2019-04-04

Headlines:

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

Greek, Danish PMs urge Britain to break Brexit impasse – (Reuters)
British political parties need to work together to find a solution to Brexit, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Danish counterpart Lars Lokke Rasmussen said after meeting in Athens on Thursday.

Belgium sorry for mixed-race kidnappings – (BBC News)
Some 20,000 children born to colonial settlers and African women were forcibly taken to Belgium.

As Tesla heads to court, shares fall as deliveries slow – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge will hear oral arguments Thursday about whether Tesla CEO Elon Musk should be held in contempt of court for violating an agreement with the U.S. Securities and…

Factbox: What we know about Boeing 737 MAX crashes and what comes next – (Reuters)
More than 300 Boeing 737 MAX jets have been grounded worldwide after two fatal crashes in five months in Ethiopia and Indonesia killed nearly 350 people.

‘I still love the sport’ – Nichols pushes on after Nassar – (Associated Press)
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — For all the work Maggie Nichols has put into becoming a world-class gymnast, some of her most important moments in the sport these days are coming far from the mat.Like…

Preliminary report: Ethiopia crew followed Boeing procedures – (Associated Press)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The pilots of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines jet followed all of Boeing’s recommended procedures when the plane started to nose dive but still couldn’t save it, according…

Police, FBI trying to verify teen is boy missing since 2011 – (Associated Press)
CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities were trying Thursday to confirm the identity of a teenager who told police he fled from kidnappers and is an Illinois boy missing since 2011.A 14-year-old boy…

Pope names moderate Gregory as Washington, DC, archbishop – (Associated Press)
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday named Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory as the new archbishop of Washington D.C., choosing a moderate, and the first African-American, to lead the…

Ethiopia urges Boeing to review controls, backs pilots – (Reuters)
Ethiopian investigators urged Boeing to review its flight control technology and said pilots of state carrier Ethiopian Airlines had carried out proper procedures in the first public findings on the crash of a 737 MAX jet that killed 157 people.

Elite U.S. school MIT cuts ties with Chinese tech firms Huawei, ZTE – (Reuters)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has severed ties with Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp as U.S. authorities investigate the Chinese firms for alleged sanctions violations, it said on Wednesday.

Democratic candidates urged to offer ideas on justice reform – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — The Democrats seeking the White House have issued proposals on overhauling education, agriculture, technology and immigration. But none of the candidates has made specific pitches…

Wall Street opens flat as growth worries linger, trade talks in focus – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened flat on Thursday following a recent run of gains, as lack of fresh developments on trade talks with China and worries about global economic growth kept risk appetite in check.

Teen says he is Illinois child missing for eight years – (Reuters)
Hopes were raised on Wednesday that an Illinois boy missing since 2011 may have been found in Kentucky, after local police agencies were asked to help track down a teen’s claim that he is Timmothy Pitzen, who was last seen with his mother eight years ago.

Meow hear this: Study says cats react to sound of their name – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Hey Kitty! Yes, you. A new study suggests household cats can respond to the sound of their own names.No surprise to you or most cat owners, right? But Japanese scientists…

Exclusive: Go ‘extra step’ to get Brexit deal, UK Labour lawmakers urge Corbyn – (Reuters)
Twenty-five lawmakers in Britain’s opposition Labour Party have urged their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to go the “extra step” if there is a chance of agreeing a Brexit deal in talks with Prime Minister Theresa May.

They Thought It Was Their Uber. But the Driver Was a Predator. – (The New York Times)
A South Carolina college student was killed last weekend by a man posing as a ride-share driver, the police said. Across the country, women have reported dozens of similar attacks in recent years.

Israelis prepare for elections as experts cite cyber threats – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — As Israel prepares to hold a national election next week, experts say it is vulnerable to the kind of foreign hacks and cyber campaigns that have disrupted the political process…

Tesla shares skid after first-quarter deliveries disappoint – (Reuters)
Tesla Inc shares fell more than 8 percent on Thursday after a bigger-than-expected drop in first-quarter deliveries, led by waning demand for its luxury Model S and X vehicles, added to worries about the electric carmaker’s finances.

Boeing’s MCAS anti-stall system explained – (BBC News)
What might have gone wrong to cause the two recent crashes?

Brexit cross-party talks enter second day – (BBC News)
Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer says the idea of a “confirmatory” referendum will be discussed.

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From various sources

Satellite images show site in Aleppo allegedly struck by Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
The blasts also caused an electrical blackout in Aleppo, the country’s second-largest city.

Lunar capture: Beresheet attempts critical maneuver – Watch Live – (The Jerusalem Post)
Should Beresheet fail to enter the moon’s orbit it will be trapped in the Sun’s gravitational pull and eventually melt near the sun.

Israeli cyber experts identify a vulnerability in Xiaomi phones – (The Jerusalem Post)

Did a Palestinian group sworn to Israel’s destruction find Baumel’s body? – (The Jerusalem Post)
Based in Syria and headed by Ahmad Jibril, PFLP-GC is an offshoot with the PFLP and is violently opposed to any peace with the Jewish State.

