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Germany is under pressure to abandon a giant gas pipeline from Russia after Putin’s government was accused of poisoning Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Angela Merkel is under pressure to abandon a giant gas pipeline from being built from Russia to Germany. It comes after members of her party openly accused Vladimir Putin’s government of poisoning Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The Green party and Norbert Röttgen, chair of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee, […]
Germany is under pressure to abandon a giant gas pipeline from Russia after Putin’s government was accused of poisoning Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny
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Boris Johnson’s new Brexit trade adviser is former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has been labelled an ‘offensive, climate-change-denying, Trump-worshipping misogynist’

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is said to be poised to advise the UK government on post-Brexit trade. Multiple reports indicate that Abbott, a friend of Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, will join the UK Board of Trade. Opponents in both Australia and the UK have accused Abbott of misogyny and […]
Boris Johnson’s new Brexit trade adviser is former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has been labelled an ‘offensive, climate-change-denying, Trump-worshipping misogynist’
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CBP just paid $476K for people’s phone location data from a company that’s under investigation for selling personal data

Customs and Border Protection paid $US476,000 to Venntel, a firm that gathers and sells location data from people’s phones, according to government procurement records published this month. Venntel is currently being investigated by House lawmakers, who have raised concerns about its business of collecting people’s location data and selling it […]
CBP just paid $476K for people’s phone location data from a company that’s under investigation for selling personal data
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The UK is delaying a deal with Iran to release Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe because they’re afraid of angering Trump, say her lawyers

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s lawyers say the UK is delaying efforts to secure her release in order to avoid angering Trump. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman, has been trapped in Iran since her arrest there in 2016. She was visting family when she was arrested for allegedly “plotting to topple the Iranian government.” […]
The UK is delaying a deal with Iran to release Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe because they’re afraid of angering Trump, say her lawyers
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Samsung designed a super-rugged tactical smartphone for military use — take a look

Samsung released the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition phone. It’s a military smartphone designed for special operations. It uses an Android operating system and can integrate with radios, drone feeds, and GPS. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Samsung released its design for the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition, a smartphone […]
Samsung designed a super-rugged tactical smartphone for military use — take a look
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‘We’re looking at it’: The Trump administration has barely acknowledged the reported poisoning of Russia’s top opposition leader

President Donald Trump has barely acknowledged the reported poisoning of a top critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Alexei Navalny, Putin’s most prominent critic, is hospitalized and in a coma. It’s suspected he was poisoned. This is part of a long, well-documented trend of Trump coddling dictators. “What troubles me […]
‘We’re looking at it’: The Trump administration has barely acknowledged the reported poisoning of Russia’s top opposition leader
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Pro-Putin media are pushing a narrative that Alexei Navalny was hospitalized after heavy drinking, rather than poison, which his supporters say is a smear

Several pro-Kremlin media outlets are pushing a competing narrative about the hospitalisation of Alexei Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, on Thursday. Kira Yarmish, Navalny’s press secretary, tweeted that Navalny fell ill while on a flight on Thursday morning. “We assume that Alexei was poisoned with something mixed […]
Pro-Putin media are pushing a narrative that Alexei Navalny was hospitalized after heavy drinking, rather than poison, which his supporters say is a smear
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Putin has no clear options in Belarus

Protests in Belarus are reaching a boiling point for President Alexander Lukashenko, who declared victory last week in what critics are calling a fraudulent election. On Monday, workers at state-owned factories went on strike and booed Lukashenko, and a state TV channel broadcast footage of an empty news desk. Over […]
Putin has no clear options in Belarus
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Hundreds of detained migrants — most of whom are likely children — have reportedly been held in hotels outside the formal US detention system before immediate expulsion

Hundreds of migrants – most of whom are thought to be children – have been held in major hotel chains before immediate expulsion under President Donald Trump’s coronavirus-related border ban, The New York Times reported Sunday. Documents reviewed by The Times revealed at least 860 migrants were detained by immigration […]
Hundreds of detained migrants — most of whom are likely children — have reportedly been held in hotels outside the formal US detention system before immediate expulsion
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Belarus said it will release detained protesters after reports of torture and police brutality at demonstrations over its contentious election result

