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Washington, DC – The Biden administration has issued a license to relax sanctions on internet services in Iran, saying the move aims to “support the free flow of information” for Iranians amid widespread anti-government protests.

The US Treasury Department said on Friday that the decision comes in response to the Iranian authorities choking off internet access in the country to disrupt demonstrations and “prevent the world from watching its violent crackdown on peaceful protestors”.

“With these changes, we are helping the Iranian people be better equipped to counter the government’s efforts to surveil and censor them,” Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo said in a statement.

The ongoing unrest in Iran was sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini following her arrest in the capital, Tehran, for “unsuitable attire” last week.

Iranian police have denied that Amini was beaten in custody, but her case has mobilised demonstrations across the country, igniting a global outcry against Tehran.

Earlier this week, internet watchdog NetBlocks documented a “near-total disruption” to internet service in western Iran and a partial one in the capital, as well as countrywide restrictions on the social media and communication platforms Instagram and WhatsApp.

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“As courageous Iranians take to the streets to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, the United States is redoubling its support for the free flow of information to the Iranian people,” Adeyemo said on Friday.

The US license expands sanction exemptions to social media platforms, video conferencing and cloud services, as well as “anti-censorship tools and related software”.

Since former US President Donald Trump nixed the Iran nuclear deal in 2015, various sectors of the Iranian economy have been under heavy US sanctions.

President Joe Biden is seeking a return to the pact, which saw Iran scale back its nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of sanctions against its economy, but diplomatic efforts to revive the deal have stalled.

In recent days, Biden and his top aides have expressed support for Iranian protesters.

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“Today, we stand with the brave citizens and the brave women of Iran who right now are demonstrating to secure their basic rights,” Biden told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, the US administration also imposed new sanctions on Iran’s “morality police” over the death of Amini and subsequent crackdown on protests.

On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed the Treasury’s updated license, accusing Iran of “violently suppressing peaceful protesters” angry over Amini’s death.

“In the face of these steps, we are going to help make sure the Iranian people are not kept isolated and in the dark. This is a concrete step to provide meaningful support to Iranians demanding that their basic rights be respected,” Blinken said in a statement.

 

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Israeli air attacks in Syria kill four soldiers, wound one

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Air raids were aimed at pro-Iranian groups in Homs and Hama provinces, war monitor says.

Four Syrian soldiers have been killed and one wounded by Israeli air strikes on military posts in the central and western regions of Syria, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported.

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At about 6:30am (03:30 GMT) on Saturday, Israeli jets flying over the Mediterranean targeted military posts in central and coastal Syria, according to the report, which cited a military source.

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An Israeli air force F-15I fighter jet releases flares over the Mediterranean Sea during an aerial show as part of the celebrations for Israel's Independence Day marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of the state, in Tel Aviv, Israel April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air raids were aimed at pro-Iranian groups [File: Amir Cohen/Reuters] Four Syrian soldiers have been killed and one wounded by Israeli air strikes on military posts in the central and western regions of Syria, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported.

At about 6:30am (03:30 GMT) on Saturday, Israeli jets flying over the Mediterranean targeted military posts in central and coastal Syria, according to the report, which cited a military source.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said the attacks were aimed at pro-Iranian groups in the provinces of Homs and Hama, hitting weapons and ammunition sites.

The Syrian Observatory also said that Israeli forces targeted a Syrian air defence battery in Latakia province.

Syria’s air defences counter-attacked, causing material damage, SANA reported.

There has been no comment from the Israeli military.

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes on targets inside government-controlled parts of Syria in recent years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses the operations.

However, Israel has acknowledged that it targets the bases of Iran-allied fighters, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces by sending in thousands of fighters.

On November 13, Israeli air attacks killed two Syrian soldiers and wounded three in the central province of Homs, Syrian state media reported.

In October, an Israeli air strike in central Syria killed one Syrian soldier and three pro-Iranian fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory.

