In a House hearing on white supremacy, Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, testified about the death of her daughter during the 2017 Charlottesville protests.
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Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, said to be director of nuclear weapons programme, ambushed in streetAn Iranian nuclear scientist described as the guru of Iran’s nuclear programme has been gunned down in a street just outside Tehran.Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was ambushed in the town of Absard, 70km east of Tehran. Four assailants opened fire after witnesses heard an explosion.Efforts to resuscitate Fakhrizadeh failed, and his bodyguard was also wounded.The Iranian ministry of defence confirmed Fakhrizadeh’s death in a statement. “During the clash between his security team and the terrorists, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was seriously injured and taken to hospital,” it said.“Unfortunately, the medical team did not succeed in reviving him, and a few minutes ago, this manager and scientist, after years of effort and struggle, achieved a high degree of martyrdom.”Fakhrizadeh was identified by Israel’s prime minister in a 2018 public presentation as the director of Iran’s nuclear weapons project.“Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh,” Benjamin Netanyahu said during the presentation.He accused Iran at the time of hiding and expanding its nuclear weapons knowhow, saying that Israeli intelligence had obtained a half-tonne cache of nuclear archive materials from the country.The attack was confirmed by Iranian state TV but then denied by Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) before being confirmed separately by the defence ministry. Pictures of the purported site of the attack also appeared on the Iranian news sites. Security forces blocked the boulevard where the attack occurred.A spokesperson for the Israeli military said: “We don’t comment on reports in the foreign media”. The prime minister’s office said it would not comment “on those reports”.The confusion in the Iranian media reflects the high tensions inside Iran, amid reports that Israeli intelligence and secret service have been given the green light to mount attacks on Iranian nuclear installations before Donald Trump stands down as president.Many Iranian officials believe Trump, in conjunction with Israel and Saudi Arabia, is determined to weaken or antagonise Iran before the US handover of power on 20 January.The US president-elect, Joe Biden, has said he is willing to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal and lift some economic sanctions so long as Iran comes back into compliance with the agreement, especially over its excess stocks of enriched uranium. Israel and Saudi Arabia want the US to remain outside the deal and continue with a policy of maximum economic sanctions.Fakhrizadeh, on a US sanctions list, was regarded as the main keeper of Iranian knowledge of its nuclear programme. A brigadier general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and a professor of physics at the Guard’s Imam Hussein University, Fakhrizadeh was a man cloaked in mystery.Until April 2018, no photograph of him was publicly available, and after the killing of several other nuclear scientists, a further shield of secrecy and security had been thrown around him, in an effort to protect him against Israeli assassins.He took charge of Iran’s Physics Research Centre in 1988, and then became head of research at its successor, the Institute of Applied Physics, from where Iran’s secret nuclear research programme was conducted.He had never been interviewed by a member of the UN nuclear watchdog IAEA, but was named in one of their reports.
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The top Iranian nuclear scientist said to have masterminded the country’s secretive atomic bomb program has been shot in an assassination attempt, according to multiple reports. There is conflicting information about whether Mohsen Fakhrizadeh survived the attack.Several Iranian news outlets, including state broadcaster IRIB, initially reported that the missile scientist had been killed. But there was no official confirmation of his death, and other state media reported that Fakhrizadeh had only been injured in the attempt on his life and was in hospital.In rolling coverage of the incident, a state television broadcaster reportedly said: “News sources say a scientist has been the victim of an assassination attempt in an armed attack by unknown people on his team of bodyguards.” Fars news agency reported that witnesses heard the sound of machine gun fire near a car that Fakhrizadeh was in.The scientist has long been suspected of being the brains behind Iran’s mysterious atomic bomb program. The project is said to have been halted in 2003, though the country has always denied the programme’s existence. In a 2018 profile, the Saudi news network Al Arabiya dubbed Fakhrizadeh “the father of Iranian regime’s nuclear bomb.”Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once mentioned the scientist at a news conference and added: “Remember that name.”More to follow...Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Ani Sirois, a respiratory nurse, has spent months caring for coronavirus patients at a Portland, Oregon, hospital, and she's only getting busier as infections — and hospitalizations — surge before the holidays. The national organization says industry research tells them many people who put up an artificial tree last year plan to buy a real tree this year, and most are citing the pandemic as the reason.
