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- Meta, the new name for Facebook Inc., has co-developed a platform that asks people to submit their intimate photos and videos in order to prevent them from being used as ‘revenge porn’ on Facebook or Instagram. The tool is for “adults over 18 years old who think an intimate image of them may be shared, or has already been shared, without their consent,” Meta said in a blogpost on Thursday. The new platform, which Meta developed together with the UK Revenge Porn Helpline and 50 other NGOs, aims to prevent the publication of ‘revenge porn’, rather than just removing the delicate files after they’ve already appeared online.
- British Airways has struck a deal with a UK refinery for aircraft fuel made from used cooking oils to help power the carrier’s flights by early 2022. According to BA’s announcement late on Thursday, it had reached an agreement with Phillips 66 Humber refinery in north Lincolnshire to become the first airline in the world to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced in the UK. Under the deal, BA will purchase enough SAF, made from recycled cooking oils and other household waste, to power 700 transatlantic flights on a Boeing 787 with nearly zero carbon dioxide emissions.
- The European Medicines Agency’s safety committee has confirmed a “very rare” risk of myocarditis and pericarditis in individuals who’ve had the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna Covid vaccines, having conducted large Europe-wide studies. The data, released following the latest meeting of the European regulator’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC), backed up previous concerns about the potential risk posed by the Covid vaccines. Both myocarditis and pericarditis were previously added to the side-effects list of the vaccines. The research showed there is an increased risk of myocarditis in young males.
- American space agency NASA has allocated over $415 million to three US companies, including Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, to design private space stations and other commercial destinations in orbit. Bezos’ company will receive $130 million, Nanoracks – a provider of commercial access to space – will get $160 million, and multinational aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman will be given $125.6 million. In a statement on its website, NASA says it seeks to maintain a US presence in orbit by transitioning to other platforms, as the International Space Station is set to cease operations by the end of the decade.
- Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libya’s former leader, has been reinstated as a presidential candidate by a court in Sebha. Gaddafi’s lawyer Khaled al-Zaydi confirmed on Thursday that his client’s appeal had been accepted and called the court’s decision “a victory for justice and the people’s will.” A photo of the smiling candidate was posted on Gaddafi’s campaign page on Twitter, along with words of gratitude to God. Libyan warlord Haftar to challenge Gaddafi’s son in presidential race. This was followed by a video showing Gaddafi’s supporters. “Liberals celebrate the return of Dr. Saif Al-Islam to the elections,” reads the accompanying text.
- On Wednesday the European Commission revealed a proposed €300 billion Euro fund to take on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, titled “the global gateway”. The project strives for member states and private sector financiers to come together and invest in an “alternative” for infrastructure needs across the developing world. It comes at a time when Western nations are all proposing new brands to “counter” China’s massive spree of overseas infrastructure financing, including America’s “Build Back Better” as well as the UK’s much smaller scheme announced under Liz Truss.
- Australians have been pegged the heaviest drinkers in the world after consuming alcohol to the point of insobriety nearly twice as much as people elsewhere during 2020, an annual international survey of drug use has found. More than 32,000 people from 22 countries reported their drug and alcohol consumption to the Global Drug Survey 2021. The report, released on Thursday, found Australian respondents got drunk more than twice a month (about 27 times a year) while the global average was around 14 times, or a little more than once a month. Denmark and Finland were tied in second place, with respondents from each country reporting getting drunk nearly twice a month last year. The survey defined being drunk as situations where physical and mental faculties were impaired to the point that balance, focus, and speech were affected. Mexican drinkers were found to be the least likely to experience this state.
- A German man on trial over his alleged stint as a Nazi death camp guard has told a court he never wore an SS uniform but worked at a farm all through WWII. Germany’s prosecutor’s office believes Josef S. served as a watchman at the infamous Sachsenhausen concentration camp between 1941 and 1945. He spoke on Thursday through his lawyer, pleading not guilty to his alleged complicity in the murder of 3,518 prisoners from October 1941 through late February 1945. The defendant claimed that after moving from Lithuania he worked in the forestry and agriculture sector in Germany, “clearing and planting trees” for the duration of the second world war. He turned 101 in mid-November.
