2019-08-07

Headlines:

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

Pakistan downgrades ties with India in Kashmir row – (BBC News)
The row over Kashmir deepens as Pakistan expels India’s high commissioner and suspends trade.

Trump visits grieving cities – (BBC News)
The US president will pay his respects in Ohio and Texas after two shootings but there is controversy over his visit.

Some skeptical as Trump heads to visit sites of shootings – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump headed to El Paso and Dayton on Wednesday to offer a message of healing and unity, but he will be met by unusual hostility in both places by people who…

As U.S. college admission process opens, scandal weighs on low-income students – (Reuters)
Christine Bascombe, a New York City high school student who dreams of attending Cornell University, says she was devastated last spring to hear that dozens of rich parents had committed fraud to get their children into elite colleges.

Trump says Federal Reserve ‘too proud to admit mistakes’ – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the U.S. Federal Reserve must cut rates “bigger and faster” for the United States to be competitive against other countries.

China rare earths group supports counter-measures against U.S. ‘bullying’ – (Reuters)
China’s rare earths association said it would support Chinese counter-measures in the escalating trade row with the United States, which it accused on Wednesday of “bullying”.

Taliban suicide blast in Kabul kills 14 people, 145 wounded – (Associated Press)
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban car bomb aimed at Afghan security forces ripped through a busy Kabul neighborhood on Wednesday, killing 14 people and wounding 145 — most of them women,…

El Paso, with deep Mexican American past, rallies amid pain – (Associated Press)
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The massacre that killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso struck a city that has long been the cradle of Mexican American culture and immigration and suffered through bloody…

Venezuela talks in the balance as US ups pressure on Maduro – (Associated Press)
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — For weeks, representatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his would-be successor, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, have been shuttling back and forth to Barbados…

Gazans struggle to protect antiquities from neglect, looting – (Associated Press)
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — Walid al-Aqqad’s Gaza home would be the envy of many an antiquities collector.Pieces of Corinthian columns greet visitors in the backyard. Inside, hundreds of…

The El Paso Screed, and the Racist Doctrine Behind It – (The New York Times)
From Pittsburgh to Christchurch, the men who have carried out deadly shootings cite the same fear: the replacement of white people.

Blast in Kabul Kills 14 and Injures 145 as Taliban Continue Talks With U.S. – (The New York Times)
Insurgents said they were responsible for the large blast outside a security facility in the Afghan capital as they negotiated in Qatar with American diplomats.

Cautious calm reigns after Washington softens trade war rhetoric – (Reuters)
A cautious calm returned to stock markets on Wednesday as softer rhetoric from Washington on the U.S.-China trade war soothed investors, though demand for safe-haven assets like government debt underscored lingering anxiety over recession risks.

Britain faces food shortages in no-deal Brexit scenario, industry body says – (Reuters)
Britain will experience shortages of some fresh foods for weeks or even months if a disorderly no-deal Brexit leaves perishable produce rotting in lorries at ports, Britain’s food and drink lobby warned on Wednesday.

Taliban claim bomb attack on Afghan police; 14 killed, 145 hurt – (Reuters)
The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide car-bomb attack on a police station in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday which the government said killed 14 people and wounded 145.

China’s yuan weakens after signs of stability calm markets – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — China’s currency weakened again Wednesday after hopes among financial traders that its decline was stabilizing helped to calm jittery global markets.The yuan edged down to…

Millionaire fugitive arrested over wife’s murder – (BBC News)
British-born millionaire Peter Chadwick is captured in Mexico after spending four years on the run.

Taliban bomb Kabul amid peace talk ‘progress’ – (BBC News)
Dozens are injured in a car bombing just days after progress was claimed in US-Taliban talks.

No-deal Brexit could disrupt food supplies for months: food federation – (Reuters)
A disorderly no-deal Brexit would be a disastrous outcome for the food industry that could lead to serious disruption lasting weeks or months, an executive at the Food and Drink Federation said on Wednesday.

