The anti news feed

Trump's head keeps popping up everywhere and I just wanted to turn him off.

Wouldn't it be great if we could just 'turn off' certain things from our news feeds? This work in progress tool tries to do that. This is a bare-bones news aggregator that uses SimpleXML.

Feeds in this aggregator: World news from BBC, Guardian Washington Post, New York Times, Times of India and New Indian Express

Keyword to block (defaults to 'Trump')

BBC News

Toronto van attack: Alek Minassian praised 'incel' killer

Alek Minassian posted on Facebook minutes before a deadly van attack to praise Elliot Rodgers.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:55:22 GMT

Asaram Bapu: Controversial Indian guru convicted of rape

The self-styled holy man is awaiting sentence for attacking a 16-year-old girl at one of his ashrams.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:18:09 GMT

US rapper Meek Mill released from prison

Meek Mill has been released from prison, five months after being sentenced for breaking the terms of his probation.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:21:24 GMT


Kabul’s worried Shiite minority reconsiders voting after attack

The community’s defiance against terrorists is now tinged with fear after a suicide bombing killed 57 at a voter registration center.

Armenians await change of government after peaceful revolt

A day after the prime minister was kicked out of power, many exulted even as they marked the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.

Israel scraps contested plan to deport tens of thousands of African migrants

Human-rights groups had challenged the plan in a high-court petition. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to immediately reopen a desert detention facility.

Activists try to penetrate isolated North Korea with an old method: A message in a bottle. A lot of bottles.

A group gathered by a river with a low-tech plan to open North Koreans’ eyes to the outside world. And feed them, too.

Osama bin Laden's alleged ex-bodyguard receives $1,400 a month from German taxpayers

The man, Sami A., has been in Germany for more than two decades and receives welfare payments.


Macron, Ronny Jackson, Toronto: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:19:55 GMT

Mulvaney, Watchdog Bureau’s Leader, Advises Bankers on Ways to Curtail Agency

Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the bureau, also described the two types of people he was most responsive to as a lawmaker: constituents and the lobbyists who contributed to his campaign.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:56:57 GMT


Top UN officials voice fears of 'new Aleppo' in Syria's Idlib province

Humanitarian chief and special envoy warn of potential for a humanitarian catastrophe

The UN’s two most senior Syria experts have warned of an Aleppo-style humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib as an EU donor conference aimed to raise up to $6bn (£4bn)to help Syrians displaced both inside and outside the country.

Idlib is the last major territory still in rebel hands. It is partly held by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadi group that Russia and the Syrian government regard as a legitimate target in an area where civilians and fighters continue to pour in as part of evacuation deals in other parts of the country.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:00:37 GMT

Toronto attack: Facebook post may link suspect to misogynistic online subculture

Post appears to connect alleged killer with ‘incel’, or ‘involuntary celibate’, communities that have made sexual frustration the basis for misogyny

Shortly before a rented van ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 and wounding 14 others, a short and cryptic message was posted on the Facebook account of Alek Minassian, the man accused of carrying out the attack.

The post referred to another mass killer – Elliot Rodger, who shot dead six people and wounded 13 others in Isla Vista, California, in 2014 – and said that the “incel rebellion has already begun. We will overthrow all the Chads and the Stacys”.

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:14:41 GMT

UN staff pension fund mired in 'dirty profits' from firms guilty of rights abuses

Guardian investigation reveals $64bn fund includes investments in companies involved in bribery and major environmental damage

The United Nations is facing calls for a full review of its staff pension fund after the Guardian uncovered that it has around a billion dollars invested in companies whose activities are or have been incompatible with core UN principles and programmes.

Established in 1948 by the UN general assembly, the fund provides retirement, death and disability benefits to employees. At present it has 203,050 beneficiaries and a market value of $64bn (£45bn), of which nearly $1.5bn is invested in 24 publicly traded companies. Many of those companies have been or are being prosecuted for corrupt practices, implicated in human rights abuses or in environmental catastrophes.

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:00:40 GMT

Toronto police officer hailed as hero for arresting suspect without firing shot

The officer, identified as Ken Lam, arrested Alek Minassian, who allegedly drove a van into pedestrians, killing 10 and injuring dozens

A Canadian police officer is being hailed for the restraint and professionalism he showed in arresting the suspect in the Toronto van attack without firing a single shot.

Related: 'This lady died in front of me': Toronto shocked into silence after van fatalities

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:37:40 GMT

Times of India

Asaram convicted in rape case: How Jodhpur cops nailed him in 11 days

It was on August 21, 2013 that a minor girl and her father met IPS officer Ajay Pal Lamba, who was then the deputy commissioner of police Jodhpur West, to lodge a complaint against Asaram. Lamba later got nearly 1600 letters in which anonymous people gave him life threats.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:10:00 GMT

Asaram found guilty of raping teenager in 2013

Self-styled godman Asaram was today found guilty of the rape of a teenager in 2013, ruled a special trial court today in its verdict. Of the total five accused, three - including Asaram - were convicted, and two were acquitted.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:51:41 GMT

'H-1B approvals for Indian IT cos drop by 43%'

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:07:57 GMT

Two top women ministers, two striking photos

Two of the country's Union Cabinet ministers recently featured in two striking photographs.They are striking, because the ministers were the only women amid a sea of men, who were their counterparts from a host of countries. The ministers in question, Sushma Swaraj, external affairs minister and Nirmala Sitharaman, defence minister.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:45:56 GMT

Bengal polls: In a 1st, 9 nominations via WhatsApp

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:30:00 GMT

New Indian Express

India refuses to endorse China's Belt and Road at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

India opposes the initiative because the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a part of the BRI, runs through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:51 AM +0530

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-chairs sixth Joint Committee for Cooperation with Mongolian Foreign Minister Damdin Tsogtbaatar

She arrived Mongolia on Tuesday after wrapping her one-day China's visit where she attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Foreign Ministers' meeting in Beijing. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:26 AM +0530

Investing in health of Syrians is investment in future of Syria: WHO

Inside the country, critical shortages, insecurity and disrupted systems have left millions of people in need of health aid.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:18 AM +0530