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Miami bridge: Meeting over crack held hours before collapse (2 hours old)

An engineer told officials there were no safety concerns about the bridge hours before it collapsed.

Russia spy poisoning: Czechs angrily reject Russia claims (1 hour 34 minutes old)

Moscow said the Czech Republic was one of four nations most likely to have made a deadly nerve agent.

Prince Albert II of Monaco: Conmen use fake prince to extract money (4 hours old)

The aim of the stings was to obtain money transfers to foreign bank accounts, reports say.

Syria war: 'Civilians killed' as thousands flee Turkish air strikes (5 hours old)

More than 150,000 people have reportedly fled Afrin in northern Syria as Turkish forces close in.

FBI ex-deputy director Andrew McCabe sacked days before retirement (1 hour 58 minutes old)

Andrew McCabe had long been accused by President Trump of bias - claims he has strongly denied.

Everest clean-up campaign aims to airlift 100 tonnes of waste (5 hours old)

Piles of rubbish collected by local guides are being shipped to the capital for recycling.

China anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan named Xi Jinping's deputy (9 hours old)

A former anti-corruption investigator, Wang Qishan has known the president for decades.

Mayotte unrest: French island residents round up 'foreigners' (28 minutes old)

A group of residents from the Indian Ocean French island take suspected illegal migrants to police.

RuPaul is first drag queen to get Hollywood star (7 hours old)

The star was overcome with emotion as fans lined Hollywood Boulevard to help celebrate.

Children drown as migrant boat sinks (6 hours old)

A search for those unaccounted for is under way off the Aegean island of Agathonisi.

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Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach (6 hours old)

Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters• How Cambridge Analytica’s algorithms turned ‘likes’ into a political toolThe data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech giant’s biggest ever data breaches, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box.A whistleblower has revealed to the Observer how Cambridge Analytica – a company owned by t[...]

‘I created Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower (1 hour 57 minutes old)

For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorateThe first time I met Christopher Wylie, he didn’t yet have pink hair. That comes later. As does his mission to rewind time. To put the genie back in the bottle.By the time I met him in person, I’d already been talking to him on a daily basis for hours at a time. On t[...]

Trump lawyer calls for end to Russia investigation after McCabe firing (40 minutes old)

Attorney John Dowd responds to firing of Andrew McCabeEx-CIA chief Brennan calls Trump a ‘disgraced demagogue’Donald Trump’s personal lawyer said on Saturday he hoped the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe would prompt Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general overseeing the Russia investigation, to shut down the inquiry.John Dowd spoke hours after Trump gloated that the firing of McCabe marked a “great day for democracy”. His glee provoked a savage response from former CIA director John Brennan, who called him a “disgraced demagogue” headed for “the dustbin of history”. Con[...]

At least six dead after suspected people-smuggling boat sinks off Greek coast (10 hours old)

Search and rescue operation under way in eastern Aegean to locate survivors of vessel carrying estimated 21 peopleThe bodies of six people have been recovered from the sea off a Greek island in the eastern Aegean after the sinking of a suspected people-smuggling boat, Greece’s coastguard said. A large search and rescue operation was under way to locate about a dozen more people believed missing. Continue reading...

Aung San Suu Kyi: lawyers seek prosecution for crimes against humanity (21 hours old)

Australian lawyers file private case against Myanmar leader over treatment of Rohingya while she attends summit in Sydney Lawyers in Melbourne have filed a private prosecution application against Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is in Australia, on charges of crimes against humanity.The private prosecution application faces significant barriers to proceeding – a universal jurisdiction prosecution in Australia requires the consent of the attorney general. Continue reading...

Hollywood condemns Terry Gilliam for #MeToo comments (2 hours old)

Actors and directors criticise film-maker for likening movement to ‘mob rule’ and remarks about Weinstein scandalThe film director Terry Gilliam has come under fire from Hollywood actors and directors for comparing the #MeToo movement to “mob rule”.The former Monty Python member suggested the anti-sexual harassment campaign had led to a “world of victims” in an interview with Agence France-Presse. Continue reading...

China reappoints Xi Jinping as president with no term limit (5 hours old)

National People’s Congress also appoints Xi ally Wang Qishan to post of vice-presidentChina’s legislature has unanimously approved the reappointment of Xi Jinping as president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve.The National People’s Congress also appointed close Xi ally Wang Qishan to the formerly ceremonial post of vice-president. Continue reading...

Russian police put the squeeze on election observers before vote (12 hours old)

Beyond the lacklustre battle for votes, there is a fiercer one over the electoral monitorsDays before Russia’s presidential elections, police are trying to seize documents that give activist observers access to polling stations and a leading elections watchdog has unexpectedly seen its office lease revoked.“You shouldn’t hold this event here or you’ll have trouble,” Roman Udot, a representative for the independent Golos Association elections watchdog, said his landlord was told by police before they ripped up the contract. The “event” was a call centre to field reports of election violations. [...]

Miami bridge collapse: engineer's answerphone message about crack not heard (9 hours old)

Police department says criminal charges were possible after inquiries into the accident that killed at least six are completed Homicide detectives opened an investigation on Friday into the collapse of a new footbridge that killed at least six people at Miami’s Florida International University (FIU), as questions began to swirl about the companies behind the structure’s controversial design and construction.Juan Perez, the director of Miami-Dade police department, said criminal charges were possible once exhaustive inquiries by his detectives and state and federal authorities were complete. Co[...]

Adrian Lamo, hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning, dies aged 37 (20 hours old)

Lamo testified about Manning’s release of documents to WikiLeaksCause of death was not immediately known Adrian Lamo, the computer hacker who turned in whistleblower Chelsea Manning to law enforcement, has died at the age of 37, according to authorities in Kansas.Lamo, who testified about Manning’s release of documents to WikiLeaks, was confirmed dead on Friday by authorities in Sedgwick County. The coroner’s office has not responded to inquiries about the cause of his death. Continue reading...

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