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Marc Thiessen: Biden has aligned himself with the radical minority. He should be ashamed

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For decades, Catholic Democratic politicians have been justifying their pro-choice position by telling us that they were personally opposed to abortion but could not impose their religious view on others. For most, the argument was a fig leaf to justify their shameful failure to protect innocent unborn life. But it appeared that Joe Biden really believed it.

For more than 40 years, Biden supported the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding for abortions. In 1994, when a constituent wrote to Biden, urging him, “Please don’t force me to pay for abortions against my conscience,” Biden replied, “I agree with you.” He pointed out that he had voted no fewer than 50 times against federal funding of abortions, promising, “Those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them.” In his 2007 book “Promises to Keep,” Biden wrote, “I’ve stuck to my middle-of-the-road position on abortion for more than 30 years.”

But middle-of-the-road is no longer good enough in today’s Democratic Party. So when Biden recently reaffirmed his support for the Hyde Amendment, his opponents for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination pounced.

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“There is #NoMiddleGround on women’s rights,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted. “Abortion is a constitutional right.”

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., chastised Biden, declaring “No woman’s access to reproductive health care should be based on how much money she has. We must repeal the Hyde Amendment.”

Biden’s surrender to the pro-abortion radicals damaged his presidential prospects.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and a number of other Democrats also piled on, as did Planned Parenthood, NARAL and Emily’s List.

As recently as last week, the former vice president was still standing firm. It appeared this might be his “Sister Souljah moment,” when he separated himself from the extremists in his party. This was both principled and good politics: Just 36 percent of Americans support federal funds to pay for abortion.

But then Biden gave in to the mob. He tried to justify his flip-flop at a Democratic National Committee event in Atlanta on Thursday night by declaring, “If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s ZIP code.” This is absurd. Americans have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, but the government is not obligated to provide weapons to poor people who cannot afford them.

Biden’s surrender to the pro-abortion radicals damaged his presidential prospects. First, it made him seem weak and unprincipled. Few pro-choice voters would have abandoned Biden because he opposed taxpayer-funded abortion; indeed, plenty of pro-choice voters agree with that position. But voters will abandon a politician who abandons his principles.

Second, it hurt Biden with the one group he claims he can win back for Democrats: working-class voters who cast their ballots twice for him and President Barack Obama, but switched to Donald Trump in 2016. These once-reliable Democratic voters are more socially conservative than the liberal elites. Abortion radicalism doesn’t appeal to them.

Third, Biden’s capitulation refocused the national spotlight on abortion extremism in the Democratic Party. After Alabama passed the most restrictive abortion law in the country, Democrats thought they had the upper hand in painting Republicans as abortion extremists. But now the focus is back on Democrats and their insistence on taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand up to the moment of birth. In New York, Democrats just lit up the Freedom Tower to celebrate the passage of a new law that removes most restrictions on abortion, even in the third trimester, and in Illinois, the legislature just voted to repeal the state’s Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act. As a senator, Biden consistently voted against late-term abortions. Will he cave on that as well?

Democrats don’t seem to understand that most Americans — including many who identify as pro-choice — don’t see abortion as something to celebrate but as a necessary evil that should be allowed only in some limited circumstances. A Marist-Knights of Columbus poll found that just 13 percent say abortion should be available at any time during a pregnancy, while 80 percent say it should be allowed only during the first trimester; in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother; or not allowed at all

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A new NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll finds that a 38 percent plurality believes life begins at conception, while a 75 percent supermajority says it begins at the point of viability at the very latest. A majority of Americans support restrictions on abortion and oppose federal funding.

Sadly, Biden has aligned himself with the radical minority. He should be ashamed.

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Pictures: Protests in Hong Kong

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Protesters are hit by a blast from a police water cannon during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong, China, June 12, 2019. 

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Michael Douglas comes full circle with Monte Carlo Award

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“It’s a nice full circle,” says Michael Douglas, speaking exclusively to Variety ahead of the Monte Carlo Television Festival, reflecting on a career that began in TV, blossomed in film, but has seen him return to the small screen in Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method.”

