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Three Spanish journalists go missing in Syria

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Madrid: Three Spanish journalists have gone missing, and are feared to have been kidnapped near the Syrian city of Aleppo, media reports said on Tuesday.

Antonio Pampliega, Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre — all freelance reporters — were confirmed by the Spanish Federation of Press Associations (FAPE) to have entered Syria through Turkey on July 10, Xinhua reported.

It said contact was lost with them two days later following a message posted by Sastre which read “courage” and written in Spanish, English and Arabic on Twitter.

The Spanish foreign ministry said it was “aware of the situation” but made no further comment other than to say it was “working on it”.

The three are not the first Spanish reporters to have gone missing in Syria.

Javier Espinosa, who works for the El Mundo newspaper, and freelance photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, were kidnapped in 2014 and released in March this year after 194 days in captivity.

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Facebook Messenger To Now Translate Messages From English To Spanish Automatically

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Facebook Messenger can now automatically translate messages from Spanish to English and vice versa, media reports said.

“‘M’ — the Facebook Messenger AI bot can now translate your conversation. The ‘M’ translations join the existing M suggestions features that already help you generate quick replies, polls and other conversation starters,” tech website reported late on Sunday.

Originally announced at Facebook F8, the feature, called “M’s” translation suggestions, debuted as one of the social networking giant’s new tools for businesses and used to only work for chats between buyers and sellers in Marketplace.

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F8 is an annual conference held by Facebook, intended for developers and entrepreneurs who build products and services around the website.

“It understands when a message is written in a language which is not the recipient’s default app language and offers to translate it. ‘M’ will then show a pop-up that offers to immediately translate all messages from that specific recipient,” the report added.

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The messaging app and platform by Facebook would support translation in other languages soon and the feature is already available in the US and Mexico.

The social network believes the feature would enable people to connect in a way that is seamless and natural — it’s definitely much easier to switch on auto-translate than to jump between Messenger and a translator app again and again, according to Engadget. (IANS)