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False personas are being used on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to advance Russian talking points and conspiracies, US officials said.PHOTO: AFP

US says Russia behind huge coronavirus fake news campaign

Washington, Feb 22 (AFP) - Thousands of Russian-linked social media accounts have launched a coordinated effort to spread alarm about the new coronavirus, disrupting global efforts to combat the epidemic, US officials told AFP. The disinformation campaign promotes unfounded conspiracy theories that the United States is behind the Covid-19 outbreak, in an apparent bid to damage the US image by seizing...

Worker Wang Fu wearing a face mask sprays disinfectant at an apartment of a residential compound, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Beijing, China February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

Coronavirus patient re-hospitalized in China’s Chengdu after testing positive again

Beijing, Feb 21 (Reuters) - A coronavirus patient initially discharged following recovery in southwestern Sichuan province’s Chengdu city has been readmitted after testing positive again during a quarantine period at home, the city’s public health clinical center said on Friday. Similar cases have been reported in other regions, the center said in a statement. China’s National Health Commission recommends recovered...

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak (L) arriving at a court to attend his trial in Seoul. -AFP

Former South Korean president jailed after losing appeal

Seoul, Feb 19 (AFP)- Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was taken to prison Wednesday to begin a 17-year term for bribery and embezzlement after losing an appeal against a lighter sentence. Lee, in office from 2008 to 2013, was briefly jailed in 2018 after being sentenced to 15 years and fined 13 billion won ($11 million), but was granted...

“You might feel uncomfortable and dislike those scenes but I did not want to sugarcoat them,” Bong told a news conference with the film’s cast and crew in the South Korean capital of Seoul | Photo Credit: AP

Director of Oscar-winning ‘Parasite’ says he did not want to sugarcoat inequality

Feb 19 (Reuters) - The stark inequality between two South Korean families portrayed in the Oscar-winning film Parasite might make viewers uncomfortable but it was the “only path” to revealing cold reality, the film’s director, Bong Joon-ho, said on Wednesday. The tale of the wealthy Parks and the poor Kims became the first non-English language movie to win this year’s Oscar...

A cruise ship that's been quarantined in Yokohama harbor in Japan.(AP Photo)

Too early to say whether Coronavirus threatens Olympics: WHO

Geneva, Feb 19 (AP) - Despite a virus outbreak spreading from China, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday it's much too soon to say whether the Tokyo Olympics are at risk of being cancelled or moved. Tokyo organizers and the International Olympic Committee have repeatedly said they have no contingency plans for the July 24-Aug. 9 Summer Games...

A screen displays the company logo for Uber Technologies Inc on the day of its IPO at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

Uber closing office in downtown Los Angeles

Feb 19 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc (UBER.N) is closing its office in downtown Los Angeles, where the ride-hailing company employs customer support staff, to focus on its bigger locations. The move was reported earlier on Tuesday by the LA Times newspaper, which also added that the step will result in the elimination of about 80 jobs. An Uber spokesman...

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