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Facebook blocks Australian users from viewing or sharing news

Facebook blocks Australian users from viewing or sharing news

Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing or viewing news content on the platform, causing much alarm over public access to key information. It comes in response to a proposed law which would make tech giants pay for news content on their platforms. Australians on Thursday woke up to find that Facebook pages of all local and global news sites were unavailable. Several government health and emergency pages were also blocked - something Facebook later asserted was a mistake.Those outside of the country are also unable to read or access any Australian news publications on the...

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Biden VP pick: Susan Rice, the diplomat and lightning rod

Biden VP pick: Susan Rice, the diplomat and lightning rod

A former Obama White House official, Susan Rice, is a top contender to be Joe Biden's running mate. Even if she is not chosen as the vice-presidential nominee, she is likely to be a key player if he wins. So who is she? Speaking at a White House cocktail party shortly before Donald Trump moved in, Susan Rice looked wistful. "You'll miss us," she tells a journalist. Today Ms Rice, the 55-year-old former national security adviser, is hoping for a return to power. She is on the short list of candidates to become the Democratic vice-presidential nominee. If she is not chosen as vice-president...

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Hong Kong's handover explained

Hong Kong's handover explained

On 1 July, Hong Kong marks the 20th anniversary of the handover from British rule back to China. Here is what you need to know: Britain first took over Hong Kong island in 1842, after defeating China in the First Opium War. After the Second Opium War, Beijing was forced to also cede Kowloon in 1860, the area on the mainland opposite the island.In 1898, to enforce its control of the area, the UK leased additional land, known as the New Territories, promising to return them to China in 99 years. Hong Kong developed rapidly under UK rule, becoming one of the world's major financial and...

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Rare brain-eating amoeba case found in Florida

Rare brain-eating amoeba case found in Florida

A case of a rare brain-eating amoeba has been confirmed in Florida, according to health officials in the US state. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) said one person in Hillsborough County had contracted Naegleria fowleri. The microscopic, single-celled amoeba can cause an infection of the brain, and is usually fatal. Commonly found in warm freshwater, the amoeba enters the body through the nose. The DOH did not outline where the infection was contracted, or the patient's condition. The amoeba cannot be passed from person to person. Infections are typically seen in southern US...

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Call for clear face masks to be 'the norm'

Call for clear face masks to be 'the norm'

It's now part of daily life for many of us - struggling to work out what someone in a supermarket or at work is saying when they're wearing a face mask. But for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, masks can prevent them understanding anything at all. "You might as well be speaking in French," says Fizz Izagaren, a paediatric doctor in the UK who has been profoundly deaf since the age of two. "I can hear one or two words but it's random, it makes no sense… When someone is wearing a face mask I've lost the ability to lip read and I've lost facial expressions - I have lost the key things...

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미국, 코로나19로 WHO 자금 지원 중단한다

미국, 코로나19로 WHO 자금 지원 중단한다

미국 도널드 트럼프 대통령은 14일(현지시간) 미 행정부에 세계보건기구(WHO)에 대한 자금 지원을 중단하라고 지시했다고 밝혔다. 그는 WHO가 신종 코로나바이러스 감염증(코로나19) 대응 과정에서 "기본 임무에 실패했다"고 말했다. 앞서 그는 중국에서 바이러스가 처음 발생한 뒤, WHO가 이를 제대로 관리하지 못했고 확산 사실을 은폐했다면서 책임을 져야 한다고 비난했다. 한편, 트럼프 대통령은 코로나19 대처로 자국에서 비판을 받아왔다. 이날 백악관에서 열린 기자회견에서 그는 "WHO 역할에 대한 평가가 진행되는 동안 미 행정부에 자금 지원 중단을 지시했다. 이 기구는 코로나19를 심각하게 잘못 관리했고, 확산을 은폐했다"고 말했다. "WHO는 기본 임무에 실패했다. 반드시 책임을 져야 한다."트럼프 대통령 발언에 대해 유엔 안토니오 구테헤스 사무총장은 지금은 WHO에 주는 자원을 줄일 때가 아니라고 말했다. 미국은 WHO의 가장 큰 단일 자금 지원처로, 지난해 기구 총 예산의 약 15%에 가까운 4억달러(약 4864억원)를 냈다. WHO홈페이지에 따르면 2018-19년 중국의 지원금은 7600만달러(약 924억원)였다. 추가로 자발적인 지원금이...

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Beatles' handwritten Hey Jude notes fetch £731,000

Beatles' handwritten Hey Jude notes fetch £731,000

Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics for The Beatles' song Hey Jude have sold at auction for £731,000 ($910,000). The anonymous buyer purchased the item for almost six times more than the £128,000 estimate. Sir Paul wrote the 1968 hit to console the young Julian Lennon after the divorce of the boy's parents John and Cynthia. The lyrics sheet was among more than 250 items auctioned to mark 50 years since the Liverpool band broke up. Sir Paul previously said: "I was quite mates with Julian. I was going out in my car just vaguely singing this song, 'Hey Jules, don't make it bad…'. "Then I...

