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Zuckerberg and Merkel

Facebook blacklists trending news

Trending news stories are blacklisted on a daily basis by social media giant Facebook, contractors for the website say.

Speaking on condition of anonymity to Gizmodo’s Michael Nunez, several journalists, hired by Facebook in 2014 to oversee its secretive “trending … Read the rest

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France wins $39bn contract for Australian subs

The largest naval public spending project in Australian history, worth some AU$50 billion ($38.5bn), has been awarded to a French company which will build 12 subs to replace and double the size of the Royal Australian Navy’s currently outdated submarine … Read the rest

Andrés Sepúlveda

How to rig an election

Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade.

For eight years, Sepúlveda, now 31, says he traveled the continent rigging major political campaigns.

Sepúlveda is Colombian, bricklike, with a shaved head, goatee, and a tattoo of a … Read the rest

End of the war, 1982, Port Stanley

UN rules against Britain on Falklands

Britain has rejected Argentine claims to the waters surrounding the Falkland Islands following a UN commission ruling that extended the South American nation’s maritime territory by 35 percent.

Downing Street dismissed the move as “not legally binding,” insisting the UN … Read the rest

The EgyptAir Airbus 320 on the tarmac at Larnaca airport, Cyprus

Latest: Hijacked EgyptAir plane in Cyprus

A  spokesman for Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry Ehab Raslan doubts whether a reported suicide hijackerd aboard an internal flight between Cairo and Alexandria had any explosives.

“I doubt that he had explosives because security has been heightened across all Egyptian … Read the rest

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visits Adra

Syrians return to their recaptured homes

Residents of Syria’s biggest industrial center — Adra (Damascus Province) — are returning to their houses, recaptured from terrorists, the city’s Mayor Jasim Mohammed al-Mahmoud told reporters on Friday.

Before the war, Adra was Syria’s biggest industrial city, where at … Read the rest

Spraying in Brazil

Zika less harmful than AZT, flu

The Zika virus is harmless but since late December the media has created a panic about it.

The campaign is ongoing. The New York Times alone has mentioned Zika in more than 250 stories since late December.

The virus is … Read the rest

No Picture

Russia ends cooperation with US on Afghanistan

For all the conflicts in the world in which Washington is at odds with Moscow, the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan has been one area where the Obama administration’s interests and Russia’s concerns coincide.

Disputes over the wars in Ukraine … Read the rest


Russia warns of ‘New World War’

Russia warned on Thursday that a “new world war” could start in Syria as Persian Gulf countries are saying they will send ground troops into the region, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Both Russia and the United States called for a … Read the rest