Author: Eli Ridder

Breaking: Stormy Daniel’s Lawyer Michael Avenatti Arrested Over Domestic Violence

Eli Ridder | @EliRidder

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti has been arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence, the Hollywood Reporter published on Wednesday evening.

A report for the alleged abuse was filed Tuesday, a Los Angeles police spokesman said.

 


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Explosion Rocks Capital City of Tunisia

Eli Ridder | TUNISIA

(71 Republic) – An explosion rocked Tunisia’s capital Tunis on Monday, after a woman reportedly blew herself up in an act of suicide, injuring nine others.

A witness reported an explosion on the central Habib Bourguiba Avenue, and police were seen cordoning off the area. No other injuries were immediately reported. 

Footage from Al Jazeera showed a chaotic scene on the ground, with crowds of people on the streets.

Eight of those hurt in the explosion on Habib Bourguiba, which runs through the middle of the city, were police officers.

The ministry has described the blast, near the Municipal Theatre, as a “terrorist explosion”.

No victim deaths have been reported by officials at this time.

Images from the scene show a large number of emergency service personnel in the area.

The attack comes at a time when the country’s vital tourism industry is starting to show signs of recovery, more than three years after two deadly terror attacks decimated visitor numbers, reported the BBC.


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11 Killed in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Eli Ridder | @eliridder

(71 Republic) – Officials confirmed that 11 died on Saturday in the United States after a gunman entered a Pittsburgh synagogue and opened fire, with six others injured before the suspect was brought into custody by police.

The suspect, who reportedly yelled “all Jews must die” as he shot into worshippers, was identified by authorities as a white male with a beard, who surrendered to authorities wounded and crawling on his knees after a shootout with police.

The suspect has social media filled with anti-Jewish sentiment, and posted on a website called Gab apparently warning of his attack on the synagogue.

Police reached the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue at around 10 a.m. ET during Saturday morning services, and a resulting probe has revealed that four officers and two citizens were injured.

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to the press just before 1 p.m., saying that the results of the shooting are “far more devastating than anyone originally thought”, and vouched for the use of the death penalty for those that shoot up churches and temples.

Trump told the press that the result could have been “far better” if there was an armed guard inside the synagogue, and did not dispute supporting armed security for “churches and temples” nationwide, before boarding Air Force One for a farmers’ conference.

The president also praised police and said the federal government was standing by to assist the state and the city, telling reporters to expect a fuller statement later in the day at the Future Farmers of America conference.

Trump originally tweeted that he is “watching the events in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania”, telling those in the predominately Jewish area known as Squirrel Hill to “remain sheltered” and to “beware of active shooter”.

Wendell Hissrich, the Pittsburgh public safety director, told reporters early Saturday afternoon that the area lockdown was lifted and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be leading the probe into the mass shooting.

The attack was described by the Anti-Defamation League as “likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States”.

The New York Police Department said later that police have been deployed at synagogues across the city.


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Man Arrested In Connection With U.S. Mail Bombs

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(71 Republic) – Federal authorities brought a male suspect into custody in connection with 12 mail bombs sent to Democratic Party politicians and well-known critics of U.S. President Donald Trump over the last week, authorities in the United States said on Friday.

The suspect, named as 56-year-old Cezar Sayoc, was taken into custody in the Miami area, a law enforcement official said, the first suspect arrested during a probe into suspicious packages sent to a dozen addresses, including the Clinton residence, CNN and others.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the wave of parcel bombs that authorities have treated as domestic terrorism, that come just days ahead of the U.S. midterm elections that could change the balance of power in the capital.

Authorities released images of the parcel bomb packages earlier this week. The packaging is yellow with bubble wrap on the interior, a typical package for mail, but the six U.S. flags and the misspelled “Florids” on each package has been identical.

Mr. Trump addressed the country during the 2018 Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House shortly after noon, praising the enforcement agencies for arresting the sole suspect.

The U.S. Justice Department plans to hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon.


Timeline

Trump critic George Soros was the first sent mail in the wave of suspicious packages that authorities have confirmed are linked. The billionaire was sent a package on Oct. 22, the Monday that started a week of mail bombs sent to critics of the president.

The following timeline uses information published by the Washington Post.

OCT. 22

  • George Soros, sent one device — An employee of billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros found a suspicious package in a mailbox at Soros’s home in New York.

OCT. 23

  • Bill and Hillary Clinton, sent one device — Secret Service personnel intercepted a pipe bomb addressed to the residence of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton in New York’s Chappaqua. The “potential explosive device” did not pose a threat to the Clintons, the agency said.

