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  • 1/82   News Photos Slideshows
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    News Photos Slideshows - Hot Trends - Click on the image to view in augmented reality or in stereo 3D

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  • 2/82   Oscars diversity rules: Progress or patronizing?
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    The Academy Awards will require Best Picture nominees to meet certain diversity requirements starting in 2024. Will the rules improve representation or are they an empty gesture?

    The Academy Awards will require Best Picture nominees to meet certain diversity requirements starting in 2024. Will the rules improve representation or are they an empty gesture?


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  • 3/82   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.


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  • 4/82   Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.

    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.


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  • 5/82   Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison, Snooki Says
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison

    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison


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  • 6/82   'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...


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  • 7/82   Selma Blair reveals she cried with relief at MS diagnosis after being 'not taken seriously' by doctors
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me.  Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home.  During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.

    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me. Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home. During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.


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  • 8/82   They won't be loved: Maroon 5 play it safe with dullest halftime show of all time
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.

    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.


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  • 9/82   Do star athletes make too much money?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?

    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?


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  • 10/82   Live animal mascots: Cute or exploitative?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?

    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?


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  • 11/82   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.


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  • 12/82   After fighting for 9/11 victims, Jon Stewart turns to Warrior Games
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.

    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.


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  • 13/82   Kevin Love talks anxiety, depression and the time he thought he was going to die mid-game
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.


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  • 14/82   Is there a crisis with our boys? Expert says they need love, not discipline
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.


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  • 15/82   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.

    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.


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  • 16/82   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I’m still coping with it
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    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.

    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.


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  • 17/82   For the love of the brain: One mother's fight for CTE awareness
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    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named. Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does. At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.

    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named. Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does. At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.


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  • 18/82   PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.


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  • 19/82   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


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  • 20/82   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 21/82   What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.


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  • 22/82   Google Patents Sticky Car Hood to Trap Pedestrians in a Collision

    The patent calls for a giant sticker to be placed on the front end of a vehicle, with a special coating over the layer that is only broken when something collides with the vehicle, exposing the adhesive and helping the colliding object to remain on the vehicle.  The idea is to prevent a pedestrian from being thrown after the impact and potentially sustaining even more injuries.

    The patent calls for a giant sticker to be placed on the front end of a vehicle, with a special coating over the layer that is only broken when something collides with the vehicle, exposing the adhesive and helping the colliding object to remain on the vehicle. The idea is to prevent a pedestrian from being thrown after the impact and potentially sustaining even more injuries.


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  • 23/82   Relax, Your Instagram Feed Likely Won't Change Tomorrow

    Relax, your Instagram feed likely isn't changing tomorrow.The great "Insta-freakout" of 2016 was unleashed this morning by a slew of celebrities, bloggers and social media aficionados after they alerted followers to turn on post notifications for future access to their photos, videos and messages. ...

    Relax, your Instagram feed likely isn't changing tomorrow.The great "Insta-freakout" of 2016 was unleashed this morning by a slew of celebrities, bloggers and social media aficionados after they alerted followers to turn on post notifications for future access to their photos, videos and messages. ...


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  • 24/82   'Hack the Pentagon' and get paid legally in new program

    Attention hackers: Time to re-watch “WarGames” and crack your knuckles, the Pentagon is about to pay you to break into some government systems.

    Attention hackers: Time to re-watch “WarGames” and crack your knuckles, the Pentagon is about to pay you to break into some government systems.


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  • 25/82   Elon Musk's Hyperloop Vision Could Be Ready for Passengers by 2018

    The Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision of launching humans through pods inside a high-speed transportation system, could be ready for passengers by 2018, according to a company building a transportation track in California.  One company working to make Musk's vision a reality, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said it has filed for construction permits in Quay Valley, California, for a 5-mile track.  'We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,' Bibop Gresta, the chief operating officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, during a CNBC/TradeShift event.

    The Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision of launching humans through pods inside a high-speed transportation system, could be ready for passengers by 2018, according to a company building a transportation track in California. One company working to make Musk's vision a reality, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said it has filed for construction permits in Quay Valley, California, for a 5-mile track. 'We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,' Bibop Gresta, the chief operating officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, during a CNBC/TradeShift event.


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  • 26/82   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


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  • 27/82   Man Proposes by Text Message While Stranded at Chicago's O’Hare Airport

    An Arizona man waiting to fly home to propose to his girlfriend was forced to propose to her via text message after spending 50 hours stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  Danny Roderique, of Phoenix, had the diamond engagement ring in his pocket but the delay got in the way of the proposal he’d planned.  “I’ve been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours,” Roderique told a reporter from ABC affiliate WLS-TV while still waiting at O’Hare on Monday.

    An Arizona man waiting to fly home to propose to his girlfriend was forced to propose to her via text message after spending 50 hours stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Danny Roderique, of Phoenix, had the diamond engagement ring in his pocket but the delay got in the way of the proposal he’d planned. “I’ve been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours,” Roderique told a reporter from ABC affiliate WLS-TV while still waiting at O’Hare on Monday.


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  • 28/82   Twitter Warns Some Users Over Possible Government Hacking

    It's unclear how many people received a letter from Twitter.  In October, Facebook said it would begin issuing alerts to users who the social network believes are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers, according to a message posted by Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer.

    It's unclear how many people received a letter from Twitter. In October, Facebook said it would begin issuing alerts to users who the social network believes are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers, according to a message posted by Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer.


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  • 29/82   Facebook Notifications Get Even More Personal

    Facebook notifications may now be your first stop in the morning to catch up on everything from friends' news to weather, sports scores and what to expect later in the day.  The social network announced this week it will be rolling out expanded, personalized notifications in the Facebook across iOS and Android devices for users in the United States.  The mobile update is bringing a set of new card-like notifications that will include information such as sports scores for teams you have liked, TV shows, weather information and friends' life events, among other updates.

    Facebook notifications may now be your first stop in the morning to catch up on everything from friends' news to weather, sports scores and what to expect later in the day. The social network announced this week it will be rolling out expanded, personalized notifications in the Facebook across iOS and Android devices for users in the United States. The mobile update is bringing a set of new card-like notifications that will include information such as sports scores for teams you have liked, TV shows, weather information and friends' life events, among other updates.


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  • 30/82   How to Tell Which Apps Are Draining Your iPhone Battery

    Some iOS 9 users have complained Facebook's app has been excessively eating away at their battery life, even when the background app refresh setting is disabled.  It's unclear what possible issue may be causing the battery drain.  Tapping the list will show how much of the battery drain was spent when the app was running in the background.

    Some iOS 9 users have complained Facebook's app has been excessively eating away at their battery life, even when the background app refresh setting is disabled. It's unclear what possible issue may be causing the battery drain. Tapping the list will show how much of the battery drain was spent when the app was running in the background.


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  • 31/82   Armed Robbery Suspect Tries Using Uber as Getaway Car, Police Say

    A 23-year-old man suspected of armed robbery tried to take an Uber car to help him get away after he held up a store outside Baltimore, police said.  The suspect, Dashawn Terrell Cochran, was at a store in Parkville, Maryland, early Wednesday morning when he allegedly took a bottle of Tylenol cold medicine to the register, the Baltimore County Police Department said.  Cochran was seen getting into the back of a silver Lexus, and when officers pulled the car over, the driver said he was an Uber driver, police said.

    A 23-year-old man suspected of armed robbery tried to take an Uber car to help him get away after he held up a store outside Baltimore, police said. The suspect, Dashawn Terrell Cochran, was at a store in Parkville, Maryland, early Wednesday morning when he allegedly took a bottle of Tylenol cold medicine to the register, the Baltimore County Police Department said. Cochran was seen getting into the back of a silver Lexus, and when officers pulled the car over, the driver said he was an Uber driver, police said.


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  • 32/82   Drone Popularity Draws Concern From Pilots, Federal Officials

    Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the United States this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.  The Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet with Walmart, which has 19 different kinds of drones for sale on its website, to teach salespeople about what it should tell its customers about safe drone operation.  The Consumer Electronics Association projects the U.S. drone market to climb above $100 million in revenue this year, an increase of more than 50 percent from last year’s total.

    Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the United States this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. The Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet with Walmart, which has 19 different kinds of drones for sale on its website, to teach salespeople about what it should tell its customers about safe drone operation. The Consumer Electronics Association projects the U.S. drone market to climb above $100 million in revenue this year, an increase of more than 50 percent from last year’s total.


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  • 33/82   Carly Fiorina: Why She Wants Everyone to Throw Out Their Flip Phones

    Carly Fiorina is putting flip phone users on notice: You’re going to have to upgrade under a President Fiorina.  “How many of you have a flip phone?” Fiorina recently asked a town hall in South Carolina.  It’s all part of a vision the Republican presidential candidate has to give citizens a direct line of communication – literally – to the president.

    Carly Fiorina is putting flip phone users on notice: You’re going to have to upgrade under a President Fiorina. “How many of you have a flip phone?” Fiorina recently asked a town hall in South Carolina. It’s all part of a vision the Republican presidential candidate has to give citizens a direct line of communication – literally – to the president.


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  • 34/82   How a 'Programming Error' Led to an Oregon Couple's $2 Million Cell Phone Bill

    A couple in Oregon say they spent 10 months trying to clear up a whopping $2 million phone bill, which they say has prevented them from buying the home of their dreams.  Ken Slusher and his girlfriend, of Damascus, Oregon, have a balance of $2,156,593.64 on a Verizon Wireless bill that was for a wireless account that they opened in November.  'Yeah, it's been very stressful to say the least,' Slusher told KPTV.com.

