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Facebook tops list of best places to work, Apple slips to 84th spot

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San Francisco, Dec 7: While Facebook topped the list of best places to work in America, tech giant Apple has plunged to spot 84 this year from its 36th position last year in the leading job website Glassdoor’s “100 Best Places to Work in the US”.

However, Cupertino-based Apple still remains a highly rated employer — with 4.3 out of 5 rating, while other tech titans such as Google, World Wide Technology, Yahoo and VMware are way ahead in the listings, news agency IANS reported.

International management consulting firm Bain & Company grabbed the second position of best place to work, followed by Boston Consulting Group, In-N-Out Burger and Google.

“It’s clear employees love working at Facebook. What we really see them appreciate most is the company’s mission-driven culture, transparent leadership and the fact that their work literally impacts the lives of billions of people worldwide,” Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman said in a statement, IANS quoted.

When it comes to “cons” for working at Apple, some of the employees who anonymously reviewed the tech giant on Glassdoor stated the iPhone maker is “strapped for resources” and “provides a poor work-life balance”.

“Office space is very sparse, bring your own tea and snacks kind of a deal. Lunch isn’t free, although dinner is. Nobody is going to pat you on the back for your work, and you’re expected to advance your own career, or find the mentorship you need,” one Apple employee asserted on Glassdoor.

SAP clinched 11th spot, Salesforce at 15th, LinkedIn at 21th, Adobe at 31th, Microsoft at 39th and SpaceX is at 50th place in the listing.

As per the Glassdoor, the ranking system is based on “a proprietary awards algorithm”, which is motioned to calculate the “quantity, quality, and consistency of company reviews submitted by employees between November 1, 2016, and October 22, 2017”.

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North Korea demolishes what it says is nuclear test site

The North did not invite international inspectors to the ceremony, which limits its value as a concession.

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PUNGGYE-RI, North Korea (AP) – North Korea has carried out what it says is the demolition of its nuclear test site in the presence of foreign journalists.

The demolition happened Thursday at the site deep in the mountains of the North’s sparsely populated northeast.

The planned closing was previously announced by leader Kim Jong Un ahead of his planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump next month.

The North’s decision to close the site has generally been seen as a welcome gesture by Kim to set a positive tone ahead of the summit. Even so, it is not an irreversible move and would need to be followed by many more significant measures to meet Trump’s demands for denuclearization.

The North did not invite international inspectors to the ceremony, which limits its value as a concession.

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Russian missile was used to shoot down flight MH17 : Investigators

Thirty eight Australian residents were among those on board the Boeing 777.

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Investigators have released evidence confirming that the missile used to shoot down flight MH17 belonged to the Russian military’s 53rd Brigade.

Speaking at a press conference in Utrecht, Wilbert Paulissen of the Joint Investigations Team said the new evidence confirms that the missile was brought into separatist territory in Ukraine and then the equipment used to fire it was quickly taken back to Russia after it was used to shoot down the plane.

MH17 was shot down over the conflict zone in Ukraine’s Donetsk region on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board.

Thirty-eight Australian residents were among those on board the Boeing 777.

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Air strike by US-led coalition hits military posts in Syria, kills 12 pro-regime forces

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Damascus, May 24: The coalition led by the US carried out an airstrike against Syrian army positions in the province of Deir ez-Zor, news agency AFP reported citing state media.

“Some of our military positions between Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh were hit this morning in an aggression by American coalition warplanes,” said a military source quoted on state news agency SANA.

A military source from forces allied to Syria’s government had said the strikes had targeted two regime military positions near a frontline with IS.

Daesh then launched an attack on the positions. The strikes and attack left a number of Syrian fighters dead and caused material damage,” the source told AFP, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

“There are no Iranian or Lebanese fighters among the dead,” the source added.

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