2019-08-11

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

When light is lethal: Moroccans struggle with skin disorder – (Associated Press)
CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — Determined for her 7-year-old son to attend school despite a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight, Nadia El Rami stuck a deal with the school’s director: Mustapha…

German minister prepares law to ban plastic bags – (Reuters)
Germany plans a law to ban the use of plastic bags because voluntary agreements with retailers to curb usage have not yielded good enough results, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said on Sunday.

Hundreds chant anti-India slogans in seething Kashmir on eve of Eid – (Reuters)
Hundreds of people protested in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar on Sunday against India’s decision to curb its autonomy, despite new restrictions on travel and a seventh straight day of communications blackout.

Muslims clash with Israeli police at Jerusalem holy site – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Muslim worshippers and Israeli police clashed Sunday at a major Jerusalem holy site during prayers marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.Palestinian medics said at…

Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored Before Jail Suicide – (The New York Times)
The disclosures about apparent failures in Jeffrey Epstein’s detention deepened the questions about his suicide.

Hong Kong Convulsed by Protest as Police Fire Tear Gas Into Subway – (The New York Times)
The authorities accused protesters of attacking officers with bricks and gasoline bombs, as the protests continued for 10 consecutive weekends.

Epstein: How he died and what it means for his accusers – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in New York, officials said Saturday. His death angered some accusers who had hoped to…

Epstein suicide sparks fresh round of conspiracy theories – (Associated Press)
Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide Saturday morning in a federal jail launched new conspiracy theories online in a saga that has provided fodder for them for years, fueled by Epstein’s ties to…

Epstein dies in the dark, but abuse investigation carries on – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators have long been digging into allegations of sexual abuse and conspiracy against Jeffrey Epstein . The financier’s apparent suicide brings another mystery to…

AP: States boost flood prevention as damage costs soar – (Associated Press)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After devastating flooding this year, Iowa put $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri allotted more…

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as protesters hit and run – (Reuters)
Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters on Saturday – sending tourists fleeing weeping in Kowloon – only for demonstrators to regroup and gather elsewhere during another tense, hot and restive weekend.

Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site – (Reuters)
Israeli police fired sound grenades to disperse Palestinians during confrontations on Sunday outside Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque where tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers gathered for the Eid al-Adha holiday, witnesses said.

Hong Kong police and protesters refine battle tactics – (Reuters)
Hong Kong police and protesters clashed in cat-and-mouse encounters across the city on Sunday, marking a shift in tactics during a tenth straight weekend of unrest in the former British colony where people are chafing at Chinese rule.

Police fire tear gas as thousands once again rally in Hong Kong – (Al Jazeera English)
Demonstrators take over streets in two parts of the city, setting up another night of likely showdowns with police.

Tesla electric car catches fire after hitting tow truck in Moscow – (Reuters)
A Tesla electric car caught fire after crashing into a tow truck on a Moscow motorway late on Saturday.

What’s on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — School lunch menus already have Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. Now some may get Trade Mitigation Thursdays.This fall, U.S. school cafeterias are expecting shipments of…

Dozens killed after heavy rainfall in India – (BBC News)
Monsoon flooding in India has led to dozens of deaths and hundreds of thousands of people being evacuated.

Russia, after protests, tells Google not to advertise “illegal” events – (Reuters)
Russia’s state communications watchdog said on Sunday it had asked Google to stop advertising “illegal mass events” on its YouTube video platform.

Versace apologizes after T-shirt triggers fierce criticism in China – (Reuters)
Italian luxury label Versace and its artistic director Donatella Versace apologized on Sunday after one of the company’s T-shirts was widely criticized on social media in China for identifying the autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macau as countries.

Gun-control backers concerned about changing federal courts – (Associated Press)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, including a ban on the type of high-capacity ammunition magazines used in some of the nation’s deadliest mass…

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From various sources

PM to Kiev next Sunday, just a month before election – (The Jerusalem Post)
Netanyahu was last PM to visit Ukraine in 1999, 2 months later he lost election

Court: Afula won’t hold public Hassidic concert unless women sit with men – (The Jerusalem Post)
The concert, with Haim Israel and Motty Steinmetz, was originally meant for families willing to sit separately.

