Rares Petrisor

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In Turkey, the opposition finally unites in bid to end Erdogan’s dominance

ISTANBUL — Muharrem Ince, a former high school physics teacher who is a Turkish presidential candidate, hurled taunts at his main opponent, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the reckless abandon of a competitor who smelled blood.<p>He paced with a microphone on top of his campaign bus on a recent …

Human Rights

Banks Are Building a Super-Speed Money Highway in the Nordics

The biggest Nordic banks expect to launch a new piece of financial infrastructure next year, promising to dramatically speed up international …

fintech

The British Are Building a Spaceport

The lure of commercial riches in space is spurring a variety of plans to help launch all the components necessary for a fully functioning orbital …

Space Travel

Russian company had access to Facebook user data through apps

A Russian internet company with links to the Kremlin was among the firms to which Facebook gave an extension which allowed them to collect data on unknowing users of the social network after a policy change supposedly stopped such collection.<p>Facebook told CNN on Tuesday that apps developed by the …

Social Media

Alibaba in Talks With BT for Cloud Partnership in Europe Push

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is in talks with BT Group Plc about a cloud services partnership as the Chinese internet giant challenges Amazon.com …

britain's

AI reveals potential Amazon, Facebook GDPR problems to regulators

AI software reportedly uncovered suspected GDPR breaches by Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook.<p>The software -- created by EU Institute researchers and a consumer group -- looked at the privacy policies of 14 major technology businesses in June, the month after the EU's new data privacy laws went into …

Privacy

Putin urges closer international cybersecurity cooperation

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for closer international cooperation in fending off cyberattacks.<p>Addressing a cybersecurity conference in Moscow, Putin said it's important to develop common cybersecurity standards that take into account interests of all nations. He noted …

Russia

China: The US has started 'the biggest trade war' in history

China on Friday accused the United States of starting "the biggest trade war in economic history" as the two sides imposed steep new tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of each other's exports.<p>The Trump administration's 25% tariffs affectmore than 800 Chinese products worth $34 billion such as …

Globalization

Pompeo begins talks in Pyongyang on North Korean denuclearization

TOKYO — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Pyongyang on Friday with a senior North Korean official in an effort to breathe new life into nuclear negotiations that have come under intense scrutiny amid U.S. intelligence reports that cast doubt on the isolated regime’s willingness to relinquish …

North Korea

EU politicians reject controversial copyright reforms, 'link tax' -- for now

The EU Parliament voted to reject an overhaul of EU copyright rules Thursday morning, sending the reforms back to planning.<p>Of the lawmakers who voted on the Copyright Directive, 318 voted against the changes in their current form and 278 voted in favor, with 31 choosing to abstain.<p>The reforms …

European Parliament

Turkey transfers some powers to President Erdogan

Turkey has made changes to 74 articles in its constitution, giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. The amendments mean the …

South Asia

Chinese firm claims its laser rifle burns clothes and skin up to 800m away

A Chinese firm wants to arm the country’s police forces with a whole new kind of weapon for the battlefield: an assault rifle that fires lasers and can burn your clothes and skin from up to 800m away. Oh, and those lasers are silent, invisible, and can pass through glass windows too.<p>The rifle (not …

Chinese Academy of Sciences

NASA Juno spacecraft offers another incredible image of Jupiter

Juno, you spoil us.<p>It was only last week NASA released a stunning Van Gogh-like image of Jupiter's tumultuous atmosphere taking by the Jovian orbiter's JunoCam and colorized by citizen scientists. And now we have this...<p>Yes, Juno, which last month had its mission extended to 2022, has again …

Astronomy

Protesters flood US cities to fight Trump immigration policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — They wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs reading: "No more children in cages," and "What's next? Concentration Camps?"<p>In major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered Saturday across America, moved by accounts of children …

Immigration

Canada announces billions in retaliatory tariffs against US

TORONTO — Canada announced billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. on Friday in a tit-for-tat response to the Trump …

