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By Jeff Mordock

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Justice Department on Thursday unsealed a civil complaint seeking the forfeiture of Iranian missiles and oil seized in three incidents starting in November 2019.

It is the largest forfeiture action ever taken against Iran for fuel and weapons, officials from the State and Justice Departments told reporters.

The missiles were headed to rebels in Yemen last November when the cache was intercepted by the Navy and Coast Guard. A second stash of weapons was seized by the Navy in February.

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The stash included 171 guided and anti-tank missiles, eight surface-to-air missiles, land-attack cruise missile components, anti-ship cruise missiles and thermal weapons optics.

Separately, federal agents in August seized a multimillion-dollar Iranian fuel shipment bound for Venezuela. At the time, the Justice Department said it was the largest-ever seizure of its kind.

The shipment, confiscated from four oil tankers, was part of a scheme to sidestep U.S. sanctions.

“The two forfeiture complaints allege sophisticated schemes by the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] to secretly ship weapons to Yemen and fuel to Venezuela, countries that pose grave threats to the security and stability of their respective regions,” John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, said at a press conference. “Iran continues to be a leading state sponsor of terrorism and a worldwide destabilizing force.”

On Monday, the Trump administration imposed stricter economic sanctions against Iran’s oil sector as tensions between the two nations escalate in the days before the U.S. presidential election.

The moves come as President Trump increases economic pressure against Iran while penalizing companies and nations that do business with Tehran.

“This case exemplifies the remarkable collaboration across government toward our shared goal of protecting the homeland from regimes that threaten our national security. This investigation sends a message that the attempted circumvention of U.S. sanctions and the avoidance of export conventions will not be tolerated,” said Derek Benner, executive associate director for Homeland Security Investigations.

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By ISABEL DEBRE

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Monday, October 26, 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – As coronavirus infections reached new heights in Iran this month, overwhelming its hospitals and driving up its death toll, the country’s health minister gave a rare speech criticizing his own government’s refusal to enforce basic health measures.

“We asked for fines to be collected from anyone who doesn’t wear a mask,” Saeed Namaki said last week, referring to the government’s new mandate for Tehran, the capital. “But go and find out how many people were fined. We said close roads, and yet how many did they close?”

Namaki’s speech, lamenting the country’s “great suffering” and “hospitals full of patients,” clearly laid the blame for the virus’ resurgence at the government’s door – a stark contrast to the usual speeches from officials who point the finger at the public’s defiance of restrictions.

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But one day later, the minister had a vastly different message.

“We should not cause panic for people in vain,” Namaki said in a speech carried by the semi-official ISNA news agency. “We should never announce that we don’t have empty (hospital) beds. We do have empty beds.”

The rhetorical about-face is typical of Iranian leaders’ inconsistent response to the pandemic that many see as helping to fuel the virus’ spread. Experts say the mixed messages reflect the fact that the leadership has little room to impose severe restrictions that would damage an already fragile economy – and thus stoke public anger.

“The country is already under such pressure, and Iranians are already policed,” said Sanam Vakil, a researcher on Iran at Chatham House, a London-based policy institute. “If they can’t provide economic resources to help people, to then be overly authoritarian and enforce health measures would undermine their legitimacy even further.”

More than 32,000 people reportedly have died in what is the Middle East’s worst outbreak – and a top health official stressed recently that the true number is likely 2½ times higher.

And it shows no signs of abating. In the last week, Iran shattered its single-day death toll record twice and reported daily infection highs three times.

In a sign that tensions over the government’s haphazard response are coming to a head, even the country’s supreme leader took aim at authorities on Saturday. He demanded for the first time they prioritize public health over “the security and economic aspects” of the pandemic, without elaborating.

“When the Health Ministry determines restrictions, all agencies must observe and enforce them without taking into account other considerations,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared.

For months, even as officials have issued increasingly grim warnings, the government has resisted a nationwide lockdown that would undermine an economy reeling from severe U.S. sanctions, re-imposed in 2018 after the Trump administration withdrew from the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Despite appeals from the United Nations and rights groups that sanctions be eased during the pandemic, America slapped new ones on Iranian banks this month.

The rial plunged to new lows against the dollar, erasing people’s life savings. Millions of workers in informal sectors face the choice between staying home to avoid the virus or feeding their families.

And Iranian authorities have given them no clear guidance. When the virus first struck in February, international experts accused Iran of covering up the crisis. The government, desperately seeking to defuse public anger and boost its legitimacy after its crackdown on nationwide economic protests and the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane over Tehran, urged people to turn out for a parliamentary vote and to celebrate the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Only in late March – with infections skyrocketing – did Iran impose a two-week shutdown of offices and nonessential businesses. Yet even then, during Nowruz, the Persian New Year and the country’s biggest holiday, Iranians defied travel bans to visit family or head to the coast. A widely watched video on Instagram at the time showed angry drivers attacking and yelling insults at police officers who tried to close the roads in northern Iran. In response, the police retreated and let them go.

When the country reopened in April, infections surged again. As the nation’s death toll soared this month, authorities scrambled to impose a raft of public health measures: shutdowns of recently reopened universities and schools in Tehran, travel bans to and from five major cities, a compulsory mask rule in the capital, home to 10 million people. The deputy health minister last week promised that police would finally “start dealing more seriously with fines” for those who disobey the rules.

But the risk is that if impoverished citizens are fined for failing to wear masks, or middle-class Tehranis are barred from escaping to vacation spots on the northern Caspian coast, public outrage over Iran’s other grievances, including economic distress and international isolation, could boil over.

Angry street demonstrations already have challenged the government this year. Hard-line lawmakers have demanded that President Hassan Rouhani resign, with one of them, Mojtaba Zolnouri, who heads parliament’s influential committee for national security and foreign policy, even publicly calling for his “hanging a thousand times until people’s hearts are satisfied.”

Rouhani is facing pressure from all sides. While medical officials on state TV clamor for a prolonged and centralized shutdown, powerful clerics have called for mass gatherings to mark Shiite holidays, such as Ashoura, saying those who get sick pay the price to keep the holiday “alive.”

“Rouhani’s hands are tied domestically,” said Vakil, adding that Iran’s leadership, aware that escaping U.S. sanctions is the only way to rescue its economy, is closely watching the U.S. presidential election next month.

In the meantime, authorities are at a loss for how to respond to the pandemic, according to the country’s own health minister.

“I saw on the street three or four days ago that 40% of passengers on a bus didn’t wear masks,” said Namaki in his first speech last week. “People gather and make lines for free food and no one comes to disperse them. … How can infections be controlled in this way?”

Twenty-four hours later, he was on state TV insisting that things were, in fact, under control.

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Associated Press writer Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators.

The efforts by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s government to drain the student-led protests of support and the ability to organize comes as they have grown in the capital and spread around the country, despite an emergency decree, which bans public gatherings of more than four people in Bangkok, outlaws news said to affect national security and gives authorities broad power to detain people.

The mostly young protesters have gathered en masse across Bangkok the past six days to push their demands, which also include a controversial call for reform of the monarchy.

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The protesters charge that Prayuth, an army commander who led a 2014 coup, was returned to power unfairly in last year’s general election because laws had been changed to favor a pro-military party. The protesters say a constitution written and passed under military rule is undemocratic.

But their more recent demand for checks and balances on the monarchy has deeply angered conservative Thais – and broken a taboo since the monarchy is considered sacrosanct and tough laws protect it from insult. It has also raised the risk of confrontation in a country where calls for political change have a history of being met with military intervention or even violence.

Authorities are now increasingly turning to censorship to try to clamp down on the demonstrations after protesters heckled a royal motorcade last week in a once unthinkable scene.

With protesters starting to gather for three new rallies in Bangkok on Monday evening, a top official with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission confirmed reports that the agency had been ordered to block access to the messaging app Telegram. Suthisak Tantayothin said it was in the process of talking with internet service providers to discuss doing so, but so far the encrypted messaging app favored by demonstrators the world over was still available in the country.

Police also searched the office of a publishing house that handles books by Thai and foreign scholars with sometimes controversial perspectives. Same Sky publishing house said police took away copies of three titles that had been sold at a recent book fair in a bundle it called Monarchy Studies, and asked their publisher to come for questioning at their station.

Deputy police spokesman Kissana Phataracharoen also confirmed an order signed by the chief of police that could allow officials to block access to news sites that give what he called “distorted information.”

Under existing laws, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society are empowered to ban broadcasts and block internet content. Police themselves can also do so under the emergency decree, which went into effect Oct. 15.

Kissana spoke after a leaked copy of the censorship request circulated on social media. The order calls for blocking access to the online sites of Voice TV, The Reporters, The Standard, Prachatai, and Free Youth, and removing their existing content. It also proposes a ban on Voice TV’s over-the-air digital broadcasts.

All the outlets have been broadcasting live coverage of the protests. Voice TV and Prachatai are openly sympathetic to the protest movement, and Free Youth is a student protest organization. As of Monday, none had been blocked. At least one local cable TV provider, however, has been censoring international news broadcasts during their segments on the Thai protests.

