2018-11-23

Headlines:

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

Prominent Syrian activist killed in rebel-held province – (Associated Press)
BEIRUT (AP) — Gunmen in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern province shot and killed on Friday a prominent anti-government journalist who was also a sharp critic of Islamist militants. Raed Fares’ U.S.-funded Radio Fresh station provides news of the conflict to S…

Spotify’s Palestinian launch puts local artists on the map – (Reuters)
Palestinian musicians are fast reaping dividends from their presence on Spotify, which launched its internet streaming service in the Middle East and North Africa last week.

Amazon workers strike in Germany, Spain on Black Friday – (Reuters)
Workers at Amazon logistic centers in Germany and Spain staged strikes on Friday, walking off the job on Black Friday, the discount spending spree that kicks-off the start of the crucial Christmas shopping season.

Myanmar journalists, lawyers raise concerns over jailing of Reuters reporters – (Reuters)
Groups representing journalists and lawyers in Myanmar handed a letter to the country’s president on Friday outlining their concerns over the jailing of two Reuters reporters convicted of breaking state secrets laws.

Stores fighting for Black Friday sales aim for convenience – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are offering much of their Black Friday deals online, but shoppers still showed up at malls and stores around the country looking for discounts — and also to take in the scene. Kati Anderson said she stopped at Cumberland Mall in Atl…

Oil slide pulls Wall Street lower – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks fell on Friday as oil prices slipped to their lowest in more than a year, dragging down energy shares, while investors were nervous ahead of U.S.-China trade talks at the G20 summit next week.

Trump’s Thanksgiving menu includes turkey and grievances – (Associated Press)
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump used a Thanksgiving Day call to troops deployed overseas to pat himself on the back and air grievances about the courts, trade and migrants heading to the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump’s call, made Thursday from his …

Impeach the president? House Democrats saying not so fast – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever happened to trying to impeach President Donald Trump? As House Democrats begin laying out the vision for their new majority, that item is noticeably missing from the to-do list and firmly on the margins. The agenda for now includes …

Spain wants commitment on Gibraltar in writing before EU summit: government official – (Reuters)
Spain has a commitment from Britain to support the inclusion of clarifications on the status of Gibraltar in the Brexit package, Spanish Secretary of State for the European Union Luis Marco Aguiriano said on Friday outside a meeting in Brussels.

Rain helps douse California fires, but raises landslide risk – (Reuters)
More rain is forecast for northern California over the weekend, boosting firefighters’ efforts to extinguish the last of the wildfires that have raged there for two weeks, but raises the risk of flash floods and landslides in the scorched Sierra Nevada foothi…

‘Immense loss for Syria’: Gunmen kill Idlib activist Raed Fares – (Al Jazeera English)
Raed Fares, who heads Kafranbel-based Radio Fresh and survived a 2014 ISIL shooting, dies in gun attack, reports say.

Oil hits lowest in a year, even as OPEC considers output cut – (Reuters)
Oil fell to its lowest level in more than a year on Friday on continued concerns about a rising global surplus, even as producers considered cutting output to curb supply.

1 person dead, 2 others hurt after Alabama mall shooting – (Associated Press)
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — A man was shot and killed by police after a fight at an Alabama mall ahead of Black Friday shopping resulted in gunfire that injured a teenager and a 12-year-old girl. The shooting occurred late Thursday at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoove…

Prominent Syrian activist killed in Idlib – (BBC News)
Raed Fares founded a radio station which broadcast from inside opposition areas in the country.

Brexit deal almost done, but Spain holds out over Gibraltar – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — European Union diplomats were meeting Friday to finalize the draft divorce agreement between Britain and the bloc, amid a warning from Spain that it will oppose the deal if it isn’t guaranteed a say over the future of Gibraltar. Leaders of EU na…

Separatists attack Chinese Consulate in Pakistan, killing 4 – (Associated Press)
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Armed separatists stormed the Chinese Consulate in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Friday, triggering an intense hour-long shootout during which two Pakistani civilians, two police officers and all three assailants were ki…

Saudi crown prince in UAE, first trip abroad since Khashoggi – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, on his first tour abroad since the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. The prince, who ar…

Outcry as Spanish court says rape not violent – (BBC News)
A court’s decision to clear two men of sexual assault prompts new anger after months of protests.

