2019-01-12

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The Latest: Canada says UN found Saudi woman faced danger – (Associated Press)
TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees found that a Saudi woman fleeing alleged fam…

Bulgaria’s oldest city honored as European culture capital – (Associated Press)
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Plovdiv, the oldest city in Bulgaria, has been officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture for 2019. Some 50,000 people gathered on a central square Saturday to watch the opening show dubbed “We are all colors” with 1,500 …

Government shutdown becomes longest in U.S. history – (Reuters)
A partial U.S. government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border entered its 22nd day on Saturday, making it the longest shuttering of federal agencies in U.S. history, with no end in sight.

Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse arrives in Canada – (Associated Press)
TORONTO (AP) — An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who said she was abused and feared death if deported back home arrived in Canada Saturday arm-in-arm with the country’s foreign minister. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun smiled broadly as she exited an arrival door at Toront…

After Wisconsin girl’s safe return, question is: Why? – (Associated Press)
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The grandfather of a northwestern Wisconsin girl who was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead said Saturday that the family has no connection to the suspect and doesn’t understand why he targeted her, deepening a myst…

Saudi teen who fled her family arrives in Canada – (Reuters)
An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family this week saying she feared for her life arrived in Toronto on Saturday after Canada granted her asylum, according to a Reuters witness.

Huawei sacks Poland spy arrest employee – (BBC News)
The Chinese telecoms firm says Wang Weijing acted on his own and brought the company into disrepute.

Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada – (BBC News)
Rahaf al-Qunun is granted asylum after fleeing her family in a drama that captured world headlines.

As government shutdown drags on, where is Senator McConnell? – (Reuters)
When President Donald Trump stormed out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders last Wednesday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sat there silently, uttering not a word as the talks blew up, according to others in the room.

Democrat Gabbard says she will run for U.S. president in 2020 – (Reuters)
Democratic U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said in remarks aired by CNN on Friday that she will run for president in 2020, becoming the latest member of her party to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump.

Renewed yellow vest protests hit with police water cannon, tear gas in Paris – (Reuters)
Paris police fired water cannon and tear gas to repel “yellow vest” demonstrators from around the Arc de Triomphe monument on Saturday in the ninth straight weekend of protests against French President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms.

Selective shutdown? Trump tries to blunt impact, takes heat – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don’t know when they’ll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the federal safety net worry about whether they’ll mak…

Trump AG pick poised to reclaim old job in a changed capital – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — When William Barr was attorney general in the early 1990s, he was outspoken about some of America’s biggest problems — violent crime, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy. The “Age of Aquarius,” he warned, had given way to crack babies and brok…

Spanish citizen killed in Paris gas blast: Spanish foreign minister – (Reuters)
A Spanish citizen has died following a gas explosion in central Paris on Saturday, bringing the death toll to three, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borel said.

SpaceX to lay off 10 percent of workforce – (Reuters)
Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX will reduce its workforce by about 10 percent of the company’s more than 6,000 employees, it said on Friday.

Pompeo says good outcome possible for both Turkey and Syrian Kurds – (Reuters)
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he was optimistic that a “good outcome” could be reached between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish groups, after speaking to the Turkish foreign minister.

Ex-kidnapping victims: Jayme Closs needs space, time to heal – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — Katie Beers’ joy quickly turned to deep concern when she learned 13-year-old Jayme Closs had been found alive in rural Wisconsin nearly three months after police say a man shot and killed her parents then abducted the girl from their home. “She…

US says time for new government in Venezuela – (Associated Press)
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States stepped up its criticism of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Saturday with an explicit call for the formation of a new government in the South American country. The U.S. State Department said in a st…

Two dead in Paris gas blast amid lockdown for yellow-vest protests – (Reuters)
Two firefighters died and nearly people 50 were injured in a massive gas explosion that gutted the ground floor of a building in a central Paris shopping district on Saturday, authorities said.

2 firefighters killed in Paris bakery blast; dozens injured – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — French authorities said two firefighters were killed and 47 people injured in a powerful explosion and fire apparently caused by a gas leak at a Paris bakery Saturday that blasted out windows and overturned cars. Firefighters pulled injured victi…

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From various sources

FBI opens investigation on Trump working on behalf of Russia – (The Jerusalem Post)
The report of the inquiry published in the New York Times was based on the testimonies of former US law agents, and others involved in the case.

German city honors antisemitic cartoonist who trashed Netanyahu and Netta Barzilai – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung’s editor-in-chief Wolfgang Kach said that publishing the cartoon, was a mistake and he apologized to readers.

Unique 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake sold at auction for record $2.2 million – (Fox News)
One of a kind.

Party leaders take aim at Prime Minister Netanyahu – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu runs a video and spin-making factory instead of taking care of the country.”

The government shutdown is now the longest ever – (Axios)
It breaks the record set in 1995-96.

The Latest: Canada says UN found Saudi woman faced danger – (Associated Press)
TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees found that a Saudi woman fleeing alleged fam…

Pick Some Eggs And We’ll Guess Your Age – (Buzzfeed)
Do your egg choices reveal your age?

Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp raves about Virgil van Dijk and insists he can play for another 12 years – (TalkSport)
The Dutch defender has been sensational since his world record transfer to Anfield last January

Father of Jaden Moodie tells how he begged him not to take wrong path – (Daily Mail)
The grief-stricken father of Jaden Moodie has spoken from his home in Jamaica and said he is still trying to come to terms with his son’s cold-blooded murder.

The £40m Freddie Mercury prize – (Daily Mail)
Mary Austin, the former fiancee of lead singer Freddie Mercury, who lives in London’s Kensington Mansion is set to scoop around £40million in royalties.

