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Kosovo highest court rules new government can be formed without snap elections

Issued on: 29/05/2020 – 03:25Modified: 29/05/2020 – 03:29 Kosovo's Constitutional Court ruled late on Thursday that a new government can be formed without holding a snap election, a decision opposed by the caretaker prime minister's party, which has vowed street protests. Advertising Read more Albin Kurti's government was dismissed on March 25 after less than two months in office, following disagreements with its main partner, the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and removal of tariffs on Serbian goods. "The biggest political party does not have the exclusivity to propose the candidate of the prime minister to form the government," the court said in its verdict. Kurti backed a snap election after seeing that other parties rallied together with his former coalition partner the LDK to form a new government. His party said it will organise protests in coming days. The task to form the government is now given to LDK ..

UK Politics

Trump Says There Is Nothing I Would Rather Do Than Get Rid of My Whole Twitter Account

Upon announcing an executive order on preventing online censorship on Thursday, President Donald Trump was asked why he would not simply walk away from Twitter given his concerns over the social media platform. Trump responded that he would leave his Twitter account “in a heartbeat” if there were not “so much fake news,” and further explained to reporters why he continues to have a social media presence. “Mr. President, given your concern with Twitter, have you given any consideration to deleting your account, to just walking away from this platform youve been so critical of?” a reporter asked Trump. “Well, you know, if you werent fake, I would not even think about it. I would do that in a heartbeat,” the president responded. “Im real, sir,” the reporter responded. “But the news—the news is fake. If you look at what gets printed in newspapers, if only the public could understand where theyre reading a story and they think its real, and its not real in so many cases,” Trump added. ..

UK Politics

US Bill to Pressure China Over Uyghur Rights Goes to Trump for Decision

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on May 27 calling for sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for oppression of Uyghur Muslims, sending the bill to the White House for President Donald Trump to veto or sign into law. The tally was 413-1. The near-unanimous support in Congress—the Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent—puts pressure on Trump to impose human rights sanctions on China. Although Trumps fellow Republicans in Congress said they expected he would sign the bill, the White House has not yet indicated whether he will do so. Aides did not respond to requests for comment. The bill calls for sanctions against those responsible for repression of Uyghurs and other Muslim groups in Chinas Xinjiang region, where the United Nations estimates that more than a million Muslims have been detained in camps. Police detain a man during a rally in Hong Kong to show support for the Uighur minority in China, Hong Kong, on Dec. 22, 2019...

UK Politics

Twitter CEO Defends Fact-Checking Trump Ahead of Planned Executive Order

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended placing a so-called fact check on President Donald Trumps post ahead of a planned executive order cracking down on technology companies. “Well continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make,” Dorsey said in a statement. “This does not make us an arbiter of truth. Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions.” Twitter didnt place a fact check on anyone on the platform before inserting an analysis on Trumps post. In the missive in question, Trump wrote theres no way that mail-in ballots “will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.” “Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed,” the president said. Twitter added a line of blu..

UK Politics

Officials Who Raised Red Flags Early in Trump-Russia Probe Were Silenced: Ex-Intelligence Chief

Intelligence officials who made noise about problems with the investigation into Donald Trumps campaign and Russia were silenced or had their warnings ignored, a top former intelligence official said. “In the Russian collusion investigation, early on there were people who raised red flags. And many of those people were silenced or their words classified and put away,” Richard Grenell, who served as acting director of national intelligence (DNI) for several months this year, said Wednesday. What happened is “an outrage” and “we have to fix it,” he added, referring to the growing body of evidence showing malfeasance during the collusion probe. Grenell declassified a number of documents while overseeing the U.S. intelligence community, including a list of people who requested in late 2016 or early 2017 the deanonymizing of retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, Trumps incoming national security adviser. Asked if it was possible that President Barack Obama had no idea of what was going on, Gre..

