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Mark Warner: Shou Zi Chew “couldn’t answer basic TikTok question”



The U.S. Senator says he still has concerns over the social media platform

Can the U.S. government ban TikTok?

That’s the question looming as the U.S. questions the data privacy risk the Chinese-owned app poses to Americans.

The follows the Tiktok CEO facing 4.5 hours of questioning at a U.S. Congressional hearing.

There was criticism of TikTok from Republicans and Democrats, and the level of distrust from all sides.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner says TikTok poses a national security threat.

“Clearly, while I appreciated Mr. (Shou) Chew’s testimony, he just couldn’t answer the basic question,” Warner told ‘State of the Union’ on CNN.

“At the end of the day, Tiktok is owned by a Chinese company Bytedance. And by Chinese law, that company has to be willing to turn over data to the Communist Party.

“Or one of my bigger fears, we got 150 million Americans on TikTok average of about 90 minutes a day, and how that channel could be used for propaganda purposes.”

Meanwhile, the National Security Council’s John Kirby agrees there are “valid” national security concerns about TikTok, but a full review needs to be completed before a ban is determined.

“The President’s already said, we absolutely have national security concerns about that application, and he’s banned it from government devices,” Kirby told ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS.

“We don’t want to get ahead of this review.

“We have endorsed the RESTRICT Act, pending legislation. We’d love to see that passed by the Congress so that the President can have additional tools and authorities,” Kirby concluded.

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Latest Sydney church horror: Stabbing rocks Wakeley community



A man has been arrested after a bishop was stabbed at Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley.

Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was preaching at Christ The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley in Sydney’s west on Monday just after 7pm when a man dressed in black walked up to the altar and allegedly stabbed him multiple times.

Eyewitnesses described scenes of chaos and terror as an assailant approached the altar where Bishop Emmanuel was delivering a sermon.

Chstbrl Saliba, the Deputy Mayor of Fairfield, told Sky News that after the attack, the Bishop got to his feet, and placed his hand on the head of the assailant and began praying for him.

NSW Police said in a statement:

“A police operation is underway in Wakeley, following reports of a stabbing. Officers attached to Fairfield City Police Area Command attended a location on Welcome Street, Wakeley following reports a number of people were stabbed. Officers arrested a male and he is assisting police with inquiries.”

2GB Radio host Ben Fordham says the situation is so chaotic outside the church that police have had to use capsicum spray outside of the church. One woman has been treated.


Fordham says police are concerned about the volatile situation outside the church.

Without warning, the attacker unleashed a flurry of stabs, targeting the bishop and several worshippers in a frenzied assault.

Horrifying footage captured the moment of the attack, as the live broadcast on the church’s social media pages captured the unfolding tragedy.

Bishop Emmanuel’s expression of astonishment turned to one of sheer horror as he became the primary target of the assailant’s vicious blows.

NSW ambulance has confirmed at least one person has been taken to hospital.

The assault at Christ the Good Shepherd Church echoes previous instances of mass violence that have rocked Sydney in recent years, after six people were killed by a man at Bondi.

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Eisman identifies infrastructure as key investment opportunity



Famed investor Steve Eisman, has shifted his focus to infrastructure, citing three main reasons.


The pandemic-induced shift towards onshore investment, the rise of AI necessitating data centre expansion, and the global push towards greener energy.

Eisman believes these trends offer a decade-long opportunity for investors, with Australia presenting ample opportunities for market participation.

Notable companies to consider for exposure include BlueScope and James Hardie Industries for building materials, Macquarie Technology and Goodman Group for data centres, and Worley, AGL Energy, and Origin Energy for electricity grid upgrades and green infrastructure.

However, Eisman cautions investors to approach utility investments carefully, considering their capital expenditure budgets in renewable energy and grid upgrades.


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Civil War cinema brings in the box office dollars



Alex Garland’s film “Civil War” has made a significant impact at the box office, surpassing expectations with a $25.7 million opening weekend in North America.

Starring Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, and Cailee Spaeny, the film explores a near-future scenario where California and Texas unite against a president’s authoritarian regime. Despite fictional elements, “Civil War” has sparked widespread discussion, with its themes resonating in today’s political climate. The film’s performance, coupled with positive reviews, suggests a promising trajectory in the coming weeks, bolstered by a relatively quiet release schedule.

You can catch the trailer here


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