Douglas is this year’s recipient of Monte Carlo’s Crystal Nymph, awarded by Prince Albert II of Monaco to a major international television actor to recognize a stellar body of work.

For Douglas to accept an award from a TV festival is, on the surface, pretty remarkable. He fought hard early on to escape being pigeon-holed as a television actor.

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While starring in the popular 1970s television series “The Streets of San Francisco,” he started his move into film, which was not an easy feat back then, producing 1975’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” best picture Oscar winner.

“It was extremely difficult for an actor to make the transition between television and movies. It was continually thrown in your face that audiences can see you on television for free, but have to pay to see you in the movies. That was the big separation. Before me, it was only really Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen who had made the transition from TV to feature films.”

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Once Douglas found success in the movies, it seemed he would never look back at the small screen. As a producer or actor-producer, he was involved in such movies as “The China Syndrome,” “Romancing the Stone,” “Fatal Attraction” and “Traffic.” He also starred in hits such as “Basic Instinct,” “Falling Down” and “Wonder Boys” — earning an Academy Award for lead actor in “Wall Street.”

Even so, he says it wasn’t until the commercial success of “Fatal Attraction” and the critical reception for “Wall Street” that he felt truly accepted as a film actor.“Mind you, that also involved me stepping out of the shadow of my father [Kirk Douglas] as well as the transition from television to feature films. But it took a while.”

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It’s only recently that Douglas has returned to TV, starring opposite Alan Arkin in the Golden Globe-winning “The Kominsky Method,” written by Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory”).

“This is an exciting time. I never remember a time when it has been easier to go between feature films and television.”

Douglas is quick to point out that it’s important to differentiate between broadcast TV and streaming. “For me, the streaming phenomenon is wonderful.” He likes the flexibility it offers: the fact that “The Kominsky Method” “could be 20 minutes long or 40 minutes, and there are no commercials. Basically we are making a short film in six days. It is a lot of fun. You have great acting, a wonderful cast, a really good script, and we knock out eight to 10 of them in less time than it would take to do a feature film.”

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Above all, Douglas stresses that this streaming era, in which an estimated 500 scripted series are being made a year in the U.S., is a “great time for actors, writers, producers and directors. Talent is in a really good situation in 2019.”

Asked if this is a golden age for production, Douglas hesitates. “It depends how you look at it.” He sees the 1970s and early 1980s as a golden age for feature films, contrasting it with modern day tentpole pictures that are very different from the kind of character-driven dramas that he likes to make.

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Edged out of the cinemas, many of the latter have now found a home on streaming platforms. “That is why streaming is so successful,” he says. He supports the idea of streaming movies being eligible for the Academy Awards. “I saw how many independent pictures were treated poorly in their theatrical release. Streaming has allowed a lot of filmmakers to present their projects in a proper mode in terms of time and budget.”

Looking back on a career that now spans more than 50 years, he describes himself as a “story/script guy” and picks out films such as “Falling Down” and “Wonder Boys” as highlights.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS ON ‘THE KOMINSKY METHOD,’ NERVOUS LAUGHTER AND HIS WALK OF FAME STAR

“I liked those unpredictable pictures that have left audiences not quite certain in which direction it was going — I have always liked that gray area mix of protagonist and antagonist together.”

Ahead of travelling to Monte Carlo to pick up the Crystal Nymph, Douglas says: “It’s always nice to win … I look forward to seeing Prince Albert — I have known him over the years. And it’s always a nice time being in Monaco and the South of France.”

It’s an area he knows well — he filmed “The Jewel of the Nile” at Les Studios de la Victorine just along the coast in Nice, and was a part owner of the legendary studio for a while.

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Now 74, Douglas has no plans to stop working. “I like working. I play a little golf. Other than that, the news is pretty depressing these days. So escapism is not a bad place to be. Hopefully I will keep on playing make believe as much as I can.”

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Madonna’s Madame X tour is flopping

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Four years ago, Madonna was selling out shows at Madison Square Garden. Now, she’s struggling to sell out the BAM opera house in Brooklyn.

