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No ‘Squid Game’: South Korea’s real-life debt trap

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Passengers wearing masks to avoid contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk at Seoul railway station in Seoul, South Korea, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files SEOUL, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Many small business owners in South Korea recognise themselves in the cash-strapped characters of the wildly popular Netflix (NFLX.O) drama ‘Squid......

Facebook signs copyright agreement with some French publishers

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Paves the way for signing of individual licences Copyright fees included in preliminary deal – source Publishers not compelled to use Facebook News service PARIS, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) said on Thursday it had signed a preliminary copyright agreement with a French news publishers’ lobby group, paving the......

Disney resolves dispute with Scarlett Johansson over ‘Black Widow’ movie

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Scarlett Johansson poses on the red carpet during the Oscars arrivals at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake LOS ANGELES, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) and actress Scarlett Johansson have resolved their legal dispute stemming from the release......

‘We get by day to day’: Argentina’s high poverty rate dips as pandemic eases

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BUENOS AIRES, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Eduardo David Rodriguez takes bags of fruit and vegetables to sell at a fresh produce market in Buenos Aires twice a week to make ends meet for his family. They barely do. Rodriguez, like some four in 10 Argentines, lives below the poverty line,......

Facebook could face hefty fine in Russia over banned content, says regulator

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MOSCOW, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Russian authorities on Thursday warned social media giant Facebook (FB.O) it faces a fine of up to 10% of its annual turnover in the country unless it deletes content Moscow deems illegal. Upping the ante in its standoff with U.S. Big Tech, state communications regulator......

U.S. to declare 23 species, including ivory-billed woodpecker, officially extinct

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Sept 29 (Reuters) – The ivory-billed woodpecker, whose last confirmed sighting was nearly 80 years ago, is one of 23 federally protected species that would be officially declared extinct – the most ever at one time – under a U.S. government proposal announced on Wednesday. Although the woodpecker and some......

CNN denies Australians access to its Facebook pages, cites defamation risk

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SYDNEY, Sept 29 (Reuters) – CNN said it is preventing Australians from accessing its Facebook Inc (FB.O) pages after a court ruled that publishers can be liable for defamation in public comment sections and the social media firm refused to help it disable comments in the country. The move makes......

LGBTQ groups hope Japan PM race may lead to same-sex marriages

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TOKYO, Sept 28 (Reuters) – LGBTQ rights activists are hoping that Japan may finally allow same-sex marriage if Taro Kono, who has publicly supported gay marriage, becomes the country’s next prime minister, but change will not come easily. Kono is seen as the leading contender to win the ruling party’s......

Facebook invests $50 mln to build the ‘metaverse’ in responsible manner

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A 3D printed Facebook logo is pictured on a keyboard in front of binary code in this illustration taken September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Sept 27 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) will invest $50 million to partner with organizations to responsibly build the so-called metaverse – a digital world where......

Facebook puts Instagram Kids app on hold

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Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Instagram logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Sept 27 (Reuters) – Instagram has hit pause on a new app that it is creating for kids, the Facebook-owned (FB.O) photo-sharing app said on......

‘Moulin Rouge’ musical dominates pandemic delayed Tony Awards

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Sept 26 (Reuters) – Musical “Moulin Rouge!” was the big early winner at Broadway’s Tony Awards on Sunday in a delayed ceremony that doubled as a celebration for the return of live theatre in New York after an unprecedented 18-month long closure due to the pandemic. “Tonight feels like a......

When Harry – and Meghan – met the U.N. chief in New York

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited the United Nations in New York on Saturday to meet with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during the 193-member world body’s annual gathering of leaders. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in New York to attend the Global Citizen......

Britney Spears’ calls and texts were monitored, new documentary says

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Singer Britney Spears poses at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., April12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo LOS ANGELES, Sept 24 (Reuters) – A security firm hired by Britney Spears’ father monitored the pop singer’s phone calls and text messages during the court-sanctioned conservatorship she has......

Luxury group Kering to ditch fur completely

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PARIS, Sept 24 (Reuters) – France’s Kering (PRTP.PA) will stop using animal furs in all its collections, joining a growing list of luxury fashion houses to respond to customer demands for ethical and sustainable clothing and accessories. The decision comes four years after its star label Gucci announced it would......

Linda Evangelista files $50 mln lawsuit over disfiguring cosmetic treatment

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LOS ANGELES, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Former supermodel Linda Evangelista has filed a $50 million lawsuit over cosmetic procedures that she says left her “brutally disfigured” and turned her into a recluse. The Canadian model, one of the biggest figures on runways and magazine covers in the 1990s, said in......

Twitter rolls out bitcoin tipping, safety features in product push

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Sept 23 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) will allow people to tip their favorite content creators with bitcoin and will launch a fund to pay some users who host audio chat rooms on its Spaces feature, the company said on Thursday. The San Francisco-based company added it will test new......

U.S. court orders Facebook to release anti-Rohingya content records for genocide case

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Sept 23 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge has ordered Facebook (FB.O) to release records of accounts connected to anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar that the social media giant had shut down, rejecting its argument about protecting privacy as “rich with irony”. The judge in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday criticized Facebook......

Dinner party-style Emmys display little overt sign of pandemic constraints

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LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 (Reuters) – While departing yet again from the look of Primetime Emmys of yore, Sunday’s presentation of television’s highest honors gave little overt appearance of being constrained by a second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. So much so, that the night’s first presenter, comic actor-writer Seth......

Gaza artist mixes beauty with pain in her ballet paintings

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GAZA, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Palestinian artist Abeer Jebril’s dark-coloured paintings show ballerinas chained in barbed wire, dancing on rocks, or facing barricades to mirror what she calls the “ticking bomb” reality of women in Gaza. She hopes her portraits will bring attention to the social and political problems women......

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