2019-07-09

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

What did Jeffrey Epstein’s famous friends know and see? – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein has hobnobbed with some of the world’s most powerful people during his jet-setting life. Future President Donald Trump called him a “terrific guy.” Former…

U.S., China to relaunch talks with little changed since deal fell apart – (Reuters)
The United States and China are set to relaunch trade talks this week after a two-month hiatus, but a year after their trade war began there is little sign their differences have narrowed.

U.S. expects China to buy farm products amid ongoing trade talks: Kudlow – (Reuters)
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Tuesday said China was expected to move forward with agriculture purchases from the United States even as trade talks continued between the two countries.

Tom Steyer launches 2020 campaign after saying he wouldn’t – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Steyer, the billionaire investor and activist, said Tuesday he’s joining the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, reversing course after deciding earlier this…

Trump blasts ‘foolish’ UK PM May and her ‘wacky’ envoy over leaked memos – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at “foolish” British Prime Minister Theresa May and her “wacky” Washington ambassador, stepping up a tirade against a close ally whose envoy had branded his administration inept.

IBM closes $34 billion deal to buy Red Hat – (Reuters)
International Business Machines Corp said on Tuesday it has closed its $34 billion acquisition of software company Red Hat Inc as it looks to ramp up its cloud computing business.

Amy McGrath running for Mitch McConnell’s US Senate seat – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy McGrath, a Marine combat aviator who narrowly lost a House race to an incumbent Republican in Kentucky, has set her sights on an even more formidable target: Senate Majority…

1 Justice Department, 2 views on sex charges against Epstein – (Associated Press)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — There is only one Justice Department, but two of its largest U.S. attorneys’ offices came to vastly different conclusions about what to do with financier Jeffrey…

Trump lashes out at Britain’s ambassador for a second day – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out for a second day at Britain’s ambassador to the United States on Tuesday, describing him as “wacky” and a “pompous fool,” after a leak of…

Global stocks drop for third day, BASF warning stings Europe – (Reuters)
World stocks fell for a third straight day on Tuesday after a stinging warning from German chemicals giant BASF about the effects of the global trade war and as hopes dwindled of a hefty U.S. interest rate cut this month.

Afghan talks agree ‘roadmap to peace’ – (BBC News)
Taliban and Afghan officials call for an end to civilian casualties, in what is seen as a major step forward.

Ex-UN official jailed for child abuse in Nepal – (BBC News)
Canadian Peter John Dalglish, 62, held numerous roles at the UN before his arrest last year.

AP-NORC Poll: Many feeling vulnerable despite economic gains – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are generally satisfied with their personal finances, but many lack confidence in their ability to afford retirement, an emergency expense or even their daily living…

Trump: UK ambassador ‘a very stupid guy’ – (BBC News)
The President also says Theresa May’s “foolish” handling of Brexit was “a disaster”.

Israel’s separation wall endures, 15 years after ICJ ruling – (Al Jazeera English)
The separation wall, deemed illegal by ICJ, cuts into occupied West Bank territory, and will be 712km upon completion.

Deutsche Bank shares slide again on doubts about turnaround – (Reuters)
Deutsche Bank shares extended losses on Tuesday on investor doubts that the new chief executive can revive the lender by shrinking the investment bank and returning to its roots as banker to corporate Germany.

Labour would back Remain in referendum on Tory Brexit – (BBC News)
Jeremy Corbyn urges the next Tory PM to hold a vote, but doesn’t say what he would do if he got to No 10.

UAE holding prisoners after sentences completed: HRW – (Al Jazeera English)
Human Rights Watch says the prisoners’ detention demonstrates ‘brazen contempt of the rule of law’.

U.S. judge strikes down Trump administration rule requiring drug prices in TV ads – (Reuters)
A federal judge on Monday dealt a blow to the Trump administration by striking down a new rule that would have forced pharmaceutical companies to include the wholesale prices of their drugs in television advertising.

