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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 »

Which big names in business are 2018’s ones to watch?

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Michael O’Leary In 2011, the chief executive of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, outlined his pitch for one of the most sought-after honours in the world: “There hasn’t been a war in Europe for 50 years, because they’re all too busy flying on Ryanair. I should get the Nobel peace prize – screw Bono.” Shamefully, the Nobel committee continues to overlook O’Leary as a potential laureate, although he is increasingly being recognised in other areas. Having admitted that his company may not always have treated its passengers quite as they hoped, O... 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 »

Serena Williams to make comeback in Abu Dhabi after giving birth

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The American, 36, will play world number seven Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match on 30 December during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Williams, who has won an Open-era record 23 Grand Slams, said she was "delighted to be returning to the court". She gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September. Former world number one Williams has not played since winning the Australian Open in January. Coach Patrick Mouratoglou said in November that no decision had been made over whether Williams would play in the season's fi... Read More »

Winklevoss twins cut up their Bitcoin key to protect their fortune

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People laughed at the Winklevoss twins in 2012 when they started buying up bitcoin - lots of it. The two Harvard-educated entrepreneurs bought about 120,000 bitcoins when they were less than $10 each, using funds they got from settling a lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg over their claim that they came up with the idea for Facebook. But nobody's laughing at Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss anymore. They confirmed in an interview with The New York Times that they had held on to their bitcoins as the price has skyrocketed - a coin was worth about... Read More »

Harry Potter author JK Rowling to be made Companion of Honour at Buckingham Palace

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Rowling, who is also marking two decades since the publication of the first book in her best-selling series, has been honoured for services to literature and philanthropy. The 52-year-old will be decorated with the rare title, befitting of one of her fantastical characters, in addition to her OBE, which she was awarded in 2001. Membership of the Order of the Companions of Honour, established in 1917 by George V, is a special award held by only 65 people at any one time, and recognises services of national importance. Rowling, whose fir... Read More »

Karl Lagerfeld’s homecoming

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The show, which was a kind of homecoming from the label's Hamburg-born designer, Karl Lagerfeld, took place at the Elbphilharmonie, the city’s showstopping new concert hall, designed by contemporary starchitecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. The models were sharing the stage with a live orchestra. Among the models was Cindy Crawford's daughter Kaia Gerber, Victoria's Secret star Grace Elizabeth and Lagerfeld's 9-year-old godson Hudson Kroenig. The 84-year-old designer showcased a collection with a nautical theme. Models wore luxurious, t... Read More »

Ballon d’Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win fifth award

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Victory took the 32-year-old Portugal international level with 30-year-old Argentine Messi, who won the most recent of his five awards in 2015. Messi's ex-Barcelona team-mate Neymar, now at Paris St-Germain, was third. Last season, Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Champions League and their first La Liga title since 2012. Ronaldo added the 2017 Ballon d'Or to those he won in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, and Messi is the only other recipient of the award since 2009. "This is something I look forward to every year," he said, after receiv... Read More »

Iconic Houses: Welcome to Hawaii’s Liljestrand House!

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Furniture, built-in interiors, and contents, designed or selected by the architect, remain in original condition. Notes, memos, sketches, all architectural documentation, letters describing construction and photos still exist. http://www.iconichouses.org/houses/liljestrand-house ... Read More »

Restored Villa E.1027 by Eileen Gray joins Iconic Houses

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She chose a remote location on the rocks facing the sea with a distant view of Monte Carlo, that you can enjoy too, on your visit. http://www.iconichouses.org/houses/villa-e-1027 ... Read More »

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