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Israeli soldiers BULLDOZE body of slain Palestinian, cause uproar - rt

Israeli soldiers BULLDOZE body of slain Palestinian, cause uproar

Israeli soldiers who killed a Palestinian suspected of planting explosives near a border fence didn’t even try to remove his body manually, using a bulldozer instead. The bone-chilling action raised the ire of locals.
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Germans say far-right MORE DANGEROUS than Islamists, but is Merkel’s shaky govt there to take on growing threat? - rt

Germans say far-right MORE DANGEROUS than Islamists, but is Merkel’s shaky govt there to take on growing threat?

Far-right terrorism is more of a danger than Islamism in the eyes of nearly a half of Germans, while almost the same number blamed the AfD party for fueling extremism – and authorities for sitting idly as the threat grows.
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Party masks off, medical on: Venice shutters famed carnival as coronavirus gains foothold in Italy - rt

Party masks off, medical on: Venice shutters famed carnival as coronavirus gains foothold in Italy

Italian authorities have decided to end Venice’s carnival two days early, in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus that has infected more than 100 in Italy.
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OSCE media freedom rep calls on UK not to extradite Assange due to ‘excessive’ US prison sentence - rt

OSCE media freedom rep calls on UK not to extradite Assange due to ‘excessive’ US prison sentence

The UK should not extradite Julian Assange, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has argued, because he faces an excessive prison sentence in the US and his publications were in the public interest.
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Diane Abbott to quit shadow cabinet when new Labour leader is elected - metro

Diane Abbott to quit shadow cabinet when new Labour leader is elected

She will be stepping down as Shadow Home Secretary.
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Several dead, 1000+ collapsed buildings after earthquake rocks eastern Turkey

An earthquake in eastern Turkey wreaked havoc on local infrastructure, resulting in deaths and injuries as emergency workers scramble to assist residents.
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Tommy Robinson locks horns with RT’s ‘Worlds Apart’ as the British activist brings his ‘Rape of Britain’ lecture to Russia - rt

Tommy Robinson locks horns with RT’s ‘Worlds Apart’ as the British activist brings his ‘Rape of Britain’ lecture to Russia

Tommy Robinson had a lively exchange with RT about his campaign to stop Muslim grooming gangs in the UK. The firebrand activist arrived in Russia to give a presentation about the “Rape of Britain.”
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Foreign media ‘didn’t miss the slightest opportunity’ to keep people from voting in nationwide election – Iran’s supreme leader

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took aim at foreign media outlets, claiming they did their utmost to “discourage” Iranians from voting this Friday in the parliamentary election.
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US bases ‘lead to stability’?! Tripoli govt invites Pentagon to redeploy troops to NATO-ravaged Libya… to ‘deter RUSSIA’ - rt

US bases ‘lead to stability’?! Tripoli govt invites Pentagon to redeploy troops to NATO-ravaged Libya… to ‘deter RUSSIA’

Nine years after the US helped bomb the once wealthiest African nation into stone ages, the Tripoli-based government would happily welcome American troops on Libyan soil, for more ‘terrorism fighting’ and to ‘deter’ Russia.
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Italy becomes Europe’s largest coronavirus hot spot with 76 cases & 2 deaths

The number of confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases has soared to at least 76 in Italy, forcing authorities to introduce increasingly strict containment and quarantine measures in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto.
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Tesla has defeated “tree pirates” and resumed plowing down a forest in Germany - quartz

Tesla has defeated “tree pirates” and resumed plowing down a forest in Germany

It's clearing the land for a new Gigafactory.
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Warren Buffett just explained the problem with today’s corporate boards

For starters, board members are paid too much.
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Sharp rise in coronavirus cases alarms world health officials

World health officials are growing alarmed by the new cases in South Korea, Italy and Iran.
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Coronavirus outbreak has been ‘politicised’ by some countries, says China state TV correspondent Zhou Jiaxin

We spoke this afternoon to Zhou Jiaxin in Wuhan, a correspondent for the China Global Television Network, which is owned by the national broadcaster. I began by asking him what the WHO had learned on their visit to the city.
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The Mongolian metal band taking throat singing global