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N Korea warns of ‘all-out’ nuclear response to US ‘aggression’

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North Korea has promised to ‘resolutely react’ to the US threat of nuclear weapons use with its own nuclear capabilities.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has promised to use nuclear weapons to counter threats from the United States hours after test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICMB), the latest escalation as the UN Security Council prepares to convene an emergency session on Pyongyang’s actions.

The United Nations Security Council, at the behest of Japan, South Korea and the US will gather on Monday to discuss North Korea’s latest missile launch.

North Korea test-fired what it said was a Hwasong-17 ICBM, which can travel up to 15,000 km (9,320 miles), on Friday shortly after warning of “fiercer military responses” to Washington.

“Kim Jong Un solemnly declared that if the enemies continue to pose threats … our party and government will resolutely react to nukes with nuclear weapons and to total confrontation with all-out confrontation,” Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Saturday.

KCNA said the Hwasong-17 launched on Friday was aimed at achieving “the most powerful and absolute nuclear deterrence” and described the missile as “the strongest strategic weapon in the world”.

North Korea has long defended its launch of ballistic missiles as a legitimate defence against what it calls a decades-old threat from US military forces and its allies in South Korea.

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Kim was accompanied by his daughter, in her first public appearance, while he inspected a missile launch site on Friday. Trailed by military officials and personnel, Kim and his daughter walked hand-in-hand through the ICBM launch site where they paused to observe military hardware and multiple ICBMs.

Commenting on Friday’s launch, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said his country had “lodged a strong protest against North Korea, which has repeated its provocations with unprecedented frequency”.

“We have told (Pyongyang) that we absolutely cannot tolerate such actions,” Kishida said at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Thailand.

KCNA said the missile flew nearly 1,000 km (621 miles) for roughly 69 minutes, reaching a peak altitude of 6,041 km (3,754 miles).

Kim hailed the test launch a success, declaring it as confirmation of North Korea’s “maximum capacity to contain any nuclear threat” and a warning to US President Joe Biden’s administration and allies that any military provocation would trigger their “self-destruction”, KCNA reported.

“Our party and government should clearly demonstrate their strongest will to retaliate the hysteric aggression war drills by the enemies,” Kim stated, according to KCNA.

Friday’s ICBM launch and sabre-rattling statements come just days after Biden pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping in their first face-to-face meeting during the G20 talks in Bali to make it known to Kim that Washington would not stand for its “long-range nuclear tests”.

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Biden promised a “defensive” response to “send a clear message to North Korea” if Xi could not rein in Pyongyang. Biden has not yet directly addressed North Korea’s Friday ICBM test.

“We are aware of the DPRK’s ballistic missile launch and are consulting closely with the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, as well as other regional allies and partners,” the US Department of Defence said in a statement sent to Al Jazeera.

“The United States condemns these actions and calls on the DPRK to refrain from any further unlawful and destabilizing acts. While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to US personnel, or territory, or to our allies, we will continue to monitor the situation. The US commitments to the defence of the ROK and Japan remain ironclad.”

North Korea’s official name is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

 

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In defending Saudi prince’s immunity in Khashoggi killing lawsuit, US cites PM Modi’s example

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The US administration ruled that Mohammed bin Salman has immunity from a lawsuit over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

With the Joe Biden-led administration drawing criticism over its statement that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince

With the Joe Biden-led administration drawing criticism over its statement that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has immunity from a lawsuit over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a US State Department spokesperson has stated that several leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, were afforded the same immunity from prosecution previously.

When asked whether other heads of state or government would be given the same protection, Vedant Patel, the Department’s Principal Deputy Spokesperson, said, “this is not the first time that the United States has done this. It is a longstanding and consistent line of effort.”

Stating that the immunity “has been applied to a number of heads of state previously”, Patel cited various examples comprising “President Aristide in Haiti in 1993, President Mugabe in Zimbabwe in 2001, Prime Minister Modi in India in 2014, and President Kabila in the DRC in 2018.”

