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Early Global News: Monday October 22nd, 2018

Early Global News

Monday October 22nd, 2018

Macro

Trump says team working on tax cut for middle-income earners  Reuters

Global growth outlook for 2019 dims for first time: Reuters polls  Reuters

Companies

PANW FEYE CYBR FTNT  Facebook On Hunt For Big Cybersecurity Acquisition  “In an effort to repair its tattered reputation around data protection, Facebook is stepping up efforts to acquire a major cybersecurity firm, according to four people familiar with the matter.”  The Information

BAYRY  A Push for Safer Fertilizer in Europe Carries a Whiff of Russian Intrigue  NY Times

SIEGY  Top German politicians press Siemens boss to skip Saudi conference  Reuters

AAPL GOOG AMZN  Germany urges global minimum tax for digital giants Amazon, Apple and Google  Daily Mail

MANU  Glazers do not intend to sell Manchester United amid reports of Saudi interest  The Guardian

AAXN  NYPD Yanks Thousands of Body Cams After One Allegedly Caught on Fire  Gizmodo

AUO OLED LPL  Flat panel makers to see impact from oversupply in 2019, says AUO executive  Digitimes

SMH  Serious talent shortage posing challenges for China IC development  Digitimes

FJTSY  Fujitsu tapping data storage opportunities with advanced devices  Digitimes

SFTBY  Consortium formed in China to rev up development of RISC-V processors  Digitimes

GS  Goldman-backed fintech startup Marqeta launches in Europe  Reuters

AMZN  Amazon fixes security flaws allowing smart home hijacks  Engadget

BAKK.L  Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. Recalls Meat and Poultry Products due to Possible Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination In Onions  USDA

CAJ AXSAF  Canon announces intent to make Axis a wholly owned subsidiary  Press Release

ATST.L  Interactive Investor to buy rival Alliance Trust Savings in £40m deal  Press Release

JEC WOR.AX  Australia’s WorleyParsons to buy Jacobs energy, resources arm for $3.3 billion  “U.S. firm Jacobs Engineering Group Inc (JEC.N) has agreed to sell its energy, chemicals and resources business to WorleyParsons (WOR.AX) for $3.3 billion, in a deal that will double the size of the Australian engineering services firm.”  Reuters

ACN  Accenture Acquires DAZ Systems, Inc. to Strengthen Its Oracle Cloud ERP Services, Expand Capabilities to Help Clients Become Intelligent Enterprises  Press Release

LMNX  Luminex Corporation to Acquire MilliporeSigma’s Flow Cytometry Portfolio  “On October 18, Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ: LMNX) announced that the company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MilliporeSigma’s flow cytometry portfolio for $75 million, consisting of approximately $69.9 million to be paid under a Stock and Asset Purchase Agreement and approximately $5.1 million in committed inventory purchases.”  Press Release

MSFT  GitHub is down because of data storage issues  The Next Web

PHG  Philips CEO says Brexit putting Britain at risk as manufacturing hub  Reuters

LSE:CPG  China watchdog probes unit of catering giant Compass over expired school food  Reuters

SMCI  Super Micro Computer began sending letters to its customers, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference, refuting allegations in a recent article that a malicious hardware chip was implanted during the manufacturing process of the Company’s motherboards.  SEC Filing

Vue International Acquires German Multiplex Circuit CineStar  “The deal includes a variable of up to €91.8 million ($105.7 million), and sets CineStar’s potential enterprise value at €221.8 million ($255.58 million).”  Variety

ONDK  PNC partners with OnDeck for online small business lending  Reuters

BABA  Alibaba Cloud expands to UK  TechRadar

Apax in talks to sell Psagot Investment for up to $822 million – report  Times of Israel

YNDX  Russia’s Yandex says often gets offers, co-founder Volozh does not plan to sell stake  Reuters

ENLK ENLC  EnLink Midstream, LLC to Acquire EnLink Midstream Partners, LP in a Simplification Transaction  Press Release

Opinion  LSE:EPIS  China LED chip prices expected to fall nearly 10% in 4Q18  Digitimes

Stake Changes

AXNX  This is Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc.’s initial public offering. We are selling 6,667,000 shares of our common stock.  SEC Filing

