Study Discovers Facebook Users Live Longer, Iraqi Forces Enter Mosul


Mosul Battle: Iraqi Forces Enter City Limits-BBC News

Iraqi forces have entered the eastern outskirts of Mosul as they attempt to drive ISIS out of the city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the 3,000 to 5,000 ISIS militants inside the city on Monday that there is “no escape” and “surrender or die”. The members involved in the battle of Mosul include Kurdish fighters, Iraqi security forces personnel, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia militiamen.

Study Makes Surprising Discovery About Facebook Users: They Live Longer-CBS News

According to an observational study by UC San Diego of 12 million Facebook users, being active on social media is correlated with living longer if social media is used to enhance and maintain real-world friendships. The study matched 12 million California Facebook users with vital records from the California Department of Public Health. The researchers then analyzed online activity of the Facebook users for a six-month period and then compared the activity of the users still living and the users that died. The study found that the average Facebook user is 12 percent less likely to die than a person that does not use Facebook. “It’s important to quantify the benefits-and risks-of online social networks on health, this study suggest that online friendships do matter if they act to supplement offline face-to-face activities,” Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, professor of psychiatry and medicine at Duke Health said.

Bill Would Ban Refugees from Settlement in Australia, PM Says-CNN

Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has proposed a lifetime ban on refugees arriving to Australia by boat, preventing them from ever living in Australia. Since 2012, refugees arriving in Australia by boat have been sent to offshore centers in the island nations of Papau New Guinea and Nauru to indicate that they would not be settling in Australia. This new bill would affect asylum seekers that have been on these island nations since July 19, 2013. Many people have opposed the bill including Amy Lamoin the head of policy and advocacy for UNICEF Australia. “It is difficult to see that the lifetime ban has a legitimate aim,” Lamoin said.