    A couple in Oregon say they spent 10 months trying to clear up a whopping $2 million phone bill, which they say has prevented them from buying the home of their dreams. Ken Slusher and his girlfriend, of Damascus, Oregon, have a balance of $2,156,593.64 on a Verizon Wireless bill that was for a wireless account that they opened in November. 'Yeah, it's been very stressful to say the least,' Slusher told KPTV.com.


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  • 35/82   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday.  As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit.  Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.


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  • 36/82   Israel and Bahrain to formalise diplomatic ties
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    Israel and Bahrain will officially establish diplomatic relations Sunday at a ceremony in Manama as the wealthy Gulf region continues to open up to the Jewish state.

    Israel and Bahrain will officially establish diplomatic relations Sunday at a ceremony in Manama as the wealthy Gulf region continues to open up to the Jewish state.


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  • 37/82   Covid-19: Firms warn of 'catastrophic' impact of new coronavirus rules
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    More financial support is needed to avoid mass redundancies and business failures, say businesses.

    More financial support is needed to avoid mass redundancies and business failures, say businesses.


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  • 38/82   3 Monster Growth Stocks That Could Reach New Highs
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Out on Wall Street, things are always changing. Share prices fluctuate, new players make their market debuts, the macro environment gets shaken up and long-term trends shift. That said, one thing remains the same: growth is the name of the game. Growth stocks consistently score a spot on investors’ wish lists, given their potential to deliver returns. This growth potential goes above and beyond the norm, as these plays have already posted some spectacular gains in 2020, with the upside set to keep on coming in the long run. Knowing what you’re looking for is one thing, but how are investors supposed to find these opportunities? One strategy is to take a cue from Wall Street pros.  Bearing this in mind, we used TipRanks’ database during our search for exciting growth names, according to the analyst community. Locking in on three stocks that fit the bill, each analyst-backed ticker stands to notch more gains on top of their impressive year-to-date climbs. Here are all of the details.  Sunnova Energy International (NOVA) First up we have Sunnova Energy International, which is one of the top providers of residential solar and energy storage services. Even though it has already jumped 160% year-to-date, several analysts think this name has more room to run. After speaking with NOVA’s founder and CEO John Berger, five-star analyst Joseph Osha, of JMP Securities, is even more confident in its long-term growth prospects, noting the “stock appears significantly undervalued.” Highlighting the storage business in particular, the analyst believes it is a major point of strength. “NOVA has been effective at driving storage attach rates higher, and has managed to make its dealer-focused business model perform well. The demand environment for storage has strengthened during the last 60 days, and we believe that we may be at an inflection point for the industry,” Osha commented. Looking more closely at attach rates, the figure landed at 34% in Q2. Part of this strong result was driven by the company’s move into island markets, with Berger mentioning that the attach rates in Hawaii, Guam, Saipan and Puerto Rico are effectively 100%. Additionally, rates are improving in Texas and Florida.  Expounding on this, Osha stated, “Aggregating all of that together yields a 34% number that Mr. Berger believes is going to grow, albeit with very different dynamics in different markets. We also note that NOVA is selling storage to existing customers, and those sales are not reflected in the stated attach rate.” Reflecting more positives, Osha says NOVA’s relationships with Tesla and Generac set it apart, with it also choosing the ideal dealer partners. What’s more, the overall storage market appears solid, and cell manufactures are struggling to keep up with the demand. To this end, Berger argues the space is “as strong as you think it would be with attach rates continuing to rise in new geographies and revenue per customer growing as well.” While some investors have brought up concerns regarding competition from Sunrun (RUN), Osha thinks that even though RUN’s approach is working relatively well, the “smaller developers may lose out” in the end. As a result, the analyst sees room for a larger valuation for NOVA. In line with his optimistic approach, Osha stayed with the bulls, reiterating a Market Outperform rating and $43 price target. Investors could be pocketing a gain of 48%, should this target be met in the twelve months ahead. (To watch Osha’s track record, click here) Are other analysts in agreement? They are. Only Buy ratings, 10 to be exact, have been issued in the last three months. Therefore, the message is clear: NOVA is a Strong Buy. Given the $33.70 average price target, shares could surge 16% in the next year. (See Sunnova Energy International stock analysis on TipRanks) Big Lots (BIG) As a closeout retailer, Big Lots offers its customers everything from groceries and household essentials to furniture and electronics at an affordable price. With a solid standing going into 2021, some members of the Street believe its 87% year-to-date gain is only the beginning.  Representing Piper Sandler, five-star analyst Peter Keith tells clients that going forward, “the set-up remains highly favorable.” The company’s guidance for Q3 comps was above his estimate, but the call for EPS of $0.50-$0.70 (versus Keith’s $0.12 forecast) was a major surprise.  “Not only has Q3 historically been a negative EPS quarter, but also BIG is guiding huge EPS upside despite ~$12 million of incremental rent expense (from selling its DC's) and ~$10 million of COVID expenses,” Keith noted. To this end, the analyst bumped up his Q4 comp estimate. Keith explained, “Q4 is setting up to be quite strong, the move back into discretionary closeouts couldn't be better timed, our survey work continues to show elevated demand for home furnishings, and any positive impact from the new Chief Merchant (who joined in late July) has not yet impacted the sales trend.” When it comes to closeout activity, new CMO Jack Pestello has helped strengthen BIG's efforts in closeouts, with Keith already noticing compelling offerings during store checks. Additionally, the reduction of promos should bode well for the retailer. BIG has cut the number of promo days in half in Q3 2020, when compared to Q3 2019.  Therefore, although BIG is guiding for flattish gross margins year-over-year, there is room for upside, in Keith’s opinion.  On top of this, its inventory position could be on the mend. According to management, most categories have had some inventory constraints in Q3, but vendors are catching up with demand, especially in key segments like furniture, home office and small appliances.  Adding to the good news, a $500 million share repurchase authorization was announced, which Keith argues should “add some juice to EPS over the coming quarters.” Everything that BIG has going for it convinced Keith to maintain his Overweight rating. In addition to the call, he left the price target at $75, suggesting 40% upside potential. (To watch Keith’s track record, click here) Turning to the rest of the Street, opinions are split evenly. With 3 Buys and 3 Holds assigned in the last three months, the word on the Street is that BIG is a Moderate Buy. At $60.33, the average price target implies 12% upside potential. (See Big Lots stock analysis on TipRanks) Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD) Last but not least we have Amicus Therapeutics, which develops therapies for ultra-orphan diseases, including lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs). Up 77% year-to-date, even more growth could be on tap for this healthcare name, so says multiple Street pros. Even though it boasts a next generation enzyme replacement therapy in Phase 3, one of its gene therapy assets has received significant attention. During the CNSA conference, FOLD presented additional follow-up data from its Phase 1/2 CLN6 Battens gene therapy program. The program is evaluating AT-GTX-501, its gene therapy designed for use in CLN6 Batten disease, which is a fatal condition where children experience rapid and progressive decline in cognitive and motor function. It has a worldwide population of roughly 1,000 patients.  The presentation included incremental interim safety and efficacy data. Based on the safety data for 13 patients treated with the candidate, the therapy was well tolerated. It should be noted that five patients reported eleven Grade 3 SAEs, including four that were considered to be potentially treatment-related. These included vomiting, fever and upper abdominal pain, which are symptoms frequently seen with AAV gene therapy administration.  Weighing in for Cowen, five-star analyst Ritu Baral argues the fact that immunogenicity to AAV9 or CLN6 was not observed is an important takeaway.  As for the efficacy data, the results for twelve patients that reached the 12-month timepoint and eight that hit the 24-month timepoint were analyzed against age-matched natural history. On the Hamburg Motor and Language (HM&L) Aggregate score, which assesses ambulation and speech, the mean rate of decline in treated patients was much lower compared to natural history over the same time period.  Digging a bit deeper, at the 12-month timepoint, the mean rate of decline in treated subjects was 0.4 points, versus 1.2 points in natural history subjects. At the 24-month timepoint, the mean rate of decline was 0.6 points in treated subjects, compared to 2.4 points in the natural history participants. What’s more, management stated that 63% of natural history patients saw an additional 2-point drop on the HM&L score two years after their first decline, while only 13% of AT-GTX-501 gene therapy recipients experienced the same.  What does all of this mean? “We think this update is incrementally positive and demonstrates the durability of AT-GTX-501's efficacy out to two years. Interim efficacy results show nominally statistically significant and very likely clinically meaningful slowing of disease progression over 24 months in CLN6 Battens... The natural history dataset was collected was a relatively recent chart review by the same investigator as the FOLD study, and therefore we believe is likely reliable,” Baral commented. If that wasn’t enough, the natural history control analysis could be enough for U.S. registration. “We believe given the rarity and severity of CLN6, that a prospective PBO controlled trial is not feasible. We believe the natural history data in the disease is rapidly solidifying into a body of evidence that will be meaningful to both FDA and EMA,” Baral explained. Given all of the above, Baral has high hopes. Along with an Outperform rating, she keeps a $31 price target on the stock. This target puts the upside potential at 81%. (To watch Baral’s track record, click here) Other analysts seem to echo Baral’s sentiment. 3 Buys and no Holds or Sells add up to a Strong Buy consensus rating. Based on the average price target of $23.67, the upside potential comes in at 38%. (See Amicus Therapeutics stock analysis on TipRanks) Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.

