[{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:"1"}, {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:"1"}], 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:"1"}, {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:"1"}]}, {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:"2"}, {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:"2"}], 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:"3"}], 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:"3"}]}, {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:"4"}, {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:"4"}], 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:"5"}, {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:"5"}], 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:"6"}, {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:"6"}, {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:"6"}, {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:"6"}], 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:"7"}], 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:"7"}]}, {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:"8"}, {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:"8"}], 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:"9"}, {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:"9"}], 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:"10"}, {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:"10"}, {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:"10"}, {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:"10"}, {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:"10"}], 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:"10"}, {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:"10"}]}, {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:"11"}], 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:"11"}]}, {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:"12"}, {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:"12"}, {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:"12"}, {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:"12"}, {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:"12"}, {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:"12"}], 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:"12"}]}, {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:"13"}, {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:"13"}], 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:"13"}]}, {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:"14"}, {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:"14"}], opinions:[ {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:"14"}]}, {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:"15"}, {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:"15"}], 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:"15"}]}, {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:"16"}, {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:"16"}, {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:"16"}], 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:"17"}, {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:"17"}, {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:"17"}, {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:"17"}], 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:"18"}, {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:"18"}, {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:"18"}], 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:"18"}]}, {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:"19"}, {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:"19"}, {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:"19"}, {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:"19"}], 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:"20"}, {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:"20"}], 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:"20"}]}, {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:"21"}, {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:"21"}], 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:"22"}, {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:"22"}, {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:"22"}, {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:"22"}, {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:"22"}], 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:"23"}, {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:"23"}], 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:"24"}, {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:"24"}, {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:"24"}], 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:"24"}]}, {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:"25"}, {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:"25"}, {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:"25"}], 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:"25"}]}, {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:"26"}, {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:"26"}], 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:"26"}]}, {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:"27"}], 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:"27"}]}, {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:"28"}, {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:"28"}], 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:"29"}, {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:"29"}, {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:"29"}], 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:"30"}, {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:"30"}, {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:"30"}], 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:"31"}, {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:"31"}, {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:"31"}], 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:"32"}, {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:"32"}, {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:"32"}], 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:"33"}, {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:"33"}, {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:"33"}], 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:"34"}, {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:"34"}, {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:"34"}], 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:"35"}, {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:"35"}, {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:"35"}, {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:"35"}, {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:"35"}, {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:"35"}, {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:"35"}, {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:"35"}, {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:"35"}], 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:"36"}, {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:"36"}], 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:"37"}, {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:"37"}, {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:"37"}], 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:"38"}, {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:"38"}], 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:"39"}, {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:"39"}], 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:"40"}, {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:"40"}], 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:"41"}, {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:"41"}], 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:"42"}, {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:"42"}], 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:"43"}, {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:"43"}, {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:"43"}], 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:"44"}, {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:"44"}, {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:"44"}, {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:"44"}], 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:"45"}, {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:"45"}, {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:"45"}, {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:"45"}, {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:"45"}], 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:"45"}]}, {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:"46"}, {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:"46"}], 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:"47"}, {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:"47"}], 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:"48"}, {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:"48"}], 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:"49"}, {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:"49"}], 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:"50"}, {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:"50"}], 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:"51"}, {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:"51"}], 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 Arab Emirates government to track conversations and other critical data such as movement, sound and photographs.While the app is not available to new people, existing users, however, said that they are able to use the service for free calls. ’In this holiday season of joy and celebration, we would have preferred not to dignify those who manufacture lies with a direct response. But as ToTok cofounders, we are personally compelled to speak up for ourselves and for our users,’ Gulf News reported citing the company's statement.",img:"https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/12/ToTok-hed.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"telecom.econom",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"52"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/indias-new-citizenship-law-to-make-muslims-stateless-/1683783", h2:"India's new citizenship law to make Muslims stateless", p:"Of late Asaduddin Owaisi, 50, is Indias most recognized Muslim politician. President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and a four-time Member of Parliament, representing the historic southern city of Hyderabad, he has emerged as an effective voice against the newly adopted controversial citizenship law, believed to be discriminatory to the 180 million Muslim population in India.Known for his bold statements, London-educated Barrister of Law, with his persuasive Urdu and fluency in English, Owaisi faces ire of both secularists and Hindu nationalists. For Hindu nationalists, he represents the cause of Muslims, whom they loathe, and for secularists, he is responsible for fragmenting Muslim electorate by fielding his candidates in Muslim dominated constituencies.In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Owaisi discusses various facets of the controversial citizenship law and explains fears and apprehensions of Indian Muslims.", img:"https://cdnuploads.aa.com.tr/uploads/Contents/2019/12/25/thumbs_b_c_53493e6dd5da563b94dc1e45749da3b9.jpg?v=163338", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.businessinsider.com/blindspot-to-backlash-indias-modi-and-party-misread-the-mood-2019-12",h2:"Modi's party is experiencing a backlash that's left 21 people dead after India passed a law considered anti-Muslim",p:"Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, and the Bharatiya Janata Party's president, Amit Shah, acknowledging their supporters after the election results at party headquarters in New Delhi.This month, India passed a sweeping law that creates a path for citizenship for religious minorities — except for Muslims.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party are experiencing a backlash beyond what they expected. Weekslong mass protests have led to 21 deaths in clashes with the police so far.Analysts say India is tiring of Modi's autocratic style and failed economic policies.",img:"https://images.newindianexpress.com/uploads/user/imagelibrary/2019/5/27/w900X450/Modi_and_Shah_PTI.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"businessinside",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"53"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/protests-continue-in-india-against-new-citizenship-law/2019/12/25/91ec9f42-272d-11ea-9cc9-e19cfbc87e51_story.html",h2:"Protests continue in India against new citizenship law",p:"GAUHATI, India — More than a thousand students, artists and writers protested in Indias capital and northeastern Assam state on Wednesday against a new citizenship law introduced by the Hindu nationalist-led government that excludes Muslims.In Gauhati, Assams capital, protesters sang patriotic songs urging unity, painted on canvases and created a sculpture. One of the paintings showed independence leader Mohandas Gandhi stabbed in the heart, while others depicted protests with blood in the streets.The protest was organized by the All Assam Students’ Union, the Gauhati Artists Guild and the Saru Kala Parishad, an artists’ organization.In New Delhi, writer and activist Arundhati Roy joined protesters and asked people to guard against any oppression by security forces. ‟We will have to protect each other. And now, when they (government forces) are entering peoples homes, especially in Muslim neighborhoods, we must patrol those areas and put our bodies on the line,’’ Roy said.",img:"https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/styles/16x9_946x534/public/multimedia_images_2019/201912asia_india_cab.jpg?itok=djHF7jf0",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"washingtonpost",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"53"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.yahoo.com/news/hong-kong-protests-flare-ahead-012213960.html", h2:"Hong Kong protests flare. Police fire tear gas in several street clashes", p:"Hong Kong protests flare ahead of Xi meeting with city leader. Hong Kong police fired tear gas in late night street clashes with anti-government protesters, ahead of a potentially pivotal meeting between Hong Kong's leader and China's president in Beijing on Monday. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, in the Chinese capital for a regular duty visit, is set to meet Xi Jinping amid speculation the visit could yield fresh directives on the city's political crisis, including a possible cabinet reshuffle. The two had previously met in Shanghai in early November when Xi expressed ’high trust’ in Lam despite the turmoil. Lam, however, appeared to play down the prospects of a cabinet reshuffle before she left, saying the first task was to curb violence and restore order, while seeking to engage in more dialogue with the public. Hong Kong has been embroiled in its worst political crisis in decades since June with anti-government protests posing a populist challenge to China's Xi. The unrest has also complicated ties between China and the United States at a time of heightened tensions, including over trade. Late on Sunday, groups of masked youths - angered by what they see as Chinese meddling in freedoms promised to Hong Kong when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 - blocked roads around Mong Kok district, prompting police to fire multiple rounds of tear gas and baton charge crowds. It was the first time in nearly two weeks that tear gas had been deployed by police. Fires were lit and traffic lights smashed, while one student reporter for Baptist University was hit in the face by a police projectile and had to be hospitalized, local television footage showed. Small bands of protesters marched through several malls, blocking entrances, smashing glass, and chanting slogans including ’fight for freedom’. Many shops in affected malls closed early after battalions of riot police stormed in, pepper spraying crowds and making multiple arrests. In the evening, several hundred protesters held a vigil for a protester who fell to his death outside a luxury mall six months ago. They laid white flowers and sang songs to commemorate Leung Ling-kit, known as ’raincoat man’ for what he wore at the time.", img:"https://cms.qz.