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Trump Claims His Approval Rating Would Be 75 Percent If Not For Mueller's Investigation

Trump Claims His Approval Rating Would Be 75 Percent If Not For Mueller's InvestigationAs part of his incessant campaign to undermine special counsel Robert



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USA Gymnastics, reeling from abuse claims, files for bankruptcy

USA Gymnastics, reeling from abuse claims, files for bankruptcyThe organization’s chairwoman, Kathryn Carson, cited the lawsuits in the decision to seek protection from creditors in federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis. “Our organization is a financially solid going concern but for the hundred lawsuits that we do have out there,” Carson said on a conference call with reporters. Nassar was sentenced to up to 300 years in prison in two different trials in Michigan last February after more than 350 women testified about abuse at his hands, including Olympic champions Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber.



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CBS Has Cause To Deny Les Moonves $120 Million After Sexual Misconduct Claims: NYT

CBS Has Cause To Deny Les Moonves $  120 Million After Sexual Misconduct Claims: NYTCBS had cause to fire its former chief executive, Les Moonves, over multiple



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Israeli software company 'shared hacked messages' from Khashoggi with Saudi, lawsuit claims

Israeli software company 'shared hacked messages' from Khashoggi with Saudi, lawsuit claimsA friend of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is suing an Israeli software company he believes helped the kingdom intercept messages sent to him from the dissident criticising Mohammed bin Salman. Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi national who now lives in exile in Canada, filed a lawsuit on Sunday against NSO Group alleging its spyware helped the Saudi government gain access to his smartphone. The spyware allows its customers to secretly listen to calls and read messages on a targeted phone. The lawsuit, filed in Tel Aviv, accuses NSO Group of breaking international laws by selling its software to oppressive regimes. "The hacking of my phone played a major role in what happened to Jamal, I am really sorry to say," Mr Abdulaziz said. "The guilt is killing me." Quebec-based Saudi activist Omar Abdulaziz exchanged messages with Khashoggi in the months before his death Credit: YouTube In messages sent to Mr Abdelaziz, Khashoggi called Crown Prince Mohammed, the de-facto ruler of the kingdom, a “beast” and likened him to a “Pac-Man” who devours everything in his path. "The more victims he eats, the more he wants," said Khashoggi in one message sent in May, just after a group of Saudi women’s rights activists were arrested. "I will not be surprised if the oppression will reach even those who are cheering him on." Saudi officials would have been able to see the more than 400 message exchanged between the pair on encrypted apps such as WhatsApp. Khashoggi and Mr Abdulaziz, 27, who sought asylum in Montreal, began to talk about plans to form an “electronic army” of young Saudis living in the country to try to undermine the government’s online propaganda, according to messages seen by CNN. Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud meets with British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in Riyadh Credit: Reuters In early August, Mr Abdulaziz discovered the Saudi government was aware of their project. "How did they know?" asked Khashoggi in a message. "There must have been a gap," says Mr Abdulaziz. Three minutes later Khashoggi writes back: "God help us." Khashoggi was killed two months later on Oct 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The CIA has concluded that the murder of the Washington Post columnist was ordered by the crown prince himself. Mr Abdulaziz revealed last month that researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab reported his phone had been hacked by military-grade spyware. According to them, the software was the invention of NSO Group, and deployed at the behest of the Saudi Arabian government. NSO Group has previously faced lawsuits from citizens from Mexico and Qatar, who say the technology was used to hack their smartphones. The human rights group Amnesty International has also recently accused the NSO Group of helping Saudi Arabia spy on a member of the organisation’s staff. In a statement, the group says its technology helps governments fight crime, and is fully vetted and licensed by the Israeli government. "Our products have a long track record of assisting governments in preventing suicide bombers, stopping drug lords and sex traffickers, and helping safely return victims of kidnapping," the statement said. "If there is suspicion of misuse, we investigate it and take the appropriate actions, including suspending or terminating a contract.”



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U.S. House race in limbo after North Carolina voter fraud claims

U.S. House race in limbo after North Carolina voter fraud claimsNorth Carolina’s board of elections declined to certify Republican Mark Harris' apparent victory in a U.S. House of Representatives race.



