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Israel dismisses claims that Mossad killed Palestinian activist in Malaysia

Israel dismisses claims that Mossad killed Palestinian activist in MalaysiaIsrael’s defence minister has dismissed claims that Israel assassinated a Palestinian Hamas member and scholar who was shot dead in Malaysia. Avigdor Lieberman said it was more likely Fadi al-Batsh, 35, was killed on Saturday as part of “an internal Palestinian dispute.” He also added that al-Batsh who was a scientist, was a "rocket expert and no saint”. The academic’s family had blamed the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, for orchestrating the assassination.  "There are accusations only against the Israeli Mossad and the Malaysian government should accelerate the investigation," al-Batsh's father, Mohamed said. The Palestinian was killed by two assailants as he was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers, according to local police.  Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said one of the suspects "fired 10 shots, four of which hit the lecturer in the head and body. He died on the spot."  Palestinians attend a memorial ceremony for Fadi al-Batsh Credit: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Police said CCTV footage showed him being targeted by gunmen who had waited almost 20 minutes for him to arrive. On Sunday, the inspector general of the Malaysian police, Mohamad Fuzi Harun, said a comprehensive investigation was ongoing. He added that no clear motive had emerged and no arrests have been made so far. “Was he killed by a live bullet? My answer is yes. The post-mortem is ongoing now; we will give details later," he said. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Malaysia's deputy prime minister, said the suspects were believed to be Europeans with links to a foreign intelligence agency, according to state news agency Bernama.   The militant group, Hamas, described al-Batsh on Twitter as a “young Palestinian scholar from Jabalia in the Gaza Strip." It added: "He was a distinguished scientist who contributed to the energy sector.”  On Saturday they tweeted photos from the condolences tent set up for al-Batsh. The Iz-al Din al Qassam brigade, the Islamic movement’s militant wing, also held a memorial, which suggested al-Batsh was one of its military commanders, the Associated Press reported.   Al-Batsh was also known as a ‘second’ imam at his local mosque and had been reportedly been living in Malaysia for the past 10 years. He is survived by his wife and three children. 



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Sacramento Sheriff's Vehicle Hits Activist At Stephon Clark Protest

Sacramento Sheriff's Vehicle Hits Activist At Stephon Clark ProtestA vigil for Stephon Clark, the young black father shot to death by police last



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Gun control activist students call for April 7 town halls

Gun control activist students call for April 7 town hallsRachel Maddow reports on next steps following Saturday's historic march in Washington, D.C. for better gun safety laws, including a call by students for town halls with legislators on April 7.



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Bolton is a fan of Islamophobe activist Pamela Geller

Bolton is a fan of Islamophobe activist Pamela GellerPresident Trump’s next national security adviser, John Bolton, wrote the foreword to a book by Pamela Geller, an Islamophobic activist and blogger.



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Honduras energy executive arrested over activist murder

Honduras energy executive arrested over activist murderHonduran authorities said they have arrested an energy company executive allegedly behind the high-profile 2016 murder of prominent environmental activist Berta Caceres. Police detained electrical engineer Roberto David Castillo Mejia “as the intellectual perpetrator” behind Caceres’s murder, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement Friday. Officials said Castillo had served as CEO of the company Desarrollos Energeticos (DESA) — which Caceres actively campaigned against over plans to build a hydroelectric dam — at the time of the activist’s slaying.



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The Latest: Ban assault weapons, civil rights activist says

The Latest: Ban assault weapons, civil rights activist saysJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on civil rights activists being honored in Mississippi (all times local):



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Florida Survivors Push Back After GOP Activist Says They're 'Hijacked By Left-Wing Groups'

Florida Survivors Push Back After GOP Activist Says They're 'Hijacked By Left-Wing Groups'Student survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are taking the fight for gun control to the state and national level don’t appreciate seeing their organizing efforts being labeled as a left-wing conspiracy.



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Black Lives Matter activist shot, killed in New Orleans

Black Lives Matter activist shot, killed in New OrleansA man fatally shot in New Orleans has been identified as a Black Lives Matter activist known for his leap through police tape at a South Carolina demonstration last year as he attempted to seize a Confederate battle flag from a protester.



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Black Lives Matter Activist Who Snatched Confederate Flag Killed In New Orleans

Black Lives Matter Activist Who Snatched Confederate Flag Killed In New OrleansA Black Lives Matter activist who made headlines last year when he leaped through police tape to grab a Confederate flag away from a protester was fatally shot in New Orleans early Tuesday morning.



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Wife of Taiwan activist jailed in China stopped from flying to visit husband

Wife of Taiwan activist jailed in China stopped from flying to visit husbandThe wife of Taiwan activist Li Ming-che, sentenced to five years in prison by Chinese authorities for subverting state power, was stopped from flying from Taiwan to China on Tuesday to visit him in prison, rights groups said. Li Ming-che, a community college lecturer and an activist at a human rights non-governmental organization in Taiwan, had gone missing while on a trip to China in March. Chinese authorities later charged him with subverting state power.



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