Opinion  LOGC  LogicBio Therapeutics Underperforms with $70 Million Nasdaq IPO  CTech

Earnings Finance

GS  Goldman Sachs shuffles top Asia leadership  Financial Times

CBS  Richard Parsons Steps Down From CBS Board  “Cites complications from multiple myeloma; Strauss Zelnick elected new interim chairman”  WSJ

ACIU  AC Immune Announces Dr. Andreas Muhs, Chief Scientific Officer, to Take Medical Leave of Absence  Press Release

SHLD  Exclusive: Sears chairman Lampert seeks partner for bankruptcy financing – sources  Reuters

SVA  Sinovac Granted Interim Injunctive Relief Regarding Filings Bearing a Falsified Company Seal and Forged Board Member Signatures  Press Release

Pharmaceuticals Healthcare

HCHC  FDA Grants Breakthrough Device Status for MediBeacon’s Transdermal GFR Measurement System  Press Release

Six new Zika cases in Rajasthan; total 123  India  Economic Times of India

AZN  AstraZeneca’s Lynparza shown to put brakes on ovarian cancer  “An AstraZeneca drug that blocks a cancer cell’s ability to repair its genetic code greatly reduced the risk of ovarian cancer worsening in a phase III trial, underpinning its lead against two U.S. rivals in the same class”  Reuters

NTGN  Neon Therapeutics Presents Data from Ongoing Phase 1b NT-001 Clinical Trial at European Society for Medical Oncology 2018 Congress  Press release

MKGAF  Merck KGaA says might strike partnership deal this year  Reuters

MRTX  Mirati Therapeutics Presents Updated Positive Clinical Data From Sitravatinib Immuno-Oncology Combination Trial At ESMO 2018 Congress And Announces FDA Guidance For Registration Trial  Press Release

Opinion  Flooding the world with psychiatric drugs could boost the burden of mental disorders  Stat

Opinion  Prostate cancer: radiotherapy could extend thousands of lives, study finds  “Use alongside traditional treatment in advanced cases ‘could benefit 3,000 men in UK’”  The Guardian

Fact  Selma Blair Says She Has Multiple Sclerosis in Heartfelt Instagram Post  Variety

Entertainment Games

DIS  ‘Aquaman’ Director James Wan Twitter Teases Two Sea Creatures From Film  Deadline

Messi breaks right arm, out for about 3 weeks  USA Today

Philly firm to open 18,000-square-foot esports arena in Lakewood  Business Journals

NFLX  Netflix ‘deceiving’ black users with ‘creepy’ posters  Sky News

CMCSA  Box Office: ‘Halloween’ Slashes Franchise Record With $77.5 Million Launch  Variety

SNE  Sony makes no concessions to EU regulators in EMI music bid  Reuters

MSFT  Briefing: Microsoft plans VR-focused incubator in Jiangxi province  TechNode

Military Surveillance

US Navy copter crashes USS Reagan aircraft carrier off Philippines, injures 12 sailors  PressTV

LMT RTN NBAOC  Merkel backs call to freeze arms exports to Saudi Arabia  Politico

LMT  Belgium chooses Lockheed’s F-35 to replace F-16 jets -Belga  Reuters

EWY EIDO  South Korea says fighter jet deal with Indonesia is on track, despite $200 million unpaid  Reuters

Blockchain Bitcoin

Armenia Opens $50 Million Bitcoin, Ethereum Mining Farm  Slashdot

Adweek’s Third Elevate Installment Shed Light on Blockchain’s Effect on Advertisers and Publishers  Adweek

Moonday Morning: DJ Khaled & Floyd Mayweather finally sued over scamcoin  The Next Web

Kenyan crypto-currency pioneer: ‘I make my money from Bitcoin and tasty roast meat’  BBC World News

The Smart Contract Revolution Is Coming  Blockchain Magazine

How Blockchain Could Help To Protect The World’s Forests  Clean Technica

KEP  Japanese utility KEPCO tests blockchain technology to determine value of surplus solar power  Pv magazine

China requires blockchain-based information service providers to register users using real names, censor postings and store user data  South China Morning Post