Bipartisan ‘red flag’ gun laws plan has support in Congress – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite frequent mass shootings, Congress has proved to be unable to pass substantial gun violence legislation, largely because of resistance from Republicans.But a…

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From various sources

US official: Oversight of China-Israel deals will help grow US-Israel tie – (The Jerusalem Post)

Final batch of Brod and Kafka items returned to Israel – (The Jerusalem Post)
Never-before seen sketches, handwritten notebooks in Hebrew and other items were found in the collection.

Adam Sandler: What’s His Net Worth, Who’s His Wife & What Movies Has He Been In? – (The Lad Bible)
Love him or loathe him, Adam Sandler is one of the most successful actors ever. Here’s everything you need to know about him.

Five new rights you now get as a consumer – Times of India – (The Times of India)
India Business News: With the passage of the Consumer Protection Bill in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, consumer rights are set to receive a massive boost.

Texas tourists drown in Turks and Caicos after getting caught in fast-moving tide – (Fox News)
A vacation to paradise in the Turks and Caicos Islands morphed into tragedy on Monday when three tourists from Texas, including a married couple, drowned after getting caught in a fast-moving tide, authorities and locals said.

Hordes of Earth’s toughest creatures may now be living on Moon – (Hacker News)

CBS-Viacom talks point to new wave of media mergers – (Financial Times)
Rise of Netflix along with Disney-Fox and AT&T-Warner megadeals leave rivals racing for scale

Stompiesfontein farm murder: State ordered to hand over witness statements – (News24)
The State has been ordered to hand over all witness statements implicating two men in the murder of Doctor Masilela on Stompiesfontein farm, in Mpumalanga.

UPDATE: SABC investigating latest Phat Joe radio furore – (News24)
Controversial radio personality Phat Joe dominated Twitter trends, after making an inappropriate remark about Anele Mdoda during an on-air broadcast.

Trump ‘all in favor’ of background checks but doubts will of Congress | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Wednesday said he’s “all in favor” of background checks for weapon purchases i…

Kashmir issue: Pakistan downgrades diplomatic ties with India, suspends bilateral trade – (The Hindu)
Islamabad has also decided to review of bilateral arrangements with New Delhi and to take the Kashmir issue to the U.N. Security Council.

FedEx is ending its ground-shipping contract with Amazon – (The Verge)
FedEx has opted not to renew its ground-shipping contract with Amazon. It’s the latest move from the shipping company as it works to sever ties with the e-commerce giant, which has increasingly worked to build out its own delivery infrastructure.

Firm yet to vacate site bought to deal with Brexit impact at Dublin Port – (The Irish Times)
High Court told of fears truck traffic will come to a standstill if plans are delayed

Elizabeth Warren Unveils a Plan to Expand Broadband Access – (Wired)
The senator and presidential candidate wants to offer $85 billion in grants to nonprofits and municipalities to bring the internet to underserved areas.

Pakistan downgrades ties with India in Kashmir row – (BBC News)
The row over Kashmir deepens as Pakistan expels India’s high commissioner and suspends trade.

Boris Johnson ‘risks biggest crisis since Charles I was BEHEADED’ – (Daily Mail)
Sir Malcolm Rifkind delivered the stark message after allies of the PM made clear he will try to cling on if he is defeated on a confidence motion by rebel Tories determined to head off No Deal Brexit.

Sanders: Democratic debate format is ‘demeaning’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is frustrated by the Democratic presidentia…

Oliver Hermanus’ film ‘Moffie’ nominated for Queer Lion Award at Venice International Film Festival – (News24)
South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus’ new film, Moffie, has been nominated for this year’s Queer Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival.

Cory Booker 2020: Presidential candidate speaks on rise in gun violence and white nationalism today — live stream – (CBS News)
The 2020 candidate is speaking at the historic Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina

PM’s maverick Brexit chief Dominic Cummings hits out at Remainers – (Daily Mail)
No10 adviser Dominic Cummings (pictured) dismissed claims from Conservative rebel Dominic Grieve that he is ‘arrogant’.

