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Facebook removes pages linked to Russian news agency

Facebook removes pages linked to Russian news agency

Technology
Facebook has removed 364 pages and accounts linked to employees of Russian news agency Sputnik from its platform. The social network's head of cyber security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post it had uncovered two separate operations which originated in Russia, with one active in multiple countries in eastern Europe and the other specific to Ukraine.The pages and accounts were run by the first Russian network and operated in Baltic Sea states, central Asia, the Caucasus and central and eastern Europe.Based on a tip from US law enforcement, Facebook said it had separately removed 107 pages, groups and accounts and 41 Instagram accounts that originated in Russia and operated in Ukraine.In a statement, it said: "We didn't find any links between these operations, b...
APNewsBreak: Agency built pen for possible horse slaughter

APNewsBreak: Agency built pen for possible horse slaughter

Technology
The U.S. Forest Service has built its first corral for wild horses, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency acknowledged in court filings in a potentially precedent-setting legal battle that it built the new pen in Northern California for mustangs gathered in the fall on national forest land along the Nevada border because of restrictions on such sales at other federal holding facilities. The agency denies claims by horse advocates it has made up its mind to sell the more than 250 horses for slaughter. But it also says it may have no choice because of the high cost of housing the animals and continued ecological impacts it claims overpopulated herds are having on federal rangeland. "While slaughtering wild horses does not present...
Japanese space agency launches hopping probes

Japanese space agency launches hopping probes

Technology
A hopping space probe which will land on the surface of a large asteroid has been launched by the Japanese Space Agency. The agency's spacecraft released two small exploration robots in a research project to find clues to the origin of the solar system.Both Minerva-II rovers were lowered from the unmanned Hayabusa2, on to the asteroid Ryugu.The rovers move around by hopping, because the gravity on the asteroid makes rolling difficult. Each hop lasts 15 minutes. Image: The probe can be seen as a shadow on the asteroid The spacecraft travelled to the asteroid, which is 170 miles (280m km) from Earth, and arrived in June.The space agency (JAXA) said it would know if the robots have landed on Saturday, when they will send...
World Anti-Doping Agency votes to reinstate Russian anti-doping authority

World Anti-Doping Agency votes to reinstate Russian anti-doping authority

World
Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency voted Thursday to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency as compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. Members of the executive committee voted 9-2 in favor of reinstating the RUSADA, during a meeting in Seychelles, with WADA's vice president and Oceania voting against and Europe abstaining from the vote. The committee deliberated whether Russia had fulfilled the two remaining criteria on its road map to compliance, including having the authorities responsible for anti-doping in Russia publicly accept the reported outcomes of Dr. Richard McLaren's investigation and the Russian government providing access to stored samples and electronic data in the former Moscow Laboratory. They ultimately decided to reinstate Russia on the grounds that RUS...
US ends aid to Palestinian refugee agency Unrwa

US ends aid to Palestinian refugee agency Unrwa

World
The United States is ending all funding for the UN's Palestinian refugee agency, the US state department says.It described the organisation, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), as "irredeemably flawed".The US administration has "carefully reviewed" the issue and "will not make additional contributions to Unrwa," spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.In January, the US announced it would withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for the agency.A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded to the US decision on Friday, describing it as a "flagrant assault against the Palestinian people and a defiance of UN resolutions"."Such a punishment will not succeed to change the fact that the United States no l...