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Brother of Honduras president to serve life in prison for drug trafficking
Brother of Honduras president to serve life in prison for drug trafficking

Juan Antonio Hernández, known as "Tony," has been sentenced in the United States to life in prison plus 30 years for cocaine smuggling, among other charges. The 42-year-old is the brother of the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández.

According to the prosecutor's office in New York, the convicted man's drug trafficking proceeds of at least $138.5 million (about 118 million euros) will be confiscated.

Technology • Internet & Web
Whistleblower alleges Facebook of ignoring global political manipulation
Whistleblower alleges Facebook of ignoring global political manipulation
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According to a 6,600-word memo that has been obtained by BuzzFeed News, a former Facebook data scientist accuses Facebook of ignoring political manipulation on a global scale.

In the memo, Sophie Zhang gives "concrete examples of heads of government and political parties in Azerbaijan and Honduras using fake accounts or misrepresenting themselves to sway public opinion".

One of the examples given is that 672,000 fake accounts have been removed that globally manipulated the narrative during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zhang also stated that she has "personally made decisions that affected national presidents without oversight, and taken action to enforce against so many prominent politicians globally that I’ve lost count".

Regional News • Americas • Central America
Honduras president Juan Orlando Hernández tested positive for Covid-19
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández  at the Department of State, March 21, 2017
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández at the Department of State, March 21, 2017 Credit: U.S. Department of State from United States / Public domain

On Tuesday, Juan Orlando Hernández, president of Honduras, announced in a televised speech that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and that he would be working remotely while receiving treatment. His wife Ana Garcia de Hernández and two of his aides have also tested positive for Covid-19 and are being treated.