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Foul Play In British Journalist’s Bizarre Airport Death?

Jacqueline Sutton, dead in IstanbulWhen the body of British reporter Jacqueline Sutton, 50, was found in a toilet cubicle in Istanbul’s main airport last weekend, Turkish authorities and media at first treated her death as suicide. But since then, several inconsistencies and bizarre circumstances surrounding the case have given way to the suspicion that something more sinister may have been going on.

Sutton, acting Iraq director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), a London-based NGO, arrived in Istanbul from London on a Turkish Airlines flight at around 10pm local time last Saturday. Footage of surveillance cameras posted by Turkish media showed her walking through the transit area of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport with a backpack and talking to airport officials at a desk. She was scheduled to travel on to Erbil in northern Iraq about two hours after her arrival from London, but she never boarded the plane.


Feds Arrest Fox News Commentator, Allege He Lied About CIA Past

Wayne SSimmonsA regular guest commentator on Fox News who has been lying for years about working for the Central Intelligence Agency was arrested on Thursday and is being charged in connection with falsely claiming he worked as an “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer” for the CIA for nearly three decades.

Wayne Simmons, a 62-year-old who lives in Annapolis, Maryland, was arrested by federal authorities following his indictment by a federal grand jury for allegedly committing major fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements to the government. Simmons claims to have worked for the CIA from 1973 to 2000, and "used that false claim in an attempt to obtain government security clearances and work as a defense contractor, including at one point successfully getting deployed overseas as an intelligence advisor to senior military personnel," according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.


ABC News doctor Jamie Zimmerman drowns in Hawaii

Jaimie Zimmerman drowns in HawaiiJamie Zimmerman, a 31-year-old doctor and reporter with ABC News' medical unit, has drowned while on vacation in Hawaii after apparently being swept out to sea.

Zimmerman died Monday, according to a post on her Facebook page written by Zimmerman's mother.

"This is a post I never thought I would have to write. It is not supposed to happen this way!" Jordan Zimmerman wrote. "On Monday my precious daughter Jamie Lauren slipped on some rocks at the mouth of the Lumahai River on Kauai, Hawaii and was swept out to sea. Lifeguards and paramedics rushed to rescue Jamie, but were not able to resuscitate her."


Critics: US media often omit context of Israeli-Palestinian violence

Media v Israel-Palestinian conflictAs violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories returns to the headlines, critics are complaining that many prominent U.S. news outlets often omit or misrepresent contextual information vital to understanding the conflict. And perhaps predictably, partisans on both sides are targeting media coverage for different reasons.

A common complaint among some critics concerns some major U.S. media outlets’ characterization of neighborhoods and the legal and political context of the Israeli presence in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. “The biggest problem … is total lack of context in reporting in which all of this is taking place,” said Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.


Israeli soldiers attack journalists on West Bank

Israeli soldiers attack journalists on West Bank A dramatic video has emerged showing Israeli soldiers make an unprovoked assault on two journalists working for Agence France-Presse during a demonstration on the West Bank.

According to AFP’s bureau chief, Thomas Cox, the two men – Andrea Bernardi, an Italian videographer working for the organisation, and Abbas Momani – had arrived in the village of Beit Furik near Nablus on Friday to cover a demonstration that followed the funeral of a Palestinian who had died after being shot by Israeli security forces a week ago.


'AJ staff is free': Egypt pardons jailed Al Jazeera journalists

Al Jazeera journalists freedImprisoned Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been pardoned in Egypt, a spokesman for the Egyptian presidency, Alaa Youssef, told the al-Ahram newspaper.

"Thank you to all the supporters sending us the news," Fahmy said on his Twitter account. "We have heard and are very happy. AJ Staff is Free!"

Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid also confirmed the release on Twitter.


Altice to buy Cablevision for $17.7B to expand in the U.S.

Altice to buy CablevisionAltice, a European telecom company controlled by billionaire Patrick Drahi, has agreed to buy U.S. cable operator Cablevision in a deal valued at $17.7 billion, according to a person familiar with their talks.

Not including Cablevision's debt, Altice will pay about $10 billion in cash -- or $34.90 per share -- for the Bethpage, N.Y.-based company that is controlled by the Dolan family, the source said, speaking anonymously because the deal is still not completed.  An announcement could be made tomorrow.


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