[{state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51384614", h2:"Finnish dads to get Seven months paternity leave", p:"Finland's new government has announced plans to give all parents the same parental leave, in a push to get fathers to spend more time with their children. Paid allowance will increase to a combined 14 months, which works out as 164 days per parent. Health and social affairs minister Aino-Kaisa Pekonen told reporters that ’a radical reform of family benefits’ had begun, with the aim of strengthening the relationship of parents from the start. Finland says it wants to promote wellbeing and gender equality.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/dad_baby_1_.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/02/finland-gender-equality-parental-leave",h2:"New Dads in Finland to get Seven months paternity leave",p:"Paid paternity leave in Finland will be extended to nearly seven months, in line with maternity leave. Finland's new government has announced plans to give all parents the same parental leave, in a push to get fathers to spend more time with their children. Paid allowance will increase to a combined 14 months, which works out as 164 days per parent. Health and social affairs minister Aino-Kaisa Pekonen told reporters that ’a radical reform of family benefits’ had begun, with the aim of strengthening the relationship of parents from the start. Finland says it wants to promote wellbeing and gender equality.",img:"https://meekd.com/img/dad_baby_2_.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"weforum.org",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"1"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://newsnowfinland.fi/domestic/government-announces-new-plan-for-equal-paid-parental-leave",h2:"Government announces new plan for equal paid parental leave",p:"he new reforms will likely come into force in autumn 2021. Finland's new government has announced plans to give all parents the same parental leave, in a push to get fathers to spend more time with their children. Paid allowance will increase to a combined 14 months, which works out as 164 days per parent. Health and social affairs minister Aino-Kaisa Pekonen told reporters that ’a radical reform of family benefits’ had begun, with the aim of strengthening the relationship of parents from the start. Finland says it wants to promote wellbeing and gender equality.",img:"https://meekd.com/img/dad_baby_3_.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"newsnowfinland",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"1"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/06/world/europe/finland-parental-leave-equality.html",h2:"Finland Plans to Give All New Parents the Same Leave",p:"Reforms will give the same amount of leave to both parents, regardless of their gender. Finland's new government has announced plans to give all parents the same parental leave, in a push to get fathers to spend more time with their children. Paid allowance will increase to a combined 14 months, which works out as 164 days per parent. Health and social affairs minister Aino-Kaisa Pekonen told reporters that ’a radical reform of family benefits’ had begun, with the aim of strengthening the relationship of parents from the start. Finland says it wants to promote wellbeing and gender equality.",img:"https://static01.nyt.com/images/2020/02/06/world/06finland01/merlin_147659694_902384da-a46d-4c39-a458-f16a37eec7c7-superJumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/new-york-times.png",coname:"nytimes.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"1"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/dead-week-wave-chile-anti-government-protests-200201100840380.html", h2:"27 killed in Chile anti-government protests", p:"Protests began initially as a reaction to a hike in metro fares in the capital. They quickly mushroomed into wider discontent at inequality and the rejection of billionaire President Sebastian Pinera and his government. Chileans have called for reforms to healthcare, education, the pension system and the constitution, which dates back to 1980, and the military dictatorship. Pinera has launched a number of measures to try and quell the unrest, including a rise in the minimum wage and state pensions, and health reforms. Chile was hit by a wave of unrest last year as people angry at inequality and shabby social services took to the streets. The protests started up again last week after a police truck ran over and killed a fan of the Colo Colo club following a match against Palestino.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/chile_protest_1_.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nst.com.my/sports/football/2020/02/562681/fans-set-fire-seats-amid-chile-protests",h2:"Fans set fire to seats amid Chile protests",p:"Fans set fire to seats, pelted police with missiles and vented their anger towards President Sebastian Pinera. Protests began initially as a reaction to a hike in metro fares in the capital. They quickly mushroomed into wider discontent at inequality and the rejection of billionaire President Sebastian Pinera and his government. Chileans have called for reforms to healthcare, education, the pension system and the constitution, which dates back to 1980, and the military dictatorship. Pinera has launched a number of measures to try and quell the unrest, including a rise in the minimum wage and state pensions, and health reforms. Chile was hit by a wave of unrest last year as people angry at inequality and shabby social services took to the streets. The protests started up again last week after a police truck ran over and killed a fan of the Colo Colo club following a match against Palestino.",img:"https://meekd.com/img/chile_protest_2_.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"nst.com.my",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"2"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/four-dead-as-protests-grow-in-chile/article30709656.ece",h2:"Four dead as protests grow in Chile",p:"More than 30 people have died in protests that began in October. Protests began initially as a reaction to a hike in metro fares in the capital. They quickly mushroomed into wider discontent at inequality and the rejection of billionaire President Sebastian Pinera and his government. Chileans have called for reforms to healthcare, education, the pension system and the constitution, which dates back to 1980, and the military dictatorship. Pinera has launched a number of measures to try and quell the unrest, including a rise in the minimum wage and state pensions, and health reforms. Chile was hit by a wave of unrest last year as people angry at inequality and shabby social services took to the streets. The protests started up again last week after a police truck ran over and killed a fan of the Colo Colo club following a match against Palestino.",img:"https://meekd.com/img/chile_protest_3_.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thehindu.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"2"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2020/02/03/the-rapist-is-you-aurat-marchers-release-urdu-version-of-anti-rape-anthem/", h2:"The rapist is you: Women marchers release Urdu version of anti-rape anthem", p:"The organisers of annually-held Aurat March have released the Urdu version of the Chilean protest song A Rapist in Your Path that talks about rape culture and victim-shaming. A Rapist in Your Path is based on the work of Argentinian theorist Rita Segato, who debates that sexual violence is a political problem, not a moral one. The anthem has been performed in Latin America, the United States and Europe. According to a statement by the Aurat March, the song condemns the judicial systems failure to protect women and their rights and raises awareness about the culture of violence in society. It says this culture is growing, with acts of violence being normalized and women being shamed and often blamed after reporting such acts.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/paki_rapist_2_.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/608036-aurat-march-releases-urdu-version-of-chilean-protest-song",h2:"Aurat March releases Urdu version of Chilean protest song",p:"The Aurat March released the Urdu version of a Chilean protest song a few days ago that takes aim at the patriarchal system. The organisers of annually-held Aurat March have released the Urdu version of the Chilean protest song A Rapist in Your Path that talks about rape culture and victim-shaming. A Rapist in Your Path is based on the work of Argentinian theorist Rita Segato, who debates that sexual violence is a political problem, not a moral one. The anthem has been performed in Latin America, the United States and Europe. According to a statement by the Aurat March, the song condemns the judicial systems failure to protect women and their rights and raises awareness about the culture of violence in society. It says this culture is growing, with acts of violence being normalized and women being shamed and often blamed after reporting such acts.",img:"https://meekd.com/img/paki_rapist_1.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thenews.com.pk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"3"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.geo.tv/latest/270338-aurat-march-drops-urdu-version-of-anti-rape-anthem-ahead-of-2020-rally",h2:"Aurat March drops Urdu version of anti-rape anthem ahead of 2020 rally",p:"Remember the Chilean anti-rape anthem that took the world by storm in December? The organisers of annually-held Aurat March have released the Urdu version of the Chilean protest song A Rapist in Your Path that talks about rape culture and victim-shaming. A Rapist in Your Path is based on the work of Argentinian theorist Rita Segato, who debates that sexual violence is a political problem, not a moral one. The anthem has been performed in Latin America, the United States and Europe. According to a statement by the Aurat March, the song condemns the judicial systems failure to protect women and their rights and raises awareness about the culture of violence in society. It says this culture is growing, with acts of violence being normalized and women being shamed and often blamed after reporting such acts.",img:"https://meekd.com/img/paki_rapist_3_.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"geo.tv",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"3"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.samaa.tv/lifeandstyle/2020/01/a-rapist-in-your-path-aurat-march-releases-urdu-version-of-chilean-song/",h2:"Rapist in Your Path: Aurat March releases Urdu version",p:"A Rapist in Your Path is based on the work of Argentinian theorist Rita Segato, who argues that sexual violence is a political problem, not a moral one. The organisers of annually-held Aurat March have released the Urdu version of the Chilean protest song A Rapist in Your Path that talks about rape culture and victim-shaming. A Rapist in Your Path is based on the work of Argentinian theorist Rita Segato, who debates that sexual violence is a political problem, not a moral one. The anthem has been performed in Latin America, the United States and Europe. According to a statement by the Aurat March, the song condemns the judicial systems failure to protect women and their rights and raises awareness about the culture of violence in society. It says this culture is growing, with acts of violence being normalized and women being shamed and often blamed after reporting such acts.",img:"https://meekd.com/img/paki_rapist_4_.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"samaa.tv",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"3"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.phonearena.com/news/fbi-does-not-need-apple-to-unlock-terrorists-iphones_id121625", h2:"The FBI says they Unlock iPhones Without Apples help", p:"Two handsets that the FBI wanted Apple to open belong to Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani who had killed three people last month at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florid. But Cellebrite recently pushed out an update to its machines that will allow FBI to extract and analyze information from several locked iPhone models. Cellebrite says that it can access the chipset used on an iPhone 7 and extract information from the phone. Attorney General Barr, and the FBI are putting pressure on Apple to unlock these phones nonetheless. It has to do with setting a precedent for the future when Apple comes up with a way to block the latest technology used by Cellebrite and Grayshift.", img:"https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/U6THZPRI5EI6VLLTF7JJIUQOS4.jpg&w=767", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.computerworld.com/article/3514209/feds-may-already-have-found-a-way-to-hack-into-apple-iphones.html",h2:"FBI may already have found a way to hack into Apple iPhones",p:"Apple turned down a request from U.S. Attorney General William Barr saying it would not help unlock two iPhones used by the shooter, 21-year-old Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. He is believed to have acted alone when he shot and killed three service members and wounded several others at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida last month. Cellebrite recently pushed out an update to its machines that will allow FBI to extract and analyze information from several locked iPhone models. Cellebrite says that it can access the chipset used on an iPhone 7 and extract information from the phone. FBI investigators in Ohio last year used technology from Atlanta-based Grayshift to access a locked iPhone 11 Pro Max, which belonged to Baris Ali Koch.",img:"https://images.idgesg.net/images/article/2018/04/breaking_into_iphone_3x2_1200x800_iphone_unlock_breach_getty_images_erhui1979_493332844-100755004-large.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"computerworld.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"4"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.techspot.com/news/83580-recent-search-warrant-reportedly-shows-fbi-can-access.html",h2:"FBI can access data on locked iPhone 11",p:"The FBI appears to have the ability to either unlock or otherwise retrieve data from an iPhone 11 running iOS 13 without having the passcode. Two handsets that the FBI wanted Apple to open belong to Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani who had killed three people last month at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florid. But Cellebrite recently pushed out an update to its machines that will allow FBI to extract and analyze information from several locked iPhone models. Pressure increased in the following weeks as the FBI, US Attorney General William Barr, and President Trump have also asked Cupertino for help opening the devices.",img:"https://static.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2020/01/2020-01-16-image-15.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"techspot.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"4"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fbi-unlock-florida-terrorist-iphones-220119842.html",h2:"The FBI Can Unlock Florida Terrorists iPhones Without Apple",p:"FBI can exploit a range of security vulnerabilities -- available directly or through providers such as Cellebrite and Grayshift -- to break into the phones, the security experts said. Two handsets that the FBI wanted Apple to open belong to Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani who had killed three people last month at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florid. But Cellebrite recently pushed out an update to its machines that will allow FBI to extract and analyze information from several locked iPhone models. Cellebrite says that it can access the chipset used on an iPhone 7 and extract information from the phone.",img:"https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/apple-fbi-feature.png?w=730&crop=1",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"finance.yahoo.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"4"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://truenewssource.com/2019/12/17/tech-giants-face-lawsuit-over-child-abuse-in-drc-cobalt-mining/", h2:"Apple, Google, Microsoft, Tesla sued over Child mined Cobalt", p:"Lawsuit has been filed against Big Tech, including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Dell and Tesla by a human rights group representing families of children killed or wounded at cobalt mining sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Cobalt is a metal widely used for manufacturing the products offered by these companies. International Rights Advocates (IRA) has claimed that the companies “aided and abetted” child abuse through a huge demand for cobalt, thereby forcing children into labor under hazardous conditions in the DRC. The Congo alone produces over 60 per cent of the worlds Cobalt, a major part of which is extracted by unregulated “artisanal” miners. It is estimated that demand of metal will increase rapidly seeing the growth in use of smartphones and electric vehicles worldwide.", img:"https://assets.change.org/photos/9/yu/yr/AJYUYRjDDPwfZeS-400x400-noPad.jpg?", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.cbsnews.com/news/apple-google-microsoft-tesla-dell-sued-over-cobalt-mining-children-in-congo-for-batteries-2019-12-17/",h2:"Apple, Google, Microsoft, Tesla and Dell sued over child-mined cobalt from Africa",p:"The big tech firms in the US have been accused in a lawsuit of complicity in the death and maiming of hundreds, if not thousands of African children who mine cobalt, a mineral vital to the production of the lithium-ion batteries in everything from smartphones to electric cars. Lawsuit has been filed against Big Tech, including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Dell and Tesla by a human rights group representing families of children killed or wounded at cobalt mining sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).",img:"https://www.myknowledgeresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/congo_child_miners.jpg.size-custom-crop.1086x0.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cbsnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"5"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/dec/16/apple-and-google-named-in-us-lawsuit-over-congolese-child-cobalt-mining-deaths",h2:"Apple and Google named in US lawsuit over Congolese child cobalt mining deaths",p:"Dell, Microsoft and Tesla also among tech firms named in case brought by families of children killed or injured while mining in DRC. Lawsuit has been filed against Big Tech, including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Dell and Tesla by a human rights group representing families of children killed or wounded at cobalt mining sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Cobalt is a metal widely used for manufacturing the products offered by these companies. International Rights Advocates (IRA) has claimed that the companies “aided and abetted” child abuse through a huge demand for cobalt, thereby forcing children into labor under hazardous conditions in the DRC.",img:"https://amnesty.imgix.net/content/uploads/2017/11/190115-rdcongo-mine.jpg?w=1200&h=1200&fit=crop&auto=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"theguardian.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"5"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.msn.com/en-za/entertainment/local/trevor-noah-slams-hollywood-for-lack-of-diversity-among-oscar-nominees/ar-BBYZdBB", h2:"Male hosts of Corporate Talk shows Slam the Academy awards for Lack of Female Directors OSCARS nominations", p:"Most of the male Night time Talk Show hosts are criticizing the All-Male Oscar Directing Nominations for 2020. These Corporate Talk show hosts include - Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers amongst others. Trevor Noah had a quick take on the Oscar nominations Monday: Little Women and Great Gerwig were robbed. In terms of diversity in the best director category, the South Korean director Bong Joon Ho was nominated for his comedy thriller, Parasite.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/oscar_trevor_3_.gif", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/arts/television/late-night-kimmel-oscar-nominations.html",h2:"Mostly White, Male Hosts Slam Mostly White, Male Oscar Nominees",p:"The Academy Award nominations have been announced, and the nominees are overwhelmingly white. In the best director category, all five nominees are men. On Monday, the late-night hosts, many of them also male and white, took aim at the Oscars, criticizing the All-Male Directing Nominations for 2020. These Corporate Talk show hosts include - Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers amongst others.",img:"https://static01.nyt.com/images/2020/01/14/arts/14latenight1/14latenight1-jumbo-v2.png?quality=90&auto=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/new-york-times.png",coname:"nytimes.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"6"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/17/2020-oscar-nominations-show-the-academy-has-an-issue-with-diversity.html",h2:"2020 Oscar nominations show the Academy Awards is still a white mans game",p:"Opinion : The organization behind the Academy Awards still has a diversity problem. Little Women and Great Gerwig were robbed. In terms of diversity in the best director category, the South Korean director Bong Joon Ho was nominated for his comedy thriller, Parasite. Only two of the 20 actors and actresses nominated for Academy Awards this year were people of color, and no female director was nominated in the directing category.",img:"https://image.cnbcfm.com/api/v1/image/106338463-1579113414625gettyimages-1131636270.jpeg?v=&w=430&h=354",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cnbc.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"6"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bbc.com/news/51094069",h2:"Oscars 2020: How diverse are the nominations?",p:"There were no women nominated in the best director category - Greta Gerwig missed out as director of Little Women, meaning that her nomination for Lady Bird in 2018 was the only one for a female director in the last 10 years. In terms of diversity in the best director category, the South Korean director Bong Joon Ho was nominated for his comedy thriller, Parasite. There have only been five women nominated as best director in the awards' 92-year history with only one winner: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010.",img:"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/107B/production/_110491240_gettyimages-928160306-1.jpg",logo:"https://www.thewrap.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/bbc-news-logo.jpg",coname:"bbc.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"6"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/trevor-noah-slams-all-male-oscar-directing-noms-1269269",h2:"Trevor Noah Slams All-Male Oscar Directing Nominations",p:"Trevor Noah had a quick take on the Oscar nominations Monday: Little Women and Great Gerwig were robbed. Most of the male Night time Talk Show hosts are criticizing the All-Male Oscar Directing Nominations for 2020. These Corporate Talk show hosts include - Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers amongst others. In a Daily Show segment on the Academy Award nominations, announced earlier in the day by John Cho and Issa Rae, the host immediately picked up on a comment made by Rae while unveiling the category for best director.",img:"https://api.time.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/time-100-jimmy-kimmel.jpg?quality=&w=600&h=600&crop=&zoom=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"hollywoodrepor",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"6"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/mundo/2019/04/policia-usa-dados-de-localizacao-do-google-em-investigacoes-nos-eua.shtml", h2:"Innocent man sues Police, after they arrested him for Murder using faulty GOOGLE Tracking data", p:"An innocent man, Jorge Molina, 23, from Arizona is suing the Police for $1.5 million after he was falsely arrested and held on murder charges, because Googles GPS tracker wrongly placed him at the scene of the crime. Police had arrested the wrong man based on location data obtained from Google and the fact that a white Honda was spotted at the crime scene. The case against Molina quickly fell apart, and he was released from jail six days later. Prosecutors never pursued charges against Molina, yet the highly publicized arrest cost him his job, his car, and his reputation.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/jorge_molina.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/google-geofence-location-data-avondale-wrongful-arrest-molina-gaeta-11426374",h2:"Avondale Man Sues After Google Data Leads to Wrongful Arrest for Murder",p:"Police had arrested the wrong man based on location data obtained from Google and the fact that a white Honda was spotted at the crime scene. The case against Molina quickly fell apart, and he was released from jail six days later. Prosecutors never pursued charges against Molina, yet the highly publicized arrest cost him his job, his car, and his reputation. Molina filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the city of Avondale, the Avondale chief of police, and several Avondale police officers. Molina is suing for defamation, gross negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. He is seeking compensation for the damages his wrongful arrest has caused. According to the lawsuit, police investigating the murder knew months before they arrested Molina that the location data obtained from Google often showed him in two places at once, and that he was not the only person who drove the Honda registered under his name.",img:"https://images1.phoenixnewtimes.com/imager/u/blog/11426546/screen_shot_2020-01-15_at_8.49.52_pm.png",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"phoenixnewtime",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"7"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7897319/Police-arrested-innocent-man-murder-using-Google-location-data.html",h2:"Man sues Arizona cops after being arrested for MURDER and jailed when Google GPS tracker wrongly placed him at the scene of the crime",p:"A man is suing Arizona police for $1.5million after he was arrested and held for a murder he did not commit after Google's GPS tracker wrongly placed him at the scene of the 2018 crime. Jorge Molina, 23, of Arizona, was arrested at his job at Macy's and spent six days in jail in December 2018 for the murder of Joseph Knight, 29, in March of that year, who was shot nine times outside his Avondale apartment. Molina was fired from his job but was later released from jail without charge after prosecutors noted numerous inconsistencies with the location data that had tied him to the killing. Now he is suing his local police department for arresting him based on faulty Google location data. Police then turned to Google to help them crack the case, issuing a warrant for geofence information on all the active accounts in the area at the time of the crime.",img:"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2020/01/17/04/23504244-7897319-Jorge_Molina_says_that_since_the_arrest_and_six_days_spent_in_ja-m-10_1579235473498.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"dailymail.co.u",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"7"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10760055/innocent-man-23-sues-arizona-cops-for-1-5million-after-they-used-faulty-google-gps-data-to-arrest-him-for-murder/",h2:"Innocent man, 23, sues Arizona cops for $1.5million after they used faulty Google GPS data to arrest him for MURDER",p:"AN INNOCENT man is suing Arizona police for $1.5 million after he was falsely arrested and held on murder charges, because Googles GPS tracker wrongly placed him at the scene of the crime. Police had arrested the wrong man based on location data obtained from Google and the fact that a white Honda was spotted at the crime scene. The case against Molina quickly fell apart. Police found no evidence of a weapon or casings in Mr Molinas car, or home, nor did they find any evidence of a motive for Joseph Knights murder. Charges were never pursued against Mr Molina, but the highly publicised arrest cost him his job, his car and his reputation.",img:"https://www.the-sun.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/01/NINTCHDBPICT000554900251.jpg?w=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thesun.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"7"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/environment/glacier_quakes.html", h2:"Several Volcanoes Erupting across the globe - In the Philippines, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador", p:"In just a span of a week, over five major volcanic eruptions have occurred in volcanoes found in the Philippines, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador. On January 12, Taal Volcano in the Philippines became active with a hazardous explosive eruption. Meanwhile, In Japan, Mt. Shintake Erupted on Jan. 11, and Mexicos Popocatepetl on Jan 9. Volcanic activity continued to get more fierce across 3 volcanoes in Ecuador and Guatemala. While Krakatau volcano in Sunda Strait, Indonesia is getting more critical. Geophysicists at NOAA and NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory believe that re-awakening inactive volcanoes could be related to the rapid melting of Glaciers around the world, and the resulting sea level rise. This study is called Glacial Isostasy and this phenomenon causing these volcanoes is called Glacial Isostatic Adjustment or GIA.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/taal_volcano1.gif", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-spectacular-eruption-one-mexicos-most-active-volcanoes-180973957/",h2:"Spectacular Eruption of Most Active Volcanoes",p:"Over five major volcanic eruptions have occurred in volcanoes found in the Philippines, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador. Popocatépetl volcano, or “El Popo, ‟ as it is affectionately known to residents. The volcano is one of Mexicos most active—and last Thursday, it spewed out a powerful eruption that sent ash hurtling 20,000 feet into the sky. The situation is more severe in the Philippines, where some 30,000 people have fled their homes due to threats from the Taal volcano, located around 40 miles away from Manila. Taal shot a tower of ash into the sky on Sunday.",img:"https://thumbs-prod.si-cdn.com/kWZ9vcC4XtpHUk7Y86ivrpPj1rE=/800x600/filters:no_upscale()/https://public-media.si-cdn.com/filer/75/55/7555299f-5052-47a4-9139-fe1532121c2a/screen_shot_2020-01-13_at_41418_pm.png",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"smithsonianmag",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"8"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://philnews.ph/2020/01/13/3-volcanic-eruptions-from-3-different-countries-in-3-days/?fbclid=IwAR18FvQ3hKEAQjyrw1eejXn1PYUNq2gEMPz5bRhgio6Ip1alxXX8RD8iQbs",h2:"Volcanic Eruptions From Different Countries In 3 Days",p:"In just a span of three days, three volcanic eruptions had occurred in volcanoes found in the Philippines, Japan, and Mexico. On Sunday, January 12, Taal Volcano became active and is feared to have a hazardous explosive eruption. Meanwhile, In Japan, Mt. Shintake Erupted on Jan. 11, and Mexicos Popocatepetl on January 9. Japans Mount Shintakes alert level was raised to 3. Because of this, hikers are urged not to climb the mountain as Japanese authorities warned of possible flying rocks and pyroclastic flows in a 2-kilometer radius of the crater. Mexicos Popocatepetl Volcano, on the other hand, had authorities issue a yellow alert. This meant that the volcano showed signs of elevated unrest.",img:"https://cdn.japantimes.2xx.jp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/n-volcano-a-20200112-870x489.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"philnews.ph",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"8"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://gulfnews.com/photos/news/volcanic-activity-worldwide-2020-etna-pacaya-reventador-dukono-shishaldin-fuego-taal-1.1578898943689?slide=12",h2:"Volcanic activity worldwide: Etna, Pacaya, Reventador, Dukono, Shishaldin, Fuego, Taal",p:"In just a span of a week, over five major volcanic eruptions have occurred in volcanoes found in the Philippines, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador. Taal Volcano, near Manila, erupted on January 12, 2020, disrupting hundreds of flights in Manila and Clark international airports in Luzon. Fuego (Guatemala): Volcanic activity continues (updated January 8, 2020). Photo shows rescuers running for cover as the Fuego blows more clouds of ash.",img:"https://img.volcanodiscovery.com/uploads/pics/etna_MG_8839.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/gulf-news.png",coname:"gulfnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"8"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/12/middleeast/iran-protests-ukraine-plane-uk-ambassador-intl-gbr/index.html", h2:"Thousands of Iranian still protesting, condemning leaders over downed plane", p:"Thousands of demonstrators continue to hit the streets condemning Iranian authorities for shooting down of the Passenger plane and killing all 176 people on board. Protests have now spread to other cities, including Shiraz, Esfahan, Hamedan and Orumiyeh, Reuters reported. Iran previously denied US claims that the country had struck down the plane before admitting the mistake Saturday. The Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed the disaster on ’human error’ and ’US adventurism. Demonstrators are calling for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/iran_protests_.gif", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/13/world/iran-protest-analysis-intl/index.html",h2:"Is this Iran's 'Chernobyl moment'?",p:"Iran's admission that it mistakenly shot down a passenger plane sent protesters pouring into the streets over the weekend. Thousands of demonstrators continue to hit the streets condemning Iranian authorities for shooting down of the Passenger plane and killing all 176 people on board. Protests have now spread to other cities, including Shiraz, Esfahan, Hamedan and Orumiyeh, Reuters reported. After days of denial and obfuscation, Iranian officials finally acknowledged that it had shot down the plane, killing all 176 people on board.",img:"https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/200112135600-01-iran-protest-downed-plane-0112-medium-plus-169.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"edition.cnn.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"9"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-51147191",h2:"Iran plane disaster protests mark most serious test yet",p:"The latest demonstrations sweeping Iran pose the most serious challenge to the administration in its 40-year history. Thousands of demonstrators continue to hit the streets condemning Iranian authorities for shooting down of the Passenger plane and killing all 176 people on board. Protests have now spread to other cities, including Shiraz, Esfahan, Hamedan and Orumiyeh.",img:"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/A2CA/production/_110547614_mediaitem110547613.jpg",logo:"https://www.thewrap.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/bbc-news-logo.jpg",coname:"bbc.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"9"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/iranian-women-defy-the-mullahs-western-feminists-nowhere-in-sight/2020/01/20/",h2:"Iranian Women Defy the Mullahs",p:"Soon after Irans regime admitted having shot down the passenger aircraft, Iranian women outside Tehran began tearing down posters of the assassinated terrorist. Thousands of demonstrators continue to hit the streets condemning Iranian authorities for shooting down of the Passenger plane and killing all 176 people on board. Protests have now spread to other cities, including Shiraz, Esfahan, Hamedan and Orumiyeh.",img:"https://www.jewishpress.com/wp-content/uploads/Women-demonstrating-bareheaded-outdoors-in-Iran-flickr.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"jewishpress.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"9"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://ktla.com/2019/12/19/pasadena-man-arrested-in-stabbing-strangling-death-of-76-year-old-woman-in-el-sereno/", h2:"California Man in prison 30 years for murder, got out and killed again", p:"Timothy Chavira, 56, was previously convicted for the 1986 murder of his stepmother, Laurie Ann Chavira. Police and FBI agents arrested him again in connection with the killing of a retired doctor found stabbed and strangled to death in her El Sereno home earlier this month. Chavira was 23 when he was charged in September 1986 with murder in the death of his stepmother, 48-year-old Laurie Ann Chavira, who lived in Burbank near Los Angeles. She was found dead in the trunk of her car.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/police_line_ca_la.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/15/us/california-los-angeles-timothy-chavira-trnd/index.html",h2:"A killer was released after nearly 30 years in prison. Two years later, he killed again",p:"Just two years ago, Timothy Chavira was released from a California prison on parole after serving nearly 30 years for killing his stepmother. He's now accused of killing someone again. He was previously convicted for the 1986 murder of his stepmother, Laurie Ann Chavira. Police and FBI agents arrested him again in connection with the killing of a retired doctor found stabbed and strangled to death in her El Sereno home earlier this month. Chavira was 23 when he was charged in September 1986 with murder in the death of his stepmother, 48-year-old Laurie Ann Chavira, who lived in Burbank near Los Angeles. She was found dead in the trunk of her car.",img:"https://pkimgcdn.peekyou.com/3e69be1e7a0ef088ddeb34c3c391f467.jpeg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"edition.cnn.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"10"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-prison-30-years-killing-stepmother-got-out-killed-again-n1116181",h2:"Man in prison 30 years for killing stepmother got out and killed again",p:"Timothy Chavira, 56, was previously convicted for the 1986 murder of his stepmother, Laurie Ann Chavira. Police and FBI agents arrested him again in connection with the killing of a retired doctor found stabbed and strangled to death in her El Sereno home earlier this month. Chavira was 23 when he was charged in September 1986 with murder in the death of his stepmother, 48-year-old Laurie Ann Chavira, who lived in Burbank near Los Angeles. She was found dead in the trunk of her car.",img:"https://s.hdnux.com/photos/52/16/37/11069409/5/920x920.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"nbcnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"10"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.foxbusiness.com/money/amazon-bezos-india-small-business", h2:"Jeff Bezos’ surprise visit to India did not go well", p:"Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had a whirlwind tour of India last week after announcing a $1 billion investment in the country, where he's attempting to woo business despite facing disapproval from some leaders. Bezos’ visit seemed mishandled from the start. At the Amazon event, his arrival delayed a keynote speech from NR Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys, Indias second-largest IT services company. The central government also appeared nonplussed. Bezos’ trip has included no meetings with ministers or top government officials—many of whom are preparing for upcoming Assembly elections in Delhi—and prime minister Narendra Modi reportedly refused to meet the Amazon founder.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/jeff_bezos_india_gandhi_.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://qz.com/1787217/amazon-founder-jeff-bezos-surprise-visit-to-india-didnt-go-well/",h2:"Jeff Bezos' unannounced trip went poorly",p:"The worlds richest man “surprised” Indians this week. Jeff Bezos had a whirlwind tour of India last week after announcing a $1 billion investment in the country, where he's attempting to woo business despite facing disapproval from some leaders. Bezos’ visit seemed mishandled from the start. At the Amazon event, his arrival delayed a keynote speech from NR Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys, Indias second-largest IT services company. The central government also appeared nonplussed. Bezos’ trip has included no meetings with ministers or top government officials—many of whom are preparing for upcoming Assembly elections in Delhi—and prime minister Narendra Modi reportedly refused to meet the Amazon founder.",img:"https://cms.qz.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/amazon-jeff-bezos-india-e1579304260445.jpg?quality=75&strip=all&w=&h=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"qz.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"11"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-01-16/jeff-bezos-shouldn-t-worry-too-much-about-indian-antitrust-probe",h2:"Should Jeff Bezos Worry About India?",p:"Even if the antitrust probe his company faces doesn’t amount to much, Amazon should be looking over its shoulder. The worlds richest man “surprised” Indians this week. Jeff Bezos had a whirlwind tour of India last week after announcing a $1 billion investment in the country, where he's attempting to woo business despite facing disapproval from some leaders. Bezos’ visit seemed mishandled from the start. Just before his visit, the Indias antitrust authority ordered a probe into the business practices of its two main American-owned shopping websites.",img:"https://assets.bwbx.io/images/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/iHc7XAx31ipA/v1/1400x-1.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"bloomberg.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"11"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.theblaze.com/news/judge-orders-google-to-turn-over-a-year-of-jussie-smolletts-emails-data-for-special-prosecutor", h2:"Judge orders Google to give Jussie Smollett's tracking data including locations info, messages, searches, mails", p:"As part of the investigation into actor Jussie Smolletts staged a racist, homophobic attack against himself, Google has reportedly been ordered to hand over his messages, emails, photos, and location data to investigators. The two warrants requested all Google information from the accounts of both Smollett and his manager. Smollett claimed that on the night of Jan. 29 last year that he was jumped by two men wearing MAGA hats who put a noose around his neck and berated him with threats and slurs.", img:"https://www.counter-currents.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2-19-19-4-1.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.hot97.com/news/hot-97-now/truth-exposed-judge-orders-google-turn-over-jussie-smolletts-records%C2%A0",h2:"Judge Orders Google To Turn Over Jussie Smolletts Records",p:"Jussie Smollets case isn’t quite over. A special prosecutor was appointed to take a closer look at why the charges against Jussie were dropped. As part of the investigation into actor Jussie Smolletts staged a racist, homophobic attack against himself, Google has reportedly been ordered to hand over his messages, emails, photos, and location data to investigators. The two warrants requested all Google information from the accounts of both Smollett and his manager.",img:"https://www.hot97.com/sites/g/files/exi706/f/styles/large_730/public/202001/gettyimages-1130380605-594x594.jpg?itok=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"hot97.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"12"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://toofab.com/2020/01/16/robert-shapiro-says-seizure-of-jussie-smolletts-google-data-is-invasion-of-privacy-exclusive/",h2:"Seizure of Jussie Smollett's Google Data is Invasion of Privacy",p:"Opinion : Jussie Smollett could be a victim — of invasion of privacy. So says Robert Shapiro, who believes the judge who wants to seize the ’Empire’ star's Google data is over-reaching. As part of the investigation into actor Jussie Smolletts staged a racist, homophobic attack against himself, Google has reportedly been ordered to hand over his messages, emails, photos, and location data to investigators. The two warrants requested all Google information from the accounts of both Smollett and his manager. Smollett claimed that on the night of Jan. 29 last year that he was jumped by two men wearing MAGA hats who put a noose around his neck and berated him with threats and slurs.",img:"https://toofab.akamaized.net/2020/01/16/shapiro-jussie-smollett-main-tf-getty-810x610.jpg?r=&s=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"toofab.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"12"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/dahleen-glanton/ct-dahleen-glanton-jussie-smollett-google-records-20200115-svsayqaqnnanzf5sigohb7qstu-story.html",h2:"Special prosecutor is poring over Jussie Smolletts Google records",p:"Opinion : Its hard to find anyone who doesn’t despise Jussie Smollett. Now that a judge has ordered Google to turn over Smolletts emails, photos, location data and private messages to investigators, we need to think about how far we’re willing to go. The two warrants requested all Google information from the accounts of both Smollett and his manager. Smollett claimed that on the night of Jan. 29 last year that he was jumped by two men wearing MAGA hats who put a noose around his neck and berated him with threats and slurs.",img:"https://www.chicagotribune.com/resizer/uh8ahf8nYdkH7q2nbRhnQ6vWb8g=/800x533/top/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tronc.s3.amazonaws.com/public/ZCGCAMZ7GVGOJAYUDPCYVJHRHM.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"chicagotribune",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"12"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"http://www.iran-daily.com/News/264544.html", h2:"Norway says its new giant oil field is actually good for the environment", p:"The oil-rich nation claimed the Johan Sverdrup field, which was opened with pomp by the prime minister last week, is helping to ’reduce emissions’ because it is completely powered by renewable energy. Its critics, however, see Norway's third-biggest oil field ever as a perfect symbol of the Scandinavian country's climate hypocrisy. The operation is powered by energy brought from the shore, generated mainly from hydroelectric power — a rarity for offshore oil fields, most of which are powered by diesel generators. The country was among the first to ratify the Paris Agreement and has pledged to become climate neutral by 2030. It offers its citizens generous subsidies for electric cars and has banned deforestation.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/norway_oil_.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.cbs46.com/norway-says-its-new-giant-oil-field-is-actually-good/image_3f9f693e-ac53-5c07-8bc4-db8b57f146ce.html",h2:"Norway says its new giant oil field is good for the Earth",p:"It's not a boast you usually hear about an oil field: Norway says its huge new facility is great for the environment. The oil-rich nation claimed the Johan Sverdrup field, which was opened with pomp by the prime minister last week, is helping to ’reduce emissions’ because it is completely powered by renewable energy. Its critics, however, see Norway's third-biggest oil field ever as a perfect symbol of the Scandinavian country's climate hypocrisy. The operation is powered by energy brought from the shore, generated mainly from hydroelectric power — a rarity for offshore oil fields, most of which are powered by diesel generators. The country was among the first to ratify the Paris Agreement and has pledged to become climate neutral by 2030.",img:"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/cbs46.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/f9/3f9f693e-ac53-5c07-8bc4-db8b57f146ce/5e24ff6ad0304.image.jpg?resize=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cbs46.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"13"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/19/business/norway-oil-field-climate-change-intl/index.html",h2:"Climate hypocrisy : Norway says its new giant oil field is good for the environment",p:"Critics see Norway's third-biggest oil field ever as a perfect symbol of the Scandinavian country's climate hypocrisy. The oil-rich nation claimed the Johan Sverdrup field, which was opened with pomp by the prime minister last week, is helping to ’reduce emissions’ because it is completely powered by renewable energy. Its critics, however, see Norway's third-biggest oil field ever as a perfect symbol of the Scandinavian country's climate hypocrisy. The operation is powered by energy brought from the shore, generated mainly from hydroelectric power — a rarity for offshore oil fields, most of which are powered by diesel generators. The country was among the first to ratify the Paris Agreement and has pledged to become climate neutral by 2030.",img:"http://maltawinds.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/norway.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"edition.cnn.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"13"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-womens-volleyball-team-grabs-ticket-to-tokyo-150888", h2:"Women's volleyball teams of Italy, Russia, Serbia, Turkey have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics", p:"The Canadian womens volleyball team will not be heading to Tokyo this summer for the 2020 Olympic Games. Turkish women's volleyball team qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by defeating Germany. South Korea rallied to defeat Chinese Taipei at the Asian Olympic women's volleyball qualifying tournament. Italy, Russia and Serbia had already secured their participation in the 2020 Olympics.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/volleyball_girls.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.sportsnet.ca/olympics/canadian-womens-volleyball-team-falls-short-attempt-toqualify-tokyo-2020/",h2:"Canadian womens volleyball team fail to qualify for Tokyo",p:"The Canadian womens volleyball team will not be heading to Tokyo this summer for the 2020 Olympic Games. The Dominican Republic, which also remains unbeaten, opened the event with a 3-2 victory over Mexico. Turkish women's volleyball team qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by defeating Germany. South Korea rallied to defeat Chinese Taipei at the Asian Olympic women's volleyball qualifying tournament. Italy, Russia and Serbia had already secured their participation in the 2020 Olympics.",img:"https://www.sportsnet.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/canada-volleybal-1040x572.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"sportsnet.ca",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"14"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.aa.com.tr/en/sports/volleyball-turkish-women-qualify-for-2020-olympics/1700553",h2:"Turkish women qualify for 2020 Olympics",p:"Turkish women's volleyball team beat Germany 3-0 to secure their place in volleyball competition in Tokyo. South Korea rallied to defeat Chinese Taipei at the Asian Olympic women's volleyball qualifying tournament. Italy, Russia and Serbia had already secured their participation in the 2020 Olympics. The Canadian womens volleyball team will not be heading to Tokyo this summer for the 2020 Olympic Games.",img:"https://cdnuploads.aa.com.tr/uploads/Contents/2020/01/12/thumbs_b_c_bc6c1dec1e1708658dd08dc61a42d856.jpg?v=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"aa.com.tr",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"14"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/meet-the-women-and-men-going-to-mars-thirteen-new-astronauts-join-nasa-under-the-artemis-program-making-them-candidates-for-the-first-human-exploration-of-the-red-planet-set-for-the-mid-2030s/ar-BBYQ8DH", h2:"This Iranian-American Astronaut under the Artemis program maybe the first woman to land on Moon or Mars", p:"Meet the women and men going to Mars! Thirteen new astronauts join NASA under the Artemis program, making them candidates for the first human exploration of the Red Planet set for the mid-2030s. The candidates, who have been training since 2017, participated in the first public graduation ceremony for astronauts on Friday at the American space Agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Jasmin Moghbeli: A U.S. Marine Corps major of Iranian heritage, who earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering with information technology at MIT and a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Moghbeli also is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/artemis_nasa_.