Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported
Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.
An earthquake along the mountainous border of Iraq and Iran left at least 336 dead and nearly 4,000 injured. Rescuers are trying to free victims from the rubble. Officials say it is the strongest earthquake in years.
President Trump says he is close to the end of his 5 nation Asia tour and will be attending a pair of international summit meetings in the Philippines before heading home tomorrow. The trip is the longest by a president in 25 years and he has been treated to elaborate welcoming ceremonies at every stop. Trump extended his trip by 1 day in order to attend the East Asia Summit in Manila
The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX is open to the public for the 1st time since a mass shooting more than a week ago. There has been attention paid to the gunman’s criminal background and how mistakes by the Air Force allowed him to buy guns. Sen. John John Cornyn R-TX will be introducing legislation on stronger background checks.
Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says he will sue the Washington Post after they reported allegations that Moore initiated sexual contact with 4 women when they were teenagers; one woman says she was 14. Moore has vehemently denied the allegations but has lost the support of some Republicans. He says he is staying in the race.
Today is the 2nd anniversary of the Paris terror attacks and French President Emmanuel Macron helped lead remembrance ceremonies for the 130 people who were killed in several locations across Paris in 2015. The 9 attackers from France and Belgium were killed in the attack and 1 survived.
Delegates from nearly 200 countries are meeting at the UN Climate conference in Germany. They are seeking ways to move toward clean energy. The US is urging a different approach and is arguing for universal access to fossil fuels including coal. President Trump has stated in the past that Global Warming is a hoax. The global treaty was signed by former President Barrack Obama.
Saudi Arabia says it will ease the blockade around Yemen air, land, and sea ports have been cut off as the Saudi led coalition fights Yemeni rebels.
President Trump said at a Southeast Asia Asian Summit that they’ve shown America a lot of respect. He said he will make a big announcement about trade when he returns home. Trump met with the Philippines’ President Duterte and spoke briefly about human rights.
President Trump’s daughter and advisor said that tax reform is a critical component of invigorating the economy. The House Republicans hope to pass their tax plan this week, and GOP in the Senate is working on a different version as some Republicans are concerned about adding to the nation’s deficit. Democrats oppose both versions saying some in the middle class will get a tax hike and millionaires and corporations will benefit the most.
Roy Moore remains defiant saying he will sue the Washington Post for the story that he groped a 14-year-old girl decades ago. He said it is a false and fake story trying to stop his campaign, but other Republicans have called on him to drop out of the race.
In Iran and Iraq at least 341 people are dead after a powerful earthquake and several thousand others have been injured.
A week after the shooting spree in a TX church, 26 white chairs were lined up inside with a rose on each in a memorial to those who were murdered. Services were held outside under a tent and Pastor Frank Pomeroy who lost his daughter said, “God allowed this, just as He allowed His Son to die. Just as His Son rose again, this church will rise again, my family will rise again, and Sutherland Springs will rise again.”
Shots fired at a concert in Atlanta last night left 2 people dead and 2 injured. The gunman fled but police believe the victims were targeted.
There will be a do-over for the jury considering if Senator Bob Menendez D-NJ is guilty of corruption at a federal trial in New Jersey. One juror was replaced because of a prior commitment. That juror said she would have voted to acquit Menendez and the co-defendant.
On Wall St falling stock futures indicate selling at the opening bell.
A massive rescue operation is underway after a powerful earthquake struck Iran’s mountainous border area with Iraq. Around 350 have been killed and thousands more injured.
Twenty-three EU member states have signed up to a French and German plan for closer defense cooperation. The agreement aims to build Europe’s military capacity by cutting duplication in weapons systems and preparing for joint missions.
French President Emmanuel Macron has paid homage to the 130 people killed by Islamist militants in Paris 2 years ago.
A North Korean soldier has been shot and wounded on his own side while defecting to S. Korea. He made it across the border and is now recovering in a S. Korean hospital.
A Saudi led coalition won’t allow Yemen’s main port to reopen until a better system is in place to stop weapons smuggling. The coalition imposed a complete blockade on Yemen after Houthi rebels fired a missile into Saudi Arabia more than a week ago.
The Army in Myanmar has reported they will replace the general in charge of the military operation in Raqquine state. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled.
Two Dutch policemen are going on trial over the death 2 years ago of a black Caribbean tourist who was put in a chokehold.
China has issued regulations to control dancing in public squares because of increasing complaints of noise and nuisance.