2018-11-22

Headlines:

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

Trump hints could make first visit to Afghanistan – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump hinted on Thursday he may visit Afghanistan, scene of one of America’s longest wars but a country he has yet to visit almost two years into his presidency.

Thousands protest Tunisia’s public sector cuts – (Al Jazeera English)
PM Chahed, under pressure from the IMF, is battling to cut budget deficit to 4.9 percent of GDP from 6.2 percent.

Highlights of EU, UK declaration on post-Brexit ties – (Reuters)
Britain and the European Union have agreed in principle on a text setting out their future relationship. The deal is pending endorsement by the bloc’s leaders at a summit on Sunday.

‘Operational cooperation’: Brexit deal vague on EU-Britain security ties – (Reuters)
Britain has failed to win a guarantee of access to EU security databases once it leaves the European Union, according to a draft deal agreed between London and Brussels on future ties, leaving such co-operation open to negotiation.

Brexit talks at critical moment after future ties agreed: UK PM May – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Brexit talks were at a critical moment and that all efforts would be made to bring them to a conclusion after a framework for the future relationship with the EU was agreed on Thursday.

May’s Brexit deal is the worst of all worlds, Labour’s Corbyn says – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal is the worst of all worlds, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday after the publication of the political declaration on the framework for future relations with the European Union.

Brexit race to stockpile pushes some of UK’s aerospace suppliers to the brink – (Reuters)
A race by aerospace giants Rolls-Royce and Airbus to stockpile parts before Brexit is pushing some small suppliers to breaking point.

Balloons, blankets at frigid Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Bystanders are refusing to let cold temperatures put a damper on watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, breaking out the blankets and sleeping bags to watch the giant balloons go by. Tony Stout camped out with his extended family since 2 a.m…

Wife of Matthew Hedges slams UK ‘inaction’ in UAE espionage case – (Al Jazeera English)
Daniela Tejada accuses UK Foreign Office of ignoring her pleas for help over her husband’s arrest and sentencing.

Factbox: Brexiteers cast PM May’s draft Brexit deal as ‘surrender’ – (Reuters)
Britain and the European Union agreed a draft text setting out a close post-Brexit relationship on Thursday, though wrangles over fish and the future of Gibraltar must still be settled before leaders meet on Sunday.

No holiday respite for Trump’s criticism of nation’s courts – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts are engaging in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America’s judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected…

Trump’s Tariffs Haven’t Really Transformed Trade. Yet. – (The New York Times)
Despite his tough talk, President Trump has not fundamentally altered America’s approach to trade. But that could change, and future increases in tariffs could be very costly to the United States.

U.S. Weighs Steel Quotas, Instead of Tariffs, on Canada and Mexico – (The New York Times)
Canada and Mexico want the Trump metal tariffs lifted, but the administration is trying to limit the amount of foreign steel to prevent a flood of cheap metals into the United States.

Nissan Motor board fires Ghosn as chairman following arrest – (Associated Press)
TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. fired Carlos Ghosn as chairman Thursday, curtailing the powerful executive’s nearly two decade long reign at the Japanese automaker after his arrest for alleged financial improprieties. In an hours-long meeting, the company’s boa…

Big test coming up for tiny satellites trailing Mars lander – (Associated Press)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A pair of tiny experimental satellites trailing NASA’s InSight spacecraft all the way to Mars face their biggest test yet. Their mission: Broadcast immediate news, good or bad, of InSight’s plunge through the Martian atmosphere on …

EU, UK agree Brexit text, but gaps remain before summit – (Reuters)
Britain and the European Union agreed a draft text setting out a close post-Brexit relationship, officials said, though wrangles over fish and the future of Gibraltar must still be settled before leaders meet on Sunday.

Nissan votes unanimously to fire Chairman Ghosn, ending two decade reign – (Reuters)
Nissan Motor Co’s <7201.T> board voted unanimously to oust Chairman Carlos Ghosn on Thursday after the shock arrest of the industry heavyweight, ushering in a period of uncertainty for its 19-year alliance with Renault .

