2019-05-16

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

Five U.S. states sue Purdue Pharma over opioids – (Reuters)
Five U.S. states have filed lawsuits accusing Purdue Pharma LP and its former president Richard Sackler of misconduct in the marketing and sale of opioids, contributing to a nationwide epidemic, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said on Thursday.

US, European officials bring charges in global malware case – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten people, including five Russian fugitives, have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide and caused…

Alabama governor invokes God in banning nearly all abortions – (Associated Press)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s Republican governor has signed the nation’s strictest abortion ban into law, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases, punishable by up to life…

Trump’s Latest Move Takes Straight Shot at Huawei’s Business – (The New York Times)
By restricting the Chinese technology giant’s ability to buy American components, Washington could hamstring Huawei’s operations worldwide.

How Much Alcohol Can You Drink Safely? – (The New York Times)
That depends on how you do the research — and then on how you read the results. Here’s what studies show.

Pregnant Chicago woman slain, baby cut from her womb – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — A pregnant woman who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb, police and family members…

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged…

UK’s May to agree departure timetable after fourth attempt at passing Brexit deal – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a timetable for her departure in early June after the latest attempt to get her Brexit deal approved by parliament, the chairman of her Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee said on Thursday.

Police smash ‘GozNym’ cybercrime network that stole $100 million – (Reuters)
Police in six countries have dismantled a complex cybercrime network that operated from Eastern Europe and fleeced victims – including small businesses and charities – of some $100 million, Europe’s police agency said on Thursday.

UK PM May to discuss leadership election timetable after vote on Brexit deal – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May will discuss a timetable for the election of a new Conservative Party leader no matter what the result of a vote on the second reading of her Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the chairman of the 1922 Committee said.

Walmart says higher China tariffs will increase prices for U.S. shoppers – (Reuters)
Walmart Inc said on Thursday that prices for shoppers will go up due to higher tariffs on goods from China as the world’s largest retailer reported its best comparable sales growth for the first quarter in nine years.

Wall St. gains on upbeat earnings, strong economic data – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks rose on Thursday as upbeat earnings from Walmart and Cisco, and robust domestic economic data helped investors overlook worries about the ongoing trade war between the United States and China.

NYC Mayor de Blasio is seeking Democratic nod for president – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president, adding his name to an already long list of candidates itching for a…

Britain’s May to set out departure timetable in early June: 1922 Committee – (Reuters)
British Prime Minister Theresa May and a powerful committee of Conservative lawmakers will meet after her latest attempt to pass her Brexit deal in early June to agree the timetable for her departure, the committee’s chair said on Thursday.

Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson to stand as next UK Conservative leader: BBC – (Reuters)
Boris Johnson, the face of the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, said on Thursday he will be standing as a candidate to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as Conservative leader.

Bomb-laden drones of Yemen rebels threaten Arabian Peninsula – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Yemen rebel drone strike this week on a critical Saudi oil pipeline shows that the otherwise-peaceful sandy reaches of the Arabian Peninsula now are at risk of…

China threatens US over Huawei sanctions – (BBC News)
US-China tensions have risen after President Trump imposed measures widely thought to target Huawei.

Missouri passes anti-abortion bill – (BBC News)
Missouri lawmakers have voted to ban nearly all abortions, fuelling the debate over women’s rights.

Extremely young? Europe’s extreme-right wants your vote – (Associated Press)
BOKRIJK, Belgium (AP) — They are strikingly young, but emphatic that they should not be considered newcomers. Rather, they are claiming the mantle of Old Europe at its most…

Tide of plastic flip-flops engulfs island – (BBC News)
Up to a million shoes are among the tide of plastic debris washed up on an Australian island say scientists.

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From various sources

Saudi paper urges military strikes against Iran – (The Jerusalem Post)

Hamas: No missiles in Gaza directed at Gulf states – (The Jerusalem Post)
The denial came after Iraqi politician Ayad Allawi said in an interview that Israel has discovered and photographed ballistic missile pads in the Gaza Strip.

