2019-05-05

Headlines:

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

Pope urges migrant-skeptic Bulgarians to open hearts, homes – (Associated Press)
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis urged Bulgarians on Sunday to open their hearts and homes to migrants, arguing that a country like Bulgaria, which is losing so much of its population to…

Sri Lanka police discover suspected training camp for Islamist militants – (Reuters)
Sri Lankan police on Sunday discovered a 10-acre camp in the eastern town of Kattankudy, where Islamist militants linked to the deadly Easter attacks are believed to have practiced shooting and bombmaking.

Trump says Morgan, backer of border wall, to head U.S. immigration agency – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he plans to appoint Mark Morgan, a border patrol chief under former President Barack Obama who supports Trump’s border wall, to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Cause of Venezuelan chopper crash is under investigation – (Associated Press)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities are investigating the cause of a helicopter crash that killed seven military officers while they were while heading to a state where President…

Iran slams Israel’s ‘savage’ attack on Gaza, blames ‘U.S. support’: report – (Reuters)
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday condemned what it called Israel’s “savage” attack on Gaza, and blamed “unlimited U.S. support” for Israel, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Maximum Security owner weighs options after disqualification – (Associated Press)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Maximum Security co-owner Gary West criticized race stewards’ disqualification of his horse’s Kentucky Derby victory as “egregious” and said he was pondering his next step,…

Top Australian DJ dies in accident – (BBC News)
Adam Sky, 42, was involved in a fatal accident while trying to help an injured friend in Bali.

U.S. may review ties with countries deemed anti-Israel: envoy – (Reuters)
The United States may review its ties with countries it deems as being anti-Israel after what a U.S. envoy said on Sunday was a shift in policy toward equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.

Kim oversees missile firing drills, tells troops to be alert – (Associated Press)
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean state media on Sunday showed leader Kim Jong Un observing live-fire drills of long-range multiple rocket launchers and what appeared to be a new short-range…

Death tolls rise in surging Israel-Gaza fighting – (Reuters)
Rockets from Gaza killed three people in an Israeli city while five Palestinian militants died on Sunday in surging cross-border fighting that included a return by Israel to singling out enemy commanders for attack.

Palestinians step up rocket attacks as Israel strikes Gaza – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza militants on Sunday intensified a wave of rocket fire into southern Israel, striking towns and cities and killing at least three people in one of the bloodiest rounds of…

Self-improvement guru set to face ‘sex slave’ accusers – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — It was called “collateral” — nude photos and other embarrassing material that female members of an upstate New York self-improvement group turned over to their “masters” to ensure…

Iraqi TV drama back after 7 years, just in time for Ramadan – (Associated Press)
BAGHDAD (AP) — Every evening at the Muntada al-Masrah theater on Baghdad’s Rashid street, the cast and crew of the first TV drama filmed in Iraq in seven years take their places among the rooms…

Upon Further Review: How Maximum Security Was Disqualified From the Kentucky Derby – (The New York Times)
Stewards, who usually stay in the background, moved to the forefront and made race history by going to the video.

Uncertain future for ‘super’ seaweed after court ruling – (Associated Press)
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s seaweed business has grown like a weed in recent years, with proponents touting it as both a “superfood” and an economic generator for the rural state — but the…

Home state politics complicate message for some 2020 Dems – (Associated Press)
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Democrat Beto O’Rourke uses his home state as a cautionary tale, ticking through Texas’ Republican-backed policies as warning flags for the rest of the country.Mayor…

Taliban attack Afghan police headquarters – (BBC News)
A suicide bomber and militants target a compound in the northern city of Pul-e-Khumri.

‘Save us from the Satans’: Survivors of Sri Lanka church attack pray – (Reuters)
A dozen rifle-toting soldiers guarded a small community hall as day broke in the eastern Sri Lankan town of Batticaloa on Sunday morning.

Elephant Man’s ‘forgotten grave found’ – (BBC News)
The grave where some of Joseph Merrick’s remains were buried has been traced, an author claims.

Newly crowned Thai king carried through Bangkok in royal procession – (Reuters)
Thailand’s newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn began a royal procession around the capital on Sunday to visit Buddhist temples and greet his subjects as part of elaborate coronation ceremonies held over three days.

