2019-09-15

Headlines:

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

U.S. won’t rule out Trump-Rouhani meeting after blaming Iran for Saudi attacks – (Reuters)
The White House on Sunday did not rule out a potential meeting between President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, even after Washington accused Iran of being behind drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Attack on Saudi oil sites raises risks amid US-Iran tension – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies and halved the kingdom’s oil production threatened Sunday to fuel a regional crisis,…

Turkey: Russian S-400 missile system operational in April 2020 – (Al Jazeera English)
Defence ministry says efforts to mount the missile system and train military personnel were continuing.

UK’s Johnson, likening himself to Incredible Hulk, vows Oct. 31 Brexit – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson likened himself to the comic book character The Incredible Hulk in a newspaper interview where he stressed his determination to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31.

Britain’s Liberal Democrats formally adopt ‘Stop Brexit’ policy – (Reuters)
Britain’s Liberal Democrats party on Sunday toughened its anti-Brexit stance, formally adopting a policy to stop the country from leaving the European Union if it wins power at a national election.

Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — Police fired chemical-laced blue water and tear gas at protesters who lobbed Molotov cocktails outside the Hong Kong government office complex Sunday, as violence flared anew…

UAW says its 49K members at GM plants will go on strike – (Associated Press)
DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union announced that its roughly 49,000 members at General Motors plants in the U.S. will go on strike Sunday night because contract negotiations with the…

With rate cut likely, market wonders how low Fed will go – (Reuters)
With U.S.-China trade tensions roiling markets, investors are counting on support for stocks coming from a Federal Reserve willing to keep cutting interest rates to help the U.S. economy avoid a severe downturn.

After GM talks hit impasse, UAW workers to strike as of Sunday night – (Reuters)
The United Auto Workers (UAW) said on Sunday that its roughly 48,000 hourly workers at General Motors Co facilities would go on strike as of midnight Sunday after labor contract talks reached an impasse over wide-ranging issues from wages to health care benef…

Boris Johnson likens himself to the Hulk in Brexit fight – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has compared himself to the Hulk in a newspaper interview emphasizing his determination to take Britain out of the European Union next…

UAW to strike against GM starting Sunday evening – (Reuters)
The United Auto Workers (UAW) said that its members will go on strike against General Motors Co as of Sunday evening, after a lack of progress in contract talks on key issues from wages to health care benefits, temporary employees, job security and profit sha…

Kuwait says it’s probing drone sighting, working with Riyadh – (Reuters)
Kuwait is investigating the sighting of a drone over its territory and is coordinating with Saudi Arabia and other countries after Saturday’s attacks on Saudi oil plants, the cabinet said on Sunday.

Lib Dems pledge to cancel Brexit – (BBC News)
Members vote in favour of the policy, which would see the party revoke Article 50 if they took power.

Man brings clown to redundancy meeting – (BBC News)
Josh Thompson took a clown to a work meeting as a “support person” when he was about to lose his job.

Iran rejects U.S. claim it was behind Saudi oil strikes, says ready for war – (Reuters)
Iran dismissed accusations by the United States that it was behind attacks on Saudi oil plants that risk disrupting global energy supplies and warned on Sunday that U.S. bases and aircraft carriers in the region were in range of its missiles.

No millennial bump for Buttigieg, but hints of broad appeal – (Associated Press)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg would like to turn the fight for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination into a contest about generational change. But there’s one looming problem: He…

Virginia alters ‘racist’ marriage licence forms – (BBC News)
The US state’s attorney-general says couples no longer have to declare their race to get married.

Tunisians pick from varied line-up in unpredictable presidential vote – (Reuters)
Tunisians lined up to choose from a diverse field of candidates on Sunday, in an unpredictable election for a new president at a time of economic pain in the young democracy.

Kamala Harris Was Ready to Brawl From the Beginning – (The New York Times)
In her first race, she defied her old boss, a fund-raising pledge — and the implication that she owed her career to her ex-boyfriend.