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Trump halts travel from Europe to US

Trump halts travel from Europe to US

US President Donald Trump has announced sweeping new travel restrictions on Europe in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In a televised address, he said travel from 26 European countries would be suspended for the next 30 days. But he said the "strong but necessary" restrictions would not apply to the UK, where 460 cases of the virus have now been confirmed. There are 1,135 confirmed cases of the virus across the US, with 38 deaths. "To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe," Mr Trump said from the Oval Office on Wednesday...

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Wearable to spot Alzheimer's being developed

Wearable to spot Alzheimer's being developed

An ambitious project to develop a wearable device to detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease has been launched. The Early Detection of Neurodegenerative diseases (Edon) is being spearheaded by charity Alzheimer's Research UK. It will initially analyse data from continuing studies into the disease, using artificial intelligence. And this data will be used to design a prototype device within three years. Wearables collect a variety of data including gait, heart rate and sleep patterns and the hope is by analysing this data, researchers can begin to map signs of the disease years before...

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The entrepreneur stopping food waste

The entrepreneur stopping food waste

For many people, leaving the stability of a well-paid job to join a start-up might seem daunting. For Danish entrepreneur Mette Lykke, it's a leap she's made not just once, but twice. Back in 2007 she was working for management consultancy firm McKinsey, but decided it was time to change direction. "I was missing the feeling of having a real impact," she says. In a serendipitous twist she was in New York when a stranger came over and handed her a postcard. It read: "Whatever our wildest dreams may be, they only scratch the surface of what's possible." "It was just a nice sign," the...

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Misleading maps of Australia fires go viral

Misleading maps of Australia fires go viral

Maps and pictures of Australia's unprecedented bushfires have spread widely on social media.Users are posting them to raise awareness of the devastating fires, but some of the viral maps are misleading, spreading disinformation about the crisis.The months-long fires have killed at least 25 people and millions of animals, and . After milder weather brought brief respite last weekend, fire crews are preparing again for worsening conditions as temperatures are predicted to soar on Friday.One image shared widely by Twitter users, including by singer Rihanna, was interpreted as a map showing the...

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Separatist protest draws 350,000 in Barcelona

Separatist protest draws 350,000 in Barcelona

Separatists in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain, are gathering for a march in Barcelona in protest at the jailing of their leaders nearly two weeks ago. Previous protests in the regional capital drew hundreds of thousands of supporters, but were marred by rioting which saw more than 600 people injured. Organisers are calling for a peaceful march which will also underline support for self-determination. Spanish unionists plan to hold their own mass rally in the city on Sunday. Nine separatist leaders were jailed on 14 October by Spain's Supreme Court for between nine and 13 years after...

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Black woman killed by US police in own bedroom

Black woman killed by US police in own bedroom

A black woman was shot dead by police through her own bedroom window in the early hours of Saturday morning, after a request to check on her welfare. Atatiana Jefferson, 28, had been living at the residence in Fort Worth, Texas with her eight-year-old nephew. A neighbour had called a non-emergency police number after growing concerned that her front door was open at night. Police have released body cam footage of the incident, which shows an officer shooting within seconds of seeing her. The clip shows police searching the perimeter of the residential property, before noticing a figure at...

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Shell forced to burn off gas it cannot sell

Shell forced to burn off gas it cannot sell

Shell has been forced to burn off "significant" volumes of ethane because it cannot sell it to a firm that has temporarily shut down its plant with flaring issues in Fife. Residents living near the Mossmorran site thought flaring would be reduced after Exxonmobil closed in August. However, flares have continued to burn because Shell's only ethane customer is Exxonmobil, which shares the site. Shell said it was "actively exploring alternative ethane outlets". Exxonmobil chose to temporarily close its plant to undertake maintenance on its boilers. Shell's Fife Natural Gas Liquids plant...

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Paris police attack: Four killed by knife-wielding man

Paris police attack: Four killed by knife-wielding man

A knife-wielding employee has killed four fellow members of staff at police headquarters in the centre of the French capital, Paris.The attacker, who has not been named, was later shot dead by police.Witnesses described scenes of panic, with many people fleeing the building in tears. The area in the île de la Cité has been sealed off. The attack comes a day after police went on strike across France over increasing violence towards officers.There has been no official statement so far on a possible motive for the attack.However, police union officials have suggested the attacker may have been...

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Home - BBC News

Home - BBC News

Canada's PM Justin Trudeau is dogged by revelations he wore blackface as he fights for a further term.Canada's PM Justin Trudeau is dogged by revelations he wore blackface as he fights for a further term.The prime minister's racism mea culpa deals a heavy blow to his carefully cultivated political brand.US media report that his comments to an unnamed foreign leader sparked a formal complaint.Families are being preyed on by Mexican cartels as they wait to cross the US border.As Friends turns 25, fans born after it started seem to love it just as much as their parents did.European Commission...

