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Snowden Speaks Out for Assange: 'If You Would Deny a Thing to Your Enemy, It Is Not a Right '

Following confirmation that the U.S. Department of Justice does have a sealed complaint against Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange-seemingly based on his work exposing the classified secrets of high-level U.S. government institutions and officials-NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on Friday afternoon spoke out against any arrest or prosecution of the journalist, saying that one "Cannot support the prosecution of a publisher for publishing without narrowing the basic rights every newspaper relies on."

In a statement by the Freedom of the Press Foundation, where Snowden serves as board president, the group said that prosecuting Assange for the publishing activities of Wikileaks would be a "Profound and incredibly dangerous threat" to press freedoms and journalism around the world.

Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani 's Mysterious Ties to Russia and Former Soviet Union Go Back Decades, Experts Argue

While lawyer and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani represents President Donald Trump on matters related to the special counsel's investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia, he is maintaining his own ties to the Kremlin and its allies.

Experts say Giuliani's ties to individuals from the former Soviet Union go back decades-and his lucrative connections to the region have occasionally been intertwined with Trump's.

PayPal ban unfairly lumps antifa with far-right Proud Boys, critics say

PayPal is canceling the accounts of the far-right group, the Proud Boys, and also banning anti-fascists from the platform, saying it prohibits people who "Promote hate" or "Violence".

"By removing antifascist & Proud Boys accounts at the same time, Paypal seems to be making a false equivalence & lumping completely different groups together as 'intolerance' and 'hate'," the Atlanta Antifa group said in a statement.

Number of migrant children in US custody hits record high

A record high 14,000 migrant children are in U.S. government custody, as the White House implements its hard-line stance on immigration.

The number of migrant children in HHS custody continues to rise in part because of an agency agreement with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement reached earlier this year that allows ICE to conduct background checks on potential sponsors, delaying the release of children from government custody.

Massachusetts retail marijuana shops get 'signal to open ' Tuesday from state Cannabis Control Commission

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission announced Friday that they've provided the final sign-offs to Cultivate Holdings, LLC, which has a retail shop in Leicester, and New England Treatment Access LLC, which is readying a store in Northampton, to start selling marijuana and marijuana products.

"This signal to open retail marijuana establishments marks a major milestone for voters who approved legal, adult-use cannabis in our state," Steven Hoffman, the commission chairman, said in a statement.

Russian intelligence used blackmail to try hacking UK visa system

Mitrofanov told The Insider and Bellingcat that there was no business rationale to maintain this list and that it could be an example of a file someone else was gathering for the FSB. At the end of June 2016, Andrei and Alexander urged Mitrofanov to build them a "Backdoor" to the UK visa center network.

After reassuring his FSB contacts that he was working on creating a "Backdoor" for the UK visa system, Mitrofanov convinced Andrei to allow his wife to return to her native country before giving birth to their child.

CIA determines Saudi crown prince ordered journalist 's killing

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, the Washington Post has reported.

The crown prince has denied any involvement or knowledge of the murder of Khashoggi, a contributing columnist for the Washington Post, on 2 October this year at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which he visited to get a document for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancee.

Parents Deliver Ashes of Diabetic Children to Price-Gouging Insulin Manufacturer

Along with parents of two other young people who died rationing insulin, Holt-Smith attempted to deliver Alec's ashes to Sanofi officials during a protest at the research facility on Friday.

Police blocked protesters from approaching the Sanofi office, but organizers negotiated with them to allow the parents to deliver the ashes of Alec and Antavia Lee-Worsham, who also died while rationing insulin last year.

CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi 's assassination

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government's claims that he was not involved in the killing, according to people familiar with the matter.

A team of 15 Saudi agents flew to Istanbul on government aircraft in October and killed Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate, where he had come to pick up documents that he needed for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman.

National Guard soldier arrested, charged with smuggling Mexican nationals into US

California National Guardsman Pfc. Edward Jair Acosta-Avila was arrested Nov. 10 when his car was stopped near San Diego, California, about two miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, USA Today reported.

