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Rising poverty gnaws at Italian social fabric as election nears

HERCULANEUM, Italy (Reuters) - Roberto Biondi's 89-year-old mother has Alzheimer's, is housebound and no longer recognizes her son. She is also the family's main breadwinner.


Afghanistan's ArtLords daub walls with messages of defiance, hope

KABUL (Reuters) - Activists in Afghanistan are speaking out against corruption and spreading messages of peace and social justice with murals, many painted on concrete blast walls that have risen to ward off militant bombs.


Brazilian minister says pension reform bill halted in Congress

BRASILIA, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Brazil's political affairs minister Carlos Marun said on Monday that passage through Congress of a bill to overhaul the country's costly social security system has effectively been halted and would not be put to a vote.


Venezuela's opposition coalition likely to boycott presidential vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Leaders of Venezuela's opposition coalition appeared likely on Monday to decide on a boycott of the April presidential election, believing authorities have rigged it for President Nicolas Maduro and his ruling socialists.


Australian lawmaker's online gun picture post sparks police review

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian federal police were on Monday investigating a social media post by a government lawmaker that showed him aiming a gun and taunting left-wing green supporters.


Alpine skiing: Vonn to defy online 'bullies'

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Abuse on social media would not silence Lindsey Vonn from voicing her own personal political opinions or stop her from engaging with her fans online, the American has said.


Leading SPD mayors back coalition with Merkel, poll shows

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading Social Democrat (SPD) mayors favor joining a coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a poll showed on Sunday, boosting the prospects of the center-left party backing the alliance in a ballot starting this week.


Florida school massacre suspect on authorities' radar in 2016: media

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A teenager accused of fatally shooting 17 people at a Florida high school was investigated by police and state officials as far back as 2016 after slashing his arm in a social media video, and saying he wanted to buy a gun, but authorities determined he was receiving sufficient support, newspapers said on Saturday.

Parkland, Fla, Shooting (2018)

Florida Agency Investigated Nikolas Cruz After Violent Social Media Posts

After visiting and questioning Mr. Cruz at his home in 2016, the Department of Children and Families determined he was not a risk to himself or others.


Florida school massacre suspect on authorities' radar in 2016: report

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A teenager accused of shooting to death 17 people at a Florida high school was investigated by police and state officials as far back as 2016 after slashing his arm in a social media video, and saying he wanted to buy a gun, but authorities determined he was receiving sufficient support, a newspaper said on Saturday.


As support falls, German SPD sees 'no Plan B' to Merkel coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) hit a record low, a poll showed, and the party's leader-in-waiting said she had "no Plan B" should members reject a coalition deal with Angela Merkel's conservatives.

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Copycat Threats and Jittery Nerves Force School Shutdowns Across the U.S.

After the Florida shooting, schools are re-evaluating their security, and some have shut down in response to ominous phone calls or social media posts.

United States Politics and Government

Russians Bought Bank Accounts From California Man, Mueller Says

A California man illegally provided hundreds of bank account numbers to a Russian social media operation, the special counsel revealed.


UPDATE 1-'Sinister and systematic attack' by Russians prompts U.S. Congress calls for action

WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans and Democrats joined together to call for more concerted action, and pressure on social media companies, to combat foreign interference in U.S. elections after Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced indictments of Russians for meddling in the 2016 U.S. campaign on Friday.

United States Politics and Government

Special Counsel Issues Indictment Against 13 Russian Nationals Over 2016 Election

The special counsel charged 13 foreigners associated with Russia and three Russian organizations with illegally using social media platforms to sow political discord.

Russians accused of creating US social media groups to interfere in election

A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment Friday against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of violating US laws to interfere with US elections and political processes.

Rippon, Adam

The Secret Behind Adam Rippon’s Olympic Abs

Skater Adam Rippon has a passionate social media following that includes frequent comments on his chiseled physique. Here is a look at his workout regimen.


Minority government better than SPD alliance: top German conservative argues

BERLIN (Reuters) - An influential member of Angela Merkel's conservatives on Friday urged the German chancellor to form a minority government instead of a planned alliance with the Social Democrats (SPD), saying the SPD would not be a reliable partner.


