WhatsApp pilots new fact-check feature to spot fake news

SINGAPORE - Popular messaging service WhatsApp has stepped up the fight against disinformation and fake news by rolling out a new feature to allow users to check the contents of viral messages. The fact-check feature will appear as a magnifying glass icon next to messages that have been forwarded through five or more people. The … Continue reading WhatsApp pilots new fact-check feature to spot fake news

Single mothers feel ‘invisible’ in Germany’s coronavirus crisis

FRANKFURT AM MAIN (AFP) - Germany's huge coronavirus rescue packages have won praise at home and abroad. But for divorced caterer Lulu Pototschnik, the financial aid remains tantalisingly out of reach - and she is not the only single mum slipping through the cracks. Ms Lulu Pototschnik, who is divorced with a daughter, received 9,000 euros … Continue reading Single mothers feel ‘invisible’ in Germany’s coronavirus crisis

Beirut blast: Timeline of explosions in Lebanon

BEIRUT (REUTERS) - A huge explosion near the centre of Beirut killed at least 78 people, injured over 4,000 people and sent shockwaves across the Lebanese capital on Tuesday (Aug 4), shattering windows and causing apartment balconies to collapse, witnesses and security sources said. The blast occurred in the city's port area. Smoke rises near a destroyed … Continue reading Beirut blast: Timeline of explosions in Lebanon

Bill Gates urges US to help poorer countries get Covid-19 vaccines

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - Microsoft Corp founder and philanthropist Bill Gates urged the United States to take a more global approach in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, saying while the nation leads in research, "we've only taken care of ourselves" in producing and procuring a vaccine. Mr Gates said he has encouraged congressional lawmakers to consider adding … Continue reading Bill Gates urges US to help poorer countries get Covid-19 vaccines

Republicans aid Kanye West’s bid to get on the 2020 US presidential ballot

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - At least three people who have been active in Republican politics are linked to American celebrity Kanye West's attempt to get on the presidential ballot this year. The connection raises questions about the aims of the entertainer's effort and whether it is regarded within the GOP as a spoiler campaign that could … Continue reading Republicans aid Kanye West’s bid to get on the 2020 US presidential ballot

Beirut blast: ‘I was bloodied and dazed,’ says correspondent as she recounts her ordeal

This is a first-person account by an international correspondent covering the Middle East for The New York Times. She is based in Beirut, Lebanon. Vivian Yee BEIRUT (NYTIMES) - I was just about to look at a video a friend had sent me on Tuesday (Aug 4) afternoon - "the port seems to be burning", … Continue reading Beirut blast: ‘I was bloodied and dazed,’ says correspondent as she recounts her ordeal

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New York health commissioner resigns after clashes over virus

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - New York City's health commissioner, Dr Oxiris Barbot, resigned Tuesday (Aug 4) to protest her "deep disappointment" with Mayor Bill de Blasio's handling of the pandemic, renewing scrutiny of his leadership during the crisis just as the city faces pressing decisions about how quickly to reopen schools and businesses. Her departure … Continue reading New York health commissioner resigns after clashes over virus

Ex-Google engineer Levandowski jailed 18 months for stealing Google files before joining Uber

OAKLAND (REUTERS) - A US judge on Tuesday (Aug 4) sentenced former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski to 18 months in prison for stealing a trade secret from Google related to self-driving cars months before becoming the head of Uber Technologies Inc's rival unit. US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said Levandowski, who was convicted on … Continue reading Ex-Google engineer Levandowski jailed 18 months for stealing Google files before joining Uber

Trump’s bid for a piece of Microsoft-TikTok deal could spur legal action

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump's unprecedented demand that the United States get a cut of the proceeds from the forced sale of Chinese internet giant ByteDance's short-video app TikTok is based on an interpretation of US law that regulatory lawyers say may be open to challenges. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States … Continue reading Trump’s bid for a piece of Microsoft-TikTok deal could spur legal action

‘Like an animal’: Nasa astronauts describe noisy, jolting descent

HOUSTON (AFP) - SpaceX's crewed capsule isn't called Dragon for nothing. The two Nasa astronauts brought back to Earth on Sunday (Aug 2) said they felt they were inside the belly of a beast as it careened into the atmosphere at 28,163kph. Nasa astronaut Doug Hurley said splash down at 24 kilometres per hour in … Continue reading ‘Like an animal’: Nasa astronauts describe noisy, jolting descent

China, US to review trade deal, air other grievances on Aug 15: Sources

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Senior US and Chinese officials will review the implementation of a Phase 1 trade deal and likely air mutual grievances in an increasingly tense relationship during an Aug 15 video conference, two people familiar with the plans said. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, the principal negotiators for … Continue reading China, US to review trade deal, air other grievances on Aug 15: Sources