Apple pledges $2.5bn to address California housing crisis

As homelessness reaches chronic levels in California, Apple and other tech companies pledge funds to fix the problem. Technology giant Apple says it will set aside $2.5bn to provide affordable homes in California which has more homeless people in the state than anywhere else in the United States. Tech companies have been blamed for contributing to the state’s housing crisis as they set up shop there, pushing house prices up beyond the reach of many residents. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles.

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The fake Twitter accounts influencing the Gulf crisis

The blockade of Qatar, led by Saudi Arabia, has seen a slew of fake accounts open up and attempt to sway public opinion. In this series of articles, Al Jazeera examines how Twitter in the Middle East has changed since the Arab Spring.  Government talking points are being magnified through thousands of accounts during politically fraught times and silencing people on Twitter is only part of a large-scale effort by governments to stop human rights activists and opponents of the state from being heard.  On June 6, 2017, the world…

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US opioid crisis: Oklahoma takes Johnson & Johnson to court

Oklahoma court case could have major implications for United States’ opioid crisis. The first crucial test of whether US states can hold drug makers responsible for the opioid crisis starts in Oklahoma on Tuesday. Lawyers will argue that company Johnson & Johnson is to blame for the widespread addiction that has devastated the state. The case will likely affect around 2,000 other pending cases across the country. Andy Gallacher reports from Oklahoma City.

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