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Duma committee approves draft law to protect Russian children from ‘Columbine’ web groups

The Russian Lower House committee for family, women and children has approved a bill ordering urgent action against internet groups – known as ‘Columbine’ communities – promoting child suicide and school attacks. The bill was drafted by State Duma Deputy Speaker Irina Yarovaya (United Russia), who said certain legislative “blank spots” must be removed, particularly by amending the law against ...

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Ceasefire agreement reached with leaders of armed groups in Syria’s Deraa province – Russian MoD

Published time: 7 Jul, 2018 07:22 Edited time: 7 Jul, 2018 07:46 A ceasefire agreement has been reached with leaders of armed groups in Syria’s Deraa province, Russia’s Defense Ministry has said. The leaders also agreed to surrender weaponry, according to the ministerial statement. “Following negotiations mediated by the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria in the ...

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EU, UN & rights groups condemn Israel’s plan to bulldoze West Bank Bedouin village

The UN Human Rights Office and many European countries have slammed Israel’s decision to demolish a small Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank. Activists claim Israel wants to use the land to expand settlements. Israeli authorities have moved three bulldozers to Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin herding village in the West Bank, following a court’s ruling that declared the settlement ...

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Going green? Somali terrorist group’s plastic bag ban aims to protect ‘humans and animals’

The Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate that has carried out suicide attacks and massacres across East Africa, has issued an eco-friendly edict banning plastic bags. Al-Shabaab’s radio station, Radio Andalus, announced on Sunday that the terrorist organization could no longer stand idly by and allow discarded plastic bags to pollute southern Somalia’s scenic beauty, saying that the dreadful ...

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Facebook tests ‘subscription Groups’ that charge for exclusive content

Facebook is starting to let Group admins charge $ 4.99 to $ 29.99 per month for access to special sub-Groups full of exclusive posts. A hand-picked array of parenting, cooking and “organize my home” Groups will be the first to get the chance to spawn a subscription Group open to their members. During the test, Facebook won’t be taking a cut, ...

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Too blatant to ignore? Human rights groups warn that ‘radical groups’ have free rein in Ukraine

Four human rights groups have issued a joint letter to the Ukrainian government, calling on Kiev to condemn attacks and threats committed by “radical groups” which promote hate and to hold the guilty parties accountable. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, and Freedom House sent a letter to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry and the Prosecutor General’s Office detailing ...

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‘Millions of lives at risk’: Humanitarian groups urge Saudi-led coalition to spare Yemeni civilians

Halting operations at the crucial Hodeidah port would have an enormous impact on people all across Yemen, humanitarian agencies have warned, urging the warring parties to spare innocent lives in their battle for the Red Sea city. “Hodeidah is a lifeline for millions and millions of Yemenis,” Iolanda Jaquemet, a spokeswoman from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), ...

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US interference in Irish referendum? Concerns raised over ‘foreign’ pro-life groups

Irish transparency activists have raised concerns around foreign interference from US pro-life groups ahead of the upcoming abortion referendum on Friday. US anti-abortion activists, describing themselves as ‘journalists,’ have been campaigning across the historically Catholic country, calling on Irish citizens to vote ‘no’ to repealing the 8th amendment. If the referendum passes, it would pave the way for liberalizing the ...

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Progressive advocacy groups call on the FTC to “make Facebook safe for democracy”

A team of progressive advocacy groups, including MoveOn and Demand Progress, are asking the Federal Trade Commission to “make Facebook safe for democracy.” According to Axios, the campaign, called Freedom From Facebook, is set to launch a six-figure ad campaign on Monday that will run on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, among other platforms. The other advocacy groups behind the campaign ...

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WhatsApp revamps Groups to fight Telegram

Facebook just installed its VP of Internet.org as the new head of WhatsApp after its CEO Jan Koum left the company. And now Facebook is expanding its mission to get people into “meaningful” groups to WhatsApp. Today, WhatsApp launched a slew of new features for Groups on iOS and Android that let admins set a description for their community and ...

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