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Twitter is changing its privacy policy

The changes will go into effect on June 18. There are three changes to Twitter’s privacy policy: Web data stored longer, More data sharing (advertisers), No more Do Not Track.

To protect yourself from the changes do this: Go to your account, go to Settings and privacy > Privacy and safety > Personalization and data, disable all personalization and data settings; on the Twitter website, click the Disable all.

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Seeing-eye dogs help blind dog

On a rough day, Kiaya collapsed on the cold living room floor, unable to make it to her queen-sized dog bed.doggierure

Within minutes, her two “brothers” snuggled up on each side of her.

The sight brought tears to pet owner Jessica VanHusen’s eyes. That’s because life hasn’t been easy for the 10-year-old Akita, who lost both of her eyes to glaucoma over the course of 15 months.

Not only can the 100-pound dog not see, she also has a hard time walking — that is, without help from her “seeing eye dogs.”

The special needs dog didn’t have too much trouble adjusting to her new normal with 8-year-old Cass and 2-year-old Keller by her side. Without any commands, the dogs decided on their own to be her guides.

“The boys both respect her fully,” VanHusen told CBS News. “[They] allow her to eat first, they lean her up against the side of the car when we are traveling to stabilize her.”

Wherever Kiaya is, “middle-child” Cass is not far behind.

The dog has been by Kiaya’s side ever since her first eye was removed in July 2013. He would constantly follow her around in their backyard, standing next to her “blind side.”

“He became more attentive to her needs, leaning on her and cuddling,” VanHusen explained. “He even cleans her ears and face, where her eyes used to be.”

It took Keller a little longer. At less than 2 years old, the dog wasn’t fully attentive at first, VanHusen said, but he’s getting there.

“It’s amazing to watch,” Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners Ophthalmologist Dr. Gwen Sila, who performed Kiaya’s surgeries, said in a news release. “It’s clear the other dogs are trying to protect her. Their sense of loyalty is really remarkable.”

VanHusen said she has never considered training the pair to be service dogs. For now, they’ll just continue to take care of their sister, Kiaya, who turns 11 next month.

“She may be a special needs dog, but to us she’s just special,” VanHusen said. “When we ask her where her eyeballs went, she replies: ‘They’re in the garbage, I didn’t need them anymore.'”

With her brothers stepping in to assist her, that statement couldn’t be more true.

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Japan, NZ reaffirm cooperation on TPP

Japan, NZ reaffirm cooperation on TPP

The leaders of Japan and New Zealand have reaffirmed their joint effort to put the Trans-Pacific Partnership in place without the participation of the United States.

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G7 silent on protectionism amid divisions over U.S. stance

Financial ministers and bank governors pose for a family photo during the G7 for Financial ministers meeting in the southern Italian city of Bari, Italy May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Group of Seven finance chiefs on Saturday pledged to combat the issue of inequality as part of an effort to ensure inclusive growth but made no reference to “protectionism” in an apparent division over U.S. President Donald Trump’s stance on trade.

In a communique issued after their two-day meeting in Bari, southern Italy, the G-7 called cyberattacks “a growing threat” for the world economy and vowed to take measures in the wake of a global cyberattack Friday that infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries.

While noting “global recovery is gaining momentum,” the communique said the world economy is facing “high and rising inequalities, notably within many countries and affecting in particular middle and lower income earners.”

“Excessive inequality, also at the global level, undermines confidence and limits future growth potential,” it said, vowing to use all policy tools — monetary, fiscal and structural — individually and collectively to achieve our goal of strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth.”

The finance ministers and central bank governors from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States left trade off the agenda at the Bari talks, apparently due to a gap among the members over Trump’s “America First” trade policy.

Under pressure from the Trump administration, finance chiefs from the Group of 20 major economies — which include all the G-7 nations — dropped their traditional pledge to “resist all forms of protectionism” from a communique issued after their meeting in March in Germany.

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Albania’s opposition demanding free and fair elections

Albania’s opposition on Saturday mounted a national protest demanding a caretaker cabinet to guide the country to a free and fair parliamentary election next month.

Several thousand supporters walked peacefully along Tirana’s main Martyrs of the Nation boulevard to Prime Minister Edi Rama’s office, guarded by hundreds of policemen.

The opposition has boycotted parliament since February and pitched a tent in front of Rama’s office. They claim Rama’s Cabinet will manipulate the vote.

“There will be no elections without the opposition,” Basha said. “There will be elections only with a technical (caretaker) government.” He also warned of another “final march.”

Opposition political parties have not registered for the June 18 election but have said the vote will not be held without them.

Albania expects to launch full membership negotiations with the European Union if the election is free and fair and if it launches a justice reform program which so far has been blocked because of the opposition. MORE @ ABCNEWS

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SHEFITA – Broken

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Daily clashes continue in Venezuela

An opposition supporter clashes with riot police during a rally against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

An opposition supporter clashes with riot police during a rally against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins.

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