2019-05-28

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

Ramadan in Mideast is for fasting and Facebook, data shows – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with its long days of fasting and prayer meant to draw worshippers closer to God and away from worldly distractions, is being…

Britain’s Hunt says pursuing no-deal Brexit would be ‘political suicide’ – (Reuters)
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it would be “political suicide” for Britain to pursue a no-deal Brexit, becoming the most senior figure vying to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May to rule out doing so and drawing a battle line with rivals.

UK’s Fox says would be surprised if EU refuses to renegotiate Brexit terms – (Reuters)
British trade minister Liam Fox said on Tuesday he would be surprised if the European Union did not agree to attempts to renegotiate the country’s exit deal, and that it was up to both sides to avoid a no-deal exit.

Wall Street edges higher at open as trade worries linger – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks rose slightly at open on Tuesday, led by technology stocks, but gains were muted amid signs that United States and China were far from reaching a trade deal.

Austria’s Kurz leaves office, eyes return within months – (Reuters)
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz left office on Tuesday after parliament voted out his conservative provisional government, blaming him in part for a political crisis triggered by a video sting scandal that felled his far-right deputy.

Tornadoes leave trail of destruction across Ohio, Indiana – (Associated Press)
BROOKVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another.There were no…

Trump envoys Kushner, Greenblatt in Middle East to seek support for peace plan – (Reuters)
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is leading a U.S. delegation on stops in the Middle East this week seeking support for a late June workshop aimed at helping the Palestinians, a White House official said on Tuesday.

General Electric may cut more than 1,000 jobs in France – (Reuters)
General Electric (GE) may cut more than 1,000 jobs in France, which could set the U.S. company on a collision course with the French government which has consistently urged GE not to cut French jobs.

At least 35 hurt as tornadoes flatten buildings in Dayton, Ohio – (Reuters)
A tornado pulverized buildings around Dayton, Ohio, early onTuesday, injuring at least 35 people and requiring emergency officials to send out snowplows to clear debris from a major highway, officials and media reports said.

Serbian troops on full alert after Kosovo police arrests – (Associated Press)
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia put its troops on full alert Tuesday after heavily armed Kosovo police entered Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, firing tear gas and arresting about two dozen…

Factbox: Oklahoma becomes first U.S. state to take drugmaker to trial over opioids – (Reuters)
Johnson & Johnson is set to face trial on Tuesday in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit by the state of Oklahoma accusing the drugmaker of helping fuel the opioid epidemic.

Oklahoma, Johnson & Johnson face off in first opioid crisis trial – (Reuters)
Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson is set to face trial in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit by the state of Oklahoma aimed at pinning the blame for the opioid epidemic on its painkiller marketing.

Man smuggled 4,700 leeches in carry-on bag – (BBC News)
The man was detained at Toronto airport last October and has been fined C$15,000 ($11,000).

U.S. boycotts U.N. arms forum as Venezuela takes chair – (Reuters)
The United States walked out of the Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday to protest against Venezuela assuming the rotating presidency of the U.N.-sponsored forum – as it did a year ago when Syria took the chair.

Knife-wielding man attacks schoolgirls in Japan, killing 2 – (Associated Press)
KAWASAKI, Japan (AP) — A man carrying a knife in each hand and screaming “I will kill you!” attacked a group of schoolgirls near a school bus parked at a bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday,…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit for Obama’s gains for vets – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Boastful on the occasion of Memorial Day, President Donald Trump and his Veterans Affairs secretary are claiming full credit for health care improvements that were underway…

Salvini vows to unite EU populists yet lacks partners – (Associated Press)
MILAN (AP) — Italy’s victorious right-wing leader, Matteo Salvini, says the European elections have created “a new geography” of anti-elite sentiment in the EU. But it is far from certain that he…

North Koreans are ‘trapped in cycle of corruption’ – (BBC News)
A UN report says people are forced to bribe officials in order to survive in the secretive state.

