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Elon Musk sues 20-year-old student who tracks his private jet

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Elon Musk, the billionaire owner and chief executive officer of Twitter, says he is pursuing a legal action against Jack Sweeney, the owner of an account on the microblogging platform dedicated to tracking his private jet.

Twitter already suspended the account on Wednesday.

Musk, in a tweet on Thursday, said he is also suing organisations that supported harm against his family.

“Last night, car carrying lil X (Musk’s son) in LA was followed by crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked car from moving and climbed onto hood,” he tweeted.

“Legal action is being taken against Sweeney and organisations who supported harm to my family.

The account, @ElonJet, was run by Sweeney who is a 20-year-old student at the University of Central Florida, and had amassed over 500,000 followers.

The Twitter account tracked Musk’s jet using publicly available flight data.

Sweeney also operates accounts tracking Musk’s jet on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

The suspension by Twitter comes a month after Musk had vowed not to ban the account as a sign of his commitment to free speech.

“My commitment to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk,” Musk had tweeted on November 7.

Meanwhile, Sweeney’s personal Twitter account has also been suspended.

Musk said real-time posting of another person’s location violates Twitter’s doxxing policy.

Doxxing is the act of revealing identifying information about someone online, such as their real name, home address, workplace, phone, financial, and other personal information.

He said accounts that engage in such acts would be suspended.

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US increases interest rates by 25 basis points, says more hikes to come

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The United States Federal Reserve (Fed), on Wednesday, raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to a target range of 4.5 percent to 4.75 percent.

This is the eight consecutive increase by the US central bank since March 2022 as it attempts to curb inflation.

In a statement issued after a two-day meeting, the bank’s federal open market committee (FOMC) said inflation has eased somewhat, but remains elevated.

It further warned that “ongoing increases” would be needed to bring inflation under control.

“The committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run,” the statement reads.

“In support of these goals, the committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 4-1/2 to 4-3/4 percent.

“The committee anticipates that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate in order to attain a stance of monetary policy that is sufficiently restrictive to return inflation to 2 percent over time.”

In determining the extent of future increases in the target range, the committee said it would take into account the cumulative tightening of monetary policy, the lags with which monetary policy affects economic activity and inflation, and economic and financial development.

FOMC also said it would continue to reduce its holdings of treasury securities and agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities.

“In assessing the appropriate stance of monetary policy, the committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook,” the statement adds.

“The committee would be prepared to adjust the stance of monetary policy as appropriate, if risks emerge that could impede the attainment of the committee’s goals.

“The committee’s assessments will take into account a wide range of information, including readings on labour market conditions, inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and financial and international developments.”

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41 passengers killed as bus plunges off bridge in Pakistan

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At least 41 people have been killed after a passenger bus fell into a ravine in Lasbela, Pakistan on Sunday morning.

A ravine is a narrow steep-sided valley that is larger than a gully and smaller than a canyon.

Hamza Anjum, Lasbela’s assistant commissioner, told Dawn, a local news site, that the bus caught fire after it crashed into the ravine.

Nearly 48 passengers were on board, he added.

“Due to speeding, the coach crashed into the pillar of a bridge while taking a U-turn near Lasbela. The vehicle subsequently careened into a ravine and then caught fire,” Dawn quoted Anjum as saying.

“It is feared that the driver may have fallen asleep,” News18, another news site, quoted the commissioner as saying.

Anjum said the bodies were charred beyond recognition, adding that DNA tests would be used to determine the identity of the remains which had been “badly mutilated”.

“We will investigate the causes of the accident,” he said.

Three people, including a child and a woman, had earlier been rescued alive. However, one of the injured persons died from injuries on the way to the hospital.

Anjum said the number of casualties could further increase to 48, adding that a rescue operation was ongoing.

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US imposes visa ban on Nigerians complicit in undermining recent election

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The United States says it has imposed visa ban on certain individuals in Nigeria for “undermining democracy” in the country.

In a statement on Wednesday, Antony Blinken, US secretary of state, said the actions were taken after it was observed that some persons were found found complicit in undermining democracy in Nigeria.

The most recent elections in Nigeria were the Ekiti and Osun governorship polls.

According to Blinken, the bans were a show of commitment and support to strengthening democracy in Nigeria.

“Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on specific individuals in Nigeria for undermining the democratic process in a recent Nigerian election,” the statement reads.

“Under Section 212(a)(3)C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, these individuals will be found ineligible for visas to the United States under a policy to restrict visas of those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria.”

The ban may also affect certain family members of the affected individuals.

Blinken also said the restrictions were not targeted at the general populace of the country or the government, but that it was aimed at curbing corruption.

“The visa restrictions announced today are specific to certain individuals and are not directed at the Nigerian people or the Government of Nigeria,” the statement reads.

“The decision to impose visa restrictions reflects the commitment of the United States to support Nigerian aspirations to combat corruption and strengthen democracy and the rule of law.

“Additional persons who undermine the democratic process in Nigeria—including in the lead-up to, during, and following Nigeria’s 2023 elections—may be found ineligible for U.S. visas.”

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