2019-02-02

Headlines:

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

Virginia Democrat says Northam won’t resign – (Associated Press)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Democrat who has spoken with Gov. Ralph Northam has told The Associated Press that the governor now does not believe he was in a racist picture in his 1984 medical yearbook and has no immediate plans to resign.The official was …

Russia to pull plug on nuclear arms pact after US does same – (Associated Press)
MOSCOW (AP) — Following in the footsteps of the U.S., Russia will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday.U.S. President Donald Trump accu…

Hashtag stirs debate over role of Christian schools in US – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — For their supporters, the thousands of Christian schools across America are literally a blessing — a place where children can learn in accordance with biblical teachings, untainted by the secular norms of public schools.To critics, many of the…

Racist picture US governor urged to quit – (BBC News)
Virginia’s Ralph Northam appeared in a yearbook photo of a man in blackface and another in a KKK robe.

Venezuela air force general defects from Maduro government – (Associated Press)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan air force general defected from the administration of President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday and called on his compatriots to participate in protests against the socialist leader’s rule.Gen. Francisco Yanez is the first hi…

Syria building collapse kills 11 – (BBC News)
A child is the only survivor from the accident in a formerly rebel-held area of the city of Aleppo.

Trump is latest to give State of Union in time of turmoil – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is the latest chief executive to deliver a State of the Union address at a time of turmoil.But others may have had it even worse. Abraham Lincoln delivered a written report during the Civil War, Richard Nixon spoke whi…

Iran unveils new cruise missile on Islamic Revolution anniversary – (Al Jazeera English)
Defence Minister Hatami calls the Hoveizeh missile the ‘long arm of the Islamic Republic of Iran’ in defending itself.

Senate reasserts foreign policy role, reshapes Trump agenda – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, his allies in Congress are quietly trying to influence and even reshape his “America First” foreign policy agenda.The Republican-led Senate is reasserting itself as a check on Trump’s instincts, whil…

Set against a shaky global picture, US economy looks sturdy – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy, well into its 10th year of growth, still has a spring in its step. And it’s all the more visible when set against a tiring global picture.A robust January jobs report on Friday showed that America’s companies are, for now, …

A new year in legislatures brings same story on harassment – (Associated Press)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the first week of 2019, an investigation by Oregon’s labor agency deemed the state Capitol to be a hostile workplace because of an unchecked pattern of sexual harassment among lawmakers.A few days later, two Washington state lawm…

Venezuelan general urges military to disavow Maduro as opposition stages rallies – (Reuters)
An active Venezuelan general called on the armed forces to rebel against President Nicolas Maduro and to recognize the opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim chief as pressure at home and abroad grows on the head of state to step down.

Dirty money risks encroach on Estonia’s digital utopia – (Reuters)
Estonia’s push to become a digital society has left it vulnerable to dirty money and sanction breaches, the country’s top banking regulator has warned.

Leopard cub found in air passenger’s bag – (BBC News)
Customs officials discover the tiny cat hidden in a plastic grocery basket at an airport in India.

Groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, predicting early spring – (Associated Press)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country’s most famous prognosticating groundhogs.Just before 7:30 a.m. Satu…

Iran unveils long-range cruise missile on revolution anniversary – (Reuters)
Iran displayed a new cruise missile with a range of 1,300 km (800 miles) on Saturday during celebrations marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, state television reported.

French marchers condemn police violence – (BBC News)
The latest “yellow-vest” protests focus on the use of riot guns that has led to serious injuries.

Venezuelan general recognizes opposition leader Guaido as president: Twitter video – (Reuters)
A high-ranking Venezuelan air force general said he had disavowed President Nicolas Maduro and now recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim head-of-state, according to a video circulating on Twitter on Saturday.

‘Quid pro quo’: Russia suspends INF nuclear treaty after US move – (Al Jazeera English)
Vladimir Putin says Russia will abandon key nuclear arms treaty in a mirror response to US decision.

Belgium to host cleared Ivorian ex-leader – (BBC News)
Laurent Gbagbo was the first former head of state to go on trial at the International Criminal Court.

