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Facebook’s survey to assess the trustworthiness of news is only 2 questions long — but says that's not an issue (FB)

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Stephen Lam/Reuters Facebook is asking its users to decide how trustworthy news outlets are — and its survey is only two questions long. The social network has been repeatedly criticised over the spread of misinformation and hoaxes. Facebook argues it will look at how news sources are viewed across different demographics — but it’s not ...

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British bouncy castle salesman branded new 'Jihadi John' as he's designated as global terrorist by US

A British bouncy castle seller has been branded the new ‘Jihadi John’ after today being designated a global terrorist by the US. Siddhartha Dhar fled the UK while on bail in September 2014 and joined up with ISIS in Syria, where he was filmed executing prisoners and taunting his homeland. Dhar, thought to be a dad-of-four, is believed to have ...

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US State Department: Americans are among the dozens killed during 12-hour standoff at a hotel in Kabul

An Afghan security force walks in front of the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail Americans are among the dozens of people killed in last weekend’s deadly attack at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. At least 30 people died, according to Reuters, but the final death toll was not immediately known. Multiple reports ...

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The good times are rolling for Netflix — even with the looming threat from Disney (NFLX)

Little more than five years ago, Netflix looked like a train wreck. The company had announced then quickly aborted a widely ridiculed effort to set up its profitable DVD business as a separate operation and rename it Qwikster. Customers were incensed by a big price hike. And investors were none too happy about the company’s overseas expansion efforts, which were ...

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Hundreds of cases dropped over evidence disclosure failings

The number of prosecutions in England and Wales that collapsed because of a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence increased by 70% in the last two years, the BBC can reveal. Last year, 916 people had charges dropped over a failure to disclose evidence – up from 537 in 2014-15. It comes after recent collapsed rape cases highlighted ...

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Phil Neville hit by Twitter storm soon after landing England women’s job

England women’s football team Phil Neville hit by Twitter storm soon after landing England women’s job • He deletes account as dubious tweets he is said to have sent emerge • Former Everton captain ‘honoured’ to be named women’s coach Phil Neville, pictured while working at Valencia, faces immediate scrutiny over tweets he appears to have sent from his Twitter ...

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Most children in UK's poorest areas now growing up in poverty

Poverty Most children in UK’s poorest areas now growing up in poverty End Child Poverty says years-long freeze on benefits is major factor in emerging crisis In 25 constituencies more than 40% of children now live below the poverty line. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian More than half of all children in the UK’s very poorest areas are now ...

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MP calls for tougher laws after women 'groped' at charity gala

UK news MP calls for tougher laws after women ‘groped’ at charity gala Equalities chair says act needs ‘real teeth’ after allegations about men-only event Secret filming of Presidents Club charity event. Photograph: FT/BBC The chair of the parliamentary committee on women and equalities, Maria Miller MP, has suggested strengthening the Equalities Act, after details emerged of a men-only charity ...

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Number of Britons living with chronic illnesses set to rise

Health Number of Britons living with chronic illnesses set to rise Life expectancy set to increase but sedentary lifestyles will lead to more chronic illnesses, says report The number of people aged above 85 is set to double from 1.3million in the next 20 years in the UK. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA More than 2 million Britons will be living with ...

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GOP congressman says he didn't harass a young female staffer but thought they were 'soul mates'

Rep. Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania. Jacquelyn Martin/AP Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania reportedly settled a sexual harassment complaint from a decades-younger female aide last year. The aide alleged that Meehan grew hostile after she became involved with another man. Meehan, who is married, denied he was romantically involved with the aide, and said he viewed her as a “soul ...

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