Facebook to introduce stricter political advertising rules in countries conducting elections in 2019

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months. As the largest social media service in nearly every big country, Facebook since 2016 has become a means… Read More Facebook to introduce stricter political advertising rules in countries conducting elections in 2019

Authorities investigate bomb threats demanding bitcoin payment in U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand

U.S. law enforcement officials on Friday were probing a wave of hoax emailed bomb threats demanding bitcoin payment that caused worry but no damage in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand a day earlier. Hundreds of businesses, government offices and schools received the awkwardly-worded letters, threatening to set off explosives if payments of… Read More Authorities investigate bomb threats demanding bitcoin payment in U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand

Interpol elects South Korean Kim Jong-yang as president

International police body Interpol elected Kim Jong-yang of South Korea as president for a two-year term on Wednesday, beating a Russian national whose candidacy raised concerns in Europe and the United States about the risk of Kremlin interference. Interpol’s 194 member states, meeting in Dubai for their annual congress, elected Kim to succeed China’s Meng… Read More Interpol elects South Korean Kim Jong-yang as president

Man sets truck on fire, stabs three persons in suspected terror attack in Australia

A Somali-born man set fire to a pickup truck laden with gas cylinders in the center of the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday and stabbed three people, killing one, before he was shot by police in a rampage they called an act of terrorism. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, without providing any… Read More Man sets truck on fire, stabs three persons in suspected terror attack in Australia

Facebook, Google database tools reveal removal of political ads

Public databases that shine a light on online political ads, launched by Facebook and Google before Tuesday’s U.S. elections, offer the public the first broad view of how quickly the companies yank advertisements that break their rules. The databases also provided campaigns unprecedented insight into opponents’ online marketing, enabling them to capitalize on weaknesses, political… Read More Facebook, Google database tools reveal removal of political ads

Pope Francis calls for eradication of anti-semitism following increase in attacks on Jews

Pope Francis called on Monday for the eradication of anti-Semitism following an increase in attacks and hate crimes against Jews in several countries and said it was vital to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. In the worst attack ever against U.S. Jews, a gunman yelling ‘All Jews must die’ stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue on… Read More Pope Francis calls for eradication of anti-semitism following increase in attacks on Jews

Australia slams sanctions on Myanmar top military officials

Australia on Tuesday slapped travel and financial sanctions on five top Myanmar military officers, accused of overseeing brutal violence against Rohingya Muslims by units under their command, following similar moves by the European Union and United States. More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh last year, according to U.N. agencies, following… Read More Australia slams sanctions on Myanmar top military officials

China investigating former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei over bribery, other violations

China said on Monday it was investigating former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei for bribery and other violations, days after French authorities said the Chinese official had been reported missing by his wife after traveling to his home country. Under President Xi Jinping, China has been engaged in a sweeping crackdown on official corruption. On Sunday,… Read More China investigating former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei over bribery, other violations