2019-09-02

Headlines:

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

Flying student’s ‘perfect’ emergency landing – (BBC News)
An Australian man landed a light aircraft in just his third lesson after his instructor blacked out.

Double cuddle: Berlin zoo celebrates birth of 2 panda cubs – (Associated Press)
BERLIN (AP) — A zoo in Berlin is celebrating the arrival of two panda cubs, the first time one of the rare mammals has given birth in Germany.Zoo Berlin said Monday that mother Meng Meng…

Officials: Some deaths, 34 missing in California boat fire – (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some people have died and rescuers were searching for 34 more Monday morning after a fire broke out aboard a dive boat off the Southern California Coast.Capt. Brian…

Afghan president briefed on draft U.S. Taliban peace accord – (Reuters)
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has been briefed on a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban and will look at details of the deal before giving an opinion, his spokesman said on Monday, after meetings with the chief U.S. peace negotiator.

No-deal? Intense Brexit debate expected in UK Parliament – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Summer recess is over, and Britain’s Parliament reconvenes Tuesday to face a momentous decision about whether to intervene to try to prevent a possible “no-deal” exit from the…

Not so easy to prevent the spread of mass shooters’ names – (Associated Press)
When law enforcement authorities gathered to discuss details of a mass shooting in West Texas that left seven people dead, there was one bit of information they refused to provide on live…

Hurricane Dorian ‘devastates’ Bahamas – (BBC News)
PM Hubert Minnis says reports suggest “unprecedented devastation” from the category-five storm.

Schools in France to display flags in classrooms – (BBC News)
French and EU flags are now required in every classroom in the country in new laws from 1 September.

Major rescue under way after California boat fire – (BBC News)
US media report there were 34 people on board when the fire started in the middle of the night.

UK PM Johnson plans pre-Brexit election if he loses to parliament: The Sun – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to call a pre-Brexit snap election if parliament defeats the government over his exit plan, The Sun newspaper reported on Monday.

China lodges tariff case at WTO against the U.S. – (Reuters)
China has lodged a complaint against the United States at the World Trade Organization over U.S. import duties, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said on Monday.

Police unsure why man went on West Texas shooting rampage – (Associated Press)
ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Police say they are not sure why a man with a misdemeanor on his record and no warrant for his arrest erupted in a spate of violence after a routine traffic stop in West…

California boat fire: Some deaths, 34 missing, US media report – (Al Jazeera English)
Authorities say they were responding to reports of dozens ‘in distress’ after boat fire off Southern California coast.

Hurricane Dorian pummels Bahamas with Category 5 assault – (Associated Press)
FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with a fearsome Category 5 assault that shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews…

Hurricane Dorian Updates: Category 5 Storm Batters Bahamas – (The New York Times)
Dorian struck the northern Bahamas, and mandatory evacuations were ordered along the southeastern coast of the United States.

Dozens Missing Following Boat Fire in Southern California, Officials Say – (The New York Times)
Five people have been rescued near Santa Cruz Island and the United States Coast Guard is looking for 34 others, according to a spokesman for the Ventura Country Fire Department.

As fires ravage the Amazon, indigenous tribes pray for protection – (Reuters)
As thousands of fires ravage the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, some indigenous tribes are turning to prayer in a bid to halt the destruction and protect their environment for future generations.

Deaths reported in California boat fire; no confirmation by U.S. Coast Guard – (Reuters)
A fire aboard a boat off the coast of Southern California on Monday left several people dead, according to a local television news report, but the U.S. Coast Guard could not confirm any fatalities, saying five people were rescued of 34 on board.

Special Report: Hong Kong leader says she would ‘quit’ if she could, fears her ability to resolve crisis now ‘very limited’ – (Reuters)
Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she has caused “unforgivable havoc” by igniting the political crisis engulfing the city and would quit if she had a choice, according to an audio recording of remarks she made last week to a group of businesspeople.

Election speculation mounts in Britain on eve of ‘last chance’ Brexit battle – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson summoned ministers to a meeting on Monday, stoking speculation he could call an election if parliament defeats the government over a Brexit plan opponents fear could push the United Kingdom into a ruinous no-deal exit.

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From various sources

Israel restores Gaza fuel after 50% cut – (The Jerusalem Post)
Fuel restriction is often a sign of heightened tensions and violence, while the absence of such restrictions speaks to the restoration of calm.

Netanyahu: Israel acted with determination, kept citizens safe – (The Jerusalem Post)
“The man in the bunker in Beirut knows exactly why he is in the bunker,” he said, referring to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Gantz vows referendum on land withdrawal – (The Jerusalem Post)
Gantz earned applause from the crowd when he promised that the Joint List would not be part of a governing coalition.

