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A “skull” flag hangs over Prigozhin crash site

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A distinctive black Wagner flag featuring a white skull, flanked by the words “PMC Wagner Group”, has been hoisted at the desolate site of a plane crash that claimed the life of Russia’s most influential mercenary leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, and nine others.

This mysterious act has added another layer of intrigue to the already puzzling incident.*

On August 23, 2023, tragedy struck when the private jet carrying Prigozhin, who was en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg, crashed, killing all 10 occupants aboard. Among the victims were two other high-ranking Wagner figures, Prigozhin’s four bodyguards, and a three-member crew. As of now, the exact cause of the crash remains shrouded in uncertainty.

However, recent footage obtained by Reuters from the crash site near the village of Kuzhenkino in Russia’s Tver region reveals an eerie scene devoid of any aircraft debris. Instead, a simple stone memorial consisting of four large boulders has been erected to honor the fallen mercenary chief. The memorial is adorned with vivid red carnations, and the Wagner flag waves atop a pole fashioned from a tree branch.

Skull symbol

This unsettling symbol of the Wagner private mercenary group has captured the attention of onlookers and investigators alike. The flag, prominently featuring the distinctive white skull, sends an ominous message, further deepening the mystery surrounding the crash.

Since the crash, local villagers have reported hearing a loud bang before witnessing the jet’s rapid descent to the ground. This eyewitness account adds to the intrigue surrounding the incident, as authorities continue their efforts to determine what caused the tragic crash.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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