2019-03-24

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

Dubai denies there were plans for R. Kelly concert – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai’s government on Sunday forcefully denied a claim by R&B singer R. Kelly that the artist had planned concerts in the sheikhdom after he had sought…

Democrats press for full release of Mueller’s report – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are pressing for full disclosure of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation and vowing to use subpoena powers and other legal means if…

Cruise ship reaches Norway port after near disaster, dramatic rescues – (Reuters)
A luxury cruise ship that had set sail with almost 1,400 passengers and crew aboard arrived at a port in Norway on Sunday after narrowly escaping disaster when its engines failed during a storm.

Uber to announce deal to buy rival Careem as early as this week: Bloomberg – (Reuters)
Uber Technologies Inc will announce plans to acquire Dubai-based rival Careem Networks FZ as early as this week, Bloomberg reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Former Thai PM Abhisit resigns as head of Democrats after election loss – (Reuters)
Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva stepped down as leader of the Democrat Party after its poor showing in a Sunday general election.

Military-backed party takes lead in Thai election – (Associated Press)
BANGKOK (AP) — A military-backed party has taken the lead in Thailand’s first election since a 2014 coup, preliminary results showed Sunday, suggesting junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth…

Syrian fighters clear explosives in area retaken from IS – (Associated Press)
BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters cleared explosives in the last area retaken from the Islamic State group on Sunday, a day after declaring military victory over the extremists and…

Will the Mueller Report Be Made Public? 17 Answers to What May Come Next – (The New York Times)
Maggie Haberman, Michael Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti and more of our journalists explained what the submission of the full report means and what may come next.

‘We have nothing’: A life in limbo for Malaysia’s Yemeni refugees – (Al Jazeera English)
Barred from working and accessing education, war-scarred Yemenis face life of fear and uncertainty in Malaysia.

Cyclone death toll above 750; fighting disease new challenge – (Associated Press)
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Cyclone Idai’s death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers restore electricity, water and try to…

UK minister Gove backs PM May, saying it is not the time to change captain – (Reuters)
Britain’s Environment Secretary Michael Gove said on Sunday Prime Minister Theresa May “absolutely” had his support, adding that it was a time for “cool heads” to focus on getting her twice-rejected Brexit agreement approved by lawmakers.

Norway cruise ship guests recall tipping, terror of water – (Associated Press)
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Rescue helicopters took more than 475 passengers from a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway’s western coast in bad weather before the vessel departed for a nearby…

Morocco teachers march over conditions – (BBC News)
The protesters are demanding permanent contracts and better working conditions.

Partial results from Thai election show pro-army party with slight, unexpected lead – (Reuters)
Partial results from Sunday’s general election in Thailand showed a pro-military party slightly ahead of the populist party leading a “democratic front”, an unexpected outcome from a poll that had long been delayed after a 2014 army coup.

On Irish border, anger at Westminster and fears of fresh violence – (Al Jazeera English)
People living near invisible line separating island lament being used as Brexit bargaining chip.

New Zealand mosque killings spark debate over free speech – (Associated Press)
DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned a 74-page manifesto written by the man accused of slaughtering 50 people at two…

Stricken Norway cruise ship heads to port – (BBC News)
The vessel got into difficult off Norway’s coast and hundreds of passengers were airlifted off.

Brexit up in the air as May faces possible plot, parliament tries to grab control – (Reuters)
The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union was in disarray on Sunday as Prime Minister Theresa May faced a possible plot by ministers to topple her and parliament prepared to grab control of Brexit from the government.

Celebrated Bangladeshi singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah dies at 67 – (Al Jazeera English)
Shahnaz passed away at her Baridhara residence on Sunday after suffering a heart attack.

The aftermath of Cyclone Idai – (BBC News)
BBC reporter Pumza Fihlani gives a glimpse of what the trail of destruction in Mozambique looks like.

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From various sources

MKs call on A-G to investigate Breaking the Silence – (The Jerusalem Post)
Breaking the Silence slammed the letter, calling it a “desperate attempt” of a “discredited far-Right settler organization [Ad Kan] to revive a failed political campaign.”