Telltale internet message may have foreshadowed Florida school massacre

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - The 19-year-old man accused of shooting 17 people to death at a Florida high school legally purchased the assault rifle used in the killings and may have foreshadowed the attack in a social media comment investigated by the FBI last year, authorities said on Thursday.


Two-thirds of SPD supporters back German grand coalition: poll

BERLIN (Reuters) - Two thirds of supporters of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) back forming a coalition government with Angela Merkel's conservatives, an opinion poll showed on Friday.


'Do you fear me?': Venezuela's Maduro vows to gatecrash regional summit

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's unpopular socialist president Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday his right-wing Latin American counterparts showed intolerance by trying to exclude him from an upcoming summit in Lima - and he vowed to go anyway.


Indigenous Mexican presidential candidate injured in highway accident

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The first indigenous woman to run for the Mexican presidency was injured and at least one other person killed when a van in which she was traveling was involved in an accident in western Baja California state on Wednesday, campaign social media said.


Indigenous Mexican presidential candidate involved in highway accident

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A van carrying the first indigenous woman to run for the Mexican presidency was involved in a highway accident on Wednesday in western Baja California state that killed at least one person and injured the candidate, according to social media associated with her campaign.

Louise Linton: I'm 'super duper' sorry

The wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says she's "super duper" sorry for her past social media posts. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the details.


German Coalition Deal Has Both Sides Sour, Even Before the Ink Dries

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been forced to make a spirited defense, while her prospective partner, head of the Social Democrats, was pushed aside.


German SPD leader invokes Europe to sell coalition deal with Merkel

VILSHOFEN, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) must seize the opportunity to reform the European Union in a new governing alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the party's interim leader said on Wednesday in appealing to members to back their coalition deal.

Olympic Games (2018)

Online, a Diverse Winter Olympics. But on the Ground?

The early social media darlings have been a racially diverse group, which has contrasted with the overwhelmingly white population of athletes at the Games.

Social Media

After a Twitter Storm, The Times and a New Hire Part Ways

Soon after Quinn Norton joined the editorial board, social media users discovered tweets in which she used slurs and spoke of her friendship with a Nazi.


White triumph caps golden century for United States

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Snowboarder Shaun White's halfpipe victory at the Pyeongchang Games on Wednesday earned the United States its landmark 100th Winter Games gold medal, prompting a series of celebratory messages on social media.


U.S. 2018 elections 'under attack' by Russia: U.S. intelligence chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies warned on Tuesday that Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections by using social media to spread propaganda and misleading reports, much as it did in the 2016 campaign.


Twitter's CEO downplays chatter about possible acquisition

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said on Tuesday that he saw value in the social media network remaining an independent company, downplaying recent speculation by analysts that it could be an acquisition target.

The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai (Book)

Books of The Times: First Comes Love, Then Comes What Exactly?

Two new books, Roseann Lake’s “Leftover in China” and Elizabeth Flock’s “The Heart Is a Shifting Sea,” examine how marriage has withstood breakneck economic growth and social change in China and India.


German SPD leader quits in bid to calm party after coalition deal with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Social Democratic leader (SPD) Martin Schulz resigned on Tuesday, hoping to end turbulence that has rocked the center-left party since it agreed a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.


For advertisers, Snapchat's got the kids

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Social network Instagram has come to look more like rival Snapchat after copying some of its features, but marketers say Snapchat's younger audience and safeguards against poor placement drive enthusiasm for advertising on the smaller app.


Trump budget seeks cuts to domestic programs, Medicare, favors military and wall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump proposed a budget on Monday that calls for cuts in domestic spending and social programs such as Medicare and seeks a sharp increase in military spending and funding for a wall on the Mexican border.

Queen Nefertiti's skin tone controversy

A facial reconstruction of the ancient Egyptian queen is facing a backlash on social media because of its fair skin coloring.


