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New Banksy Video Suggests Shredded Painting Stunt Didn't Go Entirely To Plan

New Banksy Video Suggests Shredded Painting Stunt Didn't Go Entirely To PlanBanksy stunned the art world this month with the partial shredding of his “Girl With Balloon” artwork moments after it sold at Sotheby’s auction house in London for $ 1.4 million.



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Kim Jong-un's invitation for Pope Francis to visit North Korea condemned as propaganda stunt

Kim Jong-un's invitation for Pope Francis to visit North Korea condemned as propaganda stuntA human rights activist has criticised North Korea’s invitation for the Pope to visit Pyongyang as an “impure manoeuvre” designed to fool the world into believing that the regime is becoming more open to religious freedoms.  South Korea’s presidential Blue House announced on Tuesday that Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, extended the invitation during his summit in September in Pyongyang with Moon Jae-in, his South Korean counterpart. Mr Moon, a practising Catholic, will pass the offer on when he meets the Pope at the Vatican next week, part of his upcoming nine-day visit to Europe.  Activists say Mr Kim’s offer is “propaganda”. “There are no religious freedoms in North Korea and the regime does not permit worship of anything other than the Kim family”, said Song Young-chae, a member of the Seoul-based Worldwide Coalition to Stop Genocide in North Korea.  “The intention behind this impure manoeuvre is clearly to try to convince the rest of the world that they are changing, that they are improving their human rights record and that they can be trusted”, he told The Telegraph. “Mr Kim wants a public meeting with the Pope for propaganda reasons”. At a glance | North Korea’s human rights record Two churches were constructed in Pyongyang in the 1980s, along with a Russian Orthodox church that was completed in 2006, but Mr Song said they are merely for show and that “the church is just a puppet to the Kim family”.  After interviewing dozens of defectors, the 2014 United Nations Commission of Inquiry concluded there was “an almost complete denial of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” in North Korea, while the US State Department’s 2017 paper on religious freedoms in the North said the government exacts harsh punishments on those who insist on following their religion, including executions, torture, beatings and arrest.  The Catholic church estimated that there were around 55,000 followers of the Catholic religion in North Korea when the Korean War broke out in 1950, but that figure is believed to have dwindled to a maximum of 4,000.  Kim Jong-il, the father of the present North Korean leader, invited Pope John Paul II to North Korea in 2000. The trip never materialised, however, reportedly because the Vatican insisted at the time that the Pope would only visit if Catholic priests were permitted to worship in the North.  “It’s impossible for the Pope to go”, said Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University and an authority on the North Korean leadership.  “To permit religious freedoms would undermine the cult of personality that has been built up around the Kim family, so this offer is solely designed to deflect criticisms over human rights”, he said. 



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Border Patrol Agent To Get Probation For Wildfire Set By Explosive Gender-Reveal Stunt

Border Patrol Agent To Get Probation For Wildfire Set By Explosive Gender-Reveal StuntAn Arizona man whose explosive gender-reveal party for his baby-to-be set off



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Kris Kobach fires back at criticism over machine-gun stunt

Kris Kobach fires back at criticism over machine-gun stuntThe Kansas secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate uses a parade appearance to push his support of guns.



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Perez: Democrats' Trump-Russia lawsuit isn't a fundraising stunt

Perez: Democrats' Trump-Russia lawsuit isn't a fundraising stuntDNC Chairman Tom Perez dismisses criticisms of a civil lawsuit filed against the Trump campaign. "Those are almost the precise quotes we heard from the Nixon campaign in 1972."



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Panel: Is DNC-Trump lawsuit a political stunt?

Panel: Is DNC-Trump lawsuit a political stunt?Cornell Belcher and David Brody discuss the DNC's civil lawsuit against Russia and the Trump campaign.



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Woman Who Fatally Shot Boyfriend in YouTube Stunt Gets 180 Days in Prison

Woman Who Fatally Shot Boyfriend in YouTube Stunt Gets 180 Days in PrisonAs part of the deal, Monalisa Perez is banned for life from possessing a firearm or from collecting payments for her story.



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Nunes Memo Stunt Blows up in the GOP's Face

Nunes Memo Stunt Blows up in the GOP's FaceRachel Maddow shows how key claims in the Nunes memo didn't even survive the weekend before being disproved, and the memo is now both a political and legal can of worms for Republicans to deal with.



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Madeleine Albright Would Give Devin Nunes An 'F' For Memo Stunt

Madeleine Albright Would Give Devin Nunes An 'F' For Memo StuntFormer secretary of state Madeleine Albright delivered a scathing hit-and-run Twitter attack on Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)



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Trump hosts odd immigration meeting TV stunt

Trump hosts odd immigration meeting TV stuntRachel Maddow reports on a meeting convened by Donald Trump to ostensibly have a biparistan discussion of immigration policy that turned out to mostly be an inconsequential waste of time at which Trump showed his lack of understanding of his own position.



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