2019-01-23

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

Deutsche faces questions from authorities investigating Danske – (Reuters)
Deutsche Bank said on Wednesday it had received requests for information from regulators and law enforcement agencies around the world that are investigating a money laundering scheme involving Danske Bank .

Suspect arrested after Arizona woman in vegetative state gave birth – (Reuters)
A worker at a long-term care facility where a woman in a vegetative state recently gave birth to a baby has been arrested and charged with sexual assault, police in Phoenix, Arizona, said on Wednesday.

Catholic student says he didn’t disrespect Native American – (Associated Press)
PARK HILLS, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic high school student whose close encounter with a Native American activist and a black religious sect was captured on video in Washington, D.C. says he has nothing to apologize for. Nick Sandmann told NBC’s “Today” show on Wed…

Deutsche Bank CEO says bank cooperating with German prosecutors – (Reuters)
The chief executive of Deutsche Bank, Christian Sewing, said on Wednesday the lender had the biggest interest in cooperating with German prosecutors who searched its offices in November as part of an investigation into money laundering allegations.

CEOs sour on Trump polices, warn they hurt business, investment – (Reuters)
From centre-stage in Davos last year, President Donald Trump told the world’s corporate bosses that America is a great place to invest. It hasn’t quite turned out that way.

Families keep trying to cross border, wall or no wall – (Associated Press)
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Maria Orbelina Cortez says she fled El Salvador for the U.S. after her husband attacked her and knocked a pan of scalding oil onto her youngest son’s head. After quietly planning for months, she took the 3-year-old boy and his two brothe…

Arrest after comatose woman gives birth – (BBC News)
US police arrest 36-year-old nurse after patient in a vegetative state gave birth

Nigeria finds more than 20,000 kidnapped girls in Mali – (Al Jazeera English)
Most of the victims were sold as sex slaves after false promises or kidnapping, Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency said.

‘Four dead’ ahead of anti-Maduro rally – (BBC News)
Four people reportedly died ahead of major protests against Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro.

Wall Street bounces back on strong corporate earnings – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, as strong earnings from IBM, United Technologies and Procter & Gamble led a rebound for Wall Street from its second biggest decline in 2019.

Next U.S.-North Korea summit must give concrete results: Seoul – (Reuters)
A planned second summit next month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un must “deliver concrete results on denuclearization”, South Korea’s top diplomat said on Wednesday.

Huawei executive can make good case against extradition: Canada envoy – (Reuters)
A top executive from Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] can make a good case against being extradited to the United States, in part due to remarks made by U.S. President Donald Trump, Canada’s ambassador to China said in comments broadcast on Wednesday.

AP sources: Trump, others agitated by Giuliani’s performance – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani’s latest media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility that the outspoken presidential law…

Democratic Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins 2020 presidential race – (Associated Press)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Democrat Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, says he’s forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid. “The reality is there’s no going back, and there’s no such thing as ‘again’ in the real worl…

Apology over ‘whitewashed’ tennis star – (BBC News)
The Haitian-Japanese tennis player’s appearance in an advert sparks a conversation over race in Japan.

Unrest roils Venezuela amid new push to topple Maduro – (Associated Press)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s re-invigorated opposition faces a crucial test Wednesday as it seeks to fill streets nationwide with protesters in an appeal to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind Presid…

Week 5: Shutdown votes set up political test for Senate – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote…

Irish government under pressure at home over no-deal Brexit border plans – (Reuters)
Ireland’s government came under further pressure on Wednesday to explain how its border with British-run Northern Ireland would be managed if Britain leaves the European Union without a withdrawal agreement in March.

Amid wall debate, pope says fear of migration makes us crazy – (Associated Press)
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday that fear of migration is “making us crazy” as he began a trip to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump’s promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a new caravan of migrants heading north…

Japan’s PM seeks trade reform as risks to world economy loom – (Associated Press)
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Japan’s prime minister says China’s slowing growth, Brexit woes and U.S.-China trade disputes pose risks to the world economy, while decrying the World Trade Organization as “behind the curve” and in need of reform to help ease trade…

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From various sources

Analysis | Brazil’s new president fizzles in his overseas debut – (The Washington Post)
Bolsonaro’s hotly-anticipated speech underwhelmed at Davos.

