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Facebook’s lead regulator in the European Union, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, opened an investigation into the massive cyberattack Facebook reported last week to see if the company was able "to ensure the security and safeguarding of the personal data it processes,” the DPC said in a statement per Reuters.

  • A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement that it will "continue to cooperate with" the investigation.

Why it matters: The investigation raises the prospect of penalties for Facebook under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. Meanwhile, in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission's top official told the Wall Street Journal that it "does not comment on specific incidents or companies" on Wednesday.

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Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus

Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.

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Opposition leader Leopoldo López flees Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López outside the Spanish embassy in Caracas, in 2019. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

Leopoldo López, a former political prisoner and prominent Venezuelan opposition leader, has left the country, his Popular Will party confirmed in a statement Saturday.

Why it matters: He's been an influential force in the push to oust President Nicolás Maduro's regime and a mentor to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. He'd been in the Spanish ambassador's Caracas residence since escaping house arrest in April 2019 following a failed military uprising.

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