Automotive Industry

EU leaders reach migration deal after marathon talks in Brussels

EU leaders have ended 12 hours of "virulent" talks in Brussels with a deal on migration. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's future in office had been …

Angela Merkel

Shanghai Knife Attack Kills Two Schoolchildren

HONG KONG — The police in Shanghai say a man armed with a kitchen knife killed two boys in an attack outside an elementary school on Thursday morning.<p>Another boy and a woman were also stabbed, but their injuries were not life-threatening, according to a statement from the police in the Xuhui …

Extremism

Germany on track to return more asylum-seekers within EU than 2017

Germany has witnessed an apparent increase in the number of asylum seekers returned to EU member states. Under pressure to find a bloc-wide solution, …

Asylum Seekers

May and EU urge Brexit haste, trade blame over stalemate

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union agreed Thursday that the faltering Brexit talks need to speed up, but traded blame at a Brussels summit for the failure to make progress in negotiating the U.K.'s departure from the bloc.<p>EU leaders said British government divisions were endangering a …

Great Britain

Italian premier to visit Trump on July 30: White House

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on July 30, the White House said in a statement.“Italy is …

Donald Trump

EU cuts migration deal after marathon talks, differences remain

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European leaders reached a deal on migration in the early hours of Friday after tortuous talks, but details were vague, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel conceded differences remained on an issue that threatens her political career.<p>After nine hours of often stormy talks, EU …

Europe

Deal struck for Putin-Trump summit, Helsinki possible venue

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow and Washington struck a deal on Wednesday to hold a summit soon between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, a move likely to worry some U.S. allies and draw a fiery reaction from some of Trump's critics at home.<p>Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri …

Russia

People will march in all 50 states to protest Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend upon Washington, D.C., and all 50 states on Saturday to protest the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration that's sparked widespread debate after more than 2,000 children were separated from their parents at the …

Immigration

China's hypersonic military projects include spaceplanes and rail guns

The nation is focusing its research and development on tech that moves faster than the speed of sound.<p>As President Trump tries to garner enthusiasm for an undefined U.S. "Space Force", China has been making steady progress in its own space and military operations, including advances in 3D printing, …

Aviation

Rivals challenge Erdogan’s iron grip on eve of Turkey’s election

Jun 23, 2018 6:59 PM EDT<p>By —<p>PBS NewsHour PBS NewsHour<p>0comments<p>Story Transcript Audio<p>Even though Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan has acquired a …

South Asia

Brexit: PM urged to speed up no-deal Brexit plans

<b>Theresa May must prepare to exit the EU with no deal to have "real leverage" in Brexit negotiations, a letter from 60 politicians and business figures says.</b><p>The prime minister should also reserve the right to "take with it the £39bn it has offered to pay as part of a divorce settlement", it …

Great Britain

EU Seeks Consensus on Migration With Merkel's Fate at Stake

European leaders gathered in Brussels on Sunday for an informal meeting aimed at paving the way to a deal on the management of migration, amid an …

Europe

Prince William makes historic visit to Middle East

<b>Prince William has begun a five-day tour of the Middle East, including the first official royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.</b><p>The Duke of Cambridge is scheduled to meet both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.<p>He arrived in …

Middle East

France, Belgium seek UNESCO recognition for WWI memorials

BRUSSELS (AP) — France and Belgium are urging UNESCO to designate scores of their World War I memorials and cemeteries as World Heritage sites as the centennial remembrance of the 1914-1918 war nears its end.<p>Both sides of the Franco-Belgian border, where much of the fiercest fighting of World War I …

World History

You're on your own, US tells Syrian rebels, as Assad goes on offensive

Russian jets make first foray into south-west as government ramps up campaign to regain strategic area<p>The US has warned Syrian rebels in the south-west of the country they should not expect military support to help them resist a major government offensive.<p>The message from Washington comes as …

Middle East