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Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

LONDON -- Facebook says it has removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations, in its latest effort to fight fake news.
The social media company said Thursday it took action after finding two networks "that engaged in co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour" on its Facebook and Instagram platforms.
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Global pushback against autocrats grows, says rights watchdog

The world is seeing growing resistance against the abuses of autocrats as states, civic groups and popular movements all push back against populists seeking to curtail freedoms, according to a new global report released Thursday that also outlines where Canada is both advancing and falling short in its efforts.
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New Hampshire toddler escapes home, found dead in freezing temperatures

NEWPORT, N.H. -- A New Hampshire toddler, barefoot and clad only in a nightgown, was found dead early Monday in bitter cold weather just feet from her front door after she managed to get out of her house and couldn't get back in.
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Many popular coffee species facing extinction

Three in five species of wild coffee are at risk of extinction as a deadly mix of climate change, disease and deforestation puts the future of the world's favourite beverage in jeopardy, new research warned Wednesday.
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3 young children die after getting trapped in chest freezer

LIVE OAK, Fla. - Authorities in Florida say three young children playing outside climbed into an unplugged chest freezer and died when they couldn't get out.
The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office says the children, ages 1, 4, and 6, couldn't be revived when they were found Sunday at a home in Live Oak in north Florida.
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Kenya still hunts for explosives after deadly hotel attack

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenyan bomb disposal experts on Thursday searched for explosives left over from the deadly extremist attack on a Nairobi luxury hotel complex in which 21 people, plus five attackers, were killed.
The Kenyan government said its quick reaction to Tuesday's assault on the DusitD2 complex reflected improvements in its ability to respond to such brazen assaults on civilian targets.
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Banksy in Tokyo? City launches probe

Tokyo is trying to verify if a drawing of a rat holding an umbrella that has been sprayed near a station is the work of the famous and mysterious street artist Banksy.
"We noticed there is a drawing of a rat painted with spray" on the door near a monorail station in central Tokyo, government official Koji Sugiyama told AFP.
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Strong explosion, fire hits French university building

PARIS -- A strong explosion and fire hit a science building undergoing repairs at the University of Lyon on Thursday, injuring three people slightly, French officials said.
The area was evacuated after the explosion on the roof of the building Thursday morning, and the regional fire service said the blaze was under control soon afterward.
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Giant rotating ice disk stops moving

WESTBROOK, Maine -- Maine's giant spinning ice disk that quickly gained international fame seems to have met its end.
The formation in the Presumpscot River in Greater Portland stopped rotating Wednesday, two days after a video of its mesmerizing movement was widely shared on social media.
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Human Rights Watch: Global pushback against autocrats grows

BERLIN -- The world is seeing growing resistance against the abuses of autocrats as states, civic groups and popular movements all push back against populists who are seeking to curtail freedoms, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.
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U.S. alarmed as Zimbabwe targets, beats activists amid unrest

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe said Thursday it is "alarmed" by credible reports that security forces are targeting and beating activists and labour leaders after a local doctors' rights group said it had treated 68 gunshot cases and scores of other cases of assault.
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China hits back at criticism of its detention of Canadians

BEIJING -- China minced no words on Thursday as it rejected an accusation by Canada's foreign minister that its detentions of Canadians pose a threat to all countries.
"I think your foreign minister may be in a hurry, and can't help speaking without thinking," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in response to a question from a Canadian journalist.
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