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7878739/Marine-major-36-Iranian-American-astronaut-praises-space-exploration-uniting-us.html",h2:"First Iranian-American astronaut and praises space exploration for 'uniting' the countries",p:"Helicopter gunship pilot, 36, who flew more than 150 missions in Afghanistan and earned the nickname 'Jaws' becomes the FIRST Iranian-American astronaut and praises space exploration for 'uniting' the countries. Jasmin Moghbeli: A U.S. Marine Corps major of Iranian heritage, who earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering with information technology at MIT and a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Moghbeli also is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.",img:"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2020/01/12/15/23302292-7878739-Jasmin_Jaws_Moghbeli-a-5_1578844124822.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"dailymail.co.u",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"15"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"http://njtoday.net/2020/01/09/iranian-american-marine-corps-pilot-may-be-the-next-astronaut-on-the-moon/",h2:"Iranian-American Marine Corps pilot may be the next astronaut on the Moon",p:"New York state native Jasmin Moghbeli will join NASAs first class of astronaut candidates to graduate under the Artemis program, for a graduation ceremony and media opportunity Friday, Jan. 10, at the agencys Johnson Space Center in Houston. A U.S. Marine Corps major of Iranian heritage, who earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering with information technology at MIT and a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Moghbeli also is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.",img:"https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170725193118-jasmin-moghbeli-large-169.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"njtoday.net",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"15"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.newsweek.com/nasa-astronauts-first-woman-moon-artemis-1482335",h2:"One of These NASA Astronauts Could Be the First Woman on the Moon",p:"Five women astronauts joined NASA last week may go on to become the first woman to step foot on Mars. Moghbeli is NASA's first Iranian-American astronaut. She was born in Bad Nauheim, Germany, but moved to Baldwin, New York, during childhood. She completed more than 150 combat missions before joining NASA. Moghbeli achieved a bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and later, a Master of Science in Engineering.",img:"https://d.newsweek.com/en/full/1560326/jasmin-moghbeli.webp?w=737&f=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"newsweek.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"15"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://meaww.com/model-kaylen-ward-nude-photos-donations-australian-bushfire-banned-instagram-naked-philanthropist", h2:"Instagram bans Model for offering nudes in exchange for Australia bushfire donations", p:"Instagram model Kaylen Ward, has raised $700,000 for Australia bushfire relief after she pledged to send her nude photos to anyone who donates toward the natural disaster. But when she tried to spread the word of her unconventional philanthropic efforts on Instagram, the social media platform deactivated her account. 20-year-old Ward from Los Angeles, who is now calling herself The Naked Philanthropist wrote in a presently viral tweet: ’I’m sending nudes to every person who donates atleast $10 to any one of these fundraisers for the wildfires in Australia. Every $10 you donate = one nude picture from me to your DM.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/kaylen_ward.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/kaylen-ward-instagram-model-australia-fires-donations-a4327671.html",h2:"model Kaylen Ward sends naked selfies for Australia fires charity fund raises more than $700,000",p:"Kaylen Ward, who has dubbed herself ’The Naked Philanthropist’ on social media, has reportedly raised more than $700,000 in just two days after she asked fans to give $10 to charity pot in exchange for an x-rated photograph. But when she tried to spread the word of her unconventional philanthropic efforts on Instagram, the social media platform deactivated her account. 20-year-old Ward from Los Angeles, who is now calling herself The Naked Philanthropist wrote in a presently viral tweet.",img:"https://static.standard.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2020/01/06/16/nakedinstagram.jpg?w968",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"standard.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"16"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7871219/Naked-philanthropist-banned-Instagram-selling-nudes-bushfire-donations-joins-TikTok.html",h2:"Naked philanthropist who was banned from Instagram for selling nudes for donations to the bushfire crisis reveals she has raised $700k",p:"American social media influencer Kaylen Ward, banned from Instagram for sending naked photos of herself in exchange for bushfire donations has joined TikTok to continue her exposure. When she tried to spread the word of her unconventional philanthropic efforts on Instagram, the social media platform deactivated her account. 20-year-old Ward from Los Angeles, who is now calling herself The Naked Philanthropist wrote in a presently viral tweet: ’I’m sending nudes to every person who donates atleast $10 to any one of these fundraisers for the wildfires in Australia. Every $10 you donate = one nude picture from me to your DM.",img:"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2020/01/10/00/23218870-7871219-image-a-6_1578616714764.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"dailymail.co.u",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"16"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://inews.co.uk/news/world/kaylen-ward-australia-model-instagram-banned-australia-fires-nude-photos-1356460",h2:"Model banned from Instagram after raising $700,000 for victims of fires by selling nudes",p:"The model, from Los Angeles, announced she would sell naked selfies in exchange for donations after reading about the devastating fires. Kaylen Ward, who has dubbed herself ’The Naked Philanthropist’ on social media, has reportedly raised more than $700,000 in just two days after she asked fans to give $10 to charity pot in exchange for an x-rated photograph. But when she tried to spread the word of her unconventional philanthropic efforts on Instagram, the social media platform deactivated her account. 20-year-old Ward from Los Angeles, who is now calling herself The Naked Philanthropist wrote in a presently viral tweet.",img:"https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2020-01/7/16/asset/f02af139b5bf/sub-buzz-4105-1578413393-6.png?crop=&output-quality=auto&output-format=auto&downsize=360",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"inews.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"16"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/24/obama-fundraiser-backs-kamala-harris-1432592", h2:"Citigroup exec Ray McGuire, who supported Kamala Harris with her 2020 Presidential run, now wants to be Mayor of New York", p:"McGuire, Vice Chairman of Citigroup and Chairman of Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, has been requested by different Wall Avenue and company executives to purpose for the mayors workplace within the 2021 race as Invoice de Blasios second time period heads towards its finish, in accordance with folks with direct data of the matter. De Blasios time period ends in January 2022. Ray McGuire and his wife, Crystal McCrary, donated thousands of dollars to Kamala Harriss Presidential campaign.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/ray_mcguire_citi.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://nypost.com/2020/01/14/citigroup-exec-raymond-mcguire-may-run-for-nyc-mayor-in-2021/",h2:"Citigroup exec Raymond McGuire may run for NYC mayor in 2021",p:"A group of leading black executives are behind the push to put Wall Street veteran Ray McGuire in City Hall, sources tell The Post. McGuire, Vice Chairman of Citigroup and Chairman of Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, has been requested by different Wall Avenue and company executives to purpose for the mayors workplace within the 2021 race as Invoice de Blasios second time period heads towards its finish, in accordance with folks with direct data of the matter. De Blasios time period ends in January 2022. Ray McGuire and his wife, Crystal McCrary, donated thousands of dollars to Kamala Harriss Presidential campaign.",img:"https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/raymond-mcguire.jpg?quality=90&strip=&w=&h=&crop=1",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"nypost.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"17"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://eastautonews.com/citigroup-executive-ray-mcguire-considers-running-for-new-york-mayor-east-auto-news/",h2:"Citigroup Ray McGuire considers working for New York mayor",p:"Ray McGuire, a longtime Citigroup exec, is being inspired by allies within the enterprise neighborhood to run for mayor of New York. McGuire, Vice Chairman of Citigroup and Chairman of Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, has been requested by different Wall Avenue and company executives to purpose for the mayors workplace within the 2021 race as Invoice de Blasios second time period heads towards its finish, in accordance with folks with direct data of the matter. De Blasios time period ends in January 2022. Ray McGuire and his wife, Crystal McCrary, donated thousands of dollars to Kamala Harriss Presidential campaign.",img:"https://i2.wp.com/eastautonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/106334312-1578948422061gettyimages-1140271682-scaled.jpeg?w=&ssl=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"eastautonews.c",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"17"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/14/citigroup-executive-ray-mcguire-considers-running-for-new-york-mayor.html",h2:"Citigroup exec Ray McGuire, considers running for mayor of New York",p:"Citigroups Ray McGuire is being encouraged to run for mayor of New York, and he has not ruled out a bid. McGuire, Vice Chairman of Citigroup and Chairman of Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, has been requested by different Wall Avenue and company executives to purpose for the mayors workplace within the 2021 race as Invoice de Blasios second time period heads towards its finish, in accordance with folks with direct data of the matter. De Blasios time period ends in January 2022. Ray McGuire and his wife, Crystal McCrary, donated thousands of dollars to Kamala Harriss Presidential campaign.",img:"https://image.cnbcfm.com/api/v1/image/106334312-1578948422061gettyimages-1140271682.jpeg?v=&w=630&h=354",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cnbc.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"17"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://themichiganstar.com/2020/01/19/i-want-trump-out-migrants-plan-to-cross-us-border-once-trump-leaves-office/", h2:"US Bound Migrants Gambling on Trump Defeat in November", p:"Honduran Katherine Cabrera is among thousands of migrants who didn't expect to get bottled up in this southern Mexican city, unable to proceed to the American border as planned. ‟I want Trump out, ‟ said Honduran Katherine Cabrera, who is being held in Tapachula, Mexico, with her baby. Latin American migrants eager to enter the United States but held in Mexico are praying for President Trumps election defeat in 2020, believing that a Democratic president will open the borders again. Cabrera is one of many Honduran migrants stuck in Tapachua, a southern Mexican city that sits just north of the Guatemalan border. Because of travel agreements between Central American countries, many of their citizens are able to pass freely through each others countries.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/illegal_immigrants_.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://cis.org/Bensman/Migrants-Hope-Trump-Loses-Election",h2:"I want Trump out! - say immigrants blocked at border",p:"Honduran Katherine Cabrera is among thousands of migrants who didn't expect to get bottled up in this southern Mexican city, unable to proceed to the American border as planned, because of President Donald Trump's insistence that Mexico block them with troop deployments and whatever else the Mexicans could come up with. New Mexican travel restriction rules required that Cabrera either go home with her newborn child or stay here in Tapachula to apply for Mexican asylum and await an outcome perhaps months in the future. Rather than return home as some have, though, Cabrera said she reached a carefully reasoned-out decision. She'll stay in Mexico and pursue that asylum claim in a calculated gambit: that Donald Trump will lose the November 2020 election and once the Democrats control the White House, they'll reverse everything Trump did and reopen the U.S. southern border so that she can finally breach it.",img:"https://thumbnails.texastribune.org/WuQKjHBv2PhUX1pgYmK12icAx64=/850x570/smart/filters:quality(80)/https://static.texastribune.org/media/files/577680e42d8b31441378b81e699cbaa9/Families_McAllen_bus_stop_BD_TT.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cis.org",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"18"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/17/illegal-immigrants-lying-wait-trump-lose-election/",h2:"Illegal immigrants lying in wait for Trump to lose election",p:"If the illegal immigrants waiting in Mexico had a vote in the presidential election, they’d vote to oust President Trump, according to an immigration expert who is touring south of the border and speaking with those snared by the presidents get-tough policies. Honduran Katherine Cabrera is among thousands of migrants who didn't expect to get bottled up in this southern Mexican city, unable to proceed to the American border as planned. ‟I want Trump out, ‟ said Honduran Katherine Cabrera, who is being held in Tapachula, Mexico, with her baby.",img:"https://image.insider.com/5b50b29351dfbe2c008b45a9?width=&format=&auto=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"washingtontime",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"18"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/illegal-immigrants-blocked-at-border-pray-for-trumps-defeat-i-want-trump-out",h2:"Illegal immigrants blocked at border pray for Trumps defeat, ‘I want Trump out",p:"Opinion : Latin American migrants eager to enter the United States but held in Mexico are praying for President Trumps election defeat in 2020, believing that a Democratic president will open the borders again. Honduran Katherine Cabrera is among thousands of migrants who didn't expect to get bottled up in this southern Mexican city, unable to proceed to the American border as planned. ‟I want Trump out, ‟ said Honduran Katherine Cabrera, who is being held in Tapachula, Mexico, with her baby.",img:"https://www.ihatethemedia.com/wp-content/uploads/illegal-aliens2-e1303038338674.jpg",logo:"https://blogmickey.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/washington-examiner-logo.png",coname:"washingtonexam",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"18"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-pakistan-complete-sea-guardians-110115772.html", h2:"China, Pakistan complete Joint Naval exercise in the Arabian Sea", p:"The operation, Sea Guardians 2020, was the sixth joint naval drill between the China and Pakistan, took place in the northern reaches of the waterway and along the Pakistani shoreline. It involved special forces, warships, aerial assets and, for the first time, submarines in a series of live-fire exercises. ‟It was planned well in advance, long before things began escalating in the Middle East, ‟ said Du Youkang, director of the Pakistan Study Centre at Fudan University in Shanghai. James Dorsey, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, agreed, saying the drills should not be seen as a reaction by China to the tensions in the Middle East.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/china_pakistan_navy.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3046064/china-pakistan-complete-sea-guardians-2020-joint-naval",h2:"China, Pakistan complete Sea Guardians 2020 joint naval exercise in Arabian Sea",p:"Nine-day operation sees special forces, warships, submarines and aerial assets taking part in series of live-fire drills. India sent its aircraft carrier to monitor events amid simmering tensions in region. The operation, Sea Guardians 2020, was the sixth joint naval drill between the China and Pakistan, took place in the northern reaches of the waterway and along the Pakistani shoreline. It involved special forces, warships, aerial assets and, for the first time, submarines in a series of live-fire exercises. ‟It was planned well in advance, long before things began escalating in the Middle East, ‟ said Du Youkang, director of the Pakistan Study Centre at Fudan University in Shanghai.",img:"https://cdn.i-scmp.com/sites/default/files/styles/1200x800/public/d8/images/methode/2020/01/14/9bd2612c-36aa-11ea-9933-e21be988cd59_image_hires_211432.jpg?itok=&v=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"scmp.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"19"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1176904.shtml",h2:"China-Pakistan Sea Guardians 2020 joint exercise concludes fleet drills",p:"Bilateral Exercise, code-named Sea Guardians-2020, have returned to Karachi Port, Pakistan, marking the successful completion of the maritime phase of the bilateral exercise. It involved special forces, warships, aerial assets and, for the first time, submarines in a series of live-fire exercises. ‟It was planned well in advance, long before things began escalating in the Middle East, ‟ said Du Youkang, director of the Pakistan Study Centre at Fudan University in Shanghai.",img:"https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/images/attachement/jpg/site1/20140421/eca86bd9e2f914bea7da43.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"globaltimes.cn",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"19"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://foxwilmington.com/headlines/tammy-bruce-chelsea-clinton-is-worth-big-bucks-heres-how-she-managed-to-make-all-that-money/", h2:"Chelsea Clinton Made Millions on Boards Run by Clinton Mega-Donor", p:"Chelsea Clinton was rewarded with jobs and board positions that had absolutely no relationship with that young womans interests, life, education or any perceived expertise. All of this has racked up to what the New York Post reported back in 2015 was an estimated net worth of $15 million for the then-34-year-old. More recently, Barron’s, the finance newspaper, revealed that Chelsea Clinton has now reaped $9 million from a corporate board position. In 2011, while her mother was still secretary of state, she was appointed to IAC/Interactive, an Internet investment company. She receives an annual $50,000 retainer and $250,000 worth of restricted IAC stock units. Chelsea Clinton reported in December of last year her holdings ballooned to $8.95 million.", img:"https://drhurd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/chelsea-clinton-costume-institute-gala-2012-01.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/476894-chelsea-clinton-reaps-9-million-from-corporate-board-position",h2:"Chelsea Clinton reaps $9 million from corporate board position",p:"Barrons reported Sunday that Clinton has profited handsomely as a board member for IAC/InterActiveCorp, a media and internet investment company that has an ownership stake in 150 well-known brands, such as Vimeo, Tinder, Angies List and Home Advisor. Chelsea Clinton was rewarded with jobs and board positions that had absolutely no relationship with that young womans interests, life, education or any perceived expertise. All of this has racked up to what the New York Post reported back in 2015 was an estimated net worth of $15 million for the then-34-year-old. Barrons notes that IACs stock has risen 89 percent, 50 percent and 36 percent in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively, a far steeper rise than the broader stock market.",img:"https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/gettyimages-1048614082.jpg?crop=&resize=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thehill.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"20"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/chelsea-clinton-big-bucks-tammy-bruce",h2:"Chelsea Clinton is worth big bucks",p:"Chelsea Clinton was rewarded with jobs and board positions that had absolutely no relationship with that young womans interests, life, education or any perceived expertise. All of this has racked up to what the New York Post reported back in 2015 was an estimated net worth of $15 million for the then-34-year-old. More recently, Barron’s, the finance newspaper, revealed that Chelsea Clinton has now reaped $9 million from a corporate board position. In 2011, while her mother was still secretary of state, she was appointed to IAC/Interactive, an Internet investment company. She receives an annual $50,000 retainer and $250,000 worth of restricted IAC stock units. Chelsea Clinton reported in December of last year her holdings ballooned to $8.95 million.",img:"http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4ACoKk8capc/U6iHLvRpAwI/AAAAAAAAO6M/4LqrxyLUz3g/s1600/Chelsea-Clinton-14.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"foxnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"20"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://realradio.iheart.com/content/2020-01-17-watch-woman-strip-in-miami-airport/", h2:"Woman strips at baggage claim at Miami Airport", p:"Naked woman spotted wandering through airport baggage claim then jumps on roof of cop car in Miami. In a 30-second clip posted on Twitter by Billy Corben, the woman is seen singing as she struts through the baggage claim area. She first whips off her top and then her panties, without even breaking stride. One astonished worker can even be seen craning his neck to get a better look in the video posted with the simple caption: 'Because its Miami. She sang as she stripped off her matching blue underwear.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/miami_airport.gif", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article239310353.html",h2:"Video shows a woman stripping at the Miami airport baggage claim",p:"A woman is seen at Miami International Airport, wearing either a two-piece bathing suit or bra and underwear. She is walking confidently by, while singing an unrecognizable tune. In a 30-second clip posted on Twitter by Billy Corben, the woman is seen singing as she struts through the baggage claim area. She first whips off her top and then her panties, without even breaking stride. One astonished worker can even be seen craning his neck to get a better look in the video posted with the simple caption: 'Because its Miami. She sang as she stripped off her matching blue underwear.",img:"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2020/01/16/16/23483086-7895295-A_woman_pictured_was_spotted_stripping_off_her_clothes_and_strol-a-6_1579190982388.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"miamiherald.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"21"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10759096/naked-woman-spotted-wandering-through-baggage-claim-at-miami-airport-then-jumps-on-roof-of-cop-car/#",h2:"Naked woman spotted wandering through airport baggage claim then jumps on roof of cop car",p:"This passenger certainly looks like she believes in travelling light - after she was spotted doing a shocking striptease through Miami International Airport. In a 30-second clip posted on Twitter by Billy Corben, the woman is seen singing as she struts through the baggage claim area. She first whips off her top and then her panties, without even breaking stride. One astonished worker can even be seen craning his neck to get a better look in the video posted with the simple caption: 'Because its Miami. She sang as she stripped off her matching blue underwear.",img:"https://cf-images.eu-west-1.prod.boltdns.net/v1/static/5067014667001/4ef9667e-dba4-42fd-8424-0ec7ea873301/5f92a743-d6a2-4d4a-bae9-7e2515e853bb/1280x720/match/image.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thesun.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"21"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.unionjournalism.com/2020/01/08/murderer-killed-a-man-chopped-his-head-then-ate-his-testicles-in-sacrificial-killing/", h2:"Murderer killed his Grindr Date, Chopped his Head, then Ate his Body parts", p:"Police say that a Michigan hairstylist named Kevin Bacon was murdered, mutilated, and partially eaten by a man he met on the gay dating site Grindr. The 25-year-old victim reportedly met Mark Latunski on Christmas Eve after contact through the dating app, police in Corunna, Michigan said. Mark Latunski has been arrested by the Clayton Township Police Department and charged him for the young mans murder. Also, for mutilating the mans body, he was filed with additional charges. At some point, investigators say, Latunski allegedly cut off the victims testicles and ate them.", img:"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2020/01/09/09/23185684-0-image-a-3_1578560735276.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/grisly-details-in-murder-cannibalism-of-michigan-man-who-met-man-on-grindr-on-christmas-eve",h2:"Grisly details in murder, cannibalism of Michigan man who met man on Grindr on Christmas Eve",p:"A neighbor of a man suspected of murdering and cannibalizing parts of a man he met on Grindr may have saved another man's life in an eerily similar incident from November. Police say that a Michigan hairstylist named Kevin Bacon was murdered, mutilated, and partially eaten by a man he met on the gay dating site Grindr. The 25-year-old victim reportedly met Mark Latunski on Christmas Eve after contact through the dating app, police in Corunna, Michigan said. Mark Latunski has been arrested by the Clayton Township Police Department and charged him for the young mans murder. Also, for mutilating the mans body, he was filed with additional charges. At some point, investigators say, Latunski allegedly cut off the victims testicles and ate them.",img:"https://images.foxtv.com/static.fox2detroit.com/www.fox2detroit.com/content/uploads/2020/01/932/524/wjbk-kevin-bacon-murder-010620.jpg?ve=1&tl=1",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"fox2detroit.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"22"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.thedailybeast.com/accused-cannibal-mark-latunaski-allowed-to-plead-insanity-in-kevin-bacon-murder-case",h2:"Michigan Judge Allows Insanity Plea for Man Accused of Cannibalizing Grindr Date",p:"Mark Latunski will undergo a psychological evaluation after allegedly confessing to killing 25-year-old Kevin Bacon, a judge ruled Wednesday. Police say that a Michigan hairstylist named Kevin Bacon was murdered, mutilated, and partially eaten by a man he met on the gay dating site Grindr. The 25-year-old victim reportedly met Mark Latunski on Christmas Eve after contact through the dating app, police in Corunna, Michigan said. Mark Latunski has been arrested by the Clayton Township Police Department and charged him for the young mans murder. Also, for mutilating the mans body, he was filed with additional charges. At some point, investigators say, Latunski allegedly cut off the victims testicles and ate them.",img:"https://i1.wp.com/metro.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/comp-1578334879.png?quality=90&strip=&zoom=&resize=&ssl=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thedailybeast.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"22"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"http://abcnews4.com/news/local/its-a-sigh-of-relief-lowcountry-reacts-to-president-trumps-language-of-deescalation", h2:"Iranians Relieved at US de-escalation", p:"Iranians initially rejoiced at the retaliation, saying it showed defiance and courage. But by later on Wednesday, many Iranians expressing relief when Washington's de-escalation became clear. Many Iranian felt that Irans actions were justified — though the prospect of an all-out war with the United States still worried them. New York Times is reporting interviews with several Iranians (in Tehran), who expressed their relief .", img:"https://meekd.com/img/iranian_women.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/08/us/iranian-americans-what-will-happen-next/index.html",h2:"This is what Iranian Americans think will happen next",p:"Sam Yebri, a lawyer in Los Angeles, says: ’Iranian Americans — of all faiths — were relieved to see that no Americans were harmed by Iran's missile strikes.’ Iranians initially rejoiced at the retaliation, saying it showed defiance and courage. But by later on Wednesday, many Iranians were expressing relief when Washington's de-escalation became clear. Many Iranian felt that Irans actions were justified — though the prospect of an all-out war with the United States still worried them.",img:"https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/200107115658-persis-karim-exlarge-169.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"edition.cnn.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"23"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-04/la-me-iran-suleimani-killing-reaction",h2:"Iranian Americans are shocked, alarmed or relieved",p:"Iranian Americans said they were variously shocked, alarmed or relieved that the man seen as a cultural icon in Iran, and the mastermind behind the Islamic Republics military operations throughout the region, is gone. Iranians initially rejoiced at the retaliation, saying it showed defiance and courage. Despite these uncertainties, Khanlou has no doubts about the character of the feared man who formerly led Irans elite Quds Force. ‟That guy was a monster, ‟ Khanlou said. ‟He killed a million people.",img:"https://media.pri.org/s3fs-public/styles/story_main/public/iran-war-tehran-2011-12-20.jpg?itok=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"latimes.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"23"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/08/world/middleeast/iranians-retaliation.html",h2:"In Iran, Rejoicing Over Retaliation, then Relief at No U.S. Counterstrike",p:"Many Iranians expressed support for the missile attack on American bases in Iraq, then spent a restless night waiting for a military response from Washington that never came. Iranians initially rejoiced at the retaliation, saying it showed defiance and courage. In Iran, Rejoicing Over Retaliation, then Relief at No U.S. Counterstrike Many Iranians expressed support for the missile attack on American bases in Iraq, then spent a restless night waiting for a military response from Washington that never came. The country launched more than 20 missiles, the barrage targeting two large military bases that house thousands of Iraqi and American servicemen and women.",img:"https://static01.nyt.com/images/2020/01/08/world/08iran-mood/merlin_166821726_f0db7551-a70d-4ca6-914f-8e3d518ac463-articleLarge.jpg?quality=&auto=&disable=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/new-york-times.png",coname:"nytimes.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"23"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/trump-relief-at-lowkey-iranian-revenge-attack/news-story/4a1da27c2007455786a75712ef5913b6",h2:"US and Iran: relief may be short-lived",p:"Opinion : Given that Iran cannot afford a hot war, Wednesday mornings strikes look like a sensible response, but hardly the “severe revenge” it had vowed. Iranians initially rejoiced at the retaliation, saying it showed defiance and courage. By withdrawing the US and turning up the pressure on Iran, Trump has told Tehran and others that the US is utterly unreliable.",img:"https://abcnews4.com/resources/media/e601bb81-6084-4900-b5b3-0b8703c47cc0-large16x9_AP20008597278664.jpg?",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"theaustralian.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"23"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.dw.com/en/brazil-supreme-court-allows-netflix-to-show-gay-jesus-parody/a-51939754", h2:"Judge allows Netflix to show gay Jesus parody. Brazil Supreme Court Overturns the Ban!", p:"A judge in Brazil's top court on Thursday rejected a lower court's ruling that prevented Netflix from showing a comedic film that depicts Jesus Christ in a homosexual relationship - in ’The First Temptation of Christ.’ A federal court in Brazil has sided with Netflix following a ruling that had banned a comedy depicting Jesus Christ as gay. The film was the reason for an attack on the company that made it on Christmas Eve. Netflix had filed a complaint on Thursday challenging the earlier decision to censor the film, which was never pulled from the platform. Lawyers for the company argued that ’the court decision aims to silence the group through fear and intimidation. The film, which depicts Christ coming home for this 30th birthday with his boyfriend Orlando, drew the ire of conservative politicians, the Catholic church, and Catholics as well as protestants in Brazil following its December 3 release.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/jesus_netflix.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-51058029",h2:"Netflix gay Jesus parody film ban overturned in Brazil",p:"Brazil's Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that TV streaming service Netflix must remove a film depicting Jesus as gay. The film, The First Temptation of Christ, infuriated fervent Christians in the country. Two million people signed a petition calling for it to be axed, and the production company was attacked with Molotov cocktails last month. A judge temporarily banned the film on Wednesday to appease its critics. But Supreme Court president Dias Toffoli said on Thursday that Netflix should be allowed to continue streaming the show, stating that freedom of speech was fundamental in a democracy. The parody film, which was run as a Christmas special, was created by Brazilian YouTube comedy group Porta dos Fundos.",img:"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/120C4/production/_110442937_mediaitem110442936.jpg",logo:"https://www.thewrap.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/bbc-news-logo.jpg",coname:"bbc.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"24"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/01/10/20/brazils-supreme-court-overturns-censorship-of-gay-jesus-special",h2:"Brazil Supreme Court overturns censorship of gay Jesus special",p:"Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday overturned an injunction against Netflix Inc that had prevented the video streaming service from showing a domestically-made controversial Christmas special that depicts Jesus as gay in ’The First Temptation of Christ.’ On Christmas Eve, a group of hooded men attacked the headquarters of Porta dos Fundos with Molotov cocktails. No one was hurt, but police said they were investigating the incident as an attempted homicide after a group claimed responsibility in a video including a far-right religious statement. On Wednesday, a court in Rio de Janeiro had ordered Netflix to stop showing the content in Brazil. In its Thursday filing, Netflix criticized that decision for censoring the comedy group Porta dos Fundos, which produced the show.",img:"https://lgbtqnation-assets.imgix.net/2019/12/a-primeira-tentacao-de-cristo-pthe-first-temptation-of-christ.jpg?w=&h=&fit=&auto=&auto=&crop=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"news.abs-cbn.c",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"24"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.mensxp.com/special-features/features/71803-drought-hit-australia-will-kill-10-000-camels-this-week-since-they-couldn-t-quench-their-thirst.html", h2:"Drought-Hit Australia Killing 10,000 Camels", p:"Thousands of camels will be shot dead from helicopters, as a result of extreme heat and drought. While the bushfires have been on for a few months now, the culling isn't dependant on that. They're being culled because of the drought situation prevailing in Australia currently and there are complaints that camels are endangering locals as they desperately search for water. ’They are roaming the streets looking for water. We are worried about the safety of the young children’ - a woman named Marita Baker, who lives in the community of Kanypi. The five-day cull has already begun and a lot of aboriginals have complained about camels damaging towns and building trying to look for water. Australia has hired a professional marksman, who will shoot the animals, and ironically, he comes from Australia's department of environment and water. They will eventually be slaughtered in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) area, which is a sparsely-populated part of South Australia which is home to a number of indigenous groups.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/camels_killed.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-51032145",h2:"Australia to cull 10,000 of camels",p:"A five-day cull started on Wednesday, as Aboriginal communities in the region have reported large groups of camels damaging towns and buildings. The marksmen come from Australia's department for environment and water will shoot them from helicopters. The slaughter will take place in the area of Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) - a sparsely-populated part of South Australia which is home to a number of indigenous groups.",img:"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/1051B/production/_110434866_gettyimages-1160516527.jpg",logo:"https://www.thewrap.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/bbc-news-logo.jpg",coname:"bbc.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"25"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-why-is-australia-killing-thousands-of-its-camels-6208618/",h2:"Why is Australia killing 10,000 camels ?",p:"Australia on Wednesday began a five-day cull of up to 10,000 camels, using sniper fire from helicopters. The exercise is taking place in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (called APY Lands) in South Australia state, where the animals will be killed according to the “highest standards of animal welfare”, authorities said. The camels have been threatening scarce reserves of food and water, besides damaging infrastructure and creating a hazard for drivers, authorities have said. The herds have also contaminated important water sources and cultural sites. Aerial marksmen riding in two Robinson R44 four-seat light helicopters are culling the animals, according to The Australian. The animals are to be killed away from communities. Their carcasses will be burnt, unless they fall in remote and inaccessible locations, reports said.",img:"https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/01/camel-759.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"indianexpress.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"25"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://uk.news.yahoo.com/reynhard-sinaga-worst-rapist-uk-090000047.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS5zYS91cmw_c2E9dCZyY3Q9aiZxPSZlc3JjPXMmc291cmNlPW5ld3NzZWFyY2gmY2Q9NCZjYWQ9cmphJnVhY3Q9OCZ2ZWQ9MGFoVUtFd2pnM0stZDFmam1BaFZzX0NvS0hhMGJBUDRRcVFJSU9TZ0FNQU0mdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGdWsubmV3cy55YWhvby5jb20lMkZyZXluaGFyZC1zaW5hZ2Etd29yc3QtcmFwaXN0LXVrLTA5MDAwMDA0Ny5odG1sJnVzZz1BT3ZWYXczTGpHU3l2VkZyTG1VSXNYVTdfVVk5&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAALOY5KpiuuKrYZ0OBxzysvBi9mrOg4W3r2uZt85i_EFJD7vCoTBOIbScaGyGZU2NgR5xELEQg4BONqoTepvdoXzfeTBDqjWbRLGl5iYFLQgDnnGkxA7XRL9Gp8pX6pgFhBGhtJacoJIE3kixHR3T8eq9MzH31omLZghpT877fo2e", h2:"Worst Rapist in UK history Sexually Assaulted 190 Victims", p:"On Monday, a judge jailed Reynhard Sinaga for life, with a minimum term of 30 years. Sinaga, a 36-year-old PhD student from Indonesia, was found guilty of 159 sexual offences against 48 men. He picked up his victims outside clubs in Manchester and lured them to his flat, where he drugged and assaulted them while filming the attacks. Reynhard is known as an ordinary teenager like his classmates. Although somewhat smart and a bit stubborn, Reynhard was not an outstanding student. After graduating in 2001, Reynhard continued his education by studying at the University of Indonesia, majoring in Architecture. Reynhard Sinaga, worst rapist in UK history, was a ‘sociable student with lots of friends,’ says former teacher in Indonesia.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/reynhard_sinaga.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-51052244",h2:"Reynhard Sinaga - Worst Rapist in UK history: Police warning over rapist social media posts",p:"Sinaga, 36, lured 48 men from outside Manchester clubs to his flat, where he drugged and assaulted them. A judge jailed Reynhard Sinaga for life, with a minimum term of 30 years. Sinaga, a 36-year-old PhD student from Indonesia, was found guilty of 159 sexual offences against 48 men. Police have warned social media users to avoid identifying victims of serial sexual predator Reynhard Sinaga. Police say they have evidence the Sinaga targeted at least 190 victims. Victims of sexual offices have a lifelong right to anonymity. Any post which identifies potential victims constitutes a criminal offence. Sinaga would wait for men leaving nightclubs and bars before leading them to his flat in Montana House, Princess Street, often with the offer of somewhere to have a drink or call a taxi. He drugged his victims before assaulting them while they were unconscious, and filmed the attacks.",img:"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/127A8/production/_110388657_reynhard.jpg",logo:"https://www.thewrap.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/bbc-news-logo.jpg",coname:"bbc.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"26"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/06/uk/reynhard-sinaga-rapist-life-sentence-scli-gbr-intl/index.html",h2:"UK's most prolific rapist spent 12 years drugging and assaulting young victims",p:"The most prolific rapist ever caught in Britain, who spent more than a decade luring dozens of intoxicated young men to his apartment before drugging and sexually assaulting them, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty in four separate trials. On Monday, a judge jailed Reynhard Sinaga for life, with a minimum term of 30 years. Sinaga, a 36-year-old PhD student from Indonesia, was found guilty of 159 sexual offences against 48 men. Sinaga, 36, approached men in the early hours of the morning outside nightclubs in Manchester, striking up a conversation and offering them somewhere to sleep or promising them more alcohol. Once he had brought them to his flat he would lace their drink with a drug -- most likely GHB, police said -- then film himself raping them while they slept. His comatose victims were unaware they had been assaulted.",img:"https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/200106084445-reynhard-sinaga-exlarge-169.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"edition.cnn.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"26"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-20/hsbc-moves-to-ease-tension-after-h-k-arrests-linked-to-account", h2:"HSBC bank faces retaliation from Hong Kong protestors after it closes their bank accounts", p:"HSBC came under fire after account used to raise funds for demonstrators closed. HSBC has suffered a backlash over an account closure in Hong Kong, with protesters vandalizing branches and cash machines, making it the latest multinational affected by social unrest and deepening political divides in the city. Hong Kong protesters’ anger was triggered by last months arrests of four members of Spark Alliance, a nonprofit organization that had financed protest-related causes, such as legal and medical bills, with donations made by citizens to an HSBC account. Police also froze about HK$70 million (US$9 million) tied to the account. HSBC had closed the account roughly a month earlier. The bank said the closure was for regulatory and compliance reasons, since the account wasn’t being used for its stated purpose, and the shutdown was “categorically unrelated to the current Hong Kong situation.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/hsbc_hk_protest.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.wsj.com/articles/hsbc-grapples-with-controversy-in-hong-kong-11578069413",h2:"HSBC Grapples With Controversy in Hong Kong",p:"HSBC PLC has suffered a backlash over an account closure in Hong Kong, with protesters vandalizing branches and cash machines, making it the latest multinational affected by social unrest and deepening political divides in the city. Hong Kong protesters’ anger was triggered by last months arrests of four members of Spark Alliance, a nonprofit organization that had financed protest-related causes, such as legal and medical bills, with donations made by citizens to an HSBC account. Police also froze about HK$70 million (US$9 million) tied to the account.",img:"https://assets.atlasobscura.com/media/W1siZiIsInVwbG9hZHMvcGxhY2VfaW1hZ2VzLzY1ZTA5OWU4LWRmNzYtNDQxYS05YTg4LWJmZGJhMGNiODNkM2Q4ZmFiYTJiNTJlN2FlNTIzYl9IU0JDX0hlYWRxdWFydGVyc19CdWlsZGluZyxfSG9uZ19Lb25nLF9kZXRhaWxfb2ZfdG9wX3Nob3dpbmdfY2Fubm9ucy5KUEciXSxbInAiLCJ0aHVtYiIsIngzOTA-Il0sWyJwIiwiY29udmVydCIsIi1xdWFsaXR5IDgxIC1hdXRvLW9yaWVudCJdXQ/HSBC_Headquarters_Building%2C_Hong_Kong%2C_detail_of_top_showing_cannons.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/wall_Street.jpg",coname:"wsj.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"27"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/3045080/explainer-hsbc-spark-alliance-and-law-behind-latest-fury-hong",h2:"HSBC, Spark Alliance and the law behind the latest fury in Hong Kong protests",p:"What appears to be a routine regulatory decision to close a clients corporate banking account has triggered an ugly backlash as its outlets became the latest target of vandalism after seven months of anti-government protests. HSBC has suffered a backlash over an account closure in Hong Kong, with protesters vandalizing branches and cash machines, making it the latest multinational affected by social unrest and deepening political divides in the city. Hong Kong protesters’ anger was triggered by last months arrests of four members of Spark Alliance, a nonprofit organization that had financed protest-related causes, such as legal and medical bills, with donations made by citizens to an HSBC account.",img:"https://media.voltron.voanews.com/Drupal/01live-166/styles/892x501/s3/2020-01/AP_20002178209342.jpg?itok=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"scmp.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"27"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.theblaze.com/news/cair-claims-iranian-americans-detained-questioned-at-border-government-says-theyre-not-telling-the-truth", h2:"New York Times, Politico, amongst others, spread Unverified News stating ’Dozens of Iranian-Americans’ stopped or detained", p:"Customs and Border Protection has responded to allegations that Border Patrol agents detailed Iranian-Americans for questioning at American ports of entry over the weekend. CAIR (The Council on American-Islamic Relations ) claims Iranian-Americans detained, questioned at border. Government says they're not telling the truth. CAIR Washington state chapter claimed in a news release that it was ’assisting more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans of all ages who were detained at length and questioned’ at a American-Canadian border crossing over the weekend. According to the government, CAIR is not telling the truth. CBP, which has oversight over the Border Patrol, said Sunday that there was no directive to detain and question Iranian-Americans. The agency also denied CAIR's claim that Iranian-Americans were detained or refused entry into the U.S.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/nyt_fake_news1.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/01/06/cair-freaks-out-over-one-iranian-person-being-interrogated-at-the-border-n2558983",h2:"CAIR Freaks Out Over One Iranian Person Being Interrogated at the Border",p:"The Washington State chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Sunday sent out a press release saying U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are denying entry to Iranian Americans at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Wash. after attending an Iranian pop concert in Vancouver. Politico, amongst others, spread Unverified News stating ’Dozens of Iranian-Americans’ Iranian-Americans stopped or detained. The group used the story of one Iranian who was allegedly denied entry at the border and an anonymous CBP source to say that the agency ’issued a national order to report and detain anyone with Iranian heritage’ that is coming to the United States and ’is deemed potentially suspicious.",img:"https://meekd.com/img/politico_fake_news1.png",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"townhall.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"28"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7854313/Immigration-activists-claim-60-Iranians-detained-Canada-border.html",h2:"Customs and Border Patrol DENIES reports that Iranians, some of them US citizens, have been detained at the border",p:"The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported Sunday that more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans of all ages have been detained. Customs and Border protection says reports of up to 60 Iranians being detained at the US-Canada border, amid escalating tensions between Washington D.C. and Iran are false. New York Times, Politico, amongst others, spread Unverified News stating ’Dozens of Iranian-Americans’ stopped or detained.",img:"https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/iranian_americans1.jpg?itok=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"dailymail.co.u",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"28"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.krem.com/article/news/local/spokane-county/spokaneborderpatroliran/293-098a86f7-78af-4511-bf14-f5488373f96e",h2:"No Iranian-Americans arrested at Spokane Intermodal Center, Border Patrol says",p:"U.S. Customs and Border Protections said agents are being more vigilant, but patrols haven't increased. Politico, amongst others, spread Unverified News stating ’Dozens of Iranian-Americans’ stopped or detained. U.S. Customs and Border Protections denies anyone was unfairly detained over the weekend. But one woman is sharing her experience of just the opposite while at the border with her husband and two kids. Nega Hectani said they were unfairly detained after waiting there for five hours and questioned by Border Patrol agents.",img:"https://static.politico.com/9e/80/0129df014ebe8b907a3b63a985bb/180605-cair.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"krem.