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Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:43:55 GMT
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Thu, 15 Nov 2018 03:25:19 GMT
Facebook reportedly discredited critics by linking them to George Soros

Facing a string of crises, Facebook hired a PR firm to push conspiracy theories about the billionaire, the New York Times reports

Facebook hired a PR firm that attempted to discredit the company’s critics by claiming they were agents of billionaire George Soros, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Soros is a Jewish philanthropist who is the frequent subject of antisemitic conspiracy theories. At the same time, the social media company urged the Anti-Defamation League to object to a cartoon used by anti-Facebook protesters over its resemblance to antisemitic tropes.

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Thu, 15 Nov 2018 02:43:00 GMT
Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested over domestic violence claim

Lawyer who targeted Trump over hush money allegations was taken into custody Wednesday

Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a critic of Donald Trump and the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday and booked on a felony domestic violence charge, Los Angeles police said.

The victim in the case had visible injuries, according to officer Tony Im, a police spokesman.

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:48:44 GMT
Chaos and confusion as Rohingya refugee repatriations set to begin

Bangladesh has said repatriations will be ‘totally voluntary’ but no refugees spoken to by the UN were willing

Bangladesh appears set to begin repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar on Thursday despite overwhelming evidence that none are willing to return voluntarily.

Thousands of the Rohingya refugees who had been put on a list “approved” for return to Myanmar this month have gone into hiding out of fear that, despite assurance by the Bangladesh authorities that repatriation will be “totally voluntary”, the security forces would swoop in at night, round them up from their shacks and forcibly send them across the border.

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Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:23:06 GMT
System error: Japan cyber security minister admits he has never used a computer

Yoshitaka Sakurada also seemed confused by the concept of a USB drive when asked in parliament

A Japanese minister in charge of cyber security has provoked astonishment by admitting he has never used a computer in his professional life, and appearing confused by the concept of a USB drive.

Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, is the deputy chief of the government’s cyber security strategy office and also the minister in charge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that Tokyo will host in 2020.

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Thu, 15 Nov 2018 02:22:00 GMT
El Chapo trial: accountant exposes details of cartel's vast operations

Jesús Zambada García lays out Sinaloa cartel’s complex financial structure as his former boss listens in New York

The inner workings – and vast financial scale – of what is alleged to be the world’s biggest narco-trafficking organisation, the Sinaloa cartel, began to be laid bare on Wednesday by a former leader of the syndicate, Jesús Zambada García, testifying against his own immediate boss, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, on trial in New York.

Zambada, the cartel’s chief accountant for more than 15 years, said his brother, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, and Guzman were considered the top leaders of the Sinaloa cartel.

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:38:46 GMT
France accuses Trump of lacking 'decency' over angry tweets on Paris attacks anniversary

Macron spokesman says Trump’s attacks on president came as France marked anniversary of Bataclan attacks in which 130 people were killed

A French government spokesman has criticised Donald Trump for displaying a lack of “common decency” when he attacked Emmanuel Macron on the anniversary of the 2015 Paris terror attacks.

Related: Trump ramps up Macron spat by mocking France in world wars

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Thu, 15 Nov 2018 03:36:32 GMT
California wildfires: death toll at 56 as sheriff releases names of missing

Thousands are displaced and the danger from fires in the state’s north and south is ‘far from over’

Fifty-six people have died in the Camp fire, authorities said Wednesday after they tracked down an additional eight remains outside and in the rubble of homes in Paradise.

The majority of victims, 47 in total, have been tentatively identified by authorities, the Butte county sheriff, Kory Honea said, but they are awaiting DNA confirmation. Some remains may never be recovered due to the extent of the fire.

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Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:21:26 GMT
Trump claims people wear disguises to vote illegally in Florida

President gives no evidence as he calls for new voter ID laws, saying ‘buying a box of cereal’ is qualification to vote

Donald Trump has claimed without evidence that people wear disguises to vote illegally in Florida as the state hurtles towards a Thursday deadline for completing vital election recounts.