European Parliament president: Ongoing antisemitism must be stopped – (The Jerusalem Post)
At event marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog says ‘Jews are once again unsafe walking the streets of Europe.’

DNA of Jewish minor found on rock that killed Palestinian woman – (The Jerusalem Post)
Last week, it was announced that the prosecution was expected to file an indictment by Sunday against the minor in the case of the killing of Palestinian Aysha Rabi.

Palestinians condemn ‘plan’ to shut UNRWA schools in Jerusalem – (The Jerusalem Post)
Last week, a report stated the National Security Council has decided that permits to UNRWA schools in east Jerusalem will be revoked starting next school year.

Where’s David’s Sling and why wasn’t it used to intercept Iran’s missiles – (The Jerusalem Post)
Missile defense system hasn’t been used since it failed to intercept Syrian missiles last year.

WATCH: How Israel captured and killed the Barkan and Ofra terrorists – (The Jerusalem Post)
In the early hours of the following morning, operations were carried out at the Askar refugee camp in Nablus to arrest Na’alwa and bring him to justice.

Apple’s Tim Cook makes debut at World Economic Forum in Davos – (Financial Times)
Chief takes first trip to Swiss resort gathering amid ‘Big Tech’ backlash

Capital raising by US oil companies falls sharply – (Financial Times)
Exploration and production sector has not had a single bond sale since November

Carlos Ghosn ready to step down as head of Renault – (Financial Times)
Chief executive said to be preparing his exit after jail release hopes are dashed

Pound rallies above $1.30 on Brexit delay push – (Financial Times)
Sterling hits highest level since November as Labour signals support for blocking no-deal exit

Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera forced to pay $20G a month in child support, other perks to ex-mistress – (Fox News)
Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera was ordered to pay his former mistress he fathered two children with $20,000-a-month in child support and to pay off her nearly $1 million mansion by July.

China’s economic chief dismisses growth fears – (Financial Times)
Wang Qishan insists recent data signalling slowdown is ‘not low at all’

Nurse arrested in rape of woman in vegetative state who gave birth at care facility – (Fox News)
A licensed nurse who was supposed to care for a woman in a vegetative state at an Arizona nursing facility was arrested after she gave birth to a baby last month, officials announced Wednesday.

Marc Thiessen: Shutdown showdown — While Democrats pander to their base, Trump shows leadership – (Fox News)
Last week, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia offered President Trump some advice on how to end the current border wall standoff. “Always try to find a solution in which both sides come out ahead,” Warner told the president. It’s good advice. Trump is ta…

‘This plane seems like it is falling to pieces’ – Cardiff City star – (Daily Mail)
David Ibbotson, 60, was reportedly at the controls of the privately-owned Piper Malibu aircraft believed to have crashed into the sea near the Channel Island of Alderney on Monday.

Boy, 10, has a kidney in his THIGH – (Daily Mail)
Hamish Robinson, from Manchester, is missing the chromosome 7p22.1. It has given him learning, hearing and speech difficulties. His kidney is functioning, but could prove fatal in the future.

Female pedestrian, 26, is mowed down and killed by police car – (Daily Mail)
This is the first picture to surface of the 26-year-old Eritrean refugee who died after police car hit her in Walthamstow, east London, last night.

Deutsche faces questions from authorities investigating Danske – (Reuters)
Deutsche Bank said on Wednesday it had received requests for information from regulators and law enforcement agencies around the world that are investigating a money laundering scheme involving Danske Bank .

Trump adviser warns of zero growth if shutdown lingers this quarter – (The Hill)
President Trump’s chief economist said Wednesday that the partial government shutdown could wipe out an entire quarter of GDP growth if it lasts until the end of March.

