New Zealand's Ardern gets international book deal

Ex-New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Friday she will write a book about leadership to be published worldwide, after five tumultuous years in charge of the Pacific nation.. The former premier insisted she did not want to write "a book that hauled over the internal politics of the last five years".

The ship sank. Or did it? Titanic misinformation swirls

The Titanic inspired a tear-jerking blockbuster and expeditions to its watery gravesite -- including a fatal one this week -- but viral TikTok videos peddle a stunning conspiracy theory: the ship never sank.. He alluded to an oft-repeated conspiracy theory that the company that built the Titanic purposely sank the Olympic, another one of its ships, as part of an elaborate insurance fraud.

Surge in anti-LGBTQ disinformation targets Pride in Europe

As Pride events got underway in Europe in June, disinformation and hate speech targeting the LGBTQ community spread across social media, triggering extreme online responses, including incitements to violence.. The surge in online disinformation and vitriol is all the more worrying after a spate of violence during Pride events last summer in Europe.   

Miss Gaviota, Mexico's trans lucha libre wrestler

Wearing a glittery purple leotard, Miss Gaviota steps into a ring to roaring applause from the crowd, ready to go to battle with several masked, muscular men. . "I step out of the ring, and I have to face society all over again.

US e-cigarette sales jumped from 2020 to 2022

E-cigarette sales in the United States spiked between 2020 and 2022, especially among flavors that appeal to youth users, according to a study from health authorities released Thursday.. In January 2020, right before the Covid-19 pandemic reached the United States, 15.5 million e-cigarettes were sold, while 22.7 million units were sold in December 2022, the study said.

Disney use of AI for Marvel TV series spooks Hollywood

The use of artificial intelligence in the new Marvel superhero series "Secret Invasion" has sparked anxiety and anger in Hollywood, at a time when television and film writers are already striking over their uncertain futures.. Method Studios, the company credited with creating the main titles for "Secret Invasion," said AI was "just one tool among the array of tool sets our artists used."

Red Cross federation chief stepping down

The head of the Red Cross federation, the world's largest humanitarian network, is stepping down, a spokesman confirmed Thursday, following a row in Italy surrounding the Rome Pride event.. Francesco Rocca is leaving his post as the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) after the controversy in Italy, where since March he has led the right-wing government of the Lazio region, encompassing Rome.

US Coast Guard focused on sub 'rescue' despite oxygen crunch

A multinational mission to find a missing submersible near the Titanic wreck is still focused on finding the five-member crew alive, rescuers insisted Thursday, despite fears that the vessel's oxygen may have run out.. Based on the sub's capacity to hold up to 96 hours of emergency air, rescuers had estimated that the passengers, which include fee-paying tourists, may have run out of oxygen in the early hours of Thursday.

Musk and Zuckerberg call out each other for cage fight

Tech titans Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are in a fierce business rivalry that has spilt over into a playground spat, with the two men offering to fight each other in a cage.. "The best Musk-Zuckerberg cage match is one in which two men enter and no men leave," wrote podcaster Bennett Tomlin.

Britain celebrates 'Windrush' anniversary after deportation scandal

Britain on Thursday celebrates the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush ship bringing workers from the West Indies, but with the bitter legacy of a wrongful deportation scandal still fresh.. Seventy-five years ago on June 22, 1948, several hundred migrants, mainly from the British colony of Jamaica, disembarked from the Empire Windrush ship at the port of Tilbury east of London.