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Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit, data shows

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Researchers discover that accounts run from troll farm in St Petersburg tried to sow discord between Britons Concern about Russian influence in British politics has intensified as it emerged that more than 400 fake Twitter accounts believed to be run from St Petersburg published posts about Brexit. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh identified 419 accounts operating from the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) attempting to influence UK politics out of 2,752 accounts suspended by Twitter in the US. One of the accounts run from the Kremlin-linked operation attempted to stir anti-Islamic sentiment during the Westminster Bridge terror attack in […]

Crackdown on MS-13 gang nets more than 200 arrests

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If you have seen any of our #MostWanted MS-13 fugitives, please call the HSI Tip Line: — ICE (@ICEgov) November 16, 2017 “We will not rest until every member, associate and leader of MS-13 has been held accountable for their crimes,” said Thomas Horman, director of ICE. More than 1,200 gang members have been convicted so far this year, and about 4,000 have been arrested and charged, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. Sessions promised an all-out assault on the violent gang last month, designating it a “priority” for the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime […]

Baseball no longer a supergiant but it is still the most American of sports

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The World Series does not consume the US as it once did. But baseball still offers a window on the best and the worst of America Baseball has long seen itself as Americas game, a game as great-hearted, humble and fundamentally decent as America itself. And for the better part of the 20th-century, at least in terms of the games popularity, baseball was indeed Americas game, and its biggest stars were famous in a way that athletes simply arent famous anymore. Fans in the 1920s traveled hundreds of miles just to see Babe Ruth, and the New York Daily News […]

The even uglier truth about ‘fake news’

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Anti-government activists clash with security forces during a protest against the elections for a Constituent Assembly proposed by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.Image: AFP/Getty Images Before the election, few Americans had heard of “fake news.”  Now, they’re all too aware: of the Russia-linked Facebook accounts that reached 126 million people, the deranged PizzaGate conspiracy, and the teens in Macedonia spreading lies to make an easy buck.  If you thought this was just an American problem, you’re wrong. In at least 17 other countries, fake news “played an important role” in recent elections, according to a new report from democracy watchdog Freedom […]

5 Things The US Still Doesn’t Understand About Latin America

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Get intimate with our new podcast, Cracked Gets Personal. Subscribe for fascinating episodes like My Job Was Killing People: 3 Soldiers Tell Us Everything and Behind Every War News Story Is A 20-Something College Kid. When it comes to Latin America, the U.S. behaves like a drunken bully. This is kinda hard for me, as I consume American pop culture obsessively. So I might be enjoying me some Parks And Recreation or The Good Wife, when suddenly the show will start cruelly mocking Venezuela. Or I might be watching Friends when, out of nowhere, Phoebe starts to sing about how […]

Trump ends refugee ban with order to review program for 11 countries

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Executive order ends 120-day suspension of refugee processing as White House refuses to name 11 countries facing 90-day review Donald Trump has signed an executive order ending his temporary ban on refugee admissions to the US, while calling for a 90-day review of the program for 11 countries his administration has deemed high risk. The president had previously suspended the processing of all refugees to the US for a period of 120 days as part of a previous executive order, issued in tandem with the his travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries. The 120-day window came to a close on […]

Rhian Brewster hat-trick sends England into Under-17 World Cup semi-finals

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Morgan Gibbs-White added a second-half goal to Rhian Brewsters treble as England Under-17s stormed to a 4-1 win over the USA in Goa Liverpools Rhian Brewster scored a hat-trick as England beat the USA 4-1 in Goa to secure their first place in the U17 World Cup semi-finals. England were 2-0 up inside quarter of an hour after Brewster scored twice in three minutes, and dominated the first half. Wolves Morgan Gibbs-White added a third on 64 minutes, before Josh Sargent pulled one back for the USA but Brewster made sure with a penalty in added time. England face a […]

Venezuela’s 30 Minutes of Debt Talks Leave Bondholders Guessing

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Venezuela’s much-vaunted restructuring meeting with bondholders concluded after about 30 minutes with little insight for investors who made the trek to Caracas. Vice President Tareck El Aissami, the only government official to speak, devoted most of his remarks to railing against Donald Trump and global financiers who he said have conspired to keep the country from making debt payments on time. He pledged Venezuela would continue to honor its obligations while working to form committees with bondholders to figure out the next steps. He offered no specific proposals for restructuring, according to people who attended the meeting, which wasn’t open […]

Satellite eye on Earth: September 2017 – in pictures

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Algal blooms, hurricanes and volcano fields are among the images captured by Nasa and the ESA last month A potentially harmful algal bloom covered more than 700 square miles in the western basin of Lake Erie in late September, turning the lake bright green and alarming residents and local officials. Blooms tend to thrive in Lake Erie during summer, sustained by warm water temperatures and nutrients from farm runoff. This year, the bloom had been ongoing since mid-July. Photograph: MODIS/Terra/NASA Autumnal leaves across the north-eastern United States. Conifers, which are evergreen, dominate the northern forests but patches of yellows and […]
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