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Zimbabwe blocks Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter amid crackdown

A coalition of human rights groups says at least 12 people have been killed in a week of protests. /
After cover-up trial, police officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald to be sentenced

A judge rejected allegations that the shocking video of Laquan McDonald‘s death proved that Chicago police officers tried to stage a cover-up in the fatal shooting of the black teen. Now another judge must decide how long the officer who pulled the trigger spends behind bars. Jason Van Dyke was convicted in October of second-degree ...

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Storm Batters California for 3 Days, Causes 6 Deaths

The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims ...

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Facebook tackles Russians making fake news stories

The pages campaigned for months creating and sharing stories that were fake, said Facebook. /
Michigan man charged for threatening to shoot Sen. Cory Booker in the face

A Michigan man who allegedly called in a threat to Sen. Cory Booker is now facing federal charges. reports that according to a federal ...

Roku removes Infowars channel following social media outcry

Roku’s decision comes about six months after most major platforms, like Facebook, Spotify, and Youtube, removed Alex Jones’ right-wing conspiracy ...

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Banning skin bleaching products won't work as long as fair skin is linked with beauty and success

Several African countries, including as Rwanda and Ghana, recently banned the use of skin bleaching products because they are dangerous.

How a hacked phone may have led killers to Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi probably thought his messages to a dissident were cloaked in security. In reality the messages were compromised -- along with the rest of the phone, which was allegedly infected with a piece of malware made in Israel but linked to a growing number of countries. /
R. Kelly accuser Lisa Van Allen causes Jada Pinkett Smith to tear up on Red Table Talk

On the latest episode of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook series Red Table Talk, she welcomed Lisa Van Allen, one of R. Kelly’s most prominent accusers and things got very emotional as she began speaking about being manipulated by Kelly. “He’s a master manipulator,” Van Allen explained to Jada, Willow Smith and Jada’s mom, Adrienne ...

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Congressman Blasted for Defense of White Nationalism

The leader of the Republican minority in the U.S. House of Representatives said Sunday that “action will be taken” against Congressman Steve King, a ...

ISIS is far from being defeated as a fighting force or ideology

On December 19, President Trump declared: "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency." US troops ...

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Native Americans Sound Off on Shutdown, Border Wall

Native Americans, like other Americans, are deeply divided over the proposed border wall that President Donald Trump says will stop the flow of drugs and criminals across the border with Mexico. They also have mixed responses to the partial U.S. ...

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US Begins Pulling Troops Out of Syria

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria is beginning to remove troops from the country. The coalition "has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria," said Colonel Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the U.S. coalition fighting the Islamic State terror group. "Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, ...

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Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin Girl Found Alive; Suspect in Custody

A 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin girl who went missing in October after her parents were killed has been found alive in a rural town about an hour from her home, authorities said Thursday. The Barron County Sheriff’s Department said on its Facebook page that Jayme Closs has been located and that a suspect was taken into custody. Sheriff ...

Age, not politics, is biggest predictor of who shares fake news on Facebook, study finds

Researchers wrote that "it is possible an entire cohort of Americans ... lacks the level of digital media literacy necessary" to separate fact from fiction online.

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Pompeo Calls for New Spirit of Cooperation Between US, Arab Allies

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Egyptian leaders Thursday on the third stop of his nine-nation tour of the Middle East. The top U.S. ...

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Pompeo Pledges Continued Islamic State Fight After US Troop Withdrawal

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that although the United States is withdrawing its forces from Syria, it remains committed to ...

A deputy mayor trashed a homeless man's blankets, and citizens are outraged

Paolo Polidori wrote in a January 4 Facebook post -- now deleted -- that he collected a "mass of rags" and threw them "with satisfaction" into a dumpster.

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Democratic Lawmakers Zero In on Latest Manafort-Russia Revelation

Senior Democratic lawmakers called Wednesday for further investigation into a revelation that in 2016 Donald Trump's then-presidential election campaign chairman gave polling data to a man U.S. prosecutors have linked to Russian intelligence.    On Tuesday, portions of a court filing by lawyers for convicted former Trump campaign head Paul ...

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Miss Algeria beauty queen Khadija Ben Hamou hits back at racist abuse

Slurs about Miss Algeria's skin colour, nose and lips were made by users on Facebook and Twitter.

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2nd Man Dies at California Home of Democratic Party Donor

Detectives have opened an investigation into a second death in less than two years at the West Hollywood home of a Democratic donor, the Los Angeles ... /
Gay couple secretly recorded at restaurant, used in profane social media post

A gay couple said they were humiliated and secretly filmed while eating at a vegan restaurant in Detroit by an employee who turned out to be the son ...

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Turkey Criticizes US Demands for Syrian Kurds' Safety

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday White House National Security Adviser John Bolton was making "a very serious mistake" in ... /
R. Kelly’s ‘Surviving Lies’ revenge page shut down by Facebook

  After the Lifetime series Surviving R. Kelly aired with testimonies from women detailing vicious beatings and sexual abuse at the hands of the ...

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Framework for US Withdrawal from Syria 'Approved'

U.S. forces in Syria have a plan in place for their much talked about withdrawal, but it will likely not see all of them leave the fight against the Islamic State terror group anytime soon. The 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria as part of the fight against the Islamic State terror group have "an approved framework for the withdrawal," Pentagon ...

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Bolton to Seek Assurances Turkey Won't Attack US-Allied Kurdish Fighters

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is in Turkey for talks with senior officials as the Trump administration seeks assurances that Turkish forces will not target Kurdish fighters allied with American forces. The visit to Turkey comes after Bolton said Sunday that protection for the Kurdish fighters who have helped battle Islamic State ...

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Brother Questions Why American Man Being Held by Russia

The brother of an American man being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying is raising the possibility that his sibling is being used as a pawn in a potential exchange for a Russian woman behind bars in the U.S. Paul Whelan's brother told The ...

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