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Posting Star Wars spoilers should be illegal, says Philadelphia police department

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If you should accidentally discover, before you’ve even had the chance to view Star Wars: The Force Awakens for yourself, that Maz Kanata is Luke Skywalker’s twin, or that Chewbacca is BB-8’s uncle, you might well think the perpetrator of said spoiler ought to be locked up. According to police in Philadelphia, a change in the law is indeed well overdue: officers have taken to an official Twitter feed to declare that leaking Star Wars secrets ought to be illegal.

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The Philadelphia Police Department’s post, in which it reluctantly admitted that posting spoilers was not a criminal offence, has now been retweeted more than 9,000 times. Officers from the (ahem) force later joined in the fun by posing for photographs with fans dressed as stormtroopers, who they appeared to be arresting.

Related: Rogue Star Wars fans threaten to ruin The Force Awakens via ‘spoiler jihad’

Meanwhile, Reddit users who post spoilers risk finding themselves being handed the online equivalent of jail time, according to reports . Administrators on the popular bulletin site have already started to ban anyone who posts vital plot information about the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens in the US at 12.01 tonight.

“We’ve banned dozens of users so far for this,” said TheGreatZiegfeld, one of Reddit’s moderators, in an online post. “I think all the mods have had it spoiled for them by now. We’ll do our best to make sure you guys don’t suffer the same fate.”

The move follows threats by a group of rogue Star Wars fans to spoil The Force Awakens on social media unless studio Disney agrees to film the saga’s abandoned “expanded universe” stories. Members of the Alliance to Preserve the Expanded Universe have been caught making threats to reveal The Force Awakens’ deepest secrets via social media in a process dubbed “spoiler jihad” in online circles.

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Trump is now feuding with Iran’s Supreme Leader on Twitter: ‘Make Iran Great Again!’

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President Donald Trump is now replying directly to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Twitter.

I Friday, Khamenei tweeted a screenshot of a Trump tweet, with a message of his own.

"The villainous US govt repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian ppl. They lie. If you are standing by the Iranian ppl, it is only to stab them in the heart with your venomous daggers," Khamenei posted.

"Of course, you have so far failed to do so, & you will certainly continue to fail," he added.

https://twitter.com/khamenei_ir/status/1218141834842660864

Trump retweeted the message, adding his own argument.

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Trump raises tensions in Virginia as local authorities fear Richmond gun rally could be the next Charlottesville

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President Donald Trump appeared to pour gasoline on a political fire in Virginia only days before a far-right protest that many are worried could result in violence.

Gun activists have been threatening civil war if the commonwealth's legislature enacts new gun safety legislation.

Right-wing militias sought to organize an armed action at the capitol, but Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency to prevent firearms on the grounds.

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Trump tells Iran that political leaders must use precise language: ‘He should be very careful with his words’

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President Donald Trump went after Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday.

For the first time in eight years, Khamenei led Friday prayers in Tehran, when he mocked "American clowns" in the Trump administration.

Trump took offense.

"The so-called 'Supreme Leader' of Iran, who has not been so Supreme lately, had some nasty things to say about the United States and Europe," Trump said, using scare quotes around Khamenei's title.

"Their economy is crashing, and their people are suffering," Trump said, apparently referring to the crippling sanctions he imposed.

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