2019-02-21

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

Shoe blowout, knee injury leave Zion, Duke to mull future – (Associated Press)
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke might have to figure out what the Zion Show will look like without its namesake.And Zion Williamson could have some things of his own to consider, too.All…

10 Things to Know for Today – (Associated Press)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. ‘EMPIRE’ ACTOR TURNS HIMSELF INJussie Smollett to face accusations that he…

Police: ‘Empire’ actor turns self in to face charge – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in early Thursday to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two…

Deadly Bangladesh fire shows lapses in development – (Associated Press)
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire in Bangladesh that killed at least 81 people in the oldest part of the capital shows the lapses in public safety that continue to plague the South Asian country…

Wall St. set to open lower after economic data – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks were set to open lower on Thursday after disappointing economic data, while investors tracked U.S.-China trade talks amid signs that the two countries were tackling some of the stickiest issues in their trade war.

More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from Syria – (Associated Press)
OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group in Syria handed over more than 150 Iraqi members of the group to Iraq, the first batch of several to come,…

Hungary ‘starving’ Iraqi migrants detained at border – (Al Jazeera English)
The Iraqis’ asylum claims were rejected by Hungary and they were denied food while being held in transit zone.

Teeny T. rex relative found in US – (BBC News)
A newly discovered relative of T. rex stood just a metre or more tall at the hip, a study suggests.

Nike shares slip after college basketball star’s sneaker rips – (Reuters)
Shares of Nike Inc fell nearly 2 percent on Thursday, a day after a sneaker worn by emerging basketball star Zion Williamson split in half 33 seconds into a hotly anticipated game between Duke University and North Carolina.

U.S. weekly jobless claims fall, but trend weakening – (Reuters)
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell last week, but the four-week moving average rose to a more than one-year high, suggesting the labor market was slowing down.

Swedish student leader wins EU pledge to spend billions on climate – (Reuters)
The European Union should spend hundreds of billions of euros combating climate change during the next decade, its chief executive said on Thursday, responding to a Swedish teen who has inspired a global movement of children against global warming.

Corbyn says his talks with EU’s Barnier ‘useful’ – (Reuters)
Britain’s opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday he had “useful and informative” talks with the EU’s Brexit negotiator in Brussels and said he was ready to meet the British Prime Minister Theresa May again.

Risk of no-deal Brexit has risen: EU’s Timmermans – (Reuters)
The risk of Britain crashing out of the European Union on March 29 without a deal to ease Brexit has increased this month, the deputy head of the European Commission said on Thursday.

Bangladesh Fire Tears Through Crowded Neighborhood, Killing 70 – (The New York Times)
The fire broke out at a building in a centuries-old neighborhood, and reports said flammable materials had been stored at the site.

Pope opens child sex abuse conference, promising ‘concrete’ remedies – (Reuters)
Pope Francis promised that concrete actions against child sexual abuse by priests would result from a conference he opened on Thursday, countering scepticism from some survivors who said the meeting looked like a public relations exercise.

Hammond sees “opportunity” for Brexit vote next week – (Reuters)
British lawmakers could be given a vote on a revised Brexit deal as soon as next week as negotiators in Brussels scramble to clinch last-minute changes to a divorce accord that would avoid a potentially disorderly exit from the European Union.

Gwyneth Paltrow sues over skiing accident – (BBC News)
The actress says she was not at fault over the accident and is seeking a symbolic $1 in damages.

Pope demands bishops act now on abuse; victims speak of pain – (Associated Press)
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit Thursday by warning senior Catholic figures that the faithful are demanding concrete action against predator priests…

Actor Jussie Smollett arrested, accused of lying to Chicago police – (Reuters)
Actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested after he was charged with lying to police when he claimed he was attacked and beaten by two masked men shouting racist and homophobic slurs, Chicago police said.

Swiss soldier on trial for fighting IS – (BBC News)
A former Swiss army officer is on trial for his part in fighting against Islamic State in Syria.

