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Facebook's Election 'War Room' Takes Aim at Fake Information

In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook’s expansive Silicon Valley campus, a locked door bears a taped-on sign that reads “War Room.” Behind the door lies a nerve center the social network has set up to combat fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections. Inside the room are dozens of employees staring intently at their ...

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Pompeo: Saudis Declined to Discuss Facts Surrounding Missing Journalist

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that when he met with Saudi leaders they did not want to talk about any of the facts involving the disappearance of a U.S.-based Saudi journalist Turkish officials say was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, a charge denied by the Saudis. As he headed to ...

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Trump Criticizes Condemnation of Saudi Arabia in Journalist's Disappearance

President Donald Trump criticized growing condemnation of Saudi Arabia and allegations it is behind the disappearance of a Saudi journalist, saying, ...

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What Canada Can Learn from California on Marijuana Legalization

A New York Times correspondent who has covered the legalization of marijuana in California offers some suggestions on what Canadians may expect.

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Canadians Already Smoke a Lot of Pot. Now It’s About to Become Legal.

More than 40 percent of Canadians have tried marijuana. How will legal pot change the culture of Canada, a country known for politeness, maple syrup, ...

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Paris attack fake victim Alexandra Damien jailed for fraud

Alexandra Damien, 33, was found guilty of fraud and perjury after passing herself off as a victim.

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Trump Suggests Defense Chief Could Leave

U.S. President Donald Trump is suggesting Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis could be one of his next key officials to leave the government. The Republican Trump, in an interview airing Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes" news show, said he has no ...

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Fake news: French language body urges alternative phrase

French language purists have come up with a Gallic alternative to "fake news". But will it stick?

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US Announces Charges Against 7 Russian Intelligence Officers

The U.S. Justice Department filed criminal charges against seven Russian intelligence officers n connection with hacking the computer networks of international anti-doping agencies and officials, as well as organizations investigating Russia's use of chemical weapons. Assistant Attorney General John Demers, who announced the charges Thursday, ...

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Indonesia tsunami: Authorities fight fake news

Authorities say they are planning arrests as they fight hoaxes following deadly earthquake and tsunami.

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5 Things You Need to Know About 2018 Election Security

As U.S. voters prepare to go to the polls for the November 6 midterm elections, federal, state and local officials are preparing, too. But whereas ...

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South Korea Declares War on ‘Fake News,’ Worrying Government Critics

Conservative critics denounced the government’s crackdown on information that it called “a destroyer of democracy.”

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Trump Hails 'Terrific' Trade Deal with Canada, Mexico

It is the biggest-ever and the best trade deal in the world – that’s how U.S. President Donald Trump and members of his administration are touting a new trade pact they have reached with neighbors Canada and Mexico. “This landmark agreement will send cash and jobs pouring into the United States and into North America,” predicted Trump. After ...

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New US-Canada Trade Pact Reached

After intense last-minute discussions ahead of a self-imposed midnight deadline, U.S. and Canadian officials announced late Sunday they reached a trade deal, allowing a modified three-way pact with Mexico to replace the nearly quarter-century old North American Free Trade Agreement.  The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) — underpinning $1.2 ...

Macedonia votes on name change amid disinformation campaign

For a Balkan country of 2 million people, Macedonia has attracted an impressive roster of VIPs in the last few weeks.

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Egypt sentences activist for 'spreading fake news'

Amal Fathy has publicly criticised the government over the extent of sexual harassment in Egypt.

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Watchdog: Journalists Jailed in Record Numbers Worldwide

Journalists are being jailed in unprecedented numbers across the globe, with 262 detained for their work at the end of 2017, according to the ...

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UN Court Asked to Probe Venezuela; Maduro Defiant

Six nations made the unprecedented move Wednesday of asking the U.N.’s International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela for possible crimes against humanity, even as President Nicolas Maduro made an unexpected trip to the world body’s headquarters to deliver a nearly hourlong speech declaring his nation “will never give in.” Maduro’s speech ... /
Leslie Jones calls out Kevin Hart for fake female support

Comedienne Leslie Jones is living her best life and not about to go back and forth with Katt Williams and Kevin Hart and their ongoing verbal fisticuffs about who helped her career the most. —‘Nothing to do with me’: Tifffany Haddish responds to Kevin Hart, Katt Williams beef— In fact, the Saturday Night Live cast member […] The ...

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California Joins Other States in Passing New Media Literacy Law

Last week California Governor Jerry Brown signed into state law a bill that mandates the California Department of Education provide media literacy resources on its website, to help teachers and students navigate the maze of information on the internet. California State Senator Bill Dodd, a Democrat representing the Napa Valley, authored the ...

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PayPal Dumps Alex Jones, Infowars

PayPal, the digital payments company, says it has cut business ties with far-right media personality Alex Jones and his Infowars website. A PayPal ...

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US 'Very Close' to Proceeding With Mexico-Only Trade Deal

The United States is getting "very, very close" to having to move forward on its trade deal with Mexico without Canada, White House economic adviser ...

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More fake diploma claims for Spanish university

A Madrid university allegedly granted fake law diplomas to hundreds of Italian nationals.

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Trump’s trade war brings unexpected boom for knockoff designer bags from China

It’s a good time to be in the shadowy business of making fake designer purses.

Pair responsible for fake McDonald's poster given $50,000

The two caught the attention of McDonald's — and Ellen Degeneres — after sharing images of a fake poster they hung at one of the fast-food chain’s stores.

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