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From various sources

IAF jets scramble to intercept unidentified aircraft near Gaza strip – (The Jerusalem Post)
The small light aircraft piloted by an Israeli civilian had flown over Sderot without the coordination of authorities, in violation of civil aviation laws.

Voices From The Arab Press: Israel’s dangerous dynamic in Syria – (The Jerusalem Post)
So far Israel has succeeded to impose its own rules of engagement with Syria and Iran. Hardly a week goes by without Israeli warplanes launching missile attacks against Syrian targets.

Egypt, U.N. resume truce, reconciliation talks with Hamas – (The Jerusalem Post)
Hamas asked the Egyptians to keep the Rafah border crossing open in spite of the PA’s decision to withdraw its employees from the terminal.

Six Nations: Ireland v England – (The Irish Times)
Joe Schmidt’s defending champions welcome the old enemy to the Aviva Stadium in a mouth-watering opener

Rob Del Balzo’s super food for Super Bowl – (Fox News)
Chef Rob Del Balzo reveals his ‘snackadium’ creation to Neil Cavuto ahead of Super Bowl LIII.

Pro-life groups host rally, press conference protesting Virginia delegate Kathy Tran – (Fox News)

Potential presidential candidate Sen. Sherrod Brown holds meet and greet in Iowa – (Fox News)

Venezuelan general urges military to disavow Maduro as opposition to rally – (The Jerusalem Post)
“People of Venezuela, 90 percent of the armed forces of Venezuela are not with the dictator, they are with the people of Venezuela,” Venezuelan General Francisco Yanez said in the video.

Ireland vs England Six Nations live score and updates – (Mirror)
Keep track of the latest score, analysis and reaction from the Six Nations clash between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium

Bayer Leverkusen 3 Bayern Munich 1: Bailey, Volland and Alario down champions – (FourFourTwo)
Bayern Munich led through Leon Goretzka, but second-half goals from Leon Bailey, Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario gave Bayer Leverkusen a win.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1 Borussia Dortmund 1: Favre’s men move seven clear – (FourFourTwo)
Bayern Munich’s loss enabled Borussia Dortmund to move seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Tottenham’s injury problems are laughable – Benitez – (FourFourTwo)
Tottenham have the squad to cope with the injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli, according to Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez.

SA student flies to New York to honour Mandela in ‘model UN’ meeting despite cash crunch – (News24)
Instead of frittering his time on Twitter fights, Port Elizabeth politics student Wandile Msomi has honed his skills in the fine art of diplomacy and international negotiation so well that he has been invited to New York to participate in the International Mo…

The Washington Post will air its first-ever Super Bowl commercial – (USA Today)
The Washington Post said it will air a commercial during the Super Bowl that “describes the role of journalists as eyewitnesses and gatherers of fact”

ridesharing Archives – NextBigFuture.com – (Next Big Future)

Wiarton Willie predicts early spring, but Shubenecadie Sam has contradictory forecast | CBC News – (CBC News)
Wiarton Willie is predicting an early spring after the celebrity groundhog didn’t see his shadow on Saturday morning. U.S.-based Punxsutawney Phil agrees, but Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam has a completely different prediction.

Patriots Will Win Another Super Bowl, Say Wells Fargo Quants – (Fortune)
Americans will soon have even more reason to despise the country’s most-hated National Football League team if Wells Fargo quants are right.

Kylie Jenner Posted The Sweetest Message For Stormi’s First Birthday – (Buzzfeed)
Happy birthday, Stormi!

Northam says he will not resign over blackface, KKK photo – (The Hill)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) told state Democrats that he will not resign and that he does not believe he is in a photo that surfaced Friday showing a man wearing blackface and another dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe.

Virginia Democrat says Northam won’t resign – (Associated Press)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Democrat who has spoken with Gov. Ralph Northam has told The Associated Press that the governor now does not believe he was in a racist picture in his 1984 medical yearbook and has no immediate plans to resign.The official was …

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All about Trump

Russia to pull plug on nuclear arms pact after US does same – (Associated Press)
MOSCOW (AP) — Following in the footsteps of the U.S., Russia will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday.U.S. President Donald Trump accu…

Trump’s strain with intel chiefs spills into public – (The Hill)
President Trump’s battered relationship with the U.S. intelligence community suffered another significant blow this week after he publicly criticized agency leaders for presenting assessments that didn’t align with his foreign policy rhetoric.