    Out on Wall Street, things are always changing. Share prices fluctuate, new players make their market debuts, the macro environment gets shaken up and long-term trends shift. That said, one thing remains the same: growth is the name of the game. Growth stocks consistently score a spot on investors’ wish lists, given their potential to deliver returns. This growth potential goes above and beyond the norm, as these plays have already posted some spectacular gains in 2020, with the upside set to keep on coming in the long run. Knowing what you’re looking for is one thing, but how are investors supposed to find these opportunities? One strategy is to take a cue from Wall Street pros. Bearing this in mind, we used TipRanks’ database during our search for exciting growth names, according to the analyst community. Locking in on three stocks that fit the bill, each analyst-backed ticker stands to notch more gains on top of their impressive year-to-date climbs. Here are all of the details. Sunnova Energy International (NOVA) First up we have Sunnova Energy International, which is one of the top providers of residential solar and energy storage services. Even though it has already jumped 160% year-to-date, several analysts think this name has more room to run. After speaking with NOVA’s founder and CEO John Berger, five-star analyst Joseph Osha, of JMP Securities, is even more confident in its long-term growth prospects, noting the “stock appears significantly undervalued.” Highlighting the storage business in particular, the analyst believes it is a major point of strength. “NOVA has been effective at driving storage attach rates higher, and has managed to make its dealer-focused business model perform well. The demand environment for storage has strengthened during the last 60 days, and we believe that we may be at an inflection point for the industry,” Osha commented. Looking more closely at attach rates, the figure landed at 34% in Q2. Part of this strong result was driven by the company’s move into island markets, with Berger mentioning that the attach rates in Hawaii, Guam, Saipan and Puerto Rico are effectively 100%. Additionally, rates are improving in Texas and Florida. Expounding on this, Osha stated, “Aggregating all of that together yields a 34% number that Mr. Berger believes is going to grow, albeit with very different dynamics in different markets. We also note that NOVA is selling storage to existing customers, and those sales are not reflected in the stated attach rate.” Reflecting more positives, Osha says NOVA’s relationships with Tesla and Generac set it apart, with it also choosing the ideal dealer partners. What’s more, the overall storage market appears solid, and cell manufactures are struggling to keep up with the demand. To this end, Berger argues the space is “as strong as you think it would be with attach rates continuing to rise in new geographies and revenue per customer growing as well.” While some investors have brought up concerns regarding competition from Sunrun (RUN), Osha thinks that even though RUN’s approach is working relatively well, the “smaller developers may lose out” in the end. As a result, the analyst sees room for a larger valuation for NOVA. In line with his optimistic approach, Osha stayed with the bulls, reiterating a Market Outperform rating and $43 price target. Investors could be pocketing a gain of 48%, should this target be met in the twelve months ahead. (To watch Osha’s track record, click here) Are other analysts in agreement? They are. Only Buy ratings, 10 to be exact, have been issued in the last three months. Therefore, the message is clear: NOVA is a Strong Buy. Given the $33.70 average price target, shares could surge 16% in the next year. (See Sunnova Energy International stock analysis on TipRanks) Big Lots (BIG) As a closeout retailer, Big Lots offers its customers everything from groceries and household essentials to furniture and electronics at an affordable price. With a solid standing going into 2021, some members of the Street believe its 87% year-to-date gain is only the beginning. Representing Piper Sandler, five-star analyst Peter Keith tells clients that going forward, “the set-up remains highly favorable.” The company’s guidance for Q3 comps was above his estimate, but the call for EPS of $0.50-$0.70 (versus Keith’s $0.12 forecast) was a major surprise. “Not only has Q3 historically been a negative EPS quarter, but also BIG is guiding huge EPS upside despite ~$12 million of incremental rent expense (from selling its DC's) and ~$10 million of COVID expenses,” Keith noted. To this end, the analyst bumped up his Q4 comp estimate. Keith explained, “Q4 is setting up to be quite strong, the move back into discretionary closeouts couldn't be better timed, our survey work continues to show elevated demand for home furnishings, and any positive impact from the new Chief Merchant (who joined in late July) has not yet impacted the sales trend.” When it comes to closeout activity, new CMO Jack Pestello has helped strengthen BIG's efforts in closeouts, with Keith already noticing compelling offerings during store checks. Additionally, the reduction of promos should bode well for the retailer. BIG has cut the number of promo days in half in Q3 2020, when compared to Q3 2019. Therefore, although BIG is guiding for flattish gross margins year-over-year, there is room for upside, in Keith’s opinion. On top of this, its inventory position could be on the mend. According to management, most categories have had some inventory constraints in Q3, but vendors are catching up with demand, especially in key segments like furniture, home office and small appliances. Adding to the good news, a $500 million share repurchase authorization was announced, which Keith argues should “add some juice to EPS over the coming quarters.” Everything that BIG has going for it convinced Keith to maintain his Overweight rating. In addition to the call, he left the price target at $75, suggesting 40% upside potential. (To watch Keith’s track record, click here) Turning to the rest of the Street, opinions are split evenly. With 3 Buys and 3 Holds assigned in the last three months, the word on the Street is that BIG is a Moderate Buy. At $60.33, the average price target implies 12% upside potential. (See Big Lots stock analysis on TipRanks) Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD) Last but not least we have Amicus Therapeutics, which develops therapies for ultra-orphan diseases, including lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs). Up 77% year-to-date, even more growth could be on tap for this healthcare name, so says multiple Street pros. Even though it boasts a next generation enzyme replacement therapy in Phase 3, one of its gene therapy assets has received significant attention. During the CNSA conference, FOLD presented additional follow-up data from its Phase 1/2 CLN6 Battens gene therapy program. The program is evaluating AT-GTX-501, its gene therapy designed for use in CLN6 Batten disease, which is a fatal condition where children experience rapid and progressive decline in cognitive and motor function. It has a worldwide population of roughly 1,000 patients.  The presentation included incremental interim safety and efficacy data. Based on the safety data for 13 patients treated with the candidate, the therapy was well tolerated. It should be noted that five patients reported eleven Grade 3 SAEs, including four that were considered to be potentially treatment-related. These included vomiting, fever and upper abdominal pain, which are symptoms frequently seen with AAV gene therapy administration. Weighing in for Cowen, five-star analyst Ritu Baral argues the fact that immunogenicity to AAV9 or CLN6 was not observed is an important takeaway. As for the efficacy data, the results for twelve patients that reached the 12-month timepoint and eight that hit the 24-month timepoint were analyzed against age-matched natural history. On the Hamburg Motor and Language (HM&L) Aggregate score, which assesses ambulation and speech, the mean rate of decline in treated patients was much lower compared to natural history over the same time period. Digging a bit deeper, at the 12-month timepoint, the mean rate of decline in treated subjects was 0.4 points, versus 1.2 points in natural history subjects. At the 24-month timepoint, the mean rate of decline was 0.6 points in treated subjects, compared to 2.4 points in the natural history participants. What’s more, management stated that 63% of natural history patients saw an additional 2-point drop on the HM&L score two years after their first decline, while only 13% of AT-GTX-501 gene therapy recipients experienced the same.  What does all of this mean? “We think this update is incrementally positive and demonstrates the durability of AT-GTX-501's efficacy out to two years. Interim efficacy results show nominally statistically significant and very likely clinically meaningful slowing of disease progression over 24 months in CLN6 Battens... The natural history dataset was collected was a relatively recent chart review by the same investigator as the FOLD study, and therefore we believe is likely reliable,” Baral commented. If that wasn’t enough, the natural history control analysis could be enough for U.S. registration. “We believe given the rarity and severity of CLN6, that a prospective PBO controlled trial is not feasible. We believe the natural history data in the disease is rapidly solidifying into a body of evidence that will be meaningful to both FDA and EMA,” Baral explained. Given all of the above, Baral has high hopes. Along with an Outperform rating, she keeps a $31 price target on the stock. This target puts the upside potential at 81%. (To watch Baral’s track record, click here) Other analysts seem to echo Baral’s sentiment. 3 Buys and no Holds or Sells add up to a Strong Buy consensus rating. Based on the average price target of $23.67, the upside potential comes in at 38%. (See Amicus Therapeutics stock analysis on TipRanks) Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.


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  • 39/82   Should Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE:ALV) Focus On Improving This Fundamental Metric?
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    Many investors are still learning about the various metrics that can be useful when analysing a stock. This article is...

    Many investors are still learning about the various metrics that can be useful when analysing a stock. This article is...


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  • 40/82   Here's What We Like About First Busey's (NASDAQ:BUSE) Upcoming Dividend
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    Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see First Busey...

    Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see First Busey...


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  • 41/82   Is Addus HomeCare Corporation's (NASDAQ:ADUS) Recent Stock Performance Influenced By Its Fundamentals In Any Way?
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    Addus HomeCare's (NASDAQ:ADUS) stock is up by a considerable 17% over the past three months. As most would know...

    Addus HomeCare's (NASDAQ:ADUS) stock is up by a considerable 17% over the past three months. As most would know...


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  • 42/82   Microsoft teamed up with a nonprofit using autonomous 'interceptor' boats to clean up the ocean and is helping it identify trash with machine learning
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    Depending on the weather, current, and other factors a single interceptor can collect more than 11,000 pounds of debris in a day.

    Depending on the weather, current, and other factors a single interceptor can collect more than 11,000 pounds of debris in a day.


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  • 43/82   Trump tweets fake news story from satirical conservative website
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    President Trump on Friday tweeted a fake news story published by the Babylon Bee, a satirical website for Christian conservatives, mocking Twitter for blocking users from sharing an unconfirmed report about Joe Biden's son.

    President Trump on Friday tweeted a fake news story published by the Babylon Bee, a satirical website for Christian conservatives, mocking Twitter for blocking users from sharing an unconfirmed report about Joe Biden's son.


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  • 44/82   Outrage boils over in Kansas City after video captures arrest of pregnant Black woman
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    A Kansas City woman gave birth on Friday, just over two weeks after she was thrown to the ground by police in an altercation at an event commemorating a murder victim.

    A Kansas City woman gave birth on Friday, just over two weeks after she was thrown to the ground by police in an altercation at an event commemorating a murder victim.


