2018-11-06

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

Amazon considering New York amid reports HQ will be split – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — New York is one of the finalists in Amazon’s search to build another headquarters, according to a person familiar with the talks. After a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon is now reportedly looking to build offices in two cities instea…

Early Voting in 28 States Has Surpassed 2014 Levels – (The New York Times)
So far, millions have headed to the polls or mailed in ballots, showing more enthusiasm compared with advance voters in the last midterm election.

Taking on Senator Cruz, Democrat O’Rourke tries to turn Texas – (Reuters)
Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas faces one of his party’s biggest challenges on Tuesday, as he aims to oust Republican Ted Cruz to become the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in the deeply conservative state in three decades.

HSBC discloses customer accounts hacked at its U.S. bank – (Reuters)
Hackers breached some HSBC customers’ accounts in the United States in October and accessed their information, the bank said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

U.S. voters give verdict on Trump as control of Congress at stake – (Reuters)
After a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues, Americans voted on Tuesday to determine the balance of power in the U.S. Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Trump weighs heavily on voters as ballots are cast – (Associated Press)
It’s Election Day in America, and voters will deliver their first verdict of President Donald Trump’s tumultuous tenure in a midterm that’s expected to draw historic numbers to the polls. Immigration, the economy, women’s issues, partisanship — all weighed he…

Motel 6 to pay $7.6 million for giving guest lists to U.S. immigration agents – (Reuters)
Motel 6 will pay up to $7.6 million to Hispanic guests to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit claiming that it violated their privacy by regularly providing guest lists to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Bitcoin volatility sinks to lowest in nearly two years – (Reuters)
Bitcoin has experienced one of its worst annual price performances of its short 10-year-old life but also appears to have become more stable in the process.

France arrests six over plot to attack Macron: official – (Reuters)
French police on Tuesday arrested five men and a woman, all from the radical far right, suspected of plotting to attack French President Emmanuel Macron, an official close to the investigation said.

Iran official: Sanctions seek ‘to impose US nationalism’ on world – (Al Jazeera English)
Speaking in London, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed M Kazem Sajjadpour says US move will have limited impact.

Google Workers Reject Silicon Valley Individualism in Walkout – (The New York Times)
Last week’s protest could be a sign that highly-paid workers are losing patience with the technology industry’s worldview and embracing collective action.

Election Day tests Democratic resistance in Trump era – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A turbulent election season that tested President Donald Trump’s slash-and-burn political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance comes to a close as Americans cast ballots in the first national election of the Trump era. Wit…

Deadly political calculations: Why India isn’t fixing its toxic smog problem – (Reuters)
As pollution levels surged to “severe” and “hazardous” levels in New Delhi this week, there was little sign that residents of India’s teeming capital were doing much to protect themselves.

Migrants camp at Mexico City stadium as US votes – (Associated Press)
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of Central Americans dreaming of getting to the United States awoke Tuesday to donations of fruit and hot coffee at a sports stadium in Mexico’s chilly capital as the U.S. held midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has…

Exclusive: Iraq to increase oil output and exports, waits on Iran sanctions – minister – (Reuters)
Iraq plans to increase its oil output and export capacity in 2019, with a focus on its southern oilfields, and is close to reaching a deal with international companies, Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said on Tuesday.

WHAT TO WATCH: After turbulent campaign, it’s up to voters – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tweetstorms and a trade war. Kanye in the Oval Office. Kavanaugh in the hearing room. President Donald Trump’s presidency has been a wild, turbulent, two-year ride. Now it’s time for voters to weigh in how much they’re enjoying it. Republica…

UK PM no closer to deal to leave EU as poll says Britons want to stay – (Reuters)
Britain would vote to stay in the European Union if there was another referendum, a poll showed, as uncertainty over whether Prime Minister Theresa May would be able to clinch a deal on the terms of departure roiled sterling on Tuesday.

Two years in, Trump holds stock market bragging rights – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump has taken credit for the stock market’s gains during his nearly two years in the White House, and those claims are reasonable given the impact of tax cuts and pro-business policies on investor sentiment.

Egypt says archaeologists found more artifacts at Cairo dig – (Associated Press)
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists working at a dig in Cairo have found several fragments of stone slabs with inscriptions dating back up to 4,000 years. The Antiquities Ministry said on Tuesday that the artifacts were the latest finds in eastern Cairo’s …

Fox News Personalities Embrace Trump at His Final Rally Before the Election – (The New York Times)
The line between the Trump White House and Fox has always been a little blurry, but in one moment at least, the fusion of president and network seemed complete.

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From various sources

Three armed Palestinians stopped near West Bank settlement with rifle – (The Jerusalem Post)
IDF soldiers continued to comb the area following the arrests in order to ascertain if any had managed to flee from security forces.

56 years on, Israeli Air Force finds remains of missing pilot in Kinneret – (The Jerusalem Post)
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced on Tuesday that Naveh’s remains were discovered on October 25 among debris from his plane which crashed into the Kinneret.

Citigroup appoints Washington insider as its next chairman – (Financial Times)
John Dugan, former comptroller of the currency, will lead the US bank’s board

2018 Midterm Election Live Results – (The Huffington Post)
Track your candidate using our interactive, live election maps and infographics

Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump and the ghosts of 1918 – (Financial Times)
The presidents represent competing traditions of thought about international relations

The Futility of Trump’s Iran Policy – (The American Conservative)
The administration’s policy seems sure to fail on its own terms, and it is also the wrong thing to do.

