Explainer: What’s next for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Explainer: What’s next for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Aug 5 (Reuters) – A jury in Austin, Texas, decided on Friday that US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay the parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre $45.2 million in punitive damages for falsely claiming the shooting was a hoax, on top of $4.1 million in compensatory damages. read more … Read more

‘End this nightmare,’ Sandy Hook parents’ lawyer tells jurors in Alex Jones defamation trial

‘End this nightmare,’ Sandy Hook parents’ lawyer tells jurors in Alex Jones defamation trial

Aug 3 (Reuters) – Jurors in the Alex Jones defamation trial began deliberations on Wednesday after a lawyer for a child killed in the Sandy Hook massacre said they should “end this nightmare” and force the US conspiracy theorist to pay them $150 million for falsely claiming the shooting was a hoax. Jones, founder of … Read more

Alex Jones says he never meant to hurt Sandy Hook parents with hoax claims

Alex Jones says he never meant to hurt Sandy Hook parents with hoax claims

Aug 2 (Reuters) – US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones told a Texas jury on Tuesday that he never intended to hurt parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre when he claimed the shooting was a hoax, saying his comments were taken out of context. Jones, founder of the Infowars radio show … Read more

Chilean authorities investigate mysterious large sinkhole near copper mine

Chilean authorities investigate mysterious large sinkhole near copper mine

SANTIAGO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Chilean authorities started investigating on Monday a mysterious sinkhole about 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter that appeared over the weekend in a mining area in the north of the country. Chilean media showed aerial images of the sinkhole on land operated by a Canadian Lundin Mining (LUN.TO) copper mine, … Read more

Brazil grants permit to pave highway through heart of Amazon forest

Brazil grants permit to pave highway through heart of Amazon forest

SAO PAULO, July 28 (Reuters) – Brazil’s environmental authority on Thursday granted an initial permit that will allow a major highway to be paved through the center of the Amazon rainforest, the minister of infrastructure said, in a move that threatens to increase deforestation. Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro on the campaign trail had pledged to … Read more

Austrian spy firm accused by Microsoft says hacking tool was for EU states

Austrian spy firm accused by Microsoft says hacking tool was for EU states

A Microsoft logo is seen at a pop-up site at Roosevelt Field in Garden City, New York July 29, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – An Austrian firm which Microsoft (MSFT.O) said created malicious software that was detected on the computer systems of some … Read more

At least 43 abortion clinics shut in month after Supreme Court overturned Roe, research says, with more likely to close

At least 43 abortion clinics shut in month after Supreme Court overturned Roe, research says, with more likely to close

CNN — At least 43 abortion clinics have shut their doors in the 30 days since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, according to new research. The research was published Thursday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization focused on sexual and reproductive health that supports abortion rights. The … Read more

Meta posts first-ever revenue drop as inflation throttles ad sales

Meta posts first-ever revenue drop as inflation throttles ad sales

Facebook’s new rebrand logo Meta is seen on smartpone in front of displayed logo of Facebook, Messenger, Intagram, Whatsapp, Oculus in this illustration picture taken October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register July 27 (Reuters) – Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) issued a gloomy forecast after recording its first … Read more

In fighting gun crime, Canada has an American problem

In fighting gun crime, Canada has an American problem

OTTAWA/TORONTO, July 27 (Reuters) – A Texas man bought dozens of guns from licensed dealers in the state before illegally reselling at least 16, US officials say. Twelve were traced to crimes committed in America. The other four were traced to crimes in Canada. The case of the 31-year-old, indicted last month on charges that … Read more

Ukrainians sign petition to give citizenship, PM role to UK’s Johnson

Ukrainians sign petition to give citizenship, PM role to UK’s Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy walk at Mykhailivska Square, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine June 17, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register KYIV, July 26 (Reuters) – A tongue-in-cheek petition to give outgoing British Prime Minister … Read more