2019-01-10

Headlines:

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

Headed for border, Trump warns of possible emergency declaration – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday reiterated that he may declare a national emergency if Congress does not meet his demand for billions of dollars to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico frontier.

As Trump visits border, Texas landowners prepare wall fight – (Associated Press)
HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — As President Donald Trump travels to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall, landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way. The federal government …

Turkey plans debt restructuring for top football clubs – (Al Jazeera English)
Istanbul’s Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas as well as Trabzonspor make up the bulk of the $2.6bn debt.

Catholic church challenges Congo’s surprise election result – (Associated Press)
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s powerful Catholic church challenged the surprise win of opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi in the presidential election on Thursday, saying official results do not match the outcome compiled by its 40,000 observers at all pollin…

Wall Street drops after four-day rally as retailers, trade talks disappoint – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks looked set to snap a four-day rally on Thursday as disappointing holiday-season results from Macy’s hammered retail stocks and no clear signs of a resolution emerged from U.S.-Chinese trade talks.

Former U.S. Marine held for spying had Russian contacts with military backgrounds – (Reuters)
Paul Whelan, the former U.S. Marine held in Moscow on spying charges, had online contact with more than 20 Russians with military backgrounds, an analysis of social media shows.

Trump will cancel planned Davos trip if shutdown continues – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he is still scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland later this month but will not go if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues.

Venezuela’s Maduro celebrates 2nd term as crisis deepens – (Associated Press)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was being sworn in to a second term Thursday amid international calls for him to step down and a devastating economic crisis, but with some long-time friends in attendance both from abroad and at h…

US to ‘expel every Iranian boot’ from Syria – (BBC News)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seeking to reassure allies after Trump’s troop withdrawal decision.

China says trade talks with U.S. made progress on forced tech transfers, IP rights – (Reuters)
China and the United States made progress on “structural issues” such as forced technology transfers and intellectual property rights in talks this week and more consultations are being arranged, China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday.

In Beijing talks, U.S. seeks details on Chinese goods purchases, trade promises – (Reuters)
U.S. officials used three days of trade talks in Beijing to demand more details on China’s pledge to make big purchases of American goods, as well as to push for ways to hold China to any commitments on changes to industrial policies.

Trump says U.S. is having tremendous success with China on trade – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States was having tremendous success with China on trade, a day after U.S. and Chinese officials concluded three days of trade talks in Beijing.

Trump says likely to declare emergency if no deal on border wall – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was likely to declare a national emergency to secure funds for his long-sought wall along the U.S. southern border if he cannot reach an agreement with Congress to provide the money.

Coke-funded group swayed China’s obesity efforts, papers say – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — A group funded by the food industry undermined China’s efforts to keep obesity rates in check by overemphasizing the importance of physical activity rather than dietary habits, according to new research. The International Life Sciences Institu…

Jaguar Land Rover to slash UK jobs after China, diesel drop – (Reuters)
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will cut 10 percent of its workforce, mostly in its home market, as Britain’s biggest carmaker faces lower Chinese demand and a slump in European diesel sales.

Finnish radar satellite eyes Anak Krakatau – (BBC News)
The innovative ICEYE radar spacecraft views the changing shape of the collapsed volcano.

Stock market rally fades as US-China trade talks wrap up – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — The rally in global stock markets faded Thursday after U.S. and Chinese officials wrapped up three days of trade talks in Beijing without any significant breakthrough. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany’s DAX dipped 0.1 percent to 10,881 while Fr…

Trump’s border visit comes as shutdown talks fall apart – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the U.S.-Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for the border wall after negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands. Trump stalked out of his meeting with congres…

Corbyn calls for election over Brexit – (BBC News)
The Labour leader says Theresa May will lose the right to govern if her deal is voted down by MPs.

Lady Gaga apologizes for R. Kelly collaboration – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is sorry for her 2013 duet with R. Kelly in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against the singer, and she intends to remove the song from streaming services. Posting on Twitter Wednesday, Gaga wrote she had collaborated with …

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From various sources

Is 2019 the Instagram election? – (The Jerusalem Post)
Not just Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Netanyahu, Lapid, Michaeli, Livni, Bennett and more are utilizing Instagram Stories to share a different side of themselves, and galvanize voters.

Netanyahu and Erdan visit Yamam base, praise fighters as best in the world – (The Jerusalem Post)
“What Israeli citizens need to know is that anyone who attacked or killed any Israeli citizen in the past year, has been assassinated or caught,” Netanyahu said

Mandelblit supports applying election transparency laws to internet – (The Jerusalem Post)
The commission will hear the issue on Sunday.

Bobrovsky won’t be with Blue Jackets against Predators – (NHL News)
Sergei Bobrovsky will not be with the Columbus Blue Jackets when they host the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena on Thursday

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NBA: James Harden takes basketball to the face from Giannis Antetokounmpo – BBC Sport – (BBC Sport)
Houston Rockets star James Harden is on the receiving end of a very wayward pass from Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo in the Bucks’ 116-109 win on Wednesday.

Trump says he finds China “far more honorable” than Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer – (Axios)
“I think that China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party.”

Software patents poised to make a comeback under new patent office rules – (Ars Technica)
New rule narrows landmark 2014 Supreme Court decision limiting software patents.