The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand said it was “deeply concerned” by the censorship threat, adding that it “makes the government appear heavy-handed and unresponsive to criticism, and could stir up even more public anger.”

“Bona fide journalists should be allowed to report important developments without the threat of bans, suspensions, censorship or prosecution hanging over them,” the club said in a statement.

Despite the spread of protests outside the capital, Prayuth, the prime minister, told reporters the state of emergency will remain only in Bangkok for now.

In addition the emergency decree making protests illegal, authorities have also tried in vain to keep people from gathering by selectively shutting down stations on Bangkok’s mass transit lines. It has also warned that it will take legal action against those who promote the protests on social media, including by taking photographs there or checking into them on social media apps.

Despite that, protest-related hashtags remain the most used on Twitter.

Prayuth said Monday that the government is open to an extraordinary session of Parliament to seek a solution to the current situation. It was not clear when that might be held.

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By CEDAR ATTANASIO and MORGAN LEE

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Voters flocked to early voting locations Saturday as New Mexico expands early balloting in the lead-up to Election Day on Nov. 3.

At an early voting center in Santa Fe, cars lined up hours ahead of the 10 a.m. opening time.

Reports of slow mail and long in-person voting lines in other states motivated many voters to show up early.

“The mail is already clogged up and slowed down,” said Shirly Fillas, 70, a Democratic voter who parked outside the locked gates around 7:30 a.m. to drop off her absentee ballot.

By the time the doors opened, 175 people were lined up at the voting center, many parked along the road at the nearby rodeo grounds.

“I heard on the news about eight-hour lines so I came here early,” said Betty Bustamante, 68, who sat near the front of the line in a blue folding chair.

Scores of voting convenience centers opened Saturday amid a surge in early in-person and remote absentee balloting. Those centers accept voters from across their home county without regard to traditional precinct assignments.

In-person early voting extends for two weeks through Oct. 31.

“I’ve still got weeks to make up my mind and investigate,” said Dell Weston, a Republican and Trump supporter who’s not sure who he’ll vote for in New Mexico’s Senate race.

Weston, 81, came by to get a sample ballot so he can research local races and referendums in his precinct before voting in person.

He wants to research Republican Senate candidate and former TV weatherman Mark Ronchetti and Democratic candidate Ben Ray Lujan, a long-time congressman. He said he doesn’t trust the ads he’s seen on TV about Ronchetti.

More than 180,000 ballots have been cast statewide, according to the Secretary of State’s office. As of Friday, Democrats accounted for nearly 55% of the tally, with a strong tendency toward voting by absentee ballot.

Registered Republicans accounted for one-third of ballots cast and mostly voted in person.

Oct. 20 is the final day to request an absentee ballot.

Early in-person voting has been happening at county clerk offices. Starting Saturday, it’s easier to vote in person ahead of Nov. 3, with opening hours and locations varying by day and by county.

Jacob and Kundra Hernandez, 19-year-old twins from Santa Fe said they were voting for the first time Saturday and support Joe Biden.

“Why would we pick anyone else?” Jacob Hernandez said in line at an early voting location Saturday.

President Donald Trump is getting a second chance to win New Mexico after losing the state in 2016 to Hillary Clinton by 8 percentage points. Other closely watched races include a rematch in the 2nd Congressional District race as former state lawmaker Yvette Herrell of Alamogordo challenges U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small.

The entire state Legislature is up for election after a progressive wave of primary candidates forced out several incumbent Democratic Senators.

Weston and Fillias are on opposites sides of the political divide, but have plenty in common.

Both say they’ve been reading and watching the news for hours each day, and relying on their church communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like Biden, Weston is an active Catholic but says the commonality “means nothing.”

Fillias, who volunteers with her Baptist church, says Trump doesn’t embody her Christian values.

“I’m a strong Christian and I am against abortion. I can’t stand Trump at all,” she says.

Fillia’s refuge from politics is her Baptist church community.

“I had knee surgery this year and 20 people volunteered to bring me food it made me cry,” she says.

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This story has been corrected show that the final day to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 20, not Oct. 21.

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Attanasio is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues. Follow Attanasio on Twitter.

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JERUSALEM (AP) – A prominent Israeli journalist known for breaking diplomatic scoops and critical coverage of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received notice Sunday he was being dismissed.

Barak Ravid, Channel 13 TV’s diplomatic correspondent, was among nearly 40 people who received dismissal letters from the station, Israeli media reported.

Anchorwoman Tali Moreno, veteran weatherman Danny Roop and political correspondent Akiva Novick were among other big names being let go. But it was Ravid’s dismissal that raised eyebrows.

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Ravid has gained a reputation for breaking stories about Israel’s relations with the U.S., the European Union and other foreign partners. His reporting has upset Netanyahu at times, and the prime minister has publicly rebuked Ravid in the past.

In recent months, Ravid has had exclusive interviews with White House adviser Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s top Mideast adviser, and the foreign minister of Bahrain, an Arab country that does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. He also writes for the online news site “Axios,” and is known as a key source of information among Washington insiders and Mideast experts.

A person familiar with the situation at Channel 13 said Ravid’s dismissal letter cited him for having poor “professional results.” The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing a personnel matter.

Noa Landau, the diplomatic correspondent at the Haaretz daily and a friend of Ravid, said on Twitter that the dismissal has the “scent of a political assassination.”

In a statement to Haaretz, Channel 13 said it was dealing with a financial streamlining process that has forced it to “bid farewell to outstanding professionals.” It said the process could be continued “within the organization, not outside it,” due to privacy concerns.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

MONDRAGONE, Italy (AP) – The governor of a southern Italian region insisted on Friday that residents of an apartment complex quarantine inside for 15 days, not even venturing out to buy food, after dozens of COVID-19 cases among Bulgarian seasonal farm workers and Italians who live there were confirmed.

Wearing a mask to discourage virus spread, Campania Gov. Vincenzo De Luca told reporters that the national civil protection agency should deliver groceries to the estimated 700 occupants of the apartments in Mondragone, a seaside town about 50 kilometers (32 miles) northwest of Naples.

The complex must be kept in “rigorous isolation,” De Luca said. That means that for 15 days, “nobody leaves and nobody enters” the apartments.

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Later on Friday, the governor said that of 743 swab tests performed on residents who live in the complex’ five buildings, 43 COVID-19 cases were detected, including those of nine homeless Italians who have been sheltering in one of the buildings.

Fueling some of the anger in the town had been word that some of the Bulgarians had fled from the complex, in defiance of the mandatory quarantine order. But De Luca said that all 19 who had run away had been tracked down and tested for the coronavirus, and “thank God, all tested negative.”

The entire town of 30,000 has been urged to be tested, and many people lined up Friday to have swab tests.

“Since this morning, when we started, we have done over 250 swabs. They have understood here the importance of being careful about this virus,” said a Red Cross volunteer, Massimo D’Alessio.

The south has been spared the high numbers of coronavirus cases that have ravaged northern Italy.

Known for his particularly hard line on anti-contagion measures throughout the nationwide coronavirus outbreak this year, De Luca has vowed to lock down all of Mondragone if the number of cases at the hot spot reaches 100.

“Have I been clear? I’m used to speaking clearly,” De Luca told RAI state TV.

The apartment complex was put under lockdown earlier in the week, and all who live there were ordered to be tested for the virus, after a handful of cases initially surfaced.

The Campania region has requested police reinforcements to impose the quarantine on the complex. De Luca said the Interior Ministry had authorized an army contingent.

The apartment residents have balked at staying indoors in these hot, steamy summer days. Tensions flared on Thursday, with Italians in the streets jeering at the Bulgarians who live in the complex, although Friday, tensions appeared mainly limited to name-calling.

“It is like a war between the two communities,” said Giuseppe Capotosto, a Civil Protection volunteer, referring to the Italians and the Bulgarians who live in the complex. “Basically there is no integration, we just would like to integrate these people, help them, but they have no intention to integrate in the community.”

The Bulgarians are currently harvesting string beans and other vegetables at farms near Mondragone.

Italians, migrants from Africa and Asia, as well as seasonal workers from Europe, including Ukrainians, Romanians and Bulgarians are involved in picking fruit and vegetables at orchards and farms throughout Italy.

Igor Prata, an official from the CGIL labor confederation told Sky TG24 in Mondragone that Bulgarians are among exploited farm workers.

“Let’s not forget they work (seasonally) for years, subject to exploitation,” Plata said. They labor from nine to 11 hours daily in the fields, with men earning at most 40 euros ($45) per a day’s work, and women earning about 5 euros less, he said. Each laborer gives some 5 euros of daily wages to gang bosses who help them find work or transport them to fields.

Gov. De Luca said the first COVID-19 case among the Bulgarians was that of a woman who gave birth in a local hospital, with the newborn testing negative.

Tracing down the woman’s contacts eventually led to the discovery of the other cases at the complex, De Luca said.

During the pandemic, Campania has registered some 4,660 COVID-19 cases and 431 deaths, a small fraction of the nationwide cases and deaths.

