2019-06-15

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

Raptors’ president encounter with deputy being investigated – (Associated Press)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Prosecutors will decide whether to charge Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of shoving and hitting a sheriff’s deputy in the…

Hong Kong leader delays unpopular bill; activists want more – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger Saturday by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with…

Former student says she feels betrayed by college after rape – (Associated Press)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The warnings came in text messages from her friends: He’s outside the dorm. He’s at the student center. He’s at Starbucks.But for Alicia Gonzales, sometimes it…

Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director, dies at 96 – (Reuters)
Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96.

Knox accuses media of having built false story around her – (Associated Press)
ROME (AP) — Taking the stage Saturday at an Italian conference on justice, Amanda Knox accused the media of having built a false narrative around her during her yearslong murder trial and appeals…

Saudis urge ‘decisive’ response to tanker attacks – (BBC News)
The call follows Thursday’s attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, which the US blames on Iran.

‘We are trapped’: Zimbabwe’s economic crunch hits passports – (Associated Press)
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — With Zimbabwe’s economy in shambles and political tensions rising, leaving the country seems the best option for many who are desperate for jobs. But those dreams often end…

NATO faces big bill if it does not pick AWACS successor soon: officials – (Reuters)
NATO faces significant costs if it does not act soon to choose a successor for its ageing fleet of 14 Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning & Control System (AWACS) surveillance aircraft, often called the alliance’s “eyes in the sky”, senior officials said.

For U.S.-bound Central American migrants, better to stay in Mexico than be sent home – (Reuters)
Many of the Central Americans who lined up for papers at an asylum office in southern Mexico said they could abandon plans to reach the United States and remain in Mexico if U.S. President Donald Trump clamps down further on migration.

State sponsor behind May tanker attacks, says UAE minister – (Reuters)
The UAE’s foreign minister said on Saturday a “state sponsor” was involved in a May 12 attack on oil tankers in the Gulf, but did not name any particular country.

Passengers subdue chaotic man on board Turkish Airlines jet – (Associated Press)
ISTANBUL (AP) — Passengers on a Turkish Airlines jetliner flying to Sudan had to subdue a man who started screaming a few minutes after takeoff and began smashing at an oxygen mask box and then a…

Iran renews nuclear pact ultimatum amid tensions with U.S. – (Reuters)
Iran will continue scaling back compliance with a nuclear deal unless other signatories to the pact show “positive signals”, the Iranian president said on Saturday as tensions with the United States escalated over tanker attacks in the Gulf region.

G20 energy ministers to collaborate to keep market stability – (Reuters)
Energy ministers from the Group of 20 major economies have shared concerns over attacks on tankers in the Gulf and will collaborate to maintain stability in the oil market, Japan’s Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said on Saturday.

Anti-graft crusader sworn in as Slovakia’s first female president – (Reuters)
Anti-corruption campaigner Zuzana Caputova was sworn in as Slovakia’s first female president on Saturday, vowing to fight impunity and champion justice in a country shaken by a journalist’s murder last year.

Arabiya TV tweet on UAE minister’s Iran comments disappears – (Reuters)
A tweet from Arabiya TV quoting the UAE’s foreign minister talking about Iran on Saturday later disappeared from Twitter.

Briton jailed in Iran begins new hunger strike – (BBC News)
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained in 2016 after being convicted of spying, which she denies.

Zero elephants poached in a year in top Africa wildlife park – (Associated Press)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of Africa’s largest wildlife preserves is marking a year without a single elephant found killed by poachers, which experts call an extraordinary development in an area…

Knox feared being attacked on return to Italy – (BBC News)
Acquitted of Meredith Kercher’s murder, Amanda Knox decries prejudice and trial by the media.

As Passions Flare in Abortion Debate, Many Americans Say ‘It’s Complicated’ – (The New York Times)
Abortion is anything but a simple issue. But the nuance in how most Americans think about it has all but disappeared from the political conversation, some voters say.

Saudi urges swift response to secure Gulf energy supplies: ministry – (Reuters)
Saudi Arabia said on Saturday there must be a quick response to the threat to energy supplies, market stability and consumer confidence, the energy ministry tweeted, two days after attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

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From various sources

AFL 2019, news: Fan crackdown, stadium security, Gillon McLachlan | Blues vs Bulldogs, Hawks vs Bombers – (News.com.au)
The AFL’s ongoing issue surrounding a crackdown on fans refuses to die down and is leaving many asking serious questions of the league and Gillon McLachlan

BDS – A power psychology against Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
Using certainty as a political tool.

The Central Asia summits that show Washington is losing grip – (The Jerusalem Post)
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan host Russia, China, Iran for two important summits that showed how US is losing influence to other world powers

Is the Middle East ignoring Gulf tanker crises? – (The Jerusalem Post)

Donald Trump compares Melania to Jackie O – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Trump compared his wife Melania to another famous first lady, Jackie Onassis Kennedy, in an interview with Fox News.

Employees turn their backs on Trump Cabinet secretary – CNN Video – (CNN)
Employees from the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, two Department of Agriculture research agencies, stood and turned their backs to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in silent protest after learning their departm…

10 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The World – (Buzzfeed)
Here are some of the most interesting and powerful photo stories from across the internet.

O.J. Simpson joins Twitter on 25th anniversary of wife’s murder – (Fox News)
The former NFL player created an account in the early hours of Friday morning.

