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Tributes flow for long-time republican senator Bob Dole

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One of the biggest names in US politics Bob Dole has died at the age of 98

World War Two veteran, long-time republican senator and US presidential candidate died peacefully in his sleep.

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation wrote in a statement that “It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep. At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.”

Dole had been suffering from lung cancer and was in the process of receiving treatment.

The former senator ran for the presidency against Bill Clinton in 1996 but it was only decades before that he had been laying in a World War Two battlefield in Italy, on the brink of death.

Dole had little combat experience but had been ordered to lead an attack on a German machine-gun post.

He was running to help an injured soldier just before he himself was hit on his right arm and upper back.

Dole was left unconscious but was rolled to safety by an army sergeant who gave him a large dose of morphine and painted a bloody ‘M’ on his forehead to prevent medics from administering a second dose.

The army sergeant told the commanding officer that he thought Dole was dying and that the shot would at least give him “some comfort”.

His survival and future career success was seen as a miracle with many linking his survival to his unstoppable drive and determination.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

 

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China protests hit global markets, crypto

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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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