Facebook Finally Gets Serious About Fighting Fake News

Facebook is taking new measures to curb the spread of fake news on its huge and influential social network, focusing on the “worst of the worst” offenders.

The online behemoth is going into partnership with outside fact-checkers to sort honest news reports from made-up stories that play to people’s passions and preconceived notions.

Fake news stories touch on a broad range of subjects, from unproven cancer cures to celebrity hoaxes and backyard Bigfoot sightings. But fake political stories have drawn attention because of the possibility they influenced public perceptions and could have swayed the US presidential election.

There have been other dangerous real-world consequences.

A fake story about a child sex ring at a Washington DC pizza joint prompted a man to fire an assault rifle inside the restaurant, Comet Ping Pong.

“We do believe that we have an obligation to combat the spread of fake news,” said John Hegeman, Facebook’s vice president of product management on news feed, in an interview.

But he added Facebook also takes its role to provide people with an open platform seriously, and it is not the company’s place to decide what is true or false.

To start, Facebook is making it easier for users to report fake news when they see it, which they can now do in two steps. If enough people report a story as fake, Facebook will pass it to third-party, fact-checking organisations that are part of the nonprofit Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network.

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Policemen Fighting Boko Haram Lament Non-Payment Of Allowances

Policemen on counter-insurgency operations in the north-east region have complained about the non-payment of their allowances by the state governments.

Specifically, some policemen serving in Borno State told our correspondent that they have not been paid for about three months, while others who had just concluded their tour of duty alleged that they were under-paid.

“Before now, policemen on counter-insurgency operations in Borno State were paid N30,000, but this was later reduced to N15,000 due to the economic situation. Our set was paid N7,000 instead of N15,000 and we don’t know if this was done by the state government or by the police command,” a policeman, who felt shortchanged stated.

Another police officer who had just returned from the battle front after spending three months engaging Boko Haram terrorists, explained that he and his colleagues were not paid, but were asked to hold on by the police authorities.

“We were not paid a dime, we were simply informed that the allowances have not been paid by the state government. I don’t know why the police were treated this way, because I am sure they would not ask members of the armed forces to be patient,” the police officer said.

But the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, who confirmed the delay in the payment of the policemen, noted that the police high command was holding discussions with the governors of the north-eastern states over the non-payment of allowances to police personnel on counter-insurgency operations.

Arase who said this in response to questions during his meeting with Commissioners of Police on Wednesday in Abuja, admitted that the policemen had complained to his office about the non-payment of their allowances for about four months now.

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Mom Scams People After Shaving Daughter’s Hair, Claiming She’s Fighting Cancer

According to ValleyCentral.com, Juanita Garcia of Mission, Texas, allegedly shaved her 7-year-old daughter’s head and told her she only had months to live in order to convince people to donate money to her.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office reports Garcia, 46, allegedly told people both in person and online that her daughter was terminally ill and that any money they donated would go toward her daughter’s treatment. Investigators medically evaluated the child and found her to be completely healthy. They also found Garcia had collected donations from a few people, though it’s unclear how much she made.

Child Protective Services removed Garcia’s daughter from her home since charging Garcia with exploitation of a child on Dec. 9. Garcia is currently being held on $10,000 bond at the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center and admitted to police during questioning that she’d faked her daughter’s illness.

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FG To Develop New Strategy Of Fighting Insurgency

The Federal Government has reiterated its resolve at developing strategies that will put an end to the menace of the Boko Haram insurgency confronting the nation.

President Muhammad Buhari speaking at the Chief of Army Staff annual conference 2015 taking place in Dutse, Jigawa said despite achievements made by the Nigerian Army intellectuals, the threat of terrorism in some parts of the country remains an issue of serious national concern.

Represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. General Gabriel Abayomi, at the conference with the theme “Contemporary Conflict, Human Rights and Military Operations,” President Buhari said the threat of terrorism has the potential of impeding the government’s change drive.

The President noted that the recent achievements of the security agencies in the fight to defeat terrorism underscored his earlier position that the Boko Haram threat will soon be a thing of the past, adding that the military achievement “has shown that the Nigerian Army has been working assiduously to implement and carry out my directives to rout the insurgents by the end of this year.”

President Buhari noted that the conference will in no small measure create a sense of peace and belongings to the people of the region, stressing that the reform process within the Nigerian Army has not only enhance service, discipline, functional capacity and operational readiness, but properly positioned the service for its role as a critical stakeholder in the nation’s quest for peace and stability.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, in his welcome address, said the annual conference is a forum for re-accessing the performances of the Nigerian Army for the year in order to rededicate them to the challenges of new year, saying it also affords the Nigerian Army hierarchy the opportunity to rub minds with the public and the private sectors, the academicians especially in view of the contemporary security challenges in the country.

