2018-11-12

Headlines:

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

No sign Iran’s nuclear behaviour has changed since U.S. sanctions: diplomat – (Reuters)
There is no indication that Iranian cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog policing its deal with major powers has changed since the latest round of reimposed U.S. sanctions against Tehran, a senior diplomat said on Monday.

Some Southern California fire evacuations lifted – (Associated Press)
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Some of the thousands of people who fled Southern California’s huge wildfire were being allowed to return home, and traffic was flowing Monday on the major highway through the area after a closure of several days. Repopulation of some ne…

US election recounts descend into rancour – (BBC News)
Officials say the margins in elections for state governor and senator have narrowed to within 0.5%.

Turkey rejects French accusation of Khashoggi game-playing – (Reuters)
Turkey rejected on Monday a French accusation that President Tayyip Erdogan was playing political games over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it appeared that France was trying to cover up the crime.

Trump urges Florida to halt recount, hand races to Republicans – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged Florida election officials to abandon recount efforts, declare his fellow Republicans the winners and, without evidence, cast doubt on vote tallies as state officials scrambled to review more than 8 million ballots …

Mississippi senator’s ‘public hanging’ remark draws rebuke – (Associated Press)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A newly published video shows a white Republican U.S. senator in Mississippi praising someone by saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who faces a black Democratic challenger in a…

Wagerers crossing the Delaware (and Hudson) for sports bets – (Associated Press)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — In the time it takes for a red light to turn green, Leonard Sciascia can get his sports bets made, turn around and head home. The 39-year-old man from New York City’s Staten Island runs his own business selling advice on which teams…

Canada ‘has heard Khashoggi murder tape’ – (BBC News)
Canada’s prime minister says it has listened to a purported recording of the Saudi writer’s killing.

Iran honoring nuclear deal as new sanctions hit, IAEA report shows – (Reuters)
Iran has continued to implement the main nuclear restrictions set by its 2015 deal with major powers, a quarterly U.N. watchdog report shows, though several items were verified shortly before reimposed U.S. sanctions took effect.

Florida Republican Scott asks that ballots be guarded in Senate race recount – (Reuters)
Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott, whose lead has narrowed in the state’s U.S. Senate race, filed more lawsuits against local election officials on Sunday, asking a judge to order police to impound voting machines and ballots when they are not in use.

U.S. movie theater chains fear Justice Department review may hit profits – (Reuters)
U.S. movie theater chains fear that a Justice Department review of little-known mid-century rules may result in studios getting free rein to force them to show unpopular movies in exchange for getting blockbuster releases, threatening their profits.

Chaos, deal or new vote: What is the grand Brexit finale? – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to clinch a Brexit divorce deal with the European Union but the bigger challenge may be to get any agreement approved by the British parliament.

Thousands in Gaza demand revenge after deadly Israeli raid – (Associated Press)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Chanting “revenge” and flanked by masked gunmen in camouflage, thousands of mourners in the Gaza Strip on Monday buried seven Palestinian militants killed in an Israeli incursion as the ruling Hamas group launched a feverish secur…

EU’s Barnier said Brexit treaty text almost ready: FT – (Reuters)
The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator has said the main elements of an exit treaty text are ready to present to the British cabinet on Tuesday, the Financial Times reported, citing unidentified diplomats briefed on the discussions.

Grim search for more fire victims, 31 dead across California – (Associated Press)
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — As wildfires raged at both ends of California, officials released another grim statistic: Six more dead in a swath of Northern California wiped out by fire, raising the death toll there to 29. It matched California’s record for deaths …

They Were Stopped at the Texas Border. Their Nightmare Had Only Just Begun. – (The New York Times)
After crossing the Rio Grande, three immigrant women were picked up by a Border Patrol agent. Their relief soon turned to terror.

The new parents and UK’s neo-Nazi terror threat – (BBC News)
How police closed in on the banned far-right group National Action and several of its members.

Amazon asked to share Echo data in murder case – (BBC News)
A US judge asks Amazon to hand over audio recordings from an Echo device in a house where two women died.

