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Frances Haugen: ‘I never wanted to be a whistleblower. But lives were in danger’

The woman whose revelations have rocked Facebook tells how spending time with her mother, a priest, motivated her to speak out

This was not Frances Haugen’s plan A. The Facebook whistleblower says she does not like being the centre of attention, but what she saw while working at Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire compelled her into action – and made her famous.

“When I look at what I did, this was not my plan A. It wasn’t my plan B, it wasn’t my plan C. It was like my plan J or something,” she laughs. “No one sat me down and said ‘what I want you to do is whistleblow’.”

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Columbia’s most-wanted drug lord, Otoniel, captured by armed forces

The leader of the powerful Clan del Golfo, who had a $5m bounty on his head, was seized in a raid by military and police

Dairo Antonio Úsuga, known as Otoniel, Colombia’s most sought after drug trafficker and leader of the Clan del Golfo, has been captured during an operation carried out by the country’s armed forces, military and police sources confirmed.

Colombia had offered a reward of up to 3bn pesos (about $800,000) for information concerning Otoniel’s whereabouts, while the United States government had put up a reward of $5m for help locating him.

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Two children among six killed by old landmine in Senegal

The six people were in a horse-drawn vehicle when it hit a landmine left over from an earlier conflict in the Casamance region

Six young people were killed when their horse-drawn vehicle hit an old landmine unearthed by rain in Senegal’s southern Casamance region, according to the local mayor.

Casamance is home to one of Africa’s oldest ongoing conflicts, which has claimed thousands of lives since 1982, and the mine was believed to be a remnant from earlier fighting.

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‘Don’t sit this one out’: Obama stumps for Virginia governor candidate Terry McAuliffe

Former president warns against complacency in ‘blue’ state amid race seen as indicator of Democrats’ congressional hopes

Barack Obama vehemently warned Virginia voters on Saturday against any complacency that what was now a “blue” state would stay that way, as he spoke at a rally to support Terry McAuliffe in the tightening race for governor.

The former president urged supporters to turn out, despite this being an off-year election, in order to keep Democrats in control of not just the state but ultimately the nation.

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Colombia announces capture of one of most wanted traffickers

Colombian authorities say they have captured Dairo Antonio Úsuga, alias “Otoniel,” leader of the violent Clan del Golfo drug  cartel and one of the country’s most wanted traffickers

Why Kenyan churches are banning politicians from pulpits

Churches seek to wrestle back control of pulpits from politicians after years of cosy relations.


'My student loan refund took six years'

Rebecca Gale says she was "shocked and then angry" the Student Loans Company took so long to repay her.

Covid: Travellers to be able to use cheaper Covid tests

Fully-jabbed people returning to England can take lateral flow tests instead of PCR tests from Sunday morning.

Chuck Bundrant, Pacific Fisheries’ ‘Henry Ford,’ Dies at 79

In 1961 he arrived in Seattle with no job, no skills and $80. Over the next 60 years, he built a seafood empire and transformed the industry.

Fear not: there is little danger of inflation running wild

Retail sales and confidence are falling, and the net effect of the budget will be deflationary. Rate rises will prove unnecessary

Next month the Bank of England might begin the long road back to higher interest rates. Plenty of financial traders believe comments and speeches by the governor Andrew Bailey and some of his colleagues make it a likely possibility.

If it doesn’t happen in November, the central bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) will meet again in December to survey the economy. It could be then that the nine-strong group takes on the Grinch’s mantle, stealing Christmas cheer with a hike in the nation’s cost of borrowing.

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How BioNTech went from a little-known biotech company to creating the Covid vaccine

BioNTech founders were confident in the potential of their mRNA technology, which they knew could trigger a powerful immune response.


France and Israel hold ‘secret’ talks to defuse phone spyware row

Senior advisers discuss alleged targeting of French cabinet ministers’ phones with NSO Group spyware

A top adviser to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, has met with his Israeli counterpart to discuss the alleged targeting of French ministers by a client of NSO Group, the Israeli spyware maker.

A row over the alleged surveillance has been described as a “major diplomatic headache” for the government of Naftali Bennett, the prime minister of Israel.

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Longevity annuities can be a good deal for seniors. But not many people buy them

Longevity annuities are among the best financial deals for seniors who worry about outliving their savings. But behavioral hurdles mean they're little used.

France gives low-paid €100 handout to curb rising discontent

Prime minister unveils one-off ‘inflation payout’ and freezing of petrol prices for 2022

France has announced a €100 (£85) handout for people on low to middle incomes and promised to freeze petrol prices to try to contain growing anger over record fuel prices and an increase in living costs.

“We obviously want to protect French people, above all those who work hard and are taking the full force of these price rises,” said the government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal.

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Trump's social media SPAC surges another 100% after shares quadruple

Trump-linked Digital World Acquisition Corp. soared again on Friday following a massive rally in the previous session.

Watch CNBC’s Sustainable Future Forum: Technology & Innovation

CNBC meets those at the forefront of research and digital development to explore how the technology works and what environmental benefits it can bring.

Book Bestsellers 2021

Stephen Merchant: How Outlaws creator took comedy to the dark side

His show, which throws seven strangers together, is a far cry from The Office and Lip Sync Battle.