Lt. General Buratai explained that the security challenges witnessed in the country in the area of Boko Haram insurgency has posed a serious threat to national security, adding that “this has placed great demands on the Nigerian Army which has not relented in living up to the expectations of the nation’s citizenry.”

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Israeli Police Shoot Two Palestinian Teenage Girls After They Attack Elderly Man With Scissors

Israeli police shot two Palestinian teenage girls after the pair reportedly attacked an elderly man with a pair of scissors. One of the girls was killed in the incident, while the other was injured.

The shocking CCTV footage appears to show the girls, aged 14 and 16, pulling scissors out of their schoolbags before waving the blades around in the air.

They then advance towards the elderly onlooker, thought to be 70-years-old. Seconds later, a police officer is seen confronting one of the girls and shooting her with his pistol.

Attack: The girls appear to pull scissors out of their schoolbags


 Shooting: An officer shot both of the girls, killing one

He then turns his attention to the other girl and shoots her several times, even after she was lying motionless on the ground.

It is believed the attack took place outside Mahne Yehuda, a busy outdoor market in central Jerusalem.

A 27-year-old Israeli security guard was taken to hospital after the event.

Shooting: An officer shot both of the girls, killing one


Deadly: Police are believed to have shot one of the girls multiple times after the attack

He is thought to have suffered cuts on his hand from bullet shrapnel.

Questions are now being raised over the excessive force used by police.

Secured: The area outside the market is taped off by police

Security forces in the area have been on high alert after a spate of stabbings recently. Eighty-six Palestinians have been killed in a wave of recent violence since October 1.

Why I Am Fighting Corruption, Buhari To Members Of Nigerian Community In India

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his main target for fighting corruption was to stop corrupt individuals from seeking to occupy public offices for selfish gains.

This is even as he stated that his government would not relent in the current anti-corruption war, stressing it would continue to many years.

According to him, the prosecution of alleged criminals would serve as a deterrent to others, stating that he was committed to curbing corruption, plugging all loopholes in public sector accounting and deploying available resources for the good of all Nigerians.

The president spoke, Wednesday, during a meeting with members of the Nigerian community in New Delhi, India where he is attending the 3rd Summit of the India and African Nations.

President Buhari also prioritized the recovery of looted funds, saying he was conscious of the devastating consequences of the illegal diversion of public resources meant for national development into private bank accounts.

He said: “The anti-corruption campaign will be on-going for many years. We are committed to the enthronement of good governance that plugs the loopholes in public sector accounting, and the use of scarce resources for public good.

“We are determined to demonstrate exemplary leadership that will make our citizens to change their ways in a manner that lays a solid foundation for reconstruction and development.

“I am confident that our approach to fighting corruption through value re-orientation, improved internal processes and systems and the rule of law, as well as enhancing the capacity of the various anti-corruption agencies and institutions will prove more enduring in addressing this evil.

“In the meantime, we will continue to prosecute those who have been indicted for corrupt practices and ensure that stolen funds are recovered, to serve as deterrence to others who nurse the ambition of seeking public office solely for illegal personal gain”.

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French Train Attack Hero Stabbed Multiple Times In A Bar Fight

Spencer Stone, one of the men who foiled a terror attack on a Paris-bound train in August, was seriously injured after being stabbed four times in the chest near a gay bar in downtown Sacramento early Thursday morning
Police in Sacramento are searching for two Asian men after hero US airman Spencer Stone was knifed during a fight on a night out with friends in Sacramento.
He suffered a collapsed lung and was being treated in an intensive care unit – but is expected to survive. A 24-year-old woman also suffered minor injuries during the confrontation.
The new video shows the men approaching a vehicle that pulled up on the street. The pair then get in before the car drives off.
His father Brian Stone, the airman’s father, told People magazine:

‘He’s out of surgery and doing well. He’s been upgraded so no longer critical and it looks like he’s going to be okay. All I can say is that this world is not short of idiots.’

