2019-10-04

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U.S. Supreme Court takes up major Louisiana abortion case – (Reuters)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up a major abortion case that could lead to new curbs on access to the procedure as it considers the legality of a Republican-backed Louisiana law that imposes restrictions on abortion doctors.

Wall St. opens higher on modest job growth in September – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Friday after data showed a moderate increase in job growth in September, with the unemployment rate dropping to a 50-year low, easing worries of a sharp slowdown in the world’s largest economy.

Dozens killed as uprising sweeps across Iraq – (Reuters)
Dozens of demonstrators were killed across Iraq on Thursday and Friday as violent protests against government corruption swelled into a mass spontaneous uprising sweeping much of the country, the worst unrest since the defeat of Islamic State.

U.S. unemployment rate falls to 3.5%; job growth steady – (Reuters)
U.S. job growth increased moderately in September, with the unemployment rate dropping to near a 50-year low of 3.5%, assuaging financial market concerns that the slowing economy was on the brink of a recession amid lingering trade tensions.

BP to make Bernard Looney CEO as climate challenge looms – (Reuters)
Bernard Looney, who will replace Bob Dudley as chief executive of BP when he retires next year, faces the tricky task of navigating the energy major through a rising tide of environmentalism and the move to a low-carbon economy.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, other business groups oppose Trump on ‘Dreamers’ – (Reuters)
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, other business groups and companies including Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google have filed a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court opposing President Donald Trump’s effort to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds…

Trump Saw No Quid Pro Quo for Ukraine, but Envoys Had Their Doubts – (The New York Times)
While President Trump has denied any quid pro quo in pushing Ukraine to investigate his foes, text messages indicate that his own team saw it otherwise.

UK urges Hong Kong not to aggravate tensions as new laws invoked – (Reuters)
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Friday that political dialogue was the only way to resolve the situation in Hong Kong after the Chinese-ruled city invoked emergency legislation to quell protests.

US jobless rate falls to 50-year low – (BBC News)
The figures come amid fears that recent weak economic data points to the US heading for recession.

Ukraine to Review Criminal Case of Firm Linked to Biden’s Son – (The New York Times)
The development came amid an impeachment inquiry against President Trump linked to a request that Ukraine investigate the former vice president and his son.

Explainer: Hong Kong’s controversial anti-mask ban and emergency regulations – (Reuters)
Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam on Friday invoked colonial-era emergency powers for the first time in more than 50 years in a dramatic move intended to quell escalating violence in the Chinese-ruled city.

PM will send Brexit extension letter, court told – (BBC News)
If no deal is agreed by 19 October, Boris Johnson will comply with Benn Act, government document says.

Hong Kong brings back colonial-era emergency powers to quell protests – (Reuters)
Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam invoked colonial-era emergency powers on Friday for the first time in more than 50 years in a dramatic move intended to quell escalating violence in the Chinese-ruled city.

Exclusive: Iran not ‘drawing back’ militarily after Saudi attack-US admiral – (Reuters)
Iran has not drawn back to a less threatening military posture in the region following the Sept. 14 attack on Saudi Arabia, the top U.S. admiral in the Middle East told Reuters, suggesting persistent concern despite a lull in violence.

September Jobs Report: What to Watch For – (The New York Times)
Hiring has slowed in recent months, but the labor market has been stronger than other parts of the economy.

Ukraine reviews case into company that employed Biden son – (Associated Press)
ZHYTOMYR, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s Prosecutor General said on Friday that his office is reviewing all the cases that were closed by his predecessors, including several related to the owner of a…

UK Brexit plans stir talk of Irish unity among activists – (Associated Press)
DUNDALK, Ireland (AP) — Irish republicans are expressing renewed hopes of reunifying their island in the wake of the U.K.’s recent Brexit proposals, seeing that as a solution to the problems that…

Texts show envoy’s alarm over Trump-Ukraine plan – (BBC News)
“It’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” one diplomat warns.

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. AMERICAN DIPLOMATS DANGLED TRUMP MEETING FOR UKRAINE PROBEKurt Volker and…

The Weekly | Johnson & Johnson Lawsuits Raise Fears Over Baby Powder – (The New York Times)
Thousands of people who trusted Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades are suing the company after developing cancer. Our reporters investigate their allegations.

