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Israel soldier convicted of homicide for killing young Palestinian

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An Israeli military court convicted a soldier of negligent homicide on Monday in the January shooting death of a young Palestinian trying to sneak into the Jewish state from the occupied West Bank, the army said.

In a written answer to a query from AFP, the military said that the soldier, a sergeant, admitted the offence as part of a plea bargain.

No date for sentencing was given.

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Odai Darwish, 21, from the village of Dura near Hebron, was shot dead crossing Israel’s West Bank security barrier south of Hebron, as he tried to reach his workplace in Israel, a Palestinian official said at the time.

Haaretz newspaper said that he was employed without the permits required to enter the Jewish state legally.

The military told AFP that Darwish was one of “a group of illegal entrants” troops spotted who refused their orders to stop.

The sergeant fired at Darwish’s legs, “against the rules of engagment in that sector,” it said, hitting him in the hip and causing his death.

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Feds now probing Giuliani’s links to Ukrainian natural gas projects – and if he profited from them

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Federal investigators are now probing the ties of the President's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, into Ukrainian energy projects, and if he stood to gain financially in a business venture headed by his two "henchmen" who are now in jail.

The two associates infamously aided Giuliani's efforts in Ukraine to launch investigations into Joe Biden and Hunter Biden in an attempt to assist President Donald Trump's re-election efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Fears grow on digital surveillance: US survey

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Americans are increasingly fearful of monitoring of their online and offline activities, both by governments and private companies, a survey showed Friday.

The Pew Research Center report said more than 60 percent of US adults believe it is impossible to go about daily life without having personal information collected by companies or the government.

Most Americans are uneasy about how their data is collected and used: 79 percent said they are not comfortable about the handling of their information by private firms, and 69 percent said the same of the government.

Seven in 10 surveyed said they think their personal data is less secure than five years ago, while only six percent said it is more secure, the report found.

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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan argued the tweet can't be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker's claim was ridiculous.

"His point is nonsensical," Honig said. "Of course, she was going to find out about a tweet that went out to 60 million people-plus. The law covers any way you look regarding timing."

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