A shocking clip of the brawl has also emerged, showing Stone fighting off a group of three men on his own and lunging at them while others attempt to break up them up.
An attacker then appears to pull out a sharp instrument and stab Stone. His shirt appears to turn a dark shade of red as he stumbles away and his attackers disperse from the scene.
A source told the Sacramento Bee that Stone was with three female friends and one male friend and had just left the gay bar Badlands when the attack occurred.
Police are now looking for two adult Asian males who fled in a dark Toyota Camry. In a news conference on Thursday they repeatedly stressed that the incident was not a terrorist act or a hate crime.
Cops have said the attack was not terrorist related and may have been caused by alcohol.
Stone was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center where he is being treated for the serious injuries he received during the assault.
Initially police did not believe that Stone would be able to survive his injuries but he’s now in stable condition.

Army To Promote 5,000 Soldiers Fighting Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army has approved the promotion of 5,000 soldiers fighting insurgents in the North-East and others involved in other operations, as part of steps to boost their morale.

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, made the announcement on Monday in Abuja at the opening of the 2015 Chief of Army Staff third quarter conference held at the Army Headquarters conference hall.

He said the approval of the promotion of the soldiers was one of the many measures introduced by the Army under his command to boost troops’ morale and reposition its operations.

He said it was also in line with the vision of the Army command to reward gallant troops in any way deemed fit to boost their combat readiness and willingness to serve their fatherland.

He said that troops serving in the North-East and in other operations in the country would regularly receive rewards from the Army high command for their selfless service to the nation.

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Woman Dies Fighting Over Boyfriend In Bauchi

A 30-year-old man and a lady have been arrested over the death of his girlfriend in Bauchi.

According to Vanguard, Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Bauchi, said the deceased, known as Iklima Alhassan, aged 28, and an indigene of Bukuru village in Plateau State, visited her boyfriend, Nasiru, who resides at Rafin Makaranta area, behind Awala Hotel in Bauchi.

He said trouble started when the deceased met another lady, Fatima Baba Isa, 22, of Makera ward in
her boyfriend’s apartment, a situation that allegedly resulted in a fight between the two women.
Mohammed said:

“On August 9, at about 12:50a.m., an uncon-scious young lady was found along Maiduguri by-pass, near Awalah Roundabout, Bauchi.“The police patrol team attached to Tafawa Balewa Housing Estate Division visited the scene and rushed the victim to ATBU Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, were she was certified dead on arrival by a medical doctor and the corpse was deposited in the mortuary for post-mortem examination.”

The police spokesman said the deceased’s boyfriend and the other lady were arrested and were assisting the Police with useful information that could help ascertain the cause of her death.

South Sudan’s Rival Leaders Meet As Fighting Continues

South Sudan’s warring rival leaders held face-to-face talks in Kenya but failed to make progress as fighting continued on the ground this weekend.

President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar met in Nairobi as part of the latest peace push led by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, after previous efforts in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Arusha, Tanzania, failed.

“My two brothers held five hours of face-to-face talks,” Kenyatta said in a statement, adding it was an important step to “build confidence and trust between them.”

Kenyatta sought to put a positive spin on the direct meeting, the first in more than four months. He said “important issues” had been “identified and isolated” and that Kiir and Machar “reaffirmed their commitment to security peace for their people”.

At least seven ceasefires have been signed and broken during successive rounds of bad-faith talks that began soon after the new civil war started in December 2013.

There were no concrete outcomes or commitments from the weekend’s talks, and rebel spokesman Mabior Garang said the talks “failed to bear any tangible results”.

Even as the Nairobi talks were underway, a key regional capital in South Sudan reportedly changed hands once again as a renegade tribal warlord attacked the town of Malakal and declared his allegiance to Machar’s rebels.

A rebel statement said that ex-government general Johnson Olony — accused by aid agencies of forcibly recruiting hundreds of child soldiers — was in “full control” of the ruined town of Malakal, the state capital of Upper Nile, but the army dismissed the claim.

Aid workers in the town confirmed heavy fighting began on Saturday. The town is the gateway to the country’s last remaining major oil fields and has been repeatedly fought over during the 18-month long conflict.

Civil war began when Kiir accused Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings across the country that has split the poverty-stricken, landlocked country along ethnic lines.

Two-thirds of the country’s 12 million people need aid, according to the UN and one-sixth have fled their homes.

The UN children’s agency said in a report this month that warring forces have carried out horrific crimes against children, including castration, rape and tying them together before slitting their throats. Others were thrown into burning houses.

We Are Committed To Fighting Corruption- Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday reiterated the present administration’s commitment to fighting corruption. Osinbajo said this in Lagos at the 3rd Annual Christopher Kolade Lecture On Business Integrity.