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  • 45/82   Debate in crucial Senate race shows Iowa's Joni Ernst doesn't know beans about soy
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    Ernst flubbed an agriculture answer in Thursday's debate, but Democrat Theresa Greenfield has taken a polling lead due to a focus on health care.

    Ernst flubbed an agriculture answer in Thursday's debate, but Democrat Theresa Greenfield has taken a polling lead due to a focus on health care.


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  • 46/82   A Kansas man was arrested on suspicion of threatening to kidnap and kill the mayor of Wichita over the city's mask mandate
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    Mayor Brandon Whipple said he believed that the threat against his life from was credible and not just "some guy popping off on social media."

    Mayor Brandon Whipple said he believed that the threat against his life from was credible and not just "some guy popping off on social media."


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  • 47/82   Decapitated French teacher warned not to show Prophet Muhammad images before attack
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    "We said to the teacher it was not good to show photos like this and that it would cause a huge problem," student Martial Lusiela told NBC News.

    "We said to the teacher it was not good to show photos like this and that it would cause a huge problem," student Martial Lusiela told NBC News.


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  • 48/82   Rudy’s ‘Russian Agent’ Pal Teases ‘Second Laptop’ With Hunter Biden Kompromat
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    Rudy Giuliani has dismissed concerns that his latest anti-Biden smears are part of a foreign-election interference plot, but a Ukrainian lawmaker recently deemed an “active Russian agent” by the U.S. Treasury is now touting further details to come.Andrii Derkach, one of the key players in Giuliani’s years-long dirt-digging mission against Joe Biden in Ukraine, piggybacked on the former New York City mayor’s latest Biden smears—supposedly involving a forgotten laptop. Derkach claimed on Facebook that there is a “second laptop” with evidence of corruption involving the Biden family.Chinese Billionaire’s Network Hyped Hunter Biden Dirt Weeks Before Rudy GiulianiThe claim appears to muddy the waters around Giuliani’s latest “smoking gun” charge against Hunter Biden. He says they came to light after an obscure Delaware computer repair shop owner found Biden’s laptop in his possession and copied the hard drive before alerting federal authorities and inexplicably Giuliani’s own lawyer. Now, with Derkach jumping in with claims of a “second laptop,” that would mean private computer contents allegedly connected to Hunter Biden have somehow found their way into the hands of three separate parties: A media empire controlled by a Chinese billionaire who’s tight with Steve Bannon; a random Delaware shop owner who is outspoken in his support of Trump; and Derkach, a Ukrainian conspiracy theory peddler who studied at Moscow’s FSB academy.Derkach wrote on Facebook about the questionable New York Post report that relied on unverified images of emails provided by Trump allies to supposedly prove a corruption scheme by Biden and his son involving Ukrainian gas company Burisma. He then said there was a second laptop, which was used by “two representatives for the interests of [Burisma founder Mykola] Zlochevsky.”“That laptop was given to Ukrainian law enforcement,” Derkach wrote, adding that the Burisma representatives who used the laptop were now serving as “witnesses in criminal proceedings.” He said the witnesses were ready to testify about an international corruption scheme involving Biden and his son, Hunter, who served on the board of the gas company. It has already been reported that Russian intelligence agents successfully hacked into Burisma computer networks last year, although it is not clear how much they were able to access and copy.Despite what Team Trump would have the public believe is a towering mountain of evidence, neither Joe or Hunter Biden have been charged with any wrongdoing, and Ukrainian prosecutors confirmed months ago that they had found no evidence of any crimes.Derkach is no newbie to the Biden saga. While cozying up to Trump allies like Giuliani during impeachment proceedings, he held repeated press conferences in Kyiv touting purported proof of corruption by the former vice president, and claiming it was not Russia that interfered in the 2016 election, but Ukraine. He also featured prominently in an “exposé” by the Trumpian One America News Network, and met with Giuliani in Kyiv last year as part of their anti-Biden mission. His claims have not held up under scrutiny. After Derkach was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in September for working as a foreign operative, Giuliani insisted he had not seen “any evidence” to conclusively say whether Derkach was working as a Russian agent or not. He told The Daily Beast this week that he believed it was a toss up whether his partner in the Biden smearing campaign was an active intelligence operative. “The chance that Derkach is a Russian spy is no better than 50/50,” he said.Rudy: Only ‘50/50’ Chance I Worked With a ‘Russian Spy’ to Dig Dirt on Bidens and UkraineBut U.S. intelligence officials had begun warning in spring 2019 that Derkach was part of a Russian effort to worm their way into the U.S. presidential election and spread the narrative that Biden and his son were involved in nefarious corruption schemes overseas. Giuliani’s allegations against Biden have evolved drastically since he first began his attacks on Trump’s then presumed 2020opponent by claiming the former vice president improperly forced out a Ukrainian prosecutor. After numerous “exposés” on Biden’s supposed abuse of power aired on OAN largely failed to gain much traction, Giuliani shifted his focus to Biden’s son, Hunter, who he has now deemed a “national security risk.”Bizarrely, even Giuliani’s allegations against the younger Biden have pinballed all over the place, from his initial claim that Hunter used access to his father to line his own pockets, to his very personal attacks on his admitted struggles with substance abuse, and, perhaps most desperately, his latest smear that Hunter Biden engaged in “disgusting sexual behavior.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Rudy Giuliani has dismissed concerns that his latest anti-Biden smears are part of a foreign-election interference plot, but a Ukrainian lawmaker recently deemed an “active Russian agent” by the U.S. Treasury is now touting further details to come.Andrii Derkach, one of the key players in Giuliani’s years-long dirt-digging mission against Joe Biden in Ukraine, piggybacked on the former New York City mayor’s latest Biden smears—supposedly involving a forgotten laptop. Derkach claimed on Facebook that there is a “second laptop” with evidence of corruption involving the Biden family.Chinese Billionaire’s Network Hyped Hunter Biden Dirt Weeks Before Rudy GiulianiThe claim appears to muddy the waters around Giuliani’s latest “smoking gun” charge against Hunter Biden. He says they came to light after an obscure Delaware computer repair shop owner found Biden’s laptop in his possession and copied the hard drive before alerting federal authorities and inexplicably Giuliani’s own lawyer. Now, with Derkach jumping in with claims of a “second laptop,” that would mean private computer contents allegedly connected to Hunter Biden have somehow found their way into the hands of three separate parties: A media empire controlled by a Chinese billionaire who’s tight with Steve Bannon; a random Delaware shop owner who is outspoken in his support of Trump; and Derkach, a Ukrainian conspiracy theory peddler who studied at Moscow’s FSB academy.Derkach wrote on Facebook about the questionable New York Post report that relied on unverified images of emails provided by Trump allies to supposedly prove a corruption scheme by Biden and his son involving Ukrainian gas company Burisma. He then said there was a second laptop, which was used by “two representatives for the interests of [Burisma founder Mykola] Zlochevsky.”“That laptop was given to Ukrainian law enforcement,” Derkach wrote, adding that the Burisma representatives who used the laptop were now serving as “witnesses in criminal proceedings.” He said the witnesses were ready to testify about an international corruption scheme involving Biden and his son, Hunter, who served on the board of the gas company. It has already been reported that Russian intelligence agents successfully hacked into Burisma computer networks last year, although it is not clear how much they were able to access and copy.Despite what Team Trump would have the public believe is a towering mountain of evidence, neither Joe or Hunter Biden have been charged with any wrongdoing, and Ukrainian prosecutors confirmed months ago that they had found no evidence of any crimes.Derkach is no newbie to the Biden saga. While cozying up to Trump allies like Giuliani during impeachment proceedings, he held repeated press conferences in Kyiv touting purported proof of corruption by the former vice president, and claiming it was not Russia that interfered in the 2016 election, but Ukraine. He also featured prominently in an “exposé” by the Trumpian One America News Network, and met with Giuliani in Kyiv last year as part of their anti-Biden mission. His claims have not held up under scrutiny. After Derkach was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in September for working as a foreign operative, Giuliani insisted he had not seen “any evidence” to conclusively say whether Derkach was working as a Russian agent or not. He told The Daily Beast this week that he believed it was a toss up whether his partner in the Biden smearing campaign was an active intelligence operative. “The chance that Derkach is a Russian spy is no better than 50/50,” he said.Rudy: Only ‘50/50’ Chance I Worked With a ‘Russian Spy’ to Dig Dirt on Bidens and UkraineBut U.S. intelligence officials had begun warning in spring 2019 that Derkach was part of a Russian effort to worm their way into the U.S. presidential election and spread the narrative that Biden and his son were involved in nefarious corruption schemes overseas. Giuliani’s allegations against Biden have evolved drastically since he first began his attacks on Trump’s then presumed 2020opponent by claiming the former vice president improperly forced out a Ukrainian prosecutor. After numerous “exposés” on Biden’s supposed abuse of power aired on OAN largely failed to gain much traction, Giuliani shifted his focus to Biden’s son, Hunter, who he has now deemed a “national security risk.”Bizarrely, even Giuliani’s allegations against the younger Biden have pinballed all over the place, from his initial claim that Hunter used access to his father to line his own pockets, to his very personal attacks on his admitted struggles with substance abuse, and, perhaps most desperately, his latest smear that Hunter Biden engaged in “disgusting sexual behavior.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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  • 49/82   Poultry firm denies any link to US Senator of same name who mocked Kamala Harris
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    Perdue Chicken assures angry customers it has no links to Georgia politician

    Perdue Chicken assures angry customers it has no links to Georgia politician


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  • 50/82   Tribute planned for beheaded teacher in France; 11th person arrested
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    An 11th person was detained on Sunday, police said, as authorities investigated the murder of Samuel Paty, a history teacher who was beheaded by a suspected Islamist in an attack that stunned the country.  Satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, whose offices were attacked in a mass killing five years ago, was among groups  organising a tribute to Paty in Paris in the afternoon.  The 47-year-old teacher was killed on Friday outside his school in a Paris suburb by an 18-year-old attacker.