Baumel’s sister, Osna: “I knew the chances he was alive were quite slim” – (The Jerusalem Post)
The news the soldiers brought her Wednesday, she said, “was unreal.”

What the Lefkandi textile reveals about the Greek Dark Ages – (The Economist)
Ancient material culture is a mysterious but fascinating field

This county banned unvaccinated kids from public spaces – (Vice News)
Joe Hendrick is now homeschooling his sons while juggling his job and a two-week old newborn child.

Palm’s tiny phone can finally be purchased as a standalone device – (TechCrunch)
The return of Palm has been a strange one. It’s the small device no one knew they needed — and to be honest, probably didn’t. When I first showed it to some coworkers, they were actually pretty psyched. If nothing else, the 3.3-inch in device was an interesti…

Scheduled docking of the Progress 71 Cargo Ship to the ISS – (Fox News)

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg press conference from the State Department – (Fox News)

‘Spoiling’ for a fight? Dems frantic over fears Schultz bid could boost Trump – (Fox News)
If Republican President Trump is at the top of the Democrats’ political target list, billionaire Howard Schultz may soon be second.

Israeli-Arabs struggle to lift spirits ahead of election – (Financial Times)
As Netanyahu seeks a fifth term, politicians try to convince the minority community its vote matters

Pro Rata – (Axios)
Insider views on deals and dealmakers in venture capital, private equity and M&A, by Dan Primack. Weekday mornings

The last ‘Game of Thrones’ red carpet looked like a family reunion – (Mashable)
The final red carpet premiere for ‘Game of Thrones’ brought back everyone’s long-dead faves.

Boy claiming to be missing Timmothy Pitzen gives police correct birthday and dad’s name – (Metro)
Metro.co.uk: News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro

Tottenham’s new stadium hasn’t stopped them breaking Liverpool’s world-record profits – (FourFourTwo)
Spurs, despite their stadium costs, have broken Liverpool’s world-record profits by making £113m after tax.

Are You Behind on ‘Game of Thrones’? Here’s How Long It Would Take to Catch Up. – (Fortune)
Prepare for the season 8 premiere on April 14 by binge-watching HBO’s hit series.

Disgraced MP Fiona Onasanya backed bill to delay Brexit which passed by a majority of one – (The Telegraph)
Disgraced MP Fiona Onasanya voted in favour of the Cooper bill to delay Brexit, on Wednesday night, which passed its third reading by a majority of one.

Tesla Shares Tumble After Delivery Miss – (The Wall Street Journal)
Shares of Tesla fell after the electric-car maker reported a day earlier a 31% drop in new-vehicle deliveries for the first quarter.

Western Union, often disrupted by startups, partners with a startup for digital push in the Philippines – (TechCrunch)
Global money mover Western Union is commonly a target for fintech companies, but the firm is teaming up with a startup to help increase its presence in the world’s third-most lucrative remittance market: the Philippines. Coins, the Manila-based fintech startu…

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All about Trump

‘Spoiling’ for a fight? Dems frantic over fears Schultz bid could boost Trump – (Fox News)
If Republican President Trump is at the top of the Democrats’ political target list, billionaire Howard Schultz may soon be second.

‘We didn’t ask you’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mocked Trump for repeating an old excuse for hiding his tax returns – (Google News)
In a tweet Wednesday, the progressive firebrand ridiculed the president after House Democrats submitted an official request for his tax returns.

White House tamps down President Trump’s threats to close the southern border – (Fox News)
After bipartisan pushback from lawmakers, the White House says closing the border is not the president’s first choice but Democrats have limited his options; Ellison Barber reports.

Giuliani rips ‘disgruntled’ Mueller staffers as ‘sneaky, unethical leakers’ – (The Hill)
Rudy Giuliani, the personal attorney to President Trump, on Wednesday ripped “disgruntled” members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team as “a bunch of sneaky, unethical lawyers.”

Mueller’s team says their report will be way more damning of Trump than Barr’s summary – (Vice News)
Investigators who worked on the probe are frustrated with the attorney general

Rep. Roy: Trump is giving Republicans a second chance on health care. Congress needs to act – (Fox News)
Republican Rep. Chip Roy, a cancer survivor, says both parties should address health care head on instead of playing politics.

William Barr Seems to Be Covering Up Something Bad for Trump – (New York Magazine)
Mueller’s prosecutors are saying what has become clear: The Mueller report is worse than Barr made it sound.

Donald Trump is pulling a Vietnam in Afghanistan – (Financial Times)
Snubbing allies will come at a price, but US president unlikely to suffer consequences

Trump Says Economy Doing Well Despite Fed’s ‘Destructive’ Moves – (Bloomberg)

For Trump White House, belittling Puerto Rico might be more than a ‘slip of the tongue’ | CBC News – (CBC News)
Donald Trump vowed in 2016 he would be president “for all Americans.” But he doesn’t always make it clear that he understands that includes Puerto Rico, and there might be political reasons why.

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