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Surveillance state? Amazon selling facial recognition technology to govt ‘threatens freedom’

Amazon’s powerful new facial recognition technology automates mass government surveillance and threatens individual freedom, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The online retail giant has begun selling the big brother-like technology, which it calls “Rekognition,” to law enforcement and local government authorities across the United States. The new service can identify, track and analyze people in real time, ...

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Israel brags it is 1st state to use US-made F-35 in combat & ‘attacks on different fronts’

Israel, which has conducted several air raids in neighboring Syria, now brags it is the first country to use the US-made F-35 in combat to “attack” targets in the Middle East. It did not specify the targets. “We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East. It had become part of our operational capabilities,” Israel Air Force Commander Major-General ...

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Pompeo reminds State Dept staff of America’s ‘essential rightness’ in world affairs

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has delivered a pep-talk to his State Department staff, urging them to regain their “swagger” and to believe in the “essential rightness” of the US in global affairs. Pompeo said that American diplomats should act with confidence in carrying out the Trump administration’s foreign policy, safe in the knowledge that the US is always ...

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‘Hallmark of police state’: Australian PM slammed over move to have random ID checks at airports

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants to counter terrorism by conducting random ID checks at airports. The move has been slammed by political opponents and social media users as “slow march of authoritarianism”. Turnbull unveiled a package of new security measures at Melbourne Airport, the second biggest in Australia, on Tuesday. “We’re providing additional resources to the Australian Federal Police ...

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‘This is state terror’: Foes & allies criticize Israel over use of force in wake of embassy move

Russia, France, and the UK have expressed consternation over the legality of the US Embassy moving to Jerusalem, and Israel’s heavy-handed response to the clashes it has provoked, which has reportedly caused over 50 deaths. “We have publicly criticized the move multiple times,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “International resolutions declare that the status of Jerusalem – one of ...

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All Russian citizens who fight for Islamic State will face criminal prosecution – senior diplomat

Over 4,000 Russian citizens are currently fighting on the terrorists’ side in Syria, but all of them will face criminal charges if they return home, the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov has said. “Russian law enforcement agencies currently possess information about over 4,000 Russian citizens who have left our country in order to participate in armed formations [in Syria],” ...

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Israeli bombardment in Syria killed 3, injured 2 – state media

Three people have been killed and two wounded in an attack by Israeli forces against Iranian targets in Syria. Israeli strikes destroyed a radar station and an arms warehouse and damaged air defense units, Sana reports. Syrian air defense systems intercepted most of the rockets launched by Israel at dawn, according to Syrian army command cited by Sana. Israel’s direct ...

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Israeli missiles destroyed Syrian radar site – state media

Some of the missiles Israel launched into Syrian territory have broken through the air defenses deployed by Damascus and hit a radar site, state media outlet SANA said, citing a military source. The missile barrage, reportedly launched by Israeli warplanes from outside Syrian territory, took place late Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning and targeted areas in the Quneitra province ...

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Syrian territory shelled from Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – state media

Several shells have reportedly hit the Syrian governorate of Quneitra, launched from the Israeli-occupied portion of the Golan Heights. Air raid sirens were reported going off in the Israeli-controlled area around the same time. The shells were fired from the Israeli-controlled area towards the city of Baath in northern Quneitra, Syria’s state SANA news agency reported. There have been no ...

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