Douglas Murray: Israel has better attitude toward nationalism than Europe – (The Jerusalem Post)
Murray has given several talks in Israel this week on immigration, the subject of his hit book The Strange Death of Europe, which came out in 2017 and was released in Hebrew late last year.

Israeli charged with assault for spitting on Polish ambassador – (The Jerusalem Post)

Kurdistan region worried as U.S. and Iran tensions grow – (The Jerusalem Post)
US pulls staff from Erbil consulate and European countries end training of Kurdish Peshmerga

Facebook removes pages run by Israeli firm influencing foreign politics – (The Jerusalem Post)
Approximately 2.8 million Facebook accounts followed one or more of the deceptive pages and approximately 5,500 joined the Facebook groups.

Did Israel withdraw from Swiss air-defense tender due to U.S. pressure? – (The Jerusalem Post)
Rafael Advanced Defense System’s David’s Sling was a top contender…until they failed to bid.

Everybody’s Having A Great Time Hating De Blasio – (Buzzfeed)
Outside the mayor’s Good Morning America appearance, where the protesters were out and ready.

Dedication ceremony for the new Statue of Liberty Museum – (Fox News)

Mom booted from youth basketball tournament after she appears to trip player from opposing team – (Fox News)
Stunning video from a California youth basketball game Saturday appeared to show a mother trip a child of the opposing team while the boy was dribbling up the court.

Sarah Sanders: There’s ‘nothing’ in Trump’s immigration overhaul that Democrats should not support – (Fox News)
Calling it a “true crisis,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday she believes Democrats will get on board with President Trump’s new immigration overhaul expected to be released later this afternoon.

PM in 1922 showdown with her party in a secret location to stop leaks – (Daily Mail)
Theresa May is said to have been ’emotional’ and ‘frustrated’ during the showdown with members of the powerful 1922 committee in her Commons office.

Ireland’s Eurovision entry seeks to defy the odds in semifinal – (The Irish Times)
Sarah McTernan will be the second act out of 18 in the running this evening

£37,000-a-year school pupils taught the wrong book for GCSE – (Daily Mail)
Malvern St James girls’ boarding school in Worcestershire wrongly taught ‘Spies’ by Michael Frayn to a class studying for yesterday’s International GCSE in English Literature.

Gerard Butler is an American hero turned fugitive in the first <em>Angel Has Fallen</em> trailer – (Entertainment Weekly)
See the first trailer for ‘Angel Has Fallen’ and read what Gerard Butler says about the sequel to ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ and ‘London Has Fallen.’

Dermot Mulroney unveils first look at his role in Hulu’s <em>Four Weddings and a Funeral</em> – (Entertainment Weekly)
EW has the first look and details of Dermot Mulroney returning to his rom-com roots as a wealthy Texan bachelor in Mindy Kaling’s Four Weddings and a Funeral series for Hulu.

Rocket Arena: Nexon’s new free-to-play shooter from ex-Halo developers – (Polygon)
Nexon’s new shooter is a little bit Quake, a little bit Super Smash Bros. Rocket Arena is coming to Xbox One and Windows PC, with a PlayStation 4 version due later. A closed beta starts on May 23.

Five U.S. states sue Purdue Pharma over opioids – (Reuters)
Five U.S. states have filed lawsuits accusing Purdue Pharma LP and its former president Richard Sackler of misconduct in the marketing and sale of opioids, contributing to a nationwide epidemic, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said on Thursday.

US, European officials bring charges in global malware case – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten people, including five Russian fugitives, have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide and caused…

Mum who started company with just £40 while going through IVF now makes millions – (Mirror)
After a dream wedding, Layla and Dan Chapman lost everything. The couple went through bankruptcy and discovered they couldn’t have children too – but they found a way to bounce back

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All about Trump

Sarah Sanders: There’s ‘nothing’ in Trump’s immigration overhaul that Democrats should not support – (Fox News)
Calling it a “true crisis,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday she believes Democrats will get on board with President Trump’s new immigration overhaul expected to be released later this afternoon.