    An 11th person was detained on Sunday, police said, as authorities investigated the murder of Samuel Paty, a history teacher who was beheaded by a suspected Islamist in an attack that stunned the country. Satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, whose offices were attacked in a mass killing five years ago, was among groups organising a tribute to Paty in Paris in the afternoon. The 47-year-old teacher was killed on Friday outside his school in a Paris suburb by an 18-year-old attacker.


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  • 51/82   Shark eats seal off Cape Cod beach
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    The two animals tussled in the shallows off Cape Cod Beach, ending with the shark eating the seal.

    The two animals tussled in the shallows off Cape Cod Beach, ending with the shark eating the seal.


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  • 52/82   Trump's national security adviser pushes back at top general, says troops won't be home by Christmas
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    O’Brien’s comments Friday were not the first time he has said the United States would draw down its forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 by January.

    O’Brien’s comments Friday were not the first time he has said the United States would draw down its forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 by January.


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  • 53/82   Gardens help towns and cities beat countryside for tree cover
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    A survey of tree cover in England and Wales throws up a few surprises.

    A survey of tree cover in England and Wales throws up a few surprises.


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  • 54/82   A groundbreaking new British drug offers hope to opioid addicts
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    Buvidal, is an injectable form of Buprenorphine, that acts as a slow-release drug that blocks the opioid receptors in the brain.

    Buvidal, is an injectable form of Buprenorphine, that acts as a slow-release drug that blocks the opioid receptors in the brain.


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  • 55/82   China is back to normal — the US and Europe are not. Here's how it succeeded.
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    China stamped out COVID-19 within months and has responded to small outbreaks by testing entire cities in days.

    China stamped out COVID-19 within months and has responded to small outbreaks by testing entire cities in days.


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  • 56/82   'Big pile' of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known
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    Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes. There are no plans to eradicate the eels.

    Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes. There are no plans to eradicate the eels.


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  • 57/82   The year's best wildlife photos reveal a super-chill monkey, a rare Siberian tiger, and an ant clinging to a beetle's leg
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    The Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest drew more than 49,000 entries. The winners show animals struggling to survive a human-dominated world.

    The Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest drew more than 49,000 entries. The winners show animals struggling to survive a human-dominated world.


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  • 58/82   Art imitates life at Plastic Bag Store pop-up in New York
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    The pop-up art installation in the heart of Times Square is meant to raise environmental awareness, coinciding with New York State's ban on all plastic carryout bags.  'There are humorous and satirical takes on everyday products that highlight the amount of waste that we're using, and the environmental problems related,' said Brooklyn artist and creator of The Plastic Bag Store, Robin Frohardt.  'And so because The Plastic Bag Store feels like a regular grocery store, I think the next time you go to a grocery store, it... might make you think a little bit about what's happening to the planet and the packaging situation.'

    The pop-up art installation in the heart of Times Square is meant to raise environmental awareness, coinciding with New York State's ban on all plastic carryout bags. 'There are humorous and satirical takes on everyday products that highlight the amount of waste that we're using, and the environmental problems related,' said Brooklyn artist and creator of The Plastic Bag Store, Robin Frohardt. 'And so because The Plastic Bag Store feels like a regular grocery store, I think the next time you go to a grocery store, it... might make you think a little bit about what's happening to the planet and the packaging situation.'


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  • 59/82   OceanGate gets set for dives to Titanic while overcoming the complications of COVID-19
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    Everett, Wash.-based OceanGate is getting ready to send explorers down to survey the wreck of the Titanic in its own custom-made submersible, but sometimes coping with the coronavirus pandemic can seem as challenging as diving 12,500 feet beneath the Atlantic Ocean’s surface. For example, there was the time OceanGate had to retrieve carbon-fiber material that was held up at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama due to a coronavirus-caused lockdown. “They had to send a hazmat team into the facility,” OceanGate’s founder and CEO, Stockton Rush, recalled today. “This was in March, and we got our material and our… Read More

    Everett, Wash.-based OceanGate is getting ready to send explorers down to survey the wreck of the Titanic in its own custom-made submersible, but sometimes coping with the coronavirus pandemic can seem as challenging as diving 12,500 feet beneath the Atlantic Ocean’s surface. For example, there was the time OceanGate had to retrieve carbon-fiber material that was held up at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama due to a coronavirus-caused lockdown. “They had to send a hazmat team into the facility,” OceanGate’s founder and CEO, Stockton Rush, recalled today. “This was in March, and we got our material and our… Read More


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  • 60/82   BlackRock's Fink 'pretty bearish' on emerging markets
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    BlackRock CEO Larry Fink said on Friday he believes emerging markets are on a downward slide as he sees strong macro trends weighing on the asset class.  'I am pretty bearish on the emerging world,' Fink said at an online event hosted by the Institute of International Finance.  'When we talk about climate change, and we think that's a big issue and a reallocation of capital,' Fink said, 'part of that reallocation of capital is movement out of the emerging world.'

    BlackRock CEO Larry Fink said on Friday he believes emerging markets are on a downward slide as he sees strong macro trends weighing on the asset class. 'I am pretty bearish on the emerging world,' Fink said at an online event hosted by the Institute of International Finance. 'When we talk about climate change, and we think that's a big issue and a reallocation of capital,' Fink said, 'part of that reallocation of capital is movement out of the emerging world.'


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  • 61/82   Wildfires have killed an estimated 600 jaguars in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands. Vets are using stem cells to treat injured cats.
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    Wildfires have destroyed more than one-fifth of the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland, in Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

    Wildfires have destroyed more than one-fifth of the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland, in Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.


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  • 62/82   Remdesivir questioned by WHO trial; women take virus more seriously than men
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    In a blow to one of the few drugs being used to treat COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said interim trial results suggest that Gilead's remdesivir was no better than a placebo at limiting severely ill patients' need for mechanical ventilation, the length of their hospital stay, or their risk of death.  Then, the authors looked at data on nearly 740,000 COVID-19 patients and examined the use of drugs that work to protect these processes, asking whether patients who received them fared better - and they did, in some cases.

    In a blow to one of the few drugs being used to treat COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said interim trial results suggest that Gilead's remdesivir was no better than a placebo at limiting severely ill patients' need for mechanical ventilation, the length of their hospital stay, or their risk of death. Then, the authors looked at data on nearly 740,000 COVID-19 patients and examined the use of drugs that work to protect these processes, asking whether patients who received them fared better - and they did, in some cases.


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  • 63/82   'I appeal to you': Merkel asks Germans to stay home as she focuses on individual responsibility
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    Angela Merkel appealed directly to the German people on Saturday to “stay at home whenever possible” after a meeting with state leaders last week failed to produce the tough coronavirus measures she had been pushing for. Speaking on her weekly podcast, the veteran Chancellor told Germans that “every day counts” as she encouraged them to strictly limit their movement and personal contacts. "I appeal to you. Please avoid any trip that is not totally really necessary, avoid celebrations that are not necessary. Please stay at home whenever possible," she said on the same day that reported daily cases hit a new record of over 7,800. Implying that a strict lockdown could be imposed over the festive period if case numbers do not come down, Ms Merkel said that "what our Christmas will be like will be decided in the coming days and weeks." The message appears to be a rare attempt to bypass long-winded political negotiations via an emotional appeal to the German public. The 66-year-old Chancellor, widely praised for her sober management of the pandemic during the spring, has struggled to convince all of the country's state leaders to get on board with national restrictions, even as case numbers soar. At a meeting of the 16 Bundesländer at the Chancellery on Wednesday, talks went on long into the evening. But the states agreed to little beyond vague commitments to tighten the rules on public gatherings and mask wearing if case numbers were to rise above 35 per 100,000 people. Ms Merkel reportedly warned the governors that “what we are announcing is not tough enough to avert disaster.” On issues such as health and education policy, the German political system is highly decentralized, meaning that the Chancellor is reliant on the good will of state leaders to be able to announce national pandemic rules. Adding to the confusion, administrative courts in several states have overturned local rules on bar and restaurant closing times, as well as lifting bans on overnight stays for people from domestic hotspots. Judges have described the measures as disproportionate.

    Angela Merkel appealed directly to the German people on Saturday to “stay at home whenever possible” after a meeting with state leaders last week failed to produce the tough coronavirus measures she had been pushing for. Speaking on her weekly podcast, the veteran Chancellor told Germans that “every day counts” as she encouraged them to strictly limit their movement and personal contacts. "I appeal to you. Please avoid any trip that is not totally really necessary, avoid celebrations that are not necessary. Please stay at home whenever possible," she said on the same day that reported daily cases hit a new record of over 7,800. Implying that a strict lockdown could be imposed over the festive period if case numbers do not come down, Ms Merkel said that "what our Christmas will be like will be decided in the coming days and weeks." The message appears to be a rare attempt to bypass long-winded political negotiations via an emotional appeal to the German public. The 66-year-old Chancellor, widely praised for her sober management of the pandemic during the spring, has struggled to convince all of the country's state leaders to get on board with national restrictions, even as case numbers soar. At a meeting of the 16 Bundesländer at the Chancellery on Wednesday, talks went on long into the evening. But the states agreed to little beyond vague commitments to tighten the rules on public gatherings and mask wearing if case numbers were to rise above 35 per 100,000 people. Ms Merkel reportedly warned the governors that “what we are announcing is not tough enough to avert disaster.” On issues such as health and education policy, the German political system is highly decentralized, meaning that the Chancellor is reliant on the good will of state leaders to be able to announce national pandemic rules. Adding to the confusion, administrative courts in several states have overturned local rules on bar and restaurant closing times, as well as lifting bans on overnight stays for people from domestic hotspots. Judges have described the measures as disproportionate.


