2019-01-13

Headlines:

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

Bangladesh police and garment workers clash over wage hike – (Al Jazeera English)
Police fire tear gas and water cannons on protesters, who have been demanding higher wages for the past two weeks.

Nuclear chief says Iran exploring new uranium enrichment – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of Iran’s nuclear program said Sunday that the Islamic Republic has begun “preliminary activities for designing” a modern process for 20-percent uranium enrichment for its 50-year-old research reactor in Tehran, signaling new dang…

Venezuela’s opposition leader ‘detained’ – (BBC News)
Juan Guaidó said on Friday he was ready to assume the country’s presidency on an interim basis.

Graham says Trump isn’t giving in on southern border wall – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Senate Republican close to President Donald Trump says Trump isn’t giving in on his demands for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the issue that’s caused the partial government shutdown that’s now in its fourth week. Sen. Lindse…

Beautiful! Carole King shows up as herself in Broadway bio – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Anything can happen in live theater, and audience members seeing “Beautiful,” the life story of Carole King, got a surprise when King appeared in the role of herself to celebrate the show’s fifth anniversary on Broadway. The packed house at th…

Poland could limit use of Huawei products after worker arrested – (Reuters)
Poland could consider banning the use of Huawei products by public bodies, a senior government official said on Sunday, following the arrest of a Chinese Huawei official in the east European country last week.

Beef-friendly Nebraska eyes regulations on the word ‘meat’ – (Associated Press)
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — More than four months after Missouri became the first U.S. state to regulate the term “meat” on product labels, Nebraska’s powerful farm groups are pushing for similar protection from veggie burgers, tofu dogs and other items that look an…

DNA pioneer loses honours over race claims – (BBC News)
Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson has repeated remarks about race and intelligence.

Snowstorm blankets mid-Atlantic U.S., at least 7 dead in Midwest – (Reuters)
A massive winter storm rolled eastward to the mid-Atlantic United States on Sunday after dropping more than a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and killing at least 7 people in highway accidents on Saturday.

German antitrust watchdog to act against Facebook: report – (Reuters)
Germany’s antitrust watchdog plans to order Facebook to stop gathering some user data, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

U.S.-backed Syrian force: Islamic State in ‘its final moments’ – (Reuters)
Islamic State militants are “living their final moments” in the last enclave they hold in Syria, near the Iraqi border, where the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have stepped up their attacks in the last two days, an SDF official told Reuters on Sunday.

Trade war’s wounded: Companies improvise to dodge cost hikes – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In Rochester, New York, a maker of furnaces for semiconductor and solar companies is moving its research and development to China to dodge President Donald Trump’s import taxes — a move that threatens a handful of its 26 U.S. jobs. In Califo…

Unity government proposal for DR Congo – (BBC News)
Southern Africa regional body Sadc says similar political deals have been made in Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Analysis: Stagecraft won’t win shutdown battle for Trump – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Military salutes. Heaps of contraband. Oval Office optics. President Donald Trump, who has long put a premium on stagecraft, is discovering he cannot resolve the partial government shutdown simply by putting on a show. With the standoff over…

French media denounce violent “yellow vest” attacks on press – (Reuters)
French media and reporters’ organizations on Sunday denounced attacks on journalists by “yellow vest” anti-government protesters and called for better protection after a series of incidents this weekend.

White House asked for options to strike Iran: WSJ – (Reuters)
The White House’s national security team last fall asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran after a group of militants aligned with Tehran fired mortars into an area in Baghdad that is home to the U.S. Embassy, the Wall Street Journal r…

Williams ‘blasting’ music to torment Page – (BBC News)
Williams has also been imitating Jimmy Page’s Led Zeppelin bandmate Robert Plant, a complaint to the council says.

Pompeo to seek Khashoggi update in Riyadh – (BBC News)
The US secretary of state is expected to meet Saudi Arabia’s crown prince in a visit to the kingdom.

