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Trump refutes ‘fake’ report of Moscow paying bounties to Taliban for killing US troops - rt

Trump refutes ‘fake’ report of Moscow paying bounties to Taliban for killing US troops

Donald Trump said he hasn’t discussed with Vladimir Putin the media report claiming that Russia had paid the Taliban in Afghanistan to kill US troops. This so-called ‘intelligence’ never even reached his desk, he repeated.
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Industrial area near Tehran goes up in flames as Iran suffers string of mysterious fires & explosions - rt

Industrial area near Tehran goes up in flames as Iran suffers string of mysterious fires & explosions

Firefighters are battling a blaze that tore through several industrial buildings outside Tehran. Iran has seen numerous fires and explosions in recent weeks, fueling speculation about possible sabotage. 
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North Korea ‘probably’ developed miniaturized nukes to fit ballistic missiles, ‘confidential’ UN report says - rt

North Korea ‘probably’ developed miniaturized nukes to fit ballistic missiles, ‘confidential’ UN report says

Pyongyang has highly likely developed nuclear warheads capable of fitting ballistic missiles in its arsenal, and is making other progress in its weapons program, according to a report submitted to the UN Security Council.
rt - 5 hours ago
Virgin Media becomes UK’s largest gigabit broadband provider - metro

Virgin Media becomes UK’s largest gigabit broadband provider

The company has overtaken BT Openreach
metro - 11 hours ago
Singapore to tag visitors with electronic monitoring devices to ensure Covid-19 quarantine compliance - rt

Singapore to tag visitors with electronic monitoring devices to ensure Covid-19 quarantine compliance

New arrivals to Singapore won’t necessarily have to quarantine at a government facility during the pandemic - some, including residents, will receive an electronic monitoring device that will alert authorities if they leave home.
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Netanyahu’s son calls Israeli protestors ‘aliens,’ says daddy laughs at them - rt

Netanyahu’s son calls Israeli protestors ‘aliens,’ says daddy laughs at them

Thousands of Israelis who have been protesting against Benjamin Netanyahu are “aliens” who make the embattled Prime Minister laugh, his son, Yair Netanyahu, told a local radio station.
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Public Submissions for Mississippi’s New Flag Are Exactly What You’d Expect - vice

Public Submissions for Mississippi’s New Flag Are Exactly What You’d Expect

Beers cans, eggplant emojis, and, of course, Elvis.
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Four-month-old baby knocked unconscious amid pub brawl - metro

Four-month-old baby knocked unconscious amid pub brawl

The child was rushed to hospital and received treatment for a minor head injury.
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Israel strikes ‘military targets’ near Syria’s Damascus – reports - rt

Israel strikes ‘military targets’ near Syria’s Damascus – reports

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First new musical since pandemic began to have London premiere in pub garden - channel 4

First new musical since pandemic began to have London premiere in pub garden

London is getting a premiere of the first new musical since the pandemic began at a specially designed theatre space in a pub garden.
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Drakeford says people in Wales should not travel to parts of north-west England unless absolutely necessary - channel 4

Drakeford says people in Wales should not travel to parts of north-west England unless absolutely necessary

The First Minister of Wales has said people should not travel from the country to parts of north-west England where there's been a rise in coronavirus infections, unless absolutely necessary.
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Beating Donald Trump is ‘most important thing we can do but it is not enough’ – former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer - channel 4

Beating Donald Trump is ‘most important thing we can do but it is not enough’ – former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer

Three months tomorrow, America will go to the polls. And so far almost every opinion poll tells the same story - President Trump is trailing behind his Democratic rival Joe Biden. 
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Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume dies - channel 4

Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume dies

The Nobel peace laureate John Hume, who was instrumental in bringing about the Northern Ireland peace process, has died at the age of 83.
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Father ‘dragged’ from his six-year-old’s hospital bedside by police calls for dignity - channel 4

Father ‘dragged’ from his six-year-old’s hospital bedside by police calls for dignity

The couple who were taken from their daughter's hospital bedside by police, after they were told her life support would end, have told this programme they believe that audio recordings will support their case about what doctors had said to them concerning their daughter's care.
channel 4 - 14 hours ago
Tory Chief Whip says rape and sexual assault claims against MP taken ‘very seriously’ - channel 4

Tory Chief Whip says rape and sexual assault claims against MP taken ‘very seriously’

The Conservative Party has insisted that it is taking allegations of rape and sexual assault against a senior MP very seriously. 
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Former Spanish king announces he’s leaving country after Saudi rail corruption scandal explodes - rt

Former Spanish king announces he’s leaving country after Saudi rail corruption scandal explodes

Juan Carlos, the former king of Spain, is high-tailing it out of the country after the Supreme Court began probing an alleged $100 million in kickbacks he reportedly received from a Saudi high-speed rail contract.
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Lawyers point to ‘extensive criminal conduct at Trump organisation’ - metro

Lawyers point to ‘extensive criminal conduct at Trump organisation’

Lawyers for a Manhattan prosecutor trying to get President Donald Trump's tax returns told a judge Monday that it was justified in demanding them.
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Inmates at Prison Plagued by COVID Live-Streamed Uprising on Smuggled Cell Phones - vice

Inmates at Prison Plagued by COVID Live-Streamed Uprising on Smuggled Cell Phones

“Anyone who can help, we need some help, man,” one inmate says as the camera on one video pans between two bloodied inmates.
vice - 17 hours ago
FactCheck: why hasn’t the arrested Conservative MP been named? - channel 4

FactCheck: why hasn’t the arrested Conservative MP been named?

The Commons Speaker is no longer obliged to tell the House of a member’s arrest.
channel 4 - 17 hours ago
Trump Is Freaking Out About Nevada

Trump Is Freaking Out About Nevada's Wild Plan to Make Voting Easier

It's the latest in his series of false and dangerous claims that the election is being rigged against him.
vice - 18 hours ago
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Alleged screenshots of internal Twitter tools suggest platform maintains user ‘blacklists’ despite denying practice for years

Alleged screenshots of internal Twitter tools suggest platform maintains user ‘blacklists’ despite denying practice for years

rt - 2 weeks ago

Leaked screenshots of Twitters internal systems indicate that the company keeps blacklists for users it deems undesirable, according to multiple reports. The leaks followed the largest hack in the platforms history.

The images, said to be screencaps of an internal control panel on the site’s back end, appear to show that Twitter marks user accounts with tags such as “Trends Blacklist,” “Search Blacklist” and “Compromised.” The visuals were first reported by Motherboard on Wednesday evening, soon followed up by CNet, who also said it had obtained copies of the images.

©  Twitter / Allum Bokhari / screenshot

Though Twitter has reportedly scrambled to cleanse the site of posts featuring the screenshots over privacy violations, the company has yet to weigh in to clarify their meaning or explain the purpose of such “blacklists.” The platform has long maintained that it does not ‘shadow ban’ users – or limit the reach of accounts in lieu of an explicit ban – but the allegedly leaked images have generated a whirlwind of speculation that it does engage in the practice after all. Conservative users in particular were up in arms over the reports, with right-leaning pundit Mike Cernovich accusing the company of editing content “manually” to weed out certain political viewpoints.

A company blog post in 2018 sought to assuage concerns and “[set] the record straight” on whether it engages in shadow banning, insisting flat-out “we do not,” however a subsequent rule change last December effectively wrote the practice into the platform’s policies. Under the new terms, Twitter said it retained the right to “limit distribution or visibility of any content on the service,” though left it unclear exactly how it would accomplish that or when and where such limitations would be imposed.

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