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  • 64/82   Iran can purchase tanks and jets after expiry of UN arms embargo
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    Iran can once again purchase tanks and fighter jets after the expiry of a UN arms embargo on Sunday. The US had sought to keep the embargo in place amid concern that Tehran could now begin to build up its armed forces. The Islamic Republic will not, however, immediately begin a spending spree, according to a statement from he Iranian foreign ministry on Sunday. “Iran’s defence doctrine is premised on strong reliance on its people and indigenous capabilities,” it said. The US Defense Intelligence Agency predicted in 2019 that Iran would likely try to buy Russian Su-30 fighter jets, T-90 tanks and Yak-130 trainer aircraft once the embargo lifted. Tehran expressed an interest in the Russian tanks in 2016 but ultimately invested instead in a domestic alternative, the Karrar. The embargo, which was established in 2007, expired as per an agreement in the 2015 nuclear deal in which Iran, Britain, Germany, France, Russia, China and the United States sought to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief. “Today's normalisation of Iran's defence cooperation with the world is a win for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region,” Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. Tensions between Tehran and Washington soared after US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018, culminating in January when the US assassinated Iran’s top general Qassim Soleimani in a Baghdad drone strike. The Trump administration insisted in August it has re-invoked UN sanctions on Iran via a clause in the agreement, but the claim has largely gone ignored by the international community given Washington’s withdrawal from the deal. At the time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened Russia and China with possible sanctions if they disregarded the US decision. Iran has been militarily outspent for years by Gulf rivals such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which have purchased billions of dollars of US weaponry. There is concern in Iran that softening relations between Gulf nations and the US could unlock further sales. In September the UAE, Israel and Bahrain agreed a peace deal. An agreement over a possible deal for the sale of Lockheed Martin’s cutting edge F-35 fighter jet to the UAE was rumoured shortly afterwards, with Mr Trump saying he had ‘no problem’ with such a sale.

    Iran can once again purchase tanks and fighter jets after the expiry of a UN arms embargo on Sunday. The US had sought to keep the embargo in place amid concern that Tehran could now begin to build up its armed forces. The Islamic Republic will not, however, immediately begin a spending spree, according to a statement from he Iranian foreign ministry on Sunday. “Iran’s defence doctrine is premised on strong reliance on its people and indigenous capabilities,” it said. The US Defense Intelligence Agency predicted in 2019 that Iran would likely try to buy Russian Su-30 fighter jets, T-90 tanks and Yak-130 trainer aircraft once the embargo lifted. Tehran expressed an interest in the Russian tanks in 2016 but ultimately invested instead in a domestic alternative, the Karrar. The embargo, which was established in 2007, expired as per an agreement in the 2015 nuclear deal in which Iran, Britain, Germany, France, Russia, China and the United States sought to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief. “Today's normalisation of Iran's defence cooperation with the world is a win for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region,” Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. Tensions between Tehran and Washington soared after US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018, culminating in January when the US assassinated Iran’s top general Qassim Soleimani in a Baghdad drone strike. The Trump administration insisted in August it has re-invoked UN sanctions on Iran via a clause in the agreement, but the claim has largely gone ignored by the international community given Washington’s withdrawal from the deal. At the time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened Russia and China with possible sanctions if they disregarded the US decision. Iran has been militarily outspent for years by Gulf rivals such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which have purchased billions of dollars of US weaponry. There is concern in Iran that softening relations between Gulf nations and the US could unlock further sales. In September the UAE, Israel and Bahrain agreed a peace deal. An agreement over a possible deal for the sale of Lockheed Martin’s cutting edge F-35 fighter jet to the UAE was rumoured shortly afterwards, with Mr Trump saying he had ‘no problem’ with such a sale.


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  • 65/82   Guinea elections: Alpha Condé takes on Cellou Dalein Diallo again
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    A divisive new constitution allows Alpha Condé to stand again, amid political and ethnic tensions.

    A divisive new constitution allows Alpha Condé to stand again, amid political and ethnic tensions.


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  • 66/82   France demonstrations pay tribute to beheaded teacher
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    Demonstrators in France on Sunday took part in gatherings in support of freedom of speech and in tribute to a history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class.  Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by a 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police.  Political leaders, associations and unions demonstrated Sunday on the Place de la Republique in Paris holding placards reading “I am Samuel,” that echoed the “I am Charlie” rallying cry after the 2015 attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

    Demonstrators in France on Sunday took part in gatherings in support of freedom of speech and in tribute to a history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class. Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by a 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police. Political leaders, associations and unions demonstrated Sunday on the Place de la Republique in Paris holding placards reading “I am Samuel,” that echoed the “I am Charlie” rallying cry after the 2015 attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.