Amid suspicion of trading manipulation, OKCoin founder blames “illegal” media and investor “stalking”  TechNode

Drones Robots

Bionic gran who lost all four limbs ‘gets her life back’ thanks to 3D printed robotic arm  The Mirror

China Unveils World’s Largest Transport Drone  Zero Hedge

Virgin Atlantic plane 10ft from hitting drone over London in CLOSEST-EVER near miss involving passenger jet  The Mirror

SFTBY  Uber Ambitiously Eyes 2021 for Food-Delivery Drones Launch  Wall Street Journal

‘Robots for everyone’ in 5 years, says Japan’s most valuable tech startup  Cnet

Casinos Gambling

Mariah Carey shares sweet video of her twins singing her latest single ahead of Macau concert  Daily Mail

China’s top Macau liaison official dead after fall from building  Channel NewsAsia

Another bus biz details Macau casino link via HKZM Bridge  GGRasia

Prosecutors tweak graft case vs ex-Pagcor boss Genuino  GGRasia

Law setup key to Primorsky casinos: Tigre de Cristal COO  GGRasia

Owner of CoD Manila operator drops delist plan  GGRasia

Macau-based company De Club is looking to raise USD1 billion in an initial coin offering (ICO) to build a casino club backed by blockchain technology and a cryptocurrency token known as DEC.  Macau Daily Times

CZR APO  Caesars to reject merger offer from Golden Nugget  NY Post

Social Media

GOOGL AMZN FB  Germany urges global minimum tax for digital giants  Korean Herald

TWTR  Twitter employee may have spied on users for Saudis, says report  Cnet

SNAP  Snap’s vanishing prospects worry investors  Financial Times

MLRYY  Usmanov Drops Mail.ru Control in Move Seen Spurred by Sanctions  “Billionaire transfers voting control to Mail.ru management”  Bloomberg

SNAP  Jagermeister turns to Snapchat for Halloween push  Digiday

Opinion  What Is the Future of Third-Party Data?  emarketer

FaceBook

OPINION  Cyber Saturday—Facebook’s ‘War Room’ Is a Marketing Ploy  Fortune

Sir Nick Clegg faces pressure to attend Commons’ probe into Facebook’s practices and data breaches  The Telegraph

Facebook Watch to Bring Back MTV Studios’ World’s First Original Reality Show “the Real World”  Al Bawaba

Indonesian police arrest two men linked to LGBT Facebook page  Reuters

Who’s Using Instagram?  “”This will also be the first year that more than half (52.6%) of US social network users will access Instagram at least once a month,” “  emarketer

Japan tells Facebook to improve data protection  Reuters

Instagram’s Future as a Social Commerce App Looks Murkier Than Ever  Adweek

Singapore AR, VR creators welcome Facebook’s launch of local developer programme  Channel NewsAsia

Facebook tests multiple brands in a single ad unit  Digiday

Travel Hotel

Hotels: Occupancy Rate Declined Slightly Year-over-year  “The U.S. hotel industry reported mixed year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 7-13 October 2018, according to data from STR”  Calculated Risk

Former Brexit secretary David Davis threatens No Fly Zone for EU planes in UK airspace  Daily Mail

Bombardier sues Mitsubishi jet program over trade secrets  Reuters

Ryanair Earnings Hit by Staff and Fuel Costs  Wall Street Journal

CPCAY  Cathay Pacific’s trainee pilots appeal against lower pay package, but airline says no returning to more generous earlier terms  South China Morning Post

Auto

BASFY NILSY  BASF, Nornickel join forces in electric vehicle battery push  Reuters

GOOGL NSANY  China poses challenge for Nissan-Google partnership  Automotive News

HYMTF  Hyundai’s i30 N sales accelerate in Europe  Korean Herald

SSNLF  Samsung busy expanding AI, 5G and automotive biz  Korean Herald

VLKAY TSLA  Audi’s electric SUV faces four-week delay because of software bug  Reuters

AAPL GOOG  Apple self-driving cars are far safer than Google’s  Cult of MAC

KKR FACU  Fiat Chrysler has agreed to sell Magneti Marelli to Calsonic Kansei-Bloomberg  Reuters

