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Chief of staff stay­ing put

White House chief of staff John Kelly yes­ter­day slapped down ru­mours that he was about to re­sign or be fired, and said his push to bring more or­der to the West Wing does not ex­tend to con­trol­ling US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump or his so­cial me­dia habits. Kelly re­placed Trump’s first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, af­ter a tu­mul­tuous first six months in of­fice and sought to bring or­der to an of­ten chaotic op­er­a­tion at the White House. Un­der his watch, Trump parted ways with chief strate­gist Steve Ban­non and other top of­fi­cials, while new re­stric­tions were set to stream­line meet­ings and ma­te­rial for the pres­i­dent. But re­ports of both Kelly’s and the pres­i­dent’s frus­tra­tions have per­sisted.

Face­book of­fers to help

Face­book chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Sh­eryl Sand­berg says the so­cial me­dia net­work is com­mit­ted to help­ing US con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tors pub­licly re­lease Rus­si­abacked po­lit­i­cal ad­ver­tise­ments that ran dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. ‘‘Things hap­pened on our plat­form in this elec­tion that should not have hap­pened,’’ Sand­berg told Ax­ios news. The in­ter­view was the first by a se­nior Face­book ex­ec­u­tive since the com­pany dis­closed last month that it had found some 3000 po­lit­i­cally di­vi­sive ads be­lieved to have been bought by Rus­sia be­fore and af­ter the elec­tion cam­paign.

Ac­tivist ‘was mur­dered’

An anti-apartheid ac­tivist who died 46 years ago when he fell from the 10th floor of a Jo­han­nes­burg po­lice sta­tion was mur­dered by the South African se­cu­rity ser­vices, a judge has ruled. The judg­ment that Ahmed Timol, 29, a teacher and mem­ber of the armed wing of the African Na­tional Congress, did not com­mit sui­cide in 1971 paves the way for sim­i­lar cases to be re­opened. The rul­ing is the first time that the au­thor­i­ties have over­turned an apartheid-era ver­dict on a death in cus­tody.

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