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Exclusive: Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with big 2019 votes

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo As the largest social media service in nearly every big country, Facebook since 2016 has become a means for politicians and…

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Snow brings parts of Europe to standstill

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHeavy snow continues to hit parts of Europe Heavy snowfalls brought chaos to parts of Germany and Sweden on Friday, leaving roads blocked, trains halted and schools shut. The Red Cross helped drivers stuck on a motorway in the southern German state of Bavaria and a nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree. The front of a Swiss hotel was hit by an avalanche and a winter storm made roads impassable in Sweden and Norway. Austrian rescuers had to battle through…

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Lifestyle 

Fairouz Cafe brings Levantine nostalgia to southern Iraq

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Mohammed Abdul Ameer’s nostalgia for better days and his roots in the Levant were what inspired him to open Basra’s first mixed-gender cafe since the rule of Saddam Hussein, and themed in honor of the Lebanese singer Fairouz. An Iraqi woman reads a book at a cafe called Fayruz Cafe after the famous female Lebanese singer Fayruz, in Basra, Iraq December 29, 2018. Picture taken December 29, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani The southern Iraqi city, the home of Abdul Ameer’s father, has since Saddam was toppled in…

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Trent Alexander-Arnold brings Christmas cheer to families

Image caption Trent Alexander-Arnold paid for Christmas dinners for 60 families Liverpool footballer Trent Alexander-Arnold spent his Christmas Day bringing festive cheer to 60 families from underprivileged backgrounds. Alexander-Arnold, ambassador for the An Hour for Others charity, paid for everyone’s Christmas dinner and bought presents for all the children. Jacob, 10, said it was “amazing” to get a present from the star. Alexander-Arnold, 20, of West Derby said “he’ll never forget” the looks on the children’s faces. Image caption Trent Alexander-Arnold said it was “better to give than receive” The…

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Science 

Botanical artist brings rare plants back to life

With about one in five of the world’s plants facing extinction, scientists are racing to study new species. Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, discovered more than 100 plants and fungi that are new to science this year alone, and have revealed some of their top finds. Artist Lucy Smith draws the plants in incredible detail to help record them for posterity. Source link

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‘Suddenly real’: Colour brings new life to archival WW1 photos

Image copyright Courtesy The Vimy Foundation Image caption Canadian wounded enjoying a cup of tea at Advanced Dressing Station, October 1918 With a dose of colour, a Canadian charity has breathed new life into archival images from World War One. The Vimy Foundation pored over hundreds of old Canadian black and white photos to select a final 150 to painstakingly colourise. The hope is to create a personal connection to the war experience for a new generation through the restored images. The photos have been published in the book They…

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Lake Titicaca: Underwater museum brings hope to shores

Image copyright Bolivian Ministry of Culture Image caption Specialised divers have located 10,000 items so far Ever since Reddy Guaygua was a boy, he dreamt of discovering hidden ruins. Born in Mapiri, 130km (80 miles) north of La Paz in Bolivia, he was the only person from his small town to study archaeology. “My goal was to work in the villages, visit their archaeological sites and work in them,” he says. Now, years later, his dream has become reality. Mr Guaygua is in charge of tourism and culture in the…

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Santa brings sense of calm and comfort to autistic teen

Image copyright Michelle Arnold Healy Image caption Jack has been visiting Santa for many years Michelle Arnold Healy takes her 19-year-old son Jack to see Santa in their local Philadelphia mall every year. The Father Christmas featured in the photograph she posted on Facebook has set up his grotto at the same shopping centre since her son was a baby. Jack suffers from severe anxiety and has sensory issues with light and noise so there are many things he can’t participate in, including general trips to the mall. However, his…

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‘Digital museum’ brings millions of fossils out of the dark

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMuseums including Washington’s Smithsonian have set out to digitally record fossils in their collection The bid to create a “global digital museum” has been welcomed by scientists, who say it will enable them to study valuable specimens that are currently “hidden” in museum drawers. Museums including London’s Natural History Museum and the Smithsonian in Washington DC are involved. They have set out ambitious plans to digitise millions of specimens. Digitally recording the 40 million fossils at the Smithsonian will take an estimated…

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Dutch man, 69, brings lawsuit to lower his age 20 years

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Ratelband believes changing his age will improve his chances on dating app Tinder A Dutch pensioner has started a legal battle to legally change his age and boost his dating prospects. Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to shift his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969, comparing the change to identifying as being transgender. “You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age?” he told Dutch paper De Telegraaf. A local court in the city of Arnhem,…

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