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Hezbollah Leader Threatens to Sink US War Ships With Russian Missiles



Hezbollah Leader Threatens to Sink US War Ships With Russian Missiles

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned the United States that his group had something in store for US Navy ships stationed in the region following the outbreak of war last month between the Palestinian party Hamas and Israel, which shook the wider Middle East.

According to individuals acquainted with Hezbollah’s arsenal, powerful Russian anti-ship missiles purchased by the group provide it with the means to carry out its leader’s veiled threat against US warships and highlight the dire hazards of any regional war.

According to two individuals in Lebanon acquainted with Hezbollah’s arsenal, he was alluding to the group’s considerably upgraded anti-ship missile capabilities, which include the Russian-made Yakhont missile with a range of 300 km (186 miles).

According to media and analysts, Hezbollah obtained Yakhont missiles in Syria after deploying there more than a decade ago to assist President Bashar al-Assad in fighting a civil war.

Hezbollah has never admitted to having the weapon.

When contacted for comment on this article, the Shi’ite group’s media office did not react promptly.

Washington claims that the Mediterranean naval deployment, which includes two aircraft carriers and supporting ships, aims to prevent the crisis from spreading by discouraging Iran, which supports groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Because of their ability to strike the group and its allies, Hezbollah sees the US warships as a direct danger.

In a speech on Friday, Nasrallah stated that US warships in the Mediterranean “do not scare us, and will not scare us.”

“We have prepared for the fleets with which you threaten us,” he went on to say.

Following Nasrallah’s Friday statement, the White House stated that Hezbollah must not exploit the Hamas-Israel confrontation, and that the US does not want the conflict to spill over into Lebanon.

According to one of the sources, Hezbollah’s anti-ship capabilities have grown dramatically since 2006, when the group displayed its ability to strike a vessel at sea by hitting an Israeli destroyer in the Mediterranean during a fight with Israel.

“There’s the Yakhont, and of course there are other things besides it,” the insider stated, without going into further detail. The use of this weapon by Hezbollah against US Navy warships would signify that the situation has evolved into a major regional war.

Hezbollah’s capabilities

According to three current and one former US officials, Hezbollah has developed an outstanding arsenal of weaponry, including anti-ship missiles.

“We’re obviously paying a lot of attention to that… and we’re taking whatever capabilities they have seriously,” one official added, without specifically addressing whether the organisation has the Yakhont rocket.

The officials talked anonymously in order to speak openly about Hezbollah’s capabilities.

According to US sources, the recently deployed US naval strength in the region includes defences against incoming missiles. They didn’t go into detail.

The Pentagon has sent warships to the eastern Mediterranean since Oct. 7, when Hamas terrorists assaulted Israel from the Gaza Strip, killing 1,400 people, according to Israel.

According to Palestinian sources, Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have killed over 10,000 Palestinians since then.

Nasrallah cautioned Washington on Friday that stopping the Israeli onslaught was critical to avoiding a regional war. Since October 8, Hezbollah has been exchanging fire with Israeli forces along the Lebanese border.

However, Hezbollah has only deployed a portion of its weaponry thus far, and the fighting has primarily been limited to the border area.

Iran backed militants

Other Iran-aligned groups, such as Yemen’s Houthis, have also shot drones at Israel, while Shi’ite Muslim militias backed by Iran have fired on US forces in Iraq and Syria.

According to Reuters the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the ground-launched Yakhont approaches its target at low altitude – 10 to 15 metres (yards) off the ground – to escape detection.

According to CSIS, the Yakhont missile, a version of the P-800 Oniks missile first created in 1993, was developed in 1999 for export by a Russian defence contractor and may be launched from the air, land, or submarines.

When asked about the sources’ claims that Hezbollah had obtained Yakhont missiles, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated, “First and foremost, this is news with no confirmation.” We don’t know if it’s true or not.”

“Secondly, we do not have such information.”

The Russian defence ministry did not respond to a written request for comment. The Syrian information ministry did not immediately respond to Reuters’ emailed inquiry.

Nasrallah’s Friday speech was one of his strongest warnings to the US, which holds his group responsible for a suicide attack that destroyed the US Marines headquarters in Beirut in 1983, killing 241 servicemen, as well as a suicide attack on the US embassy that same year, killing 63 people.

While Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for the assaults, Nasrallah alluded to them implicitly in his speech, saying people who beat the US in Lebanon in the early 1980s were “still alive.”

In remarks aired last month on his private YouTube channel, Nasser Qandil, a Lebanese political analyst close to Hezbollah, outlined how the group’s Yakhont missiles could be used against US vessels.

He called the rocket “the most important prize” of Hezbollah’s role in Syria’s civil war, where the group helped turn the tide in Assad’s favour.

“Yes, Hezbollah is prepared and ready,” stated Qandil.

According to two people who spoke to Reuters, Hezbollah got the weapon while fighting in Syria in support of Assad, whose force has long been supported by Russia.

Hezbollah maintains its stockpile and the sources of its weapons under wraps. Nasrallah detailed how the group received Russian-made Kornet anti-tank missiles through Syria in rare statements on the subject in 2021.