Europe’s leaders launch fight for EU top jobs – (BBC News)
EU leaders will begin intense haggling over candidates for the EU’s top jobs.

Millions without power as tornadoes hit Ohio – (BBC News)
Several people were injured in the cities of Dayton and Celina, but no deaths have been reported.

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From various sources

Cricket, news: Gavin Roberston diagnosed with brain cancer – (News.com.au)
Former Australian Test spinner Gavin Robertson finds himself in the fight of his life after receiving a “heartbreaking” diagnosis.

Negotiations on Lebanese-Israeli border demarcations in final phase – (The Jerusalem Post)
Lebanon is expected to begin drilling for oil and gas off the coast north of Beirut by the end of the year.

Will Blue and White stay together if there’s an election? – (The Jerusalem Post)
Lapid won’t commit to running as Gantz’s number two again.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels begin raising funds for cash-strapped Hezbollah – (The Jerusalem Post)
SAM FM radio has reportedly been able to raise $120,000 from the campaign in the past month alone.

Muslims, Catholics team up to protect Holocaust exhibit in Vienna – (The Jerusalem Post)
The exhibit, which has been running since May 7, includes portraits by German-Italian photographer Luigi Toscano. It has been defaced three times with swastikas and cut with knives.

UK equality watchdog opens antisemitism probe into Labour party – (The Jerusalem Post)
Labour has faced accusations of antisemitism for over two years and consistently denies them.

Holding new elections would cost taxpayers NIS 475 million – (The Jerusalem Post)
“The government must point to a budgetary source for this and it will only come from reducing government activity,” Wattad warned.

Why Margrethe Vestager ticks all the boxes – (The Economist)
The steely Danish politician should lead the next European Commission

Europe’s privacy law GDPR celebrates its first birthday – (Axios)
11 cross-border investigations have been launched against just Facebook alone.

Former JLS star Oritsé Williams is CLEARED of raping woman at a hotel – (Daily Mail)
Former JLS singer Oritsé Williams has been cleared of raping a woman at a hotel in Wolverhampton. Marvin and Rochelle Humes have now praised him for getting through ‘three years of hell’.

Jim Balsillie : ‘Data is not the new oil – it’s the new plutonium’ – (Financial Post)
Lawmakers told technology is disrupting governance and if left unchecked could render liberal democracy obsolete

Term Sheet — Monday May 28 – (Fortune)
On deals and dealmakers.

Mackenzie Bezos Pledges To Give Half Her Amazon Fortune To Charity – (The Lad Bible)
Bezos revealed the news in an open letter

Aussie’s ‘rough’ tweet, then Everest rescue – (News.com.au)
An Australian climber is recovering after a dramatic rescue from Mt Everest on what was his fourth attempt to scale the mountain.

Watch: UEFA rehearse pre-recorded crowd noise for the Europa League final in Baku – (FourFourTwo)
Testing the PA system or trying to boost the ‘atmosphere’ in Baku? You decide…

Supreme Court leaves Pennsylvania school transgender student bathroom policy in place – (CNN)
The Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place a lower court ruling in favor of a Pennsylvania school district policy that allows some transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity.

Supreme Court won’t take up challenge to transgender bathroom policy – (CBS News)
The Supreme court won’t take up a challenge to a Pennsylvania school district’s policy letting transgender students use bathrooms corresponding to their self-described identities

20 Pairs Of Sunglasses You Need To Step Up Your Eyewear Game – (Buzzfeed)
You can never have too many pairs of shades!

Hearts drawn to face Dundee United in Betfred Cup – (FourFourTwo)

Out of stealth, Stratio emerges with predictive AI to stop your bus breaking down – (TechCrunch)
Remember that future we were promised where our vehicle magically tells us that we’re about to break down? Or actually never does? Or that the pick-up truck arrives before the driver even knows something wrong? That future is arriving. But like many things, t…

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All about Trump

Trump administration’s attempts to limit climate change science ‘like designing cars without seatbelts’: professor – (Newsweek)
Officials want to limit climate change predictions to 2040. But scientists disagree.

