BBC news 2019-04-25

BBC News with Neil Nunes.

The Sri Lankan government has said major laps in intelligence have contributed to its failure to prevent the deadly suicide bombings on Sunday. President Maithripala Sirisena has asked his defense secretary and police chief to resign for failing to pass on warnings of the attacks.

Facebook has said it is preparing itself for a massive fine by U.S federal authorities investigating its handling of user’s personal information. The social media giant said it has already set aside 3 billion dollars to cover legal expenses, but acknowledged the final cost of the company could reach 5 billion dollars.

There has been a furious response in Ukraine to president Putin’s move to fast track Russian citizenship for some residents in eastern Ukraine. The president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky called for more international sanction against Russia in response to the move.

Talks have been taking place between Sudan’s ruling military council and protest leaders, as demonstrators continue to demand that the military handover to a civilian-led administration. Some reports suggest the council has agreed to remove three of its members, and that a nonpartisan technocrat has been announced as the new prime minister.

The Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said he would be willing to carry out prisoner exchange with the United States. Mr.Zarif also suggested that the British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could be released as part of such swap.

Scientists in the United States say they have developed a brain implant that can read people’s minds and turn the thoughts into speech. The electrode can pick up the signals that control the lips tongue, voice box and the jaw when it is implanted into the brain. The computer simulation is then used to transform these mouth movements into words.

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