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US State Department spokesperson has stated that several leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, were afforded the same immunity from prosecution previously.

When asked whether other heads of state or government would be given the same protection, Vedant Patel, the Department’s Principal Deputy Spokesperson, said, “this is not the first time that the United States has done this. It is a longstanding and consistent line of effort.”

Stating that the immunity “has been applied to a number of heads of state previously”, Patel cited various examples comprising “President Aristide in Haiti in 1993, President Mugabe in Zimbabwe in 2001, Prime Minister Modi in India in 2014, and President Kabila in the DRC in 2018.”

In 2005, the US had placed Modi, who was then the chief minister of Gujarat, on a visa ban in the wake of 2002 riots. The ban was only lifted in 2014 with his election as the PM, with the United States maintaining that it had not changed its policy.

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“This is a consistent practice that we have afforded to heads of state, heads of government, and foreign ministers,” he added.

The Biden administration ruled on Thursday that MBS has immunity from a lawsuit over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, drawing immediate condemnation from the slain journalist’s former fiancee.

Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in October 2018 by Saudi agents in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, an operation that US intelligence believed was ordered by Prince Mohammed, who has been the kingdom’s de facto ruler for several years. In September, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz had named his son and heir Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the kingdom’s Prime Minister.

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  • Apple iPhone 8 plus price in Pakistan and features.

Apple iPhone 8 plus is currently available in the market, The phone has 5.5-inch screen, two 12-megapixel back cameras, and 7-megapixel front camera.

It boasts hexa-core processor and comes preinstalled with iOS 11, which may be upgraded to iOS 11.2.5. 

 

This smartphone includes 64/256GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM.
The phone is powered by a 2691 mAh battery.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus price in Pakistan

Apple iPhone 8 Plus Price in Pakistan is in between Rs. 36,999 – 46,999/-

Apple iPhone 8 Plus Specifications:

BUILD OS iOS 11
Dimensions 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm
Weight 202 g
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM)
Colors Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
FREQUENCY 2G Band SIM1: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Band HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G Band LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
PROCESSOR CPU Hexa Core
Chipset Apple A11 Bionic
DISPLAY Technology LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors, Multitouch
Size 5.5 Inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920 Pixels (~401 PPI)
Protection Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
Extra Features Wide color gamut display, 3D Touch display & home button, True-tone display
MEMORY Built-in 64GB Built-in, 3GB RAM
Card No
CAMERA Main Dual 12 MP, autofocus, quad-LED + dual tone) flash
Features (28mm, f/1.8, OIS & 56mm, f/2.8), phase detection, 2x optical zoom, 1/3″ sensor size @ 28mm, 1/3.6″ sensor size @ 56mm, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama), Video ([email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps)
Front 7 MP, f/2.2, [email protected][email protected], face detection, HDR, panorama
CONNECTIVITY WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0 with A2DP, LE
GPS Yes + A-GPS support & Glonass, BDS, GALILEO
Radio No
USB 3.0, reversible connector
NFC Yes
Data GPRS, EDGE, 3G (HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps), 4G (LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps)
FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Fingerprint (front mounted)
Audio Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter, MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player, MP4/H.264 player, Speaker Phone
Browser HTML5 (Safari)
Messaging iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Games built-in + downloadable
Torch Yes
Extra Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Siri natural language commands and dictation, iCloud cloud serviceGoogle Maps, Audio/video/photo editor, IP67 certified – dust and water resistant, Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes, Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
BATTERY Capacity (Li-ion Non removable)
Talktime up to 21 hrs
Musicplay up to 60 hrs
– Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min, Wireless charging
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Live news: No traces of a ‘dirty bomb’ in Ukraine, says IAEA

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  • The UN nuclear watchdog finds no sign of undeclared nuclear activity across three sites in Ukraine.
  • Russian forces are “likely” to quit the west bank of the Dnipro River, the Moscow-installed head of Kherson says, as city residents are urged to leave immediately.
  • Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been disconnected from the power grid by Russian shelling, leaving the site with just diesel generators, the state nuclear power company says.
  • Britain to ban countries using its services to transport Russian oil

    The UK seeks to prevent countries from using its services to transport Russian oil unless it is bought at or below a price cap.

