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Palestinian man attempts self-immolation after denied money to visit sick daughter

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A man upset over not being given money to visit his sick daughter in Jordan tried to immolate himself on Wednesday during one of several demonstrations against rising prices in the West Bank, Palestinian sources said.

Gaza Strip resident Hussein Qahwaji, aged 37, was stopped from setting himself on fire after he had doused himself with petrol, the sources said.

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His five-year-old daughter is receiving medical treatment in neighbouring Jordan at the expense of King Abdullah II, and he had wanted the Palestinian Authority to pay for a trip to be with her. The PA had already given him money to stay in Ramallah.

On Sunday, 17-year-old Ehab Abu al-Nada died, desperate over his inability to find a job, died in the Gaza Strip four days after setting himself ablaze.

Demonstrations against rising prices were taking place on Wednesday for the second straight day in Ramallah and other localities in the West Bank.

Youths blocked the major roads leading into Ramallah and shouted slogans against the government of prime minister Salam Fayyad and the rise in prices.

In Gaza, meanwhile, the Hamas chief of the government, Ismail Haniyeh, met Abu Nada’s family and gave them $2,000 in emergency aid, his office said.

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He also ordered that the youth’s brother, Mohammed, be given a government job and that the family receive social welfare benefits.

The Palestinian Authority, which holds sway only in the West Bank after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007, suffers from chronic budgetary shortages. Ministers say it is currently going through its worst financial crisis since its formation in 1994.


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Supreme Court stuns experts with 7-2 ruling in Trump tax case

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In a 7-2 decision that surprised many court observers, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that President Donald Trump cannot block a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney seeking his tax returns.

Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, who were nominated by Trump, both joined the majority in ruling against the president.

"Two hundred years ago, a great jurist of our Court established that no citizen, not even the President, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding. We reaffirm that principle," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the decision.

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GOP has all but given up on containment — instead they’re feeding Americans to the ‘coronavirus meatgrinder’: op-ed

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Writing in The Week this Thursday, Ryan Cooper says that as the coronavirus continues to spike across the country, Republicans have essentially abandoned efforts to stem the spread. "Instead they are feeding the American people into the coronavirus meatgrinder," he writes.

GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focused on protecting companies from liability if they infect their employees or customers, while President Trump threatens to cut off funding from schools that don't open in the fall.

"For months now Republicans have been positing a tradeoff between pandemic containment and the economy, as if we just cancel the lockdowns then everything can go back to normal," Cooper writes. "What they stubbornly refuse to understand is that the virus is the problem. As we are seeing, even in this benighted country a critical mass of people will not go about their normal activities if they are afraid of catching a dangerous disease. Similarly, Sweden did not officially lock down, and as a result it has suffered six-12 times as many deaths as its Scandinavian neighbors — yet its economy took just as bad a hit as theirs. Now that Norway, Denmark, and Finland have contained the virus and are reopening safely but many Swedes are still staying home, the economic damage will be even worse in relative terms."

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Mask-free UFC fighter punches and hurls racial slurs at older man for ‘touching’ him at restaurant

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UFC fighter Mike Perry was seen on video punching an older man for allegedly touching him. Perry, who is white, can also be heard using the N-word multiple times.

According to ESPN, the incident occurred at Table 82 in Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday.

In a video shared on social media, Perry appears irate as he is ushered out of the restaurant.

Austin police officers who arrived on the scene declined to arrest Perry but said that an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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