2019-06-25

Headlines:

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

Hatice Cengiz: UN ‘must take action now’ over Khashoggi’s murder – (Al Jazeera English)
Fiancee of slain reporter says Saudi Arabia acted in ‘scandalous’ manner by trying to eliminate evidence of killing.

Mueller’s Russia report gets celebrity staged reading in New York – (Reuters)
Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election is getting a star-studded staged reading on Monday.

Wall St. opens flat ahead of Fed speeches – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened flat on Tuesday, as rising tensions in the Middle East and signs that U.S.-China trade talks may generate little progress kept investors on the sidelines, ahead of a handful of speeches by Federal Reserve officials later in the day.

France warns Iran of violating nuclear commitments: foreign minister – (Reuters)
France’s foreign minister warned Iran on Tuesday that a violation of the 2015 nuclear deal would be a serious mistake and that France, Britain and Germany were working to ensure Tehran understood it was not in their interest to do so.

Boris Johnson for UK prime minister? It’s a love-hate thing, say voters – (Reuters)
Delyth Miles should hate Boris Johnson but she loves him.

U.S. relocates hundreds of migrant children from overcrowded border station – (Reuters)
Nearly 250 migrant children have been relocated to children’s shelters from an overcrowded Texas border patrol station where attorneys said they had been held for weeks in dirty conditions without adequate food and water.

Panel calls for House to hold Trump officials in contempt over Census – (Reuters)
The U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee on Tuesday moved to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for defying lawmakers investigating whether the administration was seeking to discriminate against certain groups by adding a…

UK foreign minister Hunt says cannot envisage joining U.S.-led war with Iran – (Reuters)
Britain does not expect the United States to request that the United Kingdom joins a war with Iran and London would be unlikely to agree to join such a conflict, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday.

Tributes to Michael Jackson flow on 10th death anniversary – (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s estate paid tribute to his artistry and charity Tuesday as fans make final preparations for gatherings to celebrate his memory on the 10th anniversary of the…

Special Report: How judges added to the grim toll of opioids – (Reuters)
The opioid epidemic that has so far killed half a million Americans is routinely blamed on greedy drug makers, feckless doctors and lax regulators. But there’s another group that has contributed to the depth and duration of the catastrophe: judges.

Report: Hackers using telecoms like ‘global spy system’ – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — An ambitious group of state-backed hackers has been burrowing into telecommunications companies in order to spy on high-profile targets across the world, a U.S. cybersecurity firm…

After loss, Erdogan vows to listen to people’s ‘messages’ – (Associated Press)
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In his first public appearance since a crushing defeat in a rerun election for mayor of Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed to draw lessons and…

Exclusive: Johnson courts financiers in race to become British PM – sources – (Reuters)
Boris Johnson, the frontrunner in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, has met hedge fund and private equity executives to raise donations for his leadership campaign, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Cuba restores oldest Jewish cemetery as Havana is spruced up – (Associated Press)
HAVANA (AP) — Some marble grave covers are broken and tombstones lie on the ground, covered in moss. At some plots, vegetation pokes through the cement cracks.But slowly, the oldest Jewish…

A Plan to Mine the Minnesota Wilderness Hit a Dead End. Then Trump Became President. – (The New York Times)
The project’s reversal of fortunes has angered environmentalists and focused attention on an unusual connection between a Chilean billionaire and President Trump’s family.

Rock star: After ‘Free Solo,’ climber unsure of next journey – (Associated Press)
DENVER (AP) — Rock climber Alex Honnold meticulously chalked his hands before pulling himself up to the thin ledge inside the climate-controlled climbing gym. He dangled by his finger tips for a…

Ukraine fury as Russia gets human rights vote – (BBC News)
The Ukrainian delegation walks out of the Council of Europe assembly following the decision.

Rhinos’ epic journey to freedom in Rwanda – (BBC News)
Five zoo-born eastern black rhinos have been transported from Europe to Africa.

‘Climate apartheid’ looms, UN expert warns – (BBC News)
A UN expert warns of a future where “the wealthy pay to escape” while the rest suffer.

Iran calls new US sanctions ‘outrageous and idiotic’ – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday sharply criticized new U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader and other top officials, saying the measures spell the “permanent closure”…

***

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…

Palestinian suspected of raping Israeli girl: My life has been ruined – (The Jerusalem Post)
“I don’t know the girl,” he said. “The girl’s family know that I didn’t commit any crime. I have no idea why they chose to accuse me.”

Professor to ‘Post’: Conference in Manama ’cause the Saudis said so – (The Jerusalem Post)
Manama is the host city, Bahrain is the host country, but the reason is because the Saudis told The Bahrainis to do so.

Jussie Smollett Had a Noose Around His Neck When Cops Showed Up: “I Just Wanted Y’all to See” – (Vice News)
The Chicago police released the body camera footage late Monday.

