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The suicide of a 17-year-old girl who accused police of sexual abuse sparked an uprising in southwest Colombia that left at least one person dead, 35 injured and the local police jail destroyed : worldnews From “World News”



This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 85%. (I’m a bot)The suicide of a 17-year-old girl who accused police of sexual abuse sparked an uprising in southwest Colombia that left at least one person dead, 35 injured and the local police jail destroyed.The news of the suicide of the ICT student dropped a bomb on Colombia and turned anti-government protests into a violent uprising in the city of Popayan on Friday.The commander of the police in southwest Colombia, General Ricardo Alarcon, told media that the dead girl’s claims were “Fake news” despite evidence indicating the opposite.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: police#1 protests#2 girl#3 que#4 Popayan#5







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Israel’s police chief has accused ultra-nationalist MP Itamar Ben Gvir of adding fuel to the fire in Jerusalem and of being partly responsible for the violent demonstrations that have reignited the fuse of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict : worldnews From “World News”



This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 88%. (I’m a bot)Israel’s police chief has accused MP Itamar Ben Gvir of adding fuel to the fire in Jerusalem and of being partly responsible for the violent demonstrations that have reignited the fuse of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”The police chief was probably not up to the challenge, but he is right to say that Ben Gvir and his movement played a role in this crisis,” historian Simon Epstein told FRANCE 24, also pointing to the Islamist extremist’s strategy of confrontation.Experts interviewed by FRANCE 24 agree that the rise in Parliament of the ultraconservative coalition led by Ben Gvir has encouraged violence among virulent groups of Jewish supremacists, and reinforced their sense of impunity.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: Ben#1 Gvir#2 Israeli#3 Arab#4 Epstein#5







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Weaponizing fake news? IDF accused of misleading Western media about ‘Gaza invasion’ to bait a deadly trap for Hamas — RT World News From “RT World News”




By Nebojsa Malic, senior writer at RT

Israeli press has suggested that the strangely worded IDF announcement about ground troops in Gaza was deliberate, causing major outlets to report fake news – and Hamas militants to go exactly where Israeli military wanted them.

Shortly after midnight on Friday, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted that “air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.” This led a number of outlets – such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, AFP and NPR –  to report that Israeli soldiers have actually entered the Palestinian-controlled territory, from which Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants had been launching rockets over the past week. Here’s the Washington Post, for example:Israeli troops have entered the Gaza Strip as conflict with Palestinians escalates, Israeli military says https://t.co/Rc9VG9ImE0— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 13, 2021Two hours later, however, the IDF issued a “clarification”: there were no ground troops in Gaza, and never had been. Officially, the confusion was due to “internal miscommunication,” IDF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters on Friday. “These things can sometimes happen in the midst of a complex operation with many moving parts and with an unclear picture of what was happening,” he said. “As soon as I understood that I had the wrong information, I updated the relevant people with a clarification.”

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Or Heller, a military correspondent for Israel’s Channel 13, says otherwise. “It was a manipulation. It was smart and it was successful,” he said, according to AP. “What we saw tonight was a very sophisticated operation that had a media aspect to it.”According to Heller, the reports led Hamas fighters to make for the underground tunnels that Israelis call “the Metro,” from which they hoped to emerge and ambush the invaders. The IDF used 160 airplanes and artillery to target the tunnels, bombing them for around 40 minutes – and apparently inflicting heavy casualties on the militants.During a conference call with a number of outlets on Friday, Conricus reportedly said there was no attempt “to try to fool anybody or to cause you to write anything that isn’t true,” adding that he “can understand that it may look differently.”He did admit the IDF was trying to deceive Hamas with tactics like massing armor near the border with Gaza. The “target audience” of that wasn’t the press but “hopefully the dead terrorists that are now lying inside the tunnel,” he said.“What the IDF wanted to create was a situation where they went down into the tunnels so that we could attack them,” he said. The twist? His quote came from an off-the-record call, a recording of which was obtained by the New York Times from another outlet.

