2019-07-04

Headlines:

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

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash quitting Republican Party – (Associated Press)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, said Thursday he is leaving the GOP…

Dozens feared dead after boat capsizes off Tunisia – (Al Jazeera English)
Eighty-two people are missing from the boat, which was carrying 86 migrants and refugees when it sank.

Even for a limited nuclear deal, North Korea may settle for nothing less than sanctions relief – (Reuters)
A new public broadside by North Korean officials against U.S.-backed sanctions highlights the tough road ahead as negotiators prepare for talks in the wake of Sunday’s meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Independence Day filled with concerts, parades and politics – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — The national holiday to mark America’s birth as a country will be filled with parades, concerts, competitive eating and of course, fireworks.But Independence Day won’t be…

Coney Island hot dog eaters gear up to chow down – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — The dog days of summer are upon us.Competitive eaters will scarf down dozens of hot dogs and buns Thursday at the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest…

Migrants say Libya militias conscripted them to clean arms – (Associated Press)
CAIRO (AP) — Migrants who survived the deadly airstrike on a Libyan detention center said Thursday they had been conscripted by a local militia to work in an adjacent weapons workshop.The…

Eyes on Iran as Britain seizes oil tanker over Syria sanctions – (Reuters)
British Royal Marines seized an oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday accused of bringing oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, a dramatic step that could escalate confrontation between the West and Iran.

Libya migrants ‘fired on after fleeing attack’ – (BBC News)
The UN says 500 people still at a detention centre hit by air strikes are vulnerable to new raids.

Fourth of July in Washington to come with a twist from Trump – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A reality TV host at heart, President Donald Trump is promising the “show of a lifetime” for the hundreds of thousands of revelers who flock to the National Mall every year on…

Boeing makes $100 million pledge for 737 MAX crash-related support – (Reuters)
Boeing Co said on Wednesday it would give $100 million over multiple years to local governments and non-profit organizations to help families and communities affected by the deadly crashes of its 737 MAX planes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

‘Desperate:’ Hong Kong protesters detail legislature assault – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — It was almost noon on Monday when hundreds of protesters outside Hong Kong’s legislature voted to break in.Watching from the side, one protester disagreed. They were too…

Trump says officials working on holiday on census dispute – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said administration officials were working on Independence Day in hopes of finding a way to have the 2020 census include a citizenship question even though…

Trump officials say U.S.-China trade talks to resume next week – (Reuters)
Top representatives of the United States and China are organizing a resumption of talks for next week to try to resolve a year-long trade war between the world’s two largest economies, Trump administration officials said on Wednesday.

Gibraltar detains Syria-bound super tanker with Iranian oil – (Associated Press)
MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Gibraltar said they intercepted Thursday a super tanker believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Iranian crude oil to war-ravaged…

China to Britain: Keep your ‘colonial’ hands off Hong Kong – (Reuters)
China told Britain to keep its hands off Hong Kong on Wednesday while London called for Beijing to honor the agreements made when the city was handed over in 1997, escalating a diplomatic spat over the former British colony.

Putin confirms Russia’s fire-hit submersible was nuclear-powered – (Al Jazeera English)
The confirmation comes three days after the vessel caught fire during a secret mission near the Arctic, killing 14 men.

Trump suffers new border wall construction setback – (BBC News)
A federal appeals court upholds a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico.

Putin, after three days, says fire-hit Russian submarine was nuclear-powered – (Reuters)
Russian President Vladimir Putin disclosed on Thursday for the first time that a secret military submarine hit by a fatal fire three days ago was nuclear-powered, prompting Russia’s defense minister to assure him its reactor had been safely contained.

Collapsing bond yields push world stocks to new highs – (Reuters)
Government bonds held near multi-year lows on Thursday on bets the U.S. Federal Reserve would cut interest rates this month and that other major central banks would embrace looser monetary policy, pushing world stocks to new 18-month highs.

Tanker detained by Gibraltar on U.S. request to Britain, Spain says – (Reuters)
Gibraltar detained the supertanker Grace 1 after a request by the United States to Britain, acting Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Thursday.

