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Normal service at gas pump likely by late Sunday: Jennifer Granholm From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the nation is “over the hump” on gas shortages. AP PhotoWASHINGTON: Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the nation is “over the hump” on gas shortages following a ransomware cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline. Problems peaked Thursday night, and service should return to normal in most areas by the end of the weekend, Granholm said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press. “The good news is that … gas station outages are down about 12% from the peak” as of Friday afternoon, with about 200 stations returning to service every hour, she said. “It’s still going to work its way through the system over the next few days, but we should be back to normal fairly soon.” A cyberattack by hackers who lock up computer systems and demand a ransom to release them hit the Colonial Pipeline on May 7. The hackers didn’t take control of pipeline operations, but the Georgia-based company shut it down to prevent malware from affecting industrial control systems. The Colonial Pipeline stretches from Texas to New Jersey and delivers about 45% of the gasoline consumed on the East Coast. The shutdown has caused shortages at the pumps throughout the South and emptied stations in the Washington, DC, area. President Joe Biden said US officials do not believe the Russian government was involved, but said “we do have strong reason to believe that the criminals who did the attack are living in Russia.” As Colonial reported making “substantial progress” Friday in restoring full service, two people briefed on the matter confirmed the company had paid a ransom of about $5 million. Granholm, like other Biden administration officials, urged drivers not to panic or hoard gasoline. “Really, the gasoline is coming,” she said. “If you take more than what you need, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy in terms of the shortages. Let’s share a little bit with our neighbors and everybody should know that it’s going to be okay in the next few days.” Granholm’s agency is leading the federal response to the ransomware attack. She said the incident shows the vulnerability not only of US infrastructure, but also personal computers. Her 86-year-old mother recently suffered a ransomware attack on her iPad, Granholm said. “So it’s just happening everywhere,” she said. “All these cybercriminals see an opportunity in the cloud and in our connectivity. And so we all have to be very vigilant. That means we’ve got to have security systems on our devices and individually we shouldn’t be clicking on any email with attachments from people you don’t know. I mean it’s just around us.” Biden signed an executive order on cybersecurity this week, and the Energy Department and other agencies are working to protect critical infrastructure, she said. Much of the U.S. pipeline infrastructure, like Colonial, is privately owned. The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate pipelines, said this week that the US should establish mandatory cybersecurity standards for pipelines similar to those in the electricity sector. “Simply encouraging pipelines to voluntarily adopt best practices is an inadequate response to the ever-increasing number and sophistication of malevolent cyber actors,” said FERC Chairman Richard Glick. “We definitely have to look at it,” Granholm said Friday, adding that pipeline organizations have voluntary standards. “Even though it may be privately owned, the public uses it. So I think we have to look at that, making sure that they abide by the latest and greatest.” John Stoody, a spokesman for the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, declined to comment on Glick’s proposal. The industry historically has opposed government mandates on cybersecurity. The ransomware attack should play a role as Congress considers Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal, Granholm said. “Obviously pipelines should be considered part of that,” she said. “Cybersecurity should be considered part of that. Energy infrastructure, including transmission grids, should be part of that. We need to upgrade across the board, and hopefully there will be some interest in a bipartisan fashion to see an upgrade in the nation’s infrastructure.” FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail







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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz urges Facebook, TikTok executives to crack down on social media incitement From “World News”



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UN human rights chief: Crisis in Gaza, Israel "has deteriorated at an alarming rate" From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



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Are social platforms deliberately silencing Palestinians? From “Al Jazeera – Breaking News, World News and Video from Al Jazeera”



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Leading conservatives Raisi and Larijani enter Iran presidential race From “BBC News – World”



“I have come as an independent to the stage to make changes in the executive management of the country and to fight poverty, corruption, humiliation and discrimination,” the 60-year-old Mr Raisi said in a statement on Saturday before registering his candidacy.







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Violent clashes in Berlin as police break up pro-Palestinian demonstration (VIDEO) — RT World News From “RT World News”



Clashes broke out on the streets of the German capital as police sought to disperse a thousands-strong demonstration in support of the Palestinians amid the ongoing violent standoff between Israel and Gaza.

