2019-05-18

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

Australia Election Results: Prime Minister Scott Morrison Seizes a Stunning Win – (The New York Times)
By granting Mr. Morrison his first full term, Australians signaled their reluctance to bet on a new leader at a time when the economy has not suffered a recession in nearly 28 years.

Austrian Chancellor Kurz to issue statement at 1745 GMT – (Reuters)
Austria’s conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is due to issue a statement at 7:45 p.m. (1745 GMT) after far-right Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache stepped down on Saturday, Kurz’s office said.

Europe’s far-right rallies in Milan ahead of EU vote – (Reuters)
Nationalist and far-right parties from across Europe held a rally on Saturday, led by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, promising to reshape the continent following next week’s EU parliamentary election.

Canada vows ‘full speed ahead’ on ratifying trade pact after U.S. lifts metals tariffs – (Reuters)
Canada will move quickly to ratify the new North American trade pact, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Saturday, a day after the United States agreed to lift tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

In Barr, Trump has found his champion and advocate – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could only be delighted to have his attorney general in El Salvador, dealing with his biggest issue: illegal immigration. Yet Barr did even better for his…

Austrian president to issue statement at 1835 GMT – (Reuters)
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, who has the power to appoint ministers and dissolve the government, will issue a statement at 8:35 p.m. (1835 GMT) after Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache quit on Saturday, news agency APA reported.

Bernie Sanders proposes U.S. education policy overhaul to appeal to black voters – (Reuters)
Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Saturday announced an education policy proposal designed to pump billions of dollars into the public schools system in a direct appeal to black voters who shunned the U.S. senator in his previous presiden…

Australia’s conservative government on course for ‘miracle’ election victory – (Reuters)
Australia’s Liberal-led conservative government was headed for a remarkable victory at the national election early on Sunday after uncovering a narrow path to victory that twisted through urban fringes and rural townships.

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to overhaul public education – (Associated Press)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Saturday released his plan for reforming public education, including halting federal funding of new charter schools and…

‘There will be no war’, says Iran’s Zarif – (BBC News)
Amid growing concerns over US tensions, the foreign minister insists Iran does not want a conflict.

Australia’s ruling coalition elected to surprise third term – (Associated Press)
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country’s general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left…

Australian PM Morrison celebrates unexpected election victory – (Reuters)
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government had delivered a miracle result in Saturday’s election where it unexpectedly looks set to retain office, saying the victory was for the “quiet Australians” who supported him.

Austrian vice chancellor resigns amid Ibiza video scandal – (Associated Press)
VIENNA (AP) — Austrian vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache resigned Saturday after two German newspapers published footage of him apparently offering lucrative government contracts to a…

Opposition accepts shock defeat in Australia – (BBC News)
The governing coalition in Australia wins a surprise victory in a close-fought election.

Australia election: Scott Morrison hails ‘miracle’ victory – (Al Jazeera English)
Opposition leader concedes defeat after Liberal-National coalition performs better than expected in general election.

Biden holds U.S. election kick-off rally as Democratic rivals sharpen attacks – (Reuters)
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday will hold a presidential-style rally intended to make his march toward becoming the Democrat to take on President Donald Trump seem inevitable, even as rivals search for ways to slow him down.

Exxon evacuates foreign staff from Iraqi oilfield – (Reuters)
Exxon Mobil has evacuated all of its foreign staff, around 60 people, from Iraq’s West Qurna 1 oilfield and is flying them out to Dubai, a senior Iraqi official and three other sources told Reuters on Saturday.

Austrian far-right leader quits over video sting that threatens coalition – (Reuters)
Austria’s vice chancellor and longtime far-right leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, said on Saturday he was stepping down over “catastrophic” video footage of him that threatened to bring down the right-wing coalition government.

US warns airliners flying in Persian Gulf amid Iran tensions – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. diplomats warned Saturday that commercial airliners flying over the wider Persian Gulf faced a risk of being “misidentified” amid heightened tensions…

In clash with Congress, weak legal case may still help Trump – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of President Donald Trump’s talk of winning, his lawyers are using a legal argument that many scholars say is a pretty sure loser as his team tries to defy congressional…

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From various sources

Federal election results live: Scott Morrison, Bill Shorten await voters’ verdict – (News.com.au)
Welcome to news.com.au’s live, rolling coverage of the federal election results.

Iran dismisses possibility of conflict, says does not want war – (The Jerusalem Post)
Following the re-imposition of US sanctions, a senior Iranian maritime official said Iran had adopted new tactics and new destinations in shipping its oil exports.

US ambassador: German anti-BDS motion should apply to Iran’s regime – (The Jerusalem Post)
The US ambassador Richard Grenell suggested that the Bundestag resolution against BDS should apply to Iran’s regime because it seeks the destruction of the Jewish state.

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Donald Trump eases tariffs for allies as he focuses on China – (Financial Times)
Deal struck with Canada and Mexico and delays to EU and Japan levies

Pence delivers commencement address at Taylor University – (Fox News)

War without a plan: Iraq invasion supporter David Frum on why a U.S. war with Iran would be a disaster | CBC News – (CBC News)
Atlantic staff writer David Frum was a vocal supporter of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. As President George W. Bush’s speech writer, he helped pen the famous “Axis of Evil” speech, which included Iran. But he has since expressed regret for supporting th…

Recent Match Report – South Africa Women vs Pakistan Women 2nd T20I 2019 | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of South Africa Women vs Pakistan Women 2nd T20I 2019, Pakistan Women tour of South Africa 2019 only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Australia Election Results: Prime Minister Scott Morrison Seizes a Stunning Win – (The New York Times)
By granting Mr. Morrison his first full term, Australians signaled their reluctance to bet on a new leader at a time when the economy has not suffered a recession in nearly 28 years.

