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Pentagon scrubs Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria troop numbers from latest report

The Pentagon’s quarterly report on the number of American troops serving overseas was released this week. Curiously, troop numbers for Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq were omitted from the report. Read more The report, released by the Defense Manpower Data Center, lists the number of armed-forces personnel in each state, and in each country overseas. The quarterly reports are usually released ...

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Smoke rises from debris of Algerian plane crash that killed 257 (VIDEO)

Footage from the scene shows the wreckage of an Algerian military plane in the aftermath of a crash that left 257 people dead. Emergency services are seen rushing to the site, where thick plumes of smoke rise from the debris. READ MORE: 257 killed as military plane crashes in Algeria The plane went down near Boufarik Airport, the base for the ...

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More AI, policing content & other revelations from Zuckerberg’s Senate testimony

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent five hours testifying to the Senate, defending the social network from charges of aiding ‘Russian meddling’ and even revealing a few trade secrets in the process. The marathon session on Tuesday involved members of the Senate Judiciary and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees. While the internet trolled Zuckerberg for using a booster seat ...

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Facebook begins blocking apps from accessing user data after 90 days of non-use

Facebook has rolled out a change that limits apps’ ability to access users’ data. The change comes hours before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress where it’s expected he will have to answer questions about how the company handles its users’ personal information, in wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal which saw the personal data of 87 million Facebook users ...

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YouTube hack: 2017 smash hit ‘Despacito’ deleted from video site

The most watched video on YouTube has been deleted in an apparent hack. Luis Fonzi’s hit ‘Despacito’ had been viewed more than 5 billion times before being deleted on Tuesday. The hackers, who go by the aliases Prosox and Kuroi’sh, seemingly hacked videos by more than a dozen artists writing the message ‘Free Palestine’ under a host of videos by ...

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Running from gas in Gaza: Palestinians resort to DIY protection during Great Return March (PHOTOS)

With plumes of smoke blanketing the Israel-Gaza border, Palestinians rallying for a second week have resorted to makeshift gas masks. They burned tires as cover from sniper fire. The IDF responded to the protest with tear gas. From old plastic bottles to onions to simple scarfs, all types of improvised protection were used by thousands of protesters on Friday.Some were ...

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Russian civil servants’ careers now depend on internet reviews from citizens

The Russian government has changed the assessment criteria for civil servants – now their careers will depend on feedback from ordinary citizens, as well as their reactions to reviews posted on the internet. The order, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and published on the government’s website on Friday, details the rules by which the work of heads of regional ...

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Facebook retracted Zuckerberg’s messages from recipients’ inboxes

You can’t remove Facebook messages from the inboxes of people you sent them to, but Facebook did that for Mark Zuckerberg and other executives. Three sources confirm to TechCrunch that old Facebook messages they received from Zuckerberg have disappeared from their Facebook inboxes, while their own replies to him conspiculously remain. An email receipt of a Facebook message from 2010 ...

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‘Arbitrary resistance’: House Intel chair Nunes demands Trump probe documents from FBI & DOJ

The FBI has until April 11 to give Congress the unredacted document that launched the 2016 probe into the Trump campaign or face legal action in federal court, House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes said. Almost two years since the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign, it remains a secret on what basis that probe was launched. ...

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Three-quarters of Russians say they need break from internet

More than three-quarters of Russians regularly feel the need to take a break from the internet, according to a recent poll. Most of those who have done so said that they didn’t suffer any negative effects as a result. Read more According to research conducted by the state-run public opinion research agency VTSIOM, by April 2018  the share of internet ...

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