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From various sources

Knesset legal adviser: Election can’t be canceled – (The Jerusalem Post)
Loophole leaves possibility for war to cancel race.

Turkey accuses ‘Washington Post’ of “terrorist propaganda” – (The Jerusalem Post)
The newspaper has been critiqued in the past for publishing an oped by the head of the Houthi rebel group, a group that openly espouses antisemitism.

347 incidents of antisemitism reported in Czech Republic in 2018 – study – (The Jerusalem Post)
Antisemitic hate speech on the Internet accounts for 92.8% of recorded incidents

Rabbinate chiefs meet with heads of Ethiopian community to end violence – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We are all brothers and the correct way to settle the issues is in conversation while holding mutual respect.”

Rep. Justin Amash announces he is leaving GOP; Trump calls it ‘great news’ – (Fox News)
Michigan Rep. Justin Amash announced Thursday that he is leaving the Republican Party, saying he is disenchanted and “frightened” by party politics — and called for others to join him in rejecting “partisan loyalties and rhetoric.”

Ryan Kerrigan flexing on way to Redskins sack record – (NFL News)
Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has 84.5 career sacks with Washington and is closing in on Dexter Manley’s team record of 91, celebrating each sack like Shawn Michaels in the process.

FTSE flatlines as US markets pause at record high for July 4th holiday – (The Telegraph)
FTSE 250 energy firm Energean Oil has had a fire under its shares during trading today, up nearly 13pc currently after announcing plans to acquiring the North Sea assets of Edison, an EDF subsidiary.

Burglars steal jewellery containing ashes of widow’s partner – (Daily Mail)
Sharon Howard from Cornwall lost her partner David Page and sons Mason, 8, and Taylor, 6, when disaster struck at the Khao Lak resort in Thailand in 2004. (Family pictured)

Tommy Robinson in court over contempt allegation – live updates – (Mirror)
Far-right extremist Tommy Robinson – whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – is appearing in front of High Court judges at the Old Bailey in London

French MPs back bill giving online platforms 24 hours to remove hate speech – (The Hindu)
French MPs on July 4 backed a bill giving online platforms just 24 hours to remove hate speech or face hefty fines, the latest initiative in Europe to tackle online racism, anti-Semitism, sexism and h

Down to Business podcast: Why Sidewalk Labs’ sweeping Toronto smart city proposal faces hurdles – (Financial Post)
Episode 11 of the weekly podcast from the Financial Post

Leeds sign Barcelona B forward Rafa Mujica on three-year deal – (FourFourTwo)

Cancel All Your Summer Plans ‘Cause Bose Makes Sunglasses With Built-In Speakers – (Buzzfeed)
Yes, the company that makes the best speakers on the planet now makes sunglasses that play music only you can hear and they’re VERY freakin’ cool!

It’s July Fourth, and that means palm trees will be fireballs – (The Verge)
You know them when you see them: the videos of palm trees lit up like torches. They aren’t limited to California or July Fourth, but they’re common then. Why? Well, we do like our fireworks, and it doesn’t take much to set a palm tree ablaze.

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash quitting Republican Party – (Associated Press)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, said Thursday he is leaving the GOP…

New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says believes in himself ‘completely’ as he prepares for huge task at Stamford Bridge – (The Telegraph)
Frank Lampard says he believes in himself ‘completely’ after being unveiled as the 13th managerial appointment of Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea ownership.

‘Fantasist Nick tells court Ted Heath cuddled him not – (Daily Mail)
Carl Beech, 51, told police that the former Tory leader ‘touched him’ as he lay next to him in the cabin of the Morning Cloud in Southampton marina – but told his trial today ex-PM cuddled him.

Dozens feared dead after boat capsizes off Tunisia – (Al Jazeera English)
Eighty-two people are missing from the boat, which was carrying 86 migrants and refugees when it sank.

Bernard Tomic fined entire £45,000 match fee for 58-minute defeat – (Daily Mail)
Bernard Tomic has been fined his full Wimbledon prize money of £45,000 for not meeting the ‘required professional standard’ in his 58-minute first-round defeat by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Ex-town clerk, 30, wins £63,000 for unfair dismissal – (Daily Mail)
Safia Kauser, 30, claimed councillors at Keighley Town Council in West Yorkshire were out to get her after she climbed the ranks from financial officer to town clerk.

