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Friday briefing: Republicans vote to end landmark Obama-era net neutrality for open internet

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Other news includes a tragic accident that killed six children, Taylor Swift is dragged for a tone-deaf Instagram post, and Nasa has discovered a solar system like our own

Anna Freeman

15 Diciembre 2017 12:17

Happy Friday, fill up on a daily dose of news before the weekend kicks off.

Privatised online - The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Obama-era regulations protecting net neutrality — rules that prohibit internet service providers from slowing websites or charging premiums for 'fast lanes' for specific services or higher-quality streaming. On Thursday, the commission, whose deliberations were briefly delayed by a security concern, passed the widely expected decision on a 3–2 vote.

Tragic accident - A train and a school bus have collided near Perpignan in southern France, leaving at least six children dead. Eighteen people were injured, some of them critically, after the crash on a level crossing between Millas and Saint-Féliu-d'Amont. The bus had picked up pupils from a nearby secondary school before it was hit by a train travelling at about 80km/h (50mph).

Stories from the inside - Former Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault-Newman said she had felt uncomfortable and upset in the White House as its most high-profile African American woman, as she denied reports she had been fired from her post as an assistant to Donald Trump. ‘As the only African American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people,’ Omarosa said.

Reputation dragged - Taylor Swift is being dragged (once again) for saying that she had a great year in 2017, sidelining the fact the world appeared in many ways to be burning all around us. Far-right uprising, terrorist attacks, devastating hurricanes and a slew of revelations about the insidious nature of sexual harassment weren’t enough to spoil Taylor’s 2017. ‘I couldn’t have asked for a better year,’ she wrote on Instagram, and the internet reacted with fire.

Space and time - Nasa has found an entire solar system with as many planets as our own. The discovery of a new planet around the Kepler-90 star, which looks like our own sun, means the distant solar system has a total of eight known planets. And those planets look like those in our own neighbourhood: rocky planets orbit close to the star, with gas giants further away.

Numbers in decline - Scientists have decoded the genome of the Sumatran rhinoceros - one of the most threatened mammals on Earth. Its genetic blueprint shows that populations have been in decline for a very long time. The rhino's troubles began during the last Ice Age, when its habitat shrunk, says a US team. Since then, human pressures have caused numbers to dwindle further.

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