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Fight Over Big Tech Gets Personal Among Conservatives

A new lawsuit is inflaming tensions on the right between the powerful, business-friendly Koch political network and a rising coalition of populist conservatives pushing for a crackdown on Silicon Valley. The lawsuit seeks emails and other communications between staffers at a Commerce Department tech agency and outside policy gurus who support the Trump administration’s campaign to reign in social media behemoths like Facebook. Some of those targeted even include Koch allies who say the well-heeled and influential network is trying to scare partners into silence. Recent Stories in The Courts Fight Over Big Tech Gets Personal Among Conservatives 2020 Man of the Year: Jesse Barrett Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Trump Census Order At the heart of the dispute is Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects companies like Twitter from lawsuits over content that appears on their platforms. Many Republicans, including President Trump, believe the shield should be amended or rescinded, citing bias on the part of social media giants. Pro-business elements like the Koch network say that reform would threaten innovation and free speech and that they’re waging a determined fight against any changes. “They are so ideological about this particular issue,” said the Conservative

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Iran Prepares to Expand Nuclear Program

Iran is preparing to expand its nuclear program by enriching uranium—the key component in an atomic weapon—to levels needed to fuel a weapon, a move that Tehran says will “advance the goals of nuclear martyrs such as Mohsen Fakhrizadeh,” the nuclear scientist who was recently assassinated. Iran’s parliament is considering legislation that would require the country to “produce at least 120 kg of 20-percent enriched uranium annually and store it inside the country,” according to reports in Tehran’s state-controlled press. Uranium enriched at this level can be processed to levels needed for a nuclear weapon and is banned under the 2015 nuclear accord. Recent Stories in National Security Iran Prepares to Expand Nuclear Program Biden Pledge to Rejoin U.N. Would Hurt U.S. Position Against China, Experts Say Biden Taps Former Chinese Tech Mogul For Trade Transition The legislation would also mandate that Iran suspend many of its commitments under the nuclear deal, a decision that prompted outrage from European nations still party to the agreement. Iran has vowed to continue cheating on the deal until European nations offer relief from international economic sanctions. It is also likely Iran will pressure the

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10 now dead in massive Northern California wildfire

Authorities said Thursday that at least 10 people have died in a massive Northern California wildfire and 16 people remain missing.​​​Butte County sheriff’s deputies and detectives found seven bodies on Thursday, a day after three other victims were discovered. Among those unaccounted for are grandparents who told their son they were going to try to escape the flames by finding shelter in a pond.

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New US sanctions on international tribunal prosecutor, aide

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the moves as part of the administration’s pushback against the tribunal, based in The Hague, for investigations into the United States and its allies. The sanctions include a freeze on assets held in the US or subject to US law and target prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and the court’s head of jurisdiction, Phakiso Mochochoko.

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Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Adha

The hajj pilgrimage has also been drastically impacted by the virus. Last year, some 2.5 million pilgrims took part, but this year it was limited to as few as 1,000 already residing in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Health Ministry said there have been no cases of the Covid-19 illness among this year’s pilgrims. Government precautions included testing pilgrims for the virus, monitoring their movement with electronic wristbands and requiring them to quarantine before and after.

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WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases

The World Health Organization on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, at more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours. Brazil led the way with 54,771 cases tallied and the US next at 36,617. Over 15,400 came in India. Experts said rising case counts can reflect multiple factors including more widespread testing.

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Austria to redesign Hitler’s birthplace as police station

Austrian authorities have presented the winning plan to redesign the house where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889, turning it into a police station and trying to make it unattractive as a pilgrimage site for people who glorify the Nazi dictator.​​A design by Austrian architects Marte.Marte beat 11 competitors in an interior ministry tender, officials announced Tuesday. The refurbishment is expected to be complete around the end of 2022 and will cost around 5 million euros ($5.6 million).

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