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ap_19304411681107.jpg?quality=&strip=all&w=&h=&crop=", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3042171/hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-must-defuse-protests-restarting",h2:"Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam must defuse protests by restarting universal suffrage",p:"Radical elements of the campaign have vandalised and started fires at railway stations and universities, while also targeting businesses with links to mainland China and setting roadblocks on major thoroughfares. Riot police and hard-core protesters have traded blows using tear gas and petrol bombs. Hong Kong has been a great place for me to raise my family, while the next generation sees a city that is too expensive to even start a family. And on the issue of universal suffrage you have a generation that faces the prospect of never really having a vote. Levesque added it was vital that city leader Lam engaged and listened to the public. Peter Levesque, the outgoing managing director of a major cargo business in Hong Kong, suggests quelling anti-government anger by addressing democracy deficiencies, the wealth gap and housing issues in the city. Photo: KyodoPeter Levesque, the outgoing managing director of a major cargo business in Hong Kong, suggests quelling anti-government anger by addressing democracy deficiencies, the wealth gap and housing issues in the city. Photo: Kyodo Peter Levesque, the outgoing managing director of a major cargo business in Hong Kong, suggests quelling anti-government anger by addressing democracy deficiencies, the wealth gap and housing issues in the city. Photo: Kyodo Hong Kongs leader should break the deadlock from months of protests by restarting talks on universal suffrage, tackling the housing crisis and engaging more with the public, according to a business leader. Peter Levesque, who runs one of the citys largest container terminal operators, bemoaned the “missed opportunity” for democratic reforms five years ago, as he warned of a widening wealth gap between generations that made it too expensive for many Hongkongers to start a family. The American, who is group managing director of Modern Terminals Ltd, also said companies needed swift action from Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngors administration to repair the damage to the citys global reputation, caused by six months of anti-government unrest. But the former chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong said the situation was “fixable” by focusing on fresh dialogue for universal suffrage and helping people to buy their own homes. Tear gas has filled Hong Kong streets during often-violent clashes gripping the city since June. Photo: Edmond So Tear gas has filled Hong Kong streets during often-violent clashes gripping the city since June. Photo: Edmond So “I have seen over the last 20-plus years since the handover, that ‘one country, two systems’ has been very successful, ‟ Levesque told the Post, referring to the principle under which the city is ruled from Beijing but promised a high degree of autonomy. ‟But while it has been successful for one generation it has not necessarily been as successful for the next generation. In some ways, the next generation has viewed it as ‘one country, too bad’.” SUBSCRIBE TO Hong Kong News Get updates direct to your inbox By registering, you agree to our T&C and Privacy Policy The veteran, who is due to return to the United States in January to become president of North Americas largest marine terminal operator, Ports America, said he was frustrated watching the protest crisis unfold without any solutions being put forward. Hong Kong has been pummelled by the ongoing political crisis and the US-China trade war, leading the city to slip into recession in the third quarter of this year. The protests started in June with a peaceful mass rally against the now-withdrawn extradition bill , but have escalated into a wider anti-government movement. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam ‘rules out debate on universal suffrage’ Radical elements of the campaign have vandalised and started fires at railway stations and universities, while also targeting businesses with links to mainland China and setting roadblocks on major thoroughfares. Riot police and hard-core protesters have traded blows using tear gas and petrol bombs. ‟Since the handover [from British to Chinese rule in 1997] my generation has seen massive wealth creation while the next generation has seen the creation of a massive wealth gap, ‟ Levesque said in an interview on Thursday. ‟My generation saw a great property boom, while the next generation has seen a property market development that will be difficult for them to ever participate in. Watchdogs investigation into port alliance reaches final stages “Hong Kong has been a great place for me to raise my family, while the next generation sees a city that is too expensive to even start a family. ‟And on the issue of universal suffrage you have a generation that faces the prospect of never really having a vote.” Levesque added it was vital that city leader Lam engaged and listened to the public. He identified resolving housing affordability and restarting talks on universal suffrage as two priorities for defusing the crisis. Anti-government protesters this year see one-person-one-vote for electing the citys chief executive as one of their five core demands.",img:"https://www.ft.com/__origami/service/image/v2/images/raw/https%3A%2F%2Fd1e00ek4ebabms.cloudfront.net%2Fproduction%2Fe7f2d7f2-ce26-4ef0-b9c1-95b7e79f4d0b.png?source=alphaville",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"scmp.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"54"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/protests-continue-in-india-against-new-citizenship-law/2019/12/25/91ec9f42-272d-11ea-9cc9-e19cfbc87e51_story.html",h2:"Protests continue in India against new citizenship law",p:"GAUHATI, India — More than a thousand students, artists and writers protested in Indias capital and northeastern Assam state on Wednesday against a new citizenship law introduced by the Hindu nationalist-led government that excludes Muslims.In Gauhati, Assams capital, protesters sang patriotic songs urging unity, painted on canvases and created a sculpture. One of the paintings showed independence leader Mohandas Gandhi stabbed in the heart, while others depicted protests with blood in the streets.The protest was organized by the All Assam Students’ Union, the Gauhati Artists Guild and the Saru Kala Parishad, an artists’ organization.In New Delhi, writer and activist Arundhati Roy joined protesters and asked people to guard against any oppression by security forces. ‟We will have to protect each other. And now, when they (government forces) are entering peoples homes, especially in Muslim neighborhoods, we must patrol those areas and put our bodies on the line,’’ Roy said.",img:"https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/styles/16x9_946x534/public/multimedia_images_2019/201912asia_india_cab.jpg?itok=djHF7jf0",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"washingtonpost",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"54"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/flood-warning-issued-as-uae-braces-for-a-week-of-rain-1.951594", h2:"Warning issued in the UAE as the country braces for a week of heavy rains", p:"The National Centre of Meteorology said northern and eastern parts of the country will probably be worst affected. Forecasters have warned of possible flash flooding as the UAE faces five straight days of rain. The National Centre of Meteorology said showers of different intensities will affect the entire country over the coming days, up to and including Thursday. The rain could affect all areas of the country over the period, although showers will mostly be confined to coastal and eastern areas. There could be some flash floods in the north of the country on Tuesday, not in Abu Dhabi,’ said a forecaster for the centre. The UAE is being affected by an upper atmospheric trough of low pressure, thats why we’re getting rain in this period,’ she said. The UAE frequently performs cloud seeding missions to enhance rainfall over the country. It involves fitting planes with special flares which are fired into convective, or warm, clouds that have an updraft — or rising current of air.", img:"https://amp.thenational.ae/image/policy:1.54649:1498925948/image/jpeg.jpg?f=&w=&$p$f$w=", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://gulfnews.com/uae/weather/rain-in-uae-its-drizzling-in-abu-dhabi-dubai-and-sharjah-1.1576397524208",h2:"Rain in the UAE: It is drizzling in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah",p:"NCM has issued alerts due to unstable weather conditions over the sea and coastal areas. Convective clouds have also formed over Abu Dhabi and there is light rain over the Corniche area and Al Dafra area. According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), the skies across the emirates are looking cloudy with rainfall of different intensities. NCM has issued yellow, orange and red alerts due to unstable weather over the sea and coastal areas. People going outdoors and drivers need to take necessary precautions due to hindered visibility, slippery roads and overall unstable weather conditions.",img:"https://imagevars.gulfnews.com/2018/11/12/rain_resources1_16a0851a4a6_large.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/gulf-news.png",coname:"gulfnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"55"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://menafn.com/1099370446/Rain-likely-to-hit-Dubai-Sharjah-until-Sunday",h2:"Rain likely to hit Dubai, Sharjah until Sunday",p:"Don't forget to bring an umbrella or a coat in the coming days as rain is expected across parts of the UAE until Sunday, causing a significant drop in temperature, a senior weather forecaster told Khaleej Times on Wednesday. The weather will be partly cloudy in general from Thursday and rain might fall over the sea and islands as well as northern andeastern areas, including parts of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Khor Fakkan, Hatta, and Umm Al Quwain,’ said Ali Al Musallah, senior weather forecaster at the UAE'sNational Centre of Meteorology . According to the NCM, the country is affected by an extension of surface low pressure system, associated with an upper air trough. The low pressure brings the air to riseand as it cools, water vapor condenses and forms clouds that produce rain. Troughs, which are long areas of low pressure, likewise can lead to rain, wind and other weather events. On Wednesday, the NCM issued a weather alert for residents, warning them of rough sea, high waves and fresh winds. ’The sea is rough due to the convective cloud formation associated with fresh winds reaching 45kmph at times, and wave height may reach seven feet offshore,’ the NCM said in a bulletin. Al Musallahsaid there will be active cloud formation over eastern and northern regions of the UAE in the next three days, until Sunday. Friday's forecast is partly cloudy in general and cloudy at times over the sea, islands and some east and northwards with a probability of rainfall. It will be humid at night and early morning with a possibility of mist or fog formation especially westwards. The winds are freshening at times but may cause blowing dust, with a speed of 16 - 26 km/hr and reaching up to 40 km/hr especially over the sea. Umbrellas or coats should be always ready as cloud formation will intensify on Saturday, bringing a higher chance of rainfall at nightespecially over the islands, northern and eastern areas, includingFujairah, Khor Fakkan, Hatta, Dubai, Sharjah and UAQ. Blowing dust and sand are expected to result in poor lateral visibility at times, with wind speed averaging between 20-35 km/hr and reaching 45 km/hr. The formation of convective clouds and low pressure will continue as most part of the country, including the northern emirates,mountains of Ras Al Khaimah, and parts of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain,will experience rain of different intensity on Sunday. Al Musalla said residents and tourists are advised to avoid going to the wadis as flash floods are likely to happen. Sunday is also not the best time for beachgoers and those who are planning of going on a cruise as it will be rough in the watersof Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea as winds are expected to reach between 45-50 km/hr at times.",img:"https://menafn.com/updates/pr/2019-12/04/KT_75ed645b-7image_story.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"menafn.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"55"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.indiatvnews.com/science/scientists-found-deepest-point-on-earth-located-in-antarctica-571451", h2:"Scientists claim to have found the Deepest point on Earth", p:"Developed by the scientists of the BedMachine project, the latest topographical map of Antarctica is believed to reveal the mountains, valleys, and canyons hidden under Antarctica's ice with high precision. With that, BedMachine map has also found the deepest land on Earth beneath Denman Glacier in East Antarctica. Glaciologists at the University of California, Irvine, on its official Twitter handle said, “A team of UCI #glaciologists has unveiled the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarcticas ice sheet: New findings will help scientists predict #climate change impact on the frozen continent. The deepest point on continental Earth is actually two miles (3.5 kilometers) below sea level. The world's deepest canyon on land was found beneath Denman Glacier, which earlier scientists have known for years believed to be shallow as per the previous studies. But now the new study revealed the real depth of the canyon. Scientists came to know the depth of the hidden canyon by calculating the amount of ice that filled it and the law of conservation of mass.", img:"https://resize.indiatvnews.com/en/resize/newbucket/715_-/2019/12/antarctica-1576397490.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.republicworld.com/technology-news/science/lowest-point-of-land-on-earth-discovered-beneath-antartica-ice-sheet.html",h2:"Lowest Point On Earth Discovered Beneath Antarctica's Ice Sheet; How Low?",p:"In a major breakthrough amid the depths of Antarctica, US scientists on Thursday, found the lowest point of land on Earth, beneath the Ice sheet in Antarctica. Researchers from the University of California-Irvine have unveiled the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarcticas ice sheet, as stated by the University's press release. The research was carried out to identify the regions which are most vulnerable to global warming. The research which is part of the newly released Antarctica topography map -BedMachine zeros the lowest point on land beneath the Denman Glacier in East Antarctica. At 3500 meters ( about 11500 feet) below sea-level, this point falls below the lowest exposed point on land which is located at Dead Sea shore at 413 meters (about 1,355ft) below sea level, according to glaciologists. The researchers, along with the BedMachince Antarctica datasheet, have also published a study in the journal Nature Geoscience. What did they find under the Antarctic ice sheet? The researchers have found stabilizing ridges that protect the ice flowing across the Transantarctic Mountains. These mountains reportedly increase the risk of rapid ice retreat into the deeper sector. The BedMachine project also found a bed under the Recovery and Support Force glaciers which were previously thought to be the deepest point. Researchers have found that the bed extends deeper, making those ice sheets more susceptible to retreat - thus mapping the worlds deepest land canyon below Denman Glacier in East Antarctica.",img:"https://img.republicworld.com/republic-prod/stories/promolarge/xxhdpi/9aei3gqh5udxhxsr_1576328821.jpeg?tr=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"republicworld.