In Italy’s north, in the area of Bologna, another outbreak triggered concern by health authorities. Italian news reports said 64 workers at courier services, most of them with one company, have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. So far, 370 people, including the delivery workers and their families, have been tested. Nearly all of the positive cases are without symptoms and only two have been hospitalized, Corriere della Sera daily reported.

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Frances D’Emilio reported from Rome.

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Follow AP coverage of the virus outbreak at https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — The coronavirus is spreading in Pakistan at one of the fastest rates in the world, and overwhelmed hospitals are turning away patients. But the government is pushing ahead with opening up the country, trying to salvage a near-collapsed economy where millions have already slid into poverty from pandemic restrictions.

Further complicating the dilemma, as the government pins its main hope for stemming the virus’ rampage on social distancing and masks, many in the public ignore calls to use them.

Millions crowd markets and mosques. Hard-line clerics tell followers to trust that faith will protect them. Many call the virus a hoax. Even some government officials dismiss warnings, saying traffic accidents kill more people.

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“I am nervous when I go out because I see our people are still not taking it seriously,” said Diya Rahman, a broadcaster at Radio Pakistan in the capital, Islamabad. Two of her colleagues have died of the virus and more than 20 others have tested positive.

She fears that “until they see their families are dying they won’t understand that we can save ourselves if we adhere to the guidelines, to wear masks.”

Pakistan is a prime example of fragile developing countries that say they’ll just have to live with rising infections and deaths because their economies cannot withstand an open-ended strict lockdown.

But the rapid acceleration in infections in Pakistan this month could be an indicator of what faces other countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The rate of new cases in Pakistan leaped from around 2,000-3,000 a day in late May to as high as 6,800 a day in mid-June. Deaths are nearing 150 a day. So far, more than 180,000 people have been infected in this country of 220 million, and the government on Sunday said that the number could total 1.2 million people in August. Authorities have reported 3,590 deaths.

Pakistan butted heads with the World Health Organization over the spike. Earlier in June, the WHO warned the government in a letter that Pakistan was in the top 10 countries in the speed of the virus’ spread and faced devastating effects from opening prematurely. It urged the government to alternate between two weeks of lockdown and two weeks of opening. The Associated Press acquired a copy of the letter, which was partially reported in the press.

The government rejected the proposal. One lawmaker this week even accused the WHO of “imperialism” in dictating to Pakistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the refusal to impose a complete lockdown saved the country from economic collapse. In televised speeches, he has taken to pleading with Pakistanis to wear masks, ignore countless conspiracy theories and take the virus seriously.

As cases spiraled, the government last week shut down some districts in Islamabad and other cities where fresh outbreaks have been identified. But otherwise it has largely continued with lifting coronavirus restrictions.

The restrictions were initially imposed in mid-March, but within weeks, they were lifted bit by bit. Now, most businesses are reopened, including markets and malls, as is public transportation. Schools, restaurants and wedding halls remain closed, gyms had to be shut down again, but mosques never closed because of clerics’ refusal. Last week, the border with Iran – blamed as the source of the first infections here – was reopened for trade only.

At the same time, hospital beds are filling up.

Zeeshan Hassan, a local businessman, said his uncle was turned away from three hospitals in the southern city of Multan, an area heavily affected by COVID-19 cases. Administrators said they had neither a bed nor the medicines to treat him, Hassan said. His uncle was finally admitted to a government hospital, where he died within 15 hours.

A few family members dressed in protective equipment were allowed to bury him.

“Now we are all afraid we will get this COVID-19,” said Hassan.

Health professionals are being infected at an alarming rate – more than 3,000 testing positive so far with more reported each day, said Dr. Qaiser Sajjad, secretary-general of the Pakistan Medical Association.

Even before the pandemic, Pakistan lacked enough trained health personnel to administer equipment like ventilators. With fewer than 3,000 acute care beds for a population of 220 million people, Sajjad warned the system was teetering on collapse.

“People are now starting to get scared and the government is now taking it seriously, but I think we are too late because COVID-19 has already spread massively everywhere in the country,” he told the AP.

He said misinformation is rampant, and many Pakistanis believe doctors made up the coronavirus to explain deaths caused by an inept and failing health care system. It also doesn’t help that some government officials have gone on TV to downplay the impact of the new virus, said Sajjad.

“The poor people and ignorant people, they absolutely don’t believe the virus exists. They think it is some conspiracy, all between the government and doctors,” he said.

Pakistan is dealing with serious economic issues. Economic growth has been slowing since 2018 but the pandemic sent it for the first time ever into contraction: this month, the country recorded negative growth of minus 0.38.

Pakistan is officially in a recession,” said Haroon Sharif, a former economic adviser who still counsels the prime minister on economic issues.

The number of people living in poverty has risen to 40% from 30% since the pandemic began. Massive job losses could spark unrest, Sharif warned.

Sharif said the Pakistani prime minister’s focus is on helping the poorest, while his Cabinet ministers – many of whom are wealthy industrialists and landowners – focus on the elite. Ignored in government help schemes are middle-income earners and small businesses that employ 15 people or less, said Sharif.

They have little savings, and much of their business is in cash and so they have little to no support from the banking system. So now they have been hit hard.

“I know examples of teachers who are selling fruit,” said Sharif.

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Associated Press writer Asim Tanvir in Multan, Pakistan, contributed to this report.

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Twitter said Friday it permanently suspended Katie Hopkins, a conservative British commentator whose posts on the platform had been shared by President Trump on several occasions.

“Keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us — abuse and hateful conduct have no place on our service and we will continue to take action when our Rules are broken,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Washington Times.

“In this case, the account has been permanently suspended for violations of our Hateful Conduct policy,” said the Twitter spokesperson.

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Ms. Hawkins, 45, first gained fame in 2007 as a contestant on the British version of “The Apprentice,” the reality TV show that first aired in the U.S. with Mr. Trump as its host.

She later became a columnist for several U.K. publications, where she established a reputation for espousing far-right opinions on subjects including immigration.

Indeed, Ms. Hopkins was formally condemned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights after comparing migrants to “cockroaches” and “feral humans” in a 2015 columns.

More recently, she made waves last year when Mr. Trump’s account on Twitter shared, or retweeted, several of her posts to the president’s tens of millions of social media followers.

Among the tweets posted by Ms. Hopkins and then retweeted by Mr. Trump was one commending the president’s campaign after a racist chant broke out during a rally he held last July.

Mr. Trump had been speaking at the rally about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a former Somali refugee, when supporters began chanting: “Send her back!”

“Send her back is the new lock her up,” Ms. Hopkins said in a tweet subsequently shared by Mr. Trump. “Well done to #TeamTrump.”

Twitter did not specify what tweet or tweets prompted the social media service to permanently ban Ms. Hawkins. The company’s policy against hateful conduct prohibits promoting violence against, attacking or threatening people on the basis of protected categories such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and religion, among others.

A message requesting sent to an email address associated with Ms. Hopkins requesting comment on the Twitter ban was not immediately answered.

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – A year after shutting down the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Washington’s top diplomat in Venezuela has found a way to slip back inside the South American nation – at least virtually.

Each Thursday afternoon, James Story hits the “Go Live” button on Facebook from his office in the U.S. Embassy in Bogota or his home in the Colombian capital hundreds of miles from Caracas. In a freewheeling approach, he answers questions in fluent Spanish from Venezuelans and the few U.S. citizens still in the country, addressing the latest intrigue and turmoil bubbling over in Venezuela and the United States. He occasionally breaks into English with a South Carolina accent.

For 30 minutes, Story talks about everything from Venezuela’s purchases of gasoline from Iran, despite its vast oil reserves, to recent unrest in the U.S. over George Floyd’s death in police custody to accusations that President Nicolás Maduro is undermining Venezuela’s constitution.

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“Look, this is not a true democracy,” Story said in a recent session, later railing against high-ranking Venezuelan officials whose families live lavishly in Spain and Panama while most Venezuelans are in poverty. “Yes, they’re cheating all of you.”

Story’s low-budget, weekly question-and-answer session on the popular social media platform is an unusual approach to outreach for explaining U.S. policy on Venezuela, which has so far failed to oust Maduro.

The cyber-diplomacy is a way for Story to get his message out since he’s deprived of traditional tools such as visiting hospitals and schools, talking to local reporters and hosting cocktail parties for power brokers.

Story’s live chat sessions are part of duties that include leading a team of diplomats for the highly unusual “ virtual embassy ” working out of the mission in neighboring Colombia.

William Brownfield, who waged his own battles as a U.S. ambassador against the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, said using the video chat to bridge the divide between Venezuela and Colombia is an “exceptionally clever” solution.

“If there’s one thing the regime of Nicolás Maduro has been trying to do, it’s cut off any direct communication with his base by the U.S. government, or anybody who doesn’t agree with him,” Brownfield said in an interview from Washington.

Brownfield, who is now retired, served as ambassador to Venezuela for three years starting in 2004. His signature approach to diplomacy – admitting he had the advantage of working inside its borders – was handing out baseball bats and gloves to youth teams in Caracas’ poorest neighborhood.

