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Senate committee wants to grill Zuckerberg over Facebook data scandal

A US Senate committee wants Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify on the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed how Facebook users’ data was used by the consulting firm to influence the 2016 US Presidential election. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the chairman and ranking member of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, made the demand in ...

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Govt shutdown avoided as Trump withdraws threat & signs spending bill

A US government shutdown has been avoided as President Donald Trump signed the $ 1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. Trump had earlier threatened to veto the legislation over immigration issues. Trump tweeted Friday morning that he was considering blocking the bill because of a lack of funding for the Mexican border wall and because 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ...

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Inappropriate meetings & ineffective intel: Key findings of House Committee on Russia probe

The House Intelligence Committee has released a summary of their 14-month probe, which says Donald Trump and his associates did not collude with Russia. Apart from some peculiar lines, it looks like a recap of media headlines. The full report, which is “based on 70-plus witness interviews and more than 300,000 documents collected,” is not going to be made public for ...

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‘His life matters’: Protests sweep Sacramento after police fatally shoot unarmed black man

Huge protests have gripped Sacramento after a video of police fatally shooting an unarmed black man was released. The distressing footage which quickly went viral showed the moment officers mistook the man’s cell phone for a gun. Demonstrators filled the streets of California’s capital on Thursday evening.  They were heard chanting “It’s not a gun, it’s a phone.” READ MORE: ‘Gun, ...

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US Congress passes colossal $1.3 trillion budget

The US House of Representatives and Senate has approved, at the 11th hour, a $ 1.3 trillion spending package, narrowly averting a federal government shutdown. Funds were due to run out on Friday. The bill, proposing a record increase in military funding, has been sent to President Donald Trump for enactment into law. The House approved the budget earlier on ...

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‘Trump lining up war cabinet’? Bolton’s elevation to NSC adviser fuels alarm

Donald Trump’s cabinet reshuffles have fueled concerns, not least after the latest appointment of hawkish John Bolton as national security adviser, just days after installing a former CIA chief as the new secretary of state. On Thursday afternoon Donald Trump decided to sack Gen. HR McMaster from his national security adviser post, replacing him with John Bolton. The former US ...

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US to allocate $250mn to ‘tackle Russian influence’ amid soaring military spending & budget deficit

The US is allocating $ 250 million to counter Russian influence, according to a government spending bill, which also provides for a record boost in US defense spending and a significant sum for military assistance to Ukraine. With claims and allegations of Russian meddling swirling around Washington DC since the 2016 election, “not less than $ 250,000,000 shall be made ...

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