Poor reviews aside, Justin Timberlake's 'Man of the Woods' is No.1

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Justin Timberlake snagged the No.1 Spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart with "Man of the Woods," despite harsh reviews and a Super Bowl halftime show that was deemed underwhelming on social media and by music critics.

Afrofuturism: The genre that made Black Panther

Finally, Marvel has a black superhero movie -- and the world of social media has said it's lit.


German court rules Facebook use of personal data illegal

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German consumer rights group said on Monday that a court had found Facebook's use of personal data to be illegal because the U.S. social media platform did not adequately secure the informed consent of its users.


Merkel, SPD under renewed fire over German coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) faced further criticism on Monday from within their own parties over a new coalition deal that must still be approved by disgruntled SPD rank-and-file members.


The Interpreter: Paving Over Differences, Europe’s Centrists Risk Rougher Ride

Coalition governments between the center-right and center-left, like the deal reached in Germany by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats, may lead to more instability, not less.


Merkel defends painful coalition concessions, denies authority waning

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended "painful" concessions she has made to the Social Democrats (SPD) to secure a fourth term and said growing criticism among her conservatives was not a sign that her authority was waning.


Opinion: Single Mothers Are Not the Problem

Shortsighted social policies are what keep families in poverty.


Critics in Merkel's conservatives vow to block coalition projects

BERLIN (Reuters) - The business wing of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday vowed to block certain projects included in this week's coalition agreement with the Social Democrats (SPD), as tensions roiled both political blocs.


#MeToo fashion show opens with angel wing models, pig-faced men

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fashion show inspired by the #MeToo social media campaign aimed at exposing sexual misconduct across the United States opened on Friday in New York with models sporting angel wings walking the runway accompanied by men in pig masks.


Gray Matter: Is Loneliness a Health Epidemic?

Social disconnection is a serious matter. But let’s not whip up a panic.


Fight Over Cambodian Leader’s Facebook ‘Likes’ Reaches a U.S. Court

An opposition politician argues that Hun Sen, the Asian country’s authoritarian premier, has used social media to spread fake news and strengthen his hold on power.


German SPD boss drops foreign minister bid to shore up support for coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - The embattled leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) abruptly gave up plans on Friday to become its next foreign minister, hoping to shore up support among SPD members for a new coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives.


Ways to ease social media's strain on your wallet

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jessica Jones, 26, jokes that when she wants to spend more money, she goes on Instagram.


New York fashion show to highlight #MeToo movement

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Inspired by a social media campaign aimed at exposing widespread sexual assault and harassment in U.S. life, a fashion show on Friday will have a #MeToo theme and feature models who share their stories on the runway.


Facebook runs into lawsuit over Cambodian politics

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has filed a legal case in the United States to get Facebook to release information on Prime Minister Hun Sen's use of the social media platform, his legal team said.


Your Money: Ways to ease social media's strain on your wallet

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jessica Jones, 26, jokes that when she wants to spend more money, she goes on Instagram.


Facebook launches $10 million community leader awards

LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook launched a community leadership program on Friday that will award $10 million in total to more than 100 people who have successfully built groups on the social network as part of its push to create "meaningful" interactions.

Arizona State University

Op-Ed Columnist: Everyone a Changemaker

The inventor of the term “social entrepreneur,” Bill Drayton, has a challenge for the world.


Free public transport for older adults tied to less depression

(Reuters Health) - Eliminating cost as a barrier to getting around town may improve the mental health of older adults by reducing loneliness and lack of social engagement, suggests a UK study that followed over 18,000 people for more than a decade.


Twitter surprises with revenue turnaround, shares surge

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Thursday delivered its first quarterly profit and an unexpected return to revenue growth helped by expansion outside the United States, pushing shares in the social network to more than two-year highs.


Few cheers at home for Germany's loveless coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's German coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) was greeted with more scepticism than joy on Thursday, as some said the loveless alliance, born of desperation, showed the conservative chancellor's time was coming to an end.


Twitter Reports First Quarterly Profit, Despite User Stagnation

The social network’s earnings report is a rare bright spot for a company grappling with criticism over fake accounts and slower-than-expected growth.


