2019-07-31

Headlines:

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

2nd confirmed Ebola case in Congo’s city of Goma dies – (Associated Press)
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The man who became the second confirmed Ebola case in Congo’s major crossroads city of Goma has died, officials said Wednesday, adding that he may never have known he had…

UAE, Iran hold rare talks in Tehran on maritime security – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Officials from the United Arab Emirates and Iran met to discuss maritime security for the first time in six years amid a spike in tensions in the Persian Gulf, both countries…

Israel approves Palestinian construction in West Bank – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to build over 700 housing units for Palestinians in addition to 6,000 Israeli settlement housing units in the West…

Debate takeaways: Should 2020 Democrats go big or get real? – (Associated Press)
DETROIT (AP) — Should Democrats be going big or getting real? That’s the question that dominated the Democratic presidential primary debate as progressive favorites Elizabeth Warren and Bernie…

Israel backs homes for settlers and Palestinians – (BBC News)
It envisages the building of homes for both Jewish settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank.

China warns against bid to sow discord over South China Sea – (Associated Press)
BANGKOK (AP) — China on Wednesday warned outside nations against any attempt to sow discord between Beijing and Southeast Asian countries by playing up disputes over the South China Sea, saying…

Indian coffee tycoon Siddhartha’s body found floating in river – (Reuters)
Authorities in Southern India recovered the body of coffee baron V.G. Siddhartha floating in a river on Wednesday, two days after his disappearance sparked speculation that he was under intense financial strain.

Trump ‘rodent’ tweets ring true at Kushner-owned apartments – (Associated Press)
BALTIMORE (AP) — Davon Jones doesn’t have to look far to see the irony in President Donald Trump’s tweets that Baltimore is a “rat and rodent infested mess.” His apartment owned by the president’s…

What to Watch For in Tonight’s Democratic Debate – (The New York Times)
Everything you need to know about the presidential primary debate starting Wednesday at 8 p.m. E.T.

Trump administration opens door to importing medicine from Canada – (Reuters)
The Trump administration took a first step on Wednesday toward allowing the importation of medicines from Canada, an action the president has advocated as a way to bring cheaper prescription drugs to Americans.

US to set up plan allowing prescription drugs from Canada – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it will set up a system to allow Americans to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, weakening a longstanding ban that…

Johnson’s Europe adviser in Brussels to pass on UK PM’s Brexit message: spokesman – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser is in Brussels to pass on the British leader’s message that the country is leaving the European Union on Oct. 31 “whatever the circumstances”, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Gunman scorned California garlic festival on social media before mass shooting – (Reuters)
Police on Monday identified a 19-year-old California man as the gunman who opened fire with an assault rifle at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, killing three people and wounding about a dozen.

German prosecutors charge ex-Audi boss Stadler over emissions cheating – (Reuters)
German prosecutors said on Wednesday they had filed charges against former Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler, who is being investigated over his role in Volkswagen’s emissions test cheating scandal.

AP FACT CHECK: Off notes from Democrats on climate, economy – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential contenders struck off notes on the science of global warming and the state of the economy in their Detroit debate Tuesday night.As much as…

Trade tensions drag on stocks as markets await Fed verdict – (Reuters)
Fresh trade war fears weighed on global stocks on Wednesday before a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting, with the dollar holding firm and Britain’s pound subdued on growing fears of a no-deal Brexit.

Apple woos investors with China gain, market value nears $1 trillion – (Reuters)
Shares of Apple Inc rose 4.2% on Wednesday, after the company calmed Wall Street nerves with an improvement in sales in China and as several brokerages predicted a boost from its services business and the launch of new iPhones in the second half of 2019.

Israel announces new homes for settlers, Palestinians in West Bank ahead of Kushner visit – (Reuters)
Israel will build 6,000 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank – a move Palestinian leaders decried as showing Israel’s “colonial mentality” – but in a rare step it also approved permits for 700 houses for Palestinians.

Boris Johnson in Belfast as Brexit woes weigh on UK economy – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met political leaders Wednesday in Northern Ireland, where he faces a doubly difficult challenge: restoring the collapsed Belfast government and…

Hong Kong charges 44 protesters with rioting, grants bail – (Reuters)
More than 40 people appeared in a Hong Kong court on Wednesday charged with rioting for their role in a recent protest that turned violent when thousands of activists clashed with police near Beijing’s main representative office in the city.

