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May 24, 2017
Zuckerberg: not running for office, but wants 'to learn'
Washington (AFP) May 22, 2017
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg says he is not running for public office but is making a series of public appearances "to learn about people's hopes and challenges." The co-founder of the world's biggest social network sought to dampen speculation he is running for president, fueled by his campaign-style appearances around the United States. "My personal challenge this year is to visit every state I haven't spent time in before to learn about people's hopes and challenges, and how they're thinkin ... read more

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Bahrain has referred its first civilian case to a military court following a constitutional amendment approved by the king last month, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. ... more
Police boost security at Eiffel Tower after demo reveals 'flaws'
Greenpeace activists on Friday pulled off a daring stunt in central Paris, attaching a giant banner to the Eiffel Tower and leaving police to admit security "flaws" at a time when terror fears remain high. ... more
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French presidential vote: international media react
The results of France's first round of presidential election made front page headlines around the world on Monday. ... more
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Budget cuts and political assaults on science are expected to draw thousands of demonstrators to the streets in more than 500 cities worldwide Saturday for the first March for Science. ... more
Trump's far-right backers rebel over 'hoax' Syria attack
Far-right backers of US President Donald Trump rebelled Friday after he ordered a missile strike to punish Syria for a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people. ... more
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Senate Democrats are mounting a filibuster of US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, a rare obstruction of high-court appointments. If the gambit proves successful this coming week, Republicans will likely go nuclear. ... more
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US envoy warns of deep review of UN peacekeeping
The United States warned Wednesday that it would use its presidency of the UN Security Council to review the performance of peacekeeping missions worldwide. ... more
French socialist wins new backing in presidential race
Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon picked up new backing Thursday in the rollercoaster French presidential race, as the nation's left aims to forge a united front with polls just months away. ... more
Brazil's president digs in ahead of corruption time-bomb
In the face of pending corruption allegations likened to a ticking bomb, Brazilian President Michel Temer is building himself a bunker. ... more
NATO chief slams 'unacceptable' attempts to influence elections
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that outside attempts to manipulate national elections cannot be tolerated, amid uproar over claims Russian interference helped Donald Trump win the US presidency. ... more
Draft law may allow China police to shoot protesters: HRW
A revised draft of China's policing law could give officers the power to use firearms against peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday as it called for the country to bring the legislation in line with UN standards. ... more
Big data helped Trump even after he scorned it
Donald Trump derided the use of data and technology tools for his presidential campaign - but those techniques might well have propelled him to victory. ... more
Merkel warns against fake news driving populist gains
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday against the power of fake news on social media to spur the rise of populists, after launching her campaign for a fourth term. ... more
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