- People both modern and ancient have long known of the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, a small collection of stars in the constellation Taurus. But this famous assembly could point the way to the world’s oldest story, one told by our ancestors in Africa nearly 100,000 years ago, a speculative new study has proposed. To make this case, the paper’s authors draw on similarities between Greek and Indigenous Australian myths about the constellation. But one expert told Live Science that similarities in these myths could be pure chance, not a sign they emerged from a common origin. Yet cultures around the world have often referred to this constellation with the number seven, calling them the “Seven Sisters,” “Seven Maidens” or “Seven Little Girls.” This head scratcher has puzzled many scientists, such as astrophysicist Ray Norris of Western Sydney University and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Astronomy and Space Science in Australia. Norris has worked with Indigenous Australians and learned many of their sky stories, including those of different groups who identify the Pleiades as seven girls being chased by the constellation Orion, who is a hunter in these tales. This storyline is extremely similar to the one in ancient Greek legends about these constellations.
- Large pharmaceutical corporations are aggressively lobbying against amendments to the False Claims Act which strengthen the law’s capability to hold companies accountable for fraud. New reporting details that Pfizer is among the companies that has tried to block the False Claims Amendment Act of 2021 from passing. The False Claims Act has been described by the U.S. Assistant Attorney General as “the most powerful tool the American people have to protect the government from fraud.” The qui tam provisions of the law have empowered whistleblowers to expose fraud and allowed the government to recover over $64 billion.
- The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has lashed out at Anthony Fauci over the involvement of his National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH) in “cruel, misleading and wasteful” HIV experiments on monkeys. “The macaque model for developing a vaccine for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has failed. After nearly 40 years of painful, deadly, expensive experiments — a vaccine is still not on the market,” PETA’s letter says, according to Fox News. The organisation claimed that Fauci’s institute has been using monkeys for experiments aimed at the development of an HIV vaccine for almost 40 years, but has failed to reach any result.
- The Chinese embassy in London has snapped back at MI6 chief Richard Moore, saying that his claims on the alleged “debt traps” and “data traps” that waylay countries which seek to engage with Beijing are based on “false intelligence, not factual evidence,” according to Sky News. “The truth is there is not a single country that has fallen into the so-called ‘debt trap’ as a result of borrowing from China,” the embassy’s spokesperson reportedly stated. The embassy spokesperson also underlined that China does not interfere in other countries’ affairs or impose “its own will on others or seek any political benefits.”
- Jeffrey Epstein’s former housekeeper has testified that he drove two underage girls to the Palm Beach estate of the late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein under orders from Ghislaine Maxwell. Juan Alessi, who was employed by the billionaire as maintenance worker, cleaner, cook and driver from 1990 to 2002, took the stand on day four of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial in New York.
- Norway’s Labour Party wants the planes and vessels from allied countries to keep some distance from border areas near Russia in the north, Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt has said. “It is important for Norway to be militarily present in our immediate surroundings. But very close to the Russian border, we believe that we do it best ourselves, with Norwegian planes and Norwegian frigates. It is fundamental for us,” Anniken Huitfeldt told the newspaper Verdens Gang.
- The chief of Israel’s intelligence agency vowed that Mossad would do “whatever it takes” to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. “Iran will not have nuclear weapons – not in the coming years, not ever. This is my personal commitment: This is the Mossad’s commitment,” said David Barnea.
- Hunter Biden and his friend and therapist Keith Ablow allegedly joked in text messages they exchanged back in 2019 about Hunter’s father Joe Biden having dementia, Fox News reports. According to the media outlet, details about the alleged text messages were revealed in a recently released book titled “Laptop from Hell: Hunter Biden, Big Tech, and the Dirty Secrets the President Tried to Hide” by Fox News contributor and New York Post columnist Miranda Devine. During a text message exchange that supposedly took place several months prior to the beginning of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, Hunter and Keith were allegedly discussing Democratic candidates when Ablow suggested: “Your dad is the answer.” “Any man who can triumph over dementia is a giant,” Ablow reportedly quoted himself. “Think what he could do for our nation’s needed recovery.”
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