2019-09-23

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

EU’s Barnier says it’s hard to see Brexit solution – (Reuters)
The European Union’s Brexit negotiator said on Monday it was difficult to see a way to break the Brexit impasse as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s demand to drop an insurance policy for the Irish border was unacceptable.

‘Absolutely gutted’: demise of Thomas Cook wrecks travelers’ plans – (Reuters)
Holidaymakers hit by the collapse of Thomas Cook , the world’s oldest tourist firm, desperately scrambled for information on Monday on how to get home, as Britain mounted its largest repatriation effort since World War Two.

20 killed, 70 hurt in protests in Indonesia’s Papua province – (Associated Press)
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 20 people were killed Monday, including three shot by police, in violent protests by hundreds of people sparked by rumors that a teacher insulted an indigenous…

Hong Kong mops up after fresh violence, braces for October 1 anniversary – (Reuters)
Hong Kong cleaned up on Monday and train services in the city resumed, after another weekend of sometimes violent protests that saw pro-democracy activists vandalize a railway station and a shopping mall.

GM strike enters 2nd week with no clear end in sight – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — The strike against General Motors by 49,000 United Auto Workers entered its second week Monday with progress reported in negotiations but no clear end in sight.Bargainers…

UN climate summit to open without key leaders – (BBC News)
Plans to cut CO2 emissions will be unveiled, but US President Donald Trump will not attend the talks.

Afghan officials: 40 civilians killed in anti-Taliban raid – (Associated Press)
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 40 civilians at a wedding party were killed Sunday night during a raid conducted by Afghan special forces and supported by U.S. airstrikes on Taliban hideouts in…

WeWork bond prices falls after SoftBank questions CEO: MarketAxess – (Reuters)
The price of We Company’s 7.875% May 2025 junk bond <96208LAA9=> fell 1.1% on Monday morning, MarketAxess data showed, following reports from sources that investor SoftBank Group <9984.T> is exploring ways to replace Adam Neumann as chief executive of the WeW…

At least 35 people at wedding party killed during nearby Afghan army raid – (Reuters)
At least 35 civilians attending a wedding party were killed and 13 people wounded by explosions and gunfire during a raid by Afghan government forces on a nearby militant hideout, two officials in southern Helmand province said on Monday.

Suspect package at UK’s Manchester Airport not viable device: police – (Reuters)
Bomb disposal officers carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious package at Manchester Airport on Monday but the bag did not contain any viable device and the matter was not being treated as terrorism, police said.

Rouhani says Iran resists sanctions, drives U.S. “desperate” – (Reuters)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday new U.S. sanctions blacklisting Iran’s central bank for a second time pointed to U.S. “desperation” in the face of Iranian resistance.

Perfect storm of change, debt and Brexit sank Thomas Cook – (Associated Press)
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — British tour operator Thomas Cook fell victim to multiple setbacks including shifting travel habits, the rise of online booking sites, the sinking pound and even…

Pacific heat wave threatens Hawaii’s iconic coral reefs – (Associated Press)
CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii (AP) — At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island…

Exclusive: Boeing bid for Embraer unit faces EU antitrust probe – sources – (Reuters)
Boeing is set to face a EU antitrust investigation of up to five months into its bid for a controlling stake in the commercial aircraft arm of Brazil’s Embraer, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Court to rule on Parliament suspension on Tuesday – (BBC News)
Judges have been considering whether Boris Johnson’s five-week prorogation was lawful.

US universities see decline in students from China – (Associated Press)
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — After a decade of booming enrollment by students from China, American universities are starting to see steep declines as political tensions between the two countries cut…

Climate activists block traffic in U.S. capital – (Reuters)
Activists seeking to pressure U.S. politicians to fight climate change blocked major traffic hubs in the U.S. capital on Monday, drawing attention to a U.N. Climate Summit that will be attended by leaders from about 60 countries.

At UN, Trump to face questions about Ukraine, Iran, allies – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Faced with growing tumult at home and abroad, President Donald Trump heads into his three-day visit to the United Nations this week hoping to lean on strained alliances while…

Iran says seized Steno Impero ‘free’ to leave – (Al Jazeera English)
British-flagged oil tanker was seized by Iran in July amid rising tensions in the Gulf.

