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Sunday December 16th, 2018 night edition

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An Iranian political activist, detained in Qom Prison, died in his cell on Wednesday after a 60-day hunger strike.

Vahid Sayadi Nasiri was jailed in 2015 and sentenced to eight years after he was accused of insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and spreading “propaganda against the state” on his Facebook account, according to the advocacy group Iran Human Rights Monitor.

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During his initial detention at Raja’i Shahr and Evin prisons, Iran Human Rights Monitor alleges that Sayadi Nasiri had been harassed by operatives linked to the Iranian regime.

The group say he was attacked in May 2017 by a fellow prisoner, and again in February, this time by two offenders.

Sayadi Nasiri was released in March having served two-and-a-half years of his sentence, but detained again in August 2018.

According to Elaheh Sayadi Nasiri, his sister, Sayadi Nasiri had also requested that he be transferred to Evin Prison, on the outskirts of Tehran. »

Sears bankruptcy court OKs $25 million in bonuses for top execs

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The company behind the Sears and Kmart chains on Friday obtained a U.S. bankruptcy court's permission to pay as much as $25.3 million in bonuses to top executives and other high-ranking employees at Sears, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.

"Under these circumstances, it would be understandable if many key employees are asking themselves whether they should be seeking other opportunities," Sears said in a court filing last month.

The judge gave the green light to Sears' proposal that it offer bonuses up to $8.4 million to 19 executives if Sears meets some financial targets during the next six months. »

Poll: 62 percent say Trump isn't telling the truth in Russia probe

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“The dam has not burst on Donald Trump,” said Democratic pollster Peter Hart, whose firm conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff.

The NBC/WSJ poll — conducted Dec. 9-12 — comes after new developments in the Russia probe and other investigations involving the president, including evidence and allegations that:.

Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort continued to communicate with Trump administration officials well after his indictment. »

Revealed: Google's 'two-tier' workforce training document

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According to a current employee with access to the figures, of approximately 170,000 people around the world who now work at Google, 50.05% are FTEs.

On 5 December, the walkout organizers published an anonymous open letter addressed to Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, from “TVCs at Google”.

The letter detailed some of the material concerns that TVCs face due to Google’s differential treatment, including lower wages and “minimal benefits”. »