Twitter to ban all political advertising by November

Social media platform, Twitter says it will ban all political advertising worldwide, saying that the reach of such messages “should be earned, not bought”. “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics,” says the company’s CEO Jack Dorsey in a tweet. Although, it’s rival, Facebook recently ruled out a ban on political ads. The ban by Twitter will be enforced from 22 November, with full details released by 15 November. Mr Dorsey explained his position in a thread of…

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Sick boy dies after dad lavishes £130,000 treatment money on prostitutes

João Miguel Alves, a toddler who suffered from a rare disease has died following allegations that his father spent all the money raised for him on partying at hotels with prostitutes. The toddler suffered from spinal muscular atrophy but lost his fight for life on October 17. His dad Mateus Henrique Leroy Alves, 37, was found in a luxury hotel where he had been staying for two months after his wife Karine Rodrigues reported him to police. He is alleged to have spent the cash on prostitutes, designer clothes, watches,…

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Death Toll From Afghan Mosque Bombings Jumps to at Least 62

At least 62 people were killed by a blast inside an Afghan mosque during Friday prayers, according to officials, a day after the United Nations said violence in the country had reached “unacceptable” levels. The attack – the year’s second most deadly to date – took place in the eastern province of Nangarhar and also wounded at least 33 people, the provincial governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP. The blast was carried out with “explosives that were placed inside the mosque”, Khogyani said, though other sources – including the Taliban…

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Woman sued for jumping over zoo fence to dance before lion

An unidentified woman has been sued for criminal trespass after jumping over the Bronx Zoo security fence in New York just to perform a dance stunt before a lion. The woman managed to get into the African lion exhibit at the Bronx Zoo, and paraded in front of one of the lions. The lion watched as the woman danced and greeted him, even as bystanders watched on. Another zoo visitor who witnessed the daring do, Hernán Reynoso, said, “She just was there, dancing, saying ‘hi’ to the lion.” “The lion…

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Cannabis cafe opens in Hollywood

Following the legalization of marijuana in some states in the USA, the first cannabis restaurant has opened in West Hollywood, offering diners an array of weed products and hoping to rival Amsterdam’s famed coffee shops. Called Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe, the much-hyped 240-seat establishment is open to people 21 and over, who can order from a cannabis menu just like they would a wine bottle. “Flower Hosts,” or “budtenders,” help patrons navigate the menu, giving advice to connoisseurs or novices on what strain of cannabis to order with their…

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Woman kills lover’s son, sentenced to life in imprisonment

Ana Julia Quezada, a Dominican woman, has been sentenced on Monday to life in prison in Spain for murdering the eight-year-old son of her Spanish partner in a case that shocked the country. A jury in Almeria in southern Spain last month found her guilty of killing the boy, who was the son of her then partner Angel Cruz. A court on Monday handed down a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years, the stiffest possible jail term under Spanish law. Gabriel Cruz disappeared on February 27,…

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Football fan jokingly begs for money to buy beer, gets $1m

American football fan, Carson King, who cheekily held up a sign on TV asking for people to send him money to buy beer, has received over $1m. Now, just over a week on, the 24-year-old has raised more than a $1m (£800,000) and is donating the funds to a children’s hospital. “I was hoping to make a couple people laugh! I never expected to be on TV, and definitely did not except anyone to send any money,” he said. Referencing a beer brand, King’s sign read “Busch Light Supply Needs…

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Doctor under investigation for performing abortion on wrong woman

A doctor who mistakenly performed an abortion on a woman in south Korea is currently under investigation. On August 7, a pregnant patient with a 6-week-old foetus had gone to a clinic in district of Gangseo, in the country’s capital Seoul, according to the Gangseo police. At the clinic, a mix-up in medical charts and failure to check her identity led to the mistaken abortion. The doctor and nurse in charge are under investigation, and the case will soon be sent to the prosecutor’s office, police said. The nurse had…

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US police officer suspended for arresting two six-year-olds in school

Police in Florida on Monday, said a police officer, who arrested two six-year-old children in a Florida school, has been suspended and the incident will be investigated. The grandmother of one of the children, Kaia Rolle, said she was arrested after she threw a temper tantrum and kicked somebody. The incident has revived the debate over the role of police officers in public schools, 46 percent of which have an officer present for at least one day a week. Reservist police officer Dennis Turner arrested the two children in separate…

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Facebook aquires startup working on mind-control of machines

Facebook on Monday said it had made a deal to buy a startup working on ways to command computers or other devices using thought instead of taps, swipes, or keystrokes. CTRL-labs will become part of Facebook Reality Labs with an aim at perfecting the technology and getting it into consumer products, according to Andrew Bosworth, vice president of augmented and virtual reality at the California-based social network. “We know there are more natural, intuitive ways to interact with devices and technology,” Bosworth said in a post at Facebook announcing the…

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