Few cheers at home for Germany's last-resort coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) partners faced a chorus of scepticism on Thursday as allies and opponents alike criticized a loveless coalition deal that some said showed the German chancellor's time was coming to an end.


Twitter shares surge 15 percent on first quarterly profit

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc reported its first quarterly net profit and topped Wall Street targets on Thursday as video ad sales rose, while a clampdown on fake accounts brought the number of people using the social network in below expectations.


Merkel under fire from own ranks over German coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel faced criticism from within the ranks of her own conservatives on Thursday for making concessions to her center-left Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners to seal a governing alliance a day earlier.

Prime Minister trumpets his innocence: 'There is nothing'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed his innocence Wednesday night in a video posted on social media, while at the same time acknowledging local media reports that police are set to recommend his indictment in an ongoing graft probe.


Merkel's conservatives make big concessions to SPD in coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives made major concessions to the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) to agree a coalition deal on Wednesday that should give Europe's powerhouse a new government after four months of uncertainty.

Politics and Government

Angela Merkel Reaches Deal to Form Coalition Government in Germany

The agreement is contingent on the approval of nearly half a million registered members of the Social Democratic Party, who will vote by mail.


German parties reach coalition deal in principle: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats agreed 'in principle' on Wednesday on a coalition deal, sources involved in the talks said, taking Europe's economic powerhouse a step closer to a new government.

Alabama man in custody after viral child pornography video

An Alabama man is in custody Tuesday as a suspect in a child pornography video that was shared worldwide on social media, authorities said.


German coalition negotiators push through until dawn

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) negotiated through the night into Wednesday in a marathon final push to try to nail down a new coalition agreement.


U.S.'s Tillerson praises Colombia aid to Venezuela, anti-drug efforts

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday said the United States is heartbroken by the economic and social situation effecting Venezuela and appreciates Colombia's help in dealing with the humanitarian crisis.


Socially active older women benefit from flu vaccine

(Reuters Health) - Flu shots may be especially important for older women who are socially active, a study from Japan suggests.

Lim, Chriselle

Skin Deep: Chriselle Lim’s Beauty Secret Is Prep

The social media influencer uses no fewer than four serums a day. Here’s why.


Merkel ready for 'painful compromises' with coalition deal in sight

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was ready to make "painful compromises" to clinch a coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD), whose leader said Tuesday was "decision day" for negotiators after months of political uncertainty.


BRIEF-Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Says On Feb 5, Members Of Board Increased Size Of Board To 7



German parties add another day in last-ditch push for coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) plan to continue negotiations on Tuesday as they struggle to reach agreement on healthcare and labor reforms - the final hurdles to another "grand coalition".

Politics and Government

After Religious Clash in India, Rumors Create a False ‘Martyr’

Rahul Upadhyay, 24, took to social media to declare, “I have not even received a scratch.”


German parties make final push for coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Negotiators for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) reconvened on Monday to hammer out compromises on healthcare and labor policy, the stumbling blocks in the way of another "grand coalition."


Philadelphia fans set fire, damage property after Super Bowl win

(Reuters) - The Philadelphia Eagles' first Super Bowl victory set off rowdy celebrations in Philadelphia as people who poured into the streets set at least one fire and damaged property early on Monday, images on social media showed.

Actress' brother found dead in Canada

Actress Kim Cattrall, known for her role on "Sex and the City," took to social media early Sunday to ask her fans for help in searching for her missing brother, Christopher Cattrall.


German parties to tackle labor, healthcare in extra round of coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Negotiators for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) will try on Monday to hammer out compromises on healthcare and labor policy - the final stumbling blocks in the way of another "grand coalition."


German coalition talks to continue on Monday and focus on health and labor

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) failed to conclude coalition negotiations in time to meet a self-imposed Sunday deadline but have made progress and will reconvene on Monday, SPD members said.


UPDATE 1-German coalition negotiators may drop proposal to abolish air transport tax - source

BERLIN, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Negotiators for a new grand coalition between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Social Democrats may drop a proposal to progressively abolish Germany's air transport tax, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Sunday.


