2019-04-23

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

2020 Democrats clash over impeachment, felons’ right to vote – (Associated Press)
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris joined the call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment as five leading Democratic presidential contenders clashed in a series of prime-time…

Exclusive: Sri Lanka warned of threat hours before suicide attacks – sources – (Reuters)
Sri Lankan intelligence officials were tipped off about an imminent attack by Islamist militants hours before a series of suicide bombings killed more than 300 people on Easter Sunday, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Revulsion in Northern Ireland over riot, fatal shooting – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — The dramatic riot in Londonderry last week was starkly reminiscent of the violence that plagued Northern Ireland for decades before the 1998 peace agreement. The result was both…

FBI assisting Sri Lanka authorities with probe of bomb attacks: FBI – (Reuters)
The FBI is assisting Sri Lankan authorities with their investigation of the bomb attacks over the Easter weekend on three churches and four hotels, a spokeswoman for the U.S. law enforcement agency said on Tuesday.

Wall Street opens higher as technology shares gain – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Tuesday, led by gains in technology stocks and upbeat earnings from a handful of companies including Coca-Cola and Twitter.

The Latest: Kim, Putin to meet Thursday in Russia’s Far East – (Associated Press)
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Kim-Putin meeting (all times local):4:25 p.m.A Kremlin adviser says that President Vladimir Putin will meet the North Korean leader in Russia’s Far East…

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to meet Putin in Russia on Thursday: Kremlin – (Reuters)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Thursday in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok to discuss the international standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme, a Kremlin official said.

Sri Lanka PM believes attacks had Islamic State links – (Reuters)
Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Tuesday said he believed the Easter day attacks had links to Islamic State, after the militant group claimed responsibility for the bombings in which more than 300 were killed.

North Korea’s Kim and Russia’s Putin to meet on April 25 – (Reuters)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian eastern city of Vladivostok on Thursday, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka minister: Easter bombings a response to NZ attacks – (Associated Press)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A top Sri Lanka official on Tuesday called the Easter attack on churches, hotels and other sites “retaliation” for the shooting massacre by a white supremacist at two New…

Woman wakes after 27 years in a coma – (BBC News)
Munira Abdulla, from the United Arab Emirates, had been unconscious since 1991 after a car crash.

‘We are shell shocked’: Relatives bury dead in Sri Lanka amid new security fears – (Reuters)
Sri Lankans wept and prayed on Tuesday as they buried their dead from suicide bomb attacks on churches holding Easter services and luxury hotels that killed 321 people in the country’s worst violence in a decade.

Stocks splutter as oil races to near six-month high – (Reuters)
Oil prices jumped to near six-month highs on Tuesday as the United States tightened sanctions on Iran, giving energy company shares their best day since January but doing surprisingly little for the main petrocurrencies.

Militants blamed in Sri Lanka attacks had incendiary leader – (Associated Press)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The purported leader of an Islamic extremist group blamed for an Easter attack in Sri Lanka that killed over 320 people began posting videos online three years ago…

Iran’s parliament approves bill labeling US army as ‘terrorist’ – (Al Jazeera English)
Move comes after US said that no country would any longer be exempt from sanctions if it continues to buy Iranian oil.

Sri Lanka Bombings Live Updates: ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attacks – (The New York Times)
The claim came shortly after a government official said the bombings, which killed more than 300 people, were in retaliation for the shootings last month at mosques in New Zealand.

Fire-damaged Notre-Dame faces a new threat: rain – (BBC News)
A week after the cathedral was engulfed in flames, protective layers are being put in place.

Sri Lanka blasts were revenge for New Zealand mosque killings: minister – (Reuters)
Devastating Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were retaliation for attacks on mosques in New Zealand, a Sri Lankan official said on Tuesday, as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated blasts that killed 321 people.

More than 50 feared dead after landslide at Myanmar jade mine – (Al Jazeera English)
Dozens missing in one of the worst disasters to strike the country’s shadowy jade industry in years.

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. SRI LANKA SAYS BOMBINGS RETALIATION FOR NEW ZEALAND ATTACKThe toll from…

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From various sources

German political party proposes bill to ban state support of BDS – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We want to prevent state support for organizations that challenge Israel’s right to exist.”

Sri Lankan ambassador: ‘We are still in shock’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Envoy to Israel says waiting for word from Colombo regarding assistance needs

Anti-gay Kuwaiti academic claims suppository “cure” for homosexuality – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Kuwaiti regime criminalizes homosexuality under its “debauchery” law. Cross-dressing is also illegal in the Gulf monarchy.

High Court rejects petition to block Rivlin from appointing Netanyahu – (The Jerusalem Post)
They further argued that Rivlin had grossly violated his discretion as president by ignoring these allegations against Netanyahu and tapping him to continue in the role of prime minister.

Iran to increase naval ties with China – (The Jerusalem Post)
Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi met with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing.

Shtayyeh to senator: U.S. ‘punishing’ and ‘blackmailing’ Palestinians – (The Jerusalem Post)
Last week, Shtayyeh was quoted as saying that the “deal of the century” was “born dead.”

Conflicting reports on death of Palestinian worker in police chase – (The Jerusalem Post)
Kamil was running from Israeli police in a Galilee town when he fell to his death, according to Wafa. After he was arrested, he lost consciousness and died, according to police.

Islamic state claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings – (The Jerusalem Post)

Watch the TIME 100 Summit – (Time)
Speakers also include Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and entrepreneur Tyra Banks

Live: Indian Premier League 2019 | Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad scorecard – (The Hindu)
SRH brought in Shakib Al Hasan, Manish Pandey; Harbhajan replaces Thakur for CSK

Great Expectations for Ukraine’s ‘simple guy’ leader | CBC News – (CBC News)
Ukrainians react to the election of a comedian as their president as Russia refuses to offer its congratulations.

