2019-02-24

Headlines:

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

Huawei says Trump ‘clear and correct’ on 5G as trade deadline looms – (Reuters)
China’s Huawei welcomed comments from President Donald Trump about the future of U.S. mobile communications on Sunday and asserted its position as a world-leading smartphone producer as Washington and Beijing seek a trade war ceasefire.

Bayer faces second trial over alleged Roundup cancer risk – (Reuters)
Bayer AG is set to face a second U.S. jury over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, six months after the company’s share price was rocked by a $289 million verdict in California state court.

Unclaimed $1.5B jackpot mystery: Winner died? Ticket lost? – (Associated Press)
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Nearly everyone in this small South Carolina town has a theory for the city’s billion-dollar mystery: Who won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot announced last…

PM May seeks more time – promises Brexit deal vote by March 12 – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May promised on Sunday to offer lawmakers a vote on her Brexit deal by March 12 in the latest delay to her attempt to win approval for a plan to ensure Britain’s orderly departure from the European Union.

Tornado death confirmed as violent storms smack the South – (Associated Press)
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Weekend storms raked parts of the Southeast, leaving deaths and injuries in their wake as a tornado smashed into a commercial district in a small Mississippi city and…

Trump raises hopes of trade deal on final day of U.S.-China talks – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday raised hopes that the United States and China would settle their trade dispute ahead of a March 1 deadline as negotiators met to wrap up the latest round of talks.

UK parliament must restore common sense to Brexit: Labour lawmaker – (Reuters)
Parliament must try to “restore some commonsense” to Brexit in a vote later this week, a lawmaker from the main opposition Labour Party said on Sunday, proposing changes to stop Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal.

Tunnels, civilians slow capture of Islamic State’s last Syria pocket – (Reuters)
More than a thousand foreign jihadists could still be sheltering among civilians in Islamic State’s final stronghold in east Syria, a shred of land riddled with defensive tunnels, an official with the U.S.-backed force trying to defeat them said on Sunday.

Bangladesh commandos kill purported hijacker of Biman Bangladesh plane – (Reuters)
Bangladesh commandoes shot and killed a purported hijacker who had tried to enter the cockpit of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight on Sunday, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing, airline and aviation authority officials said.

Condemnation of Venezuela’s Maduro grows after troops block aid – (Reuters)
International condemnation of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro grew on Sunday after he deployed troops to block foreign aid convoys, with Brazil branding it criminal and urging allies to join a “liberation effort” of the South American nation.

Fire, fury, love? The mythology behind the Trump-Kim summit – (Associated Press)
Fire, fury, love.Between the two of them, President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un have created a mythology about the U.S.-North Korean relationship that could gain another…

Hijacking foiled on Bangladesh-Dubai flight, suspect killed – (Associated Press)
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A flight bound for Dubai from Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, made an emergency landing Sunday in Chittagong, Bangladesh, after a man attempted to hijack the plane, officials…

‘The Monsters Are the Men’: Inside a Thriving Sex Trafficking Trade in Florida – (The New York Times)
Beyond the connection to figures like Robert Kraft lies the wretched story of women who officials say were forced to work in alarming conditions.

Pope declares war on sexual abuse but victims feel let down – (Reuters)
Pope Francis ended his conference on the sexual abuse of children by clergy on Sunday by calling for an “all-out battle” against a crime that should be “erased from the face of the earth”.

North Korea warns U.S. skeptics as Kim heads for summit with Trump – (Reuters)
North Korea warned President Donald Trump on Sunday not to listen to U.S. critics who were disrupting efforts to improve ties, as its leader, Kim Jong Un, made his way across China by train to a second summit with Trump in Vietnam.

Pope Francis Ends Landmark Meeting by Calling for ‘All-Out Battle’ to Fight Sexual Abuse – (The New York Times)
Francis argued that more was required than legal processes and “disciplinary measures” from the Roman Catholic Church. But his speech offered no policy remedies.

Defender of World Order or Trump Mouthpiece? Pompeo Is Tested by North Korea, Iran and U.S. Allies – (The New York Times)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo works hard at being President Trump’s most loyal cabinet member and greatest evangelist of “America First.” But the world is pushing back.

Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change – (Associated Press)
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nightmare scenario heading into the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn’t so much “fire and fury” and millions dead….

