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Donald Trump accuses Univision of trying to ‘suppress’ his campaign in $500 million lawsuit

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GOP presiential candidate Donald Trump on 'The Late Show' during an October 2013 appearance. [CBS]

Real estate mogul Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against the Univision network, CNN reported on Tuesday.

“The decision was, in reality, a politically motivated attempt to suppress Mr. Trump’s freedom of speech under the First Amendment as he begins to campaign for the nation’s presidency,” a statement from his office read.

The GOP presidential candidate accused the network of lying when it cited his anti-immigrant comments as the reason it decided not to air the Miss USA pageant, which Trump owns. NBC later decided not to air either that program or the Miss Universe pageant, which is also under Trump’s control.

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According to WABC-TV, the statement also indicated that Trump was considering suing NBC, as well.

“They will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be,” it read.

Trump’s campaign has been criticized from the outset after he accused Mexico of sending “rapists” and criminals into the US, then threatened to make the Mexican government pay for the construction of a massive wall at the border between both nations.

Update, 6:48 p.m. EST: Politico reported that Univision responded with a statement calling the suit “factually false and legally ridiculous.”

“We will not only vigorously defend the case, but will continue to fight against Mr. Trump’s ongoing efforts to run away from the derogatory comments he made on June 16th about Mexican immigrants,” the statement read. “Our decision to end our business relationship with Mr. Trump was influenced solely by our responsibility to speak up for the community we serve.”

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The Arab uprisings were weakened by online fakes

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The Arab uprisings a decade ago were supercharged by online calls to join the protests -- but the internet was soon flooded with misinformation, weakening the region's cyber-activists.

When Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in January 2011, rumours and uncertainty created "panic and hysteria", said ex-activist and entrepreneur Houeida Anouar.

"January 14 was a horrible night, so traumatic," she said. "We heard gunfire, and a neighbour shouted 'hide yourselves, they're raping women'."

As pro-regime media pumped out misinformation, the flood of bogus news also spread to the internet, a space activists had long seen as a refuge from censorship and propaganda.

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Dr. Fauci warns of post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 surge in US

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The United States is the worst-affected country, with 266,074 Covid-19 deaths, and President Donald Trump's administration has issued conflicting messages on mask-wearing, travel and the danger posed by the virus.

"There almost certainly is going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel," Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union."

Travel surrounding Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday made this the busiest week in US airports since the pandemic began.

"We may see a surge upon a surge" in two or three weeks, Fauci added. "We don't want to frighten people, but that's the reality."

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Sidney Powell’s new election lawsuit cites election experts she won’t even name: legal expert

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President Donald Trump's former election lawyer, Sidney Powell, has filed her lawsuit in Georgia suing Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) for what she says is a fraudulent election.

But lawyer Mike Dunford explained that it doesn't exactly work that way. Reading through Powell's court document "Emergency Motion for Declaratory, Emergency, and Permanent Injunctive Relief and Memorandum in Support Thereof."

"If you want emergency relief it is very helpful to be as clear and concise as humanly possible," he explained. "Pointing the court back to your 100+ page complaint with its 29 exhibits isn't how that is best done. To put it very mildly."

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