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"56"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://cosmosmagazine.com/geoscience/so-that-s-what-it-s-like-beneath-antarctica-s-ice-sheet",h2:"So that is what it is like beneath Antarctica ice sheet",p:"Glaciologists have released the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarctica's ice sheet. As part of the BedMachine Antarctica project, a team led by the University of California, Irvine, US, constructed a detailed map using ice thickness data from 19 research institutes, encompassing nearly a million line-miles of radar soundings, dating back to 1967. They also accessed ice shelf bathymetry measurements from NASA's Operation IceBridge campaigns, and ice flow velocity and seismic information, where available. The result, according to UCIs Mathieu Morlighem, is “lots of surprises around the continent, especially in regions that had not been previously mapped in great detail with radar. Ultimately, BedMachine Antarctica presents a mixed picture, ‟ he says. ‟Ice streams in some areas are relatively well protected by their underlying ground features, while others on retrograde beds are shown to be more at risk from potential marine ice sheet instability.",img:"https://cosmos-magazine.imgix.net/file/spina/photo/20975/191213-Antarctica_map.jpg?dpr=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cosmosmagazine",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"56"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.newsweek.com/hallmark-faces-backlash-pulling-ad-featuring-lesbian-couple-1477327", h2:"Hallmark pulls lesbian wedding ads", p:"Celebrities and politicians criticized The Hallmark Channel for pulling a commercial featuring a lesbian couple kissing. The Hallmark Channel is facing a backlash for bowing to pressure from a conservative campaign groups and pulling ads that showed a lesbian couple kissing. Six ads for a campaign by wedding planning website Zola featured different configurations of couples and began airing on the Hallmark Channel on December 2. Most of the ads included heterosexual couples, as well as a same-sex couple, and one of the ads featured only a lesbian couple getting married, the website reported. But following a petition by campaign groups including One Million Moms, the Hallmark Channel decided to drop the ads that featured same-sex couples. Lauren Sick, who directed the ads for Zola, also called out Hallmark on social media. ’PROUD to have directed this ad with some beautiful people and PROUD to support gay rights,’ she wrote on Twitter alongside the hashtag #boycotthallmark. In a statement provided to Newsweek, GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said: ’The Hallmark Channel's decision to remove LGBTQ families in such a blatant way is discriminatory and especially hypocritical coming from a network that claims to present family programming and also recently stated they are 'open' to LGBTQ holiday movies. Mike Chi, Zola's chief marketing officer, said in a statement provided to Newsweek: ’The only difference between the commercials that were flagged and the ones that were approved was that the commercials that did not meet Hallmark's standards included a lesbian couple kissing. Hallmark approved a commercial where a heterosexual couple kissed. The New York Times reported that an employee of Crown Media Family Networks, Hallmark's parent company, said in an email exchange that ads ’deemed controversial’ are not accepted by the channel. A spokesman for Hallmark told the Times that the ’public displays of affection’ by the women in the ad violated the channel's policies, but did not comment on why the Zola ads featuring a heterosexual couple were not rejected. Newsweek has contacted The Hallmark Channel and Crown Media Family Networks for further comment.", img:"https://www.unilad.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/marred_friends.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/hallmark-pulls-zola-commercial-brides-kissing",h2:"Hallmark pulls Zola commercial of brides kissing after conservative group calls for boycott",p:"The Hallmark Channel has pulled a commercial featuring brides kissing during a same-sex wedding ceremony, just days after a conservative group launched a campaign calling on the network to pull the ad. The commercial from the wedding planning website, Zola, features a lesbian couple celebrating their nuptials. The ad first debuted on Hallmark on Dec. 2. Earlier this week, One Million Moms, a division of the American Family Association that claims its mission is to “stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media, ‟ launched a petition urging Hallmark to stop airing the commercial and other LGBTQ content. The Hallmark Channel has always been known for its family friendly movies. Even its commercials are usually safe for family viewing. But unfortunately, that is not the case anymore, ‟ One Million Moms said on its website. The organization said other viewers expressed concerns over the Zola commercial on the channels online complaint board. Why would you show a lesbian wedding commercial on the Hallmark Channel? Hallmark movies are family friendly, and you ruined it with the commercial, ‟ one viewer said, according to the conservative group. On Thursday, Zola was informed that four of its six ads that had previously aired on Hallmark would be pulled. We are not allowed to accept creatives that are deemed controversial, ‟ a Hallmark account representative said in an email exchange with a Zola ad buyer, according to The New York Times.",img:"https://specials-images.forbesimg.com/imageserve/5df6655af19b4500061f96b1/960x0.jpg?fit=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"foxnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"57"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hallmark-channel-tv-channel-pulls-zola-ad-with-same-sex-couple-one-million-moms-complaint-2019-12-15/",h2:"Hallmark Channel pulls Zola ads featuring lesbian couple",p:"Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar. The family-friendly network — which is in the midst of its heavily watched holiday programming — removed the ads because the controversy was a distraction, a spokesperson said in an interview Saturday. The debate surrounding these commercials on all sides was distracting from the purpose of our network, which is to provide entertainment value,’ said a statement provided by Molly Biwer, senior vice president for public affairs and communications at Hallmark. In an interview, she added: ’The Hallmark brand is never going to be divisive. We don't want to generate controversy, we've tried very hard to stay out of it ... we just felt it was in the best interest of the brand to pull them and not continue to generate controversy. There was immediate criticism on Twitter. TV host Ellen DeGeneres asked Hallmark: ’Isn't it almost 2020? What are you thinking? Please explain. We're all ears. Biwer confirmed that a conservative group, One Million Moms, part of the American Family Association, had complained about the ads to Bill Abbott, CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, Hallmark's parent company. A post on the group's website said Abbott ’reported the advertisement aired in error.’ The group also wrote: ’The call to our office gave us the opportunity to confirm the Hallmark Channel will continue to be a safe and family-friendly network. Zola had submitted six ads, and four had a lesbian couple. After Hallmark pulled those ads, but not two featuring only opposite-sex couples, Zola pulled its remaining ads, the company said. The only difference between the commercials that were flagged and the ones that were approved was that the commercials that did not meet Hallmark's standards included a lesbian couple kissing,’ said Mike Chi, Zola's chief marketing officer, in a statement sent to the AP. ’Hallmark approved a commercial where a heterosexual couple kissed. All kisses, couples and marriages are equal celebrations of love and we will no longer be advertising on Hallmark,’ Chi said. In one of the pulled ads, two brides stand at the altar and wonder aloud whether their wedding would be going more smoothly if they had used a wedding planning site like Zola. The lighthearted ad ends with the two brides sharing a quick kiss on the altar. Hallmark Channel pulls Zola ads featuring same-sex couple Updated on: December 15, 2019 / 4:48 PM / AP Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar. The family-friendly network — which is in the midst of its heavily watched holiday programming — removed the ads because the controversy was a distraction, a spokesperson said in an interview Saturday. ’The debate surrounding these commercials on all sides was distracting from the purpose of our network, which is to provide entertainment value,’ said a statement provided by Molly Biwer, senior vice president for public affairs and communications at Hallmark. In an interview, she added: ’The Hallmark brand is never going to be divisive. We don't want to generate controversy, we've tried very hard to stay out of it ... we just felt it was in the best interest of the brand to pull them and not continue to generate controversy.’ Trending News NYC to pay $625,000 to mom whose baby was yanked by police Man accused of slapping reporter's bottom is charged Joe Biden's niece pleads guilty in $110K theft NFL star pays off all the layaways at hometown Walmart There was immediate criticism on Twitter. TV host Ellen DeGeneres asked Hallmark: ’Isn't it almost 2020? What are you thinking? Please explain. We're all ears.’ zola-ad-same-sex-couple-wedding-02.png An screengrab from a Zola.com ad that has been pulled from the Hallmark Channel. Zola.com via YouTube Biwer confirmed that a conservative group, One Million Moms, part of the American Family Association, had complained about the ads to Bill Abbott, CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, Hallmark's parent company. A post on the group's website said Abbott ’reported the advertisement aired in error.’ The group also wrote: ’The call to our office gave us the opportunity to confirm the Hallmark Channel will continue to be a safe and family-friendly network.’ Zola had submitted six ads, and four had a lesbian couple. After Hallmark pulled those ads, but not two featuring only opposite-sex couples, Zola pulled its remaining ads, the company said. ’The only difference between the commercials that were flagged and the ones that were approved was that the commercials that did not meet Hallmark's standards included a lesbian couple kissing,’ said Mike Chi, Zola's chief marketing officer, in a statement sent to the AP. ’Hallmark approved a commercial where a heterosexual couple kissed. ’All kisses, couples and marriages are equal celebrations of love and we will no longer be advertising on Hallmark,’ Chi said. zola-ad-same-sex-couple-wedding-01.png Hallmark has been criticized for pulling TV ads showing a same-sex couple. Zola.com via YouTube In one of the pulled ads, two brides stand at the altar and wonder aloud whether their wedding would be going more smoothly if they had used a wedding planning site like Zola. The lighthearted ad ends with the two brides sharing a quick kiss on the altar. Actress Sandra Bernhard, who played one of the first openly bisexual characters on network TV in ’Roseanne,’ also criticized Hallmark's decision. All the groovy gay ladies I know won't be watching your Christmas schlock,’ she wrote on Twitter, addressing Hallmark. ’They'll be out celebrating with their 'families' wives, children, friends on & on & getting married in chic ensembles. Didn't you all get the memo? Family is all inclusive. The developments came as Hallmark appeared to be considering more same-sex themed content. Asked about the possibility of holiday movies based on same-sex relationships, Abbott was quoted in The Hollywood Reporter in mid-November as saying on its TV podcast: ’We're open to really any type of movie of any type of relationship.",img:"https://hotair.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/zola.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cbsnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"57"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://deadline.com/2019/12/hallmark-channel-at-center-of-storm-over-ad-featuring-lesbian-brides-kissing-1202809545/",h2:"Hallmark Channel At Center Of Storm Over Ad Featuring Lesbian Brides Kissing",p:"Hallmark Channel is facing criticism on multiple fronts over an advertisement featuring a lesbian couple on their wedding day. The ad is for Zola.com, a wedding planning and registry company, and shows two women exchanging vows and later kissing to celebrate their nuptials. It was one of six commercials for the website that Hallmark began airing on December 2. Conservative group One Million Moms took aim at Hallmark for airing the ad, which it said was not “family friendly.” The group launched a petition earlier this week, pressing the cable network to pull the commercial and other LGBTQ content. Recently, One Million Moms received concerns about Hallmark airing a commercial from Zola.com in which two lesbians are shown kissing at the end of their wedding ceremony, ‟ the group said on its website. ‟Parents need to know they could now come face-to-face with the LGBT agenda when they sit down to watch the Hallmark Channel. Hallmark bowed to the groups complaints and stopped airing the ad, saying it violated the cable networks policies. In a statement issued to the New York Times, a spokesperson for Hallmark insisted the public display of affection violated the cable channels standards. The decision not to air overt public displays of affection in our sponsored advertisement, regardless of the participants, is in line with our current policy, which includes not featuring political advertisements, offensive language, R-rated movie content and many other categories, ‟ the spokesperson said. Critics counter another Zola advertisement featuring a heterosexual couple showing affection was not rejected. Meanwhile, Zola stated that its same-sex commercial was intended to be inclusive, and the company vowed to continue to feature “all kinds” of couples in its advertising. We stand behind this commercial 150%, ‟ Zola said in a statement. ‟We want all couples to feel welcomed and celebrated and we will always feature all kinds of love in our marketing. GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis called Hallmarks decision “discriminatory” and “hypocritical” in a statement Saturday.",img:"https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/zola-ad.jpg?w=&h=&crop=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"deadline.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"57"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.libertynation.com/horowitz-confirms-worst-fears-about-2016-fbi-malpractice/", h2:"Horowitz Confirms Worst Fears About 2016 FBI Misconduct. Deep Concerns on FBIs FISA Abuse", p:"FBI leadership supported relying on Steele's reporting to seek a FISA order targeting Page after being advised of, and giving consideration to, concerns expressed by a Department attorney that Steele may have been hired by someone associated with a rival candidate or campaign. The DOJ inspector general report shows investigators uncovered 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” involving three applications filed under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). It said such inaccuracies likely led to the bureaus justification to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Under questioning, DOJ inspector general paints damning picture of FBI anti-Trump operation. Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dec. 11. The hearing followed the release of the long-awaited report from the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on the FBIs handling of Crossfire Hurricane. Notably, Democrats on the committee were mostly unwilling to address the many problems highlighted by the report and tried to focus instead on Russian active measures to interfere in the 2016 election, as if attempting to keep alive the now-debunked theory that the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia. In fact, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) at one point asked Horowitz how many questions he had been asked, by Democrats, that bore no relation to his investigation. The inspector general acknowledged that he had been asked quite a few such questions. Crossfire Hurricane, of course, was the FBIs counterintelligence operation, opened in 2016, to investigate suspected ties between the Russian government and Trumps campaign. Horowitz had been tasked, most specifically, with examining the Bureaus application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil Trump campaign advisor, Carter Page. The OIG report cites 17 faults in FBI applications for the original FISA warrant and three subsequent renewals. These faults were either omissions of vital information or erroneous statements. Since the report came out, Democrats have focused on two of its main findings – using them to push the narrative that the suspicions President Trump, his supporters, and most Republicans have had about the FBI are unfounded.", img:"https://media.voltron.voanews.com/Drupal/01live-166/styles/sourced_737px_wide/s3/ap-images/2019/12/eed1b07ab16f5579438d53df0a86fac5.jpg?itok=", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/11/us/politics/fisa-surveillance-fbi.html",h2:"We Just Got a Rare Look at National Security Surveillance. It Was Ugly",p:"A high-profile inspector general report has served as fodder for arguments about President Trump. But its findings about surveillance are important beyond partisan politics. When a long-awaited inspector general report about the F.B.I.s Russia investigation became public this week, partisans across the political spectrum mined it to argue about whether President Trump falsely smeared the F.B.I. or was its victim. But the report was also important for reasons that had nothing to do with Mr. Trump.",img:"https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/12/10/us/politics/10dc-surveillance/10dc-surveillance-superJumbo-v2.jpg?quality=&auto=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/new-york-times.png",coname:"nytimes.