UK’s May sees Brexit deal soon as future ties text agreed – (Associated Press)
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that a good Brexit deal is within reach, after the European Union and her government agreed on a draft declaration outlining their future relations. The 26-page text was agreed upon at a technic…

UK’s May sees Brexit deal soon as future ties text agreed – (Associated Press)
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that a good Brexit deal is within reach, after the European Union and her government agreed on a draft declaration outlining their future relations. The 26-page text was agreed upon at a technic…

Head of Russian spy agency accused of British poison attack dies – (Reuters)
The head of Russia’s military intelligence agency that the West has blamed for a string of brazen attacks died on Wednesday after “a serious and long illness”, the Russian defense ministry said on Thursday, hailing him as a “true son of Russia.”

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From various sources

The truth about a no-deal Brexit – (The Economist)
Time to bust the last great Brexit myth

European social anthropologists to boycott Israeli colleges in settlement – (The Jerusalem Post)
The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) voted in favor of the boycott by a vote of 830 in favor, 21 opposed and 37 abstentions.

Shin Bet thwarts Hamas terror attacks inside Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
According to the agency the activity that was discovered was “different from Hamas’ efforts in recent years, both in terms of its scope and in its potential danger.”

Spotify’s Palestinian launch puts local artists on the map – (The Jerusalem Post)

Golden Knights in best position to overcome slow start, statistics show – (NHL News)
Behind the Numbers is a weekly series where NHL.com examines both player and team trends with an emphasis being placed on advanced statistics. This week we use American Thanksgiving, an unofficial milestone during the NHL season, to look at where teams are in…

Facts and Figures: Crosby’s return fuels Penguins – (NHL News)
Sidney Crosby’s return after missing three games with an upper-body injury was just what the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins needed.

Investments fuel a third of profits at Tencent and Alibaba – (Financial Times)
Chinese technology giants are becoming increasingly reliant on M&A activities

Report: Caravan migrants plan ‘human stampede’ – (Fox News)
What recourse does the Trump administration have to protect the border? Conservative columnist Ann Coulter and immigration attorney Allen Orr weigh in.

Facebook admits it conducted opposition research on Soros, other critics | CBC News – (CBC News)
Facebook’s outgoing head of communications is taking the blame for hiring Definers, the public relations firm doing opposition research on the company’s critics, including billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

2nd T20I (N), India tour of Australia at Melbourne, Nov 23 2018 | Match Preview | ESPNCricinfo – (ESPN Cric Info)
Get a preview of the Australia vs India 2018 cricket match.

Trump on Khashoggi killing: Saudi crown prince ‘hates it more than I do’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Thursday continued to defend his response to Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month, asserting that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “hates” the situation “more than I do.”

The International Space Station is full of floppy disks – (The Verge)
The International Space Station is apparently in need of a garage sale. European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst discovered a treasure trove of floppy disks tucked away in one of the lockers on-board.

Wife of British student jailed in the UAE is to meet Jeremy Hunt – (Daily Mail)
Matthew Hedges, 31, was convicted of being a spy and given a life sentence in a secret hearing that lasted just five minutes in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Child abductor who ‘ran off with’ 15-year-old schoolgirl walks FREE – (Daily Mail)
Police launched a week-long manhunt for Thomas Fallon, 25, after he went missing with the girl (pictured) in September. She was reported missing after failing to return home to Doncaster.

‘I’ve honoured the referendum’: PM hails Brexit pact – (Daily Mail)
The Prime Minister is engaged in a frantic round of diplomacy amid fears the package painstakingly assembled over nearly two years could be on the verge of collapse.

Mother finds her house in ruins after daughter’s secret party – (Daily Mail)
Officers in a dozen squad cars arrived on the usually sleepy cul-de-sac in Glebe Park, Lincoln, on Saturday night, where they were pelted with glass bottles.

Jennie Gray faked sadness in police interview to protect partner – (Daily Mail)
Ellie was found dead on her bedroom floor in October 2013 with ‘catastrophic head injuries’ compared to car crash victim and Butler was jailed for 23 years in 2016.

Will British academic be incarcerated in ‘hellhole’ Abu Dhabi prison? – (Daily Mail)
Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi’s biggest prison, is just a 40 minute drive from the Abu Dhabi court room where Matthew Hedges was sentenced yesterday as his wife Daniela Tejada watched on.

North Korean still working at main nuclear site, IAEA says – (The Jerusalem Post)
The IAEA has not had access to North Korea since 2009 and mainly monitors activities there through satellite imagery, meaning it cannot confirm its observations.