Chaotic scenes unfolded in Berlin’s district of Neukolln as police officers attempted to break up a massive demonstration in support of the Palestinians. Some 3,500 people joined the rally to condemn what they called “barbaric aggression” by the “occupying power.”The protesters were moving in a large crowd while waving the flags of the State of Palestine and carrying placards that read: “Zionism is terrorism” and “Child Killer Israel.” Some Turkish flags were also seen in the crowd that chanted “Free Palestine.”Hass gegen Israel, Hammer und Sichel, Hitler-Vergleich und Samidoun, Boykottkampagne BDS. Die Allianz vereint meist Arabischstämmige mit einigen Deutschen, offenbar aus der linken Szene. #b1505@weltpic.twitter.com/G09brWbfr7— Martin Heller (@Ma_Heller) May 15, 2021The police repeatedly urged the protesters to comply with the Covid-19 rules, involving social distancing and a requirement to wear face masks in public but the demands were “unsuccessful,” law enforcement said in a Twitter post, adding that even the rally organizers admitted that they were “unable to exert influence on the participants.”The rally at Neukolln’s Hermannplatz square was organized by the German branch of the Samidoun group under the slogan ‘Day of Political Prisoners of Palestine’. The rally organizers have links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), according to the German media. The PFLP is described as a Marxist–Leninist movement that does not recognize Israel.Es fliegen übrigens nicht nur Flaschen, sondern richtig große Pflastersteine, die auch immer wieder Pressevertreter oder andere Demonstranten treffen bzw. gefährden. #b1505pic.twitter.com/0AdDG5g3tN— julius geiler (@glr_berlin) May 15, 2021Steinwerfer auf der Flucht von der Polizei. Die meisten scheinen minderjährig. Die Polizei bettelt fast via Lautsprecher: „Unterlassen sie den Bewurf, machen sie die Fahrbahn frei, wir haben Verletzte und Rettungswagen, die nicht durchkommen.“ #b1505pic.twitter.com/uX1qscohrF— julius geiler (@glr_berlin) May 15, 2021Around a half an hour after the protest started, the police sought to break up the rally and disperse the crowd. While some protesters left the scene, between 800 and 1,200 demonstrators stayed and started pelting the officers with bottles and paving stones. They also fired flares and smoke pellets.Videos published on social media show the crowd chanting “Allahu Akbar.”A video published by Ruptly news agency shows the protesters throwing various projectiles at the police as well as even attacking the officers at one point. The police responded by using tear gas. The footage also shows the officers brutally detaining some of the demonstrators.The clashes in Neukolln continued until the early evening. Police confirmed that the scuffles ended up with “numerous police officers injured” and some demonstrators arrested but did not provide any specific details on the number of those injured or detained.Die Stimmung ist übrigens auch wahnsinnig medienfeindlich. Wir werden als „Hurensöhne“ beschimpft, ein Kamera-Team geschubst und bedrängt. Polizei hat die Lage immer noch nicht unter Kontrolle. #b1505pic.twitter.com/A5pLDeFDl3— julius geiler (@glr_berlin) May 15, 2021A reporter from the German daily Die Welt, Martin Heller, who was covering the protest, was hit by a bottle thrown by one of the protesters, the journalist said in a Twitter post. Elsewhere, the chief Europe correspondent of the Israeli broadcaster Kann, Antonia Yamin, had a firecracker thrown at her apparently because someone heard she was reporting in Hebrew.Neukölln: Meist junge arabisch-stämmige Männer bewerfen nach Demo Polizei mit allem möglichen, vor allem Flaschen. Sie treffen Unbeteiligte, am Ende auch mich (Sek. 41). #b1505@weltpic.twitter.com/j54RynkmId— Martin Heller (@Ma_Heller) May 15, 2021I got home and I am safe (thank you for all the support massages). I am thankful for the RTL team (and their bodyguards) that wanted to interview me and captured this moment. It’s not easy being an Israeli reporter these days on European streets@kann_newspic.twitter.com/hQ7vjj6rMH— Antonia Yamin אנטוניה ימין (@antonia_yamin) May 15, 2021Pro-Palestinian demonstrations were also held in several other German cities, including Hamburg, Colonge, Stuttgart and Hanover. They were attended by hundreds of protesters but went off peacefully, according to the police.In Leipzig, a pro-Palestinian rally faced a rival “pro-Israel” demonstration. Even though tensions between the two groups of protesters ran high, they did not result in violence, the local police said.The developments in Germany came amid the ongoing violent conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza. Sparked by an Israeli court case regarding the evictions of some Palestinian families from an East Jerusalem neighborhood, it quickly spiraled from protests to a violent standoff between the Israeli Army and Palestinian Hamas militants.

