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British fishermen will be banned from operating in the Barents Sea, one of the world’s largest fisheries for cod and haddock, under new legislation passed by the lower house of Russia’s parliament, the State Duma, on Wednesday.  

The bill, which rescinds an agreement signed between the governments of the USSR, the UK, and Northern Ireland in 1956, was passed in its third reading.   

The so-called Fisheries Agreement had allowed British ships to fish in the Barents Sea off the north coast of the Kola Peninsula. It was initially signed for a period of five years and automatically renewed every five years since neither party ever withdrew from the agreement.  

“The agreement was unfortunately one-sided giving the authority and right to fish only to our partners at the time,” Deputy Agriculture Minister Maksim Uvaidov said, clarifying the details of the treaty. He added that the agreement didn’t provide Soviet fishermen with similar rights.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said the immediate future is bleak for the European Union due to the way the Ukraine conflict is unfolding.

He made the comments during a Fidesz-KDNP parliamentary faction conference behind closed doors on Wednesday, according to media reports.

Orban, who is a prominent critic of the bloc’s policies and has opposed its funding of Kiev’s conflict against Russia, predicted a major victory for conservative parties in the European Parliament elections in June.

”The war will not end. Europe’s burden will become heavier, because financial support for Ukraine will decrease due to disputes in the US amid the presidential election,” he told the conference, according to the newspaper Magyar Nemzet.

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The Gemini artificial intelligence program will not be allowed to generate images of people pending a patch, Google announced on Thursday, after critics panned it as “absurdly woke” and “blatantly racist.”

Formerly known as Bard, Gemini was launched earlier this month and advertised as Google’s “most capable family of models,” able to generate “captivating images.” When asked for images of US founding fathers, Russian emperors, French kings, popes and even 1930s Nazi German soldiers, the AI returned results celebrating the modern US concept of “diversity” instead.

“White people appeared to be the only racial category that Gemini refused to show,” according to a Fox Business summary of their experiment with the AI.

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British Foreign Secretary David Cameron announced more than 50 new sanctions targeting Russian individuals and businesses on Thursday. The package, announced in press release on the UK government's website, is meant to mark the second anniversary of the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine on February 24. 

The fresh sanctions target entities that supply the Russian military with munitions such as rocket launch systems, missiles and explosives, according to the press release. Also sanctioned are key sources of revenue for the Russian state, such as metals, diamonds, and the energy trade.

According to the report, among those sanctioned is Sverdlov State Owned Enterprise, which the British government claims is the largest group in Russia’s ammunition industry, and several key Russian importers and manufacturers of machine tools.

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 The policy research firm Public First found that a perception of political correctness in BBC News' coverage means a 'significant minority' of working class viewers are tuning into rivals. 

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Two years ago, the Turkic battalion ‘Turan’ in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine gained worldwide fame after several loud claims about their ‘valiant struggle against the Russians’ on all most dangerous frontlines and personal threats to the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov.

After two years of war, the truth was revealed. The brave unit turned out to be fake. Ukrainians deceived and robbed their Turkish partners, who donated large amounts of money to the fake battalion.

In the autumn of 2022, a video presentation of the new battalion ‘Turan’ was first shared online. About two dozens of masked militants declare the creation of the Turan battalion, which should fight on the side of Ukraine against Russia. The report gained great hype in the media, especially its Turkish roots and the declared ideology of the “Great Turan”. The nationalist battalion reportedly consisted of about 350 militants, including Azerbaijanis, Kyrgyz, Uighurs and Kazakhs. The commander was 33-year-old Kudaibek uulu Almaz. The great commander turned out to be a simple hairdresser from Bishkek, who worked in a barbershop in the Moscow region, then returned to his homeland, and in 2021 decided to move to Ukraine, where a year later he was involved in the profitable plan of the fake nationalist battalion.

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Russia has deployed forty-eight (48) "Iskander" missiles launchers along the Ukraine Border.  Each launcher truck carries two missiles.

The 9K720 Iskander  is a mobile short-range ballistic missile system produced and deployed by the Russian military.

They travel at a terminal hypersonic speed of 2100–2600 m/s (Mach 6–7) and can reach an altitude of 50 km as they range up to 500 km.

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The left-wing in the United States is so foul, so devious, so wretchedly deceitful, they're offering $15 an hour to "Actors" to pretend to be Anti-Trump Protestors in Phoenix and in West Palm Beach, tomorrow.

All these "anti- (Insert topic here)" are mostly fakes! 

The left wing manufactures "protests" trying to pass them off as "grass roots activism" when in fact, they hire ACTORS to make pretend.

