Twitter has disclosed the number of its users that are actually human as opposed to account-holding, automated programs in its most recent quarterly filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the report, about 23 million — or 8.5% of Twitter’s monthly active users — hold accounts that are programmatically updated “without any discernible additional user-initiated action.” Continue reading
A photo of a 7-year-old boy holding up the severed head of a slain Syrian soldier has caused uproar in Australia, home to a convicted terrorist who fled to Syria last year to join the Islamic State terrorist group. Continue reading
A replica World War I-era biplane took to the skies Tuesday, preparing to mark 100 years of military aerial deployment.
WASHINGTON — U.S. military officials say an armed American drone has attacked and destroyed a mortar position of Islamic militants in northern Iraq.
The Liberian government said Monday that it will receive doses of the drug to treat two doctors in the country. They would be the first Africans to receive it. Continue reading
Somalia has been plagued by war, corruption and terrorism, but its leader says he wants to change its course. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud joins Judy Woodruff to discuss last week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, infiltration of al-Shabab militants into government, the media and beyond, as well as serious concerns that the president hasn’t achieved the stability his country has sought. Continue reading
The election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in 2012 was a turning point for Somalia after decades of chaos, violence and poverty. Within months, the U.S. announced it would recognize Somalia for the first time since 1991. But recently al-Shabab militants have ramped up attacks, including a recent assault on the parliament building. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkey’s governing party said Monday it will select a new prime minister at the end of August to replace Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who won the country’s first direct presidential election in a historic vote. Continue reading
Iraq’s president named a new prime minister, but Nouri al-Maliki refuses to give up his post, while the fight against Islamic militants continue. Gwen Ifill is joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk for an update on the political turmoil in Iraq, plus analysis from Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and Laith Kubba of the National Endowment for Democracy. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, Iraq’s new president, Fouad Massoum, tapped deputy parliament speaker Haider al-Abadi to form a government and become prime minister. But current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki remained defiant, spurning calls to step aside for a less polarizing leader. Also, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed indirect talks in Egypt, and a new 72-hour cease-fire began. Continue reading