Brownfield said it helped put a human face on U.S. officials. “It was fun to push back on the Chavista message that we were nothing but evil,” Brownfield said.

While Story’s tactic lacks the same direct human touch, Brownfield said it has the advantage of being online, offering access to 5 million people who make up Venezuela’s diaspora. Story can also communicate his message to other foreign diplomats, many cautious about what they can say while still inside Venezuela, he said.

“He’s saying things out loud that they cannot say,” Brownfield said.

Story and his team of fellow diplomats lowered the flag at the U.S. Embassy in March 2019, just a couple months after President Donald Trump recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate leader. The U.S. is among more than 50 nations that accuse Maduro of clinging to power following an undemocratic election in 2018 that banned the most popular opposition politicians.

The U.S. has since heavily sanctioned Maduro, his inner circle and the state-run oil firm, attempting to isolate them. The Trump administration recently offered a $15 million bounty for Maduro’s arrest after a U.S. court indicted him as a narcoterrorist.

Story, whose career has taken him to Mexico, Brazil, Mozambique and Afghanistan, serves as the embassy’s charge d’affairs, a diplomat who heads a mission in the absence of the ambassador. The U.S. and Venezuela haven’t exchanged ambassadors in a decade.

Trump nominated Story in May to serve as the ambassador to Venezuela, days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his staff to start planning to reopen the embassy in Caracas as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign anticipating what they hope will be Maduro’s imminent departure.

Story, who declined to comment for this article, launched the Facebook Live chat in April, later adding a sign-language interpreter. Each week it draws a few hundred live viewers, while the archived videos continue to attract clicks, one garnering 315,000 views.

The majority of Story’s viewers post questions that scroll up the page as he talks. Some plead for help to obtain asylum or visas so they can reunite with relatives in the U.S. Others invite the U.S. to invade and put an end to Maduro’s rule. Few are critical of the U.S. role, despite Story often urging tough questions from those who disagree with him.

At least one of Story’s Facebook Live comments appears to have reached Maduro’s ears.

Following a failed attack in early May that landed two ex-U.S. special forces soldiers in a Venezuelan prison, Story said that the U.S. government had no role, rather backing a peaceful solution through dialogue. He noted that U.S. forces had tracked down al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and if Washington wanted Maduro taken out by force, he would no longer be in power.

Maduro fired back an hour later in an interview aired on state TV, citing Story’s “dispatches” from Bogota. He said the U.S. diplomat’s role sending the “mercenaries” was undeniable.

“James Story is responsible for this failed armed raid,” Maduro said. “James Story has his feet, his hands and his whole body in this armed raid.”

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Associated Press writer Jorge Rueda contributed to this report.

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NEW DELHI — Popular Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai residence on Sunday, Press Trust of India news agency and other media outlets reported.

Initial reports citing Mumbai police said the 34-year-old actor was found hanging in his apartment in suburban Bandra.

Rajput, who started as a TV actor, made his Bollywood debut in 2013 with director Abhishek Kapoor in “Kai Po Che,” based on the book by Chetan Bhagat.

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Social media was flooded with condolences for the actor, with many reacting to the news with disbelief.

“Sushant Singh Rajput…a bright young actor gone too soon,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. “He excelled on TV and in films. His rise in the world of entertainment inspired many and he leaves behind several memorable performances. Shocked by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and fans. Om Shanti.”

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar wrote on Twitter, “Honestly this news has left me shocked and speechless.”

“I can’t believe this at all… it’s shocking… a beautiful actor and a good friend… it’s disheartening,” actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui tweeted.

Rajput played former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the 2016 film “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.” Among his other movies are “Kedarnath, Sonchiriya” (Golden Bird) and “Raabta” (Connection).

He was last seen in the Netflix film “Drive.”

Mumbai, India’s financial hub and home to Bollywood, has been grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought the business of entertainment to a complete halt in the country.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The Islamic State group took responsibility Sunday for a deadly roadside bombing against a bus belonging to a local TV station in the Afghan capital, while renewed fighting in nearby provinces killed at least seven civilians, including a woman and several children.

In a statement on an IS-affiliated website, the group said Saturday’s attack in Kabul targeted a bus carrying employees of Khurshid TV, a station it described as “loyal to the Afghan apostate government.”

Two employees were killed and four wounded, said Marwa Amini, the Interior Ministry deputy spokeswoman. Two of the wounded were in critical condition Sunday, said Mohammad Rafi Sediqi, an official at the station.

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Both the Taliban and the Islamic State are active in Kabul. IS has claimed recent attacks on civilian targets, while the Taliban has taken responsibility for attacking military targets. IS has been increasingly active in Afghanistan after suffering battlefield losses in recent months to government and U.S. forces, as well as its Taliban rivals.

Another roadside bomb exploded in Kabul on Sunday as a police patrol was passing by, wounding three civilians, said Tariq Arian, the Interior Ministry spokesman. No one immediately claimed responsibly for the blast.

The attacks come after a truce expired between the Taliban and Afghan security forces for the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which ended Tuesday. The Taliban have claimed only one attack since then, and neither the Taliban insurgents nor the government appear to want a return to all-out fighting.

However, renewed violence elsewhere in the country killed at least seven civilians on Saturday, officials said.

A mortar shell fired by Afghan forces killed at least four civilians when it hit a home in Maidan Wardak province, said Wahidullah Akberzia, a provincial council member. He said the Afghan convoy had come under attack from the village late Saturday and fired back, resulting in the civilian deaths, which included a woman and three children.

Local civilians protested the killings by carrying the bodies to the governor’s office on Sunday “to demand justice from the government,” Akberzia said, adding that two children had also been wounded. Maidan Wardak province borders Kabul to the west.

Separately, at least three small children were killed Saturday when a mortar shell hit their home in Parwan province, said Wahida Shahkar, a spokeswoman for the provincial governor.

Shahkar blamed the Taliban for the attack, but the Taliban denied involvement. Parwan province lies just north of the capital.

In an apparent effort to resuscitate the flagging peace agreement signed between the U.S. and Taliban in February, hundreds of Taliban prisoners were released by the government last week, and the Taliban made a reciprocal release of government personnel. The exchange of prisoners was seen as a goodwill gesture before the start of intra-Afghan negotiations between the Taliban and Kabul’s political leadership.

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Associated Press writer Maamoun Youssef in Cairo contributed to this report.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A bus belonging to a local TV station was hit by a roadside bomb Saturday in the capital Kabul, killing two employees, said a spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry.

Four other employees were wounded in the attack, said Marwa Amini, ministry deputy spokeswoman.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the violence, but Amini said the bus from Khurshid TV was the target.

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Mohammad Rafi Sediqi, an official with Khurshid, confirmed the deaths of two employees. He said two wounded were in critical condition.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, on his Twitter account denied involvement in the attack.

The Islamic State group affiliate is also active in Kabul and has claimed responsibility for recent attacks in the capital.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul condemned the attack and expressed condolences for the families of the victims. “Attacks on the media are attacks on Afghanistan’s freedom and progress,” the embassy said in a tweet. “We stand with free media and are working hard for a peaceful Afghanistan.”

Feroz Bashari, a government spokesman, said on Twitter that an attack on journalists is an attack on freedom of speech and open media and cannot be justified. “The Afghan government is seriously investigating this attack. Such attacks are not acceptable for the Afghan government.”

Saturday was the eighth anniversary of Khurshid TV and Radio stations, station officials said.

The attack came after a truce the Taliban and Afghan nationals security forces in effect during the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr ended Tuesday.

Afghanistan is among the most dangerous countries in the world for reporters. In January, the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee reported five journalists were killed in 2019. The year before, 17 journalist and media workers were killed in Afghanistan, when a total of 121 cases of violence against journalists and media workers were reported.

During an attack in April 2018, nine journalists who rushed to the scene of a suicide bombing in Kabul were killed when a second suicide bomber who waited for first responders and others to appear on the scene ignited his explosives. A 10th journalist was killed the same day, shot in eastern Khost province.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — To the sounds of his impassioned supporters chanting outside, a defiant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strode into a Jerusalem courtroom Sunday to face corruption charges in a long-awaited trial that has overshadowed three inconclusive elections and deeply divided the country.

As he entered the courthouse to become the country’s first sitting prime minister to go on trial, Netanyahu launched into a lengthy tirade against the nation’s justice system in which he accused police, prosecutors, judges and the media of a deep state-type conspiracy aimed to oust him against the will of the people.

“I stand before you with a straight back and head raised high,” he said, surrounded by leading Cabinet ministers of his Likud party. “The objective is to depose a strong, right-wing prime minister, and thus remove the nationalist camp from the leadership of the country for many years.”

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The standoff, and Netanyahu’s own fiery rhetoric, looked to worsen the nation’s deep divisions just after Netanyahu swore in what he called a “unity” government with a former rival. Critics have said Netanyahu’s repeated attacks on the legal system risk irreversible damage to citizens’ faith in state institutions.

