which polled really strongly with undocumented transgenders,” he added.

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Steyn continued to mock Biden for referencing his leg hair on the campaign trail after he said children used to play with his legs and jump in his lap.

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“I have waited all my life for a hairy-legged candidate and this is — this is a critical lane and the Democratic primary,” he said. “We talk about the moderate lane, the socialist lane, the even more socialist lane, but the hairy leg lane has been wide open since Beto [O’Rourke] Instagrammed himself shaving his legs back in August.

“And then using an arugula exfoliate to moisturize them. [Biden] cunningly saw that there was an opening.”

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The tour’s name is likely derived from Biden’s 2012 vice presidential debate against former GOP Rep. Paul Ryan when he told the Wisconsin Republican that his critique of the Obama administration’s foreign policy was, “a bunch of malarkey.”

Steyn said if Biden were not committing daily gaffes and talking “gibberish,” more people would be discussing the Ukraine corruption allegations against him and his son.

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Mark Steyn mocks Biden’s daily ‘gibberish’ on ‘out-of-touch’ No Malarkey tour

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Commentator and author Mark Steyn mocked 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday, for his “out-of-touch,” No Malarkey Iowa bus tour.

The eight-day bus tour was launched on Nov. 30 and includes stops in Cedar Rapids, WaterlooMason City, Elkader, Decorah, and Oelwein.

“He paid some fancy millennial consultant $30 million to come up with that slogan,” Steyn said. “They did focus groups on other ones … They also want for the, no horsefeathers tour. I think that tested quite well with Muslim millennials. And they tried the no-flap doodle tour. I think that actually worked well with some feminist lesbians.

“And then the final one… the no cockamamie, fiddle-faddle, for the birds, bunkum, dagnabit tour, which polled really strongly with undocumented transgenders,” he added.

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Steyn continued to mock Biden for referencing his leg hair on the campaign trail after he said children used to play with his legs and jump in his lap.

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“I have waited all my life for a hairy-legged candidate and this is — this is a critical lane and the Democratic primary,” he said. “We talk about the moderate lane, the socialist lane, the even more socialist lane, but the hairy leg lane has been wide open since Beto [O’Rourke] Instagrammed himself shaving his legs back in August.

“And then using an arugula exfoliate to moisturize them. [Biden] cunningly saw that there was an opening.”

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The tour’s name is likely derived from Biden’s 2012 vice presidential debate against former GOP Rep. Paul Ryan when he told the Wisconsin Republican that his critique of the Obama administration’s foreign policy was, “a bunch of malarkey.”

Steyn said if Biden were not committing daily gaffes and talking “gibberish,” more people would be discussing the Ukraine corruption allegations against him and his son.

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Princess Cruises apologizes for ‘racist’ Maori ceremony in New Zealand

A spokesperson for Princess Cruises has apologized for “cultural insensitivity” after photos of a welcoming ceremony were blasted as “racist” on social media, primarily because the employees at the ceremony were dressed in traditional Maori attire, despite not being members of the indigenous group.

On Monday, guests traveling on Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess ship were welcomed aboard at the Port of Tauranga in New Zealand by a group of “non-Maori men” wearing “crude skirts” with “scribbles” across their faces, the New Zealand Herald reports. The men are said to have posed for photos with Golden Princess passengers and pretended to perform a pōwhiri ceremony, or the traditional welcoming ritual of New Zealand’s indigenous people.

A Facebook user identified as Steve the Maori soon shared images of the scene to social media, and the post has since gone viral with over 1,400 shares and 1,300 comments. Describing the sight as “racist,” Steve alleged that Princess Cruises likely had their own staffers dressed up in the Maori-inspired outfits in a bid to save money — as opposed to hiring a local Maori group for job of welcoming guests aboard the ocean liner.

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“Many cruise ships when traveling to NZ ports, such as the Port of Tauranga, opt to have a traditional Maori Welcome (Powhiri) welcoming the 3000-plus guests,” Steve wrote.

