2019-08-18

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

Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63 – (Associated Press)
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul’s…

White House says ‘no recession in sight’ despite market turmoil – (Reuters)
White House officials pushed back on Sunday against concerns that economic growth may be faltering, saying they saw little risk of recession despite a volatile week on global bond markets, and insisting their trade war with China was doing no damage to the Un…

Charity boat rejects Spain’s offer to stranded migrants – (Reuters)
A Spanish charity operating a migrant rescue ship stranded off the coast of Italy has rejected an offer from Spain to dock in Algeciras, citing the urgency of the emergency situation faced by the more than 100 people on board.

Charity boat says unable to dock in Spain given urgency of situation – (Reuters)
A charity that operates a rescue ship carrying more than a hundred migrants off the coast of Italy on Sunday said that it could not accept an offer from Spain to dock in Algeciras, citing an emergency situation on board.

Ashes: Archer strikes twice as Australia chase 267 – in-play clips, radio & text – (BBC News)
Australia slip to 19-2 in pursuit of 267 to beat England in a pulsating second Ashes Test at Lord’s.

Gibraltar rejects US pressure to hold Iranian oil tanker – (Associated Press)
MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Gibraltar on Sunday rejected the United States’ latest request not to release a seized Iranian supertanker, clearing the way for the vessel to set sail after being…

Hong Kong protesters throng streets peacefully in heavy rain – (Reuters)
Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied peacefully in Hong Kong on Sunday, filling major thoroughfares in sometimes torrential rain in the eleventh week of what have been often violent demonstrations in the Asian financial hub.

Migrants jump off rescue boat to try to reach Italian island – (Associated Press)
ROME (AP) — Several migrants jumped into the sea from a Spanish rescue boat Sunday in a thwarted bid to reach shore in Italy, where the government’s hard-line interior minister has refused to let…

Sudan opposition coalition appoints five civilian members of sovereign council – (Reuters)
Sudan’s opposition coalition on Sunday named five people as civilian members of the country’s sovereign council to be sworn in on Monday, a source within the coalition told Reuters.

Trump economic adviser plays down fears of looming recession – (Associated Press)
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser is trying to play down fears of a looming recession after last week’s sharp drop in the financial markets. Larry Kudlow…

Iranian tanker expected to leave Gibraltar late Sunday: Iran’s envoy to UK – (Reuters)
The Iranian tanker caught in a stand-off between Tehran and the West is expected to leave Gibraltar on Sunday night, Iran’s ambassador to Britain said, hours after the British territory rejected a U.S. request to detain the vessel further.

Gibraltar says unable to meet U.S. request to seize Iranian tanker – (Reuters)
Gibraltar refused a U.S. request to seize the Iranian tanker Grace 1 on Sunday, saying it was unable to comply because it was bound by European Union law.

Iran ready to escort Adrian Darya-1 oil tanker in the Gulf: navy commander – (Reuters)
Iran is ready to dispatch its naval fleet to escort its Adrian Darya-1 oil tanker, which is currently in Gibraltar, Iran’s navy commander said on Sunday.

Gove: No-deal dossier is ‘worst-case scenario’ – (BBC News)
No deal planning has been accelerated, Michael Gove says, as a leaked government document warns of food and drug shortages.

Sanders’ criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population – (Associated Press)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation’s prison population in half, end mandatory minimum…

Biden’s prism of loss: A public man, shaped by private grief – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the night before Joe Biden’s world collapsed, he sat in a picture-perfect scene with his wife by the fireside in their Delaware living room.Biden, the hotshot…

U.S. whiskey exporters struggle after year of EU tariffs – (Reuters)
When Europe’s tariffs on U.S. whiskey hit in June 2018, craft distillery Mountain Laurel Spirits LLC lost 10% of its sales overnight as its European distributor simply stopped buying its award-winning Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey.

Gibraltar refuses US request to seize Iranian tanker – (Al Jazeera English)
Gibraltar said it could not comply with the US warrant because of European law.

