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World News: Mediterranean hurricane batters southern Italy Updated: 2021-10-26 12:13:36 KST

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For the second day in a row, fierce storms ravaged southern Italy on Monday, killing at least one person, while triggering landslides and leaving roads and fields flooded.
According to emergency services, the body of a 67-year-old man was recovered from a citrus grove, far from where he was last seen, after his car got hit by rising waters and mud.
Authorities say his wife is still missing.
According to the country's weather officials, parts of Sicily and Calabria were slammed by a rare Mediterranean hurricane known as 'Medicane', with winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour predicted.
On Sunday, as much as 300 millimeters of rain fell near Catania in just a span of few hours, nearly half of the average annual rainfall on the Mediterranean island.
The strong hurricane prompted schools be to be closed in a number of towns and cities, while dozens of flights were diverted from the area, with ferry links between the southern islands forced to be cancelled.

Speaking to the British parliament on Monday, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen says Facebook will fuel more episodes of violent unrest around the world, due to the way its algorithms are designed to promote divisive content.

“One of the things that happens in aggregate is the algorithms take people who have very mainstream interests and they push them towards extreme interests. You can be someone who is center left and you’ll be pushed to radical left, you can be center right and you’ll be pushed to radical right."

The former product manager on Facebook's civic misinformation team, said the social media giant saw safety as a cost center, lionizing a start-up culture where cutting corners was a good thing, while it was making hate worse.

Her comments come as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier this month, slammed accusations that the company deliberately pushes content that makes people angry for profit, calling it illogical.
Documents released to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Congress by Haugen, showed that Facebook hadn't hired enough workers who possessed both the language skills and knowledge of local events needed to identify questionable posts from users in a number of developing countries. alleging such actions amplify extremely divisive and polarizing content.

Nigeria became the first African country on Monday, to launch a digital currency known as the eNaira.
The country's leaders say the move will expand access to banking, enable more remittances and could grow the economy by billions of dollars.
However, both experts and cryptocurrency users in the country say there are more questions than answers regarding the digital currency, noting that a large amount of worry stems over the consistency of its central bank's rules, meaning the government now faces a tough path to make the eNaira a success.
So far 487-thousand US dollars in eNaira have been issued to financial institutions.
Nigeria now joins the Bahamas, who were the first to launch a general purpose central bank digital currency known as the Sand Dollar.
However, China currently has on-going trials, while Switzerland and the Bank of France have announced Europe's first cross-border experiment.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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