“A lot of cruise companies employ local Maori cultural groups to sing or perform dances etc., welcoming travelers to shore but in this situation Princess Cruises (purely an assumption based off the branding of the tent) are using their own non-NZ staff, with careless scribbles on their faces [and] wearing skirts which do not depict Maori culture which I personally find a disgrace,” he speculated.

“I find it deplorable to blatantly lie to guests in a racist attempt to save money on local performers… This practice needs to be discouraged,” he concluded.

Echoing similar sentiments, Maori cultural adviser Karaitiana Taiuru said that he found the social media posts to be so offensive that he first thought they were a prank.

“It is blatant racism and exploitation of Maori culture and of staff by the company. It is derogatory and there is no excuse for such behavior in today’s age where other actions have been in the media and criticized,” Taiuru told the Herald.

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An image of the Golden Princess cruise ship. (Princess Cruises)

“Anyone with a basic understanding of the English language with access to any sort of media, whether it is a newspaper, radio or the internet, should be aware of the offensiveness,” he said. “There is absolutely no excuse for an international company to operate like this in New Zealand.”

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Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Port of Tauranga described the incident as “not acceptable” and claimed that the port had no responsibility for the event.

According to Stuff.co.nz, Tauranga Mayor Tenby Powell said that many people called him with “very, very genuine concerns” following the incident.

“If the facts are as I understand, this shows a complete lack of cultural awareness,” Powell said. “Clearly we welcome the cruise ships and the visitors, but we expect them to have an authentic and warm welcome.”

In the days since, a spokesperson for Princess Cruises apologized for “cultural insensitivity” and confirmed that the welcoming ceremony had indeed by organized by the cruise line.

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“We give a complete assurance that no offense was ever intended and we apologize unreservedly for what has happened. We took immediate steps to address this sensitive situation,” a representative told the Herald. “After being made aware of the situation, the ship’s management team took action to withdraw the ship photographers from the area to prevent any further possibility of cultural insensitivity.”

A spokesperson for Princess Cruises was not immediately available to offer further comment.

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Baby porpoises are being poisoned by a ‘cocktail of chemicals’

Baby porpoises in the U.K. are being poisoned by what’s described as a “cocktail of chemicals” stemming from pollutants in their mother’s milk.

The researchers found that the chemicals, which include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), are passed on from the mother to their calves. The longer they remain in the mothers’ bodies, the more toxic they are to their offspring, the researchers noted.

“It’s a tragic irony that juvenile porpoises are being exposed to a toxic cocktail of chemicals during feeding – when all they’re supposed to be getting are the vital nutrients they need for the crucial developmental stage of their life,” the study’s lead author, Rosie Williams, said in a statement.

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This is a harbor porpoise at Seaford. (Rob Deaville)

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According to the BBC, PCBs were used in plastics and paints and have long been banned, but remnants of them still exist.

PCBs have also been discovered in whales and dolphins, the BBC added, which cited a recent study that noted dolphins in the English Channel were exposed to a ‘cocktail of pollutants.’

“Previously, scientists tended to monitor PCB concentrations by grouping them together and treating them as one chemical, but as we know, they’re a group of chemicals with different toxicity levels so it was a bit like trying to measure how much caffeine someone’s had — without knowing whether they drank three cans of red bull or three cups of tea,” Williams added. “Our study has highlighted the need to change our approach to monitoring PCBs, to look at the composition of individual chemicals, so that we can get a better understanding of the risk posed by these chemicals to our marine wildlife.”

In 2018, traces of cocaine and illegal pesticides were found inside freshwater shrimp across 15 different locations across Suffolk, England.

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Williams said that studying PCB exposure in species that have abundant populations can help aid in those where the population numbers are dwindling, including orcas, where there are only eight remaining in the U.K.

“As top predators, killer whales are exposed to some of the highest levels of PCBs, because there is an accumulative effect of PCBs as you go up the food chain,” Williams added. “It’s obvious that marine mammals are still experiencing the lingering impacts of PCBs, so identifying the sources and pathways they’re entering our oceans is a vital next step to preventing further pollution.”

