2019-06-21

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

Trump called off Iranian strikes, citing potential deaths – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. was “cocked and loaded’ to retaliate against Iran for downing an American drone, but he canceled the missile strikes 10 minutes before…

Trump says he aborted retaliatory strike to spare Iranian lives – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he had aborted a military strike on Iran because such a response to Tehran’s downing of an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone would have caused a disproportionate loss of life.

Iran-U.S. tensions take the edge off world stocks rally – (Reuters)
World stocks fell on Friday as concern over the possibility of U.S. military strikes on Iran and a global trade conflict took the edge off a central bank-inspired rally earlier in the week.

Trump says he halted U.S. strike on Iran over possible casualties – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he called off a planned military strike against Iran because it would have been a disproportionate response to Tehran’s downing of an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone, adding that more sanctions have been imposed.

Trump threatens reporter with prison over photo – (BBC News)
“What was that?!” the president snaps as an Oval Office reporter apparently oversteps his bounds.

Russia will help Iran with oil if payment channel not launched: Ryabkov – (Reuters)
Russia is ready to help Iran with oil exports and its banking sector if the Instex European payment system is not launched, Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Friday.

Trump Stopped Strike on Iran Because It Was ‘Not Proportionate’ – (The New York Times)
President Trump said “we were cocked and loaded to retaliate” after Iran struck an American drone, but he said the 150 predicted deaths was not a proportionate action.

Wall St. dips at open on U.S.-Iran tensions – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened modestly lower on Friday, as rising tensions between the United States and Iran kept investors on edge, taking the shine off a rally in the prior session that pushed the S&P 500 to a record high.

Huawei says European smart phones sales up ‘in past few days’ – (Reuters)
Huawei smartphone sales in Western Europe have risen “in the past few days” as customers grow more confident the Chinese company will weather U.S. sanctions imposed last month, an executive for the Chinese firm said on Friday.

Huawei says shipped 100 million smartphones this year as of end-May – (Reuters)
Huawei Technologies said on Friday it has shipped 100 million smartphones this year as of May 30.

Pentagon is without a chief as US faces many global threats – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a difficult time for the Pentagon to be without a permanent U.S. defense secretary.The Trump administration is grappling with an escalating crisis with Iran, an…

Biden’s South Carolina trip to test whether stumbles matter – (Associated Press)
Joe Biden has sat atop the crowded Democratic presidential field from virtually the moment he joined the race, leading the polls, raking in money and campaigning with the air of an inevitable…

International airlines’ response to FAA on Iran airspace – (Reuters)
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency order on Thursday prohibiting U.S. air carriers from flying in Iran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman due to heightened tensions.

Global airlines reroute flights after Iran downs US drone – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Major airlines from around the world on Friday began rerouting their flights to avoid areas around the Strait of Hormuz following Iran’s shooting down of a U.S….

Ashena, adviser to Iranian president, says Trump should ease sanctions to avoid war – (Reuters)
An adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday if U.S. President Donald Trump does not want war with Tehran, he should ease sanctions, as tensions rise between the countries following the downing of a U.S. drone by Iran.

Airlines avoid parts of Iran-controlled airspace after U.S. regulator’s order – (Reuters)
Some global airlines are re-routing flights to avoid Iran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman, they said on Friday, after the U.S. aviation regulator barred its carriers from the area until further notice.

Turkey: PKK leader calls for neutrality in Istanbul mayoral vote – (Al Jazeera English)
Imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan urges pro-Kurdish HDP party to remain neutral in Sunday’s mayoral election.

Spain’s top court decides if sex gang were rapists – (BBC News)
Prosecutors are calling for five men known as the “wolf pack” to have their jail terms doubled.

Friendlier Days for North Korea and China? Maybe Not – (The New York Times)
On the surface, all seemed warm as Kim Jong-un played host to Xi Jinping this week. So why didn’t the Chinese leader stay longer?

Minister suspended after grabbing activist – (BBC News)
PM “concerned” after Mark Field marched out Greenpeace protester during City dinner.