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"28"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/iran-american-detention-cbp/2020/01/05/id/948485/",h2:"No Truth to Claims Iranian Americans Being Detained : CBP",p:"Claims that Iranian Americans are being detained at a U.S. border crossing in Blaine, Wash., are false, says Customs and Border Patrol. The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) earlier Sunday said immigration authorities detained and questioned at least 60 Iranians and Iranian Americans over the weekend at the Peace Arch Border Crossing along the border with Canada. The group said some were held for at least 11 hours. ’Social media posts that CBP is detaining Iranian-Americans and refusing their entry into the U.S. because of their country of origin are false,’ CBP spokesman Mike Friel said in a statement. ’Reports that DHS/CBP has issued a related directive are also false,’ he added.",img:"https://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax/files/c2/c292cb3b-623c-42c9-a36f-46114ce8a5ac.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"newsmax.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"28"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/obama-paddleboarding-shirtless-in-hawaii-silent-on-soleimani-killing", h2:"Why Obama passed on killing Gen. Soleimani - and why Trump killed him", p:"The Pentagon said Soleimani was responsible for hundreds of US deaths but why did neither President Obama nor President Bush kill General Qassem Soleimani? And why did Donald Trump sanction his assassination? He was a highly regarded military figure in Iran and played a key role in his countrys foreign policy as well as shaping politics in Middle East. Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, a former CIA analyst and Pentagon official on the Middle East under Bush and Obama, tweeted last week about the presidents’ inaction. She said that she had “participated in countless conversations on how to respond to Soleimanis violent campaigns across the region. She added that “the two administrations I worked for both determined that the ultimate ends didn’t justify the means. General Stanley McChrystal was the head of the Joint Special Operations Command during the Bush administration and in a 2009 article for Foreign Policy, he spoke of his decision not to attack General Soleimanis convoy in Iraq one night in 2007. US policy towards Iran changed significantly while President Obama was in office. His administration tried to improve relations with Iran and successfully negotiated a landmark nuclear deal in 2015. President Obama, therefore, did not see it logical to take out General Soleimani given the nuclear deal between the two countries.", img:"https://compote.slate.com/images/e24134da-9f11-46b4-84a0-be7ac4eb8b29.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.businessinsider.com/why-neither-bush-or-obama-killed-iranian-general-qassem-soleimani-2020-1",h2:"Why neither Bush nor Obama killed Soleimani",p:"Former military and intelligence officials have cited the potential for retaliation from Iran against US troops, diplomats, and allied forces in the region as a major reason for not killing Soleimani previously. President Obama, therefore, did not see it logical to take out General Soleimani given the nuclear deal between the two countries. US policy toward Iran shifted markedly in the Obama administration, which attempted to improve relations with Iran and ended up negotiating a landmark nuclear deal in 2015. Under the conditions of the deal, it wouldn't have made sense for the US to take out one of the country's top officials. But Trump, who criticized Obama's Iran policy for years, took a more aggressive approach toward Iran, withdrawing from the nuclear agreement and significantly inflaming tensions both by antagonizing Iranian officials on Twitter, and the military expanding its presence in the region.",img:"https://static01.nyt.com/images/2011/09/19/us/CAUCUS/CAUCUS-articleInline.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"businessinside",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"29"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1225088/WW3-barack-obama-george-bush-kill-general-soleimani-donald-trump-world-war-3",h2:"WW3 fears: Why neither Obama nor Bush killed Qassem Soleimani - and why Trump did",p:"World War 3 fears were ignited last week when an American airstrike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. The Pentagon said the commander was responsible for hundreds of US deaths but why did neither President Obama nor President Bush kill General Qassem Soleimani? And why did Donald Trump sanction his assassination? US policy towards Iran changed significantly while President Obama was in office. His administration tried to improve relations with Iran and successfully negotiated a landmark nuclear deal in 2015. President Obama, therefore, did not see it logical to take out General Soleimani given the nuclear deal between the two countries. President Trump withdrew from that agreement in May 2018 and in the wake of Fridays drone strike, Iran ended its commitment to the deal.",img:"https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/78/590x/secondary/WW3-fears-Why-neither-Obama-nor-Bush-killed-Qassem-Soleimani-and-why-Trump-did-2245733.jpg?r=",logo:"https://www.cats.org.uk/uploads/images/news/9d6f9bd0-c634-4856-aec0-cb960f36c273.png",coname:"express.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"29"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.dtnext.in/Lifestyle/Technology/2020/01/08202446/1208374/Sonos-sues-Google-for-tech-theft.vpf", h2:"Sonos sues Google for Tech Theft", p:"Sonos has claimed Google stole its speaker technology after getting access to it through a 2013 partnership. Sonos has filed two lawsuits covering five patents against Google, claining that ’Google stole its multi-room speaker technology after getting access to it through a 2013 partnership’. Google, however, allegedly used patented technology in its now-discontinued Chromecast Audio device but used it in the Google Home lineup of smart speakers and the Pixel phones, according to the lawsuit. In a statement to The Verge, the tech giant said: ’Google's technology was developed independently by Google - it was not copied from Sonos. We dispute these claims and will defend them vigorously’. Sonos, the maker of high-end wireless speakers, also claimed that Google ’subsidized its own products to sell them at a cheaper price while using them to extract more data from buyers’. Sonos also claimed that Amazon too violated its patents with the Echo device family, but has decided to make its case ’one by one.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/sundar_pichai_google.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.gadgetsnow.com/tech-news/google-is-being-sued-by-this-audio-company-heres-why/articleshow/73168961.cms",h2:"Google is being sued by this audio company Sonos",p:"Google seems to be in legal trouble from a renowned audio brand. According to a report by The New York Times, Sonos has filed a patent infringement case against Google. The audio brand has alleged that Google has “blatantly and knowingly” copied its technology. Sonos has filed two lawsuits covering five patents against Google, claining that ’Google stole its multi-room speaker technology after getting access to it through a 2013 partnership’. Google, however, allegedly used patented technology in its now-discontinued Chromecast Audio device but used it in the Google Home lineup of smart speakers and the Pixel phones, according to the lawsuit. In a statement to The Verge, the tech giant said: ’Google's technology was developed independently by Google - it was not copied from Sonos. We dispute these claims and will defend them vigorously’. Sonos, the maker of high-end wireless speakers, also claimed that Google ’subsidized its own products to sell them at a cheaper price while using them to extract more data from buyers’. Sonos also claimed that Amazon too violated its patents with the Echo device family, but has decided to make its case ’one by one.",img:"https://static.toiimg.com/thumb/msid-73168896,width-640,resizemode-4,imgsize-145029/73168896.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"gadgetsnow.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"30"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7861959/Sonos-sues-Google-accusing-tech-giant-blatantly-stealing-wireless-speaker-technology.html",h2:"Sonos sues Google accusing the tech giant of 'blatantly' stealing its wireless speaker tech",p:"Sonos sues Google accusing the tech giant of 'blatantly' stealing its wireless speaker technology for their Nest Home devices - and now wants them to be banned from selling speakers, smartphones and laptops in the US. According to Sonos CEO Patrick Spence, Google gained access to - and then copied - the patented tech during in a joint venture in 2013. Sonos has filed a patent infringement case against Google. The audio brand has alleged that Google has “blatantly and knowingly” copied its technology. Sonos has filed two lawsuits covering five patents against Google, claining that ’Google stole its multi-room speaker technology after getting access to it through a 2013 partnership’. Google, however, allegedly used patented technology in its now-discontinued Chromecast Audio device but used it in the Google Home lineup of smart speakers and the Pixel phones, according to the lawsuit. In a statement to The Verge, the tech giant said: ’Google's technology was developed independently by Google - it was not copied from Sonos. We dispute these claims and will defend them vigorously’. Sonos, the maker of high-end wireless speakers, also claimed that Google ’subsidized its own products to sell them at a cheaper price while using them to extract more data from buyers’. Sonos also claimed that Amazon too violated its patents with the Echo device family, but has decided to make its case ’one by one.",img:"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2020/01/07/20/23117646-7861959-image-a-37_1578429887938.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"dailymail.co.u",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"30"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/graphic-epstein-autopsy-photos-on-60-minutes-show-bloodied-neck-and-noose-084433655.html", h2:"Graphic Epstein autopsy photos: 'Points to murder' as neck injuries 'unlike' hanging", p:"Epsteins death last August was ruled a suicide, but his autopsy photos tell a different story according to former New York City Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden, who observed the autopsy at the behest of Epsteins family. The disgraced sex offender and friend of Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton was found hanged in his jail cell in a suicide like no other as pictures spark a death riddle and experts say his injuries suggest strangulation. On Sunday night, 60 Minutes took a deep dive into Jeffrey Epsteins death, which included pictures from inside his cell after his hanging, and graphic photos from the autopsy. The photos from inside Epsteins cell show bed sheets fashioned into two nooses. Photos from the autopsy show a thin, bloodied line across the middle of Epsteins throat. Its these images that don’t add up to suicide in Badens mind. 60 Minutes reviewed hundreds of graphic photographs from the autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein and inside his cell. Here are the known facts. **This video contains graphic images that some viewers may find disturbing. It was also pointed out the noose in the cell appeared to not have any blood on it, and there were electrical wires in the cell that would have worked much better for anyone wanting to commit suicide. 60 Minutes also showed a picture of Epsteins broken hyoid bone, a small bone in the neck. According to Baden, this is another indicator that Epstein did not kill himself.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/epstein_throat.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/jeffrey-epstein-death-evidence-points-21227499",h2:"Jeffrey Epstein death evidence 'points to murder' as neck injuries 'unlike' hanging",p:"The disgraced sex offender (friend of Prince Andrew) was found hanged in his jail cell in a suicide like no other as pictures spark a death riddle and experts say his injuries suggest strangulation. The images, released by the official investigation, show the sheet the paedophile is said to have hanged himself with and his body with ligature marks on his neck. Former New York Medical Examiner Dr Michael Baden said: “The forensic evidence released so far, including autopsy, point much more to murder and strangulation than the suicide and suicidal hanging.” Epstein, who was 66 when died, was being held was awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to sexually abusing girls as young as 14 and young women in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.",img:"https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article21226025.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_23030594-7855039-image-m-17_1578272386778.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"mirror.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"31"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.yc.news/2020/01/05/jeffrey-epsteins-crime-scene-photos-graphic/",h2:"Jeffrey Epsteins Crime Scene Photos: Graphic",p:"Chilling new photos show Jeffrey Epsteins body and the orange bed sheet he allegedly used to hang himself with. Graphic photographs from Epsteins autopsy have revealed for the first time his bloodied neck wound after he killed himself on August 1. Epsteins autopsy report found his neck had been broken in several places, including the hyoid bone located near the Adams apple. The images, which were obtained by 60 Minutes and shown publicly for the first time on Sunday, were taken by the New York City medical examiners office after Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in his federal prison cell. The two guards were allegedly shopping online for furniture and napping instead of checking on the millionaire pedophile in his jail cell just 15 feet away from them. Pictured above is the gate that separated the guards from the hallway where Epsteins cell was.",img:"https://i1.wp.com/www.yc.news/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/img_3216.jpg?w=&ssl=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"yc.news",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"31"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.investors.com/news/defense-stocks-higher-u-s-kills-top-iranian-commander/", h2:"War Stocks, Lockheed Martin, Northrop, Raytheon Rise as US Iran relations worsens", p:"War stocks rallied and rose Friday following the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's most powerful military commander, raising the risks of serious escalation with Tehran. Names such as Northrop Grumman (NOC) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) were big winners in Friday's stock market trading, along with Raytheon stock. Crude oil futures rallied strongly, lifting shale plays. But oil majors such as Dow Jones components Chevron (CVX) and Exxon Mobil (XOM) were mixed, while shale plays rallied on higher crude oil prices. Missile and missile defense systems specialist Raytheon (RTN) advanced 1.5% to 227.81, hitting a new high. Top shipbuilder General Dynamics (GD), a laggard over the past year, was up 1%. Lockheed Martin, the largest defense contractor based on revenue, rallied 3.6% to 413.67. Lockheed stock soared to a record high, now slightly extended from a 390.83 double-bottom buy point reclaimed on Thursday. Investors could treat 396.05 as a more-relevant resistance point, which would offer a chase zone to 415.85.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/raytheon_misslie.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-04/la-me-iran-suleimani-killing-reaction",h2:"Iranian Americans are shocked, alarmed or relieved",p:"Iranian Americans said they were variously shocked, alarmed or relieved that the man seen as a cultural icon in Iran, and the mastermind behind the Islamic Republics military operations throughout the region, is gone. Iranians initially rejoiced at the retaliation, saying it showed defiance and courage. Despite these uncertainties, Khanlou has no doubts about the character of the feared man who formerly led Irans elite Quds Force. ‟That guy was a monster, ‟ Khanlou said. ‟He killed a million people.",img:"https://media.pri.org/s3fs-public/styles/story_main/public/iran-war-tehran-2011-12-20.jpg?itok=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"latimes.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"32"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.businessinsider.com/why-neither-bush-or-obama-killed-iranian-general-qassem-soleimani-2020-1",h2:"Why neither Bush nor Obama killed Soleimani",p:"Former military and intelligence officials have cited the potential for retaliation from Iran against US troops, diplomats, and allied forces in the region as a major reason for not killing Soleimani previously. President Obama, therefore, did not see it logical to take out General Soleimani given the nuclear deal between the two countries. US policy toward Iran shifted markedly in the Obama administration, which attempted to improve relations with Iran and ended up negotiating a landmark nuclear deal in 2015. Under the conditions of the deal, it wouldn't have made sense for the US to take out one of the country's top officials. But Trump, who criticized Obama's Iran policy for years, took a more aggressive approach toward Iran, withdrawing from the nuclear agreement and significantly inflaming tensions both by antagonizing Iranian officials on Twitter, and the military expanding its presence in the region.",img:"https://static01.nyt.com/images/2011/09/19/us/CAUCUS/CAUCUS-articleInline.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"businessinside",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"32"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-01-03/defense-stocks-qassem-suleimani",h2:"Defense stocks jump after U.S. kills Iranian general",p:"Defense-sector stocks rallied and rose Friday following the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's most powerful military commander, raising the risks of serious escalation with Tehran. After the targeted killing in Baghdad of Gen. Qassem Suleimani, head of Irans elite Quds Force, Irans government and a U.S. military official said at least 3,000 additional Army troops were deploying to the Middle East.Even as the broader Standard and Poors 500 index lost ground, the S&P Aerospace & Defense Select Industry index climbed 1.8% on Friday. Northrop Grumman Corp. stock jumped 5.4%. Based in Falls Church, Va., Northrop Grumman makes such aircraft as the B-2 bomber and the and to build the next generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles.",img:"https://defpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Raytheon-DeepStrike-Missile.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"latimes.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"32"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.marketwatch.com/story/aerospace-and-defense-stocks-like-northrop-grumman-rise-in-wake-of-soleimani-killing-2020-01-03",h2:"Defense stocks like Northrop Grumman & Raytheon, rise in wake of Soleimani killing",p:"Shares of companies in the aerospace and defense sector, rallied and rose Friday following the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's most powerful military commander, raising the risks of serious escalation with Tehran. Shares of Northrop Grumman were among the few stocks to gain on Friday as aerospace companies climbed in the wake of the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani. Defense sector tend to benefit during heightened potential for military conflict and have been viewed by Barrons as an attractive sector, even before the recent rise in Middle East tensions. On Friday, the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF was a good way to play the broader sector, with that exchange-traded fund up 0.9%. The ETF is a market-cap weighted fund, with its top holdings represented by Boeing Co., at 20.8% of the fund, United Technologies Corp. UTX, +0.22%, 16.8%, Lockheed, 6.7%, TransDigm Group TDG, +1.20% 5% and Raytheon Co. RTN, +0.00%, about 5%.",img:"https://i0.wp.com/theweaponsofwar.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/supersonic-8216-searam-8217-rolling-airframe-missile-live-fire-launch-e1495329511555.jpg?fit=&ssl=&w=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"marketwatch.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"32"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/soleimani-trump-iran-war-us-arms-company-stock-price-lockheed-martin-a9270426.html",h2:"Arms companies see stocks soar after Soleimani assassination as analysts predict Iran conflict",p:"Killing of top Iranian commander sparks fears of all-out war with America. War sector stocks rallied and rose Friday following the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's most powerful military commander, raising the risks of serious escalation with Tehran. Defence technology company Northrop Grumman saw its stock up by 5.43 per cent on Friday, while Lockheed Martin stock gained 3.6 per cent and Raytheon stock rose by 1.5 per cent. Oil prices also surged following the strike on Friday, with US crude oil climbing by 3.1 per cent, while stocks fell broadly on Wall Street. Sheila Kahyaoglu, an analyst for Jefferies Investment Bank, also wrote to investors that the threat of conflict in the Middle East “points to the broad threat profile that supports elevated levels of spending”.",img:"https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2020/01/03/15/2020-01-03T115336Z-1895116977-RC2B8E9ILUU8-RTRMADP-3-IRAQ-SECURITY-BLAST.JPG?width=&height=&fit=&format=&auto=&quality=",logo:"https://www.independent.co.uk/img/logo.png",coname:"independent.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"32"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/08/world/middleeast/iranians-retaliation.html",h2:"In Iran, Rejoicing Over Retaliation, then Relief at No U.S. Counterstrike",p:"Many Iranians expressed support for the missile attack on American bases in Iraq, then spent a restless night waiting for a military response from Washington that never came. Iranians initially rejoiced at the retaliation, saying it showed defiance and courage. In Iran, Rejoicing Over Retaliation, then Relief at No U.S. Counterstrike Many Iranians expressed support for the missile attack on American bases in Iraq, then spent a restless night waiting for a military response from Washington that never came. The country launched more than 20 missiles, the barrage targeting two large military bases that house thousands of Iraqi and American servicemen and women.",img:"https://static01.nyt.com/images/2020/01/08/world/08iran-mood/merlin_166821726_f0db7551-a70d-4ca6-914f-8e3d518ac463-articleLarge.jpg?quality=&auto=&disable=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/new-york-times.png",coname:"nytimes.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"32"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1225088/WW3-barack-obama-george-bush-kill-general-soleimani-donald-trump-world-war-3",h2:"WW3 fears: Why neither Obama nor Bush killed Qassem Soleimani - and why Trump did",p:"World War 3 fears were ignited last week when an American airstrike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. The Pentagon said the commander was responsible for hundreds of US deaths but why did neither President Obama nor President Bush kill General Qassem Soleimani? And why did Donald Trump sanction his assassination? US policy towards Iran changed significantly while President Obama was in office. His administration tried to improve relations with Iran and successfully negotiated a landmark nuclear deal in 2015. President Obama, therefore, did not see it logical to take out General Soleimani given the nuclear deal between the two countries. President Trump withdrew from that agreement in May 2018 and in the wake of Fridays drone strike, Iran ended its commitment to the deal.",img:"https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/78/590x/secondary/WW3-fears-Why-neither-Obama-nor-Bush-killed-Qassem-Soleimani-and-why-Trump-did-2245733.jpg?r=",logo:"https://www.cats.org.uk/uploads/images/news/9d6f9bd0-c634-4856-aec0-cb960f36c273.png",coname:"express.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"32"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/04/chiune-sugihara-my-father-japanese-schindler-saved-6000-jews-lithuania", h2:"Japans Schindler who saved over 6000 Jews during World War 2", p:"Chiune Sugihara, saved over 6000 Jews during the second world war. Over six weeks in the summer of 1940, while serving as a diplomat in Lithuania, Chiune Sugihara defied orders from his bosses in Tokyo, and issued several thousand visas for Jewish refugees to travel to Japan. Lithuanias government has declared 2020 “the year of Chiune Sugihara”: an official programme promises an exhibition of photographs in Lithuanias parliament, as well as concerts, conferences, films, postage stamps and a monument erected in Kaunas, Lithuanias former capital, where Sugihara was posted in 1939. It is all part of the burgeoning memorialisation of Sugihara, who in 1984, two years before he died, was declared “righteous among the nations” by Yad Vashem, the Israeli state organisation that commemorates the Holocaust. Chiune Sugihara was sent to Kaunas in the autumn of 1939 to open a consulate, soon after Nazi tanks had rolled into neighbouring Poland. At first glance, it was a curious posting for the up and coming diplomat who, by leaving blank an entrance exam paper for medical school, had defied his fathers wish for him to become a doctor. There were no Japanese people registered as living in the country, thousands of miles from the Pacific. But Kaunas was an ideal place for Japan to check up on its ally, Nazi Germany, whom it suspected of making a secret pact with Joseph Stalin, as well as plotting an invasion of the Soviet Union. Both suspicions were confirmed by Sugiharas contacts with Polish spies, and reconnaissance of Nazi troop movements, sometimes done under the guise of a picnic.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/chiune_sugihara.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://unseenjapan.com/sugihara-chiune-jewish-refugees-japanese-schindler/",h2:"Japans Schindler: How Sugihara Chiune Saved Thousands of Jewish Refugees",p:"Chiune Sugihara, saved over 6000 Jews during the second world war. Bearing with them the visas which contained the official seal of the Japanese vice-consul to Lithuania and the signature of Sugihara Chiune, whole families traversed the Soviet Union, making their way to Kobe, the Japanese city with the biggest Jewish population. Others found refuge in the Shanghai ghetto, where there was suffering, but where the Japanese government refused to carry out the mass killing of Jews Hitler demanded of them (such violence was, sadly, saved for the Chinese peoples themselves).",img:"https://mk0unseenjapanyswfhm.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/sugihara.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"unseenjapan.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"33"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/.premium-chiune-sugihara-the-japanese-hero-who-saved-6-000-jews-from-the-holocaust-1.5381214",h2:"Who Is Chiune Sugihara? The Japanese Hero Who Saved 6,000 Jews From the Holocaust",p:"Chiune Sugihara, a government official of samurai heritage, put aside career, family and reputation to do the right thing, which was to issue transit visas to Jews fleeing the Nazis. Chiune Sugihara, saved over 6000 Jews during the second world war. Over six weeks in the summer of 1940, while serving as a diplomat in Lithuania, Chiune Sugihara defied orders from his bosses in Tokyo, and issued several thousand visas for Jewish refugees to travel to Japan. Lithuanias government has declared 2020 “the year of Chiune Sugihara”.",img:"https://parting-words.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/survivors-thanking-sugihara.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"haaretz.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"33"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://sputniknews.com/asia/202001041077944172-us-to-resume-military-training-for-pakistan-after-trump-rules-out-providing-security-aid/", h2:"US Resumes Military Training for Pakistan as part of American security strategy in the aftermath of Iranian Generals Assassination", p:"The US suspended military training to Pakistan in 2018, in a bid to force Islamabad to help Washington take decisive action against militants in Afghanistan. The US International Military Education and Training Programme (IMET) is worth around $2.4 million. As Washington tries to reach out to its allies in the wake of the assassination of a key Iranian commander in Iraq, a US State Department Spokesperson for South and Central Asian Affairs said on Saturday that President Donald Trump has “authorised the resumption” of IMET for Pakistan. US Secretary Mike Pompeo also reached out to Pakistans Chief of Staff, General Qamar Bawja on 3 January as part of his outreach to his counterparts in Europe, Russia and in South Asia to brief on the killing of Iranian Commander of the Al-Quds Force.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/pakistani_troops.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/01/06/cair-freaks-out-over-one-iranian-person-being-interrogated-at-the-border-n2558983",h2:"CAIR Freaks Out Over One Iranian Person Being Interrogated at the Border",p:"The Washington State chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Sunday sent out a press release saying U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are denying entry to Iranian Americans at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Wash. after attending an Iranian pop concert in Vancouver. Politico, amongst others, spread Unverified News stating ’Dozens of Iranian-Americans’ Iranian-Americans stopped or detained. The group used the story of one Iranian who was allegedly denied entry at the border and an anonymous CBP source to say that the agency ’issued a national order to report and detain anyone with Iranian heritage’ that is coming to the United States and ’is deemed potentially suspicious.",img:"https://meekd.com/img/politico_fake_news1.png",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"townhall.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"34"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7854313/Immigration-activists-claim-60-Iranians-detained-Canada-border.html",h2:"Customs and Border Patrol DENIES reports that Iranians, some of them US citizens, have been detained at the border",p:"The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported Sunday that more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans of all ages have been detained. Customs and Border protection says reports of up to 60 Iranians being detained at the US-Canada border, amid escalating tensions between Washington D.C. and Iran are false. New York Times, Politico, amongst others, spread Unverified News stating ’Dozens of Iranian-Americans’ stopped or detained.",img:"https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/iranian_americans1.jpg?itok=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"dailymail.co.u",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"34"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/iran-american-detention-cbp/2020/01/05/id/948485/",h2:"No Truth to Claims Iranian Americans Being Detained : CBP",p:"Claims that Iranian Americans are being detained at a U.S. border crossing in Blaine, Wash., are false, says Customs and Border Patrol. The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) earlier Sunday said immigration authorities detained and questioned at least 60 Iranians and Iranian Americans over the weekend at the Peace Arch Border Crossing along the border with Canada. The group said some were held for at least 11 hours. ’Social media posts that CBP is detaining Iranian-Americans and refusing their entry into the U.S. because of their country of origin are false,’ CBP spokesman Mike Friel said in a statement. ’Reports that DHS/CBP has issued a related directive are also false,’ he added.",img:"https://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax/files/c2/c292cb3b-623c-42c9-a36f-46114ce8a5ac.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"newsmax.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"34"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/as-standoff-with-iran-escalates-us-resumes-military-training-for-pakistan/articleshow/73115753.cms",h2:"As standoff with Iran escalates, US resumes military training for Pakistan",p:"Pakistan military is part of US security plan in West Asia; it is administered under US military based in the Gulf region. The US International Military Education and Training Programme (IMET) is worth around $2.4 million. US President Donald Trump has ordered resumption of military training to Pakistan, which was suspended in August 2018. Pakistan military is part of American security strategy in West Asia since the days of Cold War. It is administered under US military command based in the Gulf region. Also, Pakistan plays an essential role in the Afghan peace process and US-Taliban peace talks, experts said.",img:"https://i.dawn.com/primary/2017/07/5973cebc20efa.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"economictimes.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"34"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/us-resumes-pakistan-participation-in-american-military-training-top-official-2158707",h2:"US Resumes Pak's Participation In American Military Training",p:"The decision to resume Pakistan's participation in the International Military Education and Training Programme (IMET) was first announced by the State Department last month. The US International Military Education and Training Programme (IMET) is worth around $2.4 million. US President Donald Trump has ordered resumption of military training to Pakistan, which was suspended in August 2018. US President Donald Trump has authorised the resumption of Pakistan's participation in an American military training and educational programme in order to strengthen military-to-military cooperation on shared priorities, senior diplomat Alice Wells said on Saturday. ’The overall security assistance suspension for Pakistan remains in effect,’ Dawn news reported citing a tweet by Ms Wells, the in-charge of South Asia affairs at the US State Department. To strengthen mil2mil cooperation on shared priorities & advance US national security, @POTUS authorized the resumption of International Military Education and Training #IMET for Pakistan. The overall security assistance suspension for Pakistan remains in effect.",img:"https://c.ndtvimg.com/2020-01/f5tsf65c_alice-wells-us-diplomat_625x300_04_January_20.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"ndtv.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"34"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://arynews.tv/en/us-resumes-military-training-programme-for-pakistan/",h2:"US resumes military training programme for Pakistan",p:"In a major development, the Trump administration has announced the resumption of a training programme for Pakistans military officials. The US International Military Education and Training Programme (IMET) is worth around $2.4 million. US President Donald Trump has ordered resumption of military training to Pakistan, which was suspended in August 2018. The announcement follows on the heels of a telephonic conversation between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa the other day. They discussed a recent escalation in the Middle East following the killing of top Iranian commander.",img:"https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d7/Raising_the_flag_in_Swat_-_Flickr_-_Al_Jazeera_English.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"arynews.tv",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"34"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/08/world/middleeast/iranians-retaliation.html",h2:"In Iran, Rejoicing Over Retaliation, then Relief at No U.S. Counterstrike",p:"Many Iranians expressed support for the missile attack on American bases in Iraq, then spent a restless night waiting for a military response from Washington that never came. Iranians initially rejoiced at the retaliation, saying it showed defiance and courage. In Iran, Rejoicing Over Retaliation, then Relief at No U.S. Counterstrike Many Iranians expressed support for the missile attack on American bases in Iraq, then spent a restless night waiting for a military response from Washington that never came. The country launched more than 20 missiles, the barrage targeting two large military bases that house thousands of Iraqi and American servicemen and women.",img:"https://static01.nyt.com/images/2020/01/08/world/08iran-mood/merlin_166821726_f0db7551-a70d-4ca6-914f-8e3d518ac463-articleLarge.jpg?quality=&auto=&disable=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/new-york-times.png",coname:"nytimes.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"34"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://qz.com/work/1780373/finlands-prime-minister-wants-her-country-on-a-four-day-workweek/", h2:"Finland Prime Minister wants a Four day workweek for her country", p:"Finland's new political leader, Sanna Marin, just upped the ante, though, proposing to put the entire country on a four-day workweek consisting of six-hour workdays. Marin, the worlds youngest sitting prime minister and the leader of a five-party center-left coalition, said the policy would allow people to spend more time with their families and that this could be “the next step” in working life. Finland has long been an advocate of flexible work schedules. In 1996, the government introduced a law that gave employees the right to shift their hours up to three hours earlier or later than their employers’ typical requirements. Marin is not the first politician to recently float the idea of scaling back work hours. Neighboring Sweden tested out six-hour work days a couple of years ago. And the UKs Labour Party said in September that if elected, it would bring a 32-hour working week to the UK within 10 years. (It wasn’t elected, however, and details on how the hours would be structured were in any case vague.) In France, the standard work week is 35 hours, reduced from 39 hours in 2000.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/sanna_marin.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/07/flexible-work-finlands-pm-sanna-marin-wants-citizens-on-a-four-day-workweek.html",h2:"Finlands new prime minister wants her citizens on a four-day workweek",p:"Sanna Marin, 34, has proposed putting the entire country on a four-day workweek consisting of six-hour workdays in a bid to transition the country to what she called “the next step for us in working life.” Marin, the worlds youngest sitting prime minister and the leader of a five-party center-left coalition, said the policy would allow people to spend more time with their families. Finland has long been an advocate of flexible work schedules. In 1996, the government introduced a law that gave employees the right to shift their hours up to three hours earlier or later than their employers’ typical requirements.",img:"https://image.cnbcfm.com/api/v1/image/106323443-1578362017522gettyimages-1188709291.jpeg?v=&w=&h=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cnbc.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"35"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10679311/finland-introduce-four-day-working-week-six-hour-days-prime-minister-sanna-marin/",h2:"Finland to introduce a Four-Day working week and SIX-HOUR days under worlds youngest prime minister Sanna Marin",p:"The 34-year-old's reform will let workers spend more time with family and enjoy their lives, culture and hobbies. Marin, the worlds youngest sitting prime minister and the leader of a five-party center-left coalition, said the policy would allow people to spend more time with their families and that this could be “the next step” in working life. Prime Minister Marin said: ’People deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture. The current working week in Finland is eight hours per day, five days per week. The proposal was immediately welcomed with enthusiasm by the Minister of Education, Li Andersson. It follows a 2015 trial in Sweden that found working only six hours a day increased productivity. Results showed employees were happier, wealthier and more productive.",img:"https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/NINTCHDBPICT000547504879.jpg?w=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thesun.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"35"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.theguardian.com/money/shortcuts/2020/jan/06/finland-is-planning-a-four-day-week-is-this-the-secret-of-happiness",h2:"Finland is considering a four-day workweek",p:"Reduced working hours, as suggested by the new Finnish PM, can boost productivity and cut carbon emissions. Heres the evidence behind the idea. Marin, the worlds youngest sitting prime minister and the leader of a five-party center-left coalition, said the policy would allow people to spend more time with their families and that this could be “the next step” in working life. Reducing the length of the working week boosts productivity. When, in August, Microsoft Japan tested a four-day week, productivity work shot up by about 40%. One Melbourne organisation found a six-hour working day forced employees to eliminate unproductive activities such as sending pointless emails, sitting in lengthy meetings and cyberloafing (messing around on the internet). British businesses that have successfully switched to a four-day week include Elektra Lighting, Think Productive and Portcullis Legals.",img:"https://i.redd.it/dnv7l6um7g341.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"theguardian.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"35"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.democracynow.org/2019/12/23/headlines/us_considering_plan_to_deport_mexican_asylum_seekers_to_guatemala", h2:"US Planning to Deport Mexican Asylum Seekers to Guatemala", p:"The Trump administration is considering a controversial plan to deport Mexican asylum seekers to Guatemala. The proposal comes after the United States has already begun to deport Hondurans and Salvadorans who have arrived at the U.S. border seeking asylum in the United States to Guatemala under a “safe third country” agreement brokered with outgoing Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales. Guatemala has one of the highest rates of femicide — the murder of women — in the world. Officials received guidance indicating Mexican asylum-seekers were to be included in a controversial program that began sending asylum-seekers to Guatemala in late November.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/mexican_asylum_guatemala.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/department-of-homeland-security/476988-trump-administration-to-deport",h2:"US to deport Mexican asylum seekers to Guatemala: report",p:"The Trump administration is planning to deport Mexican asylum-seekers to Guatemala, BuzzFeed News reported on Monday. Officials received guidance indicating Mexican asylum-seekers were to be included in a controversial program that began sending asylum-seekers to Guatemala in late November, according to the news outlet. Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli said in December that Mexicans would be included in the program. While the program was originally planned for just the El Paso, Texas, area, it was extended to the Rio Grande Valley. Forty-three asylum-seekers from El Salvador and Honduras have been deported to Guatemala as of late December, BuzzFeed noted, adding that the plan was initially supposed to only apply to adults but was expanded to include families on Dec. 10.",img:"https://thehill.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumb_small_article/public/asylumseekers_usmexicoborder_112018getty.jpg?itok=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thehill.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"36"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/trump-immigration-deporting-refugees-mexico-guatemala-border",h2:"The Trump Administration Will Begin Deporting Asylum Seekers From Mexico To Guatemala",p:"Its an expansion of a controversial plan to stop the flow of refugees and immigrants to the US southern border. The Trump administration will now deport Mexican nationals — including families — who come to the US southern border seeking asylum to Guatemala, an expansion of a controversial program that will spark outrage among advocates and lawmakers, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. The program, which was signed in July, was implemented in late November. Emailed guidance was sent to asylum officials across the country in recent days detailing how Mexicans were now to be included in the process. The plan was initially only focused in El Paso but was later expanded to the Rio Grande Valley, according to documents seen by BuzzFeed News.",img:"https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2020-01/6/17/asset/4d7564f53ab6/sub-buzz-4055-1578332038-1.jpg?downsize=&output-quality=&output-format=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"buzzfeednews.c",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"36"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/illegal-immigrants-blocked-at-border-pray-for-trumps-defeat-i-want-trump-out",h2:"Illegal immigrants blocked at border pray for Trumps defeat, ‘I want Trump out",p:"Opinion : Latin American migrants eager to enter the United States but held in Mexico are praying for President Trumps election defeat in 2020, believing that a Democratic president will open the borders again. Honduran Katherine Cabrera is among thousands of migrants who didn't expect to get bottled up in this southern Mexican city, unable to proceed to the American border as planned. ‟I want Trump out, ‟ said Honduran Katherine Cabrera, who is being held in Tapachula, Mexico, with her baby.",img:"https://www.ihatethemedia.com/wp-content/uploads/illegal-aliens2-e1303038338674.jpg",logo:"https://blogmickey.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/washington-examiner-logo.png",coname:"washingtonexam",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"36"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/01/07/world/americas/07reuters-usa-immigration-mexico.html",h2:"Mexico Rejects U.S. Proposal to Send Mexican Asylum Seekers to Guatemala",p:"Mexico rejected on Monday a U.S. proposal by which Mexicans seeking asylum in the United States could be sent to Guatemala, the foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that it was working with authorities to offer ’better options’. In recent months, the administration has been concerned about an increase of Mexican nationals arrested at the border. In December, Ken Cuccinelli, the second in command at the Department of Homeland Security, said that Mexicans could be sent to Guatemala as part of the agreement.",img:"https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/11/19/world/19caravan1/merlin_147041790_bc75496e-50fc-4796-982d-dc9b01d56f40-articleLarge.jpg?quality=&auto=&disable=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/new-york-times.png",coname:"nytimes.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"36"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/sikh-youth-killed-peshawar-pakistan-1634130-2020-01-05", h2:"After Nankana Sahib Temple attack, Sikh man killed in Pakistan's Peshawar", p:"A Sikh youth has been killed in Peshawar, Pakistan, days after an angry mob attacked a revered Sikh Temple near Lahore. The young man was going to get married. 25-year-old Sikh man, identified as Ravinder Singh, has allegedly been murdered in Peshawar, Pakistan. However, the alleged killer has not been identified yet. ’India calls upon the Government of Pakistan to stop prevaricating and take immediate action to apprehend and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of these heinous acts,’ the MEA said. BJP leaders pointed to the attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib to gather support for the new law on citizenship that the government says gives hope to migrants who fled religious persecution in Pakistan and two other nations.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/sikh_sardar_nankana_sahib.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/pakistani-sikh-parvinder-singh-was-wedding-shopping-before-being-shot-dead-in-peshawar-1.68841360",h2:"Pakistani Sikh, Parvinder Singh, was wedding shopping before being shot dead in Peshawar",p:"The deceased was the brother of Pakistans first Sikh television anchor Harmeet Singh. According to police, unidentified men shot Singh, wrapped his body in a blanket and threw it into the drain. Peshawar Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sajjid Khan said the resident of Shangla was shot dead in an area under Chamkani police station's jurisdiction Saturday night. According to the FIR lodged with the Chamkani police station, Harmeet Singh, the victims brother, received a call from Parvinders phone. The caller, as yet unidentified, told him that he had killed Parvinder and where they could find his body. According to unofficial statistics, Sikh population in Pakistan is around 50,000 with the largest number living in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces. This incident has happened days after an angry mob attacked a revered Sikh Temple near Lahore.",img:"https://www.sentinelassam.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/sikh-Youth.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/gulf-news.png",coname:"gulfnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"37"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/young-pakistan-sikh-shopping-for-his-wedding-shot-dead-in-peshawar/articleshow/73112775.cms",h2:"Young Pakistani Sikh shopping for his wedding shot dead in Peshawar",p:"A young Pakistani Sikh, Parvinder Singh , who had recently returned to the country from abroad for his wedding was killed late Saturday evening by unknown gunmen in the northwestern city of Peshawar, police confirmed on Sunday. The killing comes days after a mob attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib near Lahore. Parvinder Singh (25) had come to Peshawar from his native Chakesar town, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwas Shangla district, to shop for his wedding which was to be next month. Harmeet Singh, his brother and a journalist by profession, said his younger brother ran a small business in Malaysia and had arrived in Pakistan last month. ‟Last night one of the assailants called me from Parvinders phone and said that they had killed my brother, ‟ Harmeet said, adding that he had immediately informed the police about the incident. ‟The problem here with us (minorities) is that we are very vulnerable. Police stations do not register our complaints unless they receive orders from their top bosses, ‟ Harmeet said.",img:"https://imagevars.gulfnews.com/2020/01/06/Parvinder-Singh_16f7ad72426_large.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"timesofindia.i",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"37"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://oxibuzz.com/world/pakistan/sikh-youth-murdered-in-pakistan-one-week-before-marriage-went-to-peshawar-for-marriage-preparation/",h2:"Sikh Youth Murdered In Pakistan One Week Before Marriage, Went to Peshawar for Marriage Preparation",p:"Parvinder was to be married next week. He had gone to Peshawar in connection with the wedding preparations, where he was murdered. The persecution of minorities in Pakistan is not taking its name. After the murder of a Sikh youth in Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, the pathetic condition of minorities in Pakistan is once again coming to the fore. According to the news, a Sikh youth has been murdered in Peshawar but so far no clue of the killer has been found. There was an atmosphere of fear among the Hindus and Sikhs of this area on Sunday (January 5, 2020) in the police station area. This incident has happened days after an angry mob attacked a revered Sikh Temple near Lahore.",img:"https://oxibuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Sikh-Youth-Murdered-In-Pakistan-One-Week-Before-Marriage.