Trump’s Latest Move Takes Straight Shot at Huawei’s Business – (The New York Times)
By restricting the Chinese technology giant’s ability to buy American components, Washington could hamstring Huawei’s operations worldwide.

New York Times: Intelligence officials declassify photo of boat with Iranian missile – (CNN)
Intelligence officials have declassified a photograph of an Iranian missile on a small boat in the Persian Gulf in their efforts to help show the increasing threat from Iran as divisions grow within the Trump administration about what the intelligence means, …

Donald ex machina: The strange role of a mogul-turned-President in the ongoing saga of Conrad Black – (Financial Post)
‘If you were able to put in a cameo appearance and say a supporting word, I’m sure it would have an impact,’ Black wrote to Trump about a fractious Hollinger meeting

Five things to watch for in Trump’s immigration address – (The Hill)

Iran Claims Rights To Respond To ‘Unacceptable’ U.S. Sanctions, Escalation – (The Huffington Post)
At the root of the recent spike in tensions appears to be Trump’s decision a year ago to pull out of the nuclear deal.

Sarah Sanders: There’s ‘nothing’ in Trump’s immigration overhaul that Democrats should not support – (Google News)
Calling it a “true crisis,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday she believes Democrats will get on board with President Trump’s new immigration overhaul expected to be released later this afternoon.

Trump news – live: US on ‘cusp of full-scale confrontation’ with Iran as president launches Facebook bias website – (Independent)
Follow the latest updates from Washington and on the 2020 campaign trail

Trump’s “merit-based” immigration plan likely to face opposition in Congress – (CBS News)
President Trump is proposing an overhaul to the U.S. immigration system that would replace the current green card process with one based on “merit” points. CBS News White House correspondent Ben Tracy joins CBSN to break down the plan that’s likely to face ba…

Trump’s irritation with top aides grows over Iran strategy – (CNN)
President Donald Trump has become irritated at an emerging impression his hawkish national security advisers are marching him closer to war with Iran despite his isolationist tendencies, according to people familiar with the matter.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio announces presidential bid – (The Irish Times)
Democrat becomes 24th to seek nomination to run against Donald Trump in 2020

Trump Slams De Blasio After 2020 Presidential Announcement – (Fortune)
“The Dems are getting another beauty to join their group,” Trump tweeted after NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a 2020 presidential bid

China threatens US over Huawei sanctions – (BBC News)
US-China tensions have risen after President Trump imposed measures widely thought to target Huawei.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio launches presidential bid – (Financial Times)
Democrat is the latest to join a crowded field jostling for the chance to challenge Trump

Dow Shoots Higher, But Trump’s ‘Nuclear Option’ Could ‘Derail’ Trade Deal – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow marched toward a substantial recovery on Thursday, even as analysts warned that President Trump had likely derailed the US-China trade deal.

Trump does not want war with Iran, seeks diplomatic solution – report – (The Jerusalem Post)
According to The Washington Post, the US president thinks that a diplomatic solution should be pursued first, including direct negotiations with Iranian leaders.

Trump’s Huawei threat pulls out big guns — with potentially devastating consequences for rest of world – (Financial Post)
The move to ban China’s biggest tech company could disrupt the rollout of critical 5G wireless networks globally

Even Trump Thinks John Bolton is Too Hawkish on Iran – (Vice News)
Trump is reportedly unhappy with his National Security Adviser, and a split is emerging over how the White House should deal with Tehran.

Preet Bharara talks Mueller report on Kara Swisher podcast Recode Decode – (Recode)
“The ‘fake news’ the Donald Trump decried, I think there’s an argument that it sort of saved him.”

Trump rips de Blasio 2020 bid: ‘He is a JOKE’ – (The Hill)
President Trump hammered New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) Thursday shortly after the mayor announced his presidential bid, slamming his fellow New Yorker as a “JOKE.”

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