LISTEN: Chinese President Xi Calls for Calm Over North Korea (UCNN 08/12/17)

1. CNN – Chinese President Xi Jinpi4ng called for restraint during a phone call Saturday with President Donald Trump, following a dramatic exchange of threats between the US President and North Korea. Xi made clear in the call he was asking both sides to scale down the rhetoric and stressed the importance of diplomacy, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “At present, relevant parties should exercise restraint and avoid words and actions that would escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula,” Xi said, according to the statement.

2. NPR – A passenger train smashed into the back of another train outside the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Friday afternoon. More than 40 people died and about 120 others were injured, according to news reports citing Egypt’s health ministry. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. Egypt’s top prosecutor, Nabil Sadek, has summoned railway officials for questioning, and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ordered the formation of a task force to investigate the incident.

3. Daily Beast – Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, called out President Donald Trump over his statement about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump condemned violence “on many sides” after a car plowed into a crowd of anti-racism protesters on Saturday, killing one and injuring dozens. “Mr. President – we must call evil by its name,” Gardner tweeted. “These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.”

4. AP – Google CEO Sundar Pichai has canceled an internal town hall meant to address gender discrimination after employee questions for management began to leak online. Pichai said in an email to staff that several Google employees became fearful for their safety and grew concerned about being outed for speaking up at the town hall. He said the company will aim to create several other forums “where people can feel comfortable to speak freely.” Pichai’s email was sent about an hour before the event was to start Thursday afternoon.

5. CNN – Oprah Winfrey gave Weight Watchers a boost. Now’s she bringing her health kick to supermarket aisles. Winfrey and Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) on Wednesday unveiled a line of refrigerated comfort food called O, That’s Good! The dishes — four soups and four sides — are the first products to come out of the partnership, which was revealed earlier this year. The partners say they will land in grocery stores nationwide by the end of September. The soups will retail for $4.99, the sides $4.49.

6. Variety – Spike Lee is gearing up to shop around a new TV series with tech entrepreneur and multi-hyphenate rising star Chad Sanders, Variety has learned exclusively. The series, titled “Archer,” is a dark comedy and sociological thriller capturing the life of a 20-something African-American coding genius and iconoclast living in Brooklyn who has developed a dating app that reads sexual chemistry. The central character is described as a “young, black Mark Zuckerberg-like protagonist,” and the story will travel between New York, Silicon Valley, and Berlin’s famously sexual environment.

7. Daily Beast – A lawyer for ex-Fox News host Andrea Tantaros alleged Friday that Fox News paid a tech investor to launch cyberattacks on Tantaros, and couched that salary inside an on-air contributor deal. According to new documents filed by lawyer Judd Burstein, Fox News paid contributor Pete Snyder $11,489 per on-air appearance—a sum significantly higher than some of Fox’s best-known regulars. “Those sums would be astronomical standing alone,” Burstein wrote. “However, perspective is gained by comparing them with the fees reportedly paid to Bo Dietl, another on-air contributor for Fox News, and one who is far better known than Mr. Snyder.” Burstein added that the suspiciously large salary “gives rise to a fair inference that the Snyder Defendants were compensated for their cyber-attacks on behalf of Fox News through padded paychecks ostensibly for Snyder’s limited on-air contributions.” In April, Tantaros sued Fox News, alleging the network illegally spied on her and used the information to intimidate and “emotionally torture” her.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

George Bernard Shaw said, “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”

God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!