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Source: ABC News

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Monday 21:52 GMT

Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State in Washington on Saturday that the company would send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm they reside in the U.S.. The recipient would then have to enter a code in Facebook to continue buying the ad.

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Source: CBS News

"Cunning" dark web pedophile gets 32-year prison sentence

Monday 22:47 GMT

A judge in Britain has sentenced a prolific pedophile to 32 years in prison in what is being described as a watershed moment for authorities coming to grips with technology's ability to spread depravity.

"I've just never seen anything like this, where someone is willing to go to these lengths to torment people," Crabb said, who struggled to find words other than "evil" to describe Falder's actions.

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Source: Fox News

FBI under siege: Top brass, agents slammed as bureau fights to overcome scandals and blunders

Monday 21:52 GMT

From the storied hallways of the J. Edgar Hoover building to field offices around the country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation faces a crisis of confidence as rank-and-file agents are blamed for not preventing recent attacks and top brass finds itself in the middle of an unfolding political fight.

Trump was quick to tie the two issues together, tweeting that the bureau missed signals because it was "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign," then urging it to "Get back to the basics and make us all proud!'. FBI Director Christopher Wray, selected by Trump to bring stability to the bureau after he fired James Comey, has vowed to get “to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter.”

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Source: The Week

One man's quest to find his ancestral home

Monday 21:52 GMT

In May 2016, Russell Low crossed the Pacific from his San Diego home and trekked to two remote villages connected to his great grandparents' families in southern China's Guangdong Province.

He bowed in front of the ancestral altar and clasped hands with a village elder, who told him, "You're the first descendant who ever came back to the village." Russell Low (middle) stands with distant relatives in front of the home of his great-grandfather, Hung Lai Wah, in China's Guangdong Province during a visit in May 2016.

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Source: BBC

How global taskforce caught 'worst' paedophile

Monday 21:52 GMT

That was when they realised 666devil, evilmind and Inthegarden were the same person, and that whoever they were, they had approached more than 200 victims worldwide, including victims living in the US.

FBI begins its investigation into dark web paedophilia sites, identifying user known as Inthegarden and passing files to the NCA. April 2015 - The NCA investigate 666devil with "daughter" icon posting on a dark web forum. Officers discover links between 666devil, evilmind and Inthegarden while seeking to "safeguard" the girl. August 2015 - Suspect's webmail accounts are accessed, identifying the girl in his profile and further US victims.

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Source: Fox News

Frederick Douglass was a Christian and a patriot – why is this so hard for the left to accept?

Monday 21:52 GMT

Last week, actor Danny Glover took center stage as the keynote speaker at Quinnipiac University’s Black History Month event to “explore the similarities of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and its early abolitionist roots –– particularly Frederick Douglass –– to build connections, increase dialogue and end racism.” While it would be fascinating to hear Glover’s plan to “end racism,” it’s even more striking—or perhaps, disappointing—to see Frederick Douglass’ legacy listed among the roots of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Source: NBC News

Former CIA agent Evan McMullin says, "we can always find common ground"

Monday 21:52 GMT

Evan McMullin has a message that we can all stand behind: "It is almost always possible to find meaningful common ground and it’s certainly possible to do that with our fellow Americans."

For about a decade, McMullin served as a clandestine officer, spending a large majority of his time overseas focused on terrorism and traditional intelligence. After his time with the CIA, he worked a stint in investment banking at Goldman Sachs before rejoining government service in 2013, first as Senior Adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee and then as Chief Policy Director to the Republican Conference in the House of Representatives.

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Source: The Guradian

Communist past returns to haunt embattled Czech PM

Monday 21:52 GMT

Only the fear of being unmasked as a collaborator seemed to cloud the businessman’s horizon as he signed up as an informer for communist Czechoslovakia’s secret police in jarringly jovial surroundings.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Czech Communist party, which holds 15 seats in the 200-member parliament and opposes membership of the EU and Nato, is one of the few groupings to express possible willingness to support a Babiš government.

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Source: Common Domain

Vanguard investors kept their cool during stock-market turmoil

Monday 21:52 GMT

According to the asset-managing giant, which has taken in massive inflows in recent years as investors flock to passive investment strategies, its clients kept their wits about them in the recent turmoil on Wall Street, which saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.08%  and the S&P 500 SPX, +0.04%  last week enter correction territory for the first time in about two years.

The founder of Vanguard, who has long advocated that investors take a simple approach to their portfolios by buying low-fee index funds and holding them for the very long term, seems to have taught his lesson well.

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Source: Washington Post

Fergie and Kevin Hart stage epic battle for worst NBA all-star pregame performance

Monday 21:52 GMT

Not before Kevin Hart and Fergie dragged out the pregame proceedings in painful, interminable fashion, drawing almost nothing but howls from the Internet.

Kevin Durant takes blame for creating ‘a thing’ between Russell Westbrook and himself. ‘I owe you an apology’: Shaquille O’Neal explains why he loves Kobe Bryant years after feud

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Source: DW

Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt go third as fans stage anti-Monday football protest

Monday 23:42 GMT

Kick off was delayed at the start of both halves due to a large-scale protest by Frankfurt fans against the scheduling of Monday night football in the Bundesliga.

The game will be remembered for a large protest by Frankfurt fans that saw them throw thousands of tennis balls on the pitch. If Monday night football is to become a regular thing in the Bundesliga, then future games will have trouble living up to the drama and sheer entertainment that this game served up.

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Source: The Guradian

Scientists seek drug to ‘rewire’ adult brain after stroke

Monday 21:51 GMT

Adults who have experienced a stroke may one day be able to take a drug to help their brain “rewire” itself, so that tasks once carried out by now-damaged areas can be taken over by other regions, researchers have claimed. The ability for the brain to rewire, so-called “brain plasticity”, is thought to occur throughout life; however, while children have a high degree of brain plasticity, adult brains are generally thought to be less plastic.

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Source: The Guradian

'Sadistic' paedophile Matthew Falder jailed for 32 years

Monday 21:52 GMT

A scientist and university academic described as a “warped and sadistic” paedophile has been jailed for 32 years after blackmailing a string of vulnerable victims, many teenagers, into carrying out depraved sexual and physical acts.

Matthew Falder, 29, a Cambridge graduate, admitted 137 offences against 46 victims, male and female, including blackmail, voyeurism, making indecent images of children and encouraging the rape of a child.

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Source: The Guradian

Emmanuel Macron challenged over attitude to France’s former colonies

Monday 06:05 GMT

Alain Mabanckou, the acclaimed Congolose writer, has rejected Emmanuel Macron’s project to boost French-speaking worldwide, calling instead for a complete overhaul of the club of French-speaking countries known as la Francophonie, which he warned had become an instrument of French imperialism propping up African dictators.

Macron’s representative Leila Slimani insisted at a convention on the French-speaking world in Paris last week that she wanted to modernise global French, open up the language with “real objectives in terms of human rights, gender equality and the defence of democracy.”

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Source: Huffington Post

Ex-Interior Chief Sally Jewell: I Didn't Even Know I Had A Special Flag

Monday 23:42 GMT

He succeeded in making flags larger, so that neither his secretarial flag nor the agency flag would be smaller than the United States flag that flies atop the department’s headquarters on C Street in Washington, D.C.

The comment was met with outrage, including from a trio of groups representing retired Interior employees, who called the remarks “disrespectful,” “divisive,” “ludicrous” and “deeply insulting.”


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