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"oxibuzz.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"37"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/syrian-presidents-twitter-account-temporarily-uspended/", h2:"Syrian Presidents Twitter account Suspended, again", p:"The Twitter account belonging to the Syrian Presidency was once again suspended. Twitter suspended the Syrian president's account after his tweet mourning the death of Iranian military leader, who was killed in Baghdad. Some users expressed their anger at Twitter for shutting down the Syrian president's account, that his profile was also suspended early last month when he gave an interview with the Italian TV channel. The presidency's official account on Facebook had reported the suspension of the Twitter account in December, but it hasn't commented on the latest ban yet. Twitter users that attempted to access the account were given a message stating, “Caution: This account is temporarily restricted.” Last month, the Syrian Presidents Twitter account was suspended and later restored. The reason for its suspension was never stated.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/kerry_syria_assad.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.albawaba.com/node/syrian-president-suspended-did-twitter-have-legitimate-reason-or-censorship",h2:"Syrian President Suspended: Did Twitter Have a Legitimate Reason",p:"Some Twitter users have noticed that the social network suspended the Syrian president's account after his tweet mourning the death of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in Baghdad. Some users expressed their anger at Twitter for shutting down the Syrian president's account, that his profile was also suspended early last month when he gave an interview with the Italian TV channel. The presidency's official account on Facebook had reported the suspension of the Twitter account in December, but it hasn't commented on the latest ban yet. Outraged supporters of al-Assad accused Twitter of serving what they described as an ’American political agenda’ by suspending the president's account, raising questions about Twitter's 'censorship' policies are more relaxed for US politicians including President Donald Trump.",img:"https://www.albawaba.com/sites/default/files/styles/de2e_standard/public/2020-01/Bashar-banned-2.jpg?h=&itok=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"albawaba.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"38"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://twitter.com/Partisangirl/status/1214186306202304514",h2:"Twitter has deleted the account of the Syrian president",p:"Not a single news agency has covered the fact that Twitter has deleted the account of the Syrian president. Twitter users have noticed that the social network suspended the Syrian president's account after his tweet mourning the death of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in Baghdad. Syrian Girl @Partisangirl tweeted: ’So not only was it accepted, it was expected. This is the level of censorship we are at now.’ .. ’No one will miss any of us or fight for any of us when we are silenced.",img:"https://meekd.com/img/twitter_syrian_president_assad.png",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"twitter.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"38"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://orinocotribune.com/syrian-presidents-twitter-account-temporarily-suspended/",h2:"Syrian Presidents Twitter Account Temporarily Suspended",p:"The Twitter account belonging to the Syrian Presidency was once again suspended. Last month, the Syrian Presidents Twitter account was suspended and later restored. The reason for its suspension was never stated. Twitter users have noticed that the social network suspended the Syrian president's account after his tweet mourning the death of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in Baghdad. Twitter users as the Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett, that attempted to access the account were given a message stating, “Caution: This account is temporarily restricted.",img:"https://i1.wp.com/orinocotribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Screenshot-at-19-39-56.jpg?resize=&ssl=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"orinocotribune",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"38"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/01/02/oh-snap-iraq-tv-confirming-u-s-airstrike-in-baghdad-kills-irg-leader-qassim-soleimani/", h2:"Iran's Revolutionary Guard general, Qassem Soleimani 'Torn to Shreds' by US missile", p:"The Pentagon and Iraqi State TV tonight are reporting that Qassim Soleimani, leader of Irans Quds Force, the elite unit of the Revolutionary Guards, was killed in US airstrike near Baghdad. Pictures posted on social media show the burning wreckage of two cars with other Iranian officials and pro-Iran militia members also among those killed. Also killed was Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces and other members within a convoy. For context this would be the equivalent of , say, U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf being killed during Dessert Storm. Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani, one of the most powerful men in Iran, was killed in a precision strike on two cars close to Baghdad airport. The Revolutionary Guard general, one of the most powerful men in Iran, had arrived in Iraq just minutes before his death. A security official confirmed that seven people were killed in the attack on the airport, describing it as an airstrike. Earlier, Iraqs Security Media Cell, which releases information regarding Iraqi security, said Katyusha rockets landed near the airports cargo hall, killing several people and setting two cars on fire. The assassinations will be seen as a massive blow to Iran, which has been locked in a long conflict with the US that escalated sharply last week with an attack on the US embassy in Iraq by pro-Iranian militiamen.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/QassemSoleimani_blown_up_png_small.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/irans-qassem-soleimani-torn-shreds-21205259",h2:"Qassem Soleimani 'torn to shreds' by US missile in airstrike 'assassination'",p:"Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani, one of the most powerful men in Iran, was killed in a precision strike on two cars close to Baghdad airport. New details have emerged over the killing of Qassem Soleimani close to Baghdad airport in a precision airstrike. The Revolutionary Guard general, one of the most powerful men in Iran, had arrived in Iraq just minutes before his death. Soleimani was in one of two cars carrying both himself and Iraq-based Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) militiamen after being picked up from Baghdad International Airport. He is reported to have flown in from Damascus in Syria, which has condemned the killing. Four precision missiles struck the cars carrying Soleimani and his entourage, according to US officials. Pictures posted on social media show the burning wreckage of two cars with other Iranian officials and pro-Iran militia members also among those killed. The missiles were fired from a drone, according to anonymous US officials quoted in US media. However Iran claims that American helicopters were involved in the 'assassination'. The strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as thePMF, which were responsible for the recent attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, officials said.",img:"https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article21205028.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_US-strike-that-caused-the-killing-of-IRGCs-Qasem-Soleimani-and-PMFs-Abu-Mahdi-al-Muhandis-in-Ba.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"mirror.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"39"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.jforum.fr/liranien-soleimani-et-lirakien-muhandis-tues-dans-une-frappe-aerienne-reuters.html",h2:"Soleimani, Muhandis, Naim Qasem pulverises dans une frappe",p:"A cette heure, les forces Al Quds d’Iran sont decapitees (et reconnues officiellement comme telles) par un raid surprise des forces israelo-americaines. Le rapport dit: “The Revolutionary Guard general, one of the most powerful men in Iran, had arrived in Iraq just minutes before his death. Soleimani was in one of two cars carrying both himself and Iraq-based Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) militiamen after being picked up from Baghdad International Airport.” .Deux sources de la milice ont déclaré que les deux invités avaient également été tués dans l’attaque, mais ont refusé de les identifier. On suppose que Soleimani était l’un d’eux, tandis que le chef adjoint du Hezbollah Naem Qasm était l’autre. Cependant, aucun rapport officiel n’a été confirmé.",img:"https://www.jforum.fr/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/IMG-20200103-WA0006.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"jforum.fr",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"39"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.tv100.com/suleymaninin-cesedi-yuzugunden-teshis-edildi-haber-479765",h2:"General Qassem Soleimani's dead body was identified from his ring",p:"The body of the Iranian commander Qasim Suleimani, who was killed in a US missile attack in Baghdad, was identified by his ring. Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani, one of the most powerful men in Iran, was killed in a precision strike on two cars close to Baghdad airport. Iranian Commander Qasim Suleiman died as a result of the US attack on Baghdad Airport. The body that Solomon was wearing was identified from the ring he wore. A photo of Suleymani's ring is shared on social media. Official sources also confirmed that the ring belongs to Suleymani. In the missile attack on the airport in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Qasim Solomoni, the Commander of the Jerusalem Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Army, and Abu Mehdi al-Engineer, Vice-President of pro-Iranian Hashdi Shabi, were killed. The Pentagon announced after the incident that Suleiman was killed on the instructions of US President Donald Trump.",img:"https://i.tv100.com/storage/files/images/2020/01/03/suleymani11280-eBNO.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"tv100.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"39"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/u-s-air-strikes-kill-top-iran-quds-force-general",h2:"U.S. Air Strikes KILL Top Iran Quds Force General",p:"Iraq's Shia Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) said on Friday that several members of the militia, as well as several “guests, ‟ were killed by rocket fire near the Baghdad International Airport. The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the Mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani’, a spokesman for the PMF, Ahmed al-Assadi, said, cited by Reuters. He was the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - Quds Force (IRGC-QF). Comparable to the U.S. CIA/Delta Force. Throughout the duration of the U.S. presence in Iraq, his organization has backed the bomb makers and those that fired Explosively Formed Penetrators into innumerable American vehicles.",img:"https://www.tacticalshit.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/81025913_2691015014322483_3268763608846172160_n.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"halturnerradio",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"39"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12297838", h2:"Former Google exec says tech giant kicked him out after push for human rights", p:"For years, Google tasked Ross LaJeunesse with executing its plan to protect human rights in China, after Google announced a decade ago it would stop censoring search results there to safeguard security and free speech. LaJeunesse took the mission to heart: He later devised a human rights program to formalise Google's principles supporting free expression and privacy. He began lobbying for it internally in 2017 - around the time when the tech giant was exploring a return to China, in a stark reversal of its 2010 move that made its search engine unavailable there. Now, LaJeunesse is alleging that Google pushed him out for it in April: ’I didn't change. Google changed.’ ’Don't be evil’ used to top the company's mission statement. ’Now when I think about 'Don't be evil,' it's been relegated to a footnote in the company's statements.’ Within Google, China was seen as a booming market that represented concerns about the ways technology could be used to suppress free expression or enable surveillance. LaJeunesse modelled his human rights program on the way Google approached privacy and security issues, designing the team of employees, in functions like supply chain, policy, and ethics and compliance, to help Google integrate, coordinate and prioritise human rights risk assessment.", img:"https://greece.greekreporter.com/files/VAROUFAKIS-3.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/3/21012256/googles-identity-crisis-lajeunesse-dragonfly-dont-be-evil",h2:"Googles identity crisis is deepening",p:"As Google pushed for deals and launched the Google Center for Artificial Intelligence in Beijing, former Google exec - Ross LaJeunesse says, he pushed for a company-wide human rights program that would bring new oversight to product launches. But Google rebuffed the idea, and eventually brought in a colleague to oversee policy issues related to Dragonfly. Assuming LaJeunesses account is accurate, there are any number of motivations you could ascribe to these decisions. But I want to home in on just one: I think that dealing forthrightly with the Dragonfly decision in a more traditional, open, “Googley” way would have forced the entire company to contend with the uncomfortable truth that it is a massive, geopolitical entity. It would have popped the bubble of Googles self-image. For years, Google tasked Ross LaJeunesse with executing its plan to protect human rights in China, after Google announced a decade ago it would stop censoring search results there to safeguard security and free speech. LaJeunesse took the mission to heart: He later devised a human rights program to formalise Google's principles supporting free expression and privacy. He began lobbying for it internally in 2017 - around the time when the tech giant was exploring a return to China, in a stark reversal of its 2010 move that made its search engine unavailable there. Now, LaJeunesse is alleging that Google pushed him out for it in April.",img:"https://i2.wp.com/usanews.worldtimes.news/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/ex-exec-ross-lajeunesse-claims-google-shrugged-off-human-rights-in-search-of-profits_5e0e9f92b2df8.jpeg?fit=&ssl=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"theverge.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"40"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/344493",h2:"Former Google Exec: 'Don't Be Evil' Motto Is Dead",p:"Ross LaJeunesse, Google's former head of international relations, published a scathing 2,175-word blog post about his former employer. Google is facing criticism from a former company executive, who claims the tech giant prioritizes profits over human rights. ’The company's motto used to be 'Don't be evil.' Things have changed,’ Ross LaJeunesse, Google's former head of international relations, who left the company last year, wrote in a scathing 2,175-word blog post published today. LaJeunesse pointed to Google's Project Dragonfly, a now-abandoned effort to re-enter the Chinese market with a censored search engine, which reportedly would've allowed Chinese authorities to track users' search history. It axed Dragonfly after pushback from lawmakers and employees, but LaJeunesse claims the episode is evidence of Google's ’Greed and abuse of power.’ LaJeunesse, who joined Google in 2008, said he tried to push the company to formally adopt a program whereby all product design elements wound undergo a review to examine their impact on human rights. ’But each time I recommended a Human Rights Program, senior executives came up with an excuse to say no,’ he claimed.",img:"https://assets.entrepreneur.com/content/3x2/2000/20200103145124-GettyImages-606028408.jpeg?width=&crop=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"entrepreneur.c",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"40"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.scmp.com/tech/big-tech/article/3044427/ex-google-executive-running-office-criticises-company-prizing-profits",h2:"Ex-Google executive running for office criticises company for prizing profits over human rights",p:"Ross LaJeunesse is running for US Senate after leaving his job as head of international relations as Google last year. A former Google executive running for US Senate called Thursday for tough regulation of tech titans, accusing the internet giant of straying from its “don’t be evil” path. Ross LaJeunesse took aim at Google and other big US tech companies in a Medium post, contending that profits are taking precedence over human rights. But Google rebuffed the idea, and eventually brought in a colleague to oversee policy issues related to Dragonfly. Assuming LaJeunesses account is accurate, there are any number of motivations you could ascribe to these decisions. But I want to home in on just one: I think that dealing forthrightly with the Dragonfly decision in a more traditional, open, “Googley” way would have forced the entire company to contend with the uncomfortable truth that it is a massive, geopolitical entity.",img:"https://cdn.i-scmp.com/sites/default/files/styles/1200x800/public/d8/images/methode/2020/01/03/a2826e20-2dd3-11ea-8334-1a17c6a14ef4_image_hires_110820.jpg?itok=&v=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"scmp.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"40"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/01/02/top-google-exec-pushed-company-commit-human-rights-then-google-pushed-him-out-he-says/",h2:"A top Google exec pushed the company to commit to human rights. Then Google pushed him out",p:"Ross LaJeunesse left the tech giant in April after lobbying for a human rights program for two years. For years, Google tasked Ross LaJeunesse with executing its plan to protect human rights in China, after Google announced a decade ago it would stop censoring search results there to safeguard security and free speech. But Google rebuffed the idea, and eventually brought in a colleague to oversee policy issues related to Dragonfly. Assuming LaJeunesses account is accurate, there are any number of motivations you could ascribe to these decisions. But I want to home in on just one: I think that dealing forthrightly with the Dragonfly decision in a more traditional, open, “Googley” way would have forced the entire company to contend with the uncomfortable truth that it is a massive, geopolitical entity. It would have popped the bubble of Googles self-image. For years, Google tasked Ross LaJeunesse with executing its plan to protect human rights in China, after Google announced a decade ago it would stop censoring search results there to safeguard security and free speech.",img:"https://assets.bwbx.io/images/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/ic4sXB9F6YjQ/v1/1000x-1.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"washingtonpost",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"40"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.foxnews.com/world/iran-promises-harsh-retaliation-after-us-airstrike-kills-iranian-gen-qassem-soleimani", h2:"Iran vows 'harsh retaliation' after US airstrike kills Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani", p:"Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday warned that a ’harsh retaliation is waiting’ for the U.S. after an airstrike on an airport in Baghdad killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force. The Iranian state TV carried a statement by Khamenei who also called Soleimani ’the international face of resistance.’ Khamenei declared three days of public mourning for the general's death. TRUMP ORDERS ATTACK THAT KILLS IRANIAN GEN. QASSIM SOLEIMANI, OTHER MILITARY OFFICIALS IN BAGHDAD, PENTAGON SAYS The Iranian foreign minister warned that the U.S. would bear all the consequences of the “foolish” military attack, claiming Soleimani's assassination would only escalate tensions in the region given that he was “THE most effective force” fighting terrorism carried out by the Islamic State. Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Islamic Republic of Iran, said on Twitter that “The US' act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation.” “The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism, ‟ he said. Zarif references three affiliated Sunni Muslim extremist groups who’ve held territory in Iraq and Syria. The modern Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has ties that date back to the rise of al Qaeda in 2004 after the U.S. invaded Iraq the year before. The Pentagon confirmed that President Trump ordered the early Friday-morning attack that killed Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force, among other military officials at Baghdad International Airport. The airstrike hit in Iraq. Many Democrats admitted that no Americans would mourn Soleimani's death but also raised concern that the escalation will put the U.S. on a crash course for a new conflict in the Mideast. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement saying that Trump ordered the airstrike “without the consultation of Congress.” WASHINGTON POST BLASTED FOR REFERRING TO QASSIM SOLEIMANI AS IRAN'S 'MOST REVERED MILITARY LEADER' “American leaders’ highest priority is to protect American lives and interests, ‟ her statement said. ‟But we cannot put the lives of American service members, diplomats and others further at risk by engaging in provocative and disproportionate actions. Tonights airstrike risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence.” An adviser to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani also quickly warned Trump of retaliation from Tehran. ’Trump through his gamble has dragged the U.S. into the most dangerous situation in the region,’ Hessameddin Ashena wrote on the social media app Telegram. ’Whoever put his foot beyond the red line should be ready to face its consequences.’", img:"https://meekd.com/img/QassemSoleimani.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/what-qassim-soleimanis-killing-means",h2:"What Qassim Soleimani's killing means",p:"This will also cause short-term strife for U.S. political interests in Iraq. Soleimani and Muhandis represented a powerful bloc of Iranian-aligned interests. But a bloc that was under growing pressure. They'll now seek to unify erstwhile competitors such as Muqtada al Sadr into punishing America for what has occurred. Ultimately, however, the U.S. holds the cards here. If it is willing to tolerate some U.S. casualties, the Trump administration can effectively out-escalate Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's regime and force it into backing down. But while lives have likely been saved by Soleimani's departure, the near-term future won't be pretty.",img:"https://c.tribune.com.pk/2019/06/1999395-usiran-1561437830.jpg",logo:"https://blogmickey.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/washington-examiner-logo.png",coname:"washingtonexam",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"41"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/u-s-air-strikes-kill-top-iran-quds-force-general",h2:"U.S. Air Strikes KILL Top Iran Quds Force General",p:"Iraq's Shia Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) said on Friday that several members of the militia, as well as several “guests, ‟ were killed by rocket fire near the Baghdad International Airport. The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the Mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani’, a spokesman for the PMF, Ahmed al-Assadi, said, cited by Reuters. He was the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - Quds Force (IRGC-QF). Comparable to the U.S. CIA/Delta Force. Throughout the duration of the U.S. presence in Iraq, his organization has backed the bomb makers and those that fired Explosively Formed Penetrators into innumerable American vehicles.",img:"https://www.tacticalshit.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/81025913_2691015014322483_3268763608846172160_n.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"halturnerradio",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"41"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://gulfnews.com/opinion/editorials/soleimani-killing-sends-important-message-to-iran-its-regional-adventurism-has-consequences-1.68785303",h2:"Soleimani killing sends important message to Iran: its regional adventurism has consequences",p:"The killing of Qasem Soleimani, the head of Irans Revolutionary Guards, and considered to be the second most powerful man in Iran, after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, marks a decisive victory against Iranian terror. Arab states have long complained of Iranian interference in their internal affairs. They also warned the international community that this was simply not a regional problem, but an international one. While Irans foreign meddling has been going on for years, with the creation of militias in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen to carry out its agenda, the US recently got a very direct taste of the threat those militias pose. In Iraq, Iran-backed militias for months have been targeting US interests and bases, which led to the killing of one US contractor last week. US officials have been warning that the situation could escalate very quickly and warned Iran there would be consequences for such actions. Iran ignored past warnings. Iran seemingly dismissed those warnings and continued its attacks. Then came a series of tit-for-tat exchanges between the US and Iraqi militias—the most seriously direct confrontation between Washington and Tehran since tensions began a year ago. The US responded by attacking the Kata’ib Hezbollah base in Kirkuk with more than 30 rockets. In response to that attack, pro-Iran militias including Hashed Shaabi—who fought Daesh in coordination with the US just a few years back—stormed the US embassy in Baghdad, setting it ablaze and chanting ‘Down, down, USA’. This was the most serious Iranian challenge to US interests in Iraq and US President Donald Trump had no choice but to decisively respond by taking out Soleimani. 'Strike aimed at deterring future Iranian attacks' Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement, adding that the strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attacks. Tehran will think twice now before ordering its proxies to fight on its behalf. The killing of Soleimani proves that Irans actions have consequences and they should not take American threats lightly. Instead, it needs to focus on its own domestic situation where unemployment is skyrocketing and prices have soared, sparking the most serious anti-government protests, in years. Iran must learn that fomenting strife in the region, backing militias, and openly defying US threats comes with a price. His death will have significant ramifications in all regional battlefields such as Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. They have lost its chief foreign policy architect and military strategist and will be struggling to pick up the pieces after this decisive defeat.",img:"https://imagevars.gulfnews.com/2015/10/7/1_16a081193b0.1596705_242344894_16a081193b0_large.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/gulf-news.png",coname:"gulfnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"41"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/qassem-soleimani-iran-airstrike-trump-nuclear-deal-what-happens-now-latest-a9268496.html",h2:"Qassem Soleimani: Killing of Quds Force leader marks new low in US-Iran relations",p:"The targeted killing of Iranian Maj-Gen Qassem Soleimani by US forces represents just the latest escalation in Donald Trump's long-running campaign to contrast himself with his predecessor by taking an increasingly aggressive posture towards Tehran. Mr Trump took office in 2017 having promised to pull the US out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the agreement between Iran, the EU, and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. The agreement, which limited Iran's ability to enrich nuclear materials to weapons grade for 10 years, was widely seen as one of former president Barack Obama's major foreign policy accomplishments. While many of Mr Trump's closest advisers — including former secretary of defence James Mattis and former secretary of state Rex Tillerson — counselled him against pulling out of an agreement with which Iran was judged to be in compliance, the president ignored his advisers by refusing to certify Iran's compliance in October 2017. In May 2018 he declared that the US would withdraw from the deal, and by the end of 2018 both Mattis and Tillerson had left government service. Mr Trump and his administration have since embarked on what he has called a “maximum pressure” campaign akin to the regime of increasingly crippling sanctions which led to his first meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, and has routinely spread misinformation about the actions taken by Mr Obama to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions, such as falsely claiming that his predecessor — who he repeatedly accused of being a secret Muslim who was not born in the United States — bribed Iran by settling a long-running legal dispute over a refund for military equipment purchased by the previous government of Iran. Most of the other permanent UNSC members, however, have opposed the US withdrawal and, led by French president Emmanuel Macron, have endeavoured to keep Iran at the negotiating table even as Tehran has retaliated against US sanctions by restarting uranium enrichment. Additionally, Mr Trump in April took the unprecedented step of declaring Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps — the branch of Iran's military to which Soleimani belonged — a terrorist organisation over the opposition of the Pentagon and CIA. The IRGC Quds Force, which Soleimani led, had been a designated terrorist organisation since 2007.",img:"https://media.newyorker.com/photos/59096024ebe912338a374c8a/master/w_727,c_limit/130930_r23940.jpg",logo:"https://www.independent.co.uk/img/logo.png",coname:"independent.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"41"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.sciencealert.com/mars-2020-rover-will-to-prepare-for-human-exploration", h2:"NASA Just Unveiled Its 2020 Mars Rover", p:"The Mars 2020 rover, which sets off for the Red Planet next year, will not only search for traces of ancient life, but pave the way for future human missions, NASA scientists said Friday as they unveiled the vehicle. The rover has been constructed in a large, sterile room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, near Los Angeles, where its driving equipment was given its first successful test last week. Shown to invited journalists on Friday, it is scheduled to leave Earth in July 2020 from Florida's Cape Canaveral, becoming the fifth US rover to land on Mars seven months later in February. It's designed to seek the signs of life, so we're carrying a number of different instruments that will help us understand the geological and chemical context on the surface of Mars,’ deputy mission leader Matt Wallace told AFP. Among the devices on board the rover are 23 cameras, two ’ears’ that will allow it to listen to Martian winds, and lasers used for chemical analysis. Approximately the size of a car, the rover is equipped with six wheels like its predecessor Curiosity, allowing it to traverse rocky terrain. Fuelled by a miniature nuclear reactor, Mars 2020 has seven-foot-long (two metre) articulated arms and a drill to crack open rock samples in locations scientists identify as potentially suitable for life.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/mars_rover3_nasa_.gif", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7563",h2:"NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive",p:"NASA's next Mars rover has passed its first driving test - - it sets off for the Red Planet next year. A preliminary assessment of its activities on Dec. 17, 2019, found that the rover checked all the necessary boxes as it rolled forward and backward and pirouetted in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The next time the Mars 2020 rover drives, it will be rolling over Martian soil. Mars 2020 has earned its driver's license,’ said Rich Rieber, the lead mobility systems engineer for Mars 2020. ’The test unambiguously proved that the rover can operate under its own weight and demonstrated many of the autonomous-navigation functions for the first time. This is a major milestone for Mars 2020. Mars 2020 is designed to make more driving decisions for itself than any previous rover. It is equipped with higher-resolution, wide-field-of-view color navigation cameras, an extra computer ’brain’ for processing images and making maps, and more sophisticated auto-navigation software. It also has wheels that have been redesigned for added durability.",img:"https://imagecache.jpl.nasa.gov/images/640x350/PIA23499-16-640x350.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"jpl.nasa.gov",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"42"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.sightmagazine.com.au/news/14383-nasa-s-mars-2020-rover-set-to-hunt-martian-fossils-scout-for-manned-missions",h2:"NASA's Mars 2020 rover set to hunt Martian fossils, scout for manned missions",p:"A NASA robotic rover is nearing completion ahead of a journey next year to search for evidence of past life on Mars and lay the groundwork for the space agency's mission to send humans into deep space. The Mars 2020 rover, which sets off for the Red Planet next year, will not only search for traces of ancient life, but pave the way for future human missions, NASA scientists said Friday as they unveiled the vehicle. The US space agency last week showed off its Mars 2020 rover, whose official name will be chosen early next year. NASA will in February ship the rover to Florida's Kennedy Space Center where its three sections will be fully assembled. A July launch will send the rover to a dry lake bed on Mars that is bigger than the island of Manhattan. The four-wheeled, car-sized rover will scour the base of Mars' Jezero Crater, a 250-metre-deep crater thought to have been a lake the size of Lake Tahoe, once the craft lands in February, 2021. The crater is believed to have an abundance of pristine sediments some 3.5 billion years old that scientists hope will hold fossils of Martian life.",img:"https://www.sightmagazine.com.au/images/newsite-images/news/Mars_image.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"sightmagazine.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"42"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/12/30/mars-rover-nasa-2020-signs-past-life/2769390001/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=amp&utm_campaign=speakable",h2:"Are we alone in the universe? : NASA's 2020 Mars rover, a $2.5B robotic astronaut, is being built to help us find out",p:"NASA's next Mars rover will want to bring home a few souvenirs - it sets off for the Red Planet next year. But instead of piling them into a suitcase, the rover is going to have to drop its precious cargo onto the surface of the Red Planet and await another spacecraft to fetch them for the trip home. It's all part of the most ambitious mission to Mars yet. Work is almost complete on the rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles well ahead of a launch window that starts July 17 at the launch site in Florida. With previous rovers having shown Mars had the building blocks of life, the goal of the next mission is to establish whether life has existed. This is the one we have been working toward,’ said Matt Wallace deputy project manager of Mars 2020. ’Now we are really asking the question, 'Can we find any sign of life?' The trip will take about seven months. If all goes according to plan, the rover will come to life next February in an ancient river delta in a lake that filled the Jezero Crater. Its mission is expected to last two years. The six-wheeled rover, yet to be given a formal name, looks similar to the last one, dubbed Curiosity. It's about the same size – about 10 feet long and 9 feet wide – but will weigh 278 pounds more than Curiosity. JPL engineers compare it to a Mini Cooper. Where the vehicle at the heart of the $2.5 billion exploration will really stand apart, however, is in its ability to analyze and process samples, then drop them into tubes for pickup by another Mars mission expected to launch in 2026. Samples will be carried inside the rover until they are deposited in individual tubes or in a bunch on the planet's surface.",img:"https://s22380.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/Mars-2020-Artist-Concept-Instrument-SuperCam-full.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"usatoday.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"42"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7845321/Tulsi-Gabbard-surfs-NEW-HAMPSHIRE-winter-wetsuit.html", h2:"Tulsi Gabbard kicks off 2020 surfing in freezing New Hampshire waters as she dons winter wetsuit to ride 40 deg F waves", p:"Rep. Tulsi Gabbard became the first presidential candidate ever to surf off the coast of New Hampshire, taking to the waves on New Year's Day. Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii vying for the Democratic nomination, donned a so-called 'winter wetsuit' and plunged into waters chillier than 40 degrees. There is absolutely no better way to start the day and to start the year,' the longtime surfer said after catching some waves on the Granite State's Hampton Beach. 'Highly recommend it. If we could go surfing every day and bring everybody out, that'd be awesome. Hours later her campaign said she had raised $3.4 million in the last three months of 2019, her largest total so far but far behind the $34.5 million raised by Bernie Sanders in the same period. A number of supporters with signs gathered on the beach around Gabbard, who is one of now 14 Democrats running for the nomination, with former HUD Director Julian Castro announcing he was suspending his campaign Thursday. A day before, on New Year's Eve, she also tested out the New Hampshire waters, taking a dip in the Atlantic Ocean - then 45 degrees - alongside UFC fighter Chuck Rosa, who lost two sons to the opioid crisis.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/tulsi_swimming_.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/watch-tulsi-gabbard-goes-surfing-in-new-hampshire-on-new-years-day",h2:"Tulsi Gabbard surfs in New Hampshire on New Years Day",p:"Rep. Tulsi Gabbard didn't let the cold temperatures or frigid New Hampshire water stop her from kicking off 2020 with one of her favorite activities — surfing. Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii vying for the Democratic nomination, donned a so-called 'winter wetsuit' and plunged into waters chillier than 40 degrees. There is absolutely no better way to start the day and to start the year,' the longtime surfer said after catching some waves on the Granite State's Hampton Beach. The Democratic presidential contender skipped last month's primary debate in part to spend time connecting with voters in New Hampshire. On New Year's Day, she brought a little bit of her home state of Hawaii to New England by becoming the first candidate for president to surf in the Granite State. ’History is being made!’ a supporter yelled as Gabbard headed down the beach in a full-body wetsuit, flanked by people holding campaign signs, and into the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Gabbard, 38, learned to surf during her teenage years ’the hard way through trial and error.’ Now, she and videographer husband Abraham Williams, 31, tackle the breaks of Ala Moana Beach Park on the south shore of Oahu together. In 2017, she even entered Hawaii's Queen of the Bay surfing competition.",img:"http://tulsigabbardnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/tulsi-surf-1-1024x576.jpg",logo:"https://blogmickey.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/washington-examiner-logo.png",coname:"washingtonexam",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"43"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-tulsi-gabbard-new-hampshire-surfing-20200102-u27vfhg6tzefrlczvw4izeyw44-story.html",h2:"Tulsi Gabbard goes surfing in chilly New Hampshire",p:"She voted “present” on the winter waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii vying for the Democratic nomination, donned a so-called 'winter wetsuit' and plunged into waters chillier than 40 degrees. There is absolutely no better way to start the day and to start the year,' the longtime surfer said after catching some waves on the Granite State's Hampton Beach. Rebellious Rep. Tulsi Gabbard went surfing Wednesday in New Hampshire, where the Hawaii Democrat is hoping to make waves in the second-in-the-nation Democratic presidential nominating contest next month. The 38-year-old White House hopeful decked herself out in a wetsuit and toted a green surfboard into the frigid waters at Hampton Beach. Gabbard surprised many in her party two weeks ago by voting “present’ during the House impeachment of President Trump. She said in a statement that she split with the vast majority of Democrats on the vote because “removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process.",img:"https://stabmag.com/assets/post-hero-banners/_resampled/ScaleWidthWyIxMjAwIl0-171106-r30844.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"nydailynews.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"43"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://theintercept.com/2019/03/01/google-project-maven-contract/", h2:"Peter Thiel joins Project Maven, the military AI program started by Google", p:"Palantir, the surveillance company founded by Peter Thiel, has joined Project Maven. Project Maven, for those unfamiliar, is a Pentagon program to build an AI-powered surveillance platform for unmanned aerial vehicles. In November several dozen experts from the American military industrial complex—including senior officers, defense contracting executives, and think tank advisers—gathered at a hotel a few blocks from the Capitol to discuss artificial intelligence software, along with Google executives. Basically, the job of Project Maven is to build a system for the US military to deploy and monitor autonomous drones. Google previously held the contract but, allegedly due to employee push back, the Mountain View company chose not to renew when it expired in March. At least a dozen employees walked out in 2018 after Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene announced the company would renew the contract. The Pentagon didn’t have to look very far to find a company willing to pick up where Google‘s ethics left off. Palantir, the company that powers ICE and CBPs surveillance networks and builds software for police that circumvents the warrant process, is reportedly chugging away on Project Maven. In June of 2018, speaking at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, Thiel referenced Google‘s decision to push forward with Project Dragonfly (a controversial Google program to build Search out for China) while abandoning the Pentagons Project Maven. He said the CIA should investigate Google. Its worth pointing out that Google was allegedly working with the Chinese government, not necessarily the Chinese military (which would have no reason to develop a censored search engine with Google). Thiels supposition, one echoed by Palantirs CEO Alex Karp, is that its big techs patriotic duty to do whatever the US government tells it. Of course, Thiel hasn’t always felt this way. Hes invested in Chinese startups, bid for contracts, and worked with Chinese agencies before.", img:"https://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/800px-MQ-9_Reaper_-_090609-F-0000M-777.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.itpro.co.uk/machine-learning/34090/google-still-covertly-invests-in-military-ai-projects",h2:"Google still ‘covertly’ invests in military AI projects - Google's Gradient Ventures AI fund supports building of military drones",p:"Despite pledging to cut ties with weapons-based artificial intelligence (AI) projects, Google is using its investment arm to cultivate startup firms that actively engage in military and law enforcement contracts. Google previously held the contract directly but, allegedly due to employee push back, the Mountain View company chose not to renew when it expired in March. At least a dozen employees walked out in 2018 after Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene announced the company would renew the contract. The industry giant's involvement in a highly contentious AI-powered Pentagon drones project last year, dubbed Project Maven, garnered anger and protestations from its own employees. Whistleblowers, however, have claimed Google is circumventing its own guidelines by providing funds and guidance to AI startups via its investment arm Gradient Ventures, according to The Intercept. This is a financial fund created by Google specifically to invest in AI startups. Not only do these companies receive financial support, Google employees said, but they are also granted access to Google's vast repository of training data accumulated through work with its own AI systems. Moreover, these startups will receive advanced AI training on behalf of Google. Emails also suggest senior Google engineers will take up roles in these startups in order to offer ’the kind of hand-holding support that we think is helpful in growing an AI ecosystem.",img:"https://media.itpro.co.uk/image/upload/t_content-image-desktop@2/v1570817637/itpro/2019/07/shutterstock_690489076.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"itpro.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"44"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2019/12/11/report-palantir-took-over-project-maven-the-military-ai-program-too-unethical-for-google/",h2:"Report: Palantir took over Project Maven, the military AI program too unethical for Google",p:"Project Maven, for those unfamiliar, is a Pentagon program to build an AI-powered surveillance platform for unmanned aerial vehicles. Basically, the job is to build a system for the US military to deploy and monitor autonomous drones. This system would, supposedly, give the government real-time battlefield command and control and the ability to track, tag, and spy on targets without human involvement. The limited, unclassified information available makes it appear as though the project stops just short of functioning as an AI weapons system capable of firing on self-designated targets as they become available in the battle space. Google previously held the contract but, allegedly due to employee push back, the Mountain View company chose not to renew when it expired in March. At least a dozen employees walked out in 2018 after Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene announced the company would renew the contract. Subsequent internal pressure lead to Google ultimately declining to bid for the contract again. The Pentagon didn’t have to look very far to find a company willing to pick up where Google‘s ethics left off. Palantir, the company that powers ICE and CBPs surveillance networks and builds software for police that circumvents the warrant process, is reportedly chugging away on Project Maven.",img:"https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/08/trumpthiel-796x398.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thenextweb.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"44"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://theintercept.com/2019/03/01/google-project-maven-contract/",h2:"GOOGLE CONTINUES INVESTMENTS IN MILITARY AND POLICE AI TECHNOLOGY THROUGH VENTURE CAPITAL ARM",p:"Following months of protests from its employees, Google announced last summer that it would not renew its contract with the military on Project Maven, an initiative to use artificial intelligence to improve the targeting and surveillance capabilities of drones on the battlefield. Project Maven, for those unfamiliar, is a Pentagon program to build an AI-powered surveillance platform for unmanned aerial vehicles. Basically, the job is to build a system for the US military to deploy and monitor autonomous drones. Google previously held the contract but, allegedly due to employee push back, the Mountain View company chose not to renew when it expired in March. Googles work on the Project Maven contract, which began in late 2017, had been shrouded in secrecy for months until it was reported by The Intercept and Gizmodo. The project uses machine-learning to automatically label images, buildings, and other objects captured by cameras on drones, helping Air Force analysts identify unique targets. Project Maven is part of a military-wide campaign to integrate artificial intelligence into battlefield technology. The Pentagons Defense Innovation Board has described the race to adopt AI technology as akin to the race for “nuclear weapons in the 1940s and with precision-guided weapons and stealth technology afterward. The quiet effort to award Google with the project, which was sought by other technology giants, was significant. Google prides itself on developing cutting-edge AI capabilities, along with cloud servers that are specially optimized to support complex machine-learning programs. The disclosure of the Google contract in March 2018 sparked immediate protest, with several employees resigning and thousands more signing a petition sharply condemning the company. The petition urged Google to swear off “warfare technology” and cancel the contract, which it said “puts Googles reputation at risk and stands in direct opposition to our core values.",img:"https://cdnph.upi.com/ph/st/th/8021541439126/2018/i/15414395546024/v1.5/General-Atomics-awarded-107M-for-MQ-9-Reaper-drone-work.jpg?lg=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"theintercept.c",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"44"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://gizmodo.com/former-google-exec-says-he-was-forced-out-for-opposing-1840777699",h2:"Former Google Exec Says He Was Forced Out for Opposing Company's Pivot to Evil",p:"A onetime top Google executive, former head of international relations Ross LaJeunesse, is now publicly alleging that the company abandoned its “Don’t be evil” ethos because it was more interested in chasing “bigger profits. Project Maven, for those unfamiliar, is a Pentagon program to build an AI-powered surveillance platform for unmanned aerial vehicles. Basically, the job is to build a system for the US military to deploy and monitor autonomous drones. Google previously held the contract but, allegedly due to employee push back, the Mountain View company chose not to renew when it expired in March. At least a dozen employees walked out in 2018 after Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene announced the company would renew the contract. LaJeunesse, who is now running for Senate as a Democrat in Maine, is one of the most senior current or former Googlers to have spoken out against the companys ethically shaky business practices. He said in a blog post and an interview in the Washington Post on Thursday that Google pushed him out in April 2019 after he raised concerns about human rights issues—including projects ranging from drone imaging for the Pentagon and cloud computing for the infamously brutal Saudi government to a censored search engine in China that would tie search requests to users’ phone numbers. He also alleged that the issues didn’t end with the companys choice of projects and business partners, with human resources possibly targeting him for retaliation after he complained about its handling of diversity initiatives. According to LaJeunesse, he began lobbying internally for Google to adopt a formalized human rights program in 2017 after learning about how quickly the company was pursuing Project Dragonfly and its decision to set up an AI academic center in Beijing. That alarmed him in particular because he knew there was little separating academic research from industrial and government pursuits in China, according to the Post. LaJeunesse told the paper he had additional concerns about Project Maven, the Defense Department drone-imaging program that led to resignations the next year, and contracts to host Saudi government services like Absher, an app that allows men to track and restrict their female relatives’ movements. Other executives stonewalled him by bringing up an unending series of concerns, LaJeunesse wrote. Those ranged from interjections that product development teams could handle human rights issues on a case-by-case basis and legal department concerns about liability (that LaJeunesse said external experts found to be baseless).",img:"https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_1600/cctnxk3fniln4lhevaw5.