News: World

In the war against election meddling, Italy takes the lead

Monday  19:40,   19 february 2018
The Washington Post

Italy, among other countries, is experimenting with Internet literacy lessons, criminal charges and fact checking.On page 24 of the indictment, one of the defendants, Irina Viktorovna Kaverzina, is quoted with a worrisome assertion, made in[...]

Merkel taps heir apparent for top party role

Monday  19:40,   19 february 2018
AFP

Angela Merkel on Monday tapped the popular female premier of Germany's tiny Saarland state to take over as secretary general of her conservative party, fuelling speculation the veteran chancellor is lining up her successor. At a joint Berlin[...]

Poland spares forest to win EU favor, but damage already done

Monday  19:22,   19 february 2018
Reuters

<p>When Poland sought to ease tensions with the European Union by declaring a halt to logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, it did not announce how many trees it had already cut down.</p>When Poland sought to ease tensions with the[...]

Brazil battles yellow fever — and a ‘dangerous’ anti-vaccination campaign

Monday  16:27,   19 february 2018
The Washington Post

False information about vaccines is being spread via the Internet.“I’m very afraid of that vaccine. I don’t trust it,” said Muniz, who lives in Sao Paulo. “I got scared when I saw the post and thought, ‘Thank God my family hasn’t taken it yet.’ Now[...]

The Fuzzy Math of Funding Iraq's Reconstruction

Monday  16:27,   19 february 2018
The Atlantic

At first glance, a conference on Iraq that raised $30 billion this week may look like a success.&nbsp;“If we compare what we got today to what we need, it is no secret, it is of course much lower than what Iraq needs,” Iraqi Foreign Minister[...]

Comment: Trump is ignoring the worst attack on America since 9/11

Monday  16:26,   19 february 2018
The Washington Post

We’re taking no steps to prevent further Russian interference in our elections.Imagine if, after 9/11, the president had said that the World Trade Center and Pentagon could have been attacked by “China” or “lots of other people.” Imagine if he had[...]

Theresa May's Vision Starts to Emerge for Post-Brexit Reality

Monday  16:26,   19 february 2018
Bloomberg

As Theresa May retreats to the countryside with her Cabinet to thrash out differences on Brexit, it’s starting to become clearer what the prime minister wants the divorce to look like. Some in Brussels will call it cherry-picking, but May wants to[...]

'Bad guy' Russia emerges as central player in Western diplomacy

Monday  04:40,   19 february 2018
Reuters

By Robin Emmott and Andrea Shalal ; Editing by Catherine Evans) [...]

House Speaker Paul Ryan slammed after he snubbed Florida teacher on gun control

Monday  04:40,   19 february 2018
Newsweek

"We need a speaker who will listen to everyone, not just the NRA" said the Speaker's challenger after Ryan snubbed a Florida teacher on gun control."We need a speaker who will listen to everyone, not just the NRA and other special[...]

Nigerian court releases 475 Boko Haram suspects

Monday  03:25,   19 february 2018
Al Jazeera

Nearly 500 Boko Haram suspects have been released by a Nigerian court citing a lack of evidence, with some detainees held for years without charge.&nbsp;Those detained were arrested on suspicion they belonged to Boko Haram or had concealed[...]

Stolen million-dollar cello returned to French musician after Facebook appeal

Monday  03:25,   19 february 2018
France 24

A rare 18th century cello, which was stolen at knifepoint on February 15 from an award winning-musician outside her Paris home, was returned on Saturday after her social media appeal went viral. "I received an anonymous call late in the morning[...]

Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat

Monday  03:25,   19 february 2018
Associated Press

The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media, previous mental health[...]

Former Trump aide Gates to plead guilty, agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say

Monday  02:41,   19 february 2018
MSN

<p>A former top aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days – and has made clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul J. Manafort Jr., the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed[...]

Top U.S. officials tell the world to ignore Trump’s tweets

Monday  01:16,   19 february 2018
The Washington Post

Amid global anxiety about President Trump’s approach to global affairs, U.S. officials had a message to a gathering of Europe’s foreign policy elite this weekend: pay no attention to the man tweeting behind the curtain.But Trump himself engaged in a [...]

The Mysterious Murder Case That's Captivated Iceland for Nearly 200 Years

Monday  01:16,   19 february 2018
Mental Floss

Iceland's last execution involved a woman whose crime may never be understood.It's still almost as peaceful—and lonely—as it was the night in March 1828 when Agnes Magnúsdóttir ran from Illugastaðir, the farm where she worked, to the house at[...]