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All about Trump

Rep. Justin Amash announces he is leaving GOP; Trump calls it ‘great news’ – (Fox News)
Michigan Rep. Justin Amash announced Thursday that he is leaving the Republican Party, saying he is disenchanted and “frightened” by party politics — and called for others to join him in rejecting “partisan loyalties and rhetoric.”

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash quitting Republican Party – (Associated Press)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, said Thursday he is leaving the GOP…

Even for a limited nuclear deal, North Korea may settle for nothing less than sanctions relief – (Reuters)
A new public broadside by North Korean officials against U.S.-backed sanctions highlights the tough road ahead as negotiators prepare for talks in the wake of Sunday’s meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Thousands expected for Donald Trump’s 4th of July celebration, featuring tanks and lots of protests – (USA Today)
This year’s 4th of July festivities in Washington, D.C., will feature Army tanks on the Mall, protests and a speech by President Donald Trump.

Trump lashes out at Justin Amash, calls him ‘one of the dumbest & most disloyal’ in Congress – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump responded to Rep. Justin Amash’s op-ed about leaving the GOP, calling him “one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress.”

Justin Amash, sole Republican in Congress to support Trump impeachment, says he’s now an independent – (USA Today)
Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, the sole Republican in Congress to support impeaching President Donald Trump, said on July 4 that he’s leaving the GOP.

Trump celebrates after Amash quits GOP: ‘Great news for the Republican Party’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump celebrated news that Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), one of his most vocal critics in…

Righteous patriotic celebration or ‘ludicrous vanity parade’: Trump front and centre on July Fourth | CBC News – (CBC News)
It’s been nearly seven decades since a U.S. president spoke at the National Mall during Independence Day, another example of Donald Trump bucking tradition as he prepares for his “Salute to America” celebration today on the Fourth of July.

Trump Critic Rep. Justin Amash Quits Republican Party – (Time)
Michigan Representative Justin Amash, the only House Republican open to impeaching President Donald Trump, announced he is leaving the party

Rep. Justin Amash: Only Republican to say Trump engaged in impeachable conduct leaving GOP – (CBS News)
Michigan Rep. Justin Ama says modern politics “is trapped in a partisan death spiral”

Fourth of July in Washington to come with a twist from Trump – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A reality TV host at heart, President Donald Trump is promising the “show of a lifetime” for the hundreds of thousands of revelers who flock to the National Mall every year on…

Cost of Trump’s July 4 event: TBD – (Axios)
The military costs won’t be determined until long after it’s over.

Trump news – live: President pleads with people to attend his July the Fourth celebration amid fears of small crowds and tank damage – (Independent)
Follow the latest updates from Washington

Trump considers executive order on citizenship question – (Axios)
“We didn’t come this far just to throw in the towel.”

Trump says officials working on holiday on census dispute – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said administration officials were working on Independence Day in hopes of finding a way to have the 2020 census include a citizenship question even though…

Think Trump Is Ruining the Fourth of July? The Founders Couldn’t Even Agree on How to Celebrate It. – (Politico)
Thomas Jefferson used the holiday to burnish his legacy; others used it to jeer at George Washington; John Adams thought it was commemorating the wrong date.

Trump officials say U.S.-China trade talks to resume next week – (Reuters)
Top representatives of the United States and China are organizing a resumption of talks for next week to try to resolve a year-long trade war between the world’s two largest economies, Trump administration officials said on Wednesday.

Trump: My administration ‘working very hard’ to add citizenship question to census | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump said Thursday his administration is working “very hard” on the Fourth of July in…

Rep. Amash says he’s leaving GOP after becoming ‘frightened’ by party politics – (Google News)
Amash in May became the first congressional Republican to conclude that President Donald Trump had engaged in “impeachable conduct.”

Trump suffers new border wall construction setback – (BBC News)
A federal appeals court upholds a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico.

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