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Trump's attempts to undermine election integrity unnerve the country

Trump's attempts to undermine election integrity unnerve the countryPresident Trump is engaged in an ongoing campaign to erode confidence in the legitimacy of the upcoming presidential election.  



Proud Boys Portland rally: Fred Perry tells right-wing group to stop wearing its iconic T-shirts

Proud Boys Portland rally: Fred Perry tells right-wing group to stop wearing its iconic T-shirtsProud Boys says rally is ‘free speech event’



Buffalo police no longer have to display their names on badges in a policy change designed to protect officers

Buffalo police no longer have to display their names on badges in a policy change designed to protect officersThe Buffalo mayor said that some officers were targeted and threats were made against their families. Now badges will display only a number.



Florida reopens bars and restaurants with no restrictions

Florida reopens bars and restaurants with no restrictionsGov. Ron DeSantis said Florida was moving into Phase 3 reopening on Friday, lifting all restrictions for restaurants and bars.



Tucker Carlson: "Every story" about George Floyd and Breonna Taylor has "at its core" been "a lie"

Tucker Carlson: "Every story" about George Floyd and Breonna Taylor has "at its core" been "a lie"Fox News recently admitted in court that its star host is not always accurate when he discusses the news on TV



Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid scandal

Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid scandalThe powerful head of the Vatican's saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, resigned suddenly Thursday from the post and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly. The Vatican provided no details on why Pope Francis accepted Becciu's resignation in a statement late Thursday. In the one-sentence announcement, the Holy See said only that Francis had accepted Becciu's resignation as prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints “and his rights connected to the cardinalate."



Husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein Admits Helping Well-Connected Applicants to University of California: ‘No One Ever Told Me It Was Wrong’

Husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein Admits Helping Well-Connected Applicants to University of California: ‘No One Ever Told Me It Was Wrong’The husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) admitted on Thursday to sending an inappropriate letter identified in a state audit that appeared to help an applicant to the University of California, Berkeley, get accepted to the school.The California State Auditor issued a scathing report on Tuesday that found the University of California system admitted 64 students from 2013 through 2018 based on those students' connections to university staff or donors, instead of their academic records."These inappropriate admissions decisions…denied more qualified applicants educational opportunities," the report states. One admission at UC Berkeley was "particularly problematic," because the school "appears to have admitted this student because of an inappropriate letter of support from a university Regent."Senator Feinstein's husband Richard Blum, a financier and University of California Regent, said he was the author of the letter in comments to the San Francisco Chronicle. Blum also admitted that he had written numerous such letters over the years to UC chancellors at multiple campuses."I did it a bunch of times," Blum said. "No one ever told me it was wrong." Blum is the founder of Blum Capital, and is reportedly worth roughly $1 billion.Of the 64 inappropriate admissions uncovered by the California auditor, 42 took place at UC Berkeley. Most of the applicants were white, and the families of at least half of the applicants' families have $150,000 or higher incomes."The pervasiveness of this problem at UC Berkeley demonstrates that campus leadership has failed to establish a campus culture that values commitment to an admissions process based on fairness and applicants' merits and achievements," according to the report.The report comes over a year after the Justice Department uncovered a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme led by William Singer, who helped various wealthy families cheat college admissions standards.