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"gizmodo.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"44"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.fedscoop.com/project-maven-silver-lining-peter-thiel/",h2:"The ‘silver lining’ in the fallout between Google and Project Maven",p:"Googles highly publicized pullout from a U.S. military artificial intelligence project last year may have been a damaging blow to the relationship between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon, but it also sparked a necessary, real conversation about the use of AI for defense that will ultimately benefit the nation, a panel of defense officials and tech entrepreneurs said. Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and Palantir, called this public discussion the “silver lining” of Googles otherwise “very problematic” decision to step away from work on the Department of Defense Project Maven — a program to develop artificial intelligence for full-motion video analysis. In 2018, Google backed out of any further work on Project Maven after employees began protesting the contract, with some ultimately resigning with ethical concerns of the kind of lethal power this would grant the U.S. military. Thiel, a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has ties to the Beltway defense community through Palantirs work with defense and intelligence agencies, compared the conversation around AI to the debates in the 1940s around the development and use of nuclear fission for weapons. Project Maven, for those unfamiliar, is a Pentagon program to build an AI-powered surveillance platform for unmanned aerial vehicles. Basically, the job is to build a system for the US military to deploy and monitor autonomous drones. Google previously held the contract but, allegedly due to employee push back, the Mountain View company chose not to renew when it expired in March.",img:"http://s24990.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/1-24.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"fedscoop.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"44"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/01/world/t-rex-teenage-fossils-scn/index.html", h2:"Teenager T. Rex dominated the top of the food chain - new Fossil discoveries reveal", p:"Even as teenagers, Tyrannosaurus rex dominated the top of the food chain. Researchers can say that with more certainty after confirming that two small T. rex fossils found in the early 2000s are not a pygmy species of tyrannosaurs, but juveniles of the rex species. Sixty-six million years ago, the ground of western North America trembled with the footfalls of a tyrant: Tyrannosaurus rex. But despite a wealth of T. rex remains pulled from the regions Cretaceous-period rocks, scientists have had few clues about how the celebrity dinosaur grew from a hatchling to a gargantuan predator—until the discovery of new fossils. In order to settle the decades-long debate, the researchers had to get up close and personal with Jane and Petey, the two fossils named by the staff at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Illinois. At its peak, T. rex was 40 feet long. But the two small fossils are just a bit taller than a Clydesdale horse and twice its length. When they were found, the fossils were thought to belong to a separate genus of ’pygymy’ tyrannosaurs called Nanotyrannus. Researchers sliced into leg bones from the two fossils to understand the age at the time of death for the dinosaurs. Like tree rings, the leg bones of the dinosaurs showed growth rings that put Jane and Petey at 13 and 15 years old, respectively. The fossils also showed a vascular record, or evidence of blood vessel activity, supporting a rapidly growing young dinosaur. Their study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.", img:"https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/002/248/793/large/antoine-verney-carron-trex03c2.jpg?", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/01/nanotyrannus-fossils-really-are-teenage-t-rex-dinosaur-growth-rates/",h2:"These sleek predatory dinosaurs really are teenage T. rex",p:"Sixty-six million years ago, the ground of western North America trembled with the footfalls of a tyrant: Tyrannosaurus rex. But despite a wealth of T. rex remains pulled from the regions Cretaceous-period rocks, scientists have had few clues about how the celebrity dinosaur grew from a hatchling to a gargantuan predator—until now. In a study published in Science Advances on Wednesday, researchers reveal a stunningly detailed analysis on cross-sections of bone from juvenile tyrannosaurs. The results suggest that T. rexs growth rates varied as it aged, and that these predatory dinosaurs could seemingly slow their growth when food was scarce, potentially giving them an evolutionary leg up. (Also find out about “Scotty, ‟ the biggest T. rex discovered to date.) The research also casts further doubt on the existence of Nanotyrannus, a controversial “pygmy” tyrannosaur proposed to have lived alongside T. rex. In the 1980s, paleontologists examining a set of small, slender carnivores concluded that the Cretaceous fossils belonged to their own distinct tyrannosaur species. However, subsequent studies have led most experts to agree that the fossils assigned to Nanotyrannus are probably juvenile T. rex. The new study offers the first hard data on the small-scale structure of some purported Nanotyrannus bones, confirming that two candidate fossils are in fact juveniles. So, either an adult Nanotyrannus hasn’t been found yet—or Nanotyrannus really is a teenage T. rex. In the latter case, the fossils offer a rare glimpse at an important developmental stage in the life of this dinosaur icon.",img:"https://www.nationalgeographic.com/content/dam/science/2020/01/01/trex/01_trex_woodward4hr.adapt.1190.1.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"nationalgeogra",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"45"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/think-your-teenagers-terrifying-try-t-rex-h6lz9fpfj",h2:"Think your teenagers terrifying? Try T Rex",p:"Some 66 million years ago the planets most terrifying predator would have been a mature Tyrannosaurus rex. And the second scariest? Well, that may have been a rowdy T. rex teenager. An analysis of two half-grown specimens suggests that the species was, in essence, two predators in one. In a study published in Science Advances on Wednesday, researchers reveal a stunningly detailed analysis on cross-sections of bone from juvenile tyrannosaurs. The results suggest that T. rexs growth rates varied as it aged, and that these predatory dinosaurs could seemingly slow their growth when food was scarce, potentially giving them an evolutionary leg up.",img:"https://www.sciencenews.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/031319_cg_trex_feat.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thetimes.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"45"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://heavy.com/news/2019/12/pete-buttigieg-husband-chasten-arts-education/", h2:"Pete Buttigiegs Husband Will Call Himself ‘First Gentleman’ and would start a family in the WhiteHouse - if Pete Becomes President", p:"Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, currently refers to himself as the “First Gent of South Bend’ on Twitter and refers to himself as the “First Gentleman” when he discusses what he will do if husband Pete becomes president of the United States. Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg is interested in starting a family, even if elected President. In the heading of his Twitter page, Chasten Buttigieg refers to himself as follows: “Teacher, First Gent of South Bend, husband to @Pete Buttigieg, doggo dad to @firstdogssb. All thinks theater, inclusion & education. Let hate sit alone. he/him” A December 7 Tweet currently pinned to the top of Chasten Buttigiegs Twitter page says: “As a student, the arts changed my life. As a teacher, I’ve seen it change the lives of my students. As First Gentleman, I will use my platform to promote @PeteButtigiegs education policies and bring arts education within reach of all students.” The South Bend Mayor stopped by the KCCI studios Saturday afternoon to spend time with our panel of undecided Caucus-goers. Buttigieg answered their questions, including this one from Ivette Muhammad, a mother of eight. ‟I've heard you are wanting to start a family. Is that something you hope to do soon, perhaps in the White House?” Muhammad asked. ‟It is. This year the campaign is not conducive to it, but we are looking forward to it. Chasten will make an amazing dad. I'll try to hold my own and it is something we're looking forward to. I can't imagine raising eight kids. My dad was one of eight, but maybe I'll come to you for advice as our numbers are growing, ‟ said Buttigieg.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/ChastenButtigieg.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://cnsnews.com/article/washington/cnsnewscom-staff/pete-buttigiegs-husband-will-call-himself-first-gentleman-if",h2:"Pete Buttigiegs Husband Will Call Himself ‘First Gentleman’ if Buttigieg Becomes President",p:"Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, currently refers to himself as the “First Gent of South Bend’ on Twitter and refers to himself as the “First Gentleman” when he discusses what he will do if husband Pete becomes president of the United States. In the heading of his Twitter page, Chasten Buttigieg refers to himself as follows: “Teacher, First Gent of South Bend, husband to @Pete Buttigieg, doggo dad to @firstdogssb. All thinks theater, inclusion & education. Let hate sit alone. he/him” A December 7 Tweet currently pinned to the top of Chasten Buttigiegs Twitter page says: “As a student, the arts changed my life. As a teacher, I’ve seen it change the lives of my students. As First Gentleman, I will use my platform to promote @PeteButtigiegs education policies and bring arts education within reach of all students.”",img:"https://i1.wp.com/instinctmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Screen-Shot-2019-04-13-at-4.23.02-PM-2019-04-13_20-23-27_858400-e1555194848939.png?resize=&quality=&strip=all&ssl=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cnsnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"46"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.kcci.com/article/exclusive-pete-buttigieg-would-like-to-start-a-family-in-the-white-house/30351968#",h2:"Pete Buttigieg would like to start a family in the White House",p:"Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg is interested in starting a family, even if elected President. The South Bend Mayor stopped by the KCCI studios Saturday afternoon to spend time with our panel of undecided Caucus-goers. Buttigieg answered their questions, including this one from Ivette Muhammad, a mother of eight. ‟I've heard you are wanting to start a family. Is that something you hope to do soon, perhaps in the White House?” Muhammad asked. ‟It is. This year the campaign is not conducive to it, but we are looking forward to it. Chasten will make an amazing dad. I'll try to hold my own and it is something we're looking forward to. I can't imagine raising eight kids. My dad was one of eight, but maybe I'll come to you for advice as our numbers are growing, ‟ said Buttigieg.",img:"https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190320185913-02-2020-first-spouses-men-buttigieg-large-169.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"kcci.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"46"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/cnsnewscom-staff/buttigiegs-husband-prospect-pete-running-first-came-when-we-were-getting",h2:"Buttigiegs Husband: Prospect of Pete Running First Came Up ‘When We Were Getting Ready for Bed",p:"When John Dickerson visited South Bend, Ind., to interview Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, for the April 21 edition of “CBS Sunday Morning, ‟ he asked Chasten when Pete first mentioned the possibility of running for president. Chasten said it happened “when we were getting ready for bed and I was folding some laundry.” Buttigieg is now leading in the latest polls in the first two Democratic contests, the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary. In the Iowa caucus, which will be held on February 3, an Iowa State University poll conducted December 12-16 shows Buttigieg with 24 percent followed by Sanders with 21 percent, Warren with 18 percent and Biden with 15 percent. In the New Hampshire primary, which will be held on February 11, a WBUR poll conducted December 3-8 shows Buttigieg with 18 percent, Biden with 17 percent, Sanders with 15 percent and Warren with 12 percent.",img:"https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/pete-and-chasten-buttigieg.jpg?quality=&strip=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cnsnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"46"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/27/democratic-candidates-spouses-partners-modern-american-family",h2:"Pete Buttigieg's husband could produce the first First Gentleman of United States",p:"The South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 37, is married to Chasten Buttigieg, a 30-year-old teacher, aiming to become the first openly gay spouse in the White House. ‟I could be the first man in history to pick out the White House china, ‟ Chasten quipped at a dinner held by the Human Rights Campaign. Same-sex marriage was only legalised across the country in 2015. Some 61% of Americans support same-sex marriage, up from 31% in 2004, according to the Pew Research Center. But the prospect of the Buttigiegs dancing together at the inaugural ball would not be universally popular in the conservative heartlands. Chasten would be likely to use the position to promote causes such as arts and education. He has already proved a breakout star of the election campaign, phone-banking and making speeches at fundraisers. Chasten, who also dabbles in improv, has nearly 400,000 followers on Twitter, posting behind-the-scenes photos from the campaign, including updates on the couples dogs: Truman, a labrador-beagle mix, and Buddy, a puggle with one eye.",img:"https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/gettyimages-1124992457.jpg?crop=0.624xw:0.453xh;0.160xw,0.0346xh&resize=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"theguardian.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"46"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.stripes.com/torchlight-parade-in-kyiv-honors-nazi-linked-nationalist-1.613216", h2:"Nazi linked nationalists hold Torchlight Parade in Kyiv, Ukraine", p:"Ukrainian far-right supporters have held a torchlight procession in the capital to mark the birthday of a nationalist leader, Stepan Bandera, who sided with the Nazis during part of World War II. The Wednesday march in Kyiv by about 1,000 far-right supporters commemorated the 111th birthday of Stepan Bandera, lauded by nationalists as a hero. Activists of various nationalist parties carry torches during a rally in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. The rally was organized to mark the birth anniversary of Stepan Bandera, founder of a rebel army that fought against the Soviet regime and who was assassinated in Germany in 1959. Bandera was a leader of Ukraines nationalist movement, which included an insurgent army that for one period during the war sided with the Nazis. Jewish groups have linked Banderas followers to the mass murders of Jews. Ukrainian Police said the march ended peacefully and there were no arrests.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/ukraine_nazi_.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.itv.com/news/2020-01-01/thousands-of-far-right-ukrainians-honour-nazi-linked-nationalist-stepan-bandera-in-march-through-kyiv/",h2:"Thousands of far-right Ukrainians honour Nazi linked nationalist Stepan Bandera in march through Kyiv, Ukraine",p:"Some 2,000 far-right Ukrainians have honoured a Nazi-linked, World War II nationalist by marching through the streets of Kyiv on what would have been his 111th birthday. Stepan Bandera, the former leader of a Ukrainian nationalist movement which sided with the Nazis during part of WWII, is regarded as a hero by far-right supporters. To commemorate his birthday, supporters of Ukraine's nationalist party Svoboda held torches and waved flags as they marched through Kyiv. Party leader Oleh Tyahnybok addressed the crowds of ’Banderivets’ - supporters of Bandera - thanking them for turning out. Jewish groups have linked Bandera's followers to the mass murders of Jews.",img:"https://news.images.itv.com/image/file/2085022/image_update_img.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"itv.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"47"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.kyivpost.com/multimedia/photo/ukrainian-nationalists-march-on-111th-birthday-of-stepan-bandera-photos?cn-reloaded=1",h2:"Ukraine nationalists march on the birthday of Stepan Bandera, in Kyiv",p:"Over a thousand people in Kyiv and other cities throughout Ukraine gathered for an annual torch-lit march to celebrate the 111th anniversary of the birth of Nazi linked Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera on Jan 1. In Kyiv, the participants gathered at Taras Shevchenko Park, lit torches and marched in a column through the city center to Independence Square. This year, the march was organized by the nationalist Svoboda party. It was carried out peacefully without incident. Bandera was also imprisoned by Nazi Germany for leading a nationalist movement which would eventually fight against both the Nazis and the Soviet Union.",img:"https://www.kyivpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/OLE_6412_a-630x430.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"kyivpost.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"47"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.euronews.com/2020/01/01/watch-live-ukrainian-nationalists-hold-torchlit-parade-in-kyiv",h2:"Ukrainian nationalists hold torchlit parade in Kyiv",p:"Ukrainian nationalists are marching in Kyiv to mark the birthday of World War II anti-Soviet, Nazi linked leader Stepan Bandera. Bandera, born in 1909, is dismissed by many Russians as Nazi collaborator, but some Ukrainians consider him a hero.",img:"http://i.dawn.com/large/2015/01/54a7ad4020d96.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"euronews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"47"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/torchlight-parade-in-kyiv-honors-nazi-linked-nationalist/2020/01/01/5f9abf70-2ccc-11ea-bffe-020c88b3f120_story.html",h2:"Torchlight parade in Kyiv honors Nazi linked Ukraine Nationalist",p:"Activists of various nationalist parties carry torches and a portrait of Stepan Bandera during a rally in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. The rally was organized to mark the birth anniversary of Stepan Bandera, founder of a rebel army that fought against the Soviet regime and who was assassinated in Germany in 1959. Ukrainian far-right supporters have held a torchlight procession in the capital to mark the birthday of a nationalist leader who sided with the Nazis during part of World War II. The Wednesday march in Kyiv by about 1,000 far-right supporters commemorated the 111th birthday of Stepan Bandera, lauded by nationalists as a hero. Bandera was a leader of Ukraines nationalist movement, which included an insurgent army that for one period during the war sided with the Nazis. ewish groups have linked Banderas followers to the mass murders of Jews. Ukrainian Police said the march ended peacefully.",img:"https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/3pn04KjKEREJzMbQUP7oTGNXZ6c=/1484x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/LUH2KGBMZQI6VP76AIGIRM7REA.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"washingtonpost",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"47"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.businessinsider.com/thousands-of-google-cafeteria-staff-have-unionized-2019-12", h2:"Google contract staff have unionized - It is the latest group of Shadow Google Workforce to join a union", p:"Over 2000 contractors working at Google's headquarters and other Google campuses across the Bay Area have unionized. The employees are the latest bloc of workers in Google's ’shadow workforce’ of contractors to form a union. The union organizing comes as Google is facing a wave of internal activism from its own employees protesting the company's treatment of workers, sexual harassment policies, and government contracts. The vote represents the latest group of Google contractors to join a union — in September, a group of contractors working in Google's Pittsburgh offices unionized. Google employs tens of thousands of contractors that work in its offices but don't receive the same benefits as full-time Google employees. The contractors' vote to unionize comes amid high-profile activism from Google's own employees over the company's treatment of workers. Four employees who were fired in November claimed they were being punished for labor organizing, an allegation that the National Labor Relations Board is currently investigating. The cafeteria workers are organizing through Unite Here, which represents food service and hospitality workers, according to Recode. The workers are employed by Compass Group, which Google contracts to staff its cafeterias.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/google_cafe.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/business/over-2000-underpaid-overworked-google-workers-unionised/articleshow/73054418.cms",h2:"Over 2000 underpaid, overworked Google workers unionized",p:"Despite Google's effort to curb internal activism and deter union activities, nearly 2,300 cafeteria workers who serve meals to employees in the San Francisco Bay area, including the company's headquarters in Mountain View, have unionized, claiming they were overworked and underpaid. The cafeteria workers unionization has not been reported earlier because of other high-profile worker activism at Google like employee protests about sexual harassment and allegations that the company retaliates against employees for reporting HR issues. Dishwashers and food preparers who serve Google employees all three meals, including at the headquarters, voted to form a union after a two-year push. We are fed up and want change because at one of the richest companies in the world, we're being overworked and underpaid. The disrespect from management is just adding insult to injury: the workers were quoted as saying. Google contracts the workers through a company called Compass Group which said that all of the company's associates have the right to decide whether to be represented by labour org. Google spokesperson told The Hill that the company will continue to work with Compass Group. We work with lots of partners, many of which have unionised workforces and many of which don't, a company spokesperson said. Google last month fired another employee for sending browser pop-ups about the labour rights at the company. She becomes the fifth staffer fired for being involved in internal activism. The US government has also launched a probe into Google over its labour practices following a complaint from employees who have been fired by the tech giant. The tech giant has been accused of union busting and retaliatory behaviour after it sacked the employees for allegedly violating the company's data security policies.",img:"https://cdn.ttweb.net/News/images/161378.jpg?preset=w800_q70",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"economictimes.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"48"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2019/12/31/cafeteria-workers-vote-to-unionize-at-googles.html",h2:"Cafeteria workers vote to unionize at Google's Mountain View headquarters",p:"Cafeteria workers at Google Inc.'s Mountain View headquarters have quietly voted to unionize — a milestone for a company that has both been accused of union-busting and faced scrutiny over its shadow workforce of thousands of contractors. Around 2000 workers at Googles dozens of Bay Area offices voted Nov. 20 to unionize, Recode reported Tuesday. The workers reportedly will organize with a local chapter of the union Unite Here!, which represents 300,000 workers in the North American foodservice, laundry, warehouse, casino gaming and hotel industries. Around Thanksgiving, Google fired five activist engineers who have since filed complaints alleging the company was retaliating against them for their support of worker organizing. The company has denied the claims. In August, contracted tech workers at Google's Pittsburgh office voted to unionize with the United Steelworkers union.",img:"https://marketingperks.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/google-snacks.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"bizjournals.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"48"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/12/31/21043467/google-union-cafeteria-workers-unionized-alphabet-silicon-valley-mountainview",h2:"Thousands of Google cafeteria workers have unionized",p:"Around 2000 contracted workers who serve meals to Google employees in the San Francisco Bay Area have unionized, saying they’re overworked and underpaid. The workers — who include dishwashers and food preparers who serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner for Google employees — voted last month to form a union after a campaign thats been two years in the making, according to a source involved in the campaign. Their organizing has gone largely under the radar even amid other high-profile worker activism at Google in the past year, which has included employee protests about sexual harassment, the companys work with US immigration agencies, and allegations that the company retaliates against employees for reporting HR issues. But the cafeteria workers’ unionization is some of the most significant union activity tech industry workers have accomplished — particularly for service workers who operate as part of Googles vast “shadow workforce” of contractors who largely receive lower pay and fewer benefits compared to the companys full-time employees. The workers who voted to unionize earn wages that start at around $35,000 a year, according to a source familiar with the matter. And they say they don’t receive all the same benefits such as retirement plans that are standard for full-time Google employees. Their move to organize represents a symbolic pushback against the status quo of growing economic inequality in Silicon Valley, where all but the top 10 percent of income earners have seen their wages decline from 1997 to 2017.",img:"https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5461393decad04de405886e0-538/google-cafe.jpg",logo:"https://i.pinimg.com/originals/be/2e/ab/be2eabc069cb4f2cb0547566cd072843.jpg",coname:"vox.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"48"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"http://cryptodictation.com/2019/12/30/warren-buffett-is-spending-billions-to-make-iowa-the-saudi-arabia-of-wind-a%C2%80%C2%94-but-climate-change-isnt-the-reason/", h2:"Warren Buffett is spending billions to make Iowa the Saudi Arabia of wind - but climate change isn’t the reason", p:"Berkshire Hathaway billionaire boss isn’t investing in green energy to cut carbon emissions or combat climate change, but because of government incentives. Buffett is wary of companies pursuing social and environmental goals, arguing it is hard to assess whether they are truly doing good, executives shouldn’t funnel shareholders’ money into peripheral projects, and structural changes have costs that are often shared unevenly. However, Berkshire Hathaways billionaire boss isn’t emulating Greta Thunberg — leading the charge on climate change, cutting carbon emissions at any cost. Instead, government incentives are fueling his investments in renewable energy. One of Berkshires businesses, MidAmerican Energy, owns and operates more than 2,600 wind turbines in Iowa. Those generate over 50% of the electricity it provides to customers in the state each year. Moreover, it is currently expanding capacity with the goal of satisfying 100% of its Iowa customers’ annual energy needs using renewable sources.", img:"http://www.articlelist.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Best-money-advice-by-Warren-Buffett.jpeg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://heraldplanet.com/warren-buffett-spends-billions-to-make-iowa-the-saudi-arabia-of-wind/",h2:"Warren Buffett spends billions to make Iowa the Saudi Arabia of wind",p:"Berkshire Hathaways billionaire boss isn’t investing in green energy to cut carbon emissions or combat climate change, however, but because of government incentives. Warren Buffett is spending billions to turn Iowa into “the wind capital of the world, the Saudi Arabia of wind, ‟ he told the Financial Times. Buffett is wary of companies pursuing social and environmental goals, arguing it is hard to assess whether they are truly doing good, executives shouldn’t funnel shareholders’ money into peripheral projects, and structural changes have costs that are often shared unevenly. One of Berkshires businesses, MidAmerican Energy, owns and operates more than 2,600 wind turbines in Iowa. Those generate over half of the electricity the company provides customers in the state each year. Moreover, it is expanding capacity with the goal of satisfying 100% of its Iowa customers’ annual energy needs using renewable sources. MidAmerican may be betting big on green energy, but Buffett is wary of companies pursuing social and environmental goals. He told the Financial Times that executives shouldn’t funnel shareholders’ money into peripheral projects and that it was difficult to assess whether businesses were truly doing good.",img:"https://www.incimages.com/uploaded_files/image/970x450/getty_104521762_20001344200092809_406009.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"heraldplanet.c",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"49"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/warren-buffett-berkshire-hathaway-invest-billions-iowa-saudi-arabia-wind-2019-12-1028787852",h2:"Buffett is investing Billions to make Iowa the Saudi Arabia of wind - but not for climate change reasons",p:"Berkshire Hathaway's billionaire boss isn't investing in green energy to cut carbon emissions or combat climate change, however, but because of government incentives. Buffett is wary of companies pursuing social and environmental goals, arguing it is hard to assess whether they are truly doing good, executives shouldn't funnel shareholders' money into peripheral projects, and structural changes have costs that are often shared unevenly. Berkshire Hathaway's billionaire boss isn't emulating Greta Thunberg, however. Rather than leading the charge on climate change, hoping to cut carbon emissions at any cost, he told the newspaper he was simply taking advantage of government incentives for renewable-energy investments. One of Berkshire's businesses, MidAmerican Energy, owns and operates more than 2,600 wind turbines in Iowa. Those generate over half of the electricity the company provides customers in the state each year. Moreover, it is expanding capacity with the goal of satisfying 100% of its Iowa customers' annual energy needs using renewable sources.",img:"https://images.markets.businessinsider.com/image/5de933a9fd9db252fc345253-2400/ap13050206627.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"markets.busine",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"49"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/national/18131265.google-glass-onlive-biggest-gadget-disasters-last-decade/", h2:"Biggest gadget disasters of the last decade - from Google Glass to OnLive", p:"The 2010s saw a number of major innovations in the tech industry, but there were also several gadget failures like, Google Glass, Snap Inc Spectacles, Amazon Fire Phone, Apple Maps and U2 and iTunes: Here is a look back at some of the most memorable incidents: – OnLive : The video games console that was supposed to change how everyone played, OnLive ended up being one of the biggest flops of the decade. The cloud gaming system, it could now be argued, was ahead of its time in offering game streaming in 2012. The problem was that internet speeds were simply not good enough to make OnLive streams comparable to owning a physical game, and so the service failed. – Google Glass: Smart glasses had been singled out as the next step in innovation beyond smartphones – users would get their notifications and other information in front of their eyes rather than from a phone screen. The arrival of Google Glass in 2013 looked to be the start of that, but the device was plagued by battery problems and privacy concerns. Though still available as an enterprise device, it was removed from public sale in 2015. – Samsung Galaxy Note 7: The biggest smartphone malfunction of the decade, which led to a global recall of one of the worlds biggest companys main devices. Samsung had already recalled some Note 7 devices because of reports of batteries overheating when those replacements and other handsets began reporting similar problems.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/sergy_google_glass_alphabet_.png", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.itv.com/news/2020-01-01/from-google-glass-to-onlive-the-biggest-gadget-disasters-of-the-last-decade/",h2:"From Google Glass to OnLive : The biggest gadget disasters of the last decade",p:"The 2010s saw a number of major innovations in the tech industry, but there were also several gadget failures. – OnLive The video games console that was supposed to change how everyone played, OnLive ended up being one of the biggest flops of the decade. The cloud gaming system, it could now be argued, was ahead of its time in offering game streaming in 2012. – Google Glass Smart glasses had been singled out as the next step in innovation beyond smartphones – users would get their notifications and other information in front of their eyes rather than from a phone screen. The arrival of Google Glass in 2013 looked to be the start of that, but the device was plagued by battery problems and privacy concerns. – Samsung Galaxy Note 7 The biggest smartphone malfunction of the decade, which led to a global recall of one of the worlds biggest companys main devices. Samsung had already recalled some Note 7 devices because of reports of batteries overheating when those replacements and other handsets began reporting similar problems. The firm was forced to recall all Note 7 handsets and discontinued the phone. It led to an overhaul of the companys manufacturing and safety procedures, but Samsungs reputation took damage in the process. – Amazon Fire Phone : Having found success with its Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets, in 2014 Amazon made its first – and so far only – move into smartphones. The Fire Phone, however, was panned by the critics and failed to sell. By mid-2015, Amazon had discontinued the device.",img:"https://news.images.itv.com/image/file/2084343/stream_2.20200020.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"itv.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"50"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://home.bt.com/news/latest-news/from-google-glass-to-onlive-the-biggest-gadget-disasters-of-the-last-decade-11364421989141",h2:"Fire Phone , Google Glass , OnLive: The biggest gadget disasters of the last decade",p:"For all the innovations of the last 10 years, some technology failed to get off the ground. The 2010s saw a number of major innovations in the tech industry, but there were also several gadget failures. Here is a look back at some of the most memorable incidents. – OnLive The video games console that was supposed to change how everyone played, OnLive ended up being one of the biggest flops of the decade. The cloud gaming system, it could now be argued, was ahead of its time in offering game streaming in 2012. – Google Glass Smart glasses had been singled out as the next step in innovation beyond smartphones . – Snap Inc Spectacles Snapchat parent firm Snap made its first move into hardware with Spectacles – camera-enabled glasses to capture content which can then be uploaded to Snapchat. – Amazon Fire Phone Having found success with its Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets, in 2014 Amazon made its first – and so far only – move into smartphones. The Fire Phone, however, was panned by the critics and failed to sell. By mid-2015, Amazon had discontinued the device.",img:"https://image.assets.pressassociation.io/v2/image/production/f5dd187fc6e3b53dedba5e5d40ef0319Y29udGVudHNlYXJjaCwxNTc3ODg2OTUy/2.20857572.jpg?w=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"home.bt.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"50"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.waynedupree.com/dr-robert-epstein-google/", h2:"Wife Of Google Whistleblower Who Exposed 2016 Election Meddling Killed In Crash When Car Lost Control", p:"Misti Vaughn, wife of Dr. Robert Epstein, has died in a car crash in California. Dr. Epstein is a Google Whistleblower and also the former editor-in-chief of “Psychology Today”. He testified against Google during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on liberal tech giants manipulating votes for Democrats. Dr. Epstein warned that the upcoming 2020 election would be manipulated by companies like Google and Facebook in ways we can’t even imagine. Robert Epstein, 66, shared in a heartbreaking tweet announcing that his wife, Misti Dawn Vaughn, died after her vehicle spun out of control along a slippery road in California and into the path of a tractor-trailer. ‘My beautiful wife Misti, a published poet, succumbed last night to injuries sustained in a car accident,’ her grieving husband wrote. ‘I was supposed to die in your arms some day, but a slippery road has ruined everything. You were not just my love, you were my greatest adventure.’ Misti, 29, reportedly lost control over her Ford Ranger just after 8am Monday morning. The victim was treated at the scene for her injuries before being rushed to Palomar Medical Center. Both the big rig driver and the 19-year-old woman were uninjured. Drugs or alcohol aren’t believed to be factors in the crash. A police investigation is ongoing.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/robert_google_waynedupree.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7834593/Google-whistleblowers-wife-29-killed-car-crash.html",h2:"Wife, 29, of Google whistleblower who exposed meddling in the 2016 election is killed in a car crash after she lost control",p:"Google whistleblower, Robert Epstein, 66, announced passing of his wife Friday. Epstein said his wife, Misti Vaughn, 29, succumbed to injuries from car crash. Vaughn's truck spun out of control while she was driving in California on Monday. Epstein, a psychology professor, has criticized Googles operations and ethics. He testified that Google's algorithm gave 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton. Psychology professor, Robert Epstein, 66, shared in a heartbreaking tweet announcing that his wife, Misti Dawn Vaughn, died after her vehicle spun out of control along a slippery road in California and into the path of a tractor-trailer. My beautiful wife Misti, a published poet, succumbed last night to injuries sustained in a car accident,' her grieving husband wrote.",img:"https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article21181925.ece/ALTERNATES/s1200b/1_The-wife-of-a-Google-whistleblower-who-exposed-meddling-in-the-2016-election-died-Friday-night-jus.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"dailymail.co.u",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"51"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"http://www.idahoreporter.com/2019/wife-of-google-election-meddling-whistleblower-killed-in-car-crash/",h2:"Wife of Google “Election Meddling” Whistleblower Killed in Car Crash",p:"Wife of Dr Robert Epstein, who claimed that bias in Googles search engine is “one of the most powerful forms of influence ever discovered in the behavioral sciences”, died Friday night in a car crash. Misti Dawn Vaughn, 29, reportedly lost control over her Ford Ranger and got in front of big rig truck on the Interstate 15 Freeway in Escondido,just after 8am Monday morning. And on Saturday, Dr. Epstein Tweeted about the untimely death of his wife: My beautiful wife Misti, a published poet, succumbed last night to injuries sustained in a car accident, ‟ Epstein tweeted. ‟I was supposed to die in your arms some day, but a slippery road has ruined everything. You were not just my love, you were my greatest adventure. Dr. Epstein got into the news after claiming Google manipulated search engine rankings for the sake of voter manipulation.",img:"https://www.sott.net/image/s27/551201/full/R_Epstein_tweet.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"idahoreporter.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"51"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/wife-of-google-whistleblower-killed-in-i-15-crash/2236690/",h2:"Wife of Google Whistleblower Killed In I-15 Crash",p:"A North County woman identified as the wife of the Google whistleblower died following a car crash on the State Route 78 onramp to Interstate 15. Misti Vaughn, 29, was identified by the California Highway Patrol as the deceased driver in a car crash on the morning of Monday, Dec. 23. Vaughn was married to the Google whistleblower, Dr. Robert Epstein, who testified before Congress against Google in July, sharing how the company reportedly meddled in the 2016 election. Dr. Epstein said the couple lived in Vista, working at their non-profit, the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. He described his wife of nearly seven years as an accomplished poet with exceptional talent and care for the world. He said her poetry has a real edge because of the tragedy she's endured.",img:"https://www.thelegaladvocate.com/resources/story/actual/60329451-9622-4ecb-9d75-2fc7695351b7-A.jpg?w=780",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"nbcsandiego.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"51"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.crainsnewyork.com/residential-real-estate/2019s-top-10-home-sales-broke-billion-dollar-mark", h2:"2019's top 10 home sales broke the billion dollar mark - Jeff Bezos, Uber cofounder among buyers", p:"This year saw weak annual gains in luxury home prices, new tax proposals on million-dollar properties, and restrictions for foreign investors. But that didn’t stop luxury homebuyers in the U.S. from shelling out upwards of $100 million apiece for mansions, penthouses, and beachside properties. A Manhattan penthouse topped the list of 2019s 10 most expensive residential real estate sales, selling for $240 million, according to data from Miller Samuel Inc. Thats nearly $166 million more than last years biggest New York City sale. Buyers included billionaires Jeff Bezos and Ken Griffin and Uber co-founder Garrett Camp. One Los Angeles mansion took a $156 million price cut before selling in September for $94 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. The top 10 list, below, based on data from Miller Samuel. 1. $240 Million for Penthouse at 220 Central Park South, New York. Citadel CEO Ken Griffin purchased the approximately 24,000-square-foot penthouse at 220 Central Park South in January. It has 16 bedrooms and 18.5 bathrooms and is located in a 118-unit Vornado Realty Trust tower with unobstructed views. The $240 million selling price makes it Americas most expensive home. 2. $119.8 Million for Holmby Hills Mansion, Los Angeles. The Manor, a 56,000-square-foot mansion located in the hills overlooking Los Angeles, has 14 bedrooms and 24 bathrooms. It was originally listed for $160 million, according to Jade Mills, before it sold for $119.8 million in July. It features a bowling alley, pool, tennis court, and entertainment center.", img:"https://s3-prod.crainsnewyork.com/styles/width_792/s3/334109756.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.inquirer.com/business/most-expensive-us-homes-real-estate-2019-20191226.html",h2:"Jeff Bezos, Uber cofounder among buyers of top U.S. luxury homes sold in 2019",p:"This year saw weak annual gains in luxury home prices, new tax proposals on million-dollar properties, and restrictions for foreign investors. But that didn’t stop luxury homebuyers in the U.S. from shelling out upward of $100 million apiece for mansions, penthouses, and beachside properties. A Manhattan penthouse topped the list of 2019s 10 most expensive residential real estate sales, selling for $240 million, according to data from Miller Samuel Inc. Thats nearly $166 million more than last years biggest New York City sale. Buyers included billionaires Jeff Bezos and Ken Griffin and Uber cofounder Garrett Camp. The top 10 list, below, based on data from Miller Samuel. $240 million for penthouse at 220 Central Park South, New York. Citadel CEO Ken Griffin purchased the approximately 24,000-square-foot penthouse at 220 Central Park South in January. It has 16 bedrooms and 18.5 bathrooms and is located in a 118-unit Vornado Realty Trust tower with unobstructed views. The $240 million selling price makes it Americas most expensive home.",img:"https://www.inquirer.com/resizer/8Fd4ZAsF5k1EScHlaZD-SQafG6o=/1400x932/smart/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-pmn.s3.amazonaws.com/public/SJGIZRAL55EUJEIQIA5EIGZ6YA.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"inquirer.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"52"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/real-estate/top-10-us-home-sales-in-2019-totalled-us108-billion",h2:"Top 10 US home sales in 2019 totalled US$1.08 billion",p:"Luxury homebuyers in US are happy to to pay more than US$100m for mansions, penthouses and beachside properties. This year saw weak annual gains in US luxury home prices, new tax proposals on million-dollar properties, and restrictions for foreign investors. But that didn't stop luxury homebuyers in the country from shelling out upwards of US$100 million apiece for mansions, penthouses, and beachside properties. Buyers included billionaires Jeff Bezos and Ken Griffin and Uber co-founder Garrett Camp. The following is the top 10 transactions, based on data from Miller Samuel, totalling US$1.085 billion. 1. US$240m for New York penthouse: Citadel CEO Ken Griffin purchased the approximately 24,000 square foot penthouse at 220 Central Park South in January. It has 16 bedrooms and 18.5 bathrooms and is located in a 118-unit Vornado Realty Trust tower with unobstructed views. The US$240 million selling price makes it America's most expensive home.",img:"https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/sites/default/files/styles/680x453/public/image/2019/12/28/BT_20191228_SALE28_3988844.jpg?itok=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"businesstimes.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"52"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://gulfnews.com/business/property/a-240m-manhattan-penthouse-tops-us-list-1.68682330",h2:"A $240m Manhattan penthouse tops US list - But there was a Los Angeles mansion that sold only after dropping $250m asking price",p:"This year saw weak annual gains in US luxury home prices, new tax proposals on million-dollar properties, and restrictions for foreign investors. But that didn’t stop luxury homebuyers in the US from shelling out upwards of $100 million apiece for mansions, penthouses, and beachside properties. A Manhattan penthouse topped the list of 2019s 10 most expensive residential sales, selling for $240 million, according to data from Miller Samuel Inc. Thats nearly $166 million more than last years biggest New York City sale. Buyers included billionaires Jeff Bezos and Ken Griffin and Uber co-founder Garrett Camp. The Top Six list, below, based on data from Miller Samuel. In addition to Manhattan, the years top luxury homebuyers also made purchases in Palm Beach, and in Los Angeles’ Bel Air neighborhood. One Los Angeles mansion took a $156 million price cut before selling in September for $94 million, according to the “Wall Street Journal”. 1. $240 million for penthouse at 220 Central Park South, New York: Citadel CEO Ken Griffin purchased the approximately 24,000 square foot penthouse at 220 Central Park South in January. It has 16 bedrooms and 18.5 bathrooms and is located in a 118-unit Vornado Realty Trust tower with unobstructed views. The $240 million selling price makes it Americas most expensive home. 2. $119.8 million for Holmby Hills Mansion, Los Angeles : The Manor, a 56,000 square foot mansion located in the hills overlooking Los Angeles, has 14 bedrooms and 24 bathrooms. It was originally listed for $160 million, according to Jade Mills, before it sold for $119.8 million in July. It features a bowling alley, pool, tennis court, and entertainment center.",img:"https://imagevars.gulfnews.com/2013/4/4/1_16a080b12c9.1166564_2818200492_16a080b12c9_large.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/gulf-news.png",coname:"gulfnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"52"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.pulse.com.gh/news/lawsuit-hits-mtn-for-allegedly-paying-bribes-to-al-qaida-and-the-taliban/0qlj74z", h2:"Telecom giant MTN caught paying bribes to al-Qaida and Taliban", p:"Lawsuit hits MTN for allegedly paying bribes to al-Qaida and the Taliban. The year 2019 may have been a financially good one for Africa's largest mobile operator MTN but it has suffered some image-eroding scandals too. Currently, it has been slapped with a lawsuit in which there are allegations of the Telco having paid protection money to militant Islamist groups in Afghanistan. A legal complaint filed in a US federal court on Friday on behalf of families of US citizens killed in attacks in Afghanistan has accused MTN of violating US anti-terrorism laws. The complaint alleges MTN paid bribes to al-Qaida and the Taliban to avoid having to invest in inexpensive security for their transmission towers. The alleged payments helped finance a Taliban-led insurgency that led to the attacks in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2017, the accusations say. The alleged bribe money helped to provide ’material support to known terrorist organisations,’ which would be a total breach of the anti-terrorism legislation if proven to be true. Well, MTN is not alone in this latest predicament; five other companies were also named in the filing. However, MTN is reported as saying that it conducts its business in a ’responsible and compliant manner in all its territories’, adding that it is reviewing the allegations to enable it respond appropriately.", img:"https://meekd.com/img/mtntelecom.