Many of the swing state’s 67 counties have finished running their ballots through tallying machines for a second time to decide US Senate and governor’s races but, more than a week after election day, major Democratic strongholds are still struggling amid partisan recriminations, a barrage of lawsuits and untested allegations of fraud.

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:56:27 GMT
Republicans block Yemen war vote by sneaking rule change on to wildlife bill

As opposition to US involvement in war grows, House Republicans opted for rare procedural ploy that could prevent a vote

Congressional Republicans have used a highly unusual manoeuvre to stop a debate about US military involvement in Yemen, attaching a one-line rule change to a resolution about wolves.

Republicans won a vote on the procedural ploy in the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening, stopping a resolution aimed at ending US support for the Saudi and Emirati war effort in Yemen, by ensuring it does not go to the floor of the chamber for a debate.

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:00:12 GMT
Impact crater 19 miles wide found beneath Greenland glacier

Crater appears to be result of mile-wide iron meteorite just 12,000 years ago

A huge impact crater has been discovered under a half-mile-thick Greenland ice sheet.

The enormous bowl-shaped dent appears to be the result of a mile-wide iron meteorite slamming into the island at a speed of 12 miles per second as recently as 12,000 years ago.

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Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:25:22 GMT
New Zealand joins Bunnings sausage sizzle onion safety furore

Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison issue mock statement urging people to eat the onions ‘on top, or underneath, however you like’

Australians’ concerns at a Bunnings health and safety directive calling for onions to be served under sausages has migrated across the Tasman, with the leaders of the two countries issuing a mock joint statement.

Bunnings New Zealand confirmed it would also direct people running its stores’ sausage sizzles to follow the Australian directive, requiring the onions to go on first, followed by the sausage, to avoid a slip hazard if the onion fell out.

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Sat, 10 Nov 2018 07:30:33 GMT
Exploding buses, collapsing escalators – what's the matter with Rome's transit?

On Sunday, Romans will vote in a referendum to address a failing transport system that lags behind virtually all European capitals

The images were dramatic: a packed escalator giving way, hurtling dozens of passengers violently downward at Rome’s Repubblica metro station.

To many of the city’s residents, however, the 23 October accident was hardly shocking. The explosion of a bus in May on the central shopping street Via del Tritone was no less than the 10th bus to blow up in Rome this year. And although there were no reported injuries, there were 22 bus blasts last year and 14 in 2016, most of which were blamed on short circuits.

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Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:00:11 GMT
Quakes, mudslides, an active volcano: inside the world's riskiest city

Due to its unparalleled exposure to natural disasters, Manizales in central Colombia is globally recognised for its innovative approach to prevention and response

On the evening of 13 November 1985, Luz Estrella Arías was at home with her young daughter in Rio Claro, a hamlet in Caldas in the heart of Colombia’s coffee region. When she heard the roar, at first she thought it was a truck overturning. Then she heard the screams.

“My first instinct was to stay in the house,” she says. “My husband had a prize cockerel that we couldn’t afford to lose. But then the water started coming in, so I grabbed my daughter and stepped outside. The water swept me off my feet, but I managed to grab a coffee plant and hang on.” She swings from one of the pillars of her porch, recreating the gesture.

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Thu, 08 Nov 2018 07:30:06 GMT
Caught, gutted, sold: the final days of Dakar's traditional fish market

With a new €2m fishing quay due to open in Senegal’s capital in February, has modernity finally come for the Soumbedioune fishmongers?

Photographs by Xaume Olleros for the Guardian

It is not the large-eyed dentex’s lucky day. But it is Yelli Diop’s.

The Senegalese fisherman has had a very successful haul, and arrives back on Dakar’s shores with several boxes of fish in the hull. His brightly painted pirogue – a long, narrow canoe used by the fishermen here – is pulled up on the beach, a length of pipe wedged under it to keep it on the sand, and the orangey-pink fish unceremoniously dumped with dozens of its kin into a crate.

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Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:30:26 GMT
Urban mountains: Shenzhen's green rooftop project – in pictures

The Chinese megacity of 12 million people is crowded, polluted, and vulnerable to flooding. A rooftop garden is using plants to make stormwater work for the city, and to improve the livelihoods of residents

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