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From various sources

Democratic Union vows not to join Netanyahu govt. – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We will replace Netanyahu’s government with democratic government – a center-left government and return Israel to the [right] path,” they said.

PA: We don’t need permission from Israel to build on our land – (The Jerusalem Post)
“The terms A, B, and C no longer exist because Israel has violated the Oslo Accords.”

Exporters slam ‘dozing’ Bank of Israel as shekel continues to rise – (The Jerusalem Post)
“The result will be a sharp decline in exports, including software exports. At the current conversion rates, there is no reason to export anything from Israel.”

Gantz promises not to uproot any Jordan Valley settlements – (The Jerusalem Post)
“This is a crucial strategic area, which Israel needs, always needed and will always need in the future,” Gantz said.

Lightricks app raises $135m., valued at $1bn. – (The Jerusalem Post)
“As we accelerate our expansion, the additional funding will cement our position as the leader in mass-market content creation, which is proving to be a multi-billion dollar industry.”

Iggy Azalea Paid £52 For A Grilled Cheese Sandwich In A Las Vegas Hotel And She’s Not Happy – (The Lad Bible)
That’s one expensive toastie.

British Tabloid Chickens, in Defense of Hometowns, and Misunderstanding Chaucer – (The American Conservative)
Also: A story by John Steinbeck is published in English for the first time, and more.

Facebook Just Paid a $5 Billion Fine for Privacy Breaches. Now it Wants Access to Your Brain. – (Vice News)
Facebook is building a headset that can monitor, read and translate your brainwaves and allow users to type just by thinking.

Restaurants celebrate National Avocado Day; candy company offers sweet deal to change Halloween date – (Fox News)
Morning Business Outlook: Many popular restaurants are celebrating National Avocado Day with deals and discounts; Snickers is promising to give out 1 million free candy bars if Halloween is moved to the last weekend of October.

Newt Gingrich says President Trump could not have hoped for a better Dem debate – (Fox News)
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on “Fox & Friends” that President Trump was the big winner at Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate.

Katy Perry, more stars attend Google summit on climate change in private jets, mega yachts – (Fox News)
Google Camp is hosting the likes of former President Barack Obama, Prince Harry, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry in Sicily to discuss climate change, but it may come at a steep cost to Mother Earth.

Pro Rata – (Axios)
Insider views on deals and dealmakers in venture capital, private equity and M&A, by Dan Primack. Weekday mornings

Three sisters walk free from court after admitting homophobic abuse – (Daily Mail)
Single mothers Leanne, 32, Louise, 29, and Samantha Whelan, 33, of the Wirral, yelled vile abuse at Peter Taylor after he tried to stop them confronting two of his family friends.

Emily Thornberry – Labour would be ‘off our bloody rockers’ not to back Remain – (Mirror)
The remarks appear to be at odds with Labour’s official policy

Fortnite e-sports: the World Cup and beyond – (The Verge)
Fortnite is the most popular game in the world, but it’s also slowly becoming a major spectator sport. Epic Games has pledged $100 million toward competitive Fortnite, which resulted in a series of major tournaments and a 10-week qualifying period for the spe…

Motorist convicted of filming aftermath of crash is CLEARED – (Daily Mail)
Ramsey Barreto, 51, was stopped by police after he was seen gathering footage as he passed the scene of a serious accident in Ruislip, west London, in August 2017.

Beyond Meat’s competitor Impossible Foods gets FDA approval, opens door to sell at grocers – (CNBC)
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the key ingredient in the plant-based burger of Beyond Meat’s rival Impossible Foods.

Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood president, says people will go “extreme” lengths to “criminalize women” [exclusive] – (CBS News)
Alexis McGill Johnson says the organization doesn’t have the luxury of deciding whether the organization is a health care clinic or advocacy group

Trump administration to allow Americans to access lower-cost drugs from Canada – (CBS News)
U.S. patients will be able to import medications safely and effectively, with oversight from the Food and Drug Administration

How Mindy Kaling found the stars of <em>Four Weddings and a Funeral</em> – (Entertainment Weekly)
The cast of Hulu’s ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ reboot talks to EW about working with Mindy Kaling.