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  • 67/82   Why Did Rwanda Abduct Our Dad?
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    Christella Ntirugiribambe was 22 when her father—a Rwandan national—was abducted from a busy market street in June 2015. He hasn’t been seen since.In the years that followed his abduction in Nairobi, Kenya, she brought up her four siblings in Canada all the while living in the shadow of fear. “When he was alive I felt safe,” she told The Daily Beast. “One of the biggest things I realized after he went was that I wasn’t.”Despite living thousands of miles from Rwanda, she is one of many members of the diaspora living in fear of the Rwandan state. The recent arrest of Paul Rusesabagina has struck a chord—a reminder that time and distance is no deterrent. “They will never stop,” says David Himbara, former senior aide and economic adviser to Rwandan President Paul Kagame now turned critic.After years in the crosshairs of the government, an elaborate ruse involving a private jet in Dubai seemingly tricked Rusesabagina, the inspiration behind the Hollywood movie Hotel Rwanda, back to Rwanda where he now languishes in jail. President Kagame has been credited with ending the genocide, which killed a reported 800,000 people, and putting the country back together in its aftermath, but his critics point to cross-border abductions and assassinations as evidence of another side: a leader that bears a grudge and stops at nothing to crush dissent.“If you find yourself even near that country, or they can trick you there, they’ll do it. It’s the same old story,” Christella told us over the phone as we discuss the arrest of Rusesabagina. The Daily Beast spent weeks digging into what happened to her father, Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe, speaking to those who knew him, including friends, family members and colleagues.None of these people could provide any concrete evidence to prove who took Jean Chrysostome. But his disappearance is not an isolated case and the pattern has left those we spoke to, in countries from Kenya to Canada, living in fear of the same thing: the long reaching arm of the Rwandan state. Fear“They can poison you,” says Himbara, talking from his home in Canada. He is referring to the Rwandan government, and is reiterating a sentiment other Rwandans in exile have repeated to us. Regardless of whether there is truth to this particular accusation, the fear appears very real—and widespread.“Once the Rwandan government has a problem with you, they never give up,” said Faustin Rukundo, a member of a Rwandan opposition group who lives in the U.K.He speaks from experience. In 2017, his pregnant wife, British national Violette Uwamahoro, was taken off a bus by two men in civilian clothing while visiting family in Rwanda. She was held for weeks and questioned about her husband. According to the couple, the Rwandan authorities denied holding her until police in the U.K. tracked her phone. We interviewed Uwamahoro after the ordeal back in 2017: “Once the Rwandan government says they don’t have you, it means they’ll kill you or they have killed you,” she said.Rukundo himself was subject to a hacking attack last year. He kept getting missed WhatsApp calls and when he tried to call back the numbers, no one picked up. “I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know what,” he said. It turns out Rukundo had been targeted by NSO’s Pegasus, a spyware that finds its ways into the target's phone and transmits information like location details or call records.“I can honestly tell you we are terrified,” he told The Daily Beast from the U.K. “When I get in the car, I text my wife, when I leave work, I text her.”“The concerns of you being killed are constant,” agrees Robert Higiro, a former Rwandan military officer who fled Rwanda and now lives in the U.S. “You’d be very naive if you ever thought you were safe.” Who was Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe?When I ask Christella Ntirugiribambe whether she is afraid of speaking out about what happened to her father, she tells me: “He’s our dad, you have to do that. If we don’t, who else will?”On the evening he went missing, her father had just finished grocery shopping when three men approached him. According to witnesses, they then forced him into a car at gunpoint. Passers-by allegedly tried to intervene but a warning shot was fired. The vehicle sped off, with Jean Chrysostome inside. That was the last time anyone saw him.Christella has long grappled with why. In the years before her father went missing, he had been a defense investigator and legal assistant at the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the court set up to try those deemed responsible for the genocide. He’d conducted most of his work from his home in Nairobi, shuttling to the small, dusty Tanzanian city of Arusha, the seat of the tribunal, for cases. Sometimes he also was a defense witness in cases.The tribunal focused on prosecuting those who organized the genocide during which 800,000 people died in just 100 days. Questions about how thousands of ordinary people were sucked into a wave of genocidal madness have continued to plague Rwanda and beyond, while the international community has grappled with how it did so little to stop the violence.But Jean Chrysostome, whose own role in the troubles is unclear, believed even those accused of the worst crimes deserved a fair hearing. And he’d been good at his job—he was a key member of the legal team that secured the acquittal of General Augustin Ndindiliyimana. Ndindiliyimana was the former chief of staff of the Gendarmerie Nationale, the national police force. He was put on trial in Arusha, charged with 10 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and other violations of the Geneva Conventions.Technically Ndindiliyimana had been his boss, as during the genocide, Jean Chrysostome had been a captain in the Gendarmerie Nationale.We tried to understand his role more, finding snippets from a priest’s diary entry in the court’s archives that indicated a “Captain Jean Chrysostome” may have helped evacuate refugees during an attack on a parish in June 1994. Another priest reiterated that the actions of a certain gendarme and a colonel saved many lives that day. The Daily Beast got hold of one of these priests who was then residing in France but he couldn’t remember any of the details all these years on.The tribunal also opened up wounds on the other side of the divide. During Jean Chrysostome’s time working there, relations between Kagame and the defense side soured. This was partly on account of an idea that was gaining some traction: that he himself should stand trial at the ICTR for the downing of a plane that sparked the genocide. Members of the defense teams started getting arrested or even killed, while defense witnesses began mysteriously going missing. “It was terrifying,” recalls Francois Cantier, a French attorney who represented defendants at the ICTR. “Our life was always in the company of death.” A Trail of DestructionBy the time Jean Chrysostome was abducted, Rwandan nationals were disappearing or winding up dead inside and outside the nation's borders.In 2010, the country held its second elections since the genocide. Kagame had won the first direct elections by a colossal 95 per cent of the vote—and he seemed willing to use any method deemed necessary to do the same the second time around.“This year was a dangerous year. He was becoming more violent,” said Himbara, the former Kagame aide, recalling the months before the election took place.Himbara knew how impulsive his president could be. In 2000, he was plucked from obscurity in South Africa by President Kagame—one day the university lecturer got a call telling him he was urgently needed in Rwanda, a country he had left as a child. There was a private plane waiting for him. “While waiting to meet the president, I heard on the radio that I had been appointed as his principal private secretary,” said Himbara, chuckling at the madness of the situation.But things got madder, and much darker. Himbara fled to South Africa in 2010 shortly after watching Kagame beat two staff members for a pair of curtains purchased in the wrong place. “It made me sick to my stomach,” he said. But it wasn’t long before Himbara also fled South Africa. His friend, Rwanda’s former chief of external intelligence turned Kagame critic Patrick Karegeya, was found strangled to death in a Johannesburg hotel on New Years Day 2014.“A few months before, he was at my house and we were joking—if Kagame had a satellite and could see us both here, he’d get two in one go!,” says Himbara. “I went to Canada for Christmas. When I was about to return, Karegeya got hit and I never came back. I was terrified.”Karegeya’s killing had been on the cards for a while. In late 2010, former Rwandan officer Robert Higiro says he was instructed by Rwanda’s military intelligence director to kill Karegeya and another dissident. But Hirago tipped them off and they came up with a plot to catch the Kagame regime ordering assassinations red-handed. “I reached out to Patrick [Karegeya],” Higiro tells the Daily Beast. “He advised me to go along with it and said we’d work it out together.”The two men then secretly recorded the negotiations with the regime. He says Karegeya even set the amount he requested for carrying out the murders: 1 million dollars. The recordings were eventually given to the press and, after Karegeya’s death, Higiro testified in Congress.But going public came with its risks. In 2015, the U.S. State Department informed Higiro of a threat to his life and relocated him from Belgium, where he was living at the time, to the U.S. “At first I didn’t think I should run as far as the West but it became very serious and I had to find my way to Brussels. But even when I got there, I had to leave,” he said.Himbara said he has also faced threats in Canada, with a number of other Canadians reporting similar things, including lawyer Christopher Black, who worked with Jean Chrysostome on the Ndindiliyimana case. An Ordinary Man?But Jean Chrysostome wasn’t a high-profile figure like Himbara, Higiro or Karegeya.By the time he disappeared, his contract with the tribunal had ended. Life had seemingly slowed down. Christella says her father was juggling starting up an agribusiness in Kenya and writing a Christian book on marriage following the death of his wife in 2012. “Some people commented on how good his relationship with my mum was, so I suppose that made him think he should write a book!” she said laughing.But Christella says there were indications that something was wrong. Rumors were circulating among the Rwandan community in Nairobi that her father was on some kind of blacklist. “Among Rwandese people, if someone says you’re on a list, it means you probably are and you have to be careful,” she said.Jean Chrysostome had started to take these rumors seriously. For a whole year before his abduction, his daughter says he’d been receiving strange calls. When he picked up the phone, no one would speak. So he got two phones. He started preparing the children. “He knew what could happen,” she said. But Christella doesn’t know exactly what had changed that year. “I wish I’d taken more notice,” she said. She knows he was sharing criticisms of President Kagame online, mostly over WhatsApp with friends.She also heard from a friend of her father’s that he had been helping find safe accommodation for a man named Emmanuel Mughisa. The friend, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed this to the Daily Beast.At the time, Mughisa was living under the pseudonym Emile Gafirita. He was due to fly to France to speak to a judge about reopening the enquiry into the plane crash of the former president, an investigation that has been a diplomatic wound between France and Rwanda. His lawyer, Francois Cantier, says Mughisa claimed to have been in the vehicle that transported missiles to the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) headquarters prior to the plane being shot down. President Kagame was the commander of the RPF.But there was a hiccup: “The judge only agreed to protect my client under his real name,” recalled Cantier, who had worked at the ICTR and was later contacted by Mughisa with the information. “I knew giving the name would be very dangerous... I know the Rwandan context.”And he was right—within a few days of the name being put in the official court records, he says, Mughisa was gone; snatched off the streets of Nairobi.Seven months later, Jean Chrysostome endured the same fate. A Tangled WebThere are many question marks around the abduction of Jean Chrysostome. Why did he go missing? Was it his work at the tribunal or his efforts finding a safe house for Mugisha? Who took him and where is he now?Cantier says he has long wondered about the connection between Mugisha and Jean Chrysostome’s disappearance. “I think my client was kidnapped, tortured for the names of people he knew and then killed.” Why not just kill him on the street if you didn’t want to know his connections, he reasoned.Meanwhile, Christella said the car involved in the abduction was traced to the Kenyan flying squad, an elite quick response unit. According to her, a former flying squad member was later arrested for organizing her father’s kidnapping, although he was subsequently released.The cross-border abductions of Rwandan nationals within Africa are often thought to be done with the cooperation of police officers or soldiers from their host country. For example, numerous Ugandan police officers were arrested in 2017 for the abduction of Lt. Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard of Kagame. Mutabazi surfaced in Rwanda and was sentenced to life imprisonment.There were also reports that Jean Chrysostome had been working at a charity called Terram Pacis. One of their staff members, a Rwandan-Norwegian called Emmanuel Munyaruguru, had gone missing the year before while visiting refugee camps in Uganda. It is difficult to be certain that it is the same man, but an Emmanuel Munyaruguru based in Norway was listed in a U.N. report as being one of the most significant diaspora supporters of a group founded by some of the Hutu extremists involved in the genocide.We don’t know if Jean Chrysostome was associating with people like Emmanuel Munyaruguru.But Christella just wants answers. Over the last five years, the clues have dried up. The Kenyan CID, which investigates the more complex crimes, took over once the flying squad were implicated and progress slowed down, says Christella. “The case died after that,” she says. “All we’ve heard is rumors. We’ve had no solid evidence in years.”For Christella, juggling bringing up the family while making a life for herself in Canada has made it difficult to keep on top of the case. “Sometimes I feel like I’m not doing enough. But I’m trying my best,” she said. She continues to pine for some form of resolution “… I wish someone would pick up my father’s case and there would be accountability.”But the lack of truth and reconciliation following the genocide has left the country still torn in pieces, and the man who was supposed to be its savior continues to oversee his own brutal recriminations against both sides of the former divide.Accountability, it seems, is a long way off.