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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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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally



Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely



Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model



With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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