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

Brunei defends stoning gay people to death in letter to EU – (Metro)
The country in Southeast Asia has refused to back down over its controversial anti-gay laws.

Super Kings bowl, Shakib replaces Williamson – (ESPN Cric Info)

Grandmother sees 50 jets taxiing at the bottom of her GARDEN – (Daily Mail)
Alex and June Carr are among residents furious at a revamp of Southend Airport in Essex that they say has made their lives a misery.

Moment woman ‘who casually hurled puppies into dumpster’ is arrested – (Metro)
Deborah Culwell, 54, was arrested after police say she was caught on video throwing seven newborn puppies into a dumpster on a sweltering day in Coachella, California.

New IRA admits being responsible for killing Lyra McKee – (Daily Mail)
The republican splinter group said 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee (pictured) had died ‘in the course of attacking the enemy’ when a gunman aiming to kill police hit her in Londonderry.

British dad’s daughter confirmed dead along with wife and son – (Daily Mail)
Ben Nicholson, 43, was seen wandering the streets of Colombo in a blood-soaked T-shirt in a desperate search for news amid the Easter Sunday massacre which killed at least 320 people.

Labour peer pays tribute to doctor killed in Sri Lanka atrocity – (Daily Mail)
Dr Sally Bradley and her husband Billy Harrop, both died during the Sri Lanka attacks which killed at least 320 people. Her brother Lord Keith Bradley said: ‘She was truly a bright light.’

Can You Guess Baskin-Robbins’ Original 31 Flavors? – (Buzzfeed)
These were the flavors sold the day they first opened their doors in 1953.

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All about Trump

2020 Democrats clash over impeachment, felons’ right to vote – (Associated Press)
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris joined the call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment as five leading Democratic presidential contenders clashed in a series of prime-time…

Donald Trump to make full state visit to UK in June – (Daily Mail)
The US President (pictured with the Queen in 2018) and First Lady Melania Trump have accepted an invitation from the Queen for an official state visit from June 3 to June 5.

US President Donald Trump to meet with Queen Elizabeth II on UK state visit – (ABC News (AU))
The last time Mr Trump visited the UK, protesters brought out a giant blimp depicting the US President as a screaming baby.

Trump defends Harley Davidson after encouraging boycott last year – (Axios)
Trump pledged to reciprocate against the EU’s “unfair” tariffs on Harley products.

Trump slams Twitter in tweet for discriminating against Republicans; calls for ‘more, and fairer’ social media – (Financial Post)
Trump has one of the most-followed accounts on Twitter, with nearly 60 million followers

There Is No ‘Trump Doctrine’ – (The American Conservative)
There is a hodgepodge of competing influences and factions in the Trump administration, and depending on which ones happen to be ascendant on certain issues the capricious president will go this way or that without any pretense of consistency or overall strat…

Pete Buttigieg: The U.S. Doesn’t Have the Leadership to Reform Immigration – (Fortune)
The 2020 Democratic candidate discussed immigration, the economy, and the possibility of Trump’s impeachment during CNN’s town hall Monday.

Trump goes on tear against media critics over coverage of economy, Russia case – (Fox News)
President Trump declared Tuesday that The New York Times should “get down on their knees & beg for forgiveness” for its negative coverage of his presidency, as part of an early-morning Twitter tear against a range of media outlets.

Trump gambles on tightening Iran oil sanctions as 2020 looms – (Axios)
It’s a delicate balance of not raising energy prices enough to erode the president’s political standing.

Trump unloads on media in post-Mueller tweetstorm – (The Hill)
President Trump unloaded on the news media in a Tuesday morning tweet storm, claiming he faces an unprecedented level of criticism in the The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC.

Protests Expected After Donald Trump Confirms U.K. State Visit – (The Huffington Post)
He is planning to meet with both Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II in June.

Trump hits Twitter: ‘They don’t treat me well as a Republican’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Tuesday took aim at Twitter, accusing the tech company of “discriminatory” treatment that he said affects his account’s ability to reach followers.

Trump accepts Queen’s invitation – (News.com.au)
Buckingham Palace says US President Donald Trump has accepted Queen Elizabeth’s invitation to make a state visit to Britain in June.

Whirlpool sees dipping sales but record profits thanks to Trump’s trade war – (Axios)
It’s raising prices — just because it can.

Trump to travel to UK for first state visit in June – (The Hill)
President Trump will visit the United Kingdom in June, marking his first state visit to the country.

What can Donald Trump expect when he is hosted by the Queen during a State Visit to the UK in June? – (Google News (UK))
Donald Trump won’t be the first controversial leader to be hosted by The Queen during a formal State Visit to the UK. The invitation might come from Buckingham Palace, but it’s never the Queen who decides who will and who won’t come on these grand ceremonial…

Trump to make state visit to UK in June – (RTE)
US President Donald Trump is to make a state visit to the UK in June, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

Democrats divided as Trump impeachment talks reach full boil – (CBS News)
More Democrats are talking about impeaching President Trump, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged caution during a conference call with House Democrats Monday. Other Democrats, including some presidential candidates, say Congress has enough information to beg…

Palace: Trump to pay state visit to Britain in June – (ABC News)
Get breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews. Find the top news online at ABC news.

Donald Trump state visit to UK set for June, announces Buckingham Palace – (The Telegraph)
Donald Trump will come to the UK for his long-awaited state visit in June, Buckingham Palace has announced.

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