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GCHQ chief warns UK faces cyber threat from China and Russia - metro

GCHQ chief warns UK faces cyber threat from China and Russia

Jeremy Fleming, the head of GCHQ, says 'the rules are changing'.
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‘Your Tags of Police Brutality Have Expired’: Daunte Wright Funeral Calls for Change in Policing

Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the main eulogy, and was joined by several politicians.
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Israel and Bahrain hail ‘world’s first’ deal for mutual Covid-19 vaccine passport scheme allowing quarantine-free travel - rt

Israel and Bahrain hail ‘world’s first’ deal for mutual Covid-19 vaccine passport scheme allowing quarantine-free travel

A new bilateral agreement has been reached between Bahrain and Israel to mutually recognize each other’s Covid-19 vaccine documentation, the countries’ foreign ministries have announced.
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Avon and Somerset Police admit unlawfully arresting protesters in Covid rules ‘misunderstanding’ - channel 4

Avon and Somerset Police admit unlawfully arresting protesters in Covid rules ‘misunderstanding’

Three of the protesters spoke to us in their first broadcast interview. 
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David Cameron’s attempts to lobby top officials on behalf of Greensill revealed

The Treasury's most senior civil servant has told MPs that he received text messages and a phone call from David Cameron on behalf of the failed financial firm Greensill Capital.
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Government apologises for failure to commemorate Black and Asian troops - channel 4

Government apologises for failure to commemorate Black and Asian troops

They fought in the name of Britain, but in death "pervasive racism" meant at least 100,000 troops, mainly from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, were not commemorated in the same way as their white comrades, a review by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has found.
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Vaccine producers could have funded jabs for all of Africa, instead shareholder payouts & sluggish ‘charity’ efforts are priority

The three largest producers of Covid-19 vaccines could have funded the entire cost of vaccinating Africa with the money they paid stockholders this year – and vaccine-sharing charity COVAX isn’t bridging the gap, analysis shows.
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It was an unenviable in-tray: dismal poll ratings, bitter party infighting and the Scottish parliament elections just weeks away.
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Inquest hears man died after ‘violent struggle’ with police officers

An inquest has heard a man died in hospital after a "violent struggle" with six police officers, who were trying to restrain him.
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Climate crisis: Biden pledges to cut carbon emissions – but will it make a difference? - channel 4

Climate crisis: Biden pledges to cut carbon emissions – but will it make a difference?

It was an astonishing turnaround from the days of Donald Trump, who thumbed his nose at climate change science and pulled out of the Paris Accord.
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For the nomadic people of Ethiopia's Afar region, an area known as the "cradle of humanity" and once famed for the discovery of a three-million-year-old fossil named Lucy, action on climate change can not come soon enough.
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Turtle flies through windshield and hits elderly woman in the head

An airborne turtle crashed through the windshield and hit a 71-year-old woman in the passenger seat
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Peak of France’s 3rd Covid-19 wave ‘behind’ it, PM Castex says, blames UK variant for extent of infections - rt

Peak of France’s 3rd Covid-19 wave ‘behind’ it, PM Castex says, blames UK variant for extent of infections

France is through the worst part of its third wave of Covid-19 infections, Prime Minister Jean Castex has said, as the country prepares for the easing of health measures designed to curb the spread of the virus.
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Cops Killed a Black Man in North Carolina. Protesters Are Demanding Answers. - vice

Cops Killed a Black Man in North Carolina. Protesters Are Demanding Answers.

Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy early Wednesday.
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Niurka Aguero had the live stream running as she stuck a syringe into a man’s butt while waiting for her case to be called
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Spider Silk Could Save the World

Scientists are attempting to engineer a synthetic version of spider silk that could be woven into biodegradable clothing.
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What We Know About the Columbus Cop Who Killed Ma’Khia Bryant

Nicholas Reardon has been taken off street duty pending investigation, which is being handled by Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 
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European Commission says 'no decision taken' on AstraZeneca legal action after Irish minister said case 'initiated'

The European Commission has said it hasn't launched legal action against AstraZeneca after the drugmaker fell short of Covid-19 vaccine delivery targets, despite Ireland's health minister saying a case had been started.
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford gives teary apology for Covid clampdown, but critics aren’t buying it - rt

Ontario Premier Doug Ford gives teary apology for Covid clampdown, but critics aren’t buying it

Ontario Premier Doug Ford broke down and issued a tearful apology after his province implemented, then relaxed, the strictest coronavirus restrictions in North America. His critics weren’t appeased.
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An Iraqi Refugee Falsely Accused of Being an ISIS Killer Can Stay in the US, for Now - vice

An Iraqi Refugee Falsely Accused of Being an ISIS Killer Can Stay in the US, for Now

Omar Ameen was accused of killing an Iraqi police officer for the Islamic State. But he was in Turkey at the time.
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CPAC Stage Designers Swear Nazi Symbol Was an Accident and Stop Being Mean

CPAC Stage Designers Swear Nazi Symbol Was an Accident and Stop Being Mean

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So continues the saga of the accidentally fascist CPAC stage.

The platform at this year’s Trump-obsessed Conservative Political Action Conference, which was built in the shape of a Nazi symbol that was worn on SS uniforms. But the firm who created the stage insists that it was a pure coincidence.

Design Foundry, the Maryland-based firm that designed the stage, claimed responsibility for the stage in a statement first reported by The Forward.

“We had no idea that the design resembled any symbol, nor was there any intention to create something that did,” Design Foundry said. “We are saddened and horrified at the accusations that this was a deliberate act. Design Foundry denounces all hate speech and acts of racism, prejudice, or bigotry in all forms.” 

During the four-day conference last week, which was headlined by former President Donald Trump and featured him listing every Republican who voted for his impeachment one by one, some observers noted that the shape of the stage bore a striking resemblance to the Odal rune.

The event was hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando. In a statement Sunday, the hotel chain said that “all such symbols are abhorrent and unequivocally counter to our values as a company.”

“The CPAC 2021 event is hosted and managed by the American Conservative Union that manages all aspects of event logistics, including the stage design and aesthetics,” Hyatt said in a statement. “We discussed directly with ACU leadership who told us that any resemblance to a symbol of hate is unintentional.”

In response, ACU general counsel David Safavian ripped Hyatt. “Hyatt made a decision to issue additional statements late last night after the conference ended that disparaged and defamed us,” Safavian said in a letter to Hyatt chair Thomas J. Pritzker. “These statements appear to validate demonstrably false and malicious claims.”

Originally a character in the runic alphabet used in Europe from before the Roman empire, the Odal rune (like other Norse symbology) gained modern prominence in Nazi Germany as the emblem worn on the uniform of Hitler’s Waffen SS. The National Socialist Movement, the successor to the American Nazi Party, announced in November 2016 that the Odal rune would replace the swastika as the organization’s logo, calling it a “slight rebranding.” 

“Your Party Platform remains the same, your Party remains unchanged, it is a cosmetic overhaul only,” NSM leader Jeff Schoep said at the time. 

Design Foundry, which has reportedly worked with corporations such as Google and Target as well as MSNBC, said that the ACU gave final approval over all aspects over the deliverable. The contract stipulated, however, that the ACU had no legal rights to change the design or alter the stage, the Forward reported.

“The approved stage design was intended to provide the best use of space, given the constraints of the ballroom and social distancing requirements,” Design Foundry said. 

CPAC has said it will not use the company again, but forcefully denied allegations of implicit anti-Semitism.

“Stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous. We have a long standing commitment to the Jewish community,” American Conservative Union chair Matt Schlapp tweeted after the image went viral. “Cancel culture extremists must address antisemitism within their own ranks. CPAC proudly stands with our Jewish allies, including those speaking from this stage.”

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