2019-09-17

Headlines:

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

U.S. Examining Missile and Drone Parts for Clues in Saudi Oil Attacks – (The New York Times)
American investigators are gathering evidence to bolster their claim that Iran was responsible for attacking oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Warning of election ‘disaster’, Israel’s Netanyahu battles for survival – (Reuters)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu battled for his political survival in the final hours of a close-run election on Tuesday, urging voters to support him to avert a “disaster”.

Facebook blocks Netanyahu chatbot on election day – (Reuters)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at Facebook on Tuesday after the social network blocked a “chatbot” from his right-wing Likud party’s account for violating election day rules.

UK Liberal Democrats facing the fight of their lives to stop Brexit: leader Swinson – (Reuters)
Britain’s anti-Brexit Liberal Democrat party faces the fight of its life to rescue the country from the negative effects of leaving the EU, leader Jo Swinson said on Tuesday, outlining her battle to stop Brexit immediately if she wins power.

Saudi Aramco attacks: What we know so far – (Reuters)
An attack on Saudi Arabia that triggered the biggest jump in oil prices in almost 30 years was carried out with Iranian weapons, a Saudi-led coalition said on Monday, as President Donald Trump said the United States was “locked and loaded” to hit back.

Attacks on Saudi oil facilities – what will it mean for consumers? – (Reuters)
The attack on Saudi facilities on Saturday caused the biggest oil supply disruption for more than 50 years. Here is what it could mean for consumers:

Talks set to carry on but no deal yet in UAW strike vs GM – (Associated Press)
DETROIT (AP) — Contract talks between General Motors and the United Auto Workers were set to resume Tuesday after a pause overnight as a strike by more than 49,000 employees extended into a second…

Authorities: Separate attacks in Afghanistan kill 48 – (Associated Press)
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Separate attacks by suicide bombers — one targeting President Ashraf Ghani’s election rally and a second that ripped through the center of the Afghan capital — killed at…

Iran’s supreme leader: No talks with the US at any level – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader said Tuesday “there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level”— remarks apparently meant to end all speculation about a possible…

Netanyahu’s career on the line as Israel votes – (Associated Press)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis voted Tuesday in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power, despite a likely indictment on…

House Judiciary Committee to hold 1st impeachment hearing – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — As they investigate President Donald Trump, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will hold their first official hearing in what they are calling an impeachment…

‘Jeopardy!’ host Trebek says he’s resumed chemotherapy – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s had a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again.Trebek told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on…

Top court to rule on British PM Johnson’s suspension of parliament – (Reuters)
Boris Johnson illegally suspended parliament because he saw it as an obstacle to his Brexit plans, Britain’s top court was told on Tuesday as it met to decide whether the Prime Minister had unlawfully sought to by-pass lawmakers.

IPhone 11 and 11 Pro Review: Thinking Differently in the Golden Age of Smartphones – (The New York Times)
This is not your typical gadget review. That’s because it is time to rethink when to upgrade your iPhone.

Mexico to keep fuel prices stable despite Saudi attacks: president – (Reuters)
Mexico’s government will uphold its pledge to keep fuel prices stable and has gasoline supplies secured despite attacks on Saudi oil sites, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday.

Iran rules out talks as Trump blames Tehran for Saudi oil attack – (Reuters)
Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday ruled out talks with Washington after President Donald Trump blamed Tehran for a crippling attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.

Kuwait foreign minister calls on armed forces to be on high alert: KUNA – (Reuters)
Kuwait’s foreign minister called on the country’s armed forces to be on high alert and prepared to confront any incident that may destabilize the country’s security, state news agency KUNA reported on Tuesday.

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi requests intelligence briefings on Saudi attacks – (Reuters)
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has requested a briefing for all House members on the Saudi Aramco attacks and Iran, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

YouTube star Lilly Singh launches TV talk show – (BBC News)
She is the only female late night host on the big four US networks.

Surprise rescue of Jamaica coral reefs shows nature can heal – (Associated Press)
OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms….

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From various sources

Residents of Gaza border community boycott voting in protest – (The Jerusalem Post)
“I don’t believe in any candidate, none of them give me a feeling of security.”

Emotion and excitement for first-time voters – (The Jerusalem Post)
‘Voting for the first time made me feel truly Israeli,’ said several new immigrants.

Polls in two in Arab towns temporarily closed over illegal filming, fraud – (The Jerusalem Post)
Various parties began complaining of irregularities at polling stations in the first hours of voting.

Netanyahu slams Facebook, says media giant folds to Left pressure – (The Jerusalem Post)
Netanyahu repeated his previous statements that the media is falsely reporting that large numbers of Right-wing voters are casting their votes.

Gantz, Lapid warn of low turnout, urge citizens to vote – (The Jerusalem Post)
“I call upon all Israeli citizens to go and vote according to their conscience,” said Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz.

Netanyahu predicts 15 seats for Joint List – (The Jerusalem Post)
Netanyahu based his prediction on data presented in English at the meeting by his American pollster, John McLaughlin.

Streets full of tents: The other side of L.A. – CNN Video – (CNN)
In one of America’s largest city, Los Angeles, homelessness has increased by 16%. Maeve Reston reports on what’s being done to tackle this growing epidemic.

Should homeless be allowed to sleep on public streets? – CNN Video – (CNN)
SCOTUS may hear a case in Boise Idaho about whether it’s unconstitutional to prohibit the homeless from sleeping in public spaces.

17 TikToks I Saw This Week That Are Truly Excellent – (Buzzfeed)
A recycling bird, a dog-only swimming pool, and Sexy Dr. Phil. TikTok is weird and perfect.