After pulling over Acosta-Avila's Honda Accord, Customs and Border Protection agents apprehended five individuals, including three undocumented Mexican nationals who were discovered hiding under a blanket in the back seat.

Harvard University Finds Cannabis Cuts Tumor Growth in Half in Three Weeks

The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.

In the present study, the researchers first demonstrated that two different lung cancer cell lines as well as patient lung tumor samples express CB1 and CB2, and that non-toxic doses of THC inhibited growth and spread in the cell lines.

As WaPo Accuses Trump of 'Abetting Saudi Coverup, ' Crown Prince Shielded While Khashoggi 'Murder Team ' Members Face Execution

That was the sharp reaction from MSNBC's Chris Hayes after news emerged Thursday that while Saudi Arabia would continue to shield Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman from responsiblity, the nation's top court prosecutor would seek the death penalty against five members of the "Murder team" that assassinated, and then dismembered, journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkey last month.

The Post continued by saying the Saudi's "All-too-transparent tissue of lies only underlines the need for a genuinely independent international investigation led by the United Nations" and castigating the Trump administration for "Abetting the Saudi coverup" with the toothless sanctions annnounced by the Treasury Department on Thursday.

A massive change: Nations redefine the kilogram

The value of Planck's constant was still uncertain, and scientists couldn't redefine the kilogram without it.

Still, Pratt didn't wait for the debate to end to get NIST's value for Planck's constant tattooed on his forearm - the 10-digit number and an illustration of a statue clutching a meter bar and a kilogram cylinder.

Open Society Denounces Facebook 's Dirty Tricks as 'Dangerous ' Threat to Democracy

The president of Open Society Foundations, the family of charitable groups run by billionaire philanthropist George Soros, has sent a sharply-worded letter to Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg to demand answers about the "Frankly astonishing" revelations contained in a New York Times report published late Wednesday which says the top executive was personally behind a secret effort to smear Soros and his foundations-in some cases by pushing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories used by right-wingers-as a way to deflect from a public relations crisis and ongoing criticisms of the social media giant's business model.

In his letter, Open Society president Patrick Gaspard says he "Was shocked to learn from the New York Times that you and your colleagues at Facebook hired a Republican opposition research firm to stir up animus toward George Soros. As you know, there is a concerted right-wing effort the world over to demonize Mr. Soros and his foundations, which I lead-an effort which has contributed to death threats and the delivery of a pipe bomb to Mr. Soros' home."

Pa. AG fines 20 car dealers for deceptive ads on Craigslist

"These car dealerships used deceptive advertising and were dishonest with Pennsylvania consumers," Shapiro said in a statement.

"Car buyers are making a significant investment, and they need to have full knowledge of whom they are buying from."

Japan PM in historic visit to Darwin 76 years after bombing

In a historic moment, Shinzo Abe has become the first Japanese leader to visit Darwin, Australia, since it was bombed by Japan during World War Two.

Mr Abe's visit coincides with the official opening of a major LPG processing facility in Darwin that is intended to boost Japan's energy security.

UK austerity has inflicted 'great misery ' on citizens, UN says

The UK government has inflicted "Great misery" on its people with "Punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous" austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity, the United Nations poverty envoy has found.

In a coruscating 24-page report, which will be presented to the UN human rights council in Geneva next year, the eminent human rights lawyer said that in the UK "Poverty is a political choice".

Jewish students at South Africa school 'take a knee ' in support of Palestinians

Two Jewish students who "Took a knee" in solidarity with Palestinians while the Israeli national anthem was sung have been disciplined by the school.

The grade nine pupils knelt in protest during an awards ceremony at United Herzlia Middle School in Cape Town, South Africa.

Turkey says any US attempt 'barter ' cleric Gulen to hush the Khashoggi investigation won 't work

Turkey said any US attempt to hush its investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's death won't work after the White House reportedly considered extraditing an influential Turkish cleric that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for an attempted 2016 coup to quiet the probe.

