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PM to launch 'fake news' rapid response team

PM to launch 'fake news' rapid response team

Technology
The Prime Minister is to launch a "fake news" rapid response unit to monitor social media and challenge false stories.The team will be based in the Cabinet Office, according to Alex Aiken, the executive director of the Government Communication Service (GCS), the PR wing of the civil service.In an interview with PR Week, Mr Aiken said the civil service needed to "build a rapid response social media capability to deal quickly with disinformation and reclaim a fact-based public debate".Theresa May will authorise the creation of the unit according to The Times, which reported that insiders doubted whether Whitehall could operate quickly enough to disrupt social media rumours.Social media users have expressed concern that the "fake news" unit would be used to comment on matters of legitimate po...
North Korea to send another Olympic prep team to South Korea

North Korea to send another Olympic prep team to South Korea

World
SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 21 (UPI) --North Korea plans to send another Olympic prep team to the South this week to make arrangements for hundreds of North Korean athletes, cheerleaders and reporters attending the Pyeongchang Winter Games next month.Seoul's Unification Ministry said Sunday that the North proposed a three-day visit of an eight-member advance team led by senior sports official Yun Yong-bok.Arriving on Thursday, the team would examine various venues including accommodation sites, the opening and closing ceremony stadium as well the sporting arenas, according to the plan.Seoul said it would review the proposal before responding to the North.This comes after North Korean officials tasked with arranging cultural concerts traveled to the South on Sunday, crossing the border to the ...
North Korea will send Olympic team to South as countries hold high-level talks

North Korea will send Olympic team to South as countries hold high-level talks

World
Officials from North Korea accepted South Korea's offer and will send athletes to next month's Winter Olympics as the two sides began long-anticipated talks on Tuesday. North Korea agreed to send athletes, officials and reporters to the games, as well as its cheerleading group and taekwondo demonstration athletes. South Korea proposed the two countries march together in the Opening Ceremonies, a point which will be further debated Tuesday afternoon. In their opening statement, South Korea mentioned further denuclearization talks between the two countries, but the point was not acknowledged by North Korean officials in early discussions. "In addition, we proposed resuming temporary reunions of families separated by war and holding inter-Korean Red Cross talks to discuss this," Chun Hae-s...
Hope Hicks met with special counsel's team for interviews

Hope Hicks met with special counsel's team for interviews

World
White House communications director Hope Hicks met with special counselRobert Mueller's team for interviews today and Thursday, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to ABC News. Hicks was interviewed as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential collusion with the Trump campaign. The New York Times reported Friday that the FBI warned Hicks earlier this year that Russian operatives had made repeated attempts through email to contact her during the presidential transition. According to the Times, FBI agents met with Hicks after President Donald Trump took office and cautioned her that the emails might be part of a Russian intelligence operation. There is no indication Hicks did anything wrong, the Times reported. It's not known wheth...
Team USA's Gabby Douglas claims sexual abuse by team doctor

Team USA's Gabby Douglas claims sexual abuse by team doctor

Sports
Another member of the US Olympic gymnastics team has come forward with sexual abuse claims against former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Gabby Douglas wrote in an Instagram post, "It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar. I didn't publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful." Douglas, 21, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist who competed in 2012 and 2016. Earlier this month, Aly Raisman -- Douglas' teammate on the last two Olympic teams -- came forward alleging that Nassar had abused her. Prior to that, McKayla Maroney shared in an Instagram post that Nassar abused her from when she was 13. J...