2019-08-22

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Explainer: What are the obstacles to Bayer settling Roundup lawsuits? – (Reuters)
Bayer AG is in mediation to potentially settle thousands of U.S. lawsuits claiming that the company’s Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but some legal experts said the cases raises novel questions that may prevent an easy settlement.

Too late for new Brexit deal, France’s Macron tells Johnson – (Reuters)
French President Emmanuel Macron told Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday that there was not enough time to wholly rewrite Britain’s Brexit divorce deal before an Oct. 31 deadline.

S. Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute – (Associated Press)
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will stop exchanging classified intelligence on North Korea with Japan amid a bitter trade dispute, Seoul said Thursday in a surprise announcement that is…

China blames Canada for ‘gross difficulties’ in relationship, demands Huawei executive be freed – (Reuters)
The Chinese embassy in Canada said on Thursday that bilateral ties were suffering “gross difficulties” and demanded Ottawa free Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.

Planned Parenthood seeks cash after bailing from US program – (Associated Press)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and…

Wall Street opens higher on strong retail earnings – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, as strong results from retailers including Nordstrom reinforced confidence in consumer demand, while investors look ahead to Fed Chief Jerome Powell’s speech for more clues on future interest rate moves.

Merkel: ’30 days’ Brexit remarks were meant to highlight urgency – (Reuters)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had not given Britain 30 days to find a solution for the so-called Irish backstop but had wanted to highlight how short time was before Britain’s planned European Union exit date of Oct. 31.

Japan summons South Korean ambassador as row deepens – (Reuters)
Japan on Thursday summoned the South Korean ambassador to protest Seoul’s decision to scrap an intelligence-sharing agreement with Tokyo, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said, as relations between the neighbors further worsened.

The sky never goes dark while the Amazon burns – (Reuters)
There are no lights in sight but the night sky glows a dusky yellow, for the Amazon is burning.

AP-NORC poll: Trump’s approval still weak despite economy – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s overall job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public…

Japan foreign minister says South Korea’s move ‘completely mistaken response’ – (Reuters)
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Thursday criticized South Korea for terminating an intelligence agreement between the two countries, calling it a “completely mistaken response” and extremely regrettable.

Australia sees rush of Hong Kong millionaires amid unrest – (Reuters)
Australia is seeing an increase in interest in its millionaires-only visa program from wealthy Hong Kong residents who are eyeing a safety net amid political turmoil in the Chinese-ruled territory, migration lawyers told Reuters.

Danish ex-PM attacks Trump for comments on defense spending – (Associated Press)
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A former Danish prime minister on Thursday lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for his tweet about military spending, saying defense willingness is not just about…

Sanders’ $16 trillion climate plan builds on Green New Deal – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released a $16.3 trillion climate plan that builds on the Green New Deal and calls for the United States to move to renewable…

UK’s Johnson presses for fresh Brexit talks in Paris – (Associated Press)
PARIS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson exuded confidence Thursday as he pressed French President Emmanuel Macron to accept his request to reopen Brexit negotiations, meeting in Paris on…

South Korea to scrap intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid history feud – (Reuters)
South Korea said on Thursday it will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, a decision that could escalate a dispute over history and trade and undercut security cooperation on North Korea.

Parents fail to free sons over daughter’s murder – (BBC News)
A Pakistani court rejects their bid to free the accused killers of social media star Qandeel Baloch.

Global stocks subdued as investors seek more clues on Fed – (Associated Press)
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were subdued Thursday following Wall Street’s rebound as investors looked ahead to a speech by the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman for clues about possible…

Cathay Pacific staff speak of climate of fear – (BBC News)
Employees tell the BBC they try not to talk politics at work in case colleagues are pro-Beijing.

Italy centre-left to seek coalition with populists – (BBC News)
The Democratic Party leader calls for a “turning-point” government as an alternative to the right wing.

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From various sources

Ashes 2019 live scores: Third Test Australia vs England weather, updates – (News.com.au)
Welcome to our live coverage of the third Ashes Test in Leeds.

Egypt arrests son of Abbas adviser – (The Jerusalem Post)
Ramy Sha’ath’s lawyers learned that their client was being charged with “assisting a terrorist group,” referring to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Israeli-founded Via to power New York City’s school bus system – (The Jerusalem Post)
Responsible for more than 1.1 million students taught in 1,840 separate schools, the New York City Department of Education transports approximately 150,000 students on 9,000 bus routes every day.

Madras Day 2019: How Chennai grew from an English settlement – (The Hindu)
The Hindu takes you on a journey of Madras and its many nuances and niches.

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REDIRECT::Undisputed – (Fox Sports)
Watch Undisputed where Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe give their unfiltered, incisive, passionate opinions on the biggest sports topics of the day.

Yes, I’m Feeling Bad About Climate Change. Let’s Discuss. | Andrew Winston – (Hacker News)
How do we talk about the state of our planet when the news is so scary?

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

Debt relief in sight for disabled veterans; TV star launches Gen Z beauty line – (Fox News)
Morning Business Outlook: America’s newest debt forgiveness program is helping thousands of disabled veterans; ‘Stranger Things’ star Millie Bobby Brown is turning the beauty world upside down with her latest venture.

Direct provision contributes to growth in racism, says Catholic bishop – (The Irish Times)
System is ‘designed and operated in such a way it prevents people from integrating’

‘Soliciting donations is not illegal’ – Magda Wierzycka, Natasha Mazonne in Twitter war – (News24)
A Twitter war has erupted between the DA’s Natasha Mazonne and Magda Wierzycka, CEO of financial services company Sygnia.