    “We’ve banned the import of Russian oil into the UK and are making good progress on phasing it out completely,” finance minister Jeremy Hunt said in a statement.

    “This new measure continues to turn the screws on Putin’s war machine, making it even tougher for him to profiteer from his illegal war.”

    The British government said the ban, which will come into force on December 5, applies to UK services, including insurance, brokerage and shipping.

    ‘Today, we held another POWs swap’: Ukraine

    Head of the office of the president of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, tweeted about the prisoner swap with Russia and said the Ukrainian government “will do everything necessary to help each one of them”.

    “Today, we held another POWs swap. We managed to free and bring home 107 servicemen, including many WIAs. Ukraine government will do everything necessary to help each one of them,” he said.

    Bulgarian government to decide which weapons to send Ukraine

    The Bulgarian government will have one month to decide which weapons to send in the form of military aid to Ukraine.

    Currently, Bulgaria is one of the few European Union countries not sending military aid to Ukraine after the Russia-friendly socialist party, a coalition partner in the previous government, blocked the decision in May.

    The caretaker Defence Minister Dimitar Stoyanov told reporters that Bulgaria could not afford to send its Soviet-made anti-aircraft missile systems or fighter jets, which Kyiv wants, because they could not be replaced quickly.

    No evidence of ‘dirty bomb’ at three sites in Ukraine: IAEA

    There are no indications of “undeclared nuclear activities” at three locations in Ukraine, a UN watchdog says after visiting the sites at Kyiv’s request to address “dirty bomb” allegations made by Russia.

    “Our technical and scientific evaluation of the results we have so far did not show any sign of undeclared nuclear activities and materials at these three locations,” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi said in a statement.

    After the findings were released, Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba called Russia the “world’s top liar”.

    “IAEA has checked 3 Ukrainian facilities in focus of Russian disinfo and found no evidence of any ‘dirty bombs’. I thank Rafael Grossi for IAEA’s excellent and prompt cooperation which helped counter Russian falsehoods. Russia has confirmed its status of the world’s top liar,” he said.

    Moscow says Ukraine has released 107 Russian soldiers

    Russia’s defence ministry says Ukraine has released 107 Russian service personnel in the latest exchange of prisoners of war between Kyiv and Moscow.

    The soldiers will be taken to Moscow for medical treatment, the ministry said in a statement.

    Russia is also expected to free 107 captured Ukrainian service personnel.

    In September, Russia and Ukraine exchanged nearly 300 prisoners in the largest prisoner swap since the war began.

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North Korea covertly shipping artillery shells to Russia, US says

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White House says North Korea is sending a ‘significant’ number of artillery shells to Russia for the Ukraine war.

The United States has accused North Korea of supplying Russia with a “significant” number of artillery shells to be used in Ukraine, as Moscow increasingly looks to allies for help with the war effort.

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Wednesday that the alleged North Korean weapon shipments are unlikely to change the course of the conflict, stressing Western efforts to support the Ukrainian military.

“Our indications are that the DPRK is covertly supplying, and we are going to monitor to see whether the shipments are received,” Kirby told reporters, referring to North Korea by the acronym of its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

He did not share details about the mode of transportation or whether the US would attempt to interdict the shipments to Russia.

Tuesday’s announcement comes amid heightened US tensions with North Korea, which launched nearly two dozen missiles on Wednesday, including one that landed near South Korean waters. Pyongyang has carried out a record number of weapons tests this year in defiance of US and international sanctions.

