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Salman Rushdie’s condition update, following stabbing



Acclaimed author, Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed repeatedly at a public appearance in New York, is off a ventilator and his health is improving

Salman Rushdie’s agent says Rushdie is off a ventilator and that his condition is improving, after an attacker repeatedly stabbed him at an event in New York state.

The attack comes 33 years after Iran’s then-supreme leader called for him to be killed.

“He’s off the ventilator, so the road to recovery has begun. It will be long; the injuries are severe, but his condition is headed in the right direction.”

Rushdie agent via email to reuters

After being airlifted to a hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, Rushdie was put on a ventilator following hours of surgery and was unable to speak as of Friday evening.

Rushdie’s agent also said the 75-year-old would likely lose an eye and had nerve damage in his arm and wounds to his liver.

Salman Rushdie

Rushdie was set to deliver a lecture on artistic freedom in western New York when police say a man rushed the stage and stabbed him.

The suspect, 24-year-old, Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and assault at a court appearance on Saturday.

Hadi Matar Photo Credit: Hadi Matar, 24, arriving in court. AP

Rushdie, who was born into an Indian Muslim family, has lived with a bounty on his head since 1989, when the supreme leader of Iran urged Muslims to kill him over his novel “The Satanic Verses,” which some Muslims said contained blasphemous passages.

Authorities in Iran have made no public comment about the attack, but hardline state media outlets have celebrated the stabbing with headlines including “Satan has been blinded” and some Iranians voiced support online for the stabbing.

However, many other Iranians expressed their sympathies for Rushdie, posting on social media about their anger at the Islamic Republic’s clerical rulers.

In a statement posted on Twitter, one of Rushdie’s sons said his father was able to say a few words after getting off the ventilator, adding “Though his life changing injuries are severe, his usual feisty & defiant sense of humor remains intact.”

This report produced by Chris Dignam.

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New York Stock Exchange in free fall



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



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



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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