2019-07-01

Headlines:

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

Death toll from clashes at Sudan rallies climbs to 11 – (Associated Press)
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese activists said Monday that at least 11 people were killed in clashes with security forces during mass demonstrations demanding a transition to civilian…

Protesters in Hong Kong break into legislature, paint logos – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of protesters in Hong Kong swarmed into the legislature’s main building Monday night, tearing down portraits of legislative leaders and spray-painting pro-democracy…

UK foreign minister Hunt worried by Iran’s breach of nuclear deal – (Reuters)
British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said he was “deeply worried” after Iran said it had amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted under its 2015 agreement with major powers, but said that Britain still backed the deal.

EU calls for restraint, dialogue amid Hong Kong protests – (Reuters)
The European Union on Monday called for restraint and dialogue to find a way forward as hundreds of Hong Kong protesters smashed up the legislature in a direct challenge to China.

Democrat Pete Buttigieg says he raised $24M in 2nd quarter – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Pete Buttigieg said Monday that he took in $24.8 million during the second fundraising quarter, more than triple what the South Bend, Indiana, mayor raised during the…

Iran’s Zarif says next step will be enriching uranium above 3.67%: IRIB – (Reuters)
Iran will enrich uranium above 3.67% fissile purity, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday, if European countries fail to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

U.S.-China trade truce pushes global stocks higher – (Reuters)
Global stocks rallied and bonds retreated on Monday as the United States and China agreed to restart trade talks at the G20 summit over the weekend, leading investors to bet that a breakthrough between the world’s two largest economies would jumpstart global …

Deeply divided, EU leaders halt talks after no deal on top jobs – (Reuters)
EU leaders suspended a summit on Monday after they failed to agree who should fill the bloc’s top jobs, with divisions over the marquee role of European Commission president as entrenched as ever after some 20 hours of talks.

S&P 500 hits record high as trade optimism boosts techs – (Reuters)
Gains in technology stocks lifted the S&P 500 to a record high on Monday, powered by growing optimism around U.S.-China trade talks and a likely reprieve for Chinese telecoms company Huawei.

Iran says it has breached stockpile limit under nuclear deal – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran acknowledged Monday it had broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by the 2015 nuclear deal, marking its first major departure from the unraveling…

Google internet balloon spinoff Loon still looking for its wings – (Reuters)
Google’s bet on balloons to deliver cell service soon faces a crucial test amid doubts about the viability of the technology by some potential customers.

Why wealth gap has grown despite record-long economic growth – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — As it enters its 11th year, America’s economic expansion is now the longest on record — a streak that has shrunk unemployment, swelled household wealth, revived the housing…

Hong Kong protesters smash up legislature in direct challenge to China – (Reuters)
Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters stormed the legislature on the anniversary of the city’s 1997 return to China on Monday, destroying pictures and daubing walls with graffiti in a direct challenge to China as anger over an extradition bill spiraled out of cont…

Iran amasses more enriched uranium than allowed by nuclear deal – (Reuters)
Iran announced on Monday it had amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted under its 2015 deal with major powers, its first major step in violation of the deal since the United States pulled out of it more than a year ago.

Gun battle ends in Afghan capital after Taliban blast wounds 105 – (Reuters)
Afghan security forces killed five Taliban gunmen who stormed a building in Kabul on Monday after detonating a bomb-laden truck that wounded at least 105 people, including 51 children, officials said.

AP-NORC Poll: Trump not boosted by strong American economy – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The solid economy is doing little to bolster support for President Donald Trump.Americans give Trump mixed reviews for his economic stewardship despite the growth achieved…

AP investigation: Duty free owners boost Israeli settlements – (Associated Press)
HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — When travelers shop at dozens of duty free stores at airports worldwide, they may be paying for more than a bottle of vodka or a box of chocolates.The Falic family…

Iran nuclear deal: Tehran exceeds enriched uranium limit – (Al Jazeera English)
Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile passes 300kg limit set out in the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers.

Rules that control drive time for truckers set to be relaxed – (Associated Press)
OPAL, Va. (AP) — Truck driver Lucson Francois was forced to hit the brakes just five minutes from his home in Pennsylvania.He’d reached the maximum number of hours in a day he’s allowed to…

INSTEX: Doubts linger over Europe’s Iran sanctions workaround – (Al Jazeera English)
Europe’s bid to bypass US sanctions may have limited impact in Iran, but could be more important as a political message.

