Facebook bows to Brazil court order, bans pro-Bolsonaro profiles

Facebook bows to Brazil court order, bans pro-Bolsonaro profiles

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro filed a lawsuit last week demanding the accounts to be unblocked [File: Adriano Machado/Reuters] Facebook has announced it has obeyed a Brazilian judge's order for a worldwide block on the accounts of 12 of President Jair Bolsonaro's supporters who are under investigation for allegedly running a fake news network. Supreme Court…
DHS official ‘removed’ after protester, journalist ‘monitoring’

DHS official ‘removed’ after protester, journalist ‘monitoring’

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The head of a Department of Homeland security (DHS) office that reportedly compiled intelligence reports on journalists and protesters amid the continuing demonstrations in Portland, Oregon has been reassigned, according to US media.  Brian Murphy, who headed the Intelligence and Analysis Office, has been reassigned within the department, the Washington Post, Politico news site, and…
DA seeking Trump taxes cites reports of ‘criminal conduct’

DA seeking Trump taxes cites reports of ‘criminal conduct’

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Lawyers for a Manhattan prosecutor trying to get President Donald Trump's tax returns have told a judge that the request is justified because of public reports of "extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization". Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr has been seeking eight years of the Republican president’s personal and corporate tax…
Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa aims to consolidate power in key polls

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa aims to consolidate power in key polls

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Sri Lankans are set to vote in a parliamentary election in which President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, facing a fractured opposition, is widely expected to consolidate his power, a result rights groups warn could lead to deepening authoritarianism in the island nation. More than 16 million voters are eligible to go to the polls when they open…
Air India plane crash lands in southern India, several wounded

Air India plane crash lands in southern India, several wounded

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The flight with 190 passengers and crew on board was repatriating Indians stranded overseas amid the coronavirus pandemic [Anadolu] At least 14 people were killed and dozens wounded when a passenger jet skidded off the runway after landing in heavy rain in the southern state of Kerala, officials and police have said. The Air India…
Israel army hits squad ‘placing explosives’ along Syria frontier

Israel army hits squad ‘placing explosives’ along Syria frontier

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The Israeli army has said it targeted a group of four people who had planted explosives along the border fence with Syria on the occupied Golan Heights. Soldiers spotted the group near a frontier outpost overnight and, backed by air support, "fired simultaneously towards the squad of four terrorists, a hit was identified," the military…
Australia sees biggest rise in coronavirus deaths: Live updates

Australia sees biggest rise in coronavirus deaths: Live updates

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The Australian state of Victoria reported 19 deaths overnight as it battles a resurgence of the virus in Melbourne. Nearly 200 doctors in India have died after contracting COVID-19, the India Medical Association reported. At least 19.86 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and more than 731,300 have died. More than…
Republican renomination of Trump to be held in private

Republican renomination of Trump to be held in private

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While Trump called off the public components of the party convention in Florida last month, delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina to make him th Republican standard-bearer once more [Patrick Semansky/AP] The Republican Party vote to nominate President Donald Trump will be conducted in private later this month, without members of the…
Mauritius declares emergency over oil spill from grounded ship

Mauritius declares emergency over oil spill from grounded ship

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Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius have stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tonnes of fuel leaking from a grounded ship put endangered wildlife in further peril. The government on Saturday declared an environmental emergency as satellite images showed a dark slick spreading…
Curfew in Kashmir ahead of autonomy revocation anniversary

Curfew in Kashmir ahead of autonomy revocation anniversary

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Authorities imposed a curfew in many parts of Indian-administered Kashmir on Tuesday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of India's controversial decision to revoke the disputed region's semi-autonomy. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, a civil administrator, said the security lockdown was clamped in the region's main city of Srinagar in view of information about protests planned…