Will Saudi oil attacks raise fuel prices? – (BBC News)
The BBC’s Katie Prescott assesses whether drone strikes on Saudi oil facilities could affect consumers.

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From various sources

Palestinians slam cabinet for meeting in Jordan Valley – (The Jerusalem Post)
The PLO Executive Committee expressed support for suspending all signed agreements with Israel.

Ex-envoy to US: Israel needs formal denial from US of spy allegations – (The Jerusalem Post)
“I don’t believe that, no, I don’t believe the Israelis were spying on us. I really would find that hard to believe,” Trump said.

Ashes 5th Test 2019: Live cricket scores, weather, updates, day 4 Australia vs England – (News.com.au)
Welcome to our live coverage of day four of the fifth Ashes Test.

Israel elections target of cyber-attacks, professor says – (The Jerusalem Post)
Dr. Gabriel Weimann to ‘Post:’ Highly doubtful Israel built digital defense against cyber attacks this time around

Shaked: Netanyahu’s grudge against me hurts national interest – (The Jerusalem Post)
Ayelet Shaked held a press conference during which she said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “and those around him do not want” the Yamina party.

Hezbollah’s new missile ‘capable of destroying all military battleships’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Our new missile is capable of destroying all military battleships, killing all who are on board,” wrote a Hezbollah activist on Twitter.

Recent Match Report – West Indies Women vs Australia Women 1st T20I 2019 | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of West Indies Women vs Australia Women 1st T20I 2019, Australia Women tour of West Indies 2019 only on ESPNcricinfo.com

30 Discontinued Snacks You Haven’t Thought About In Years But Definitely Miss – (Buzzfeed)
A moment of silence, please.

NDP unveiling Quebec platform today, promises more power on immigration and language | CBC News – (CBC News)
New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh is promising more power to Quebec on portfolios including the environment, language, immigration and justice.

Attacks imperil Saudi image as reliable oil supplier – (Financial Times)
Threats to Middle East crude production ‘highest since Gulf war’

Sen. Blackburn puts forth legislation requiring DNA test for migrants with children who have no documents – (Fox News)
Tennessee Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn says that the goal of the legislation is to weed out human smugglers.

7 Things About Airports That Are The Best And 6 Things That Are The Worst – (Buzzfeed)
Katsu curry and a pint at 4am, don’t mind if I do.

Watford vs Arsenal live score and goal updates – (Mirror)
The Hornets play the first game of Quique Sanchez Flores’ second spell in charge this afternoon

Borderlands 3 on consoles: Use ‘resolution mode,’ say experts – (Polygon)
As Borderlands 3 players complain of slipshod performance within the first week of the game’s launch, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry examined the console version’s framerates and found “some puzzling technical decisions,” but vouches for gameplay overall.

NFL: Packers v Vikings, plus Patriots & Cowboys – latest scores & game updates – (BBC Sport)
Week two of the 2019-20 NFL season with 13 games on Sunday, including Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings – follow live text coverage.

Turkey says Israel becoming ‘racist, apartheid regime’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Netanyahu said on Tuesday he would annex the Jordan Valley. The move alarmed Middle Eastern nations, European powers and Arab foreign ministers.

Grahamstown court hears application for municipality to be placed under administration – (News24)
The Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM) wants the Makana Municipal Council to be dissolved for violating its constitutional mandate by failing to provide basic services to the community.

U.S. won’t rule out Trump-Rouhani meeting after blaming Iran for Saudi attacks – (Reuters)
The White House on Sunday did not rule out a potential meeting between President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, even after Washington accused Iran of being behind drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Beto refuses to acknowledge “politics or the polling” on AR-15 mandatory buybacks – (Axios)
His threat to take AR-15s away has concerned both parties.

Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli says Trump asylum policy to be implemented in “days, not weeks” – (CBS News)
Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, joins Margaret Brennan to discuss the administration’s new asylum policy.

