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August 14, 2019 | Via BBC

British-Iranian Academic ‘Arrested in Iran’

A British-Iranian dual national has been arrested in western Iran, according to his family. The wife of Kameel Ahmady, a social anthropologist, said he was taken into custody on Sunday from their home without a reason being given. Mr Ahmady has researched female genital mutilation and child marriage in Iran, among other subjects. The new alleged arrest comes as high tensions, caused by oil tankers seizures, continue between the two countries.

August 14, 2019 | Via Bloomberg

Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Users’ Audio Chats

Facebook Inc. has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, according to people with knowledge of the work. They’re hearing Facebook users’ conversations, sometimes with vulgar content, but do not know why Facebook needs them transcribed, the people said. Facebook confirmed that it had been transcribing users’ audio and said it will no longer do so, following scrutiny into other companies.

August 14, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Hong Kong: Flights Resume at Airport as China Condemns ‘Near-Terrorist Acts’

Flights have resumed in and out of Hong Kong airport after two days of protests by pro-democracy activists as Chinese officials condemned the disruption that paralyzed the international hub as “near-terrorist acts”. Hundreds of flights were canceled on Tuesday after demonstrators blockaded two terminals in the latest escalation of a 10-week political crisis that has gripped the city.

August 14, 2019 | Via Reuters

UK Court Blocks Bid to Prosecute PM Johnson over Brexit Bus Claim

A campaigner who wanted to prosecute British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for allegedly lying about the benefits of Brexit before the 2016 European Union referendum, on Wednesday lost his bid to take the case to Britain’s top court. Marcus Ball, 29, wanted to bring the crowdfunded private prosecution against Johnson for misconduct in public office over a claim emblazoned on his bright red “Leave” campaign bus that Britain would be 350 million pounds ($445 million) a week better off outside the EU.

August 14, 2019 | Via Sky News

Sperm Separation Technique could Allow IVF Gender Selection

Scientists have developed a new sperm separation technique which could in future allow couples having IVF to choose if they have a boy or girl before fertilization. Experts in Japan report they have come up with a new method allowing them to split mouse sperm carrying an X chromosome from those carrying a Y chromosome.

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