UN envoy arrives in Yemen’s Hodeidah ahead of new peace talks – (Al Jazeera English)
UN says it is ready to play a supervisory role in managing the key Yemeni port as Martin Griffiths arrives in the city.

American on deadly trip to Indian island: ‘God sheltered me’ – (Associated Press)
NEW DELHI (AP) — The young American, paddling his kayak toward a remote Indian island whose people have resisted the outside world for thousands of years, believed God was helping him dodge the authorities. “God sheltered me and camouflaged me against the coa…

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From various sources

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

Anne Frank House adds audio tour to exhibit in Amsterdam – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Anne Frank House attracts about 1.2 million visitors annually. In the renovations, a coatroom was added to the museum.

NGOs: Israelis vandalize dozens of Palestinian cars in West Bank – (The Jerusalem Post)
Palestinians reported that at 2 a.m. Israelis entered the village of Asira al-Qibliya and punctured the tires of about 12 vehicles, Yesh Din stated.

The Iran Obsession and ‘Useful Fictions’ – (The American Conservative)
The only interests served by the fiction that Iran is responsible for the war on Yemen are those of the Saudi and Emirati governments and their hirelings here in the U.S.

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Undisputed – (Fox Sports)
Watch Undisputed where Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe give their unfiltered, incisive, passionate opinions on the biggest sports topics of the day.

Careers – Jobs – Tab – (Hacker News)
Careers – Jobs – Tab

WWE icon ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan spends Thanksgiving in ICU – (Fox News)
WWE star ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan spent Thanksgiving in a South Carolina ICU, according to an Instagram post shared by his family.

New app helps dog owners keep track of their pet – (Fox News)
Creators of DogLog want to make sure your precious pup doesn’t get lost in the shuffle during the busy holidays.

NASA readies for another risky Mars landing – (Fox News)
After traveling nearly 300 million miles, NASA’s InSight mission is closing in on its scheduled rendezvous with the Red Planet.

All the best Black Friday deals as they launch – (Mirror)
Live updates on the biggest bargains and everything you need to know as the biggest shopping event of the year gets underway

Pictured: Asylum seeker who posed as a schoolboy, 15, to sit GCSEs – (Daily Mail)
The man from the Middle East, who spent six weeks as a Year 11 pupil at Stoke High School in Ipswich, Suffolk – but is now being treated as an adult asylum seeker and could be deported.

Benjamin Mendy: Manchester City defender faces three months out – (BBC Sport)
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy faces up to three months out of action following knee surgery.

France’s ‘gilets jaunes’ leave Macron feeling decidedly off-colour – (The Guardian (UK))
Fuel tax protest has widened into outpouring at inequality and ruling political class

Met police say tough tactics have reduced violent moped crime – (The Guardian (UK))
Tactics such as using police cars to knock suspects off bikes has had major effect, says force

Prominent Syrian activist killed in rebel-held province – (Associated Press)
BEIRUT (AP) — Gunmen in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern province shot and killed on Friday a prominent anti-government journalist who was also a sharp critic of Islamist militants. Raed Fares’ U.S.-funded Radio Fresh station provides news of the conflict to S…

“Humanitarian crisis” declared as 5,000 migrants reach Tijuana – (CBS News)
Mayor says that Tijuana does not have the necessary infrastructure to adequately attend to the migrants

Humans didn’t cause mass animal extinctions in Africa, like previously thought, study says – (USA Today)
In research published in the journal Science, authors say extinctions of mammal communities in Africa occurred before evidence of human hunting.

Black Friday 2018: Here are the best deals you can get right now – (USA Today)
Don’t get duped by a deal on a bad product. We’re searching for all the best sales and will be updating all day long!

