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LinkedIn to relaunch Groups in the flagship app as it looks to reverse ‘ghost town’ image

LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social networking platform for the working world with over 500 million users, is making a significant change as it continues to look for ways to make its platform more useful (and used). The company is relaunching Groups by rolling it into its main app by the end of the month after quietly pulling the standalone app earlier ...

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French town now ‘too rich’ to tax residents

A French village may stop charging its residents taxes after state auditors found that the local council already has too much money in its accounts. Le Perthus, a Pyrenees town on the French-Spanish border, earns close to €800,000 ($ 936,000) per year from parking facilities used by visitors who cross to Spain to buy cheaper goods. The income, and the ...

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Rain check: Residents of Russian town taxed for rain

Local residents in a Russian town were appalled to discover that they are being taxed for rain. The information was exposed after a resident in Russia’s Perm region noticed an additional fee on her monthly utility bill, local newspaper Iskra reports. Read more The payment was “for sewage,” according to the bill. Tenants of the same apartment building turned to ...

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Turkish & US troops coordinate ‘independent’ patrols near Kurdish-held town in Syria

Turkish and US troops have begun separate patrols along the line dividing the Turkish-controlled areas from the Kurdish-held town of Manbij, northern Syria, after Ankara and Washington agreed a “roadmap” on the Kurds’ withdrawal. “As per the Manbij Roadmap and Safety Principles previously agreed upon, independent patrol activities by soldiers of Turkish Armed Forces and US Armed Forces have begun ...

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Residents of flooded Russian town stage ‘Venice festival’ to solve urban problem

Residents of a Siberian town staged a Venice carnival in an attempt to attract the city council’s attention to the aching problem of flooded pedestrian crossings. In the satirical video, dressed-up residents – from Ob in the Novosibirsk region – draw parallels between their city and the famous Italian romantic spot in an attempt to have authorities recognize the importance ...

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Mayor of French ‘Jihadi capital’ calls on the state to stop Islamism from flourishing in his town

The mayor of a southern French town known in the media as the ‘Jihadi capital’ and ‘French Molenbeek’ has called upon the state to prevent the “radicalized Muslim community” from “flourishing” in Lunel. “I solemnly appeal to the state to prevent fundamentalist Islamic movements from flourishing freely in Lunel,” Mayor Claude Arnaud wrote in an emotional letter, first seen by ...

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Not your average household cleaner: Russian town plans new ‘Novichok’ brand of products

The mayor of the Russian town of Shikhany says his administration plans to copyright a ‘Novichok’ brand of household cleaning products, and thanked UK journalists for promoting it. “I have commanded that the town administration works through the issue of copyrighting the word ‘Novichok’ as a brand name for a line of household cleaning products,” Andrey Tatarinov said in an ...

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‘The city won’t give us land, so we’re taking it’: Police & protesters clash in Cape Town (VIDEO)

Violence erupted at an informal settlement outside Cape Town, South Africa as authorities evicted locals illegally occupying land. Police opened fire as protesters looted stores and set nearby vegetation on fire. Protesters, who say they are fed up with overcrowding and a lack of housing in Vrygrond, have earmarked a piece of land they want to move to and erected ...

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Virgin Mary ‘apparition’ attracts hundreds to German town (VIDEO)

Hundreds of devout Christians have gathered at a small chapel in the German town of Unterflossing where they are hoping to catch a glimpse of the Virgin Mary. Salvatore Caputa, a self-proclaimed Sicilian prophet, said that the mother of Christ would appear at the St. Laurentius Chapel at 4.30pm local time Saturday. Caputa said it would be her third appearance. ...

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Erdogan: Syria’s Afrin town center ‘entirely under control,’ Kurds ‘fled’

The Turkish military and allied forces have taken full control of the Syrian city of Afrin, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Sunday. Kurdish YPG forces had previously maintained control of the area. The pro-Turkish forces entered the city before dawn and faced no resistance from Kurdish fighters, who had already withdrawn, according to reports. Erdogan said in a televised ...

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