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Hamas launched thousands of rockets at Israeli cities while the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) responded by unleashing massive airstrikes against Gaza. Hamas attacks have killed nine Israelis while the IDF strikes have claimed the lives of more than 100 Palestinians, according to local health officials.Earlier, Germany also witnessed a series of attacks targeting synagogues amid the conflict in the Middle East. The incidents sparked a wave of indignation from German officials who said that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated on German soil.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!







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‘I reject hate speech’: Lakeith Stanfield on Clubhouse antisemitism scandal | US news From “World news | The Guardian”



The actor Lakeith Stanfield has spoken out amid controversy over his presence in a Clubhouse room where participants made antisemitic remarks, saying: “Any kind of hate speech, I vehemently reject.”Stanfield, whose films include Sorry to Bother You, Get Out and Judas and the Black Messiah, did not say anything antisemitic himself. But he was a moderator of the discussion, which took place earlier this week.He said he had not known much about one of the subjects being discussed, Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan, a prominent Black figure who has a history of making antisemitic comments.“I definitely don’t align myself with Louis Farrakhan, I don’t stand by him,” Stanfield told the Daily Beast in an interview published on Saturday. “Any kind of hate speech, I vehemently reject. That’s not up for debate, hate is not up for debate.”Clubhouse is a social networking app on which invited users can listen to discussions. The session on Wednesday was meant to offer a “balanced” conversation about whether Farrakhan’s legacy was damaged by his antisemitism.A moderator closed the room after determining the discussion had become incendiary, but another room opened and discussion continued.Stanfield told the Beast he was interested in the topic but “wasn’t sure to what extent” Farrakhan was controversial.Whenever someone’s sentence starts, ‘Well, Hitler had a point’ … you have no point, there’s no leg to stand onAnonymous Clubhouse user“I was much more interested in sort of uncovering this information, so it wasn’t about Louis Farrakhan per se,” Stanfield said.Jewish participants in what was promoted as an attempt to “bridge the gap” between Black and Jewish communities told the Beast they had to defend themselves against “vile antisemitism” and explain why some comments were hateful.“There’s no other perspective,” one Jewish woman who was in the room was quoted as saying, without being named. “I’m not going to debate anyone for my humanity or be told that Hitler was right or that my identity and my heritage is not real.“I’m so tired of this other side. Whenever someone’s sentence starts, ‘Well, Hitler had a point’ or ‘Hitler was wrong about a lot but here’s something he did that was right’, you have no point, there’s no leg to stand on.”Farrakhan has described Adolf Hitler as a “very great man”. He has denied being antisemitic – and in the same speech called Jewish people “Satanic”.Stanfield said he asked a question in the Clubhouse room, whereupon an organizer made him a moderator.“It was so chaotic in the room, there were a couple of outbursts,” he said. “I think I remember someone saying something about ‘all Jews run the world’ or something kind of crazy, and that was one of the people I put down in the audience.”In Clubhouse rooms, moderators control who is put on a “stage” to talk.“But for the most part, one outburst would happen and then the conversation would kind of go back into a normal rhythm.”A Jewish attendee called attention to Stanfield’s presence, noting that he had 79,000 followers who might think he condoned the antisemitic remarks.“I was really caught off guard, because first of all, I didn’t host the room,” Stanfield told the Beast. “But I also didn’t feel that the conversation was really headed in a direction that was completely attacking Jewish people.“At that point, I thought there were still people saying their points and then other people saying their points. So I explained to her that I know that this is a very tense and emotional conversation to have, and I just want everyone to have the time to be able to engage in conversation. So, that was part of me trying to moderate this conversation that was happening.”Stanfield said he walked away from his phone, pointing to how early it was in London, where he is filming the sitcom Atlanta. A “whole bunch of chaos started to erupt and people are saying all kinds of crazy things, apparently”, he said.“The next couple days, there’s conversations about what happened in that room. I was really surprised by a lot of the things that I was hearing that were happening in the room because a lot of those things I just simply wasn’t present for. So, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s terrible.’”After Stanfield’s presence in the Clubhouse room was noted on social media, and the Beast reported the incident, the actor said on Instagram: “Thinking outside the box comes with a cost”, adding: “They’ll always try to discredit and attack you … futile.”He deleted that message and posted a complete apology.







