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Trump picks settlement supporter as Israel ambassador

President-elect says David Friedman, who has no diplomatic experience, would benefit the US-Israel special relationship.

David Friedman

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Facebook finally gets serious about fighting fake news

Facebook is making it easier for users to report fake news when they see it with fact-checkers at the ready to jump in.

Facebook

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Brazil: Current president is a traitor, says Rousseff

Impeached president Dilma Rousseff wants government to hold early elections because current president is "illegitimate".

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DRC: Social networks to be blocked from midnight Sunday

Move seemingly in order to prevent organisation of public protests as President Kabila's term ends on Sunday.

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Colombia pardons 110 FARC rebels as part of peace deal

Pardons apply to political crimes, but not killings and rape, minister says, as FARC expels uncooperative commanders.

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Santiago sweats in record-breaking summer heat

It may be more than 400 metres up in the hills but Chile's capital is hotter than it's been since 1915.

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Guantanamo revamp raises prospect prison will not shut

Although Obama vowed to close the facility, multimillion dollar renovations including a new dining hall are under way.

Guantanamo Bay

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Brazil Senate approves controversial austerity measures

Violent protests erupt over spending freeze that will affect healthcare, education and social programmes.

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US tech employees vow to fight Trump on surveillance

Staff of Google and Twitter among signatories of letter pledging not to aid president-elect's data collection plan.

Trump and Michael Flynn

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CPJ: Journalist arrests in 2016 at 30-year high

Mass arrests in various countries have pushed number to 259 so far, says annual census of imprisoned journalists by CPJ.

Egyptian Press Syndicate

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