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805 million people across the globe are undernourished, a new UN report reveals.
805 million people across the globe are undernourished, a new UN report reveals.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTH KOREA COULD FACE HUMAN RIGHTS PROBE
The United Nations’ human rights committee has called on the Security Council to refer North Korean leaders to the International Criminal Court over allegations of crimes against humanity, the BBC reports. The resolution approved late Tuesday was based on a report published earlier this year which documented state-sponsored abductions, forced labor, starvation, rape, forced abortion, infanticide, torture, and summary executions. According to CNN, Russia and China, who hold veto powers in the Security Council, said the measure was politically manipulated and could set a bad precedent.

NETANYAHU VOWS TO WIN “BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM”
After yesterday’s attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem that left 4 worshippers and a policeman dead, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country was engaged in a “battle over Jerusalem, our eternal capital,” and vowed to “settle the score with every terrorist and their dispatchers,” The Independent reports. His Economy Minister, Naftali Bennett, who is also the leader of the far-right Zionist party Jewish Home, went further and urged Israel “to move from defense to attack” and to launch a military operation in the West Bank, The Jerusalem Post reports.

Two Palestinians, including a 16-year-old boy were seriously injured in separate attacks in Ramallah and North Jerusalem, while Israeli forces arrested 12 relatives of the two perpetrators of the synagogue attack. Security forces also destroyed the family home of the man who ran over and killed two people last month at a tram stop in Jerusalem.

Spanish lawmakers meanwhile voted a symbolic motion urging their government to recognize a Palestinian state, though it would only happen after the two parties have found a solution to the conflict. Israel’s Foreign Minister responded in a statement, saying that the motion “only pushes away further the chances of reaching an agreement.”

VERBATIM
Thirty-three years after Bob Marley's death, the Jamaican singer's family is launching Marley Natural, which they hail as "the world's first global cannabis brand."

SENATE BLOCKS KEYSTONE PIPELINE BILL
One vote is all it took for U.S. Senate Democrats to defeat legislation that would have forced President Barack Obama to approve the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, an important victory for environmental activists, The Washington Post reports. The rebuff is however a dangerous defeat for one Democrat Senator, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who was counting on the measure’s approval to boost her reelection campaign ahead of a Dec. 6 runoff. But with the GOP vowing to return to the fight when it takes control of the Senate next year, The New York Times writes that Obama might use the pipeline project as a “bargaining chip” for one of his own policies. A bill that would have greatly restricted the NSA’s data collection programs was also blockedin yesterday’s session.

According to Reuters, Obama is planning to protect from deportation millions of undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or of permanent legal residents in an executive order that could come as early as this week.

BY THE NUMBERS
As the Second International Conference on Nutrition begins today, a report by a UN nutrition expert reveals that 805 million people across the globe are undernourished.

WORLDCRUNCH-TO-GO
The possibility of war between the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" and Kiev becomes ever more likely with each passing day, writes Martin van Creveld in Die Welt: “As Putin is reported to have said, his forces are strong enough to occupy all of Ukraine, or at least its major cities, in a matter of weeks. Such an occupation is possible but unlikely because, as Putin certainly knows, it would lead to years of war similar to the Russian wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya, but on a much larger scale. If he were to lose the war, it could mean the dissolution of the Russian Republic.”
Read the full article, Putin Would Risk Everything In A War With Ukraine.

FAREWELL
Japanese film legend Ken Takakura, of Black Rain fame, has died at age 83.

EBOLA CRISIS CONTINUES IN WEST AFRICA
A doctor a Sierra Leone infected with Ebola died yesterday, becoming the seventh doctor killed by the virus in the West African country, Reuters reports. At least 128 medical staff has been infected so far in Sierra Leone, one of the worst affected countries alongside Guinea and Liberia, with the death toll in the three countries now above 5,000. Reporting from Guinea, The Guardian explains that the outbreak is forcing agencies to change their roles, with the World Food Programme now building treatment centers instead of delivering food. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation meanwhile announced a $5.7 million pledge for the production of experimental treatments.

MY GRAND-PÈRE’S WORLD

PROTESTERS STORM HONG KONG LEGISLATURE
Dozens of masked protesters in Hong Kong stormed the city’s Legislative Council early this morning, with the police responding with pepper spray, batons and riot shields. Four men were arrested. According to the South China Morning Post, Occupy Central leaders and pan-democratic lawmakers denounced the protesters’ actions, saying it had “violated the principle of peace and nonviolence underlying the umbrella movement.”

FLY ME TO THE MOON
Surfing on the success of the Rosetta mission, a UK-led consortium is launching a crowdfunding campaign to land a robotic probe on the Moon in 10 years. In exchange for their pledge, donors will be able to send their own pictures, videos and even DNA in a memory box that will be buried there.

STICK THESE IN YOUR EARS
In a much closer-to-home new project, with its own crowdfunding drive, this new device touted as a way to hear your music more loudly without the ever increasing risk of hearing loss from traditional earphones.

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New Probe Finds Pro-Bolsonaro Fake News Dominated Social Media Through Campaign

Ahead of Brazil's national elections Sunday, the most interacted-with posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram and WhatsApp contradict trustworthy information about the public’s voting intentions.

Jair Bolsonaro bogus claims perform well online

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Laura Scofield and Matheus Santino

SÂO PAULO — If you only got your news from social media, you might be mistaken for thinking that Jair Bolsonaro is leading the polls for Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections, which will take place this Sunday. Such a view flies in the face of what most of the polling institutes registered with the Superior Electoral Court indicate.

An exclusive investigation by the Brazilian investigative journalism agency Agência Pública has revealed how the most interacted-with and shared posts in Brazil on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp share data and polls that suggest victory is certain for the incumbent Bolsonaro, as well as propagating conspiracy theories based on false allegations that research institutes carrying out polling have been bribed by Bolsonaro’s main rival, former president Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, or by his party, the Workers’ Party.

Agência Pública’s reporters analyzed the most-shared posts containing the phrase “pesquisa eleitoral” [electoral polls] in the period between the official start of the campaigning period, on August 16, to September 6. The analysis revealed that the most interacted-with and shared posts on social media spread false information or predicted victory for Jair Bolsonaro.

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