2018-11-27

Headlines:

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

Tekashi 6ix9ine pleads not guilty to racketeering – (BBC News)
The rapper pleads not guilty to racketeering and firearms offences and is kept in custody.

Upended by frat boys: Lawmakers slam Facebook’s effect on politics – (Reuters)
Facebook came under fire on Tuesday from lawmakers from several countries who accused the firm of undermining democratic institutions and left out an empty chair for chief executive Mark Zuckerberg after he declined to be questioned.

Trial begins for man charged with murder at Charlottesville rally – (Reuters)
Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of the man accused of killing a woman by driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia say Qatar blockade will continue – (Al Jazeera English)
Announcement comes after talks between Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Race, Trump factors in final U.S. Senate race of 2018, in Mississippi – (Reuters)
Voters in Mississippi on Tuesday will decide a U.S. Senate special election runoff marked by racial controversy and capped by a last-minute visit by President Donald Trump to shore up the beleaguered Republican incumbent.

Honduran migrant, clutching two small children, flees tear gas – (Reuters)
After nearly two weeks of documenting the harrowing journey of a caravan of mostly Central American migrants headed towards the U.S.-Mexican border, I snapped a picture I will never forget.

Iran’s nuclear chief warns EU patience is running thin – (Reuters)
Iran’s nuclear chief said on Tuesday he was warning the European Union’s top diplomat that Tehran’s patience was running out on the bloc’s pledges to keep up oil trade despite U.S. sanctions.

U.N. reaffirms refugees’ right to seek asylum in U.S. – (Reuters)
Asylum seekers at the Mexican border fleeing violence or persecution are entitled to lodge claims in the United States to obtain sanctuary there, U.N. agencies said in a fresh attempt to shield migrants from tough U.S. immigration policies.

Greenhouse gas emissions gap wider than ever: U.N. report – (Reuters)
Global greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 could be between 13 billion and 15 billion tonnes more than the level needed to keep global warming within 2 degrees Celsius this century, a United Nations report estimated on Tuesday.

Wall Street falls as Trump’s threat sparks trade worries – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks declined on Tuesday after President Donald Trump’s threat to move ahead with additional tariffs on Chinese goods dampened hopes of resolving the trade spat at the upcoming G20 Summit.

Belgium investigates doctors who euthanized autistic woman – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Belgian officials are investigating whether doctors improperly euthanized a woman with autism, the first criminal investigation in a euthanasia case since the practice was legalized in 2002 in the European nation. Three doctors from East Flander…

CO2 rises for the first time in four years – (BBC News)
Global efforts to tackle climate are off track says the UN, as it sees a rise in CO2 after years of decline.

US troops killed in Afghanistan bomb blast – (BBC News)
Three military personnel have died and three others were injured in the explosion near Ghazni city.

Mitsubishi Motors says Nissan-Renault alliance can survive turmoil – (Reuters)
A senior executive at Mitsubishi Motors Corp <7211.T> said on Tuesday its alliance with Nissan Motor <7201.T> and Renault SA can survive management upheaval, a day after it fired Carlos Ghosn as chairman over financial misconduct allegations.

Mexico calls for ‘full investigation’ of U.S. tear gas at border – (Reuters)
Mexico’s foreign ministry presented a diplomatic note to the U.S. government on Monday calling for “a full investigation” into what it described as non-lethal weapons directed toward Mexican territory on Sunday, a statement from the ministry said.

Kremlin warns of possible flare-up of hostilities in Ukraine – (Associated Press)
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Kremlin warned Tuesday that Ukraine’s declaration of martial law over Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships might trigger a flare-up in hostilities in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev blamed Russia for parading captured Ukrainian seame…

Kremlin warns of possible flare-up of hostilities in Ukraine – (Associated Press)
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Kremlin warned Tuesday that Ukraine’s declaration of martial law over Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships might trigger a flare-up in hostilities in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev blamed Russia for parading captured Ukrainian seame…

GM slashes thousands of jobs in tech shift – (Associated Press)
DETROIT (AP) — Even though unemployment is low, the economy is growing and U.S. auto sales are near historic highs, General Motors is cutting thousands of jobs in a major restructuring aimed at generating cash to spend on innovation. The GM layoffs come amid …

After Khashoggi, Saudi prince looks to rebuild image abroad – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s first trip abroad since the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi will offer an early indication of the repercussions he faces from the gruesome slaying. The prince is visiting clos…

Trump Lobs Insults at Special Counsel One Day After Prosecutors Say Manafort Lied – (The New York Times)
President Trump called the investigation a “Phony Witch Hunt.” Prosecutors say his former campaign chairman lied to investigators, breaching a plea deal agreement.