Michelle Obama memoir is next pick for Winfrey book club – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama’s “Becoming,” already expected to sell millions of copies, now has the official backing of Oprah Winfrey. “This book is everything you wanted to know and so much you didn’t even know you wanted to know. I believe it’s going to s…

Brexit ‘judgement day’ warning for cabinet – (BBC News)
Ministers are urged to show “moral courage” as talks enter crucial 48-hour phase.

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From various sources

Analysis | Macron’s pyrrhic victory over Trump – (The Washington Post)
The French president decried President Trump’s nationalism, but his own bid for international leadership could fail.

Teen in critical condition after rocket strikes bus – (The Jerusalem Post)
More than 80 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel.

Begin recording pulled from auction after lawsuit – (The Jerusalem Post)
Children of former prime minister sue to stop sale of 1948 speech, claiming copyright infringement.

More than 70 rockets fired from Gaza to Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
After yesterday’s firefight in Gaza, escalation between the IDF and Gaza appears inevitable.

Lt. Col. M. killed in Gaza laid to rest, remembered as ‘hero of Israel’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
He was killed by Hamas members Sunday night.

IDF spokesman lost the narrative on botched Gaza mission – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Loose lips sink ships,” and the way to counter it is with good, trustworthy information to replace the bad.

Rick Scott insists he ‘won the election,’ as recount chaos keeps Florida races in suspense – (Fox News)
Florida Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott insisted Monday he “won the election” while accusing incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of trying to “steal” the race from him, amid chaotic recounts in the sunshine state’s Senate and gubernatorial races.

Scientists are redefining the kilogram | CBC News – (CBC News)
Scientists are updating the definition of the kilogram, after years of nursing a sometimes dusty cylinder of metal in a vault outside Paris as the global reference for modern mass.

Lyft is launching a rider loyalty program in December – (TechCrunch)
Ride-sharing service Lyft is today announcing its new plan to encourage repeat use: the launch of a loyalty program for riders, Lyft Rewards. The program, which will begin rolling out next month to select riders across the U.S., will let riders earn points fo…

Jets don’t plan on firing Todd Bowles during season – (NFL News)
Even after the New York Jet’s embarrassing loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday, the team doesn’t plan to make any changes to their coaching staff before the end of the season.

Boris Johnson calls on Cabinet to stage a mutiny against Theresa May – (Daily Mail)
The Prime Minister had been hoping to reach a settlement by Wednesday – the deadline for calling a Brussels summit this month.

No sign Iran’s nuclear behaviour has changed since U.S. sanctions: diplomat – (Reuters)
There is no indication that Iranian cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog policing its deal with major powers has changed since the latest round of reimposed U.S. sanctions against Tehran, a senior diplomat said on Monday.

Review: Tetris Effect is better than drugs – (The Next Web)
There’s nothing like Tetris. Invented 33 years ago, Tetris barely needed evolve thanks to its simple ingenuity. It’s meditative and infuriating at the same time. It induces anxiety, …

Some Southern California fire evacuations lifted – (Associated Press)
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Some of the thousands of people who fled Southern California’s huge wildfire were being allowed to return home, and traffic was flowing Monday on the major highway through the area after a closure of several days. Repopulation of some ne…

Trump repeats baseless voter fraud claim in Florida election – live – (The Guardian (AU))
President said election should be called in favor of Republicans Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis and that ‘many ballots are missing or forged’

Farmer shot 8 times in robbery at chicken farm near Lanseria Airport – (News24)
Police are on the hunt for gunmen who shot a farmer multiple times in an armed robbery at a chicken farm near Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg.

New hearing aid helps Cheslin Marsh hear ‘clearly’ as attackers get life – (News24)
Cheslin Marsh has been sporting an accessory to his usual diamond earrings – a new hearing aid, sponsored by a Sea Point ear specialist.