Tory chiefs ‘warn Corbyn would end up PM’ if May calls snap election – (Daily Mail)
Some Cabinet ministers are understood to be braced for an election ‘sooner rather than later’ as the political crisis over Brexit gathers pace.

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All about Trump

Marc Thiessen: Shutdown showdown — While Democrats pander to their base, Trump shows leadership – (Fox News)
Last week, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia offered President Trump some advice on how to end the current border wall standoff. “Always try to find a solution in which both sides come out ahead,” Warner told the president. It’s good advice. Trump is ta…

Trump adviser warns of zero growth if shutdown lingers this quarter – (The Hill)
President Trump’s chief economist said Wednesday that the partial government shutdown could wipe out an entire quarter of GDP growth if it lasts until the end of March.

CEOs sour on Trump polices, warn they hurt business, investment – (Reuters)
From centre-stage in Davos last year, President Donald Trump told the world’s corporate bosses that America is a great place to invest. It hasn’t quite turned out that way.

Next U.S.-North Korea summit must give concrete results: Seoul – (Reuters)
A planned second summit next month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un must “deliver concrete results on denuclearization”, South Korea’s top diplomat said on Wednesday.

Huawei executive can make good case against extradition: Canada envoy – (Reuters)
A top executive from Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] can make a good case against being extradited to the United States, in part due to remarks made by U.S. President Donald Trump, Canada’s ambassador to China said in comments broadcast on Wednesday.

Lara Trump: Shutdown ‘A Little Bit Of Pain’ But It’s ‘Bigger Than Any One Person’ – (The Huffington Post)
President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law told federal workers the shutdown is “a sacrifice” their children will thank them for later.

New White House Aide Memoir Reveals Trump Wanted to Send NASA to Mars During First Term – (Fortune)
President Donald Trump had hoped to go to Mars in his first term. But NASA ultimately explained why that wasn’t possible.

Julian Assange launches legal challenge against Trump administration – (The Guardian (AU))
WikiLeaks founder’s lawyers file urgent application in attempt to prevent extradition to US

AP sources: Trump, others agitated by Giuliani’s performance – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani’s latest media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility that the outspoken presidential law…

Trump unveils new slogan for border wall – (Google News)
President Trump on Wednesday unveiled a new slogan for the border wall as he presses Democrats to agree to funding for the project amid the government shutdown standoff.

Julian Assange launches legal challenge against Trump administration – (The Guardian (UK))
WikiLeaks founder’s lawyers file urgent application in attempt to prevent extradition to US

A new poll finds Trump’s disapproval at all-time high on 33rd day of the government shutdown – (Axios)
57% of Americans disapprove of his performance.

Week 5: Shutdown votes set up political test for Senate – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote…

Amid wall debate, pope says fear of migration makes us crazy – (Associated Press)
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday that fear of migration is “making us crazy” as he began a trip to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump’s promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a new caravan of migrants heading north…

Trump unveils ‘new theme’: Build a wall and crime will fall – (The Hill)
President Trump on Wednesday issued a new rallying cry to gin up support for building a wall along the southern border.

Government shutdown: Live updates – CNNPolitics – (CNN)
Negotiations between President Trump and Democrats to reopen the government are still stalled as furloughed federal workers have gone without pay for a month. Follow the latest.

Senator Tammy Duckworth Slams Transgender Military Ban, Recalling Near-Death Experience – (The Huffington Post)
Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, denounced the Supreme Court decision allowing President Donald Trump’s ban as “disheartening.”

Poll: Only 7% of Voters Back Wall Funding to End Shutdown – (Reddit /r/all)
Meanwhile Trump’s disapproval rating hits poll’s all-time-high.

The Memo: Diverse Democratic field lines up for 2020 – (The Hill)
Explosive issues of race, gender and identity are set to take center stage in the 2020 presidential race as the most diverse field of Democrats competes to take on President Trump.

Analysis | Power Up: ‘It just looks bad.’ Some Democrats pressuring leadership to end shutdown stalemate. – (The Washington Post)
“Give Trump the money,” urged Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).

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