US military increasingly using drone missile with flying blades in Syria

US military increasingly using drone missile with flying blades in Syria‘Ninja bomb’, which uses 100lb of dense material and six attached blades, has been deployed in targeted assassinations The US military is making increasing use in Syria of a gruesome and secretive non-explosive drone missile that deploys flying blades to kill its targets.Described as less likely to kill non-combatants, the so-called ninja bomb – whose development was first disclosed last year – has been used a number of times in the last year to kill militants in Syria, including those linked to aal-Qaida, most recently earlier this month.Officially designated as the Hellfire AGM-114R9X – usually shortened to R9X and sometimes know as the “Flying Ginsu” – the weapon has been increasingly deployed in targeted assassinations by the US Joint Special Operations Command.The missile, believed to have been first used in 2017 to kill al-Qaida’s then No 2 leader, Abu Khayr al Masri, in Idlib province, first came to wider attention when its existence was disclosed by an article in the Wall Street Journal last year.The weapon uses a combination of the force of 100lb of dense material flying at high speed and six attached blades which deploy before impact to crush and slice its victims.Video that emerged in June this year, posted by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, appeared to show the remains of one of the missiles used in a strike on a vehicle, also in Syria’s Idlib that killed a Jordanian and Yemen, both reportedly members of Hurras al-Din, a group affiliated with aal-Qaida.The weapon is believed to have been developed during the administration of Barack Obama at a time when the US policy of targeted drone assassinations attracted considerable criticism for the number of civilian casualties caused by the strikes.Since its deployment it has been used sparingly, apparently most often in Syria.According to the New York Times the most recent use of the missile was on 14 September, when it was reportedly used to kill Sayyaf al-Tunsi, a Tunisian.Observers have speculated that the increasing use of the weapon in Syria – which increasingly has targeted leadership members of al-Qaida’s affiliates – has been driven by the complexities of operations in Syria where the US is required to work around a large Russian engagement.The bladed, non-explosive version of the Hellfire missile is the latest iteration of a weapon that has undergone several variations since it was used to weaponize previously unarmed Predator drones in around 2000.The first Hellfires were designed as tank busters with a powerful shaped charge, used in Afghanistan for which they were regarded as not entirely suitable.A later version was developed that carried a heavier explosive warhead , but which led in turn to issues with civilian casualties, leading to the development of the R9X.Up until May last year, it is believed that the weapon had been used no more than half a dozen times. But since then it appears to have been used increasingly more often.The new missile appears designed for use in circumstances where a more conventional explosive missile might not be considered for fears of killing non-combatants.While conceding that the weapon appeared to be less dangerous to civilians, Iain Overton of Action on Armed Violence warned against the impression that it was a “more humanitarian weapon”.“This weapon, whilst only used only a handful of times, does appear to have less wide-area effects than other air-dropped explosive weapons.“However, the vast majority of the US explosive arsenal does, all too often, cause terrible collateral damage. Given Trump’s administration also authorised the use of the largest non-nuclear explosion in the history of the world in Afghanistan, it’s important to be wary of the PR optics that the US military is now using ‘humanitarian’ weapons.”Overton also underlined issues with a targeted assassination campaign – using any weapons – that had little oversight.“This new weapon, framed as an alternative to larger bombs, might be sold as almost ethical, but if it side-steps due judicial process, and is as susceptible to wrong targeting as other strikes, it is no more than an assassin’s blade wielded by a state rarely held to account for its actions.”



Apple is temporarily scrapping its controversial 30% App Store fee for Facebook's new online events feature

Apple is temporarily scrapping its controversial 30% App Store fee for Facebook's new online events featureApple is letting Facebook temporarily process payments for its online events feature, meaning event hosts won't be subject to Apple's fee.



When Biden calls a 'lid,' Democrats wet the bed — and Trump starts mocking

When Biden calls a 'lid,' Democrats wet the bed — and Trump starts mockingThe Democratic nominee is sticking to his strategy: Keep a low profile, and let Trump light himself on fire.



Yitzhak Rabin memorial: AOC pulls out of event honouring former Israeli leader

Yitzhak Rabin memorial: AOC pulls out of event honouring former Israeli leaderMemorial due to take place next month



Cadets among 26 people killed in Ukraine military plane crash

Cadets among 26 people killed in Ukraine military plane crashA total of 26 people, most of them air cadets, have been killed in a military plane crash in Ukraine. Footage of the crash released by officials on social media showed the smouldering remains of the Antonov-26 transport plane. Most of the dead were students of the Kharkiv National Air Force University, the air force said in a statement. There were 27 people on board, 20 cadets and seven crew. On Saturday, the death toll rose after three more bodies were found under the charred remains of the plane and one of the two survivors died in hospital from extensive burns. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the crash as a "terrible tragedy". "We are urgently creating a commission to investigate all the circumstances and causes of the tragedy," he wrote on Facebook. Mr Zelensky visited the only remaining survivor in a military hospital in Kharkiv, posting a picture of the 20-year-old cadet lying in bed with a bandaged head and right arm. He said the cadet, Vyacheslav Zolochevsky, "came to his senses near the wreckage of the An-26." "The plane was destroyed, there was fire, darkness and bodies all around. One of the guys was burning," he said on Facebook, adding that Zolochevsky rushed to try and save him. The second cadet died in hospital. Doctors said that Mr Zolochevsky suffered a concussion but his life was not in danger.



Florida drops Covid restrictions with 14,000 dead

Florida drops Covid restrictions with 14,000 deadFlorida Governor Ron DeSantis Friday scrapped Covid-19 restrictions on bars and restaurants the same day the US state saw 122 deaths topping 14,000 dead.



Kenosha shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse fights extradition charges

Kenosha shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse fights extradition chargesA 17-year-old from Illinois accused of killing two Kenosha, Wis., protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by Kenosha police fought his return to Wisconsin on Friday to face homicide charges that could put him in prison for life.



Louisville police chief under fire for email saying BLM members should be washing her car

Louisville police chief under fire for email saying BLM members should be washing her carPolice chief called protesters ‘woke’ in bitter email to staff last month, causing anger




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