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Trump Is Back At His New York Civil Fraud Trial As Testimony Nears An End




NEW YORK – After a month of criticizing the proceedings from afar, former President Donald Trump returned to his civil business fraud trial as a spectator on Thursday.

After more than two months of testimony, the Republican presidential candidate for 2024 arrived to hear an accounting professor testify about financial issues relevant to the case.

Trump is slated to testify for the second time on Monday.

Even as he campaigns to retake the office and fights four criminal charges, Trump focuses heavily on the New York lawsuit. Outside the courtroom, he’s been a dissatisfied bystander, a combative witness, and a furious pundit.

“This is a witch hunt, and it’s a very corrupt trial,” Trump remarked as he entered the courtroom on Thursday.

The case is putting his net worth on trial, probing his real estate empire, and threatening to bar him from doing business in his home state.


Trump Is Back At His New York Civil Fraud Trial As Testimony Nears An End

In the claim, New York Attorney General Letitia James accuses Trump, his corporation, and some officials of defrauding banks and insurers by providing them with financial statements that overstate the value of trademark properties such as his Trump Tower penthouse and Mar-a-Lago, the Florida club where he now resides.

The statements were submitted to assist in secure deals, such as loans with low-interest rates available to the ultra-wealthy, and certain loans required fresh statements every year.

Donald denies any wrongdoing and claims that the figures in the statements understated his wealth. He has repeatedly minimized the value of the documents in closing agreements, stating that lenders and others should conduct their analyses.

And he argues that James and Judge Arthur Engoron, both Democrats, abused their power in the case.

Eli Bartov, an accounting professor at New York University, testified in Trump’s defense on Thursday.


Trump Is Back At His New York Civil Fraud Trial As Testimony Nears An End

Bartov rejected the attorney general’s assertions that Trump’s financial statements violated basic accounting principles in a report written before his hearing. According to the professor, such statements are merely a starting point for recipients to do their own assessments in the accounting and financial world.

Trump has frequently lamented the situation on his Truth Social platform.

Going to court in person provides him with a microphone —several of them, thanks to the press cameras stationed in the hallway. He frequently expostulates and casts various developments as wins on his way into and out of the proceedings, which cameras cannot record.

When Engoron ruled Trump had breached a gag order that forbids trial participants from publicly commenting on court staffers, he penalized him $10,000 on Oct. 26. Trump’s lawyers are challenging the gag order.

James has not gone unchallenged, frequently — but not on Thursday — showing up to court when Trump is present and making her statements on social media and on the courthouse steps. Lawyers in the case have been instructed not to make press remarks in the hallway, but the former president has been permitted to do so.


Trump Is Back At His New York Civil Fraud Trial As Testimony Nears An End

“Here’s a fact: Donald  has been committing financial fraud for years.” “Here’s another fact: There are consequences when you break the law,” her office tweeted this week on X, formerly Twitter.

While the non-jury trial focuses on allegations of conspiracy, insurance fraud, and manipulating corporate documents, Engoron previously concluded that Trump and the other defendants committed fraud. He appointed a receiver to take charge of some of Trump’s properties, but an appeals court has stayed that order for now.

During the trial, James seeks more than $300 million in penalties and a ban on Donald and the other defendants doing business in New York.

It is unclear when the testimony will conclude, although it is expected before Christmas. Closing arguments are slated for January, and Engoron hopes to reach a verdict by the end of the month.


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Wikipedia, Wrapped. Here Are 2023’S Most-Viewed Articles On The Internet’s Encyclopedia




NEW YORK – Remember what you were looking for in 2023? Wikipedia, on the other hand, has the receipts.

According to data provided Tuesday by the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit behind the free, openly edited online encyclopedia, English Wikipedia received more than 84 billion views this year. The most popular piece was on ChatGPT (the AI chatbot that appears to be everywhere these days).

OpenAI’s ChatGPT has flown into the public eye since its inception just over a year ago, as the technology makes its way into schools, health care, legislation, and even religious preaching. The chatbot has also contributed to developing arguments regarding the possible benefits and risks of generative AI, most of which are detailed on its Wikipedia page.


Here Are 2023’S Most-Viewed Articles On The Internet’s Encyclopedia

The annual list of fatalities was the second most-read article on Wikipedia in 2023, after taking the #4 and #1 rankings in 2022 and 2021, respectively. Individual entries for important figures who died this year drew much attention, notably those for Matthew Perry and Lisa Marie Presley.

Meanwhile, the highly anticipated 2023 Cricket World Cup came in third place — along with three other cricket-related entries in Wikipedia’s top 25 this year, including the Indian Premier League at #4, marking the first time cricket content has made the list since the Wikimedia Foundation began tracking in 2015.

“Barbenheimer,” Taylor Swift and others also appeared to influence our internet-reading habits in 2023. Here are this year’s top 25 English Wikipedia articles.

According to the Wikimedia Foundation, this top 25 ranking was constructed using English Wikipedia statistics as of November 28. The charity plans to update full-year figures on January 3, 2024.

The United States (33.2 billion) and the United Kingdom (9 billion), along with India (8.48 billion), Canada (3.95 billion), and Australia (2.56 billion), are the top countries that accessed English Wikipedia globally in 2023, according to Wikimedia Foundation data shared with The Associated Press.


