Despite being the bookies’ favourite, the Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence looked shocked at being named the winner//Crimson Tazvinzwa
Iceland’s Eurovision act could be punished after displaying Palestinian flags during the live song contest, organisers have confirmed.
Hatari, a leather-clad bondage punk trio, were critical of Israel before Saturday’s grand finale, and even challenged the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to a “friendly match of traditional Icelandic trouser grip wrestling”. Continue reading Iceland’s act ‘to be punished’ after Palestine protest live on Eurovision Song Contest
Madonna has sparked controversy with her Eurovision Song Contest performance after her backing dancers displayed Iraeli and Palestinian flags was not an approved part of the act, organisers said.
The pop star, 60, defied calls from pro-Palestinian activists to cancel her gig in Tel Aviv, saying beforehand she wanted to create “a new path toward peace”.
During her performance at the final, Madonna’s backing dancers were seen wearing Israel and Palestine flags on their backs.
Eurovision has now confirmed they were not an approved part of the show and Madonna has “been made aware” the event is supposed to be “non-political”.
Eurovision said: “In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, two of Madonna’s dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits. Continue reading Eurovision warned British Queen of Pop Madonna to keep politics out of her performance
Israeli spin doctor rocks Austria with ‘anti-Semitic’ campaign against chancellor candidate
Leaked video purportedly shows Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of Austria’s Freedom Party, trying to make corrupt deals and bragging of ‘Israeli friends’ with close ties to Netanyahu.
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Austria’s vice-chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache, resigned Saturday following the release of a video showing him attempting to make corrupt deals with a woman pretending to be representative of a Russian oligarch. The resignation is sending Austria to snap elections, the news agency APA reported. Continue reading Austria’s Far-right Vice-chancellor Resigns Over Video Scandal
After Pompeo visit, Russia says U.S. could drive Tehran into a corner
Iran will defeat the American and Israeli alliance, Iran’s Minister of Defense Amir Hatami said on Wednesday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). “We will defeat the American-Zionist front,” he said. Continue reading Iran Vows to Defeat ‘American-Zionist Alliance’ as Putin Warns Against U.S. Pressure
WhatsApp discovers ‘targeted’ surveillance attack; Dave Lee, North America technology reporter
Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed.
WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a “select number” of users, and was orchestrated by “an advanced cyber actor”. Continue reading WhatsApp voice calls used to inject Israeli spyware on phones