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All about Trump

Ex-envoy to US: Israel needs formal denial from US of spy allegations – (The Jerusalem Post)
“I don’t believe that, no, I don’t believe the Israelis were spying on us. I really would find that hard to believe,” Trump said.

U.S. won’t rule out Trump-Rouhani meeting after blaming Iran for Saudi attacks – (Reuters)
The White House on Sunday did not rule out a potential meeting between President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, even after Washington accused Iran of being behind drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli says Trump asylum policy to be implemented in “days, not weeks” – (CBS News)
Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, joins Margaret Brennan to discuss the administration’s new asylum policy.

Trump defends Brett Kavanaugh after sexual misconduct allegations resurface – (NBC News)
President Donald Trump said Sunday that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh “is an innocent man who has been treated horribly” after allegations of sexual misconduct resurfaced.

White House declines to rule out Trump-Iran meeting and US military response after drone attacks on Saudi oil field – (CNN)
White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that President Donald Trump has “many options on the table” in terms of what he could do to respond to what his administration has described as Iran’s role in a crippling strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil p…

Netanyahu isn’t bluffing about his plans to annex the Jordan Valley – but will he succeed? – (Independent)
The prime minister’s ‘vision of apartheid’ is expanding, and while the map he pointed to may have been hastily drawn up, his wish to make good on Trump’s loyalty is clear

Bolton exit provokes questions about Trump shift on Iran | TheHill – (The Hill)
Iran hawks and doves alike believe that President Trump’s policy toward the Islamic Republic will…

Trump says Justice Brett Kavanaugh should ‘start suing people’ after new report of sexual misconduct – (Google News)
The comments came in response to an article in The New York Times that surfaced a previously unreported allegation of sexual misconduct from the justice’s time as an undergraduate at Yale University.

Netanyahu claims Trump peace plan could be presented within days – (Axios)
Netanyahu said he was citing new information he got last night.

Scheer says he will ratify CUSMA despite saying Trudeau gave everything to Trump – (Google News (Canada))
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he will still ratify the new North American free trade deal if he becomes prime minister, even though he thinks Canada got railroaded by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump plans to create settlement islands in West Bank, Yamina warn – (The Jerusalem Post)
US President’s “Deal of the Century” involves settlement enclaves becoming part of Israel, but not the whole of Area C, said Shaked.

The Colonel Sanders Dating Sim Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup – (Wired)
Also: President Trump loses another national security adviser, a potential ban on e-cigarettes, and more.

Trump: ‘Radical left Democrats’ and ‘LameStream Media’ want to scare Kavanaugh into ‘turning Liberal’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump in an early morning tweet on Sunday said “Radical left Democrats” and the “LameSt…

Trump’s War On Obamacare Is Also A War On Opioid Treatment – (The Huffington Post)
Undermining Medicaid would gut substance abuse programs and leave clinics struggling for funds.

Trump faces dwindling leverage with China | TheHill – (The Hill)
China’s refusal to yield in trade negotiations with the U.S. has left President Trump with dwindl…

‘We’re Tightening Our Belt’: Trump’s Midwest Support Tested As Farmers Struggle – (Google News)
Farmers in the rural Midwest say they are hurting because of President Trump’s ongoing trade war and a recent decision on renewable fuels.

Mark Sanford and the Quest for the Mythical Reluctant Trump Voter – (New York Magazine)
Is the former South Carolina governor’s primary challenge to the president noble or pathetic?

The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation | TheHill – (The Hill)
If President Trump endorses gun-control legislation, it will take 13 Senate Republican votes to p…

Brett Kavanaugh New York Times article prompts Donald Trump call for libel lawsuits – (The Washington Times)
President Trump on Sunday suggested Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh begin suing for libel after issues with the FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against him resurfaced.

Trump misspells libel in furious outburst over new Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegation – (Independent)
President later deleted misspelled tweet, and retweeted with correct spelling

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