Hanging death of US black man ruled suicide

Hanging death of US black man ruled suicide

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Image copyright GoFundMe Image caption Robert Fuller's family were sceptical of the initial suicide finding A black man who was found hanging from a tree in a California park died by suicide, authorities have said.Robert Fuller, 24, had a history of mental illness and took his own life on 10 June in Palmdale, Los Angeles…
Facebook adds labels as Unilever joins boycott

Facebook adds labels as Unilever joins boycott

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Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has said it will start to label potentially harmful posts that it leaves up because of their news value.The more hands-on approach comes as the social media firm faces growing pressure to take stronger action to moderate the content on its platform. More than 90 advertisers have joined a boycott…
First night out since lockdown begins in England

First night out since lockdown begins in England

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Image copyright Reuters People across England are beginning their first night out in three months, after coronavirus restrictions eased.Hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants as well as hairdressers, cinemas and theme parks have reopened with strict social distancing rules.But ministers have urged caution and England's chief medical officer said the latest step was not…
A letter to our newborn American daughter

A letter to our newborn American daughter

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters cross the Brooklyn Bridge to protest against police brutality You were born on the third night of curfew and in the third month of the Covid lockdown, entering the world as around us an epic history swirled. When your mother went into labour, police helicopters circled above our…
Starbucks suspends social media ads over hate speech

Starbucks suspends social media ads over hate speech

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Image copyright Getty Images Starbucks has announced it will suspend advertising on some social media platforms in response to hate speech.The coffee giant joins global brands including Coca-Cola, Diageo and Unilever which have recently removed advertising from social platforms.A Starbucks spokesperson told the BBC the social media "pause" would not include YouTube, owned by Google."We…
US has ‘serious problem’ with virus, says Fauci

US has ‘serious problem’ with virus, says Fauci

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Texas has seen a serious spike in Covid-19 cases US infectious disease chief Dr Anthony Fauci says the nation has a "serious problem" as 16 states reel from a spike in Covid-19 cases.At the first White House task force briefing in two months, Dr Fauci said: "The only way…
Flu virus with ‘pandemic potential’ found in China

Flu virus with ‘pandemic potential’ found in China

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Image copyright Getty Images A new strain of flu which has the potential to become pandemic has been identified in China by scientists. It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say. The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to…
Coronavirus updates: Texas and Florida clamp down again

Coronavirus updates: Texas and Florida clamp down again

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SummaryThe US states of Florida and Texas have reinstated curbs on bars to battle a surge in infectionsAmerica has recorded around 2.5 million cases and at least 125,000 deathsUK travel companies say holiday bookings have "exploded" on news that restrictions are being easedDelhi is now India's worst-hit area, with about 73,000 recorded cases and at…
US phone giant Verizon joins Facebook ad boycott

US phone giant Verizon joins Facebook ad boycott

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Image copyright Getty Images US telecoms operator Verizon has become the latest major company to pull advertising from Facebook platforms.The company joins Ben and Jerry's and a growing list of firms boycotting the social media giant over its handling of controversial posts.Verizon is believed to be the biggest advertiser so far to back the Stop…
Radiation leak ‘not from Russian nuclear plants’

Radiation leak ‘not from Russian nuclear plants’

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant is operating normally, Russian officials said Russia has said a leak of nuclear material detected over Scandinavia did not come from one of its power plants.Nuclear safety watchdogs in Finland, Norway and Sweden said last week they had found higher-than-usual amounts of radioactive isotopes…