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24 Feb

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Bill O'Reilly has insisted he witnessed shootings in Buenos Aires while covering the Falklands war.

Bill O’Reilly has insisted he witnessed shootings in Buenos Aires while covering the Falklands war. Photograph: Paul Morigi/Paul Morigi/Invision/AP

CBS footage from 1982 contains nothing to support Fox presenter’s description of protesters in Buenos Aires being shot and killedBill O’Reilly has declared himself vindicated by newly unearthed footage of a 1982 riot in Argentina, despite the archive tapes failing to support his central claims in a dispute over his subsequent recounting of events.The Fox News anchor showed excerpts of clips that had been released by CBS earlier on Monday at his request and claimed they backed up his descriptions of the peril he faced when reporting from the country at the end of the Falklands war.“As I reported accurately, the violence was horrific,” O’Reilly told viewers of the O’Reilly Factor on Monday night. “In my reporting I told it exactly the way it was

……………….The Guardian reported earlier on Monday that O’Reilly has told different versions of an encounter at gunpoint that he claims to have experienced after the injured cameraman incident – one involving a single armed soldier and the other several Argentinian troops.O’Reilly also said on his syndicated radio show at least a decade ago that “people were shooting at me” while he reported in the field from south and central America – a claim that he appears not to have repeated in recent years…………………..
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Gulf between Israeli secret service and PM revealed in documents shared with the Guardian along with other secrets including CIA bids to contact Hamas

Read the leaked document here

Binyamin Netanyahu’s dramatic declaration to world leaders in 2012 that Iran was about a year away from making a nuclear bomb was contradicted by his own secret service, according to a top-secret Mossad document.It is part of a cache of hundreds of dossiers, files and cables from the world’s major intelligence services – one of the biggest spy leaks in recent times.

Brandishing a cartoon of a bomb with a red line to illustrate his point, the Israeli prime minister warned the UN in New York that Iran would be able to build nuclear weapons the following year and called for action to halt the process.But in a secret report shared with South Africa a few weeks later, Israel’s intelligence agency concluded that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons”. The report highlights the gulf between the public claims and rhetoric of top Israeli politicians and the assessments of Israel’s military and intelligence establishment………………..untitled

Mitch McConnell

Republican leader Mitch McConnell voted with Democrats in a technical measure to keep open his ability to resubmit the bill. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Despite mounting warnings about consequences of letting Homeland Security funding expire, Republicans and Democrats appeared farther apartDemocrats have seized on terrorist threats against a Minnesota shopping mall as a fresh reason for Republicans to abandon their showdown over homeland security funding, as a fourth attempt to break their deadlock descended into increasingly bitter political clashes.

Despite a day of mounting warnings about the consequences of letting funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expire on Friday without a new finance bill in place, both parties appeared as far apart as ever on their underlying dispute over immigration reform.A procedural vote in the Senate to move forward with DHS funding legislation, which requires 60 senators to overcome the threat of a filibuster, was defeated by 47 votes to 46…………………..untitled

Egyptian Coptic Christian captured by Isis

A relative of one of the Egyptian Coptic Christians captured by Isis with a banner calling for their release. It is believed the men were beheaded. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Militants retreating from Kurdish attack seized 90 Assyrian Christians near Tal Tamr, according to Syrian Observatory for Human RightsIslamic State militants have kidnapped 90 Christians in north-east Syria as the jihadis retreated in the face of a Kurdish counter-offensive, a monitoring group has said.The reported kidnappings are the latest blow to the Christian presence in the region, heightening insecurity after a video was released by militants claiming allegiance to Isis that purported to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said 90 Assyrian Christians were kidnapped by Isis near Tal Tamr. There was heavy fighting in the area between Isis and the YPG, the US-led coalition-backed Kurdish militia that beat back an advance on the border town of Kobani last month……………….

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Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker

An anti-union bill about to be signed into law by Governor Scott Walker has been cited as ‘word for word from the playbook’ of an ultra-rightwing network of corporate lobbyists. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Scott Walker has promised to sign ‘right to work’ bill that watchdog claims bears stark resemblance to model legislation drawn up by conservative group AlecScott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin who is considering a Republican presidential run, has promised to sign into law an anti-union bill targeted at the state’s private sector workers that is an almost verbatim copy of model legislation devised by an ultra-rightwing network of corporate lobbyists.

On Friday, Walker dropped his earlier opposition to a so-called “right to work” bill, which he had described as a “distraction”, signalling that he would sign it into law should it succeed in passing the Wisconsin legislature. Republican members are rushing through the provision, which would strip private sector unions of much of their fee-collecting and bargaining powers.On Monday, the bill cleared a committee of the state senate. A vote of the full chamber is slated for later this week, and of the assembly early next month.The resumption of union battles in Walker’s home state comes at an awkward time for the probable 2016 candidate, as he seeks to shift attention away from Wisconsin and towards a national political platform.

It has now been disclosed that the Wisconsin 2015 right to work bill is a virtual carbon copy of a model bill framed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec). The council acts as a form of dating agency between major US corporations and state-level Republican lawmakers, bringing them together to frame new legislation favorable to big business interests…………………

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 Opinion

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Frank Smart died an unnecessary and preventable death. Photograph: Tomi Lynn Harris

When my son was taken to the Allegheny County Jail, they knew he needed medicine for his seizures. He didn’t get it and it cost him his life.

One pill. I lost my son over one pill.

On the first Saturday in January this year, my son arrived at the Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania. On Monday – not long after midnight – he was declared dead by Mercy Hospital. If the guards and the Corizon staff (a for-profit correctional healthcare company) at the hospital had been willing to provide him with the medicine that he needed to stay alive, he would not have died.

You see, my son had seizures. The last major seizure he had was so bad that he bit off a piece of his own tongue. It scared him, and he took his medicine religiously, twice a day. He knew when a seizure was coming, and it took a few hours for it to come on. So when he was locked up, the Corizon staff listed the medications he needed to take, and when he needed to take them, on the intake form provided to jail authorities.
Yet, soon after arriving in jail, he called his girlfriend to let her know that he wasn’t receiving it. Knowing my son, he must have asked for the medicine multiple times. He feared having seizures, for good reason. So why didn’t the jail give it to him?

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