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Water Found for First Time on 'Potentially Habitable' Planet

Water Found for First Time on 'Potentially Habitable' Planet

Astronomers have for the first time discovered water in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting within the habitable zone of a distant star. The finding makes the world - which is called K2-18b - a plausible candidate in the search for alien life. Within 10 years, new space telescopes might be able to determine whether K2-18b's atmosphere contains gases that could be produced by living organisms. Details were published in the scientific journal Nature Astronomy. The lead scientist, Prof Giovanna Tinetti of University College London (UCL), described the discovery as "mind blowing". "This is...

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Parliament to be Suspended in September

Parliament to be Suspended in September

Parliament will be suspended just days after MPs return to work in September - and only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline. Boris Johnson said a Queen's Speech would take place after the suspension, on 14 October, to outline his "very exciting agenda". But it means the time MPs have to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit on 31 October would be cut. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was a "constitutional outrage". The Speaker, who does not traditionally comment on political announcements, continued: "However it is dressed up, it is blindingly obvious that the purpose of...

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Amazon fires: Brazilian rainforest burning at record rate, space agency warns

Amazon fires: Brazilian rainforest burning at record rate, space agency warns

Brazil's Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires this year, according to new data from the country's space research agency. The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) said its satellite data showed an 83% increase on the same period in 2018. It comes weeks after President Jair Bolsonaro fired the head of the agency amid rows over its deforestation data. Smoke from the fires caused a blackout in the city of Sao Paulo on Monday. The daytime blackout, which lasted for about an hour, came after strong winds brought in smoke from forest fires burning in the states of...

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'World shrugging' as Syria death toll mounts

'World shrugging' as Syria death toll mounts

More than 100 people, including 26 children, have died in air strikes on hospitals, schools, markets and bakeries in north-west Syria in the past 10 days, a top UN official says.Human rights chief Michelle Bachelet blamed the attacks in rebel-held areas on the government and its allies.But the attacks were met with "apparent international indifference", she said.Syria and its ally Russia have both denied targeting civilians in air strikes in the Idlib region.Speaking to reporters, Ms Bachelet criticised the "failure of leadership by the world's most powerful nations".The rising death toll...

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China separating Muslim children from families

China separating Muslim children from families

China is deliberately separating Muslim children from their families, faith and language in its far western region of Xinjiang, according to new research. At the same time as hundreds of thousands of adults are being detained in giant camps, a rapid, large-scale campaign to build boarding schools is under way. Based on publicly available documents, and backed up by dozens of interviews with family members overseas, the BBC has gathered some of the most comprehensive evidence to date about what is happening to children in the region. Records show that in one township alone more than 400...

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Hong Kong police evict parliament protesters

Hong Kong police evict parliament protesters

Police firing tear gas have evicted protesters who stormed and ransacked Hong Kong's parliament. Activists had occupied the Legislative Council (LegCo) building for hours after breaking away from a protest on the anniversary of Hong Kong's transfer of sovereignty to China from Britain. After midnight (16:00 GMT), hundreds of police secured the building following a warning to protesters to clear it.It follows weeks of unrest in the city over a controversial extradition law. Hundreds of thousands took part in the earlier protest - the latest rally against a proposed law that critics fear...

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Facebook plans to launch crypto-currency

Facebook plans to launch crypto-currency

Facebook is finalising plans to launch its own crypto-currency next year.It is planning to set up a digital payments system in about a dozen countries by the first quarter of 2020.The social media giant wants to start testing its crypto-currency, which has been referred to internally as GlobalCoin, by the end of this year.Facebook is expected to outline plans in more detail this summer, and has already spoken to Bank of England governor Mark Carney.Founder Mark Zuckerberg met Mr Carney last month to discuss the opportunities and risks involved in launching a crypto-currency.Facebook has...

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John McCain: The angry politics of late senator's death

John McCain: The angry politics of late senator's death

On Saturday night prominent figures across the political spectrum offered messages honouring the life and legacy of John McCain. They noted his heroism, his sense of duty and patriotism, his friendships with those of differing viewpoints and his willingness on occasion to reach across the political aisle to find common cause with ideological rivals.In the hours since, the gloss of unity is being methodically stripped away, exposing the raw flesh of the current American political condition.The drama, as it often has in the past year and a half, begins at the top. Shortly after McCain's death...

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Measles cases hit record high in Europe

Measles cases hit record high in Europe

Cases of measles in Europe have hit a record high, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 41,000 people have been infected in the first six months of 2018, leading to 37 deaths. Last year there were 23,927 cases and the year before 5,273. Experts blame this surge in infections on a drop in the number of people being vaccinated. In England, there have been 807 cases so far this year. The WHO is calling on to take action. Public Health England say the outbreaks in England are largely due to people who have travelled to areas of mainland Europe that have had...

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