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Facebook makes trending news feature more automated

San Francisco - Facebook said it is further automating its "trending" stories feature, a move that will scale back human input to prevent personal bias from influencing which stories get highlighted.

Israel extends Palestinian journalist's detention: NGO

Ramallah - Israeli authorities have extended by three months the detention without trial of a Palestinian journalist who had been due for release on Monday, a Palestinian NGO said on Saturday.

What will happen to the $135 million from the sale of Gawker?

Gawker Media has been sold — and with the sale comes questions of what happens next. Late Tuesday, Univision purchased the media company for $135 million following a bidding war with Ziff Davis.

Turkey court shuts down pro-Kurdish newspaper

Ankara - A Turkish court on Tuesday ordered the temporary closure of a newspaper accused of links with Kurdish militants and spreading terrorist propaganda.

Convicted Turkish editor steps down after coup

Istanbul - The editor-in-chief of Turkey's top opposition daily Cumhuriyet announced on Monday he was stepping down, saying he no longer had faith in the judiciary after the failed coup.

Jailed Egypt photographer says he's been 'forgotten'

Cairo - Shouting to make himself heard from the soundproof glass dock during a break in his trial, Egyptian photographer Mahmoud Abdel Shakour said he feels he has been "forgotten" in prison.

Gunfire feared in Olympic bus attack

Rio De Janeiro - A bus carrying Rio Olympics journalists came under attack and police were investigating whether bullets were fired from the notorious City of God favela.

Stiglitz quits Panama Papers clean-up committee

Panama - Nobel prize-winning US economist Joseph Stiglitz has resigned from a committee of international experts named to help reform Panama's financial services sector after the Panama Papers scandal, the government said Friday.

Ukraine squad told to avoid Russian media

Kiev - Ukraine's sports minister on Friday banned his Olympic team from talking to the Russian media while in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games.

Daughter of murdered journalist gunned down in Guatemala

Guatemala City - The daughter of a Guatemalan journalist murdered in June was herself fatally shot on Tuesday in her hometown of Coatepeque, police said.Lindaura Aceituno, 36, died after being taken to hospital with several bullet wounds.

Hulk Hogan verdict forces Gawker founder Denton into bankruptcy

New York - Gawker founder Nick Denton declared bankruptcy on Monday after a federal judge allowed collection efforts to begin on $140 million in damages the news website was found liable for in a lawsuit filed by professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

Turkey remands 17 journalists in custody over links to Gulen

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Friday remanded 17 Turkish journalists in custody over links to the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who is blamed for this month's failed coup, charging them with membership of a "terror group".

To publish or not? French media divided over attackers' photos

Paris - Does publishing the photographs of those responsible for terror attacks help glorify them and play into the hands of groups like the Islamic State?

AFP falls victim to Nice attack hoax

Paris - Agence France-Presse said Wednesday it had fallen victim to a hoax by a person claiming to be a relative of a man killed in the Nice attack who never existed.

French media pull attackers' photos over 'glorification' fears

Paris - Several major media outlets in France said Wednesday they would no longer use photographs of killers responsible for terror attacks to avoid giving them "posthumous glorification".

Turkey issues warrants for 47 ex-staff of Zaman newspaper

Ankara - Turkey issued arrest warrants Wednesday for 47 former staff of the Zaman newspaper, an official said, in a growing crackdown on citizens suspected of links to alleged coup mastermind Fethullah Gulen.

Media targeted in Turkey's post-coup crackdown

Istanbul - Turkish media played a crucial role in averting the coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, yet dozens of journalists are now being targeted in the sweeping crackdown after the failed putsch.

UN overturns decision keeping out press freedom watchdog

New York - The UN's economic and social council on Monday overturned by a strong vote a decision to deny the Committee to Protect Journalists consultative status at the United Nations.

Journalist killed in Kiev car bombing buried in Belarus

Minsk - Thousands of mourners in Belarus on Saturday bid farewell to prominent independent journalist Pavel Sheremet, killed by a car bomb in Kiev, as he was buried back in the homeland where he clashed with the authorities.

Journalist killed in Kiev car bombing buried in Belarus

Minsk - Thousands of mourners in Belarus on Saturday bid farewell to prominent independent journalist Pavel Sheremet, killed by a car bomb in Kiev, as he was buried back in the homeland where he clashed with the authorities.

Hundreds pay homage to slain Ukraine reporter

Kiev - Hundreds of mourners shed tears and laid flowers on Friday at the open casket of a top reporter whose targeted car-bomb slaying sent shock waves through Ukraine's tight-knit journalistic community.

U.S. retracts policy likening war journalists to 'spies'

Washington - The US military has stepped back from a policy published last year that likened journalists to spies and suggesting they may be treated as "belligerents.

Police testify over Mexican journalist's murder

Coatzacoalcos - Eight Mexican police officers appeared before investigators Thursday to testify over the murder of a journalist, as his family accused agents present during the homicide of letting the killers flee.

Another journalist killed in Mexico

Coatzacoalcos - A Mexican journalist was shot dead in front of his wife and two adult children outside his home in a crime-ridden eastern state where 18 other reporters have been murdered since 2010.

Top reporter's murder sends shivers through Ukraine media

Kiev - The brazen murder of a prominent independent reporter in a Kiev car bombing has sent chills through Ukraine's tight-knit journalistic community at a time when it already faced grave threats.

The last VCRs will be made in Japan this month

In the age of streaming video and online media, it's difficult to imagine that some people still watch films on VHS. One Japanese company is still producing VCRs to play cassettes though. Later this month, it will build its last, ending VHS for good.

Pavel Sheremet: Fearless journalist killed in Ukraine

Kiev - Belarus-born journalist Pavel Sheremet, who was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev on Wednesday, was known for his fearless criticism of the leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

Independence was won, now South Sudan's freedom is in peril

Juba - South Sudan journalist John Gatluak knew the risks of war: his radio station was destroyed twice but he never stopped broadcasting the news, even when hiding in swamps.

Renowned pro-Western reporter killed in Kiev car bomb

Kiev - A car bomb in Kiev on Wednesday killed a pro-Western reporter from a news site whose founder was beheaded 16 years ago after probing the alleged crimes of Ukrainian leaders.

Turkey's media reels after 'nightmare' of coup

Ankara - Forced at gunpoint to read a statement by coup plotters and raided by rebel military forces, Turkey's media organisations were bruised by the drama of a coup but also played a role in ensuring it did not succeed.
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