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All about Trump

Trump ‘all in favor’ of background checks but doubts will of Congress | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Wednesday said he’s “all in favor” of background checks for weapon purchases i…

Trump visits grieving cities – (BBC News)
The US president will pay his respects in Ohio and Texas after two shootings but there is controversy over his visit.

Some skeptical as Trump heads to visit sites of shootings – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump headed to El Paso and Dayton on Wednesday to offer a message of healing and unity, but he will be met by unusual hostility in both places by people who…

Trump says Federal Reserve ‘too proud to admit mistakes’ – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the U.S. Federal Reserve must cut rates “bigger and faster” for the United States to be competitive against other countries.

Trump El Paso visit: President leaves White House to visit communities affected by mass shooting today – live stream – (CBS News)
The president and first lady head to Dayton and El Paso to meet with victims and first responders from the weekend shooting

Dominic Raab hails Donald Trump’s ‘warmth and enthusiasm’ after talks – (Daily Mail)
The Foreign Secretary met the US president and vice president Mike Pence on a whistle-stop tour of North America as he seek to build support for transatlantic trade deals after Brexit.

Here’s How the Economy Has Performed in Every Swing State Since Trump Was Elected – (Fortune)
All but one of the swing states are growing more slowly, with Maine and Michigan showing drops of more than two percentage points. But none of them are in recession.

Trump blames Fed, not China, for economic woes | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Wednesday accused the Federal Reserve of doing…

It Might Be Time To Cut My Right-Wing, Trump-Loving In-Laws Out Of My Kids’ Lives – (The Huffington Post)
I don’t want my sons to grow up without grandparents, but I also don’t want them to grow up thinking it’s OK to put kids in cages.

Trump blasts NYT for changing headline under pressure from ‘Radical Left Democrats’ – (Fox News)
President Trump took The New York Times to task Wednesday for changing the headline of its lead article about his remarks on the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton after taking heat from the left for not being critical enough toward him.

Trump Kicks Off “Healing” Visit to El Paso by Telling Beto to Shut Up – (Vice News)
The president will be met by protesters, including El Paso’s congresswoman, who don’t want him in their city.

Investors are betting on multiple Fed rate cuts by the end of 2019 – (Axios)
It’s in large part from Trump and the trade war.

Will the Greens and Libertarians Affect the 2020 Election? – (New York Magazine)
Fears about third-party candidates persist, but it’s doubtful that they gave Trump the win, and we can expect fewer “protest” votes in 2020.

Don Lemon calls out Fox News for defending Trump’s rhetoric – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Don Lemon takes a look at how Fox News defended President Trump’s rhetoric in the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and revisits the President’s rally in El Paso earlier this year.

Democrats blame Trump’s divisive rhetoric for shooting in El Paso, Texas – (Fox News)
Fox News contributors Ari Fleischer and Charles Hurt react to the double standard displayed by the left.

Erin Burnett: Trump visited El Paso, Texas, before. Here’s the tape – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Erin Burnett discusses the importance of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric as he prepares to visit El Paso, Texas, after a shooting massacre that killed 22 people.

Trump slams El Paso native O’Rourke ahead of visit to grieving city – (NBC News)
President Donald Trump slammed 2020 Democratic candidate and El Paso native Beto O’Rourke just hours before Trump was set to arrive in the border city, where a mass shooting left nearly two dozen dead.

‘El Paso will not be quiet’: Trump, Beto O’Rourke clash before presidential visit to El Paso – (USA Today)
Trump said former Rep. Beto O’Rourke should “be quiet” ahead of a visit to El Paso on Wednesday. “El Paso will not be quiet,” O’Rourke responded.

Listen, Here’s Why the Value of China’s Yuan Really Matters – (Wired)
President Trump is accusing China of currency manipulation in the ongoing trade war—a cheaper yuan could erase the impact of US tariffs.

The Hill’s Morning Report – How will Trump be received in Dayton and El Paso? | TheHill – (The Hill)

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