2019-04-17

Headlines:

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

Peru’s ex-president shoots himself – (BBC News)
Alan García is in a serious condition after shooting himself as police arrived to arrest him.

Ben Affleck, Susan Sarandon, other stars donate to 2020 Dems – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — From Ben Affleck and Susan Sarandon to Anna Wintour and Willie Nelson, celebrities lined up to give money — and a dash of star power — to their favorite Democratic presidential…

Egypt schedules referendum on constitutional changes – (Associated Press)
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt authorities have scheduled a nationwide referendum on proposed constitutional changes that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi remain in power until 2030.Lasheen…

The Latest: US allowing suits against foreign firms in Cuba – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration’s position on Cuba (all times local):9:35 a.m.The Trump administration is opening the door for lawsuits against foreign firms…

Indonesian ruling coalition leads in unofficial count of parliamentary vote: pollster – (Reuters)
Indonesia’s ruling coalition, which backs President Joko Widodo, is on course to win more than half the votes in an election for the national parliament, based on a count of more than 60 percent of ballots cast on Wednesday, two pollsters said.

U.S. lifts ban on U.S. lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba on May 2: Pompeo – (Reuters)
The United States on May 2 will lift a ban on U.S. lawsuits against foreign firms doing business in Cuba, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.

Paris firefighters got on Notre-Dame site in less than 10 minutes – (Reuters)
Firefighter teams arrived at Notre-Dame Cathedral in less than 10 minutes after receiving the first call on Monday evening without any delays at their end, said a spokesman for the Paris Fire Department.

France opens the question: should Notre-Dame be rebuilt as it was? – (Reuters)
France will open the redesign of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral’s historic spire to international architects after Monday night’s catastrophic blaze that gutted the oak-framed roof and sent the towering spire crashing through the vaulted ceiling.

Wall Street opens higher after encouraging China data, earnings – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Wednesday, as upbeat economic data from China and a jump in Qualcomm shares sparked gains in chipmakers, with sentiment also lifted by largely positive earnings reports.

The Latest: Paris firefighters acted ‘as fast as possible’ – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):3:25 p.m.A Paris fire official says the towers of Notre Dame would have…

AP Exclusive: Private spy targeted critics of Kaspersky Lab – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Keir Giles’ first thought was that the man’s cheap-looking suit didn’t seem right for a private equity executive. The man seated in front of him at the London hotel claimed to live…

66 minutes: The frantic race to save Notre Dame – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — Fueled by a lattice of centuries-old timbers, the fire moved hungrily across Notre Dame’s rooftop toward the cathedral’s iconic spire. It belched yellow smoke, spitting out gritty…

A Giant Laid Low by Too Many Blows to the Head – (The New York Times)
“Some days I feel like a young man, and some days not,” Ryan Miller said. What it’s like to visit a former football player trying to recover from head trauma.

Long-lost Kafka works could emerge after messy legal battle – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — A long-hidden trove of unpublished works by Franz Kafka could soon be revealed following a decade-long battle over his literary estate that has drawn comparisons to some of his…

Star Wars super fan defended by Mark Hamill – (BBC News)
Mark Hamill supports a YouTuber who faced a backlash for his tearful reaction to the new Star Wars trailer.

Factbox: Indonesia presidential election unofficial results – (Reuters)
Indonesian President Joko Widodo was leading in the race to run the world’s third-largest democracy, based on around 90 percent of samples of votes counted by independent pollsters.

In India’s Assam state, citizenship law may hurt BJP’s prospects – (Al Jazeera English)
The right-wing party’s offer of citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants has drawn widespread protests in the state.

Prisoners’ Day: ‘No one feels our pain’, Palestinian families say – (Al Jazeera English)
On Prisoners Day, relatives of detainees held in Israeli jails share their stories of struggle and hope.

Indonesia’s Widodo set for 2nd term as president – (Associated Press)
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo has won a second five-year term, preliminary election results showed Wednesday, in a victory for moderation over the nationalistic…

Indonesia’s Widodo looks set for election victory – his challenger says no – (Reuters)
Indonesian President Joko Widodo appeared set for a second term as “quick count” results from Wednesday’s election rolled in, but his challenger claimed that he had won the popular vote and urged supporters not to let his victory be snatched away.