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From various sources

EXCLUSIVE: Leeds United Make Bid For In-Demand Fulham Youngster – (The Sport Bible)
The 17-year old has a list of potential suitors but Leeds are leading the race…

On eve of Bahrain summit, U.N. official warns of possible PA collapse – (The Jerusalem Post)
“The Palestinian Government is facing a very serious financial crisis which risks triggering a series of dangerous developments that will be difficult to mitigate and contain.”

‘Once you realise you’ll survive without the game, you’ll enjoy it for what it is’ – (ESPN Cric Info)
Jimmy Neesham fell into a funk after a rack of injuries and missing out on the last World Cup, but he’s back in love with cricket now | ESPNcricinfo.com

EU leaders fail to agree on who should lead the union for the next five years – (The Economist)
Manfred Weber, “lead candidate” for the European Commission, is in trouble

Bastareaud bows out with his legacy cemented – Six Nations Rugby – (Bleacher Report)
Mathieu Bastareaud has always done things a little differently. The experienced French centre called time on his international career this week after a decade with Les Bleus, during which time he won 54 caps and a Grand Slam. From the early days when rumours …

In Plain Language: Living in Israel can feel like the ‘The Twilight Zone – (The Jerusalem Post)
Finally, one more Twilight Zone note. Chicago, my hometown, is famous for a lot of great things: Jazz, the Magnificent Mile along Lake Michigan, deep-dish pizza and of course, the beloved Cubs.

My Word: How the PA’s anti-normalization hurts peace – (The Jerusalem Post)
When the PA insists that there can be no “settlers” in its territories, what is it really saying? Not “we cannot live with Jews” but “we will not live with Jews.”

Recent Match Report – Australia vs Bangladesh, World Cup, 26th match | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of Australia vs Bangladesh, World Cup, 26th match only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s steely leader meets her match – (Financial Times)
A flood of protests have forced the chief executive to retreat from a serious blunder

Here’s the perfect MST3K episode to go with Child’s Play and Toy Story 4 – (The Verge)
The weekend Child’s Play and Toy Story 4 hit theaters is a good time to stream “Devil Doll,” a questionable horror story about an evil doll that fully deserves its MST3K treatment.

‘Cocked and Loaded.’ The U.S. Is Ready to Retaliate Against Iran, Trump Says – (Fortune)
President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. was “cocked and loaded’ to retaliate against Iran for downing an American drone

On Yoga Day, Rahul Gandhi tweets Army dog squad pic with ‘New India’ caption – (The Hindu)
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party hits out at him, says he is spreading negativity

U.S. defeats Sweden in Women’s World Cup, advances to knockout round – (CBS News)
The U.S. won its group in the Women’s World Cup by defeating Sweden 2-0. It had been billed as a grudge match because Sweden knocked the U.S. out of the 2016 Olympics. Roxana Saberi joined CBSN from Le Havre, France, with more on the day’s action.

A Glasgow girl longs for country-music stardom in scrappy drama <em>Wild Rose</em>: EW review – (Entertainment Weekly)
The first thing Rose-Lynn (Jessie Buckley) does when she gets out of prison is pull a pair of white leather…

Go behind the scenes of EW’s <em>Angel</em> reunion shoot – (Entertainment Weekly)
EW reunited the cast and creators of ‘Angel’ — take a peek at all the hilarity from the shoot.

Revealed: Greenpeace protester forcefully grabbed by Tory MP – (Daily Mail)
Janet Barker has today been revealed as the Greenpeace activist that Mr Field pushed against a column and held around the neck, before marching her out of the room.

How and why I built my first mechanical keyboard – (The Verge)
Building a mechanical keyboard is a great way to get something that’s completely tailored to your needs. I built a so-called 75 percent keyboard, which uses Zealio switches, providing a compact experience that should last a lifetime.

The Right Ball for Playing Catch While Skydiving – (Wired)
You and a buddy are plummeting through the clouds. Perfect time for a game of catch—if you have the exact right type of ball.

Trump called off Iranian strikes, citing potential deaths – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. was “cocked and loaded’ to retaliate against Iran for downing an American drone, but he canceled the missile strikes 10 minutes before…

Thugs ‘dressed as women’ hurled ‘acid’ in a market trader’s face – (Daily Mail)
EXCLUSIVE: The victim was thought to be setting up his stall at Walthamstow Market when supposed skirt-wearing attackers tapped him on the shoulder before hurling the corrosive liquid.

