2019-02-12

Headlines:

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

Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to sc…

Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly announces run for McCain Senate seat – (Associated Press)
PHOENIX (AP) — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who became a prominent gun-control advocate after his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he will run to finish John McCain’s last term in the U.…

Carney warns of no-deal ‘economic shock’ – (BBC News)
The Bank of England governor urges MPs to solve the Brexit impasse amid warnings of slowing global growth.

Russian parliament approves bill to isolate country’s internet – (Al Jazeera English)
Bill intended to better position the country to fend off potential cyberattacks from abroad, particularly from the US.

White House says Trump undecided on deal to avert another shutdown – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump has not yet decided whether to back a deal hammered out by congressional negotiators to avert another partial government shutdown, the White House said on Tuesday, putting the future of the agreement that contains funds for U.S.-Mexican…

Wall St. opens higher on trade hopes, progress to avert government shutdown – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Tuesday, buoyed by a tentative deal reached by U.S. lawmakers to avoid another partial government shutdown and as the United States and China expressed optimism about the ongoing trade talks.

British PM May has no plans to resign this summer: spokesman – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Theresa May has no plans to resign this summer, her political spokesman said on Tuesday, denying reports that the British leader was ready to step aside after Brexit.

Acting Pentagon chief visits Baghdad to support Iraq, discuss Syria withdrawal – (Reuters)
Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday for an unannounced visit during which he said he would stress the importance of Iraqi sovereignty and broach the issue of the future of U.S. troops there.

U.S. solar jobs down for second year as Trump tariffs weigh – (Reuters)
The number of jobs in the U.S. solar industry dropped by 3.2 percent in 2018, a second year of losses, as the Trump administration’s tariffs on foreign panels and state-level policy changes hit demand for installations, according to an industry report release…

BoE’s Carney says UK would suffer hit without Brexit deal – (Reuters)
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said there would be a hit to Britain’s economy in the short-term if the country leaves the European Union next month without a deal to smooth its transition.

Trump not made decision about border security deal: official – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump has not made a decision on whether to accept a congressional deal on border security that is key to averting another partial government shutdown at the end of the week, a White House official said on Tuesday.

In Texas, Trump backs wall while O’Rourke rallies opponents – (Associated Press)
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump charged ahead with his pledge to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, skimming over the details of lawmakers’ tentative deal that would give him far less than he’s been demanding and declaring he’s “setting the …

Bank of England’s Carney sees ‘delicate equilibrium’ as world economy slows – (Reuters)
Global economic growth is likely to stabilize at a new, slower pace, although China, trade wars and rising protectionism threaten the “delicate equilibrium”, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said.

We can reach a Brexit deal parliament can support: UK PM May – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday she believed she could reach a Brexit deal that parliament could support, allowing Britain to leave the European Union on March 29.

Hunted by the Taliban: Afghan interpreters renew UK asylum plea – (Al Jazeera English)
Afghan interpreters who worked for British army have been receiving threats from the Taliban.

Maduro condemns ‘extremist’ Trump – (BBC News)
Venezuela’s embattled president tells the BBC the offer of aid is an intervention plan by the US.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on the wall, and a ban on cows? – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Let Democrats have their way, President Donald Trump suggested, and the United States will become a country without border security, airplanes or cows.Trump warned of a variety of dire consequences from the Democratic playbook as he rallied …

Iconic Palestinian robe fashions a new political symbol – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — The traditional brightly embroidered dress of Palestinian women known as the “thobe” was not the type of garment one would expect to become a pop political symbol.Now it’s gaining prominence as a softer expression of Palestinian nationalism, …

AP Explains: Catalans appear at ‘trial of century’ in Spain – (Associated Press)
MADRID (AP) — In what is being billed as Spain’s “trial of the century,” a dozen politicians and activists face charges in the Supreme Court over their involvement in Catalonia’s push for independence in 2017.The trial, which started Tuesday, sees those in th…

Nigeria widow testifies against Shell – (BBC News)
Esther Kiobel accuses the oil giant of complicity in a crackdown by Nigeria’s then military rulers.