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"58"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/dec/4/michael-horowitz-report-follows-extensive-fbi-misc/",h2:"Dirty cops: FBI leaves trail of lies, leaks, lapses in Trump era",p:"The FBI already has amassed a record of misconduct by top officials leading up to Monday, when the Justice Department inspector general is scheduled to release conclusions on whether agents also abused the bureaus intrusive wiretapping powers. To date, four inspector general reports and internal Justice Department documents have found senior FBI officials guilty of lying, insubordination, security violations, mishandling confidential material and personal biases against President Trump. Rep. Devin Nunes, the California Republican who discovered that the FBI had used a Democratic Party-financed dossier as evidence, often refers to bureau leaders as “dirty cops. Lisa Page, a former FBI senior counsel and one of those singled out, portrayed herself this week as an innocent victim of FBI betrayal. Meanwhile, news media stories have downplayed the significance of the upcoming inspector generals report on how the FBI spied on the Trump campaign through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other means. Ms. Page told The Daily Beast: “Its very painful to see to places like the FBI and the Department of Justice that represent so much of what is excellent about this country, not fulfilling the critical obligation that they have to speak truth to power. The thing about the FBI that is so extraordinary is that it is made up of a group of men and women whose every instinct is to run toward the fight. Its in the fiber of everybody there. Its the lifeblood. So its particularly devastating to be betrayed by an organization I still care about so deeply. A historical record already shows FBI misdeeds by then-Director James B. Comey; his deputy, Andrew McCabe; Ms. Page; and former agent Peter Strzok, Ms. Pages married lover. It was Ms. Page who came under some of the sharpest criticism by Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz over her text messages with Mr. Strzok. Mr. Strzok, since fired, headed the FBIs probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons State.gov email malpractices and then shifted to overseeing the investigation into Russian election interference and the 2016 Trump campaign. Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok talked of how they would “stop” Mr. Trump. After Mr. Trump captured the White House, Ms. Page said she needed to brush up on Watergate. They also talked of not wanting to offend Mrs. Clinton because she would be the next president and hoped she realized that the Justice Department was pushing the email probe. Said Mr. Horowitz in his report: “We were deeply troubled by text messages sent by Strzok and Page",img:"https://twt-thumbs.washtimes.com/media/image/2018/07/12/APTOPIX_Trump_Russia_Probe_Congress_12498.jpg-6e044_c0-0-2093-1220_s885x516.jpg?1acfd007ee6120a08d285def9550308e509270e6",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"washingtontime",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"58"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.foxnews.com/media/ted-cruz-horowitz-report-fisa-fbi-abuse-power",h2:"Horowitz report shows FBI was utterly negligent at best, complicit in abuse of power at worst",p:"Senate Judiciary Committee member Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called the Justice Department inspector general's report both ’chilling and encouraging’ in an interview Monday. Cruz: Stunning abuse of power in Obama administration, deep state. It is stunning the abuse of power that we saw in the Obama administration and sadly it continued over in the deep state for the first couple of years of the Trump administration,’ Cruz told host Sean Hannity, adding that even if a reader gave the FBI the benefit of the doubt, Michael Horowitz's report would still be damning. The very best interpretation of the Horowitz inspector general report is that the FBI and Department of Justice were manifestly incompetent,’ he said. ’The IG report outlines 17 factual misstatements that they made to the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveiilance] court and that they were utterly negligent in ordering the surveillance [and] spying of a presidential nominee and of a sitting president. The real interpretation is, these were hardcore political partisans that hated Donald Trump,’ Cruz added, ’and they were willing and complicit to abuse the power of law enforcement and intelligence and spy on a political opponent. Cruz, who served in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush, said he is upset by what he called ’abuse of power’ in the department. ’I've got to say, as an alumnus of the Department of Justice, I am angry,’ he said, adding that he is certain that many other rank-and-file DOJ staff are similarly angry at what the Horowitz report revealed. Earlier Monday, Horowitz released the highly anticipated findings from his nearly two-year review concerning the origins of the Russia investigation and the issuance of FISA warrants for a Trump campaign official. The report said investigators found no intentional misconduct or political bias surrounding either the launch of the Trump-Russia investigation or the efforts to seek the controversial FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page, in the early stages of that probe. ’We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBIs decision to seek FISA authority on Carter Page,’ the report said. It also said key officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, did not act with political bias. The IG report generally found that agents were justified in launching the investigation known as Crossfire Hurricane, as well as investigations into four Trump associates: Page, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.",img:"https://media2.foxnews.com/BrightCove/694940094001/2019/12/10/694940094001_6114460324001_6114455443001-vs.jpg?pubId=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"foxnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"58"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.euronews.com/2019/12/09/climate-protests-across-europe-as-cop25-summit-enters-second-week", h2:"Climate protests across Europe as COP25 summit enters second week", p:"While policy-makers and activists gathered in Madrid for the second week of COP25 - the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - various protests continued around Europe. In the Spanish capital, dozens of Extinction Rebellion demonstrators marched through the main streets with a handmade whale skeleton to demand better protection of the oceans. In Brussels, thousands formed a human chain which encircled the Belgian federal parliament and the Royal Palace. In the UK, climate change activists blocked roads leading to Heathrow airport. The action was a protest against plans to build a new runway. There are fears of worsening air quality and increased noise pollution. And in Paris, French activists held portraits of President Emmanuel Macron upside down, calling for bolder government action at the climate talks. It comes as France remains behind its European neighbours in its use of renewable energy.", img:"https://admin.kienyke.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Greta.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50801493",h2:"COP25 Climate change talks: We have lost an important opportunity",p:"Record UN climate talks in Madrid have ended in a compromise deal on cutting greenhouse gas emissions which left many disappointed. Antonio Guterres, UN secretary general: I am disappointed with the results of COP25. The international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the climate crisis. .. .. Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil: I would like to know: has there been a resolution for Europe to be reforested, or are they just going to keep bothering Brazil? .. .. Sir David King, British government representative at the 2015 Paris climate talks: If the United States is not backing an agreement that is meaningful it is extraordinarily difficult for the rest of the world to come to an agreement. And I'm afraid as long as we have [President Donald] Trump in the United States with President [Jair] Bolsonaro in Brazil it is extraordinarily difficult to get all of those countries to agree.",img:"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/14A9B/production/_110153648_mediaitem110153646.jpg",logo:"https://www.thewrap.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/bbc-news-logo.jpg",coname:"bbc.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"59"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/13/we-are-furious-cop-25-draws-close-green-campaigners-fume-rich-nations-move-gut-paris",h2:"We Are Furious: As COP 25 Draws to Close, Green Campaigners Fume as Rich Nations Move to Gut Paris Agreement",p:"Just as we thought the slow pace and weak ambition shown at the climate talks couldn't get worse, along comes COP 25. With just hours left in the COP 25 climate conference taking place in Madrid, Spain, international climate campaigners said Friday they are ’furious’ over rich countries' refusal to adequately commit to addressing the urgency of and pay for their role in fueling the climate crisis. Just as we thought the slow pace and weak ambition shown at the climate talks couldn't get worse, along comes COP 25,’ said Sara Shaw, Climate Justice and Energy Program coordinator for Friends of the Earth International (FOEI). She also criticized ’the advance of dodgy carbon trading that will only exacerbate the climate crisis and harm Southern communities. A group of large developing economies—China, Brazil, India, and South Africa—are pushing back on efforts to write the rulebook for international carbon trading regimes. That's a major priority for the meeting, and the nearly 200 countries attending the talks need to get that out of the way if they're going to move on to the next big task: preparing their new domestic climate targets for 2020's meeting in Glasgow. A failure to get a set of rules on trading in place is threatening to push back that effort to raise the world's climate ’ambition’—and could undermine the entire Paris agreement. The climate campaigners' comments came on the final day of a conference that saw activists including Fridays for Future youth stage protests within the event hall demanding climate justice. The activists were kicked out of the conference, in their view, had their voices suppressed over those of corporate polluters. Speaking about the unrest at the conference, Nnimmo Bassey of Health of Mother Earth Foundation told Democracy Now! Wednesday that ’the protesters here are saying that the trajectory on which the COP negotiation is moving, which is towards market mechanisms rather than real climate action, is the wrong direction and that this cannot be accepted. We're seeing a situation where the rich, polluting countries are not ready to fund climate adaptation and mitigation to pay for loss and damage,’ said Bassey. Some countries, though, have made good pledges, as Jake Schmidt, Brendan Guy, and Han Chen wrote at NRDC's expert blog Thursday. ’The 80 countries that have committed to put forward stronger steps to curb climate change here at COP25 in Madrid are impressive. But the 80 countries represent only about 10% of global emissions. The 20 major emitters that account for approximately 80% of global emissions have stood nearly mute in Madrid. They've dithered over side issues and done absolutely nothing about the 800-pound gorilla in the room—the continually rising global emissions of greenhouse gases hurtling us toward catastrophe. The eyes of the world are squarely on them.",img:"https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/we-are-furious-cop25-nears-end-carbon.jpg?itok=gc_hm18x",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"commondreams.o",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"59"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://edition.cnn.com/2019/12/15/world/cop25-climate-change-intl/index.html",h2:"COP25 was meant to tackle the climate crisis. It fell short",p:"The message from climate activists was passionate, the warning from the scientific community and countries already experiencing the effects of climate change, urgent. The action from world powers has been excruciatingly slow and inadequate. What had been scheduled as a 12-day summit aimed at hammering out the rules of the 2015 Paris Climate accord, instead dragged on two extra days and highlighted the huge disconnect between the world's biggest polluting nations, and the global community demanding change. Negotiators in Madrid worked through the night to salvage a rulebook for cutting greenhouse gas emissions before 2020, when signatories must start meeting those targets. Yet even after extending overtime, many observers, scientists and climate activists called the resulting agreement a monumental failure, strewn with watered-down language that kicks urgent items down the road to COP26 in 2020. Host country Spain said Sunday's agreement ’expresses the urgent need’ for new carbon-cutting commitments. Critics said the text falls short on decisive language for doing so.",img:"https://static.euronews.com/articles/stories/04/35/31/46/602x338_cmsv2_577e7b7e-71c1-567c-b4dc-9ef9328a1416-4353146.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"edition.cnn.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"59"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.thedailybeast.com/cop25-climate-talk-attendees-blame-us-for-conference-failure",h2:"COP25 Climate Talk Attendees Blame U.S. for Conference Failure",p:"The 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change or COP25 ended Sunday with resounding failure after the group failed to reach a productive agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Most of those in attendance blamed the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord as the reason other nations could not reach an agreement. Antonio Guterres, U.N. secretary general said he was disappointed with the results. ‟The international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the climate crisis, ‟ he said in closing remarks. Alden Meyer, strategy chief at the Union of Concerned Scientists agreed. ‟Never have I seen such a disconnect between what the science requires and what the climate negotiations are delivering in terms of meaningful action, ‟ he said. ‟Most of the worlds biggest emitting countries are missing in action and resisting calls to raise their ambition.” Others, like 14-year-old activist Alexandria Villasenor, blamed complacency on bureaucracy. ‟The difference between the youth on the streets and the negotiations is that the youth on the streets are acting with urgency, ‟ she told AFP. ‟COP25 has failed us and its another year of failure.",img:"https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/gettyimages-11854827781.jpg?itok=wIwLlcOf",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thedailybeast.",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"59"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.alternet.org/2019/12/jeff-van-drew-trashed-for-switching-parties-to-defend-trump-from-impeachment-choosing-the-wrong-side-of-history/", h2:"Jeff Van Drew trashed for switching parties to defend Trump from impeachment: Choosing the wrong side of history", p:"New Jersey Democrat Jeff Van Drew was blasted online on Saturday after reports that he would be switching parties after a new poll revealed he would lose a primary if he backed President Donald Trump on impeachment. Many people viewed Van Drews position as putting his own political interests above his duty to defend the Constitution. TRAITORS ALL. https://t.co/IW1fSoGdUF — BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) December 14, 2019 . Rep. Jeff Van Drew reportedly considering party switch after being courted by Trump. Goodbye Jeff Van Drew. History books won’t be kind to you. Enjoy another 2 years in the House as a Republican. Hope its worth it.