The Daily Populous

Saturday August 1st, 2020 day edition

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President Trump Donald John TrumpTrump says he will ban TikTok from operating in the US Trump's 2019 financial disclosure reveals revenue at Mar-a-Lago, other major clubs Treasury to conduct policy review of tax-exempt status for universities after Trump tweets MORE on Friday said he plans to ban the social media platform TikTok from operating in the United States.

“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

He signaled he was not supportive of allowing an American company to acquire TikTok.

Trump's announcement came hours after reports that Microsoft was in talks to purchase popular TikTok from Beijing-based company ByteDance.

Trump administration officials have for weeks floated taking action against TikTok due its connections to China.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made similar comments earlier this month, announcing that the Trump administration was considering banning Chinese apps, including TikTok, due to national security concerns.

TikTok has pushed back against claims that it censors content and shares data with the CCP and attempted to distance itself from China. »

Prince Andrew lobbied US government for better plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein, newly released Ghislaine Maxwell documents claim

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Newly unsealed court documents claim the Duke of York allegedly lobbied the US government for his former friend Jeffrey Epstein to secure a “favourable” plea deal in the disgraced late financier’s underage prostitution case.

The newly released documents also reveal email correspondence between Maxwell and Epstein, who died in August last year while in prison for other charges.

They said the documents should be blocked since Maxwell now faces criminal charges for aiding Epstein’s abuse of underage girls. »

Underage girl forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, US court document claims

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The sex offender Jeffrey Epstein allegedly tried to gather incriminating material against Prince Andrew by forcing an underage girl to have sex with him, according to newly released court documents.

She also claimed she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, which he vehemently denies.

Similar allegations about Prince Andrew having sex with an underage girl were ordered to be struck from court records in 2015 in the civil case. »

Why has the Queen never visited Greece?

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She has been to 116 countries on official state visits as Queen, but not Greece.

The reason, he believes, is because of the fraught history of the monarchy in Greece, which affected Prince Philip's immediate family.

"Prince Philip doesn't like Greece, because they put his father [Prince Andrew] on trial, and he might have been executed," says Vickers. »

Portland sees peaceful night of protests following withdrawal of federal agents

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The withdrawal of federal agents from frontline policing of demonstrations in downtown Portland significantly reduced tensions in the city overnight.

But in the absence of the federal officers, Thursday night’s protest passed off without major incident or intervention by the police.

She said that “Trump’s troops” were behaving like an occupying army in Portland and provoking unrest with heavy-handed tactics. »