Elon Musk Gets Roasted after Half-Baked Tesla Full Self-Driving Fail – (Crypto Coins News)
Elon Musk delays the launch of Tesla’s summon feature and Twitter decides to go after him.

Junior Agogo: Former Nottingham Forest and Bristol Rovers striker dies, aged 40 – (TalkSport)

Bose’s new portable home speaker sports Alexa and Google Assistant – (TechCrunch)
Bose’s portable speaker offerings have tended toward the cheaper end of the spectrum — bringing colorful competition for companies like JBL. With the dryly named Portable Home Speaker, however, the company looks to split the difference between portable and pr…

Prince William and Kate Middleton seen getting off budget flight to Scotland – (Daily Mail)
Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children took the 8.45am economy FlyBe flight from Norwich to Aberdeen this morning.

Cape Town woman’s body found chopped up at apartment building – (News24)
A woman was found murdered at her apartment building in Bellville, Cape Town, on Thursday morning, Western Cape police confirmed.

Trump doubles down on his comments about Jewish Americans – (CBS News)
President Trump is getting bashed again for repeating a comment about Jewish Americans. He told White House reporters Wednesday that any Jewish person who votes Democratic is being “disloyal.” it was the second day in a row Mr. Trump questioned the “loyalty” …

This New Zealand Aquarium Posts Naughty “Penguins Of The Month” And Their Offenses Are Hilarious – (Buzzfeed)
Get ready for some penguin prerogative.

Taylor Swift Will Re-Record Her First Five Albums Beginning In 2020 – (Buzzfeed)
There’s no word yet on the fate of Reputation.

Tom Hiddleston Refused To Answer Questions About Taylor Swift In A New Interview, Three Years After Their Split – (Buzzfeed)
Well, this is awkward.

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All about Trump

Trump doubles down on his comments about Jewish Americans – (CBS News)
President Trump is getting bashed again for repeating a comment about Jewish Americans. He told White House reporters Wednesday that any Jewish person who votes Democratic is being “disloyal.” it was the second day in a row Mr. Trump questioned the “loyalty” …

“Henry Ford would be very disappointed”: Trump gets personal in auto emissions fight – (Axios)
He attacked major automakers for cutting a deal with California on standards.

Key Trump Quotes on Powell as Fed Remains in the Firing Line – (Fortune)
Here’s a timeline of key events and comments.

Trump Approval Rating: Still Weak, Despite Economy – (Fortune)
Just 36% of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president; 62% disapprove.

The next stop on Donald Trump’s end-of-diplomacy tour – (Financial Times)
If the US president makes it through the G7 without hastening the west’s demise, it will be a victory of sorts

Dow Creeps Higher But Beijing Unloads on Trump’s ‘Roughshod’ Strategy – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow clawed higher on Thursday, but Beijing unleashed a sharp warning to Trump: Abandon those September tariffs – or else.

AP-NORC poll: Trump’s approval still weak despite economy – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s overall job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public…

Scaramucci Used to Praise Trump. Now, He Calls Him ‘Evil.’ What Happened? – (Fortune)
The president’s former mouthpiece is now sounding off the president, who, naturally, is ready to fight back.

Trump has 62 percent disapproval rating in new AP poll | TheHill – (The Hill)
The majority of Americans in a new …

CBP Commissioner calls new rule a ‘game-changer’ in fight against illegal immigration – (Google News)
Following the Trump administration’s announcement of new immigration regulations, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan called the new rule a “game-changer’ on “Fox & Friends” Thursday.

Danish ex-PM attacks Trump for comments on defense spending – (Associated Press)
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A former Danish prime minister on Thursday lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for his tweet about military spending, saying defense willingness is not just about…

Ted Cruz Once Made A Chilling Prediction About Donald Trump Attacking Denmark – (The Huffington Post)
“I mean, we’re liable to wake up one morning and Donald, if he were president, would have nuked Denmark,” Cruz said in 2016.

Walsh says he is ‘strongly, strongly considering’ challenging Trump in Republican primary – (CNN)
Former Illinois GOP Rep. Joe Walsh, who has been publicly mulling a 2020 primary challenge to President Donald Trump, said Thursday he is “strongly, strongly considering” entering the race.

Walsh says he is ‘strongly, strongly considering’ challenging Trump in Republican primary – (Google News)
Former Illinois GOP Rep. Joe Walsh, who has been publicly mulling a 2020 primary challenge to President Donald Trump, said Thursday he is “strongly, strongly considering” entering the race.

Trump news – live: President lashes out after economic gloom deepens as experts warn of ‘unsustainable course’ over ballooning federal debt – (Independent)
Follow the latest updates from Washington

Joe Walsh ‘strongly, strongly considering’ a primary challenge to Trump | TheHill – (The Hill)
Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) said Thursday morning that he’s strongly considering a primary cha…

Opinion: Keep 2020 Olympians away from Trump until after the election – (USA Today)
There should be no White House visit immediately after the 2020 Olympics, Christine Brennan writes. The athletes should wait until after election.

Dow Futures Slide as Trump SCREAMS at Federal Reserve – (Crypto Coins News)
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) futures as Trump ramps up pressure on the Fed to ease monetary policy and stimulate the markets.

The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts | TheHill – (The Hill)

Danish PM Attempts to Smooth Over Greenland Crisis After Trump’s Labels Her ‘Nasty’ – (Fortune)
Mette Frederiksen on Thursday said the Denmark had responded “very nicely” when rebuking Trump’s interest in Greenland

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