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From various sources

In meetings in Turkey, Iran vows to get around U.S. sanctions – (The Jerusalem Post)
Zarif said that the US wants to control relations with other countries, hinting that Turkey must not be influenced by US views.

Hi-tech companies raise $1.55 billion in first quarter of 2019 – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Israeli hi-tech opened the year 2019 with momentum,” said ZAG-S&W founder and managing director Shmulik Zysman.

Israeli defense exports down by $1.7 billion – (The Jerusalem Post)
Military exports brought in $7.5 billion in 2018 compared to $9.2 billion in 2017.

Ancient Christian manuscripts digitized at monastery beneath Mount Sinai – (The Jerusalem Post)
The monastery lies at the foot of Mount Sinai, by tradition the site where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

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All about Trump

The Latest: US allowing suits against foreign firms in Cuba – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration’s position on Cuba (all times local):9:35 a.m.The Trump administration is opening the door for lawsuits against foreign firms…

The 2020 Election Will Take Place on Two Different Internets – (New York Magazine)
Trump spending a lot of money to activate Facebook Boomers while young people have been abandoning the platform almost entirely.

The Trump team’s Mueller report game plan: Read the report quickly and put out responses – (USA Today)
Aides and lawyers to President Trump will be assigned sections of Mueller’s report to digest so they can quickly craft statements and talking points.

Trump administration moves to expand detention of migrants | CBC News – (CBC News)
The U.S. Attorney General on Tuesday struck down a decision that had allowed some asylum seekers to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge, in a ruling that expands indefinite detention for some migrants who must wait months or years for their cases to…

From CEOs to Celebrities, Donors Give to Trump Challengers – (Fortune)
Turns out, thousands of high-dollar contributors have had no trouble getting their checks cashed.

Trump urges Dems to ‘return from their vacations,’ address border crossings – (The Hill)
President Trump lashed out at Democrats on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to return from their “vacations” and address a surge in illegal border crossings at the U.S. southern border that the Trump administration says has become a crisis.

ACLU vows to see Trump administration “in court” over William Barr ruling withholding bail to asylum seekers – (Newsweek)
“This is the Trump administration’s latest assault on people fleeing persecution and seeking refuge in the United States,” ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project Director Omar Jadwat said.

Sen. Scott on border crisis, dustup with Sen. Schumer on Puerto Rico disaster aid – (Fox News)
Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott says Democrats are putting politics and their hatred of President Trump over policy at the southern border and in Puerto Rico.

Dana Milbank: It’s the season for treason, according to Trump – (Google News)
This must be the season for treason.

Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Parlays Trump Cabinet Post Into Private Career – (The Huffington Post)
The new job at a Nevada mining company comes fewer than four months after Zinke left his position.

The Hill’s Morning Report — Combative Trump aims at Pelosi before Russia report – (The Hill)
Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Re

Trump fights back as he braces for Mueller report – (Financial Times)
Attorney-general to release redacted version of document into Russia election interference

The Mueller Report Will Be Released on Thursday. Here’s a Guide. – (The New York Times)
The highly anticipated report will tell us a lot about Russia’s 2016 election interference, any contacts between Moscow and the Trump campaign and possible presidential obstruction.

A President of the People or a President of His People? – (The New York Times)
While his predecessors sought to broaden their public support, President Trump appears to be heading into his re-election campaign sticking with his own tribe.

An international charity says President Donald Trump’s veto of a congressional resolution to end U.S. military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen “will only mean more suffering and death.” – (ABC News)
Get breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews. Find the top news online at ABC news.

Trump shifts gears, launches attacks on Pelosi – (The Hill)
President Trump is launching new attacks on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), questioning her leadership chops and veering sharply from his previous practice of touting her skills as an accomplished legislator and formidable rival.

Omar Barghouti blames Israel for being barred entry into U.S. – (The Jerusalem Post)
In an op-ed to UK newspaper, The Guardian, Barghouti claimed that “Israel appears to have once again enlisted the Trump administration to do its bidding.”

Dow Climbs While Trump Savagely Mocks ‘Crazy Bernie Sanders’ – (Crypto Coins News)
By CCN: The Dow crept toward modest gains ahead of the week’s penultimate session, as the US stock market continued to digest an earnings season that has been anything but predictable. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has

Trump’s Betting His Reelection on the Fed and Fear of Immigrants – (Bloomberg)