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Facebook removes 'fake' accounts linked to Pakistani military

Facebook removes 'fake' accounts linked to Pakistani militaryFacebook is removing 103 pages, groups and accounts linked to the media wing of Pakistan’s military, the social media giant announced Monday, calling them “fake” accounts created to manipulate people. The statement by Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, shines a rare light on efforts by Pakistan’s shadowy military establishment to use social media as a propaganda tool.



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On foreign policy, a confident Trump removes his training wheels

On foreign policy, a confident Trump removes his training wheelsIn the days preceding last July’s NATO summit in Brussels that President Trump was set to attend, administration officials including Defense Secretary James Mattis worked around the clock with European allies to seal a summit declaration before the alliance leaders’ meeting even began. The rush by Mr. Mattis and others to complete a deal they knew might not sit well with their boss – who had consistently aired his doubts about the benefits of international defense alliances like NATO and his disdain for what he considered to be freeloading allies – was striking. What it displayed was one more example of Mr. Trump’s top national security advisers working around the president’s skepticism and unpredictability toward traditional allies to confirm America’s unaltered global leadership role.



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North Korea warns it will not give up nuclear weapons until US removes 'threat'

North Korea warns it will not give up nuclear weapons until US removes 'threat'North Korea has vowed not to unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the US reciprocates by removing its own nuclear threat to Pyongyang, in a blunt statement that casts fresh doubt on whether the current impasse in disarmament talks can be resolved.  The lengthy rebuke of Washington’s “hostile” policy towards the reclusive regime was delivered by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday.  It accused the US of “high-handed practices and pressure” and offered one of the clearest explanations to date of how North Korea views the denuclearisation process.  At an unprecedented summit in Singapore in June, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, the US president, reached an agreement in vague terms to “work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.” Talks have since stalled as the two sides have failed to agree on the definition of denuclearisation or on how to move forward.  “When we refer to the Korean Peninsula, they include both the area of the DPRK [North Korea] and the area of South Korea where aggression troops, including the nuclear weapons of the US, are deployed,” the KCNA commentary clarified.  Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump met in Singapore in June Credit: Evan Vucci/AP “When we refer to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, it, therefore, means removing all elements of nuclear threats from the areas of both the north and the south of Korea and also from surrounding areas from where the Korean Peninsula is targeted,” it said. American nuclear weapons were deployed in South Korea from 1958 to 1991 but now Washington supports Japan and South Korea using bombers and submarines based elsewhere. It also maintains 28,500 American troops in South, which could be a potential sticking point in disarmament negotiations.  The regime’s statement denounced Washington’s policy since the Singapore summit as “misguided”, saying that it was “aghast” at Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state’s assertion that Pyongyang had “committed itself to the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea.” It added: “The US must have a clear understanding of the phrase, denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, and study geology in particular, before it is too late.” The latest missive from Pyongyang jars with the more optimistic soundings from Seoul in recent months about Kim’s willingness to cooperate.  The North Koreans have criticised US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his statements Credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP However, it also validates warnings from North Korea analysts and experts, who have consistently argued that Kim Jong-un will not voluntarily relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he views as both a security guarantee and as giving him a stronger hand in diplomatic negotiations.  “It has always said this. Some people wanted to delude themselves into believing otherwise. But North Korea is nothing if not consistent,” tweeted Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT.  Writing in NK News, Andrei Lankov, a professor at Kookmin university in Seoul, described the KCNA dispatch as simply “an honest admission of Pyongyang's real intentions.” “This statement might have come as a shock to the few remaining nuclear optimists…However, a more unbiased observer should not be surprised at all,” he wrote.  “North Korea has never had the slightest intention to surrender their nuclear weapons. They saw what happened in Iraq and, more importantly, in Libya, and have long believed that without nuclear weapons they will become vulnerable to both a foreign invasion and a local revolution.” 



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Britain removes word 'unlikely' from no-deal Brexit guidance

Britain removes word 'unlikely' from no-deal Brexit guidanceThe British government has removed the word “unlikely” from its official Brexit guidance telling companies and citizens how to prepare for a disorderly exit where the UK leaves the European Union without a deal. Theresa May’s government has issued a string of technical notices in recent months with advice on what needs to be done before the country leaves the world’s largest trading bloc on March 29. The notices had originally referred to the “unlikely” chance that Britain leaves the EU without a deal.



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Facebook removes fake accounts tied to Iran that lured over one million followers

Facebook removes fake accounts tied to Iran that lured over one million followersFacebook Inc said on Friday it had deleted more accounts originating in Iran that attracted more than a million U.S. and British followers, its latest effort to combat disinformation activity on its platform. The social media company removed 82 pages, groups and accounts on Facebook and Instagram that represented themselves as being from American or British citizens, then posted on “politically charged” topics such as race relations, opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump and immigration, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post. In total, the removed accounts attracted more than 1 million followers.



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Google removes several blogs, YouTube accounts linked to Iran

Google removes several blogs, YouTube accounts linked to Iran(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday it had identified and terminated 39 YouTube channels linked to state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.



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NYC removes statue of doctor who experimented on slaves

NYC removes statue of doctor who experimented on slavesNEW YORK (AP) — A bronze statue of a 19th century doctor who did experimental surgery without anesthesia on enslaved African-American women was removed from Central Park on Tuesday.



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NYC Removes Statue Honoring 19th Century Surgeon Who Experimented On Female Slaves

NYC Removes Statue Honoring 19th Century Surgeon Who Experimented On Female SlavesNew York City workers removed a Central Park statue on Tuesday commemorating



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Ben Carson Removes Anti-Discrimination Language From HUD Mission Statement

Ben Carson Removes Anti-Discrimination Language From HUD Mission StatementWASHINGTON ― Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is changing the mission statement of his agency, removing promises of inclusive and discrimination-free communities. “An organization’s mission is never static,” Thompson wrote in the memo, which was shared with HuffPost by a HUD employee.



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Florida school removes teacher who hosted white supremacist podcast

Florida school removes teacher who hosted white supremacist podcastSocial studies teacher Dayanna Volitich is suspended from a Florida middle school after it was revealed that she reportedly secretly hosted a podcast embracing white supremacist ideas.



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