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India warns WhatsApp over spread of messages triggering violence

MUMBAI: India has asked Facebook-owned WhatsApp messenger to take steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content that have led to a series of lynchings and mob beatings across the country in the past few months. With more than 200 million users in India, WhatsApp’s biggest market in the world, false news, and videos circulating on the messaging app have become a new headache for social media giant Facebook, already grappling with a privacy scandal. So far this year, false messages about…

Parkland victim’s families angered over video game that lets players act out a school shooting

Lawmakers and parents of school shooting victims are expressing anger at an upcoming video game allowing players to either stop or commit a school shooting. The game, called Active Shooter, is scheduled to launch on June 6, according to its web page on the video game marketplace Steam. It's described as a "dynamic SWAT simulator" where players can choose to work as the member of a SWAT team attempting to disarm the shooter, or the shooter themselves. Tyra Heman (R) a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,…

Adidas takes 12-10 lead over Nike in World Cup shirt deals

BERLIN: Adidas can declare itself the winner over arch-rival Nike in the upcoming soccer World Cup even before the first match kicks off as it is kitting out the most teams. However, the German sportswear brand, which is also the official sponsor of the tournament, expects only a limited financial impact, partly because this year’s World Cup takes place in Russia, where the economy is in the doldrums. “The World Cup in Russia does carry lower financial opportunities than the similar event four years ago in Brazil,”…

Anger in UK and France over Trump’s NRA speech

LONDON: Trauma surgeons in London said US President Donald Trump had missed the point after he linked a wave of knife crime in the British capital to a ban on handguns. Anger also flared in France after Trump, in a speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA), used his hands in a gesture to mimic the shooting of victims in Paris in 2015. Trump, who is due to visit Britain on July 13, told members of the NRA in Dallas, Texas on Friday that a “once very prestigious” London hospital, which he did not name, had become…

‘Bollywood has shunned me since i started talking against Modi’: Prakash Raj

MUMBAI: Bollywood Actor Prakash Raj claims that the Hindi film industry has stopped offering him roles since he started criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The National Award-winning actor said that since October last year, when he first criticised the Prime Minister for his “chilling” silence on the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, the Hindi film industry has sidelined him. Lankesh was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru by unidentified assailants in…

CDWP approves over Rs365 billion projects

ISLAMABAD: Central Development Working Party (CDWp) on Monday approved 34 projects worth 365.492 billion rupees; whereas 5 projects worth 333.179 billion rupees were referred to Executive Committee of National Economic Committee (ECNEC) for final approval. Meeting of the Central Development Working Party held under the chairmanship of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad. The senior officials of federal and provincial governments as well as autonomous bodies were also present on this occasion.…

French carnival under fire over ‘blackface’ night

LILLE, France: A carnival in the northern French port of Dunkirk opened Sunday clouded by a controversy over the use of blackface after criticism from anti-racism campaigners. The weeks-long event, usually attended by tens of thousands of people, sees locals dress up and parade through the streets in costumes, with some choosing to wear black make-up and clothing to resemble African tribal figures. It is under particular scrutiny this year over the "Night of the Blacks", a fundraising tradition dating back 50 years,…