Engineer behind Google anti-diversity memo has been reportedly fired

 

In San Francisco, The Google engineer who wrote an anti-diversity manifesto that has roiled the company and Silicon Valley has been fired, according to reports.

Recode and Bloomberg both reported Monday night that the yet unnamed author has left the company.

Google declined to confirm the firing.

The essay by the male engineer began to circulate within the company last week. Titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” it suggests the company encourage “ideological” rather than gender diversity and contends that women don’t make up 50% of the company’s tech and leadership positions because of differences in their preferences and abilities, not sexism.

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U.S Supreme Court declares churches eligible for some public funds

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The U.S Supreme Court ruled decisively Monday that religious institutions should be eligible to receive public funds for purely secular purposes.

Like, for instance, playgrounds.

The justices ruled 7-2 that Missouri stretched the constitutional separation of church and state too far by declaring a Lutheran church ineligible to receive a competitive state grant for playground resurfacing. The decision could have implications for as many as 39 states with constitutional provisions that block public funds from going to religious organizations.

Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

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Spicer says he let Trump down with comments comparing Assad to Hitler

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White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, said on Wednesday he was personally and professionally pained by his comments comparing the atrocities of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Adolf Hitler, saying he made a mistake and let down the president.

“I made a mistake. There’s no other way to say it.

“I got into a topic that I shouldn’t have and I screwed up,” Spicer said during an event at a museum in Washington.

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Putin condemns U.S. attack on Syria, says it damages Russia-U.S. relations

Vladimir Putin, Russian President

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The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, condemned U.S. cruise missile strikes on Syria on Friday, warning the move would further damage already battered U.S.-Russia relations which Moscow had hoped President Donald Trump would revive.

U.S. officials said they had informed Russian forces ahead of the strikes, intended to punish the Syrian government for what they say was a chemical weapons attack on Wednesday, and had avoided hitting Russian personnel.

Satellite imagery suggests the Shayrat air base that was struck in western Syria is home to Russian special forces and military helicopters, part of the Kremlin’s effort to help the Syrian government fight Islamic State and other militant groups.

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U.S. attack on Syria: UN urges restraint

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The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has urged restraint to avoid any escalation of the situation in Syria, after the U.S. responded militarily to an alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this week.

In the wake of the U.S. airstrikes, Mr. Guterres said: “I continue to follow the situation in Syria closely and with grave concern.

“Mindful of the risk of escalation, I appeal for restraint to avoid any acts that could deepen the suffering of the Syrian people.

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Global Oil Price: OPEC recovering momentum from $1 trillion loss, says Barkindo

Mohammed Barkindo

The Organization of Petroleum Countries, OPEC, is gradually recovering from its worst experience as a result of the global oil crisis, which cost members about $1 trillion loss since 2014, an official said.

The Secretary General of OPEC, Mohammed Barkindo, said in Abuja during his first member country visit to Nigeria that since the crisis, which followed the unprecedented drop in crude oil prices, member countries of the organisation experienced significant decline in their production capacities and output.

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Trump cites FoxNews for misleading Sweden statement

U.S. President, Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump says his misleading remarks about attacks in Sweden were based on a story that was broadcast on Fox News channel on immigration and Sweden.

Mr. Trump’s remarks came in response to a demand for clarification by the Swedish Government over his statement referring to an attack that allegedly took place in Sweden on Friday night.

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Turkey, Russia, Iran agree on mechanism to monitor Syria ceasefire violations

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Turkey, Russia, and Iran have reached agreement on forming a three-party mechanism to monitor ceasefire violations in Syria, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday.

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