OCT. 24

  • Barack Obama, one device — Secret Service personnel intercepted a bomb addressed to the residence of former president Barack Obama in Northwest Washington. It was similar to the package addressed to the Clintons, and like that other device, there was no accompanying message, officials said.
  • CNN and John Brennan, one device — A pipe bomb was found in the CNN mailroom at the Time Warner Center in New York on Wednesday morning, triggering an hours-long evacuation. The package was addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, who works as an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, not CNN. Law enforcement officials said the device appeared to be similar to the other recovered devices.
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Eric Holder, one device — A suspicious package was sent to the Florida office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). It was addressed to former attorney general Eric H. Holder, who worked for the Obama administration, but had the wrong address and was delivered to the congresswoman’s office because she was listed as the sender on the package’s return address.
  • Maxine Waters, two devices — Two packages addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) were recovered by authorities, the FBI said Wednesday night — one in Los Angeles and another in Washington. They were “similar in appearance” to the other devices, the agency said.

OCT. 25

  • Robert De Niro, one device — Around 5 a.m., security personnel working for De Niro’s film company, Tribeca Productions, discovered a suspicious package that police said “was similar to explosive packages that has been publicized.” The package was transported to Rodman’s Neck, a peninsula in the Bronx where the New York Police Department explodes bombs, the department said.
  • Joe Biden, two devices — Investigators at two mail facilities in Delaware found packages addressed to the former vice president. One used his full name, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. Both were similar to others that had been sent this week.

OCT. 26

  • Cory Booker, one device — The FBI said it found a potential explosive device in Florida, addressed to Sen. Booker, a New Jersey Democrat. The package was similar to others sent to public figures.
  • James Clapper, one device — Moments after the FBI announced that it had intercepted a suspicious package addressed to Booker, police in New York intercepted a similar package addressed to Clapper, President Obama’s former director of national intelligence. A law enforcement official said the package was addressed to Clapper at CNN, where he is a contributor, and was found at a mail sorting facility in New York.

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Saudi Arabia Preparing to Admit Journalist Died During Interrogation

Eli Ridder | SAUDI ARABIA

(71 Republic) – Saudi Arabia is preparing a report admitting that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi died during a Saudi interrogation at their consulate in Turkey, according to multiple reports on Monday.

A source cited by CNN said that the report will likely find that the action was carried out without permission, and that those who were involved will be held responsible, marking a dramatic shift in the narrative offered by the kingdom.

However, one of two CNN sources said that the report is still in the midst of being prepared and said caution should be had as what it says could change.

Mr. Khashoggi was last seen in public when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in Turkey on Oct. 2, and Saudi authorities had maintained that the journalist left the consulate the same afternoon of his visit, without providing evidence.

His fiancé, Hatice Cengiz, was waiting outside for him to re-emerge that day, and said that he never came out.

Turkish authorities say prosecutors have found evidence that supports suspicions Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Al Jazeera reported on Monday afternoon.

“The Attorney General’s office is telling us they have found evidence that supports their suspicions that Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul,” Al Jazeera’s Jamal Elshayyal reported.

This is a significant step forward after several days of an impasse.”

The Attorney General’s office also said their team inside the consulate found evidence of “tampering”, the Middle Eastern news agency reported.

Turkish authorities have an audio recording which indicates that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkish officials have told multiple new agencies.

Saudi Arabia still formally claims it had no involvement in the disappearance of the columnist.


The Case of the Apple Watch

Initial reports from the pro-Turkish government newspaper Sabah says the government claimed that the killing of Jamal Khashoggi was recorded both with video and audio on his Apple Watch and transmitted to his Apple iPhone which his fiancé had outside.

The claim was since dropped down to just an audio recording that was reportedly uploaded to iCloud, a recording that the columnist started as he walked into the Saudi building on Oct. 2 as his fiancé waited some distance away on the street.

However, technology websites such as 9to5Mac have pointed out that for the missing journalist to have uploaded the recording instantly to iCloud, he would have had to been connected to Wi-Fi, as Turkey has no LTE network that supports the Apple Watch.

Even if the columnist was able to upload the recording, the Sabah newspaper reported that the interrogators forced Khashoggi to open his Watch with his fingerprint, which is not a function of the device, unless it is unlocked by a finger on a partnered iPhone.

Some analysts have pointed out Sabah’s story inconsistencies and that it is more likely that Ankara bugged the Saudi Arabian consulate, and would make more sense as it would fall in line with the original Turkish claim that they had video and audio.


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