The Wider World

Those fake Trump, Putin images

FAKE PHOTOS of former president Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have appeared this week on the internet.

Fake photographs – created by using computer artificial intelligence – of former president Donald Trump struggling with or fleeing from police officers have hit the internet.

Additionally, photos have been created showing Russian President Vladimir Putin in prison garb, according to the Associated Press. The fabrications came after Trump said he would be arrested in New York on Tuesday – he wasn’t – and the announcement that the International Criminal Court was seeking to prosecute Putin for war crimes in Ukraine.

Creators of the images have said they were posted with no  ill intent, but critics said that these faked photos could further spread misinformation and stoke cynicism.

U.S., Canada agree on asylum seekers

The United States and Canada have hammered out a deal on how to handle people seeking asylum in their countries.

According to The New York Times, the agreement will be formally announced on Friday after President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meet in Ottawa, the Canadian capital.

The deal would let Canada turn back asylum seekers from the U.S. in exchange for creating a new, legal refugee program for those from Central and South America. 

Also in the news … Could time be running out for the video platform TikTok? At a meeting of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday, CEO Shou Zi Chew appeared to have little success convincing lawmakers that his company would protect American consumer data from being used by the Chinese communist government, according to United Press International.

Sports: Bruins lose a heartbreaker

In a contest marked by wild swings of momentum, the UCLA men’s basketball team lost 79-76 to Gonzaga in a NCAA West Regional semifinal game Thursday night in Las Vegas.

The Bruins, who finished the season with a 31-6 record, led by 13 at halftime over the Bulldogs but went cold in the second half and trailed by as many as six points in the closing minutes.

But Amari Bailey hit a three to give UCLA a 73-72 lead with 12.4 seconds left on the clock. However, that was too early because Gonzaga’s Julian Strawther countered with a trey that grabbed back the lead and which led to the victory.

Weather:  Sunny days ahead

After the watery battering the West Orange County area took over recent weeks, there’s relief ahead in the forecast. Friday should be sunny with a daytime high of 66 and an overnight low of 45.

Saturday will be similar with a high of 65 and a low of 43 under sunny skies. Sunday will see most cloudy conditions and a high of 66 (43). Monday should bring mostly sunny skies and a high of 68 (50).


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