The story behind Biden’s son, Ukraine and Trump’s claims – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2014, then-Vice President Joe Biden was at the forefront of American diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine’s fragile democratic government as it sought to fend off Russian…

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From various sources

Analysis | Trump and his ilk clash with the global climate movement – (The Washington Post)
A giant worldwide protest highlights the gap between Trump, nationalist leaders and millions clamoring for real climate action.

Western countries raise concerns on Saudi rights record – (The Jerusalem Post)
It was the second joint statement criticizing the kingdom read out at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva in six months, following the first censure of Saudi Arabia at the forum in March.

Jason Greenblatt, David Friedman meet Benny Gantz – (The Jerusalem Post)
Meeting comes three days after the duo met Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Brownlow Medal 2019 live: Updates, leaderboard, start time | red carpet – (News.com.au)
The 2019 Brownlow Medal is here and several superstars of the game look set to battle for the right to take Charlie home in a year without a clear-cut favourite for the medal.

Opinion | Iran’s foreign minister says diplomacy with the U.S. is over – (The Washington Post)
In an interview in New York, Mohammad Javad Zarif explains why Tehran won’t talk with Washington.

Here’s what celebrities wore at the 2019 Emmys – (The Washington Post)
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Impact of blackface scandal unclear now, may not be revealed until ballots are cast | CBC News – (CBC News)
Polls this week might clarify what initial impact Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal had on voters, but its longer-term fallout is what will decide this election.

Kris Jenner Wasn’t Tackled By Kim Kardashian’s Security And Rushed To Hospital After All – (Buzzfeed)
In a trailer for the episode, Kris appeared to suffer a serious neck injury after being “tackled” to the ground by Kim’s security team. But all wasn’t quite as it seemed…

Social activists decry handouts to the better off but parties think that’s how to win: Don Pittis | CBC News – (CBC News)
Young and poor people may need help most but during elections the single priority of winning means handouts for the better off, even if it’s not the best thing for the economy.

Soaring rents and house prices in Canadian cities make housing a key election issue | CBC News – (CBC News)
Cost of living is a big election issue according to a CBC News-commissioned poll, and housing is the biggest single expense for most Canadians. As the campaign has unfolded, the federal parties have begun to unveil plans on how they’d make life more affordabl…

Pick A Day Of Meals And We’ll Reveal What Your Ideal Job Is – (Buzzfeed)
We see a stethoscope in your future.

Iran set to release British tanker – (Financial Times)
Seizure of Stena Impero sparked crisis over energy security in Gulf

Pro Rata – (Axios)
Insider views on deals and dealmakers in venture capital, private equity and M&A, by Dan Primack. Weekday mornings

Liberals promise to build national pharmacare program — but offer few details | CBC News – (CBC News)
The Liberals are promising to ensure all Canadians have access to a family doctor, mental health services and prescription drugs, but have released few details on how a re-elected Liberal government would implement a national pharmacare program or how much it…

EU’s Barnier says it’s hard to see Brexit solution – (Reuters)
The European Union’s Brexit negotiator said on Monday it was difficult to see a way to break the Brexit impasse as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s demand to drop an insurance policy for the Irish border was unacceptable.

Britain’s most expensive streets outside London revealed – (Daily Mail)
Montrose Gardens in leafy Leatherhead, Surrey, has the most expensive average house price in Britain outside of London, rising from £5.9million to £6.5million in the past year.

Nintendo’s Switch Lite is $30 off today at Rakuten – (The Verge)
You can save $30 on Nintendo’s new Switch Lite handheld console. This isn’t a huge discount, but it’s currently the best price. To get this deal, you’ll have to visit Rakuten, then enter the promo code SAVE15 at checkout.

First flight bringing Thomas Cook holidaymakers home from New York to Manchester takes off – (Daily Mail)
The rescue plane, plastered with the company’s famous livery but operated by pilots and staff from US-based Atlas Air, took off from New York’s JFK airport for Manchester this morning.

‘Absolutely gutted’: demise of Thomas Cook wrecks travelers’ plans – (Reuters)
Holidaymakers hit by the collapse of Thomas Cook , the world’s oldest tourist firm, desperately scrambled for information on Monday on how to get home, as Britain mounted its largest repatriation effort since World War Two.