JJ Watt calls on fans to ‘chip in and buy’ Whataburger after a majority stake is sold – (Fox News)
Houston Texans star JJ Watt suggests fans of the popular burger joint Whataburger get together and buy the Texas-based chain back after a majority stake was sold to a Chicago investment firm.

Froome gives thumbs up in picture from hospital bed as he thanks fans – (Mirror)
Cycling star Chris Froome is recovering from a horror crash on Wednesday and has thanked fans from his hospital bed

Man in 30s stabbed to death becomes third killing in London in 24 hours – (Mirror)
Police in the capital have opened their third murder probe in just 24 hours

Late drama sees Sharks down Stormers at Newlands – (News24)
The Stormers have beaten the Sharks in a Super Rugby encounter at Newlands in an error strewn match.

Derby keen to tie down Frank Lampard to new contract – (FourFourTwo)

U.S.-mediated talks between Israel and Lebanon to start in July, Israeli officials say – (Axios)
The two countries have a long-standing conflict that has stalled natural gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.

Meet the couples who, like Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, don’t live together – (The Telegraph)
“Our marriage would have failed if we’d lived together.

Can at-home gut testing kits really transform your health? – (The Telegraph)
Have you ever considered the trillions of teeming bacteria which are spinning around your gut right now, breaking down breakfast into human compost?

Google’s loud Home Max speaker is $40 off for Verge readers – (The Verge)
The Google Home Max smart speaker is discounted at several retailers, but the best price is at Daily Steals, where you can buy one for $259. You can save on other products, like PopSockets and true wireless earbuds.

Raptors’ president encounter with deputy being investigated – (Associated Press)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Prosecutors will decide whether to charge Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of shoving and hitting a sheriff’s deputy in the…

How will the UK implement its 2050 carbon pledge? – (Independent)
Creating carbon capture technologies that can be used globally will be one of the greatest challenges

CrowdStrike IPO: Investors Are Positively CrowdStruck—Cyber Saturday – (Fortune)
Investors are loving Alphabet-backed CrowdStrike—”the Salesforce of cybersecurity”—after a share price-popping IPO on Nasdaq stock exchange.

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All about Trump

Donald Trump compares Melania to Jackie O – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Trump compared his wife Melania to another famous first lady, Jackie Onassis Kennedy, in an interview with Fox News.

Employees turn their backs on Trump Cabinet secretary – CNN Video – (CNN)
Employees from the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, two Department of Agriculture research agencies, stood and turned their backs to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in silent protest after learning their departm…

Trump warns of ‘market crash’ if he loses in 2020 | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump asserted on Saturday there would be dire economic consequences should h…

CNN highlights first lady Melania Trump as ‘woman of mystery’ – (Fox News)
Independent Women’s Forum visiting fellow Kelsey Bolar reacts to the media coverage of the first lady.

Justice Department says Congress can’t force IRS to provide Trump’s tax returns – (CBS News)
The Justice Department says Congress does not have a “legitimate legislative purpose” for viewing the president’s tax returns

Trump throws support behind ‘no brainer’ measure to ban burning of American flag | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump threw his support behind a new effort to ban burning the American flag on Saturda…

Apple’s Week Was All About China Fears—And Donald Trump – (Fortune)
Apple didn’t make any big announcements this week, but it did grapple about trade war fears with China fears, and Donald Trump.

For U.S.-bound Central American migrants, better to stay in Mexico than be sent home – (Reuters)
Many of the Central Americans who lined up for papers at an asylum office in southern Mexico said they could abandon plans to reach the United States and remain in Mexico if U.S. President Donald Trump clamps down further on migration.

Trump’s Iran Accusations Put U.S. Credibility on the Line – (New York Magazine)
Perhaps Iran really did attack two oil tankers. But experts are skeptical, and if the administration is crying wolf there could be dire consequences.

Schiff blasts DOJ over memo on withholding Trump tax returns | TheHill – (Google News)
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) hammered the Justice Department on Friday over a legal opinion it wro…

Trump erases line between political events and official business – (Google News)
To one crowd, Vice President Joe Biden was a “low-IQ individual.”

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s misfires on Iran, trade and that wall – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump’s reckoning, an Iran tamed by him no longer cries “death to America,” the border wall with Mexico is proceeding apace, the estate tax has been lifted…

U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid – (The New York Times)
The Trump administration is using new authority to take more aggressive digital action in a warning to Moscow and in a demonstration of its abilities.

North Korea Fires Insults at U.S., Spares Trump – (The Wall Street Journal)
A year after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s historic first meeting with President Trump, his government is once again hurling insults at the U.S.—while keeping Mr. Trump out of the rhetorical line of fire.

Donald Trump backs constitutional amendment to ban flag burning, a ‘no brainer!’ – (The Washington Times)
President Trump pledged his support Saturday for updating the U.S. Constitution to let Congress outlaw burning the American flag.

Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will…

Weld takes GOP bid to oust Trump to NH. Voters are confused. – (Associated Press)
DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Bill Weld jokes about not kissing the back of a child’s head because he doesn’t want to be accused, like Joe Biden, of making people uncomfortable. He tells voters they wouldn’t…

UK joins US in accusing Iran of tanker attacks as crew held – (The Irish Times)
Trump says incident involving two vessels in Gulf of Oman has ‘Iran written all over it’

US-Iran tensions deepen: Five things to know about oil tanker attack | TheHill – (The Hill)
Different stories are emerging about an attack on two oil tankers after the Trump administration…

Trump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump’s declaration that he would accept dirt on his 2020 opponents from foreign govern…

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