Bulgaria’s oldest city honored as European culture capital – (Associated Press)
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Plovdiv, the oldest city in Bulgaria, has been officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture for 2019. Some 50,000 people gathered on a central square Saturday to watch the opening show dubbed “We are all colors” with 1,500 …

West Ham United transfer news: Manuel Pellegrini refuses to rule out selling Marko Arnautovic – (TalkSport)
Austrian star is wanted by an unnamed Chinese Super League club and he appeared to wave goodbye to Hammers fans during the win against Arsenal

Songs Written And Produced By R. Kelly Songs We Should Cancel Too – (Buzzfeed)
The R&B artist’s impact went beyond his own songs. What are we to do about the music from the all the artists he influenced and wrote for?

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Philippe Coutinho: Jurgen Klopp’s advice to former Liverpool man on Barcelona move appears to have come true – (TalkSport)
Coutinho completed his £142million move from Merseyside to Catalonia in January 2018 but he has really struggled to make a name for himself in Spain

Cowboys planning extension for Jason Garrett – (NFL News)
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys will ink head coach Jason Garrett to a long-term extension in the offseason and will also promote Kris Richard to full-time defensive coordinator.

Trump blasts Comey as ‘total sleaze’ in response to FBI probe reports – (USA Today)
The president goes on a tweetstorm in response to New York Times report of a Russia-related FBI investigation of Trump last year.

Boy, 15, arrested ‘with 24-inch sword down his trousers’ at King’s Cross – (Metro)
The young boy was detained at King’s Cross Station this afternoon.

We’ll see what happens – Pellegrini responds after Arnautovic appears to wave goodbye – (FourFourTwo)
Marko Arnautovic has been linked with a move to China and Manuel Pellegrini said all parties must work towards a resolution.

Arsenal away form a concern – Emery – (FourFourTwo)
Arsenal have not won in five away Premier League matches, giving Unai Emery cause for concern after their latest defeat to West Ham.

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All about Trump

FBI opens investigation on Trump working on behalf of Russia – (The Jerusalem Post)
The report of the inquiry published in the New York Times was based on the testimonies of former US law agents, and others involved in the case.

Trump blasts Comey as ‘total sleaze’ in response to FBI probe reports – (USA Today)
The president goes on a tweetstorm in response to New York Times report of a Russia-related FBI investigation of Trump last year.

Government shutdown becomes longest in U.S. history – (Reuters)
A partial U.S. government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border entered its 22nd day on Saturday, making it the longest shuttering of federal agencies in U.S. history, with no end in sight.

Surprising ally: President Obama’s former Border Patrol chief explains his support for President Trump’s border wall – (Fox News)
Why Mark Morgan is urging President Trump to stay the course on border security.

1 big thing: Record shutdown hits Trump states hard – (Axios)
Rural Western states that voted for Trump are disproportionately affected by the government shutdown.

Trump swipes at Dems over reopening government: ‘Get it done!’ – (The Hill)
President Trump sought to pin blame on Democrats on Saturday as the partial government shutdown became the longest in U.S.

Sen. Kamala Harris preaches unity, calls Trump’s border wall a ‘distraction’ at NYC book tour appearance – (CNBC)
Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., outlined her vision for a unified America and also criticized President Donald Trump’s border wall while promoting her new book, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” in New York City Friday night.

Reality check: Trump’s tweet incorrectly cites immigrant crime data – (Axios)
Trump conflates criminal charges with criminal convictions.

As government shutdown drags on, where is Senator McConnell? – (Reuters)
When President Donald Trump stormed out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders last Wednesday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sat there silently, uttering not a word as the talks blew up, according to others in the room.

Democrat Gabbard says she will run for U.S. president in 2020 – (Reuters)
Democratic U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said in remarks aired by CNN on Friday that she will run for president in 2020, becoming the latest member of her party to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump.

Selective shutdown? Trump tries to blunt impact, takes heat – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don’t know when they’ll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the federal safety net worry about whether they’ll mak…

Trump AG pick poised to reclaim old job in a changed capital – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — When William Barr was attorney general in the early 1990s, he was outspoken about some of America’s biggest problems — violent crime, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy. The “Age of Aquarius,” he warned, had given way to crack babies and brok…

Trump Lashes Out at FBI After NYT Report on Russia Inquiry – (Fortune)
Trump lashed out following a Times report the FBI opened a probe in 2017 to see if he had been working on behalf of Russia.

FBI Investigated Whether President Trump Worked for Russia: Report – (Google News)
The F.B.I began investigating whether President Trump was working for Russia against U.S. interests after he fired James Comey.

Trump: I have been tougher on Russia that any other president – (The Hill)
President Trump claimed Saturday that he has been “far tougher” on Russia’s government than his predecessors hours after a bombshell New York Times report revealed that the FBI opened an investigation in 2017 into whether Trump was working fo

The record government shutdown is disproportionately affecting Trump states – (Axios)
Six out of the 10 most affected states voted for Trump in 2017.

Trump Lashes Out at FBI After NYT Report on Russian Probe – (Bloomberg)

Trump renews attacks on Comey after NY Times report about FBI probe – (The Hill)
President Trump argued Saturday that his firing of former FBI Director James Comey was justified, calling the former intelligence official a “crooked cop” who Trump says is being “protected” by the special counsel investigation.

The partial government shutdown is now the longest ever as Trump border wall fight rages on – (CNBC)
Congress failed to break an impasse this week over President Donald Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion to build his proposed border wall, even as 800,000 federal workers started to miss paychecks Friday.

Startups Weekly: Will Trump ruin the unicorn IPOs of our dreams? – (TechCrunch)
We explore the government shutdown’s connection to tech IPOs, recount the demise of a well-funded AR project and introduce readers to an AI-enabled self-checkout shopping cart in this week’s startups weekly.

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