Amid the Kale and Corn, Fears of White Supremacy at the Farmers’ Market – (The New York Times)
Protests and counterprotests have jolted a market in Indiana where activists now hand out buttons that say “Don’t Buy Veggies From Nazis.”

Epstein’s purported madam now a focus in sex abuse cases – (Associated Press)
MIAMI (AP) — She’s been called Jeffrey Epstein’s madam, the woman who recruited girls for his sexual appetites, and at times his social planner and household organizer in places ranging from New…

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From various sources

Ashes 2019 live scores: Second Test Australia vs England updates, Steve Smith, day 5 – (News.com.au)
Welcome to our live coverage of day five of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.

Nazi persecution of North African Jews to be included in 12th Grade exams – (The Jerusalem Post)
Between 415,000 and 470,000 Jews were persecuted in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco during the Holocaust

Israeli envoy to Jordan summoned to clarify Temple Mount events – (The Jerusalem Post)
Ambassador to Jordan Amir Weisboard asked by Jordanian officials to explain Israel’s security policy on Temple Mount.

Jerusalem municipality approves Knesset expansion plans – (The Jerusalem Post)
Jerusalem announces plans to expand the Knesset, while focusing on keeping the old structure visible.

Israeli healthcare expenditure rises, remains below OECD average – (The Jerusalem Post)
While current national healthcare expenditure as a share of GDP is lower than average spend in OECD countries, Israel’s expenditure was higher than 10 other OECD nations.

Rashida Tlaib releases photograph of other grandma: ‘One fierce woman’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
The US congresswoman recently gained world-wide attention after she was granted permission to visit her other grandmother, and canceled the visit.

Three questions facing New Jersey Devils – (NHL News)
NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three important questions facing the New Jersey Devils.

Hot spots smouldering at Ontario flower farm on fire since Friday, spread to housing for migrant workers | CBC News – (CBC News)
Fire crews remain on the scene of a St. Catharines, Ont., flower farm destroyed by a fire Friday night, fighting hot spots that still remain. No one was injured in the fire at Pioneer Flower Farms, although flames spread to and destroyed about four or five re…

Bikini model quitting social media after being criticized for her ‘real’ body – (Fox News)
Sydney swimwear model Ariella Nyssa is taking “a break” from social media after facing brutal criticism for her “real” body.

Recent Match Report – Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, ICC World Test Championship, 1st Test | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, ICC World Test Championship, 1st Test only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Indiana girl, 16, missing, believed to be in ‘extreme danger’; possibly with 22-year-old stalking suspect – (Fox News)
A 16-year-old Indiana girl reported missing this weekend and believed to be in “extreme danger” might have been abducted by a man who has allegedly stalked her, according to police.

Chelsea vs Leicester live score and updates – (Mirror)
Chelsea host Leicester at Stamford Bridge with Frank Lampard taking charge of his first home game as manager

Apex Legends forum furious as devs call players ‘ass-hats’ and ‘freeloaders’ – (Polygon)
After Respawn Entertainment reversed itself on Iron Crown skins and loot boxes late Friday, developers took to the game’s subreddit to explain and apologize for the situation. That quickly deteriorated into open insults of players of the free-to-play game.

PA bans LGBT activities in West Bank – (The Jerusalem Post)
The ban came after LGBT group Al-Qaws was planing to hold a gathering for its members in Nablus.

What one Greenland town thinks of Trump’s interest in buying the island – (CBS News)
CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reports from Greenland, the autonomous Danish country that President Trump has expressed interest in purchasing.

Joe Manchin on “Face the Nation” says Trump has “golden opportunity” on gun reform – (CBS News)
The West Virginia senator said he told the president, “‘President Trump, this is yours. It doesn’t happen unless you stand up and you have a bill that you basically support'”

21 Unproblematic Celebrities Literally EVERYONE Loves – (Buzzfeed)
“Julie Andrews is basically the world’s grandmother now.”