One of the study’s co-authors, Susan Jobling, said the research allows scientists to further understand how prevalent PCBs are and how they impact the environment as well as the animals in the area.

“This research helps further our understanding of these legacy industrial chemical pollutants and the effects that different levels of exposure, in complex mixtures, may have,” Jobling said. “Learning more about PCB exposure in juvenile animals is vital, so that we can try to mitigate the impact of these dangerous chemicals on populations and help protect the future status of marine mammals in U.K. waters.”

The research is published in the scientific journal Science of the Total Environment.

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Kate Beckinsale defends bikini pics after troll says she’s having a midlife crisis

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Kate Beckinsale is defending her latest flurry of bikini snaps after a troll said on Instagram that the star was having a midlife crisis.

Over the weekend, the “Underworld” actress, 46, chronicled her trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and showed off plenty of skin on her Instagram. However, one online user did not have kind words for Beckinsale.

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“I feel like you are having a mid life crisis or something 😂,” the user wrote on a post that showed off Beckinsale’s toned abs and legs on the beach.

Beckinsale was quick to respond, telling the user, “oh ! I think that’s because you’re an annoying a—hole.”

While the user’s negative comment received over 100 likes, Beckinsale’s comment received over 700 and the actress received an outpouring of support from her followers afterward.

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“yes kate tell them off queen,” one supporter wrote.

“He’s just jelous [sic] of your incredible legs,” another supporter wrote.

“love it. People are haters. I wouldn’t even respond. Screw them,” said another follower.

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Beckinsale kept her 3.6 million followers updated all throughout her weekend with various racy shots of her Mexico trip.

The actress even shared a photo with a humorously tongue-in-cheek, semi-philosophical caption that questioned our humanity.

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“What makes us human?” Beckinsale pondered. “Having to confront our own mortality, questioning our origins through philosophy, religion and science. And the fact that if we wear white bikini bottoms we will, within the hour, sit on a choc ice.”

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Cincinnati Bengals fan who lived on roof until team won game returns home after 57 days

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A die-hard fan of the NFL’s beleaguered Cincinnati Bengals finally slept in his own bed after nearly two months in self-imposed exile atop a restaurant roof.

Jeff Lanham, who admits a foolish wager led to his 57-day adventure, finally got a break following the Cincinnati Bengals’ win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

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Cincinnati lost their first 11 games of the season before defeating the Jets at home behind Andy Dalton’s 243 passing yards and a touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd. Lanham slept in his own bed Sunday night.

“I was stuck,” Lanham, who spent the nights in a well-furnished tent on the roof of the Hog Rock Café in Milian, told FOX 19. “Just glad I won’t be there all season.”

Lanham said a silly bet sparked the idea that he would stay up on the roof until the Bengals won the game. He said he didn’t expect to be up there for that long and credited his wife for helping him get through the nights.

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“Bringing me meals, my laundry, I mean, everything,” he said. “I didn’t do anything.”

Lanham said he was brought Thanksgiving dinner and over the course of living on the roof he came down once to attend a benefit for a local child who was born with spina bifida, according to FOX 19.

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The Bengals are now 1-11 this season. The team is nearly set to obtain the top pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

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Off-duty California police officer attacked by teens after helping woman who said phone was stolen

An off-duty police officer who stepped in to help a woman who claimed her phone had been stolen was attacked by a group of teenagers at a busy outdoor shopping center in California on Black Friday.

The assault – which was captured on video – happened around 8 p.m. at the Bay Street Mall in Emeryville, located next to Oakland. The Emeryville Police Department said Monday a woman seen in surveillance video wearing white clothes approached a group of teenagers and accused them of taking her cellphone minutes earlier.

“She confronted them asking for her phone back. During the confrontation, the juveniles got aggressive with the victim and began to assault the victim,” Emeryville Police Detective Jaime Pardo told reporters.

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After spotting the commotion, a California Highway Patrol officer – who asked to only be identified as Greg B. – approached the group and tried to secretly take photos until one of the girls in the crowd noticed what he was doing.