– (Fox Sports)

Login – (Axios)
Ina Fried, our expert on tech, illuminates the news shaping Silicon Valley and tech products. Weekday mornings

Booker opens door to meeting with Farrakhan after blasting Biden for ‘hurtful’ comments on bigots – (Fox News)
Sen. Cory Booker over the weekend expressed a willingness to meet with well-known anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, raising eyebrows given his criticism just days earlier of 2020 presidential rival Joe Biden’s remarks about being able to work with segregationists.

Congress scrambles to agree on emergency border bill as White House, liberal Dems clash – (Fox News)
A bill to provide $4.5 billion in emergency funding for the escalating humanitarian crisis at the border was on the rocks Tuesday as the White House threatened to veto over restrictions that would “hamstring” immigration enforcement — and liberal Democrats c…

Bridgewater: Saints ‘best opportunity for me to grow’ – (NFL News)
There are few opportunities in football as good as learning under the tutelage of Sean Payton and Drew Brees, and Teddy Bridgewater is relishing his time as a backup QB for the Saints.

<em>Avengers: Endgame</em> officially coming back to theaters with <em>Spider-Man</em> sneak peek – (Entertainment Weekly)
‘Endgame’ round 2? Here’s what will be shown in theaters for the re-release.

***

All about Trump

Five takeaways from Trump’s ‘peace to prosperity’ Palestinian plan – (The Jerusalem Post)
The document, on the White House website, is a “new vision for the Palestinian people and broader Middle East.”

Panel calls for House to hold Trump officials in contempt over Census – (Reuters)
The U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee on Tuesday moved to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for defying lawmakers investigating whether the administration was seeking to discriminate against certain groups by adding a…

Leadership vacancies plague Trump’s Pentagon – (CNN)
When the defense ministers of NATO countries meet in Brussels this week, there will be a notable absence: a Senate-confirmed, permanent United States Secretary of Defense.

Iran ambassador: US is at economic war with Iran after sanctions – CNN Video – (CNN)
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi, told CNN’s John Berman that the US is at economic war with Iran after President Donald Trump leveled sanctions that will deny Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei access to financial instr…

Trump Denies Rape Allegation With A Familiar Insult: “Not My Type” – (Vice News)
Last week, advice columnist E. Jean Carroll accused the president of raping her in a department store in the mid-1990s.

Trump says US soccer star Megan Rapinoe’s protest during national anthem is wrong – (Fox News)
President Trump on Monday said he does not think it is appropriate for U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe to protest during the national anthem.

G20 Summit May Sideline Climate Goals to Keep Trump Happy During Trade Talks – (Fortune)
The draft communiqué to be issued after this week’s G20 summit reportedly plays down the climate emergency. Japan wrote the draft.

‘She’s Not My Type.’ Trump Says E. Jean Carroll Is Lying About Sexual Assault – (Fortune)
Writer E. Jean Carroll has claimed that a friendly encounter with Trump at Bergdorf Goodman in 1995 or 1996 turned violent.

Kim Wehle explains why the average American should know the Constitution – (CBS News)
The Supreme Court is about to release two rulings that could shape American politics for years to come. The justices will decide this week whether to let the Trump administration ask about citizenship in the 2020 census. They’re also expected to decide whethe…

A Plan to Mine the Minnesota Wilderness Hit a Dead End. Then Trump Became President. – (The New York Times)
The project’s reversal of fortunes has angered environmentalists and focused attention on an unusual connection between a Chilean billionaire and President Trump’s family.

Trump says it’s wrong US soccer star Megan Rapinoe protests during national anthem – (USA Today)
Trump said Monday that he doesn’t believe it’s appropriate for U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe to protest during the national anthem.

Long line of Israeli-Palestinian peace bids precede Trump push – (The Jerusalem Post)
Here is a list of the main plans and initiatives undertaken by the parties themselves and international mediators since the 1967 Middle East war.

Iranian president: Trump White House ‘afflicted by mental retardation’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday criticized new U.S. sanctions against…

Trump and Xi: What’s at Stake at Their G20 Meeting – (The Wall Street Journal)
President Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, are set to meet in Japan. All eyes will be on the world’s two most powerful leaders, but can they resolve their disputes? Photo: Getty Images

Iran news: Iranians lash over Donald Trump signing sanctions targeting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today – (Google News)
President Hassan Rouhani suggests Trump admin. “afflicted by mental retardation” as his country declares diplomacy dead

The Hill’s Morning Report – In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations | TheHill – (The Hill)

Trump contradicts what Pompeo said just last week – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Trump questioned why the US is protecting oil shipping lanes, contradicting what his own Secretary of State said about the Strait of Hormuz.

E. Jean Carroll Hits Back At Donald Trump’s ‘Not My Type’ Rape Denial – (The Huffington Post)
The advice columnist responded to the president’s insult in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

China hoping Trump-Xi meeting will help bridge differences – (ABC News)
Get breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews. Find the top news online at ABC news.

Iran president derides new US sanctions – (BBC News)
Hassan Rouhani says the measures show the Trump administration is lying about wanting dialogue.

***