Hong Kong protesters to continue after bill declared ‘dead’ – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong protest leaders opposed to the administration of Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Tuesday that they will continue their demonstrations, even after Lam declared the effort…

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From various sources

Netanyahu responds to Tehran’s threats: ‘Israel’s planes can reach Iran’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
“Iran has threatened recently to destroy Israel,” Netanyahu said in a video clip he posted, standing in front of an F-35 “Adir” plane.

Israeli firm truly reinvents the wheel to power electric vehicle future – (The Jerusalem Post)
REE places the motor, steering, suspension, drivetrain, sensors, brakes, thermal systems and electronics into the vehicle’s wheels, creating a flat platform.

New York and Israel financial regulators announce fin-tech cooperation – (The Jerusalem Post)

Air Seychelles to link Israel with Indian Ocean islands by November – (The Jerusalem Post)
Air Seychelles announced Tuesday that it has selected Tel Aviv as its newest destination for non-stop flights, which will begin their operation November 27.

Police commissioner defends off-duty cop who killed Ethiopian teen – (The Jerusalem Post)
Police commission Motti Cohen promises to strengthen ties with Ethiopian community while commending the Israel police force for bravery amid protests.

Aliyah from France down over 23 percent in 2018 – (The Jerusalem Post)
Overall Aliyah up by over six percent, the majority of immigrants coming from the former Soviet Union.

Aeronautics inks $10 million deal for Obiter drones with S. American client – (The Jerusalem Post)
Deal will see the company provide maintenance and support services.

Trump is Still Fuming Over the UK Ambassador’s Comments About His “Inept” White House – (Vice News)
And now, he’s taking his anger out on outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump’s Hawkish and Bankrupt Iran Policy – (The American Conservative)
Trump’s Iran policy is “the hawkish policy” in action, and if it is a disaster that is because the “hawkish policy” was guaranteed to be one.

IBM Closes Landmark Acquisition of Red Hat for $34 Billion; Defines Open, Hybrid Cloud Future – (Hacker News)
IBM Closes Landmark Acquisition of Red Hat for $34 Billion; Defines Open, Hybrid Cloud Future

We’d rather you pirate our games, say indies – (Hacker News)
A campaign urges the public to stop buying discounted video game codes from “unauthorised” sites.

Axios Media Trends – (Axios)
The trends reshaping the digital media ecosystem, by Sara Fischer. Tuesday mornings

Tom Steyer, A Billionaire Who Said He Wasn’t Running For President In January, Is Now Running For President – (Buzzfeed)
Tom Steyer, who has spent months building support for impeaching President Trump, has changed his mind and decided to launch a 2020 campaign.

Pelosi calls for Labour Secretary Alex Acosta to resign over Jeffrey Epstein deal | CBC News – (CBC News)
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls for President Donald Trump’s Labour secretary, Alexander Acosta, to resign amid renewed concerns over his handling of sex abuse charges involving wealthy U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Corbyn backs Brexit referendum and says Labour would support REMAIN – (Daily Mail)
In a letter to party members the opposition leader said that the party would demand a new public vote on a Tory Brexit plan or a No Deal departure.

Billionaire Tom Steyer launches 2020 presidential campaign – (Axios)
He plans to sink $100 million of his own money into his campaign.

Tennis fans were ordered not to take pictures of Meghan at Wimbledon – (Daily Mail)
Sally Jones, 64, was seated in the same row as the Duchess of Sussex who was there to see her close friend Serena Williams play as more than a million people watched on the BBC at home.

The True Origins Of The Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory – (The Huffington Post)
The previously unreported role of Russian intelligence in creating and fostering one of the most insidious conspiracy theories to arise out of the 2016 e…

‘I will bring in soldiers if necessary’, Cele tells Cape Town community who wants bad cops booted out – (News24)
The community of Philippi East is demanding that Minister of Police Bheki Cele deploys more police to the area.

South Korean Follows in His Father’s Footsteps—to the North – (The Wall Street Journal)
A South Korean man who defected to North Korea appears likely to fill a high-ranking role in Pyongyang’s rubber-stamp legislature, a position formerly held by his parents, who defected in 1986.