Tillerson raises specter of U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan oil

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The United States is considering restricting imports of Venezuelan crude oil and exports of U.S. refined products to Venezuela, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday, to put pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro to "return to the constitution."


Merkel: German coalition talks tough, Sunday finish uncertain

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that her conservatives faced tough negotiations with the Social Democrats (SPD) as they strive to form a ruling coalition, and it was unclear when they would be able to wrap up the talks.


Merkel: German coalition talks to be tough, unclear when they'll end

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her conservatives faced tough negotiations with the Social Democrats (SPD) on Sunday as they seek to form a coalition government and it was unclear when the two blocs would be able to wrap up the talks.

Computers and the Internet

Critic’s Notebook: The Rise of the Social Media Fembot

The female cyborg has long been a pop culture fixation, but now feminized tech is all around us, with a true blurring of reality and fantasy.


Germany's potential coalition partners wrangle over health and labor

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) sought to resolve disputes on healthcare and labor rules on Saturday during talks to form a government more than four months after an election.


Germany's potential coalition partners seek to overcome health, labor disputes

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) battled on Saturday to find solutions to disputes on healthcare and labor rules as they discuss forming a government more than four months after an election.


Merkel suggests changes could be made to new online hate speech law

BERLIN, Feb 3 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel signalled on Saturday that she was prepared to consider changes to a widely criticised new law that aims to rid social media of hate speech.


German parties edge closer to coalition with migration deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their would-be partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), have made major progress in talks on forming a coalition government but remain at odds on issues like labor rules, a senior SPD member said on Friday.

10 quotes from 1968 report on race that resonate today

This month marks 50 years since the release of a landmark report on race in America, commissioned by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It followed unrest in 1967 in cities like Newark and Detroit and was prepared by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission. Here are some excerpts from the report's summary, many of which, half a century later, still help provide context for today's social issues.

How to talk about Super Bowl LII if you don't know what to talk about

It's almost time for the Super Bowl or, if you're not within the roughly 250-mile radius that comprises both team's fanbases, the fancy football game you're socially obligated to watch despite your deep and almost bitter apathy towards the outcome.


U.S. Treasury accuses China of aiding Maduro in murky deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury's top economic diplomat, David Malpass, on Friday accused China of enabling poor governance in Venezuela by propping up the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro through murky oil-for-loan investments.


Venezuela derides U.S. comments on military ouster of Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela condemned on Friday U.S. comments that its own military could topple President Nicolas Maduro and said a Latin American tour by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was seeking a regional "intervention" against the socialist government.


German parties in coalition talks haggle over labor rights

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) were haggling on Friday over labor rights after securing a flurry of agreements on less contentious issues in their talks on forming a new coalition government.


Meet Six Disrupters at the New Museum’s Triennial

The 2018 triennial, titled “Songs for Sabotage,” features artists from 17 countries whose work often pushes back against social or bureaucratic power structures.


Facebook soothes market nerves with user experience promise

(Reuters) - Shares in Facebook Inc jumped 2.4 percent to a record high in premarket trade on Thursday, an almost 50 percent jump in quarterly revenue and promises to focus on users' experience on the social network easing concerns over falling usage.


Merkel allies hopeful of German coalition deal by end of weekend

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives expressed optimism on Thursday that coalition talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) would be wrapped up on Sunday, signaling an end to four months of political limbo in Germany.


India Wants to Give Half a Billion People Free Health Care

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to address rising demands for greater economic and social protections before national elections next year.

Elder Care

Britain Was a Pioneer in Outsourcing Services. Now, the Model Is ‘Broken.’

For a generation, Britain has eagerly enlisted private contractors to provide social services. But the model may be cracking under the pressure of austerity.


Facebook forecasts rising ad sales despite dip in usage

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc offered reassurances to investors on Wednesday that its digital ad business would remain highly profitable, despite a dip in usage on the social media network and an overhaul of its flagship News Feed.


Facebook shares rebound after optimism about ad revenue

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc shares rose after hours on Wednesday after the social media network said that fewer hours spent on its flagship News Feed would not necessarily hurt its highly profitable digital advertising business.