2019-08-01

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

Alleged Capital One hacker barely bothered to hide – (Associated Press)
SEATTLE (AP) — The 33-year-old former Amazon software engineer accused of hacking Capital One made little attempt to hide her attack. In fact, she effectively publicized it.It’s one of many…

Investments in cleaner vehicles hit BMW profits – (Reuters)
BMW’s second quarter earnings fell by a fifth, hit by exchange rate moves and investments in manufacturing electric and hybrid cars to help meet stricter emissions limits.

BMW says it can shift production to Europe from Oxford if Brexit results in no deal – (Reuters)
BMW’s Chief Executive on Thursday said the German carmaker can move more production of its Mini to a plant in the Netherlands if Britain fails to strike a trade deal with the European Union after its exit from the common market.

Biden faces fierce attacks, fights back in combative Democratic debate – (Reuters)
Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden came under heavy fire over healthcare, immigration and criminal justice reform on Wednesday, but fought back against a stage full of rivals eager to knock him off his perch during a contentious debate.

Factbox: How each candidate performed in the second Democratic debate – (Reuters)
The second round of Democratic presidential primary debates laid bare sharp ideological divides as 20 White House hopefuls wrestled with a central question: Between centrist and progressive agendas, what is the best way to defeat Republican President Donald T…

Japan official says ‘we have to see’ if South Korea is dropped from trade list – (Reuters)
There is no need to speculate whether Japan will drop South Korea from its list of favored trade partners on Friday, a Japanese diplomat said.

Calls for an AI to be credited as an inventor – (BBC News)
Two patent filings seek to set a precedent by naming an AI as their inventor.

Mozambique’s last rebel fighters finally lay down their arms – (Associated Press)
GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique’s president and the leader of the Renamo opposition signed a peace accord on Thursday to end years of hostilities that followed a 15-year…

After ‘Send her back!’ chant, Ohio rally a test for Trump – (Associated Press)
CINCINNATI (AP) — President Donald Trump’s latest rally will be a test for both candidate and crowd.The Cincinnati gathering Thursday night will be Trump’s first since his audience chanted…

Pompeo says he was ready, but North Korea meeting unlikely – (Associated Press)
BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday the Trump administration remains ready to resume talks with North Korea now, although he regretted that a meeting between the two…

Houthi attack kills over 30 in Yemen’s Aden, Saudi blames Iran – (Reuters)
Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement said it launched missile and drone attacks on Thursday on a military parade in Aden, the seat of the Saudi-backed government, that killed more than 30 people according to medical and security sources.

Pompeo criticizes China after meeting top diplomat in Bangkok – (Reuters)
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday criticized China’s actions in Asia after meeting his Chinese counterpart for the first time this year amid political tension between the two countries.

1-year-old daughter of Congo man who died of Ebola has virus – (Associated Press)
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The 1-year-old daughter of the man who died of Ebola in Congo’s major city of Goma this week has the disease, the health ministry said Thursday, while Rwanda closed its…

Rebel missile attack, suicide bombs kill 51 in Yemen’s Aden – (Associated Press)
ADEN, Yemen (AP) — Rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile Thursday at a military parade in the southern port city of Aden and coordinated suicide bombings targeted a police station in another…

South Korea-Japan talks falter ahead of decision on favored-trade list – (Reuters)
South Korea called on Thursday for Japan to allow more time for diplomacy as talks on their most serious dispute in years failed to make progress, a day before Japan could remove South Korea from its list of favored trade partners.

Iran says U.S. sanctioning of top diplomat ‘childish’ as tensions rise – (Reuters)
Iran accused the United States on Thursday of “childish behavior” driven by fear after Washington imposed sanctions on its foreign minister, escalating tensions between two foes at loggerheads over Gulf shipping and Iran’s nuclear program.

No right to packed lunches in Italian schools – (BBC News)
Italy’s top court rules the right to eat packed lunches on school grounds is not “unconditional”.

Are you in your 30s and facing ‘the swerve’? – (BBC News)
Rachel Syme was astounded by how many other women aged 33-38 felt at a crossroads in their lives.

