First lady sent in to end Trump-Putin meeting

First lady sent in to end Trump-Putin meeting
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First lady Melania Trump was sent in to try and end the meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit, which had run significantly long, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday.
U.S. officials sent in the first lady to end the scheduled 30-minute meeting when it had run for more than an hour. Melania was unsuccessful, and the meeting ended up running for 2 hours and 16 minutes.
"Several times I had to remind the president, people were sticking their heads in the door," Tillerson said according to the Washington Examiner. "They even sent in the first lady at one point to see if she could get us out of there, and that didn't work either. ... We went another hour after she came in to see us, so clearly, she failed."
Trump and Putin met in person for the first time on Friday at the conference of world leaders in Hamburg, Germany, amid violent protests in the city.

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Why Anonymous claims Nasa is about to announce the discovery of aliens

Much of the questionable claim relies on one comment from a senior Nasa executive, as well as the agency's pioneering work


Anonymous claims Nasa is about to announce it has found alien life. The truth is a little more complicated – but no less wondrous.
An account affiliated with the hacking and activism collective has released a viral video claiming Nasa is "on the verge" of detailing contact with extraterrestrial species.
It takes much of its evidence from the work the space agency is doing to explore space and look for alien worlds across the universe. And while such claims might overestimate just how quickly the discovery will emerge, they are based in the truth.



Much of the video relies on one testimony from Thomas Zurbuchen, from Nasa's Science Mission Directorate, who spoke to the US's science and technology committee last year.
In a relatively long speech that summarised the work Nasa is doing on astrobiology as well as the chances that it would find life, Mr Zurbruchen said that the agency was close to revealing something very significant.

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Germany passes controversial law to fine Facebook over hate speech

























German lawmakers have passed a controversial law under which Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies could face fines of up to €50 million ($57 million) for failing to remove hate speech. The Network Enforcement Act, commonly referred to as the “Facebook law,” was passed by the Bundestag, Germany’s parliamentary body, on Friday. It will go into effect in October.
Under the law, social media companies would face steep fines for failing to remove “obviously illegal” content — including hate speech, defamation, and incitements to violence — within 24 hours. They would face an initial fine of €5 million, which could rise to €50 million. Web companies would have up to one week to decide on cases that are less clear cut.
Justice Minister Heiko Maas and other supporters of the bill have argued that it is necessary to curb the spread of hate speech, which is strictly regulated under German law. But digital rights activists have broadly criticized the law, saying it would infringe on free speech, and that it gives tech companies disproportionate responsibility in determining the legality of online content. 

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