2018-11-30

Headlines:

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

Buenos Aires locked down for G20 summit, protest tightly controlled – (Reuters)
Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Buenos Aires on Friday to march against the G20’s economic policies as the world’s leading industrialized nations opened their annual summit in the Argentine capital.

After Khashoggi Killing, Leaders at G-20 Weigh How to Deal With Saudi Prince – (The New York Times)
An awkward question hangs over the Group of 20 meeting: How will the gathered leaders handle Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, amid accusations he orchestrated the killing of Jamal Khashoggi?

Trump Signs New Trade Deal With Neighbors After Acrimonious Negotiations – (The New York Times)
President Trump joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico to approve the the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement.

Diplomats struggle for agreement on G-20 summit statement – (Associated Press)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Diplomats from the Group of 20 countries were haggling hard over a final summit statement Friday, with deep divisions over what language to use on the Paris climate accord and the World Trade Organization, according to two Europ…

Tariff tensions shadow US, Canada, Mexico trade pact signing – (Associated Press)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Donald Trump teamed up with the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Friday to sign a revised North American trade pact, a deal that fulfills a key political pledge by the American president but faces an uncertain future in…

Trump’s ex-campaign chairman faces March sentencing – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will tentatively face sentencing on March 5, a federal judge ruled on Friday, after the U.S. special counsel investigating whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia said the former top a…

Saudi crown prince met Macron, other leaders, on sidelines of G20 – (Reuters)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Buenos Aires on Friday, Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said on twitter.

U.S., Canada, Mexico sign trade deal, Trump predicts Congress approval – (Reuters)
The United States, Canada and Mexico signed a North American trade pact on Friday, and President Donald Trump predicted an easy passage through U.S. Congress to approve the deal, despite opposition from some lawmakers.

Wall St. treads water ahead of high-stakes U.S.-China trade meeting – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks treaded water on Friday heading into a U.S.-China trade meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, whose outcome would decide the fate of the ongoing trade dispute that has roiled financial markets.

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.

Trump says Russian business efforts ‘very legal & very cool’ – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday defended his decision to seek a business deal in Russia in 2016 even as he pursued the Republican presidential nomination, calling it “very legal” and “very cool” to keep running his business while campaigning.

Marriott’s Starwood database hacked, 500 million may be affected – (Reuters)
Marriott International said on Friday hackers stole about 500 million records from its Starwood Hotels reservation system in an attack that began four years ago, exposing personal data of customers including some payment card numbers.

U.S.-China dispute casts shadow as world leaders gather in Argentina – (Reuters)
The leaders of the world’s top economies gathered in Argentina on Friday for talks overshadowed by a U.S.-China trade war that has roiled global markets, bracing for the kind of geopolitical drama U.S. President Donald Trump often brings to the international …

Trump defends Russia business links – (BBC News)
The US president’s dealings were thrown into focus after his ex-lawyer admitted lying to Congress.

‘Enemy’ or ‘mother’? Chinese party members occupy homes – (Associated Press)
ISTANBUL (AP) — The two women in the photograph were smiling, but Halmurat Idris knew something was terribly wrong. One was his 39-year-old sister; standing at her side was an elderly woman Idris did not know. Their grins were tight-lipped, mirthless. Her sis…

‘Enemy’ or ‘mother’? Chinese party members occupy homes – (Associated Press)
ISTANBUL (AP) — The two women in the photograph were smiling, but Halmurat Idris knew something was terribly wrong. One was his 39-year-old sister; standing at her side was an elderly woman Idris did not know. Their grins were tight-lipped, mirthless. Her sis…

Ukraine bars entry to Russian men of combat age, EU sees renewal of sanctions on Russia – (Reuters)
Ukraine on Friday banned Russian men of combat age from entering the country, a move introduced under martial law after Russia fired on and captured three Ukrainian naval ships off Crimea last weekend.

Cohen confesses to lying about Trump Tower Moscow deal – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The surprise plea agreement with President Donald Trump’s former lawyer made clear that prosecutors believe Michael Cohen was continuing to pursue the Trump Tower Moscow project weeks after his boss had clinched the Republican nomination for…

10 Things to Know for Today – (Associated Press)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WORLD LEADERS GO SOUTH The U.S.-China trade dispute and the conflict over Ukraine could overshadow the usual agenda of issues like development, infrastr…

Marriott says its database hacked affecting up to 500 million – (Al Jazeera English)
Marriott says it’s uncovered unauthorised access that’s been taking place within its Starwood network since 2014.

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From various sources

Glencore’s attempt at reinventing mining has run into trouble – (The Economist)
Mining’s most risk-hungry company is under pressure to change its culture

Chip wars: China, America and silicon supremacy – (The Economist)
America cannot afford to ignore China’s semiconductor ambitions. It cannot simply tame them, either

A decade after the Mumbai attacks, India remains vulnerable – (The Economist)
The outfit that mounted them still operates in Pakistan

13 injured as thousands of Gaza residents gather along border in protest – (The Jerusalem Post)
The IDF has been responding with the firing of live ammunition and tear gas canisters.

