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ISIS spiritual leader allegedly captured in Mosul Iraq

ISIS spiritual leader allegedly captured in Mosul Iraq

According to Twitter user @MaajidNawaz ISIS mufti (their top religious authority for issuing religious rulings) Shifa al-Nima has been arrested by Iraqi Nineva SWAT police in the Mosul District of Iraq. He was so overweight, that he had to be taken by police in the back of a pick-up truck. One can see more information on this via his Facebook post from his Twitter page.

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More US cops died from suicide than on duty in 2019

More US cops died from suicide than on duty in 2019

As per a study by advocacy group Blue H.E.L.P., the number of US cops who died by suicide in 2019 was significantly higher than those killed in the line of duty. 228 officers died by suicide, while 132 officers died in the line of duty in 2019. NY reported 23 suicides followed by California and Texas. The organization has aimed to call attention to mental-health concerns among law enforcement.

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Tulsi Gabbard defeats supporter in pushup contest

Tulsi Gabbard defeats supporter in pushup contest

During a townhall that was being conducted in New Hampshire on Thursday night, Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard was challenged to a pushup contest by a supporter. The man then joined Gabbard on stage, where he consequently lost in the ensuing contest.

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Pig farmer ’eaten by his own pigs’

Pig farmer ’eaten by his own pigs’

A Polish pig farmer is feared to have been eaten by his own pigs after collapsing from a suspected heart attack. Neighbors, curious after not seeing the 71-year-old, identified only as Krzysztof, since New Year’s Eve visited his farm to find a pile of bones and skull fragments. He is believed to have been devoured by 12 Hungarian Mangalica pigs.

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Environment groups sue Trump Administration over fracking

Environment groups sue Trump Administration over fracking

The Center for Biological Diversity, along with Earthjustice, which represents several other groups, Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Parks Conservation Association, and many others are suing the administration. The suit, filed is US District Court, claims that the fracking could harm water supplies, local environments, the climate and even trigger earthquakes.

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Ahead of Davos climate activist Greta says  ’You have not seen anything yet’

Ahead of Davos climate activist Greta says ’You have not seen anything yet’

Miss Thunberg delivered a passionate plea to more than 10,000 climate protesters in the city of Lausanne Switzerland while speaking ahead of the Davos 2020 World Economic Forum next week. Greta called upon leaders from around the world to ’wake up’ to the climate emergency. She is attending Davos for the second year in a row and will take part in two panel events.

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Teacher takes knee during national anthem

Teacher takes knee during national anthem

A Minnesota teacher knelt during Monday night’s college football championship game. Kelly Holstine, winner of Minnesota’s 2019 ’Teacher of the Year’ award, knelt in protest & said it felt right ’to have a very respectful protest’. The game was attended by President Trump & First Lady Melania Trump. Holstine said she was motivated to kneel in support of ’individuals who are not being supported’.

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EU mulls five-year ban on facial recognition tech in public areas

EU mulls five-year ban on facial recognition tech in public areas

The EU is reportedly mulling a five year ban on facial recognition technology in public areas. The timed ban is aimed at giving authorities a leeway to figure out how to prevent abuses. The EU Commission said new tough rules may have to be introduced to bolster existing regulations protecting Europeans’ privacy and data rights.

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New Hampshire bill to allow taxes to be paid in Bitcoin fails

New Hampshire bill to allow taxes to be paid in Bitcoin fails

A bill filed last year which was seeking to allow government agencies in New Hampshire to accept digital assets for tax payments has been shuttered. However, in November 2019 the General Court’s Executive Departments and Administration Committee voted in favor of ending the bill. The decision was further backed with a verbal vote earlier this month.

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Iran’s supreme leader calls Trump a ’clown’

Iran’s supreme leader calls Trump a ’clown’

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, making his first sermon in eight years in Tehran, branded US President Trump a ’clown’ who only pretended to support the Iranian people. Called the downing of a Ukranian plane a ’bitter accident’, Khamenei said Iran’s enemies had seized on the crash to question the country. Separately, he said Iran would be willing to negotiate, but not with the US.

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