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France plans privatisation law in asset sale push – PM

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The government outlined last year plans to sell stakes in order to finance a 10 billion euro (£8.9 billion) innovation fund. It has since reduced its minority stakes in energy group Engie and car maker Renault, and there has been speculation that Paris airport operator ADP and national lottery firm Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) are in line to be privatised. “There have already been some (asset sales) and there will be more,” Philippe said in an interview with Sunday paper JDD. Asked if the government would present a privatisation bill, a neces... Read More »

Macron proposes anti-fake news election law

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Emmanuel Macron has said he will overhaul media law in France this year to fight the spread of  "fake news" on social media. Since he was elected last year, the French President has criticized Russian media in particular, openly accusing TV channel RT of sowing disinformation about him via its website and social media during the presidential election. "If we want to protect liberal democracies, we must have strong legislation," Mr Macron told a news conference on Wednesday. Mr Macron said the legislation would concern social media platforms,... Read More »

Obama warns against ‘irresponsible’ social media use

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He warned that such actions were distorting people's understanding of complex issues, and spreading misinformation. His successor Donald Trump is a prolific user of Twitter, but Mr Obama did not mention him by name. Mr Obama was quizzed by Prince Harry on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. The ex-president said those in positions of power should be careful when posting messages, warning that social media is distorting civil discourse. He expressed concern about a future where facts are discarded and people only read and listen to things that reinfo... Read More »

British passports will return to ‘iconic’ blue cover after Brexit, it is confirmed

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The new design, which will no longer include the European Union insignia, will replace the burgundy cover that has been a feature of the UK passport since the 1980s once Britain leaves the EU in 2019. Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis said the new passport will be the "most high-tech and secure we have ever seen", making it more resistant to fraud and forgery. ... Read More »

Rolling Stones’ Shocking Snub of Trump Prompts Indie Country Star to Respond

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After learning the Rolling' Stones asked Donald Trump to not play any of their music at his campaign events, Indie country star Luanne Hunt offers the candidate an original tune to use, free of charge. The song is titled "The Last of the Brave Ones" and Hunt says it is a fitting tribute to Trump, pointing out his bravery and other unique attributes. Shocked upon hearing that the Rolling Stones asked Donald Trump to stop using their songs at his campaign events, independent country music star Luanne Hunt announced today the candidate is welco... Read More »

‘Democracy Awakening’ Rally Brings Thousands to the Capitol to Demand a Better Democracy

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Speakers including Rev. William Barber II, Cornell William Brooks, Dolores Huerta, Kathleen Turner call for money in politics reforms, filling the Supreme Court vacancy, protection of voting rights WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, thousands of people from across the country joined the Rally for Democracy at the U.S. Capitol, as part of the three-day ‘Democracy Awakening.’ The rally featured national leaders, celebrities, and performers, all sending a message to Congress to reform democracy to ensure that every voice is heard. Rally speakers call... Read More »

NASA Announces Earth Day #24Seven Social Media Event

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The Earth Day #24Seven campaign will give the world a glimpse at the various efforts NASA undertakes to protect and understand our home planet. NASA will post time-stamped snapshot “moments” throughout the day on numerous Earth-related social media accounts to collectively paint a picture of NASA Earth science. NASA uses the vantage point of space to improve our understanding of the most complex planet we’ve seen yet. The agency’s Earth-observing satellites, airborne research and field campaigns are designed to observe our planet’s dynamic s... Read More »

NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station Aboard Orbital ATK Resupply Mission

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“NASA is delighted at the continued progress made possible by our investment in commercial space,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman. “As we celebrate Orbital ATK’s success with its fourth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, we look forward to the next milestones of our other commercial partners, including commercial crew launches from American soil in the near future. All these missions are critical to our journey to Mars – a journey we have already begun.” The mission is Orbital ATK's fourth cargo delivery f... Read More »

NASA’s Webb Space Telescope Receives First Mirror Installation

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In the clean room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland this week, the engineering team used a robot arm to lift and lower the hexagonal-shaped segment that measures just over 4.2 feet (1.3 meters) across and weighs approximately 88 pounds (40 kilograms). After being pieced together, the 18 primary mirror segments will work together as one large 21.3-foot (6.5-meter) mirror. The full installation is expected to be complete early next year. “The James Webb Space Telescope will be the premier astronomical observatory of ... Read More »

NASA Announces New Public-Private Partnerships to Advance ‘Tipping Point,’ Emerging Space Capabilities

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"These awards enable us to continue to foster partnerships with the commercial space sector that not only leverage capabilities to meet NASA's strategic goals, but also focus on U.S. industry markets that are at a tipping point for commercialization and infusion,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “At NASA, technology drives exploration and partnering with the private sector in this way supports the innovation economy and creates jobs.” Through the ... Read More »

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