“The group then turned toward him and became violent with him,” Pardo said.

In the video released by officials on Monday, one of the teenagers runs at the off-duty officer and hits him. Another boy then punches him as he runs off until he is surrounded and attacked again. A security guard can be seen getting knocked down in the video while trying to respond to the unruly group.

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An attack involving an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and a group of teens at a mall on Black Friday was caught on camera. The officer said it all started after a woman accused the group of teens of stealing her cellphone. (Emeryville Police Department)

“It was a melee. It was chaotic. It was a really scary situation,” Greg B. told KTVU. “It should have never gotten to this point.”

The officer said he tried to run away, but the teens surrounded him.

“But I know that when I let him go, he’s going to swing at me. And I let him go. I push him and sure enough, he turns around and swings at me,” he told KTVU. “I back up and that’s when one of his friends came up behind me and struck me in the back of the head.”

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The officer, a former correctional officer at San Quentin Prison, said he never drew his gun during the incident. His girlfriend alerted mall security that he was an off-duty state cop.

“There was a lot of restraint that had to be practiced,” he told KTVU. “And I had to do my best to stay in the moment.”

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Off-duty California Highway Patrol Officer Greg B. said he practiced “a lot of restraint” during the assault. (KTVU)

Greg B. sustained a concussion, a broken finger and bruises after the assault. He said it was the third time he had to help someone at the shopping center. 
 
“I think this just came down to me not being able to look away and let this happen,” he told KTVU. “I saw this young lady and she was going to be in a very bad situation.”

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The Emeryville Police Department said Monday that two juveniles, ages 14 and 16, were arrested while six others are still being sought, according to KGO-TV.

Authorities are hoping to use surveillance video to assist in their investigation, and are asking the public for help in submitting and videos or photos from the Friday night incident.

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Elon Musk’s ‘pedo guy’ defamation trial starts Tuesday

Elon Musk is going on trial Tuesday for his troublesome tweets in a defamation case pitting the billionaire against a British diver he allegedly branded a pedophile.

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Unsworth is seeking damages for suffering and emotional distress. (AP)

The Tesla CEO will be called to testify early in the case in Los Angeles federal court to explain what he meant when he called Vernon Unsworth, who helped rescue youth soccer players trapped underwater in a Thailand cave, “pedo guy” in a Twitter spat more than a year ago.

Musk later apologized for lashing out at Unsworth after the diver belittled Musk’s efforts to build a tiny submarine to save the trapped boys as a “PR stunt.” The tweet, widely interpreted as a reference to a pedophile, was removed by Musk, who disputed that’s what he meant.

“‘Pedo guy’ was a common insult used in South Africa when I was growing up,” Musk said in a court declaration. “It is synonymous with ‘creepy old man’ and is used to insult a person’s appearance and demeanor.”

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cybertruck at Tesla’s design studio Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Hawthorne, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Unsworth’s lawyers have laughed off that explanation and said his claim was undercut by a subsequent tweet when he said, “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true” in response to a question about whether he had accused Unsworth of being a pedophile.

The lawyers also said he hired private investigators to dig up evidence Unsworth was a child molester, which they never found, according to Unsworth’s lawyers.

This is not the first time Musk’s tweets have landed him in hot water.

Musk and Tesla reached a $40 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission last year on allegations he misled investors with a tweet declaring he had secured financing to buy out the electric car maker. He agreed in the settlement to have future tweets about the company screened.

He was forced back into court on accusations he violated that agreement by tweeting a misleading figure about how many cars Tesla would manufacture this year. The SEC sought to hold him in contempt of court, which led to a new agreement imposing tighter controls on Musk’s tweets about the company.

The cave drama played out for more than two weeks in the summer of 2018 when the 12 boys — ages 11-16 — and their soccer coach were trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand.

Musk and engineers from his SpaceX rocket company custom built a mini-submarine to help with the rescue. The device was heavily publicized but never used.

Unsworth, a diver and caving expert whose advice was considered crucial in the rescue operation, said the sub would never have fit in the cave’s tight spaces. He told CNN that Musk could “stick his submarine where it hurts.”