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Federal arraignment in July for 3 ex-cops in George Floyd’s death From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



From left, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. AP PhotoMINNEAPOLIS: Three former Minneapolis police officers who are charged with violating George Floyd’ s civil rights are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in July, with a trial date to be determined. Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao will be arraigned on civil rights violations on July 14 in US District Court in Minneapolis, according to a scheduling order issued Friday. The court initially said the trial would be in August, but updated the schedule hours later to say it was still unscheduled. Last week, a federal grand jury indicted the former officers, along with their colleague Derek Chauvin, for allegedly willfully violating Floyd’s rights. Chauvin has already been convicted of state murder and manslaughter charges and is awaiting sentencing. It wasn’t immediately clear why he is not a part of Friday’s scheduling order, but he has not yet made an initial appearance on the federal charges. Messages left with Chauvin’s attorney and with a spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s Office weren’t immediately returned. Floyd, 46, died after Chauvin pinned him to the ground with a knee on his neck, even as Floyd, who was handcuffed, repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe. Kueng and Lane also helped restrain Floyd – state prosecutors have said Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held down Floyd’s legs. Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint. The federal indictment alleges Chauvin violated Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and from unreasonable force by a police officer. It charges Thao and Kueng with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck. All four officers are charged for their failure to provide Floyd with medical care. Chauvin was also charged in a second indictment, stemming from the use of force and neck restraint of a 14-year-old boy in 2017. Lane, Kueng and Thao are also charged on state charges of aiding and abetting both murder and manslaughter. They are scheduled to face trial on those charges next March. FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail







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Protesters slam Israel, support Palestinians : worldnews From “World News”



This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 89%. (I’m a bot)Iraqi demonstrators wave Palestinian flags during a protest to express solidarity with the Palestinian people amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Baghdad Qatar.People hold up Palestinian flags during a protest in support of Palestinians following a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence Spain.Some protesters threw Molotov cocktails and rocks over the wall during a protest on Saturday in the Lebanese border village of Odayseh, where hundreds marched waving Palestinian and Lebanese flags, as well as the yellow banners of the Hezbollah group.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: Palestinian#1 protest#2 flag#3 people#4 violence#5







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Low- and regular-dose aspirin safe, effective From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



An unusual study that had thousands of heart disease patients enroll themselves and track their health online as they took low- or regular-strength aspirin concludes that both doses seem equally safe and effective for preventing additional heart problems and strokes.But there’s a big caveat: People had such a strong preference for the lower dose that it’s unclear if the results can establish that the treatments are truly equivalent, some independent experts said. Half who were told to take the higher dose took the lower one instead or quit using aspirin altogether.“Patients basically decided for themselves” what they wanted to take because they bought the aspirin on their own, said Dr. Salim Virani, a cardiologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston who had no role in the study.Still, the results show there’s little reason to take the higher dose, 325 milligrams, which many doctors assumed would work better than 81-milligram “baby aspirin,” he said.Results were published Saturday by the New England Journal of Medicine and discussed at an American College of Cardiology conference.Aspirin helps prevent blood clots, but it’s not recommended for healthy people who have not yet developed heart disease because it carries a risk of bleeding. Its benefits are clear, though, for folks who already have had a heart attack, bypass surgery or clogged arteries requiring a stent.But the best dose isn’t known, and the study aimed to compare them in a real-world setting. The study was funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, created under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to help patients make informed decisions about health care.About 15,000 people received invitations to join through the mail, email or a phone call and enrolled on a website where they returned every three to six months for follow-up. A network of participating health centers supplied medical information on participants from their electronic records and insurance claims.Story continuesThe participants were randomly assigned to take low- or regular-dose aspirin, which they bought over the counter. Nearly all were taking aspirin before the study began and 85% were already on a low dose, so “it was an uphill task right from the get-go” to get people to use the dose they were told, Virani said.After roughly two years, about 7% of each group had died or been hospitalized for a heart attack or a stroke. Safety results also were similar — less than 1% had major bleeding requiring hospitalization and a transfusion.Nearly 41% of those assigned to take the higher dose switched at some point to the lower one, and that high rate “could have obscured a true difference” in safety or effectiveness, Colin Baigent, a medical scientist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, wrote in a commentary in the medical journal.One study leader, Dr. Schuyler Jones of Duke University, said the study still provides valuable guidance. If patients are taking low-dose aspirin now, “staying on that dose instead of switching is the right choice,” he said. People doing well on 325 milligrams now may want to continue on that and should talk with their doctors if they have any concerns.For new patients, “in general, we’re going to recommend starting the low dose,” Jones said.Virani said people must remember that aspirin is a medicine and that even though it’s sold over the counter, patients shouldn’t make decisions on its use by themselves.“Don’t change the dose or stop without talking to someone,” he warned. “This is important, especially for a therapy like aspirin.”___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.







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