Spooky movies to get you in the Halloween spirit

What better way to get in the spooky spirit than curl up and watch some scary flicks.

Crew member yelled 'cold gun' as he handed Alec Baldwin prop weapon, court document shows

An assistant director handed Alec Baldwin a prop firearm and yelled "cold gun" before the actor fired and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza, according to court documents.

Dave Chappelle and 'The French Dispatch' show even the most gifted talent sometimes needs an editor

There's a popular assumption that gifted artists, left to their own devices, will create their best work, and that the intrusion of network suits or studio bosses only mucks up the process.

'Dune' is Hollywood's epic sci-fi moment of 2021

"Dune" Day is coming, Brandy is back in "Queens," and chef David Chang explores the future of food in this week's Pop Life Chronicles.

Adele makes record-breaking return to UK chart top spot with new single

Adele has returned to the top spot of the UK charts and broken the national record for most streams in a week, with her new single "Easy on Me."

From 'Sesame Street' to 'Alma's Way': How Sonia Manzano continues to break ground and elevate...

After 44 years as the loveable Maria on Sesame Street, Sonia Manzano thought she was finally ready to move to a quieter, non-puppet inhabited neighborhood where she could spend her days writing children's books.


As Broadway Returns, Shows Rethink and Restage Depictions of Race

“The Book of Mormon,” “The Lion King” and “Hamilton” are among those making changes as theaters reopen following the lengthy pandemic shutdown.

What We Know About Alec Baldwin’s Fatal Shooting

The authorities are investigating the death of the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust” in Santa Fe County. Here’s what we know.

Ralph Lauren's Polo Bar Reopens in New York City

The Polo Bar reopens in Manhattan, and the 82-year-old designer has no plans to slow down.

Ralph Lauren Restarts the Fantasy

The Polo Bar reopens in Manhattan, and the 82-year-old designer has no plans to slow down.

How Literature by Black Authors Shaped One Scholar’s Life

In “Read Until You Understand,” Farah Jasmine Griffin explores how books have served as instruction manuals to guide her through difficulty and triumph.

Alan Cumming Took Ecstasy to Quell His Nerves on Tony Night, ‘and It Worked’

And other revelations from the actor’s second memoir, “Baggage.”

How ‘Maya and the Three,’ ‘Encanto’ and ‘Vivo’ Animate Latinidad

A warrior princess, an enchanted family and a kinkajou musician are changing how Latino stories are told — at least in animation.


NLCS: Max Scherzer Isn't Injured, but He Won't Start Game 6

Max Scherzer, a superstar right-hander, blamed a dead arm for his short start in Game 2 of the N.L.C.S. He said he might be available to pitch if there is a Game 7.

Vanessa Bryant Tells of Kobe Bryant's Death in New Deposition

Bryant was being questioned by a lawyer defending Los Angeles County in her lawsuit about the sharing of photos of human remains from the helicopter crash that killed nine people.

His N.B.A. Dream Was Right There. Then He Couldn’t Move His Legs.

A mysterious illness on the eve of the 2019 N.B.A. draft derailed Kris Wilkes’s hopes of going pro. As he heals, he’s not giving up hope.

Friends Row On After Teammate’s Death, Leaving One Seat Empty

Charlie Hamlin, a former Olympic rower who dominated races well into his 70s, died in May. On Sunday, his longtime teammates plan to row the Head of the Charles Regatta with an empty seat in his memory.

Chelsea puts seven goals past beleaguered Norwich in one-sided Premier League clash

Very few people would have given Norwich hope of avoid a record-extending sixth relegation from the Premier League before the season had even begun, but that number is likely to now be zero.


Greta Thunberg: 'We need public pressure, not just summits'

The climate activist speaks to the BBC about the COP26 conference, emissions targets and rickrolling.

Limited C.D.C. Study Finds Delta Wave Didn't Alter Hospitalization Outcomes

Other larger, more specific studies, however, have found greater risks when people are infected with the highly infectious variant.

Norfolk sand: Has a colossal experiment worked?

Millions of tonnes of sand were shifted to part of the Norfolk coast - have they held back the sea?

El Niño and La Niña, Explained

If you’re wondering why scientists and weather forecasters are talking about these phenomena, we have some answers, including how they got their names.

NASA Planning Moon Launch in 2022

A flight of the Space Launch System and Orion capsule without astronauts aboard is planned for early next year, a first, long-delayed step toward returning astronauts to the moon’s surface.


Climate change: How technology is helping cities tackle climate disasters

Cities are under threat from floods, forest fires and other disasters - how is tech helping with emergency responses?

Twitter says Online Safety Bill needs more clarity

The government says it will tackle extreme posts but Twitter warns Ofcom will be "muddling through".

Adobe will put U.S. employees on unpaid leave if they're not vaccinated by Dec. 8

Adobe told employees that it will abide by President Biden's vaccine mandate since it is a government contractor.

Eating Disorders and Social Media Prove Difficult to Untangle

Social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram try to monitor for content related to the problem, but it is not always clear what to do about it.

Tesla shares hit all-time high

The move marks the first time since January the electric vehicle company made an intraday record.