2019-08-02

Headlines:

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

US-Russia arms control treaty dies; US to test new weapon – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States plans to test a new missile in coming weeks that would have been prohibited under a landmark, 32-year-old arms control treaty that the U.S. and Russia ripped up…

Pentagon pushes pause on $10bn AI tech deal – (BBC News)
The Department of Defense had been expected to award the contract to Amazon or Microsoft this month.

San Francisco curbs waste with public toilets, ‘poop patrol’ – (Associated Press)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sidewalks surrounding Ahmed Al Barak’s corner market in one of San Francisco’s roughest neighborhoods are filled with cardboard, used syringes and homeless people who have…

Minivan sales keep falling, but experts say they’ll live on – (Associated Press)
DETROIT (AP) — They were the suburban vehicle of choice in the 1990s and early 2000s, but ever since, minivans appeared to be riding the slow lane to extinction.The soccer moms who once…

Wall St. drops at open on Trump’s tariff threat, slow job growth – (Reuters)
U.S. stock indexes fell at open on Friday, weighed by tariff-sensitive technology stocks following a sharp escalation in U.S.-China trade tensions, while a tepid domestic jobs growth in July reinforced fears of an economic slowdown.

Puerto Rico’s leadership up in the air hours before governor to step down – (Reuters)
Hours before Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló is due to resign on Friday after 12 days of street protests, the 3.2 million residents of the bankrupt U.S. territory remained unclear about who would succeed him.

Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter Saoirse Hill dies at 22 – (Associated Press)
BOSTON (AP) — A granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968 while running for president, has died. Saoirse Kennedy Hill was 22.The Kennedy family confirmed the death in…

As Domestic Troubles Mount, China Points Finger at U.S. – (The New York Times)
Chinese officials and news outlets are blaming the United States as the economy slows and unrest continues in Hong Kong.

U.S. hiring slows; manufacturers cut hours for workers – (Reuters)
U.S. job growth slowed in July and manufacturers slashed hours for workers, which together with an escalation in trade tensions between the United States and China could give the Federal Reserve ammunition to cut interest rates again next month.

Pro-EU party wins, cuts Johnson’s UK Parliament margin to 1 – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit-backing Conservative Party lost a special election Friday to a pro-EU opposition candidate, leaving Johnson with only a one-vote…

Tsunami fears after quake off coast of Indonesia – (BBC News)
Officials urge people living near the coast to move to higher ground after the magnitude 6.9 tremor.

Trump tariff salvo pushes stocks into sea of red, safe havens shine – (Reuters)
European stocks posted their biggest drop of 2019 on Friday and bond yields tumbled to record lows after U.S. President Donald Trump fired another trade war salvo at China, sparking a frenzied dash for safe-haven assets.

US adds a solid 164,000 jobs; unemployment rate stays 3.7% – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers slowed their hiring in July but still added a solid 164,000 jobs to an economy that appears poised to extend its decade-long expansion.The unemployment rate…

Tsunami warning as strong earthquake hits off Indonesia coast – (Al Jazeera English)
Authorities urge residents to ‘evacuate to higher ground’ after powerful tremor strikes off the coast of Java island.

Witness at A$AP Rocky trial didn’t see rapper with bottle – (Associated Press)
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A witness in the A$AP Rocky assault case on Friday revised her story from initial police reports, testifying in a Swedish court that she didn’t actually see the American rapper…

Trump says it’s up to China to deal with Hong Kong ‘riots’ – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump has described protests in Hong Kong as “riots” that China will have to deal with itself, signaling a hands-off approach to the biggest political crisis gripping the former British colony in decades.

U.S. Added 164,000 Jobs in July; Unemployment Rate at 3.7 Percent – (The New York Times)
The figures suggest the economy is cooling but not as much as many analysts had feared a few months ago.

Belgium suspends UNRWA funding over leaked ethics report – (Al Jazeera English)
Netherlands and Switzerland already put their funding on hold after report alleged mismanagement by agency’s leadership.