Chip shop owner, 70 arrested for ‘murdering his wife with burning fat’ – (Daily Mail)
Grandmother Mavis Bran, 69, died after 320F (160C) liquid fell on her at the fish and chip shop she owned with her husband Geoff, 70 (pictured) in the Welsh village of Hermon on October 23.

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All about Trump

Report: Caravan migrants plan ‘human stampede’ – (Fox News)
What recourse does the Trump administration have to protect the border? Conservative columnist Ann Coulter and immigration attorney Allen Orr weigh in.

Trump on Khashoggi killing: Saudi crown prince ‘hates it more than I do’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Thursday continued to defend his response to Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month, asserting that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “hates” the situation “more than I do.”

Trump hints could make first visit to Afghanistan – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump hinted on Thursday he may visit Afghanistan, scene of one of America’s longest wars but a country he has yet to visit almost two years into his presidency.

Donald Trump’s Saudi Arabia First policy – (Financial Times)
The US will rue its president’s refusal to stand up to Mohammed bin Salman

Trump dismisses Roberts rebuke and blames judges for ‘bedlam and chaos’ – (Google News (UK))
President renews attacks on ninth circuit after a judge in San Francisco ruled against an attempt to override asylum law

Trump dismisses Roberts rebuke and blames judges for ‘bedlam and chaos’ – (The Guardian (UK))
President renews attacks on ninth circuit after a judge in San Francisco ruled against an attempt to override asylum law

Trump holds teleconference with troops, plans Coast Guard visit on Thanksgiving – (The Hill)
President Trump had plans to hold a teleconference with service members on Thursday morning for Thanksgiving before visiting members of the Coast Guard.

Trump order gives border troops more power – (Fox News)
The Trump administration issues a directive allowing troops to use force if needed to protect Border Patrol agents; Alicia Acuna reports.

Trump, keeping up feud with Roberts, accuses judges of undermining US security – (Google News)
President Donald Trump, intensifying his feud with Chief Justice John Roberts, accused the American judiciary on Thanksgiving morning of undermining national security.

Trump tweets on a ‘mean & nasty world,’ unsafe judges, and, yes, Thanksgiving – (USA Today)
The president, from Mar-a-Lago, bolsters his pro-Saudi position and lashes out at judges who try to legislate about asylum for migrants.

No holiday respite for Trump’s criticism of nation’s courts – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts are engaging in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America’s judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected…

Iran: US carriers and bases are within reach of missiles – (Fox News)
Tensions have been rising with Iran since President Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal.

Trump’s Tariffs Haven’t Really Transformed Trade. Yet. – (The New York Times)
Despite his tough talk, President Trump has not fundamentally altered America’s approach to trade. But that could change, and future increases in tariffs could be very costly to the United States.

U.S. Weighs Steel Quotas, Instead of Tariffs, on Canada and Mexico – (The New York Times)
Canada and Mexico want the Trump metal tariffs lifted, but the administration is trying to limit the amount of foreign steel to prevent a flood of cheap metals into the United States.

Trump’s acting attorney general incorrectly says NYC bomber had help – (The Hill)
Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker erroneously said Wednesday that a terrorist who set off bombs in New York and New Jersey last year had two “overseas” accomplices helping him.

Trump tweets on a ‘mean & nasty world,’ unsafe judges, and, yes, Thanksgiving – (Google News (Canada))
The president, from Mar-a-Lago, bolsters his pro-Saudi position and lashes out at judges who try to legislate about asylum for migrants.

Trump’s Trade War With China Is Weighing on Shoppers This Holiday Season – (Fortune)
A NerdWallet survey found that Americans are doing more comparison shopping or avoiding buying items made in China entirely.

Hillary Clinton: Europe must curb immigration to stop rightwing populists – (The Guardian (UK))
Europe and centre left everywhere need tougher approach to phenomenon that fuelled Trump and Brexit, says Clinton

Watch Scaramucci try to compliment Trump – (Vice News)
Scaramucci admits he made a big mistake — and that he’s likely to do it again

Trump defends Saudis, says “maybe the world” should be held accountable for Khashoggi’s death – (CBS News)
The president doubled down on defending Saudi Arabia and blasting the 9th Circuit

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