Fierce fighting erupts as 80 rockets fired into Israel amid fallout from ‘botched intel raid’ in Gaza – (Independent)
Israel launches air strikes on Gaza after militants fire dozens of rockets, a day after a senior Israeli soldier and seven Palestinians are killed in a raid in southern Gaza

Source: Rams WR Kupp (torn ACL) out for season – (ESPN)
Rams receiver Cooper Kupp is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL in Sunday’s win over the Rams, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The First Poster for Toy Story 4 Is Here – IGN – (IGN)
Come and check out a slightly more sombre Woody than we saw in today’s trailer.

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All about Trump

Analysis | Macron’s pyrrhic victory over Trump – (The Washington Post)
The French president decried President Trump’s nationalism, but his own bid for international leadership could fail.

Trump repeats baseless voter fraud claim in Florida election – live – (The Guardian (AU))
President said election should be called in favor of Republicans Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis and that ‘many ballots are missing or forged’

Trump urges Florida to halt recount, hand races to Republicans – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged Florida election officials to abandon recount efforts, declare his fellow Republicans the winners and, without evidence, cast doubt on vote tallies as state officials scrambled to review more than 8 million ballots …

Trump repeats baseless voter fraud claim in Florida election – live – (The Guardian (UK))
President said election should be called in favor of Republicans Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis and that ‘many ballots are missing or forged’

The stock market doesn’t see a big risk for Trump in Mueller probe right now – (CNBC)
Some market pros see the Mueller investigation for now as a low risk for President Trump and expect the market to rally if he is in the clear when the special counsel releases his report.

ABC News: Michelle Obama ‘stopped even trying to smile’ at Trump inauguration – (CNN)
Former first lady Michelle Obama wrote that she was unable to put on a happy face and smile during President Donald Trump’s inauguration in her new book, according to ABC News.

Despite Trump’s hopes, U.S.–Turkey ties are still fraying – (Axios)
Points of division include Syria, Iran sanctions and Russian aggression.

ABC News: Michelle Obama ‘stopped even trying to smile’ at Trump inauguration – (Google News)
Former first lady Michelle Obama wrote that she was unable to put on a happy face and smile during President Donald Trump’s inauguration in her new book, according to ABC News.

Meteorologist Explains the California Fires—And Scoffs at Trump’s Claims – (Fortune)
Donald Trump said the California fires are due to forest mismanagement. But a meteorologist explains why that’s all wrong.

Trump’s new target: the electoral process – (Axios)
Trump is calling out Democrats in Florida and Arizona.

Trump unrepentant over French visit – (News.com.au)
Fresh from a trip to France where his brand of “nationalism” drew rebuke from his hosts, US President Donald Trump says “much was accomplished” in his meetings.

Trump honors vets and fallen heroes in the rain in France – (Daily Mail)
Trump gave the speech on the centennial anniversary of the First World War, after coming under scrutiny for calling off a trip to a similar memorial while it was raining the day before.

Trump’s USMCA trade deal could be upended as Democrats vow to withhold support – (Financial Post)
The president wants speedy passage of a revised trade deal, but Democrats want significant improvements to labour and other provisions.

Trump: Florida midterm results “must go with Election Night” ballots – (Axios)
“An honest vote count is no longer possible — ballots massively infected.”

U.S. soybean farmers hang on for dear life in Trump’s China trade war – (Axios)
Soybean inventories have more than doubled in the past year.

Steve Hilton: Trump is right, French President Macron completely wrong about nationalism – (Fox News)
As President Trump attended the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War, his host, French President Macron launched an extraordinarily direct political attack.

President Trump calls for end to Florida recount, tweeted ballots ‘massively infected’ – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump called Monday for an end to the Florida recount for governor and U.S. Senate, saying ballots were “massively infected”

Trump Largely Alone As World Leaders Take Aim At Nationalism – (The Huffington Post)
French President Emmanuel Macron warned that the “ancient demons” that caused World War I and millions of deaths were once again making headway.

GOP Sen. Kennedy: I don’t agree with Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker – (CBS News)
Says Trump’s pick to fill Jeff Sessions’ position will be there “a short while” before president puts forward a permanent replacement for Cabinet seat

Trump says Florida elections ‘massively infected’: ‘Many ballots are missing or forged’ – (NBC News)
President Donald Trump said the Florida elections should be called for Republicans Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott.

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