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US axes Trump-era Scotch whisky tariffs for four months in bid to resolve aircraft trade war with UK
The US said on Thursday it will suspend 25 percent tariffs on Scotch whisky and retaliatory import taxes on other UK products in a bid to resolve the two parties’ on-going transatlantic trade row due to aircraft subsidies.
China Aims for Tech Independence Amid Looming Cut-Throat Race With US
China is moving swiftly to map out potential weaknesses in dozens of technological sectors and draft a sweeping plan to address areas that are exposed to external risks, Chinese officials said on Monday.
Reddit chief: I was late to spot GameStop stock mania
Reddit boss Steve Huffman has told BBC News he supported the aims of controversial sub-Reddit WallStreetBets.
Trump property next to Mar-a-Lago hits market for $49M
The property, sitting right next to Mar-a-Lago’s Beach Club, has ties to the Trump Organization.
'Free Speech' App Parler Initiates Fresh Legal Challenge Against Amazon, Drops Anti-Trust Lawsuit
Since it was removed from Amazon on allegations of being unable to police content, the company had been involved in legal challenges against its former host. After repeated failures to find a new platform, the social media site was relau...
FBI Pushing Tech Firms to Write Own Backdoors Into Encrypted Messaging Apps, Director Tells Congress
The US has on spurious grounds banned Chinese tech firms for ostensibly placing surveillance backdoors into their technology on behalf of the Chinese government. However, the head of the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation has revealed t...
Parler sues Amazon again, after dropping original lawsuit
Parler, a social media app popular among right-wing groups, filed a new lawsuit accusing Amazon.com Inc of trying to destroy its business following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Parler drops Amazon web-hosting legal challenge
Parler has withdrawn its antitrust action against Amazon, two months after filing the case against the tech giant.
New York Governor Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Second Woman
A second ex-employee of powerful New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo has accused him of sexual harassment, charges the governor denied on Saturday.
ByteDance reaches $92 million settlement with U.S. TikTok users over data privacy concerns
Under the proposed terms of the agreement, TikTok will no longer collect or store a user's biometric information, including facial characteristics, or track users' GPS data. The company will also be prohibited from storing U.S. user data...
A new UN report urges a radical shift in the way we think about nature
The United Nations released a report Thursday on the health of the planet that proposes a radical shift in the way mankind thinks about it.
Justin Trudeau looks forward to working with President Biden: 'It's great to see America re-engage'
"That need to work closely as neighbors continues," Trudeau said. "But now it continues with an administration with whom we have a little more in common."
Ban All Big Mergers. Period.
A simple law would stop the U.S. government from rubber-stamping corporate consolidation.
Huawei 2020 revenue ticks up despite US sanctions, chairman says
Huawei has repeatedly denied it poses a security risk.
Huawei unveils folding smartphone with an 8-inch-wide screen
Phone offers crisper visuals, better sound for movies, games
Biden shares report saying Saudi prince backed by Trump ok'd journalist's murder
Joe Biden has shared a report blocked by Donald Trump claiming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the execution of a critical journalist.
Former US Diplomat Urges ‘Serious Repairs’ at Home Before Biden Tries to ‘Trip Up China’
A retired diplomat and academic has urged that the US cannot outcompete China militarily, it can only spark an arms race that will give Beijing a powerful military-industrial complex that will ultimately make both nations poorer in the end.
Rights Groups Blast Biden’s ‘Smart’ Border Wall Idea as ‘Trump’s Wall by Another Name’
The Biden administration speedily rescinded the national emergency order used to fund Donald Trump’s brick-and-mortar border wall but has proposed its own border barrier based on surveillance technologies, DNA samples, and drones.
Joe Biden Revokes Trump Ban On Many Green Card Applicants
Former President Donald Trump issued the ban last year, saying it was needed to protect U.S. workers amid high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
US Report Likely To Blame Saudi Crown Prince For Khashoggi Killing: Report
The officials said the report, for which the CIA was the main contributor, assessed that the crown prince approved and likely ordered the murder of Khashoggi, whose Washington Post column had criticized the crown prince's policies.
The rise and fall of Andrew Cuomo, America's wannabe Covid hero
Democrats need to reckon with the record of politicians on both sides of the aisle who have used Trump, the pandemic, or both to elevate their profile.
"US Will Seek Election To UN Human Rights Council For 2022-24 Term"
"I'm pleased to announce the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the council.
"Abuse, Guilt": Boris Johnson Drops Hint On Why He Left Journalism
Johnson, 56, has displayed a colourful, sometimes combative speaking and writing style both as a journalist and as a politician.
US Senate Confirms Biden UN Nominee Thomas-Greenfield
The 100-member Senate backed Thomas-Greenfield by 78 to 20 to be Washington's representative at the world body and a member of Biden's cabinet, comfortably exceeding the simple majority needed.
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