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What’s interesting is that outlets that relied on IDF’s tweet verbatim – rather than Conricus – did not jump to conclusions, but reported that Israeli tanks and artillery began striking Gaza alongside the drones and jets already used in the conflict. For example, RT’s Paula Slier reported that artillery units from Israel’s Golani Brigade were “shooting into Gaza from the border, but have not crossed over.”#IsraelGaza: Artillery units from #Israel’s #Golani Brigade are shooting into #Gaza from the border, but have not crossed over.The #IDF has said that residents of border communities up to 4km must remain in shelters until further notice.— Paula Slier (@PaulaSlier_RT) May 13, 2021Reporters who asked Conricus, however, were told otherwise. Wall Street Journal’s Felicia Schwartz tweeted that the colonel told her directly “there are ground troops in Gaza” before retracting that – two hours later.To be clear, @LTCJonathan told me directly, “there are ground troops in Gaza.” That was the basis for a first story saying so. He retracted that statement two hours later and I changed the story to reflect that, and that is noted in the text and will be corrected. https://t.co/8HRBjBwTYW— Felicia Schwartz (@felschwartz) May 14, 2021It wasn’t just Western media that misreported the story. Judah Ari Gross of the Times of Israel said he was “told unambiguously that Israeli troops had entered the Strip, despite this not being the case.”“Yes. As it’s written in the statement: Indeed, ground forces are attacking in Gaza. That is that they are in the Strip,” Gross said Conricus had told him.Weaponizing information is hardly a novelty. “All warfare is based on deception,” ancient Chinese strategist Sun Tzu wrote 2,500 years ago. In these times of ‘5G’ warfare that’s mainly psychological, fake news is intended to disarm the adversary mentally before any shots are fired, to ensure they aren’t to begin with. Apparently, this kind of media manipulation has a role to play even once the shooting starts. If the IDF really deliberately misinformed reporters, foreign and domestic, about its activities in Gaza in order to trick Hamas into a trap – as Heller claims and outlets like Jerusalem Post suggest may have happened, that means war reporters caught on the “kinetic” battlefield have one more headache to worry about.

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Israeli military accused of using media to trick Hamas From “World”




The Israeli military says a misunderstanding caused it to tell some international reporters that it had invaded the Gaza Strip with ground troops







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Israeli military accused of using media to trick Hamas From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