Tech

US court grants permission to recover Marconi telegraph from Titanic wreckage

Enlarge / View of the bow of the RMS Titanic photographed in June 2004 by the ROV Hercules during an expedition returning to the shipwreck.NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (NOAA/IFE/URI) When RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, crew members sent out numerous distress signals to any other ships in the vicinity using what was then a relatively new technology: a Marconi wireless telegraph system. More than 1,500 passengers and crew perished when the ship sank a few hours later. Now, in what is likely to be a controversial decision, a federal judge has approved a salvage operation to retrieve the telegraph from the deteriorating wreckage, The Boston Globe has reported. Lawyers for the company RMS Titanic Inc.—which owns more than 5,000 artifacts salvaged from the wreck—filed a request in US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, arguing that the wireless telegraph should be salvaged because the ship's remains are likely to collapse sometime in t..

Tech

Russian hackers are exploiting bug that gives control of US servers

Enlarge Lino Mirgeler/picture alliance via Getty Images A Russian hacking group tied to power-grid attacks in Ukraine, the worlds most destructive data wiper worm, and other nefarious Kremlin operations is exploiting a vulnerability that allows it to take control of computers operated by the US government and its partners. In an advisory published on Thursday, the US National Security Agency said that the Sandworm group was actively exploiting a vulnerability in Exim, an open source mail transfer agent, or MTA, for Unix-based operating systems. Tracked as CVE-2019-10149, the critical bug makes it possible for an unauthenticated remote attacker to send specially crafted emails that execute commands with root privileges. With that, the attacker can install programs of their choosing, modify data, and create new accounts. A patch CVE-2019-10149 has been available since last June. The attacks have been active since at least August. NSA officials wrote: The actors exploited victims using..

Tech

A $350 “anti-5G” device is just a 128MB USB stick, teardown finds

Enlarge / The 5GBioShield, a USB stick that allegedly protects you from 5G and other radio signals.5GBioShield Believers of 5G conspiracy theories have apparently been buying a $350 anti-5G USB key that—not surprisingly—appears to just be a regular USB stick with only 128MB of storage. As noted by the BBC today, the "5GBioShield" USB stick "was recommended by a member of Glastonbury Town Council's 5G Advisory Committee, which has called for an inquiry into 5G." The company that sells 5GBioShield claims it "is the result of the most advanced technology currently available for balancing and prevention of the devastating effects caused by non-natural electric waves, particularly (but not limited to) 5G, for all biological life forms." The product's website charges £283 for a single 5GBioShield, which converts to nearly $350. That's what it costs to get "protection for your home and family, thanks to the wearable holographic nano-layer catalyser, which can be worn or place..

Tech

Trump launches his salvo against social media — will it land?

U.S. President Donald Trumps attempt to punish companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook for alleged anti-conservative bias takes aim at the online industrys most-cherished legal protections — but the shot could ultimately be a glancing blow. Trump announced the action Thursday, signing an executive order that he said would “defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers” — tech platforms that have amassed “unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter virtually any form of communication between private citizens or large public audiences.” “We cant allow that to happen,” Trump said in the Oval Office, where he was accompanied by Attorney General William Barr. Under the order, Trump said he is asking regulators to reinterpret a law that shields internet companies from lawsuits over content on their sites, a safeguard that has allowed Silicon Valleys giants to generate some of the worlds biggest fortunes. “My executive order calls for new regulations … to make ..

Europe

The ICC says ex-Ivory Coast president Gbagbo can leave Belgium under conditions

Issued on: 28/05/2020 – 22:03Modified: 28/05/2020 – 22:03 The International Criminal Court on Thursday said former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo can leave Belgium under certain conditions following his acquittal last year over post-electoral violence that killed 3,000 people. Advertising Read more Gbagbo and his deputy Charles Ble Goude were both cleared of crimes against humanity a year ago, eight years after the former West African strongmans arrest and transfer to the Hague-based court. Belgium agreed to host Gbagbo, 73, after he was released in February under strict conditions including that he would return to court for a prosecution appeal against his acquittal. However, Gbagbo and Ble Goude cannot “travel beyond the territorial limits of the municipality of the receiving State without the explicit and prior authorisation of the Court,” an ICC statement said Thursday. Ble Goude, who lives in The Hague, was released under similar conditions as Gbagbo. Gbagbos law..

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