Government fast-tracks investigation into Thomas Cook bosses – (Daily Mail)
The probe comes amid accusations bosses such as former CEO Harriet Green (pictured) failed to ‘future-proof’ a firm that ‘operated in brochures while the world had moved onto barcodes’.

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All about Trump

Analysis | Trump and his ilk clash with the global climate movement – (The Washington Post)
A giant worldwide protest highlights the gap between Trump, nationalist leaders and millions clamoring for real climate action.

Rudy Giuliani: “I can’t tell you if it’s 100%” false that Trump threatened Ukraine aid – (Axios)
The president’s lawyer is at the heart of the Ukraine controversy.

Religious freedom tops the agenda for Trump, Pence at the UN. Their challenge: rallying skeptical audience – (USA Today)
At the UN, Donald Trump and Mike Pence are looking for global help in elevating one of his top foreign policy priorities: Religious freedom.

America ‘isolated’ at UN? General Assembly breaking with US on most votes, report finds – (Fox News)
As President Trump prepares to address the U.N. General Assembly this week, a new State Department report shows that the world body is out of sync with U.S. interests in more than two-thirds of votes — likely raising further concerns within the Trump adminis…

2020 GOP primary challenger: Trump’s Ukraine call was “treason” – (Axios)
Bill Weld suggested the president should face the death penalty.

UN climate summit to open without key leaders – (BBC News)
Plans to cut CO2 emissions will be unveiled, but US President Donald Trump will not attend the talks.

Dow Trembles After Pelosi Pounds the Trump Impeachment Drum – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow trembled on Monday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began to pound the Trump impeachment drum over the Ukraine scandal.

The latest on Trump’s Ukraine drama – CNNPolitics – (CNN)
President Trump has acknowledged that he discussed former Vice President Joe Biden in a July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Follow here for the latest.

Giuliani Claims Ukraine Laundered Millions for Biden and Son, Questions Why Obama Never Investigated – (National Review)
Giuliani, Trump’s private legal counsel, alleged that Hunter Biden was “making millions on the board of one of the most corrupt companies in Ukraine.”

President Trump attends United Nations General Assembly today – (CBS News)
The United Nations summit comes amid some fraught relations with foreign leaders

GOP Primary Challenger Bill Weld Accuses Trump of Treason, Raises Prospect of Death Penalty – (National Review)
Weld also suggested that the president should receive the death penalty.

How the Media Helped Trump Carry Out His Ukraine Smear – (New York Magazine)
Trump thinks anything that gets “Biden” and “corruption” into the news will help him. He may be right.

At UN, Trump to face questions about Ukraine, Iran, allies – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Faced with growing tumult at home and abroad, President Donald Trump heads into his three-day visit to the United Nations this week hoping to lean on strained alliances while…

Opinion: The Impact Of “Howdy, Modi” On PM, Trump And NRIs – (Google News (India))
The Impact Of “Howdy, Modi” On PM, Trump And NRIs  NDTV NewsWill the obvious similarity in the two leaders’ attitudes, their political orientation and their populist personas cause any of these non-resident Modi fans to stop for …View full coverage on Googl…

The story behind Biden’s son, Ukraine and Trump’s claims – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2014, then-Vice President Joe Biden was at the forefront of American diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine’s fragile democratic government as it sought to fend off Russian…

Pelosi, House Democrats Amplify Calls to Release Whistleblower Complaint Against Trump – (National Review)
Pelosi charged that the administration was blocking the release of a “serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the President.”

Trump confirms he discussed Biden in call with Ukrainian president | CBC News – (CBC News)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he discussed Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son in a call with Ukraine’s president.

At UN, Trump To Face Questions About Ukraine, Iran, Allies – (The Huffington Post)
A centerpiece of this year’s U.N. schedule will be a Monday session on climate change that Trump plans to skip.

Romney: If Trump pressured Ukrainian president ‘it would be troubling in the extreme’ – (CNN)
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Sunday that it “would be troubling in the extreme” if President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden amid an ongoing controversy over a call Trump had with the foreign leade…

Trump confirms he discussed Biden in call with Ukrainian president | CBC News – (Google News (Canada))
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he discussed Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son in a call with Ukraine’s president.

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