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Friday June 14th, 2019 morning edition

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Fire and smoke billow from the Norwegian owned Front Altair tanker, which was said to have been attacked in the Gulf of Oman.

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday blamed Iran for attacks earlier in the day on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman near Iran and the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route through which much of the world's oil passes.

"Iran is lashing out because the regime wants our successful maximum pressure campaign lifted," Pompeo said without citing specific evidence as to why Tehran was responsible.

"No economic sanctions entitle the Islamic Republic to attack innocent civilians, disrupt global oil markets and engage in nuclear blackmail.".

"The international community condemns Iran's assault on the freedom of navigation and the targeting of innocent civilians," he said, adding that the U.S. will defend its forces, interests and partners.

Oil prices rose as much as 4% on Thursday on renewed fears of conflict in the Middle East after a series of strikes last month.

Crude futures briefly jumped back above 3% after Pompeo accused Tehran of being involved in the latest attacks. »

Trump Official Goes Rogue, Says Climate Change May Cause Next Financial Crisis

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At this point, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising to learn that government employees caught even uttering the words “climate change” and “not good” around the water cooler gets cattle prodded by Aunt Lydia.

Rostin Behnam, who sits on the powerful five-member Commodity Futures Trading Commission, told the New York Times in an interview Monday that the financial risks from climate change are akin to those posed by the mortgage meltdown that caused the 2008 financial crisis.

“It’s abundantly clear that climate change poses financial risk to the stability of the financial system.”. »


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Battle Pass owners can find a link to add Dota Underlords to their Steam library on the Dota 2 dashboard.

Once the open beta begins, Dota Underlords will be available to everyone for free on Steam (Windows, Mac, and Linux), Android, and iOS.

We’re sharing Dota Underlords fairly early in development. »