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Family of Tessa Majors rips NYPD sergeants union boss for linking student's murder to marijuana

Family of Tessa Majors rips NYPD sergeants union boss for linking student's murder to marijuanaMayor di Blasio tweeted his outrage against an NYPD union leader hours before more than 1,000 mourners gathered to honor Tessa Majors at a vigil.



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Hong Kong police slip up with tweet linking tear gas use to banana artwork

Hong Kong police slip up with tweet linking tear gas use to banana artworkA clumsy attempt by the Hong Kong police force to co-opt the art world’s most famous banana to make light of their frequent use of tear gas on pro-democracy protesters spectacularly backfired on Friday. Using its official Twitter account, the embattled force posted a picture of a tear gas cartridge taped to a black background, mimicking the “Art Basel Banana,” the conceptual artwork of a banana duct-taped to a wall, which made headlines last week when three editions were sold for $ 120,000 to $ 150,000 each. It added: “For a Police officer, using force, including tear gas, is always the last resort. If rioters don’t use violence, Hong Kong will be safe and there’s no reason for us to use force. Say NO to violence. Let’s leave the tear gas cartridge on the wall forever.” The tone-deaf messaging sparked a Twitter backlash and widespread mockery of the claim that the use of tear gas during anti-government demonstrations in the Asian financial hub was “the last resort.” Since the anti-government movement began in June over a now-withdrawn extradition bill, police officers have fired nearly 16,000 tear gas rounds and made more than 6,000 arrests during demonstrations that have at times seen violent clashes with protesters. Many responded with video of incidents where riot officers have lobbed teargas at journalists and members of the public for no apparent reason. The protests have been saturated with media coverage, much of it livestreamed. One clip showed a riot officer appearing at the entrance of a metro station and casually throwing a tear gas cannister at a journalist’s helmet. Another shows an officer aiming at people on a bridge as they watch police vans drive off. Accusations of officers’ excessive use of force have led to a breakdown of trust between the Hong Kong police and the public.   “Just another failed PR show. Because literally, no one stands with them,” remarked one jaded Twitter user about the force’s latest social media effort. Meanwhile, it was revealed on Friday that the police force received about £91 million in overtime pay from June to November, which works out at an average of £8,300 for each officer.



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UPDATE 1-Kenya opens $1.5 bln Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town and Nairobi

UPDATE 1-Kenya opens $  1.5 bln Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town and NairobiKenya’s opened a $ 1.5 billion Chinese-built railway line linking Nairobi to Naivasha on Wednesday, despite delays in building an industrial park in the Rift Valley town to encourage freight. The extension links to another Chinese funded and built $ 3.2 billion line between the port of Mombasa and Nairobi that opened in 2017 but is so far underutilised for cargo services. Upgrading Kenyan railways has been part of Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects aimed at improving land and maritime trade routes between China and Europe, Asia and Africa.



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Kenya opens Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town to Nairobi

Kenya opens Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town to NairobiKenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to open a new $ 1.5 billion Chinese rail line on Wednesday linking the capital Nairobi to the Rift Valley town of Naivasha, despite delays in establishing an industrial park there to drive freight traffic. The development of Kenya’s railways has been part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, a multi-billion dollar series of infrastructure projects upgrading land and maritime trade routes between China and Europe, Asia and Africa. Kenya had planned to open an industrial park in Naivasha, offering companies tax breaks for investing in manufacturing, and preferential tariffs for electricity generated in the nearby geothermal fields.



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Trump doubles down on baseless conspiracy theory linking Bill Clinton to Jeffrey Epstein's death

Trump doubles down on baseless conspiracy theory linking Bill Clinton to Jeffrey Epstein's deathPresident Trump said Tuesday that he has “no idea” whether a conspiracy theory he promoted on Twitter claiming that former President Bill Clinton was somehow responsible for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s death in a New York federal prison is actually true.



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Democrats blast Trump for tweeting conspiracy theory linking Epstein death to Bill Clinton

Democrats blast Trump for tweeting conspiracy theory linking Epstein death to Bill ClintonThere is no evidence linking Bill Clinton or Donald Trump to Jeffrey Epstein's death



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2020 Democrats blasted on social media for linking Trump to El Paso shooting

2020 Democrats blasted on social media for linking Trump to El Paso shootingDemocrats push political message in wake of tragedy; reaction from Republican NYC councilman Joe Borelli and former Deputy Attorney General of Virginia Stephen Cobb.



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Daily Mail defends story linking Israel's Barak to Epstein

Daily Mail defends story linking Israel's Barak to EpsteinThe popular British tabloid The Daily Mail on Thursday defended a decision to publish photos in the US of one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election rivals entering the mansion of disgraced American financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2016. Ehud Barak’s lawyers wrote to the British company’s US-based website on Wednesday demanding it remove Tuesday’s story and pay “substantial damages to vindicate his reputation and compensate him”. The newspaper’s US website ran photos of four young women separately entering Epstein’s New York residence around the same time as Barak himself went in.



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'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder: UN expert

'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder: UN expertThere is “credible evidence” linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, a UN expert said Wednesday, calling for sanctions on the prince’s foreign assets. The conclusion was outlined in a report by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard. Callamard, an independent human rights expert who does not speak for the United Nations but reports her findings to it, called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to initiate an international criminal investigation into the case.



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Poster linking Democrat congresswoman Ilhan Omar to 9/11 leads to fight in West Virginia statehouse

Poster linking Democrat congresswoman Ilhan Omar to 9/11 leads to fight in West Virginia statehouseA poster that linked the US representative Ilhan Omar to 9/11 has resulted in a brawl among legislators in West Virginia, leading to an individual being taken to hospital. The poster, which was on display at a GOP event in the West Virginia statehouse, depicts the Twin Towers on fire on 11 September with the words “’Never forget’ – you said” written above the building. Under the image is a picture of Ms Omar with the words “I am the proof you have forgotten”.



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