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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…

Analysis | Trump’s reality show takes over U.S. foreign policy – (The Washington Post)
Trump’s agenda hinges profoundly on his own personality, celebrity and will to power; moral imperatives and diplomacy take a back seat.

First Arab-Israeli appointed chairman of Bank Leumi – (The Jerusalem Post)
Many people have taken to social media to congratulate Haj Yehia for his position and to congratulate him on his promotion.

Danon: World must join U.S. in sanctioning Iran – (The Jerusalem Post)
This is the first major violation of the deal since the US pulled out of it more than a year ago.

Minister Katz visited Abu Dhabi, presents economical cooperation plan – (The Jerusalem Post)
Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz visited Abu Dhabi,met UN Secretary-General António Guterres and discussed with him the issue of Israeli IDF soldiers and civilians who are currently held captive.

British minister visits Western Wall ‘in occupied East Jerusalem’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Government Press Office trumpeted British Home Minister’s visit to Western Wall, while the British Consulate played it down.

With uranium violation, the ‘who attacks Iran first’ talk gets louder – (The Jerusalem Post)
One camp is not only committed to diplomacy, but has always believed that attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities is a massive risk that could lead to regional war.

The singular genius of Pauline Kael – (The Economist)
“What She Said”, a documentary, pays tribute to the contrarian and influential film critic

WATCH: Orion Ascent Abort 2 prelaunch news conference – (Fox News)

Politician’s $13 million supercar stash seized in corruption probes to be auctioned for charity – (Fox News)
Money will go to a good cause.

Hong Kong Protesters Smashed Their Way Into Government Headquarters – (Buzzfeed)
Limbs wrapped in plastic. Hard hats at the ready. The smell of spray paint thick. This was the scene in Hong Kong as protesters forced their way inside the government’s headquarters.

AIs named by AIs – (Hacker News)
Neural networks can be good at naming things, I’ve discovered. Recently I’ve been experimenting with a neural network called GPT-2, which OpenAI trained on a huge chunk of the internet. Thanks to a colab notebook implementation by Max Woolf, I’m able to fine-…

Trump officials ‘should consider dining at home,’ says co-owner of restaurant that refused to serve Sarah S… – (Fox News)
The co-owner of a Virginia restaurant who refused to serve then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the “rules are changing” when it comes to businesses or staffers expressing political opposition.

York: Three ‘troubling developments’ show anti-Trump resistance growing more toxic – (Fox News)
In a new op-ed, Byron York warns of the rising “toxicity” of the anti-Trump resistance movement, highlighting three troubling developments in recent days.

Canada ready to celebrate 152nd birthday with fireworks, flybys | CBC News – (CBC News)
Thousands are on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations that will see the skies filled with fireworks and military aircraft to mark the country’s 152nd birthday, part of the festivities planned from Nova Scotia to B.C.

Biden clings to Obama legacy as candidacy stumbles – though ex-president, aides keep distance – (Fox News)
The more incoming fire Joe Biden takes, the more he’s gluing his candidacy to the Obama legacy.

Samsung launched an app store for Bixby – (TechCrunch)
Oh, Bixby. Samsung made big promises and some key acquisitions ahead of its launch. But the company’s smart assistant got off to a rocky start and has had trouble making a name for itself in amongst a sea of competitors ever since.  Third-party integration ha…

JUST IN | Ramaphosa to Mkhwebane: ‘I will wait for court before disciplining Gordhan … if at all’ – (News24)
President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane after she reportedly sent him a communication claiming he was failing to uphold the Constitution.

Spotify shuts down its direct music upload beta program for artists – (TechCrunch)
Spotify is shutting down a program that allowed indie artists to upload their own music to the streaming service, the company announced today. The new upload tool was first introduced in beta testing in September 2018, offering U.S. artists an easy way to add…

Hunt for pair after man killed in carpark – (News.com.au)
Two men are on the run after another man was murdered in southeast Queensland’s Lockyer Valley.