Is Turkey burying Syria’s revolution by using Syrian rebels against YPG – (The Jerusalem Post)
Turkey’s main goal is to try to create a “peace corridor” along hundreds of kilometers of Syrian border

Israeli dies during a climbing accident in Hitler’s alpine fortress – (The Jerusalem Post)
The man, 30-year-old Adi Mas, was an accomplished marathon runner and Iron Man competitor.

Is Iraq’s Nineveh boiling over? – (The Jerusalem Post)
A US service member was killed on a mission assisting Iraqi security forces

LIVE All-Ireland SFC semi-final: Kerry 1-18 Tyrone 0-18 (FT) – (The Irish Times)
Kerry will be the team charged with denying Dublin the five-in-a-row of All-Ireland titles after coming from behind to beat Tyrone at Croke Park

Father of B.C. homicide suspect describes his pain, as victim’s family remembers her rare soul | CBC News – (CBC News)
The sister of an American woman killed in B.C. says her family forgives two men suspected in her death, but denounced comments from the father of one suspect.

Why the downward trend in homeownership rates won’t reverse itself – (Axios)
Homeownership has long been at the heart of the American dream, and it accounts for a huge proportion of middle-class wealth.

When light is lethal: Moroccans struggle with skin disorder – (Associated Press)
CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — Determined for her 7-year-old son to attend school despite a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight, Nadia El Rami stuck a deal with the school’s director: Mustapha…

Miley Cyrus And Liam Hemsworth Have Broken Up, So I Guess Love Really Is Just A Figment Of My Imagination – (Buzzfeed)
Nothing breaks like a heart .

Only True Muppets Fans Can Identify Each Character – (Buzzfeed)
The most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational image quiz you’ll ever take!

German minister prepares law to ban plastic bags – (Reuters)
Germany plans a law to ban the use of plastic bags because voluntary agreements with retailers to curb usage have not yielded good enough results, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said on Sunday.

Plants vs. Zombies trademark filing gives up shooter’s possible name – (Polygon)
The EU granted a trademark for “Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville” which may be the name of the third game in the Garden Warfare line of shooters.

Growing nationalism is pulling UK apart, former PM Gordon Brown warns – (Daily Mail)
Delivering his grim warning Gordon Brown stated that the UK may be ‘sleepwalking to oblivion’ and an ‘unprecedented economic calamity’ as it moves closer towards a no-deal Brexit.

Blockstream Has 3x The Hashpower of Entire Bitcoin Cash Network – (Crypto Coins News)
Forbes writer Kyle Torpey reported that Blockstream, a crucial company in Bitcoin Core development, has been hosting Bitcoin miners at two facilities for quite some time. Big Boy Mining Top clients include Fidelity’s Center for Applied Technology (FCAT). Fide…

Original Content podcast: ‘Another Life’ is no masterpiece, but we want a second season anyway – (TechCrunch)
Most critics haven’t found much to like in “Another Life,” a new space opera on Netflix, but look: We had a good time with it. The show stars Katee Sackhoff (best known as Starbuck on “Battlestar Galactica”), who plays Niko Breckinridge, the leader of an expe…

Police offer glimpse of captured murder suspect Peter Chadwick’s life on the run – (CBS News)
After being charged for his wife’s murder, Peter Chadwick went missing in January 2015. Investigators now know that he was hiding out in Mexico. After Chadwick’s capture, Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis spoke about what Chadwick had been doing for all t…

Fan Shows How Much Things Have Changed At Manchester United And Chelsea – (The Sport Bible)
11 years ago the two sides were full of some of the best players on the planet and faced in the Champions League final.

“Sunday Morning” Full Episode 8/11 – (CBS News)
This week “Sunday Morning,” hosted by Jane Pauley, feature David Pogue’s cover story on the latest in hearing aids. Plus: Rita Braver looks at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, celebrating its 60th year; Faith Salie meets a real live mermaid; Michelle M…

Curbs reimposed in Srinagar amid reports of street protest – (The Hindu)
Eid prayers unlikely to be allowed at Jamia Masjid to prevent large procession.