How long can O’Rourke wait as 2020 pace picks up around him? – (Associated Press)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — You won’t see Beto O’Rourke announce whether he’s running for president in 2020 for a while. But you may see him do almost anything else in the meantime. “So, I’m here at the dentist,” the former Democrat congressman said with a giggle du…

Ahead of vote, UK PM May warns it would be catastrophic to halt Brexit – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers on Sunday that failing to deliver Brexit would be catastrophic for democracy, in a plea for support two days before parliament is expected to reject her deal with Brussels.

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From various sources

Netanyahu: We will strike harder in Syria if needed – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Everyone understands how this war would have looked like if Hezbollah fighters managed to infiltrate into the Galilee regions.”

Presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard supports and criticizes Israe – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Israel needs to stop using live ammunition in its response to unarmed protesters in Gaza. It has resulted in over 50 dead and thousands seriously wounded,” she tweeted.

Americans blame Trump and GOP much more than Democrats for shutdown, Post-ABC poll finds – (The Washington Post)
Support for building a wall on the border has increased over the past year, although 54 percent of Americans still oppose the idea.

IDF uncovers sixth Hezbollah terror tunnel, completing Operation Northern – (The Jerusalem Post)
The tunnel was hundreds of meters long and penetrated dozens of meters into Israeli territory.

‘Nasrallah’s reticence is alarming, it could have multiple meanings’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
“I would love to hear Nasrallah speak and say if we are on the verge of battle.”

IDF changing of the guard comes as US military leadership unravels – (The Jerusalem Post)
Maj.-Gen.Aviv Kochavi to begin role as Chief of Staff on Tuesday.

EPL Live: Tottenham vs. Man Utd – (Bleacher Report)
Get the latest news, photos, rankings, lists and more on Bleacher Report

Apple succumbs to the smartphone malaise – (Hacker News)
A decade-long boom is ending as consumers hang on to devices for longer

Surrounded on 3 sides by Canada, U.S. residents of Northwest Angle learn to live with odd ‘geographic reality’ | CBC News – (CBC News)
A recent petition brought another round of attention to the Northwest Angle, an orphaned frontier of the U.S. whose residents seem just fine being surrounded by Canadian provinces.

Greece PM faces confidence vote after coalition partner quits – (Financial Times)
Rightwing nationalist party pulls out of government over naming deal with Macedonia

EU preparing to delay Brexit until at least July – (The Guardian (UK))
Brussels expecting request from UK to extend 29 March deadline, with May’s deal on brink

What to look for in US bank earnings – (Financial Times)
Are the big six Wall Street groups performing as badly as their shares?

Tottenham vs Man Utd live score and goal updates – (Mirror)
Keep track of the latest Premier League action and goal updates from Wembley. Kick-off: 4.30pm (UK time)

Everton 2-0 Bournemouth: Two second-half goals lift Toffees into top half – (BBC Sport)
Two second-half goals give Everton a victory over Bournemouth that liftsthem into the top half of the Premier League table.

Bangladesh police and garment workers clash over wage hike – (Al Jazeera English)
Police fire tear gas and water cannons on protesters, who have been demanding higher wages for the past two weeks.

Nuclear chief says Iran exploring new uranium enrichment – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of Iran’s nuclear program said Sunday that the Islamic Republic has begun “preliminary activities for designing” a modern process for 20-percent uranium enrichment for its 50-year-old research reactor in Tehran, signaling new dang…

Everton 2 Bournemouth 0: Zouma and Calvert-Lewin send Toffees into top half – (FourFourTwo)
Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri said 11th was not good enough for Everton in midweek and they responded by beating Bournemouth 2-0.

An 11-year-old boy has died after being run over in a ‘hit and run’ – (Daily Mail)
This is the first picture to emerge of 11-year-old Taylor Schofield, who was killed in a ‘hit-and-run’ in Beswick, Manchester, where a motorist has handed himself in to the police.

Noted writer Neelum Saran Gour bags The Hindu fiction prize – (The Hindu)
Historian and biographer Rajmohan Gandhi handed over the award to Mr. Byapari in the presence of his translator Sipra Mukherjee.

Venezuela’s opposition leader ‘detained’ – (BBC News)
Juan Guaidó said on Friday he was ready to assume the country’s presidency on an interim basis.