Here Are 2023’S Most-Viewed Articles On The Internet’s Encyclopedia

1. ChatGPT: 49,490,406 pageviews

2. Deaths in 2023: 42,666,860 pageviews

3. 2023 Cricket World Cup: 38,171,653 pageviews

4. Indian Premier League: 32,012,810 pageviews

5. Oppenheimer (film): 28,348,248 pageviews

6. Cricket World Cup: 25,961,417 pageviews

7. J. Robert Oppenheimer: 25,672,469 pageviews

8. Jawan (film): 21,791,126 pageviews

9. 2023 Indian Premier League: 20,694,974 pageviews

10. Pathaan (film): 19,932,509 pageviews

11. The Last of Us (TV series): 19,791,789 pageviews

12. Taylor Swift, 19,418,385: pageviews

13. Barbie (film): 18,051,077 pageviews

14. Cristiano Ronaldo: 17,492,537 pageviews

15. Lionel Messi: 16,623,630 pageviews

16. Premier League: 16,604,669 pageviews

17. Matthew Perry: 16,454,666 pageviews

18. United States: 16,240,461 pageviews

19. Elon Musk: 14,370,395 pageviews

20. Avatar: The Way of Water: 14,303,116 pageviews

21. India: 13,850,178 pageviews

22. Lisa Marie Presley: 13,764,007 pageviews

23. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: 13,392,917 pageviews

24. Russian invasion of Ukraine: 12,798,866 pageviews

25. Andrew Tate: 12,728,616 pageviews

According to the Wikimedia Foundation, this top 25 ranking was constructed using English Wikipedia statistics as of November 28. The charity plans to update full-year figures on January 3, 2024.

The United States (33.2 billion) and the United Kingdom (9 billion), along with India (8.48 billion), Canada (3.95 billion), and Australia (2.56 billion), are the top countries that accessed English Wikipedia globally in 2023, according to Wikimedia Foundation data shared with The Associated Press.


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Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press




Are you adept at flirting or chatting up possible partners? If this is the case, you may already have rizz and be unaware of it.

Young folks utilize the Oxford word of the year, internet slang for romantic appeal or charm.

It was one of eight words chosen from a shortlist to define the mood, ethos, or preoccupations of 2023.

A public poll was used to narrow down the list before Oxford lexicographers made the ultimate selection.

Swiftie, Beige Flag, and Situationship were among the other contenders.

If you are not a member of Generation Z, the term may be meaningless to you.

However, it is widely utilized online, with billions of views of the hashtag “rizz” on TikTok.


Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press

It is described as style, charm, or attractiveness, as well as the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner, by Oxford University Press [OUP], which publishes the Oxford English Dictionary [OED].

The word “charisma” is assumed to be a shorter variant of “charisma.”

It can also be used as a verb, as in “to frizz up,” which means “to attract, seduce, or chat up someone.”

It’s essentially a modern version of the “game,” described as skill, proficiency, and the capacity to sexually entice people through one’s charm.


What do the shorlisted words mean?

Beige flag (n.): a character feature that indicates that a partner or possible partner is boring or lacks creativity; (also) a quality or habit, especially of a partner or potential mate, that is very distinctive but not good or bad. [proposed definition]

A situationship (n.) is a romantic or sexual relationship that is not formal or established.

Swiftie (n.): a devoted follower of Taylor Swift. [proposed definition]

Prompt (n.): a command issued to an artificial intelligence program, algorithm, or the like that affects or influences the content it generates [draft definition]

De-influencing (n.): the activity of deterring individuals from purchasing specific things or pushing people to consume less material goods, particularly through social media [draft definition]

The Oxford University Press emphasized that lexicographers are writing a draft definition “for the Word of the Year campaign” and that terms without draft definitions are already in the OED.


Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press

The rest of the words will be included in dictionaries “after assessment of their longevity, frequency, and breadth of usage,” according to the statement.

Kai Cenat, a Twitch streamer and YouTuber is widely credited with popularizing the term rizz, which he used with his buddies.

The word’s popularity has grown this year, and in June, actor Tom Holland was asked by Buzzfeed about the secret to his frizz.

Holland responded, “I have no rizz at all.” “I have limited rizz,” he says before detailing how he won his fiancée Zendaya over by playing the “long game.”


Another slang term characterizing “unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy” behavior that was last year’s Oxford word of the year was “goblin mode.”

Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Languages, stated that while “goblin mode” was popular following the epidemic, “it’s interesting to see a contrasting word like rizz come to the forefront.”

He speculated that the word referred to “a prevailing mood of 2023, where more of us are opening up after a challenging few years and finding confidence in who we are.”

Mr. Grathwohl said that the increased use of the word frizz demonstrated that words and phrases derived from online culture “are increasingly becoming part of the day-to-day vernacular.”

The language specialists at Oxford University Press chose the selection of eight words.

This list was then subjected to a public vote in late November, narrowing the field to four finalists before the experts decided.

Collins Dictionary revealed “artificial intelligence” as the word of 2023 in November.


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