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Ecuador suspends Assange’s citizenship: foreign minister – (Reuters)
Ecuador has suspended Julian Assange’s citizenship and accused him and members of his WikiLeaks group of collaborating in attempts to destabilize the Andean nation’s government.

Suspect arrested in ‘suspicious’ fires at black churches – (Associated Press)
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a person in connection with suspicious fires at three historic black churches in southern Louisiana, a federal prosecutor said.The suspect…

Sudan’s long-time survivor Bashir is finally forced out – (Reuters)
Omar Hassan Bashir survived multiple armed rebellions, economic crises and attempts by the West to make him a pariah before he was finally ousted as Sudan’s president by the military on Thursday following protests against his 30-year rule.

Ex-Pope blames 1960s revolution for sex abuse – (BBC News)
The former Pope published the letter as he said he wanted to assist in “this difficult hour”.

The Latest: Assange salutes supporters packing courtroom – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London (all times local):2:30 p.m.Julian Assange is appearing in a London court as it considers a U.S….

AP Interview: Pelosi says she asked Trump to meet with her – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — One day last week, amid spiraling fallout over special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe , House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dialed up the president and requested a…

Wall Street ekes out slight gains at open, earnings awaited – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened marginally higher on Thursday, as investors assessed warnings from major central banks about a global slowdown and looked ahead to the start of the corporate earnings season.

‘Bomb cyclone’ snow, wind making travel dangerous in Midwest – (Associated Press)
A storm system known as a “bomb cyclone” slowly churned through the U.S. interior Thursday for the second time in a month, unleashing a blizzard in parts of the Midwest while creating hazardous…

Amazon’s Bezos challenges retail rivals to raise minimum wages – (Reuters)
Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos on Thursday challenged rival retailers to increase their minimum wages to $16 an hour.

UK PM May defends Brexit delay, critic asks her to resign – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May defended her decision to delay Brexit and seek a compromise exit plan with the opposition Labour Party as one angry lawmaker stood up in parliament on Thursday and asked her to resign.

Assange arrested in London after seven years in Ecuador embassy, U.S. seeks extradition – (Reuters)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police and carried out of the Ecuadorean embassy on Thursday after his South American hosts abruptly revoked his seven-year asylum, paving the way for his extradition to the United States.

DUP’s Dodds tells UK PM May it would be unacceptable to extend parliamentary session – (Reuters)
The Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government would consider it unacceptable if she tries to extend the current two-year parliamentary session beyond the summer, its deputy leader Nigel Dodds said on Thursday.

2020 candidate Warren proposes new tax on corporate profits – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is proposing a new tax on corporate profits that’s designed to prevent business giants from taking advantage of the existing…

U.S. charges WikiLeaks founder Assange with conspiracy – (Reuters)
U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday they had charged Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks website, with conspiracy in trying to access a classified U.S. government computer with former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010.

Donald Trump’s Tax Returns: What We Might Learn – (The New York Times)
The president’s tax returns would provide insight into how much money he is making, or losing, each year, but they would not fully illuminate the sources of his wealth.

Changes to Flight Software on 737 Max Escaped F.A.A. Scrutiny – (The New York Times)
A new safety review wasn’t necessary under F.A.A. rules since the changes didn’t affect what the agency considers an especially critical or risky phase of flight.

Nipsey Hussle’s Memorial: Los Angeles Comes Together to Mourn – (The New York Times)
The two-hour service will begin at 10 a.m. local time and will be followed by a procession from the Staples Center through South Los Angeles.

Sudan’s Bashir ousted by military and placed under arrest – (Reuters)
President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan in autocratic style for 30 years, was on Thursday overthrown and arrested in a coup by the armed forces.

What Next? EU gives UK an extension but impasse remains – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Following the decision early Thursday by the European Union to delay the U.K.’s departure for a second time, not much is clear about Brexit bar the certainty that the divisions in…

Sudan’s military ousts president in face of protests – (Associated Press)
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s military ousted President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday, ending his 30 years in power in response to escalating popular protests. The defense minister announced military rule for…


From various sources

Lockheed, ELTA to pair up for American ‘sense-off’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Event will see companies demonstrate their radars for US Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense System.

“Last Supper” site recreated digitally by archaeologists – (The Jerusalem Post)
“It tells the story of this room,” Re’em said.

The virtuosity of Mdou Moctar, the “Jimi Hendrix of the Desert” – (The Economist)
“Ilana (The Creator)”, a new album, is a thrilling blend of desert blues and Western rock

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Rage 2: ‘Everything vs. Me’ Gameplay Trailer – IGN.com – (IGN)
Take on samurai, goons, mechs, and…cliffs…in the new gameplay trailer for Rage 2.

REDIRECT::First Things First – (Fox Sports)
Cris Carter and Nick Wright team up on First Things First, a discussion and opinion-based studio program that covers all the headlines weekdays on FS1.

What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold archive storage | Google Cloud Blog – (Hacker News)
Get the latest cloud storage news here from Google Cloud, with a new archive storage class and Persistent Disk updates.

BBC Sport – Curling, World Men’s Curling Championship 2019, Japan v Scotland – (BBC Sport)
Men’s World Curling Championship round robin game as Scotland’s curlers take on Japan.