F  From Model T to driverless: Ford to launch fleet of robot cars in Washington  Washington Post

FCAU  FCA sells auto parts unit to Japanese firm; $7 billion deal  Washington Post

Elon Musk says Boring Company’s first tunnel to open in December  Axios

TSLA  Tesla Employees Describe Musk As Polarizing, Wasteful Micromanager In New Expose  Zero Hedge

TSLA  Tesla Coverage Swings Positive In The Mass Media — #Pravduh Report 7  Clean Technica

TSLA CMI PCAR VLAKY DMLRY  Truck makers rev up for rollout of electric big rigs  Reuters

SFTBY  Uber to appeal Singapore’s competition watchdog decision on Grab deal  Reuters

AN  AutoNation: CEO to see which products need a boost  Automotive News

Addison Lee plans self-driving taxis by 2021  BBC World News

Opinion  TSLA  Elon Musk is too ambitious for Tesla’s own good  Quartz

Retail

KHC NSRGY  Dangerous levels of arsenic found in SEVEN baby rice products  ” ‘I would not feed young children rice at all'”  Daily Mail

Jenny Craig brand chicken wraps recalled for contaminated vegetables  North Castle Partners  Food Safety News

WMT  What Walmart’s New Content Initiative Means for Interactive Videos  CTech

AMZN  Hit Amazon with new taxes to boost struggling high street say shop bosses  The Mirror

FDA warns ready-to-eat condiment and hot sauce manufacturers  Food Safety News

EFSA assesses avian influenza risk from raw poultry and eggs  Food Safety News

BABA  Alibaba starts pre-order for Double 11  Digitimes

Hamleys reaches endgame under ownership of China’s C.banner  “The world’s most famous toy retailer could be about to change hands for the fourth time in 15 years”  Sky News

AMZN WMT  Local Ecommerce Players Around the World Are Giving Amazon and Walmart a Run for Their Money  Adweek

MO PM  Tobacco giant’s anti-smoking campaign branded ‘PR puff’  Sky News

YNDX  “Yandex. Playbill “started selling theater tickets directly  Buro 24/7

Apple

Apple is ‘best private firm to work for in UK’  Sky News

Opinion  Reliance Jio Phone, KaiOS rising in India  Digitimes

Opinion  Analyst: Services is the Linchpin For Apple to Reach a $1.5 Trillion Valuation  HotAppleNews

Energy Commodities

Chinese farm in east Russia ships soybeans  Global Times

PEIX  Ethanol costs more than gasoline  Automotive News

KOL  Cave-in at Chinese coal mine leaves 22 people trapped underground  South China Morning Post

SQM ALB  Deal to Create Chinese Lithium Giant Faces Legal Challenge  Wall Street Journal

US’s Mnuchin says it will be harder for Iran oil importers to get waivers  Channel NewsAsia

BX  Blackstone to buy oil services firm Ulterra for $700 mln -sources  Reuters

SQM ALB  Lithium giants feud over competition, brine in Chile’s Atacama Desert  Ars Technica

UNG  Trade war: China’s natural gas tariff will kill off US projects, says Canadian firm  South China Morning Post

Taylor Energy  KRX: 028260 EWY  A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history  “On average, 330,000 gallons of crude are spilled each year in Louisiana from offshore platforms and onshore oil tanks, according to a state agency that monitors them.”  Washington Post

CRDAF KOL  Coronado to start trading on ASX after massive IPO  Mining Weekly

Latest Peril for Oil Companies: Colorado Voters  “A ballot measure could crimp exploration in the state’s booming oil and natural-gas fields”  WSJ

KOL JPM BHP  JPMorgan in box seat as BHP looks at coal sale  The Australian

USO  Brent oil rises back above $80 as Iran sanctions loom  Reuters

URA  Belgian reactors shutdown a test run for nuclear-free future  Reuters

KSA USO  Saudi Arabia has ‘no intention’ of 1973 oil embargo replay: TASS  Reuters

Politics  Trump signals opposition to nuclear waste site in Nevada despite his budget proposals to fund it  Washington Post