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From various sources

British voters are unimpressed by Theresa May’s Brexit deal – (The Economist)
The people most likely to support it are also the least interested in politics

US envoy Friedman knocks Oslo, says hand open to Palestinian people – (The Jerusalem Post)
“To all the Palestinian friends who are here, the US is with you, the people of the US are with you, the President of the US is with you,” Friedman said.

Investors give Nike the Mutombo finger wag after shoe fail injures basketball prospect Zion Williamson | CBC News – (CBC News)
Nike’s shares sold off today after a pair of the sneaker company’s shoes malfunctioned during a live televised NCAA game, injuring the NBA’s No. 1 basketball prospect.

Empire actor Jussie Smollett turns himself in to police to face charge of filing false report | CBC News – (CBC News)
Empire actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in to police early Thursday to face accusations that he filed a false report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago.

US diplomats denied access to American executive detained in Russia – (Financial Times)
Embassy expresses ‘strong concern’ after being denied permission to visit Michael Calvey

Heads Up: Gloomhaven, Conan Board Games, D&D Starter Set Back on Sale – IGN – (IGN)
Two popular board games and the starter set for the role-playing tabletop game that started it all can be picked up on sale at Amazon right now.

Jussie Smollett arrested for ‘faking racist attack and lying to cops’ – (Daily Mail)
Late on Wednesday night, Smollett was charged with filing a false police report and disorderly conduct for allegedly staging the January 29 attack and then lying repeatedly to police about it.

Shoe blowout, knee injury leave Zion, Duke to mull future – (Associated Press)
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke might have to figure out what the Zion Show will look like without its namesake.And Zion Williamson could have some things of his own to consider, too.All…

Man Utd Have Only Received A Transfer Fee Of £20m+ For A Player On Four Occasions – (The Sport Bible)
Interesting.

Artist sketches a scene every day to create 365 drawings of London – (Daily Mail)
Tim King, 30, of Lewisham, South East London, used scraps of paper, coffee cups and even leaves for his impressive series of daily sketches on life in London last year.

Meghan flew back from her New York bash with close friend Amal Clooney – (Daily Mail)
The Duchess of Sussex landed back in Britain early this morning after her extravagant $500,000 trip to the Big Apple where she partied for five nights with her celebrity friends.

What to expect at MWC 2019 – (Engadget)
Plenty of flagship, foldable and 5G phones are waiting to be revealed in Barcelona.

Japan’s Probe Spacecraft Is Preparing to Touch Down on an Asteroid – (Fortune)
Japan is hoping to land its Hayabusa2 spacecraft on the far-off Ryugu asteroid on Friday. It could provide clues about the solar system.

Manchester City fan in ‘critical condition’ after alleged assault in Germany – (The Guardian (UK))
Manchester City have confirmed that a supporter is in “a critical condition in hospital” after an alleged assault following their Champions League victory over Schalke on Wednesday

Number of U.S. hate groups hits new high, watchdog group reports – (CBS News)
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups, says the number of such groups has risen sharply in the last four years. CBSN’s Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers have more.

<em>Rocketman</em>: First full trailer for joyous Elton John biopic <i> </i> – (Entertainment Weekly)
‘Rocketman’ blasts off in theaters May 31.

Teenagers accused of lying about pregnancy to get handouts from neighbours – (Metro)
Their heart-warming story quickly went national, but a source contacted Metro.co.uk accusing them of faking their pregnancy to get handouts.

Fortnite maker pulls ads over YouTube ‘paedophile ring’ claims – (The Guardian (UK))
Epic Games joins Nestlé in abandoning video site over comments section scandal

10 Things to Know for Today – (Associated Press)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. ‘EMPIRE’ ACTOR TURNS HIMSELF INJussie Smollett to face accusations that he…

First Full-Length Trailer For Elton John Biopic Rocketman Has Dropped – (The Lad Bible)
Paramount has released the first full-length trailer for the film

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All about Trump

Trump Inaugural Committee Challenged Vendor Requests and Budgeting, Documents Show – (The Wall Street Journal)
In the weeks before his inauguration, top officials on President Trump’s inaugural committee repeatedly sounded alarms about the budgets submitted by several vendors, according to correspondence, committee records and draft budgets.

