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 companyâs 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.Continue reading... [ + ]
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.Continue reading... [ + ]
Bangladesh has said repatriations will be âtotally voluntaryâ 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 âapprovedâ for return to Myanmar this month have gone into hiding out of fear that, despite assurance by the Bangladesh authorities that repatriation will be âtotally voluntaryâ, the security forces would swoop in at night, round them up from their shacks and forcibly send them across the border.Continue reading... [ + ]
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 governmentâs cyber security strategy office and also the minister in charge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that Tokyo will host in 2020.Continue reading... [ + ]
JesÃºs Zambada GarcÃa lays out Sinaloa cartelâs complex financial structure as his former boss listens in New York
The inner workings â and vast financial scale â of what is alleged to be the worldâs biggest narco-trafficking organisation, the Sinaloa cartel, began to be laid bare on Wednesday by a former leader of the syndicate, JesÃºs Zambada GarcÃa, testifying against his own immediate boss, JoaquÃn âEl Chapoâ GuzmÃ¡n, on trial in New York.
Zambada, the cartelâs chief accountant for more than 15 years, said his brother, Ismael âEl Mayoâ Zambada, and Guzman were considered the top leaders of the Sinaloa cartel.Continue reading... [ + ]
Macron spokesman says Trumpâs 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 âcommon decencyâ when he attacked Emmanuel Macron on the anniversary of the 2015 Paris terror attacks.Continue reading... [ + ]
Thousands are displaced and the danger from fires in the stateâs north and south is âfar from overâ
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.Continue reading... [ + ]
President gives no evidence as he calls for new voter ID laws, saying âbuying a box of cerealâ 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 stateâs 67 counties have finished running their ballots through tallying machines for a second time to decide US Senate and governorâs 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.Continue reading... [ + ]
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.Continue reading... [ + ]
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.Continue reading... [ + ]
Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison issue mock statement urging people to eat the onions âon top, or underneath, however you likeâ
Australiansâ 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 storesâ 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.Continue reading... [ + ]
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 Romeâs Repubblica metro station.
To many of the cityâs 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.Continue reading... [ + ]
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 ArÃas was at home with her young daughter in Rio Claro, a hamlet in Caldas in the heart of Colombiaâs coffee region. When she heard the roar, at first she thought it was a truck overturning. Then she heard the screams.
âMy first instinct was to stay in the house,â she says. âMy husband had a prize cockerel that we couldnât 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.â She swings from one of the pillars of her porch, recreating the gesture.Continue reading... [ + ]
With a new â¬2m fishing quay due to open in Senegalâs capital in February, has modernity finally come for the Soumbedioune fishmongers?
Photographs by Xaume Olleros for the Guardian
It is not the large-eyed dentexâs lucky day. But it is Yelli Diopâs.
The Senegalese fisherman has had a very successful haul, and arrives back on Dakarâs shores with several boxes of fish in the hull. His brightly painted pirogue â a long, narrow canoe used by the fishermen here â 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.Continue reading... [ + ]
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 residentsContinue reading... [ + ]