May 24, 2018

Online ads still plaguing Irish abortion referendum despite Facebook and Google ban

iStock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN) -- Ads trying to influence the abortion referendum in Ireland are still appearing online despite a ban from Facebook, Google, and Twitter, according to an organization tracking the issue. The Transparent Referendum Initiative (TRI), which is a civic initiative tracking and calling for regulation of online political ads, told ABC News that it has seen hundreds of ads since the bans were introduced in early May. Ireland goes to the polls Friday to vote on whether or not t..
May 23, 2018

US employee in China suffers brain injury after reporting strange sounds, pressure

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S. government employee in southern China suffered a brain injury after reporting strange "sensations of sound and pressure,” - a strikingly similar account to what American personnel experienced in recent years in Cuba, State Department officials said on Wednesday. In a health alert to American citizens in China posted online Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China said an employee stationed in the sprawling port city of Guangzhou had "recently re..
May 23, 2018

China disinvited from US military exercise

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In another sign of the heightened tensions over China's militarization of islands in the South China Sea, the United States has disinvited China from participating in an upcoming large-scale international naval exercise to be held off of Hawaii. Visiting Washington, China's foreign minister condemned the U.S. move calling it "very unconstructive" and "unhelpful." The move is in response to China's continued placement of military hardware on seven a..
May 23, 2018

Ahead of driving ban lift, Saudi women’s rights activists arrested

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- As Saudi women are preparing to finally take the wheel in a month, as many as 10 women’s rights activists who campaigned for years for women’s right to drive, were arrested, leaving many inside and outside the country shocked and confused. The arrests targeted multiple generations of Saudi women’s rights activists, including iconic figures who first took part in driving protests in the 1990s, as well as younger activists. They were mostly women, but also included thr..