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Securing an agreement to preserve free movement across Gibraltar's border with Spain after Brexit comes into effect is "not easy" but is still within reach, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has said.
Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand, undeterred by arrest warrants and the possibility of violent attacks, staged another rally on Friday, poking fun at their critics and warning of the possibility of a military coup. The potential for violence was illustrated after their last rally on Wednesday, when in the hours after it ended, two men were reportedly shot and critically wounded. Although the incident remains murky and its connection to the rally unclear, it was a reminder that the student protesters are vulnerable, especially because of the passions they inspire among some of their opponents.
Thousands of Sudanese came out Friday in the city of Omdurman for the funeral of the country's last elected prime minister and prominent political party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi, who died of COVID-19. Al-Mahdi's body arrived earlier in the day from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where he had been flown to receive medical treatment after testing positive for coronavirus in early November. Al-Mahdi, who was the leader of the National Ummah Party, died Thursday at age 84.
* 110,000 new cases and 90,000 people hospitalized Thursday * CDC predicts deaths could rise by 300,000 in next monthAmerica’s coronavirus surge showed no sign of abating over the Thanksgiving holiday, which saw over 100,000 new cases and hospitalizations continue to break records.Thursday marked the 24th consecutive day that the US reported more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases and the 17th day straight that the number of patients in hospital with the virus has hit a new record.There were 110,611 new cases on Thursday, Johns Hopkins University figures show, and 1,232 new deaths. So far, more than 12.8 million people in the US have contracted the virus and 263,454 people have died – by far the largest totals for any country in the world.On Thanksgiving day there were 90,481 people hospitalized, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Meanwhile, medical centers warned they were nearing capacity.With millions of Americans ignoring government recommendations not to travel for the holiday – over a million people passed through airport checkpoints on Wednesday alone, according to TSA data – health experts warned that infections and deaths will continue to soar in the coming weeks.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts the total number of deaths could rise to as high as 321,000 in the next four weeks, according to its latest forecast, updated on Wednesday.“I don’t mean to be scary but … today can change the course of Covid for our country for the rest of the year,” Dr Megan Ranney, an emergency physician at Brown University, told CNN on Thursday.“Infections that are sustained today are going to show up in three weeks and are going to show up in deaths over Christmas and New Year’s and are going to spread in every state.”Dr William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University, warned of a “surge upon a surge” in the next couple of weeks, telling the broadcaster: “We’re in a for a tough time.”Among the worst affected states are North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico, which CDC maps show have all seen between 102.8 and 155 cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days.Other states in this bracket are Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Utah.Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, has warned that Thanksgiving could mark the start of a dark holiday season and that he expects Christmas and new year to continue in a similar vein.“If the surge takes a turn of continuing to go up and you have the sustained greater than 100,000 infections a day and 1,300 deaths per day and the count keeps going up and up … I don’t see it being any different during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays than during Thanksgiving,” he told USA Today.He said he probably plans to ditch any Christmas plans, like he did for Thanksgiving, which he spent with his wife away from their three daughters.
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Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian president whose re-election in August triggered massive opposition protests, says that he will step down if his country adopts a new Constitution. Belarusians have been protesting in the streets every weekend since the widely unpopular Mr Lukashenko was awarded a dubious landslide victory. His security forces have been dispersing and detaining peaceful demonstrators with gusto, fostering a deep resentment against his 26-year-long rule. In a strong indication that he might be considering an exit strategy, Mr Lukashenko during a hospital visit on Friday said that he would “not work for you as a president” if a new Constitution is adopted. Several weeks after the protests erupted, the beleaguered Belarusian leader floated the idea of amending the country’s main law to cut presidential powers and boost the country’s parliament.
