2019-08-13

Headlines:

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

Iran says Britain might release oil tanker soon, Gibraltar says not yet – (Reuters)
The British territory of Gibraltar will not yet release an Iranian oil tanker seized by Royal Marines in the Mediterranean despite an Iranian report that it could do so on Tuesday, an official Gibraltar source said.

Russian fighter jets push NATO war plane away: TASS – (Reuters)
Russian fighter jets pushed away a NATO war plane after it tried to approach Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu’s plane over neutral waters in the Baltic Sea, TASS news agency reported.

Malaysian police find body of Irish girl missing from jungle resort – (Reuters)
Malaysian police on Tuesday found the unclothed body of an Irish teenager who went missing from a jungle resort in the Southeast Asian country 10 days ago, though it was not yet clear what caused her death.

4 Days, 20 Democrats. Who Won the Iowa State Fair? – (The New York Times)
We followed presidential hopefuls around the Iowa State Fair and rated them on a corn dog scale.

Hong Kong Airport Suspends Check-Ins in 2nd Day of Disruptive Protests – (The New York Times)
Protesters stopped some travelers from reaching their departure gates, hours after the city’s leader pleaded for order amid escalating unrest.

Malaysia finds body believed to be missing London teen – (Associated Press)
SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian rescuers on Tuesday found the naked body of a Caucasian female believed to be that of a 15-year-old London girl who was reported missing more than a week ago,…

U.S. inflation accelerates; Fed rate cut still expected – (Reuters)
U.S. consumer prices increased broadly in July, but the signs of an acceleration in inflation will likely do little to change market expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates again next month amid worsening trade tensions.

Israeli flight attendant dies from measles – (BBC News)
The woman fell ill during an El Al flight in April, amid a worldwide rise in cases of the disease.

Shares fall after Argentina peso tumble, safe-havens shine – (Reuters)
Share markets fell for a third straight day on Tuesday as fears about a drawnout global trade war, protests in Hong Kong and a crash in Argentina’s peso currency kept investors huddled in bonds, gold, and the Japanese yen for safety.

Analysis shows 12% could vote without paper backup in 2020 – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one in 10 voters could cast ballots on paperless voting machines in the 2020 general election, according to a new analysis, leaving their ballots more vulnerable to…

Exclusive: Exxon eyes UK North Sea exit after 50-year presence – sources – (Reuters)
Exxon Mobil is considering an exit from the British North Sea after more than 50 years in the oil and gas basin as it focuses on U.S. shale production and new projects.

Hong Kong airport halts check-ins as U.N. urges restraint over protests – (Reuters)
Flights leaving Hong Kong were disrupted for a second day on Tuesday, plunging the former British colony deeper into turmoil as its stockmarket fell to a seven-month low, and its leader said it had been pushed into a state of “panic and chaos”.

U.N. urges Hong Kong to investigate excessive force against protesters – (Reuters)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Hong Kong on Tuesday to exercise restraint and investigate evidence of its forces firing tear gas at protesters in ways banned under international law.

French troops in Mali anti-jihadist campaign mired in mud and mistrust – (Reuters)
The French soldiers seeking out jihadists in central Mali’s savannahs were prepared for the sandstorms, the thunderstorms, the lack of anything resembling a road and the need to tow vehicles whose wheels kept getting stuck in floodplains.

London climate change protesters daub Brazilian embassy blood red – (Reuters)
Climate-change protesters threw red paint at the Brazilian embassy in London on Tuesday to demonstrate against damage to the Amazon rainforest and what they described as violence against indigenous tribes living there.

Flights out of Hong Kong canceled again amid protests – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters severely crippled operations at Hong Kong’s international airport for a second day Tuesday, forcing authorities to cancel all remaining flights out of the city after…

Syria’s Aleppo symbol of Assad’s wins and of enduring war – (Associated Press)
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Members of the al-Ali family were walking home from shopping when several shells slammed into the busy street on the western edges of the Syrian city of Aleppo. The blast tore…

Danish PM sorry for decades of state child abuse – (BBC News)
Children were beaten, sexually abused and used to test pharmaceuticals at several institutions.