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mtn-group-safrica-lawsuit/mtn-reviewing-allegations-after-being-named-in-u-s-complaint-idUSKBN1YY0R4",h2:"MTN reviewing allegations of paying protection money to militant Islamist groups",p:"African telecoms firm MTN on Monday said it was reviewing allegations raised in a U.S. complaint which accuses several firms of paying protection money to militant Islamist groups in Afghanistan. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court in the District of Columbia on Friday. It alleges the firms violated the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act by paying protection money to al Qaeda and the Taliban, thereby providing material support to known terrorist organizations. It seeks damages on behalf of U.S. military members and civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2017. MTN is reviewing the details of the report and is consulting its advisers but remains of the view that it conducts its business in a responsible and compliant manner in all its territories, ‟ the company said in a statement. UK security services company G4S, which was also named in the lawsuit, declined to comment. The complaint follows investigations by a group of large Washington-based law firms and alleges firms provided “material support” to known terrorists leading to numerous U.S. injuries and deaths, according to a statement by the law firms involved.",img:"https://miro.medium.com/max/4312/1*tZqiZx-GSvurxV8fxC0qqg.jpeg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"reuters.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"53"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-12-30-mtn-accused-in-us-court-of-paying-protection-money-to-terrorists/",h2:"MTN accused of paying protection money to terrorists in Taliban",p:"Telecoms giant MTN on Monday said it was reviewing allegations raised in a US complaint that accuses several firms of paying protection money to militant Islamist groups in Afghanistan. MTN is among numerous firms accused of violating the US Anti-Terrorism Act by paying protection money to al Qaeda and the Taliban. The complaint was filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington on Friday. It alleges that the firms violated the US Anti-Terrorism Act by paying protection money to al Qaeda and the Taliban, thereby providing material support to known terrorist organisations. It seeks damages on behalf of US military members and civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2017. MTN is reviewing the details of the report and is consulting its advisers but remains of the view that it conducts its business in a responsible and compliant manner in all its territories,’ said the company in a statement.",img:"https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/taliban-attack-afghan-forces-0551-1.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=1250",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"timeslive.co.z",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"53"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-50952001",h2:"Telecom giant MTN accused of paying bribes to Taliban, al-Qaeda",p:"Africa's largest mobile operator MTN says it is reviewing allegations that it paid protection money to militant Islamist groups in Afghanistan. The allegations, made in a legal complaint filed in a US federal court on Friday, say the firm violated US anti-terrorism laws. It was filed on behalf of families of US citizens killed in attacks in Afghanistan. Five other companies were also named in the filing. The complaint alleges MTN paid bribes to al-Qaida and the Taliban to avoid having to invest in in expensive security for their transmission towers. The alleged payments helped finance a Taliban-led insurgency that led to the attacks in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2017, the accusations say.",img:"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/12CB8/production/_110348967_gettyimages-825484598.jpg",logo:"https://www.thewrap.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/bbc-news-logo.jpg",coname:"bbc.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"53"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/30/reliance-retail-jiomart-launch/", h2:"Wealthiest Asian is taking on Amazon and Walmart in India", p:"Reliance Retail and Reliance Jio, two subsidiaries of Ambanis Reliance Industries, said they have soft launched JioMart, their e-commerce venture that works closely with neighbourhood stores, in parts of the state of Maharashtra. As Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart spend billions to make a dent in Indias retail market and reel from recent regulatory hurdles, the two companies have stumbled upon a new challenge: Mukesh Ambani, Asias richest man. If there is anyone in India who is positioned to compete with heavily-backed Amazon and Walmart, its him. Reliance Retail, which was founded in 2006, is the largest retailer in the country by revenue. It serves more than 3.5 million customers each week through its nearly 10,000 physical stores in more than 6,500 Indian cities and towns. The e-commerce venture, which is being marketed as “Desh Ki Nayi Dukaan” (Hindi for new store of the country), currently offers a catalog of 50,000 grocery items and promises free and express delivery. The joint venture has also urged Jio subscribers to sign up to JioMart to access introductory offers. A Reliance spokesperson declined to share more.", img:"https://theecommnewz.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/mukesh-ambani-jeff.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-31/asia-s-richest-man-unveils-online-store-in-challenge-to-amazon",h2:"Asias Richest Man Unveils Online Store in Challenge to Amazon",p:"Pilot tests for JioMart under way in Mumbai neighborhoods . Reliance Industries Ltd. started testing its online shopping portal, moving a step closer to billionaire Mukesh Ambanis goal of setting up a digital platform to take on e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. in India. With the unveiling of the portal, Reliance Industries will join the battle with Amazon.com and Walmart Inc.s Flipkart Online Services Pvt. for a slice of an e-commerce market that KPMG says is set to grow to $200 billion by 2027. The pilot site provides an early glimpse of how the energy-and-petrochemicals conglomerate controlled by Asias richest man is stepping up consumer offerings in a pivot toward newer businesses. Ambani, 62, is giving shape to his online retail ambitions by spending billions of dollars on a string of small acquisitions. The newer businesses, including telecommunications and retail, are likely to contribute 50% of Reliance Industries’ earnings in a few years, from about 32% now, Ambani said in August.",img:"https://assets.bwbx.io/images/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/iB4yFVBfmUx4/v0/1400x-1.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"bloomberg.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"54"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.deccanherald.com/business/business-news/jiomart-ambani-unveils-flipkart-amazon-competitor-790263.html",h2:"JioMart: Ambani unveils Flipkart, Amazon competitor",p:"Reliance Industries Ltd. started testing its online shopping portal, moving a step closer to billionaire Mukesh Ambanis goal of setting up a digital platform to take on e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. in India. Reliance Industries Ltd. started testing its online shopping portal, moving a step closer to billionaire Mukesh Ambanis goal of setting up a digital platform to take on e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. in India. The pilot site provides an early glimpse of how the energy-and-petrochemicals conglomerate controlled by Asias richest man is stepping up consumer offerings in a pivot toward newer businesses. With the unveiling of the portal, Reliance Industries will join the battle with Amazon.com and Walmart Inc.s Flipkart Online Services Pvt. for a slice of an e-commerce market that KPMG says is set to grow to $200 billion by 2027. Ambani, 62, is giving shape to his online retail ambitions by spending billions of dollars on a string of small acquisitions. The newer businesses, including telecommunications and retail, are likely to contribute 50% of Reliance Industries’ earnings in a few years, from about 32% now, Ambani said in August.",img:"https://www.deccanherald.com/sites/dh/files/styles/article_detail/public/article_images/2019/12/31/PTI1_16_2018_000201B-1577799213.jpg?itok=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"deccanherald.c",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"54"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://telecomtalk.info/reliance-jio-jiomart-amazon-prime/241163/",h2:"Reliance Jio Launches JioMart E-Commerce Service, Likely to Compete With Amazon Prime",p:"Reliance Jio chairman, Mukesh Ambani had hinted towards the launch of such an initiative last year with the use of phrase “new commerce”. But, the new e-commerce venture of Reliance Jio is already launched now. Although you should note that the application is not yet available for all the users and is geographically limited, it can be said that it will compete with the likes of Flipkart and Amazon. The pilot for this new service being called the ‘JioMart’ is available in Navi Mumbai, Thane, and Kalyan right now. Under this new project, Reliance Jio is projected to connect 3 crore offline retailers, with over 20 crore households. Firstly, Reliance Retail had started taking pre-registrations for the JioMart and is now offering over 50,000 grocery products with free home delivery and no compulsion of any kind of minimum order. There are also other features like no questions asked return and express delivery promise. With these new initial offerings and services, JioMart is likely trying to convert the customers of Amazon and Flipkart at least for grocery services. As per a Mint report on the matter, Reliance Jio is also sending out invites to its users to try out JioMart. The JioMart website also shows that early customers would be getting a Rs 3,000 credit in their account. There is going to be a little difference in the way how RILs JioMart will work and how Amazon and Flipkart work. So, instead of setting up a native warehouse where the e-commerce company houses all its products, JioMart will source the products from the local vendors similar to how Grofers and Amazon Prime Now used to do in their earlier days. This kind of operations are called online to online or O2O. The model will also allow the local vendors to cater to online customers in their area.",img:"https://cdn.shortpixel.ai/client/q_glossy,ret_img,w_800/https://telecomtalk.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/reliance-jio-jiomart-amazon-prime.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"telecomtalk.in",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"54"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-pneumonia/chinese-officials-investigate-cause-of-pneumonia-outbreak-in-wuhan-idUSKBN1YZ0GP", h2:"Officials investigate mystery pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China", p:"Chinese health authorities said they are investigating 27 cases of viral pneumonia in the central city of Wuhan, after rumors on social media suggested the outbreak could be linked to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome SARS . Of the people infected, seven were in critical condition and 18 were in stable condition, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said on Tuesday on its Weibo social media account. The condition of two other patients had improved to the point where they would be discharged soon, it said. The cause of the disease is not clear, ‟ the official Peoples Daily newspaper said on Weibo, citing unnamed hospital officials. ‟We cannot confirm it is whats being spread online, that it is SARS virus. Other severe pneumonia is more likely. All of the patients had been isolated and their close contacts are under medical observation, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said. An investigation and cleanup were under way at a seafood market in the city, which is suspected to be connected with the cases, it said. Initial laboratory tests showed that the cases were viral pneumonia. No obvious human-to-human transmission had been found and no medical staff had been infected, the commission said.", img:"https://ak3.picdn.net/shutterstock/videos/9564473/thumb/1.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.rt.com/news/477163-china-probes-viral-pneumonia-outbreak/",h2:"China launches probe into mysterious viral pneumonia amid rumors of SARS",p:"Dozens of patients have been quarantined and several hospitals put on alert in central China amid an outbreak of a viral pneumonia of unknown origin. There have been a total of 27 confirmed cases since the start of December in Wuhan, with the majority appearing to come from a single seafood market in the city. Health workers are still working to pinpoint the source, while also disinfecting the marketplace as a precaution. Seven patients are critically ill, 18 others are in stable condition, and two are recovering and are expected to be released shortly, according to the Wuhan health department. So far no human-to-human infection has taken place and no medical staff have contracted the illness. Experts from the National Health Commission have been dispatched to determine both the cause and scope of the outbreak and whether there is any truth to the rumors online that this may be the next SARS. Comparisons to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) were drawn on social media after the city's health department posted a notice online Monday which instructed hospitals to report any and all new cases of the as yet unidentified viral pneumonia. SARS was a respiratory illness which killed hundreds of people in China at the turn of the millennium, with some 5,300 infections leading to 349 deaths between 2002 and 2003. A further 299 were killed in Hong Kong. The World Health Organization (WHO) criticized China at the time for downplaying and underreporting the rate of infection. The WHO later declared China free of the virus in May 2004. However, local health experts have dismissed rumors that the current outbreak could be related, saying it is unlikely to be SARS, or a similar mutation, or offshoot, given how confined the outbreak has been.",img:"https://cdni.rt.com/files/2019.12/xxl/5e0b084e20302734ad41310d.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"rt.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"55"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3044050/mystery-illness-hits-chinas-wuhan-city-nearly-30-hospitalised",h2:"Hong Kong takes emergency measures as mystery pneumonia infects dozens in Chinas Wuhan city",p:"Most patients worked at a seafood market and health workers are still trying to identify virus responsible. City authorities tell hospitals to report any more cases of the illness, which is described as being of unknown origin. Hong Kong health authorities are taking no chances with a mysterious outbreak of viral pneumonia in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, warning of symptoms similar to Sars and bird flu as they step up border screening and put hospitals on alert. The situation in Wuhan is unusual, and we are not sure about the reasons behind the outbreak yet, ‟ said Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee said after an urgent night-time meeting with officials and experts on New Years Eve. ‟Since we are now in the holiday season, and Hong Kong has close transport ties with Wuhan, we must stay alert. With Wuhan reporting 27 infections so far, Chan said the Department of Health would increase vigilance and temperature screening at every border checkpoint, including the citys international airport and high-speed railway station in West Kowloon.",img:"https://cdn.i-scmp.com/sites/default/files/styles/1200x800/public/d8/images/methode/2019/12/31/418e78b8-2b88-11ea-8334-1a17c6a14ef4_image_hires_231008.jpg?itok=&v=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"scmp.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"55"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.dw.com/en/china-investigates-sars-like-virus-as-dozens-struck-by-pneumonia/a-51843861",h2:"China investigates SARS-like mystery virus as dozens struck by pneumonia",p:"Health experts have been dispatched to the central city of Wuhan after 27 people were struck down by viral pneumonia. A 2003 outbreak of the highly-contagious SARS virus was covered up and killed hundreds of people. Chinese health authorities on Tuesday said they are investigating 27 cases of viral pneumonia in central Hubei province, amid online speculation that it could be linked to the SARS flu-like virus that killed hundreds of people a decade ago. A team of senior health experts were dispatched to the city of Wuhan and were reported by state broadcaster CCTV to be ’conducting relevant inspection and verification work. Wuhan health officials issued an emergency notification on Monday after local hospitals treated a ’successive series of patients with unexplained pneumonia. Of the 27 reported cases, seven are in a critical condition and 18 are stable, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said on Tuesday on its Weibo social media account. The condition of two other patients had improved to the point where they would be discharged soon, it said.",img:"https://www.dw.com/image/51844238_303.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"dw.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"55"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/morales-claims-orchestrated-coup-tap-bolivia-lithium-191225053622809.html", h2:"US orchestrated the Coup to tap Bolivia's lithium :says Morales", p:"Morales claims US orchestrated coup to tap Bolivia's lithium Morales's remarks come weeks after protests forced him to resign, abandoning his bid for unconstitutional fourth term. Former Bolivia president Evo Morales has claimed he was forced from office by a US-backed coup aimed at gaining access to the South American country's vast lithium resources. The remarks came in an exclusive interview with AFP news agency on Tuesday, weeks after Morales resigned as president on November 10 following protests against his controversial re-election to an unconstitutional fourth term in a poll widely denounced as rigged. Since then, Morales - Bolivia's first Indigenous president - has claimed to have been the victim of a coup d'etat. It was a national and international coup d'etat,’ Morales told AFP in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, where he has been living in exile since claiming asylum. ’Industrialised countries don't want competition. Bolivia election: Street clashes between backers and foes of Morales (1:50) Morales said Washington had not ’forgiven’ his country for choosing to seek lithium extraction partnerships with Russia and China rather than the US. ’That's why I'm absolutely convinced it's a coup against lithium,’ he said. We as a state had begun industrialising lithium ... As a small country of 10 million inhabitants, we were soon going to set the price of lithium. They know we have the greatest lithium reserves in the world of 16,000 square kilometres (more than 6,100 square miles). Bolivia does have the largest confirmed lithium reserves in the world but they are widely thought to be of poor quality and the country lacks the infrastructure to exploit them profitably.", img:"https://www.national-geographic.pl/media/cache/default_view/uploads/media/default/0013/83/podczas-gdy-miejscowy-lud-ajmarow-zbiera-i-sprzedaje-sol-wykrystalizowana-na-powierzchni-rowniny-salar-de-uyuni-znacznie-bardziej-lukratywny-lit-jest-rozpuszczony-w-solance-zalegajacej-gleboko-pod-ziemia.jpeg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/latin-america/evo-morales-washington-orchestrated-coup-to-tap-bolivias-lithium.phtml",h2:"Evo Morales: Washington orchestrated coup to tap Bolivia's lithium",p:"Former Bolivia president Evo Morales says he was forced from office by a United States-backed coup d'état aimed at gaining access to the country's vast lithium resources. Demand for lithium is expected to grow globally as it is one of the key components in batteries used in high-tech equipment such as laptops and electric cars. Morales resigned as president on November 10 after almost three weeks of protests against his controversial re-election to an unconstitutional fourth term in a poll widely denounced as rigged. Ex-Bolivian leader said Washington had not ’forgiven’ his country for choosing to seek lithium extraction partnerships with Russia and China, rather than the United States. But since then, Morales – Bolivia's first indigenous president – has claimed to have been the victim of a coup d'état.",img:"https://fotos.perfil.com/2019/12/24/trim/1140/641/bolivian-president-evo-morales-interview-afp-stock-834360.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"batimes.com.ar",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"56"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/25/evo-morales-says-he-absolutely-convinced-us-led-coup-bolivia-exploit-lithium",h2:"Evo Morales Says He Is Convinced US Led Coup in Bolivia to Exploit Lithium Reserves",p:"It was a national and international coup d'etat... it's a coup against lithium. Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said in an interview Tuesday that he is ’absolutely convinced’ the United States orchestrated the military coup that removed him from power last month with the goal of exploiting Bolivia's enormous lithium reserves. Morales told AFP that he believes the U.S. had not ’forgiven’ him for pursuing lithium partnerships with China and Russia over Washington. It was a national and international coup d'etat,’ said Morales. ’I'm absolutely convinced it's a coup against lithium. We as a state had begun industrializing lithium... As a small country of 10 million inhabitants, we were soon going to set the price of lithium. They know we have the greatest lithium reserves in the world of 16,000 square kilometers (over 6,100 square miles). U.S. President Donald Trump and officials in his administration have openly and enthusiastically celebrated the coup in Bolivia, but it is not yet clear whether the White House played a direct or indirect role in Morales' ouster, which brought to power a right-wing anti-indigenous government. Morales was initially granted asylum by Mexico following the coup, but earlier this month he moved to Argentina after that country's leftist leaders granted him refugee status.",img:"https://i.ytimg.com/vi/bMscskEEAyw/maxresdefault.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"commondreams.o",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"56"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2019/1225/1103031-bolivia/",h2:"Bolivia ex-president Morales claims he was forced out by US coup to gain access to Lithium resources.",p:"Former Bolivian president Evo Morales has claimed he was forced from office by a United States-backed coup d'etat aimed at gaining access to the South American country's vast lithium resources. Demand for lithium is expected to grow globally as it is one of the key components in batteries used in high-tech equipment such as laptops and electric cars. Mr Morales resigned as president on 10 November after almost three weeks of protests against his controversial re-election to an unconstitutional fourth term in a poll widely denounced as rigged. His resignation came after then-chief of the armed forces General Williams Kaliman publicly stated the former trade union leader should step down. But since then, Mr Morales - Bolivia's first indigenous president - has claimed to have been the victim of a coup d'etat. It was a national and international coup d'etat,’ he told AFP in an exclusive interview in Buenos Aires, where he has been living in exile after claiming asylum. Mr Morales said the US had not ’forgiven’ his country for choosing to seek lithium extraction partnerships with Russia and China. We as a state had begun industrialising lithium... As a small country of 10 million inhabitants, we were soon going to set the price of lithium. They know we have the greatest lithium reserves in the world of 16,000 square kilometers (over 6,100 square miles). Bolivia does have the largest confirmed lithium resources in the world, but they are widely thought to be of poor quality, and the country lacks the infrastructure to exploit them profitably.",img:"https://antiwarcommittee.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/74574254_2865028646848898_1526534039601676288_n-720x445.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"rte.ie",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"56"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.siasat.com/pervez-musharraf-challenges-death-sentence-1775819/", h2:"Pervez Musharraf challenges Death sentence in Pakistan", p:"Pakistani ex-President and military chief Pervez Musharraf has filed a petition in Lahore High Court challenging the death sentence handed to him in a treason case earlier this month. A special court convicted Musharraf and sentenced him to death on December 17 on charges of high treason and subverting the constitution – an unprecedented verdict in a country that has been ruled by its powerful military for roughly half of its 72-year history. Musharrafs petition : The petition, filed on Friday, condemned Seths observation, highlighting that “the Honourable respective president of the special court has crossed all religious moral, civil and constitutional limits, while ruthlessly, irreligiously, unlawfully, unrealistically awarding a debilitating, humiliating, unprecedented and against the dignity of a person sentence. The government announced it would be filing a reference against Seth, who is also the chief justice of the Peshawar High Court, for his observations.", img:"https://blogs.arynews.tv/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/musharraf.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/as-standoff-with-iran-escalates-us-resumes-military-training-for-pakistan/articleshow/73115753.cms",h2:"As standoff with Iran escalates, US resumes military training for Pakistan",p:"Pakistan military is part of US security plan in West Asia; it is administered under US military based in the Gulf region. The US International Military Education and Training Programme (IMET) is worth around $2.4 million. US President Donald Trump has ordered resumption of military training to Pakistan, which was suspended in August 2018. Pakistan military is part of American security strategy in West Asia since the days of Cold War. It is administered under US military command based in the Gulf region. Also, Pakistan plays an essential role in the Afghan peace process and US-Taliban peace talks, experts said.",img:"https://i.dawn.com/primary/2017/07/5973cebc20efa.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"economictimes.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"57"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/us-resumes-pakistan-participation-in-american-military-training-top-official-2158707",h2:"US Resumes Pak's Participation In American Military Training",p:"The decision to resume Pakistan's participation in the International Military Education and Training Programme (IMET) was first announced by the State Department last month. The US International Military Education and Training Programme (IMET) is worth around $2.4 million. US President Donald Trump has ordered resumption of military training to Pakistan, which was suspended in August 2018. US President Donald Trump has authorised the resumption of Pakistan's participation in an American military training and educational programme in order to strengthen military-to-military cooperation on shared priorities, senior diplomat Alice Wells said on Saturday. ’The overall security assistance suspension for Pakistan remains in effect,’ Dawn news reported citing a tweet by Ms Wells, the in-charge of South Asia affairs at the US State Department. To strengthen mil2mil cooperation on shared priorities & advance US national security, @POTUS authorized the resumption of International Military Education and Training #IMET for Pakistan. The overall security assistance suspension for Pakistan remains in effect.",img:"https://c.ndtvimg.com/2020-01/f5tsf65c_alice-wells-us-diplomat_625x300_04_January_20.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"ndtv.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"57"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://arynews.tv/en/us-resumes-military-training-programme-for-pakistan/",h2:"US resumes military training programme for Pakistan",p:"In a major development, the Trump administration has announced the resumption of a training programme for Pakistans military officials. The US International Military Education and Training Programme (IMET) is worth around $2.4 million. US President Donald Trump has ordered resumption of military training to Pakistan, which was suspended in August 2018. The announcement follows on the heels of a telephonic conversation between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa the other day. They discussed a recent escalation in the Middle East following the killing of top Iranian commander.",img:"https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d7/Raising_the_flag_in_Swat_-_Flickr_-_Al_Jazeera_English.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"arynews.tv",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"57"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.albawaba.com/node/syrian-president-suspended-did-twitter-have-legitimate-reason-or-censorship",h2:"Syrian President Suspended: Did Twitter Have a Legitimate Reason",p:"Some Twitter users have noticed that the social network suspended the Syrian president's account after his tweet mourning the death of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in Baghdad. Some users expressed their anger at Twitter for shutting down the Syrian president's account, that his profile was also suspended early last month when he gave an interview with the Italian TV channel. The presidency's official account on Facebook had reported the suspension of the Twitter account in December, but it hasn't commented on the latest ban yet. Outraged supporters of al-Assad accused Twitter of serving what they described as an ’American political agenda’ by suspending the president's account, raising questions about Twitter's 'censorship' policies are more relaxed for US politicians including President Donald Trump.",img:"https://www.albawaba.com/sites/default/files/styles/de2e_standard/public/2020-01/Bashar-banned-2.jpg?h=&itok=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"albawaba.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"57"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://twitter.com/Partisangirl/status/1214186306202304514",h2:"Twitter has deleted the account of the Syrian president",p:"Not a single news agency has covered the fact that Twitter has deleted the account of the Syrian president. Twitter users have noticed that the social network suspended the Syrian president's account after his tweet mourning the death of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in Baghdad. Syrian Girl @Partisangirl tweeted: ’So not only was it accepted, it was expected. This is the level of censorship we are at now.’ .. ’No one will miss any of us or fight for any of us when we are silenced.",img:"https://meekd.com/img/twitter_syrian_president_assad.png",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"twitter.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"57"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://orinocotribune.com/syrian-presidents-twitter-account-temporarily-suspended/",h2:"Syrian Presidents Twitter Account Temporarily Suspended",p:"The Twitter account belonging to the Syrian Presidency was once again suspended. Last month, the Syrian Presidents Twitter account was suspended and later restored. The reason for its suspension was never stated. Twitter users have noticed that the social network suspended the Syrian president's account after his tweet mourning the death of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in Baghdad. Twitter users as the Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett, that attempted to access the account were given a message stating, “Caution: This account is temporarily restricted.",img:"https://i1.wp.com/orinocotribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Screenshot-at-19-39-56.jpg?resize=&ssl=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"orinocotribune",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"57"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.khaleejtimes.com/international/pakistan/ex-pakistan-president-musharraf-files-petition-challenging-high-treason-case-verdict",h2:"Pakistan ex-President Musharraf files petition challenging high treason case Death sentence verdict",p:"Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf filed a petition with the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday challenging the verdict by a special court in the high treason case against him for suspending the Constitution on November 3, 2007. On December 17, the Islamabad-based special court found Musharraf guilty of high treason and handed him a death sentence, reports Dawn news. The verdict marked the first time in Pakistan's history that a military chief was declared guilty of high treason and handed a death sentence. The 86 page-long petition, filed by Advocate Azhar Siddique on Musharraf's behalf, named the federal government and others as respondents. A full bench will hear the petition on January 9, 2020. It highlighted that the ’judgement contained a mix of anomalies and contradictory statements’, adding that the special court ’rapidly and hurriedly wrapped up the trial which was far from conclusion. The petition also challenged the verdict's graphic paragraph 66 which read: ’We direct the law enforcement agencies to strive their level best to apprehend the fugitive/convict (Musharraf) and to ensure that the punishment is inflicted as per law and if found dead, his corpse be dragged to the D-Chowk (in front of the Parliament House), and be hanged for three days. It added that the special court had ’crossed all religious moral, civil and constitutional limits, while ruthlessly, irreligiously, unlawfully, unrealistically awarding a debilitating, humiliating, unprecedented and against the dignity of a person’, Dawn news reported. Earlier this month, Musharraf, who is currently abroad, had filed an application in the LHC, urging it to halt the special court from sentencing him in absentia.",img:"https://images.khaleejtimes.com/storyimage/KT/20191227/ARTICLE/191229393/AR/0/musharraf,-pakistan,-high-treason.jpg&MaxW=&imageVersion=&NCS_modified=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/khaleej_times_41.png",coname:"khaleejtimes.c",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"57"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/pervez-musharraf-files-petition-challenging-courts-verdict-in-treason-case-2155210",h2:"Pervez Musharraf Challenges Special Court's Verdict In High Treason Death sentence",p:"Pervez Musharraf suspended the Constitution in 2007 and announce emergency which under Article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan is an act of treason punishable with death. Pakistan's former military dictator Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf today filed a petition in a court against the special court's verdict convicting him of high treason and sentencing him to death, according to media reports. Last week, the special court in Islamabad sentenced 76-year-old Musharraf to death in absentia for high treason following a six-year legal case. The 86 page-long petition, filed by Advocate Azhar Siddique in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday on Musharraf's behalf, named the federal government and others as respondents, Dawn News reported. The petition highlighted that the ’judgement contained a mix of anomalies and contradictory statements’. It added that the special court ’rapidly and hurriedly wrapped up the trial which was far from conclusion’, the report said. The petition stated that the special court ’has not taken into consideration that no actions detrimental to national interest were taken by the applicant’ as ’no offence of high treason is made out from the evidence presented against him (Musharraf) before the special court. The full bench, chaired by Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi, will hear the petition on January 9, 2020.",img:"http://www.theasian.asia/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Musharraf.gif",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"ndtv.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"57"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://sputniknews.com/asia/201912271077879003-former-pakistani-president-pervez-musharraf-challenges-death-sentence-in-lahore-high-court/",h2:"Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Challenges Death Sentence in Lahore High Court",p:"A special court in Pakistan had handed out the death sentence to former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on 19 December in a treason case. Musharraf, after escaping the country in March 2016, has been living in self-imposed exile and seeking medical treatment at a Dubai hospital. The former President, who was found guilty under Article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan, has now challenged his death sentence in an appeal to the Lahore High Court, filed through his counsel on Friday, the motion contends that the trial court judgement was announced in haste and seeks its suspension. Musharraf raised objection to paragraph 66 of the judgment, where Judge Waqar Ahmed Seth, wrote: ’As a necessary corollary to what has been observed we find the accused guilty as per charge. The convict shall be therefore hanged by his neck till he dies on each count as per charge. We direct the Law Enforcement Agencies to strive their level best to apprehend the fugitive/convict to ensure that the punishment is inflicted as per law. If found dead, his corpse shall be dragged to the D-Chowk, Islamabad, Pakistan and be hanged for 03 days. Pakistan's legal fraternity also questioned the harshness of the verdict delivered by the Peshawar High Court's Chief Justice, forcing the Imran Khan Government to reassess the judge's capability to perform the duties of his office. The government sought the ouster of the judge, citing violations of judicial conduct. In November, a special court in Islamabad had reserved its verdict in the treason case. The Islamabad High Court, had, however, halted the decision of the special court to announce its judgement. Musharraf had seized power from then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif through a military coup on 12 October 1999, when the latter reportedly intended to oust him from the post of the army chief.",img:"https://cdni.rt.com/files/2019.12/xxs/5dfa5cf785f5400bc367f5b2.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"sputniknews.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"57"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://news.am/eng/news/547748.html", h2:"OPEC predicts that US Shale oil golden age is over", p:"Across the industry, oil traders and executives believe U.S. production will grow less in 2020 than this year, and at a significantly slower rate than in 2018. On paper, the cartel has the oil market under control, ‟ the source noted. ‟Vitol Group, the worlds largest independent oil trader, expects U.S. production to increase by 700,000 barrels a day from December 2019 to December 2020, compared to growth of 1.1 million barrels a day from the end of 2018 to the end of 2019. However, a slowdown does not mean its absence. While US independent shale oil companies are announcing cost cuts, major players are likely to continue to increase their production, Bloomberg notes. The biggest problem for OPEC countries is not American shale oil, but the overall increase in black gold production in countries such as Brazil and Norway, the agency noted. The agreement of OPEC and some states outside the organization (OPEC +) on the reduction of oil production has been in force since the beginning of 2017. Its action has been repeatedly extended and the conditions have been changed. The agreement provides for a reduction in production by 1.2 million barrels per day from the level of October 2018, 228 thousand barrels of which are in Russia, and is valid until the end of March 2020.", img:"https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/7045cc957c4513f7328cff88e794742b803950e0/c=40-0-684-483/local/-/media/2019/03/13/USATODAY/usatsports/MotleyFool-TMOT-cdb1847b-106-fracking.jpg?width=640", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/is-the-golden-age-of-american-shale-over/news-story/bfea8f090746545ee2a7cb9838d1840a",h2:"The golden age of American shale fracking is over ?",p:"The Permian Basin, an oil and gas field that straddles Texas and New Mexico, was thought to have run dry until hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, became a viable means of extraction. There are now an estimated 75 billion barrels of recoverable shale oil in the region, but fewer than five billion had been produced by the end of 2018. The Permian is forecast to produce more oil by 2023 than any member of Opec, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Saudi Arabia excepted.. The worlds most promising oilfield is in a slump. In the Permian Basin in the United States, jobs are disappearing, home prices are falling and there are fewer drilling rigs dotting the desert plains. An edict from Wall Street telling oil companies to cut spending and to increase their profits has taken its toll. Drilling and fracking is on the wane. Production continues to grow, but at a slower pace. Oil companies, he said, needed to return cash to shareholders and to push up their share prices before growth can return to its previous highs. The long-term prospects of the Permian remain robust, ‟ Rene Santos, an analyst at S&P Global Platts, a consultancy, said. ‟Operators just need to stay away from past practices of production growth at any cost, without close consideration of shareholder returns.",img:"https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/dee472ca8b91df9f43229fd0a6f47973?width=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"theaustralian.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"58"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/era-of-making-a-quick-buck-from-the-permian-basin-is-at-a-close-wv8g2l96r",h2:"Era of making a quick buck from the Permian Basin Shale is at a close",p:"The worlds most promising oilfield is in a slump. In the Permian Basin in the United States, jobs are disappearing, home prices are falling and there are fewer drilling rigs dotting the desert plains. An edict from Wall Street telling oil companies to cut spending and to increase their profits has taken its toll. Drilling and fracking is on the wane. Production continues to grow, but at a slower pace. The long-term prospects of the Permian remain robust, ‟ Rene Santos, an analyst at S&P Global Platts, a consultancy, said. ‟Operators just need to stay away from past practices of production growth at any cost, without close consideration of shareholder returns.” Oil companies, he said, needed to return cash to shareholders and to push up their.",img:"https://images.glaciermedia.ca/polopoly_fs/1.1309760.1498602994!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_804/fracking.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thetimes.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"58"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/28/assa-d28.html", h2:"Julian Assange slowly dying and often sedated in Belmarsh prison", p:"On Christmas Eve, WikiLeaks founder and prize-winning journalist Julian Assange phoned a friend to alert the world that his life is in danger inside Londons notorious maximum-security Belmarsh prison. Vaughan Smith, a freelance video news journalist who gave refuge to Assange in 2010 when he was legally fighting against attempts to extradite him to Sweden, tweeted that Assange called his family on Christmas Eve. Smith wrote: “He told my wife and I how he was slowly dying in Belmarsh where, though only on remand, he is kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and is often sedated. His US extradition proceedings start in February...” Assanges phone call highlights the danger that he could die in prison, effectively at the hands of the British government of Boris Johnson, acting in league with the Trump administration and the Australian government, which has refused to intervene on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen. By what authority, or on what pretext, Assange is being tranquilised, and kept isolated, remains unknown. Despite growing public outrage, demands for explanations have gone unanswered. Such mistreatment of a prisoner who is only on remand—not convicted of any offence whatsoever—cannot possibly be explained innocently. It not only defies all known precedents regarding detainees awaiting trial or, in Assanges case, lengthy extradition proceedings. It also defies urgent medical advice. Assanges plea for help underscores the warnings made over the past two months by doctors from around the world, putting the British and Australian governments on notice that Assanges health is deteriorating so rapidly, he might die in jail. The WikiLeaks founder, together with whistleblower Chelsea Manning, is being persecuted, possibly to the point of death, for helping to bring to the world the truth about the war crimes, anti-democratic intrigues and mass surveillance conducted globally by the US government and its close allies, notably Britain and Australia. In 2010, WikiLeaks, acting in partnership with several major corporate media outlets, published hundreds of thousands of secret documents exposing US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, including US-led coup plots and other forms of political interference in country after country. It also released the “Collateral Murder” video showing the gunning down of civilians and journalists in Baghdad in July 2007. If extradited to the US, Assange faces imprisonment for up to 175 years on openly political charges under the US Espionage Act—charges that represent a frontal attack on free speech and media freedom globally. Last month more than 60 medical doctors wrote to the UK government urging that Assange be transferred immediately from prison to a university teaching hospital for multi-disciplinary medical assessment and care, including by experts in psychological torture. The doctors cited UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Professor Nils Melzer, who visited Assange earlier this year with two medical experts. Melzer has written to the British, US and Australian governments stating that Assange is being psychologically tortured and “today we are at a point where he could collapse at any moment.” In a further letter, more than 100 doctors from around the globe put Australias government on notice that Assanges health is deteriorating rapidly. In an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne, the doctors urged the government to intervene and get him medical treatment before it is too late. ‟It is an extremely serious matter for an Australian citizens survival to be endangered by a foreign government, ‟ the letter said. The doctors are concerned that the psychological stress Assange has been under, which is akin to psychological torture, is manifesting in physical ailments and he could suffer a stroke, cardiac arrest or other fatal health problem at any time. An addendum to the doctors’ letter, listing the “medical realities” regarding Assanges case, warned: “The potentially fatal medical consequences of prolonged psychological torture are inherently unpredictable, and could strike at any time…", img:"https://gazetalibertaria.news/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/04/proxy.duckduckgo-3.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/nils-melzer-_government-s-reticence-over-julian-assange-criticised/45462790",h2:"Governments reticence over Julian Assange criticised",p:"The UN special rapporteur against torture has criticised the Swiss government for failing to support the founder of Wikileaks. In an interview with the SonntagsBlickexternal link published on Sunday, Nils Melzer said that the Swiss government wanted to avoid taking a position on Assange as it could risk American retaliation on the countrys financial sector. The Zurich native warned that ’keeping quiet is certainly not in Switzerland's long-term interest’. With its democratic, humanitarian and human rights tradition, Switzerland ’could be clearer also in the face of powerful states, and call for respect for the fundamental norms of international law using diplomatic channels,’ emphasised the independent UN expert and professor of international law. He also pointed out that the Geneva City Parliament had wanted to offer Julian Assange asylum. Recently, Melzer (who has visited Assange several times) concluded that torture had been inflicted on the founder of WikiLeaks. He also felt that his survival was now in jeopardy. According to Melzer, Assange is under 24-hour video surveillance, isolated from ’any friendly, familiar contact’ and kept in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day. In addition, he has no access to his American lawyers or to the prosecution's case file. 175 years in prison Assange has been held in London's Belmarsh high security prison since April, sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for violating the conditions of his bail. He spent seven years in Ecuador's London embassy after the country had granted him asylum. During this time he avoided extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault investigation. Assange was removed from the premises by British police on April 11. The Swedish prosecutor's office announced in November that it would not pursue charges for lack of evidence. The British court is due to decide shortly whether or not to authorise the extradition of the Australian to the United States on spying charges. In 2010, WikiLeaks had published more than 700,000 confidential documents on US military and diplomatic activities. These included references to human rights violations. Assange could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison in the US for violating anti-espionage laws.",img:"https://www.swissinfo.ch/image/45462796/3x2/640/426/4d88633cc6b10117dc0efefe6600530/uJ/402681713_highres.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"swissinfo.ch",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"59"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bolnews.com/international/2019/12/julian-assanges-health-deteriorates-whilst-detention/",h2:"Julian Assanges health deteriorates whilst detention",p:"Human Rights activists demand to immediately release WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange as his health deteriorates. Reporters without borders called on the US to drop espionage charges from Assange. His extradition to the United States will set a dangerous precedent, human rights activists say. ‟We are alarmed by the current state of Julian Assanges health, and call for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds, ‟ said RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire. ‟Assange targeted by the US for his journalistic-like activities, which sets a dangerous precedent for press freedom.” The US should cease its persecution of Assange and drop the charges under the Espionage Act without further delay”, he said. Earlier in November, more than 60 doctors said that the life of WikiLeaks founder in danger. He needed urgent medical and psychological help, doctors said. According to doctors, Julian needs to transfer to a university clinic, because there is a fear that Assange could die in prison. In April, Julian Assange charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, a relatively minor crime that carries a maximum 5-year sentence if found guilty. Julian Assange charged with 17 criminal counts. The Justice Department filed 17 criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The charges follow a limited indictment unsealed in April, when he charged with violating the Computer Fraud. According to the indictment, hes now facing several counts of obtaining and disclosing national defense information without authorization. Assange arrested in April after he expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. That was the embassy where he sought asylum in 2012. Whereas, UK courts sentenced him to nearly a year in prison for breaching bail conditions. The new charges were far more serious, with each count carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Moreover, Assange also faced a reopened rape allegation in Sweden.",img:"https://bolnews.