Outside the courthouse, hundreds of supporters rallied in his defense, packing a narrow street while waving Israeli flags and banners denouncing what they called a corrupt prosecution seeking to topple a leader of historic proportion. Others gathered at his official residence to demonstrate against what they called a “crime minister” and carried posters calling for his resignation. They faced off across police barricades with more of the prime minister’s backers.

Netanyahu faces charges of fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in a series of corruption cases stemming from ties to wealthy friends. He is accused of accepting lavish gifts and offering to grant favors to powerful media moguls in exchange for favorable coverage of him and his family. He denies the charges, which come after years of scandals swirling around the family.

Netanyahu entered the Jerusalem courtroom wearing a blue surgical mask, following public health restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. He refused to sit until TV cameras left the room, and remained in the front row throughout the session.

During the proceedings, the lawyers and judges also wore masks, with the three-judge panel sitting behind a glass divider. In a hint of what could lie ahead, his lawyer said the defense would need several months to study the hundreds of reams of evidence and to build its legal team.

Netanyahu did not speak during the one-hour session, rising just once to confirm he understood the charges. He will not be required to attend future hearings during a case that legal analysts expect to stretch over several years. The next hearing was scheduled for July 19.

Before the session, Netanyahu said police and prosecutors had conspired “to stitch up” a case against him, and said the evidence was “contaminated” and exaggerated. He called for the court proceedings to be broadcast live on TV to ensure “full transparency.”

“While the media continues to deal with nonsense, with these false, trumped up cases, I will continue to lead the state of Israel and deal with issues that really matter to you,” he said, including efforts to resuscitate the economy and prepare for a possible second wave of the coronavirus.

Netanyahu is not the first prime minister to go on trial. His predecessor, Ehud Olmert, went to prison for corruption but resigned long before the trial.

Netanyahu’s fitness for office was the key issue in the three deadlocked elections over the past year. After vowing never to sit with an indicted prime minister, Netanyahu’s challenger, Benny Gantz, agreed in March to form a power-sharing coalition with his rival, in part to prevent another election.

Gantz, who has made the defense of the legal system one his hallmarks, said he was sure Netanyahu would receive a fair trial.

“I repeat and emphasize that my colleagues and I have full faith in the justice system and law enforcement,” he tweeted.

Their new government was sworn in just last week for Netanyahu’s fourth consecutive term. Netanyahu held his first Cabinet meeting with the new government just hours before heading to court. Neither he nor any of his ministers addressed the looming trial.

Netanyahu and his allies have spent months lashing out at the law enforcement system, and a new round of attacks could test the new government.

Dozens of Netanyahu supporters outside the court in east Jerusalem wore masks and T-shirts depicting Netanyahu as a martyr and held posters lambasting the attorney general who indicted him.

“We won’t allow an image of Netanyahu being humiliated,” said Ran Carmi Buzaglo, one of the protesters. “The only reason that they forced him to come here, even though the law allows him to be absent, is to show an image of him in the defendant’s chair.”

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who recently filed a police complaint following anonymous threats against him, vowed that the case will be handled like any other — “in a professional, business-like manner and within the courtroom halls.”

“We will continue to act without fear, even against the preposterous attempts to associate non-professional interests to law enforcement agencies,” he said.

Several of Netanyahu’s Likud Cabinet ministers, including the newly appointed internal security minister who overseas the police, came to the court to back him.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid said that Netanyahu’s “wild and inciteful outburst” at the courthouse was “final proof that a criminal defendant cannot continue to be prime minister.”

In a sign of the tensions, the prosecutor in the case left the courtroom accompanied by a state-issued bodyguard because of threats against her.

Under the coalition deal, Netanyahu will remain prime minister for the next 18 months, and “alternative prime minister” for the 18 months after. He will not be legally required to step down during what is expected to be a lengthy trial.

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Associated Press writer Ilan Ben Zion contributed to this report.

Amirsaysnothing – Victory Loves Company Lyrics (feat. Slug)

[Verse 1: AmirSaysNothing]
Top to bottom
Break em, got em’
Everyday is solve a dollar
Gotta problem, Saul will call him
I don’t even speak tomorrow
When i make a dozen, they gon’ take it, government
Break ya back, but I don’t take that f*ck em’
Life without but I dont complain
Cousins, Got ya back but that don’t make me buzzin’
Watch the shit bounce
Lift ya feet and get em’ off the couch
Ain’t gone beat the game at the house
Know I speak a lot, they quiet that’s a mouse
I ain’t gotta pay the price, but it’s cheap
Give respect and get it, can’t compete
Ima walking peace treaty and they flock
When the trunk knock, from block to overseas

[Hook]
Watch me dance to it all alone
Another day, say what’s going on? (Yeah)
Wanna kick it and I’m always gone
A known unknown so I ain’t going home (Yeah)
My Babygirl say, “whats going on?”
And what the f*ck is Prollie going wrong (Yeah)
Ya Charge me up, I’m just another loan
A known unknown but i ain’t going long

[Verse 2: AmirSaysNothing]
Run that back
Wanna live a life that’s that fat?

Wanna keep a mess then that’s that
Live like twice, ain’t that strapped
I’ma get that scratch, im’a “save that money”
Laugh at all, nothing make me flinch
She bark all day and i don’t get that shit
Can’t take none from me I’m all f*ck dat shii
Always catch me in the whip
Top down where I got that shit
TV deck I’ll watch it if it flip
And I’m rolling back when i take a hit
What’s really good? trying to speak?
Ain’t that hard if ya trying reach
I’m so high now I’m trying to find a peak
Pass the phone i gotta dial and beep

[Hook]

[Verse 3:] Slug
Hello
I was half asleep, in the passenger seat
Of my daddy’s caprice, when I was havin’ this dream
I don’t remember where we were but that don’t matter to me
It’s when I opened my eyes and saw the branches and leaves
Both sides of this wind shield grimey
But the sunshine still tryin to spill through and fine me
Abandon the crutches and bleed through the bandage
Dab a little on the brush and leave it on the canvas

[Hook]

Bras – Via Mai Lyrics (feat. S. Luca Spenish)

[Hook]

Sento il vento soffiare in cima alla collina
Vedo tutta la città da quissù
Sembra quasi sia disegnata a china
Come il quadro che hai visto in TV
Non vorrei andare via mai
Via mai, via mai
Vorrei rimanere e non andare via mai
Via mai, via mai, via mai
Vorrei rimanere e non andare via mai

[Bras]

Da dove sono vedo tutta la città, bella
Ti sogno spesso amore, tu sei la mia stella
Ma stamattina ho prenotato, porto solo un sacco
Dove metto tutti i miei ricordi quando spacco
Vento nei capelli, sei perfetta con la tua frangetta
Scendi in centro, la vita ti aspetta
Vorrei che non finisse mai sto giorno
Restare per sempre insieme, non solo quando ho bisogno
Ma la vita punta il dito
La malavita è il preferito
Sembra disegnato il mio destino vita
La sabbia scorre piano fra le dita
Dalla collina dimmi dove sei finita

[Hook]

Sento il vento soffiare in cima alla collina
Vedo tutta la città da quissù

Sembra quasi sia disegnata a china
Come il quadro che hai visto in TV
Non vorrei andare via mai
Via mai, via mai
Vorrei rimanere e non andare via mai
Via mai, via mai, via mai
Vorrei rimanere e non andare via mai

[Bras]

Lo so che devi andare
Palermo Centrale, sei al binario 3
Non andare, resta qui con me
Con i miei sogni di vittoria, voglia di gloria
Nelle rime, nelle mie canzoni scriviamo la storia
Soffia vento caldo africano
Non gridare fai piano
Che se non ci vediamo ci sentiamo
Salgo sopra la collina per vederti meglio
E dammi luce nelle tenebre
Resto sveglio

[Hook]

Sento il vento soffiare in cima alla collina
Vedo tutta la città da quissù
Sembra quasi sia disegnata a china
Come il quadro che hai visto in TV
Non vorrei andare via mai
Via mai, via mai
Via mai, via mai
Via mai, via mai, via mai
Non vorrei andare via mai

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MOSCOW – Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says he has tested positive for the new coronavirus and has told President Vladimir Putin he will self-isolate.

First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov will temporarily perform Mishustin’s duties.

Mishustin, 54 was named prime minister in January.