Trump denounces Dems at rally, plays down race – (Associated Press)
CINCINNATI (AP) — President Donald Trump used a revved-up rally in Cincinnati to tear into the Democrats he has been elevating as his new political foils, attacking four liberal congresswomen of…

Fed, trade confusion upending Wall Street investment playbooks – (Reuters)
As Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday described why the central bank’s interest rate cut should not be seen as the start of a lengthy easing cycle, the U.S. stock market was losing value at a rate of over $25 billion a minute.

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From various sources

Middle East nationality laws and the negation of women’s rights – (The Jerusalem Post)
If married to foreigners, female citizens in places such as Lebanon and Oman are unable to pass this citizenship to their children.

Antisemitism, and the battle for the soul of Britain’s Labour Party – (The Jerusalem Post)
Britain’s Labour Party has always promoted itself as “a broad church.”

FBI says “extremists” motivated by Pizzagate, QAnon are threats – (Hacker News)
For extremists, the Internet’s craziest conspiracies inspire deadly violence.

The Web We Want – (Hacker News)
If you build websites, you inevitably run into problems. We want to hear about it!

Video captures the moment a van jumps 10 feet into the air over roundabout – (Fox News)
What an exit.

Generate – (Axios)
The biggest news and trends in energy, business and politics by Ben Geman, with Amy Harder. Weekday mornings

No Man’s Sky will get its next major expansion on August 14th – (The Verge)
The next major expansion for No Man’s Sky, Beyond, is launching on August 14th. The new update will be available for the game across PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and it will add virtual reality support and an expanded online experience.

Teenage girl, 16, dies after she was hit by a train – (Daily Mail)
Mary Beary was killed on Tuesday night when she was hit by the train at Broxbourne railway station in Hertfordshire at around 10pm.

The West Brom job was on Slaven Bilic’s list – and managing them is “a f***ing privilege” – (FourFourTwo)
Slaven Bilic has used some colourful language to describe his joy at landing the West Bromwich Albion job this summer.

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show cancelled: Model Shanina Shaik says no 2019 show; L Brands CEO Les Wexner confirmed not televised – (CBS News)
The fashion show has been criticized as is out of touch with the times – and changes may be coming

Leeds youngster charged over betting rules breach – (FourFourTwo)

Following Ninja’s news, Mixer pops to top of the App Store’s free charts – (TechCrunch)
Yesterday, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins announced that he’s leaving Twitch, moving his streaming career over to Microsoft’s Mixer platform. This morning, Mixer has shot to the top of the App Store’s free app charts. Microsoft acquired Mixer in 2016, back when it was…

17 Surprisingly Cool Eye Makeup Products You Can Get At Walmart – (Buzzfeed)
Wanna make your eyes pop? These will do the trick!

10 burning questions (and theories) ahead of <em>Euphoria</em>’s season finale – (Entertainment Weekly)
Here are the burning questions we want answered during Euphoria’s season finale on Sunday — plus some theories based on the episode preview.

The U.S.-China Trade War Is Forcing Prunes to Rebrand as a Millennial Superfood – (Fortune)
The product known as a natural laxative is now being marketed for its ability to build bones and muscle.

Fintan O’Toole: Ireland can stop a no-deal Brexit. Here’s how – (The Irish Times)
A bold move by Sinn Féin can transform the dynamics of power at Westminster

Why Netflix’s Derry Girls is the perfect show to stream this weekend – (The Verge)
Derry Girls, the British series that just added a second season to Netflix, is cheeky, playful, and smart. It’s about the comedic trials of self-absorbed teenagers at a private girls’ school that admits its first boy student.