Iran president: US sanctions on foreign minister ‘childish’ – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president lambasted new U.S. sanctions by the Trump administration targeting the country’s foreign minister, describing the move on Thursday as “childish” and a barrier…

Thomson Reuters raises outlook, grows fastest since financial crisis – (Reuters)
Thomson Reuters Corp raised its sales and core profit outlook for 2019 and 2020 on Thursday after reporting 4% organic revenue growth in the second quarter, which it said was its best since 2008 and ahead of its expectations.

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From various sources

High internet use and state support help countries ditch cash – (The Economist)
Even within the rich world, the most digitised societies use cash least often

Labor asks for Free Yigal Amir to be rejected – (The Jerusalem Post)
“As the leader of Rabin’s party, I see this party as crossing a bloody red line,” Amir Peretz wrote to the head of the Central Elections Committee, Supreme Court Justice Hanan Melczer.

Rouhani says ‘childish’ of U.S. to sanction Iran foreign minister Zarif – (The Jerusalem Post)
The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Washington has previously proposed unconditional talks with Tehran.

Two Palestinians aged 11, 15 crossed Gaza border fence carrying knives – (The Jerusalem Post)
This marks a second crossing of the Gaza border fence of Palestinians.

Israel strikes Quneitra, near Syrian border with Golan Heights – report – (The Jerusalem Post)
Israel strikes Quneitra, near Syrian border with Golan Heights – report

Trump is racist, says majority of American voters – (The Jerusalem Post)
When broken down by race, 46% of white voters think Donald Trump is racist, as compared to 50% who say he is not and four percent who were undecided.

Wednesday’s Democratic Debate Was a Knock-Down Drag-Out. Here’s What You Missed. – (Vice News)
Things got real heated, real fast.

That Joe Biden Survived Is The Biggest Thing That Happened Over Two Nights Of Democratic Presidential Debates – (Buzzfeed)
The biggest thing that happened over two nights of debates is that Joe Biden survived. This is The Stakes 2020, BuzzFeed News’ campaign newsletter about what really matters in the presidential race.

Joe Biden comes under fire in Democratic TV debate – (Financial Times)
Fiercest exchanges focus on criminal justice reform, healthcare and illegal immigration

Progressive Groups Push House Democrats On Impeachment For August Recess – (Buzzfeed)
“Anyone who says their constituents don’t care about this issue isn’t listening.”

Apollo’s Leon Black seeks to reassure investors over Epstein ties – (Financial Times)
Private equity firm co-founder admits ‘limited relationship’ with financier charged with sex offences

EU finance ministers set to vote on Europe’s IMF candidate – (Financial Times)
Diplomats hope ballot will break impasse over who should succeed Christine Lagarde

US official confirms role in death of Usama bin Laden’s son – (Fox News)
Details of the death of Hamza bin Laden, son of the slain Al Qaeda leader responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, remain a mystery; Lucas Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon.

Oilsands CEOs take federal election message to voters in full-page newspaper ads | CBC News – (CBC News)
Three of Canada’s biggest oilsands producers are going directly to voters to ask them to “influence the outcome” of big decisions concerning the oil and gas sector as a fall federal election looms.

Ari Fleischer: Democrat debates have been a display of losing ideas – (Fox News)
After the second round of Democrat primary debates, former White House press secretary and Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer lays out the three big ideas he believes will push voters away from the Democrat Party in 2020.

BA pilots set to strike at height of summer holidays – (Daily Mail)
BA pilot’s union Balpa are still locked in talks with the company over pay rises. Captains are paid an average of £176,000 but want an increased share of BA’s £2bn/year profits.

Why mobile gamemaker Zynga sold its San Francisco home to fund its future – (Axios)
It can use the money to fund future acquisitions.

Verizon’s CEO thinks half of the US will have access to 5G next year – (The Verge)
Half of the United States will have access to next-gen 5G networks by next year, Verizon’s CEO said in an interview. By 2024, half of the population will own devices that are able to connect to this network, he said.

Welcome to Lake Duck Pond, a fake town of 82,000 people – (The Verge)
Lake Duck Pond is a thriving town of 80,000 people — all made up by Redditors on the HaveWeMet subreddit. It’s a fascinating experiment in online anonymity and internet culture.

