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Thursday July 6th, 2023 evening edition

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A bill that would allow police in France to spy on suspects by remotely activating cameras, microphone including GPS of their phones has been passed.

Although, the spying provision, which is part of a wider “justice reform bill”, has been attacked by the left and rights defenders as an authoritarian snoopers’ charter.

The provisions “raise serious concerns over infringements of fundamental liberties,” stated a French advocacy group promoting digital rights and freedoms, La Quadrature du Net.

But lawmakers agreed to the bill late Wednesday as Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti insisted the bill would affect only “dozens of cases a year.”.

They noted that a judge must approve any use of the provision, while the total duration of the surveillance cannot exceed six months.

Last month, the Senate gave the green light to the provision of the justice bill, which would allow law enforcement to secretly activate cameras and microphones on a suspect’s devices.

Since 2015, when terrorist attacks rocked France, the country has increased its surveillance powers, and the “Keeper of the Seal” bill has been likened to the infamous US Patriot Act. »

Boy, 7, shot and killed during Florida jet ski dispute; grandfather wounded while shielding child

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The boy was killed by a gunshot wound to the head on Tuesday night, Tampa Police Deputy Chief Calvin Johnson said during a news conference.

"The grandfather of the young man that was shot grabbed him and pulled him into the truck when they heard the gunfire going on," Johnson said.

Just days before the shooting, a new law went into effect in Florida allowing people to carry guns without a concealed weapons permit. »

China dismisses criticism of top diplomat’s comments appearing to push for race-based alliance

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BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday dismissed criticism of racially tinged comments by its top diplomat, who said Westerners are incapable of distinguishing among Chinese, Koreans and Japanese.

“One needs to know where one’s roots are,” Wang said at a trilateral forum in the northern Chinese city of Qingdao on Monday.

In his speech and in later comments, Wang papered over historical and current differences among the three countries. »

Wisconsin governor gets creative with veto, increases public school funding for 400 years

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Wisconsin governor gets creative with veto, increases public school funding for 400 years.

Show Caption Hide Caption Governor increases public school funding for the next 400 years Wisconsin's public schools will have increased funding for the next four centuries thanks to a new state budget signed by Gov. Tony Evers.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a former public school educator, used his broad authority this week to sign into law a new state budget that increases funding for public schools ― for the next four centuries. »