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0.016% of accounts: Twitter catches a few more 'Russian trolls' as Congress-spurred hunt continues

Twitter has blocked another 1000 accounts it reckons posted Russian-linked “propaganda” to influence the 2016 US election, while admitting that only some eight percent of the sinister “Kremlin troll'” tweets were election-related. “We have identified an additional 1,062 accounts associated with the IRA [Internet Research Agency, a Russian entity habitually accused of meddling with US democracy]. We have suspended all ...

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Govt shutdown imminent as Senate fails to pass funding

Despite 11th-hour meetings between President Donald Trump and leaders of both parties in Congress, efforts to avert a government shutdown have all but failed. A sticking point was the status of over 700,000 illegal immigrants. With just 1 hour and 45 minutes of federal funding remaining late Friday night, the Senate fell short of the necessary 60 votes to limit ...

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Facebook to favor ‘trustworthy’ news sources – Zuckerberg

Feeling the pressure from Congress to ‘fix’ his social media platform, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has resorted to crowdsourcing the ratings system for “trustworthy” news sources appearing on users’ feeds. “I’ve asked our product teams to make sure we prioritize news that is trustworthy, informative, and local. And we’re starting next week with trusted sources,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook ...

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Vegas shooter possessed child porn, new ‘person of interest’ discovered in case

A new person of interest has been identified in the case of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, but authorities insist he acted alone in the massacre. On Friday, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) released an 81-page preliminary investigative report on Paddock that reveals a new person of interest in the case. However, investigations are ...

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NASA pulls first African-American ISS astronaut from mission

The first African-American astronaut assigned to the crew of the International Space Station, Jeanette Epps, has been ejected from the mission months before it was due to commence, NASA announced Thursday. New York native Epps was due to blast off onboard a Russian Soyuz flight from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in June, along with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and ...

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‘Shoot black kids’ smoking weed, police chief advises recruit

A former assistant police chief in Kentucky advised a recruit to “shoot” black youths smoking marijuana and to have sex with their mothers if he finds them attractive. While being interviewed by the police recruit who was writing a paper about “the right thing to do,” Todd Shaw, assistant chief in Prospect, Kentucky, was asked what to do if he ...

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New US defense strategy: Return to global dominance, slimming down Pentagon

After nearly two decades of focus on terrorism, the US military establishment is seeking to pivot back to great-power competition with Russia and China, preserving global dominance while rebuilding the “eroding” force. “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security,” says the new National Defense Strategy, published by the Pentagon Friday, the first such ...

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Crowds gather for ‘March for Life’ demo in Washington (IMAGES)

Thousands of anti-abortion advocates have descended on Washington DC for the annual March For Life demonstration at the National Mall. President Donald Trump addressed the crowd Friday, becoming the third sitting US president to do so. Trump, who spoke via satellite from the White House Rose Garden, followed a precedent set by his Republican predecessors Ronald Reagan, who spoke via ...

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‘Twitter talking down to people, as if they are not intelligent enough’

Twitter is treating people as if they’re not capable of making their own decisions in relation to alleged ‘Russian meddling’ in the 2016 US presidential vote, independent political commentator Adam Garrie has said. The social-media giant announced that it was preparing a tool to warn users if they were communicating with so-called “Russian trolls” during US election campaign in 2016. ...

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GOP  demand #ReleaseTheMemo on ‘shocking’ FISA abuses (after supporting surveillance law)  

Republican lawmakers demand the public release of a classified memo detailing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses under the Obama administration. The move comes as lawmakers reauthorized government surveillance powers. The House Intelligence Committee passed the motion introduced by Rep. Peter King (R-New York) Thursday. The measure was voted on along party lines, with all Democrats voting against the motion to ...

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