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More than 2,500 advertisers have reportedly stopped advertising on right-wing news website Breitbart News in recent months, underscoring the swelling power of a grassroots campaign to boycott the platform, especially amid escalating political tensions in the US.

According to a tweet by Sleeping Giants, a campaign group aiming to pressure companies into cutting ties with media they deem to be racist or sexist, the number of advertisers that have ceased advertising is “climbing towards 2,600”.

Breitbart gained prominence as a deeply divisive mouthpiece for many supporters of US President Donald Trump ahead of last year’s election. 

In February, Milo Yiannopoulos, a senior editor and well known figurehead for the site, was forced to resign his position after remarks surfaced in which he seemed to condone paedophilia.

On Friday, Steve Bannon, known for his nationalist views, returned to head up the site.

He had been executive chairman until August last year before taking a leave of absence to serve as chief strategist to Mr Trump. independent.co.uk
Far-right website Breitbart has apologized after it used a photograph of German soccer star Lukas Podolski riding on the back of a jet-ski to illustrate a story on human trafficking. 

The article ran Aug. 18 — the same day Steve Bannon was ousted from the White House and reportedly returned to the helm of the site.

Podolski's image appeared under the headline, "Spanish police crack gang moving migrants on jet-skis."

Podolski was shown flashing a peace sign while riding on the back of a jet-ski.

The photo of Podolski on the jet-ski showed him in Brazil after Germany had won the World Cup in 2014, not in the Strait of Gibraltar as reported by Breitbart, according to The Independent.

Podolski announced his retirement from Germany's national team in August 2016. nydailynews.com
At least 23 people have been killed and more than 120 injured after a train came off the tracks in India on Saturday.

Rescuers and local people in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh worked into the night searching for survivors in the overturned and mangled carriages.

Officials have said they expect the death toll to rise.

At least eight carriages derailed at roughly 5.46pm local time, about 80 miles (130km) north of the capital New Delhi, as the train travelled towards the Hindu holy city of Haridwar, police said.

Train crashes are frequent in India, which has the world’s fourth biggest rail network.

Poor investment in the vast network and rising demand has left overcrowded trains running on creaking infrastructure. theguardian.com
A new study by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has found that white supremacists have been using genetic testing kits in an effort to prove that they have so-called “racial purity”, but they’re often disappointed to learn that they aren’t, in fact, fully white.

According to UCLA sociologists Aaron Panofsky and Joan Donovan, white supremacists on the online forum Stormfront have been testing themselves using tools such as Ancestry.com and 23andMe.

The Stormfront group was created in 1995 by Don Black, a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

The study noted that the forum’s senior moderator, John Law, defines being white as “non-Jewish people of wholly European descent.

No exceptions.” Members of the group often spend time debating what being white means.

That’s why many were on the defensive when they find that they weren’t 100 per cent European, or “white,” and disputed the findings. globalnews.ca
Spanish police say they have killed five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils to stop a vehicle attack, after an earlier one in Barcelona.

The men, wearing explosive belts, were linked to the first attack, police say.

Spain's PM Mariano Rajoy described it a "jihadist attack", which so-called Islamic State said it had carried out, and announced three days of national mourning and a minute's silence will be held later on Friday.

Seven people, including a police officer, were wounded when a car was driven into them early on Friday, Catalan emergency services said, and one person is in a critical condition.

The attackers' vehicle overturned and when the men got out they were quickly fired upon by police, media say.

Police say the situation in Cambrils - a popular seaside resort 110km (68 miles) south-west of Barcelona - is now under control. bbc.com
A confrontation occurred between Indian and Chinese soldiers along a disputed border in the western Himalayas, Indian officials said on Tuesday.

The PTI news agency said soldiers threw stones, causing minor injuries to both sides, as Chinese troops tried to enter Indian territory near the Pangong lake.

Beijing maintains that their soldiers were inside Chinese territory.

The two countries are also locked in an impasse in the Doklam area, which borders China, India and Bhutan.

PTI quoted army officials as saying that in the latest confrontation, soldiers had to form a human chain to prevent an incursion by Chinese forces into territories claimed by India and located near the country's Ladakh region.

China claims the territories as its own. bbc.com
An Iranian MP says the government is to present a bill to the Parliament whose ratification will lead to the removal of divorce details from women’s identity documents.

Salman Khodadadi, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s Social Commission, says plans are underway to remove divorce details from the birth certificates of divorced ladies.

“The government’s plan to submit a bill suggesting the word ‘divorce’ be removed from divorced women’s identity certificates is a right and influential decision,” he noted, according to a Farsi report by Mehr. ifpnews.com