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Earlier in the week the US and South Korean forces conducted large, joint air exercises, prompting an angry response from North Korea, which described the drills as a “ceaseless and reckless” provocation.

On Tuesday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Pyongyang appeared to be “reaching for another pretext for provocations it has already undertaken, potentially for provocations that it might be planning to take in the coming days or coming weeks”.

The US has been warning competitors and adversaries – including China – against coming to Russia’s aid in Ukraine.

Washington and Kyiv have also accused Tehran of supplying Moscow with drones that were used in deadly attacks across Ukraine – allegations Iran has denied.

Last month, Kirby said Iranian personnel were “directly engaged on the ground” in Crimea to help train Russian forces on the use of drones.

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The US and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Iranian individuals and firms they accuse of links to the country’s drone industry and shipments to Russia.

Since Russia launched its all-out invasion of Ukraine in February, its military campaign has been mired by setbacks. In recent months, Ukrainian forces, aided by US weaponry, recaptured large swaths of territory in a counteroffensive in the east of the country.

Washington and its allies have been piling sanctions on Russia over the war and providing military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

In September, the US Congress passed a bill allocating $12bn in funds for Ukraine, adding to the tens of billions of dollars in aid approved earlier this year.

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Former Prime Minister Imran Khan shot in foot in reported assassination attempt in Pakistan

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Pakistan’s ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan was shot in the foot at a rally Thursday, according to an official from his party, which said the incident was an assassination attempt.

A bullet hit Khan in his foot after a gunman opened fire, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Asad Umar said.

The former Pakistan cricket captain was taken from the rally site just outside the town of Gujranwala to receive treatment in Lahore, around a two-and-a-half-hour drive away.

Khan is in a stable condition and undergoing surgery, according to Senator Fawad Chaudhry, a senior PTI politician and Khan’s former information minister.

Six others were injured and are still being treated, Chaudhry said.

Police said they detained a man suspected of firing shots at the rally. The male suspect was arrested with a 9mm pistol and two empty magazines, police said.

At least one person was killed in the incident, according to Faisal Javed, a senior PTI politician and close Khan ally who received a wound to the head in the attack. The victim’s name has not been released.

In a video statement Javed, who can be seen sitting up while receiving treatment, said: “Please pray for us, for Imran Khan, pray for our fellow workers who are severely injured and pray for our party member who has died and is martyred.”

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Protests broke out across Pakistan in support of Khan, including in the capital Islamabad as well as in Peshawar. Khan was on the seventh day of a nationwide rally tour calling for elections to be brought forward from August next year.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who came to power after Khan lost a parliamentary vote of no confidence in April, condemned Thursday’s attack on his political rival on Twitter.

“I condemn the incident of firing on PTI Chairman Imran Khan in the strongest words,” Sharif wrote, adding that he has asked for an “immediate report on the incident” and will pray for the recovery of those injured.

“Violence should have no place in our country’s politics,” Sharif wrote.

On October 21, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) recommended that Khan be disqualified from holding political office for five years, a move likely to further inflame political tensions in the country.

While reading out the recommendation, ECP chief Sikandar Sultan Raja stated that Khan was disqualified for being involved in “corrupt practices.”

The commission said its decision was based on the grounds that Khan had “made false statements” regarding the declaration of the sale of gifts sent to him by the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Dubai while in office – an offense that is illegal under the country’s constitution.

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Khan was unseated in a vote of no-confidence following claims of bad governance and economic mismanagement.

Since then he has repeatedly claimed, without providing any evidence, that the United States had orchestrated his ouster. Khan’s allegations have become a staple at rallies he has held across Pakistan in a bid to return to power.

His claims have struck a chord with a young population in a country where anti-American sentiment runs high, and anti-establishment feelings are being fueled by a rising cost of living crisis.

This is not the first time that Pakistani politicians have been attacked.

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007, and then Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani survived an assassination attempt in 2008.