December Is An Absolute Dream For Fight Fans – (The Sport Bible)
What a month for fights.

Patients fearing worst ahead of government medical marijuana reforms – (The Jerusalem Post)
With Israel’s medical marijuana reform on the way, patients see things getting worse before they get better.

A money manager explains why buying ‘pick-and-shovel’ stocks is the best way to play with the ‘green rush’ – (Business Insider)
A money manager explains why buying ‘pick-and-shovel’ stocks is the best way to play with the ‘green rush’

Tabulator – Interactive JavaScript Tables – (Hacker News)
Create interactive data tables in seconds with Tabulator. A lightweight, fully featured JavaScript table generation library.

Corners Don’t Look Like That: Regarding Screenspace Ambient Occlusion (2012) – (Hacker News)

Bolsonaro vs López Obrador: how their policies stack up – (Financial Times)
Incoming Latin American leaders from opposite ends of political spectrum

Cohen guilty plea links Trump inner circle to Russia – (Financial Times)
President’s former attorney admits working on Moscow deal during the 2016 campaign

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All about Trump

Trump on the back foot at home heading into Xi summit – (Financial Times)
Leaders to meet for dinner at this weekend’s G20 gathering in Buenos Aires

Cohen guilty plea links Trump inner circle to Russia – (Financial Times)
President’s former attorney admits working on Moscow deal during the 2016 campaign

Trump’s threat of tariffs on all Chinese imports would have a ‘fairly small’ impact if launched – (CNBC)
“It is not going to be as disruptive as you’d be led to believe by the market reaction,” says Barry Knapp, founder of Ironsides Macroeconomic Research.

Trump “put us at risk,” exposed himself to blackmail by lying about Russia dealings, says former Obama U.S. Attorney – (Newsweek)
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance tweeted on Friday morning that Trump “lacks the fundamental character & judgement necessary to be entrusted with leading our country.”

Trump participates in the official G-20 welcome and family photo – (The Washington Post)
President Trump participates in the official G-20 welcome and family photo.

Mueller considers new charges, another trial for Manafort – (The Hill)
A federal judge on Friday set March 5 as a target date to sentence Paul Manafort on two felony charges as special counsel Robert Mueller considers new charges and a possible new trial for President Trump’s one-time campaign chairman.

Trump attends opening remarks by Argentine President Macri – (Fox News)

Trump Signs NAFTA Replacement Trade Deal With Canada and Mexico – (Fortune)
The U.S., Canada and Mexico signed a new trade deal championed by President Donald Trump to replace the quarter-century-old NAFTA pact

Trump, Putin to meet briefly at G-20 summit, says Kremlin spokesman – (USA Today)
The Russian spokesman’s statement represented the latest twist in a back-and-forth between the Trump administration and their counterparts in Moscow.

Weekend Update: Why ‘Saturday Night Live’ has lost its Trump-bump glory – (USA Today)
‘Saturday Night Live’ was on a ratings and critical high for more than a year after the 2016 election, but the show’s reliance on Trump jokes and its series of controversies has turned the 44th season into a mess.

Trump Signs New Trade Deal With Neighbors After Acrimonious Negotiations – (The New York Times)
President Trump joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico to approve the the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement.

Trump Firm Considered Giving Putin a $50 Million Penthouse, Broker Says – (Fortune)
President Donald Trump’s company considered offering Russian President Vladimir Putin a $50 million penthouse in a planned skyscraper

Tariff tensions shadow US, Canada, Mexico trade pact signing – (Associated Press)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Donald Trump teamed up with the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Friday to sign a revised North American trade pact, a deal that fulfills a key political pledge by the American president but faces an uncertain future in…

WATCH: US urged to send Ebola experts in as DRC outbreak worsens – (News24)
Global health experts are urging the Trump administration to allow US government health experts to return to northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo to help fight the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history

Trump’s ex-campaign chairman faces March sentencing – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will tentatively face sentencing on March 5, a federal judge ruled on Friday, after the U.S. special counsel investigating whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia said the former top a…

Trump upbeat at start of G-20 summit, predicts ‘very productive’ meetings – (The Washington Post)
The gathering in Argentina is dominated by global fears of a U.S.-China trade war and shadowed by Trump’s growing legal troubles at home.

U.S., Canada, Mexico sign trade deal, Trump predicts Congress approval – (Reuters)
The United States, Canada and Mexico signed a North American trade pact on Friday, and President Donald Trump predicted an easy passage through U.S. Congress to approve the deal, despite opposition from some lawmakers.

Mueller is investigating Ivanka and Don Jr.’s roles in Trump Tower Moscow – (Vice News)
Had the tower gone up, records show, Ivanka would have had sole discretion over the building’s spa and gym.

May snubs Trump at G20 as she makes case for her Brexit deal – (Daily Mail)
The Prime Minister said she will put the US president right after he threatened to deepen her crisis by jibing that she had struck a ‘great deal for the EU’.

Trump’s ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort to be sentenced March 5 in DC case as Mueller considers more charges – (CNBC)
The court hearing came a day after Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen, who has already reportedly spent dozens of hours in interviews with Mueller’…

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