Belarus has promised to release every protester detained during this week’s anti-government demonstrations. Protests erupted following Sunday’s presidential election, which was widely condemned as rigged. At least 6,000 people have been detained. “We will release everyone by 6 a.m.,” the deputy interior minister said Thursday night. Belarus’ interior minister also […]
Belarus said it will release detained protesters after reports of torture and police brutality at demonstrations over its contentious election result
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Belarus state TV broadcast chilling footage of bruised protesters promising to give up after the election was widely condemned as rigged

Belarusian state TV broadcast footage on Wednesday of injured protesters promising never to question the president’s legitimacy again. Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory in Sunday’s general election with 80% of the vote, sparking widespread protests and condemnation that it was rigged. Six thousand people have been detained as of Wednesday, with […]
Belarus state TV broadcast chilling footage of bruised protesters promising to give up after the election was widely condemned as rigged
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Lawmakers and activists in Portland must now contend with local police reform, after 3 weeks of being united against Trump putting federal agents in the city

For three weeks this summer, a coalition of activists and establishment local politicians united against the presence of federal agents in Portland. Federal officers have left, and the tensions between the state and local officials and activists are reemerging as activists push policymakers to reexamine local law enforcement policy with […]
Lawmakers and activists in Portland must now contend with local police reform, after 3 weeks of being united against Trump putting federal agents in the city
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Joe Biden keeps this simple comic strip on his desk — here’s what it says

Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate on Tuesday. Biden’s announcement also drew interest for other reasons, particularly after his campaign released a photo of the moment. The image revealed a framed comic, one that had a […]
Joe Biden keeps this simple comic strip on his desk — here’s what it says
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Secretive data firm Palantir built its business on a cloak-and-dagger image. But as the company braces for an IPO, insiders say it’s lost its mystique and is struggling to figure out a steady revenue model.

The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model that makes other software startups so valuable […]
Secretive data firm Palantir built its business on a cloak-and-dagger image. But as the company braces for an IPO, insiders say it’s lost its mystique and is struggling to figure out a steady revenue model.
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The Belarus opposition leader reappeared in neighbouring Lithuania after challenging its election result. Reports say she left as a deal to get her chief of staff out of jail.

The main challenger to Belarus’ longtime president reappeared in neighbouring Lithuania after disputed results showed her losing the election. Official results show incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko, called “Europe’s last dictator,” receiving 80% of the vote. The results sparked widespread protests. Multiple reports say Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was escorted from Belarus by […]
The Belarus opposition leader reappeared in neighbouring Lithuania after challenging its election result. Reports say she left as a deal to get her chief of staff out of jail.
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It doesn’t matter (during the campaign) who Biden chooses as his running mate

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “The president is determined to spend what we need to spend,” –Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, encouraging Democrats to return to negotiations over the coronavirus relief bill. WHAT’S HAPPENING The college football […]
It doesn’t matter (during the campaign) who Biden chooses as his running mate
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‘Hatemonger’ author Jean Guerrero on Stephen Miller, white nationalism, and performative cruelty

Investigative reporter Jean Guerrero spoke with Business Insider about her new book “Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda.” She describes Miller’s style of policy-making – which includes zero tolerance border enforcement and the deliberate separation of families as “the performance of cruelty.” Guerrero also talks about […]
‘Hatemonger’ author Jean Guerrero on Stephen Miller, white nationalism, and performative cruelty
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A top Saudi intelligence official who fled to Canada in 2017 is suing Mohammed bin Salman, saying the crown prince sent an elite squad to kill him 2 weeks after Khashoggi’s death

A Saudi spy chief who fled to Canada in 2017 is suing Mohammed bin Salman, claiming the crown prince sent a hit squad to assassinate him. In a complaint submitted Thursday to a US court, Saad al-Jabri said the prince’s so-called “Tiger Squad” flew to Toronto on October 15, 2018, […]
A top Saudi intelligence official who fled to Canada in 2017 is suing Mohammed bin Salman, saying the crown prince sent an elite squad to kill him 2 weeks after Khashoggi’s death
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Lebanese forces fired tear gas at protesters who set fires and vandalised stores in anger over Beirut’s deadly explosion and the government mismanagement that caused it