Fed bashing is a fool’s game – (Financial Times)
But there is a need for pragmatism regarding the independence of central banks

China’s Ping An rules out foreign M&A interest – (Financial Times)
Country’s largest insurance group prioritises growth prospects in home market

Ex-Wall Street banker gets insider trading conviction overturned – (Financial Times)
Sean Stewart told his father about deals he worked on at Perella Weinberg and JPMorgan

US hits 700 Iranian targets with ‘unprecedented’ sanctions – (Financial Times)
Trump administration fulfils president’s pledge to take harder line against Tehran

Goldman’s new top team signals break from the past – (Financial Times)
CFO pledges transparency and review, but employees suffer angst over partnerships

In Pictures: Midterm Voting Across America – (Buzzfeed)
Across the US, people are exercising their civic duty by casting their votes in the 2018 midterm elections.

Farmers round on Donald Trump as demand for soyabeans dries up – (Financial Times)
Worries over impact of tariffs could weigh on Republican vote in US midterm elections

Free solo across Antarctica – (National Geographic)
Endurance athlete Colin O’Brady is trying to ski alone and unaided across a one of the planet’s most forbidding landscapes.

Who was Guy Fawkes, the man behind the mask? – (National Geographic)
A popular symbol of protest today, Guy Fawkes was first the face of treason because of his role in the murderous plot to blow up the British parliament in 1605.

A running list of how President Trump is changing environmental policy – (National Geographic)
The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy—and we’re tracking them here as they happen.

‘Biggest case on the planet’ pits kids vs. climate change – (National Geographic)
A pioneering lawsuit against the U.S. government has won the right to a trial, overcoming the Trump administration’s efforts to cancel it in court.

This unique Diwali celebration helps protect nature in Nepal – (National Geographic)
The festival of lights with this tribe offers a unique cultural experience and helps bolster conservation efforts.

Brilliant stargazing destinations around the world – (National Geographic)
Our readers recommend the best places to soak in the night sky.

In the war against climate change, are solar panels our victory gardens? – (National Geographic)
Meet the company making solar power solutions simple.

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All about Trump

Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump and the ghosts of 1918 – (Financial Times)
The presidents represent competing traditions of thought about international relations

The Futility of Trump’s Iran Policy – (The American Conservative)
The administration’s policy seems sure to fail on its own terms, and it is also the wrong thing to do.

US hits 700 Iranian targets with ‘unprecedented’ sanctions – (Financial Times)
Trump administration fulfils president’s pledge to take harder line against Tehran

Farmers round on Donald Trump as demand for soyabeans dries up – (Financial Times)
Worries over impact of tariffs could weigh on Republican vote in US midterm elections

A running list of how President Trump is changing environmental policy – (National Geographic)
The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy—and we’re tracking them here as they happen.

‘Biggest case on the planet’ pits kids vs. climate change – (National Geographic)
A pioneering lawsuit against the U.S. government has won the right to a trial, overcoming the Trump administration’s efforts to cancel it in court.

Donald Trump in last-ditch campaign push to retain Senate majority – (Financial Times)
President uses last hours of US midterm elections to focus on anti-immigration message

Voters begin casting ballots on candidates, Trump in U.S. midterm elections | CBC News – (CBC News)
Millions of voters are heading to the polls today to decide whether U.S. President Donald Trump has managed to scare up enough support to cement Republican control of Congress through the final two years of his current term, or if Democrats will be able to pr…

Americans are out in force to have say on Trump – (News.com.au)
Midterm elections blog

Trump’s trade war isn’t the only thing slowing China’s economy – (Business Insider)
Trump’s trade war isn’t the only thing slowing China’s economy

Wall Street veteran who predicted 2016 sees a GOP midterm sweep thanks to the Trump economy – (CNBC)
Many Americans have been “helped by this economy,” B. Riley FBR’s Mark Grant says. “They don’t want to jeopardize it.”

Eric Trump Gets Schooled Over Health Care Claim On ‘Fox & Friends’ – (The Huffington Post)
Donald Trump’s son also claimed former President Barack Obama had a “personal problem” with his father and was “taking credit” for his accomplishments.

U.S. voters give verdict on Trump as control of Congress at stake – (Reuters)
After a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues, Americans voted on Tuesday to determine the balance of power in the U.S. Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Trump weighs heavily on voters as ballots are cast – (Associated Press)
It’s Election Day in America, and voters will deliver their first verdict of President Donald Trump’s tumultuous tenure in a midterm that’s expected to draw historic numbers to the polls. Immigration, the economy, women’s issues, partisanship — all weighed he…

Trump Plans a Quiet Election Day After Weeks of Non-Stop Midterm Rallies – (Time)
Trump’s usually active Twitter feed was quiet Tuesday as voting booths opened across the country.

US polls: Voting begins marking first major voter test of Donald Trump – (Google News (India))
Polling started in more than 35 of the 50 states including Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Virginia at 6:00 am (local time).

Election Day tests Democratic resistance in Trump era – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A turbulent election season that tested President Donald Trump’s slash-and-burn political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance comes to a close as Americans cast ballots in the first national election of the Trump era. Wit…

Migrants camp at Mexico City stadium as US votes – (Associated Press)
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of Central Americans dreaming of getting to the United States awoke Tuesday to donations of fruit and hot coffee at a sports stadium in Mexico’s chilly capital as the U.S. held midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has…

The Military Doesn’t Seem to Appreciate Trump’s Border Stunt – (New York Magazine)
Deploying troops to combat a fake migrant caravan “invasion” may fire up Trump’s base, but service members don’t like being used as political pawns.

WHAT TO WATCH: After turbulent campaign, it’s up to voters – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tweetstorms and a trade war. Kanye in the Oval Office. Kavanaugh in the hearing room. President Donald Trump’s presidency has been a wild, turbulent, two-year ride. Now it’s time for voters to weigh in how much they’re enjoying it. Republica…

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