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House race in limbo after North Carolina voter fraud claims

House race in limbo after North Carolina voter fraud claimsHarris edged Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the Nov. 6 congressional election. The board voted 7-2 to hold a hearing due “to claims of numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities related to absentee mail ballots,” Joshua Malcolm, vice chairman of the board of elections, said in a recorded session on Friday. It is the second time in as many years the board has considered voter fraud accusations in Bladen County, with charges after the 2016 elections ultimately dismissed.



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House race in limbo after North Carolina voter fraud claims

House race in limbo after North Carolina voter fraud claimsHarris edged Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the Nov. 6 congressional election. The board voted 7-2 to hold a hearing due “to claims of numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities related to absentee mail ballots,” Joshua Malcolm, vice chairman of the board of elections, said in a recorded session on Friday. It is the second time in as many years the board has considered voter fraud accusations in Bladen County, with charges after the 2016 elections ultimately dismissed.



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House race in limbo after North Carolina voter fraud claims

House race in limbo after North Carolina voter fraud claimsHarris edged Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the Nov. 6 congressional election. The board voted 7-2 to hold a hearing due “to claims of numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities related to absentee mail ballots,” Joshua Malcolm, vice chairman of the board of elections, said in a recorded session on Friday. It is the second time in as many years the board has considered voter fraud accusations in Bladen County, with charges after the 2016 elections ultimately dismissed.



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Trump Falsely Claims Border Agents Were Badly Hurt In Migrant Tear Gas Clashes

Trump Falsely Claims Border Agents Were Badly Hurt In Migrant Tear Gas ClashesPresident Donald Trump attempted to downplay the scenes of migrant children



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Investigation launched into 'monstrous' claims scientist has genetically edited humans

Investigation launched into 'monstrous' claims scientist has genetically edited humansA Chinese university has launched an investigation into claims that one of its scientists genetically edited human babies, an experiment branded ‘monstrous’ by British academics who called for an immediate global ban. In a YouTube video posted on Monday He Jiankui of the Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, said he had altered embryos for seven couples during fertility treatment, which had led to the birth of twins earlier this month. He said his goal was to give the babies a natural ability to resist HIV. But the university said that He had been on unpaid leave since February and warned the research – which has not been verified –  was a ‘serious violation of academic ethics and norms.’ A joint statement from a group of 100 scientists in China criticised the project saying it was ‘a great blow’ to the country’s reputation, while researchers in Britain strongly condemned the announcement and one of the inventors of the gene editing technology called for an immediate worldwide ban. Professor Julian Savulescu, an expert in medical ethics from Oxford University, said that in most other countries he would be facing jail. “If true, this experiment is monstrous,” he said. “These healthy babies are being used as genetic guinea pigs. This is genetic Russian Roulette. “It exposes healthy normal children to risks of gene editing for no real necessary benefit and contravenes decades on ethical consensus and guidelines on the protection of human participants in research. In many other places in the world, this would be illegal punishable by imprisonment.” How Crispr works Dr Sarah Chan of the University of Edinburgh, also described the gene editing as ‘irresponsible, unethical and designed to provoke maximum shock value.’ “Playing with children's health and families' hopes in order to use them as a means for a cheap publicity stunt is nothing short of despicable.” In five videos posted on Monday, He said he had used the gene-editing technology known as Crispr to rewrite the DNA of twin girls and claimed the experiment had "worked safely as intended" saying the girls were "as healthy as any other babies.’ In the videos, the scientist defended his work, saying in one: "I understand my work will be controversial, but I believe families need this technology. And I’m willing to take the criticism for them." Despite providing no evidence or documentation to back up the claims, He said he planned to share data about the trial at a scientific forum this week in Hong Kong and promised his results would be submitted for peer review and published.   However Feng Zhang, one of the inventors of Crispr, called for a global moratorium saying he was ‘deeply concerned’ by the lack of transparency. The issue of genetic editing is deeply controversial. Scientists in Britain and the US have experimented with genetic editing in human embryos but it is currently illegal to implant them. Last September scientists at Sun Yat-sen University used an adapted version of gene-editing to correct a disease-causing mutation in human embryos but they were destroyed after just a few weeks of fertilisation. Dr David King, Director of Human Genetics Alert, said: “If these claims are true, the world has changed – it’s a day that I and many others have dreaded. “But it underscores the need for an immediate global ban on the cloning and genetic engineering of human beings.”



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