An unnamed senior Turkish official told Reuters on Friday: "At no point did Turkey offer to hold back on the Khashoggi investigation in return for Fethullah Gulen's extradition. We have no intention to intervene in the Khashoggi investigation in return for any political or legal favour."

Toddler impounded: 4-year-old girl left in van overnight

A 4-year-old girl was left alone inside a minivan overnight in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin tow lot, Public Works Commissioner nominee Jeff Polenske said Tuesday at a news conference.

The girl spent eight hours in the van until a police officer on duty at the tow lot heard her crying for help.

In support of Palestinians, Jewish students in South Africa kneel as Israel anthem plays – Middle East Monitor

Disciplinary action is being taken against two Jewish students in South Africa who kneeled down while the Israeli anthem played instead of standing in a display of support for Palestinians.

The grade nine students, who attend the United Herzlia Middle School in Cape Town, South Africa, knelt down in support of Palestinians and in protest against Israel's continued persecution of Palestinians and its violations of international law.

Indian airport protesters block woman activist 's plan to enter hill temple

KOCHI/NEW DELHI - Thousands of protesters blocked all the exits at a southern Indian airport on Friday to stop a women's rights activist from heading to a Hindu temple to defy a centuries-old ban on the entry of women of menstruating age.

Desai said police had advised her group not to leave the airport because of safety concerns, but vowed not to abandon plans to enter Sabarimala, the hill temple about 155 km away that is at the center of the conflict, on Saturday.

Secret videos reveal workers beating sheep on English and Scottish farms

Footage which appears to show sheep being kicked, beaten and abused during wool-shearing on English and Scottish farms has been released by animal rights activists.

A joint statement from British Wool, Farmers Union of Wales, National Association of Agricultural Contractors, National Farmers Union, NFU Cymru and National Sheep Association said: "Farmers and contractors within the sheep industry take animal welfare very seriously and any behaviour that is found to fall below that standard is not tolerated. Shearing is an absolutely necessary activity to ensure that wool can be removed safely to protect sheep from heat stress and disease. Shearing is a highly skilled job and every year more than a thousand people in all parts of the UK attend a two day shearing training course that is tailored to their existing level of experience and skill."

Khmer Rouge surviving leaders face genocide verdict

The UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal is set to deliver its verdict on whether the last two surviving leaders of the Pol Pot regime are guilty of genocide.

A guilty verdict on Friday would be the first official acknowledgement that what the Khmer Rouge regime did was in fact genocide as defined under international law.

'Maoi are family ': Easter Island people to head to London to request statue back

Next week, a delegation from the island - which has been part of Chile since 1888 and is officially known as Rapa Nui - will travel to London to request the moai's return, emboldened by the backing of the Chilean government and the museum's willingness to engage in talks for the first time since it acquired the statue in 1869.

According to Jo Anne Van Tilburg, an archaeologist who leads the Easter Island Statue Project and has devoted her career to the island's renowned monoliths, the object is one of the finest examples of a moai.

UK medics call for government ban to cut antibiotic resistance

He said: "If the government fails to implement a ban on group prevention, the UK will be aligning itself with the US administration's position, which is to strongly oppose the European ban. This should raise alarm bells about the kind of post-Brexit trade deal the UK may agree with the US, where antibiotics are used in enormous quantities in livestock."

Antibiotic use in US farming is six times higher per livestock unit than in the UK, according to the alliance, and cattle in particular receive 13 times as much antibiotic medicine as in the UK. Earlier in November, the former environment secretary Lord Deben warned that UK food standards would be put at risk in any likely free trade deal with the US. Farming groups and vets in the UK have succeeded in reducing antibiotic use on UK farms in recent years, but this progress could be at risk, the alliance warned.

Five-star hotels in China apologise after staff are caught cleaning toilets, cups with used towels

Hidden camera footage has emerged showing cleaners at more than a dozen five-star hotels in China using dirty towels to clean toilets, cups and showers, sparking outrage on Chinese social media.

Others pointed out that hygiene at hotels was an ongoing concern for locals - but said it was surprising to this sort of behaviour at luxury hotels.