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23 января, 19:36

Global wealth inequality in focus at Davos summit

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has opened the World Economic Forum in Switzerland with a warning that protectionism is gaining ground while globalisation is losing its appeal. US president Donald Trump - who champions an "America first" trade policy - is expected to join 70 other leaders at the three-day summit. At the centre of this year's summit is the debate over the growing gap between rich and poor. Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reports from the resort of Davos. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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23 января, 17:35

New videos expose torture of African refugees in Libya 🇱🇾

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New videos have emerged showing African refugees being abused in Libya. Illegal detention centres, extortion and slavery have become common as many people trying to reach Europe are either caught or returned to Libya. Al Jazeera's Osama Bin Javaid reports. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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23 января, 17:33

HRW: Forced labour, trafficking continue in Thai fishing industry 🇹🇭

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There are fresh accusations migrant workers are still being abused in the Thai fishing industry, four years after their appalling working conditions made headlines around the world. Human Rights Watch (HRW) says government reforms to address trafficking and forced labour have been largely ineffective. Al Jazeera's Victoria Gatenby reports. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

23 января, 17:19

Deadly Kabul hotel siege investigated as 'insider attack' 🇦🇫

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Taliban fighters who killed guests and staff in a luxury hotel in Afghanistan are thought to have smuggled in weapons days or possibly weeks before the siege. At least 18 people were killed in the 16-hour-long attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on Saturday. One of the focuses of the investigation is likely going to be who were the hotel insiders who helped the Taliban carry out the highly coordinated attack. Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse reports from the capital. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

23 января, 16:11

🇺🇸 NAFTA talks resume amid fears of US withdrawal

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Negotiators from the US, Canada and Mexico are in Montreal for the latest round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). US President Donald Trump has been a frequent critic of NAFTA, saying he is prepared to withdraw the US' membership if the negotiations do not produce more favourable terms, a move some fear would be an economic disaster. Al Jazeera's Daniel Lak has more. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

23 января, 14:31

Dissecting Facebook's latest news feed update | The Listening Post (Lead)

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Facebook is taking a big chunk of the news out of its news feed and, in so doing, retreating from a crucial part of its business. Having transformed the way billions of people consume and share news online, in some cases the way news organisations produce it, Facebook now wants to replace news with more content from friends and family. Venturing into the news business has brought Facebook revenues but also a boatload of trouble. The platform has been blamed for the spread of fake news, misinformation and hateful content online. News publishers even changed their business models to max out on Facebook as a way to get to audiences. But the platform's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is batting away his critics, saying he's doing right by the people who matter most to him - his users. "Up until now, Facebook has kind of been doing a push towards more media content on their news feed. They've been pushing for video, and a lot of different publishers have been creating video that's specifically for Facebook," explains Surya Mattu, engineer and data reporter at Gizmodo. "From what it sounds like they're going to change that now by devaluing what publishers are doing and kind of promoting what family and friends are saying." However, critics speculate the CEOs announcement is simply a business decision. "Facebook is a business, it's a publicly traded company," says Sue Halpern, writer and scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College. "Every announcement that Mark Zuckerberg makes is a business decision. And another motivating factor is that they're losing the demographic battle. Younger people are much less engaged with Facebook than ever before." The changes to Facebook's news feed will have a far greater effect on news producers than consumers. Consider the lengths publishers have gone to in order to make their material work on the platform. "It's gotten a lot of publishers really freaked out," said Alan Wolk, a leading TV industry analyst. "Publishers had really gotten to a point where the vast majority of them were getting their traffic from social media...And too many of them have gone into a habit where they're creating news stories and just basing their whole business model on driving traffic from Facebook." The relationship that news organisations had with Facebook was always "complicated". Now, having been given notice of being de-emphasised in the news feed, they have a right to feel aggrieved and fearful of what the future holds. Whether Zuckerberg's recent announcement truly aims to counter misinformation or actually succeed in tackling hateful content online, it's clear the company is under attack from both sides of the Atlantic. "Facebook and a lot of the other tech companies were called to account by the United States Congress among other legislative bodies around the world...so there's you know great incentive on the part of Facebook to do something," says Halpern. "The fact is that Facebook changes their algorithm all the time, but they don't always make an announcement about it. So the fact that they made an announcement about it is probably a response to that very challenge." The coming changes to the news feed will be significant, but they won't fix Facebook's fake news problem. News stories will still be on the site. It's just that they won't originate in the news feed. Users will post stories that will then be shared. And given what we know about social media ecosystems, news bubbles and comfort zones - fake news will still find audiences. More from The Listening Post on: YouTube - http://aje.io/listeningpostYT Facebook - http://facebook.com/AJListeningPost Twitter - http://twitter.com/AJListeningPost Website - http://aljazeera.com/listeningpost - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

23 января, 14:21

🇨🇩 DR Congo conflict leaves 400,000 children malnourished

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Aid workers are warning of mass starvation because of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They say three million people in the Kasai region don't have enough to eat - including 400,000 children. Fighting between the army and rebels has meant farmers have been unable to plant crops for several years. Al Jazeera's Catherine Soi reports from Kasai-Central, Democratic Republic of Congo. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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23 января, 14:17

🇾🇪 Yemen: no food, no medicine, no water

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The conflict in Yemen - and a blockade by the Saudi-led military coalition - has left millions of people without food, medicines, or access to clean water. Doctors say hospitals are running out of supplies as they struggle to contain outbreaks of diphtheria and cholera, as well as malnutrition. Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

23 января, 14:02

🇿🇦 South Africa care deaths: Disgraced official apologises

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A former South African health official has apologised for the deaths of 143 mentally disabled patients that occurred while she was in office. Qedani Mahlangu was the top provincial health official when more than a thousand patients from a facility called Life Esidimeni were moved to privately-run care facilities - patients died of hunger and neglect. More than 50 are still missing, and their families want answers. Al Jazeera's Tania Page reports from Johannesburg, South Africa. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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23 января, 13:55

🇺🇸 🇰🇵 50 years since North Korea attacked a US spy ship

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Tuesday marks 50 years since a US spy ship came under attack off the coast of North Korea. More than 80 sailors from the USS Pueblo spent almost a year in jail before being released. Al Jazeera looks back at how these events could provide insight into the current tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Al Jazeera's Kathy Novak reports from Gangneung, South Korea. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

23 января, 13:51

🇬🇷 Greek scientists reconstruct the face of ancient women

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Scientists in Greece have reconstructed the face of a woman who lived 9,000 years ago, using a 3-D printer and some good, old-fashioned bone detective work. She was named Dawn and offers a glimpse into life in ancient Athens. Her skeleton was recovered at the entrance of the cave where she lived with her small community. Al Jazeera's John Psaropoulos reports from Athens. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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23 января, 13:44

Kashmir violence: Tension soar along India-Pakistan border

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At least 13 civilians are among the 22 killed during nearly a week of cross-border violence in the disputed Kashmir region. It’s a flare-up in tensions that have been simmering for years, and it's threatening a fragile ceasefire. Al Jazeera's Mereana Hond reports. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/