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Judge rules most of Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius trial to be televised

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A South African judge ruled Tuesday that most of Oscar Pistorius‘s trial for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend can be broadcast live, but not the Paralympian’s own testimony.

Judge Dunstan Mlambo said cameras would be allowed “to obtain a video and audio recording” of opening arguments, the evidence of state witnesses, closing arguments and the verdict and sentencing.

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But cameras will not be allowed to film Pistorius, witnesses for the defence, or anyone else who objects to appearing on camera, he added.

A live audio broadcast will be allowed throughout the trial, which is due to open on Monday.

The ruling sets the stage for a court case that is likely to draw worldwide attention and which has already drawn parallels with the trial of disgraced American footballer OJ Simpson.

With the full glare of the world’s media bearing down upon him, the 27-year-old South African sprinter will appear in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to hear one charge of murder and three firearms charges.

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Pistorius is accused of the Valentine’s Day murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius admits to shooting 29-year-old Steenkamp four times through a locked toilet door, but claims he mistook her for an intruder.

Media outlets had applied to broadcast the trial via remote-controlled cameras inside the courtroom.

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A 24-hour channel dedicated to his trial starts on South African network television on Sunday.

Pistorius’s legal team was fiercely opposed to the trial being broadcast, saying it would infringe on the athlete’s rights and distort proceedings.

It was not immediately clear if the defence would appeal Tuesday’s ruling.

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Pistorius, whose legs were amputated below the knee when he was a young boy, rose to global fame sprinting on two fibre-optic blades.

Known as the “Blade Runner”, he ran against able-bodied athletes in the London 2012 Olympic Games.


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Trump supporter flattened for pushing debunked Biden smear: This is what ‘happens in a banana republic’

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Appearing on MSNBC early Sunday morning, a supporter of Donald Trump attempted to push the debunked smear of Joe Biden and his son only to have a critic of the president explain to him that he should be outraged at Trump for once again seeking foreign interference in U.S. elections.

Running a clip of the former vice president firing back at Trump and telling reporters they need to ask the right questions, host Philip Mena asked Liberty Government Affairs founder Brian Darling what he thought of Biden pushing back.

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Kellyanne Conway lashes out at Democratic voters as ‘racist and sexist’ at Ohio GOP dinner

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Making an appearance at a Republican Party dinner in Columbus, Ohio, Kellyanne Conway accused Democratic voters of being "racist and sexist," in a diatribe as she tried to boost the fortunes of her boss, President Donald Trump.

According to a report from Cincinnati.com, Conway attacked the leading Democratic presidential nominees before making her claim.

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Betsy DeVos’ DOE threatens to cut university funding for positive portrayal of Islam

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The U.S Department of Education threatened to pull federal funding from a Middle East studies course jointly run by Duke University and the University of North Carolina because it portrays Islam too positively.

The DOE ordered the universities to change their program or lose its federal grant money. In a letter to UNC, the department criticized the program, arguing that topics like Iranian art and film have “little or no relevance” to the Middle East studies program. The letter also argues that the program “appears to lack balance” because its programs are not focused on the discrimination faced by “religious minorities in the Middle East," including Christians and Jews.

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