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Meng Wanzhou: Extradition hearings to begin for Huawei executive

The formal extradition hearings for a Chinese Huawei executive who was arrested in Canada slightly more than a year ago are to begin on Monday. Meng Wanzhou was held in late 2018 in Canada on suspicion of fraud and breaching US sanctions on Iran. The US wants Ms Meng to stand trial on charges including […]

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New China virus: Number of cases jumps as infection spreads to Beijing

The number of people infected with a new virus in China tripled over the weekend, with the outbreak spreading from Wuhan to other major cities. Wuhan reported 136 new cases of the respiratory illness. The capital Beijing reported two cases, while Shenzhen confirmed one. Total known infections now exceed 200, and three people have died. […]

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Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai says there is ‘no question’ that AI needs to be regulated

Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has called for new regulations in the world of AI, highlighting the dangers posed by technology like facial recognition and deepfakes, while stressing that any legislation must balance “potential harms … with social opportunities.” “[T]here is no question in my mind that artificial intelligence needs to be regulated. It […]

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Virginia gun rally: Authorities gear up for unrest in Richmond

Thousands of people are expected to descend on the US city of Richmond, in Virginia, on Monday for a pro-gun rally that authorities fear could turn violent. State governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of the rally, banning firearms from the area around the Capitol building. The Lobby Day rally is an […]

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Instagram is dropping the annoying IGTV button

Instagram is removing the IGTV shortcut button from the top right corner of the Facebook-owned app’s home screen, reports TechCrunch. First launched in June 2018, IGTV is Instagram’s long-form video service that was originally meant to rival the likes of YouTube. Instagram says it decided to remove the button after discovering that relatively few people […]

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Trump impeachment: Legal team says charges ‘brazen and unlawful’

US President Donald Trump’s legal team has issued its first formal response to the impeachment charges against him, describing them as a “dangerous attack” on democracy. The document said the impeachment articles failed to allege any crime and were a “brazen” attempt to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections. The response came as the Democrats […]

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Libya civil war: UN envoy Salamé says foreign intervention must end

The UN’s Libya envoy Ghassan Salamé has called on foreign powers to stop interfering in Libya’s civil war. On the eve of peace talks in Berlin, Mr Salamé said foreign support of proxy groups in the conflict had created a “vicious cycle” of violence. But Mr Salamé told the BBC that he was optimistic about […]