2019-04-06

Headlines:

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

Ex-US Sen Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings of South Carolina dead – (Associated Press)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate,…

President Trump says has not read Mueller report – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had not read Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report investigating contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia that his Democratic opponents say should be released in full.

Biden Didn’t Rush Into 2020. The Race Came to Him Anyway. – (The New York Times)
Joe Biden delayed his entry into the Democratic field, hoping to avoid the fray. Now, a crisis he was unprepared for has left him as badly bruised as anyone in the race.

25 years after genocide, can Rwanda heal? 6 villages try – (Associated Press)
MBYO, Rwanda (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, Tasian Nkundiye murdered his neighbor with a machete.The 43-year-old Hutu and a few other men from his Rwandan village chopped the Tutsi man to…

What the Rest of the World Can Learn From the Australian Economic Miracle – (The New York Times)
As Americans worry about the potential end of a 10-year expansion, it’s worth studying the Aussies, whose winning streak is about to turn 28.

Trump struggles with a growing problem on the border – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions are rising, fingers are pointing and the search for solutions is becoming increasingly fraught.Overwhelmed by an influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border that…

SAP cloud business head quits after 27 years in latest top departure – (Reuters)
Software company SAP said the head of its cloud business group had quit, the latest in a string of top departures as Europe’s most valuable technology company reshapes its operations.

A Fire Killed 10 Boys in Brazil, and Exposed the Underbelly of the Soccer Business – (The New York Times)
Young players with dreams of glory think elite training programs lead to riches. They do. Just rarely for them.

May’s Brexit talks with Labour stall, delay request fails to convince EU – (Reuters)
Britain’s opposition Labour Party said on Friday that talks with the government on a last-ditch Brexit deal had made no progress, as EU leaders said Prime Minister Theresa May had not convinced them that they should let Britain delay its departure next week.

UK minister sees Brexit deal with Labour, opposition wants flexibility – (Reuters)
The British government is optimistic about reaching some form of deal with the opposition Labour Party to end a deadlock on Brexit as work on a compromise continues, Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond said on Saturday.

Venezuelans take to the streets as power struggle persists – (Al Jazeera English)
Thousands rally in the capital, Caracas, in the latest rival displays for and against President Nicolas Maduro.

UK Labour leader waiting for government Brexit red lines to move: BBC – (Reuters)
Britain’s Labour Party is waiting for the government’s Brexit “red lines” to move after talks with the governing Conservatives aimed at ending the deadlock, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday, according to the BBC.

Russia tells Libya’s Haftar it favors political solution to crisis – (Reuters)
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov held a phone call on Friday with eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar and reiterated Moscow’s position that it supports a political solution to the crisis in the country.

Vietnam vet who died Christmas Eve is finally laid to rest – (Associated Press)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When a Vietnam War veteran died Christmas Eve with no family nearby, a community of veterans, a friend and military supporters in North Carolina stepped up to make sure he was…

Sudan protesters ‘reach army HQ’ in new anti-government rallies – (Al Jazeera English)
The protests come on the 34th anniversary of the overthrow of President Jaafar al-Nimeiri in a bloodless coup.

China, U.S. made ‘new progress’ in latest round of trade talks: China’s CCTV – (Reuters)
China and the United States made “new progress” in the round of trade talks that wrapped up on Friday in Washington, China’s official CCTV broadcaster reported late on Saturday.

Trump lawyer dismisses tax return demand – (BBC News)
Mr Trump’s lawyers hit back after a Congressional committee demanded to see six years of his returns.

Iran expands evacuations as rains worsen floods – (Reuters)
Iran moved on Saturday to evacuate more towns and villages threatened by floods after continued rain in the southwest of the country, state television reported, as the nationwide toll from the flooding reached 70.

Sudan protesters reach army headquarters – (BBC News)
It’s the first time protests have reached the building in Khartoum, near the presidential compound.