The “Material Girl” singer’s “Madame X” tour that kicks off in New York City on Sept. 12 is off to a surprisingly sluggish start, with hundreds of seats still available for most gigs after more than a month on the block, The Post has learned.

That’s despite the fact that the 60-year-old pop star’s upcoming tour will focus on small, theater-type venues that typically only have a few thousand seats each.

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After initial reports that the first shows sold out, an interactive seat map that went live on Ticketmaster’s website this week shows that hundreds of seats are still available for each gig.

For an Oct. 7 concert at the 2,100-seat BAM Howard Gilman Opera House — the last night of a 17-night stand that’s slated for Brooklyn — more than half of its $357 mezzanine seats were unsold as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Ticketmaster’s map.

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Prime seats directly in front of the stage in the orchestra, also priced at $357, were still available by the dozens. Meanwhile, only half of the $257 balcony seats were taken, with many already being offered at a discount on StubHub — one as low as $220.

That shows a “shocking” lack of interest in Madonna, according to one insider. Her 2015-2016 “Rebel Heart Tour” grossed $170 million at venues that often drew more than 30,000 fans for a single performance.

On that tour, she reportedly sold out Madison Square Garden twice. In 2012, she was said to sell out Yankee Stadium in 20 minutes.

MADONNA SAYS SHE FELT ‘RAPED’ BY MUSIC LEAKS

Madonna’s “Madame X” tour is being promoted by Live Nation, which insisted in a statement that a huge number of seats are now available because it has “increased the number of shows exponentially due to overwhelming demand.”

“We added 10 shows in New York alone (a total of 17) to accommodate Madonna’s vast fanbase,” the concert promoter told The Post. “We removed suspicious requests throughout the campaign to ensure as many real fans as possible were able to access tickets. With the first round of tickets completely fulfilled and delivered to verified registered fans, Live Nation released a limited amount of additional tickets yesterday (Monday).”

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Nevertheless, all 17 shows at the BAM opera house showed at least 150 seats still available, including opening night on Sept. 12.

After New York, the tour will move to the 3,600-seat Chicago Theatre in October, and then onto gigs including the 4,300-seat Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; the 1,800-seat Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles and the 3,500-capacity Wang Theatre in Boston.

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At several of those dates, nearly half of the tour’s tickets and VIP packages remain unsold — despite lottery sales since Madonna announced on May 6 that her “intimate” gig would take place mostly in 2,000-seat venues.

“It’s very telling these shows didn’t sell out as quickly as ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ did a couple of years ago,” an insider said. “This clearly isn’t the home run Team Madonna was hoping for.”

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Her “Madame X” album, due out on June 14, could add to the momentum, although early signs aren’t encouraging. None of the five songs released before the record itself drops has debuted on the Billboard Hot 100.

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

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Heavy rains in southern China leave 49 dead, 14 missing

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Authorities say 49 people have died and 14 others are missing since heavy rainfall hit southern China in early June.

China’s disaster reduction committee said Wednesday that more than 7,000 houses have collapsed and 300,000 people have been evacuated.

A statement on its social media account said direct economic losses totaled 10 billion yuan ($1.4 billion).

The committee said that floods, landslides and mudslides from the rains have affected more than 4.5 million people in eight provinces.

A senior water resources official said Tuesday that 6.75 million people in 22 provinces have been affected and 83 people died or went missing since the start of flood season this year.

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Calf injury continues to keep Luck out of Colts’ workouts

The Indianapolis Colts will gladly play it safe with Andrew Luck.

They’d rather he be healthy for training camp anyway.

Just minutes after coach Frank Reich announced Tuesday that his starting quarterback would sit out this week’s three-day minicamp — the final portion of Indy’s offseason workouts — Luck promised he would return to practice when the Colts report to camp in late July.

“It’s OK, it’s not good enough to practice this week, which I’m bummed about,” Luck said, describing the injury. “But I think we’re on a very, very good page and I’ll be ready for training camp.”