Trump wants 5G ‘and even 6G’ in US as soon as possible – (The Hill)
President Trump said in a pair of tweets Thursday morning that he wants the U.S.

Roger Stone due in court as judge to rule on Instagram post – live updates – (The Guardian (AU))
Judge Amy Berman Jackson to rule on whether Trump ally violated bond by posting picture of her next to rifle’s crosshairs

Roger Stone due in court as judge to rule on Instagram post – live updates – (The Guardian (UK))
Judge Amy Berman Jackson to rule on whether Trump ally violated bond by posting picture of her next to rifle’s crosshairs

Joe Scarborough Directly Blames Donald Trump For Domestic Terror Threat: It’s All His Fault – (The Huffington Post)
The “Morning Joe” host said Trump knows “what actions his words will lead to and what it will encourage.”

The Trump administration keeps breaking up migrant families. Here’s how they do it – (USA Today)
The Trump administration has been ordered to stop separating migrant families, but it has been using an exception to continue the practice.

Trump advisor and friend Roger Stone could go to jail as a judge is set to rule on whether he violated bond by posting Instagram crosshairs photo – (CNBC)
A federal judge will decide Thursday whether to change – or revoke altogether – the criminal release bond of Republican political trickster Roger Stone for posting an Instagram photo of the judge next to an apparent rifle scope’s crosshairs. Stone is accused …

Trump bans ISIS bride from returning to her U.S. home – (The Jerusalem Post)
Hoda Muthana, 24, told US ABC News from her refugee camp in northern Syria that she was brainwashed by ISIS and wishes to return to the US.

How Team Trump keeps changing its story in the Russia investigation – (CNN)
Public contradictions, walkbacks and flip-flops have become a hallmark of how Trump and his team responded to the Russia investigation. This interactive project highlights the top 15 examples of these flip-flops and contradictions, and is accompanied by nine …

The Biggest Field Yet. No Frontrunner. A Divided Base. Welcome to the 2020 Democratic Primary – (Time)
The Democratic party’s face off to challenge Donald Trump is on. There is no clear front runner. The party probably won’t ever be the same.

How should the US respond to Vladimir Putin’s latest threat? – (Fox News)
Russia threatens to target the U.S. if the Trump administration deploys missiles to Europe; reaction from retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis.

Senate investigators pursue Moscow-based former Trump associate – (CNN)
Senate investigators want to question David Geovanis, a Moscow-based American businessman with longstanding ties to President Donald Trump.

Senate investigators pursue Moscow-based former Trump associate – (Google News)
Senate investigators want to question David Geovanis, a Moscow-based American businessman with longstanding ties to President Donald Trump.

Dems face challenges to beating Trump in court – (The Hill)
The Democratic states fighting President Trump’s emergency declaration face a rough road as they try to convince the courts that his order was unlawful.

Trump seeks new momentum with pivot to foreign policy – (The Hill)
President Trump, who has been embroiled in one of the most difficult stretches of his presidency, has a chance to win some positive headlines and build some new momentum in the coming weeks on foreign policy.

Advocates say US still separates migrant families needlessly – (Associated Press)
HOUSTON (AP) — Months after the Trump administration announced an end to its widescale separation of migrant parents and children, the policy remains a heated issue in the courts and at the border…

Trump’s War on California – (Politico)
It’s undoubtedly a blue-state bastion. But far from being a socialist hellhole, the Golden State is thriving after years of malaise.

Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the…

‘Maybe he’s overstayed his welcome’: Trump confidant speculates on the future of top intel chief – (ABC News)
The CEO of Newsmax Media and a President Donald Trump insider, told the Powerhouse Politics podcast that Dan Coats might be dismissed since Trump was disappointed in him.

Tweet storm erupts over NSW Premier’s ‘Trump-like response’ to journalist – (ABC News (AU))
Gladys Berejiklian is being called upon to apologise after being accused of treating a journalist with contempt during a terse exchange in Newcastle.

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