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Maria Ressa: Head of Philippines news site Rappler freed on bail

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMaria Ressa says the rule of law was broken when she was arrested Award-winning Philippine journalist Maria Ressa has been freed on bail, the day after her arrest on charges of “cyber-libel” drew international condemnation. Ms Ressa is CEO of Rappler, a news website critical of the government. She was arrested at its headquarters on Wednesday by agents from the National Bureau of Investigation. Press freedom advocates see this as a government attempt to silence the news organisation. Ms Ressa has been…

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Maria Ressa: Head of Philippines news site Rappler arrested

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Maria Ressa being interviewed during her arrest at Rappler’s headquarters. The CEO of Rappler, a news website critical of the government in the Philippines, has been arrested at its headquarters in Manila. Maria Ressa said the accusation of “cyber-libel” is an attempt by Rodrigo Duterte’s government to silence the publication. It is the latest in a string of charges against her for various alleged crimes, including tax evasion. Rappler journalists live-streamed the arrest on Facebook and Twitter. Footage streamed on Facebook showed plain-clothes party officials…

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Parenting site Mumsnet hit by data breach

Image copyright Mumsnet Image caption Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts posted a lengthy explanation about the breach Parenting site Mumsnet has reported itself to the UK’s data protection watchdog after an upgrade let some people see details of other accounts. In a message placed on the site, it said the problem occurred between 5 and 7 February. Accounts got mixed up if two users logged in at exactly the same time, said Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts. No passwords were exposed in the breach and she said the site was investigating how…

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Instagram vows to remove all graphic self-harm images from site

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionInstagram boss Adam Mosseri says he hopes new technology will help to flag images All graphic images of self-harm will be removed from Instagram, the head of the social media platform has told the BBC. The move comes after the father of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life in 2017, said Instagram had “helped kill” his daughter. Molly’s family found she had been viewing graphic images of self-harm on the site prior to her death. Adam Mosseri said Instagram was…

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Saudi antiquities site, long seen as haunted, tries to woo visitors

AL ULA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – In a remote northern corner of Saudi Arabia sit the relics of an ancient civilization, which the kingdom hopes to turn into a global tourism destination as it tries to open up to the world and diversify its economy away from oil. Rock shaped like an elephant is seen in the city al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser Backed by billions of dollars in state-led investment and a French cultural partnership, the authorities expect al-Ula and its majestic rock-hewn tombs of…

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Egypt unveils ancient burial site, home to 50 mummies

A Egyptian archaeologist examines mummies inside a tomb during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site in Minya Governorate, Egypt, February 2, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh MINYA (Reuters) – Egyptian archaeologists uncovered a tomb containing 50 mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era, in Minya, south of Cairo, the ministry of antiquities said on Saturday. The mummies, 12 of which were of children, were discovered inside four, nine-meter deep burial chambers in the Tuna El-Gebel archaeological site. The identities of the mummies were still unknown, said…

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Brady, Pats head to site of struggles at Dolphins

Tom Brady is 7-9 when playing on the road against the Miami Dolphins. FILE PHOTO: Dec 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after a touchdown during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Let that statistic sink in: Brady, the 13-time Pro Bowl quarterback who has led the New England Patriots to five Super Bowl titles, winning MVP honors in four of those ultimate games, has lost more than he has won at…

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Chief at Alibaba video site Youku steps down amid corruption probe

BEIJING (Reuters) – The president of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s video streaming service, Youku, has stepped down and is believed to be talking to Chinese authorities as part of a potential corruption case, the company said on Tuesday. The abrupt departure comes amid a wider reshuffle of Alibaba executives as the company shores up its leadership following the announcement by chairman Jack Ma that he will retire next year. Yang Weidong, who has been at Youku for roughly five years, joined the firm before it was fully acquired by Alibaba…

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Royals arrive at Leicester City helicopter crash site

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived to pay their respects to the victims of a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of five people. Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others died when the aircraft came down outside the King Power Stadium on 27 October. Prince William and Catherine are at the crash site, which contains thousands of tributes that were originally left outside the stadium in the aftermath of the crash. The couple will meet members of the club’s staff and volunteers before a visit to…

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‘Adult’ furry erotica site hacked

Image copyright HTH Studios Image caption The game features sexy furry creatures The website of an adult video game featuring sexualised animals has been hacked, with the information of nearly half a million subscribers stolen. Hack monitoring website Have I Been Pwned said the data breach had happened in August. The compromised information, including email addresses, names and order histories, resurfaced on a popular hacking forum a few months later. It is the latest in a long series of hacks aimed at adult sites. ‘Sensitive breach’ High Tail Hall is…

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