The injury, suffered during training, has forced Luck to miss the Colts’ entire on-the-field program for the second offseason in three years.

But this was different.

After missing the entire 2017 season to recover from surgery on his throwing shoulder, he started throwing again last June during the team’s mandatory minicamp. His appearance raised even more questions when it appeared he was throwing footballs smaller than the NFL’s regulation size.

Team officials continued to be cautious with Luck at training camp when they closely monitored the number of throws he made and gave him extra days off. The prolonged recovery time prompted some skeptics to question whether Luck could ever return to his Pro Bowl form.

It didn’t take long for Luck to prove the doubters wrong. He produced arguably the best season of his pro career and was rewarded with the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award.

This year, many outsiders expect bigger and better things from Luck and his teammates, and Luck sounds confident he can deliver despite the nagging injury.

“I’ve thrown significantly, sort of off my foot to make sure I don’t aggravate something, but to keep my arm in shape,” he said. “It’s a football, a pigskin Wilson Duke, with Roger Goodell’s signature on it.”

Reich has continually insisted that Luck’s absence was a cautionary move.

He has no serious concerns about Luck’s health, and with seven seasons in the league, two full offseasons to get acclimated to the system and most of last season’s key offensive contributors returning, Reich figures Luck’s absence should not hinder his play.

“He has missed the on-field work but he has gotten so much in the meetings,” Reich said. “Second year in the system, talking through things, he’s been able to have even more input into the system this year, putting his imprint on the system now knowing what we’re doing, what he likes, what he doesn’t, and why he likes what he likes in our system.”

Indy can’t wait to see how things play out in training camp. But the last month certainly has presented some challenges, and not just because of Luck.

Rookie center Javon Patterson, a seventh-round draft pick, and defensive end Jegs Jegede, an undrafted rookie from Valdosta State, landed on season-ending injured reserve.

Fourth-string quarterback Chad Kelly will miss the first two regular-season games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Backup offensive tackle Antonio Garcia received a four-game suspension Monday for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances.

General manager Chris Ballard explained last week why he drafted linebacker Bobby Okereke in the third round, knowing Okereke had been accused of sexual assault in 2015.

And after re-signing 11 of the team’s 20 free agents and adding receiver Devin Funchess, running back Spencer Ware and pass rusher Justin Houston, Ballard signed punter Rigoberto Sanchez to a contract extension last week, and long snapper Luke Rhodes to an extension Tuesday.

All that’s missing now is Luck.

“Within the calf strain injury, I’d say it’s on the longer side. I don’t think it’s out of the range of a calf strain but it’s definitely on the longer side,” Reich said. “We’re not concerned.”

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Calf injury continues to keep Luck out of Colts’ workouts

The Indianapolis Colts will gladly play it safe with Andrew Luck.

They’d rather he be healthy for training camp anyway.

Just minutes after coach Frank Reich announced Tuesday that his starting quarterback would sit out this week’s three-day minicamp — the final portion of Indy’s offseason workouts — Luck promised he would return to practice when the Colts report to camp in late July.

“It’s OK, it’s not good enough to practice this week, which I’m bummed about,” Luck said, describing the injury. “But I think we’re on a very, very good page and I’ll be ready for training camp.”

The injury, suffered during training, has forced Luck to miss the Colts’ entire on-the-field program for the second offseason in three years.

But this was different.

After missing the entire 2017 season to recover from surgery on his throwing shoulder, he started throwing again last June during the team’s mandatory minicamp. His appearance raised even more questions when it appeared he was throwing footballs smaller than the NFL’s regulation size.

Team officials continued to be cautious with Luck at training camp when they closely monitored the number of throws he made and gave him extra days off. The prolonged recovery time prompted some skeptics to question whether Luck could ever return to his Pro Bowl form.

It didn’t take long for Luck to prove the doubters wrong. He produced arguably the best season of his pro career and was rewarded with the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award.

This year, many outsiders expect bigger and better things from Luck and his teammates, and Luck sounds confident he can deliver despite the nagging injury.