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Julian-Assange-.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"bolnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"59"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201912281077885761-he-may-not-make-it-assange-associates-fear-aussie-journalist-may-die-in-uk-prison/",h2:"He May Not Make It : Assange Associates Fear Aussie Journalist May Die in UK Prison",p:"WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is slated to appear in court for a US extradition hearing in February, but according to both associates of the journalist and Assange himself, solitary confinement, sedation and physical ailments, combined with past psychological trauma, may take their toll on him before his day in court. Independent journalist Diani Baretto and Joe Lauria, the editor-in-chief of Consortium News, joined Radio Sputniks Loud and Clear on Friday to discuss the ways in which Assanges rights are being violated and reveal the current efforts being made by those outside of the UK legal system to save the WikiLeaks co-founders life. Baretto, an associate of Assanges who has been documenting the irregularities in the journalists trial, told hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou that she and others legitimately fear that Assange, who has experienced a “rapid decline” in health since his imprisonment in Her Majesty's Prison Belmarsh, may not make it to trial. ‟He has been increasing [in] health deterioration because of this isolation, which has only … augmented the symptoms of now-documented psychological torture that he’d been subjected to while already enclosured in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, ‟ she said. Journalist Vaughn Smith, another associate of Assange, took to Twitter on December 26 and informed the public that the journalist told both him and his wife that he was “slowly dying in Belmarsh” amid “solitary confinement for 23 hours a day” and repeated sedation. Baretto argued that there is no way to argue Assange is being afforded a fair trial or due process in the UK, considering the human rights violations that have continued since his detention. Additionally, she pointed out, its been documented that the WikiLeaks co-founder “did not have access to his indictment, ‟ was denied access to his legal team for a period of time, “did not have access to a properly functioning computer” and, ultimately, “could not prepare for his defense in a case that has taken, pretty much, 10 years.” “We are concerned that he may not make it, ‟ Baretto admitted, highlighting a recent release from more than 60 doctors from the UK, Australia, Europe and Sri Lanka to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel. The open letter, issued in November, argued ’an urgent expert medical assessment of both his physical and psychological state of health” was required and should be “administered in a properly equipped and expertly staffed university teaching hospital (tertiary care).” Being that Assange “could die in prison, ‟ doctors deemed the medical situation “urgent” and stressed “there is no time to lose.” The doctors, like Baretto, expressed that Assange must undergo a proper examination and treatment in order for the court to determine whether he is fit for trial. ‟This is not a normal case, ‟ Lauria asserted to the hosts. ‟If this were a normal case, the defense would put a motion to throw the case out because the prosecuting government got access to illegal surveillance of his conversations with his lawyer.” Lauria pointed out that in addition to the November open letter from the dozens of doctors, there has also been pressure from organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, which recently cited humanitarian concerns as grounds for Assange to be released. ’Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by reports that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assanges health has deteriorated in detention, and calls for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds, ‟ the group said in a Friday release. ‟RSF condemns the continued targeting of Assange for his journalistic-like activities, which sets a dangerous precedent.’ Assange sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012 after being brought up on charges in Sweden related to a sexual assault investigation, which Swedish officials later dropped earlier this year in November. Fearing extradition, the WikiLeaks co-founder remained in the embassy until his asylum was terminated by the Ecuadorian government, allowing British police to detain him in April. Though Assange was due for release from Belmarsh Prison in September, he has remained behind bars due to his “history of absconding, ‟ according to District Judge Vanessa Baraitser.",img:"https://media.newyorker.com/photos/598dcad6a48c5703d81544e5/master/w_727,c_limit/170821_r30384_rd.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"sputniknews.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"59"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.techworm.net/2019/12/russia-unplug-global-internet.html", h2:"Russia Successfully Unplugs Itself From The Global Internet", p:"Earlier this year, it was reported that the Russian government along with major internet providers are planning to disconnect the entire country from the global internet to ensure the independence of Runet, or Russias internet. The primary reason behind this internet shutdown is to ensure the “security” of its internet infrastructure in case of a foreign cyberattack. The Russian Ministry of Communications on Monday announced that it had successfully conducted a series of tests to check whether the countrys internet service would function if it were to disconnect from the Worldwide Web, reports BBC. The switchover to Runet, the countrys national internet infrastructure, was smooth and ordinary users did not notice any changes, added Russias communication ministry. ‟Our goal was to provide an uninterrupted internet service on Russian territory under any circumstances, ‟ Deputy Head of the Ministry of Communications, Alexei Sokolov told reporters. ‟The results of the tests have shown that on the whole both authorities and service providers are ready to effectively react to emerging risks and threats and ensure the functioning of the Internet and the unified telecommunication network in Russia.” The tests were carried out over multiple days, starting last week, which involved state-run institutions, as well as telecom providers and internet companies. The tests would continue in the future, added Sokolov. However, many internet rights activists have raised concerns about the new trend of some countries creating their internet that could lead to online isolation. Besides this, it would also give Russias government more control over what its citizens can access. It is speculated that Russia wants to tighten surveillance and censorship in its country similar to China. ‟Sadly, the Russian direction of travel is just another step in the increasing breaking-up of the internet, ‟ said Prof Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at the University of Surrey. ‟Increasingly, authoritarian countries which want to control what citizens see are looking at what Iran and China have already done. ‟It means people will not have access to dialogue about what is going on in their own country, they will be kept within their own bubble. ‟That would effectively get ISPs [internet service providers] and telcos to configure the internet within their borders as a gigantic intranet, just like a large corporation does.” The test results of the unplugged internet will now be presented to the Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Runet system is supposed to go online in 2021.", img:"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/2D44/production/_109488511_gettyimages-1129570622.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.techspot.com/news/83314-russia-successfully-disconnected-homegrown-runet-internet.html",h2:"Russia successfully disconnected its homegrown RuNet from the Internet",p:"For Russian President Vladimir Putin, the ’free internet’ and ’sovereign internet’ concepts aren't mutually exclusive. The country recently performed several successful tests that simulated how it would respond in case of a foreign cyber attack. News broke in February that Russia was planning to disconnect itself from the Internet to see what would happen in case of foreign aggression. To that end, the Russian government had to pass a law requiring internet service providers to make it possible to inspect all outbound traffic and maintain an isolated intranet dubbed RuNet if necessary. This week, the country performed a series of unprecedented tests to simulate the conditions of a foreign cyber attack and its ability to keep its internal infrastructure operational while blocking all inbound and outbound traffic. The tests started last week and involved state-run institutions, as well as telecom providers and internet companies. Deputy communications minister Alexei Sokolov told reporters ’it turned out that, in general, that both authorities and telecom operators are ready to effectively respond to possible risks and threats and ensure the functioning of the Internet and the unified telecommunication network in Russia.’ Russia sees the creation of a ’sovereign internet’ as a necessary move in the context of ever-increasing social media influence and cyber attacks. Not much is known about the specifics of the tests, but a total of 18 attack scenarios were simulated to determine if federal and commercial telecom operators can effectively separate Russia from the Internet while still allowing access to local services using a DNS cache. While country officials may present these efforts as purely defensive in nature, it's not hard to imagine they could be used as an excuse for different motives. Some speculate that Russia wants to tighten surveillance and censorship in a similar fashion to China, on top of requiring all smartphones to come with Russian software pre-installed. The results will be presented to President Vladimir Putin next year, and the RuNet system is supposed to become fully operational in 2021. In related news, the Russian government is planning to invest $31 million to create its own Wikipedia.",img:"https://www.swxbt.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/7694.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"techspot.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"60"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.gizmochina.com/2019/12/26/russia-is-successful-in-completely-disconnecting-from-the-internet/",h2:"Russia is successful in completely disconnecting from the Global Internet",p:"Earlier this week, the Russian Government announced that it had conducted a series of tests that allowed the country to completely disconnect from the global internet. The test started out last week and went on for a couple of days and involved multiple local internet service providers and telecom companies alongside the Government. The main objective of the long series of tests was to see if the RuNet system worked properly. It is a Russian internet infrastructure capable of functioning without access to the global DNS system or external internet. In other words, the RuNet from Russia network is the worlds largest intranet system. Unfortunately, the Government did not reveal any technical or finer details regarding the tests and how they were carried out. The official spokesperson only mentioned that several disconnection scenarios were tested by the Russian Government. One of the scenarios even included a simulated cyber attack from a foreign country or any hostile entity. In a press conference today (26th December 2019), Alexei Sokolov, the Deputy head of Ministry of Digital Development, stated that both “authorities and telecom operators are ready to effectively respond to possible risks and threats and ensure the functioning of the Internet and the unified telecommunication network in Russia.” He aso went on to mention that the test results will be presented to President Putin next year. The initial testing of the RuNet systems was planned to take place back in April 2019 but had got delayed till now. It was delayed to give the Government time to pass supporting and supplementing laws in the country. This includes the “internet sovereignty” law, which grants the Russian Government power to disconnect the entire country from the rest of the world at will with little reasoning. The grounds on which this drastic measure will be undertaken is apparently for emergencies and “national security.”",img:"https://startupwonders.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/russia-internet-696x392.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"gizmochina.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"60"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://alkhaleejtoday.co/international/9884/Author-and-former-spouse-of-Norwegian-princess-Ari-Behn-commits-suicide.html", h2:"Author and former spouse of Norwegian princess, Ari Behn, commits suicide", p:"Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - Behn published his first book in 1999. Norwegian author Ari Behn, who was previously married to the country's Princess Maertha Louise, died on Wednesday aged 47, his manager told AFP, saying he had committed suicide. ’It is with great sadness in our hearts that I on behalf of the very closest relatives of Ari Behn must announce that he took his own life today,’ Behn's manager Geir Hakonsund said in an email to AFP. Behn published his first book in 1999, a collection of short stories whose English translation is ’Sad as hell’. He rose to public prominence in 2002 after marrying the Norwegian royal Maertha Louise, and they wrote a book about their wedding with the title ’From heart to heart’. The couple had three daughters together before announcing their divorce in August 2016. Friends and public figures expressed their condolences on Wednesday, including Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and the royal family. ’Ari was an important part of our family for many years, and we carry warm and good memories of him with us,’ the Royal House of Norway said in a statement. Behn also wrote several novels and plays, and in 2018 published his last book, ’Inferno,’ in which he detailed his struggle with mental health issues.", img:"https://alkhaleejtoday.co/temp/resized/medium_2019-12-26-6cb83b08f5.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://people.com/royals/ari-behn-mom-pays-tribute-funeral-date-set/",h2:"Ari Behn's Mom Pays Tribute to Late Son as Funeral Date Is Set : The Darkness Never Took You",p:"The author and former husband of Norwegian Princess Martha Louise died by suicide on Christmas Day. Ari Behns mother paid tribute to her son on Friday, two days after the author, who was married to Princess Martha Louise of Norway for 14 years before their 2016 divorce, died by suicide at the age of 47. Alongside a photo of herself and her son smiling on the beach, Marianne Behn shared a touching note on Facebook, written in both Norwegian and English. ‟Dear beloved Mikis, ‟ she wrote. ‟The darkness never took you.. IT was the bright shining LIGHT merging with you ❤️.” A funeral for Behn is taking place on Jan. 3 at the Oslo Cathedral, with services to be conducted by the bishop of Oslo, Kari Veiteberg, PEOPLE confirms. Behn was married to Princess Martha Louise of Norway, 48, for 14 years before officially divorcing in 2016. They share three daughters: Maud Angelica, 16, Leah Isadora, 14, and Emma Tallulah, 11. The royals parents, King Harald and Queen Sonja, said Behn was “an important part of our family for many years, and we carry warm, fond memories of him.” “We are grateful that we had the chance to know him. We grieve for our grandchildren, who have lost their beloved father, and extend our deepest sympathy to his parents and siblings, who have lost a dear son and brother, ‟ the monarchs added in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. ‟Ari was a good friend, a much-loved member of the family and a fabulous uncle with whom we shared many of lifes precious moments. It is with great sadness we have learned of his passing, ‟ read another statement from Princess Martha Louises brother, Crown Prince Haakon, and Her Royal Highness Crown Prince Mette-Marit. ‟We were all extremely fond of Ari. Our thoughts at this time are with Maud, Leah, Emma, Princess Märtha Louise and Aris closest family.” Princess Martha Louise, who is now dating American “spiritual guide” to the stars Shaman Durek, has not released a statement on her ex-husbands death. Behn — who worked as an author and wrote three novels, three short story collections and three plays, according to his website — previously accused actor Kevin Spacey of groping him at a concert for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. The writer spoke to radio station P4 about the incident in 2017, according to the BBC. ‟We had a great talk, he sat right beside me. After five minutes, he said, ‘Hey, lets go out and have a cigarette.’ Then he puts his hand under the table and grabs me by the balls, ‟ Behn said. ‟Er, maybe later, ‟ Behn said he told Spacey, now 60. Spacey — who has largely disappeared from the public eye after more than a dozen men made sexual misconduct allegations against him, all of which he has denied — did not respond to Behns allegation at the time. A rep for Spacey did not immediately return PEOPLEs request for comment in the wake of Behns death.",img:"https://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/20191126/rs_634x1024-191226041148-634-Ari-Behn-J1R-122619.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"people.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"61"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://skystatement.com/royal-heartbreak-as-norwegian-princess-ex-husband-ari-behn-takes-own-life-2/",h2:"Royal heartbreak as Norwegian princess’ ex-husband Ari Behn takes own life",p:"The former husband of Norways Princess Martha Louise has taken his own life, it has been announced tonight. Ari Behns death has left the palace shocked and family and friends grief-stricken. The 47-year-old talented author and artist leaves behind three young children, who he shares with the princess, 48. The couple married in 2002 and divorced in 2017. That year he accused Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey of groping him under a table. Ari and Princess Martha Louises first daughter, Maud Angelica, was born in 2003, their second daughter Leah Isadora in 2005, and their third daughter, Emma Tallulah, in 2008. Geir Hakonsund, Aris manager, said on behalf of his family: “It is with sadness in our hearts that we, the closest relatives of Ari Behn, announce today that he has taken his life. Aris death was confirmed on Christmas Day. ‟We ask for respect for our privacy in the coming time.” In a statement this evening, King Harald, the princesss father, said: “It is with great sadness that the Queen and I have received the message of Ari Behns passing. ‟Ari has been an important part of our family for many years, and we carry warm, fond memories of him.” A statement from the Crown Prince family added: “For us, Ari was a good friend, a dear family member and a wonderful uncle, with whom we shared many of lifes small and big moments. ‟It is with great sadness that we have received the message of his passing away.” No other details about his death have been confirmed. In 2017, Ari accused disgraced actor Kevin Spacey of allegedly groping him under the table at a Nobel Peace Prize concert. Recalling the alleged 2007 incident, Ari said: “We had a great talk, he sat right beside me. ‟After five minutes he said, ‘hey, lets go out and have a cigarette’. Then he puts his hand under the table and grabs me by the balls.” Ari said he put Spacey off by telling him: “Er, maybe later.” Spacey has been accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen men and has since been dropped from the Netflix drama House of Cards. Ari added: “My hair was dark at the time, I was 10 years younger and right up his alley.” Meanwhile, Aris Instagram is being flooded by fans leaving heart emojis on his last picture, which was posted 17 weeks ago. He leaves behind three children. Ari was born in Denmark to teacher parents and grew up in Norway. He attended the Waldorf School in Moss and is baptized in The Christian Community. He achieved a bachelors degree in history and religion from University of Oslo. He wrote three novels, two collections of short stories and a book about his wedding. His 1999 short stories collection Trist som faen (“Sad as hell”) sold about 100,000 copies and received several favourable reviews. His books have been translated into Swedish, Danish, German, Hungarian, and Icelandic as well as French, according to the biography on his website.",img:"https://cdn.i-scmp.com/sites/default/files/styles/768x768/public/d8/images/methode/2019/12/26/f2aa117c-2794-11ea-9939-941d1970c7f1_image_hires_191436.jpg?itok=DmjZiQav&v=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"skystatement.c",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"61"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.foxnews.com/us/texas-church-shooting-texas-injured-active", h2:"Texas church shooting: Gunman kills 2, heroic parishioners take down shooter", p:"A gunman opened fire in a Texas church on Sunday, December 29, 2019 killing two people and injuring others before two ’heroic’ parishioners shot and killed him at the scene, police said. The shooting unfolded around 10 a.m. at the West Freeway Church of Christ, in the city of White Settlement, just outside Fort Worth, police said. ’It's all very tragic,’ Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Mike Drivdahl told reporters. White Settlement Police Chief J.P. Bevering told reporters Sunday afternoon that the gunman entered the church and sat down with the parishioners. He then got up, pulled out a shotgun, and shot two parishioners who died at a nearby hospital. Two armed parishioners who were volunteer security guards returned fire and killed the gunman. ’The suspect was stopped thanks to the quick and heroic actions of those safety members inside the church,’ Bevering said. Separately, two people who suffered minor injuries were treated and released at the scene. During a news conference later Sunday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick lauded the quick reactions of the churchs ’well-trained’ security team, calling their heroism ’unparalleled.’ He said, ’This team responded quickly and within six seconds, the shooting was over.’ He noted that the security team's quick response saved an ’untold number of lives.’ The victims ranged in age from 30 to 60 years old, according to MedStar, the ambulance service provider to Fort Worth and other cities in North Texas. A witness to the shooting told KTVT the gunman walked up to a server with a shotgun during communion and opened fire before parishioners inside the church took him down. ‟It was the most scariest thing. You feel like your life is flashing before you,’ Isabel Arreola told the television station. ’I was so worried about my little one.’ The church was apparently live streaming the service when the shooting took place. Images from the scene showed a massive emergency response. Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott called the shooting an ’evil act of violence’ at the church. ’Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life,’ the governor said in a statement. ’Cecilia and I ask all Texans to join us in praying for the White Settlement community and for all those affected by this horrible tragedy.’", img:"https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/12/1862/1048/AP19364053768672.jpg?ve=1&tl=1", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://time.com/5756485/white-settlement-church-texas-shooting/",h2:"Armed Parishioners Killed the Gunman in a Texas Church Shooting. Heres What to Know",p:"Gunman who opened fire on a Sunday morning church service in Texas was killed after parishioners confronted the gunman and returned fire. Two churchgoers were killed in the shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in the city of White Settlement near Fort Worth on December 29, 2019. The shooting comes more than two years after 26 people were killed in an attack at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs outside San Antonio. Heres what to know about the shooting. What happened? The gunman opened fire during a church service on Sunday. The shooting started just before communion, Jack Cummings, a minister at the church, told the New York Times. He said that about 250 people were inside the churchs auditorium at the time. Two churchgoers confronted the gunman and returned fire, White Settlement Police Chief J.P. Bevering said. ‟The threat has stopped thanks to the heroic actions of those two parishioners at the church, ‟ Bevering said during the press conference. The armed parishioners were members of the churchs volunteer security team, which is comprised of church members who are licensed to carry firearms, according to the Associated Press. Local media reports that a livestream of the church service—which appears to have been removed online—shows at least one churchgoer firing back at the shooter while dozens seek shelter under pews. The Fort Worth Fire Department and White Settlement police responded to calls of the shooting at about 11 a.m. Sunday, Michael Drivdahl, a Fort Worth Fire Department spokesperson, tells TIME. ‟No other injuries have been reported. The scene is secure and the investigation is active, ‟ he adds. The Dallas field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) shared a tweet on Sunday afternoon that agents were en route to West Freeway Church of Christ.On Sunday afternoon, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shared condolences to the families of the victims. ‟Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life, ‟ Abbott said in a public statement. ‟Cecilia and I ask all Texans to join us in praying for the White Settlement community and for all those affected by this horrible tragedy.” Where did the shooting happen? The shooting happened at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, about 10 miles west of Fort Worth. It is located in a residential area of the small city of about 18,000 people. Who are the victims? Two people died in the shooting. Authorities have not yet released the names of the victims. It is not clear whether the victims included any of the armed parishioners who confronted the gunman. ‟We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse, ‟ Pastor Britt Farmer of West Freeway Church of Christ said during a press conference. ‟I’m thankful that our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves, ‟ Farmer said. ‟We have a congregation here of open-hearted people…and to have something like this happen destroys my heart, ‟ Farmer said. Who is the gunman? Authorities have not yet confirmed the identity of the gunman, who died after being shot by churchgoers. The gunman had a previous arrest record, said Matthew J. DeSarno, an FBI special agent in charge of Dallas, according to the Associated Press. He described the gunman as a “relatively transient” person with roots in the area. Cummings said that the gunman was “acting suspiciously” before the shooting and drew the attention of the churchs security team, according to the Times. ‟He was immediately hit by one of our marksmen, ‟ Cummings said, according to the Times. ‟The next thing I know, he was lying on the floor.” Officials are still investigating the motive.",img:"http://media.heartlandtv.com/images/Shooting+image+23.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"time.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"62"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.syracuse.com/us-news/2019/12/texas-church-shooting-parishioners-kill-man-who-fatally-shoots-2.html",h2:"Texas church shooting: Parishioners kill man who fatally shoots 2",p:"In this still frame from livestreamed video provided by law enforcement, churchgoers take cover while a congregant armed with a handgun, top left, engages a man who opened fire, near top center just right of windows, during a service at West Freeway Church of Christ, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in White Settlement, Texas. The footage was broadcast online by the church according to a law enforcement official, who provided the image to The Associated Press on condition on anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. (West Freeway Church of Christ/Courtesy of Law Enforcement via AP) WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — A man pulled out a shotgun at a Texas church service and fired on worshippers Sunday, killing two people before he was shot to death by congregants who fired back, police said. Authorities at a Sunday evening news conference praised the two congregants who opened fire as part of a volunteer security team at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement. It was unclear if the two people who were killed were the two who shot at the gunman. ‟This team responded quickly and within six seconds, the shooting was over. Two of the parishioners who were volunteers of the security force drew their weapons and took out the killer immediately, saving untold number of lives,’ said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who also hailed the state's gun laws. Britt Farmer, senior minister of the church, said, “We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse.’ Authorities said there were more than 240 parishioners in the West Freeway Church at the time of the shooting. White Settlement Police Department Chief J.P. Bevering said the gunman had sat down in a pew before getting up, taking out a shotgun and firing at a parishioner, who was killed. He said the church's security team then “eliminated the threat.” Officials have not released the names of the victims or the gunman. FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno said they're working to identify the gunman's motive, adding that he is “relatively transient” but had roots in the area. DeSarno also said the gunman had been arrested multiple times in the past but declined to give details. An elder at the church told the New York Times that one of those killed was a security guard who responded to the shooter, calling him a dear friend. ‟He was trying to do what he needed to do to protect the rest of us, ‟ said the elder, Mike Tinius. ‟Its extremely upsetting to see anyone committing violence, ‟ he said. Tinius said he didn't know the gunman and that the shooting appeared to be random.",img:"https://images.khaleejtimes.com/storyimage/KT/20191230/ARTICLE/191239996/AR/0/AR-191239996.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"syracuse.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"62"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.reuters.com/article/us-emirates-dubai-budget/dubai-2020-budget-sets-record-spending-to-boost-growth-ahead-of-expo-idUSKBN1YX061", h2:"Dubai budget sets record spending to boost growth ahead of Expo 2020", p:"Dubai expects to substantially increase state spending next year to stimulate the emirates economy and support the Expo 2020 world fair, according to the 2020 budget released on Sunday.State spending will increase by 17% to a record 66.4 billion dirhams ($18.1 billion), compared with 56.8 billion seen in the budget plan for 2019, a Dubai government statement said. The increase is despite infrastructure spending being set to drop for a second consecutive year, to 8 billion dirhams, as the emirate nears the start of Expo 2020. Dubai, with a diversified trade and tourism economy but which does not have vast oil wealth and which has faced a real estate market downturn since prices peaked in 2014, is banking on Expo 2020 to boost economic activity. It has spent heavily in preparation for the six months long fair, which starts in October, although it has tapered its investment as associated projects were completed.", img:"https://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/sites/default/files/hme/styles/full_img/public/images/2019/11/05/DlwW7SrWwAE39QH.jpg?itok=2r46lLeh", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-29/dubai-s-spending-soaring-next-year-ahead-of-expo-2020",h2:"Dubais Spending Soaring Next Year Ahead of Expo 2020",p:"Dubais spending will surge next year as it prepares for World Expo 2020, according to the budget the government approved on Sunday. Total expenditure is expected to reach 66.4 billion dirhams ($18.1 billion) in 2020, up 17% from 56.8 billion dirhams this year, according to figures released by the governments media office. The added spending will fuel a spurt in gross domestic product, which is estimated to expand 3.2%, with the help of stimulus programs and projects related to World Expo 2020, which is due to open in October.",img:"https://assets.bwbx.io/images/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/iuNdz3Ogv0VQ/v1/1400x-1.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"bloomberg.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"63"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/dubai-budget-2020-dubais-budget-to-increase-by-record-18-billion-for-2020-2156021",h2:"Dubai's Budget To Increase By Record $18 Billion For 2020",p:"Dubai Budget 2020: Dubai State spending will increase by 17% to a record 66.4 billion dirhams ($18.1 billion), compared with the original budget plan of 56.8 billion dirhams for 2019, state news agency WAM reported. Dubai expects to substantially increase state spending next year to stimulate the emirate's economy and support the Expo 2020 world fair, according to the 2020 budget released on Sunday.State spending will increase by 17% to a record 66.4 billion dirhams ($18.1 billion), compared with the original budget plan of 56.8 billion dirhams for 2019, state news agency WAM reported. Budgeted infrastructure spending will drop for a second consecutive year in 2020, this time to 8 billion dirhams, as the emirate nears the start of Expo 2020. The government has spent heavily in preparation of the six-month-long World's Fair, which starts in October, although it tapered its investment as associated projects were completed.",img:"https://c.ndtvimg.com/2018-12/32sthp7o_dubai-generic-reuters_625x300_19_December_18.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"ndtv.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"63"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.kqed.org/news/11792899/the-california-consumer-privacy-act-mandates-what-again-exactly", h2:"The California Consumer Privacy Act Mandates What, Again, Exactly?", p:"On Jan. 1, the toughest data privacy law in the U.S. goes into effect: the California Consumer Privacy Act. That's why you're seeing a host of emails pop up in your inbox from various companies announcing updates to their terms of service, particularly their privacy policies. With no similar federal law on the horizon, this one is expected to set the standard nationally for some time. At the beginning of the year, Californians will be able to find out what personal information a business is collecting about them, their devices and their children, said one of the new law's co-authors, Mary Stone Ross. ’They'll be able to opt out of the sale of their personal information,’ she added. ’If a company fails to implement reasonable security practices and their personal information is breached, they'll be allowed to sue those companies.’", img:"https://cdn.kqed.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2019/12/iStock-1070078862-1020x387.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.cnet.com/news/new-privacy-laws-like-ccpa-could-be-headed-to-your-state/",h2:"New privacy laws like CCPA could be headed to your state",p:"First California passed its version of the GDPR. Now other states are looking to follow the lead set by the California Consumer Privacy Act.Starting on Jan. 1, 2020, California is offering residents privacy rights that are the first of their kind in the nation. But with nearly 20 states considering privacy legislation, it won't be long before regulations spread across the country. Nevada and Maine have already passed privacy laws, and at least 11 more states considered privacy bills. While they didn't pass in 2019, advocates have plans to submit more legislation in the coming year. In addition, five other states have tabled new privacy rules and instead created task forces that will study how to regulate data privacy. As is often the case, California has set the agenda for state houses across the nation. With nearly 40 million residents, California and its frequently progressive legislature has been at the forefront of laws covering everything from plastic bag bans to animal welfare laws in recent years. Now, privacy is on the agenda.",img:"https://pullzone1-stationx.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/us-law-700.png",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cnet.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"64"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://techxplore.com/news/2019-12-california-rewriting-internet-businesses-scrambling.html",h2:"California is rewriting the rules of the internet and businesses are scrambling to keep up",p:"A sweeping new law that aims to rewrite the rules of the internet in California is set to go into effect on Jan. 1.Most businesses with a website and customers in California—which is to say most large businesses in the nation—must follow the new regime, which is supposed to make online life more transparent and less creepy for users.The only problem: Nobody's sure how the new rules work. The California Consumer Privacy Act started from a simple premise: people should be able to know if companies sell their personal information, see what information companies have already collected on them, and have the option of quitting the whole system. But nothing is simple when it comes to the high-speed and largely opaque online data economy. For more than two decades, tech companies have built a deeply enmeshed system to track the habits and identities of millions of users, every second of every day, and then swap or sell that information to further fine-tune marketing, advertising and business strategy.",img:"https://scx1.b-cdn.net/csz/news/800/2018/internetinfo.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"techxplore.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"64"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Assad-Plans-To-Sue-The-US-Over-Stealing-Syrias-Oil.html", h2:"Assad Plans To Sue The U.S. Over Stealing Syrias Oil", p:"Syrias government is considering suing the United States in an international court over what a senior advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad referred to as the ‘stealing’ of Syrias oil. ‟Syria is looking into the possibility of filing an international lawsuit against the United States, due to the fact that they steal Syrian oil, ‟ Bouthaina Shaaban, Syrian Presidential Adviser, told Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV in an interview, carried by Irans Fars news agency. After a surprise announcement of pulling the U.S. troops out of Syria in October, U.S. President Donald Trump said that the United States would protect Syrian oil fields from ISIS. President Trump claimed that the U.S. had taken control of the oil in the Middle East, tweeting that “The U.S. has secured the Oil, & the ISIS Fighters are double secured by Kurds & Turkey.” The President did not elaborate on what he meant by “securing the oil, ‟ but speculations about the Presidents statement assume he was referring to the U.S. special forces that have been—and will continue to be—in control of oil and gas fields in Deir Ezzor, Syrias oil region.", img:"http://asianews.it/files/img/Usa-syrian_oil.webp", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/25/evo-morales-says-he-absolutely-convinced-us-led-coup-bolivia-exploit-lithium",h2:"Evo Morales Says He Is Convinced US Led Coup in Bolivia to Exploit Lithium Reserves",p:"It was a national and international coup d'etat... it's a coup against lithium. Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said in an interview Tuesday that he is ’absolutely convinced’ the United States orchestrated the military coup that removed him from power last month with the goal of exploiting Bolivia's enormous lithium reserves. Morales told AFP that he believes the U.S. had not ’forgiven’ him for pursuing lithium partnerships with China and Russia over Washington. It was a national and international coup d'etat,’ said Morales. ’I'm absolutely convinced it's a coup against lithium. We as a state had begun industrializing lithium... As a small country of 10 million inhabitants, we were soon going to set the price of lithium. They know we have the greatest lithium reserves in the world of 16,000 square kilometers (over 6,100 square miles). U.S. President Donald Trump and officials in his administration have openly and enthusiastically celebrated the coup in Bolivia, but it is not yet clear whether the White House played a direct or indirect role in Morales' ouster, which brought to power a right-wing anti-indigenous government. Morales was initially granted asylum by Mexico following the coup, but earlier this month he moved to Argentina after that country's leftist leaders granted him refugee status.",img:"https://i.ytimg.com/vi/bMscskEEAyw/maxresdefault.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"commondreams.o",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"65"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://energynewsafrica.com/index.php/2019/12/28/syria-plans-to-sue-u-s-govt-for-stealing-its-oil/",h2:"Syria Plans To Sue U.S. Gov’t For Stealing Its Oil",p:"Syrias government is considering suing the United States in an international court over what a senior advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad referred to as the ‘stealing’ of Syrias oil. ‟Syria is looking into the possibility of filing an international lawsuit against the United States, due to the fact that they steal Syrian oil, ‟ Bouthaina Shaaban, Syrian Presidential Adviser, told Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV in an interview, carried by Irans Fars news agency. After a surprise announcement of pulling the U.S. troops out of Syria in October, U.S. President Donald Trump said that the United States would protect Syrian oil fields from ISIS. President Trump claimed that the U.S had taken control of the oil in the Middle East, tweeting that “The U.S. has secured the Oil, & the ISIS Fighters are double secured by Kurds & Turkey.” The President did not elaborate on what he meant by “securing the oil, ‟ but speculations about the Presidents statement assume he was referring to the U.S. special forces that have been—and will continue to be—in control of oil and gas fields in Deir Ezzor, Syrias oil region. President Trump has vowed to protect Syrian oil fields from ISIS, and the United States may leave 500 troops in northeastern Syria and send in battle tanks and other equipment with the purpose to help the Kurds in the area to protect oil fields that used to be controlled by Islamic State during its so-called caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria. In a separate interview, with NBC news, Assads advisor Shaaban said that the United States had no right to Syrias oil, warning of “popular opposition and operations against the American occupiers of our oil.” The Kurdish SDF forces control most of Syrias oil. Before the war, Syria was producing 387,000 barrels of oil per day, of which 140,000 bpd were exported.",img:"https://www.rudaw.net/ContentFiles/484907Image1.jpg?",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"energynewsafri",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"65"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2019/12/26/2168173/syria-planning-to-sue-us-for-plundering-its-oil",h2:"Syria Planning to Sue US for Plundering Its Oil",p:"The Damascus government plans to file a lawsuit against Washington for plundering the oil resources of the Arab country, according to a senior adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian government is looking into the possibility of suing Washington in an international court over the plundering of Syrias oil reserves, Syrian presidential adviser Bouthaina Shaaban said in an interview with the Beirut-based pan-Arab Al-Mayadeen TV. ’Syria is looking into the possibility of filing an international lawsuit against the United States, due to the fact that they steal Syrian oil,’ she said in the interview, aired on Wednesday night. Last month, Syria told the United Nations that the US had been occupying its oil fields and looting its resources as the world body remained silent on the act of misappropriation. ’The US occupies Syrian oil wells and plunders the Syrians' revenues in the shadow of the UN Security Council's silence,’ Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja'afari told a meeting of the 15-member body in New York on November 13. Syrias state-run al-Ikhbariya TV reported last week that a large US military convoy had entered oil fields in northeastern Syria, despite widespread condemnation of the deployment as being tantamount to robbery. The reinforcements, the television said, had been dispatched to the provinces of al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor from neighboring Iraq. US President Donald Trump announced US troop pullout from the zone of the Turkish military operation in northern Syria this fall, but said that his country would not give up control over oil fields in the north of the Arab country. The Russian Defense Ministry has said that the United States was smuggling Syrian oil to other countries, while oil caravans are guarded by US private security companies and special forces.",img:"https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/1398/10/05/139810051152484519214304.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"tasnimnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"65"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://pressreels.com/sanna-marin-youngest-prime-minister-in-finland-and-the-entire-world/515", h2:"Sanna Marin; Youngest Prime Minister in Finland and the Entire World", p:"Sanna Marin, at the age of 34, is now the worlds youngest prime minister. She was picked by her Social Democratic Party when Antti Rinne, the leader, quit as prime minister. She got a 32-29 voting on Sunday. Ms. Marin will be leading four other parties, which are also being headed by young women, all of them under the age of 35. Ms. Marin is the third female leader in the country. The Social Democrats are the largest party in April that allows them to appoint their prime minister for the nation. It has a population of 5.5 million. Mr. Rinne decided to step down last Thursday after he lost the confidence of the coalition member due to the postal strike handling. He planned to cut down the waged for hundreds of postal workers, which lead to strike all over the country. The Centre Party lost its confidence in him. Who is Sanna Marin? According to reports, she is from a “rainbow family”. Their family rents an apartment with her mother and a female partner of her mother. She was interviewed on a Finnish website in 2015 and mentioned that she felt invisible because she wasn’t able to freely talk about her family. Though she would always remember that her mother was very supportive in all her endeavors and believed in her, she was also the first one in the family to enter the university. At the age of 27, she was able to head the city administration in Tampere and rose quickly in the Social Democrats Ranks. Since June, she was appointed as the transport and communications minister. Ms. Sanna Marin, 34, was sworn into office as the youngest prime minister on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. To mention, New Zealand has a prime minister that is 39 years old, Jacinda Ardern and Oleksiy Honcharuk, 35, is of Ukraine. It may be a little awkward for Finland right now to have a female prime minister and four female party leaders as the country has some gender equality issue. In the past, two female prime ministers lead but were only very short-lived. In Finland, many of the younger women are active in their politics, and more women ministers are on the rise until 2015, when a made-dominated Centre-right government took power. Currently, there will be not many significant changes in the policy as agreed by the coalition, but according to this young prime minister, it would not be the usual business. ‟We have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust.” She mentioned her stand on age “I have never thought about my age or gender. I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate.” On the other hand, the Centre Partys Katri Kulmuni will be the finance minister. The other three leaders under Mr. Rinnes governance are continued to be on their posts.", img:"https://cdn.rttnews.com/articleimages/ustopstories/2019/december/marinsanna-dec09-lt.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.dogonews.com/2019/12/12/finlands-sanna-marin-becomes-the-worlds-youngest-prime-minister",h2:"Finland's Sanna Marin Becomes The World's Youngest Prime Minister",p:"While America's highest office — the presidency — remains elusive to women, Finland has just elected its third female premier. Even more impressive, 34-year-old Sanna Marin, who was sworn into office on December 10, 2019, is the youngest prime minister in Finland's history, and the world's youngest sitting government head. Prior to this, that honor belonged to New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern, who was 37 years old when she took office in October 2017. Ms. Marin, who belongs to the Social Democratic Party of Finland, will form a coalition government with four other parties, which — you guessed it— are also led by women, three of whom are younger than 35! Katri Kulmuni, 32, head of the Centre Party, will take on the role of Finance Minister, while Maria Ohisalo, 34, of the Green League, will serve as Finland's Interior Minister. Rounding up the female-dominated cabinet will be Left Alliance chairwoman Li Andersson, 32, as the Education Minister, and Swedish People's Party leader Anna-Maja Henriksson, 55, who will continue her previous role as the country's Justice Minister. Ms. Marin's achievement is even more remarkable because of her modest upbringing and lack of political connections. Born and raised in a low-income household in Helsinki, she is the first person in her family to graduate from both high school and university. Her political career began in 2013 as the City Council head of Tampere, where she currently resides with her partner Markus Raikkonen and their almost-two-year-old daughter Emma. The young leader's ability to fearlessly tackle difficult issues made her extremely popular with the citizens and resulted in a rapid rise through the ranks of her Social Democratic Party. Prior to the election, Ms. Marin, who has been a member of Finland's Parliament since 2015, served as the Minister of Transport and Communications. Well known for her progressive views, the newly-elected leader is expected to focus her efforts on climate change, equality, and social welfare. In a tweet following her election, Ms. Marin said, “Finland will not be finished in four years, but it can get better. Thats what we’re working on. I want to build a society where every child can become anything, and every person can live and grow in dignity.” Though the world is celebrating her age and gender, Ms. Marin downplays their importance. She told reporters, ’I have never thought about my age or gender, I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate.’We hope that young, dynamic leaders like Ms. Marin and Ms. Ardern will pave the way for more female representation in both the government and private sectors worldwide.",img:"https://cdn4.dogonews.com/images/40156292-cd4e-445d-848c-7d2c00af049c/23531227490_fda35b3658_b.