After Israel's Jerusalem affairs minister called for a million Jewish settlers to occupy the West Bank, the US is reportedly putting Palestine on notice. Its Washington office may be closed unless it enters into serious peace talks with Israel.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has determined the Palestinians violated an obscure US law that would make the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) close its office in Washington DC, unnamed US officials told the Associated Press on Friday.
Under the 2015 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the PLO is not allowed to initiate an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation, or actively support an ICC investigation that “subjects Israeli nationals to an investigation for alleged crimes against Palestinians.” The Trump administration decided to take action against the PLO after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations in September and called on the ICC to open an investigation, and to charge Israeli officials “for their involvement in settlement activities and aggressions against our people
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cybersecurity expert with a track record in exposing data breaches has revealed that the US Defense Department left a massive data collection on an Amazon cloud server, which could have been accessed by anyone with a free account.
The report from Chris Vickery and Dan O’Sullivan of the security firm UpGuard reveals that the Defense Department’s Central Command (CENTCOM) and US Pacific Command (PACOM) were collecting billions of social media posts and storing them on Amazon’s cloud platform.
UpGuard say at least 1.8 billion posts, which were apparently collected as part of intelligence gathering operations, were contained in the exposed data “buckets.” This included content from Facebook, Twitter and news sites. It came from countries around the world, including America, and it was collected over an eight-year period.
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It’s unlikely the public will ever truly know how many women in politics have been targets of sexual harassment, or how many lawmakers are sexual predators, but the tip of the iceberg has emerged in recent weeks. Alabama congressional aspirant Roy Moore has been accused of sexual contact in his past by a steady trickle of women who at the time were very young girls, and Minnesota Senator Al Franken allegedly groped and kissed a woman without consent. On Tuesday, California Democratic Representative Jackie Speier testified before the House Administration Committee that two current male members of Congress, a Democrat and a Republican, “have engaged in sexual harassment.” In the same hearing, Barbara Comstock, a Republican representative from Virginia, described how another sitting congressman had exposed himself to a female member of his staff. "This member asked a staffer to bring them over some materials to their residence," Comstock stated, according to CBS News. "And a young staffer, it was a young woman, went there and was greeted with a member in a towel. It was a male, who then invited her in. At that point, he decided to expose himself. She left, and then she quit her job." Those accounts represent a fraction of incidents of sexual abuse and harassment that women in politics are now speaking out about. In a video, Speier described how decades earlier, a congressional chief of staff had “held my face, kissed me and stuck his tongue in my mouth.” The New York Times recently conducted more than “50 interviews [with] lawyers, lobbyists and former aides” who told the outlet “sexual harassment has long been an occupational hazard for those operating in Washington politics.”
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A Republican Senator has been caught on a live mic saying his party will be “toast” if it becomes synonymous with President Donald Trump.
Senator Jeff Flake thought he was having a private conversation with Mesa, Arizona Mayor John Giles at a recent tax event. The Senator, however, forgot to remove a mic from local news station KNXV from his lapel. The live mic caught snippets of the exchange, in which the Arizona Senator criticised both Mr Trump and Senate candidate Roy Moore. "If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast," he said.
A university called the police on a student who used the word “tranny” on radio, kicking him and his co-host out of the studio, according to a Friday video.
The unnamed manager of the student radio station at University of Minnesota-Morris told the student co-hosts to leave the station, asserting that they had violated Federal Communications Commission (FCC) policy, but the university has since changed its stated reasoning behind the students’ suspension, reported The College Fix. “You know, you can definitely, you see one tranny that’s trying to punch someone,” Brandon Albrecht, a UMM student, said on-air. “You know it’s automatically that one guy that you know I’m talking about. I bet you know. I’m not going to dox anybody and name them on air. But you two know if I say the tranny who looks like he’s going to punch someone. Yep.” Albrecht used the term while discussing the lack of Antifa violence at his school with co-host Taylor Lehmann on their radio program “Deplorable Radio
In a much awaited address to the nation, Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe did not resign Sunday, despite calls from his own party to do so. "We must learn to forgive, and to resolve contradictions in comradely spirit," Mugabe said in a televised address, noting he acknowledges concerns brought up by the ruling ZANU-PF party, which has given Mugabe until noon Monday to resign or face impeachment.
Mugabe said the events of this week in Zimbabwe are not a threat to the constitution or to his authority as head of state and commander in chief.
But hours before his speech, ZANU-PF installed former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom Mugabe dismissed two weeks earlier, as the party's new chief.
Party leaders have also expelled Mugabe's wife, Grace, leader of the ZANU-PF Women's League, from membership in the ruling party.
Zimbabwe's military intervened last week, seizing institutions in apparent opposition of Mugabe naming his unpopular wife as his successor, a move many feared would follow Mugabe's firing of Mnangagwa.