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Virgin Galactic boss Richard Branson suspends $1bn Saudi investment over Khashoggi disappearance

Billionaire Richard Branson has suspended talks with Saudi Arabia regarding a planned $ 1bn investment in his space ventures after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was linked to the disappearance of a Washington Post journalist. Branson, co-founder of Virgin Galactic, announced last October that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund was planning to invest $ 1 billion in his commercial space ...

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US student barred from entering Israel over ‘links to BDS’ fights decision in court

Lara Alqasem, a US student of Palestinian descent, spent over a week in a Tel Aviv airport after being denied entry to Israel over alleged support for BDS. Determined to study in Jerusalem, she’s fighting the decision in court. The 22-year-old student had her second appeal hearing on Thursday, but the court is yet to announce its final ruling. Alqasem, ...

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Russian ombudsman wants nationwide block on AliExpress over fears for kids’ health

The Russian ombudsman for children’s rights has proposed developing a procedure for blocking AliExpress and similar e-trading platforms, as they can bypass regulations to sell goods that are dangerous for children. Ombudsman Anna Kuznetsova sent a letter containing this proposal to Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika in late September, Kommersant daily reported on Thursday. READ MORE: Duma committee approves draft law ...

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US senators demand Magnitsky Act probe, sanctions on Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi disappearance

A group of Republican and Democrat senators united to demand an investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a consulate in Turkey. This could lead to sanctions against Saudi Arabia within 120 days. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) and Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) ...

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‘Somebody took politics too far’: Man’s truck torched ‘over Trump stickers’

A man in Washington state returned from a night out drinking to find his truck burned to ashes in a parking lot. He claims the arsonist vandalized and torched his vehicle because of his pro-Donald Trump bumper stickers. After a few rounds of drinks at a bar in Vancouver, Washington, Johnny MacKay hopped in an Uber and went home, leaving ...

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‘Crimes against humanity:’ France to face lawsuit in ICC over nuclear tests in French Polynesia

A suit has been filed against France with the International Criminal Court over the nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific. While local studies say the tests led to cancer, Paris is reluctant to take responsibility. The move was announced by the French Polynesia’s former president, Oscar Temaru, at a meeting of the UN commission focused on decolonization.“This case aims ...

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Suspect detained in Germany over killing of Bulgaria journalist – official

Published time: 10 Oct, 2018 06:27 Edited time: 10 Oct, 2018 07:00 Another suspect linked to the slaying of Bulgarian investigative journalist Victoria Marinova has been arrested in Germany. The first man allegedly linked to the murder was earlier detained in Bulgaria. A man in his early 20s was arrested after DNA tests and other evidence linked him to the ...

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Police detains suspect over killing of Bulgarian journalist – report

Published time: 9 Oct, 2018 10:25 Edited time: 9 Oct, 2018 10:45 A person suspected to be linked to the murder of a Bulgarian investigative journalist has been detained, Reuters reports citing a government source familiar with the investigation. The detainee allegedly holds Romanian citizenship as well as a Moldovan passport, according to unconfirmed reports in Bulgarian media. An Interior ...

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In letter to Congress, Apple sends strongest denial over ‘spy chip’ story

Apple has doubled down on its repudiation of Bloomberg’s report last week that claimed its systems had been compromised by Chinese spies. The blockbuster story cited more than a dozen sources claiming that China installed tiny chips on motherboards built by Supermicro, which companies across the U.S. tech industry — including Amazon and Apple — have used to power servers in ...

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In letter to Congress, Apple sends strongest denial over ‘spy chip’ story

Apple has doubled down on its repudiation of Bloomberg’s report last week that claimed its systems had been compromised by Chinese spies. The blockbuster story cited more than a dozen sources claiming that China installed tiny chips on motherboards built by Supermicro, which companies across the U.S. tech industry — including Amazon and Apple — have used to power servers in ...

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