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From various sources

Thousands of converts in diaspora face non-recognition by Chief Rabbinate – (The Jerusalem Post)
“It’s about power, institutions and centralization, and it’s unprecedented in Jewish history.”

IDF opens two investigations into botched covert raid in Gaza – (The Jerusalem Post)
Initial probe to be completed in coming weeks, other investigation to be headed by Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon.

Chinese scientists denounce ‘dangerous’ gene-editing of human embryo – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Pandora’s box has been opened. We still might have a glimmer of hope to close it before it’s too late.”

German foreign minister condemns attack on Israeli reporter in Berlin – (The Jerusalem Post)
Antonia Yamin was filming a report on Brexit for Israeli public broadcaster KAN.

Former Michigan State University president will plead not guilty to charges related to Larry Nassar case, attorneys say – (Vice News)
The former university president is facing more than a decade in prison over the Nassar sex assault investigation.

Fantasy hockey news, lineup, injury tracker – (NHL News)
NHL.com identifies daily fantasy hockey news, lineup and injury trends throughout the 2018-19 season. Follow this page before and after games for waiver wire advice, injury implications and notable production trends.

Reality check: Climate change skeptics’ claims – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s John Avlon looks at the partisan push back over the Trump administration’s climate change report.

Mark Fuhrman unveils analysis on Kennedy’s assassination on Fox Nation’s ‘The Fuhrman Diaries’ – (Fox News)
John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, while traveling through Dallas, Texas in an open-top convertible, forever shaping America.

Prosecutors Say Paul Manafort Lied To Mueller’s Office And The FBI After Signing A Plea Deal – (Buzzfeed)
Manafort’s lawyers disputed the government’s claim, saying he believed he’d been “truthful.”

Get them while they’re not hot: GM is killing these six models next year – (Fox News)
Riding off into the sunset amid slowing sales.

Aspiring teacher may leave Quebec if CAQ follows through on religious symbol ban | CBC News – (CBC News)
Fatima Ahmad, an undergraduate in McGill University’s faculty of education, is only a few years away from becoming a teacher. But she may need to leave Quebec to make it happen.

River Plate v Boca Juniors: Postponed Copa Libertadores final second leg will not be held in Argentina – (BBC Sport)
The postponed Copa Libertadores final second leg between River Plate and Boca Juniors will take place on 8 or 9 December but will not be held in Argentina.

Farage appear on Fox News hours before Trump’s Brexit outburst – (Daily Mail)
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage appeared on Fox News, known to be Donald Trump’s favourite news channel, condemning the Brexit deal on Sunday and yesterday.

Bowl projections: Ohio State edges Oklahoma for fourth College Football Playoff spot – (USA Today)
Michigan’s loss is Ohio State’s gain as the Buckeyes move into the College Football Playoff in this week’s latest bowl projections. Oklahoma is fifth.

Vegans storm steakhouse and play sounds of slaughter – (Daily Mail)
Demonstrators from Direct Action Everywhere entered Touro Steakhouse in Brighton and played the sounds of cows being slaughtered to diners while waving anti-meat placards and signs.

Google employees ask company to walk away from China project – (Axios)
Employees worry the “Dragonfly” project would set a precedent for bowing to censorship demands around the world.

Woman ‘trapped’ in café after spotting ‘poorly’ friend out with other friends – (Mirror)
A woman claims her friend cancelled their meeting as she was ‘unwell’ – but then turned up at the same café with different friends

British ‘spy’ student’s wife sends thanks as she welcomes him home – (Daily Mail)
Matthew Hedges arrived back on UK soil after landing at Heathrow Airport this morning following his pardon from a life sentence in the United Arab Emirates yesterday.

The economic message behind GM’s restructuring – (Axios)
The automaker is indirectly predicting an economic slowdown.

Tekashi 6ix9ine pleads not guilty to racketeering – (BBC News)
The rapper pleads not guilty to racketeering and firearms offences and is kept in custody.