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) December 14, 2019 .. .. COWARDLY TRAITOR: Rep. Jeff Van Drew, anti-impeachment Democrat, expected to switch parties after Trump meeting https://t.co/dkP1OvT5OW — Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) December 14, 2019.", img:"https://www.alternet.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Jeff_Van_Drew_Official_Portrait_116th_Congress.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.foxnews.com/politics/jeff-van-drew-donald-trump-party-switch",h2:"Trump tweets support for Rep. Jeff Van Drew amid plans to switch to GOP",p:"President Trump on Sunday praised Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., amid speculation that the anti-impeachment Democrat plans to switch to the Republican Party as the House readies for a full vote on impeaching the president. Van Drew -- who has spent months criticizing fellow Democrats for their push to impeach Trump -- met with Trump on Friday to discuss going across party lines. He is one of only two Democrats who voted against opening an impeachment inquiry into Trump and has remained a fervent voice in opposition to impeaching the president. A source told Fox News that Van Drew may be seeking a Rose Garden ceremony if he were to switch. The news of Van Drew's possible party flip drew harsh criticism from Democrats, who called it a political move aimed at turning around his flagging approval numbers in New Jersey's 2nd Conngressional District. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, called the party switch ’cynical and desperate.’ Jeff Van Drew has chosen his political career over our Constitution,’ Murphy said in a statement Friday night. ’Despite knowing full well that the president has abused the powers of his office, Congressman Van Drew is now willing to enable Donald Trump just to try to salvage his own election. A recent internal poll conducted for the Democrats found that 58 percent of primary voters in his district wanted to nominate another candidate, while only 28 percent said Van Drew should be renominated.",img:"https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/12/14/us/politics/14dc-vandrew-1/merlin_163630359_4d3f6f4a-d3dd-401a-93ff-381e75bcbe08-superJumbo.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"foxnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"60"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/harsh-reaction-to-van-drew-party-switch-from-dems-gop/article_8796cf87-1f2c-59dc-8a61-66c138847d33.html",h2:"Potential Van Drew party switch angers both Democrats and GOP candidates",p:"If Congressman Jeff Van Drew, D-2nd, switches parties and runs for re-election as a Republican backed by President Donald Trump, he will not have a clear GOP field, according to others who intend to run. Avalons David Richter, Ocean Citys Bob Patterson and Egg Harbor Townships Brian Fitzherbert have all said they will stay in the primary and seek the Republican nomination. Van Drew has not responded to requests for comment on the rumors of party switch. National media reported Saturday that he had met with Trump on Friday and that the two would soon announce his joining the GOP. Republican political consultant and strategist Carl Golden predicted Van Drew may face a tough Republican primary battle, but will win and go on to be re-elected as a Republican. He called the Democratic state and county leadership shortsighted for forcing a war with Van Drew over his opposition to impeaching Trump, in effect handing the district to the GOP. In my judgment ... it was a mistake,’ said Golden, who worked for moderate Republicans Gov. Tom Kean and Gov. Christie Whitman. ’They could have criticized his vote instead of making a litmus test for membership in the party. You start imposing ideology and a litmus test on your own people — no good can ever come of that. Van Drew's position on impeachment is reflective of his 2nd Congressional district, Golden said, one of the few conservative leaning districts remaining in New Jersey. A progressive Democrat won't win there, he said. Especially since Van Drew's vote is not needed for impeachment to pass, ’why turn this into the equivalent of a land war in South Jersey?",img:"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/pressofatlanticcity.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/2a/22a751c5-c328-5499-b5ae-b4595c3e667c/5df554a1d4dac.image.jpg?resize=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"pressofatlanti",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"60"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.thebipartisanpress.com/opinion/jeff-van-drew-is-party-switching-himself-into-oblivion/",h2:"Jeff Van Drew Is Party Switching Himself Into Oblivion",p:"Republicans no doubt are crowing over freshman Rep Jeff Van Drews decision to switch political parties, from Democratic to Republican, over his break about Donald Trumps impeachment. But, when all is said and done, Van Drew will be left crying over his decision for its perhaps the most foolish that he could have made in his young political career. That Van Drew opposes impeachment is no secret, but its not an issue he had to switch parties over. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is smart enough to know that her members would have to go their own ways on impeachment. Many will support it, but some will oppose it for various reasons, and thats okay. But Van Drew has just sent himself into oblivion. For one thing, hes party-switching himself into the minority. Thats a foolish proposition right there, particularly since with so many Republican retirements this year, no one realistically expects Republicans to retake the majority next year–impeachment or no impeachment. And, unlike the Senate, members of the House minority have essentially no power to affect policy whatsoever. Members in the minority can make speeches and send press releases. Thats the extent of it. So Jeff Van Drew has traded the potential to move up the ranks in the majority, for that. All over one vote. Yes, a consequential vote, but a single vote nonetheless. The last time Congress saw big-time party-switching, it was back in 1995 after the Republicans had taken control over both chambers of Congress for the first time in 40 years. In that case, you had Democrats rushing to become Republicans–but at least it was to remain in the majority. That made sense, at least in a cravenly political way. And so far, we’ve only been talking about the remainder of Van Drews current term. Reelection? Brigid Callahan Harrison, a local political science professor, had already signalled that she would challenge Van Drew in a primary. She now becomes his natural Democratic opponent next year. And although Van Drews district was previously held by a Republican, that was by a single Republican for 20 years.",img:"https://i0.wp.com/www.thebipartisanpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/459px-Jeff_Van_Drew_Official_Portrait_116th_Congress_cropped.jpg?w=&ssl=1",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"thebipartisanp",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"60"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/new-jersey-rep-jeff-van-drew-opposed-impeachment-expected-leave-n1102316",h2:"New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, opposed to impeachment, expected to leave Democratic Party",p:"The lawmaker from southern New Jersey is expected to struggle to win re-election as a Democrat. A Democratic congressman from a swing district in southern New Jersey — who has been outspoken in his opposition to President Donald Trump's impeachment — is likely to leave the party, sources told NBC News on Saturday. Two Democratic leadership sources said they expect Rep. Jeff Van Drew to change his registration to Republican in the wake of his stance against the House Democratic-led efforts to impeach Trump. Van Drew did not immediately return a request for comment from NBC News. The president seemed prepared to welcome Van Drew to the Republican party, tweeting a compliment about the congressman. An internal poll conducted earlier this month for Van Drew showed he would be unlikely to win re-election to his seat in the 2nd Congressional District, which encompasses the southern tip of Jersey and includes Atlantic City. Only 28 percent of Democratic respondents said Van Drew ’deserves to be re-nominated,’ while 58 percent said that ’another Democrat’ should represent the party in the district's 2020 election, according to the poll obtained by NBC News. Van Drew was among a handful of Democrats to vote against going forward with the impeachment inquiry back in October. Since then, testimony presented at House hearings over the last few weeks that Trump asked Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the former vice president and his son Hunter as the administration placed a hold on military funding to the country, failed to change Van Drew's mind.",img:"https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2019_50/3148151/191213-jeff-van-drew-ew-516p_39bd6651cf762603c45256225bcafae4.fit-2000w.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"nbcnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"60"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/russia-banned-from-global-sports-for-4-years-by-world-anti-doping-agency/videoshow/72439776.cms", h2:"Russia banned from global sports for 4 years by World Anti-Doping Agency", p:"Russia was banned from the Olympics and world championships in a range of sports on Monday after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ruled to punish it for manipulating laboratory data, the TASS news agency reported.WADA's executive committee took the decision after it concluded that Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify drug cheats.", img:"https://storage.googleapis.com/afs-prod/media/1a65e6f5f7d3431ea10c349211474b51/800.jpeg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.khaleejtimes.com/russia-sees-no-chance-of-winning-ban-appeal",h2:"Russia sees no chance of winning ban appeal",p:"The head of Russias anti-doping agency said on Monday that his country had ’no chance’ of winning an appeal against a four-year international sporting ban he said was a tragedy for clean athletes. Ganus said that some Russian athletes were contemplating leaving Russia so that they could train elsewhere. There is no chance of winning this case in court, - RUSADA chief Yury Ganus said after the World Anti-Doping Agency imposed the ban that will rule Russia out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.",img:"https://images.khaleejtimes.com/storyimage/KT/20191210/ARTICLE/191219995/AR/0/AR-191219995.jpg&MaxW=780&imageVersion=16by9&NCS_modified=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/khaleej_times_41.png",coname:"khaleejtimes.c",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"61"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/09/russia-banned-from-olympic-games-over-doping-scandal.html",h2:"Russia banned from Olympic Games over doping scandal",p:"WADAs executive committee took the decision after it concluded that Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify drug cheats. The WADA committee decision to punish Russia with a ban was unanimous, the spokesman said. Russia was banned from the Olympics and world championships in a range of sports for four years on Monday after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ruled to punish it for manipulating laboratory data, a WADA spokesman said.",img:"https://image.cnbcfm.com/api/v1/image/103799244-GettyImages-474420451.jpg?v=&w=630&h=354",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cnbc.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"61"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/09/sports/russia-doping-ban.html",h2:"Russia Banned From Olympics and Global Sports for 4 Years Over Doping",p:"The World Anti-Doping Agencys unanimous decision, if upheld, would exclude Russia from the 2020 Olympics, but many Russian athletes could be unaffected by the decision. The punishment leaves open the possibility that Russian athletes will appear at next years Tokyo Games. The worlds top antidoping authority on Monday banished Russia from international competition — including next summers Olympic Games in Tokyo — for four years, the latest and most severe punishment yet connected to a yearslong cheating scheme that has tarnished sports, rendered Russia a sports pariah and exacerbated tension between Moscow and the West. Under the ban, Russias flag, name and anthem would not be allowed at the Tokyo Games next summer or the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, though the competitive effects may be minimal: Russian athletes not implicated in doping are expected to be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other world championships, but only under a neutral flag.",img:"https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/12/09/world/09doping/merlin_165384669_18ff9ceb-7f99-4a71-ab84-1ece4e8b1dba-superJumbo.jpg?quality=&auto=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/new-york-times.png",coname:"nytimes.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"61"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/et-explains/citizenship-amendment-bill-what-does-it-do-and-why-is-it-seen-as-a-problem/articleshow/72436995.cms", h2:"Citizenship Amendment Bill What does it do and why is it seen as a problem", p:"The opposition says the Bill violates Article 14 of the Indian Constitution — the Right to Equality. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, that seeks to give Indian nationality to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan was introduced in the Lok Sabha today. The bill seeks to address the historical wrongdoings of religious persecution on Non-Muslim refugees from the three states by providing them Indian citizenship. The proposed legislation amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis who got into India from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for citizenship.", img:"https://c.ndtvimg.com/2018-09/tii48po8_amit-shah-pti_625x300_18_September_18.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-50670393",h2:"Citizenship Amendment Bill Indias new anti-Muslim law causes uproar",p:"India's government has tabled a bill in parliament which offers amnesty to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries. The controversial bill seeks to provide citizenship to religious minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The government, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), says this will give sanctuary to people fleeing religious persecution. Critics say the bill is part of a BJP agenda to marginalise Muslims. The passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) will be a test for the ruling party, which commands a majority in the lower house but is short of numbers in the upper house of parliament. A bill needs to be ratified by both houses to become a law.",img:"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/FD72/production/_110028846_gettyimages-1183874358-594x594.jpg",logo:"https://www.thewrap.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/bbc-news-logo.jpg",coname:"bbc.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"62"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/citizenship-amendment-bill-tabled-by-amit-shah-passes-in-lok-sabha-1626690-2019-12-09",h2:"Amit Shah tables Citizenship Bill amid protests, blames Congress for Partition over religious lines",p:"The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was tabled in Lok Sabha on Monday amid violent protests in Assam and other northeastern states over the contentious Bill. Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Bill and faced protests from Opposition MPs amid a heated debate. Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha on Monday amid clashes and protests in different parts of the country, mainly the Northeast. The Bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring nations, faced stiff protests in the Parliament as Amit Shah tabled it on Monday. Lok Sabha agreed to introduce the Citizenship Bill with 293 votes in favour and 82 against. While introducing the Citizenship Bill in Lok Sabha, Amit Shah argued the Bill is not against Muslims or minorities and it does not mention them even a single time. He also asked the Opposition MPs to listen to him and not stage a walkout while he answers all their questions.",img:"https://c.ndtvimg.com/2018-09/tii48po8_amit-shah-pti_625x300_18_September_18.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"indiatoday.in",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"62"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/one-killed-several-injured-in-new-zealand-volcano-eruption/articleshow/72435583.cms", h2:"Sudden volcano eruption in New Zealand kills five, several missing", p:"Twenty-three people, some of them believed to be tourists were rescued from White Island, where the volcano erupted at about 2:11 p.m. on the east coast of North Island, New Zealand. Vulcanologists said the ash plume shot 12,000 feet into the air. At least five people were killed, up to 20 injured and several reported missing after a volcano that is a tourist attraction suddenly erupted off the coast of New Zealand's North Island on Monday. Police said more casualties were feared on White Island, where the volcano erupted at about 2:11 p.m. (0111 GMT), spewing a plume of ash thousands of feet into the air.", img:"https://img.etimg.com/thumb/msid-72435644,width-300,imgsize-429867,resizemode-4/nz-volcano-reuters.jpg", reports:[ ], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/10/what-caused-the-eruption-on-new-zealands-white-island-and-why-was-there-no-warning",h2:"What caused the volcanic eruption on New Zealand White Island and why was there no warning?",p:"Five people have been confirmed dead, 31 remain in hospital with injuries and eight are still missing after sudden volcanic eruptions on Whakaari/White Island off the east coast of New Zealand. The island is a tourist destination and 47 people were on it when it erupted on Monday afternoon. Three of those rescued have now been discharged from hospital. Volcanologists at GeoNet, which operates a geological hazard monitoring system, described the eruption as impulsive and short-lived, with an ash plume that rose to more than 3km above the vent. On Tuesday morning the New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern praised the courage of the first responders and pilots who conducted an aerial survey. She confirmed that the flyovers have shown no signs of life. Police were assessing whether it was safe to return to the island for a recovery operation.",img:"https://s3.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20191209&t=2&i=1461973565&r=&w=940",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"theguardian.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"63"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/08/world/asia/new-zealand-volcano-white-island.html",h2:"New Zealand Volcano Eruption Leaves No Signs of Life on White Island",p:"A volcano erupted on White Island off New Zealand on Monday. At least five people have been confirmed killed and 23 people, including the five dead, were evacuated. ‟Go. Go. Go. Go.” “We got to get out of here.” “Go inside. Go inside.” “No, no, no, no, no.” “We know that there were a number of tourists on or around the island at the time, both New Zealanders and visitors from overseas. I know there will be a huge amount of concern and anxiety for those who have loved ones on or around the island at the time. And I can assure them police are doing everything they can. WHAKATANE, New Zealand ’€” They had taken boats to a desolate island to get a glimpse of a natural wonder, but when the White Island volcano erupted on Monday, a scene of stunning beauty suddenly turned into a deadly trap. At least five people were killed when the volcano erupted on the island off the eastern coast of New Zealand, eight were still missing and 31 remained hospitalized with burns and other injuries. Three more people had been hospitalized and released.",img:"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/5F49/production/_101239342_lavaflow.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/new-york-times.png",coname:"nytimes.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"63"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/06/trump-saudi-king-offered-condolences-in-wake-of-pensacola-shooting.html", h2:"Trump says King of Saudi Arabia offered his sincere condolences in wake of Pensacola shooting", p:"President Donald Trump spoke by phone to Saudi Arabias King Salman following a deadly shooting on a Pensacola, Florida naval base. ‟The Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, ‟ Trump said the king told him. Trump declined to call the shooting an act of terrorism, says “there will be a report and the report will come out very soon.” President Donald Trump said Friday that he had spoken by phone to Saudi Arabias King Salman Al-Saud, following a deadly shooting on a Pensacola, Florida naval base. Authorities have said that the shooter, who killed at least three people and wounded at least eight, was a visiting Saudi national. ‟King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida, ‟ Trump tweeted shortly after 2:00pm on Friday.", img:"https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/181021104206-01-trump-mbs-file-large-169.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.khaleejtimes.com/region/saudi-arabia/saudi-crown-prince-calls-trump-over-florida-shooting",h2:"Saudi Crown Prince calls Trump over Florida shooting",p:"Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called US President Donald Trump and offered condolences over the December 6 shooting at a Florida military base which was carried out by a Saudi national, media reports said on Monday. In a telephone call with Trump, the Crown Prince offered his condolences to the families of the three victims and hoped for a speedy recovery to the injured, the Arabic Asharq al Awsat newspaper said in a report. He also assured Trump that Saudi authorities would offer their absolute cooperation with the US and provide all information that would help the investigations. A day after the attack, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, had said he directed Saudi security services to cooperate with US authorities investigating the shooting. He called Trump, expressing ’his sorrow and grief’ over the shooting.",img:"https://images.khaleejtimes.com/storyimage/KT/20191209/ARTICLE/191209309/AR/0/AR-191209309.jpg&MaxW=780&imageVersion=16by9&NCS_modified=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/khaleej_times_41.png",coname:"khaleejtimes.c",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"64"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://edition.cnn.com/2019/12/07/world/us-saudi-relationship/index.html",h2:"Florida shooting is the last thing Saudis want",p:"That it was Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and not his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who called President Trump speaks to how seriously the kingdom is treating Friday's shooting at a US military base that involved a Saudi national. Compared to Saudi Arabia's often glacial standards, the 83-year-old monarch moved with remarkable speed to call Trump. Trump told reporters that King Salman's message was unambiguous -- horrified and angry -- as Trump quickly tweeted ’Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people. The king quickly instructed his own security services to cooperate fully with US investigators into the shooting in which three people were killed at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. The shooter, who was killed, was identified as Mohammed Alshamrani, a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force undergoing training at the station, two law enforcement sources told CNN. Alshamrani was vetted upon entry to the US and checked again after the shooting with nothing of prior concern found, a law enforcement source told CNN. The FBI is investigating the Pensacola shooter's motive and there have been no indications so far that the shooter was acting at the behest of, or in coordination with, others. It is clear the aging monarch is in damage limitation mode. He will be fully aware of how frayed Saudi Arabia's reputation has become with the US public and politicians. Congress has tried to block weapons sales to Saudi Arabia that could kill civilians in Yemen as Saudi Arabia backs the internationally recognized government there in the country's ongoing civil war.",img:"https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/181117163541-mohammed-bin-salman-hp-medium-plus-169.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"edition.cnn.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"64"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-shooting-crownprince/trump-saudi-crown-prince-vow-to-cooperate-on-florida-base-shooting-probe-idUSKBN1YD00P?feedType=RSS&feedName=newsOne",h2:"Trump, Saudi crown prince vow to cooperate on Florida base shooting probe",p:"U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday discussed last weeks Florida naval base shooting and vowed to work together on the investigation of the attack, which left three people dead and injured eight others. The Crown Prince reiterated Saudi Arabias commitment to working with the United States to prevent a horrific attack like the Pensacola shooting from ever happening again, ‟ White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement. Trump thanked “the Crown Prince for Saudi Arabias assistance with the investigation and continued partnership, ‟ Deere added in the statement released Sunday night. Saudi Arabias state news agency on Sunday also said the crown prince had called Trump to express his condolences and support for the families of the victims of the shooting and assure the Republican U.S. president that Saudi authorities would offer their absolute cooperation with U.S. investigators.",img:"https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/12/08/04/21961336-0-image-a-33_1575779016518.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"reuters.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"64"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.thedailybeast.com/eight-dead-in-botched-attempt-to-arrest-el-chapos-son-ovidio-guzman-lopez", h2:"Eight Dead, Prisoners Escape in Botched Attempt to Arrest El Chapos Son", p:"The raid, which was carried out on a U.S. extradition order, led to the escape of more than 50 prisoners, the death of 8 people, and the release of El Chapos son. Two days after Mexican authorities spectacularly failed to keep Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmans third son in custody, eight people are dead and nearly 50 dangerous prisoners who escaped from prison remain at large. On Thursday, 35 elite Mexican military troops descended on a home in the the city of Culiacán to carry out a U.S. extradition order on El Chapos son, Ovidio Guzmán López, who was inside the property with three others. The raid led to a counter-attack by heavily armed men who surrounded the house and troops and, in what appeared to be a carefully orchestrated plan that will surely inspire a new Netflix series, unleashed chaos throughout the city with incredible precision. The men, presumed to be members of the Sinaloa Cartel that El Chapo once led, worked in tandem, carrying high-caliber weapons. They blocked intersections, closed toll booths and burned cars. At the same time, inmates inside the local prison rioted in what appeared to be a planned attack, taking weapons from guards and breaking free. Of the 56 dangerous prisoners who escaped, 49 remained at large on Saturday morning, according to Sinaloa Public Security Secretary Cristóbal Castañeda.", img:"https://i0.wp.com/metro.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/PRC_90409777.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&zoom=1&resize=&ssl=1", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.foxnews.com/world/el-chapo-son-us-arrest-warrant-compensation",h2:"Botched capture of El Chapo's son stemmed from US warrant; drug lord's family to compensate victims' families",p:"Mexicos botched effort to capture one of infamous druglord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmáns sons was the result of an arrest warrant from the U.S., according to a report. Wild gun battles Thursday in the northern city of Culiacan – the capital of Mexicos Sinaloa state -- led to Ovidio Guzman Lopezs release from custody and the deaths of 8 people. The gunfire also left more than 20 people wounded. As the smoke cleared, Sky News reported El Chapos family was offering to compensate those who died and were wounded during the gunfire that pitted outnumbered militarized police and National Guard members against heavily armed gunmen with the violent Sinaloa cartel.",img:"https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/10/1862/1048/Culiacan-2-AP.jpg?ve=1&tl=1",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"foxnews.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"65"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.journalgazette.net/news/world/20191019/8-dead-in-try-to-take-kingpins-son",h2:"8 dead in try to take kingpin's son.",p:"Outgunned forces in Mexico fail to capture subject. CULIACAN, Mexico – Mexican security forces aborted an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a ferocious shootout with cartel henchmen that left at least eight people dead and more than 20 wounded, authorities said Friday. The gunbattle Thursday paralyzed the capital of Mexico's Sinaloa state, Culiacan, and left the streets littered with burning vehicles. Residents took cover indoors as automatic gunfire raged outside. It was the third bloody and terrifying shootout in less than a week between security forces and cartel henchmen, raising questions about whether President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's policy of avoiding the use of force and focusing on social ills is working. López Obrador defended the decision to back down, saying his predecessors' strategy “turned this country into a cemetery, and we don't want that anymore.” But Mike Vigil, a former chief of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration who worked undercover in Mexico, called the violence “a massive black eye to the Mexican government” and a “sign that the cartels are more powerful” than it is. Streets in Culiacan, a city of over 800,000, remained blocked with torched cars Friday morning, schools were closed, and some public offices asked their employees to stay home. Teresa Mercado, who had just returned to her native Culiacan on Thursday, said: “This is worse than what I had lived through years ago.” Authorities said 35 troops arrived at a home Thursday afternoon to arrest Ovidio Guzmán López on a 2018 extradition request from the U.S. They entered the home, where Guzman and three others were inside.",img:"https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/10/1862/1048/Culiacan-2-AP.jpg?ve=1&tl=1",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"journalgazette",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"65"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://lrmonline.com/news/did-jared-leto-want-to-stop-joker-from-being-made/", h2:"Did Jared Leto Want To Stop Joker From Being Made?", p:"Oh DC fans… You have suffered greatly in the years since Batman Returns. From Batman and Robin to Suicide Squad you’ve been let down quite a bit. Yes, Aquaman and Shazam! were both well received, but think about the above picture. That was an idea that made it through countless writers, producers, and executives. That version of Joker was expected to have a stand-alone film, a team-up with Harley Quinn, and appear in future Suicide Squad movies. They really thought that was what you wanted. Jared Letos take on the Clown Prince of Crime was met with a lot of hate, but he absolutely loved playing the character. We all know how he used method acting and stayed in character while off set. We also know that the recent Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix caused Leto to feel alienated and upset. Now we’re hearing he actually tried to get his camp to fight the new film from being made.", img:"https://toofab.akamaized.net/2019/10/20/suicide-squad-191020-jared-leto-everett-collection-810x610.jpg?r=3by4&s=lg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://jezebel.com/jared-letos-plot-to-kill-the-joker-was-foiled-1839207428",h2:"Jared Leto's Reported Plot to Kill the Joker Was Foiled",p:"In order to prepare for his widely-panned performance as the Joker in 2016's Suicide Squad, Jared Leto sent his castmates “gifts” of live rats and dead pigs in order to get into character. But perhaps the most method thing he could have done was throw a temper tantrum and launch a doomed-from-the-start plan to kill a project that had nothing to do with him. Luckily, a few years after his failure to effectively portray a villain, Leto has reportedly gotten to the core of the character type and is now able to very successfully understand the point of view of a megalomaniac who inconveniences a lot of people because of a petty personal vendetta. A recent Hollywood Reporter story claims that Leto was so upset by Todd Phillipss new Joker film, he allegedly attempted to have his people kill the project, and when they failed to do so, he fired them.",img:"https://pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/shutterstock_editorial_10217863bm.jpg?w=",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"jezebel.