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From various sources

Former IDF Commander says Israel has no strategy for handling Hamas – (The Jerusalem Post)
“The absence of a strategy in the wake of the disengagement from Gaza in 2005 is one of the factors contributing to the serious situation we have faced with Hamas in the Gaza Strip,” he said.

Home Front Command directives for red alert siren – (The Jerusalem Post)
Do not linger in the area as there is a danger of additional rockets landing in the same location.

Rationing of essential foods and goods may be on way back to Iran – (The Jerusalem Post)
People in Iran used to refer to the 1980’s as the “coupon era,” where long lines formed just to procure simple things such as eggs or butter.

Jolt aims to go head-to-head with higher education – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Our next big move is to keep increasing and enlarging our learning programs. In the foreseeable future, you will be seeing Jolt go head-to-head with academic programs,” said Deutsche.

U.S. may review ties with countries deemed anti-Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
“I will be raising that issue in bilateral meetings that I am undertaking all over the world,” Elan Carr said.

Trump taps Mark Morgan, former Obama official who supports border wall, to head ICE – (The Washington Post)
Morgan had been the top official at Customs and Border Protection in the Obama administration, but has been outspoken in favor of Trump’s signature proposal for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

House Democrat says Mueller and Judiciary Committee tentatively agree on May 15 for his testimony on Russia investigation – (The Washington Post)
The committee has been seeking to hear from Mueller amid disagreements about whether Attorney General William P. Barr mischaracterized the special counsel’s report in his congressional testimony and statements.

What’s in the Mueller report? CNN breaks it down – CNN Video – (CNN)
After the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report, CNN analyzed the major takeaways and discussed what might happen next.

Barr gave his version of the report. Then we read it. – CNN Video – (CNN)
Attorney General William Barr held a press conference to discuss the release of the Mueller report. Barr’s conclusions differed from the report in key areas.

Gavin Williamson is sacked, and the yellow bird takes flight – (Financial Times)

Arsenal freestyle challenge in 90 seconds with Yizzy – BBC Sport – (BBC Sport)
UK grime artist and Arsenal fan Yizzy reps his club and goes in on Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United in the second of our 90-second freestyle videos.

Trump announces Obama-era Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan will take over ICE – (Fox News)
President Trump announced on Sunday that the former head of the U.S. Border Patrol under President Barack Obama will be his administration’s new chief of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Passenger plane engulfed by huge blaze after emergency landing at Moscow airport – (Mirror)
Flight SU1492, a Sukhoi Superjet, from Moscow to Murmansk declared a general emergency shortly after taking off from Sheremetyevo Airport

Nigel Farage and Ann Widdecombe address Brexit Party rally – (Daily Mail)
As his new Brexit Party storms ahead in some polls, Nigel Farage has warned Theresa May not to strike a deal with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Man in his 20s dies after being stabbed in the leg in Beswick – (Daily Mail)
The victim, believed to be in his twenties, was found by police in Beswick (road pictured) just after 2am today. He was rushed to hospital but later died.

This Is What You Need In Your Purse So You’re Always Prepared – (Buzzfeed)
Tiny versions of life-changing things (like a migraine stick!) that you can take with you wherever we go.

Sixth form student, 17, found dead at her home – (Daily Mail)
A 17-year-old girl killed in Calne, Wiltshire, on Friday has been named as Ellie Gould, a year 12 pupil at Hardenhuish School in Chippenham, Wiltshire Police said.

Don’t like today’s smartwatches? Just build your own – (The Verge)
Smartwatches are tough. Not only does the technology have to be functional on the inside, but it needs to work as a fashion statement, too, since it’s something that you wear all the time. You could go and compare products, or you could do what product design…

‘I had a gun to my head’: British backpacker, 23, speaks out – (Daily Mail)
Elisha Greer, 23, was taken on a road trip from hell by Marcus Martin, 24, after they met at a party in Cairns, north Queensland in January 2017. Her case made international headlines.