An Easy 25 Percent: ‘Bond King’ Jeffrey Gundlach Predicts Bitcoin Price Gains – (Crypto Coins News)
Jeffrey Gundlach, the CEO of DoubleLine Capital who manages over US$200 billion in assets, has a tip for speculators – bitcoin price could rise to $5,000. According to CNBC, the Wall Street veteran who has earned the nickname “Bond King” for his expertise in …

Brother of British backpacker shares snap of sister before funeral – (Daily Mail)
The funeral of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane, 22, (pictured) is taking place this morning at Brentwood Cathedral in her home county of Essex.

Meghan Markle gives fashion tips at charity for vulnerable women – (Daily Mail)
Meghan arrived at Smart Works at St Charles Hospital in Kensal Green, West London, wearing a dress by Hatch, a coat from Oscar de la Renta and Kimai earrings.

UFC Star Calls Dana White A ‘Piece Of Sh*t’ In Brutal Rant – (The Sport Bible)
He’s not happy with the UFC president.

World Anti-Doping Agency gain access to Moscow lab – (BBC Sport)
A World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) team has gained access to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (Rusada) laboratory in Moscow.

Lady Gaga Apologizes For 2013 R. Kelly Collab, Pledges Support For His Accusers – (MTV News)
“I stand behind these women 1000%”

Report: Yair Netanyahu compares PM investigations to Turkish coup attempt – (The Jerusalem Post)
“In Turkey they are taking tanks out into the streets, here they have no need because they control the police and the prosecutor’s office.”

Amazon Fire TV now has ‘well over’ 30 million users – (The Verge)
Amazon’s Fire TV has surpassed Roku as one of the most popular streaming players in the country. Amazon now boasts more than 30 million active Fire TV users.

Trump heads to border during wall funding dispute – (CBS News)
President Trump will receive a briefing from border officials in McAllen, Texas, after negotiations over funding for a border wall broke down yesterday. The president abruptly left a meeting with congressional leaders when Democrats refused to provide $5.7 bi…

M7 three-lane motorway to open ahead of schedule in April 2019 – (The Irish Times)
Speed restrictions to remain in place until construction is fully completed in early 2020

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All about Trump

Trump says he finds China “far more honorable” than Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer – (Axios)
“I think that China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party.”

Trump heads to border during wall funding dispute – (CBS News)
President Trump will receive a briefing from border officials in McAllen, Texas, after negotiations over funding for a border wall broke down yesterday. The president abruptly left a meeting with congressional leaders when Democrats refused to provide $5.7 bi…

‘The Daily Show’ found an old Trump speech encouraging people to climb concrete walls – (Mashable)
‘Get to the other side of that wall.’

Trump says he’d likely declare emergency if there’s no deal on border wall | CBC News – (CBC News)
U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday it’s likely he would declare a national emergency to secure funds for his long-sought wall along the U.S. southern border if an agreement with Democrats in Congress to provide the money isn’t reached.

Headed for border, Trump warns of possible emergency declaration – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday reiterated that he may declare a national emergency if Congress does not meet his demand for billions of dollars to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico frontier.

As Trump visits border, Texas landowners prepare wall fight – (Associated Press)
HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — As President Donald Trump travels to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall, landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way. The federal government …

Trump, heading to border, makes his most explicit threat yet that he may declare a national emergency – (USA Today)
A day after budget negotiations blew up in acrimony, President Donald Trump heads to Texas border to pitch his proposed border wall.

Trump denies knowing Manafort shared polling data with Russian associate – (The Hill)
President Trump on Thursday denied knowing that his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data with a Russian associate linked to Kremlin intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump will cancel planned Davos trip if shutdown continues – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he is still scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland later this month but will not go if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues.

Trump claims he ‘never meant’ Mexico would directly pay for border wall despite repeatedly saying it – (Google News (UK))

President Trump is leaning towards declaring a national emergency if there’s no spending deal – (Axios)
“If this doesn’t work out, probably I will do it.”

Ex-House GOP leader predicts Trump won’t reopen the government until he gets border wall funding – (CNBC)
“I don’t see this president backing down,” Republican former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says.

You can just saw through prototypes of Trump’s border wall, photos from report show – (Vice News)
Security tests found all eight prototypes under consideration in 2017 were vulnerable to breaching.

Trump: ‘Surprising’ if I don’t declare national emergency for wall – (The Hill)
President Trump on Thursday gave his strongest indication yet that he may declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border.  Speaking to reporters outside t

Trump says he’ll ‘probably, maybe definitely’ declare national emergency – live – (The Guardian (AU))
Trump to travel to a section of the border in the Rio Grande Valley near Mission, Texas, as shutdown reaches 20th day

Trump says he’ll ‘probably, maybe definitely’ declare national emergency – live – (The Guardian (UK))
Trump to travel to a section of the border in the Rio Grande Valley near Mission, Texas, as shutdown reaches 20th day

US to ‘expel every Iranian boot’ from Syria – (Google News (Canada))
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seeking to reassure allies after Trump’s troop withdrawal decision.

US to ‘expel every Iranian boot’ from Syria – (BBC News)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seeking to reassure allies after Trump’s troop withdrawal decision.

Trump to skip Davos if government remains closed – (The Hill)
President Trump on Thursday said he will skip the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this month if the partial government shutdown continues.  Trump told reporters at the White House that the trip i

Trump says U.S. is having tremendous success with China on trade – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States was having tremendous success with China on trade, a day after U.S. and Chinese officials concluded three days of trade talks in Beijing.