Scrutiny of Epstein’s death and co-conspirators intensifies – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Amid revelations about the circumstances around Jeffrey Epstein’s death , federal authorities have intensified parallel inquiries into what went wrong at the Manhattan jail where…

Greta’s zero carbon journey across the Atlantic – (BBC News)
The climate change activist will spend two weeks travelling to New York on a boat with very few home comforts.

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From various sources

El Al flight attendant dies after contracting measles on flight – (The Jerusalem Post)
Tests revealed that she had been vaccinated with only one shot against measles instead of the recommended two vaccines, media reports say.

‘Serious irregularities’ at prison where Jeffrey Epstein died – (The Jerusalem Post)
Attorney-General Barr vows to investigate further

Master plan approved for east Jerusalem’s Ras el-Amud – (The Jerusalem Post)
An important part of the plan is the height restrictions imposed due to the historical and religious importance of the landscape and views.

Israel to build additional wall with Gaza to prevent infiltrations – (The Jerusalem Post)
Channel 12 report says wall to be constructed between Yad Mordechai and Sderot.

U.S.-Turkey paper over looming crises with ‘joint security mechanism’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
Turkey has vowed to destroy the mostly Kurdish groups partnered with the US in eastern Syria.

Matthew Whitaker’s Conflict Of Interest Forms Weren’t Screened Until Just Before Trump Put Him In Charge Of DOJ – (Buzzfeed)
A Justice Department official said that due to “administrative error,” no one vetted Whitaker’s financial disclosure forms for nearly a year while he served as then-attorney general Jeff Sessions’ chi

Axios Media Trends – (Axios)
The trends reshaping the digital media ecosystem, by Sara Fischer. Tuesday mornings

Body found confirmed as missing Nora Quoirin who vanished on family holiday – (Mirror)
A search had been ongoing since Nora Quoirin, who has special needs, disappeared on August 4 from an eco-resort in Dusun, Malaysia

Iran says Britain might release oil tanker soon, Gibraltar says not yet – (Reuters)
The British territory of Gibraltar will not yet release an Iranian oil tanker seized by Royal Marines in the Mediterranean despite an Iranian report that it could do so on Tuesday, an official Gibraltar source said.

Austrian sensor maker AMS offers to buy German lighting company Osram for €4.3 billion – (Axios)
It presents a strategic dilemma for Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group.

Adrian Peterson: Trent Williams’ absence hurting QBs – (NFL News)
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson says left tackle Trent Williams’ absence is impacting the team “tremendously,” especially the heated quarterback competition.

I Stayed At This Instagram-Worthy Hotel In Tulum and Was Blown Away – (Buzzfeed)
Come for the instagrammable aesthetics, stay for the skin-clearing sanctuary.

Travel experts flew on a private jet for LESS than a RYANAIR flight – (Daily Mail)
Michele Robson and Paul Khosla from flight tips site Turning Left For Less snagged a trip on a private jet from Luxembourg for just £250 each – exclaiming that they ‘felt like celebrities’.

Dow Fights Off 3rd Straight Loss as Bonds Trigger Recession Alarms – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow scrambled to avoid a third straight loss as the main yield curve on US Treasury bonds flashed a major recession warning.

Russian fighter jets push NATO war plane away: TASS – (Reuters)
Russian fighter jets pushed away a NATO war plane after it tried to approach Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu’s plane over neutral waters in the Baltic Sea, TASS news agency reported.

Antitrust casualties: The deals that don’t get done – (Axios)
One impact of regulatory investigations: Big companies get shy about acquiring potential competitors.

Remain in Mexico: Asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico face danger and desperation – (CBS News)
Her husband was murdered in Honduras, and her 4-year-old son was almost kidnapped in Mexico. The U.S. still forced her to wait in one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities

Joe Longthorne’s funeral takes place in Blackpool – (Daily Mail)
The comic and impressionist was carried in a hearse in a funeral procession through his adopted hometown as friends and relatives gathered to say farewell.

Veteran Defense Ministry chief of staff Sharon Shalom steps down – (The Jerusalem Post)
Sharon Shalom, the veteran government official and chief of staff to the defense minister, has stepped down from his position after three years.

Malaysian police find body of Irish girl missing from jungle resort – (Reuters)
Malaysian police on Tuesday found the unclothed body of an Irish teenager who went missing from a jungle resort in the Southeast Asian country 10 days ago, though it was not yet clear what caused her death.

