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Iceland's Eurovision entry flies Palestinian flag, could be punished say Israeli hosts

Palestine Hatari
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The Israeli broadcaster of the Eurovision said Iceland could be punished for holding up Palestinian flags during live coverage of the competition's voting results.

Members of the Hatari group held up Palestinian flags with 'Palestine' written on them as the cameras were fixed on them during the announcement of their public votes at the final on Saturday night. The protest generated boos and cheers from the crowd at the Tel Aviv event, and support online.

Security quickly confiscated the flags from the band who were sitting in the green room at the time.

"The Icelanders will apparently be punished by the European Broadcasting Union, which is really not tolerant of those who violate its rules," said Eldad Koblenz, CEO of Israel's public broadcaster Khan.

Comment: Babies, children and pregnant women among 25 killed and 140 Palestinians wounded in 2nd day of Israel's attack on Gaza

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Rocket falls in Baghdad's Green zone where US embassy is located, no casualties

Green Zone
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FILE PHOTO, checkpoint at Green Zone
A rocket was fired into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone where the embassies of the US and other countries are located, the Iraqi military said, adding that casualties were avoided in the incident.

"A Katyusha rocket fell in the middle of the Green Zone without causing any losses, details to come later," a statement by the military read.

"Initial reports indicate that the rocket was fired from an open field" in the southern part of the Iraqi capital, a police source told AFP.

There was a loud bang, the witnesses said, adding that sirens briefly sounded in the city after the attack.

Comment: What's behind the US embassy evacuations in Iraq?


'Clash of Civilizations' or Crisis of Civilization?

clash of civilizations

The outlook of current Western leaders suggests that humanity will be hard pressed to survive the 21st century

Talk about a graphic display of soft power: Beijing this week hosted the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations.


Texas police find 8-year-old girl safe after she was kidnapped walking down the street with her mother

Girl found
Authorities have found an 8-year-old girl following a desperate overnight search after she was ripped away from her mother and pulled into a stranger's car on Saturday afternoon.

The girl was safely recovered by Fort Worth, Texas, police just after 2 a.m. local time Sunday, according to police. She was found safe and a suspect in the kidnapping has been taken into custody.

Police thanked the media for publicizing the incident and concerned citizens for directing them to the location of the suspect's vehicle.

Fort Worth Police Department Officer Buddy Calzada said at a press conference early Sunday that two citizens spotted the car at a local hotel and called police. Officers responded, found out what room he was staying in and breached the door.


Lee Camp: Trump resetting what is poverty is like re-defining a 'drowning person as NOT drowning'

man with bag
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A man with bags of food that were donated to him at the Emergency Assistance Program.
The Trump administration wants to redefine the poverty level, which would kick hundreds of thousands with marginal incomes off welfare, while simultaneously reducing poverty rates in America.

The trick would involve changing the way inflation is calculated for yearly adjustments of the income threshold for receiving assistance like food stamps, and was first spotted by Bloomberg. The Trump administration is again determined to hurt those already living on the brink, comedian Lee Camp says in the latest installment of Redacted Tonight.
"It's like you see someone drowning and instead of helping them you redefine them as not drowning, but instead heading off to a watery vacation that will last forever. Then you can happily go on with your day without worrying about your loafers getting wet."
Camp also discusses how Vice news turned from a 'hipster bible' into an imperialist propaganda machine, the US invasion of Venezuelan Embassy, America's failure to commit to reducing plastic waste, and much more.

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Bill Maher guest Fran Lebowitz says Trump 'deserves' Khashoggi treatment, before forced backpedal

Fran Lebowitz  Bill Maher
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Author Fran Lebowitz shot her mouth off about President Trump on Friday night during an appearance on Bill Maher's weekly late-night show.
Liberal author Fran Lebowitz went to the extreme Friday night during an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher," suggesting that President Trump should not only be impeached but killed.

Lebowitz began by saying she felt "plagued" by Trump's presidency and "shocked" by what she claimed was criminal behavior by Attorney General William Barr over his handling of the Mueller report.

But when she was asked about impeachment, Lebowitz did not think that was enough punishment for the president, who has not been charged with any crimes.

Comment: Fran Lebowitz's lame apology over Trump murder suggestion did not go over well on Twitter:
Fran Lebowitz apologized for people 'misinterpreting' her suggestion President Donald Trump be turned "over to the Saudis" so they can "do the same for him" as they did to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"We should turn him over to the Saudis, his buddies. The same Saudis who got rid of that reporter. Maybe they could do the same for him."

Lebowitz was alerted to the furore her idea generated by the show's producers and apologized during the 'Overtime' segment after the main Real Time with Bill Maher show.

"I saw your face when I said it," she told Maher, after suggesting it was the producers who wanted her to apologize. "I didn't realize that I had said it. I had 12 cups of coffee. I regret saying it."

"I did not mean that, and I regret saying it, I regret that everyone misrepresented it because they misinterpret everything," the author added when pressed by Maher.

Many viewers were unimpressed by Lebowitz's apology and enraged by her statements about Trump. Some appeared to enjoy Lebowitz's sentiment, while others criticized Maher for "throwing her under the bus."


Amazon looks to robots to replace packing jobs

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Amazon.com Inc is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders.

The company started adding technology to a handful of warehouses in recent years that scans goods coming down a conveyor belt and envelops them seconds later in boxes custom-built for each item, two people who worked on the project told Reuters.

Amazon has considered installing two machines at dozens more warehouses, removing at least 24 roles at each one, these people said. These facilities typically employ more than 2,000 people.

That would amount to more than 1,300 cuts across 55 U.S. fulfillment centers for standard-sized inventory. Amazon would expect to recover the costs in under two years, at $1 million per machine plus operational expenses, they said.


Columbine school shooting survivor found dead in home

Austin Eubanks
© AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
In this April 25, 1999 file photo, shooting victim Austin Eubanks hugs his unidentified girlfriend during a community wide memorial service in Littleton, Colo., for the victims of the shooting rampage at Columbine High School the previous week.
A Colorado man who survived the 1999 Columbine school shooting and later became an advocate for fighting addiction has died.

Routt County Coroner Robert Ryg said Saturday that 37-year-old Austin Eubanks died overnight at his Steamboat Springs home.

There were no signs of foul play. A Monday autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death.


Seventeen people wounded in tourist bus explosion near the Giza Pyramids

tourist bus
© AP Photo/Mohammed Salah
An explosion rocked a tourist bus near Egypt's Giza Pyramids wounding 17 people, according to officials.

The wounded included South African tourists and Egyptians, officials said on Sunday. There were no reports of deaths.

Pictures on social media showed at least one person covered in blood and a bus with some of its windows blown out or shattered.

The bomb went off on a road near the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is still under construction and not open to tourists.

Sunday's blast came as Egypt's vital tourism industry showed signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.


50 arrested, guns and drugs seized in Waterbury bust

Police in Connecticut say they have arrested 50 people and seized drugs and guns during an investigation that was spurred by heroin-related deaths.

Authorities in Waterbury began the raids at 5 a.m. Friday after having obtained 92 arrest warrants for 52 people. Officials say 135 law enforcement officials took part.