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Thursday February 6th, 2020 evening edition

image for An anti-Putin blogger was found dead in a French hotel, and the killing has the hallmarks of the Russian hit squad causing chaos in Europe

Police said they were hunting for Aliev's traveling companion, who disappeared shortly after the killing.

The man had traveled with Aliev from Belgium to Lille on January 29, the day before Aliev was found dead.

Aliev had been under police protection in Belgium because of "threats out of Russia and Chechnya over his opposition blogging," the official told Business Insider.

French police believe that the killing of a blogger from the disputed Russian region of Chechnya in a French hotel room last week was "politically motivated," a French police official briefed on the case said.

The official said the police were now hunting for the blogger's traveling companion, who disappeared shortly after the killing.

Aliev, who vocally opposed the Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead the next morning by hotel staff.

At least 15 people have been killed by Russian hit squads in the UK, including innocent bystanders. »

Barnes & Noble cancels plan to put people of color on the covers of classic books after backlash

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The Diverse Editions program sparked a social media backlash from critics, who point out that the characters inside the books are still white.

For the project, Barnes & Noble and Penguin Random House planned to release special editions of 12 classic novels with new covers that featured people of color.

"Diverse Editions presented new covers of classic books through a series of limited-edition jackets, designed by artists hailing from different ethnicities and backgrounds. »

Sam Raimi in Talks to Direct ‘Doctor Strange 2’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Sam Raimi, who helped launch the modern superhero movie with 2002’s “Spider-Man,” is in talks to direct “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” for Marvel Studios, Variety has learned.

Raimi replaces original director Scott Derrickson, who Variety reported on Jan. 9 had officially departed the project due to creative differences.

Raimi, meanwhile, will need to get up to speed before the film’s scheduled production start date in May. »

FBI director says foreign disinformation campaigns 'never stopped' after 2016 elections

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FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that foreign disinformation efforts against the U.S. “never stopped” after Russian actors used them on social media platforms during the 2016 elections.

The FBI chief also told lawmakers during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that malicious foreign influence campaigns are now targeting more than just elections.

It may have an uptick during an election cycle, but it’s a 24/7, 365-days-a-year threat,” Wray said of disinformation campaigns. »