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From various sources

Human Rights NGO condemns Iran for forty-years of continued violations – (The Jerusalem Post)
Progetto Dreyfus is a “non-profit association that fights against antisemitism, fundamentalism and any kind of discrimination” and as noted, has recently set its sights on Iran.

U.S. citizen high on Labor list vows to help English speakers in Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
Only one candidate had the ultimate secret weapon: A mother from Brooklyn.

Palestinians get more medical treatment permits in Israel in 2018 – repor – (The Jerusalem Post)
Some 20,000 permits were granted, an increase of 3,000.

Rabbi of Western Wall calls on Amnesty to denounce its ‘harmful’ report – (The Jerusalem Post)
“As long as you continue to treat the Jewish nation’s heritage in its land as a political issue,” Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz wrote in an open letter, “you will be fanning [the flames] by your actions.”

Steve Bannon is helping raise millions to get the border wall built — out of hemp – (Vice News)
He’s backing a private project that has raised an astonishing $22 million from small donors, in just over a month.

Former WWE Star Paige Reveals How Women Changed Wrestling – (Buzzfeed)
“It gives me goose bumps,” she told BuzzFeed News’s Profile, “because I just love that there’s a women’s revolution and it’s just going to get bigger from here.”

10 Minutes of Brand New Rage 2 Gameplay – IGN.com – (IGN)
Check out 10 explosive new minutes of Rage 2 gameplay.

Recent Match Report – West Indies vs England 3rd Test 2019 | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of West Indies vs England 3rd Test 2019, England tour of West Indies 2018/19 only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Pot-smoking tipster finds overweight female tiger in abandoned Houston home – (Fox News)
The anonymous tipster who told cops about a 1,000-pound tiger inside a Houston home had broken into the abandoned building to smoke marijuana and initially thought he was hallucinating when he saw the caged big cat, officials said.

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly announces 2020 Senate bid for McCain seat – (Fox News)
Retired astronaut Mark Kelly announced Tuesday that he will run for the late Sen. John McCain’s Arizona Senate seat in 2020 to finish the term.

Rent-a-goalie businesses emerge to cater to high demand for goalies in Canada – (Axios)
Goalies in Toronto are ready for hire.

England 1966 World Cup winner Gordon Banks dies aged 81 – (Daily Mail)
England’s greatest goalkeeper and 1966 World Cup winner Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81 after losing his battle with kidney cancer.

Heavily-pregnant teenager and her new husband named as crash victims – (Daily Mail)
Newlyweds Patrick McDonagh, 19, and Shauna, 18, were tailed by at least nine police cars and a helicopter before the horror crash in west London on Sunday night.

Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to sc…

25 Things From Jet You’ll Want To Buy For Your Home, Like, Now – (Buzzfeed)
Home decor, furniture, cutesy kitchen goods, and more stylish things that’ll give you even more reason to want to stay home.

Pirlo, Pogba & Alves – Ramsey bidding to join Juve’s best freebies – (FourFourTwo)
Aaron Ramsey will this year become the latest star to join Juventus on a free transfer. We look at other stars to have made similar moves.

Datadog acquires app testing company Madumbo – (TechCrunch)
Datadog, the popular monitoring and analytics platform, today announced that it has acquired Madumbo, an AI-based application testing platform. “We’re excited to have the Madumbo team join Datadog,” said Olivier Pomel, Datadog’s CEO. “They’ve built a sophisti…

Libby Squire’s last sighting caught on CCTV as she stumbles to club – (Daily Mail)
Libby disappeared near her home in Hull after a night out with friends on January 31. CCTV from that night shows the student unsteady on her feet as she approaches The Welly Club at 11.40pm

A new dating app mashes up HQ Trivia with Tinder – (The Verge)
Quiz Date Live is officially launching on iOS. It’s a live game show that lets participants compete to win a date with the bachelorette.

A Photographer Recreates the Snapshots in Old Family Albums – (Wired)
Rie Yamada collects vintage photo albums and re-stages the images—with herself as all the subjects.

