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.