Musk responded two days later with his series of tweets.

Musk claims he wasn’t making a factual statement and no one reading his tweet would take it seriously and interpret it as defamatory.

Despite removing the tweets, he later suggested in emails to the news website BuzzFeed that Unsworth was a “child rapist” and had moved to northern Thailand to take “a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time.” He provided no evidence.

Unsworth is seeking unspecified damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress. The defense has resisted efforts to turn over financial records to show Musk’s wealth but has stipulated his net worth exceeds $20 billion.

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Trump Warns Trade Talks With China May Last Past 2020 Election

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LONDON — President Trump signaled on Tuesday that he was in no rush to end a long trade war with China, suggesting that he could wait until after the 2020 presidential election to strike a deal.

“I have no deadline,” Mr. Trump told reporters during a wide-ranging 52-minute appearance in London with Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general. “In some ways I like the idea of waiting until after the election for the China deal.”

He added: “But they want to make a deal now, and we’ll see whether or not the deal’s going to be right, it’s got to be right.”

Mr. Trump’s comments, which rattled European stock markets, cast more uncertainty on an agreement he said he had made weeks ago with China’s top trade envoy, Vice Premier Liu He. They announced in mid-October that they had reached a so-called Phase 1 trade agreement that would allow Chinese purchases of American agricultural goods to resume while the United States would cancel additional tariffs scheduled for Oct. 15.

While Mr. Trump said Tuesday that he had no deadline, he has threatened to impose another round of tariffs on more than $100 billion worth of Chinese goods on Dec. 15.

Administration officials had previously suggested that those tariffs could be canceled if the two sides concluded a trade deal. But sticking points remain — including whether Mr. Trump will remove any of the tariffs already placed on $360 billion worth of products. If he proceeds with that December round, the United States would essentially be taxing every shoe, television and laptop that China sends into the United States and risking more retaliation.

Completion of the Phase 1 deal has remained elusive, and the two sides have continued to grapple over terms. The Trump administration insists that China must offer more concessions to protect intellectual property and open its markets to American companies.

The original plan called for an agreement to be signed in mid-November by Mr. Trump and Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Santiago, Chile. But that meeting was canceled because of street protests over a subway fare increase in Santiago, and momentum on the trade talks appears to have slowed somewhat since then.

American and Chinese officials have remained fairly optimistic that a deal will be struck before the new tariffs take effect Dec. 15, but say the final decision will fall to Mr. Trump and Mr. Xi.

Chinese officials have increasingly tried to look past President Trump’s day-to-day remarks about the negotiations and have focused on trying to obtain the best deal they can from Robert E. Lighthizer, the United States trade representative, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. But the president’s remarks continue to receive attention on Chinese social media and are followed closely in financial markets around the world.

Mr. Trump’s remark came several hours after markets and offices had closed in East Asia, and long after the daily Ministry of Foreign Affairs news briefing in Beijing. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs seldom addresses trade issues, however, usually leaving them to the Ministry of Commerce, which holds a weekly news briefing on Thursday.

Even as Mr. Trump seeks an economic deal with the Chinese, his cautious and sometimes seemingly reluctant support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in recent days has added to diplomatic tensions.

He signed legislation last Wednesday that called for the United States to scrutinize the actions of officials in Beijing and Hong Kong more closely for possible human rights violations and to assess whether Hong Kong should keep its preferential treatment on trade and export control issues. He did so after the legislation passed both houses of Congress with veto-proof margins.

In a mostly symbolic retaliation, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday that China would suspend visits to Hong Kong by American warships and impose sanctions on several United States-based nongovernmental groups, citing “unreasonable behavior.”

Still, Mr. Trump said on Tuesday that he held the upper hand in trade negotiations.

“I’m doing very well on a deal with China, if I want to make it,” he said. “I don’t think it’s up to if they want to make it, it’s if I want to make it. We’ll see what happens.”

Katie Rogers reported from London and Keith Bradsher from Shanghai. Ana Swanson contributed reporting from Washington.

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