Little Mix Called Out Piers Morgan On The First Night Of Their Tour After He Told Them To “Put Some Clothes On” – (Buzzfeed)
“Come and say it to my face.”

What’s The Most Wild Plotline To Ever Happen On “Glee”? – (Buzzfeed)
“And that’s what you missed on Glee!”

Match Preview – Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, Bangladesh Twenty20 Tri-Series 2019, 4th Match | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read and watch the preview for Bangladesh Twenty20 Tri-Series 2019 4th Match, Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Scarborough goes after Kamala Harris for pushing Kavanaugh impeachment despite badly ‘botched’ NYT story – (Fox News)
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was left baffled Tuesday by Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., using a now-revised New York Times story to argue for the impeachment Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Match Preview India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I 2019 | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read and watch preview for 2nd T20I 2019, South Africa tour of India 2019/20 only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Georgia homeowner fatally shoots 3 teens in masks who tried to rob him, sheriff’s office says – (Fox News)
A Georgia homeowner fatally shot three teenagers who were seemingly trying to rob him and two others on Monday night, officials said.

Man, 36, arrested after £5million solid gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace – (Mirror)
The man, from Cheltenham, was the second person to be arrested by Thames Valley Police over the burglary

Internet Association pushes Congress to pass national privacy law – (Axios)
“Passing comprehensive, federal privacy legislation in the 116th Congress is a top priority for the internet industry.”

Sister, 30, of murdered backpacker Hannah Witheridge dies – (Daily Mail)
Laura Daniels, 30, died in hospital on Monday just five years and one day after her sister Hannah, 23, and fellow traveller David Miller, 24, were murdered on a beach in Thailand.

U.S. Examining Missile and Drone Parts for Clues in Saudi Oil Attacks – (The New York Times)
American investigators are gathering evidence to bolster their claim that Iran was responsible for attacking oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Warning of election ‘disaster’, Israel’s Netanyahu battles for survival – (Reuters)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu battled for his political survival in the final hours of a close-run election on Tuesday, urging voters to support him to avert a “disaster”.

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All about Trump

Saudi Aramco attacks: What we know so far – (Reuters)
An attack on Saudi Arabia that triggered the biggest jump in oil prices in almost 30 years was carried out with Iranian weapons, a Saudi-led coalition said on Monday, as President Donald Trump said the United States was “locked and loaded” to hit back.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to testify as House resumes possible impeachment probe – (USA Today)
Corey Lewandowski is set to testify to a House panel Tuesday as Democrats resume what they have called an impeachment investigation.

House Judiciary Committee to hold 1st impeachment hearing – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — As they investigate President Donald Trump, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will hold their first official hearing in what they are calling an impeachment…

As Israel votes, Donald Trump proves he’s the ‘King of Israel’ – (USA Today)
Every U.S. president, citing shared values and security commitments, has been staunchly pro-Israel; President Donald Trump more than most.

How PM Modi Overtook Donald Trump and Became the Second-Most Followed Leader on Social Media – (Google News (India))
A report showed that PM Modi was the second most followed leader on social media, after Barrack Obama.

Iran rules out talks as Trump blames Tehran for Saudi oil attack – (Reuters)
Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday ruled out talks with Washington after President Donald Trump blamed Tehran for a crippling attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.

Trump asked a supporter at a rally in New Mexico who he loved more: ‘The country or Hispanics?’ – (Google News)
“I don’t know, I may have to go for the Hispanics, to be honest with you. We got a lot of Hispanics,” Trump responded to his own question.

Corey Lewandowski’s Testimony Before Congress: What to Expect – (Google News)
He is a witness to possible obstruction of justice. But when he goes before Democrats’ impeachment investigation, Mr. Lewandowski’s fierce loyalty to President Trump will also be front and center.

Iran’s Supreme Leader: No Talks With U.S. At Any Level – (The Huffington Post)
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments follow reports about a possible meeting between President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani.

Deadline for North Carolina to redraw voting districts approaches – (Fox News)
Matt Braynard, former Trump campaign director of data and strategy, explains the issues with ballot harvesting.

The Hill’s Morning Report – What is Trump’s next move on Iran? | TheHill – (The Hill)
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CNN: Everything but the News – (National Review)
Trump derangement, all the time: lies, smears, threats, and profanity. Viewers are noticing — and leaving.

Trump’s Trade Policy at a Crossroads – (National Review)
As an election and the threat of a recession loom, the president faces down the problems of China, WTO reform, and a weakened global economic order.

Iran’s supreme leader says there will be no talks with U.S. ‘at any level’ – (Google News (Canada))
There had been reports about a possible meeting between President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly this month in New York.

Trump heads to heart of resistance in California | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Tuesday will begin a two-day fundraising swing through California, a state tha…

Dow Futures Cling On as Trump Reignites Torrid Trade Talks – CCN.com – (Crypto Coins News)
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) futures held firm on Tuesday as China and the US are set to reignite trade war talks this week.

Donald Trump launches two-day fundraising effort in California, expects to raise $15M – (The Washington Times)
President Trump’s campaign is set to haul in $15 million from a fundraising swing through California that begins Tuesday in the Bay area and ends Wednesday in San Diego.

Trump news – live: President’s rambling rally speech disturbed by flies and hecklers, as poll shows him losing series of swing states – (Independent)
Follow the latest updates from Washington

‘Start Here’: Trump weighs US response to Iran and Netanyahu fights for Israel’s vote – (ABC News)
It’s Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Saudi Arabia drone attack: Donald Trump ‘likely’ to strike Iran – (News.com.au)
Military options on the table as US prepares response to Saudi oil attack

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