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All about Trump

Reality check: Climate change skeptics’ claims – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s John Avlon looks at the partisan push back over the Trump administration’s climate change report.

Farage appear on Fox News hours before Trump’s Brexit outburst – (Daily Mail)
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage appeared on Fox News, known to be Donald Trump’s favourite news channel, condemning the Brexit deal on Sunday and yesterday.

Mueller accuses Manafort of lying to FBI – (Fox News)
Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort has allegedly violated his plea deal; panel reacts.

Donald Trump says the EU was set up in order to hurt the United States – (Newsweek)
“Frankly, they have to start treating our companies better,” Trump said of the bloc.

Race, Trump factors in final U.S. Senate race of 2018, in Mississippi – (Reuters)
Voters in Mississippi on Tuesday will decide a U.S. Senate special election runoff marked by racial controversy and capped by a last-minute visit by President Donald Trump to shore up the beleaguered Republican incumbent.

Trump fires barrage of angry tweets at “rogue” Mueller – (Newsweek)
The president took aim at Robert Mueller after the special counsel’s team accused Paul Manafort of lying to the FBI.

Wall Street falls as Trump’s threat sparks trade worries – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks declined on Tuesday after President Donald Trump’s threat to move ahead with additional tariffs on Chinese goods dampened hopes of resolving the trade spat at the upcoming G20 Summit.

Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith hopes to avoid Senate shocker in red Mississippi after late intervention from Trump – (CNBC)
GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s remarks that evoked Mississippi’s history of racist violence have made her Senate election against Democrat Mike Espy closer than Republicans would like.

Manafort, Assange held secret talks in Ecuadorian embassy: report – (The Hill)
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort reportedly held private conversations with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London around the time he joined then-candidate Trump’s campaign team, a

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping face trade showdown at G20 summit – (Financial Times)
Six topics set to dominate agenda at Buenos Aires meeting of world leaders

Cramer: ‘Bear market’ could reverse if this week’s Trump-Xi trade meeting is positive – (CNBC)
If Trump were to say he had a really good talk and wants to put January’s planned tariff increase to 25 percent on hold, “then I come in on Monday morning with a change in posture,” CNBC’s Jim Cramer says.

‘A lot of culprits’ are driving GM out of Oshawa — but Trump’s tariffs haven’t helped | CBC News – (CBC News)
The new North American trade agreement — the one that was supposed to be key to the future of Canada’s automotive sector — didn’t even make it to its signing ceremony before General Motors announced it won’t assemble any more cars in Oshawa. Are those lost jo…

President Trump Says Mueller Is ‘Ruining Lives’ After Manafort Denies Violating Plea Deal – (Time)
A day after Paul Manafort was accused of lying in the Russia investigation, President Trump is accusing Robert Mueller of ‘ruining lives.’

Here’s what top analysts think of Apple after the iPhone tariffs threat: ‘Trump piles on’ – (CNBC)
Apple remains under scrutiny from Wall Street as President Donald Trump’s threat of new tariffs on iPhones piled on to the stock’s recent downward spiral.

Paul Manafort secretly met Julian Assange of Wikileaks in 2013, 2015, and 2016: Report – (Google News)
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort reportedly had multiple meetings with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his refuge inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, including during the run-up to the 2016 election.

Trump suggests he has inside information on the Russia probe, hours after Mueller said former campaign chief Manafort violated plea deal – (CNBC)
As he slammed the special counsel, Trump echoed the attacks against the investigation recently launched by right-wing conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, who claimed a day earlier that he has rejected a plea deal offered by Mueller.

USMCA not to blame for GM plant closures, but it’s killing all hope of exporting from North America – (Financial Post)
But Trump’s controversial measures including steel and aluminum tariffs have ultimately squeezed automakers

Trump’s Saudi First Foreign Policy Strikes Again – (The American Conservative)
Uncritical, reflexive support for Saudi interests and preferences at the expense of everything else, including U.S. interests, has been the defining trait of Trump’s foreign policy in the region.

Donald Trump faces fallout of stalling US car industry – (Financial Times)
Despite president’s strategies to boost manufacturing, the sector is facing headwinds

Mueller faces new complications in final stretch, as targets balk and Trump turns up heat – (Fox News)
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team are facing new complications in the final stretch of their investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election, as targets allegedly breac…

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