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Trump’s defamation claim against E. Jean Carroll dismissed by judge



Former U.S. President Donald Trump faced another legal setback as a federal judge dismissed his defamation counterclaim against writer E. Jean Carroll

The ruling came from U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan, who determined that Carroll’s statements on CNN, made after winning a $5 million jury verdict against Trump for defamation and sexual abuse, were substantially true.

The judge concluded that Trump failed to demonstrate that Carroll had made these statements with actual malice.

Alina Habba, a lawyer representing Trump, expressed disagreement with the ruling and announced plans to file an appeal soon.

In response to a separate defamation lawsuit by Carroll seeking at least $10 million, Trump, 77, had filed the counterclaim.

A trial for this case is scheduled for January 15, 2024.

Trump is considered a front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

In addition to his legal battles, Trump faces criminal charges in three separate indictments.

These charges include allegations related to his attempts to overturn his 2020 election loss and his involvement in the events leading up to the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Trump’s lawsuit against Carroll was prompted by her assertion that he had raped her.

Carroll, a former columnist for Elle magazine, had made this claim in response to a jury’s verdict that Trump had not raped her.

Trump also objected to Carroll’s account of telling his lawyer that “he did it and you know it” shortly after the verdict.

Judge Kaplan had previously found compelling evidence that Trump had forcefully penetrated Carroll’s vagina with his fingers, causing immediate pain and lasting emotional harm.

The judge reiterated this finding, stating that the substantial truth of Carroll’s accusations was established against Trump.

Kaplan also rejected some of Trump’s defence arguments, including his claim of “absolute presidential immunity” and his assertion that Carroll was ineligible for punitive damages.

Roberta Kaplan, who represents Carroll and is unrelated to the judge, expressed satisfaction with the decision. She noted that the January trial would likely be concluded swiftly.

Both lawsuits were triggered by Trump’s denials of allegations that he forcibly raped Carroll in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Carroll’s legal action stems from Trump’s comments in 2019, where he denied knowing her and disparaged her credibility to boost sales of her memoir.

The $5 million jury verdict originated from similar denials made on social media in 2022, in which Trump labelled the incident a “hoax” and a “lie.”

Carroll modified her lawsuit after Trump referred to her as a “whack job” in a CNN town hall following the verdict.


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COP28: Global effort to phase out fossil fuels



World leaders at COP28 have intensified their commitment to combat climate change by embarking on a bold initiative to phase out fossil fuels.

The United Nations climate talks, held in a virtual format due to ongoing pandemic concerns, saw representatives from nearly 200 countries coming together to address the urgent need for action on the climate crisis.

The decision to focus on ending fossil fuel use marks a significant departure from previous climate negotiations.

Countries have traditionally grappled with setting emissions reduction targets, but this year’s conference places a strong emphasis on the need to transition away from the reliance on coal, oil, and natural gas. Experts argue that this shift is critical to limiting global temperature rise and avoiding the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

Key highlights of the COP28 agreement include setting ambitious deadlines for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, promoting renewable energy sources, and encouraging the development of green technologies.

The conference also established a fund to support developing nations in their transition away from fossil fuels, recognizing that these countries often face the greatest challenges in achieving sustainability.

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Russian police raid Moscow gay clubs



Russian authorities conducted raids on several gay clubs in Moscow, according to reports from various media outlets.

The raids have sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ+ community and have raised concerns about the ongoing crackdown on LGBTQ+ rights in Russia.

Eyewitnesses and clubgoers describe a heavy police presence during the raids, with officers reportedly detaining patrons and staff members.

The reasons behind these raids remain unclear, but they have ignited a fierce debate on social media and within human rights organizations.

International LGBTQ+ rights advocates are calling on the Russian government to address these actions and protect the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ individuals in the country.

The raids have also drawn attention to Russia’s controversial “gay propaganda” law, which has been criticized for its potential to fuel discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ people.

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UK delays Jeff Zucker’s Telegraph deal for inquiry



The UK government has decided to put a hold on the proposed acquisition of The Telegraph newspaper by media mogul Jeff Zucker’s conglomerate.

According to a recent report, this decision has been made in order to conduct further investigations into potential regulatory concerns surrounding the deal.

The move comes amidst growing concerns over media consolidation and its impact on media diversity and competition.

The government aims to ensure that the acquisition would not result in a concentration of media power that could potentially stifle independent journalism and diverse voices in the industry.

This decision has sparked debates about the balance between media ownership and the preservation of media plurality in the UK. Supporters of the deal argue that it could lead to much-needed investments in The Telegraph, while critics worry about the potential for Zucker’s conglomerate to wield too much influence over the media landscape.

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