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All about Trump

‘Cocked and Loaded.’ The U.S. Is Ready to Retaliate Against Iran, Trump Says – (Fortune)
President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. was “cocked and loaded’ to retaliate against Iran for downing an American drone

Trump called off Iranian strikes, citing potential deaths – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. was “cocked and loaded’ to retaliate against Iran for downing an American drone, but he canceled the missile strikes 10 minutes before…

Trump says he aborted retaliatory strike to spare Iranian lives – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he had aborted a military strike on Iran because such a response to Tehran’s downing of an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone would have caused a disproportionate loss of life.

U.S. was ‘cocked and loaded’ to strike Iran: Trump confirms giving stand-down order | CBC News – (CBC News)
President Donald Trump confirmed reports late Thursday that the United States abruptly called off preparations for a military strike against Iran over the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone hours earlier, saying on social media that the response was “not pr…

Iran Tensions Are Escalating—And the U.S. Doesn’t Have a Permanent Defense Secretary – (Fortune)
The Trump administration is grappling with an escalating crisis with Iran and a controversial deployment of troops to the U.S.-Mexico border

Trump reveals why he stopped Iran bombing and says US is ‘cocked and loaded’ – (Mirror)
Donald Trump, US President, has been embroiled in a standoff with Iran, particularly its capital Tehran, for some time

Iran timeline: How Trump and Tehran came to the brink of war – (Axios)
The president confirmed that the U.S. was “cocked & loaded” to strike.

President Trump Says He Called Off Strike on Iran With 10 Minutes to Spare – (Time)
President Donald Trump the U.S. was “cocked and loaded” to retaliate against Iran for downing an American drone, but canceled the missile strikes 10 minutes before.

Trump says he halted U.S. strike on Iran over possible casualties – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he called off a planned military strike against Iran because it would have been a disproportionate response to Tehran’s downing of an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone, adding that more sanctions have been imposed.

Trump threatens reporter with prison over photo – (BBC News)
“What was that?!” the president snaps as an Oval Office reporter apparently oversteps his bounds.

Elizabeth Warren on the issues, in under 500 words – (Axios)
She has voted with Trump 13.5% of the time.

Trump says he abruptly canceled retaliatory strike on Iran after drone attack – (USA Today)
There are no indications that Trump’s decision will be reversed, the official said.

Trump Stopped Strike on Iran Because It Was ‘Not Proportionate’ – (The New York Times)
President Trump said “we were cocked and loaded to retaliate” after Iran struck an American drone, but he said the 150 predicted deaths was not a proportionate action.

Trump’s spiritual adviser, Paula White, prays to stop ‘every demonic network’ against him – (Fox News)
President Trump’s personal pastor and spiritual adviser, Paula White, kicked off Tuesday night’s 2020 reelection campaign rally with a fiery call to stop “every demonic network” that comes against the president and this nation, mocked by Mediaite and others i…

Trump says US was ‘cocked and loaded’ for Iran air strike – (The Irish Times)
US president says dawn strike was cancelled after he was told 150 people would be killed

Pentagon is without a chief as US faces many global threats – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a difficult time for the Pentagon to be without a permanent U.S. defense secretary.The Trump administration is grappling with an escalating crisis with Iran, an…

Trump says he stopped Iran strike after he learned likely human toll – (CBS News)
President Trump said the U.S. military was “cocked and loaded” to retaliate against Iran, but decided against the strike

Trump Says He’s ‘In No Hurry’ to Confront Iran – (The Wall Street Journal)
Trump says he is “in no hurry” to confront Iran, says strike wouldn’t have been “proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone”

Trump confirms US military was ‘cocked and loaded’ for retaliatory strike against Iran | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Friday confirmed that the U.S. military was “cocked and loaded” to retaliate a…

“We were cocked & loaded”: Trump confirms he stopped retaliatory Iran strike – (Axios)
He said it was “not proportionate” to shooting down a drone.

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