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  • Canada warns U.S. not to politicize extradition cases
    Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday warned the United States not to politicize extradition cases, a day after President Donald Trump said he could intervene in the affair of a Chinese executive detained in Canada at Washington's request.

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  • Chinese state media urges Canada to defy U.S., free Huawei executive
    Canada should distance itself from U.S. "hegemonism" and grant unconditional freedom to Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of China's Huawei detained in Vancouver on Washington's request, state-owned tabloid Global Times said in a Thursday editorial.

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  • Number of journalists jailed for doing job near record high: report
    A near-record number of journalists around the world are behind bars for their work, including two Reuters reporters whose imprisonment in Myanmar has drawn international criticism, according to a report released on Thursday.

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  • Defying Trump, U.S. Senate advances measure to end support for Saudis in Yemen
    In a rare break with President Donald Trump, the Senate voted on Wednesday to move ahead with a resolution to end U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition in the war in Yemen and lawmakers vowed to push for sanctions against the kingdom in the new year.

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  • Asian shares surge as US-China trade thaw seen, sterling wobbles
    Asian equity markets surged on Thursday on signs of easing Sino-U.S. trade tensions and expectations that China will step up efforts soon to support its cooling economy.

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  • Second Canadian missing in China after detention of former diplomat
    Canadian businessman Michael Spavor, who worked with North Korea, is missing in China, a Canadian official said, days after Chinese authorities detained a former Canadian diplomat amid an escalating diplomatic row.

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  • Canadian Michael Spavor investigated for harming China's national security: China government news site
    Canadian Michael Spavor is being investigated in China on suspicion of harming China's national security, a Chinese government news site said on Thursday.

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  • In fear of the state: Bangladeshi journalists self-censor as election approaches
    With less than a month to go to a general election, many journalists in Bangladesh say they are living in fear of ever-tightening media laws and engaging in self-censorship as a result.

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  • Factbox: Bangladesh's broad media laws
    Bangladesh has some broad media laws to tackle issues ranging from defamation to fake news, and the spread of propaganda, but many in the local media allege these laws are now being used to curb free speech and rein in press freedom in the country.

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  • Trump intervention comment may be gift to Huawei CFO
    Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, released on bail on Tuesday to await a ruling on U.S. extradition at one of her luxury Vancouver homes, may have received welcome ammunition in court from an unlikely source - President Donald Trump.

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rss: bbc

  • Michael Spavor: Second Canadian 'missing' in China
    Canada says it has not heard from Michael Spavor since he said he was being questioned by officials.

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  • Brexit: Theresa May to join EU summit after surviving vote
    The prime minister is returning to Brussels to seek new assurances from the EU over the Irish backstop.

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  • Brexit battles: How Theresa May keeps fighting on
    It's been a struggle that's lasted two years ? but for now the PM's fighting talk means she's kept her job.

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  • 'Every day I go to work and pray I'm safe'
    Hotel room cleaners have long battled sexual harassment by guests. Now they are hitting back.

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  • Turkey high-speed train crashes in Ankara
    Casualties are reported after a high-speed train crashes in the capital Ankara, local media say.

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  • Michael Cohen blames Trump's 'dirty deeds' as he is jailed
    The disgraced lawyer says the US president made him "follow a path of darkness rather than light".

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  • California man freed after two days trapped in restaurant grease vent
    Fire crews free the 29-year-old from a small duct at a vacant Chinese restaurant in California.

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  • North and South Korea soldiers cross DMZ in peace
    The historic exchanges were part of moves to dismantle guard posts on the heavily guarded border.

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  • Vahid Sayadi Nasiri: Jailed Iran activist dies on hunger strike
    Jailed for his posts on social media, Vahid Sayadi Nasiri protested against his conditions in prison.

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  • Strasbourg shooting: Police appeal to find Chérif Chekatt
    They name Chérif Chekatt, 29, as the man suspected of opening fire in the French city, killing two.

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  • Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle

    Texan-led team find ancient oddity that's full of the stuff

    An accidental discovery by a team of astronomers has helped answer one of the burning questions about dark matter and where it came from.?