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All about Trump

Matthew Whitaker’s Conflict Of Interest Forms Weren’t Screened Until Just Before Trump Put Him In Charge Of DOJ – (Buzzfeed)
A Justice Department official said that due to “administrative error,” no one vetted Whitaker’s financial disclosure forms for nearly a year while he served as then-attorney general Jeff Sessions’ chi

Rudy Giuliani on Epstein’s ‘mindboggling’ death: It’s impossible – (Fox News)
‘There’s absolutely no excuse for this,’ Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani tells ‘America’s Newsroom’ after the death of Jeffrey Epstein in his New York jail cell.

“Remain in Mexico” policy has asylum seekers pleading, “leave me in a cell” – (CBS News)
CBS News is looking into the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy and how it impacts asylum seekers. CBS News reporter Camilo Montoya-Galvez joined CBSN to talk about why one asylum seeker pleaded, “leave me in a cell.”

Donald Trump must win over suburban women to clinch swing state – (Financial Times)
Republicans need to make crucial gains in three of Philadelphia’s four ‘collar counties’

Trump Immigration Chief: ‘Give Me Your Tired And Your Poor Who Can Stand On Their Own 2 Feet’ – (The Huffington Post)
Ken Cuccinelli suggested new wording for the Statue of Liberty to defend a controversial rule restricting legal immigration.

Trump calls Chris Cuomo ‘Fredo’ after CNN anchor’s NSFW rant at heckler: ‘Low ratings’ – (USA Today)
Amid controversy over CNN anchor Chris Cuomo being called “Fredo,” Fox News host Sean Hannity and Donald Trump took opposing sides.

Trump jabs at CNN’s Cuomo over viral ‘Fredo’ video | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Tuesday mocked CNN anchor Chris Cuomo after a …

White House makes fight for religious freedom a top foreign policy priority – (Fox News)
Muslim scholar Dr. Qanta Ahmed says the Trump administration has been ‘extremely aggressive’ in their commitment to protecting the religious freedom of Christians around the world.

Arnon Mishkin: Hatred for Trump is what truly unites 2020 Democrats – But they’re playing a dangerous game – (Fox News)
Democratic candidates have decided to be more explicit than ever in accusing Trump of being a “white nationalist” seeking to blame him for two mass shootings.

Julián Castro bought a “Fox & Friends” ad to speak directly to Trump about the El Paso shooting – (Axios)
“Americans were killed because you stoked the fire of racists.”

Ken Cuccinelli: Trump administration’s new rule ensures immigrants are self-sufficient – (CNN)
The administration’s new rule will consider the possibility that an immigrant will need public assistance as a negative factor when evaluating applications to change immigration status, writes Ken Cuccinelli, to ensure that the US admits newcomers who can suc…

Trump undecided on when to release Middle East peace plan – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We are not looking for a regime change, President Abbas is the leader of the Palestinians, so we hope that he will be able to come to the table,” Greenblatt said.

Schumer to call for Trump to fight gun violence, white supremacy with border wall funds | TheHill – (The Hill)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is going to ask the Trump administration to formall…

Trump’s base is very different than the swing voters he’ll need in 2020 – (CNN)
President Donald Trump’s chief problem heading into the 2020 campaign can be boiled down to “like him on the economy, but not overall.” Aggregating our last three CNN polls, Trump has a 44% approval rating and 52% disapproval rating among voters. On the econo…

John Bolton’s charm offensive masks push for foreign policy shift – (Google News (UK))
For a man known as the most hawkish official in the Trump administration, John Bolton verged on the charming. He came bearing gifts, the promise of speedy mini trade deals on a sector-by-sector…

The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled | TheHill – (The Hill)

The Memo: Suburbs spell trouble for Trump | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump has a problem with suburban voters — and it could have profound consequences for…

Recession warnings pose 2020 threat to Trump | TheHill – (The Hill)
Fears that a recession could hit the U.S. next year are growing on Wall Street, creating a potent…

‘Start Here’: Epstein investigation continues, Trump wants to limit legal immigration – (ABC News)
It’s Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Trump’s Twitter Threat Sparked a Remittance Boom in Guatemala – (Bloomberg)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to impose remittance taxes and tariffs on Guatemala last month helped boost remittances sent to the country to the …

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