Stopping Hezbollah missiles top priority for Israel after Iran nukes – (The Jerusalem Post)
‘Had we not acted correctly we would be in a different reality today’

Recent Match Report – India A vs South Africa A 3rd unofficial ODI 2019 | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of India A vs South Africa A 3rd unofficial ODI 2019, South Africa A tour of India 2019 only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Beto O’Rourke’s Presidential Campaign Suddenly Has A Purpose – (Buzzfeed)
Beto O’Rourke has broken through the Democratic primary’s noise with expressions of raw anger and a divisive new stance on gun control.

Tired of Stack Overflow – (Hacker News)

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All about Trump

On Labor Day, Trump slams top union leader and NAFTA – (CBS News)
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka has repeatedly expressed doubt about Trump’s trade deal to replace NAFTA

Texas Republicans just don’t get it – (The Washington Post)
They and Trump are in trouble.

Dow Futures Trembles as Beijing Swats Trump’s ‘China-Bashing’ Tirade – (Crypto Coins News)
China Daily criticized the Trump administration for engaging in “poorly thought out China-bashing moves” as Dow Jones futures fell following new tariffs.

Trump lashes out at the media, Democrats in Labor Day tweets | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday lashed out at the news media and the Democratic party, two of his favor…

Mattis Says He Was Frank With Trump But Never Blocked His Wishes – (The Wall Street Journal)
In a Wall Street Journal interview, former Defense secretary says ‘that’s not the way I deal with things.’

Trump fires back at AFL-CIO chief Trumka: ‘No wonder unions are losing so much’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Monday lashed out at AFL-CIO President Richard Tumaka a day after the labor un…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s bluster on hurricanes, guns, economy – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing another deadly mass shooting, President Donald Trump is deflecting on gun control.Over the weekend, he pointed to mental illness as a likely culprit behind recent…

Hurricane Dorian: Trump Says Alabama Will Be Hit by Storm, National Weather Service Says It Won’t – (Newsweek)
The NWS was quick to refute claims by the president that the state would be hit by the Category-5 storm ravaging the Caribbean.

Dow Futures Bleed on Labor Day, Extending August Stock Massacre – (Crypto Coins News)
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures drifted lower on Labor Day Monday as fresh Trump tariffs go into effect. Stock market extends its August decline.

Impeachment Summer Passes By, Without A Breakthrough – (The Huffington Post)
More Democrats support investigating and ousting Trump now than did at the beginning of August recess, but it’s unlikely to top Congress’ fall agenda.

Trump’s Infrastructure Promise Stalls in Latest Funding Stalemate – (The Wall Street Journal)
The Senate could take action on the latest infrastructure measure this fall, but its fate remains unclear in the House

‘The nightmare everyone is worried about’: HIV cases tied to opioids spike in West Virginia county – (Politico)
The surge in cases comes as the Trump administration sets out to eradicate HIV transmission by 2030.

Why Trump may protect 1 group of immigrants – (Politico)
The president may offer Venezuelans protections, in a move that could help win over Hispanic voters in Florida ahead of the 2020 election.

Trump Administration Officials at Odds Over C.I.A.’s Role in Afghanistan – (The New York Times)
White House advisers want to expand the C.I.A.’s presence as troops leave Afghanistan, but the agency’s director and others expressed reservations.

AFL-CIO Chief Lashes Trump Administration For Hurting American Workers – (The Huffington Post)
“Our members are still waiting for the supposed greatness of this economy to reach their kitchen tables,” Richard Trumka tells Chris Wallace on Fox News.

California’s Own Constitution May Bar Tax Returns Law Aimed at Trump – (Breitbart News)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law in July that requires all presidential candidates on the state’s primary ballot to release their tax returns for the preceding five years. But a constitutional amendment passed by California voters in 1972 may prevent…

Donald Trump Taunts AFL-CIO Boss Richard Trumka on Labor Day – (Breitbart News)
President Donald Trump reacted Monday to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s appearance criticizing the president on Fox News.

China Plays Down Latest Trump Tariffs With Path to Talks Unclear – (Bloomberg)
China shrugged off U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest escalation of the tariff war, with state media signaling the government is ready to weather the economic …

It’s Not Too Late to Do the Right Thing in Yemen – (The American Conservative)
Trump can bring an end to this awful war. But he needs to understand there’s only way that will ever happen.

Joe Walsh: Just Another Doomed Blowhard – (The American Conservative)
Once again, we’re forced to ask, is this really the best the Never Trumpers can do?

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