JERUSALEM (AP) — Just after midnight Friday, the Israeli military put out an ominous statement to the media: “IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.”The terse statement set off frenzied speculation that Israel had launched a ground invasion of Gaza — a much-feared scenario that would mark a bloody escalation of this week’s operation against Hamas militants. Some reporters were even told outright the incursion had begun.Hours later, the military issued a “clarification.” There were no troops inside Gaza. But by then, several major news outlets had erroneously reported the ground offensive was under way.While the army attempted to play down the incident as a misunderstanding, well-placed Israeli military commentators said the media had been used as part of an elaborate ruse to lure Hamas militants into a deadly trap that may have killed dozens of fighters.“They didn’t lie,” said Or Heller, a veteran military correspondent on Israel’s Channel 13 TV. “It was a manipulation. It was smart and it was successful.”This is how it unfolded:Late Thursday, after days of airstrikes, Israel announced it was calling up thousands of reservists and amassing troops along the border ahead of a possible ground invasion. In another sign of escalation, Israeli tanks stationed along the border opened fire at targets inside Gaza.In previous rounds of fighting, ground incursions have resulted in widespread destruction in Gaza and heavy casualties on both sides.That set the stage for the late-night deception. According to Heller, Israel began scrambling forces along the border in what appeared to be final preparations for an invasion. Then came the announcement to the media, issued simultaneously in Hebrew and Arabic on Twitter. There followed alerts in major outlets that the invasion was under way.The Israeli moves sent Hamas fighters rushing into defensive positions in an underground network of tunnels known as the Metro, according to Heller and other Israeli reports.Story continuesIsrael called in 160 warplanes and bombarded the tunnels for 40 minutes, the military said. Heller said it was his understanding that scores of militants had been killed, though he said it was impossible to say.“What we saw tonight was a very sophisticated operation that had a media aspect to it,” Heller said.Hamas has not commented on the incident, and it was impossible to confirm the Israeli reports.Heller said veteran Israeli correspondents, who have close ties to the military and in many cases have served themselves, knew that there was no way Israel was sending troops across enemy lines at this stage. Heller and other military correspondents even put out statements on Twitter assuring the jittery public that there was no ground operation.The Associated Press, based on its analysis of the army’s statement, phone calls to military officials and on the ground reporting in Gaza, concluded there was no ground incursion and did not report there was one.But others said the military had misled them or even lied when asked to clarify, turning the foreign media into an accessory of sorts.Felicia Schwartz, correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, said she alerted news of a ground offensive after receiving explicit confirmation from Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman.In a statement posted on Twitter, she said Conricus “told me directly, `There are ground troops in Gaza.’ That was the basis for a first story saying so. He retracted that statement two hours later and I changed the story to reflect that, and that is noted in the text and will be corrected.”Speaking to reporters on Friday morning, Conricus blamed an “internal miscommunication.”“These things can sometimes happen in the midst of a complex operation with many moving parts and with an unclear picture of what was happening,” he said. “As soon as I understood that I had the wrong information, I updated the relevant people with a clarification.”Militaries around the world have long used deception and trickery against their enemies. Two years ago, the Israeli military reportedly faked the injuries of soldiers at the scene of a Hezbollah missile strike, going so far as to evacuate them to a hospital in a helicopter.According to reports at the time, the army staged the injuries to trick Hezbollah into thinking it had inflicted casualties and therefore would agree to a cease-fire.Friday’s misleading statement further strained what has often been a rocky relationship between the IDF and the foreign media.Peter Lerner, a former military spokesman to the foreign media, said the Israeli public in general has long felt the international media focus too heavily on the Palestinian side of the story while minimizing Israeli concerns and suffering — and the army is similarly inclined.Lerner said he felt it was unlikely the military intentionally lied, but damage was done regardless.“Your currency is credibility,” he said. “I think this is a crisis of that credibility in the way it’s being portrayed.”







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Toshiba’s French unit blames ransomware gang DarkSide for cyberattack, same group accused of Colonial Pipeline hack — RT World News From “RT World News”



A French subsidiary of Japanese tech conglomerate Toshiba said it was hit by hackers from DarkSide – a group that was earlier accused of attacking a major pipeline network in the US.

The Toshiba France Tec Imaging System (TFIS) said in a statement, cited by Reuters, that the cyberattack occurred on the night of May 4. Protective measures were activated within hours of the intrusion, and only a “very minimal” amount of work data was lost, the company said.The TFIS blamed the ransomware hacker group DarkSide for the attack. Japanese broadcaster NHK cited IT security firm Mitsui Bussan Secure Directions, reporting that DarkSide claimed responsibility for the hack. The hackers allegedly left a statement on the darknet on Friday, saying they stole over 740 gigabytes of data from Toshiba’s French unit. The data was said to include both business and personal information.The NHK report described DarkSide as “Russia-based.” The group made news this month after the FBI confirmed they had hacked into the network of the Colonial Pipeline, the largest oil pipeline system in the US. The pipeline was shut down for several days, sparking gas price hikes amid fears of fuel shortages. The operator announced that the normal work of the pipeline was fully restored on Thursday.

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US President Joe Biden told reporters there was evidence that the hackers were based in Russia, but not proof that the Russian government was involved. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, denied that Russia was behind the Colonial Pipeline hack or any other hacks in the past.US officials frequently accuse Moscow of orchestrating cyberattacks on American state agencies and companies, which Russia repeatedly denies.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!







