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First Thing: Dozens arrested at Yale and NYU as pro-Palestine student protests spread

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Police have arrested dozens of pro-Palestine protesters at Yale University in Connecticut and Manhattan’s New York University as demonstrations over the Gaza war continue to unfold across US campuses.

The arrests came after Columbia University canceled in-person classes on Monday after protesters erected tent encampments on campus last week.

Students at Yale and New York University were calling for the institutions to divest from military weapons manufacturers. They defied warnings from the universities to vacate the area or face law enforcement and disciplinary action.

  • How many were arrested? At least 47 protesters on Yale campus; police in New York said the number of arrests would not be known until later.

  • What about at Columbia? More than 100 students were arrested on Thursday – but a new encampment has sprung up, hundreds of faculty members have held a mass walkout in protest to the university’s response, and it has triggered a wave of demonstrations in solidarity.

Trump’s hush-money trial resumes with National Enquirer publisher testimonyDonald Trump speaks to the media after the first day of <a href=opening arguments in his trial.” src=”” width=”445″ height=”267.11125″ loading=”lazy”/>Donald Trump speaks to the media after the first day of opening arguments in his trial. Photograph: Victor J Blue/AP

Donald Trump’s hush-money criminal trial in Manhattan continues on Tuesday morning – but before it does, the judge will consider prosecutors’ arguments that the former president has violated a gag order preventing him from publicly attacking witnesses and the jury.

The trial will continue with further testimony from David Pecker, a Trump ally and former publisher of the National Enquirer, whom prosecutors argue was key to illicit catch-and-kill efforts and the plan to bolster Trump’s odds in the 2016 election.

The prosecutor Matthew Colangelo argued on Monday that after announcing his presidential bid in 2015, Trump met with then lawyer Michael Cohen and Pecker to discuss a plot whereby Pecker would kill damaging stories about Trump.

  • What examples did prosecutors give of catch-and-kill tactics? They said it included AMI’s $150,000 payoff to the Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed to have had an extramarital affair with Trump.

Pedophiles create nude AI images of children to extort from them, says charityCloseup of a pair of hands typing on a laptop keyboardAccording to the IWF, criminals are advising each other on how to use artificial intelligence to create images that can be used to extort pictures from children. Photograph: Elise Amendola/AP

Pedophiles are advising each other on how to use artificial intelligence to create nude images of children to blackmail them into sharing more graphic material, a child abuse charity has said.

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which finds and removes child sexual abuse material online, said an almost 200-page manual discovered on the dark web contained a section encouraging criminals to use “nudifying” tools to remove clothing from pictures children sent of themselves in their underwear.

The IWF said the edited image could then be used to extort the child into sharing more extreme content.

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