Firefighters seek to corral massive Texas wildfires before weekend of higher temperatures and winds

CANADIAN, Texas (AP) — The explosive growth of the second-largest wildfire in Texas history slowed as winds and temperatures dipped but the massive blaze was still untamed and threatening more death and destruction. The Smokehouse Fire is the largest of several major fires burning in the rural Panhandle section of the state. It has charred 1,300 square miles (3,370 square kilometers) and crossed...

US cautions after Hawaii neighbor Kiribati gets Chinese police

WASHINGTON/SYDNEY, Feb 26 (Reuters) - The United States on Monday cautioned Pacific Islands nations against assistance from Chinese security forces after Reuters reported that Chinese police are working in the remote atoll nation of Kiribati, a neighbor of Hawaii. Kiribati's acting police commissioner Eeri Aritiera told Reuters last week uniformed Chinese officers were working with police in community policing and a crime...

Meta to set up team to counter disinformation, AI abuse in EU elections

BRUSSELS, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Facebook owner Meta (META.O), will set up a team to tackle disinformation and the abuse of generative artificial intelligence in the run-up to European Parliament elections in June amid concerns about election interference and misleading AI-generated content. The rapid growth of generative AI, which can create text, images and video in seconds in response to prompts, has...