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October 31, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Twitter to Ban All Political Advertising

Twitter will ban all political advertising, the company’s CEO has announced, in a move that will increase pressure on Facebook over its controversial stance to allow politicians to advertise false statements. The new policy, announced via Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account on Wednesday, will come into effect on 22 November and will apply globally to all electioneering ads, as well as ads related to political issues.

October 31, 2019 | Via Sky News

US Releases New Images of Raid on IS Leader’s Compound

New footage has been released of the US raid on Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s compound, during which the IS leader blew himself up. Grainy black and white videos show American forces approaching the property in Syria. They also reveal a huge plume of smoke as the compound was destroyed when they had finished. The head of United States Central Command, general Frank McKenzie, said US forces “discovered Baghdadi hiding in a tunnel”.

October 31, 2019 | Via Reuters

CIA-Backed Afghan Units Carry out Illegal Killings

Afghan security units backed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have carried out extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, indiscriminate air strikes and other rights abuses and should be disbanded, a rights group said on Thursday. Human Rights Watch said it investigated 14 cases in which CIA-backed Afghan counterinsurgency forces committed serious abuses in Afghanistan between late 2017 and mid-2019.

October 31, 2019 | Via Al Jazeera

Historic Shuri Castle in Japan’s Okinawa Ravaged by Fire

A fire at Shuri Castle on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, has nearly destroyed the UNESCO World Heritage site. Firefighters were still battling the blaze a few hours after the fire started early on Thursday and nearby residents were evacuated to safer areas, Okinawa police spokesman Ryo Kochi said. The Shuri castle is a key part of a complex dating back to the Ryukyu Kingdom.

October 31, 2019 | Via BBC

Chile Cancels Climate and Apec Summits Amid Mass Protests

Chile has pulled out of hosting two major international summits, including a UN climate change conference, as anti-government protests continue. President Sebastián Piñera said the decision had caused him “pain” but his government needed “to prioritize re-establishing public order”. The COP25 climate summit was scheduled for 2 to 13 December, while the Apec trade forum was next month. The UN said it was now looking at alternative venues.

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