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From various sources

The man who runs the $100 billion SoftBank Vision Fund dismisses the idea that his firm values companies too high — even after Uber and WeWork have struggled to live up to extreme valuations – (Business Insider)
The man who runs the $100 billion SoftBank Vision Fund dismisses the idea that his firm values companies too high — even after Uber and WeWork have struggled to live up to extreme valuations

The man who runs the $100 billion SoftBank Vision Fund dismisses the idea that his firm values companies too high — even after Uber and WeWork have struggled to live up to extreme valuations – (Business Insider (UK))
The man who runs the $100 billion SoftBank Vision Fund dismisses the idea that his firm values companies too high — even after Uber and WeWork have struggled to live up to extreme valuations

Turkey and US conduct third “safe zone” patrol in Syria – (The Jerusalem Post)
Turkey continues to threaten to invade eastern Syria, even as US now says it will leave if Turkey attacks

Iraq crisis: Protests say anger could boil over Friday after 44 deaths – (The Jerusalem Post)
The protests began on October 1 in the wake of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi sidelining a popular Counter-Terrorism service commander.

Iran tries to blame Israel and US for Iraqi protests – (The Jerusalem Post)
Ayatollah Sistani in Iraq expresses sympathy for protests and calls on government to address corruption

US adds fewer jobs than expected in September, unemployment hits 50-year low – (Business Insider)
US adds fewer jobs than expected in September, unemployment hits 50-year low

US adds fewer jobs than expected in September, unemployment hits 50-year low – (Business Insider (UK))
US adds fewer jobs than expected in September, unemployment hits 50-year low

Editor’s Notes: Enough with the murder on Arab streets – (The Jerusalem Post)

Iran not ‘drawing back’ militarily after Saudi attack-US admiral – (The Jerusalem Post)
“I don’t believe that they’re drawing back at all,” Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, commander of the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, said in an interview.

Get The Look: How You Can Dress Like The Prime Minister’s Top Adviser – (Buzzfeed)
Because Brexit doesn’t mean you can’t look good.

Recent Match Report – India vs South Africa, ICC World Test Championship, 1st Test | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of India vs South Africa, ICC World Test Championship, 1st Test only on ESPNcricinfo.com

30 Beauty Products From Walmart That Probably Should’ve Been On Your Vanity A Long Time Ago – (Buzzfeed)
If you love a good vanity #shelfie on the ‘gram, there’s no reason your beauty lineup can’t be #goals too.

Five feel-good stories from this week you don’t want to miss – (Fox News)
Here are some good stories of overcoming, forgiving, and giving back that we could all use this week.

Las Vegas shooting survivor undergoes 11th surgery, reacts to $800 million settlement for victims – (Fox News)
Las Vegas shooting survivor Natalie Grumet underwent her 11th surgery last week. Grumet was one of the first shot. A bullet struck the left side of her face and her chin was fractured in half.

I, A Gay Brit, Went Out In West Hollywood And This Is What I Noticed Was Very Different – (Buzzfeed)
Friday is the weekend. OFFICIALLY.

Iran prepares for cyberwar amid rising tensions, boasts thousands of cyberbattalions – (Fox News)
In the aftermath of last month’s Saudi oil field attacks, believed to have been carried out by Iran, cybersecurity experts have detected an uptick in Iranian movement — and they contend it aims to both guard their nation against cyber retaliation and to launc…

Calling it quits! Tech start-up invents algorithm that predicts when employees will leave their jobs – (Daily Mail)
Co-founders of Zegami, Roger Noble and Sam Conway, have invented an algorithm to predict when employees will quit their jobs. The tech company was founded at Oxford University.

The ‘health snacks’ that are made with up to 60% of sugar – (Daily Mail)
EXCLUSIVE: MailOnline analysed how much of the sweet stuff was in a number of health snacks on UK supermarket shelves. Many products claiming to have no added sugar were filled with it.

Trump questions impeachment with US unemployment at 50-year low – (Business Insider)
The US unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in September, marking the lowest level since 1969.

