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Erica Mena Talks Leaving Bow Wow, Says His Current Level Of Fame Bothers Him

International Business Times

Since their split in 2015, Erica Mena and Bow Wow have sent several shots at each other on social media, and now the former "Love & Hip-Hop" star is telling people exactly how she feels about him. In an interview with VladTV, Mena said although she tries to ignore her ex's posts, she still feels sorry for him at times. "Since leaving that situation, it doesn't really get attention from me or a reaction" said the 28-year-old. "I'll hear or see under my hashtag how he's re-posting a list of women he's been with and bragging about it ... and I just feel sorry … It's annoying to wake up one day to see pictures of me that he posts on his Facebook to try and make you guys believe that we're still together. I'm always thrown off by him," added Mena.

Bow Wow Blasts Erica Mena On Social Media For Lying; Says He Actually Broke Up With Her

International Business Times

Did Erica Mena leave Bow Wow or was it the other way around? That seems to be the current debate going on between the former couple after the New York model spoke about the breakup in a recent interview. According to Bow Wow, 29, his ex-fiancée was lying about ending the relationship, and he said there were witnesses around when they split. "Even the homies was there that day when it went down. That's between us, though," he wrote on VladTV's Instagram page, since VladTV is where Mena, 28, gave her interview.

Qatar's state news agency blames hackers for fake news story praising Israel and criticising allies

The Independent - Tech

Qatar's state-run news agency has been targeted by hackers who used their access to publishing platforms to distribute controversial statements falsely attributed to the Gulf state's monarch. The fake report published late on Tuesday quoted Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani commenting on a number of sensitive regional issues, including relations with other Middle Eastern countries and new US President Donald Trump. Mr al-Thani was quoted as saying "there is no wisdom in harbouring hostility towards Iran" and that relations with the Trump administration are "tense" despite a positive meeting between the two leaders in Riyadh, the Saudi Arabia capital, last week. Qatar's ties to Israel were "good", the false story also quoted the sovereign as saying, and he hoped to help broker a peace deal in the Arab-Israeli conflict. At the same time, the story attributed positive statements about Gaza-based extremist organisation Hamas to the ruler, which it called the "official representative of Palestinians."

Netflix removes comedy episode after Saudi complaint

BBC News

The second episode of Patriot Act, with US comedian Hasan Minhaj, was removed following an official complaint that it had violated Saudi anti-cybercrime law. Netflix confirmed the move to the UK's Financial Times (FT) newspaper. It said that it strongly supported artistic freedom but had to comply with local law. Despite the move, people in Saudi Arabia can still watch the episode on the show's YouTube channel. In the episode that was removed, Minhaj criticises Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

Israeli spyware firm fails to get hacking case dismissed

The Guardian

An Israeli judge has rejected an attempt by the spyware firm NSO Group to dismiss a case brought against it by a prominent Saudi activist who alleged that the company's cyberweapons were used to hack his phone. The decision could add pressure on the company, which faces multiple accusations that it sold surveillance technology, named Pegasus, to authoritarian regimes and other governments that have allegedly used it to target political activists and journalists. A Tel Aviv court ruled that the case brought by Omar Abdulaziz, a dissident based in Canada, could go ahead. In his lawsuit, he has argued that Saudi spies used Pegasus to read his conversations with Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist later murdered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. The Guardian understands that Abdulaziz and Khashoggi exchanged hundreds of messages in the months before he died.