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Facebook said Monday it has found its head of news products from within its own ranks. The company is promoting 10-year New York Times veteran Alex Hardiman, who joined Facebook last summer.

Hardiman, who had been running the Pages team in New York, will start her new role in June. She will be working with Campbell Brown, who was hired in January to lead partnerships with news organizations as part of a new Facebook Journalism Project.

In a post on Facebook. Hardiman said she is eager to get back into the news business. Hardiman will remain in NY and report to Fidji Simo, Facebook's VP of product who oversees the company's news and video products.

I grew up in News, spending 10 years at The New York Times transforming the company into a mobile-first organization with products like The Times's iPhone news app. I partnered with editors to invent new forms of journalism and with the business side to launch new digital news revenue models.

Why it matters: In an era where it is under criticism for spreading "fake news," Facebook aims to show it can be an ally of real news organizations.

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Deadly Hurricane Zeta pummels Alabama after Louisiana landfall

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Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a downed power line electrocuted a 55-year-old in Louisiana as the storm moved into Alabama overnight.

What's happening: After "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi," it began lashing Alabama late Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.

Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

Go deeper: As Taiwan's profile rises, so does risk of conflict with China

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