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Putin’s RT TV network banned globally by Youtube

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RT was once the most watched news channel on Youtube, now it’s been blocked in retaliation for Russia’s misinformation war.

YouTube is immediately blocking access around the world to channels associated with Russian state-funded media,, citing a policy barring content that denies well-documented violent events.

The world’s most used streaming video servicesays Russia’s invasion of Ukraine now fell under its violent events policy and violating material would be removed.

RT’s Youtube channel has been blocked

YouTube says the blocking of the Russian outlets was in line with that policy.

Over the past few weeks, YouTube blocked leading Russia state-backed channels RT and Sputnik across Europe.

Russian state media have called restrictions placed on them by distributors, which include app stores and other social media services, unjustified censorship.

“The blocking by YouTube is nothing but a new turn of an atrocious attack on one of the fundamental principles of a democratic society – that is freedom of the press,” Sputnik said in a statement.

Youtube hasn’t said whether the Russian networks will be restored to the service.

This is what viewers see when they click to watch RT’s content

Workers across Google had been urging YouTube to take additional punitive measures against Russian channels, accusing them of spreading false narratives about the Ukrainian leadership and civilian deaths during the war, according to three employees at the company.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years jail for sex trafficking

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R&B star R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in jail for sex trafficking and subjecting young fans to systematic sexual abuse

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, 55, was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking last year at a trial that gave voice to accusers who had once wondered if their stories were being ignored because they were Black women.

He was also ordered to pay a $US100,000 fine.

US District Judge Ann Donnelly imposed the sentence after hearing from several survivors who attested to how Kelly’s exploitation had changed their lives.

R. Kelly’s accusers told the court he had preyed on them and misled his fans as the fallen R&B star listened with downcast eyes.

Lizzette Martinez, author of “Jane Doe #9 how I survived R.Kelly”, arrives to federal court in New York.

“You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” one woman told the Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer.

“Do you remember that?”

Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, did not address the court.

Kelly’s lawyers had argued he should get no more than 10 years in prison because he had a traumatic childhood “involving severe, prolonged childhood sexual abuse, poverty, and violence”.

He was also ordered to pay a $US100,000 fine.

His lawyers painted Kelly as an adult with “literacy deficiencies,” the star was “repeatedly defrauded and financially abused, often by the people he paid to protect him”.

The Brooklyn federal court jury convicted him after hearing that he used his entourage of managers and aides to meet girls and keep them obedient.

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Chinese spacecraft captures rare images of Mars

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A Chinese spacecraft has captured images of Mars circling around the planet over 13 hundred times

The crewless shuttle reached the Red Planet early last year… deploying a robotic rover.

Some of the photos captured the south pole… a first for China.

The area is known for its large water reserve… hidden under the south pole ice, which was detected by the European Space Agency’s orbiting probe.

Water is a key element in determining whether a planet has the potential for life.

Other images include a 4,000 kilometre long canyon and impact craters in the north of Mars.

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Woody Allen considers retiring from film-making

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Film-maker Woody Allen is not ruling out that his next movie may be his last

The 86-year-old director and comedian held an Instagram Live interview with Alec Baldwin.

He says the filming will begin on his next film in the coming months, but he admits that most of the thrill that goes into film-making has gone.

He says there was excitement when he was seeing his films played on the big screen. But says people streaming at home has changed his passion.

Allen hasn’t stayed away from the headlines including a fall from grace when his adopted daughter accused him of sexually abusing her as a child.

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