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All about Trump

Trump is Still Fuming Over the UK Ambassador’s Comments About His “Inept” White House – (Vice News)
And now, he’s taking his anger out on outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump’s Hawkish and Bankrupt Iran Policy – (The American Conservative)
Trump’s Iran policy is “the hawkish policy” in action, and if it is a disaster that is because the “hawkish policy” was guaranteed to be one.

Tom Steyer, A Billionaire Who Said He Wasn’t Running For President In January, Is Now Running For President – (Buzzfeed)
Tom Steyer, who has spent months building support for impeaching President Trump, has changed his mind and decided to launch a 2020 campaign.

Pelosi calls for Labour Secretary Alex Acosta to resign over Jeffrey Epstein deal | CBC News – (CBC News)
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls for President Donald Trump’s Labour secretary, Alexander Acosta, to resign amid renewed concerns over his handling of sex abuse charges involving wealthy U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Tom Steyer Is Running For President After All – (The Huffington Post)
The billionaire philanthropist had previously said he would not run and would instead focus on his anti-Trump campaign, Need to Impeach.

What did Jeffrey Epstein’s famous friends know and see? – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein has hobnobbed with some of the world’s most powerful people during his jet-setting life. Future President Donald Trump called him a “terrific guy.” Former…

Trump blasts ‘foolish’ UK PM May and her ‘wacky’ envoy over leaked memos – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at “foolish” British Prime Minister Theresa May and her “wacky” Washington ambassador, stepping up a tirade against a close ally whose envoy had branded his administration inept.

China’s central bank is buying up gold to diversify from the dollar – (Axios)
It has upped its efforts since Trump’s election.

Trump launches all-out attack on ‘very stupid’ ambassador and ‘foolish’ Theresa May – (Independent)
US president’s astonishing diatribe escalates diplomatic crisis between US and UK

Kudlow: No plans to replace Powell ‘presently’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump “presently” has no plans to replace Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell top White…

Leaked diplomatic emails blow up ‘special relationship’ – (News.com.au)
President Trump has ripped into UK Prime Minister Theresa May and ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch, following a series of leaked emails that have threatened to blow up the “special relationship.”

Obamacare in Jeopardy as Appeals Court Hears Case Backed by Trump – (Google News)
Millions could lose health coverage if a lower-court ruling striking down the law is upheld.

Trump steps up attacks on British ambassador, calling Kim Darroch ‘very stupid guy’ – (USA Today)
President Trump called Kim Darroch a ‘wacky Ambassador’ after leaked emails revealed what Britain’s envoy thought of the Trump administration.

Trump lashes out at Britain’s ambassador for a second day – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out for a second day at Britain’s ambassador to the United States on Tuesday, describing him as “wacky” and a “pompous fool,” after a leak of…

Trump: UK ambassador ‘a very stupid guy’ – (BBC News)
The President also says Theresa May’s “foolish” handling of Brexit was “a disaster”.

Florida fisherman says Trump’s environmental moves helped turn his business around – (Fox News)
A Florida fisherman delivered a full-throated endorsement of President Trump’s environmental policies Monday at the White House, crediting the administration’s efforts with helping turn his business around.

Trump: ‘Wacky’ UK ambassador a ‘very stupid guy’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump early Tuesday ramped up his criticism of the U.K, ambassador…

Trump derides UK ambassador as ‘wacky’, ‘stupid’ – (RTE)
US President Donald Trump has ramped up his criticism of Britain’s ambassador, calling him ‘wacky’ and ‘stupid’ in a series of tweets as the row over the leaking of confidential memos continues.

Donald Trump blasts ‘foolish’ Theresa May over her ‘disastrous’ failure with Brexit – (Metro)
Metro.co.uk: News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro

U.S. judge strikes down Trump administration rule requiring drug prices in TV ads – (Reuters)
A federal judge on Monday dealt a blow to the Trump administration by striking down a new rule that would have forced pharmaceutical companies to include the wholesale prices of their drugs in television advertising.

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