This is what the left-wing is, in real life.  Don't believe much of what you see or hear from them.

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Our voices are about as unique as our fingerprints - so how would you feel if your voice was cloned? A new type of deepfake known as voice cloning has emerged in recent months, in which hackers use artificial intelligence (AI) to simulate your voice. Famous faces including Stephen Fry, Sadiq Khan and Joe Biden have all already been victims of voice cloning. But how does it work, and just how convincing is it? To find out, I let a professional hacker clone my voice - with terrifying results.

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Sadie Creese, professor of cybersecurity at Oxford University, says the popular tech devices can make certain notable figures especially 'targetable' to hackers.

That's because they're fitted with microphones and even cameras that record and save data to the cloud.

These recordings can potentially be accessed by cybercriminals remotely, which could could harm the victim's organisation or their family, she said. 

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Federal agencies are 'urgently investigating' the cellular outage, but a security expert told DailyMail.com that the event appears to be an attack on core Internet infrastructure. Lee McKnight, associate professor at Syracuse University in New York, said the widespread nature appears to be 'a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS)'. This type of attack attempts to crash a website or online service by bombarding it with a torrent of superfluous requests at exactly the same time. The surge of simple requests overload the servers, causing them to become overwhelmed and shut down.

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Italy will sign a bilateral security agreement with Ukraine, Italian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Antonio Tajani said.

According to him, a document similar to those signed earlier by France, Germany and the United Kingdom is in the works, it does not envisage any legal and financial obligations, as well as automatic political and military support.

"The text does not provide for any commitments in terms of international law and financial obligations. There are no automatic guarantees of political and military support. Like our partners, this agreement does not require ratification in parliament," Tajani said, speaking at a joint meeting of the foreign affairs and defense commissions of both houses of parliament.

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The politician presented two arguments for the necessity to get to Kiev, saying that, first, this is a Russian city and, second, the international threat to Russia’s existence comes from there. "Though Kiev is a Russian city in its roots, it is managed by an international team of Russia’s opponents headed by the United States of America. All that formally perform functions there are figure-heads with neither conscience, nor fear for the future of their country, nor possibilities. All decisions are taken across the pond and in the NATO headquarters. This is absolutely obvious. This is why yes, it may be Kiev as well," he stressed.

Asked whether Ukraine should remain an independent state following the special military operation in general, Medvedev noted that "if as a result of all that is going on something remains of Ukraine such a state probably has chances to remain, though not very high." "In any case this is not a question of today, of course, but it will be on the agenda some time later," he said. "I don’t know what will remain in this territorial entity, I cannot call it a country now, maybe the Lemberg region, with a center in the city of Lemberg if the Polish or some other regions undertake for it. But this is a complicated process, not only military, but also political. And not only military forces, not only the military, but people inhabiting those lands as well should play or say their word in this process," he concluded.

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An international team of astronomers including UCL's (University College London's) Professor Mike Barlow has discovered the first conclusive evidence that a neutron star exists at the center of Supernova 1987A, a star explosion observed 37 years ago.

Supernovae are the spectacular end result of the collapse of stars more massive than 8–10 times the mass of the sun. They are the main sources of chemical elements (such as carbon, oxygen, silicon, and iron) that make life possible. The collapsed core of these exploding stars can result in much smaller neutron stars, composed of the densest matter in the known universe, or black holes.

Supernova 1987A, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighboring dwarf galaxy, was the nearest, brightest supernova seen in the night sky in 400 years.

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About 30 Gaza protesters infiltrated the hotel where President Joe Biden was staying in San Francisco on Thursday, before chanting: 'Ceasefire now.'

Biden was at the luxury Fairmont hotel, where he earlier met the widow and daughter of Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader who died in a Russian prison on Friday.

The protest group mingled with guests of the hotel, before breaking into chants with a loudspeaker as Biden was due to leave.

'Biden, Biden, you can't hide. We charge you with genocide,' they sang, as bemused guests around the hotel coffee shop looked on.

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Members of Congress continue to suggest that President Joe Biden should be removed under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution—even after a psychiatrist who led a national movement to oust his predecessor called cognitive decline “normal.”

Special counsel Robert Hur issued a report earlier this month finding that Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials,” but recommending against prosecution because of Biden’s “diminished faculties in advancing age and his sympathetic demeanor.” 

“It is sad that it got to this point, but America desperately needs capable leadership in the White House,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told The Daily Signal in a written statement. “The safety of our country is at stake. Democrats who constantly strategized to remove Donald Trump from office outside of the electoral process seem strangely quiet now that their guy is clearly asleep at the switch.”

