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Facebook's local news project frustrated – by lack of local newspapers

About 1,800 newspapers have closed in the US in the last 15 years, partly as a result of internet-based companies like Facebook

Facebook’s effort to establish a service that provides users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company’s technicians can find original reporting.

Utrecht shooting: several injured on tram as man opens fire

Security increased across Netherlands as police say shooting may have ‘terrorist motive’

A suspected gunman is at large after a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, which police said may have had a “terrorist motive”.

The Dutch government raised the terrorism threat level to the highest possible in the Utrecht province, and security was increased at schools, mosques and transportation hubs across the country.

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Christchurch suspect: Europe investigates possible far-right links

Officials in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria examine Brenton Tarrant’s travels before attack

Authorities in Europe are working to establish whether the man suspected of carrying out the most deadly terrorist attack in New Zealand’s history had any links to far-right groups on the continent.

Since Friday, officials in Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece have begun formal investigations into the alleged gunman’s extensive travel through Europe in the years before he moved to New Zealand.

Firefighters tackle blaze in Birmingham warehouse

West Midlands fire service called to reports of a huge fire at a furniture warehouse

About 100 firefighters have been deployed to tackle a huge fire near a train station in Birmingham.

West Midlands fire service (WMFS) said they received several 999 calls at about 5.11am on Monday after reports of a large blaze at a furniture storage warehouse in Tyseley.

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China says it has arrested 13,000 'terrorists' in Xinjiang

Beijing launches propaganda campaign to counter abuse claims by human rights groups

China has claimed to have arrested 13,000 “terrorists” in Xinjiang over the last five years, as it launched an aggressive propaganda campaign in defence of its restrictive measures in the far-western region.

Human rights advocates and researchers believe more than 1 million Muslims – mostly Uighurs as well as Kazakhs and other groups – are being systematically imprisoned in internment camps where they are forced to undergo political re-education.

Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank confirm merger talks

Unions warn merger of two German lenders could put up to 30,000 jobs at risk

Deutsche Bank has confirmed it is in merger talks with rival Commerzbank, putting an end to months of speculation over a potential tie-up that stands to unsettle the German banking landscape.

While the move has been touted as a route to greater profitability for the troubled lenders, unions have warned that the merger could put up to 30,000 jobs at risk.

US briefing: Christchurch, Bolsonaro and Trump's human rights record

Monday’s top story: New Zealand cabinet agrees new gun control laws ‘in principle’. Plus, how Facebook failed to learn from the Cambridge Analytica scandal

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