2019-01-22

Headlines:

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

Italy’s Salvini bashes France over Libya role in new diplomatic spat – (Reuters)
Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, stoking a war of words between Rome and Paris, said on Tuesday that France did not want to bring calm to Libya because its energy interests there clashed with those of Italy.

Huawei to seek swift resolution for detained executive – (Reuters)
China’s Huawei Technologies will call for a quick resolution of the case regarding its detained executive in Canada who is accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran, the company’s chairman, Liang Hua, said on Tuesday.

Opposition leader pushes for parliament vote on new Brexit referendum – (Reuters)
British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn moved a step closer to paving the way for another referendum on European Union membership by trying to use parliament to grab control of Brexit from Prime Minister Theresa May.

‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite’ lead Oscar nomination with 10 nods – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar voters on Tuesday showered Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” with a leading 10 nominations to the 91st Academy Awards, while two dominant but contentious Hollywood forces — Netflix and Marvel — each scored the…

No Brexit deal means hard Irish border, EU says – (Reuters)
British-ruled Northern Ireland will automatically have a “hard border” with its southern neighbor if Britain leaves the European Union without a withdrawal agreement, the European Commission’s chief spokesman said on Tuesday.

Haggis out? Scots fear Brexit means going veggie – (Reuters)
Scots with a taste for traditional meat pies or haggis face “enforced vegetarianism” after Brexit, a Scottish government minister warned on Tuesday, as it may starve abattoirs of a vital European workforce.

‘Selfless six’ mourned in Kenya after siege – (BBC News)
Mourners said the six men died while saving colleagues during last week’s terror attack in Nairobi.

Zimbabwe leader: Violence by security forces ‘unacceptable’ – (Associated Press)
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday said “unacceptable” violence by security forces will be investigated after a days-long crackdown on economic unrest, while a doctor said the 12 documented deaths and more than 300 people wounded are like…

Trump’s shutdown proposal faces uncertain fate in Senate – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proposal to reopen the government, with immigration provisions Democrats denounce as inadequate, is headed for Senate action, its prospects uncertain. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will try to muscle through…

Singer Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape complaint – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — U.S. singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint, French officials said Tuesday. The Grammy-winning singer was detained Monday on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions a…

Singer Chris Brown arrested in France on suspicion of rape: police source – (Reuters)
U.S. singer Chris Brown was arrested in Paris on Monday with two other people on suspicion of rape, a French police source said.

Starboard, Elliott tell eBay to sell assets, restructure – (Reuters)
Hedge funds Elliott Management and Starboard Value have taken stakes in eBay Inc and urged changes at the e-commerce platform including the sale of some of its businesses, which could release billions of dollars in capital.

Afghan security service suffers heavy toll in Taliban attack – (Associated Press)
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Dozens of people killed in a brazen Taliban attack on a military base were members of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, officials said Tuesday, in a severe blow to the government that already has lost control of nearly half of the c…

Wall Street edges lower as global growth fears resurface – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, weighed by losses in the industrials and technology sectors, as fears of slowing global economic growth resurfaced after the International Monetary Fund trimmed its outlook in a week of heavy corporate earnings.

Trump military transgender ban goes ahead – (BBC News)
The ruling means certain transgender people can be barred from joining or staying in the military.

High court lets military implement transgender restrictions – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender people while court challenges continue. The high court split 5-4 in allowing the plan to take effect, with th…

3 groups, many videos, many interpretations of DC encounter – (Associated Press)
A group of five black men shouting vulgar insults while protesting centuries of oppression. Dozens of white Catholic high school students visiting Washington for a rally to end abortion. And Native Americans marching to end injustice for indigenous peoples ac…

France and Germany seal new deal as Brexit looms – (BBC News)
A new treaty between two of Europe’s closest friends – but why now, and what’s in it?