Dr. Bandy X. Lee (no relation), a forensic psychiatrist who edited the book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” last week defended Biden in light of the Hur report.

“Cognitive decline is a normal part of aging,” Lee told The Daily Signal, and “very high levels of cognitive decline can be present without affecting fitness for duty.”

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China has backed the right of the Palestinian people to use armed force to combat Israel's occupation of their land, calling it an "an inalienable right well founded in international law".

The comments on Thursday were made by the Chinese ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, during the fourth day of public hearings held by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands.

Via AFP

Representatives of 52 countries are addressing the ICJ on Israel's decades-long occupation of Palestinian land.

Beijing’s envoy said there were "various people (who) freed themselves from colonial rule" and they could use "all available means, including armed struggle".

He described the Palestinian use of armed resistance as legitimate and not an act of terrorism.

"The struggle waged by peoples for their liberation, right to self-determination, including armed struggle against colonialism, occupation, aggression, domination against foreign forces should not be considered terror acts," Zhang Jun told the court.

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The acclaimed CBS reporter who was investigating the Hunter Biden laptop scandal before she was fired last week had her personal files seized by the network in an “unprecedented” move, sources told The Post on Thursday.

Catherine Herridge — who is the middle of a First Amendment case being closely watched by journalists nationwide — was among 20 CBS News staffers let go as part of a larger purge of hundreds of employees at parent company Paramount Global.

Her firing had stunned co-workers, but the network’s decision to hold on to her personal materials, along with her work laptop where she may have other confidential info, has left many staffers shaken, according to insiders.

“It’s so extraordinary,” a source familiar with the situation told The Post, noting that the files — which are presumptively now the property of CBS News — most likely contain confidential material from Herridge’s stints at both Fox and CBS.

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Israel’s Minister for the Advancement of Women, May Golan, has yet again displayed disregard for Palestinian life by expressing pride in the “ruins” of the besieged Gaza Strip, adding that every Palestinian baby will in future, “tell their grandchildren what the Jews did.”

“I am personally proud of the ruins of Gaza,” Golan said in a speech in the Israeli parliament (Knesset) on Wednesday. 

“And that every baby, even 80 years from now, will tell their grandchildren what the Jews did…,” she added. 

Addressing far-left politician Oser Cassif, Golan said, “You can keep dreaming that we will end the war without victory.”

She went on to say, “We are not ashamed to say that we want to see the Israeli soldiers, the holy heroes of ours, catching (Yahya) Sinwar and his terrorists by their ears, and dragging them all across the Gaza Strip, on their way to the dungeons of the Prison Authority …Or in the best scenario, to a coffin.”

Claire's Observations:  Minister Golan, a word, please.  The Israeli stance of conflating" self-defense" with " genocide", is really not working very well at all.  The optics of the assassinations of primarily women and kids, just.... kind of bite.  But I do have a reasonable proposal for you; why don't you start taking a film crew into Gaza, along with a machine gun, and start blasting away at every Gazan woman and child still breathing?!?  You could create your own YouTube channel, and make some good money off those wretched pieces of work, who would love to watch this; such a deal!!!

But Minister Golan, what if, even with massive US military and financial aid.... Israel is unable to contain either Hamas or Hezbollah militarily?!?  Then what?!?  And if Russia and China step in militarily, because their ally Iran is getting hit with strikes, what happens?!?  And yes, Israel is a nuclear armed country; but Israel can only use such weapons at a great distance, because of the danger of fallout hitting densely populated areas of Israel; so even your "deterrence" is a double-edged sword.

Minister Golan, it is high time that a viable Palestine is created, because, ironically, this may wind up insuring Israel's future as a country.  What is happening now, may very well undermine your country's future.

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A continued Israeli offensive on Gaza could kill more than 80,000 people in the next six months, according to new health data published this week.

The report, which presents the projected health impacts of the war until 6 August 2024, was authored by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre and the John Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health. 

The researchers said their estimates are based "on a range of publicly available data from the current and past Gaza crises, data from similar crises, and peer-reviewed published research".

"Over the next six months we project that, in the absence of epidemics, 6,550 excess deaths would occur under the ceasefire scenario, climbing to 58,260 under the status quo scenario and 74,290 under the escalation scenario," the Gaza Projections project wrote in the report.

This catastrophic death toll could increase further if epidemics occur – a likely scenario given that Gaza’s health, water and sanitation infrastructure has been severely destroyed by Israeli bombing

Claire's Observations:  "Hey, THAT'S THE PLAN!!"  - Official Knesset souse.

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