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Walter Benjamin – Your House Lyrics

It’s so windy back home
Little girl
Where the TV screen goes to sleep
And your tiny dances should rule
The outside world
I am a glad outsider just to watch you dance
I am a glad outsider just to watch you dance
Will you let me in sometime
Just enter the gate
And go upstairs
Like God?
I’ve heard you used to bash the keys
In the morning
Before it all started to make sense

It all made sense to you
But I have never seen the truth written in your books
I have never seen the truth written in your books
It was left on the ashtrays
Where we used to finish our cigarettes
– and they’re over now
Will you let me in sometime
Just enter the gate
And go upstairs
Like God?
Your ghosts look beautiful to me
Your ghosts look beautiful to me

Chris Brown – Welcome To My Life (feat. Cal Scruby)

[Pre-Chorus: Chris Brown]
Every dream in my head
It’s like a mountain that I just keep climbing
And when I get to the edge
I turn around and put that dream behind me
And it never feels the way I want
But I keep on tryin’
I just keep on tryin’

[Chorus: Chris Brown]
Have you been there?
Have you seen it all?
Have you done this once before?
Did they tell you, you’ll love this life and all these lights?
Now you’re lying on the floor
And they know, what doesn’t kill you makes you want it more
And this is your life
Your life, your life

[Post-Chorus: Chris Brown]
Ow! Welcome to my

[Verse 1: Cal Scruby]
Hello, this is my life in your TV
I overdose in that night life, them bright lights and bikinis
I keep my hand on that gold bottle, I’m tryna find me that genie
They say money doesn’t buy happiness, but I’d rather cry in that
Lamborghini
Damn, I don’t know who I am
I just know who I wanna be
No looking back, everything is in front of me
I never act like they puttin’ a gun to me
I ain’t stuck up, same motherfucker that I’ve always been
You must’ve got me fucked up, because I ain’t tryna get that all white Benz
Never that though
Been on my job, sayin’ I’m different now
Say I don’t listen now
I don’t got time to pick up the phone to hear what you bitching ’bout
I’m on a mission, feel like I’m missin’ now
Bitch you ain’t in my position now
You never walked a mile in my shoes
I’m feeling so distant now

[Chorus: Chris Brown]
Have you been there?
Have you seen it all?
Have you done this once before?
Did they tell you, you’ll love this life and all these lights?
Now you’re lying on the floor
And they know, what doesn’t kill you makes you want it more
And this is your life
Your life, your life

[Post-Chorus: Chris Brown]
Welcome to my life

[Verse 2: Cal Scruby]
I’ve been thinkin’ too much, I wonder if I did that right
I’ve been drinkin’ too much, I don’t know what I did last night
Tried talk to myself like, you don’t really wanna live that life
I wanted it all to myself like, you don’t wanna give that life, away
But I gotta leave, I can’t stay
Part of me say "Keep going", that other hand say "Quit playing"
Gotta keep prayin’ (prayin’)
Even when I got it all , all these broads and alcohol
Livin’ on the edge, I’m bound to fall (fall)
But I stay movin’, stay climbin’ (climbin’)
Puttin’ in work, I stay grindin’ (grindin’)
Lookin’ for the answer, can’t find it (can’t find it)
That’s the truth, I can’t hide it (hide it)
Now or never forever, that’s how I’m livin’ my life
It’s hard to plan for tomorrow, when you just live for the night

[Pre-Chorus: Chris Brown]
Every dream in my head
It’s like a mountain that I just keep climbing
And when I get to the edge
I turn around and put that dream behind me
And it never feels the way I want
But I keep on tryin’
I just keep on tryin’

[Chorus: Chris Brown]
Have you been there?
Have you seen it all?
Have you done this once before?
Did they tell you, you’ll love this life and all these lights?
Now you’re lying on the floor
And they know, what doesn’t kill you makes you want it more
And this is your life
Your life, your life

[Post-Chorus: Chris Brown]
Welcome to my

CHRIS BROWN – Welcome To My Life lyrics

Every dream in my head
It’s like a mountain that I keep climbing
And when I get to the edge
I turn around and put that dream behind me
And it never feels the way I want
But I keep on trying
I just keep on trying

[Chorus: Chris Brown]
Have you been there?
Have you seen it all?
Have you done this once before?
Did they tell you love this life and all these lights?
Now you’re lieing on the floor
And they know, what doesn’t kill you makes you want it more
And this is your life
Your life, your life

[Post-Chorus: Chris Brown]
Ow! Welcome to my life

[Verse: Cal Scruby]
This is my life in your TV
I overdose in that night life, them bright lights and bikinis
I keep my hand on that gold bottle, I keep my hand on that genie
They say money doesn’t buy happiness but I’d rather cry in a Lamborghini
Damn, I don’t know who I am
I just know who I wanna be
No looking back, everything is in front of me
I never act like they puttin’ a gun to me
I ain’t stuck up, same motherfucker I’ve always been
You must’ve got be fucked up, because I ain’t get than old white Benz
Never that though
Been on my job, sayin’ I’m different now
Say I don’t listen now
I don’t got time to pick up the phone to hear what you bitching ’bout
I’m on a mission, feel like I’m [??] now
[??] you wait in my position now
You never wanted my [??] shoes, I feel so distant now

[Chorus: Chris Brown]
Have you been there?
Have you seen it all?
Have you done this once before?
Did they tell you love this life and all these lights?
Now you’re lieing on the floor
And they know, what doesn’t kill you makes you want it more
And this is your life
Your life, your life

[Post-Chorus: Chris Brown]
Ow! Welcome to my life

[Verse 2: Cal Scruby]
I’ve been thinking too much, I wonder if I did that right
I’ve been drinking too much, I don’t know what I did last night
Tried talk to myself like you don’t really wanna live that life
I wanted it all to myself like you don’t wanna give that life
Oh wait, but I gotta leave, I can’t stay
Part of me say “Keep going”, the other hand say “Quit playing”

Chris Brown – Welcome To My Life lyrics

Every dream in my head
It’s like a mountain that I keep climbing
And when I get to the edge
I turn around and put that dream behind me
And it never feels the way I want
But I keep on trying
I just keep on trying

[Chorus: Chris Brown]
Have you been there?
Have you seen it all?
Have you done this once before?
Did they tell you love this life and all these lights?
Now you’re lieing on the floor
And they know, what doesn’t kill you makes you want it more
And this is your life
Your life, your life

[Post-Chorus: Chris Brown]
Ow! Welcome to my life

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[Verse: Cal Scruby]
This is my life in your TV
I overdose in that night life, them bright lights and bikinis
I keep my hand on that gold bottle, I keep my hand on that genie
They say money doesn’t buy happiness but I’d rather cry in a Lamborghini
Damn, I don’t know who I am
I just know who I wanna be
No looking back, everything is in front of me
I never act like they puttin’ a gun to me
I ain’t stuck up, same motherfucker I’ve always been
You must’ve got be fucked up, because I ain’t get than old white Benz
Never that though
Been on my job, sayin’ I’m different now
Say I don’t listen now
I don’t got time to pick up the phone to hear what you bitching ’bout
I’m on a mission, feel like I’m [??] now
[??] you wait in my position now
You never wanted my [??] shoes, I feel so distant now

[Chorus: Chris Brown]
Have you been there?
Have you seen it all?
Have you done this once before?
Did they tell you love this life and all these lights?
Now you’re lieing on the floor
And they know, what doesn’t kill you makes you want it more
And this is your life
Your life, your life

[Post-Chorus: Chris Brown]
Ow! Welcome to my life

[Verse 2: Cal Scruby]
I’ve been thinking too much, I wonder if I did that right
I’ve been drinking too much, I don’t know what I did last night
Tried talk to myself like you don’t really wanna live that life
I wanted it all to myself like you don’t wanna give that life
Oh wait, but I gotta leave, I can’t stay
Part of me say “Keep going”, the other hand say “Quit playing”

FO&O – Teenage talking

Call her super, she’s missing [?]
We’re taking frame by frame, she’s stuck in my picture
and I could’ve just erase her but I won’t
‘Cause like this she’d get it what she wanted, this I know
She let us walk and do the talking
And I’m done for what she wants
Feel the smoky, heavy breathing, but the body, body talk
We’re not ordinary people falling ordinary love
She likes it and I want it this I know
And she likes it and I want it

Like teenage talking
And now we’re putting into motion
Let me love, love you
Let me love, love you
We’re teenage rocking
And she’s moving this to motion
Let me love, love you
Let me love, love you

[?] darky sheets, she drinking me up
Don’t feel her face, I’m feeling my brains out
Yeah, she caught the midnight TV she sees in the dark
And I like it and she wants it, this I know
And I like it and she wants it

Like teenage talking
And now we’re putting into motion
Let me love, love you
Let me love, love you
We’re teenage rocking
And she’s moving this to motion
Let me love, love you
Let me love, love you

Love, love you
Let me love, love you
(x2)

She let us walk and do the talking
And I’m done for what she wants
Feel the smoky, heavy breathing, but the body, body talk
We’re not ordinary people falling ordinary love
She likes it and I want it

Like teenage talking
And now we’re putting into motion
Let me love, love you
Let me love, love you
We’re teenage rocking
And she’s moving this to motion
Let me love, love you
Let me love, love you

Love, love you
Let me love, love you
(x2)

HANA – Be with U

Uh,
Sitting by the river with you
Holding the hand down in my hands
I don’t wanna grab it
Simply kiss back
I’ve drown myself while
Baby is gone
We don’t need no time for where we going
I lovely said my name very slowing
I hope that showing
Baby, you is all I wanna do
I think I wanna spell it too

Going to a place that only we know
Comfort cabana baby lay on
Lay on the peace, no time for TV
Put on my clothes and make the lady
that you can put it down only
We can talk about nothing
Just look in any eyes there’s something, yeah
Baby you will never want for nothing
I love you, baby

