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Facebook could threaten democracy, says former GCHQ boss

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Robert Hannigan led GCHQ from 2014 to 2017 Facebook could become a threat to democracy without tougher regulation, the former head of intelligence agency GCHQ has said. Robert Hannigan told the BBC the social media giant was more interested in profiting from user data than “protecting your privacy”. It comes after MPs this week accused Facebook of striking secret deals over user data. The firm has also been criticised for its handling of fake news. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme,…

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Why Brexit could threaten Dutch fishing industry

Image caption So long and thanks for all the fish? Dutch fisherman working in Urk Fresh plaice encased in crushed ice pour out of crates on to the stainless steel tables. “Very worried of course about Brexit,” says Barend Hakvoort, whose job it is to ensure the Netherlands’ largest fish auction house maintains its stocks. “Many Urk people are fishing under a UK flag, they own a lot of quota. If the UK says they must land the fish in the UK we lose a lot of clients. We have…

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Brazil: Bolsonaro plans threaten Amazon, say experts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Amazon rainforest loses vast areas to deforestation every year Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro will merge the ministries of agriculture and the environment, an aide says, in a move which critics say could endanger the Amazon rainforest. Mr Bolsonaro’s future chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, announced the new “super ministry” as details of the new administration began to emerge. The controversial new Brazilian leader is supported by the agribusiness lobby. A former environment minister tweeted that the move was “tragic”. “This disastrous decision…

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‘Super-sized’ mice threaten seabird colonies with extinction

Image copyright Ben Dilley Image caption A Tristan albatross on Gough Island: Their future is now at risk Super-sized mice are killing millions of seabird chicks on a remote island in the South Atlantic, threatening some rare species with extinction. According to a study from the RSPB, the mice have learned to eat the eggs and chicks of the many millions of birds that make Gough Island their home. The group says that without action, the endangered Tristan albatross is likely to go extinct. A campaign is planned to eradicate…

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Lifestyle 

Paris painters threaten to fold up easels over creeping cafes

PARIS (Reuters) – For decades the artists of Montmartre have dazzled sightseers with their rapidly delivered portraits, paintings of Parisian scenes and cartoonish caricatures. General view of artists who sketch portraits in the street on the “Place du Tertre”, a square at the Butte Montmartre area in Paris, France, August 2, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier But now the painters are threatening to fold up their easels and relocate elsewhere in the French capital, accusing restaurateurs of encroaching on their space. “It’s very difficult to paint now – it’s almost impossible,” said…

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