Democrats are ‘absolutely’ willing to go to the Supreme Court if full Mueller report is not released, Nadler says – (The Washington Post)
With a summary of the special counsel’s findings expected to be delivered within hours, Democrats suggested that they are keeping their options open.

Romania at AIPAC: We will move our embassy to Jerusalem – (The Jerusalem Post)
Honduras promises to move its diplomatic mission to Jerusalem “immeadiately.”

Beresheet wows the world with another selfie and a sunrise – (The Jerusalem Post)
Kobi Kaminitz, a space administrator at Space IL told The Jerusalem Post’s sister paper Maariv that “there are six cameras installed on the spacecraft under the top plate of the spacecraft.”

Looking for a new book? Canada Reads 2019 can help you decide | CBC News – (CBC News)
Canada Reads, the annual weeklong debate to select a winning book from a selection of five talented writers and their high-profile defenders, starts Mar. 25.

Top GOP Judiciary Committee member: Trump ‘proved right’ on Mueller probe, as Nadler warns of ‘cover-up’ – (Fox News)
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., speaking to “Fox News Sunday,” vowed that congressional investigators press on and continue to investigate President Trump and warned of a possibly unfolding Justice Department “cover-up,” even as he acknowledged…

Ex-Big Brother Caroline Wharram should not have been allowed on show – (Daily Mail)
CAROLINE WHARRAM: Any suicide is a tragedy, so the two deaths linked to the reality show Love Island should shock me. But the awful truth is this: I’m not surprised at all.

Justin Bieber blamed for Icelandic canyon’s closure – (Entertainment Weekly)
The pop star filmed the music video ‘I’ll Show You’ there.

Dubai denies there were plans for R. Kelly concert – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai’s government on Sunday forcefully denied a claim by R&B singer R. Kelly that the artist had planned concerts in the sheikhdom after he had sought…

Steve Jobs was trying to revolutionize TV almost a decade ago — now we’ll finally find out Apple’s plan – (CNBC)
Apple is expected to launch a new streaming TV service and news subscription app at a press event on March 25.

Alibaba acquires Israeli augmented reality start-up InfinityAR – (The Jerusalem Post)
Founded in 2013, InfinityAR is a provider of an operating system turning augmented reality glasses into a content augmentation platform.

Naked Man Tries To Board Plane Claiming Nudity Makes Him More ‘Aerodynamic’ – (The Lad Bible)
Seems like a totally logical explanation as to why you’re exposing yourself in public

Second Parkland Shooting Survivor Apparently Dies By Suicide – (The Huffington Post)
Police confirmed a juvenile who attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School died Saturday night, days after Sydney Aiello took her own life.

Hakeem Jeffries says Trump might be illegitimate, a Russian asset or “useful idiot” – (CBS News)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-New York, tells Margaret Brennan why he believes the American people deserve to see the entire special counsel report, including underlying documents

Priyanka Chopra Described The “Full Freak-Out Moment” She Had Before Marrying Nick Jonas And It’s Kinda Wild – (Buzzfeed)
“Like, a full freak-out moment.”

google/pytype – (Hacker News)
A static type analyzer for Python code. Contribute to google/pytype development by creating an account on GitHub.

Inside the Godzilla: King of the Monsters Monarch Base – IGN.com – (IGN)
Producer Alex Garcia takes us for a tour of Monarch’s secret headquarters from Godzilla: King of the Monsters!

Federal byelection set for B.C.’s Nanaimo-Ladysmith in May | CBC News – (CBC News)
A byelection has been called for the B.C. federal riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith, the Prime Minister’s Office announced Sunday.

This Taiwanese Burn Survivor Did A Powerful Photo Shoot To Empower Others – (Buzzfeed)
“I hope I can show everyone that even though my skin is covered in scars, I can still be confident and convey a different idea of beauty,” Lia Jiang told BuzzFeed News.

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio Say Mueller Report ‘Absolutely’ Should Be Released To Public – (The Huffington Post)
Attorney General William Barr may release key findings of the special counsel’s report to Congress on Sunday.