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Rihanna accused of pulling an ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ after saying both ‘innocent Israeli and Palestinian children’ suffer — RT World News From “RT World News”



Rihanna has added her name to the list of celebrities who have found themselves in hot water after voicing opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her neutral “I stand with humanity” stance caused backlash on social media.

On her Instagram account, which has over 95.4 million followers, the pop singer and actress wrote that her “heart is breaking with the violence,” as “innocent people fall victim to notions perpetuated by government and extremists.” Having shared numbers of fatalities on the Palestinian side, she wrote that both “innocent Israeli and Palestinian children” are suffering in the ongoing conflict, adding that “this cycle needs to be broken.” Her post on Thursday was captioned with “I stand with humanity,” and accumulated over two million likes, but many expressed their apparent disappointment with the A-lister for not taking sides. While some social media users accused Rihanna for “pulling an ‘all lives matter’,” others were apparently let down by her lack of support for Palestinians. In 2014, the singer posted on Twitter using the “#FreePalestine” hashtag, but then deleted it saying “some people were offended” and she was praying for the people in Palestine and Israel.The divided online community both suggested it was “better to say nothing” and, on the contrary, thanked the celebrity for using her social media platform to speak out on the matter.No one is being neutral, she’s sending her condolences to the innocent people being killed, this is about life— James Joint (@FaithConners2) May 13, 2021Earlier this week, Israeli actress Gal Gadot took the blow for what has been regarded by some as support for her home country. At the same time, half-Palestinian supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid have been in the social media spotlight for their openly anti-Israeli stance. “Politicians stutter neutral words in fear of being reprimanded, whilst the world remains silent to avoid offending the wrong people,” the younger of the US-born sisters, Bella, posted.Yeah putting Israel in quotes as if it’s not a real country is real appropriate. A lot of their posts have been only half truths or total misinformation, glad you approve of their borderline anti Semitic takes though. Cool— Mar (@marschaebee) May 12, 2021Since the start of the week, more than 1,500 rockets have been launched on Israel by the Palestinian militant group Hamas, according to the Israeli military. At least six civilians including a child have been reportedly killed. Israel responded by bombing targets in Gaza and is reportedly planning an operation on the ground. According to Palestinian officials, dozens of their civilians, at least 17 children among them, have died in the airstrikes.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!







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Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent accused of ‘selling access to Vladimir Putin’s government’ for £50,000 : worldnews From “World News”



This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 82%. (I’m a bot)Prince Michael of Kent offered to sell access to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government, an investigation by Channel 4 and The Sunday Times has alleged.The prince’s private secretary earlier told the undercover reporters that the prince could make introductions to senior Russian government officials.The marquess is alleged to have told reporters that the prince played a role as “Her Majesty’s unofficial ambassador to Russia” and that he could meet with Putin.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: Prince#1 Russia#2 told#3 Russian#4 Putin#5







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Prince Michael of Kent accused of selling Kremlin access : worldnews From “World News”



This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 79%. (I’m a bot)Prince Michael of Kent was willing to use his royal status for personal profit, and provide access to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime, a Sunday Times and Channel 4 report says.They added: “As is standard practice, Prince Michael’s private secretary made it clear to the company’s representatives during their conversations that nothing could proceed without the agreement of the British Embassy and the help of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, of which Prince Michael is patron.”The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches allege that the marquess described Prince Michael as being able to meet Mr Putin and make representations on behalf of a company set up by the reporters.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: Prince#1 Michael#2 report#3 Marquess#4 royal#5







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Liechtenstein prince accused of poaching Europe’s largest bear From “World”




Prince Emanuel von und zu Liechtenstein was granted a permit to kill a female bear who had been menacing a village in the Carpathian Mountains, according to environmental groups. But somehow Arthur, who lived in a nature reserve nearby, ended up getting killed instead.







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