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Christella Ntirugiribambe was 22 when her father—a Rwandan national—was abducted from a busy market street in June 2015. He hasn’t been seen since.In the years that followed his abduction in Nairobi, Kenya, she brought up her four siblings in Canada all the while living in the shadow of fear. “When he was alive I felt safe,” she told The Daily Beast. “One of the biggest things I realized after he went was that I wasn’t.”Despite living thousands of miles from Rwanda, she is one of many members of the diaspora living in fear of the Rwandan state. The recent arrest of Paul Rusesabagina has struck a chord—a reminder that time and distance is no deterrent. “They will never stop,” says David Himbara, former senior aide and economic adviser to Rwandan President Paul Kagame now turned critic.After years in the crosshairs of the government, an elaborate ruse involving a private jet in Dubai seemingly tricked Rusesabagina, the inspiration behind the Hollywood movie Hotel Rwanda, back to Rwanda where he now languishes in jail. President Kagame has been credited with ending the genocide, which killed a reported 800,000 people, and putting the country back together in its aftermath, but his critics point to cross-border abductions and assassinations as evidence of another side: a leader that bears a grudge and stops at nothing to crush dissent.“If you find yourself even near that country, or they can trick you there, they’ll do it. It’s the same old story,” Christella told us over the phone as we discuss the arrest of Rusesabagina. The Daily Beast spent weeks digging into what happened to her father, Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe, speaking to those who knew him, including friends, family members and colleagues.None of these people could provide any concrete evidence to prove who took Jean Chrysostome. But his disappearance is not an isolated case and the pattern has left those we spoke to, in countries from Kenya to Canada, living in fear of the same thing: the long reaching arm of the Rwandan state. Fear“They can poison you,” says Himbara, talking from his home in Canada. He is referring to the Rwandan government, and is reiterating a sentiment other Rwandans in exile have repeated to us. Regardless of whether there is truth to this particular accusation, the fear appears very real—and widespread.“Once the Rwandan government has a problem with you, they never give up,” said Faustin Rukundo, a member of a Rwandan opposition group who lives in the U.K.He speaks from experience. In 2017, his pregnant wife, British national Violette Uwamahoro, was taken off a bus by two men in civilian clothing while visiting family in Rwanda. She was held for weeks and questioned about her husband. According to the couple, the Rwandan authorities denied holding her until police in the U.K. tracked her phone. We interviewed Uwamahoro after the ordeal back in 2017: “Once the Rwandan government says they don’t have you, it means they’ll kill you or they have killed you,” she said.Rukundo himself was subject to a hacking attack last year. He kept getting missed WhatsApp calls and when he tried to call back the numbers, no one picked up. “I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know what,” he said. It turns out Rukundo had been targeted by NSO’s Pegasus, a spyware that finds its ways into the target's phone and transmits information like location details or call records.“I can honestly tell you we are terrified,” he told The Daily Beast from the U.K. “When I get in the car, I text my wife, when I leave work, I text her.”“The concerns of you being killed are constant,” agrees Robert Higiro, a former Rwandan military officer who fled Rwanda and now lives in the U.S. “You’d be very naive if you ever thought you were safe.” Who was Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe?When I ask Christella Ntirugiribambe whether she is afraid of speaking out about what happened to her father, she tells me: “He’s our dad, you have to do that. If we don’t, who else will?”On the evening he went missing, her father had just finished grocery shopping when three men approached him. According to witnesses, they then forced him into a car at gunpoint. Passers-by allegedly tried to intervene but a warning shot was fired. The vehicle sped off, with Jean Chrysostome inside. That was the last time anyone saw him.Christella has long grappled with why. In the years before her father went missing, he had been a defense investigator and legal assistant at the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the court set up to try those deemed responsible for the genocide. He’d conducted most of his work from his home in Nairobi, shuttling to the small, dusty Tanzanian city of Arusha, the seat of the tribunal, for cases. Sometimes he also was a defense witness in cases.The tribunal focused on prosecuting those who organized the genocide during which 800,000 people died in just 100 days. Questions about how thousands of ordinary people were sucked into a wave of genocidal madness have continued to plague Rwanda and beyond, while the international community has grappled with how it did so little to stop the violence.But Jean Chrysostome, whose own role in the troubles is unclear, believed even those accused of the worst crimes deserved a fair hearing. And he’d been good at his job—he was a key member of the legal team that secured the acquittal of General Augustin Ndindiliyimana. Ndindiliyimana was the former chief of staff of the Gendarmerie Nationale, the national police force. He was put on trial in Arusha, charged with 10 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and other violations of the Geneva Conventions.Technically Ndindiliyimana had been his boss, as during the genocide, Jean Chrysostome had been a captain in the Gendarmerie Nationale.We tried to understand his role more, finding snippets from a priest’s diary entry in the court’s archives that indicated a “Captain Jean Chrysostome” may have helped evacuate refugees during an attack on a parish in June 1994. Another priest reiterated that the actions of a certain gendarme and a colonel saved many lives that day. The Daily Beast got hold of one of these priests who was then residing in France but he couldn’t remember any of the details all these years on.The tribunal also opened up wounds on the other side of the divide. During Jean Chrysostome’s time working there, relations between Kagame and the defense side soured. This was partly on account of an idea that was gaining some traction: that he himself should stand trial at the ICTR for the downing of a plane that sparked the genocide. Members of the defense teams started getting arrested or even killed, while defense witnesses began mysteriously going missing. “It was terrifying,” recalls Francois Cantier, a French attorney who represented defendants at the ICTR. “Our life was always in the company of death.” A Trail of DestructionBy the time Jean Chrysostome was abducted, Rwandan nationals were disappearing or winding up dead inside and outside the nation's borders.In 2010, the country held its second elections since the genocide. Kagame had won the first direct elections by a colossal 95 per cent of the vote—and he seemed willing to use any method deemed necessary to do the same the second time around.“This year was a dangerous year. He was becoming more violent,” said Himbara, the former Kagame aide, recalling the months before the election took place.Himbara knew how impulsive his president could be. In 2000, he was plucked from obscurity in South Africa by President Kagame—one day the university lecturer got a call telling him he was urgently needed in Rwanda, a country he had left as a child. There was a private plane waiting for him. “While waiting to meet the president, I heard on the radio that I had been appointed as his principal private secretary,” said Himbara, chuckling at the madness of the situation.But things got madder, and much darker. Himbara fled to South Africa in 2010 shortly after watching Kagame beat two staff members for a pair of curtains purchased in the wrong place. “It made me sick to my stomach,” he said. But it wasn’t long before Himbara also fled South Africa. His friend, Rwanda’s former chief of external intelligence turned Kagame critic Patrick Karegeya, was found strangled to death in a Johannesburg hotel on New Years Day 2014.“A few months before, he was at my house and we were joking—if Kagame had a satellite and could see us both here, he’d get two in one go!,” says Himbara. “I went to Canada for Christmas. When I was about to return, Karegeya got hit and I never came back. I was terrified.”Karegeya’s killing had been on the cards for a while. In late 2010, former Rwandan officer Robert Higiro says he was instructed by Rwanda’s military intelligence director to kill Karegeya and another dissident. But Hirago tipped them off and they came up with a plot to catch the Kagame regime ordering assassinations red-handed. “I reached out to Patrick [Karegeya],” Higiro tells the Daily Beast. “He advised me to go along with it and said we’d work it out together.”The two men then secretly recorded the negotiations with the regime. He says Karegeya even set the amount he requested for carrying out the murders: 1 million dollars. The recordings were eventually given to the press and, after Karegeya’s death, Higiro testified in Congress.But going public came with its risks. In 2015, the U.S. State Department informed Higiro of a threat to his life and relocated him from Belgium, where he was living at the time, to the U.S. “At first I didn’t think I should run as far as the West but it became very serious and I had to find my way to Brussels. But even when I got there, I had to leave,” he said.Himbara said he has also faced threats in Canada, with a number of other Canadians reporting similar things, including lawyer Christopher Black, who worked with Jean Chrysostome on the Ndindiliyimana case. An Ordinary Man?But Jean Chrysostome wasn’t a high-profile figure like Himbara, Higiro or Karegeya.By the time he disappeared, his contract with the tribunal had ended. Life had seemingly slowed down. Christella says her father was juggling starting up an agribusiness in Kenya and writing a Christian book on marriage following the death of his wife in 2012. “Some people commented on how good his relationship with my mum was, so I suppose that made him think he should write a book!” she said laughing.But Christella says there were indications that something was wrong. Rumors were circulating among the Rwandan community in Nairobi that her father was on some kind of blacklist. “Among Rwandese people, if someone says you’re on a list, it means you probably are and you have to be careful,” she said.Jean Chrysostome had started to take these rumors seriously. For a whole year before his abduction, his daughter says he’d been receiving strange calls. When he picked up the phone, no one would speak. So he got two phones. He started preparing the children. “He knew what could happen,” she said. But Christella doesn’t know exactly what had changed that year. “I wish I’d taken more notice,” she said. She knows he was sharing criticisms of President Kagame online, mostly over WhatsApp with friends.She also heard from a friend of her father’s that he had been helping find safe accommodation for a man named Emmanuel Mughisa. The friend, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed this to the Daily Beast.At the time, Mughisa was living under the pseudonym Emile Gafirita. He was due to fly to France to speak to a judge about reopening the enquiry into the plane crash of the former president, an investigation that has been a diplomatic wound between France and Rwanda. His lawyer, Francois Cantier, says Mughisa claimed to have been in the vehicle that transported missiles to the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) headquarters prior to the plane being shot down. President Kagame was the commander of the RPF.But there was a hiccup: “The judge only agreed to protect my client under his real name,” recalled Cantier, who had worked at the ICTR and was later contacted by Mughisa with the information. “I knew giving the name would be very dangerous... I know the Rwandan context.”And he was right—within a few days of the name being put in the official court records, he says, Mughisa was gone; snatched off the streets of Nairobi.Seven months later, Jean Chrysostome endured the same fate. A Tangled WebThere are many question marks around the abduction of Jean Chrysostome. Why did he go missing? Was it his work at the tribunal or his efforts finding a safe house for Mugisha? Who took him and where is he now?Cantier says he has long wondered about the connection between Mugisha and Jean Chrysostome’s disappearance. “I think my client was kidnapped, tortured for the names of people he knew and then killed.” Why not just kill him on the street if you didn’t want to know his connections, he reasoned.Meanwhile, Christella said the car involved in the abduction was traced to the Kenyan flying squad, an elite quick response unit. According to her, a former flying squad member was later arrested for organizing her father’s kidnapping, although he was subsequently released.The cross-border abductions of Rwandan nationals within Africa are often thought to be done with the cooperation of police officers or soldiers from their host country. For example, numerous Ugandan police officers were arrested in 2017 for the abduction of Lt. Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard of Kagame. Mutabazi surfaced in Rwanda and was sentenced to life imprisonment.There were also reports that Jean Chrysostome had been working at a charity called Terram Pacis. One of their staff members, a Rwandan-Norwegian called Emmanuel Munyaruguru, had gone missing the year before while visiting refugee camps in Uganda. It is difficult to be certain that it is the same man, but an Emmanuel Munyaruguru based in Norway was listed in a U.N. report as being one of the most significant diaspora supporters of a group founded by some of the Hutu extremists involved in the genocide.We don’t know if Jean Chrysostome was associating with people like Emmanuel Munyaruguru.But Christella just wants answers. Over the last five years, the clues have dried up. The Kenyan CID, which investigates the more complex crimes, took over once the flying squad were implicated and progress slowed down, says Christella. “The case died after that,” she says. “All we’ve heard is rumors. We’ve had no solid evidence in years.”For Christella, juggling bringing up the family while making a life for herself in Canada has made it difficult to keep on top of the case. “Sometimes I feel like I’m not doing enough. But I’m trying my best,” she said. She continues to pine for some form of resolution “… I wish someone would pick up my father’s case and there would be accountability.”But the lack of truth and reconciliation following the genocide has left the country still torn in pieces, and the man who was supposed to be its savior continues to oversee his own brutal recriminations against both sides of the former divide.Accountability, it seems, is a long way off.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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