Trolling, impersonating, demonising: these are just some of the behaviours encouraged in a new online game launching Tuesday in which young players become "fake news tycoons" -- to counter growing misinformation.
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Oxfam hid information about sexual misconduct from authorities in Haiti, a senior official in the Caribbean nation said on Monday, and he vowed to launch a wide-reaching investigation into charities operating there. Oxfam officials met Haiti's planning and external cooperation minister, Aviol Fleurant, in Port-au-Prince on Monday to hand over a copy of a 2011 internal report which states that the British charity's former Haiti country director had admitted to using prostitutes during a relief mission following a devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean island nation in early 2010. It was the first meeting between Oxfam, one of the world's biggest disaster relief charities, and the government in Haiti since a recent Times of London report that said some of Oxfam's staff paid for sex, triggering a scandal that has seriously damaged the charity's reputation in the UK and abroad.
Taxi app Uber is dropping a legal appeal against the introduction of more stringent English language tests for drivers in London after the city's transport regulator said it would water down its stringent proposals. Uber took legal action in 2016 against Transport for London (TfL) after it said drivers should have to prove their ability to communicate in English, including to a standard of reading and writing which Uber said was too high and could cost it thousands of drivers. Uber, which was stripped of its licence to operate in London over safety concerns, welcomed the move.
Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades. Experts say it could have wide-reaching implications if the state succeeds, in part because 3M and other companies legally dumped the chemicals for years in and outside Minnesota. The case focuses on the company's disposal of chemicals once used to make Scotchgard fabric protector and other products.
A Peruvian court ordered former president Alberto Fujimori on Monday to stand trial for the 1992 killings of six farmers, arguing that he lacks immunity despite a recent pardon for a different crime.
Mexico City's attorney general's office has opened an investigation into the disappearance of journalist Mario Antonio Cañas, who was last seen on Friday, it said. Advocacy group Reporters Without Borders has singled out Mexico as the most dangerous country for journalists in the Western Hemisphere. Cañas, a 40-year-old radio journalist with Radio Formula, left his house in downtown Mexico City at around 2 p.m. on Friday and was last heard from some 4-1/2 hours later, the attorney general's office said in a statement.
A Thai court on Tuesday said it ruled in favor of a wealthy Japanese man who had fathered 13 surrogate children in Thailand, naming him their legal parent and sole guardian. The case harks back to late 2014, when Thai police said they had found 13 babies fathered by a Japanese national with nine Thai surrogate mothers. The children were taken to foster homes and the father has petitioned for custody since early 2015.
Grey squirrels arrived from North America in the 19th century and now outnumber reds by more than 15 to one. The ability to solve problems may explain why grey squirrels are thriving at the expense of native red ones in the UK, research suggests. The two species were equally successful at the easy task, but more of the grey squirrels cracked the trickier one.
The new CEO of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts said he was not aware of any of the sexual misconduct accusations against casino mogul Steve Wynn before they surfaced last month. Wynn Resorts is facing scrutiny by gambling regulators in Nevada and Massachusetts, where the company is building a roughly $2.4 billion casino just outside Boston. Steve Wynn has vehemently denied the misconduct accusations and attributed them to a campaign led by his ex-wife.
David Davis is to deny ministers are preparing for Britain to plunge into a “Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction” after it leaves the EU. The Brexit Secretary will use a keynote speech to Austrian business leaders in Vienna to calm fears of Brexit triggering a “race to the bottom” in production standards. Instead, he will say the UK wants to maintain "close, even-handed co-operation" with EU regulatory authorities even after it has withdrawn from the bloc.
A man attempted to light a fire on board a Chicago Transit Authority Red Line train on the afternoon of Thursday, January 18. The incident occurred along the Red Line’s Argyle station stop, according to a local report by WGNTV. The man, 28-year-old David Ferguson, splashed paint thinner both on the ground and on other passengers, who eventually alerted police. This footage shows two different angles of police officers confronting Ferguson and tackling him. The paint thinner caught fire as officers tried to remove Ferguson from the train. Ferguson suffered third-degree burns and is facing charges of aggravated arson and aggravated battery. Credit: Chicago Transit Authority via Storyful
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli police have named the two close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrested for their suspected role in a wide-ranging corruption probe.
Malaysia-based firm HelloGold has received a sharia-compliant certification for its gold-backed cryptocurrency and plans to launch its online gold platform in Thailand later this year, the company said. Its cryptocurrency product, dubbed GOLDX, was launched at the end of last year and has now received certification from Amanie Advisors, a Malaysia-based Islamic finance consultancy, said chief marketing officer Manuel Ho. Unlike other cryptocurrencies, GOLDX involves the issuance of a token backed by physical gold stored in a Singapore vault, and transactions must be completed within a defined time period, Ho said.
The family of a teenage boy who died along with his grandfather when the pensioner's car was hit by a train at a level crossing say he was "handsome and intelligent". Will Hallett, 15, and Barry Hearnshaw, 72, were killed at a level crossing at Barns Green in Horsham, West Sussex, just before 9am on Saturday.
The US Secret Service denied Monday reports that one of its agents and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wrestled with Chinese security officials over the "nuclear football" during President Donald Trump's visit to Beijing in November.
The owner of Maplin, one of Britain's biggest electrical goods retailers, is racing to avoid calling in administrators amid deepening pessimism about the outlook for the high street. Sky News has learnt that Rutland Partners, which took control of Maplin in 2014, is this week in crunch talks with potential buyers - including Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM), the clothing empire run by one of the industry's most acquisitive tycoons. Rutland wants to secure new investors for Maplin by the end of this week, with a pre-pack administration being considered as a viable option if a solvent sale cannot be concluded.
The hunt for a plane that went missing in Iran's Zagros mountains resumed for a third day on Tuesday with better weather raising hopes for the search and rescue teams.
A state branch of the Australian National Party has pulled its support for Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce because of reports about an extramarital affair with his former press secretary, the party's Western Australia leader said on Tuesday. Joyce, the National Party's federal leader, has refused to resign since media said this month that he was expecting a child with his former staff member. "Mr Joyce's actions have caused pain for his family but it is the ongoing damage Mr Joyce is causing the Nationals' organization that is of greatest concern to me," Western Australia leader Mia Davies said in a statement.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Devonte Graham had 23 points and seven assists, Malik Newman added 20 and No. 8 Kansas beat Oklahoma 104-74 on Monday night.