2019-08-17

Headlines:

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

Teenage Brides Trafficked to China Reveal Ordeal: ‘Ma, I’ve Been Sold’ – (The New York Times)
With women far outnumbered by men in China, some Chinese men are importing wives from neighboring countries, and using force to do so.

Hong Kongers rally against government on night of storms – (Reuters)
Thousands of school teachers joined an 11th weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong on Saturday, as shops pulled down their shutters and braced for another restive summer night.

Doctors warn of fallout from new immigration rule – (Associated Press)
CHICAGO (AP) — Diabetics skipping regular checkups. Young asthmatics not getting preventive care. A surge in expensive emergency room visits.Doctors and public health experts warn of poor…

Slum fire leaves 50,000 homeless in Bangladesh – (BBC News)
About 15,000 homes are destroyed in a shanty town in Dhaka – but no deaths have been reported.

Charity ship says migrants’ safety at risk, Italy to allow minors off – (Reuters)
A charity that operates a rescue ship carrying 134 migrants off the coast of Italy said on Saturday that it could not guarantee their security, after the boat had spent more than two weeks waiting for a port to disembark in.

Iranian tanker to leave Gibraltar soon despite US pressure – (Associated Press)
GIBRALTAR (AP) — The United States faced an against-the-clock legal battle to re-seize an Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff before the vessel’s shipping agent said Saturday he…

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species – (Associated Press)
GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of…

US issues warrant to seize Iranian oil tanker – (BBC News)
A judge in Gibraltar had ordered the release of the detained tanker a day before the warrant was issued.

Italy says six EU states will take in Open Arms migrants – (Reuters)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday that six EU countries had agreed to take in some 150 migrants from a rescue ship that Italy had blocked from docking, resolving the latest standoff over immigration to Europe across the Mediterranean.

Sudanese protesters sign final power-sharing deal with army – (Associated Press)
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s pro-democracy movement signed a final power-sharing agreement with the ruling military council on Saturday at a ceremony in the capital, Khartoum.The deal paves the way…

AP Explains: A look at rallies, recent tension in Portland – (Associated Press)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The liberal city of Portland, Oregon, is again expected to be a flashpoint because of a right-wing rally planned Saturday. The out-of-town groups will likely be met by…

How the Recession of 2020 Could Happen – (The New York Times)
The freeze-up in business confidence, caused in part by the trade war, could wind up affecting consumer confidence.

House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply…

New York City subway scare suspect taken into police custody – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — A man suspected of placing two devices that looked like pressure cookers in a New York City subway station, causing an evacuation and roiling Friday’s morning commute, has been…

Native American voters, once overlooked, seek role for 2020 – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates will descend on Iowa next week to do something that Native Americans say doesn’t happen enough: court their vote.At least seven White…

Kashmir communications partially restored – India – (BBC News)
Phone services are slowly being reinstated, but internet and mobile phone services remain suspended.

Russian opposition activists picket for free elections – (Reuters)
Russian opposition activists staged a string of pickets in central Moscow on Saturday to call for free elections and for charges against protesters detained at recent rallies to be dropped.

Hong Kong’s divide: Protests for democracy, rally for China – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters marched on one side of Hong Kong’s famous harbor on Saturday to demand the government heed their demands. Across the water, a pro-government rally called…

Refinitiv data shows detained Grace 1 still at anchor – (Reuters)
Refinitiv tracking data briefly showed the Iranian tanker at the center of a diplomatic dispute between Tehran and the West had changed its position status off Gibraltar on Saturday.

Israel’s Alliance With Trump Creates New Tensions Among American Jews – (The New York Times)
Religious leaders see President Trump’s influence over the Israeli prime minister becoming a wedge issue in the Jewish community.

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From various sources

Ashes 2019 second Test live scores: Australia vs England weather, updates – (News.com.au)
Welcome to our live coverage of day four of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.

Did Rashida Tlaib refuse to meet with Palestinian Authority’s Abbas? – (The Jerusalem Post)
Some Palestinians claimed that Tlaib and members of her delegation had made it clear that they were not interested in meeting with Palestinian Authority officials.

Palestinians fear UNRWA mandate may not be renewed – (The Jerusalem Post)
PLO ‘regrets’ suspension of funding to agency

U.N. experts condemn jail terms for compulsory hijab protest – (The Jerusalem Post)
“[They] peacefully protested against Iran’s compulsory veiling laws and advocated for a woman’s right to choose whether or not to wear the hijab.”

A Former UCLA Student Said That Dennis Kelly, The Doctor Accused By 48 USC Students, Sexually Abused Him Too – (Buzzfeed)
The former graduate student said Dennis Kelly subjected him to invasive procedures during two visits.

Full Scorecard of West Indies A vs Indians Tour Match 2019 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Catch live and detailed score report of West Indies A vs Indians Tour Match 2019, India tour of United States of America and West Indies 2019 only on ESPNcricinfo.com. Find the complete scorecard of West Indies A vs Indians Tour Match Online

Armoured Commander: The WWII Tank Commander Roguelike – (Hacker News)

Microchipping your employees will always be dehumanizing — and pointless – (The Next Web)
You may have heard of the latest approach to authentication in businesses: inserting microchips into their employees.  While this approach has worked wonders in the pet community, helping returning lost furry friends to their owners, the use of microchips in …

The sixth-generation iPad with 128GB of storage is cheaper than ever – (The Verge)
Best Buy is offering the best price yet on the sixth-generation iPad. The 128GB tablet costs $299.99, which is $30 less than the lowest offer we’ve seen. Also, we have reader-exclusive deals on Sony’s 1000X M3 headphones and more.

