2019-05-10

Headlines:

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

Trump claims China tariffs help, not hurt US, talks still on – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that trade talks between China and the U.S. were continuing in a “very congenial manner” despite new tariffs the U.S. imposed Friday on $200…

Dozens feared dead as migrant boat capsizes – (BBC News)
Many migrants are thought to have died after a boat sailing from Libya capsizes in the Mediterranean.

Dozens feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Tunisian coast – (Al Jazeera English)
UN migration agency and Tunisian official say as many as 70 people drowned after boat goes down in the Mediterranean.

U.S. B-52 bombers reach Middle East in message to Iran – (Reuters)
American B-52 Stratofortress bombers sent to the Middle East over what Washington describes as threats from Iran have arrived at a U.S. base in Qatar, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said.

Hero students highlight shift in school shooting guidance – (Associated Press)
BALTIMORE (AP) — The actions of students who died tackling gunmen at two U.S. campuses a week apart have been hailed as heroic. At a growing number of schools around the country, they also reflect…

Your Uber has arrived, on Wall Street – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — With a ring of the opening bell Uber began picking up passengers as a newly public company Friday and investors waited to bet on a service with huge potential, but a long way from…

Wall St. slips at open on protracted trade dispute worries – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks fell at open on Friday, as investors fretted over the possibility that the trade dispute between the United States and China may persist, even as the two sides held last-minute talks to salvage a deal.

Experts see Russia fingerprints on North Korea’s new missile – (Associated Press)
TOKYO (AP) — The three new missiles North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has tested over the past week are eerily familiar to military experts: They look just like a controversial and widely copied…

Rihanna, Breaking New Ground, Joins With LVMH for Fashion Brand – (The New York Times)
There are so many firsts in the creation of Fenty, a new luxury house based in Paris, that it’s hard to keep track.

Trump says in ‘no rush’ for China trade deal, defends tariffs – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was in “absolutely no rush” to finalize a trade agreement with China as negotiators from both countries prepared to continue talks in Washington, in a sign that discussions could go past this week.

Trump’s foreign policy challenges mounting around the world – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — New North Korea missile tests . A trade standoff with China. Fresh nuclear tensions with Iran.President Donald Trump’s foreign policy challenges are mounting around the…

Endangered kakapo parrot gets brain surgery – (BBC News)
The procedure is a world-first amid efforts to save the species, native to New Zealand.

Iran cleric says U.S.’fleet can be destroyed with one missile’, ISNA news agency – (Reuters)
A senior Iranian cleric said in a Friday prayers sermon that the United States’ navy fleet could be “destroyed with one missile”, as a U.S aircraft carrier headed to the Gulf, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported.

Uber set to debut on NYSE, hopes to avoid Lyft’s fate – (Reuters)
Ride services giant Uber Technologies Inc is set to make its long-awaited stock market debut on Friday, after its initial public offering was priced at the lower end of its expected range.

After Trump invite, Iran commander says: No talks with US – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A top commander in Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Friday that Tehran will not talk with the United States, an Iranian news agency reported — a day after President…

Israel lifts Gaza fishing zone as truce holds – (Al Jazeera English)
Gaza’s fishing union confirmed the lifting of the ban, saying the fishing zone now extends to 12 nautical miles.

Butina saw US political analysis as ‘valuable’ to Russia – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian gun rights activist who admitted she was a secret agent for the Kremlin and tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups while Donald Trump rose to power says…

South Africa’s ANC poised for election victory but support ebbs – (Reuters)
The African National Congress was headed for victory in South Africa’s election on Friday, although the party was on course for its worst performance since it took power 25 years ago.

U.S. escalates trade war amid negotiations, China says it will hit back – (Reuters)
The United States escalated a tariff war with China on Friday by hiking levies on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods amid last-ditch talks to rescue a trade deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump signaled that talks could drag on beyond this week.

Suspects in Colorado school shooting due back in court – (Associated Press)
DENVER (AP) — Both suspects in a suburban Denver school shooting are due back in court Friday as prosecutors file charges in the attack that killed a student and wounded eight others.The…

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From various sources

As Amy Poehler’s Wine Country arrives on Netflix – why do the arts consistently fail older women? – (Independent)
In our weekly column, Fiona Sturges despairs at an entertainment industry where women are ‘washed up’ by the time they hit middle age

The brewing conflict between America and Iran – (The Economist)
Both sides need to step back

Lyft’s revenues double, losses quintuple—and prospects darken – (The Economist)
The same is likely to be true of Uber when it lists. Only more so

Iran seeks to exploit internal US disputes to defeat Washington – analysis – (The Jerusalem Post)
The US use of “messages” to Tehran only works if Iran believes the messages

Netanyahu wants to delay Khan Al-Ahmar evacuation – (The Jerusalem Post)
The state had initially been scheduled to provide a written response to the court by May 1, but had asked for a delay until July 28.

180,000 Muslims pray at Al-Aqsa mosque on first Friday of Ramadan – (The Jerusalem Post)
Israeli security forces spread hundreds of officers to ensure safety and help worshipper’s easy access to the holy site.

Iran sent oil shipment to Syria, easing fuel crisis-source – (The Jerusalem Post)
Last month a pro-government Syrian newspaper, al-Watan, said the shortages had started after Iran had halted a credit line to Damascus, since then no oil shipments had arrived.

Imprisoning Women and Not Covering Birth Control Are now on the Table in the Abortion Fight – (Vice News)
Anti-abortion legislators are no longer just trying to chip away at Roe. They’re going after it with an ax.

