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30 Jan

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State Department censors 22 emails after confirming for the first time that the Democratic frontrunner’s home server contained closely guarded secrets

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday. Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA

The Obama administration confirmed for the first time on Friday that Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server contained some of the US government’s most closely guarded secrets, censoring 22 emails with material demanding one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation comes just three days before the Iowa presidential nominating caucuses in which Clinton is a candidate.

The State Department will release its next batch of emails from Clinton’s time as secretary of state later Friday. But the Associated Press has learned seven email chains are being withheld in full because they contain information deemed to be “top secret”.

The 37 pages include messages recently described by a key intelligence official as concerning so-called “special access programs” – a highly restricted subset of classified material that could point to confidential sources or clandestine programs such as drone strikes or government eavesdropping.

Department officials wouldn’t describe the substance of the emails or say if Clinton sent any herself. They also wouldn’t disclose whether any of the documents reflected information that was classified at the time of transmission, but indicated that the agency’s Diplomatic Security and Intelligence and Research bureaus have begun looking into that question.

“The documents are being upgraded at the request of the intelligence community because they contain a category of top secret information,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told the AP, describing the decision to withhold documents in full as “not unusual”. That means they won’t be published online with the rest of the documents, even with blacked-out boxes.

Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has insisted she never sent or received information on her personal email account that was classified at the time. No emails released so far were stamped “CLASSIFIED” or “TOP SECRET”, but reviewers previously had designated more than 1,000 messages at lower classification levels for public release.

Friday’s will be the first at the top secret level………………..

Licensed firearm retailers will still be able to advertise on the site, but updated policy will forbid individual users from coordinating peer-to-peer sales of guns

Updated Facebook policy will forbid individual users from coordinating peer-to-peer sales of guns.

Updated Facebook policy will forbid individual users from coordinating peer-to-peer sales of guns. Photograph: Julie Dermansky/Corbis

Facebook announced that it is banning the private sale of firearms on its social network, which can take place without background check.

While licensed firearm retailers will still be able to advertise on the site, the updated policy will forbid individual users from coordinating peer-to-peer sales of guns. Facebook already prohibits the private sale of marijuana, pharmaceuticals, and illegal drugs.

“Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of product policy, said in a statement. “We are continuing to develop, test, and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated goods policies to reflect this evolution.”

Facebook first limited posts about firearms in 2014. The social network had become “one of the world’s largest marketplaces for guns”, according to the New York Times………………..

Saudi-backed negotiating committee demanding an end to government airstrikes takes part after hours of uncertainty and diplomatic pressure

Bashar al-Jaafari, the Syrian ambassador to the UN, at the opening of renewed Syrian peace talks in Geneva.

Bashar al-Jaafari, the Syrian ambassador to the UN, at the opening of renewed Syrian peace talks in Geneva. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Efforts to launch talks aimed at ending the war in Syria have got off to a confusing start in Geneva but the opposition finally announced it had decided to take part following a first meeting between the UN envoy and representatives of Bashar al-Assad’s government.

The late-night decision by the opposition’s negotiating committee, meeting in Saudi Arabia, came after hours of uncertainty and heavy diplomatic pressure on Friday, with rumour and speculation engulfing the Palais des Nations. Holding a few meetings looked like a significant achievement.

Ahmad Fawzi, the UN’s spokesman, hinted at the fast-moving and chaotic nature of the talks, telling reporters: “I don’t have a time, I don’t have the exact location, and I can’t tell you anything about the delegation.”

The leader of the occupation at the Malheur national wildlife refuge argued that the protest wasn’t violent and ‘there was never an armed standoff’

‘It is not that we don’t respect the government,’ Ammon Bundy said during the hearing. ‘In fact, it is just the opposite. I’m a federalist … My only desire is to protect freedom.’

‘It is not that we don’t respect the government,’ Ammon Bundy said during the hearing. ‘In fact, it is just the opposite. I’m a federalist … My only desire is to protect freedom.’ Photograph: ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock

A federal judge ordered Ammon Bundy and other leaders of the armed militia in Oregon to remain behind bars without bail at a hearing in Portland.

By the Friday afternoon hearing, 11 people associated with the standoff at the Malheur national wildlife refuge in rural Harney County had been arrested and charged with federal felony offenses – and only four holdouts remained at the occupation of federal buildings.

In a packed courtroom hundreds of miles away from the wildlife refuge that rightwing protesters first seized on 2 January, prosecutors argued that the militia protesters were “flight risks” given their well-documented criminal activities and anti-government statements over the past month.

The hearing came days after police stopped Bundy and several others on a remote highway outside of the town of Burns, arresting five people and fatally shooting protest spokesman LaVoy Finicum. Six more people were subsequently arrested, including three who left the refuge voluntarily and turned themselves in to FBI officials at nearby checkpoints……………..

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