2019-01-09

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From Al Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC News, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, New York Times, and Wired

Problem of captured IS fighters grows as US plans Syria exit – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters have been captured in Syria, and what to do with them has become a problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull American troops from the country. An administration official said deter…

White House tries to hold jittery GOP in line on shutdown – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is trying to hold jittery congressional Republicans in line on the 19th day of the partial government shutdown, with no end in sight to the impasse over President Donald Trump’s demand for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Th…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the disputed border crisis – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his prime-time speech to the nation, President Donald Trump declared a border crisis that’s in sharp dispute, wrongly accused Democrats of refusing to pay for border security and ignored the reality of how drugs come into the country as h…

Wall Street rallies for fourth day on trade deal hopes – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks rose for a fourth straight day on Wednesday, as gains in energy and technology stocks added to optimism over signs of progress in U.S.-China trade talks.

Georgia man tells police R. Kelly’s manager threatened him – (Associated Press)
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man involved with a recent documentary detailing abuse allegations against R. Kelly told police the singer’s manager threatened him. Timothy Savage told an officer on Jan. 3 that Don Russell had texted him saying it would be …

DNA test clears Golden State Killer suspect of 1975 murder: prosecutor – (Reuters)
DNA evidence has cleared a former policeman accused of being the “Golden State Killer,” who terrified a swath of California with dozens of rapes and murders in the 1970s and 1980s, in one murder case from 1975 in which he was a suspect, prosecutors said.

May suffers parliament defeat as Brexit debate restarts – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an early defeat to her Brexit plans on Wednesday, when members of parliament demanded the government come up with a plan B within days if she loses a vote on her deal to leave the European Union.

Stocks rise along with optimism over US-China trade talks – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — Three days of U.S.-Chinese talks aimed at ending a costly tariff battle wrapped up Wednesday in an optimistic atmosphere after President Donald Trump said they were “going very well!” No details were immediately announced, but stocks rose after…

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, wife MacKenzie set to divorce – (Reuters)
Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie Bezos have decided to divorce after a long trial separation, Bezos said on Wednesday in a joint statement by the couple on Twitter.

CES: ‘Award-winning’ sex toy banned – (BBC News)
A robotic sex toy designed for women is banned from displaying at CES.

Joshua Tree National Park closes, at least for now, amid government shutdown – (Reuters)
Joshua Tree National Park in California will be closed at least temporarily so that staffers can grapple with sanitation and maintenance issues that have mushroomed during the partial government shutdown, officials said on Tuesday.

Exclusive: Top suspect in Vitol, Glencore Brazil bribery case arrested in U.S. – court – (Reuters)
A Brazilian man facing allegations of bribing officials at state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA on behalf of Vitol Group [VITOLV.UL], Glencore and other major oil trading firms has been arrested in the United States, authorities said Tuesday.

Fresh Brexit setback for May in MPs’ vote – (BBC News)
Rebel Tory MPs inflict a fresh blow on Theresa May’s government in a Commons Brexit vote.

Riot police deployed at DRC electoral body ahead of vote result – (Al Jazeera English)
Violence feared as election commission prepares to announce presidential poll results marred by accusations of fraud.

Contact lost with fighter jet in France – (BBC News)
The Mirage 2000-D with two crew members vanishes from radar among mountains in the east.

Australia considering resettlement for fleeing Saudi woman – (Associated Press)
BANGKOK (AP) — A Saudi woman who fled her family, alleging abuse, moved a step closer Wednesday to her goal of gaining asylum in Australia after a U.N. agency granted her refugee status. The Australian government said it was considering Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun…

House Democrats to test Republicans on Trump’s wall demand – (Reuters)
As a partial U.S. government shutdown entered its 19th day, Democrats on Wednesday were set to test Republicans’ resolve in backing President Donald Trump’s drive to build a wall on the border with Mexico, which has sparked an impasse over agency funding.

AP source: Rosenstein expected to leave Justice in weeks – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and remains his most visible Justice Department protector, is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is confirmed as attorney general, a per…

Trump still weighing emergency declaration for border wall: spokeswoman – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump is still considering a possible declaration of a national emergency in order to circumvent Congress and build a wall along the southern border with Mexico, the White House said on Wednesday.

U.S. official Rosenstein, overseeing Russia probe, set to leave – (Reuters)
Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen the Russian election meddling probe, is preparing to leave the U.S. Department of Justice in coming weeks as President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the department is set to take over, a departmen…

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From various sources

Trump’s Not-So-Bully Pulpit – (Politico)
A seemingly invincible communicator finds his kryptonite in prime time.

What’s Central Elections Committee doing against election interference? – (The Jerusalem Post)
The vast majority of votes in Israel are counted by hand.

Pollsters: Public is misleading us – (The Jerusalem Post)
“People think we’re the establishment, even though we’re not, and there’s an international trend against the establishment”- veteran J-Post pollster Rafi Smith

Analysis | Fact-checking President Trump’s Oval Office address on immigration – (The Washington Post)
Over the course of his nine-minute speech, Trump painted a misleading and bleak picture of the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

‘Public most confident that nation is ready for major cyberattack’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Israelis are far more trusting then others their country is safe from cyber-attacks, are they right?

U.S. official Rosenstein, overseeing Russia probe, set to leave – (The Jerusalem Post)
There is no specific plan for Rosenstein’s departure and that he plans to leave sometime after Barr’s confirmation.

Israeli hi-tech firms raise record $6.4b. in 2018 – (The Jerusalem Post)
Following the trend of recent years, deals below $5 million continued to decrease, while deals exceeding $20 million continued to grow.

As U.S. sanctions bite, unemployment in Iran rises dramatically – (The Jerusalem Post)
The official figures report the rate of unemployment among Iranian youth has surpassed the general unemployment rate more than two-fold.