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas on dozens of protesters Thursday night. They were demonstrating against the government’s ineptitude after a deadly explosion killed more than 100 people and injured 5,000 more on Tuesday. Authorities say the blast was started after a fire ignited a stockpile of ammonium nitrate stored […]
Lebanese forces fired tear gas at protesters who set fires and vandalised stores in anger over Beirut’s deadly explosion and the government mismanagement that caused it
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Trump just issued 2 executive orders aimed at Chinese-owned apps, barring US companies from doing business with TikTok parent company ByteDance and messaging app WeChat

President Donald Trump issued an executive order Thursday evening prohibiting US individuals and companies from making “any transactions” with TikTok’s parent company ByteDance. The order, set to take effect in 45 days, argues that TikTok “continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.” Trump […]
Trump just issued 2 executive orders aimed at Chinese-owned apps, barring US companies from doing business with TikTok parent company ByteDance and messaging app WeChat
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How bad will the wave of evictions be?

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?” – Joe Biden, responding to a question about whether he had taken the “person woman man camera […]
How bad will the wave of evictions be?
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‘Waking up suburbia’: Trump’s use of federal agents backfired, spurring members of the ‘Wall of Mums’ and ‘Wall of Vets’ groups into action in Portland

The deployment of federal agents to Portland was supposed to quiet protests that began with George Floyd’s death after an officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. It had the opposite effect. Though federal agents have left, protests are ongoing in the city. “I hope that we’re waking […]
‘Waking up suburbia’: Trump’s use of federal agents backfired, spurring members of the ‘Wall of Mums’ and ‘Wall of Vets’ groups into action in Portland
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The Department of Homeland Security says it is replacing the camouflage uniforms worn by federal agents after they were slammed for masquerading as soldiers in Portland

Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday that federal agents in Portland would stop wearing camouflage uniforms. The uniforms had been criticised for looking too militarised, and it looked like the federal agents were masquerading as soldiers. Last week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown cut a deal with the […]
The Department of Homeland Security says it is replacing the camouflage uniforms worn by federal agents after they were slammed for masquerading as soldiers in Portland
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Beirut is searching for survivors after a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital. At least 135 people are dead and 5,000 are wounded.

Rescuers are searching for survivors after a massive explosion shook the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Tuesday, levelling buildings and causing extensive damage. At least 135 people were reported dead with more than 5,000 others wounded, according to Lebanon’s health minister. Lebanon’s prime minister blamed the ignition of more […]
Beirut is searching for survivors after a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital. At least 135 people are dead and 5,000 are wounded.
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Russia says it will start mass-producing its coronavirus vaccine next month — as scientists say developers rushed through tests and injected themselves to shorten human trials

Russia says it will start mass producing its leading coronavirus vaccine prototype in September. The safety and efficacy of this vaccine has been heavily doubted, however, with its developers accused of rushing through safety trials to please the Kremlin, which is keen to win the global vaccine race. The researchers […]
Russia says it will start mass-producing its coronavirus vaccine next month — as scientists say developers rushed through tests and injected themselves to shorten human trials
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The US already fought a cold war with China — it went very badly

US officials and policymakers have embraced a “new Cold War” framing of competition with China. But the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union also featured competition with China, and it was a contest in which the US fared poorly and millions suffered. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
The US already fought a cold war with China — it went very badly
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Trump is trying to shove 4 years of China policy into 4 months

The Trump administration has pivoted from the US’s policy of strategic ambiguity toward China, to open rivalry over the last few weeks. And in that time it has announced a slew of aggressive policies toward China with little explanation of what it plans to do in the event that China […]
Trump is trying to shove 4 years of China policy into 4 months
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A DHS intelligence report showed the department had collected and analysed messages between Portland protesters, a new report says

The Department of Homeland Security collected and analysed communications between Portland protesters and shared the information with other law enforcement agencies, The Washington Post reported. However, Brian Murphy, acting DHS undersecretary for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I & A), told the Senate Intelligence Committee in a briefing last […]
A DHS intelligence report showed the department had collected and analysed messages between Portland protesters, a new report says
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Trump-endorsed GOP candidate says Chinese students should be banned from studying chemistry and physics in the US

A Republican primary candidate for the US Senate who is endorsed by President Donald Trump suggested Chinese students studying in US colleges should be banned from studying “hard sciences,” according to video footage obtained by Insider. Colorado-based attorney Bryant “Corky” Messner, who represented fast-food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill, argued Chinese […]
Trump-endorsed GOP candidate says Chinese students should be banned from studying chemistry and physics in the US
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The DHS reportedly created ‘intelligence reports’ on journalists covering the Portland protests who published leaked internal department information

