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Japanese Star Chef Killed In Germany By Disgruntled Diners

Was deadly beating on North Sea island due to a dispute over the quality of his fusion cooking?

BILD, SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG (Germany)

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Miki Nozawa was well-known as a Japanese-Italian fusion chef who had cooked in some of the world’s finest restaurants. Now Nozawa may become more famous in death, following an alleged beating by two guests who reportedly did not enjoy their meal at his newly-opened Asian snackery Nozawa (“A Taste Of Asia To Go”) on the North Sea island Sylt, a fashionable German resort.

The men had complained to the chef that they didn’t like his fried noodles with vegetables and beef and refused to pay for their meal, reports Suddeutsche Zeitung.

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Boardwalk on the island of Sylt Magnus Manske

Later that same evening, the 57-year-old chef happened to be at the same bar as the two guests, both craftsmen aged 36 and 50 respectively. As reported by the newspaper Bild, he is said to have told the men: "Pay your bill. Ten euros for each of you.”

After that, investigators say, a loud verbal exchange took place that escalated when they stepped outside. The disgruntled customers allegedly started beating Nozawa, who died several hours after he was brought to a local hospital. The exact cause of death has not yet been announced.

Before opening his own place on Sylt, Nozawa had worked in Italian entrepreneur Flavio Briatore’s renowned Billionaire restaurant on the island of Sardinia. He had cooked for Mikhail Gorbachev, Phil Collins, Denzel Washington and other celebrities.

Public prosecutor Ulrike Stahlmann-Liebelt stated that the alleged perpetrators were drunk when they attacked Nozawa. The alleged perpetrators are still at large.

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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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