Linger  USO  OPEC struggles to deliver on pledged oil output boost  Haaretz

Metals

POSCO chief joins worldsteel board  Korea Times

Rusoro expects first $100m from Venezuela next month  Creamer’s

Western Areas gives go-ahead for Odysseus nickel mine  Mining Weekly

MinRes buys BCI’s Kumina deposit, rules out interest in entire BCI portfolio  Mining Weekly

URA  US EPA withdraws proposed Obama-era rule change for uranium mining  Reuters

LUN.TO  Lundin Mining Announces Early Redemption of Senior Secured 2022 Notes and Amendment to Increase and Extend Credit Facility Agreement  Press Release

FCX  METALS-Copper climbs for second day after China liquidity pledge  Reuters

Zinc, nickel, lead, copper climb in morning trade  India  Economic Times of India

Europe

EEL EUO EWU  UK wants deal to avoid Northern Ireland Brexit backstop: minister  Reuters

EWU  ‘700,000 people’ marched for a second Brexit vote  Daily Mail

EWI  Austria says EU must reject Italy’s draft budget unless it is changed  Reuters

EWI EWQ  Italy Sends Police to Border With France Amid Migrant Row  Sputnik

GREK  Greek PM sworn in as Greece’s foreign minister  Ecns.cn

EWU  IHS Markit Household Finance Index™  “Household sentiment falls in October despite weakest inflation expectations for two years”  IHS Markit

POLITICS  Poland vote results due on Tuesday at earliest: committee  Reuters

8 out of 10 businesses say Brexit hits investment as speed of talks outpaced by reality firms face on ground  “Eight out of ten firms say Brexit has had a negative effect on investment decisions, according to new CBI research on business preparations.”  CBi

EWI  Italy says it’s ready to discuss budget with EU authorities  Reuters

EWU  Ex-divs to take 1.3 points off FTSE 100 on Oct 25  Reuters

Opinion  EU  Brexit could kill off entire industries, says Jaguar Land Rover chief  The Guardian

Politics  EWU  Up to 40 Tory MPs could vote against Theresa May’s Chequers plan, David Davis warns  “‘Every group in any political party has differences, egos and so on. But with Labour voting against, the critical size of the voting bloc is quite small, it’s basically a dozen people,’ former Brexit secretary says “  UK Independent

China

China says must balance stable growth and risk prevention  “China must balance the need for stable growth while managing risks and maintain a prudent and neutral monetary policy, the State Council, the country’s cabinet, said on Sunday following a meeting of top economic and financial policymakers.”  Reuters

China regions accused of faking pollution compliance in new probe  Reuters

Tiger Global Raises $$3.75 Billion For New Fund With China One Of Its Key Investment Markets  China Money Network

Opinion  China’s economic slowdown does not matter  Financial Times

Opinion  $600-billion reason why China crash may worsen  Economic Times of India

Opinion  China’s $195 bn debt splurge has less bang than you think  Economic Times of India

North Korea

S. Korea’s nuke envoy heads to US over NK nuclear issue  Korean Herald

Dennis Rodman: I didn’t know I’d talk to Kim Jong-un when I went to North Korea  NY Post

North Korean Hacking Group Lazarus Behind $571M in Hacks Since January 2017  Bitcoin Magazine

FXI  North Korea bought at least $640 million in luxury goods from China in 2017, South Korea lawmaker says  Reuters

Asia

THD  Thailand immigrant crackdown eyes ‘dark-skinned people’  Daily Mail

INDA  Major crimes down 25-70% in Delhi this year: Cops  India  Economic Times of India

India  INDA  Mutual funds’ exposure to banks hits 3-month low in September  “Overall deployment of equity funds in bank stocks stood at Rs 1,88,620 crore at the end of September as compared to Rs 2,10,251 crore in the preceding month”  Livemint

Farm massacre: gunmen kill 9 people on Philippines sugarcane plantation  South China Morning Post

Asia shares rally as China surges on stimulus hopes  Reuters

International

As a 3,000-strong migrant army tries to breach Mexican border, Trump warns: ‘Turn back’  Daily Mail