Trump questions impeachment with US unemployment at 50-year low – (Business Insider (UK))
The US unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in September, marking the lowest level since 1969.

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All about Trump

Trump questions impeachment with US unemployment at 50-year low – (Business Insider)
The US unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in September, marking the lowest level since 1969.

Trump questions impeachment with US unemployment at 50-year low – (Business Insider (UK))
The US unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in September, marking the lowest level since 1969.

Southwest flight attendant’s post disses passenger in Trump T-shirt: ‘#dumpTrump #eeew’ – (USA Today)
A Southwest flight attendant said he didn’t give a passenger in a “Trump 45” T-shirt his best service. The airline is investigating.

Trump to tell Pelosi that White House won’t cooperate on impeachment until the full House votes – (USA Today)
Trump and aides plan to tell Pelosi that they will not cooperate with the inquiry until the full House votes to authorize it, officials said Friday.

Fact check: Trump and his allies’ whistleblower claims – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Jake Tapper, in partnership with FactCheck.org, looks at claims made by President Trump and Rep. Jim Jordan about the whistleblower inquiry.

Jim Sciutto on Trump’s call with Xi: It’s amazing this has to be said – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Jim Sciutto explains why President Donald Trump raising the political prospects of Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren with Chinese President Xi Jinping is so significant.

Sasse Breaks with Republicans to Condemn Trump’s Suggestion China Should Investigate Biden – (National Review)
Ben Sasse condemned President Trump’s suggestion that China investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son’s business dealings.

Ukraine: Text messages show U.S. diplomats believed U.S. aid was linked to Trump’s demand for Biden probe – (USA Today)
Texts between U.S. diplomats released by House Democrats show American foreign policy decisions being driven by President Trump’s political concerns.

Ukraine text messages: U.S. diplomats spent weeks pushing Ukraine to open investigations into Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, texts show – (CBS News)
Diplomats spent weeks trying to persuade the Ukrainian government to commit to announcing it would open investigations that would help President Trump politically

Ukraine to review investigation of company tied to Hunter Biden – (USA Today)
Ruslan Ryaboshapka, Ukraine’s top prosecutor, said the decision to review the cases was not specifically linked to Hunter Biden or Trump’s allegation.

Live updates: Trump suggests Ukraine and China should investigate Bidens — impeachment inquiry, latest today – (Google News)
Diplomats spent weeks trying to persuade the Ukrainian government to commit to announcing it would open investigations

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, other business groups oppose Trump on ‘Dreamers’ – (Reuters)
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, other business groups and companies including Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google have filed a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court opposing President Donald Trump’s effort to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds…

Ukraine to review cases on firm linked to Biden’s son – (RTE)
Ukraine’s prosecutor-general said he would review cases related to a gas firm where Joe Biden’s son used to work, after US President Donald Trump pushed his Ukrainian counterpart to look into the issue.

Trump Saw No Quid Pro Quo for Ukraine, but Envoys Had Their Doubts – (The New York Times)
While President Trump has denied any quid pro quo in pushing Ukraine to investigate his foes, text messages indicate that his own team saw it otherwise.

The Only Issue Left Is Trump’s ‘Absolute Right’ to Solicit Collusion – (New York Magazine)
Either Trump gets impeached, or he spends the next year trading American policy for foreign dirt on his rivals.

Live updates: Trump suggests Ukraine and China should investigate Bidens — impeachment inquiry, latest today – (CBS News)
Diplomats spent weeks trying to persuade the Ukrainian government to commit to announcing it would open investigations

Ukraine to Review Criminal Case of Firm Linked to Biden’s Son – (The New York Times)
The development came amid an impeachment inquiry against President Trump linked to a request that Ukraine investigate the former vice president and his son.

Live updates: Schiff takes issue with Trump’s assertion he has ‘absolute right’ to seek foreign help on corruption – (The Washington Post)
Fallout continued Friday from the late-night release of text messages by House investigators relevant to the Ukraine controversy.

Trump declares ‘case closed’ after text messages reveal officials pressed Ukraine on inquiries | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Friday insisted there was nothing for Democrats to investigate and that h…

Texts show envoy’s alarm over Trump’s Ukraine plan – (Google News (UK))
“It’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” one diplomat warns.

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