Trump is latest to give State of Union in time of turmoil – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is the latest chief executive to deliver a State of the Union address at a time of turmoil.But others may have had it even worse. Abraham Lincoln delivered a written report during the Civil War, Richard Nixon spoke whi…

Senate reasserts foreign policy role, reshapes Trump agenda – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, his allies in Congress are quietly trying to influence and even reshape his “America First” foreign policy agenda.The Republican-led Senate is reasserting itself as a check on Trump’s instincts, whil…

Second Democrat invites former illegal immigrant who worked for Trump to State of the Union – (Google News)
A former illegal immigrant who worked at President Trump’s National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. as a housekeeper will attend the State of the Union address next week following the invitation from a California Democrat.

McConnell reportedly warned Trump about emergency declaration to build border wall – (The Hill)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reportedly warned President Trump this week that declaring a national emergency to build his U.S.–Mexico border wall could create a rift in the GOP conference.

Putin says Russia will follow US in abandoning nuclear arms pact – (The Hill)
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the country will withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty after the Trump administration announced Friday that it would

Trump says San Diego’s border barrier works, but it pushes migrants to more dangerous areas – (NBC News)
Trump claims San Diego’s border barrier works, but its double-fencing has pushed migrants to more dangerous crossings.

‘All alone’ no more: Trump returns to Mar-a-Lago – (CNN)
He described it almost like monastic seclusion: a month-long self-exile in the White House with only armed guards as company.

Trump hints at declaring a national emergency at the border – (CBS News)
President Trump and his family arrived at his Palm Beach resort Friday night where they’ll spend the next few days. Mr. Trump leaves many in Washington puzzled about some of the remarks he made recently that contradict the facts, including claims about the bo…

Getting closer to declare national emergency to build the wall: Donald Trump – (Google News (India))
A national emergency would allow Trump to proceed with a wall without congressional approval and give him executive powers to reallocate disaster relief funds to the southern Mexico border.

2 Years Later, Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Still Keeping Families Apart – (The Huffington Post)
“My daughters are always on the phone crying to each other …. There’s nothing in my hands to do,” said Yemeni-American father Mohamed Alahiry.

Will Trump’s China Trade Deal Amount to More than a Hill of Beans? – (Fortune)
The special Sino Saturday edition of our popular newsletter for leaders, by Time Inc. international editor Clay Chandler.

Democratic party class of 2020: Who will face Donald Trump? – (Financial Times)
FT yearbook tracks the field of candidates vying for White House

An old-school Democrat takes on Trump’s foreign policy – (Politico)
Eliot Engel is a throwback to a faded era of compromise. But in 2019, he’s taking on one of Congress’s most partisan roles: Trump investigator.

McConnell Reportedly Warns Trump Off Emergency Tactic Amid Possible GOP Revolt – (The Huffington Post)
Senate majority leader fears such a move could split Republicans and Congress might pass a resolution opposing it.

Cutting security aid, Trump team says PA wants to skirt US courts – (The Jerusalem Post)
Trump’s senior adviser, Jason Greenblatt, slammed PA officials via tweet on Friday for shedding what he characterized as crocodile tears on the loss of aid.

Support waning for Donald Trump’s policies – (Google News (Australia))
Support for Donald Trump appears to be disintegrating and there are signs senior Republicans are tiring of his bruising stand-off over the border wall.

Trump describes Nancy Pelosi as ‘very rigid’ during shutdown talks – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump described House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “very rigid” during negotiations over ending the government shutdown last month.

GM Layoffs of More Than 4,000 Salaried Workers Will Begin on Monday – (Fortune)
General Motors (GM) will start laying off 4,000 salaried workers on Monday, reports say, months after warning about Trump’s trade tariffs.

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