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Iraqi protesters rally as UN steps up mediation efforts
Iraqi protesters shut down state institutions Tuesday as the United Nations stepped up pressure on the government to enact a raft of reforms in response to anti-government rallies. It comes just days after Iraq's influential neighbour to the east Iran brokered an agreement among Iraq's main political forces to close ranks around the government. As night fell on Tuesday in Baghdad, security forces fired live rounds, tear gas canisters and stun grenades from behind concrete barriers to disperse demonstrators near their main gathering place in Tahrir Square.

Israel kills Islamic Jihad leader, setting off fierce clash


Nikki Haley Offers Weak Defense Of Trump's Ukraine Call In Tense Live Interview
NBC's Savannah Guthrie grilled the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations about the impeachment inquiry into the president.

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Fool's gold? Niners need Jimmy G to play up to pay
San Francisco has a Super Bowl-quality defense and running game. It also has a $137 million quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo that has to show he's worth the money.

LSU's Orgeron says locker room comments were 'fiery moment'
LSU coach Ed Orgeron says his boisterous and sometimes profane locker room speech after the top-ranked Tigers beat Alabama was not meant for public consumption and not meant to hurt anyone. A rowdy Orgeron can be heard yelling that LSU is going to beat Alabama in recruiting and ''every time they see us.'' Orgeron also uses an expletive to mock Alabama's ''Roll Tide'' rallying cry. ''The things that I say outside, to the media, those are things I want to get out, and if I wanted that to get out, I would have said that outside,'' Orgeron said Monday when asked about the social media post.

Heartbreak for 49ers K Chase McLaughlin, who shanks chance to cement hero status
McLaughlin hits first 3 kicks in high-pressure game The rookie out of Illinois got off to a good start, hitting a 43-yard field goal to give the 49ers a lead on the game's opening drive. He made good on his second chance with a clutch 39-yard kick in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 21-21. And when the 49ers needed a hero send the game into overtime, he delivered with a perfect 47-yard boot with a single second remaining in regulation to tie the game at 24-24 In a game with a multitude of big moments, McLaughlin delivered one of the biggest and appeared to be setting himself up for regular work in the NFL.

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AbbVie Begins Mega Bond Sale to Finance Allergan Acquisition
(Bloomberg) -- AbbVie Inc. is selling what could be $28 billion of bonds to help finance its acquisition of Allergan Plc, which would be the largest bond sale this year.The drug maker is capitalizing on some of the cheapest borrowing costs of the year, with risk premiums over Treasuries at the lowest level since last October. That should encourage more borrowers to come forward, with investment-grade syndicate desks projecting another $17 billion in sales this week on top of AbbVie’s expected offering.AbbVie’s sale would easily top the charts as the biggest bond sale this year, and could crack the five largest of all time. The offering may come in as many as 10 parts, with the 30-year security possibly yielding around 2.1 percentage points above Treasuries, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified as the details are private.The initial talk only suggests a premium of 0.05 to 0.1 percentage point over yields on AbbVie’s outstanding debt, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Investors have already placed $44 billion in orders, with the majority skewed to maturities of at least 10 years, the people said.AbbVie agreed to buy Allergan in June for $63 billion in one of the largest pharmaceutical deals this year. It should bring much-needed diversity to the acquirer’s line-up, as AbbVie’s cornerstone drug Humira, which treats arthritis, has been facing more competition, especially in Europe. U.S. antitrust officials are still reviewing the deal, which the companies expect will close early next year.The deal is expected to take the combined company’s debt to more than three times a measure of its earnings, credit raters have said. Still, Moody’s Investors Service has left its rating on AbbVie unchanged at two levels above speculative grade, as the transaction should generate significant free cash flow. S&P Global Ratings, however, said it will likely cut AbbVie one level to BBB+, three levels above junk.Management has reiterated its intention to pay down debt, to achieve a ratio of net debt to Ebitda -- earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization -- of 2.5 times by the end of 2021. Further deleveraging through 2023 is possible, Chief Financial Officer Rob Michael said on an earnings call earlier this month.Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Corp. and Barclays Plc are managing the bond sale, the person said.(Updates with market context starting in the second paragraph)\--With assistance from Brian Smith.To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Rembert in New York at erembert@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Nikolaj Gammeltoft at ngammeltoft@bloomberg.net, Molly Smith, Dan WilchinsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Paella for one: Barcelona dazzles when you're traveling solo
They were on girls' trips, guys' trips, family vacations and honeymoons. If you're taking a solo trip for the first time, a European city like Barcelona is a good place to start. Spain's highest court sentenced leaders of a Catalonian independence movement to prison last month, setting off waves of protests.

McDonald's workers sue to address 'systemic problem' of sexual harassment
The proposed class action lawsuit filed in Michigan state court accuses Illinois-based McDonald's of lacking policies to prevent and address sexual harassment and retaliation against workers who complain.

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Top House Armed Services Republican: Trump's Ukraine call was 'inappropriate' but not impeachable
Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said President Trump's call with Ukraine's president was "inappropriate" — but it did not warrant his impeachment.

At an Iowa rally, progressive voters already talk about an Ocasio-Cortez presidency
As she took the stage in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Friday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez noted it was her “first time” in the key presidential primary state. But many of the thousands of people who came to see her campaign for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders were confident it wouldn’t be her last visit. 

Swedish police set up task force to combat gang violence
Swedish police said on Monday they would set up a special task force to deal with a wave of shootings and bombings linked to criminal gangs following the fatal shooting of a 15-year old in the city of Malmo at the weekend. Sweden has long held a reputation as being one of the safest countries in the world and while overall crime and murder rates remain low, gang wars in major cities have claimed an increasing number of victims in recent years. On Saturday, two 15-year-olds were shot outside a pizza restaurant in Malmo in what police said appeared to be a gang conflict over control of the drug trade in the area.

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