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Trump sues social media firms

FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (Gage Skidmore/Flickr).

Claiming that he was being censored for his politics, former President Donald Trump has filed lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (owned by Google) and their top officers.

At a press conference on Wednesday,  Trump demanded that his accounts be reinstated.

“We’re asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to order an immediate halt to social media companies’ illegal, shameful censorship of the American people,” said Trump, according to the Associated Press.

Those companies suspended his accounts in the wake of the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of the former president.

USA Today quoted Washington attorney Bradley Moss as discounting Trump’s chances in court, adding the former president “just wants a PR and fund-raising moment, not a real lawsuit.”

Search for condo collapse survivors ends

SEARCHERS on the first day of collapse.

The search for survivors in the wreckage of a condominium tower in Surfside, Florida, has ended. “Just based on the facts, there’s zero chance of survival,” Assistant Chief Ray Jadallah of Miami Dade Fire Rescue said Wednesday, according to The New York Times.

The official death toll is at 54, with 86 people not accounted for in the June 24 building collapse. After the first day, no survivors have been rescued. The structure was in need of repairs and might be in jeopardy of failure, according to published reports.

Haitian president is assassinated

Jovenal Moise, president of Haiti, was assassinated at his home Wednesday. His wife was injured in the attack and was transported to Florida for treatment. According to United Press International, the attackers shot Moise and his wife at their home in the capitol city of Port-au-Prince.

JOVENAL MOISE

Some sources claimed the gunmen were mercenaries. Haiti, a perennial problem spot in the Caribbean suffers from poverty and the effects of earthquake and hurricanes. It has not begun COVD-19 vaccination programs. Moise’s administration has been accused of corruption by opponents.

Haiti is a nation of about 11.26 million people, most of them descendants of Black slaves brought to the island of Hispaniola to work the sugar fields. It shares the island with the Dominican Republic, located to the east of Haiti.

 

 

 

 

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