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Asia and Australia Edition: Billy Graham, Gun Control, North Korea: Your Thursday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit David Moir/European Pressphoto Agency • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia meets President Trump in Washington tomorrow. The two leaders are said to have become closer after an infamous first phone call. Issues to discuss include trade, immigration and China. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • In Myanmar, a bomb exploded at a bank in the often lawless city of Lashio, in northern Shan State, killing at least two people and wounding 22 others. The area is rife with ethnic tensions and drug smuggling. [The New York Times] • A journalist has been jailed for months in Indian-controlled Kashmir as a terrorist. The authorities’ evidence: His work has focused on explosive antigovernment protests and militant activity, rather than government developmental projects or the inaugurations of hospitals, schools or bridges. [The New York Times] • A top adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel was accused of seeking to bribe a judge into dropping an investigation of Mr. Netanyahu’s wife. […]

Fergie Suffers Backlash for ‘Sexy’ National Anthem Performance

Bob Donnan-USA Today Sports,Fergie’s bluesy rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game has triggered a stir on social media, but for all the wrong reasons. The singer’s unconventional delivery of the patriotic song—which some have compared to a burlesque routine or Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President”—triggered laughter and confusion at the sold-out Staples Center. Golden State All-Star Draymond Green was caught on camera open-mouthed and dumbfounded as Fergie sang, capturing the confusion among the crowd […]

The Interpreter: Russian Meddling Was a Drop in an Ocean of American-Made Discord

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Asia and Australia Edition: Iran, Russia, Olympics: Your Monday Briefing

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To Stir Discord in 2016, Russians Turned Most Often to Facebook

Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, said the indictment laid bare how effectively Facebook could be turned against the country.PhotoRussians used inflammatory posts and ads on Facebook ahead of the 2016 election.“Facebook built incredibly effective tools which let Russia profile citizens here in the U.S. and figure out how to manipulate us,” Mr. Albright said. “Facebook, essentially, gave them everything they needed.” He added that many of the tools that the Russians used, including those that allow ads to be targeted and that show how widespread an ad becomes, still pervade Facebook.Facebook, with more than two billion members on the social network alone, has long struggled with what its sites show and the kind of illicit activity it may enable, from selling unlicensed guns to broadcasting live killings. The company’s business depends on people being highly engaged with what is posted on its sites, which in turn helps make it a marquee destination for advertisers.When suggestions first arose after the 2016 election that Facebook may have influenced the outcome, Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, dismissed the concerns […]

Inside a 3-Year Russian Campaign to Influence U.S. Voters

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Asia and Australia edition: Florida Shooting, South Africa, Olympics: Your Friday Briefing

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