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The Koch brothers have reportedly put up $550m to buy Time Inc – why?

The rightwing billionaires are believed to be backing Meredith’s bid for the renowned media group but it is not the most obvious move for the brothers.

Source: The Guardian

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It’s Not Just Elephants. Trump Rolled Back Regulations On Lion Trophies, Too

“The folly that the killing helps lions and elephants is just that ― pure folly.”
Source: The Huffington Post

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Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: ‘The system is failing’

The inventor of the world wide web remains an optimist but sees a ‘nasty wind’ blowing amid concerns over advertising, net neutrality and fake news.
Photograph: Charles Krupa
Source: The Guardian

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Beware: this Russian cyber warfare threatens every democracy

Kremlin-inspired interference is about much more than skewed elections. It’s the world of mind control imagined by George Orwell.

Photograph: Andrew Harnik

Source: The Guardian

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The Most Controversial Democratic Ad Of The Virginia Election Was Based On A True Story

The creator of a Latino Victory Fund video was once chased by bigots in a pickup.
Photo by the Latino Victory Fund
Source: The Huffington Post

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How The Shipping Industry Bullied Its Way Out Of Doing Anything To Fight Climate Change

Even as emissions from cargo vessels are surging, the industry is refusing to adhere to the Paris Agreement.

Source: The Huffington Post

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‘Way too little, way too late’: Facebook’s factcheckers say effort is failing

Journalists fighting spread of fake news raise concerns over possible conflicts of interest and say site has refused to disclose needed data.

Source: The Guardian 

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Thirty countries use ‘armies of opinion shapers’ to manipulate democracy

Governments in Venezuela, the Philippines, Turkey and elsewhere use social media to influence elections, drive agendas and counter critics, says report.

Source: The Guardian

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Growing number of global insurance firms divesting from fossil fuels

Report shows around £15bn of assets worldwide have been shifted away from coal companies in the past two years as concern over climate risk rises.

Source: The Guardian

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Russian parliament votes for law that could list CNN as ‘foreign agent’

Parliamentary bill championed as answer to similar demands by US of Russian state-funded RT television channel.

Source: The Guardian

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Global climate action must be gender equal

Women bear the heaviest brunt of global warming, and are less empowered to contribute to solutions. A new action plan agreed at the Bonn climate talks aims to reverse this inequality, writes Hilda Heine, Marshall Islands president

Source: The Guardian

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Keystone Pipeline Leaks 5,000 Barrels Of Oil In South Dakota, TransCanada Says

“It’s not too late to protect Nebraska’s families, farms, and communities from paying the same price,” a conservation group says.

Source: The Huffington Post

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I released 2,000 minks from a fur farm. Now I’m a convicted terrorist

The FBI says animal rights activists are America’s greatest domestic terrorism threat. This endangers activists – but makes big pharma and agriculture happy

Source: The Guardian

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Plastics found in stomachs of deepest sea creatures

Very worrying finding’ from nearly 11km deep confirms fears that synthetic fibres have contaminated the most remote places on Earth.

Source: The Guardian

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Russian hackers targeted UK media and telecoms firms, confirms spy chief

Head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre says Russia is ‘seeking to undermine the international system.’

Source: The Guardian

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US military leaders would reject illegal order for nuclear strike, senators told

As senators raise concerns about ‘unstable’ Donald Trump’s decision-making, former commander says military is ‘not obligated to follow illegal orders.’

Source: The Guardian

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The gun numbers: just 3% of American adults own a collective 133m firearms

Facts show owning more than 40 guns is actually fairly common in the United States, and violence falls most heavily on the country’s poorest neighborhoods.
Source: The Guardian

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Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core – NYTimes.com

A serial leak of the agency’s cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide.

Source: The New York Times

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Richest 1% own half the world’s wealth, study finds | Inequality | The Guardian

Credit Suisse report highlights increasing gap between the super-rich and the remainder of the globe’s populatio

Source: The Guardian

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WHITE HOUSE: Trump dines out on shark-fin soup

President Trump was served shark-fin soup on his recent trip to Vietnam; some in the U.S. have pushed for a ban on the shark-fin trade.

Source: E&E News

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