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"66"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://toofab.com/2019/10/20/jared-leto-stop-joker-joaquin-phoenix-todd-phillips-suicide-squad/",h2:"Phoenix's 'Joker' Movie from Getting Made?",p:"The ’Suicide Squad’ star was purportedly upset because he felt he had been strung along with promises of his own standalone film for the Batman villain. As reports have begun to swirl that Jared Leto's time as the Joker is done following the blockbuster success of Joaquin Phoenix's dark turn in the iconic role, a new story emerged over the weekend that the ’Suicide Squad’ star tried to get Todd Phillips' movie shut down. While The Hollywood Reporter notes that a source in Leto's camp has denied the veracity of the story, the outlet nevertheless reports that their sources say Leto was so upset at a solo ’Joker’ film not starring him that he tried to have his then-music manager, Irving Azoff, call top brass at Warner Bros to kill the film. The Oscar-winning actor was purportedly upset because he felt he had been strung along with promises of his own standalone film for the Batman villain following his turn as the Joker in the 2016 ’Suicide Squad’ film.",img:"https://toofab.akamaized.net/2019/10/20/suicide-squad-191020-jared-leto-everett-collection-810x610.jpg?r=3by4&s=lg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"toofab.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"66"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2482693/suicide-squad-director-clears-up-inaccurate-jared-leto-rumor",h2:"Suicide Squad Director Clears Up 'Inaccurate' Jared Leto Rumor",p:"While Jokers been making bank at the box office, theres been a secondary drama brewing around the films inception. Earlier this week, a rumor emerged that Jared Leto was hurt that Warner Bros. was developing another Joker story without him, and that he tried to stop the film from being made. And now Suicide Squad director David Ayer has spoken up to try to set the record straight. On October 18, The Hollywood Reporter published a story centering on these allegations. Then, on October 19, a fan responded to THRs tweet about the story and mentioned David Ayer, bringing him into the conversation. ‟The article says you were unhappy about his performance so you cut him out, ‟ the fan told the director. The fan then asked Ayer to “clear up this BS” for concerned fans. Ayer then offered his two cents by tweeting, “That is inaccurate information. Not my words or actions.” David Ayer's response adds another layer to the story, which has been unfolding since the 2016 release of Suicide Squad. Jared Leto featured prominently in early marketing efforts for the film. But when the final cut hit theaters, the actor was allegedly disappointed by how little his infamous character was on screen. Jared Leto later revealed that several of his scenes were cut from the film. And David Ayer has also expressed frustration over the edits he had to make to the final cut of Suicide Squad.",img:"https://img.cinemablend.com/filter:scale/quill/3/1/6/f/f/c/316ffceefbb91489e9b6cf796a0a905560fe0437.jpg?mw=600",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"cinemablend.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"66"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://sputniknews.com/viral/201910211077102751-jared-leto-wanted-cancel-joaquin-phoenixs-joker/",h2:"Jared Leto Wanted to Cancel Joaquin Phoenixs ‘Joker’",p:"Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Leto, 47, was so furious about Joaquin Phoenix's standalone ’Joker’ film that he tried to get his agents to cancel its production entirely – yet the 30 Seconds to Mars singer could lose the role completely. Leto, who starred as the iconic Batman villain in the 2016 film ’Suicide Squad,’ had reportedly complained to his agents at CAA — who also represent ’Joker’ director Todd Phillips — as well as his music manager, Irving Azoff, to call higher-ups at Warner Bros. studio to cancel ’Joker’, angered that he wasn't being treated appropriately as an Oscar winner. The Hollywood Reporter quoted the anonymous Warner Bros. sources as saying that the studio was unamused by Leto's efforts to get into the character Joker for ’Suicide Squad,’ being especially enraged with Leto's bizarre ’gifts’ to his co-stars, including bullets for Will Smith (who starred as Deadshot), a live rat for Margot Robbie (who played his love interest, Harley Quinn) and a dead pig to the entire ensemble cast as part of his in-character performance.",img:"https://cdn1.img.sputniknews.com/images/101974/03/1019740372.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"sputniknews.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"66"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://heroichollywood.com/suicide-squad-david-ayer-jared-leto-joker-rumor/",h2:"‘Suicide Squad’ Director David Ayer Debunks Jared Leto Joker Rumor",p:"Suicide Squad director David Ayer has shut down a recent rumour regarding how he felt about Jared Letos Joker performance. This weekend has been dominated by an article from The Hollywood Reporter that discussed how Jared Leto tried to stop Warner Bros. from letting Joaquin Phoenixs Joker from getting made. The article also goes on to discuss how Jared Letos performance as the Joker in Suicide Squad was ill received by many, including the director of the picture, David Ayer. A fan on Twitter messaged Suicide Squad director David Ayer asking if what the report said regarding his displeasure of Jared Letos Joker was true. David Ayer then replied on Twitter to state that what the article had to say was not factual. This is turning into a very interesting mess. The entire article presented by The Hollywood Reporter essentially suggests that Jared Leto was vilified by everyone from the studio to the director of Suicide Squad, yet it now appears that David Ayer had no qualms with his performance. With the production history of Suicide Squad so muddled and Jared Letos behaviour towards Warner Bros. being so obscene, its hard to tell whats factual and isn’t. In the end, its good to know that David Ayer had an opportunity to debunk the Jared Leto rumor.",img:"https://heroichollywood.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Suicide_Squad_Jared_Leto_joker.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"heroichollywoo",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"66"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/movies/new-movies/why-jared-leto-wanted-joker-standalone-film-canned/news-story/e5b51c6bfa2fff756a5e2f77f279bb19",h2:"Why Jared Leto wanted Joker stand-alone film canned",p:"The Suicide Squad star reportedly tried to torpedo the Joker origin movie before it even got off the ground. For Jared Leto, the role of the Joker really was more tragedy than comedy. In a bombshell piece from The Hollywood Reporter, sources claim Leto, 47, was so furious about Joaquin Phoenixs stand-alone Joker film that he tried to get his agents to cancel its production entirely. Insiders alleged to THR that Leto, who starred as the iconic Batman villain in the much-maligned 2016 film Suicide Squad, complained to his agents at CAA — who also represent Joker director Todd Phillips — as well as his music manager, Irving Azoff, to call higher-ups at Warner Bros. to cancel Joker in its cinematic infancy. He reportedly lamented that he wasn’t being treated appropriately as an Oscar winner. Phoenix, 44, has been nominated for three Oscars during his career and has generated significant buzz for another nomination for Joker. A source close to Leto reportedly denied the claims, while Azoff, who no longer works with Leto, declined to comment to THR. Insiders told The Hollywood Reporter that the studio was unamused by Letos efforts to get into the character of the Clown Prince of Madness for Suicide Squad, especially with Letos bizarre “gifts” to his co-stars, including bullets for Will Smith (who starred as Deadshot), a live rat for Margot Robbie (who played his love interest, Harley Quinn) and a dead pig to the entire ensemble cast.",img:"https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/9ec4eee25f00d0f649f76f25d8c0b5ce?width=650",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"news.com.au",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"66"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/21/health/opioid-settlement.html", h2:"Major Drug Companies Agree to Last-Minute Settlement of Opioid Trial", p:"A broader deal may be announced later in the day. The settlement involves large pharmaceutical distributors and Teva, resolving cases that sought redress from the devastation caused by two decades of opioid abuse. CLEVELAND — The three major drug distributors and an opioid manufacturer have reached a settlement to avoid the landmark first federal opioid trial that was set to begin here Monday. The deal was struck in the early dawn hours and is expected to be announced in court this morning. People familiar with the discussions said a broader settlement to resolve thousands of cases brought by local governments and states could be announced later in the day by state attorneys general. The drug distributors involved in the settlement are McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen. Teva, the Israeli-based manufacturer of generic drugs, is also a part of the settlement. Walgreens, the pharmacy chain, is still going forward with the trial for now.", img:"https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/10/18/science/18HFO-OPIOIDS-SETTLE/merlin_133149306_2f026239-a9f5-41e4-8ea9-d70ee1ea5188-articleLarge.jpg?quality=75&auto=webp&disable", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/21/four-drug-companies-reach-a-settlement-as-opioid-trial-was-set-to-begin.html",h2:"Four drug companies reach a settlement as opioid trial was set to begin",p:"Four drug companies reached a last-minute legal settlement over their role in the opioid addiction epidemic, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Drug distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson and Israel-based drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical will announce the settlement on Monday, according to the report. It was unclear if the fifth defendant, pharmacy chain operator Walgreens Boots Alliance, had reached a settlement with the two Ohio counties that were the plaintiffs in the trial set to begin Monday morning. Four drug companies reached a last-minute legal settlement over their role in the opioid addiction epidemic just as a nine-week trial was scheduled to start in Cleveland, The Wall Street Journal reported. It was unclear if the fifth defendant, pharmacy chain operator",img:"https://image.cnbcfm.com/api/v1/image/106183156-1571172113495gettyimages-1169089767.jpeg?v=1571172155&w=750&h=422",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.reuters.com/article/us-usa-opioids-litigation/drug-companies-reach-settlement-as-opioid-trial-set-to-begin-idUSKBN1X0156",h2:"Drug companies reach settlement as opioid trial set to begin",p:"CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Four drug companies reached a last-minute legal settlement over their role in the opioid addiction epidemic, a source said on Monday, just as a nine-week trial was scheduled to start in Cleveland. Drug distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp (ABC.N), Cardinal Health Inc (CAH.N) and McKesson Corp (MCK.N) and Israel-based drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA will announce the settlement on Monday, according to the source. ‟We are very pleased with the results, ‟ said Armund Budish, the county executive for Cuyahoga County, which was one of the two plaintiffs in the trial that was scheduled to begin Monday. The Washington Post said the settlement was worth $260 million. It was unclear if the fifth defendant, pharmacy chain operator Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O), had reached a settlement with the two Ohio counties that were the plaintiffs in the trial set to begin Monday morning. The trial was scheduled to pit the two Ohio counties against the five companies that the local governments say helped fuel a nationwide opioid crisis. Some 400,000 U.S. overdose deaths between 1997 and 2017 were linked to opioids, according to government data.",img:"https://s3.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20191021&t=2&i=1443342609&r=LYNXMPEF9K0R5&w=1200",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"reuters.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"67"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/four-of-five-drug-companies-reach-last-minute-settle-opioid-case-leaving-walgreens-to-face-trial",h2:"Drug companies reach settlement in opioid litigation: Report",p:"Four drug companies reached a settlement to avoid going to trial that sought to blame them for stoking the nationwide opioid crisis, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal reported Monday, citing people familiar with the matter, that McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., AmerisourceBergen Corp., and Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd agreed to a deal. It is unclear, at this time, if Walgreens will continue on as the lone remaining defendant at the trial. Settlement talks -- reportedly for nearly $50 billion dollars -- had fallen through over the weekend. In the last 20 years, an estimated 400,000 deaths are blamed on opioids, both legal and illegal. The stakes of the case were expected to be significant and far-reaching, as a bellwether for how future cases are handled. There have been 2,600 lawsuits filed against various pharmaceutical-related companies -- that make, sell or distribute the drugs -- in an effort to recover some of the cost to opioid-ravaged communities. In the case at hand, two Ohio counties -- Cuyahoga and Summit -- were suing companies that either make, sell, or distribute opioids. The counties were looking for money to help them fight and fix the epidemic, while families who lost loved ones to overdoses are seeking justice. The companies, meanwhile, say they followed the law and aren’t to blame for the crisis. ‟This is not your typical tort product liability case. Its really about an epidemic, ‟ Carl Tobias, a professor in the law school at the University of Richmond, said. ‟There are so many different motivations among so many different players, its virtually impossible to know what would be good.”",img:"https://a57.foxnews.com/media.foxbusiness.com/BrightCove/854081161001/201910/3594/640/360/854081161001_6096436593001_6096436680001-vs.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"foxbusiness.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"67"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/21/opioid-makers-drug-industry-trial-cleveland-ohio",h2:"'$50bn is pocket change': opioid makers on trial in Ohio after talks collapse",p:"The drug industry will go on trial in federal court on Monday, as a jury begins to hear claims by thousands of American communities that pharmaceutical firms collaborated in a conspiracy that drove the US opioid epidemic. Why were millions of opioid pills sent to a West Virginia town of 3,000? Read more The case in Cleveland is the first of a series of trials meant to establish whether opioid makers, drug distributors and pharmacy chains are liable to pay out billions of dollars to thousands of counties, cities and Native American tribes blighted by an epidemic that has claimed more than 400,000 lives over the past two decades. The plaintiffs are using anti-racketeering laws, originally written to go after organised crime, and allegations of creating a public nuisance to claim that manufacturers of narcotic painkillers aggressively drove up sales with knowingly false claims that they were less addictive and more effective than they were, leading to a huge surge in prescribing.",img:"https://image.cnbcfm.com/api/v1/image/106183156-1571172113495gettyimages-1169089767.jpeg?v=1571172155&w=750&h=422",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"theguardian.