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All about Trump

Sanders says Trump “creates a climate” of hate but doesn’t want “to see people mowed down” – (CBS News)
Sen. Bernie Sanders joined Margaret Brennan to discuss the El Paso shooting, his views on gun control and President Trump’s rhetoric.

Sunday shows – Trump’s Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight | TheHill – (The Hill)
Several guests on the Sunday morning political talk shows weighed in on President Trump’s retweet…

Booker and Beto blast Trump for retweeting conspiracy theory linking Epstein’s death to Clintons – (Fox News)
Two Democratic presidential primary candidates criticized President Trump on Sunday for retweeting a conspiracy theory that the Clintons had a role in the death of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Does the NRA still have power? The pro-gun group is in uncharted territory after latest mass shootings – (CNN)
The pressure is on the National Rifle Association from typically friendly corners — President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress — after last week’s deadly mass shootings in Ohio and Texas.

Scalise warns of “slippery slope” in blaming Trump’s rhetoric for El Paso massacre – (CBS News)
Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 2 Republican in the House, joined Margaret Brennan to discuss gun legislation, recent mass shootings and the situation at the border.

Jake Tapper: Not the first time President Trump used his amplified voice to spread conspiracies – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s Jake Tapper reacts to President Donald Trump retweeting conspiracy theories about jailed multimillionaire and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s death.

Trump promotes Epstein-Clintons conspiracy theory, the latest in a pattern of baseless claims spread by President – (Google News)
President Donald Trump on Saturday promoted a conspiracy theory linking the Clinton family to the death of multimillionaire and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, the latest instance of Trump propagating baseless conspiracy theories and falsehoods.

Beto O’Rourke calls Trump’s “bizarre behavior” a distraction from real problems – (Axios)
“He’s changing the conversation and if we allow him to do that, then we’ll never be able to focus on the true problems.”

Democrats rip Trump for promoting conspiracy theory about Jeffrey Epstein’s death – (NBC News)
Beto O’Rourke rips Trump for promoting conspiracy theory about Jeffrey Epstein’s death

Trump promotes Epstein-Clintons conspiracy theory, the latest in a pattern of baseless claims spread by President – (CNN)
President Donald Trump on Saturday promoted a conspiracy theory linking the Clinton family to the death of multimillionaire and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, the latest instance of Trump propagating baseless conspiracy theories and falsehoods.

Trump retweets baseless conspiracies about Epstein death – (Google News (Canada))
One retweet came from an unverified account that claimed to have breaking news about Epstein.

O’Rourke says Trump’s behavior during El Paso visit shows ‘how sick this guy is’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said President Trump’s behavior while visiti…

Kellyanne Conway: Dem nominee will ‘have to defend socialism’ – (Google News)
Counselor the president Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that while President Trump may tweet about Joe Biden as if he is sure to get the Democratic presidential nomination, she is not concerned at all about who Trump’s opponent is.

Conway downplays Trump’s Epstein retweet: ‘I think the president just wants everything to be investigated’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday addressed President Trump’s retweet of conspirac…

Kamala Harris says Trump’s immigration raids are part of a “campaign of terror” – (Axios)
“There’s an old saying, ‘Judge me by my actions, not my words.’ And his actions have been to divide, to vilify…”

Donald Trump and former aide Anthony Scaramucci engage in Twitter war – (USA Today)
Scaramucci calls Trump’s trips to mass shooting sites a ‘catastrophe;’ Trump says Scaramucci doesn’t know anything about him.

If you’re boycotting SoulCycle, watch out: Marvel, New York Fashion Week could be next | CBC News – (CBC News)
Those calling for a boycott of companies like SoulCycle and Equinox following a controversial fundraiser for Donald Trump might find themselves facing a long list of beloved companies with similar ties.

Trump’s Response to America’s Mass Shootings Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup – (Wired)
Also: Beto O’Rourke called out the president for his response to America’s pair of deadly shootings.

WATCH | Seven controversial Donald Trump tweets – (News24)
A look at seven of Donald Trump’s most controversial tweets, from telling some Democratic congresswomen to go back to where they came from, to calling Meryl Streep over-rated as an actress.

Trump retweets baseless conspiracy theory tying Epstein death to Clintons – (Axios)
This is not the first time the president has amplified unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.

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