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- Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales has launched an alternative to Facebook and TwitterWikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website called WT: Social. The platform aims to compete with Facebook and Twitter, except instead of funding it using advertising, Wales is taking a page from the Wikipedia playbook and financing it through user donations.
- Taiwan bans Huawei smartphones for labeling isle as Chinese provinceTaiwan has suspended the sale of three Huawei smartphones after the company labeled it as a province of China for time zones and contacts, the self-ruled island's communications regulator said on Friday.
- Chileans to vote on new constitution after weeks of unrestAn agreement reached between Chilean government officials and the opposition to hold a referendum on a new constitution aims to bring an end to weeks of unrest and opens up a path to bring about a new social model in the country.
- Mass protests continue in Lebanon despite gov't reformsLebanese protesters took to streets on Friday in many cities despite a recent agreement on naming the new prime minister.
- Iran ranks 4th in global honey productionAdvisor to Iran’s deputy agriculture minister Gholam Hossein Tahmasebi said this week that Iran by producing 88,000 tons of honey ranks 4th in the world.
- Study sounds alarm on climate change for future generationsA child born today faces multiple and life-long health harm from climate change, growing up in a warmer world with risks of food shortages, infectious diseases, floods and extreme heat, a major global study has found.
- 3 Kazakh films longlisted for 2020 Golden Globe AwardsThree films produced in Kazakhstan are being considered for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the 2020 Golden Globes.