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With new tools, Facebook aims to avoid election fiasco repeat

San Francisco - Facebook is leveraging its vast resources to help protect the 2020 election against the kind of massive manipulation and disinformation efforts that the platform failed to act on in 2016.

KGB devices to go under the hammer in US

New York - A gun designed to look like a tube of lipstick, a purse with a hidden camera and a hotel room listening device are among items used by Soviet intelligence during the Cold War going up for auction for the first time.

Giacometti sculpture in sealed bid auction - starting price $90mn

New York - A sculpture by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti is being auctioned by Sotheby's with a reserve price of $90 million but the winning offer on Tuesday could remain secret as it is being sold by sealed bid.

NASA asteroid surface sampling likely successful

Washington - NASA on Wednesday released its first images of a sampling operation carried out on the asteroid Bennu, which appeared to show successful recovery of rock and dust, or as one official put it, "the kind of mess we were hoping for.

NASA asteroid surface sampling likely successful

Washington - NASA on Wednesday released its first images of a sampling operation carried out on the asteroid Bennu, which appeared to show successful recovery of rock and dust, or as one official put it, "the kind of mess we were hoping for.

Protesters ready in case Trump refuses to accept election result

New York - Sean Eldridge says he's "preparing for the worst" in case President Donald Trump tries to undermine the results of next month's vote or refuses to accept a victory for the Democrats.

US election 2020: two weeks to go

Washington - One candidate for the White House is crisscrossing the United States; the other is at home, preparing for the final debate.

New Trump golf course in Scotland gets go-head despite environmental fears

London - President Donald Trump's company has been given permission by Scottish authorities to build a second golf course in northeast Scotland despite local objections.Plans for a new 18-hole golf course have been approved by Aberdeenshire council.

Trump headed for trouble — and not changing course

Washington - President Donald Trump is down in the polls, running out of time, and facing a resurgent coronavirus across the United States. Yet seemingly headed for defeat, he is doing nothing to change course.

Russia shuns US lunar program, as space cooperation under threat

Washington - Russia is unlikely to participate in the Moon-orbiting station planned by the United States, a Russian official said Monday, marking the probable end of the type of close cooperation seen for two decades on the International Space Station (ISS).

Trump's Supreme Court pick in Senate hearing spotlight

Washington - Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's pick to fill a key vacancy on the Supreme Court bench, faced the Senate's scrutiny Monday as confirmation hearings kicked off for the lifetime appointment -- which Democrats appear largely powerless to ...

Double trouble: Louisiana pounded by two hurricanes in six weeks

Lake Charles - After being pummelled by two hurricanes in six weeks, residents in this Louisiana city don't even know which storm to blame for the area's widespread damage.

'Feeling great': Trump seeks campaign comeback from Covid-19

Washington - President Donald Trump rallied hundreds of supporters for a comeback event at the White House, jumping back into the election race nine days after being stopped in his tracks by Covid-19 -- a disease his doctor says he is no longer at risk of spreading...

Fly swatters and Covid coins: this week on the US campaign trail

Washington - With less than a month until the US elections the race for the White House has thrown up a new trove of tidbits and odd moments, including a rush on fly swatters and a new presidential coin.- Fly swats -$350,000 in 24 hours.

Four years on, Trump keeps ramping up sanctions but sees few results

Washington - As he seeks a second term, US President Donald Trump is accelerating his favorite foreign-policy tool of economic sanctions but his "maximum pressure" campaigns have produced few of the results he has been seeking.

Quarantined, top US general assures US remains well-protected

Washington - The Pentagon's top general, quarantined after being exposed to Covid-19, assured Thursday that the military remains at the ready to defend the United States and allies.

'Delicious cake' and free Teslas: this week on the US campaign trail

Washington - The announcement that President Donald Trump has coronavirus has shaken the run up to US elections on November 3.

Beau Biden, an 'inspiration' for US Democratic candidate

Washington - Joe Biden once again paid tribute to his son Beau, who died of cancer in 2015, during the first presidential debate, yet another sign of how large a role he plays in the Democratic challenger's campaign to reach the White House.

'Nobody won': Conservatives in Biden hometown left cold by Trump debate

Old Forge - A "Policemen for Trump" hat on his head, Tom Kenney leaves the small room where a dozen or so supporters of the US president are watching the candidates' debate in the swing state of Pennsylvania."I got sick of listening to Biden," he says.

Amy Coney Barrett: Religious conservative US Supreme Court pick

Washington - Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was nominated Saturday to the US Supreme Court, is a darling of conservatives for her religious views but detractors warn her confirmation would shift the nation's top court firmly to the right.

Masks, birds and Italy dreams: this week on the US campaign trail

Washington - With fewer than 40 days before the US election, the race for the White House is in high gear, giving AFP the chance to select the strangest moments from a week on the campaign trail.

First person cured of HIV dying from blood cancer, says partner

Washington - Timothy Ray Brown, the American once known as "the Berlin patient" who in 2008 became the first person to be cured of HIV, is terminally ill with cancer, according to his partner.

Canadian woman charged over ricin letter sent to Trump

New York - A Canadian woman accused of sending a ricin poison-laced letter to Donald Trump was formally charged on Tuesday with threatening the President of the United States.

ISS moves to avoid space debris

Washington - Astronauts on the International Space Station carried out an "avoidance maneuver" Tuesday to ensure they would not be hit by a piece of debris, said US space agency NASA, urging better management of objects in Earth's orbit.

New York police officer charged with spying for China

New York - US authorities have charged a New York police officer with espionage, accusing him of gathering information about the city's Tibetan community for the Chinese government.

Who will succeed Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court?

Washington - The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers US President Donald Trump an opportunity to replace the progressive Supreme Court justice with a staunch defender of conservative values -- even if Democrats are girding for the political equivalent of trench war...

US defies world to say Iran UN sanctions back in effect

Washington - The United States unilaterally proclaimed on Saturday that UN sanctions against Iran were back in force and promised to punish those who violate them, in a move that risks increasing Washington's isolation but also international tensions.

'We got this': American left galvanized by death of RBG

Washington - The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg sounded a warning for American progressives, thousands of whom -- wracked with ever-deepening concern for the future -- gathered Saturday outside the Supreme Court to honor the late justice.

Cheesesteaks, bugs and obligatory chastity: life on the US campaign trail

Washington - Drive-in stump speeches, enforced chastity on a rapper's campaign trail, pesky critters and a Philly cheesesteak on Air Force One -- with fewer than 50 days before November 3, the run for the White House is in full swing.

Seven dead, dozens infected after 'superspreader' wedding in rural US

Millinocket - A wedding in rural Maine became a coronavirus "superspreader" event that left seven people dead and 177 infected, renewing fear of the disease in the northeastern US state that had hoped the worst of the pandemic was behind it.
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