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All about Trump

Newt Gingrich says President Trump could not have hoped for a better Dem debate – (Fox News)
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on “Fox & Friends” that President Trump was the big winner at Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate.

Trump administration to allow Americans to access lower-cost drugs from Canada – (CBS News)
U.S. patients will be able to import medications safely and effectively, with oversight from the Food and Drug Administration

Trump Campaign Levels Post-Debate Attack on 2020 Democrats – (Fortune)
“Same radical Democrats. Same big government socialist message. Same winner of tonight’s debate: President Donald Trump,” Trump national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement just after the debate ended.

Donald Trump Lied About Almost Dying In Helicopter Crash, Ex-Employee Says – (The Huffington Post)
“Total, total lie,” said former Trump Organization vice president Barbara Res.

U.S. plans to allow importing prescription drugs from Canada | CBC News – (CBC News)
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump says it will set up a system to allow Americans to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, weakening a longstanding ban that had stood as a top priority for the politically powerful pharmaceu…

Top Dem Puts Hold On Trump Interior Nominee, Requests DOJ Perjury Probe – (The Huffington Post)
Sen. Ron Wyden said Daniel Jorjani, who has been nominated to be the agency’s top lawyer, may have lied to Congress.

Donald Trump is not a shoo-in for 2020 – (Financial Times)
It is hard to think of a president who has done less to recruit voters outside his base

Trump administration takes steps to allow prescription drug importation – (Axios)
There’s disagreement about the policy’s impact on prices.

Beijing hits back at Trump after brief round of trade talks – (Financial Times)
China says US should show ‘integrity’ as hopes fade for breakthrough in dispute

Kathy Griffin reveals why she ‘felt guilty’ after Trump photo, how the FBI saved her life – (USA Today)
Kathy Griffin is revisiting the fallout stemming from her infamous 2017 photo with a mock decapitation of President Trump’s head.

Trump ‘rodent’ tweets ring true at Kushner-owned apartments – (Associated Press)
BALTIMORE (AP) — Davon Jones doesn’t have to look far to see the irony in President Donald Trump’s tweets that Baltimore is a “rat and rodent infested mess.” His apartment owned by the president’s…

Trump administration opens door to importing medicine from Canada – (Reuters)
The Trump administration took a first step on Wednesday toward allowing the importation of medicines from Canada, an action the president has advocated as a way to bring cheaper prescription drugs to Americans.

US to set up plan allowing prescription drugs from Canada – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it will set up a system to allow Americans to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, weakening a longstanding ban that…

Trump Allies See Personal Grudge, Not Political Strategy, in Twitter Attacks on Baltimore, Cummings – (The Wall Street Journal)
After four days of assailing Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and describing Baltimore as a “living hell,” President Trump said “there’s no strategy” behind his tweets.

Democrats Spar Over Health Care, Race, and Gun Violence in High-Energy Debate – (Fortune)
Ten Democrats who hope to unseat President Donald Trump scoffed at each other’s plans for providing health insurance for all, vowed to take on the pro-gun lobby, and accused one another of being unrealistic.

Democratic debate: Left-wingers accused of playing into Trump’s hands with ‘fairytale’ policies – (Google News (UK))
Democratic Party divisions were laid bare last night as left-wingers Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were pitted against more moderate candidates who claimed their policies would hand President…

WIRED Book of the Month: It Came From Something Awful – (Wired)
In Dale Beran’s aggrandizing telling, 4chan’s crescendo of furious nihilism delivers President Trump to America.

John Hickenlooper to Bernie Sanders: Go ahead, throw your hands up – CNN Video – (CNN)
During CNN’s 2020 Democratic primary debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper spar over whether Sanders is too extreme to beat President Trump in the 2020 election.

Liberal and moderate Democrats offer radically different visions for America in CNN debate – (CNN)
Democratic presidential candidates have dragged their party to a defining ideological crossroads as they wrestle for a strategy to defeat Donald Trump.

Democrats warn of Trump trap | TheHill – (Google News)
House Democrats up in arms over President Trump’s attacks on minority lawmakers are sounding a wa…

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