“I’ve thrown significantly, sort of off my foot to make sure I don’t aggravate something, but to keep my arm in shape,” he said. “It’s a football, a pigskin Wilson Duke, with Roger Goodell’s signature on it.”

Reich has continually insisted that Luck’s absence was a cautionary move.

He has no serious concerns about Luck’s health, and with seven seasons in the league, two full offseasons to get acclimated to the system and most of last season’s key offensive contributors returning, Reich figures Luck’s absence should not hinder his play.

“He has missed the on-field work but he has gotten so much in the meetings,” Reich said. “Second year in the system, talking through things, he’s been able to have even more input into the system this year, putting his imprint on the system now knowing what we’re doing, what he likes, what he doesn’t, and why he likes what he likes in our system.”

Indy can’t wait to see how things play out in training camp. But the last month certainly has presented some challenges, and not just because of Luck.

Rookie center Javon Patterson, a seventh-round draft pick, and defensive end Jegs Jegede, an undrafted rookie from Valdosta State, landed on season-ending injured reserve.

Fourth-string quarterback Chad Kelly will miss the first two regular-season games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Backup offensive tackle Antonio Garcia received a four-game suspension Monday for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances.

General manager Chris Ballard explained last week why he drafted linebacker Bobby Okereke in the third round, knowing Okereke had been accused of sexual assault in 2015.

And after re-signing 11 of the team’s 20 free agents and adding receiver Devin Funchess, running back Spencer Ware and pass rusher Justin Houston, Ballard signed punter Rigoberto Sanchez to a contract extension last week, and long snapper Luke Rhodes to an extension Tuesday.

All that’s missing now is Luck.

“Within the calf strain injury, I’d say it’s on the longer side. I don’t think it’s out of the range of a calf strain but it’s definitely on the longer side,” Reich said. “We’re not concerned.”

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Rep. Michael McCaul: Iran’s despotic leaders must free all American hostages NOW – or be held responsible

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Iran’s malign behavior regularly generates headlines, as the nation’s leaders threaten peace and global security. But the Iranian regime’s terror activities and nuclear proliferation have overshadowed what should be our top line focus: the release of American hostages.

The United States cannot rest until every single American hostage held by Iran has been brought home safely.

I was relieved by news Tuesday that Nizar Zakka was finally released after over three years in Iranian detention. This victory brings me renewed hope for the other U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents still being unjustly imprisoned. At this very moment, those Americans are spending yet another day away from their families, friends, and the safety of American soil.

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In testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the hostages’ families described their loved ones being subjected to physical and psychological torture, held in solitary confinement for extended periods, and forced to sleep on concrete floors.

These Americans are being used as pawns by the Iranian regime to pressure the United States. This is not a new tactic. It has been used since Iranians seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.

The message the Iranian regime is sending to the United States and other Western countries whose citizens are held in Iranian prisons is clear: innocent lives are a bargaining chip used by the regime to try to manipulate its adversaries.

The Iranian government’s fundamental lack of respect for human life can also be seen in its abuses against its own people and in its arming of militias and terrorist groups that cause death and destruction across the Middle East.

The message the Iranian regime is sending to the United States and other Western countries whose citizens are held in Iranian prisons is clear: innocent lives are a bargaining chip used by the regime to try to manipulate its adversaries.

Recently, the Iran-backed terrorist group Hamas launched over 600 missiles into Israel, killing four civilians, including an American citizen. We also know Iran is directly responsible for the deaths of over 600 American service members from 2003 to 2011.

Let’s be clear about who bears ultimate responsibility for these human rights violations: Iran’s despotic leaders. The Iranian regime must free its American hostages now or be held responsible for unjustly detaining them.

If Iran doesn’t free its U.S. hostages, Congress must act. Last year, the House passed my bill – the Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act – with overwhelming bipartisan support.

This legislation would impose sanctions on Iranian officials responsible for the politically motivated detentions of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, as well as those engaged in abuses against the Iranian people. Unfortunately, the Senate did not take up the bill.

I reintroduced the same legislation in January, and I am working with my Democratic colleagues to move the bill forward soon.

