Google to block election ads after November 3rd US poll

25 September 2020, 8:57 PM
Google will block election ads on its platform after the US election on November 3, a company spokeswoman said on Friday.
More than 1 000 dead in DRC due to Ebola epidemic 7 May 2019, 8:50 AM

More than 1 000 people have now died of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said, as aid workers warned that the highly contagious virus combined with insecurity in the restive region was creating a "deeply worrying situation".

MMA gives SABC thumbs up in elections coverage interim report 7 May 2019, 8:00 AM

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has given the SABC a thumbs up in its elections coverage leading up to the 2019 National and Provincial Elections.

Pilot says lightning caused deadly Russian crash landing 6 May 2019, 9:16 PM

The pilot of a Russian passenger plane that erupted in a ball of fire on the runway of Moscow's busiest airport, killing 41 people, said lightning led to the emergency landing.

Passengers likely off measles-hit ship this week: Curacao official 6 May 2019, 6:46 PM

Passengers confined to a Church of Scientology cruise ship after a crew member came down with measles could be permitted to disembark in Curacao as early as Tuesday, health authorities said.

Save Nature to save ourselves: UN report 6 May 2019, 3:52 PM

Humanity is rapidly destroying the natural world upon which our prosperity and ultimately our survival depends, according to a landmark UN assessment of the state of Nature released Monday.

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Get your children vaccinated or face fine: German health minister 6 May 2019, 2:12 PM

German Health Minister, Jens Spahn, has drawn up draft legislation to oblige parents to get their children vaccinated against measles or else face fines and their exclusion from day-care.

Employees walk by the end of a 737 Max aircraft at the Boeing factory in Renton.
Boeing did not disclose alert issue to FAA 6 May 2019, 11:34 AM

Boeing Co (BA.N) did not tell U.S. regulators for more than a year that it inadvertently made an alarm alerting pilots to a mismatch of flight data optional on the 737 MAX, instead of standard as on earlier 737s, but insisted on Sunday the missing display represented no safety risk.

Cholera reports come in from Mozambique in cyclone aftermath 6 May 2019, 10:05 AM

Fourteen cholera cases have been confirmed in northern Mozambique following floods caused by a powerful cyclone that battered the country last week, provincial authorities said Friday.

Curacao vows to stop measles spreading from Scientology ship 6 May 2019, 7:15 AM

The Dutch territory of Curacao said Saturday it would do what was needed to prevent measles spreading from a Scientology cruise ship, after a crew member came down with the disease.

McColgan calls for new categories as Semenya row rumbles on 5 May 2019, 5:36 PM

Former 10,000 metres world champion Liz McColgan has said there should be separate events for athletes with differences of sex development (DSD) and for transgender competitors following a controversial ruling concerning Caster Semenya.

UN committee weighs in on French right-to-die case 5 May 2019, 5:13 PM

A UN committee has asked France to suspend any decision to withdraw life support for a man kept alive in a vegetative state for a decade, weighing in on a bitterly-disputed legal case which has torn his family apart.

A farmer harrows a dried out field near Geinsheim.
Smart tech the new tool for African farmers 5 May 2019, 6:50 AM

Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa may have the image of relentless toil and low productivity, but experts say new tech is changing the picture.

UN biodiversity meet wraps up, report due Monday 4 May 2019, 8:34 PM

Diplomats and scientists from 132 nations wrapped up six days of negotiations in Paris Saturday over the wording of a landmark report on the dire state of Nature and its impact on humanity, a UN official told AFP.

A Tesla electric car supercharger station is seen in Los Angeles.
Tesla boosts capital raise to $2.7 billion, Musk buys more stock 4 May 2019, 9:46 AM

Tesla Inc set to raise up to $2.7 billion in a record-setting capital raising for the electric carmaker.

Munsterlos residents sewerage problems persist 3 May 2019, 4:14 PM

Munsterlos residents in Limpopo are appealing to local authorities to fix on-going water and sanitation problems in their area.

Article about cognitive study on coloured women retracted 3 May 2019, 12:15 PM

The authors of the research into the cognitive study on coloured women have retracted their article.

Treatment prevents sexual HIV transmission among gay men: Study 3 May 2019, 10:40 AM

HIV-suppressing medication can make the AIDS virus "untransmittable" even among couples who have sex without using condoms, new research showed Friday.

Major pharmaceutical head convicted of bribing doctors in opioid crisis 3 May 2019, 7:54 AM

The founder of Insys Therapeutics on Thursday became the first head of a major United States (US) pharmaceutical to be convicted of bribing doctors to prescribe addictive painkillers blamed for fueling an opioid crisis that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

India races to evacuate coast before monster storm hits 3 May 2019, 6:10 AM

Indian and Bangladesh authorities raced Friday to complete the evacuation of more than one million people out of the path of an extreme cyclone heading towards the Bay of Bengal coast with winds of up to 200 kilometers per hour.

US approves dengue vaccine Dengvaxia 2 May 2019, 6:32 PM

US health authorities have given their approval to dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, the controversial first treatment designed to protect against the deadly mosquito-borne virus.

Denisovans, mysterious extinct humans, conquered high altitudes 2 May 2019, 2:16 PM

A jawbone found in a cave on the Tibetan Plateau in China is providing surprising insights into Denisovans, the enigmatic extinct cousins to Neanderthals and our own species, including that they were pioneers at enduring high-altitude environments.

780 000 evacuated in India ahead of major cyclone 2 May 2019, 10:57 AM

Nearly 800 000 people in India's eastern coastal districts have been evacuated ahead of the expected arrival of a major cyclone packing winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour, officials said Thursday.

China seeks loophole as UN nears pact banning toxic chemical – activists 2 May 2019, 9:08 AM

Negotiators from more than 180 countries are nearing agreement on a global ban on a toxic chemical linked to cancer and other health issues, but China is pushing for an exemption for use in firefighting foams, campaigners said on Wednesday.

Saving Nature key to human wellbeing: UN biodiversity chief 1 May 2019, 8:38 PM

The degradation of Nature threatens mankind just as much as climate change, Robert Watson, outgoing head of the UN science panel for biodiversity, has warned ahead of a stark assessment of the state of our planet.

Three tonnes of rubbish collected from Everest 1 May 2019, 6:48 PM

A dedicated clean-up team sent to Mount Everest has collected three tonnes of garbage in its first two weeks, officials said Wednesday, in an ambitious plan to clean the world's highest rubbish dump.

US measles outbreak hits ‘completely avoidable’ 25-year-high: Officials 1 May 2019, 10:10 AM

The number of measles cases in the United States has reached a 25-year peak, propelled by the spread of misinformation about the vaccine that can prevent the disease, federal health officials said on Monday.

Facebook gives first look at its promised overhaul 30 April 2019, 8:42 PM

Facebook Inc on Tuesday debuted an overhaul of its core social network and introduced new business-focused tools, the first concrete steps in its plan to refashion itself into a private messaging and e-commerce company.

Record 26 Ebola deaths in DRCongo in a single day 30 April 2019, 2:41 PM

Twenty-six people died of Ebola in a single day in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, the highest daily toll since its outbreak nearly nine months ago, the health ministry said Tuesday.

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Tesla to reduce solar panel prices by up to 38%: NYT 30 April 2019, 11:54 AM

Tesla sought to sell solar panels in its retail stores and online in a bid to align it with the company’s aspirational luxury car brand.

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Researchers gain Facebook access to study social media’s role on elections 30 April 2019, 8:19 AM

Sixty researchers across 11 countries have been selected to deepen public understanding on the role that social media has on elections and democracy.