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Facebook and Instagram ban political figures Alex Jones, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Paul Nehlen, David Duke and Laura Loomer, from their platforms and remove their pages for allegedly engaging in "violence and hate".

Facebook announced Thursday afternoon that it was banning people including Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader notorious for anti-Semitic language and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platforms.

Catherine Pugh

Catherine Pugh, Mayor of Baltimore, resigns under investigation for alleged financial improprieties. Baltimore City Council president Jack Young has been serving as acting mayor since April 2.

BALTIMORE - Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh intends to resign Thursday, a month after taking a medical leave amid a growing scandal over her sales of a self-published children's book series, sources tell The Baltimore Sun. Pugh's defiant pledge last month to return to work gave way after federal agents raided her home and City Hall office a week ago. She i...

2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet from Colorado announces he is running for the Democratic Party's nomination to be President of the United States in the 2020 presidential election.

The moderate senator joins a Democratic field so crowded with candidates that it now includes six of his Senate colleagues and his former boss.


Myanmar security forces fire into a crowd of 275 Rakhine people detained during a search for Arakan Army members, killing six and wounding eight. The military claim that they were forced to shoot after some of the detainees attempted to seize their weapons, despite warning shots and verbal warnings.

Myanmar security forces shot dead at least six people in the troubled western st...

Insys Therapeutics

Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor is found guilty of racketeering in an opioid-related bribery scheme.

Former billionaire John Kapoor was found guilty of bribing doctors to prescribe addictive painkillers.

2019 measles outbreak

The "Freewinds" cruise ship is quarantined in Saint Lucia over concerns of a measles epidemic after it is reported that one of the passengers has the disease. The cruise ship is reportedly owned by the Church of Scientology, a religious organization that opposes vaccinations against diseases such as measles.

Health officials in St. Lucia have ordered a cruise ship reportedly owned by the Church of Scientology to stay in port after they learned through "reputable sources" that someone on board has the measles.

2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season

Evacuation of approximately 800,000 people is underway as Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani heads toward the Indian state of Odisha ("formerly Orissa") and is expected to make landfall Friday with wind speeds in excess of 200 km-h (127 mph).