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Trump commutes supporter’s sentence

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/10/20, 10:31 pm

Roger Stone, a longtime associate of President Donald Trump, will not have to serve 40 months in prison for lying to Congress. A jury convicted him of trying to discover WikiLeaks’ plans to release stolen emails damaging to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign and then attempting to cover it up. He was due to report to prison by Tuesday. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Stone was a “victim of the Russia hoax.”

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Hagia Sophia to become a mosque

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/10/20, 05:26 pm

Bystanders cheered “Allah is great” as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reverted an ancient Christian cathedral into a mosque. On Friday, a high court in Turkey nullified the decision that turned the nearly 1,500-year-old Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a museum in 1934. UNESCO said it “deeply regrets” that Turkey made the call without notice or discussion and urged the country to preserve the site’s “universal value.”

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Amazon acts on TikTok concerns

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/10/20, 05:09 pm

More than 700 million users downloaded the TikTok app in 2019, but the Beijing-based social media platform is facing increasing criticism. On Friday, Amazon ordered its employees to remove TikTok from mobile devices that access company email addresses. In March, the U.S. Senate introduced a bill that would ban the app from government-issued phones. And India banned TikTok nationwide last month along with over 50 other Chinese apps.

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