Speaking on the topic “Beyond Compliance: Imbibing A Culture of Business Integrity” it was not possible for anyone without integrity to still have integrity in his business. “Integrity must reflect in behaviour, it is an accepted standard,” he said. Osinbajo said that the vision and mission of the present administration was to give meaning to the life of every Nigerian. The vice-president said that the decision to fight corruption was in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.

In his remark, Dr Christopher Kolade lamented that Nigerians had almost resigned their to dominance of corruption in all sections of the nation’s life. “If we look at our society today, we have almost resigned to corruption.

“The world would be a better place if everyman can stand for integrity.

“Integrity is something that is meant to be natural to human being but with the situation of the country it is hard to practise integrity,” he said.

Kolade, however, said that it was possible to be a man of integrity to still get to the top.

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UCLA Football Staff Want Charges Against P Diddy Dropped

Football coaches at UCLA apparently want the felony charges against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs dropped.

According to TMZ:

Sources directly connected with the team tell TMZ, the coaches are regretful the situation escalated to an arrest. They think Diddy is a jerk who they’d like to make persona non grata, but they don’t want to make this a courtroom spectacle, largely because it would be bad for the team.

Sources with direct knowledge of the confrontation between Diddy and Sal Alosi tell us, after the incident the coaches all decided to just let it go. They believe an intern called UCLA police and when the cops arrived, they asked to see the video and that was enough to hook Diddy up.

We’re told head coach Jim Mora does not want a criminal prosecution. The interns who were present and allegedly threatened could press the case, but if Mora is against it they would probably follow suit.

Law enforcement sources tell us … the case will go to the L.A. County D.A. for felony review next week. The D.A. could prosecute even without victims … there is a video, but that’s problematic.

Diddy claims he picked up the kettlebell in self-defense after Alosi and 4 others made an aggressive move.

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British Muslim Convert Fighting For Al-Shabaab Pictured Sharpening Knives Before Beheading Villagers In Barbaric Massacre

A British Muslim convert killed while fighting for al-Shabaab in Kenya was responsible for viciously beheading innocent villagers in a barbaric massacre which saw him labelled the ‘White Beast’.

Thomas Evans, 25, was said to have gone from house to house, battering down doors with an axe as he looked for non-Muslims in the bloody late-night raid of a small village in northern Kenya.

Survivors described the man from Buckinghamshire as a ‘vicious man’ who dragged his victims away from their homes and terrified families before slaughtering them with his ‘long knife’.

British Muslim convert Thomas Evans was filmed sharpening his knife before beheading innocent villagers in a barbaric massacre in Kenya.  The villagers labelled the 25-year-old from Buckinghamshire the 'White Beast'

Survivors of Evans' brutal attack said he dragged his victims away from their homes and terrified families


Zamfara Assembly Probes Majority Leader For Allegedly Fighting Driver Over Woman

The Zamfara House of Assembly on Friday directed its Ethics and Privileges Committee to investigate the fight between its majority leader and the governor’s chief driver over a woman.

This followed a “call to order” letter by the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lawali Kaura, and read on the floor of the house under “matters of urgent public importance”.

The Clerk of the House, Isa Bayero, read the letter which urged the lawmakers to investigate the Monday, May 4 brawl to save the state and the party from embarrassment.

The Speaker, Sanusi Rikiji, directed the committee to summon all parties involved, including the woman, security agents, eyewitnesses and other relevant bodies.

Mr. Rikiji warned that any invitee who failed to appear before the committee, headed by the Chief Whip, Abdulmumini Isa, would be treated as a law breaker. The committee is expected to submit its report on June 27.

The majority leader, Salisu Musa (Tsafe North) was involved in an open fight with the governor’s chief driver, Idris Garba. The woman operates a restaurant in Gusau, The majority leader had told journalists that he had “business’’ with the lady for some time now. Mr. Musa said during the fight, the driver tried to bite off his fingers but for the timely intervention of the police. The matter generated mixed feelings among people of the state.

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Fighting Fayose Is Like Battling The Wind, Gov’s Aide Warns Ekiti APC Lawmakers

Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka has told the factional Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr Adewale Omirin and his All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers to desist from their voyage of self-destruction, saying; “fighting against Governor Ayodele Fayose is like fighting against the wind.”

The governor’s aide, who was reacting to claim by the APC lawmakers that there was plan by Governor Fayose and himself to kidnap them and members of their families, added that; “the APC lawmakers must have concluded plans to kidnap themselves or their own children and blame it on the governor.”