Congress stands in solidarity with the Americans unjustly held and demands their freedom. Indeed, Democratic members of Congress have been among the greatest advocates for these hostages.

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At a time when there is a deep partisan divide on U.S. policy toward Iran, bipartisan congressional action to repudiate Iran’s hostage-taking and deplorable human rights record would be a powerful signal that – despite other disagreements – we are firmly united in advocating for victims of the regime’s brutality.

We have a moral obligation to bring our citizens to home. I urge Iran to release their remaining American hostages today and I look forward to working with my colleagues and the administration to ensure it happens.

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26 wounded in missile attack by Houthi rebels at Saudi airport: report

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The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says 26 people have been wounded in a missile attack as Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeted an airport in the kingdom’s southwestern town of Abha.

The attack on Wednesday comes as Japan’s prime minister is expected in Iran to mediate between Tehran and Washington amid escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf regions.

YEMEN’S HOUTHI REBELS LAUNCH ATTACK DRONES INTO SAUDI ARABIA

Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki says a projectile struck the arrival hall of Abha’s airport in the southern part of the kingdom near its border with Yemen on Wednesday. That’s according to Saudi Arabia’s state-run Al-Ekhabriya news channel.

He says three women and two children are among the 26 hurt in the attack. Eight have been hospitalized and the rest sustained minor injuries. The Houthis earlier on Wednesday claimed they’d launched a cruise missile at the Abha airport.

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Saudi Arabia has been at war against the Iranian-allied Houthis in Yemen since 2015. The kingdom accuses Iran of arming the rebels, which Iran denies.

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‘Deepfake’ clip of Mark Zuckerberg circulating on Instagram amid concerns Facebook doesn’t combat disinformation

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A doctored video of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is being circulated amid criticism that the tech giant isn’t doing enough to combat disinformation.

A short clip posted on Instagram, a platform owned by Facebook, supposedly shows Zuckerberg speaking directly into the camera and boasting of his company’s supposed control of people’s data.

“Imagine this for a second: one man, with total control of billions of people’s stolen data, all their secrets, their lives, their futures,” he appears to say, before referring to a fictional evil organization in the James Bond movie series. “I owe it all to Spectre. Spectre showed me that whoever controls the data controls the future.”

“Imagine this for a second: one man, with total control of billions of people’s stolen data, all their secrets, their lives, their futures. I owe it all to Spectre. Spectre showed me that whoever controls the data controls the future.”

— Mark Zuckerberg in fake video

FACEBOOK IGNORES HILLARY CLINTON, NANCY PELOSI AMID GROWING BACKLASH OVER DOCTORED VIDEO

The existence of the so-called “deepfake” video of Zuckerberg was first reported by VICE. It comes amid a controversy over a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made her appear as if she was drunkenly slurring her speech.

Artists Bill Powers and Daniel Howe apparently created the video using artificial intelligence technology that allows to create hardly distinguishable fake content. The clip was likely created as a test for Facebook rather than a genuine attempt at deceiving people.

A spokeswoman for Instagram insisted that the fake video of Zuckerberg is handled the same way as the fake video of Pelosi and other misinformation.

“If third-party fact checkers mark it as false, we will filter it from Instagram’s recommendation surfaces like Explore and hashtag pages,” Stephanie Otway, a spokeswoman for the company, told the New York Times.

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Facebook refusal to take down the Pelosi video prompted outcry among prominent Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, who said the video was “sexist trash.”

Pelosi, meanwhile, said she’s no longer giving Facebook the benefit of doubt that it is “unwittingly” spreading false information. She said Facebook is serving an accomplice and enabler of false information and Russian elections interference.

But Facebook’s Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism Monika Bickert said that users are being told that the video is false when they view or share it.

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The company does not prohibit false information from being shared on its service. Instead, the company says it “downranks” such material to make it less prominent in people’s news feeds and more difficult to find. It also employs outside fact-checkers to determine the veracity of questionable material. It includes such fact checks around the disputed articles and videos but does not directly label them as false.

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