They've even been awarded Mongolia's highest state award for promoting national culture.  
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Yorkshire Dales hit by further floods as government pledges £4bn for defences

The Government has pledged to spend another £4 billion over the next five years on flood defence schemes.
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Meteorite illuminates skies over northern Russia with mysterious blue light (VIDEO)

Residents of a small Russian town in the northern Republic of Karelia marveled at a bright blue sphere lighting up the town with an otherworldly blue light as a meteorite fell in the area.
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Amazon is already scrambling to prevent a coronavirus hit to Prime Day—in July

Amazon and its third-party vendors rely heavily on China's factories.
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Autobahnkirche: The surprising rise of roadside chapels in Western Europe

Motorist churches are particularly attractive for their anonymity.
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Turkey says its soldier was killed in Idlib as tensions between Ankara & Damascus boil over - rt

Turkey says its soldier was killed in Idlib as tensions between Ankara & Damascus boil over

A Turkish soldier has been killed in the Syrian northwestern Idlib province in an airstrike by the Syrian Army, Turkish local authorities have said amid the ongoing crisis between Ankara and Damascus in the region.
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Here’s What We Know About Saudi Arabia Allegedly Hacking Jeff Bezos’ Phone

Here’s What We Know About Saudi Arabia Allegedly Hacking Jeff Bezos’ Phone

vice - 1 month ago

Saudi Arabia blasted claims that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was behind a hack of Jeff Bezos’ phone and the theft of large amounts of his private data, dismissing the allegations as “absurd.”

But a report from the UN on Wednesday is expected to confirm that it is taking the allegations seriously and call for a fuller investigation.

The scandal erupted on Tuesday, when the Guardian reported that Bezos’ phone was compromised after he was sent an encrypted video file in May 2018 from an account belonging to the Crown Prince. It cited a forensic analysis of Bezos’ phone that was commissioned by the Amazon CEO’s own security team.

The analysis, conducted by FTI Consulting, found that a large amount of data was exfiltrated from the phone almost immediately after it was hacked — though it didn’t reveal what that data was.

The Financial Times, which claims to have seen the analysis, says FTI Consulting’s investigators have concluded with “medium to high confidence” that the Crown Prince’s account was used in the cyberattack.

Prior to the incident, Bezos and MBS, as the Crown Prince is commonly known, had been having a seemingly friendly exchange on WhatsApp after they had exchanged numbers at a dinner in LA during the Crown Prince’s tour of the U.S. in April of that year.

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday dismissed the allegations as “absurd”:

“Recent media reports that suggest the Kingdom is behind a hacking of Mr. Jeff Bezos’ phone are absurd. We call for an investigation on these claims so that we can have all the facts out,” the Saudi embassy in Washington said on Twitter.

But, hours after the Guardian’s report was published, David Kaye, the UN’s special rapporteur for free expression, said that on Wednesday he and Agnès Callamard, the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial murders, would publish a statement with more information about the alleged hack.

Reuters reports that Kaye and Callamard will say there is enough evidence to call for a fuller investigation and that they found the conclusions made in FTI Consulting’s forensic report to be credible.

READ: Saudi court absolves Crown Prince by sentencing 5 Khashoggi hitmen to death

Kaye did not immediately return a request for comment on the allegations. Kaye and Callamard are working on a broader report on the incident, due to be handed to the UN by June.

The alleged hacking of Bezos’ phone came five months before the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was killed inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in October 2018.

The relationship between the Kingdom and Bezos soured early last year when the Washington Post owner alluded to Riyadh’s displeasure at his paper’s coverage of the murder of Khashoggi.

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Bezos’ own security team said in early 2019 they were confident that the Saudi government had access to Bezos’ phone and the Kingdom was behind the leaking of sensitive personal text messages and pictures related to Bezos’ extramarital affair, which were subsequently published by the National Inquirer.

Saudi Arabia denied any links to the incident.

In the wake of Tuesday’s report in the Guardian, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) called the alleged breach “part of a growing trend” in a letter he sent to Bezos calling on the billionaire to provide Congress with as much technical detail as possible to help prevent similar attacks in the future.

Cover: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks during his news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Bezos announced the Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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