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All about Trump

Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to sc…

BBC cameraman ‘violently’ attacked at rally where Trump stoked anger toward news media – (USA Today)
A BBC cameraman was assaulted by a man wearing a red MAGA hat as he filmed a rally held by President Donald Trump in El Paso, Texas, on Monday.

Poll: Majority of Americans trust Mueller over Trump – (The Hill)
A majority of Americans say they trust special counsel Robert Mueller’s credibility more than they trust President Trump’s, according to a new poll.

White House says Trump undecided on deal to avert another shutdown – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump has not yet decided whether to back a deal hammered out by congressional negotiators to avert another partial government shutdown, the White House said on Tuesday, putting the future of the agreement that contains funds for U.S.-Mexican…

Yes, the Mueller investigation is costly. But the millions seized from Manafort have it on track to break even – (USA Today)
Banks and the Trump Tower condo board have staked claims to the $26.7 million fortune Paul Manafort must give up after his Russia-probe convictions.

Five takeaways from Trump’s El Paso rally on border wall, shutdown talks – (USA Today)
President Trump held his first rally of the year Monday, using the backdrop of El Paso, Texas, to make a case for his controversial border wall.

Late-night comics tackle battle for Trump’s wall – CNN Video – (CNN)
Late-night hosts poke fun at President Trump’s battle for a border wall and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) saying she smoked marijuana in the past.

Sean Hannity: Democrats fight border security, seek to abolish ICE for one reason – they hate Trump – (Fox News)
Democrats have been up to their old tricks, once again playing politics to torpedo border security talks with an outrageous demand aimed at curtailing the effectiveness of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

John Oliver draws boos on Colbert for saying Trump could get re-elected – (Entertainment Weekly)
Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ is set to return this Sunday, but the host received a rather unexpected reaction during a visit to the ‘Late Show.’

U.S. solar jobs down for second year as Trump tariffs weigh – (Reuters)
The number of jobs in the U.S. solar industry dropped by 3.2 percent in 2018, a second year of losses, as the Trump administration’s tariffs on foreign panels and state-level policy changes hit demand for installations, according to an industry report release…

Trump not made decision about border security deal: official – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump has not made a decision on whether to accept a congressional deal on border security that is key to averting another partial government shutdown at the end of the week, a White House official said on Tuesday.

In Texas, Trump backs wall while O’Rourke rallies opponents – (Associated Press)
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump charged ahead with his pledge to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, skimming over the details of lawmakers’ tentative deal that would give him far less than he’s been demanding and declaring he’s “setting the …

Venezuela’s Maduro says Trump is a white supremacist and the White House is run by the Ku Klux Klan – (Vice News)
Maduro said he would block humanitarian aid because Venezuela has “the capacity to satisfy all the needs of its people.”

William Watson: How the Democrats’ ‘Green New Deal’ could get Trump re-elected – (Financial Post)
If the Green New Deal doesn’t re-elect Trump, it will hobble whoever beats him

House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy: Pelosi and Democrats caved on Trump’s border barrier demand – (CNBC)
“The Democrats have now agreed to more than 55 miles of new barrier being built,” says the California Republican.

Live updates: Government shutdown countdown – CNNPolitics – (CNN)
A conservative House member familiar with the caucus’ thinking laid out what President Trump’s next move on border security could be.

BBC says its cameraman was attacked at Trump rally – (CNN)
The BBC says that one of its photojournalists was attacked Monday while covering President Donald Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas.

China, U.S. Seek to Narrow Gap on Trade for Trump, Xi to Close at a Summit – (Google News)
Chinese and U.S. negotiators are focusing on producing a broad outline of a trade deal for their presidents to clinch at a possible summit, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

China, U.S. Seek to Narrow Gap on Trade for Trump, Xi to Close at a Summit – (The Wall Street Journal)
Chinese and U.S. negotiators are focusing on producing a broad outline of a trade deal for their presidents to clinch at a possible summit.

Bill Gates hasn’t directly criticized Trump. And he’s stuck to that (mostly) – (Google News)
With Democrats taking the House back from GOP leaders, Bill Gates said Congress should get “credit” for standing up to the Trump administration.

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