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Christchurch shootings: Jacinda Ardern calls for global anti-racism fight

Christchurch shootings: Jacinda Ardern calls for global anti-racism fight

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called for a global fight to root out racist right-wing ideology following last week's deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch.In one of her first interviews since then, she told the BBC that she rejected the idea that a rise in immigration was fuelling racism.Fifty people were killed and dozens more wounded in Friday's gun attacks.The first funerals, of a father and son from Syria, took place on Wednesday.Hundreds of mourners gathered at a cemetery near the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, one of two places of worship targeted.Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder. Fifty people died in the attack.What did Ardern say?Asked about the...
Facebook back up after massive global outage

Facebook back up after massive global outage

Technology
Facebook services have completely returned after a massive global outage left certain users unable to access Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for almost 24 hours.Users across the world including the US, Japan, New Zealand and parts of Europe were affected by the outage and faced difficulties accessing the social network giant and its apps WhatsApp and Instagram for several hours. "Anddddd... we're back," Instagram tweeted on Friday morning with a GIF of Oprah Winfrey screaming in delight.In a statement to Sky News on Thursday evening,a Facebook spokesperson said: "Yesterday, we made a server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues."As a result, many people had difficulty accessing our apps and services. We have resolved the issues, and our systems have been recover...
Boeing grounds entire global MAX 737 fleet

Boeing grounds entire global MAX 737 fleet

World
Boeing has grounded its entire global fleet of 737 MAX 8s and 9s following Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia. In a statement, the company said "out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft's safety" it had decided to temporarily suspend its entire fleet of 371 MAX aircraft. Boeing said it had taken the decision after consulting the US Federal Aviation Administration and the National Safety Board.The statement said: "We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes and it always will be."There is no greater priority for our company and our industry. "We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with...
Global warming may trigger heart attack risk

Global warming may trigger heart attack risk

Health
March 12 (UPI) -- Extreme temperatures can have a deadly effect on a person's heart, new research shows. Many heart attacks worldwide have been triggered by wild temperature swings brought on, in part, by global warming, according to a study published Tuesday in the European Heart Journal. The researchers say an elevated set of risk of factors like diabetes and hyperlipidemia make people more vulnerable to death from heat. "In the case of very high and very low temperatures in particular, this has been clearly demonstrated," Kai Chen, a researcher at the Institute of Epidemiology at German Research Center for Environmental Health and study author, said in a news release. "In this latest study, we wanted to see to what extent the heat and cold-related heart attack risk has changed over th...
State Bank of India to join SWIFT's global payment interface

State Bank of India to join SWIFT's global payment interface

Finance
MUMBAI: State Bank of India will soon sign up with the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Transactions’ (SWIFT) Global Payment Interface (gpi), adding to the list of Indian banks that have subscribed to the interbank communication channel’s new payment interface which is set to make cross-border transactions much more secure and transparent, a top official said. “We are in the final stages of approval with SBI and we hope to announce the partnership soon,” said Kiran Shetty, CEO Swift India. India’s largest lender will join 11 of its counterpart banks that will have subscribed to this payments platform which comes with features such as such as end-to-end payment tracking, access to unaltered remittance information, faster and more transparent transactions. These ba