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Facebook’s biggest challenge yet

This might be the biggest crisis Facebook has faced since its founding, and the company’s initial response has not helped. The proposed departure of the company’s data security chief, Alex Stamos, has spread anxiety through the company internationally, and it is being reported that this opened up already significant divisions within the company about just how transparent it should be. The leadership question goes higher, however, to Mark Zuckerberg. When it was first suggested that Russia may have used the platform to interfere in the 2016 election, Zuckerberg initially described…

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Amelia Earhart: Island bones ‘likely’ belonged to famed pilot

Bones discovered on a Pacific island in 1940 are “likely” to be those of famed pilot Amelia Earhart, according to a US peer reviewed science journal. Earhart, her plane, and her navigator vanished without a trace in 1937 over the Pacific Ocean. Many theories have sought to explain her disappearance. But a new study published in Forensic Anthropology claims these bones prove she died as an island castaway. contradicting an earlier conclusion. The study, titled Amelia Earhart and the Nikumaroro Bones, was first published by the University of Florida and…

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In pictures: Geneva Motor Show 2018

The Geneva Car Show has once again lived up to expectations, presenting the latest supercars on Tuesday (March 6) with Ferrari, MacLaren, Lamborghini, and Corbelatti all unveiling brand-new models. The trend of the 2018 Car Show is undoubtedly SUV cars, but sports cars remain a highlight at the event, which was established in 1905. Ferrari showed its 408, with 720 horsepower and the Senna of MacLaren with 800 horsepower was unveiled mid-day. But it was Italian carmakers Corbellati that broke all the records this year with its 1800 horsepower –…

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New Zealand gannet ‘no mates Nigel’ dies alongside fake partner

Nigel “no mates”, a lonely New Zealand gannet who lived his life on the edge of the cliffs of an uninhabited island, has been found dead alongside his partner – a concrete replica bird. Nigel had been on Mana Island for five years and was besotted with one of the 80 decoys spread across the island. Conservation ranger Chris Bell, who found Nigel’s body last week, said his passing was “incredibly sad”. “This just feels like the wrong ending to the story,” Mr Bell said. Nigel was found next to…

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Zara’s lungi lookalike mocked by Asian internet

Fashion famously comes in cycles and things once considered past it can make a surprise appearance on the runway. Is that what’s just happened to the lungi? Depending on where you’re from, a lungi is either what you’re wearing right now, what your dad and grandfather used to wear, or the thing you had to sport as a tourist to cover your legs when visiting a temple or pagoda. But the lungi – or lungyi, longyi, sarong etc – has now found its way on to the High Street. The…

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Malaysia defends ‘hideous’ tourism logo despite criticism

A Malaysia Tourism logo featuring a grinning orangutan and a turtle in sunglasses has been branded “hideous”, and sparked calls for it to be ditched. The new logo, with its tagline “Travel. Enjoy. Respect”, has come under fire on social media with people criticising the uneven font sizes and retro-looking illustrations. But according to the tourism minister, the multicoloured logo is here to stay. Nazri Aziz said the logo was designed by the ministry’s in-house team and that he trusted their designs, adding that criticism “is normal”. “I can’t be…

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‘Doomsday Clock’ closest to midnight since Cold War over nuclear threat

Scientists on Thursday moved ahead by half a minute the symbolic Doomsday Clock, saying the world was at its closest to annihilation since the height of the Cold War due to world leaders’ poor response to threats of nuclear war. It was the second occasion the timepiece, created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists as an indicator of the world’s susceptibility to cataclysm, was moved forward since the 2016 election of U.S. president Donald Trump. At two minutes to midnight, the clock is at its closest to catastrophe since…

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Padmaavat: India tightens security as controversial film opens

Security has been tightened in parts of India for the release of a Bollywood film which has generated months of violent protests. Some schools are shut in a Delhi suburb following an attack on a school bus, and cinemas in several states say they will not screen the film. Hardline Hindu groups allege Padmaavat is disrespectful of their culture because it depicts a romance between a Hindu queen and a Muslim king. Its release was delayed for two months. Protesters have been burning vehicles and attacking cinemas, demanding the film…

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Magnitude 8.2 quake off Alaska prompts tsunami warning

USA:  A magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit the Gulf of Alaska in the early hours of Tuesday, prompting authorities to warn people in the area to move away from the coast in case it causes a tsnuami. The quake hit 256 km (157 miles) southeast of Chiniak, Alaska at a depth of 10 km at 0931 GMT, the US Geological Survey said. “If you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground. Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring,” Anchorage…

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London lit up by Lumiere festival

  Landmarks across central London have been lit up as part of the four-night Lumiere festival of light. British and international artists are displaying more than 50 artworks on some of the capital’s most iconic buildings. Installations will feature in areas in London including King’s Cross, Leicester Square and the South Bank. The festival will run until Sunday, each evening from 17:30 until 22:30 GMT.     Ref:  BBC News  

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