Trump criticizes aircraft carrier design as ‘wrong’ – (The Hill)
President Trump criticized plans to overhaul some U.S. aircraft carriers’ catapults while speaking to sailors aboard an assault ship stationed in Japan on Tuesday.

Trump envoys Kushner, Greenblatt in Middle East to seek support for peace plan – (Reuters)
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is leading a U.S. delegation on stops in the Middle East this week seeking support for a late June workshop aimed at helping the Palestinians, a White House official said on Tuesday.

Dow Struggles as Analyst Savages Trump’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Strategy – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow flailed after Trump’s shocking China flip-flop spooked Wall Street, and one analyst unleashed a savage rebuke to the “Game of Thrones” president.

Republican lawmaker dares Democrats to try to impeach Trump with new bill to investigate the investigators – (Fox News)
Rep. Bradley Byrne explains his new legislation to prevent another ‘witch hunt’ like the Mueller probe.

Alyssa Milano slams ‘has been’ Jon Voight over support of President Trump: ‘Stay in your lane’ – (Fox News)
Alyssa Milano took a shot at actor Jon Voight and Republicans after the 80-year-old actor shared videos in which he praised President Donald Trump.

NYT: Trump administration looking to curtail federal climate change reports – (Axios)
Projections of unchecked emissions and their impact “will not automatically be included in the National Climate Assessment…”

AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit for Obama’s gains for vets – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Boastful on the occasion of Memorial Day, President Donald Trump and his Veterans Affairs secretary are claiming full credit for health care improvements that were underway…

Mueller drew up obstruction indictment against Trump, Michael Wolff book claims – (Google News)
Spokesman for special counsel denies existence of document at heart of revelation in Fire and Fury sequel, Siege: Trump Under Fire

Data Sheet—Trump’s Smart Move on Artificial Intelligence – (Fortune)
The Trump administration isn’t keen on all international agreements, but opted to back the OECD’s A.I. recommendations.

Utah judge suspended without pay for 6 months after critical comments about Trump – (Fox News)
A judge in Utah was suspended without pay for six months last week after criticizing President Trump — both online and in court — for his “political incompetence.”

More Americans say Trump has presidential qualities: Gallup – (The Hill)
More Americans now say President Trump has the personality and leadership qualities a president should have than they did two years ago, according to a new poll.

‘Start Here’: Trump sides with North Korea, EU hold elections, HIV in West Virginia – (ABC News)
It’s Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Trump attacks Biden over 1994 Crime Bill: “African Americans will not be able to vote for you” – (Newsweek)
The president criticized the former vice president over his involvement in the controversial legislation.

Trump basked in spotlight in Japan, even as his focus seemed elsewhere – (Google News)
As the Japanese feted Trump, he veered off into discussions about North Korea, Iran and domestic rivals.

To-do list piles up for Congress – (The Hill)
Congress’ to-do list is getting longer and longer amid high-profile skirmishes between President Trump and congressional Democrats.

Trump, Dem Presidential Candidates Slam Biden for Role in 1994 Crime Bill – (National Review)
Critics say the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act contributed to mass incarceration that disproportionately affected black communities.

Trump’s China Feud Threatens 5G Growth in U.S. – (The Wall Street Journal)
The Trump administration’s offensives aimed at frustrating the 5G ambitions of China and mobile-technology giant Huawei might end up impeding America’s wireless ambitions, too.

Officials are trying to get Trump to pressure Liberman – (The Jerusalem Post)
The officials’ intention is that one of Trump’s close associates would call Yisrael Beytenu leader and explain the importance the United States sees in establishing a government.

Donald Trump’s impeachment trial “would be disposed of very quickly,” says Lindsey Graham – (Newsweek)
Any attempt by House Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump would likely be shot down by a short trial in the GOP-controlled Senate, suggested Senator Lindsey Graham.

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