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Court rules Shamima Begum can return to Britain for appeal; Russian hackers accused of trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research; Privacy Shield ruled invalid

A British appeal court ruled today that Shamima Begum, who in 2015 went to Syria to join ISIS, can return to the United Kingdom to challenge the government's removal of her British citizenship. And, officials from the US, Britain and Canada said today that Russian hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research. Also, Europe's highest court has ruled that the so-called Privacy Shield trans-Atlantic data transfer deal is invalid.

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Twitter purges state-backed disinformation accounts; US sanctions ICC staff, Syria

Twitter has purged more than 32,000 accounts linked to state-backed disinformation operations. The Trump administration has authorized sanctions and visa restrictions on International Criminal Court personnel, in an attempt to undermine investigations into possible US war crimes. In Lebanon, there are increased calls for the government to resign after the currency plunged 25% in two days.

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Discussion: Stopping the spread of misinformation amid the coronavirus crisis

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Amplified by social media, misinformation can undermine critical public health efforts and fuel conspiracy theories — particularly dangerous amid the coronavirus crisis. As part of our weekly series taking your questions to the experts, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a conversation with K. “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who addressed the pitfalls of COVID-19 misinformation, as well as ways to find trustworthy information about the pandemic.

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Trump cuts WHO funding; online threats increase amid pandemic; deportations could be spreading COVID-19

US President Donald Trump has cut funding to the World Health Organization, prompting swift condemnation from international leaders. Cybercrime has increased during the novel coronavirus pandemic. But a group of cybersecurity experts is volunteering to help fend off attacks. And deportations from the US, the country hardest-hit by COVID-19, continue amid the global health crisis. Those proceedings could be spreading the virus farther.

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