Armed police officers swarm property in hostage lockdown – (Mirror)
Met Police have dashed in large numbers to an address in Hillingdon, west London, today

Government to consider law on right to switch off from work emails – (The Irish Times)
Interdepartmental steering group to examine French approach to switching off, says Heather Humphreys

Prince Andrew ‘in Epstein mansion’ – (News.com.au)
PRINCE Andrew was pictured inside paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s $113m mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side nine years ago, it has been revealed.

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All about Trump

What one Greenland town thinks of Trump’s interest in buying the island – (CBS News)
CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reports from Greenland, the autonomous Danish country that President Trump has expressed interest in purchasing.

Joe Manchin on “Face the Nation” says Trump has “golden opportunity” on gun reform – (CBS News)
The West Virginia senator said he told the president, “‘President Trump, this is yours. It doesn’t happen unless you stand up and you have a bill that you basically support'”

Manchin emphasizes “good dialogue” with Trump on gun reform – (CBS News)
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, joins Margaret Brennan to discuss trade with China and gun reform.

Republican Mark Sanford warns Trump: A big storm is coming – CNN Video – (CNN)
Former South Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Sanford says he is considering mounting a challenge to the President in 2020.

Former GOP congressman Joe Walsh: I’m sorry for helping elect Trump – CNN Video – (CNN)
CNN’s John Berman talks to former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh about his op-ed in the New York Times in which Walsh apologizes for his role in getting President Trump elected and suggests the Republican Party needs a primary challenger to Trump in 2020.

Pete Buttigieg: Voting For Trump Means ‘Looking The Other Way On Racism’ – (The Huffington Post)
The Democratic presidential hopeful said Trump is asking voters to “tolerate the negativity” in exchange for job growth.

‘We’re looking at it’: Trump adviser says of potential Greenland purchase – (USA Today)
Top White House economic adviser says President Donald Trump is looking into buying Greenland.

Three wild ideas for America – (CNN)
Pat Wiedenkeller looks back on the week and asks, “Should the US buy Greenland? Is it time to rewrite the poem on the Statue of Liberty? Rename the New York City street in front of Trump Tower after Barack Obama, just for kicks?”

Top Trump Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow Sees ‘No Recession In Sight’ – (The Huffington Post)
The head of the National Economic Council says the economy is “in pretty good shape” despite growing fears of a coming downturn.

Tlaib, Omar share image by artist once celebrated in Iran’s Holocaust cartoon contest – (Fox News)
Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., continue to speak out against President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the decision to bar them from visiting Israel last week, but recent social media posts from the freshm…

‘The Hunt’ producer Jason Blum still wants to release controversial film Trump seemed to slam – (USA Today)
Despite “marketing mistakes” with “The Hunt,” producer Jason Blum still wants to release controversial film that Donald Trump appeared to criticize.

Trump economic adviser plays down fears of looming recession – (Associated Press)
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser is trying to play down fears of a looming recession after last week’s sharp drop in the financial markets. Larry Kudlow…

Tlaib, Omar share image by artist once celebrated in Iran’s Holocaust cartoon contest – (Google News)
Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., continue to speak out against President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the decision to bar them from visiting Israel last week, but recent social media posts from the freshm…

‘We’re looking at it’: Trump adviser says of potential Greenland purchase – (Google News)
Top White House economic adviser says President Donald Trump is looking into buying Greenland.

Kudlow: Trump ‘wants to take a look’ at buying Greenland | TheHill – (The Hill)
White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow confirmed on Sunday that the Trump administration…

Proud Boys, Outnumbered By Anti-fascists, Get Police Escort After 30-Minute Rally – (The Huffington Post)
Many had feared the rally in Portland would be the most violent fascist rally of the Trump era.

Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro: Tariffs aren’t hurting anyone in the U.S. – (Axios)
Navarro argued that reports from Harvard, the University of Chicago, the IMF, the Federal Reserve and other experts are wrong.

Trump rages over poll numbers and coverage of his racism after approval ratings plummet – (Independent)

Trump again lashes out at NY Times, claims it’s going on a ‘racism witch hunt’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump early Sunday lashed out at The New York Times over what he views as unfair covera…

Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion.The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or…

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