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"dogonews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"66"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.wisn.com/article/female-minister-34-tapped-to-become-finland-s-youngest-prime-minister/30185638#",h2:"Finlands parliament picks Sanna Marin as new prime minister, making the 34-year-old youngest-sitting head of government",p:"A 34-year-old transport minister and lawmaker has been tapped to become Finlands youngest prime minister ever. On December 10, 2019 when the Nordic country's parliament chose a 34-year-old woman with liberal views and a down-to-earth style as prime minister. Lawmakers in the 200-seat Eduskunta voted 99-70 to make Sanna Marin, a Social Democrat who served as transport and communications minister in the outgoing administration, the leader of a five-party, center-left coalition government. The four other parties in the coalition are led by women -- three of whom also are in their early 30s. Marin, the No. 2 official in the Social Democratic Party, succeeds Antti Rinne as prime minister. Rinne, 57, stepped down a week ago after a key coalition partner, the Center Party, withdrew its support, citing lack of trust. Marin is the third women picked to become Finland's prime minister. The first, Anneli Jaatteenmaki, served for part of 2003. The second, Mari Kiviniemi, governed for a yearlong period between 2010 and 2011. Seen as a liberal advocate for climate and environment issues, Marin was raised in a ’rainbow family’ headed by two women. She has told Finnish media about growing up in what she described as modest circumstances, past struggles to identify her way in life, and the fulfillment she found in politics. After the vote in favor of her appointment, Marin reacted with a faint smile. President Saul Niinisto later greeted her and her Cabinet, which has women holding 12 of the 19 minister positions. The timing means she will be able to represent Finland at the European Union summit in Brussels later this week. Finland currently holds the bloc's rotating presidency until the end of the year. Marin became the youngest leader of a government in the world, beating out Ukraine's 35-year-old prime minister, Oleksiy Honcharuk. But she might not hold the title for long. Sebastian Kurz, 33, the former Austrian chancellor who rose to that position at age 31, is in talks to form a new coalition that would put him back in the job. Marin's rise to the top level of Finnish politics was rapid. When she was 27, she took over as city council leader in her hometown of Tampere, an industrial and university town in southern Finland. She became a national lawmaker in 2015. Beside Marin, the coalition's other party leaders are 32-year-old Katri Kulmuni of the Center Party; the Left Alliance's Li Andersson, 32; Maria Ohisalo, the 34-year-old leader of the Greens; and the head of the Swedish People's Party, Anna-Maja Henriksson, who at 55 is the oldest.",img:"https://cdn4.dogonews.com/images/31e7a5b4-5d41-46bd-ad6d-dd0dbc02bb49/sanna_marin.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"wisn.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"66"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-estonia-president-finland-prime-minister-sanna-marin-sales-girl-20191218-qb7f3p2o2baepnq3wdriu5uzue-story.html",h2:"Far-right Estonian minister calls Finland PM Sanna Marin a sales girl, president apologizes for him",p:"No ones buying his follow-up argument either. An eastern European diplomatic kerfuffle ignited when Estonian interior minister Mart Helme called new Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin a “sales girl” Sunday. He then doubled down on the statement Monday despite an apology from the Estonian president, CNN reported. ‟Now we see how one sales girl has become a Prime Minister and how some other street activists and non-educated people have also joined the cabinet, ‟ Helme, a member of the far-right party EKRE, said according to CNN. The statement was in reference to Marin, 34, who became the worlds youngest prime minister last week. Marin, a member of Finlands liberal Social Democratic Party, has spoken proudly about her life growing up in a poorer family and working as a cashier before going to university. Helme did not apologize for his comments, instead saying Monday, “That specific sentence about the Finnish prime minister, which you have interpreted as demeaning, I have actually interpreted as complimentary — as recognition that someone can work their way up from a low social standing to the peak of politics, ‟ CNN reported. In Helmes place, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid called Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Monday and apologized for the interior ministers comments, according to a statement official website of the Finnish President. Helme survived a vote of no confidence in Estonias parliament Tuesday, CNN reported. Like many a far-right party leader, Helme is known for his provocative comments.",img:"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/11E21/production/_110194237_057165981.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"nydailynews.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"66"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://thewestnews.com/estonia-apologizes-after-the-interior-minister-mocks-finnish-pm-sanna-marin/782",h2:"Estonia apologises for sales girl remark toward Finland's PM, who's world's youngest leader",p:"Kersti Kaljulaid, Estonias president has apologized after the interior ministers comment on Sanna Marin as a “salesgirl”. She said she was “embarrassed” by the comments of minister Mart Helme. Recently, Mr. Mart Helme made controversial remarks on the Finnish PM, Sanna Marin on a radio talk-show. PM Marin tweeted: “I am extremely proud of Finland. Here, a child from a poor family can get educated and achieve many things in their lives. The cashier of a shop can become a prime minister. ‟ BBC: Shes also the first person in her family to finish high school and attend the university. Mr. Helme who is widely unpopular for his remarks and statements believes his comments have been misunderstood. He said further: “If someone has misunderstood it then indeed I want to say that I am offering my apology to the PM of Finland.” Estonias President Kaljulaid said in a statement that she had called Sauli Niinistö, her Finnish counterpart, and asked him to convey her apologies to Ms. Sanna Marin. She added: “I also admitted to him how embarrassed I am for all this.” Also, the Estonian opposition parties jointly called for Mr. Helme to resign. They even asked the PM Ratas to sack him. Previously, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas expressed his gratitude to Finnish entrepreneurs who have greatly invested in Estonia over the years. We hope Estonia and Finland have better ties in the future.",img:"https://expedition99.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/helme-marin-finland-estonia.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thewestnews.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"66"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/estonia-apologises-after-minister-mocks-finnish-pm-by-calling-her-a-sales-girl/", h2:"Estonia apologizes after minister mocks Finnish PM by calling her a sales girl", p:"Estonia apologised to Finland on Monday after Estonias interior minister mocked Finlands new prime minister — the worlds youngest-serving government leader — as “a sales girl” and questioned her ability to run the Nordic country. Mart Helme, 70, Estonian interior minister and leader of the populist far-right party Ekre, on Sunday ridiculed Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, 34, and her government, in which four out of five coalition leaders are women under 35. ‟Now we see how one sales girl has become a prime minister and how some other street activists and non-educated people have also joined the cabinet, ‟ Helme said on his partys radio talk show. His comments prompted the opposition to call for his resignation, while Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid asked Finlands President Sauli Niinisto to pass on her apologies to Marin and her government. Social Democrat Marin, who has spoken about growing up in a disadvantaged family, worked as a cashier before studying at university and embarking on a political career. ‟I’m extremely proud of Finland. Here a poor familys child can educate themselves and achieve their goals in life. A cashier can become even a prime minister, ‟ Marin wrote on Twitter. Helme, a former Estonian ambassador to Russia, is known for outspoken statements that regularly embarrass Prime Minister Juri Ratas and his Centre Party, Ekres coalition partner. Ekre was accepted for the first time into a government coalition in April, after Ratas lost parliamentary elections but clinched a deal with Ekre to stay in power. Estonian opposition leader Kaja Kallas said on Monday the opposition would organise a no-confidence vote in parliament if Helme does not resign after his comments about Finlands new leaders. Previous such attempts have failed. ‟The interior minister has offended the Finnish government and personally attacked the newly-appointed Finnish prime minister, ‟ she said in a statement.", img:"https://nationalpostcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/politician.jpg?quality=80&strip=all&w=780", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/07/flexible-work-finlands-pm-sanna-marin-wants-citizens-on-a-four-day-workweek.html",h2:"Finlands new prime minister wants her citizens on a four-day workweek",p:"Sanna Marin, 34, has proposed putting the entire country on a four-day workweek consisting of six-hour workdays in a bid to transition the country to what she called “the next step for us in working life.” Marin, the worlds youngest sitting prime minister and the leader of a five-party center-left coalition, said the policy would allow people to spend more time with their families. Finland has long been an advocate of flexible work schedules. In 1996, the government introduced a law that gave employees the right to shift their hours up to three hours earlier or later than their employers’ typical requirements.",img:"https://image.cnbcfm.com/api/v1/image/106323443-1578362017522gettyimages-1188709291.jpeg?v=&w=&h=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cnbc.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"67"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10679311/finland-introduce-four-day-working-week-six-hour-days-prime-minister-sanna-marin/",h2:"Finland to introduce a Four-Day working week and SIX-HOUR days under worlds youngest prime minister Sanna Marin",p:"The 34-year-old's reform will let workers spend more time with family and enjoy their lives, culture and hobbies. Marin, the worlds youngest sitting prime minister and the leader of a five-party center-left coalition, said the policy would allow people to spend more time with their families and that this could be “the next step” in working life. Prime Minister Marin said: ’People deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture. The current working week in Finland is eight hours per day, five days per week. The proposal was immediately welcomed with enthusiasm by the Minister of Education, Li Andersson. It follows a 2015 trial in Sweden that found working only six hours a day increased productivity. Results showed employees were happier, wealthier and more productive.",img:"https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/NINTCHDBPICT000547504879.jpg?w=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thesun.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"67"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://pressreels.com/sanna-marin-youngest-prime-minister-in-finland-and-the-entire-world/515",h2:"Sanna Marin; Youngest Prime Minister in Finland and the Entire World",p:"Sanna Marin, at the age of 34, is now the worlds youngest prime minister. She was picked by her Social Democratic Party when Antti Rinne, the leader, quit as prime minister. She got a 32-29 voting on Sunday. Ms. Marin will be leading four other parties, which are also being headed by young women, all of them under the age of 35. Ms. Marin is the third female leader in the country. The Social Democrats are the largest party in April that allows them to appoint their prime minister for the nation. It has a population of 5.5 million. Mr. Rinne decided to step down last Thursday after he lost the confidence of the coalition member due to the postal strike handling. He planned to cut down the waged for hundreds of postal workers, which lead to strike all over the country. The Centre Party lost its confidence in him. Who is Sanna Marin? According to reports, she is from a “rainbow family”. Their family rents an apartment with her mother and a female partner of her mother. She was interviewed on a Finnish website in 2015 and mentioned that she felt invisible because she wasn’t able to freely talk about her family. Though she would always remember that her mother was very supportive in all her endeavors and believed in her, she was also the first one in the family to enter the university. At the age of 27, she was able to head the city administration in Tampere and rose quickly in the Social Democrats Ranks. Since June, she was appointed as the transport and communications minister. Ms. Sanna Marin, 34, was sworn into office as the youngest prime minister on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. To mention, New Zealand has a prime minister that is 39 years old, Jacinda Ardern and Oleksiy Honcharuk, 35, is of Ukraine. It may be a little awkward for Finland right now to have a female prime minister and four female party leaders as the country has some gender equality issue. In the past, two female prime ministers lead but were only very short-lived. In Finland, many of the younger women are active in their politics, and more women ministers are on the rise until 2015, when a made-dominated Centre-right government took power. Currently, there will be not many significant changes in the policy as agreed by the coalition, but according to this young prime minister, it would not be the usual business. ‟We have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust.” She mentioned her stand on age “I have never thought about my age or gender. I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate.” On the other hand, the Centre Partys Katri Kulmuni will be the finance minister. The other three leaders under Mr. Rinnes governance are continued to be on their posts.",img:"https://cdn.rttnews.com/articleimages/ustopstories/2019/december/marinsanna-dec09-lt.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"pressreels.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"67"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-estonia-president-finland-prime-minister-sanna-marin-sales-girl-20191218-qb7f3p2o2baepnq3wdriu5uzue-story.html",h2:"Far-right Estonian minister calls Finland PM Sanna Marin a sales girl, president apologizes for him",p:"No ones buying his follow-up argument either. An eastern European diplomatic kerfuffle ignited when Estonian interior minister Mart Helme called new Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin a “sales girl” Sunday. He then doubled down on the statement Monday despite an apology from the Estonian president, CNN reported. ‟Now we see how one sales girl has become a Prime Minister and how some other street activists and non-educated people have also joined the cabinet, ‟ Helme, a member of the far-right party EKRE, said according to CNN. The statement was in reference to Marin, 34, who became the worlds youngest prime minister last week. Marin, a member of Finlands liberal Social Democratic Party, has spoken proudly about her life growing up in a poorer family and working as a cashier before going to university. Helme did not apologize for his comments, instead saying Monday, “That specific sentence about the Finnish prime minister, which you have interpreted as demeaning, I have actually interpreted as complimentary — as recognition that someone can work their way up from a low social standing to the peak of politics, ‟ CNN reported. In Helmes place, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid called Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Monday and apologized for the interior ministers comments, according to a statement official website of the Finnish President. Helme survived a vote of no confidence in Estonias parliament Tuesday, CNN reported. Like many a far-right party leader, Helme is known for his provocative comments.",img:"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/11E21/production/_110194237_057165981.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"nydailynews.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"67"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://thewestnews.com/estonia-apologizes-after-the-interior-minister-mocks-finnish-pm-sanna-marin/782",h2:"Estonia apologises for sales girl remark toward Finland's PM, who's world's youngest leader",p:"Kersti Kaljulaid, Estonias president has apologized after the interior ministers comment on Sanna Marin as a “salesgirl”. She said she was “embarrassed” by the comments of minister Mart Helme. Recently, Mr. Mart Helme made controversial remarks on the Finnish PM, Sanna Marin on a radio talk-show. PM Marin tweeted: “I am extremely proud of Finland. Here, a child from a poor family can get educated and achieve many things in their lives. The cashier of a shop can become a prime minister. ‟ BBC: Shes also the first person in her family to finish high school and attend the university. Mr. Helme who is widely unpopular for his remarks and statements believes his comments have been misunderstood. He said further: “If someone has misunderstood it then indeed I want to say that I am offering my apology to the PM of Finland.” Estonias President Kaljulaid said in a statement that she had called Sauli Niinistö, her Finnish counterpart, and asked him to convey her apologies to Ms. Sanna Marin. She added: “I also admitted to him how embarrassed I am for all this.” Also, the Estonian opposition parties jointly called for Mr. Helme to resign. They even asked the PM Ratas to sack him. Previously, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas expressed his gratitude to Finnish entrepreneurs who have greatly invested in Estonia over the years. We hope Estonia and Finland have better ties in the future.",img:"https://expedition99.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/helme-marin-finland-estonia.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thewestnews.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"67"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.theguardian.com/money/shortcuts/2020/jan/06/finland-is-planning-a-four-day-week-is-this-the-secret-of-happiness",h2:"Finland is considering a four-day workweek",p:"Reduced working hours, as suggested by the new Finnish PM, can boost productivity and cut carbon emissions. Heres the evidence behind the idea. Marin, the worlds youngest sitting prime minister and the leader of a five-party center-left coalition, said the policy would allow people to spend more time with their families and that this could be “the next step” in working life. Reducing the length of the working week boosts productivity. When, in August, Microsoft Japan tested a four-day week, productivity work shot up by about 40%. One Melbourne organisation found a six-hour working day forced employees to eliminate unproductive activities such as sending pointless emails, sitting in lengthy meetings and cyberloafing (messing around on the internet). British businesses that have successfully switched to a four-day week include Elektra Lighting, Think Productive and Portcullis Legals.",img:"https://i.redd.it/dnv7l6um7g341.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"theguardian.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"67"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://gulfnews.com/photos/news/photos-41-dead-after-christmas-typhoon-strikes-central-philippines-1.1577608966613?slide=1", h2:"41 dead after Christmas typhoon strikes central Philippines", p:"'Phanfone', which lashed central Philippines on Christmas night, left trail of devastation. A bus terminal flooded following heavy rains brought by Typhoon Phanfone, locally known as Ursula. Typhoon Phanfone left the Philippines on Saturday after devastating several islands in the central Visayas, including popular tourist destinations, but the extent of the damage continued to grow as assessments came in. The number of deaths from a powerful storm that hit the Philippines on Christmas has climbed to 41, authorities said on Sunday, with tens of thousands still in evacuation centres. Residents stay outside their home that was damaged by Typhoon Phanfone at Concepcion town, Iloilo province, central Philippines on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019.", img:"https://imagevars.gulfnews.com/2020/12/29/Bus-terminal-philippines_16f50ce7f24_original-ratio.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippines-christmas-typhoon-death-toll-climbs-41-055124263.html",h2:"Christmas Storm Kills 41 in Philippines, Destroys Homes, Crops",p:"The number of deaths from a powerful storm that hit the Philippines on Christmas has climbed to 41, authorities said Sunday, with tens of thousands still in evacuation centres.Typhoon Phanfone left the Philippines on Saturday after devastating several islands in the central Visayas, including popular tourist destinations, but the extent of the damage continued to grow as assessments came in.The death toll of 41 -- up from 28 on Friday -- included three boat crew who died after their vessel capsized due to strong winds, a policeman electrocuted by a toppled post, and a man struck by a felled tree.’We're hoping that there will be no more fatalities,’ national disaster agency spokesman Mark Timbal told AFP, with authorities still searching for 12 people missing.The latest agency report showed over 1.6 million people were affected by the typhoon, which damaged over 260,000 houses and forced almost a hundred thousand people to flee to emergency shelters.Many of the affected residents in the predominantly Catholic nation celebrated Christmas in evacuation centres, where they may have to stay until the New Year given the scale of destruction.The government estimated that the storm has caused damage to agriculture and infrastructure worth $21 million.Power lines and internet connections remain down in some areas after Phanfone's powerful wind gusts of up to 200 kilometres (124 miles) per hour toppled electric posts and trees.Typhoon Phanfone, locally called Ursula, is the 21st cyclone to hit the storm-prone Philippines, which is the first major landmass facing the Pacific typhoon belt.Many of the storms are deadly, and they typically wipe out harvests, homes and infrastructure, keeping millions of people perennially poor.",img:"http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/e33e0376842dcccac63c32c08afa92448d70732b.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"yahoo.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"68"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.novinite.com/articles/202433/The+Death+Toll+after+the+Phanfone+Typhoon+Rises+to+18",h2:"Death Toll in Ursula Typhoon in Philippines Climbs to 41 People",p:"The death toll rose to 41 people. Phanfone, which hit the islands on Thursday, caused severe flooding and destroyed hundreds of houses in several provinces.According to previous data from Manila, the death toll was 28. Teams continue to search for 12 missing people. More than 50,000 were evacuated. Wind speeds reached 200 km / h and hundreds of people were blocked at ports and airports.More than 1.6 million Filipinos have been affected by the disaster. Authorities reported that more than 260,000 houses and nearly 90 office buildings have been damaged.According to the government, a powerful tropical storm caused $ 21 million in damage to the agrarian sector and infrastructure of the archipelago.Up to 100,000 people still live in shelters. In some areas, the power lines have not been restored and there is no internet connection.Phanfone passed through areas which were hit by typhoon Haiyan in 2013 - the worst storm in the country's history, which has killed more than 6,000 casualties.",img:"https://www.novinite.com/media/images/2019-12/photo_verybig_202433.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"novinite.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"68"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://edition.cnn.com/2019/12/29/asia/sydney-new-year-fireworks-intl/index.html", h2:"Sydney famous New Year's Eve fireworks display to go ahead amid bushfire threat", p:"Australian officials are pushing ahead with Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks display despite more than a quarter of a million people signing a petition calling for the event to be scrapped. The Change.org petition said the funds that would normally be spent on the dazzling firework display should be redistributed towards the firefighting efforts.The City of Sydney has faced increasing pressure to cancel the event in recent weeks. The state of New South Wales -- of which Sydney is the capital -- has been the hardest hit by the prolonged fire season.Linda McCormick, who started the petition over a month ago, said the money should be given to ’farmers and firefighters’ to ’save Australia's wildlife.’ She argued that the fireworks could ’traumatise some people as there is enough smoke in the air.’ The online petition had been signed by more than 265,000 people by Sunday morning. Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore said she had ’been moved by the outpouring of support and care for the community’ but that the event would continue as planned. Commenting directly on the petition, Moore said, ’Our fireworks are planned 15 months in advance and most of the budget -- which is largely allocated to crowd safety and cleaning measures -- has already been spent.’ Moore also tweeted Sunday in response to the petition writing, ’I appreciate the calls people have made to cancel our New Year's Eve event, but rather than doing that we're using the huge reach of #SydNYE to encourage people around the world to support the @RedCrossAU's important work of helping people who have been affected by disaster.’", img:"https://www.abc.net.au/news/image/11778006-3x2-700x467.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australia-wildfires-sydney-fireworks-display-new-years-eve-petition-a9263091.html",h2:"Hundreds of thousands urge Sydney to scrap ‘insulting’ fireworks display amid ongoing wildfires",p:"Sydney's New Years Eve fireworks will go ahead despite a petition signed by more than a quarter of a million people calling for them to be scrapped and the money spent instead on fighting the wildfire crisis. The display would show the world Australias resiliency, the prime minister, Scott Morrison, said as he announced financial support for volunteer firefighters in New South Wales. ‟The world looks at Sydney every single year and they look at our vibrancy, they look at our passion, they look at our success, ‟ he said. ‟In the midst of the challenges that we face, subject to the safety considerations, I can think of no better time to express to the world just how optimistic and positive we are as a country.” The City of Sydney Council gave the green light to the fireworks, though fire authorities warned the display could be cancelled if catastrophic conditions are declared. Last year, the city spent $5.8m (£3m) on fireworks, the Change.org petition said. ‟All states should say no to fireworks, ‟ Linda McCormick, who set up the page, wrote as she warned the displays “may traumatise some people as there is enough smoke in the air”. One person who signed the petition said the display was “an insult to those who have lost everything” in the bushfires.However, Sydneys lord mayor, Clover Moore, responded to the petition confirming the fireworks display would happen. ‟I know this isn’t exactly what you would like to be hearing from me but we can’t cancel the fireworks and, even if we could, doing so would have little practical benefit, ‟ she wrote. Tens of thousands of residents and holidaymarkers have been urged to leave the state of Victoria on Sunday, ahead of what is expected to be a day of extreme fire danger. Authorities said temperatures of more than 40C, strong winds, thunderstorms and a wind change moving across the state meant Monday would be one of the most significant fire weather days in Victorias history.Andrew Crisp, the state emergency management commissioner, told those in the East Gippsland region to leave no later than Monday morning.",img:"https://www.dw.com/image/51825177_303.jpg",logo:"https://www.independent.co.uk/img/logo.png",coname:"independent.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"69"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/world/720496/sydney-new-year-s-fireworks-to-go-ahead-despite-petition-to-cancel-due-to-bushfires/story/",h2:"Sydney New Years fireworks to go ahead despite petition to cancel due to bushfires",p:"SYDNEY, Australia — A petition to cancel Sydney's famous New Year's Eve fireworks and use the money to fight bushfires ringing the city has topped 260,000 signatures, but officials say the show will go on. Sydney is spending Aus$6.5 million ($4.5 million) on this year's fireworks display—funds that the Change.org petition argues would be better spent on supporting volunteer firefighters and farmers suffering through a brutal drought. The massive fireworks display on Sydney Harbour ’may traumatize some people,’ the petition says, ’as there is enough smoke in the air.’Toxic smoke haze from bushfires raging across Australia has blanketed Sydney and other major cities for weeks. Entire towns have been left in ruins by devastating blazes in worst-hit New South Wales (NSW) state, where eight people have died and an area the size of Belgium burnt to cinders. ’2019 has been a catastrophic year in Australia for Floods and Fires,’ the petition states. ’All states should say NO to FIREWORKS.’ A City of Sydney spokesman said while they ’appreciate the concerns’ of the people opposed to holding the fireworks during a bushfire crisis, cancelling the celebration would have ’little practical benefit for affected communities.’ ’We began preparations and planning for the NYE celebrations 15 months ago. This means most of the budget, largely used for crowd safety and cleaning measures, has already been spent,’ the spokesman said in a statement.’Cancelling the event would seriously hurt Sydney businesses. It would also ruin plans for tens of thousands of people from across the country and overseas who have booked flights, hotels and restaurants for New Year's Eve.’ Sydney's council added that it has donated Aus$620,000 to support the bushfire and drought response and would also promote a Red Cross disaster relief fund during the televised fireworks broadcast. A heatwave is due to sweep across parts of NSW in the coming days, with deteriorating bushfire conditions expected to hit Tuesday. NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said he did not expect any impact on the fireworks, but he was prepared to cancel them last-minute if he deemed it to be too risky. ’The pyrotechnics organisations and local authorities are used to working with us around exemptions in the summer period, whether it is Christmas, New Year or some other event,’ he said. ’They know the arrangements, the procedures, and we will work through to make sure that risk is appropriately addressed and, where necessary, we won't allow them to go ahead.’ The display, watched by an estimated one billion people globally, is worth Aus$130 million annually to the NSW economy.",img:"https://moosegazette.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/211382/sydneys-iconic-new-years-eve-fireworks-to-go-ahead-despite-bushfires.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"gmanetwork.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"69"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://news.yahoo.com/china-russia-iran-hold-joint-naval-drills-093455381.html", h2:"China, Russia, Iran to hold joint naval drills", p:"China, Russia and Iran will hold joint naval drills starting Friday in the Gulf of Oman, Beijing and Tehran said, at a time of heightened tensions since the US withdrew from a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran.Set to take place from December 27 to 30, the military exercises aim to ’deepen exchange and cooperation between the navies of the three countries’, Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian told reporters Thursday.Wu said the Chinese navy would deploy its Xining guided missile destroyer -- nicknamed the ’carrier killer’ for its array of anti-ship and land attack cruise missiles -- in the drills.But he did not give details on how many personnel or ships would take part overall.For Iran, the drill's purpose was to bolster ’international commerce security in the region’ and ’fighting terrorism and piracy,’ said senior armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Aboldazl Shekarchi.The exercise would ’stabilise security’ in the region and benefit the world, state news agency IRNA quoted him as saying on Wednesday.", img:"https://vid.alarabiya.net/images/2019/12/03/7cf49022-7164-4f86-bed2-de6845af88ce/7cf49022-7164-4f86-bed2-de6845af88ce_16x9_788x442.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://nypost.com/2019/12/26/russia-china-and-iran-to-hold-naval-exercises-in-gulf-of-oman/",h2:"Russia, China and Iran to hold naval exercises in Gulf of Oman",p:"US rivals China, Russia and Iran will conduct joint naval drills beginning Friday in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman amid heightened tensions in the region after the Trump administration withdrew from a landmark nuclear pact witThe military exercises, scheduled to continue through Monday, are intended to “deepen exchange and cooperation between the navies of the three countries, ‟ Chinese defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said Thursday. h Tehran. He went on to say that the exercise was a “normal military exchange” between the three countries and was not “connected to the regional situation.",img:"https://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/iran-flag.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=915",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"nypost.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"70"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://edition.cnn.com/2019/12/27/asia/china-russia-iran-military-drills-intl-hnk/index.html",h2:"China, Russia and Iran to hold joint naval drills in Gulf of Oman",p:"China, Russia and Iran will hold four days of joint military drills in the Gulf of Oman beginning Friday amid ongoing friction in the economically important region between Tehran and Washington. The Gulf of Oman has been a focal point of geopolitical tensions in 2019, after two oil tankers were attacked in the narrow strait in June by an unidentified party. The US blamed Iran for the attack but Tehran denied the allegations. Then in July, Iran detained a British oil tanker, the Stena Impero, for two months. Beijing's defense spokesman Wu Qian said Thursday that the drill was a ’normal military exchange’ between the three armed forces and was in line with international law and practices.",img:"https://ifpnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Iran-Russia-China-Naval-Drill-Another-Piece-of-Geopolitical-Puzzle-1.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"edition.cnn.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"70"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.rt.com/news/476897-india-pakistan-kashmir-accusations/", h2:"India & Pakistan trade accusations following deadly clash in Kashmir that killed at least 4, including Indian civilian", p:"The latest border skirmish between Indian and Pakistani forces in the disputed Kashmir region claimed at least four lives, the arch-rivals confirmed while trying to pin the blame for ceasefire violations on each other.The clash that occurred late on Wednesday was acknowledged by both Islamabad and New Delhi, but their accounts and casualty numbers differ significantly.Two Pakistani soldiers were killed while responding to fire from the Indian side, Pakistan's military spokesman, Major General Asif Ghafoor, said on Thursday, claiming that at least three Indian servicemen were killed by return fire.Indian military officials, however, insist that it was the Pakistani military that shot first. One Indian soldier and a female civilian were killed during the skirmish, Indias military spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, said. No claims were made by New Delhi about the Pakistani casualties, yet the officials insisted the troops responded to the shooting from the Pakistani side “strongly and befittingly.”", img:"https://images.theconversation.com/files/261726/original/file-20190301-110150-tu6era.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&q=45&auto=format&w=496&fit=clip", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.arabnews.com/node/1604301/world",h2:"Kashmir border shooting kills 2 Pakistani, an Indian soldier",p:"ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India have again traded fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, with the latest exchange killing two Pakistani troops and an Indian soldier, officials on both sides said Thursday.The Pakistani military said in a statement that its troops came under attack Wednesday in the Dewa area, where the two soldiers died, and returned fire. There was also cross-border shooting in the Hajji Pir region. The Pakistani military called it an “unprovoked cease-fire violation.”In India, army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia said an Indian soldier was killed when Pakistani forces targeted their positions Wednesday in the area of Rampur, in the Indian-administered Kashmir. He said Indian soldiers returned fire. Pakistans foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi condemned the latest cease-fire violation and paid tributes to the two killed soldiers, accusing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of looking to disrupt peace in the region.Tensions in Muslim-majority Kashmir — which is divided between Pakistan and India but claimed by both in its entirety — have escalated since August, when India downgraded the autonomy of the portion of Kashmir it administers and imposed a lock-down.",img:"https://live.staticflickr.com/1126/5163299007_dfdc2912e8_z.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"arabnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"71"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"http://www.startribune.com/kashmir-border-shooting-kills-2-pakistani-an-indian-soldier/566484602/?refresh=true",h2:"Kashmir border shootings kill 2 Pakistani, 2 Indians",p:"Pakistan and India traded fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, with the latest exchanges killing two Pakistani troops, an Indian soldier and a civilian woman, officials on both sides said Thursday.The Pakistani military said in a statement that its troops came under attack Wednesday in the Dewa area, where the two soldiers died, and returned fire. There was also a cross-border shooting in the Haji Pir region. The Pakistani military called it an ’unprovoked ceasefire violation.’In India, army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia said an Indian soldier was killed when Pakistani forces targeted their positions Wednesday in the area of Rampur, in the Indian-administered Kashmir. He said Indian soldiers returned fire. A young Indian civilian woman was also killed and another wounded in the Pakistani shelling Wednesday in the Rampur area, said a local civil administrator, Ghulam Nabi Itoo. Tensions in Muslim-majority Kashmir — which is divided between Pakistan and India but claimed by both in its entirety — have escalated since August, when India downgraded the autonomy of the portion of Kashmir it administers and imposed a lock-down.Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi condemned the latest cease-fire violation and paid tribute to the two killed soldiers, accusing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of looking to disrupt peace in the region.Also on Thursday, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan told a gathering of farmers in Punjab province that Modi could attack Pakistan's part of Kashmir to divert world attention from political turmoil he has been facing at home. He said Pakistan would respond to any such Indian move.The two nuclear-armed neighbors have two of their three wars over Kashmir after gaining independence from British rule in 1947.",img:"https://www.worldbulletin.net/images/resize/100/656x400/haberler/news/2016/01/19/india-pakistan-border.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"startribune.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"71"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://brobible.com/culture/article/president-trump-home-alone-2-cbc-video/", h2:"Canadian TV Deletes President Trumps Cameo From Home Alone 2", p:"Canadas state-run TV deleted President Donald Trump from a Christmas showing of the movie Home Alone 2. President Trumps brief cameo in the 1992 holiday-themed comedy was purposely edited out by the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC), in what many believe is a politically motivated move.CBC viewers noticed that President Trump was notably missing from his popular cameo. Back when Donald Trump was a New York City socialite and real estate tycoon, he appeared in Home Alone 2 as himself. Trump helps Macaulay Culkins character, Kevin McCallister, find the lobby of the Plaza Hotel after he is separated from his family.", img:"https://brobible.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/president-donald-trump-home-alone-2.jpg?quality=90&w=650&h=341&zoom=2", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://people.com/politics/trump-jokes-home-alone-2-cameo-reaction-canadian-broadcast/",h2:"Trump Jokes Home Alone 2 Will Never Be the Same After Cameo Was Cut for Time in Canadian Broadcast",p:"President Donald Trump is reacting to his cameo in Home Alone 2 being cut during a broadcast in Canada on Christmas Eve. ‟The movie will never be the same! (just kidding), ‟ Trump wrote on Twitter, retweeting an article about the cut scene.Trump, 73, famously appears in the 1992 sequel to 1990s Home Alone to tell the young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) how to get to the lobby of the Plaza Hotel. While the cameo wasn’t shown in CBCs Tuesday broadcast, the network says that it was simply cut for time because it was not “integral to the plot.”Trumps son Donald Trump Jr. had a much stronger reaction to the cut scene. ‟Absolutely pathetic. The liberal media like @cbc is where Trump Derangement Syndrome manifests itself fully, ‟ Trump Jr. wrote on Instagram on Thursday. Its not clear if Trump Jr. is aware of the networks reasoning behind cutting the scene. ‟Imagine being so pathetic in your quest to attain some BS level of wokeness that you need to cut out a scene that is probably one of the the most famous cameos of the era? Imagine being so ‘triggered’ that you can’t even leave a Christmas movie alone without editing, ‟ he continued.",img:"https://perezhilton.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Donald-Trump-Home-Alone-2-Cameo-Canada-CBC-Justin-Trudeau-1200x795.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"people.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"72"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/national/cbc-edits-out-donald-trumps-cameo-in-home-alone-2-lost-in-new-york",h2:"CBC edits out Donald Trump's cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York",p:"The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) confirms it edited out a scene in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York featuring the-now President of the United States, Donald Trump.Trump appeared briefly in the 1992 holiday classic in a scene where he directs young Kevin McAllister, portrayed by Macaulay Culkin, to the payphones at the Plaza Hotel. Trump purchased the landmark New York hotel in 1988 before selling it in the mid-90s.In fact, just this week, Trump said he was ’honored’ to appear in the movie and praised the film as a ’great hit’ in a video conference to troops overseas.But according to ComicBook.com, the CBC said it chose to remove the President's cameo due to time constraints.’As is often the case with features adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited to allow for commercial time within the format,’ the CBC told Comic Book.The decision to remove Trump's cameo sparked strong feelings on social media, including a push for the Canadian government to ’#DefundCBC.’",img:"https://www.joblo.com/assets/images/joblo/news/2019/12/trumpalone913.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"abcactionnews.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"72"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://news.abplive.com/news/world/plane-with-100-on-board-crashes-in-kazakhstan-at-least-9-dead-1133332", h2:"Plane With 100 People On Board Crashes In Kazakhstan, At Least 14 Dead", p:"The plane was heading for the capital, Nur-Sultan, and ’lost altitude during takeoff and broke through a concrete fence’ before hitting a small building, Kazakhstan's Civil Aviation Committee said in a statement. A plane with 100 people aboard belonging to Bek Air Company crashed near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan on Friday, airport authorities said. According to the Ministry, the aircraft lost altitude after take-off and crashed into a two-story building. Local aviation authorities in the Central Asian nation confirmed that the crash has left at least 14 people dead.’Today at 7.22 a.m., Bek Air Flight Z2100 en route from Almaty to Nur-Sultan lost altitude and crashed into a concrete structure,’ TASS News Agency quoted the press service of the Committee of Civil Aviation at Kazakhstan's Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development, as saying.’The plane crashed into a two-storey building. Rescue efforts have started right away, and no fire broke out. Evacuation of passengers and crewmembers is underway,’ the press service added.", img:"https://static.abplive.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/27094544/FotoJet-6.jpg?impolicy=abp_cdn&imwidth=640", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://sputniknews.com/asia/201912271077875437-passenger-airplane-with-100-on-board-crashes-in-kazakhstan/",h2:"Death Toll in Almaty Plane Crash Rises to 15, at Least 35 More Injured",p:"The crash occurred near the Kazakh city of Almaty. The city airport said in a Facebook post some people have survived the accident.A plane belonging to Bek Air company with 100 people aboard has crashed near the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, the city airport reported on Friday.At least nine people died in the crash, the authorities said.’According to preliminary information, nine people have died, nine more have been injured, including six children’, the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure said in a statement.The authorities initially reported that at least seven people had been killed in the incident.According to the ministry, the aircraft lost altitude after take-off and crashed into a two-story building at 7:22 a.m. local time (01:22 GMT).",img:"https://cdn4.img.sputniknews.com/images/107787/55/1077875510.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"sputniknews.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"73"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/plane-crash-kazakhstan-bek-air-a4321731.html",h2:"Kazakhstan plane crash: At least 15 dead after Bek Air plane passenger jet crashes into building just after take-off",p:"At least 15 people have died after a passenger plane crashed into a building just after it had taken off in Kazakhstan. The Bek Air jet was carrying 93 passengers and five crew when it smashed through a metal fence and into a two storey structure on Friday morning near Almaty. Sixty-six people have been taken to hospital, some in a ’grave condition’, authorities said. The Fokker 100 aircraft ’lost altitude during take-off and broke through a concrete fence’, according to Kazakhstans Civil Aviation Committee. It had been heading for the countrys capital Nur-Sultan, previously known as Astana. A survivor told news website Tengrinews she heard a ’terrifying sound’ before the plane started losing altitude. Kazakhstan Plane Crash.",img:"https://static.standard.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2019/12/27/07/urn-publicid-ap.org-25fad837c0414282945633b8dddc71ac.jpg?",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"standard.co.uk",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"73"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://gulfnews.com/photos/news/totok-internet-calling-apps-in-uae-what-we-know-about-the-story-so-far-1.1577260083008?slide=12", h2:"ToTok, internet calling app in UAE: accused of allegedly being used a spy tool.", p:"There have been a lot of news about the popular app, here's everything in a nutshell. The app became unavailable on Play Store (Google) and App Store (Apple). Apple told news agency AFP that ToTok was removed from its App Store pending a review, while Google said it was taken down from the Play Store ’for a policy issue’. Mohammad Al Kuwaiti, executive director of the UAEs National Electronic Security Authority said the UAE is in talks with WhatsApp - bringing up hopes for the possibility of WhatsApp calls being made available in the UAE. ‟There might be a lift of that ban for [WhatsApp] voice calls… and this is going to happen soon, this is what we know and understand from the telecommunication authority here in the UAE, ‟ said Al Kuwaiti. However, there has not been any further official update or confirmation on this from TRA. Totok addressed this saying in a statement: ’ToTok is temporarily unavailable in these two stores due to a technical issue. While the existing ToTok users continue to enjoy our service without interruption, we would like to inform our new users that we are well engaged with Google and Apple to address the issue.’ In a couple of days, however, reports emerged online accusing the app of allegedly being used a spy tool. Some users said they deleted the app owing to the alleged privacy and security concerns. While popular apps such as Skype or the call features of WhatsApp don't work here, Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, had said in April that talks were on to explore lifting restrictions on some voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.", img:"https://amp.thenational.ae/image/policy:1.881795:1576947667/wo03-uk-election-laws.jpg?f=16x9&w=1200&$p$f$w=f271160", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/totok-denies-spying-allegations-misusing-users-data/72973125",h2:"ToTok denies spying allegations, misusing users' data",p:"The clarification came after ToTok was taken off from Apple and Google App stores last week over allegations that the app was being used as a spy tool.Developers of 'ToTok', a popular messaging application, have rebuffed accusations of their service being a spyware and misusing users' information, saying that the company has made security and privacy as its priority ’since day one’. The clarification came after ToTok was taken off from Apple and Google App stores last week over allegations that the app was being used as a spy tool. According to a report by The New York Times, ToTok was used by the United