Los Angeles (AFP) – Convincing movie legend Anthony Hopkins to star in your first-ever film is a tall order for any director.But Florian Zeller — the acclaimed French writer, adapting his own play “The Father” for the big screen — was so determined, he even changed his main character’s name and birthdate to those of his dream leading man. “I really wrote the script for him. He was the desire and the dream,” Zeller told AFP. “Until someone comes and says it’s not possible, it means that potentially it is possible.”Fortunately the gambit paid off, with the “Silence of the Lambs” actor signing…
Saudi Arabia joins Trump-led coalition claiming women have ‘no international right to abortion’
Further distancing itself from longtime U.S. allies regarding reproductive rights, the Trump administration on Thursday joined 32 countries in signing a declaration claiming that pregnant people have "no international right to abortion."
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended the virtual signing ceremony for the so-called "Geneva Consensus Declaration" after the administration formed an international coalition comprised of countries where abortion care is banned or severely restricted, to counter the United Nations' support for reproductive rights.
REVEALED: FBI says pernicious Russian hacker Berserk Bear has infiltrated multiple US government websites
The federal government is warning of a cyber-attacks by Russia that ramped up in September.
"This joint cybersecurity advisory—written by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)—provides information on Russian state-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) actor activity targeting various U.S. state, local, territorial, and tribal (SLTT) government networks, as well as aviation networks," CISA revealed on Thursday.
"Since at least September 2020, a Russian state-sponsored APT actor—known variously as Berserk Bear, Energetic Bear, TeamSpy, Dragonfly, Havex, Crouching Yeti, and Koala in open-source reporting—has conducted a campaign against a wide variety of U.S. targets. The Russian state-sponsored APT actor has targeted dozens of SLTT government and aviation networks, attempted intrusions at several SLTT organizations, successfully compromised network infrastructure, and as of October 1, 2020, exfiltrated data from at least two victim servers," the agency reported.
Polish court allows stricter abortion law, sparking outcry
Poland's constitutional court on Thursday struck down a provision of the Catholic country's abortion law, allowing the already strict legislation to be further tightened and drawing swift outcry from rights groups.
Chief justice Julia Przylebska said in a ruling that existing legislation -- one of Europe's most restrictive -- that allows for the abortion of malformed fetuses was "incompatible" with the constitution.
The verdict drew immediate condemnation from the Council of Europe, whose Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic called it "a sad day for #WomensRights."
"Removing the basis for almost all legal abortions in #Poland amounts to a ban & violates #HumanRights," Mijatovic tweeted.