China’s Huawei unveils 5G phone with folding screen – (Associated Press)
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — China’s Huawei unveiled a new folding-screen phone on Sunday, joining the latest trend for bendable devices as it challenges the global smartphone market’s dominant…

Dozens killed as Nigeria counts results of poll – (Al Jazeera English)
Delayed presidential poll marred by violence as voting stations and counting centres come under attack.

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From various sources

Some 14% of Hezbollah KIA in Syria died for purely Iranian goals – (The Jerusalem Post)
The intelligence center said that records indicating where Hezbollah fighters died on a map helped to indicate what military goals they died for.

Christian leaders to Abbas: ‘Don’t engage churches in political quarrels’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Christians jostle with Mahmoud Abbas for control over their affairs.

SE Cupp: Dem on Dem crime will heat up as we near 2020 – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s SE Cupp criticizes Democratic 2020 candidates for their negative coverage so far in the news, and explains it how benefits President Trump.

Defectors reveal gruesome details of Kim Jong Un’s reign – CNN Video – (CNN)
Defectors from North Korea share gruesome stories of life under leader Kim Jong Un. CNN’s Brian Todd reports.

Recent Match Report – Afghanistan vs Ireland 3rd T20I 2019 | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of Afghanistan vs Ireland 3rd T20I 2019, Ireland tour of India 2018/19 only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Pope vows to end coverups, fight sex abuse with ‘wrath of God’ | CBC News – (CBC News)
Pope Francis has closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing to confront abusers with “the wrath of God,” end the coverups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this “brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.”

The future belongs to the left, not the right – (Financial Times)
For the time being, rightwingers are thriving, but their rise is self-limiting

Brits could pay up to 40% more for basic foods in case of no-deal Brexit – (Metro)
There are warnings that prices will rise if we crash out on March 29.

Bannon expects the Mueller report to be “pretty straight forward” – (CBS News)
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon tells CBS News foreign correspondent Seth Doane he was not involved in Roger Stone’s communications with WikiLeaks.

Bannon: 2018 showed Trump’s Twitter style doesn’t appeal to everyone – (CBS News)
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon tells Seth Doane how President Trump could shift his “counter-punching style” to articulate important foreign policy and security issues.

Microsoft announces HoloLens 2 – (Mashable)
It’s finally here!

Winning in NASCAR—meticulous preparation, or just good luck? – (Ars Technica)
Chaos reigns in Florida at the 2019 Daytona 500.

Mozilla is bringing Firefox to Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 – (The Verge)
Microsoft and Mozilla are working together to launch a Firefox Reality browser for the HoloLens 2 headset. Microsoft’s headset will be available this summer for $3,500 to commercial customers, and Firefox Reality is one of the first new apps for it

YouTube removes videos of Alesha MacPhail’s killer – (Metro)
Among the clips taken down, was one which showed Aaron Campbell playing Slender, a game in which a faceless character stalks children through woods.

Brexit could be delayed until 2021, EU sources reveal – (The Guardian (AU))
Donald Tusk is said to favour extending negotiating period if Commons continues to reject May’s deal

Brexit could be delayed until 2021, EU sources reveal – (The Guardian (UK))
Donald Tusk is said to favour extending negotiating period if Commons continues to reject May’s deal

Relax, Otzma hasn’t ruined Israel-US ties – analysis – (The Jerusalem Post)
While the deal Netanyahu brokered is terrible and even revolting, it is part of the way politics are played, and that is how it needs to be viewed.

Pompeo says North Korea still poses a nuclear threat despite Trump saying the opposite – (CNN)
Months after President Donald Trump declared that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat to the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the country remains a threat ahead of a planned summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this we…

Huawei says Trump ‘clear and correct’ on 5G as trade deadline looms – (Reuters)
China’s Huawei welcomed comments from President Donald Trump about the future of U.S. mobile communications on Sunday and asserted its position as a world-leading smartphone producer as Washington and Beijing seek a trade war ceasefire.

Microsoft announces an Azure-powered Kinect camera for enterprise – (TechCrunch)
Today’s Mobile World Congress kickoff event was all about the next Hololens, but Microsoft still had some surprises up its sleeve. One of the more interesting additions is the Azure Kinect, a new enterprise camera system that leverages the company’s perennial…

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All about Trump

SE Cupp: Dem on Dem crime will heat up as we near 2020 – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s SE Cupp criticizes Democratic 2020 candidates for their negative coverage so far in the news, and explains it how benefits President Trump.