AP-NORC Poll: Disasters influence thinking on climate change – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to their views on climate change, Americans are looking at natural disasters and their local weather, according to a new poll. Lately, that means record deadly wildfires in California, rainfall by the foot in Houston when Hurri…

Prominent Pashtun rights activist arrested in Pakistan – (Al Jazeera English)
Alamzeb Mehsud to be kept in police custody for four days on charges of rioting and hatred at a rally in Karachi.

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From various sources

Breaking the Silence to appear at Jerusalem school, despite gov’t efforts – (The Jerusalem Post)
The presentation is not for students and the school is not directly sponsoring the event, Shiloh told the Post.

Report: IDF soldier injured from terrorist gunfire along Gaza border – (The Jerusalem Post)
Another soldier was struck by sniper fire in the area less than a week after Levi was killed.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses WEF in Davos – (The Jerusalem Post)
Pompeo recently toured the Middle East and is planning a summit in Warsaw next month.

Billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Singer’s Elliott Management revealed a $1.4 billion stake in eBay, and the stock is surging (EBAY) – (Business Insider)
Billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Singer’s Elliott Management revealed a $1.4 billion stake in eBay, and the stock is surging (EBAY)

Billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Singer’s Elliott Management revealed a $1.4 billion stake in eBay, and the stock is surging (EBAY) – (Business Insider (UK))
Billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Singer’s Elliott Management revealed a $1.4 billion stake in eBay, and the stock is surging (EBAY)

Facing Reality in North Korea – (The American Conservative)
The U.S. and our allies have to face the reality that North Korea isn’t giving up its nuclear weapons or the means to deliver them.

Facts and Figures: Kings continue season of comebacks – (NHL News)
Teams have rallied from down multiple goals to win 95 times in 2018-19

The First 15 Minutes of Resident Evil 2 Gameplay – Claire Redfield (4K 60fps) – IGN.com – (IGN)
Step into the shoes of college student Claire Redfield, as she’s led to an abandoned police station in a search for answers.

Resident Evil 2 Graphics Comparison: 1998 vs. 2019 – IGN.com – (IGN)
See what a difference 21 years make as we compare the original’s opening to the upcoming 2019 remake.

Fox News anchor Bret Baier in ‘major car crash’ with his family, Stephen Colbert reveals – (USA Today)
Fox News anchor Bret Baier, 48, was involved in a nasty car crash on Monday while traveling with his family in Montana.

Air and sea search launched after aircraft goes missing over Alderney – (Daily Mail)
Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala posted a poignant photo saying his ‘last goodbye’ to his former teammates just hours before his plane vanished over the English Channel.

How to buy the best router – (Mashable)
Here’s what to look for.

Italy’s Salvini bashes France over Libya role in new diplomatic spat – (Reuters)
Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, stoking a war of words between Rome and Paris, said on Tuesday that France did not want to bring calm to Libya because its energy interests there clashed with those of Italy.

Drivers and pedestrians warned of icy across whole of Britain – (Daily Mail)
Temperatures could fall as low as -12C (10F) in Scotland tonight, breaking the current record for this winter of -10.8C (13F) which was set last Friday at Braemar in Aberdeenshire.

Woman and two young children are found dead – (Daily Mail)
The bodies of Tiffany Stevens, 27, and her children, Caisie, three, and Darcie, one, were discovered in the Little Lever area of Bolton, Greater Manchester, at about 4pm yesterday.

Twitter will get an even darker ‘dark mode’ – (TechCrunch)
Twitter’s dark mode is about to get darker. In response to a customer’s complaint that Twitter’s dark theme isn’t really black, but more of a blue-ish shade, company CEO Jack Dorsey replied that’s going to be fixed. Though a seemingly minor tweak, dark mode s…

Netflix’s price hikes are not hurting its global growth – (Mashable)
Sometimes risky moves pay off.

Huawei to seek swift resolution for detained executive – (Reuters)
China’s Huawei Technologies will call for a quick resolution of the case regarding its detained executive in Canada who is accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran, the company’s chairman, Liang Hua, said on Tuesday.