The Department of Homeland Security reportedly compiled “intelligence reports” on journalists covering the ongoing protests in Portland, a practice traditionally reserved for collecting information on suspected terrorists and violent actors, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis distributed three Open Source Intelligence Reports, which […]
The DHS reportedly created ‘intelligence reports’ on journalists covering the Portland protests who published leaked internal department information
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US military changes its tone after referring to news reporters as ‘adversaries’ in troops’ training

The Defence Department is labelling journalists reporting on sensitive military information as “unauthorised recipients” in its training modules. The change comes a day after Politico first reported that the Defence Department was describing journalists as “adversaries.” In the training sessions, US service members are able to view videos with different […]
US military changes its tone after referring to news reporters as ‘adversaries’ in troops’ training
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260 Chinese fishing boats have been spotted off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, and Ecuadorian officials fear they will harm the area’s precious marine life

A fleet of about 260 Chinese fishing boats was discovered nearly 200 miles off the coast of the Galapagos Islands. Ecuadorian officials say the boats appear every year, and they fear the ships will try to harm the area’s precious marine life, The Guardian reported. Oswaldo Jarrin, Ecuador’s defence minister, […]
260 Chinese fishing boats have been spotted off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, and Ecuadorian officials fear they will harm the area’s precious marine life
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Russia has been publishing English-language articles to spread COVID-19 disinformation to Americans, US officials said. It could skew the 2020 elections as it did in 2016.

Russia is creating fake news articles about the COVID-19 pandemic and aiming them at Americans, US officials told The Associated Press (AP). They said that Russia’s secretive GRU military intelligence unit runs three websites that have produced 150 articles about the pandemic, many critical of the US response. The websites […]
Russia has been publishing English-language articles to spread COVID-19 disinformation to Americans, US officials said. It could skew the 2020 elections as it did in 2016.
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Europe’s last dictator got COVID-19 after telling people they could avoid it by drinking vodka and going to the sauna

Europe’s last dictator, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, on Tuesday said he had COVID-19 but has already recovered. “Today you are meeting a man who managed to survive the coronavirus on his feet. Doctors came to such a conclusion yesterday. Asymptomatic,” Lukashenko said Lukashenko previously dismissed fears over COVID-19 as a […]
Europe’s last dictator got COVID-19 after telling people they could avoid it by drinking vodka and going to the sauna
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Trump’s cynical plan to provoke chaos in America’s cities is working

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “The best-case scenario, if everything is rosy, could be October,” – Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel on how soon we could know if its vaccine, which begins Phase Three trials today, works. […]
Trump’s cynical plan to provoke chaos in America’s cities is working
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Germany has rejected Trump’s bid to bring Russia back into the G7

Germany has rejected President Trump’s suggestion that Russia should be re-admitted to the “Group of Seven” meeting of leading economies. Russia was expelled in 2014 after President Vladimir Putin annexed the Crimean Peninsula and backed a rebellion in eastern Ukraine. Heiko Maas, Germany’s foreign secretary, said there was no prospect […]
Germany has rejected Trump’s bid to bring Russia back into the G7
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Chinese agent exploited LinkedIn’s ‘relentless’ algorithm to find contacts and gather intelligence, admission of guilt says

Dickson Jun Wei Yeo pleaded guilty this month in a US court to obtaining sensitive information on behalf of Chinese intelligence agents. Yeo told investigators that he exploited LinkedIn’s “relentless” algorithm to find new contacts in the government and military. Those contacts were sometimes paid between $US1,000 and $US2,000 to […]
Chinese agent exploited LinkedIn’s ‘relentless’ algorithm to find contacts and gather intelligence, admission of guilt says
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An Oregon senator warned of the threat of martial law as he condemned Trump’s deployment of federal agents in Portland and other cities

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said the Trump administration’s deployment of federal troops to Portland risks a state of martial law during a presidential election. Federal agents in the city have worn military-style uniforms, taken protesters into unmarked cars, arrested people without explanation, and used tear gas and impact munitions to […]
An Oregon senator warned of the threat of martial law as he condemned Trump’s deployment of federal agents in Portland and other cities