He said; “Having reached a dead and confused end in their Governor Fayose’s impeachment project, the APC lawmakers might have concluded arrangements to use phoney kidnap of themselves and some of their children to heighten tension in the State.”

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Ijaw Youths, OPC Clash In Arepo Over Pipeline, Pregnant Woman, Many Killed

Culled From Punch;

Members of the Oodua People’s Congress and some suspected pipeline vandals have clashed in Arepo, in the Obafemi Owode area of Ogun State.

It was gathered that the Wednesday clash caused pandemonium, which led to the killing of a pregnant woman, Mrs. Damilola Fajana, and another pedestrian. It was learnt that a suspected vandal had earlier been killed on Tuesday by some OPC members.

The Wednesday incident happened in the Unity Estate, around 3pm.

Punch Metro gathered that a passerby was hit by bullet in the leg and was rushed to the hospital.

When our correspondent visited the community on Thursday, he observed that all shops in the estate were locked.

The road leading to the estate was also deserted as a few motorcycle riders were seen plying the area.

Around 11am, there was panic as some women suddenly took to their heels, saying the fight had started again.

Punch Metro learnt that the clash had been on since Monday.

A resident said, “The fight has been on for some days now. It is between some Ijaw youths and OPC members that the Federal Government employed to protect pipelines.

“But yesterday (Wednesday), it took a new dimension as they faced one another in broad daylight. There was heavy exchange of gunfire.

“A pregnant woman was in a car with her husband. A bullet pierced through the windscreen and hit the woman in the neck.

“Her husband was devastated and begged people to help. The woman did not survive the gunshot. She died there. We were told she was six months pregnant.”

Another witness told our correspondent that the second victim was walking by the roadside when he was hit in the stomach by a stray bullet, which killed him.

“The man was hit in the stomach and died. Another person was hit in the leg and was rushed to a hospital,” he said.

Our correspondent learnt that the OPC members and the vandals took the battle to the premises of a primary school in the area.

A large number of people were said to have been injured during the clash.

A source told Punch Metro that earlier that day, the OPC members had combed some streets in the estate, searching for the suspected vandals.

He said, “They went to three different streets where the vandals usually sold fuel to residents. They met resistance on Ebute and Akinsanya streets. There was a serious clash on Ebute Street.

“It was after that clash that the OPC members launched a major offensive in the afternoon.”

Our correspondent gathered from another resident that the suspected vandals had sought to pacify the OPC members.

It was learnt that the wife of one of the suspected vandals had sought audience with the ethnic militiamen, but the meeting did not go well.

He said, “This fight started after the suspected vandals sent a woman to the OPC members so they could come to an agreement.

“But the OPC members refused and attacked the woman. That was how the battle line was drawn.”

It was learnt that people in the community are constantly disturbed by gunshots which start late at night into the early hours of the morning.

A woman said, “As from 3am, they would start their shooting which would continue till dawn.

“Everybody is scared. This area has always been peaceful until now. And I believe the vandals have increased their activities due to the fuel scarcity in the country.”

Punch Metro gathered that text messages and letters were being sent to residents to stay indoors as there would be more attacks.

Our correspondent was told that the information was to reduce the number of casualties.

A resident said, “I have just received a text message from my church that there will not be service today until Sunday because of the unrest.”

A community leader, Mr. Victor Olajide, condemned the actions of the OPC men, adding that the government should withdraw them from the area.

He said, “On Tuesday, they raided the home of an Ijaw woman. She is neither involved in vandalism nor an accomplice. But after ransacking her house and destroying her things, they shot one person dead there.

“Yesterday (Wednesday), a stray bullet killed a woman. These people are not educated and they don’t have the technicality to handle the kind of job they have been given. The government should train the police better to handle the job and the OPC members should be withdrawn.”

However, the OPC National Coordinator, Gani Adams, denied that OPC members fired the shots that killed the victims.

He said, “What happened was that in less than 24 hours that the police were withdrawn from the pipelines, our men intercepted about 50 jerrycans, each containing 60 litres of stolen fuel. They were loaded in three vehicles.

“We were able to arrest one of the vandals, but the second person jumped into the water and escaped.

“The fuel was taken to the NNPC depot at Mosimi.

“But the hoodlums protecting the vandals came against our men and began shooting into the community.

“In the process, two people were shot dead on Wednesday.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident.

He added that the corpse of the pregnant woman had been deposited in a morgue.

He said, “The bullet hit the pregnant woman in the neck and she died.

“We just heard that there was exchange of gunfire, so we don’t know who exactly fired the shot.”