Baby, you is all I wanna do
I think I wanna spell it too

We’ll sail, yeah, we will sail
zzzz, baby
And zzzz
You and me, we can do truly zzzz
We are truly meant to be
Yeah, no, no, no

Bryson Tiller – Set It Off (True To Self Album)

[Intro: Faith Evans & Bryson Tiller]
Oh, my inspiration comes from you, oh
So you think you got what it takes
To be my ride or die?
Okay
We shall see

[Verse 1]
Ayy, I been out here soul searchin’
Ayy, say you still got it, girl, what makes you so certain?
Hit it, quit it, then went cold turkey
You been committed through this whole journey
Got a girl that don’t expect as much from me
That’s why she gets so much love from me
She just might be the one for me
Ain’t no need to question, down bitch

[Chorus]
She ‘a pull the gun for me
Pop 2, she ‘a take one for me
Set it off, if a bitch come for me
Set if off, if a nigga come for me
She ‘a pull the gun for me
Pop 2, she ‘a take one for me
Set it off, if a bitch come for me
Set it off, if a nigga come

[Verse 2]
Do you remember them days, I would cut school and come to you
Ma’ was cool so I got comfortable
Sleeping on the couch, sneak up to your room, ayy
I found out you was a freak too soon, ayy
Your family thought we had baby too soon, phh
I told your family not to speak too soon, ayy
Three years later, I’m on TV
Now your brother, he envy me
I don’t know what the fuck he be on, ayy
Cool with me cool, we was never friends
He put your mama under stress, I put her in a Benz
Even though she put me in the streets, she made amends
Watchin’ over my baby’s nigga
‘Case her son wanna go back to his ways and be a street nigga
Plus my girl just copped the heat, nigga
And she gon’ kill almost any nigga
Including me, nigga
Ain’t nobody who could be with her, ‘cept for me
That’s my down bitch

[Chorus]
She ‘a pull the gun for me
Pop two, she ‘a take one for me
Set it off, if a bitch come for me
Set it off, if a nigga come for me
She ‘a pull the gun for me
Pop two, she ‘a take one for me
Set it off, if a bitch come for me
Set it off, if a nigga come for me

[Outro: Bryson Tiller & Unknown]
Ooh, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Ayy, think she’ll fuck with this song?
Yeah, I hope so nigga
She ain’t call me back for some reason
Oh well, I love her

Talib Kweli & Styles P – Brown Guys (The Seven Album)

[Verse 1: Styles P]
I am a brown guy
But don’t call me nigga, please
Nigga please, you see that white boy, that’s a nigga b
Nigga ain’t a color, it’s a mindstate, you diggin’ me?
Maybe not, I get it tho
But all them white boys blowin’ weed they some niggas too
The difference is they got white privileges
Cops will kill me but I doubt that they kill ’em too
This ain’t a stab or a jab
But I’m feeling kinda mad they ain’t treated like a villain too
His weed is good as mine, his gun bigger than mine
And he motherfucking chilling too
Now if my color make you hate me then I hope you go blind
And can’t see what your children do
Now that sound kinda harsh
But you would feel like I feel if you had black children too
Racism make you sayin’ and I shoulda have your man
Sittin’ there with the sick face
A dickface, you a dickhead
And what you gonna to with all the people from a mixed race
America is a sick place (you know)
But we paint it to be good
This is big city talk that we spreadin’ worldwide
Coming from a humble nigga coming out a poor hood, ghost

[Bridge]
Styles P, Talib Kweli, The Seven

[Verse 2: Talib Kweli]
Life of a brown guy
Travel ’round the would with the name of a Muslim man
Now there are some up- and some downsides
The downside is niggas get their spinal cord shattered in police vans
I ain’t a Muslim but my friends is
Grew up Christian now I’m sorta spiritual I know it’s cliché
I see colors in the music
We switch it up, you see the gods mix it up like a DJ
You say you’re hating based on race, huh
And that you’re colorblind and you like Hip-Hop
Like that’s some kind of call like you can’t get punched in the face, huh
That’s why the Hindus and the Sikhs being abused by Islamophobes
Extremism is ugly no matter what or where
People who don’t believe in god kill all the time
The Bible more violent than the Quran, you see what’s in there?
Ain’t no belief system got a monopoly on all the crime
I judge a man by his actions and by his enemies
But they don’t show themselves without a good reason
This ain’t a TV show, nigga
They think they know the hood cause they seen The Wire, the good seasons
I don’t need your sympathy
I don’t need your empathy your opinion is not required here
That’s why you’re hidin’ on the Internet
‘Cause all that ‘Nigga’-shit you’re writin’ will probably get you fired, yeah
Fucked up, too

Sylvan Esso – Radio

Gimme a new single Make me a new baby
Gonna eat all the candy while you straddle and lay me
Gonna to know all the words before you come on top
And I sing them back at you while you try to nap
While the world rides on, we’re so happy to be listening to our radio
Our savior, oh
While the world melts on down we’re so happy to be listening to our radio, now break it on down slow
Slave to the radio, slave to the radio, slave to the radio
Three point three oh
Slave to the radio, slave to the radio, slave to the radio
Three point three oh
Now don’t you look good sucking american dick
You’re so surprised they like you
You’re so cute and so quick
Singin’ I’ve got the moves of a TV queen
Folk girl hero in a magazine
Faking the truth in a new pop song
Don’t you wanna sing along
Slave to the radio, slave to the radio, slave to the radio
Three point three oh
Slave to the radio, slave to the radio, slave to the radio
Three point three oh
Highway blues and gasoline fumes, it’s all I seem to make while I’m playin’ my tunes
I know the rules I ask for it too
But I just keep on yelling, keep on running, never stopping
Do you got the moves to make it stick yeah to get the clicks yeah
Technicolor our every move
Can you keep them coming like a machine yeah
The old Blue Jean, yeah
What can we do to get you on the news?
Slave to the radio, slave to the radio, slave to the radio
Three point three oh
Slave to the radio, slave to the radio, slave to the radio
Three point three oh
Slave to the radio, wait till they forget you though, slave to the radio
Three point three oh
Slave to the radio, slave to the radio, slave to the radio
Three point three oh

Tech N9ne – Shoe Game (feat. Krizz Kaliko & Mackenzie Nicole) (Dominion Deluxe Version Album)

[Intro: Krizz Kaliko & Mackenzie Nicole]
Yeah
Kali baby on the left side, baby on the right side (Yeah)
Yeah (Cold World)
Baby girl on the left side, baby on the right side (Yeah)

[Verse 1: Mackenzie Nicole]
This year is mine get your hand off the pie
I’m a good girl and I’m never a thot
People see me, think they know what I got
Well I got the money, just give me a shot (ayoo)
The way that I’m living, don’t have to get used to
Money from the booth too, Strange life is beautiful (en fuego)
I’m somewhere thawn out from that cold
Live this way ’till I’m old
Stay on my toes

[Hook: Mackenzie Nicole]
I stay on my toes, I stay on my toes
You don’t have to tell me, I already know
Don’t say it to me, just wait ’till I go
Shoe game, Liu Kang, stay on my toes
I stay on my toes, I stay on my toes
I stay on my toes, I stay on my toes
Don’t say it to me, just wait ’till I go
Shoe game, Liu Kang, stay on my toes

[Verse 2: Krizz Kaliko]
Look, well I ain’t never been on TV
Nah, I maybe once, but I ain’t never been on BET
Ain’t no telling what they wanting
Tryna get the cake like Duncan
Ain’t that somthin’
They get no frontin’
Me and Nina get it jumpin’
That’s where we at, where we at, in case anybody say somethin’
See the way my bank account is set up, I got a checking and savings
Keep my foot on the gas and don’t let up
Niggas so what is you saying?
Yeah I quit school but I rock chalk
I came here to ball
Ain’t bout to argue with y’all, make y’all talk (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Since a lot of y’all and a few of us
I’m coming to get it now and I mean it nigga, I take the bus
You see me with baby girl, that’s a check coming, we add that
In my Jordans, I’m on my toes
Y’alls froze, we clap back
Kali, baby

[Hook: Mackenzie Nicole]
I stay on my toes, I stay on my toes
You don’t have to tell me, I already know
Don’t say it to me, just wait ’till I go
Shoe game, Liu Kang, stay on my toes
I stay on my toes, I stay on my toes
I stay on my toes, I stay on my toes
Don’t say it to me, just wait ’till I go
Shoe game, Liu Kang, stay on my toes

[Outro: Mackenzie Nicole]
From the left side baby to the right side baby
From the left side baby to the right side, you can tell when I walk in
And then I walk out, I
You can tell when I walk in
When I walk , I
Stay on my toes
From the left side baby to the right side baby

STOLAR – Feel good

I’ve been up in my head all day
Wow me up, I might be going insane
Watching all my friends on the TV again
Singing all the songs that I wrote for them
Might be on to getting my own way
Head up to the rooftop, smoke a little too much
Know I’m gonna lose my voice again
And I wanna unlock, laughing til we can’t stop

[Preview]

Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT. Lyrics

[Intro: Kid Capri]
New Kung Fu Kenny
Ain’t nobody prayin’ for me
Y’all know, what happens on Earth stays on Earth
Here we go!
I don’t give a fuck, I don’t give a fuck
I don’t give a, I don’t give a, I don’t give a fuck

[Verse 1]
I’m willin’ to die for this shit
I done cried for this shit, might take a life for this shit
Put the Bible down and go eye for an eye for this shit
D.O.T. my enemy, won’t catch a vibe for this shit, ayy
I been stomped out in front of my mama
My daddy commissary made it to commas
Bitch, all my grandmas dead
So ain’t nobody prayin’ for me, I’m on your head, ayy
Thirty millions later, know the feds watchin’
Auntie on my telegram, like, “Be cautious!”
I be hangin’ out at Tam’s, I be on Stockton
I don’t do it for the ‘Gram, I do it for Compton
I’m willin’ to die for this shit, nigga
I’ll take your fuckin’ life for this shit, nigga
We ain’t goin’ back to broke, family sellin’ dope
That’s why you maney-ass rap niggas better know

[Chorus]
If I gotta slap a pussy-ass nigga, I’ma make it look sexy
If I gotta go hard on a bitch, I’ma make it look sexy
I pull up, hop out, air out, made it look sexy
They won’t take me out my element
Nah, take me out my element

[Verse 2]
I’m allergic to a bitch nigga, ayy
An imaginary rich nigga, ayy
Seven figures, hoe, that slimmer than my bitch figure, ayy
Goin’ digital and physical on all y’all, ayy
Bunch of criminals and money in my phone calls, ayy
We okay, we let the A1 fly
Relocate, jump on the same G5
Checkin’ for me heavy ’cause I go yeah, I go yeah
They never been ready—yeah, I know yeah, know yeah
100K spread ‘cross the floor, ‘cross the floor, yeah
None of y’all fuckin’ with the flow yeah, the flow yeah
Years in the makin’, and don’t y’all mistake it
I got ’em by a landslide, we talkin’ about races
You know this’ll never be a tie, just look at their laces
You know careers take off, just gotta be patient
Mr. One through Five, that’s the only logic
Fake my death, go to Cuba, that’s the only option

[Chorus]
If I gotta slap a pussy-ass nigga, I’ma make it look sexy
If I gotta go hard on a bitch, I’ma make it look sexy
I pull up, hop out, air out, made it look sexy
They won’t take me out my element
Nah, take me out my element

[Bridge]
Damned if I do, if I don’t (yuhhh)
Goddamn us all if you won’t(yuhhh)
Damn, damn, damn, it’s a goddamn shame
You ain’t frontline, get out the goddamn way

[Verse 3]
Niggas thought they wasn’t gonna see me, huh?
Niggas thought that K-Dot real life
Was the same life they see on TV, huh?
Niggas wanna flex on me and be in L.A. for free, huh?
Next time they hit the 10 freeway, we need receipt, huh?
‘Cause most of y’all ain’t real
Most of y’all gon’ squeal
Most of y’all just envy, but jealousy get you killed
Most of y’all throw rocks and try to hide your hand
Just say his name and I promise that you’ll see Candyman
Because it’s all in your eyes, most of y’all tell lies
Most of y’all don’t fade, most of y’all been advised
Last LP I tried to lift the black artists
But it’s a difference between black artists and wack artists

[Outro: Kendrick Lamar & Kid Capri]
If I gotta slap a pussy-ass nigga, I’ma make it look sexy
It’s the one and only, the world’s greatest, the Kid Capri
If I gotta go hard on a bitch, I’ma make it look sexy
I pull up, hop out, air out, made it look sexy
They won’t take me out my element
Nah, take me out my element

Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT.

[Intro: Kid Capri]
New Kung Fu Kenny
Ain’t nobody prayin’ for me
Y’all know, what happens on Earth stays on Earth
Here we go!
I don’t give a fuck, I don’t give a fuck
I don’t give a, I don’t give a, I don’t give a fuck

[Verse 1]
I’m willin’ to die for this shit
I done cried for this shit, might take a life for this shit
Put the Bible down and go eye for an eye for this shit
D.O.T. my enemy, won’t catch a vibe for this shit, ayy
I been stomped out in front of my mama
My daddy commissary made it to commas
Bitch, all my grandmas dead
So ain’t nobody prayin’ for me, I’m on your head, ayy
Thirty millions later, know the feds watchin’
Auntie on my telegram, like, "Be cautious!"
I be hangin’ out at Tam’s, I be on Stockton
I don’t do it for the ‘Gram, I do it for Compton
I’m willin’ to die for this shit, nigga
I’ll take your fuckin’ life for this shit, nigga
We ain’t goin’ back to broke, family sellin’ dope
That’s why you maney-ass rap niggas better know

[Chorus]
If I gotta slap a pussy-ass nigga, I’ma make it look sexy
If I gotta go hard on a bitch, I’ma make it look sexy
I pull up, hop out, air out, made it look sexy
They won’t take me out my element
Nah, take me out my element

[Verse 2]
I’m allergic to a bitch nigga, ayy
An imaginary rich nigga, ayy
Seven figures, hoe, that slimmer than my bitch figure, ayy
Goin’ digital and physical on all y’all, ayy
Bunch of criminals and money in my phone calls, ayy
We okay, we let the A1 fly
Relocate, jump on the same G5
Checkin’ for me heavy ’cause I go yeah, I go yeah
They never been ready—yeah, I know yeah, know yeah
100K spread ‘cross the floor, ‘cross the floor, yeah
None of y’all fuckin’ with the flow yeah, the flow yeah
Years in the makin’, and don’t y’all mistake it
I got ’em by a landslide, we talkin’ about races
You know this’ll never be a tie, just look at their laces
You know careers take off, just gotta be patient
Mr. One through Five, that’s the only logic
Fake my death, go to Cuba, that’s the only option

[Chorus]
If I gotta slap a pussy-ass nigga, I’ma make it look sexy
If I gotta go hard on a bitch, I’ma make it look sexy
I pull up, hop out, air out, made it look sexy
They won’t take me out my element
Nah, take me out my element

[Bridge]
Damned if I do, if I don’t (yuhhh)
Goddamn us all if you won’t(yuhhh)
Damn, damn, damn, it’s a goddamn shame
You ain’t frontline, get out the goddamn way

[Verse 3]
Niggas thought they wasn’t gonna see me, huh?
Niggas thought that K-Dot real life
Was the same life they see on TV, huh?
Niggas wanna flex on me and be in L.A. for free, huh?
Next time they hit the 10 freeway, we need receipt, huh?
‘Cause most of y’all ain’t real
Most of y’all gon’ squeal
Most of y’all just envy, but jealousy get you killed
Most of y’all throw rocks and try to hide your hand
Just say his name and I promise that you’ll see Candyman
Because it’s all in your eyes, most of y’all tell lies
Most of y’all don’t fade, most of y’all been advised
Last LP I tried to lift the black artists
But it’s a difference between black artists and wack artists

[Outro: Kendrick Lamar & Kid Capri]
If I gotta slap a pussy-ass nigga, I’ma make it look sexy
It’s the one and only, the world’s greatest, the Kid Capri
If I gotta go hard on a bitch, I’ma make it look sexy
I pull up, hop out, air out, made it look sexy
They won’t take me out my element
Nah, take me out my element

Declan McKenna – Brazil

I heard you sold the Amazon
To show the country that you’re from
Is where the world should want to be
For find something all people need
I’m faithless now though we win
Every time and I don’t know how
‘Cause I haven’t bought you
And I haven’t sold me
But the people are dying to get on TV
I heard he lives down a river somewhere
With six cars and a grizzly bear
He’s got eyes, but he can’t see
Well, he talks like an angel but he looks like me
Oh Lord, what have I become
I’m the face of God I’m my fathers’ son
I’m not, what you think you see
I know you can’t eat leather, but you can’t stop me
Why would you lie, why would you lie about how you feel
I’ve got a mission and my mission is real
Because you’ve had your chances, yeh you’ve had enough
I’m gonna burn your house down to spread peace and love
And it gets me down
Oh Lord how it gets me down
I heard he lives down a river somewhere
With six cars and a grizzly bear
He’s got eyes, but he can’t see
Well, he talks like an angel but he looks like me
Oh Lord
Oh Lord
Everybody plays a beautiful game out in Brazil
‘Cause it’s all you ever wanted and it’s all that you want still
Don’t you wanna play the beautiful game out in Brazil
I wanna play the beautiful game while I’m in Brazil
‘Cause everybody plays the beautiful game out in Brazil
And it’s all you’ve ever wanted, and it’s all that you want still
Don’t you wanna play the beautiful game out in Brazil
Oh yeah
I heard he lives down a river somewhere
With six cars and a grizzly bear
He’s got eyes, but he can’t see
Well, he talks like an angel but he looks like me
I heard he lives down a river somewhere
With six cars and a grizzly bear
He’s got eyes, but he can’t see
Well, he talks like an angel but he looks like me