Bannon: 2018 showed Trump’s Twitter style doesn’t appeal to everyone – (CBS News)
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon tells Seth Doane how President Trump could shift his “counter-punching style” to articulate important foreign policy and security issues.

Pompeo says North Korea still poses a nuclear threat despite Trump saying the opposite – (CNN)
Months after President Donald Trump declared that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat to the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the country remains a threat ahead of a planned summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this we…

Huawei says Trump ‘clear and correct’ on 5G as trade deadline looms – (Reuters)
China’s Huawei welcomed comments from President Donald Trump about the future of U.S. mobile communications on Sunday and asserted its position as a world-leading smartphone producer as Washington and Beijing seek a trade war ceasefire.

Andrew McCabe Slams Trump’s ‘Bizarre And Untrue’ Personal Attacks – (The Huffington Post)
The former FBI official hit back at Trump labeling him “a poor man’s J. Edgar Hoover.”

What Trump must force Kim to do in Vietnam – (CNN)
In her presidential weekly briefing, Samantha Vinograd writes that if President Trump wants to ensure US national security, he must prioritize North Korean denuclearization at the second summit in Hanoi this week.

Trump raises hopes of trade deal on final day of U.S.-China talks – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday raised hopes that the United States and China would settle their trade dispute ahead of a March 1 deadline as negotiators met to wrap up the latest round of talks.

Understanding the US flip-flop on Syria – ANALYSIS – (The Jerusalem Post)
Trump also reaffirmed in early February that the US would continue to use air power against ISIS and use Iraq as a base against ISIS and to watch Iran.

Jake Tapper Shuts Down Mike Pompeo’s Lie About Trump’s North Korea Comments – (The Huffington Post)
“That’s not what he said,” the secretary of state claimed. But the CNN host was quick to refute him.

Fire, fury, love? The mythology behind the Trump-Kim summit – (Associated Press)
Fire, fury, love.Between the two of them, President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un have created a mythology about the U.S.-North Korean relationship that could gain another…

Sen. Graham makes predictions on what will happen with the resolution to block Trump’s emergency dec – (Google News)
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he believes Republicans will stand with the president to sustain a veto on a resolution to block Trump’s n…

North Korea warns U.S. skeptics as Kim heads for summit with Trump – (Reuters)
North Korea warned President Donald Trump on Sunday not to listen to U.S. critics who were disrupting efforts to improve ties, as its leader, Kim Jong Un, made his way across China by train to a second summit with Trump in Vietnam.

Pompeo contradicts Trump tweet on North Korea threat – CNN Video – (CNN)
When pressed by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he believes North Korea remains a nuclear threat, contradicting a tweet from President Trump after his first summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claiming the opposite.

Pompeo rejects legal claim by ISIS wife from Alabama: ‘She’s a non-citizen terrorist — she’s not coming back’ – (Fox News)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking to “Fox News Sunday,” forcefully rejected a lawsuit filed against the Trump administration this week by the father of an Alabama woman who left the U.S. to join the Islamic State group, saying in no uncertain terms tha…

Defender of World Order or Trump Mouthpiece? Pompeo Is Tested by North Korea, Iran and U.S. Allies – (The New York Times)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo works hard at being President Trump’s most loyal cabinet member and greatest evangelist of “America First.” But the world is pushing back.

Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change – (Associated Press)
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nightmare scenario heading into the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn’t so much “fire and fury” and millions dead….

Mike Pompeo on Trump’s second summit with Kim Jong Un, crisis in Venezuela – (Fox News)
President Trump and Kim Jong Un prepare to meet in Vietnam; insight from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on ‘Fox News Sunday.’

‘Hold the date’ Trump exclaims, as he promises a July 4 extravaganza in DC called ‘Salute to America’ – (CNBC)
President Donald Trump on Sunday promised to organize “one of the biggest gatherings in history” in the nation’s capital on July 4, an event that he said would feature fireworks, entertainment and a presidential address.

‘Hold the date’ Trump exclaims, as he promises a July 4 extravaganza in DC called ‘Salute to America’ – (Google News)
President Donald Trump on Sunday promised to organize “one of the biggest gatherings in history” in the nation’s capital on July 4, an event that he said would feature fireworks, entertainment and a presidential address.

Will 2020 Democrats Help Trump By Destroying Each Other? – (New York Magazine)
A huge Democratic field makes damaging the eventual nominee inevitable, unless candidates agree from the get-go to keep fights under control.

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