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Twitter bans Trump-loving GOP Senate candidate who pushed Parkland student conspiracy theories

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A Republican running for U.S. Senate in Arizona has been banned from Twitter after posting conspiracy theories about the Parkland school shooting massacre, the Phoenix New Times reported Friday.

“Recently, Brittain had been spreading gross conspiracy theories about the Parkland shooting survivors, calling them paid actors,” the paper reported. “Brittain tweeted constantly under the name @SenatorBrittain, sharing missives that ranged from utterly bonkers to deeply offensive.”

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Jaclyn Corin, a Parkland survivor, responded to one of the allegations Brittain made.

“I have already appealed, but Twitter’s appeal process is a kangaroo court,” Brittain charged. “Once banned, you don’t get unbanned.”

“After continually hiding tweets from most of our followers and refusing to verify our account, today Twitter proved that it is in the business of trying to rig elections for the left, as CEO Jack Dorsey is a donor and member of the Clinton Foundation,” Brittain claimed. “Millions of conservatives and libertarians have been banned without reason, including Milo Yiannopoulos, Roger Stone, and others.”

The Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement with Brittain in 2015 over a revenge-porn website that would demand hundreds of dollars from victims.

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Previously, Brittain claimed his Twitter account had been suspended because of his support for President Donald Trump.


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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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