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Bali bombings terrorist released from prison early

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Bali bombings terrorist, Umar Patek, released from prison early after meeting parole requirements

After serving just half of his sentence, the chief bombmaker in the 2002 Bali bombings has been released from prison.

55-year-old Umar Pataek has walked free this morning after fulfilling all of the requirements for parole.

Indonesian authorities say he earned remissions for good behaviour and his successful participation in required programs.

“The special requirements that have been met by Umar Patek are that he has participated in the de-radicalisation coaching program,” Ministry of Law and Human Rights spokesperson Rika Aprianti said.

Patek was originally sentenced to 20 years in prison after spending the previous nine years on the run from authorities.

At the time, he was considered one of the Asia’s most wanted terror suspects.

The Bali bombings killed a total of 202 people and were carried out by a terror network with links to al Qaida.

Patek was found guilty of helping build a car bomb that was detonated outside the Sari Club in Kuta.

This explosion occurred just moments after a smaller bomb was detonated by a suicide bomber inside the Paddy’s Pub nightclub.

In August, when news of Patek’s potential release first became known, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described the individual as “abhorrent”.

The PM said his early release would only cause further distress to the many Australians affected by these attacks.

“I feel a great deal of common distress, along with all Australians, at this time. We had been advised by the Indonesian government of this further reduction,” the PM said.

But that time has come and the 55-year-old has now walked free.

He will remain on parole until 2030.

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New York Stock Exchange in free fall

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Human error sends the New York Stock Exchange tumbling

We’ve all made mistakes at the office from time to time, but spare a thought for one worker who may have single-handedly brought down the New York Stock Exchange with just one tiny error.

The mistake of one employee has wiped billions of dollars off the charts for some of the globe’s largest companies.

The individual reportedly triggered wild swings and volatility on the New York Stock Exchange.

A number of big brand names were caught up in the catastrophe. It included McDonald’s, Walmart, and Mobil.

The NYSE eventually came clean. Officials admitted the“root cause” of the screw-up was a “manual error” from a staff member in the backup data centre.

The employee accidentally left the system running.

That’s why some stocks behaved as if trading had already started, with no opening prices being set, sending the market into a meltdown. #trending #featured

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers

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Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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