EWW  Mexico allows dozens of Honduran migrant women and children in, but thousands still stranded on border bridge  South China Morning Post

EWW  Tropical Storm Vicente heads toward Mexico’s Pacific coast  Reuters

2,000 Honduran migrants return home  NY Post

EWZ ECH  Brazil and Chile set to sign free trade deal by year-end  Daily Mail

EWZ  Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he intends to use armed forces to fight violence  Reuters

EWZ  For many Brazilians, election is picking ‘lesser of evils’  Washington Post

EWC  Several powerful earthquakes strike off the shore of Canada  “Several powerful earthquakes have been reported near Vancouver Island, Canada, including a magnitude 6.8.”  Washington Post

EWA  Institutional investors turn their backs on Australian banks  Reuters

Russia Ukraine

Russian senator says US withdrawal from INF Treaty blow to global strategic stability  TASS

Fire spreads to 1,000 sq m at metallurgy plant in Russia’s Vladikavkaz  TASS

EWU  Russia has five times more spies in Britain than during the Cold War claims report  The Mirror

Middle East

Israeli army strikes Palestinians who launched airborne firebombs into Israel  Haaretz

Jamal Khashoggi death: Trump ‘not satisfied’ with Saudi account  BBC World News

KSA  Saudi Crown Prince Spoke To Khashoggi By Phone Moments Before He Was Killed: Report  Zero Hedge

KSA  Turkey scours forest for remains of murdered Saudi journalist  Daily Mail

KSA  Report: Tech-Loving Saudi Prince Suspected in Jamal Khashoggi’s Death Has Twitter Troll Army  Gizmodo

KSA  The Wall Street Journal: Democratic and Republican lawmakers take issue with Trump acceptance of Saudi story on Khashoggi death  WSJ

KSA  New Zealand will not attend Saudi investment summit over Khashoggi death  Reuters

TUR  Turkey’s New Oil Refinery to Reduce Its Trade Deficit by $1.5 Billion  Al Bawaba

TUR  Turkey’s Defense, Aerospace Industry Exports to Reach $2 Billion  Al Bawaba

KSA  “Worse than a crime, a blunder”. No surprises if the Saudi family removes the Crown Prince  MercoPress

KSA  As Khashoggi crisis grows, Saudi king takes back authority  Haaretz

Kuwait Wants Less Expats in Public Sector to Make Room for 12,000 Unemployed Citizens  Al Bawaba

Iran’s Rouhani appoints new economy minister in reshuffle  Reuters

EGPT  Egypt’s EGX30 index down over 1 pct following government IPO delay  Reuters

KSA  International investors back away from Saudi Arabia  Financial Times

KSA  Jordan Hails Saudi Efforts in Khashoggi Probe  Al Bawaba

KSA  Mnuchin says premature to comment on sanctions against Saudi Arabia  Reuters

KSA USO  Dem senator calls for ban on Saudi Arabian oil imports  The Hill

EIS  Israel said to fear US peace plan includes Jerusalem as Palestinian capital  Times of Israel

EIS  King Abdullah tears up two annexes of Jordan-Israel peace accord  DEBKAfile

KSA  MUFG says bank’s CEO will not attend Saudi conference  Reuters

KSA  Trump: ‘I would love’ if Saudi crown prince wasn’t responsible in Khashoggi killing  The Hill

KSA  Rand Paul: Saudi explanation of Khashoggi’s death ‘insulting’  The Hill

KSA  Foreigners sold net $1.1 bln of Saudi stocks in week to Oct 18  Reuters

KSA  Trump accuses Saudis of ‘lies’ over Khashoggi killing  Daily Mail

EGPT  Egypt extends state of emergency for three months  Reuters

KSA  Fresh Saudi airstrikes leave five civilians dead in Yemen  PressTV

KSA  Leading U.S. senator blames Saudi prince for Khashoggi death  Reuters

KSA  Donald Trump praises Saudi Prince Mohammad Bin Salman as ‘strong person’  Daily Mail

KSA  Khashoggi’s death was a ‘rogue operation’ that the crown prince was not aware of, Saudi foreign minister says  Washington Post

