‘The battle is still on’: Fake news rages in India’s ‘WhatsApp’ elections

You know something is seriously up when a social media company buys full-page ads in old-fashioned newspapers. WhatsApp’s campaign ahead of India’s mammoth election also included highly produced spots on television and radio. The message to millions of Indians, across the various platforms: “Share joy, not rumours.” The messaging app’s public outreach was just one plank of a fledgling, multi-tier effort ...

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China says detained Canadians have been formally arrested

Chinese authorities have formally arrested on state secrets charges two Canadians detained last year, the government said on Thursday, in what is likely to further increase tension between Ottawa and Beijing. Businessman Michael Spavor, who worked with North Korea, and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were picked up separately in December, shortly after Canada arrested Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial ...

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Iran’s supreme leader makes uranium enrichment threat

Iran’s supreme leader issued a veiled threat in the same speech in which he stated that “no one is seeking war,” saying it wouldn’t be difficult for the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels amid rising tensions with the U.S., state media reported Wednesday. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, meanwhile, ordered all non-essential, non-emergency government staff on Wednesday ...

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Satellite images show no major damage to ‘sabotaged’ ships

Four oil tankers anchored in the Mideast were damaged by what Gulf officials described as sabotage, though satellite images obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday showed no major visible damage to the vessels. Details of the alleged sabotage to two Saudi, one Norwegian and one Emirati oil tanker on Sunday remained unclear, and Gulf officials have declined to say ...

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Companies bracing for China’s retaliation in tariff dispute

Companies waited Monday to see how China will retaliate for U.S. President Donald Trump’s escalation of a fight over technology and trade that threatens to disrupt a Chinese economic recovery. Regulators threatened “necessary countermeasures” for Trump’s tariff hikes Friday on $200 billion US of Chinese imports. But three days later, in a break with previous tit-for-tat penalties imposed immediately, Beijing ...

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