Snapchat Spotlight: feature gives rival TikTok a run for its money

Since Spotlight’s launch, the app has been giving ordinary users a share of $1m daily for popular content

Pet influencers are nothing new on social media. From Marnie the shih tzu (RIP) to Grumpy Cat (also RIP), there’s a long history of animals becoming famous on the internet – and their owners making a quick buck off them in turn.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 12:55pm
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The forever ponytail: woman shares ordeal after using Gorilla Glue on her hair

Tessica Brown has gained a captive audience on TikTok and Instagram after mistakenly using super-strength adhesive on her hair

“Stiff where?” Tessica Brown asked TikTok, one week ago, before the world was aware of her struggle. “My hair,” she finished.

And stiff it has been, for more than a month now, as Brown continues battling against what so far seems to be an irreversible decision: mistakenly using Gorilla Glue to hold her hairstyle in place.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 11:45am
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Seafood surprise: could rebranding this ugly fish as ‘Cornish sole’ make brits eat it?

Megrim is caught in abundance off the coast of Cornwall, but until now has been much more popular in Spain than the UK. It’s hoped a new name might change all that

Name: Cornish sole.Age: Quite new. But actually not new.

Intriguing. Is it like northern soul, but from the south-west? No, but it’s good to get the inevitable sole/soul punnage out of the way early.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 12:41pm
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Europe’s oldest person survives Covid and set to celebrate 117th birthday

French nun Sister Andrée tested positive in her retirement home in Toulon but had no symptoms

A French nun who is Europe’s oldest person has recovered from Covid-19 after it swept through a nursing home in the south of France, and will celebrate her 117th birthday this week.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 1:18pm
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Civil and human rights groups urge Biden to end federal death penalty

Coalition is calling on president to commute sentences of all 49 federal death row inmates

A coalition of leading US civil and human rights groups is calling on Joe Biden immediately to commute the sentences of all 49 federal death row inmates and reinstate a moratorium on executions carried out by the US government.

Related: Virginia all but certain to become first southern state to abolish death penalty

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 11:32am
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UK's ‘colonial' stance over Chagos Islands could derail court bid

Hopes of key International Criminal Court appointment threatened by the UK’s refusal to act on UN rulings

The UK’s “colonial approach” to the Chagos Islands may yet damage hopes that a British QC will be appointed chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in succession to Fatou Bensouda.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 12:39pm
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Man, 100, charged in Germany over 3,518 Nazi concentration camp murders

Man is alleged to have been Nazi SS guard at Sachsenhausen camp between 1942 and 1945

German prosecutors have charged a 100-year-old man with 3,518 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served during the second world war as a Nazi SS guard at a concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin.

The man is alleged to have worked at the Sachsenhausen camp between 1942 and 1945 as an enlisted member of the Nazi party’s paramilitary wing, said Cyrill Klement, who led the investigation of the centenarian for the Neuruppin prosecutors’ office.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 11:45am
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WHO says theory that Covid spread from lab 'extremely unlikely' – video

The head of the World Health Organization-led team looking into how Covid-19 originated said on Tuesday its investigation had uncovered new information but had not dramatically changed the picture of the outbreak.

Virus expert Peter Ben Embarek said the origin of the coronavirus pointed to a natural reservoir in bats. He said the hypothesis that it leaked from a lab in Wuhan was extremely unlikely and would not be part of any further study for his team

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 8:53am
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