EIS  Palestinian stabs Israeli soldier and is shot dead: military  Reuters

Pakistan’s delayed gas-power plants set for final pre-operations checks in Dec-Jan -official  Reuters

US Treasury Undersecretary: Sanctions will hit Iran hard  (default)

KSA  Turkey to reveal ‘naked truth’ of Saudi journalist’s murder on Tuesday: president  Ecns.cn

Lingering Opinion  KSA  Khashoggi murder exposes Trump administration’s dependency on Saudis  The Guardian

Africa

55 dead after market row in northern Nigeria  Channel NewsAsia

13 killed and children abducted by rebels in Ebola outbreak region  Irish Independent

Isis Terror

RSX  Trump says ‘ISIS is defeated’ — the Pentagon says not quite  Business Insider

Iraqi Army Breaks up 40 ISIS Positions in Diyala  Al Bawaba

35 ISIS Militants Killed in U.S. Coalition Strikes in Eastern Syria  Al Bawaba

US, Turkey to soon begin joint patrols in north Syria  Military Times

Climate Change

Climate policy not changing: treasurer  UK  Daily Mail

Climate change is exacerbating world conflicts, says Red Cross president  The Guardian

US Geological Survey Says 5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Occurred in Indian Ocean  Sputnik

China’s melting glacier draws millions of tourists and scientists’ fears  South China Morning Post

Washington state’s carbon fee initiative tests progressive climate policy  Axios

Medical Marijuana

Noah Cyrus, 18, shamelessly poses with bags of weed and a giant bong while on tour  Daily Mail

Two charged after Gloucester cannabis factory raid  BBC World News

A former Coca-Cola executive-turned cannabis startup founder reveals why crafting the Apple Store of weed is a $50 million opportunity  HotAppleNews

GWPH  Step right up for this cannabis cure  Washington Post

Economics

Germany’s Scholz wants global tax floor to stop evasion  Daily Mail

Rachael Bletchly: The talents of more than a million over 50s are being wasted because workplace ageism is rife  The Mirror

Average lunch-break now last just 22 minutes, down a third on six years ago, survey reveals  UK  The Telegraph

Opinion  Mortgage rates, home prices and Republican tax law get blame as housing sales skid lengthens  Marketwatch

Politics

Donald Trump says US to withdraw from intermediate range nuclear weapons pact  The Telegraph

Trump says he’d prefer to choose woman as US ambassador to UN  The Guardian

Anthony Scaramucci spills about Trump in tell-all book  NY Post

Sanders: Trump setting ‘terrible example’ for our children  The Hill

FBI Admits It Used Multiple Spies To Infiltrate Trump Campaign  Zero Hedge

Trump hopes to pick UN ambassador from 5 candidates  Daily Mail

Democrats slide in battle for Senate  “The battle for control of the Senate is looking worse and worse for Democrats, who just a month ago saw a path to the majority but now increasingly look like they could lose more seats and have a smaller minority next year.”  The Hill

KSA  Durbin calls for expulsion of Saudi ambassador in response to Khashoggi’s death  The Hill

Democrats hold 9-point lead over Republicans in battle for House: poll  The Hill

Special counsel examines conflicting accounts as scrutiny of Roger Stone and WikiLeaks deepens  Washington Post

The 2018 Midterm Cycle Could Be the Most Islamophobic U.S. Election Ever  The Intercept

The Wall Street Journal: Interest in midterm elections surges, along with Trump’s approval, poll finds  Marketwatch

Fact

Charles Wang, former New York Islanders owner, dies at 74  Daily Mail

Linger  BX KSA  How Blackstone landed $20 billion from Saudis for infrastructure  Economic Times of India

Hundreds of sex misconduct incidents reported at Cornell, NYU  NY Post

Opinion

Doubts grow over US equity outlook  Financial Times

New Low of 49% in U.S. Say Death Penalty Applied Fairly  Gallup

WPP.L  Why Big Agency Names Aren’t Nearly as Relevant as They Once Were  Adweek

Futurelook

The “World’s Most Bearish Hedge Fund” Reveals How It Will Trade The Next Crash  Zero Hedge

A device that can pull drinking water from the air just won the latest XPrize  Fast Company

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