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  • Huawei exec out of jail, just as US accuses China of Marriott hack

    Tensions continue to build between two countries

    The trade tensions between the US and China continue to build as American officials have accused Beijing of backing the massive Marriott data breach.?

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  • Kubernetes has become 'boring' and that's good, Google tells devs

    Thrill-seeking infrastructure devs accept end of caffeine-fueled ops frenzy with murmur

    Kubernetes "is now very, very boring," declared Janet Kuo, software engineer at Google, at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018 in Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday.?

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  • Small American town rejects Comcast ? while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures

    And the FCC and AT&T claim everything is hunky dory

    Just how much do you hate Comcast? Enough to spend $1m of your own money to escape its clutches??

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  • It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you hackers are targeting 'nuclear, defense, energy, financial' biz

    Sharpshooter takes aim at critical infrastructure

    Hackers are targetting critical infrastructure providers, including nuclear power and defense agencies, in what may be a state-sponsored attack that's hiding behind North Korean code.?

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  • Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

    State TV can't decide whether it was duped or not

    Video Every year Russia holds ? and broadcasts on state television ? a tech showcase of its latest products for an audience of hundreds of school kids.?

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  • Hole-y ship: ISS 'nauts take a wander to crack Soyuz driller whodunnit

    In Soviet Russia, comrade find small hole by making much bigger hole

    Spacewalking cosmonauts clambered outside the ISS yesterday to get an external view of the mystery hole drilled into the Soyuz, which is due to return three crew members to Earth next week.?

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  • Doubles all round for the server-makers: Market inhales $23.36bn for the quarter

    Dell EMC, HPE and ODMs frolic as cloud rains cash

    The continued data centre refresh cycle and seemingly insatiable demand from the big cloud slingers to bulk out their infrastructure saw server vendors make hay while the sun shone in Q3.?

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  • Thwack... boing: Amazon EFS rival Elastifile flings out multi-cloud file store through Google

    Ain't no marketplace like a third-party marketplace

    Scale-out software filer supplier Elastifile has buddied up with Google to thrust its NAS file system into Mountain View's Cloud Platform.?

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  • Bulk surveillance is always bad, say human rights orgs appealing against top Euro court

    Liberty and pals seek to prove intrusive spy powers can never be justified

    A band of human rights organisations have appealed against a top European court's ruling on bulk surveillance, arguing that any form of mass spying breaches rights to privacy and free expression.?

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rss: ars technica

  • Samsung teases new Notebook 9 Pen with 15-hour battery life before CES 2019
    The 13- and 15-inch convertibles also sport a familiar blue-and-gold color scheme.

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  • Microsoft adds Dark Mode support and more to Office 365 for Mac
    The update adds Continuity Camera support and non-Mojave-specific features.

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  • ULA chief Tory Bruno on competing with Blue Origin, SpaceX rocket landings
    United Launch Alliance chief: "I?m pretty sure I sent Gwynne flowers."

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  • A look at the Apple Watch?s ECG, from someone who needs it
    Early impressions about the heart monitoring recently added to the Apple Watch.

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  • Oakland official: ?We want to get Americans out of their cars and solve racism?
    Video: Oakland DOT head Ryan Russo recounts an ugly chapter of US history.

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  • Dealmaster: Take $100 off Microsoft?s Xbox One X console
    Plus deals on Anker portable batteries, Razer mice, Switch games, and more.

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  • Was your phone imaged by border agents? They may still have the data
    Last year, over 29,000 travelers had their devices searched at the US border.

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  • FCC panel wants to tax Internet-using businesses and give the money to ISPs
    At AT&T's urging, committee proposes tax on websites to pay for rural broadband.

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  • Uber was ?hell-bent on stifling competition,? new lawsuit alleges
    Uber suggests Sidecar is trying to get a piece of its pending IPO action.

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  • FCC?s robotext crackdown could block legal messages, critics say [Updated]
    Carriers can already block illegal robotexts, but Pai wants further deregulation.

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