Trump admin not sending migrants to Florida after backlash – (The Hill)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) does not plan to send migrant families to Florida after reports about a Trump administration proposal resulted in backlash from local and state officials this week.

FA Cup Final, Manchester City vs Watford: live build-up and news before Wembley showpiece – (The Telegraph)
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Monsanto: Do cancer pay-outs and global protests signal the end for this agrochemical company? – (Independent)
Could Monsanto could follow the path of the Johns-Manville company which manufactured asbestos in the 1880s?

Carole Middleton looks elegant at Lady Gabriella’s wedding – (Daily Mail)
Carole Middleton, 64, donned a nude suit dress as she joined by her husband Michael and her children Pippa and James for the royal wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston.

Queen and Prince Harry attend Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding – (Daily Mail)
Lady Gabriella, the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, will marry Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel in Windsor – the third royal wedding at the venue in less than a year.

15 Reasons Why You Should Never Date Someone With A Dog – (Buzzfeed)
The relationship will be a ruff one!

Icelandic band will defy Eurovision bosses with political song – (Daily Mail)
The band, Hatari, have said that their song ‘Hatred Will Prevail’ is a warning about the rising tide of populism. They have been warned about their heavy criticism of Israel.

Bayern Munich Crowned 2018/19 Bundesliga Champions – (The Sport Bible)
It’s their seventh title in a row.

Elizabeth Olsen recalls her <em>Game of Thrones</em> audition story: ‘It was terrible’ – (Entertainment Weekly)
Every actor has a bad audition story.

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All about Trump

Donald Trump eases tariffs for allies as he focuses on China – (Financial Times)
Deal struck with Canada and Mexico and delays to EU and Japan levies

Trump admin not sending migrants to Florida after backlash – (The Hill)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) does not plan to send migrant families to Florida after reports about a Trump administration proposal resulted in backlash from local and state officials this week.

In Barr, Trump has found his champion and advocate – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could only be delighted to have his attorney general in El Salvador, dealing with his biggest issue: illegal immigration. Yet Barr did even better for his…

Joe Biden set to launch bid for Democrat nomination – (RTE)
Former US Vice President Joe Biden is to hold a presidential-style rally intended to make his march toward becoming the Democrat to take on sitting President Donald Trump seem inevitable.

Hackers appear to have gained access to Trump’s golf account, post terrible scores – (Fox News)
Mischievous hackers apparently gained access to President Trump’s golf account and posted remarkably bad scores on Friday.

Trump’s casino years: a blockbuster disaster movie – (Financial Times)
Republican foe tries to put president’s Atlantic City misadventures on the big screen

Biden at campaign kickoff event: I don’t have to be ‘angry’ to win – (The Hill)
Former Vice President Joe Biden is touting a theme of unity and pushing back on those who may urge Democratic presidential candidates to be “angry” in their bid to take on President Trump.

Biden holds U.S. election kick-off rally as Democratic rivals sharpen attacks – (Reuters)
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday will hold a presidential-style rally intended to make his march toward becoming the Democrat to take on President Donald Trump seem inevitable, even as rivals search for ways to slow him down.

Joe Biden has a clear message for Trump at his 2020 kickoff rally – (Axios)
The former vice president is in Philly to officially launch his presidential bid.

We went inside the secretive Chinese telecom Trump just banned for national security – (Vice News)
Huawei tried to save its image over a weeklong press junket.

The Trump administration has already built its case for Iran war – (Google News)
With Congress unlikely to grant President Donald Trump new authority to strike Iran under the current circumstances, administration officials have sent strong signals that they will be ready to make an end run around the Hill using the 2001 authorization for …

The Trump administration has already built its case for Iran war – (NBC News)
With Congress unlikely to grant President Donald Trump new authority to strike Iran under the current circumstances, administration officials have sent strong signals that they will be ready to make an end run around the Hill using the 2001 authorization for …

President Trump’s golf scores hacked on USGA website – (USA Today)
Four scores were posted to Trump’s USGA-administered GHIN handicap system on Friday, a day on which the president did not actually play golf.

Jordan awaits Trump deal with fear, rumors – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Kingdom will pay heavy price whether it accepts or rejects deal of the century.”

In clash with Congress, weak legal case may still help Trump – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of President Donald Trump’s talk of winning, his lawyers are using a legal argument that many scholars say is a pretty sure loser as his team tries to defy congressional…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s miscues on trade and drug prices – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spoke this past week as if he’s unaware that drug prices have gone up and tariffs came before him.His boast that the U.S. never collected a dime on…

US-China trade war: who will blink first? – (Financial Times)
Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are betting their countries can withstand a prolonged stand-off

U.S. Far-left and far-right blame Netanyahu for Trump’s Iran policy – (The Jerusalem Post)
Blaming Israel for US tensions with Iran has a long history in US foreign policy circles.

AG Barr’s FBI investigation, President Trump and the threat from within – (MSNBC)
AG Barr’s FBI investigation, President Trump and the threat from within

Fact-Checking Joe Biden on the Campaign Trail – (Google News)
Since announcing his candidacy, he has defended his decades-long record on criminal justice and climate change, rejected assertions he is a moderate and gone after President Trump. Here’s how his claims stack up.

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