Chelsea Manning Probably Won’t Be Out of Jail for Long – (Vice News)
Before she was even released from jail Thursday, Manning was hit with another subpoena for the exact same reason.

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Cambridge says students not applying due to ‘lack of hairdressers’ – (Daily Mail)
Professor Graham Virgo cited the ‘unexpected’ research findings during an event at King’s College, Cambridge, and stated that this was one of the barriers from stopping black students applying.

Water-soaked Houston braces for more serious flooding from heavy rains – (USA Today)
The Houston fire department urged motorists Friday to stay off the roads to avoid more flash flooding from a storm system lingering in the western Gulf of Mexico.

Barbara Bush never sent her final letter to her children. Here’s what she wanted to say. – (USA Today)
In the final weeks of her life, Barbara Bush drafted a letter to her children, never finished or sent. Here’s what she wanted to tell them.

UK tax office ordered to delete millions of unlawful biometric voiceprints – (TechCrunch)
The UK’s data protection watchdog has issued the government department responsible for collecting taxes with a final enforcement notice, after an investigation found HMRC had collected biometric data from millions of citizens without obtaining proper consent.…

Rihanna teams up with world’s biggest luxury group for her new Fenty fashion brand – (NBC News)
French luxury goods group LVMH is launching a new brand with Barbadian singer Rihanna, building on a previous joint venture in cosmetics with the “Umbrella” hitmaker to branch out into clothing, shoes and accessories.

Next Week’s “Game Of Thrones” Will Probably Be The Most Messed Up Episode Of Season 8 – (Buzzfeed)
The real stuff always goes down in the penultimate episode the season.

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All about Trump

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch warns Trump’s trade war could cause a global recession – (Axios)
They’re worried about across-the-board tariffs on U.S.-China trade.

Trump claims China tariffs help, not hurt US, talks still on – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that trade talks between China and the U.S. were continuing in a “very congenial manner” despite new tariffs the U.S. imposed Friday on $200…

Democrats considering daily contempt fines on Trump officials: Schiff – (ABC News)
Rep. Adam Schiff said Friday that Democrats are using Congress’ “inherent contempt” power to impose fines on Trump officials.

McConnell: Trump shouldn’t worry about Trump Jr. subpoena – (The Hill)
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday tried to tamp down the political backlash over the Senate Intelligence Committee’s decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr., urging the president “not to worry.”

Schiff says Congress weighing hefty fines for Trump officials who evade subpoenas – (The Hill)
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Friday that Congress is considering reviving its inherent contempt power to levy hefty fines on Trump administration officials and others for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas.

Dem senator argues Trump Jr. should be “locked up” if he defies subpoena as sources say he’s not likely to comply – (Newsweek)
Two congressional sources claimed that Trump Jr. would not comply with the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena and would likely cite his First Amendment constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination.

Dow Tanks After Trump’s Ballistic Twitter Rant Shellshocks Wall Street – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow’s brutal weeklong decline continued on Friday after President Trump’s ballistic Twitter rant shellshocked Wall Street and battered US stocks.

Trump says Obama let China get away with ‘murder,’ touts tariffs as trade standoff heats up – (Fox News)
President Trump on Friday touted his administration’s controversial move to increase tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods after trade talks between Washington and Beijing failed to come to an agreement, while saying the Obama administration let China “get…

Trump rattles analysts and investors with deleted tweets as China trade talks continue – (USA Today)
Some financial analysts and global investors were startled – again – on Friday when Trump deleted a Twitter thread on China. He later re-posted.

“Everyone else is fading fast!”: Trump predicts Biden will edge out Sanders in 2020 primary – (Axios)
He also created a new nickname for the former vice president.

Trump shatters trade truce in big gamble for the global economy – (Financial Post)
Moody’s economists say an all-out trade war could tip the U.S. into recession by late 2020, just as Trump comes up for re-election

Trump claims drugs are a major border issue—Yet 2020 budget seeks to slash funding for detection by 90 percent – (Newsweek)
“We’re balancing a very complex mission that’s mutli-faceted,” Robert Perez, deputy commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, said.

Trump says in ‘no rush’ for China trade deal, defends tariffs – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was in “absolutely no rush” to finalize a trade agreement with China as negotiators from both countries prepared to continue talks in Washington, in a sign that discussions could go past this week.

Trump on 2020 Dems: ‘SleepyCreepy Joe over Crazy Bernie’ – (The Hill)
President Trump on Friday predicted former Vice President Joe Biden would defeat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020.

Trump may be underestimating Iran’s resolve in resisting nuclear sanctions – (NBC News)
Trump may be underestimating Iran’s resolve in resisting nuclear sanctions

McConnell on Russia investigations: Enough already – (Fox News)
Majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell reacts to the Senate Intelligence Committee issuing a subpoena to Donald Trump Jr.

Trump’s foreign policy challenges mounting around the world – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — New North Korea missile tests . A trade standoff with China. Fresh nuclear tensions with Iran.President Donald Trump’s foreign policy challenges are mounting around the…

Trump is Pressuring Ukraine to Smear Clinton and Biden – (New York Magazine)
Rudy Giuliani: “There’s nothing illegal about it. Somebody could say it’s improper.” Well, yes.

Trump is Setting an Impeachment Trap for Democrats – (Vice News)
“The Democrats are in something of a box here, because institutionally, they can’t take no for an answer.”

Comey: ‘No doubt’ Trump would be charged with obstruction if not president – (USA Today)
Comey also touched on a number of issues, including whether he will run for office and his thoughts on recent school shootings.

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