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All about Trump

Analysis | Trump’s reality show takes over U.S. foreign policy – (The Washington Post)
Trump’s agenda hinges profoundly on his own personality, celebrity and will to power; moral imperatives and diplomacy take a back seat.

British minister visits Western Wall ‘in occupied East Jerusalem’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Government Press Office trumpeted British Home Minister’s visit to Western Wall, while the British Consulate played it down.

Trump officials ‘should consider dining at home,’ says co-owner of restaurant that refused to serve Sarah S… – (Fox News)
The co-owner of a Virginia restaurant who refused to serve then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the “rules are changing” when it comes to businesses or staffers expressing political opposition.

York: Three ‘troubling developments’ show anti-Trump resistance growing more toxic – (Fox News)
In a new op-ed, Byron York warns of the rising “toxicity” of the anti-Trump resistance movement, highlighting three troubling developments in recent days.

Potential impact of Trump’s historic meeting with Kim Jong Un – (CBS News)
President Trump is praising his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling it a “big moment.” CBS News Senior national security analyst and former Homeland Security adviser Fran Townsend joined CBSN to discuss what this meeting could mean for nucle…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Ivanka Trump for interactions with foreign leaders – (CBS News)
And former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders hit back

Opinion | The new GOP attacks on Mueller will backfire on Trump — bigly – (The Washington Post)
Republicans have a battle plan for the upcoming Mueller hearings. It’s a joke.

Democrats defend Kamala Harris after “racist” tweet – (CBS News)
The Democratic presidential candidates are in a highly-competitive race — but many of them are defending Sen. Kamala Harris after Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a conservative commentator who said that Sen. Harris was “not an American black” because her father w…

Iran news: Tehran claims 1st breach of nuclear deal with enriched uranium stockpile after Trump’s pull-out from agreement – Live updates – (CBS News)
Frustrated by Trump pulling U.S. out of the deal and imposing crippling sanctions, Tehran is still threatening a more serious breach of the terms

Ivanka Trump Awkwardly Inserts Herself G20 World Leaders Conversation – (Buzzfeed)
Why is this me trying to network.

Lara Trump teams up with Companions for Heroes – (Fox News)
Group pairs veterans and rescue dogs; insight from Lara Trump, Trump 2020 campaign senior adviser, and David Sharpe, founder of Companions for Heroes.

Trump news – live updates: Ivanka meeting with Kim Jong-un revealed in North Korea documentary, amid anger and derision over president’s daughter at G20 – (Independent)
Follow the latest updates from Washington

2020 Democrats defend Kamala Harris after Trump Jr. retweets, deletes post about her race – (USA Today)
“Donald Trump Jr. is a racist too. Shocker,” tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders. And former HUD Secretary Julián Castro called Trump Jr. a “coward.”

AP-NORC Poll: Trump not boosted by strong American economy – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The solid economy is doing little to bolster support for President Donald Trump.Americans give Trump mixed reviews for his economic stewardship despite the growth achieved…

#UnwantedIvanka edits first daughter into historic events, photos after G-20 conversations – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump faced sharp criticism from some for her role the G-20 summit last week in Osaka, Japan.

Democrats defend Kamala Harris after “racist” tweet – CBS This Morning – (Google News)
Democrats defend Kamala Harris after “racist” tweet  CBS This Morning The 2020 Democratic primary is suddenly wide open  POLITICO Castro calls Trump Jr. a ‘coward’ for tweet about Harris’ racial heritage  Fox News After debate debacle with Kamala Harris, J…

Ivanka Trump is being edited into historic scenes – (Google News)
Ivanka has been edited into some of history’s most important photos, from the D-Day landings, to the signing of the US Declaration of Independence,

America needs to see Amazon’s tax returns – (The Verge)
Tax law keeps us from knowing what Amazon’s tax bill really is — even as politicians like Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and even Donald Trump call out the company for not paying enough.

Recode Daily: Trump is throwing Huawei a lifeline – (Recode)
Plus: A $38 billion stake in Amazon will soon officially go to MacKenzie Bezos as part of her divorce from CEO Jeff Bezos.

What You Need to Know About Trump’s Wild Weekend in North Korea – (Vice News)
Meanwhile, the White House is reportedly ready to accept North Korea as a nuclear power, rather than demanding full denuclearization.

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