The Samsung Galaxy Dongle – (TechCrunch)
This, friends, is the Samsung Galaxy Dongle. The NSFW photo arrives courtesy of SamMobile. The story isn’t the image itself, so much as what it represents. It’s the end of an era. A last key flagship smartphone maker acknowledging the death of the 3.5mm jack.…

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All about Trump

Trump is racist, says majority of American voters – (The Jerusalem Post)
When broken down by race, 46% of white voters think Donald Trump is racist, as compared to 50% who say he is not and four percent who were undecided.

RNC defends Trump’s attacks on Baltimore, Elijah Cummings – (CBS News)
As Democratic presidential candidates debate in Detroit, President Trump is keeping up his attacks on Baltimore. Mr. Trump has spent the past few days criticizing the city and Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, who has represented the majority African-…

After ‘Send her back!’ chant, Ohio rally a test for Trump – (Associated Press)
CINCINNATI (AP) — President Donald Trump’s latest rally will be a test for both candidate and crowd.The Cincinnati gathering Thursday night will be Trump’s first since his audience chanted…

Pompeo says he was ready, but North Korea meeting unlikely – (Associated Press)
BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday the Trump administration remains ready to resume talks with North Korea now, although he regretted that a meeting between the two…

How Democrats Can Take Back Michigan in 2020 – (Vice News)
President Trump flipped Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio in 2016.

Good reasons why Donald Trump is not a shoo-in for 2020 – (The Irish Times)
US Politics: The president is on a roll, but he has done little to woo swing voters

John James hits back after Democrats target Trump’s foreign policy at debate – (Fox News)
Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James reacts to 2020 White House hopeful Tulsi Gabbard claiming the president supports Al Qaeda.

Sen. Cory Booker drops s-bomb during Dem debate in dig at President Trump – (Fox News)
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., let loose on former Vice President Joe Biden during Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, even dropping some profanity that went uncensored by host network CNN.

Senate Confirms Trump’s Pick For New United Nations Ambassador – (Time)
Kelly Craft, a longtime GOP activist, is currently U.S. ambassador to Canada. She’s the first major political donor to occupy the post.

Iran president: US sanctions on foreign minister ‘childish’ – (Associated Press)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president lambasted new U.S. sanctions by the Trump administration targeting the country’s foreign minister, describing the move on Thursday as “childish” and a barrier…

Baltimore Church Gave Ben Carson The Boot Before Trump-Defending Briefing – (The Huffington Post)
The Housing and Urban Development secretary’s team was shooed because they hadn’t sought permission to host a press conference in a church lot.

Trump echoes Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign slogan in post-debate tweets | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump early Thursday attacked the slate of 2020 White House hopefuls after the Democrat…

Cincinnati Enquirer Begs Donald Trump And Supporters To Behave At Rally – (The Huffington Post)
“Pundits will be watching and waiting for chants of ‘send them/her back,'” the newspaper warned in an editorial.

The Democratic party’s quiet abandonment of Barack Obama – (Financial Times)
Donald Trump’s scorched earth war on the previous presidency has destroyed its premise

Tapping Homes for Cash to Get Tougher Under New FHA Limits – (The Wall Street Journal)
The Trump administration is moving to restrict mortgage refinancings in which borrowers withdraw cash, the latest effort to curb the federal government’s exposure to potential defaults.

Putin Praises Trump, Says Offer of Wildfire Help Could Help Reset Relations – (Newsweek)
The Kremlin said Putin thanked Trump “for such attentive attitude, for offering help and support” over the massive wildfires.

Ohio GOP Rep Urges Crowd to Avoid ‘Send Her Back’ Chant at Trump’s Cincinnati Rally – (National Review)
Steve Chabot told the Associated Press that he’s hopeful the crowd will avoid attacking Representative Ilhan Omar in such personal terms.

Tariffs backfiring on US, says ex-Trump adviser – (BBC News)
Trump’s former top economic adviser Gary Cohn said the trade war has affected the US more than China.

Menacing Invective against Trump Creates a Dangerous Climate – (National Review)
The continued litany of threats to physically assault or kill a president is lowering the bar of assassination, and it will haunt the country long after Trump is gone.

Yang calls out ‘reality TV show’ style elections that resulted in Trump: ‘We need to be laser-focused’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
Andrew Yang ripped the media and U.S. politics in general during his closing statement at Wednesd…

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