Brexit-backing James Dyson relocates his head office to Singapore – (Mirror)
It is the second blow Dyson has dealt to Brexit Britain after last year’s announcement that it will manufacturer its new electric cars in Singapore, rather than the UK

Dyson relocating head office from UK to Singapore – (RTE)
Brexit-backing businessman James Dyson is to relocate the Dyson head office from the UK to Singapore.

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All about Trump

Trump rallies for border wall as McConnell moves new bill: ‘No Cave!’ – (Fox News)
President Trump on Tuesday urged Republicans not to “cave” on border security and the partial government shutdown as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., lines up a vote on legislation to fund a border wall and the government — and challenge Democr…

Court lets Trump transgender military ban take effect – (RTE)
The US Supreme Court has let President Donald Trump enforce his policy barring certain transgender people from joining or staying in the military.

Supreme Court takes no action on DACA – (The Hill)
The Supreme Court on Tuesday took no action on whether it will hear disputes over the Trump administration’s decision to wind down the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.

Trump’s shutdown proposal faces uncertain fate in Senate – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proposal to reopen the government, with immigration provisions Democrats denounce as inadequate, is headed for Senate action, its prospects uncertain. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will try to muscle through…

Supreme Court allows Trump’s partial military ban on transgender people in military to take effect – (USA Today)
The Supreme Court will allow Trump’s partial ban on transgender people serving in the military to take effect while court challenges continue.

Trump: I told Sanders to stop briefings because press covers her ‘rudely’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Tuesday said he directed White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to stop holding regular briefings, citing unfair treatment by the news media.

“The word gets out anyway!”: Trump says he told Sanders “not to bother” with press briefings – (Axios)
“Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!”

Senate, House to vote on dueling border proposals to end the government shutdown – (Fox News)
Senate majority leader McConnell is hoping to start debate on a bill that includes funding for President Trump’s border wall while the House targets ‘solutions that work’; Peter Doocy reports from Capitol Hill.

Supreme court allows Trump limit on transgender people in military to continue – live – (The Guardian (UK))
Court votes 5-4 for stay on administration’s policy while legality is debated in lower courts, meaning limit can be imposed

Ernst says she turned down Trump VP job – (Google News)
The Senator had been a potential running mate for the President in 2016.

Trump’s border wall offer looks doomed in the Senate as 800,000 government workers face another lost paycheck during shutdown – (CNBC)
The Senate released a bill Monday reflecting an offer President Donald Trump made on Saturday to end the partial government shutdown, but it will almost certainly fail.

U.S. Supreme Court backs Trump’s restrictions on transgender troops in military | CBC News – (CBC News)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed President Donald Trump to enforce his policy barring certain transgender people from joining or staying in the military, despite litigation in the lower courts.

Supreme Court again takes no action on DACA, leaving policy in effect for now – (CNN)
The Supreme Court on Tuesday once again did not act on the Trump administration’s effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, leaving protections for nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children in place for at l…

Supreme court allows Trump limit on transgender people in military to continue – live – (The Guardian (AU))
Court votes 5-4 for stay on administration’s policy while legality is debated in lower courts, meaning limit can be imposed

Trump military transgender ban goes ahead – (Google News (UK))
The ruling means certain transgender people can be barred from joining or staying in the military.

Trump military transgender ban goes ahead – (BBC News)
The ruling means certain transgender people can be barred from joining or staying in the military.

Supreme Court Lets Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Take Effect – (Fortune)
The justices, voting 5-4, put on hold lower court decisions that had blocked the administration’s planned ban from taking effect.

Avlon on Trump’s views of transgender people – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s John Avlon takes a look at President Trump’s shifting stance on transgender rights, following a New York Times report on the Trump administration’s draft proposal to roll back protections for transgender people.

Trump on transgender ban: Doing military a favor – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Trump discusses banning transgender people from the military despite his campaign pledge to protect the community.

Giuliani says Trump legal team spoke with Mueller’s office about BuzzFeed report – (Fox News)
President Trump’s attorney says his team communicated with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office about allegations Trump ordered his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress; Kevin Corke reports from the White House.

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