France says G7 mostly agreed except on Iran, Israeli-Palestinian issue – (Reuters)
Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven nations broadly agreed on issues during a two-day meeting, but were unable to bridge differences on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how to deal with Iran, France’s top diplomat said on Saturday.

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From various sources

Iran spreads article claiming Israel performs medical tests on prisoners – (The Jerusalem Post)
“This fake news crosses all limits of journalistic ethics,” said Ariel Gelblum, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s regional representative in Buenos Aires.

Iranian submarine blast kills at least three at Iran military shipyard – (The Jerusalem Post)
Iran has developed a large domestic arms industry after decades of international pressure and despite embargoes that have barred it from importing many weapons.

Hamas: In next war, Israel has to evacuate Ashdod, Ashkelon and Tel Aviv – (The Jerusalem Post)
Yahya Sinwar said that despite the recent ceasefire understandings with Israel, the Palestinians will continue to protest near the border with Israel.

Palestinian prisoners to go on hunger strike Sunday – (The Jerusalem Post)
The inmates are demanding the removal of signal-jamming devices that prevent them from using cellular phones, ending sanctions imposed on some of the prisoners.

Study: Israel has lowest rate of diet-related deaths worldwide – (The Jerusalem Post)
The countries with the lowest rates of diet-related deaths, however, were Israel (89 deaths per 100,000 people), followed by France, Spain, Japan and Andorra.

Kelly Preston shares photo of husband John Travolta and their late son Jett to raise autism awareness – (Fox News)
Actress Kelly Preston shared a throwback photo of her and her husband John Travolta kissing their son Jett who died in 2009.

1.1 Update – Apex Legends Wiki Guide – IGN – (IGN)
Apex Legends at IGN: walkthroughs, items, maps, video tips, and strategies

Arrival of Jan Van Riebeeck led to Solomon Mahlangu’s death: Mthethwa – (News24)
Young MK soldier Solomon Mahlangu, who was was executed on this day 40 years ago, rememebered..

Election Tracker LIVE: Cong is Like Sinking Titanic That Has Taken a Toll on Allies, Says PM Modi – (Google News (India))
Election Tracker LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today equated the Congress with sinking Titanic and said that their ship is submerging with each passing day. All those who are sailing with Congress are either drowning like the NCP or are swimming …

Ex-US Sen Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings of South Carolina dead – (Associated Press)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate,…

Rate These Rom-Coms And We’ll Tell You How You’ll Meet Your Soulmate – (Buzzfeed)
Look no further than this rom-com quiz!

AG Willliam Barr orders investigation into LGBTQ discrimination at Justice Department – (Axios)
Barr also released a formal EEO statement for the DOJ.

Orlando Pirates snatch vital victory at the death – (News24)
Orlando Pirates gave their Absa Premiership title chances a massive boost with an injury-time victory over Bidvest Wits at the Bidvest Stadium.

President Trump says has not read Mueller report – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had not read Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report investigating contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia that his Democratic opponents say should be released in full.

Refurbished Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL phones are cheaper this weekend – (The Verge)
This week’s best deals contain a few exclusive offers for readers of The Verge, like a refurbished Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and the Ninebot Segway ES2 electric scooter. Apple also announced a big price drop for its HomePod.

Talking Points – Kings XI Punjab’s spectacular slowdown – (ESPN Cric Info)
Did Dwayne Bravo’s absence help Super Kings, and how crucial is Sarfaraz Khan to Kings XI’s prospects? | ESPNcricinfo.com

Cunningham back on ice, thanks to prosthetic skate blade – (NHL News)
When Craig Cunningham stepped out onto the ice on Wednesday, he was nervous. It was his first time on his new left skate, created especially for him over the course of a month and a half, and he wasn’t sure exactly how it would go.

Canadiens power play struggles, fade in stretch cost trip to playoffs – (NHL News)
The Montreal Canadiens failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight season and third time in four seasons.