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All about Trump

Top GOP Judiciary Committee member: Trump ‘proved right’ on Mueller probe, as Nadler warns of ‘cover-up’ – (Fox News)
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., speaking to “Fox News Sunday,” vowed that congressional investigators press on and continue to investigate President Trump and warned of a possibly unfolding Justice Department “cover-up,” even as he acknowledged…

Hakeem Jeffries says Trump might be illegitimate, a Russian asset or “useful idiot” – (CBS News)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-New York, tells Margaret Brennan why he believes the American people deserve to see the entire special counsel report, including underlying documents

Jim Jordan predicts Mueller report won’t be “bombshell” Democrats expected – (CBS News)
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, joins Margaret Brennan to discuss whether Attorney General William Barr should release the Mueller report and what it means for President Trump.

The collusion allegation against Manafort that’s still unresolved – (CNN)
A key memo in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation accused Paul Manafort of allegedly colluding with the Russian government when he was then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign chairman in 2016 — but a criminal charge never came.

Did Netanyahu subtly slap Trump before leaving to DC? – Analysis – (The Jerusalem Post)
No only did Trump not greet Netayahu with a slap in the face, he recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, in perhaps the ultimate embrace ahead of the April 9 Israeli election.

Abattoir economics: Trump’s immigration policy tests Iowa – (Financial Times)
Meat industry needs migrant labour at a time Washington’s rhetoric is hostile to outsiders

Netanyahu arrives in Washington DC on key campaign stop – (The Jerusalem Post)
The centerpiece of his visit will be two meetings with US President Donald Trump. The first is a working meeting scheduled for Monday and the second is a dinner Tuesday evening.

Nadler: Trump cannot hide behind executive privilege to block Mueller report – (Axios)
“[E]xecutive privilege cannot be used to hide wrongdoing.”

Two senior Democrats say it’s too early to talk about Trump impeachment, need to see what is in Mueller report – (Newsweek)
Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff said they will need to see the full Mueller report before deciding if President Trump did anything that merits consideration for impeachment.

Israel says Trump to sign Golan sovereignty decree – (RTE)
US President Donald Trump will sign a decree recognising Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights while hosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House tomorrow.

CNN’s colorful Trump-Mueller tweet inspired the Twitter peanut gallery – (Mashable)
A colorfully descriptive CNN tweet about Donald Trump’s first evening out after the Mueller report was delivered got Twitter’s creative juices flowing.

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar says Trump’s “Islam hates us” stance helped inspire New Zealand mosque attacks – (Newsweek)
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar told California CAIR banquet attendees, “We finally had a leader in the White House who publicly says Islam hates us, who fuels hate against Muslims.”

Schiff: No new Mueller indictments does not mean Trump is vindicated – (Axios)
He also said it does not rule out impeachment, since a sitting president cannot be indicted.

Waiting for the Mueller report: Justice Department could reveal conclusions of Russia inquiry on Sunday – (USA Today)
The “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on President Trump and Russian election interference could reach Congress Sunday.

The Mueller Report: Ball now in Attorney General’s court – (CBS News)
After receiving the findings from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s connections with the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr spent most of the weekend at the Justice Department with Deputy Attorney G…

Farmer warns US: America could suffer – CNN Video – (CNN)
Farmers in the midwest are reeling after catastrophic flooding followed President Donald Trump’s tariffs, which sent crop prices plunging. CNN’s Vanessa Yurkevich reports.

Toobin: This is really good news for Kushner, Trump Jr. – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin reacts to the news that special counsel Robert Mueller is not recommending any further indictments, according to a senior Justice Department official.

Cupp: Opponents salivated over Mueller report for 2 years – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s SE Cupp says that opponents of President Trump set expectations too high for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Gillibrand to slam Trump Hotel as “shrine to greed, division and vanity” in speech by president’s New York property – (Newsweek)
“President Trump is tearing apart the moral fabric of our country,” the senator will say. “He demonizes the vulnerable and he punches down.”

Trump breaks 40-hour silence on Twitter – (The Hill)
President Trump on Sunday tweeted for the first time since news broke that special counsel Robert Mueller had finished his investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion between the president’s campaign and Moscow.&nb

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