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Astronauts could stop burning their underwear every three days in space in a move that could revolutionise washing on Earth. Nasa, the American space agency, has signed an agreement with consumer goods firm Procter and Gamble to develop the first laundry detergent for washing clothes in space, according to a report in the New Scientist. No washing machine has been developed for use in zero-gravity and currently astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) wear their clothes for “as long as it is tolerable to the crew based on smell and crustiness”, according to a Nasa report from 2013. This is typically three days for underwear and a week or two for other items. After this point they are either returned to Earth to be scrapped or ejected into space to burn up in the atmosphere. The Space Agreement Act, which was signed in August, will see the firm develop systems for cleaning clothes on the station which will reportedly use little-to-no water and could even harness the vacuum of space. The Agreement states that it will “provide additional benefits to humanity”, suggesting that the “low-toxicity” detergents or reduced water usage could have applications on our planet.
Prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh died in hospital on Friday of injuries suffered in an armed attack, Iranian state media reported. "Unfortunately, the medical team did not succeed in reviving him, and a few minutes ago, this manager and scientist achieved the high status of martyrdom after years of effort and struggle," a statement by Iran's armed forces carried by state media said. Mr Fakhrizadeh has long been suspected by Western, Israeli and Iranian exile foes of the Islamic Republic to have masterminded what they said was a covert atomic bomb programme halted in 2003. Iran has long denied seeking to weaponise nuclear energy. Mr Fakhrizadeh is thought to have headed what the UN nuclear watchdog and US intelligence services believe was a coordinated nuclear weapons programme in Iran shelved in 2003. He has the rare distinction of being the only Iranian scientist named in the International Atomic Energy Agency's 2015 "final assessment" of open questions about Iran's nuclear programme and whether it was aimed at developing a nuclear bomb. The IAEA's report said that he oversaw activities "in support of a possible military dimension to (Iran's) nuclear programme" within the so-called AMAD Plan. Israel has also described the AMAD Plan as Iran's secret nuclear weapons programme, and says it seized a large chunk of an Iranian nuclear "archive" detailing its work. "Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a 2018 speech revealing details from the archive, naming Mr Fakhrizadeh as AMAD's chief. Mr Netanyahu said that after AMAD was shut down Mr Fakhrizadeh continued working at an organisation within Iran's Defence Ministry on "special projects".
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When in 1899, Aleister Crowley, the poet, occultist and mountain-climber, who would rejoice in the sobriquet of "the Wickedest Man In The World", first moved into Boleskine House on the shores of Loch Ness, he found it necessary to write a letter of complaint to the local Vigilance Society. "Prostitution," Crowley wrote, "is most unpleasantly conspicuous" in the area. An officer of the society was duly sent to investigate and, deeply puzzled, reported that they could find no evidence whatsover of prostitution. Crowley wrote back: "Conspicuous by its absence, you fools!" Before moving to Boleskine, Crowley had been living in rooms in Chancery Lane, London, where he had fashioned two temples for his occult explorations - one white and lined with six huge mirrors; the other black, with an altar supported by the figure of a Black man standing on his hands, and with a human skeleton that Crowley would feed from time to time with blood, small birds and the like. "The idea," he explained "was to give it life, but I never got further than causing the bones to become covered with a viscous slime…" Boleskine, he believed, provided a more favourable location for his occult practices, conducting a series of rituals from the Book of Abramelin - a mid–15th–century manuscript of a Jewish mystical provenance that would become central to Crowley’s new religion Thelema, which he believed would help him make contact with his holy guardian angel. Crowley’s rituals were not a success, and he departed in 1913. But strange things have been happening at Boleskine House ever since. Long before Jimmy Page, the Led Zeppelin guitarist and Crowley afficianado, bought the house in the 1970s there were stories of hauntings, madness, suicide and suspected arson. But few things are more strange than the row that has broken out recently over plans to restore the Category B Listed Georgian structure, which was badly damaged by fire in 2015, back to residential use, while also allowing limited guided tours of its public rooms and grounds.