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Former White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his deputy, Avi Berkowitz have been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by Alan Dershowitz.


Nominated for their role in negotiating four normalisation deals between Israel and Arab nations known as the "Abraham Accords".


In his letter to the Nobel committee, Mr Dershowitz also cited the work of former US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, in the normalisation deals.


He appeared to suggest Mr Kushner's nomination could be controversial. "The Nobel Peace Prize is not for popularity," he wrote.





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Jeff Bezos to Step Down as Amazon CEO

The founder of the e-commerce giant will transition into the role of executive chair as Andy Jassy takes over as CEO.

After serving as the CEO of Amazon for 25 years, Jeff Bezos is stepping down from the role.

The founder of the world's largest e-commerce site announced the move Feb. 2, telling investors that he would transition into the role of executive chairman at the end of September. Andy Jassy, who has served as CEO of Amazon Web Services, will take over as CEO.

"In the Exec Chair role, I intend to focus my energies and attention on new products and early initiatives," Bezos wrote in a letter to employees that was published on the company blog. "Andy is well known inside the company and has been at Amazon almost as long as I have. He will be an outstanding leader, and he has my full confidence."

He continued, "I don’t know of another company with an invention track record as good as Amazon’s, and I believe we are at our most inventive right now. I hope you are as proud of our inventiveness as I am. I think you should be."

Under Bezos' guidance, Amazon transformed from a small Seattle-based online book retailer into one of the world's largest companies, an everything store that sells toilet paper, Oscar-nominated movies, music subscriptions and more. The company has a market cap of nearly $1.7 trillion. The stock was largely unmoved immediately following the announcement of the CEO transition.

More to come. 







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Two 15-year-old girls ‘drugged and gang-raped in Australian park by 10 men who groomed them on Snapchat’


Brother of rapper Uzzy Marcus, 29, is charged with murdering two women after 'sharing gruesome livestream of their dead bodies'


Watch your daughters ffs.

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ICC clears way for war crimes probe of Israeli actions

JERUSALEM (AP) — The International Criminal Court says its jurisdiction extends to territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, appearing to clear the way for its chief prosecutor to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military actions.

The ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said in 2019 that there was a “reasonable basis” to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip as well as Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank. But she asked the court determine whether she has territorial jurisdiction before proceeding with the case.

The Palestinians, who joined the court in 2015, have pushed for the case. Israel, which is not a member of the ICC, has said the court has no jurisdiction.

The Palestinians have asked the court to look into Israeli actions during its 2014 war against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, as well as Israel’s construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem.

The international community widely considers the settlements to be illegal under international law.



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The Commonwealth Games come to Birmingham in 2022, and this is nothing to do with Agenda 21, right?


Watch - Perry Barr flyover reduced to rubble after 50 years of service



It stood for 50 years but the landmark Perry Barr flyover is disappearing at breakneck speed this weekend.

Video and pictures show the structure used by millions of commuters on the A34 since 1970 being demolished today, Saturday, February 6.

It will all be gone by dawn on Monday.

Work began to remove the flyover at 8pm last night, Friday, February 5.

The scene this morning, when dawn tried to break through heavy mist, looked and sounded apocalyptic.

From a distance, the grinding noises sounded like something out of Jurassic Park.

Once in view, the area felt like the beginning of a Terminator film about the 'rise of the machines'.

For an extra spooky touch, the thick mist made ongoing work to build what would have been the Athletes Village on the other side of the road, look as if it could have been a demolition site, too.

From: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/watch-perry-barr-flyover-reduced-19784480

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