Belfast City Marathon 2019’s route was too long, bungling organisers admit – (Mirror)
Belfast City Marathon 2019 was supposed to be 26.2 miles but GPS devices suggested it was in fact around 0.3 miles longer

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All about Trump

Trump taps Mark Morgan, former Obama official who supports border wall, to head ICE – (The Washington Post)
Morgan had been the top official at Customs and Border Protection in the Obama administration, but has been outspoken in favor of Trump’s signature proposal for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump announces Obama-era Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan will take over ICE – (Fox News)
President Trump announced on Sunday that the former head of the U.S. Border Patrol under President Barack Obama will be his administration’s new chief of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Exclusive: Images show North Korea missile launch as Pyongyang tests Trump – (CNN)
A new satellite image obtained by CNN shows the smoke trail of a Friday rocket launch by North Korea that is likely a short-range missile, according to the group that analyzed the picture.

Trump’s subpoena obstruction has fractured the Constitution’s system of checks and balances – (MSNBC)
Trump, AG Barr and GOP lawmakers have fractured the Constitution’s system of checks and balances by refusing to comply to Democratic subpoenas

Swalwell stops short of calling for impeachment, calls Trump “a really bad kid” – (CBS News)
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, joins Margaret Brennan to discuss Attorney General William Barr’s testimony and his 2020 presidential campaign.

Collins says Democrats “know they can’t” impeach Trump – (CBS News)
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, joins Margaret Brennan to discuss the Mueller report and Attorney General Barr’s canceled appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.

Trump says Morgan, backer of border wall, to head U.S. immigration agency – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he plans to appoint Mark Morgan, a border patrol chief under former President Barack Obama who supports Trump’s border wall, to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Joe Biden says Jim Crow laws are making a comeback – (Fox News)
2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden blasts President Donald Trump and the Republican party saying they allowed ‘Jim Crow to sneak back in.’

Trump names ex-Obama Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan new head of ICE – (Axios)
Morgan has defended Trump’s efforts to build a border wall.

Let’s just call Donald Trump’s Kentucky Derby tweet performance art – (Mashable)
This is like the perfect storm of nationally embarrassing Donald Trump tweets.

Trump taps Obama-era Border Patrol chief to take over ICE – (The Hill)
President Trump announced Sunday that Mark Morgan, who led U.S.

Trump blames Kentucky Derby result on ‘political correctness’ – (The Washington Post)
“The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby – not even close!” he tweeted.

Secretary Mike Pompeo on the crisis in Venezuela and its impact on US-Russia relations – (Fox News)
Has the Trump administration’s push for regime change in Venezuela run out of steam? Insight from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Dems see GOP effort to drive them to impeach Trump – (The Hill)
House Democratic leaders facing liberal calls for impeaching President Trump are confronting increasing pressure from an unlikely faction: Republicans who appear eager to goad them into it.

President Trump cites ‘political correctness’ in Kentucky Derby result: ‘Best horse did NOT win’ – (USA Today)
After most controversial decision in race’s history, Trump tweeted that ‘only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur.”

Trump on collision course with Supreme Court; justices may avoid interference in 2020 election – (USA Today)
Potential cases include disputes over congressional subpoenas, battles over administration policies and Trump businesses, finances, personal affairs.

Adam Sandler’s Opera Man sings about Trump, Barr, and Game of Thrones – (Mashable)
Game of Thrones-ah, almost finito / Molto exciting, edge of my seat-o!

Biden labels Trump a ‘clown’ during campaign stop in South Carolina – (Fox News)
Former Vice President Joe Biden took a page out of President Trump’s playbook on Saturday when asked at a South Carolina fundraiser if he had a nickname for the president.

Biden labels Trump a ‘clown’ during campaign stop in South Carolina – (Google News)
Former Vice President Joe Biden took a page out of President Trump’s playbook on Saturday when asked at a South Carolina fundraiser if he had a nickname for the president.

Joe Biden labeled Donald Trump a “clown,” but said president only succeeds at name-calling – (Newsweek)
Former Vice President Joe Biden demanded a higher level of discourse in the 2020 campaign, claiming he has “so many nicknames” to give President Donald Trump, but settling for now on “clown.”

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