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U.S. says it is ‘gravely concerned’ about Ethiopia elections

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Ethiopian Federal Police officers stand guard as pro-government demonstrators attend a rally to protest against the U.S. action over alleged human rights abuses during the conflict in the Tigray region, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia May 30, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo The United States is “gravely concerned” about the environment in......

U.S. tire maker Goodyear loses dispute against foreign workers in Malaysia

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(This June 10 story corrects “over a hundred” to “dozens of” in paragraph 1; number of migrant workers who filed complaints to 184 from 250 in para 2; number of workers in latest judgement to 65 from 109 in para 5) Malaysia’s Industrial Court has ruled in favor of dozens......

California appeals judge’s ruling striking down assault weapons ban

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California officials on Thursday said the state has appealed a federal judge’s decision to strike down its three-decade-old ban on assault-style weapons, saying the law is needed to prevent gun deaths. The appeal challenges last week’s ruling from U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego that the law illegally......

Amazon may see $425 million EU privacy fine – WSJ

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The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) could be fined more than $425 million under the European Union’s privacy law, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Luxembourg’s......

British watchdog plans investigation into Amazon’s use of data – FT

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An Amazon logo is seen at its centre in Darlington, County Durham, Britain September 3, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith/File Photo Britain’s competition watchdog is planning a formal competition investigation into e-commerce company Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing three unidentified people familiar with the situation. The Competition......

JBS paid $11 mln in response to ransomware attack

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A general view of the JBS USA Worthington pork plant in Minnesota, U.S., October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan JBS USA, subsidiary of Brazilian firm JBS SA (JBSS3.SA), confirmed in a statement on Wednesday the company paid the equivalent of $11 million in ransom in response to a criminal hack against......

Thomson Reuters shareholder support for human rights review rises

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The Thomson Reuters logo is seen on the company building in Times Square, New York, U.S., January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly A shareholder proposal for Thomson Reuters Corp (TRI.TO) to review human rights issues emerging from its U.S. government contracts gained increased investor support but failed to win approval at......

U.S. blacklists four Nicaraguans, including Ortega’s daughter

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A man, wearing a face mask for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walks by a mural depicting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, in Managua, Nicaragua March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas/File Photo The United States on Wednesday blacklisted four Nicaraguans, including a daughter of President Daniel Ortega, as Washington warned it......

U.S. withdrawing Trump executive orders that sought to ban TikTok, WeChat

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A picture of U.S. President Donald Trump is seen on a smartphone in front of displayed Tik Tok and WeChat logos in this illustration taken September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration President Joe Biden is withdrawing a series of executive orders that sought to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok......

U.S. investigates disclosure of tax records on rich Americans

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The Treasury Department has asked law enforcement authorities to investigate the disclosure of tax records cited in a media report that showed that some of America’s richest people paid little to no income taxes, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. U.S. media outlet ProPublica said it obtained “a vast trove of......

Bosnian Serb military leader Mladic will hear final verdict in genocide case

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Former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic arrives for his appeal hearing at the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, Netherlands August 25, 2020. UN-IRMCT/Leslie Hondebrink-Hermer/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo Appeals judges will hand down a verdict against former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic on Tuesday,......

Man suspected of killing Canadian Muslim family was motivated by hate -police

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A man accused of killing four members of a Canadian Muslim family by running them over in his pickup truck, targeted them in an attack motivated by hate, police said on Monday. Police in London, Ontario, citing witnesses, said that 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman, jumped the curb in his vehicle on......

U.S. seizes $2.3 mln in bitcoin paid to Colonial Pipeline hackers

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The Justice Department on Monday recovered some $2.3 million in cryptocurrency ransom paid by Colonial Pipeline Co, cracking down on hackers who launched the most disruptive U.S. cyberattack on record. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said investigators had seized 63.7 bitcoins, now valued at about $2.3 million, paid by Colonial......

Investors call for ethical approach to facial recognition technology

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Visitors check their phones behind the screens advertising facial recognition software during Global Mobile Internet Conference at the National Convention in Beijing, China April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj A group of 50 investors managing more than $4.5 trillion in assets is calling on companies involved in the development and use......

Moscow bans nine prominent Canadians from Russia in sanctions response

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Russia will ban nine prominent Canadian citizens from entering its territory indefinitely, its foreign ministry said on Monday, in a response to Canadian sanctions imposed in March over human rights concerns. Canada on March 24 set new sanctions on nine Russian officials over “gross and systematic violations of human rights......

Biden’s to-do list on foreign trip: Rally allies against COVID, Putin

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President Joe Biden’s meeting with leaders of the G7 leading industrial economies in an English seaside village this week will usher in a new focus on rallying U.S. allies against common adversaries – the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia and China. New COVID-19 variants and rising death tolls in some countries will......

Former Shell U.S. President John Hofmeister dies at 73

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Former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister, who led the oil major’s U.S. efforts to help restore investor confidence after an accounting scandal nearly two decades ago and later set up an energy advocacy group, has died. A memorial service is planned June 29 in Houston. He died on May 24......

Mexico says to sign development deal linked to migration with U.S.

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Mexico and the United States will sign an accord on development linked to immigration during a visit to Mexico this week of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday. Lopez Obrador was speaking at a regular news conference, and did not provide details of......

Harris’s Guatemala, Mexico trip likely to emphasize non-government cooperation

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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’s trip to Guatemala and Mexico this week is likely to emphasize cooperation with non-government organizations, amid some criticism from local officials over the timing and thrust of her mission to curb migration to the United States from the region, advisers and experts said. The vice......

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