18 People Who Prove The Customer May Not Always Be Right – (Buzzfeed)
*HEAVY sighs*

Chart: The most and least white millennial careers – (Axios)
The whitest career is in speech pathology.

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All about Trump

President Trump says has not read Mueller report – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had not read Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report investigating contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia that his Democratic opponents say should be released in full.

Trump says he has not read the Mueller report, but has ‘every right to do so’ – (CNBC)
President Donald Trump declared on Saturday that he has “every right” to read the confidential, extensive report submitted by special counsel Robert Mueller last month.

Pollster Frank Luntz on whether voters want more investigations of President Trump – (Fox News)
Democrats vow to continue investigations into the president.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd on Trump threatening Mexico with tariffs – (Fox News)
President Trump warns of tariffs for Mexican automakers if country does not take action on illegal immigration.

How does President Trump really feel about Joe Biden? – (Fox News)
President Trump tells Griff Jenkins in an exclusive interview at the southern border that if Obama and Biden had done a good job, then he wouldn’t be president.

Trump: I have not read Mueller report, ‘though I have every right to do so’ – (The Hill)
President Trump said Saturday he has not yet read special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report which was delivered to the Justice Department late last month, but said he has “every right to do so” as House Democrats clamor for the document t

Man arrested for threatening to kill Ilhan Omar – (Axios)
The man said in an interview that he “loves” Trump.

Trump struggles with a growing problem on the border – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions are rising, fingers are pointing and the search for solutions is becoming increasingly fraught.Overwhelmed by an influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border that…

Trump’s exasperation at “emergency” on U.S.-Mexico border grows amid ICE leadership shuffle – (Axios)
“This is our new statement: The system is full,” Trump said Friday on a visit to the border.

‘A gross abuse of power’: Trump’s lawyer blasts demand for tax returns, seeks delay – (USA Today)
A lawyer for President Donald Trump argues that it’s clear Democrats are requesting this information to embarrass Trump and score political points.

Trump lawyer dismisses tax return demand – (BBC News)
Mr Trump’s lawyers hit back after a Congressional committee demanded to see six years of his returns.

Herman Cain Expects ‘Cumbersome’ Scrutiny if He is Nominated to Fed Board – (The Wall Street Journal)
Herman Cain, President Trump’s latest choice for the Federal Reserve Board, expressed caution about his chances of making it through the vetting process that precedes a formal nomination.

What Obama’s homeland security secretary thinks about Trump’s immigration policy – (Vice News)
Jeh Johnson says there is, indeed, a “crisis” on the border, just not the one the president is talking about.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s tortured flips on border, health care – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump beat a retreat on two fronts this past week, the border and health care, and offered tortured explanations both times.He got his family history…

For American Jews, Trump is key figure in Israeli election – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot for Israel’s national election, yet he’s a dominant factor for many American Jews as they assess the high stakes of Tuesday’s balloting.At…

DACA recipient on Trump’s efforts to get border crisis under control – (Fox News)
DACA recipient Hilario Yanez weighs in on President Trump’s efforts to secure the U.S. border.

Pete Buttigieg questions President Trump’s belief in God – (Fox News)
Pastor Robert Jeffress reacts to the president’s faith coming under fire.

Ivanka Trump is “shortsighted” in supporting new paid leave plan that fails to meet family needs, advocates say – (Newsweek)
“Working across the aisle we can deliver for American families!” Ivanka Trump tweeted.

Will Trump’s Executive Order on Free Speech Scare Student Activists Silent? – (Fortune)
Student activists at the University of Arizona face up to six months in jail for protesting a Customs and Border Protection event on campus.

Texas Relief Money Caught in Trump Administration Dispute With Puerto Rico – (The Wall Street Journal)
Texas lawmakers are up in arms over more than $4 billion in federal aid for hurricane protection that has been delayed amid tensions between the Trump administration and Puerto Rico.

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