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All about Trump

Who is potential Kelly replacement Nick Ayers? – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Trump has been discussing a handful of replacements for several senior positions in his administration, including White House chief of staff John Kelly. Sources say that Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, is in the running to r…

Trump’s Thanksgiving menu includes turkey and grievances – (Associated Press)
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump used a Thanksgiving Day call to troops deployed overseas to pat himself on the back and air grievances about the courts, trade and migrants heading to the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump’s call, made Thursday from his …

Impeach the president? House Democrats saying not so fast – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever happened to trying to impeach President Donald Trump? As House Democrats begin laying out the vision for their new majority, that item is noticeably missing from the to-do list and firmly on the margins. The agenda for now includes …

Young, rich and loyal: Nick Ayers could be Trump’s next chief of staff – (CNN)

Turkey accuses Trump of turning ‘blind eye’ to Khashoggi slaying – (The Hill)
Turkey’s top ranking diplomat scorched President Trump on Friday, accusing him of turning a “blind eye” to the killing of Washington Post journalist and Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi.

G20, forged in crisis, faces major test next week: Donald Trump – (Google News)
When G20 world leaders met for the first time in 2008 their mission was a desperate one – to rescue the global economy from the worst financial crisis in more than 70 years. They were successful.

G20, forged in crisis, faces major test next week: Donald Trump – (Google News (Canada))
When G20 world leaders met for the first time in 2008 their mission was a desperate one – to rescue the global economy from the worst financial crisis in more than 70 years. They were successful.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Fox News: “The folks who bow to Trump are clutching their pearls” – (Newsweek)
“I’m fine being called a bull in a china shop, because politics that answers to special interests more than the American people should be disrupted,” the congresswoman-elect tweeted.

Oil tumbles below $60 as Trump heaps pressure on Saudi Arabia – (Google News (Canada))
Brent crude falls to its lowest levels in more than a year as supply swells

Oil tumbles below $60 as Trump heaps pressure on Saudi Arabia – (Google News (UK))
Brent crude falls to its lowest levels in more than a year as supply swells

American Bar Association slams President Trump for his attacks on federal judges in a Thanksgiving message – (Newsweek)
“As we celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday, let us all count our blessings as Americans,” ABA President Robert Carlson said on Wednesday.

How a Dig at Trump’s Immigration Policy Ended Up in ‘Mortal Engines’ – (Wired)
Peter Jackson’s new movie may be set in the future, but it’s got a few very now moments.

Trump celebrates Thanksgiving with an airing of grievances – (Google News (Canada))
The President used his call to deployed U.S. troops to pat himself on the back and complain about the courts, trade and migrants

Turkey rips Trump for turning a “blind eye” to Jamal Khashoggi killing – (CBS News)
“Money isn’t everything. We must not move away from human values,” Turkey’s foreign minister says

Turkey says Trump is “turning a blind eye” to murder after backing the Saudis over his own CIA – (Vice News)
The president dismissed the CIA’s analysis as nothing more than “feelings.”

North Korea ignoring Donald Trump as nuclear site expands, report says – (Newsweek)
The International Atomic Energy Agency has suggested Kim Jong Un is not moving towards denuclearization.

Trump demands bipartisan border deal: ‘Fix the Border, for once and for all, NOW!’ – (The Washington Times)
President Trump on Friday pushed Congress to strike a bipartisan deal to strengthen border security that includes funding a border wall.

Trump blind to Khashoggi murder: Turkey – (Google News (Australia))
Donald Trump’s comments about Jamal Khashoggi’s killing show the US president will turn a blind eye to the issue no matter what investigators uncover, Turkey’s foreign minister says.

Warning signs mount for Trump reelection bid – (Politico)
“They haven’t gotten his job approval over 50 percent, like Reagan,” says one GOP pollster.

Sherrod Brown sets his sights on Trump in 2020 – (Politico)
In a POLITICO interview, the Ohio Democrat highlights his connection with Trump voters, a possible preview of a 2020 campaign.

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