SoftBank reportedly plans to lend employees as much as $20 billion to invest in its VC fund – (TechCrunch)
SoftBank has a plant to loan up to $20 billion to its employees, including CEO Masayoshi Son, for the purposes of having that capital re-invested in SoftBank’s own Vision venture fund, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. That’s a highly un…

Burn pits: Thousands of veterans fear they’ve been exposed to lethal disease – (CBS News)
“We cannot let burn pit exposure veterans be the ‘Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange’ of our generation”

Hong Kong protests continue for 11th straight week – (Fox News)
Concerns grow that Beijing might militarily intervene in the Hong Kong protests.

Mormons warns that coffee, vaping are no-nos despite fancy names, alluring flavors – (Fox News)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by “competent” doctors.

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All about Trump

China tariffs will hit fall shoppers despite Trump’s postponement – (Axios)
$33 billion worth of goods will be impacted by the 10% tariffs starting Sept. 1.

Is a currency war coming? – CNN Video – (CNN)
Some investors fear a currency war between the U.S. and China is coming, after Beijing allowed the Yuan to fall below a key symbolic level. Julia Chatterley explains why the Yuan is weakening, and how the Trump administration is responding.

US-China trade war: Why you’ll feel the latest round of tariffs – CNN Video – (CNN)
President Trump is threatening more tariffs on Chinese imports. CNNI’s Julia Chatterley explains why American consumers could bear the brunt of the newest trade war escalation.

From Reagan to Trump: Here’s how stocks performed under each president – (CNN)
President Donald Trump often cites the stock market as a scorecard of his policies. Here’s how the S&P 500 performed under each president from Reagan to Trump.

Here are five risks facing the US economy – (CNN)
Fears of a brewing global recession were renewed this week as markets whipsawed over President Donald Trump’s trade war with China as well as disappointing economic data from both Germany and China.

Aides got Trump to delay tariffs by telling President it could ‘ruin Christmas’ – (CNN)
As President Donald Trump’s trade advisers were searching last week for a strategy to forestall his threatened tariffs on China, they struck upon a novel approach: appeal to his Christmas cheer.

Aides got Trump to delay tariffs by telling President it could ‘ruin Christmas’ – (Google News)
As President Donald Trump’s trade advisers were searching last week for a strategy to forestall his threatened tariffs on China, they struck upon a novel approach: appeal to his Christmas cheer.

Donald Trump is touting voter ID laws as an issue in the 2020 election. Here’s why. – (USA Today)
As Donald Trump ramps up his reelection for 2020 he is resurfacing a controversial gripe held over from 2016: That voter fraud cost him support.

Manufacturing shrinks, raising questions for Trump | TheHill – (The Hill)
The risks of an economic recession are on the rise, but the country’s manufacturing sector is already there.

Israel’s Alliance With Trump Creates New Tensions Among American Jews – (The New York Times)
Religious leaders see President Trump’s influence over the Israeli prime minister becoming a wedge issue in the Jewish community.

Lewandowski says he’s ‘happy’ to testify before House panel | TheHill – (The Hill)
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says he would be “happy” to testify before Congre…

‘He’s rattled’: Trump fears looming economic collapse will lose him 2020 election – (Independent)
‘We’re on that steady march to inevitable recession,’ says bank’s chief economist

AOC laughs off Trump claim she’s ‘fuming’ that Tlaib, Omar now get more attention – (Google News)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brushed off a tweet from President Trump on Friday claiming she envied the media attention fellow “Squad” members Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have received over their recent controversy with Israel.

Pelosi hits Trump, Netanyahu for ‘weakness’ amid tensions over Omar, Tlaib | TheHill – (The Hill)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blasted President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan…

Signs of recession worry Trump ahead of 2020 – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation’s…

Economic angst rises at bad time for Trump | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump is scrambling to quell questions about his stewardship of the economy as the rising odds of a recession pose a dire threat to his reelection campaign.

Tlaib granted permission to visit family but refused, citing ‘oppression’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
President Trump: “”the only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!”

Anthony Scaramucci Predicts Exact Month Donald Trump Will Abandon 2020 Race – (The Huffington Post)
The former White House communications director also turned to “Game of Thrones” to explain why Trump should be primaried.

Warren Chips Away at Biden’s Strength as The One Who Beats Trump – (Bloomberg)
Joe Biden’s strongest selling point — that he’s the most likely to beat Donald Trump — is losing some of its edge, as Elizabeth Warren vaults into second place because a growing number of Democrats think she can win the general election.

Democrats torch Trump failures on rural digital divide – (Politico)
Several presidential hopefuls are pledging tens of billions of dollars for high-speed internet access in rural America, seeking to seize on discontent among parts of Donald Trump’s base.

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