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US dismisses ‘transparently false’ Russian claims of Ukraine plan to use ‘dirty bomb’

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Antony Blinken joins Ukraine and UK in dismissing Moscow’s claim, saying the world will ‘see through’ any attempt to escalate conflict

Ukrainian soldiers fire at Russian positions using a US-supplied howitzer in eastern Donetsk region on Sunday. The US and UK dismissed Russia’s claims that Ukraine plans to use a ‘dirty bomb’ on its own territory. Photograph: LIBKOS/AP

The US has rejected as “transparently false” Russia’s evidence-free claim that Ukraine is preparing to use a “dirty bomb” on its own territory as part of an escalation of Vladimir Putin’s war.

Secretary of state Antony Blinken told his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, on Sunday “the world would see through any attempt by Russia to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation”, and vowed to continue supporting Kyiv for as long as necessary.

Earlier on Sunday, Kuleba denounced Moscow’s claims as “absurd” and “dangerous”, adding: “Russians often accuse others of what they plan themselves”.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky reacted swiftly to Moscow’s claims, calling for a united international response. “If Russia calls and says that Ukraine is allegedly preparing something, it means one thing: Russia has already prepared all this,” Zelenskiy said in a video address on social media. “I believe that now the world should react as harshly as possible.”

Zelenakiy said everyone “understands who is the source of everything dirty that can be imagined in this war. It was Russia who blackmailed with the radiation disaster at the Zaporizhzhia NPP [nuclear power plant].”

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On Sunday, Russia’s defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, spoke to his British, French and Turkish counterparts and claimed in all three meetings that Ukraine may use a “dirty bomb”, a conventional weapon containing radioactive material. Shoigu also spoke to Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin, but Moscow did not mention the dirty bomb allegations in its statement summarising that call.

The Russian minister cited no evidence for this claim as he warned of “possible provocations” on the part of Kyiv.

There is no evidence that Ukraine, which gave up its nuclear weapons in the 1990s, has any radioactive material in its military arsenal.

The UK Ministry of Defence said in a statement: “Shoigu alleged that Ukraine was planning actions facilitated by western countries, including the UK, to escalate the conflict in Ukraine. The defence secretary refuted these claims and cautioned that such allegations should not be used as a pretext for greater escalation.”

The Institute for the Study of War said a “false flag” operation by Russia was unlikely, dismissing Shoigu’s calls as a sabre-rattling move designed to intimidate Ukraine’s western allies and split the Nato alliance.

Russia faces continued military setbacks, including the likely loss of western Kherson by the end of the year, it said.

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You live in Houston, Texas, and you’re looking for a location where you may donate your old furniture and appliances. Here are four excellent courses of action to consider: Pickup services for donations are provided by the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Habitat for Humanity, respectively. Continue reading for additional information about each organization and instructions on arranging a pickup of your donations.

In the following section, we will provide you with some information about donating with the Salvation Army Pickup Service | Salvation Army Doantion Centers in Houston, TX.

The Salvation Army is a worldwide organization established in 1865 and is considered an evangelical branch of the Christian Church. Their initiatives are designed to assist a diverse group of individuals who are in need. It may include helping those who are homeless, assisting a kid who has a handicap, or assisting people who have disabilities themselves.

In addition, they assist those struggling with a wide range of issues, such as the aftermath of natural disasters, starvation, poverty, addiction, and even human trafficking. The request for the pickup of donated furniture is only one of the ways that they fund their activities.

They have voluntarily contributed financial support in order to assist in a variety of ways with its initiatives. It is impossible to find online services for scheduling related to charity donations in each ZIP code; however, a website does provide local telephone numbers that may be called in the event a gift has to be made.

In addition, they make the programs available to the surrounding community to continuously improve the effectiveness of the programs via the provision of spiritual, physical, and emotional assistance.

If you donate, how will it be used?