Firefox Beta for Windows 10 on Qualcomm Snapdragon Always Connected PCs Now Available – Future Releases – (Hacker News)
Today, we’re excited to report the availability of our ARM64-native build of Firefox for Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 Always Connected PCs in our beta release channel, a channel aimed at developers or early tech adopters to test upcoming features before they…

Sarah Mulkerrins and Iain Carter choose their favourite Masters shot of all time. – BBC Sport – (BBC Sport)
Sarah Mulkerrins and Iain Carter choose their favourite Masters shot of all time from BBC Sport’s top 10.

Netflix Issued A Warning For Scenes In Its New Documentary That Animal Lovers May Find Upsetting – (Buzzfeed)
“This whole docuseries is so heart breaking”

Julian Assange arrested in London – (Fox News)
WikiLeaks founder taken into custody at Ecuador embassy.

Login – (Axios)
Ina Fried, our expert on tech, illuminates the news shaping Silicon Valley and tech products. Weekday mornings

‘Lizzie McGuire’s Lalaine Vergara-Paras was made ‘to look as ‘white’ as possible’ during childhood – (USA Today)
“Lizzie McGuire” star Lalaine Vergara-Paras reflected on feeling out of touch with her Filipino heritage on Instagram Wednesday.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, faces US hacking conspiracy charge – (USA Today)
London police say they’ve arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy.

Earl Thomas wants to one day retire with Seahawks – (NFL News)
Earl Thomas played nine glorious seasons with the Seahawks before an infamous farewell. The new Ravens safety said he’s moved on and hopes to sign a ceremonial contract in Seattle when he chooses to retire.


All about Trump

AP Interview: Pelosi says she asked Trump to meet with her – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — One day last week, amid spiraling fallout over special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe , House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dialed up the president and requested a…

Donald Trump’s Tax Returns: What We Might Learn – (The New York Times)
The president’s tax returns would provide insight into how much money he is making, or losing, each year, but they would not fully illuminate the sources of his wealth.

‘Bomb Trains.’ Trump’s Plan to Ship Natural Gas by Rail Raises Alarm – (Fortune)
Trump wants to allow natural gas to be shipped by rail, which would open new markets but could risk catastrophic accidents if one derails

Boston Globe opinion writer wished he peed on Bill Kristol’s dinner, says Nielsen must be blackballed – (Fox News)
A Boston Globe article calls for former secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to remain unemployed, confront her and other Trump officials in public, and accuse her of “ethnic cleansing” and “pre-pogrom.”

Miller vs. Kushner: Power players at odds over immigration – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump rails against an influx of migrants at the border , two of his most influential White House power players are at odds over the future of his immigration…

Explainer: What might be blacked out of Mueller’s Trump-Russia report? – (Google News)
Attorney General William Barr has pledged to release next week Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election and contacts between Moscow and President Donald Trump’s campaign, albeit with color-coded redactions.

National Enquirer Parent Company Explores Possible Sale Of Tabloid – (The Huffington Post)
The tabloid is under fire for paying $150,000 to keep Karen McDougal quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.

Trump thinks it’s “too bad” the EU is being so tough on Britain over Brexit – (Newsweek)
The president previously suggested the British prime minister should sue the EU.

Trump’s easy-money stance chimes with wider Republican shift – (Financial Times)
Low inflation and desire for election stimulus see party shed some hawkish plumage

President Trump Faces Tough Decision on North Korea at White House Today – (Time)
President Donald Trump will face a difficult decision when he meets with South Korean president Moon Jae-In at the White House.

Twice as many companies paying zero taxes under Trump tax plan – (NBC News)
60 major corporations, including Netflix and Amazon, told the IRS their 2018 tax rate was effectively zero under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a new study found.

Republicans writing off hard-line DHS candidate – (The Hill)
Senate Republicans are waving President Trump off from nominating Kris Kobach, a favorite among conservatives who want tougher enforcement of immigration laws, to serve as the next secretary of Homeland Security.

Trump news – live: Tax returns release deadline passes as president attacks EU and marvels at fact there are ‘hundreds of miles between places’ in Texas – (Independent)
Follow the latest updates from Washington

Chris Cuomo says death threats a ‘new reality’ for Trump-era press: ‘I was built for the battle’ – (The Washington Times)
CNN prime-time host Chris Cuomo said in a new interview that constant death threats are a “new reality” for journalists like him and that President Trump is to blame for creating that “dynamic.”

Dow Slinks Higher While Trump Unloads on ‘Treasonous’ Democrats – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow prepared to slink higher at Thursday’s opening bell, with US stock futures pointing toward a tepid advance while Donald Trump unleashed savage attacks against political opponents on both sides of the Atlantic. Tepid Dow

Republicans confront Trump amid cascading controversies – (Google News)
GOP senators face an inflection point, as they weigh how hard to try to contain the president.

However it judges Trump, the Mueller report will decide Barr’s legacy: Keith Boag | CBC News – (CBC News)
Distrust has become a political reflex in Washington, instantaneous and predictable. But trust and distrust are actually earned, and this is the moment when Attorney General William Barr will eventually earn one or the other — and settle his place in history.

Trump’s Immigration Purge Draws GOP Backlash as Policies Collide – (Bloomberg)

Donald Trump moves on federal agencies to stop ‘dark’ regulations – (The Washington Times)
The Trump administration will take action Thursday to crack down on federal agencies’ ability to issue rules, memos and other documents that can have a binding regulatory effect without ever being reviewed by Congress.

Poll: 58% of Voters Approve Trump Economy Ahead of 2020 – (Breitbart News)
American voters were concerned about an economic downturn in a Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service poll that found 58 percent of voters approve of the president’s performance when it comes to the economy.


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