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"67"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://gadgets.ndtv.com/smart-home/news/alexa-google-assistant-action-skill-phishing-eavesdropping-vulnerability-research-2120420", h2:"Alexa, Google Assistant Smart Speakers Can be Exploited for Phishing, Eavesdropping: Researchers", p:"There has been a lot of debate lately regarding the privacy aspect when it comes to smart home devices, but it appears that the concerns are not unwarranted. Experts at Security Research Labs have uncovered vulnerabilities associated with Alexa and Google Assistant voice app backend systems that can be exploited to eavesdrop on users and for phishing out a password with ease. The security experts demonstrated the vulnerabilities in proof-of-concept videos and revealed how easy it is trick users into giving up sensitive information such as passwords and account details. Security Research Labs explained in its report that malicious parties can use non-readable characters like a “�” in the code of voice apps for Amazon's Alexa assistant called Skills, or Actions in the case of Google Assistant. When such a character is encountered in the course of an ongoing interaction between users and the virtual assistant, it prompts a long pause, which tricks users into believing that the app has malfunctioned. In such a scenario, users might think that the interaction has stopped and they need again to say a hotword like “Ok Google” or “Hey Alexa” to initiate an action. But in reality, the malicious party can use this pause to listen to whatever the user has said in the meanwhile, and can send the voice transcript of everything they said in a short duration to a dedicated server belonging to hackers.", img:"https://i.gadgets360cdn.com/large/privacy_scare_1571664109567.jpg?output-quality=80&output-format=webp", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://voicebot.ai/2019/10/21/sr-labs-demonstrates-phishing-and-eavesdropping-attacks-on-amazon-echo-and-google-home-leads-to-google-action-review-and-widespread-outage/",h2:"SR Labs Demonstrates Phishing and Eavesdropping Attacks on Amazon Echo and Google Home, Leads to Google Action Review and Widespread Outage",p:"SR Labs discovered two security vulnerabilities common to both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant related to a phishing-style attack and a surreptitious passive listening attack. The company implemented some Alexa skills and Google Actions that could exploit these attack vectors and had them successfully certified by both Amazon and Google and published in the Alexa and Assistant directories for use by consumers. SR Labs informed both Amazon and Google of the vulnerabilities in the July 2019 time frame. The offending skills and Actions were removed from circulation. Thousand of Google Actions worldwide were down for 3-4 days last week, presumably as part of the companys mitigation efforts. SR Labs published a blog post on October 20th detailing the security vulnerabilities and its research efforts. Amazon and Google both provided statements to Ars Technica that the vulnerabilities were either closed off or in the process of being addressed. There are no reported victims to date from these types of attacks and SR Labs are known as ethical hackers that protect private information obtained in the course of their research. Security Research Labs (SR Labs), “a Berlin-based hacking research collective and consulting think tank, ‟ revealed yesterday that it had created and received certification for several Alexa skills and Google Actions that exploited security vulnerabilities in the voice assistants. The firm discussed two specific attacks in a blog post related to phishing and eavesdropping. The former demonstrated how a developer, using the standard Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) or Actions on Google (AoG) software development kits, could develop a voice app that tricked a user into thinking that Alexa or Google Assistant were asking for their password to provide a system update. Using similar developer tools, the latter attack could leave a microphone open after a skill seemingly had stopped and conduct passive listening for private information.",img:"https://46ba123xc93a357lc11tqhds-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/alexa-google-assistant-phishing-fi.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"voicebot.ai",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"68"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://threatpost.com/new-way-found-to-use-alexa-google-to-voice-phish-and-eavesdrop-on-users/149352/",h2:"New Way Found to Use Alexa, Google to ‘Voice Phish’ and Eavesdrop on Users",p:"Developer interfaces used by Security Research Labs researchers to turn digital home assistants into ‘Smart Spies’. Researchers have found new ways that bad actors can exploit Alexa and Google Home smart speakers to spy on users. This time the hack not only includes eavesdroping, but also includes voice-phishing, or using peoples voice cues to determine passwords. The vulnerability lies in small apps created by developers for the devices to extend their capability called Skills for Alexa and second app called Actions on Google Home, according to a report by Security Research Labs (SRLabs). These apps “can be abused to listen in on users or vish (voice phish) their passwords, ‟ researchers said. ‟The privacy implications of an internet-connected microphone listening in to what you say are further reaching than previously understood, ‟ researchers wrote in their report. ‟Users need to be more aware of the potential of malicious voice apps that abuse their smart speakers.”",img:"https://media.threatpost.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/103/2018/08/15162218/cortana.jpeg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"threatpost.com",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"68"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/10/21/alexa-and-google-home-spying-apps-easily-made-it-through-approval",h2:"Alexa and Google Home spying apps easily made it through approval",p:"A security research organization in Germany placed eight 'smart spies' in both the Amazon Alexa and Google Home app stores to demonstrate how easily eavesdropping and phishing can be done over smart speakers. German organization Security Research Labs has demonstrated both that malicious apps can be created for Alexa and Google Home, and that they can pass security vetting. The company successfully created eight such apps that they called ’Smart Spies.’ Each was designed to eavesdrop or phish, and each was then approved by Amazon and Google. ’It was always clear that those voice assistants have privacy implications—with Google and Amazon receiving your speech, and this possibly being triggered on accident sometimes,’ Fabian Braunlein, senior security consultant at SRLabs, told Ars Technica. ’We now show that, not only the manufacturers, but... also hackers can abuse those voice assistants to intrude on someone's privacy,’ he continued.",img:"https://photos5.appleinsider.com/gallery/30557-50217-28598-44749-amazon-echo-3rdgen-l-l.jpg",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/img_2019_small_trns.png",coname:"appleinsider.c",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"68"}], opinions:[{}] }, {state:"active", separate_url:"default unknown", h2:"Hunter Biden disputes Trump attacks of his work; wades into impeachment fight", p:"WASHINGTON Hunter Biden, the son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, for the first time on Sunday defended his work in Ukraine and China, after sustained criticism from Republican President Donald Trump that has in turn embroiled the White House in an impeachment inquiry. Hunter Biden, who has remained silent for months in the face of the attacks, said through his attorney that he was stepping down from the board of a Chinese company that has been the subject of criticism from Trump and his allies. He added that he would not work for a foreign-owned company if his father is elected president in 2020.", img:"https://assets.realclear.com/images/49/491196_6_.jpeg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/hunter-biden-is-a-public-figure-defending-his-father-yes-hes-a-fair-target-for-trump-in-2020",h2:"Hunter Biden is a public figure defending his father; yes, he's a fair target for Trump in 2020",p:"To get a sense of just how desperately liberals in the media are trying to lend cover to Joe Biden and his 49-year-old son Hunter Biden, you need only have watched 90 seconds of MSNBCs Chuck Todd on Friday. This is how you know you can’t trust so much of what the national media say. If Hunter Biden isn’t a public figure, deserving of fair comment and criticism, then no one is, not even the sitting president.",img:"https://proxy.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.naturalnews.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fsites%2F91%2F2019%2F10%2FAdam-Schiff-1.jpg&f=1&nofb=1",logo:"https://blogmickey.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/washington-examiner-logo.png",coname:"washingtonexam",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"69"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/10/14/20913691/impeachment-inquiry-trump-ambassador-gordon-sondland-quid-pro-quo-schiff-hunter-biden-china",h2:"The past 48 hours in Trump impeachment inquiry news, explained",p:"A Trump administration official says there was quid pro quo, presidential calls to interview the whistleblower, and Hunter Biden resigns a board seat. The Trump Ukraine scandal — about to enter its fourth week — saw a number of outstanding if relatively minor questions answered over the weekend, all while President Trump worked to further define his strategy to counter Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against him. The central question around Trumps interactions with Ukraine is not whether he pushed that country to investigate potential presidential rival former Vice President Joe Biden, but whether there was quid pro quo in the presidents requests to have Biden investigated.",img:"https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/06/14/24/18400553/50/920x920.jpg",logo:"https://i.pinimg.com/originals/be/2e/ab/be2eabc069cb4f2cb0547566cd072843.jpg",coname:"vox.com ",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"69"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1190778/turkey-vs-syria-why-is-turkey-invading-northern-syria-is-turkey-safe-to-travel-to", h2:"Turkey vs Syria: Why is Turkey invading northern Syria? Is it safe to travel to Turkey?", p:"TURKEY has launched several attacks across northern Syria in the last week since the country announced it intended to invade the region. But why is Turkey invading northern Syria? Turkey has launched a series of attacks on its neighbouring state of Syria. Turkey announced its intention to move its military operatives into northern Syria after the US President Donald Trump said he would be pulling forces out of Syria. But is it safe to travel to Turkey amid the Syrian civil war? Syrias army have started to reach the north of the country, hours after the government agreed to help Kurdish forced against Turkey. The deal came after the US, who was the Kurds main ally, said it would withdraw its remaining troops from northern Syria. The shelling from Turkey has led to the escape of almost 800 ISIS brides and their children from a camp and has led to the Special Air Service SAS to ready itself to conduct.", img:"https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/78/590x/secondary/Turkey-vs-Syria-2109947.jpg?r=", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50050264",h2:"Turkey-Syria offensive: US sanctions Turkish ministries",p:"The US has sanctioned two Turkish ministries and three senior government officials in response to the country's military offensive in northern Syria. President Donald Trump also phoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to demand an immediate truce, Vice-President Mike Pence said. The Syrian army deployment followed a deal with Kurdish-led forces, who until last week were US allies.",img:"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/270/cpsprodpb/8663/production/_109230443_syrian1.jpg",logo:"https://www.thewrap.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/bbc-news-logo.jpg",coname:"bbc.com ",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"70"}], opinions:[ {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-impeachment-syria-turkey-kurds-republicans-a9155816.html",h2:"Will Trump's withdrawal from Syria make Republicans back impeachment?",p:"ANALYSIS: Some of the president's key backers have turned on him over his Syria decision. But how likely are they to push for his removal? This raises the question of whether this is a tipping point for the GOP to no longer shy away from criticising Trump or worry about its political consequences. And now that Republicans have gathered the courage to push back against their president on one issue, they may continue to do so and potentially even join the impeachment crowd down the line. The public denunciation of Trumps Syria decision by the Republican party seems to be threatening the presidents already weak position in Congress. While Democrats have been gearing up to start impeaching Trump in the House of Representatives, Congressional Republicans, who control the Senate, had been united in standing behind him and ruling out any support for impeachment.",img:"https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2019/10/14/19/us-soldier-armoured-vehicle-syria-turkey-jurds.jpg?w968",logo:"https://www.independent.co.uk/img/logo.png",coname:"independent.co",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"70"}, {state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/14/world/middleeast/trump-turkey-syria.html",h2:"Trump Followed His Gut on Syria. Calamity Came Fast.",p:"All the warnings were there. But President Trumps reliance on his instincts, and his relationships, led him to ignore the consequences of a move that has emboldened Russia, Iran and the Islamic State. President Trumps acquiescence to Turkeys move to send troops deep inside Syrian territory has in only one weeks time turned into a bloody carnage, forced the abandonment of a successful five-year-long American project to keep the peace on a volatile border. And given an unanticipated victory to four American adversaries: Russia, Iran, the Syrian government and the Islamic State.",img:"https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/10/14/world/14dc-assess2/merlin_162684012_246fa37e-5453-45e3-bd32-f54004f745bc-superJumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp",logo:"https://meekd.com/img/new-york-times.png",coname:"nytimes.com ",uphearts:"0",downheart:"0",newspill:"70"}]}, {state:"active", separate_url:"https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1190564/thomas-cook-collapse-hays-travel-cheap-holidays-channel-4-documentary-spt", h2:"Hays family rescues of Thomas Cook staff", p:"The grateful worker was one of 1,200 employees of the collapsed travel giant offered a job by Hays, which took control of Thomas Cooks 555 high street shops. The family-owned group expanded its recruitment team from nine to more than 40 to cope with the surge in applications. Its been incredibly emotionally charged, Irene said of the process. Hays, which has 190 shops of its own, plans", img:"https://skift.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/thomas-cook-airlines-e1572439161926.jpg", reports:[{state:"active",type:"report",url:"https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1190564/thomas-cook-collapse-hays-travel-cheap-holidays-channel-4-documentary-spt",h2:"Thomas Cook U-turn: How employees were told the company is doing fine before collapse",p:"THOMAS COOK told its employees that the state of the company was not as bad as the press are making it out to be ahead of its collapse last month, a documentary revealed. Around 21,000 worldwide workers have been left without jobs, including 9.000 UK staff.",img:"https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/25/590x/thomas-cook-1190564.webp?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:"71"}], opinions:[{}]}]