When you donate to the Salvation Army, the organization will put the furniture up for sale at one of its charity shops. The money made from the sales is donated to various organizations that help those in need, such as disaster assistance, homeless shelters, food banks, and rehabilitation institutions. People in your town struggling to make ends meet might benefit greatly from you giving your furniture to the Salvation Army.

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The Salvation Army will accept the following items:

 

They can assist you in making any kind of contribution you would want, whether it be of furniture, clothes, appliances, stuff for the kitchen, autos, or anything else.

However, the donation facility cannot take some goods, including furniture made of particleboard, workstations made of metal, TV armoires, and baby products. This is because of regulations imposed by the government on reselling products or recalls.

 

Can I receive a tax deduction for my donations?

It is imperative that individuals who donate furniture be aware that not all gifts are eligible for a tax deduction. A receipt from the organization you gave the products is required to deduct their value from your taxable income.

Most charitable organizations, including Goodwill, provide pricing for things that are often given, such as clothes and furniture. If you want to make sure that you get the most out of the money you donate to charity, it is in your best interest to comply with the regulations imposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on charitable donations.

 

How Should Things Look and Work?

Donating used furniture to a good cause is the best option when clearing out your home. This is beneficial not just for the organization but also for you since it ensures that your furniture will be put to good use by another individual while also allowing you to claim a tax deduction.

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How does one go about donating furniture to a charitable organization?

The procedure to follow in order to donate furniture to a charity might differ from one service to another. On the other hand, in most instances, you will be required to phone the charitable organization to set a pick-up time. It’s possible that some charities even have a drop-off place. If you are interested in donating furniture to a certain charity but are confused about the process, you can always contact the organization to get more information.

 

What Types of Home Furnishings Are Typically Accepted by Charities?

In general, charitable organizations will accept donations of any kind of furniture. This includes couches, mattresses, tables, chairs, and more. It is necessary to bring to your attention that some charitable organizations could impose limitations on the kinds of furniture they would accept donations of.

 

In Conclusion

The service of Furniture Donation Pick Up Tx is a wonderful option to get rid of unwanted furniture while also contributing to a charitable organization. You will not only be assisting others who require furniture, but you will also be clearing away the clutter accumulated in your own house by doing so. Do not search further than the possibilities we presented if you are seeking a means to donate furniture; they cover all of your bases.

 

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More than 30, mostly children, dead in a mass shooting at a Thai child care center

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BANGKOK — A former police officer killed at least 24 children and 11 adults in a gun and knife attack that began at a child care center in Thailand on Thursday, authorities said. The assailant fled the first scene, shooting from his car as he drove home, before killing his wife and child and taking his own life.

Photos and videos posted online of the day care showed the floor of one room was smeared with blood and sleeping mats scattered about. Alphabet pictures and other colorful decorations adorned the walls.

In videos from the scene, frantic family members could be heard weeping outside the building. Ambulances stood by as police and medical workers walked around.

Authorities identified the assailant as a former police officer and said he entered the child care center after noon in the northeastern Thai town of Nongbua Lamphu.

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Twenty-two children and two adults were killed in the building before the assailant fled, according to a police statement. But he continued to shoot people from his car, police Maj. Gen. Paisal Luesomboon told The Associated Press.

After arriving home, he killed his wife and child and then himself, police said.

Police said he killed another two children and nine adults outside the child care center, including his wife and his son.

Firearm-related deaths in Thailand are much lower than in countries like the United States and Brazil, but higher than in countries like Japan and Singapore that have strict gun control laws. The rate of firearms related deaths in 2019 was about 4 per 100,000, compared with about 11 per 100,000 in the U.S. and nearly 23 per 100,000 in Brazil.

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Last month, a clerk shot co-workers at Thailand’s Army War College in Bangkok, killing two and wounding another before he was arrested.

The country’s previous worst mass shooting involved a disgruntled soldier who opened fire in and around a mall in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima in 2020, killing 29 people and holding off security forces for some 16 hours before eventually being killed by them.

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