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Trump adviser Stone found guilty of lying to Congress, obstruction, witness tampering

WASHINGTON — A jury convicted U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone on Friday, finding the long-time Republican operative and self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” guilty on seven criminal counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. The verdict, in a trial arising from investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, is not […]

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BT CEO says: Labour’s plan for free broadband may cost 100 bln pounds

LONDON — Britain’s opposition Labour Party’s plans to nationalize parts of telecoms provider BT’s network and provide free full fiber broadband may cost more than 100 billion pounds ($127 billion), BT chief executive said. “These are very, very ambitious ideas and the Conservative Party have their own ambitious idea for full fiber for everyone by […]

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Hit by drought and power cuts, Zimbabwe steps up battery storage

By Lungelo Ndhlovu BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Nov 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As worsening drought slashes the country’s hydropower production, creating lengthy power cuts, Zimbabwe’s industries are beginning to turn to solar panels and battery storage systems to keep business humming. Distributed Power Africa (DPA), a subsidiary of mobile phone provider Econet Global, has over the […]

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Jury in trial of Trump adviser Stone ends first day of deliberations without verdict

WASHINGTON — The jury in the criminal trial of U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser Roger Stone ended its first day of deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict on whether he lied to Congress about his efforts to learn more about when WikiLeaks would publish damaging emails about 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The […]

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Netflix to change Nazi guard documentary after Polish complaint

WARSAW — Netflix said on Thursday it would make changes to maps in a documentary that showed German Nazi death camps inside the borders of modern Poland, after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pressed the streaming and production company to act. The maps in the documentary series “The Devil Next Door” were criticized by Morawiecki […]

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High-tech mapping, apps fight deadly dengue outbreak in Honduras – medical charity

By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA, Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – High-tech mapping and mobile phone apps are being used to combat dengue fever in Honduras as the Central American nation struggles to fight the worst outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease on record, medical charity MSF said on Thursday. Honduras has one of the Americas’ highest […]

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China completes crucial landing test for first Mars mission in 2020

HUAILAI — China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year. China is on track to launch its Mars mission, Zhang Kejian, head of the China National Space Administration, said on Thursday, speaking to foreign diplomats and the media before […]

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China holds in-depth talks with U.S. on phase one of trade deal

BEIJING — China and the United States are holding in-depth discussions on a “phase one” trade agreement, and canceling tariffs is an important condition to reach such a deal, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday. The degree of tariff cancellation should fully reflect the importance of a phase one agreement, ministry spokesman Gao Feng […]

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China holding in-depth talks with U.S. on phase one of trade deal

BEIJING — China and the United States are holding in-depth discussions on the first phase of a trade pact, and canceling tariffs is an important condition to reach a deal, the Asian giant’s commerce ministry said on Thursday. The degree of tariff cancellation should fully reflect the importance of a phase one agreement, ministry spokesman […]

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China completes lander test for first Mars mission in 2020

HUAILAI — China on Thursday successfully completed a lander test in northern Hebei province ahead of an unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year. China is on track to launch its Mars mission in 2020, Zhang Kejian, head of the China National Space Administration, said on Thursday. Zhang was speaking ahead of the hovering-and-obstacle avoidance […]

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Australia universities to list foreign ties to thwart offshore interference

SYDNEY — Australian universities will name overseas research partners, list financial dealings with other countries and share cyber intelligence with national security agencies to curb foreign interference, Education Minister Dan Tehan said on Thursday. Amid a spate of cyberattacks targeting universities and fears that China could influence research and students, Australia this year created a […]

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Should people be paid for sharing their personal data online?

By Umberto Bacchi LONDON, Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From tagging photos on Facebook to driving with Google Maps, people should join forces in “data unions” to demand payment for letting online tools collect their data, according to an economist advocating for radical reforms to improve society. Glen Weyl, a principal researcher at the […]

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U.S. Senate to hold Nov. 20 hearing on testing, deployment of self-driving cars

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee will hold a Nov. 20 hearing on the testing and deployment of self-driving vehicles that will include top U.S. safety officials, as Congress has struggled to pass legislation on autonomous vehicles. The hearing will come one day after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) meets to determine the […]

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Roger Stone trial closes with dueling versions of motives in 2016 Trump campaign

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors delivered closing arguments in the trial of U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser Roger Stone on Wednesday, saying the Republican operative lied to Congress about his efforts to keep abreast of when WikiLeaks might dump damaging emails on Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election campaign because he knew it would make Trump look […]

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Peloton exploring apps for Amazon Fire TV, Apple Watch – Bloomberg

Peloton Interactive Inc is exploring apps for Amazon.com Inc’s Fire TV and Apple Inc’s Watch, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The treadmill and exercise bike-maker is also planning for a cheaper treadmill, rowing machine for the next year, according to the report. (https://bloom.bg/2rA6U6u) Peloton is known for its on-demand workout […]

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Jury hears closing arguments in trial of Trump adviser Roger Stone

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors delivered their closing argument in the criminal trial of U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser Roger Stone on Wednesday, saying the Republican political operative repeatedly lied to congressional investigators in order to keep the president from looking bad. Jonathan Kravis, one of the prosecutors, characterized two of the alleged lies told by the […]

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U.S. presses Egypt on alleged torture, mass arrests at UN review

GENEVA — The United States and other Western countries urged Egypt on Wednesday to investigate alleged killings and torture by its security forces and to release journalists and others arrested for exercising their right to freedom of expression. Egypt has been trying to deflect criticism of its rights record and prison conditions ahead of the […]