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Trump Says He’s Going To Hit Turkey With Sanctions, Stop Trade Talks Over Syrian Incursion

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President Trump stated on Monday that he will be imposing some heavy sanctions on both current and former officials of Turkey and will stop trade negotiations with Ankara as a response to the recent attack launched on U.S.-allied Kurds in northern Syria.

President Trump stated that he will also be increasing steel tariffs on Turkey, restoring them back to 50 percent, the level they were prior to a reduction that was made back in May.

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“The United States will aggressively use economic sanctions to target those who enable, facilitate and finance these heinous acts in Syria,” Mr. Trump said in a written statement. “I am fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path.”

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Mr. Trump is tightening the economic screws on Turkey after days of criticism over his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the Turkey-Syria border. He was accused of abandoning fighters who helped the U.S. rout the Islamic State.

The president says the U.S. doesn’t have a stake in the fight anymore, though he’s accusing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of “precipitating a humanitarian crisis and setting conditions for possible war crimes.”

Trump went on to say that the U.S. did its job to fight against radical Islamic terrorists in ISIS and Turkey must not put those gains in jeopardy.

He also said he will continue to pull troops from the northeast region of Syria, but will redeploy them to help avoid creating a vacuum in the area that could allow radicals in ISIS to rise back up.

According to the president, a “small footprint” of troops will remain at the al-Tanf Garrison in the southern part of the country.

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CDC Readies Cruises, Complete with Human Guinea Pigs

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As the world prepares for its grand reopening, there are a number of high value industries that are eagerly awaiting permission from medical authorities to resume operations. First and foremost, there are the service industries:  Places like restaurants, bars, music venues, and sports arenas whose entire livelihood depends on whether or not people are being allowed to gather in public.  While many of these venues are now beginning to ramp up their capacity, there are issues bringing some of these workers back into the fold thanks to the enhanced unemployment benefits provided by the federal government. And then there’s the tourism industry, whose regulatory structure is far more susceptible to interference by government agencies. Now, after over a year of stagnation, it appears as though at least one facet of this wide-ranging corporate amalgam will be given a chance to sail on. Cruise lines can soon begin trial voyages in U.S. waters with volunteer passengers helping test whether the ships can sail safely during a pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave ship operators final technical guidelines Wednesday for the trial runs. The CDC action is a step toward resuming cruises in U.S. waters, possibly by July, for the first time since March 2020. A spokeswoman for the cruise industry’s trade group said the group was reviewing the CDC instructions. So, how will this work? Each practice cruise — they’ll run two to seven days — must have enough passengers to meet at least 10% of the ship’s capacity. Volunteers must be 18 or older and either fully vaccinated or free of medical conditions that would put them at high risk for severe COVID-19. The ship operator must tell passengers that they are simulating untested safety measures “and that sailing during a pandemic is an inherently risky activity,” the…

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Strange New Correlation Discovered Between COVID and Bald Men

This strain of coronavirus just keeps getting weirder.

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From the very onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the medical community appeared stumped.  Sure, this was a novel virus and, as such, came complete with a number of strange and unknown consequences. There were your “long-haulers”; folks who seemed to continually have issues recovering from the illness.  Others lost their senses of taste and smell, sometimes for months on end.  There were even reports of so-called “COVID toes” – an ailment that affected the coloration of the skin on toes and fingers of a small percentage of patients. Now, in another odd correlation within the coronavirus spectrum, it appears that men who’d gone bald are at particular risk for certain side effects of COVID-19. New research suggests they spend up to twice as long in hospital with Covid than those who still have a full head of hair. Science seems to have at least some idea of why this is. They are also admitted to intensive care in higher numbers. Scientists say men’s Covid vulnerability largely comes down to male sex hormones called androgens. Men who are genetically more sensitive to androgens appear to be more likely to suffer severe Covid. They are also more likely to have hair loss, called androgenetic alopecia, which affects around half of men over the age of 50. The science seemed to back this up. A team of US doctors measured men’s sensitivity to androgens by counting a chemical called CAG. High levels indicate that a man is more likely to have hair loss. Of 65 men hospitalised with the infection, those with high CAG levels had worse Covid outcomes in the 60 days following their hospitlisation. They spent 47 days in hospital, on average, and 70.6 per cent were admitted to ICU. For comparison, those with low CAG levels spent an average of 25 days…

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