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All about Trump

Americans blame Trump and GOP much more than Democrats for shutdown, Post-ABC poll finds – (The Washington Post)
Support for building a wall on the border has increased over the past year, although 54 percent of Americans still oppose the idea.

Graham says Trump isn’t giving in on southern border wall – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Senate Republican close to President Donald Trump says Trump isn’t giving in on his demands for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the issue that’s caused the partial government shutdown that’s now in its fourth week. Sen. Lindse…

Pompeo: It’s “absolutely ludicrous” to suggest Trump is a threat to U.S. national security – (Axios)
He responded to Friday’s bombshell New York Times story.

Pompeo says Trump is not a threat to national security – (CBS News)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says “the idea that’s contained in the New York Times story that President Trump was a threat to American national security is silly on its face and not worthy of a response.”

Lindsey Graham Urges Trump To Reopen Government Before Declaring National Emergency Over Border – (The Huffington Post)
The South Carolina senator said the president told him, “That’s my last option.”

The Clinton-Obama era ends as US Democrats seek a radical new voice – (Financial Times)
The party owes a debt of gratitude to Donald Trump as it sweeps away a cautious mindset

GOP senator says Trump declaration of national emergency wouldn’t get wall built – (CNN)
A Republican senator warned on Sunday that if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency on the southern border in order to fund the construction of a border wall, the move is “going to go to court and the wall won’t get built.”

Trump blatantly lies about being in the White House, confuses everyone – (Mashable)
That’s not even a good lie.

Sen. Chris Coons on whether Democrats are willing to strike a deal with President Trump – (Fox News)
Are Democrats willing to negotiate with President Trump or is the border wall a non-starter? Democratic Sen. Chris Coons, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, weighs in on ‘Fox News Sunday.’

By The Numbers: The government shutdown – (CBS News)
“Sunday Morning” looks at the data behind President Donald Trump’s partial closure of the federal government over an impasse in paying for a campaign promise: a wall along the nation’s Southern border.

Trump targets Dems over DACA amid shutdown talks – (The Hill)
President Trump on Sunday hit Democrats for their hesitance to include protections for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in talks to end a prolonged government shutdown, despite his own administration’

Americans Blame GOP and Trump for Government Shutdown, Poll Says – (Fortune)
Most Americans blame Republicans for what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll says.

Trump Calls Report on FBI Probe of Ties to Russia ‘Most Insulting’ – (Fortune)
President Donald Trump made the remarks Saturday during a telephone interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro.

Trade war’s wounded: Companies improvise to dodge cost hikes – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In Rochester, New York, a maker of furnaces for semiconductor and solar companies is moving its research and development to China to dodge President Donald Trump’s import taxes — a move that threatens a handful of its 26 U.S. jobs. In Califo…

1 shutdown thing: Poll shows most Americans blame Trump, GOP – (Axios)
53% of Americans blame Trump and congressional Republicans for the shutdown.

Trump rejects report he hid key details of conversations with Putin: ‘I don’t care’ – (Fox News)
President Trump on Saturday night strongly denied a report that he had taken unusual steps to hide the details of his private conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017 in Hamburg, telling Fox News in an exclusive interview that he had followe…

Republican uncovered secret FBI probe of Trump after Comey firing during House questioning – (Fox News)
A House Republican’s line of questioning uncovered revelations that in May 2017 senior FBI leadership debated whether President Trump was directed by the Russian government to fire FBI Director James Comey, Fox News has learned.

Lindsey Graham says Trump is “not going to give in” on border wall – (Axios)
He suggested that Trump reopen the government “for a short period of time” to see if Congress can reach a deal.

Warner: ‘History will show’ Trump botched shutdown talks – (CNN)
Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner predicted Sunday that observers will eventually believe President Donald Trump mishandled the standoff that has created the ongoing government shutdown.

Trump to Fox host: Most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked – CNN Video – (CNN)
Speaking to Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, President Donald Trump responds to two separate reports containing accusations against his involvement with Russia and President Vladimir Putin.