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France says anti-fake news election law incoming

France’s president has said he plans to introduce new legislation aimed at curbing the spread of online fake news during election periods. Concern about how social media platforms are being misappropriated to channel and amplify disinformation has rocketed up the political agenda in recent years, most especially in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election and as more details have ...

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Germany says women at risk outside ‘safe zones’ instead of preventing attacks – former MI5 officer

“Safe zones” set up in Germany for women over fears of sexual assaults are targeting victims instead of perpetrators, who should be dealt with in order to prevent new attacks, says former MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon. More than a dozen incidents of sexual assault were reported at New Year celebrations in Berlin despite the establishment of “safe zones” for ...

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Rouhani says Iranians have right to protest, slams Trump’s comments

Published time: 31 Dec, 2017 18:27 Edited time: 31 Dec, 2017 18:47 Iranians are free to protest and criticize Iran’s government, President Hassan Rouhani has said, adding, that the protests should not descend into violence. He also blasted President Donald Trump’s comments on the protests. “People are absolutely free to criticise the government,” the Iranian president said Sunday, commenting on ...

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US Dollar & cryptocurrency are both virtual bubbles, says Russian bishop

Published time: 30 Dec, 2017 18:04 A top Russian Orthodox clergyman has warned of the “danger” of cryptocurrencies and modern financial instruments, saying its virtual nature makes it unpredictable and a tool for “usury.” “I personally think that cryptocurrency is a new financial bubble, a new Ponzi scheme, behind which there is nothing,” said Bishop Hilarion, chairman of the Department ...

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Russia says it sticks to UN sanctions on North Korea amid reports of illegal oil supplies

Published time: 30 Dec, 2017 11:25 Edited time: 30 Dec, 2017 11:28 Russia is fulfilling the UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions against North Korea, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in response to media reports on illegal shipments of oil. “Russia fully and strictly observes the sanctions regime,” the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. It also stressed the UN ...

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French director calls cops ‘bastards,’ says ‘reacted like a citizen’

Published time: 29 Dec, 2017 20:37 French director Matthieu Kassovitz has apologized “for insulting” French police after he described a group of officers as “good for nothing bastards.” He maintains though, that being harsh was essential to effect change. A police tweet on the outcome of a drug raid at the Nantes University Hospital served as the catalyst for Kassovitz’s ...

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‘Prayed too much:’ Russian mayor says divine consultation caused shortage of snow

Published time: 29 Dec, 2017 15:49 Can a person pray too much for something? The mayor of Kaliningrad appears to think so, saying “excessive praying” was behind the lack of snow in the western Russian city ahead of the New Year. “Apparently, we have prayed too much. But it has also done us some good, because you know the poor ...

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Trump says the cold east coast ‘could use a little’ global warming

Published time: 29 Dec, 2017 11:18 Trump says the east coast of the US could “use a little bit of that good old Global Warming” as it faces its coldest New Year’s Eve on record – appearing to either misunderstand or ignore the scientific evidence on climate change. US President Donald Trump, who is currently on a Christmas break in ...

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Putin says Russia should ditch petrol in favor of natural gas fuel

Published time: 28 Dec, 2017 13:19 Russia should follow the lead of Gazprom and have more cars running on natural gas instead of traditional gasoline, according to President Vladimir Putin. It is cheaper and more eco-friendly, he said. “Gas fuel is, of course, more environmentally friendly. And we have great competitive advantages in this because we have enough of this ...

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