The massive explossion which devastated the city of Beirut could trigger a humanitarian crisis the UN has warned.
Lebanon was already struggling under the weight of an economic crisis and the health care system was overwhelmed by Covid. It is feared the crisis will play into the hand of Hezbollah. The blast has left 154 people dead, 5,000 injured and 300,000 homeless.
The Blast was caused when 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate detonated. The exact trigger is unknown. However, the explosives had been stored in a warehouse unsafely for six years.
President Trump has announced he plans to ban TikTok in the US. The social media app is highly popular with young people. However, there are concerns that the Chinese owned app is gaining access to US teens personal data, and is a security risk.
TikTok has also seen calls for its ban in other countries over safe guarding issues. Children have been targeted by paedophiles on the app. TikTok have been criticized for not doing enough to protect children from being groomed.
Twitter has come under fire for not taking any action over Iran’s Khamenei’s post calling for the elimination of Israel. However, Twitter has seen his Twitter account restricted over tweets about law and order in response to the violent protests sweeping America. Twitter has said Trump’s posts “incite violence”. The social media giant has been accused of double standards.
Twitter’s response has been to argue that Iran’s posts concerning the mass genocide of Israel is “foreign policy sabre-rattling”.
“We have an approach toward leaders that says that direct interactions with fellow public figures, comments on political issues of the day, or foreign policy sabre-rattling on military-economic issues are generally not in violation of our rules,” Ylwa Pettersson, Twitter’s head policy for the Nordic countries and Israel, told the Knesset’s Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, via video-conference.
If a world leader violates our rules but there is a clear interest in keeping that up on the service we may place it behind a notice that provides some more context about the violation and allows people to click through if they wish to see that type of content,” Pettersson replied.
“That’s what happened for the Trump tweet: that tweet was violating our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line of that tweet and the risk that it could possibly inspire harm and similar actions.”
Elon Musk has claimed his Neuralink implant will be able to steam music directly to your brain, making headphones obsolete. The Neuralink is an implant that will be placed into a persons brain, which will be able to directly interface with a person neurologically.
Musk has in the past claimed the Neuralink, which he is funding the development of, will also be able to cure depression and addiction.
Emergency Rooms are being overwhelmed in parts of the nation by new Covid- 19 cases. In Texas hospitals are struggling to cope with the numbers of people coming through their doors.
Seattle is also seeing a new wave of Covid patients, after it was the first Covid- 19 hotspot in the country. However, medics have warned that people are also turning up for testing who have no symptoms, which is putting undue pressure on the system.
The Sunbelt States are being particularly hard hit at this time with many hospitals struggling to cope.
Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has announced she is undergoing chemotherapy for the recurrance of cancer. She has told the press she has no plans to retire. The 87 year old judge is the most senior liberal judge to sit on the Supreme Court.
President Trump has appointed two judges to the court making a 5 to 4 conservative leaning.
“On May 19, I began a course of chemotherapy to treat a recurrence of cancer,” Ms Ginsburg said in her statement.
“The chemotherapy course… is yielding positive results,” she added. “My most recent scan on 7 July indicated [a] significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease.
“I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment,” she said. “I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay.”
Twitter is investigating a security breach which has seen many high profile celebrities have their profiles hacked. Elon Musk, Joe Biden, and Bill Gates were amongst the individuals who’s accounts were breached.
Posts trying to trick people into sending hackers the cryptocurrency Bitcoin were tweeted by the official accounts of Apple, Uber, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and many others on Wednesday.
“We detected what we believe to be a coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools,” Twitter said.
“They used this access to take control of many highly-visible… accounts,” the company said, adding that it was investigating “what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed.”
Ghislaine Maxwell has been denied bail after being arrested on charges of sex trafficking and grooming minors. The British socialite is accused of procuring young girls for her intimate friend and lover Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein died in custody last year whilst awaiting trial.
Maxwell the well-connected daughter of the controversial media-mogul Robert Maxwell and introduced Epstein to many well-connected men like Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew.
Some suggest that Epstein and Maxwell were part of a far wider sex trafficking network providing minors to wealthy individuals.
A UN investigation into the killing of the Iranian General Soleimani in January was “unlawful” according to international law.
Agnes Callamard, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, stated in her report, which was to be submitted to the to the Human Rights Council on Thursday, “To the extent that evidence points to the U.S. and Iranian strikes being retaliations or reprisals, each would be unlawful.”
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus asserted, “It takes a special kind of intellectual dishonesty to issue a report condemning the United States for acting in self-defense while whitewashing General Soleimani’s notorious past as one of the world’s deadliest terrorists. This tendentious and tedious report undermines human rights by giving a pass to terrorists and it proves once again why America was right to leave”
The report also saying the attack on Iraqi soil violated Iraq’s territorial integrity. However, the State Department argued that, “The strike in Iraq was necessary to achieve these purposes and, given its limited nature, proportionate to that aim,” The Wall Street Journal added.
The US has said they were acting on intelligence that said Soleimani was planning an attack on US diplomats and military personnel.
Actress Debra Messing has attracted criticism for saying Kayne West is trying to steal away black voters from Biden.
In a tweet from an account that has since been protected, @TheRickyDavila tweeted to Messing: “To be clear, Kanye West is a redhat [sic] wearing MAGA Lunatic, so if he’s wanting to run for the Presidency, it’s probably a plan between [T]rump and Kanye to strip whatever support they can away from Biden as a last ditch effort. That’s what I believe.”
Messing was in agreement and tweeted back, “Absolutely. He’s playing Jill Stein. He’s trying to take you g black voters from Biden. It’s disgusting.”
However, Nina Turner, national co-chair of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential campaign responded to Messing with:
“You just can’t stop dipping can you [Debra Messing]? Your connotation is racist,” said Turner, who is black.
“1. Black voters are not owned by anyone,” she continued. “Our vote should be earned every election cycle. 2. We can think for ourselves & don’t need your help. 3. Sometimes it’s best to stay out of family business.”
This is not the first time Messing has been accused of racism. Last year she tweeted that any black Trump supporter must be suffering from a “mental illness”.