US buys additional Israeli-made Trophy active protection systems – (The Jerusalem Post)
The systems will protect the M1 Abrams battle tanks for the US Army and Marine Corps

PA orders Palestinian landlords to seek approval for Arab-Israeli tenants – (The Jerusalem Post)
Several Palestinian holders of Israeli ID cards who rented apartments and houses in the West Bank were involved in various crimes, including drug trafficking and prostitution- PA official

2 women charged with kidnapping and sexual battery after following trans woman into a bar bathroom – (Vice News)
They allegedly locked the door and fondled the woman’s buttocks and chest

Piet De Vries & The Un-Free University – (The American Conservative)
Dutch academic theologian under fire by his university for signing Nashville Declaration

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Recent Match Report – Chittagong Vikings vs Sylhet Sixers, Bangladesh Premier League, 7th Match | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of Chittagong Vikings vs Sylhet Sixers, Bangladesh Premier League, 7th Match only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Apple recruits prominent Facebook critic for privacy team – (Financial Times)
Sandy Parakilas worked at social network before becoming a vocal opponent

Recent Match Report – Khulna Titans vs Rajshahi Kings, Bangladesh Premier League, 8th Match | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of Khulna Titans vs Rajshahi Kings, Bangladesh Premier League, 8th Match only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Problem of captured IS fighters grows as US plans Syria exit – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters have been captured in Syria, and what to do with them has become a problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull American troops from the country. An administration official said deter…

Bank of Canada slashes outlook as oil, trade and housing concerns weigh – (The Globe And Mail)
Central bank keeps key rate steady at 1.75 per cent; sees move to more neutral level ‘over time’

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All about Trump

Trump’s Not-So-Bully Pulpit – (Politico)
A seemingly invincible communicator finds his kryptonite in prime time.

Analysis | Fact-checking President Trump’s Oval Office address on immigration – (The Washington Post)
Over the course of his nine-minute speech, Trump painted a misleading and bleak picture of the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Problem of captured IS fighters grows as US plans Syria exit – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters have been captured in Syria, and what to do with them has become a problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull American troops from the country. An administration official said deter…

White House tries to hold jittery GOP in line on shutdown – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is trying to hold jittery congressional Republicans in line on the 19th day of the partial government shutdown, with no end in sight to the impasse over President Donald Trump’s demand for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Th…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the disputed border crisis – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his prime-time speech to the nation, President Donald Trump declared a border crisis that’s in sharp dispute, wrongly accused Democrats of refusing to pay for border security and ignored the reality of how drugs come into the country as h…

Blaming California’s forest management, Trump threatens to end FEMA funds for state’s wildfires – (Axios)
But fire experts say that forest management wouldn’t reduce the risk.

Trump’s tent city for migrant kids was so secretive, activists had to keep watch over it. We met one. – (Vice News)
The Tornillo tent city for migrant children is coming down.

Donald Trump Jr. compares border wall to zoo fences that hold animals in Instagram post – (USA Today)
The post came shortly after President Trump addressed the nation from the Oval office to declare a ‘crisis’ on the southern border over undocumented immigrants.

Trump tells FEMA not to send more money to California for forest fires – (The Hill)
President Trump said Wednesday that he has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to withhold funding for California unless the state takes measures to improve its forest management to prevent wildfires.

Government shutdown – LIVE: Trump accused of ‘misinformation and malice’ over border wall as Republicans back Democrats’ bid to end impasse – (Google News (UK))
President trying to ‘stoke fear and divert attention’ from administration’s woes, say opponents

Stocks rise along with optimism over US-China trade talks – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — Three days of U.S.-Chinese talks aimed at ending a costly tariff battle wrapped up Wednesday in an optimistic atmosphere after President Donald Trump said they were “going very well!” No details were immediately announced, but stocks rose after…

Analysis: President Donald Trump hits a wall – the new Democratic House – (USA Today)
Analysis: President Donald Trump has a wall, all right – a political wall, and it’s called divided government.

Twitter roasts Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer over their Trump response – (Newsweek)
Twitter mocked the American Gothic optics of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responding to President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address, turning them into memes.

As the partial government shutdown enters Day 19, some Republicans are losing patience with Trump’s border wall fight – (Newsweek)
“I think certainly I have expressed more than a few times the frustrations with a government shutdown and how useless it is,” Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia told CNN.

White House: Emergency declaration for border wall ‘on the table’ – (The Hill)
President Trump considers the declaration of a national emergency to circumvent Congress and begin construction on a border wall to be on the table, his top spokesperson said Wednesday.

President Trump, Democrats hold shutdown talks after prime time arguments – (USA Today)
The Democratic-led House will try again to reopen parts of the federal government, but it’s unlikely to succeed.

House Democrats to test Republicans on Trump’s wall demand – (Reuters)
As a partial U.S. government shutdown entered its 19th day, Democrats on Wednesday were set to test Republicans’ resolve in backing President Donald Trump’s drive to build a wall on the border with Mexico, which has sparked an impasse over agency funding.

Rosenstein, who has overseen Russia investigation, expected to leave DoJ – (The Guardian (UK))
Deputy US attorney general to leave DoJ after Trump’s nominee to lead the department is set to take over, officials told media

White House on the attack against ‘pathetic’ Democrats for their response to President Trump’s border security address – (Fox News)
After Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer accuse President Trump of ‘manufacturing’ the crisis at the border, press secretary Sarah Sanders hits back, telling ‘Fox & Friends’ that the Democratic Party would rather play politics than protect the American people.

CNN’s Jim Acosta slams Trump address, offering stark contrast to network’s tame panel – (Fox News)
CNN was uncharacteristically tame in the network’s immediate fact checking and analyst of President Trump’s Oval Office address on Tuesday until the network’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta got involved.