US-Russia arms control treaty dies; US to test new weapon – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States plans to test a new missile in coming weeks that would have been prohibited under a landmark, 32-year-old arms control treaty that the U.S. and Russia ripped up…

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All about Trump

Trump Can Trade-War His Way to Interest Rate Cuts, Even Though That’s Stupid – (New York Magazine)
It’s simple: When the president does things that hurt the economy, that gives Jerome Powell and company more room to cut rates.

Wall St. drops at open on Trump’s tariff threat, slow job growth – (Reuters)
U.S. stock indexes fell at open on Friday, weighed by tariff-sensitive technology stocks following a sharp escalation in U.S.-China trade tensions, while a tepid domestic jobs growth in July reinforced fears of an economic slowdown.

Here’s Everything That Could Be More Expensive Under Trump’s New China Tariffs – (Vice News)
The trade war rages on, and it’s about to hit U.S. consumers in the wallet.

With consumer goods in the crosshairs, Trump’s new China tariffs could impact the tech industry – (Axios)
Everything from cellphones, laptops and game consoles could be affected.

China Vows to Respond to New Tariffs Threatened by Trump – (Fortune)
The U.S president abruptly escalated the trade war on Thursday.

The striking similarities between Boris Johnson and Trump – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Jeanne Moos examines the similarities between the two world leaders.

Dow Claws Out of Vicious Slide as Beijing Rebukes Trump’s ‘Blackmail’ – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow risked sliding for a fourth straight day after Beijing rebuked Trump for his unexpected – and market-pummeling – tariff threat.

Trump tariff salvo pushes stocks into sea of red, safe havens shine – (Reuters)
European stocks posted their biggest drop of 2019 on Friday and bond yields tumbled to record lows after U.S. President Donald Trump fired another trade war salvo at China, sparking a frenzied dash for safe-haven assets.

Trump tariffs increase pressure on Fed to cut rates – (Financial Times)
President’s threat against China could push the US central bank to do what he wants

Posthaste: What Trump’s tariff threat was really about, CannTrust scrutiny escalates and eavesdropping on Siri – (Financial Post)
Stuff you need to know

Trump says it’s up to China to deal with Hong Kong ‘riots’ – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump has described protests in Hong Kong as “riots” that China will have to deal with itself, signaling a hands-off approach to the biggest political crisis gripping the former British colony in decades.

‘Too bad!’: Trump responds to reports of a burglary at Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore home – (USA Today)
“Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed,” Trump tweeted on Friday. “Too bad!”

Bank of America: New tariffs to hit earnings and cause stocks to plateau through the end of the year – (CNBC)
Bank of America is calling for U.S. stocks to hold near current levels through the rest of the year after President Donald Trump threatened to put new tariffs on Chinese goods.

Trump Escalates Attack On Elijah Cummings With Tweet About Baltimore Burglary – (The Huffington Post)
The congressman’s home was broken into hours before Trump began tweeting racist insults about Cummings and his majority-black House district.

Trump levies more sanctions on Russia in spy poisoning case – (ABC News)
Get breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews. Find the top news online at ABC news.

Trump denounces Dems at rally, plays down race – (Associated Press)
CINCINNATI (AP) — President Donald Trump used a revved-up rally in Cincinnati to tear into the Democrats he has been elevating as his new political foils, attacking four liberal congresswomen of…

Oil prices nosedive after Trump’s tariff tweets – (Axios)
Oil prices suffered their worst trading day in 4 years.

Trump responds to reports of Cummings’s Baltimore home being robbed: ‘Too bad!’ | TheHill – (Google News)
President Trump responded early Friday to reports that Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D-Md.) Baltim…

China warns of retaliation after Trump threatens fresh tariffs | CBC News – (CBC News)
China has warned of retaliation after U.S President Donald Trump vowed to slap a 10 per cent tariff on $300 billion US of Chinese imports, sharply escalating a trade row between the two countries.

Man arrested for punching anti-Trump protester in the face – (Google News)
A man was led away by police to chants of “lock him up” after being arrested for punching an anti-Trump demonstrator in the face.

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