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U.S. congressional leaders query Google on tracking database

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday wrote to Google’s chief executive raising concerns about reports of a massive database known as Sensorvault that allegedly contains precise consumer location information from hundreds of millions of devices. FILE PHOTO: The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London, Britain January Read More

Turkey will look for ‘best technology’ elsewhere if US blocks F-35 transfer

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If Turkey can’t get F-35 fighter jets from the US, it will be looking for a substitute elsewhere, the Turkish Foreign Minister said. The US threatened to boot Ankara from the program over its S-400 deal with Russia. Speaking to media after a reception at the Turkish Grand National Assembly on Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Read More

Mnuchin says he cannot meet deadline to turn over Trump tax returns to House panel

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin leaves the G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ meeting at the IMF and World Bank’s 2019 Annual Spring Meetings, in Washington, April 12, 2019. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday he cannot comply with a demand by a House Read More

What Chinese spies want from Americans

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​Yujing Zhang being led into federal court in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday. (William Hennessy Jr. / CourtroomArt.com) It’s the embodiment of a saucy spy thriller. Questions continue to swirl around Chinese woman Yujing Zhang, who was arrested on March 30 on the grounds of President Trump’s Florida abode, Mar-a-Lago. Her story suspiciously changed Read More

Israel run by Netanyahu’s ‘rightwing racist government’, Bernie Sanders says

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Democratic 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders called the government of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu “racist” during a CNN town hall. Another blue candidate, Beto O’Rourke, used similar wording to blast the Israeli leader. Speaking on Monday, the popular Vermont senator was asked to comment on how his long-standing criticism of Netanyahu – who this month won Read More

Indiana chamber rejects ex-EPA chief Pruitt effort to keep coal-fired plants online

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(Reuters) – The leading business lobby group in Indiana on Monday rejected a plea from former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to back legislation that would keep aging coal-fired power plants online because it would raise electricity rates for local businesses and homeowners. FILE PHOTO: Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt Read More

No to ‘unilateral sanctions’: Turkey slams US for ending waivers on Iranian oil imports

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As Washington has renewed its push to bring Iran’s oil exports “to zero” the US decision to lift special sanctions waivers for certain Iranian oil purchasers has drawn the ire of America’s NATO ally – Ankara. Turkey – one of the purchasers of Iranian oil, which had thus far enjoyed an exemption from the US Read More

Russia cautiously hopeful as newcomer Zelensky promises to ‘reboot’ E. Ukraine talks

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Some top Russian officials have expressed cautious hopes that the imminent presidential victory of Volodymyr Zelensky might improve the situation in Ukraine – and relations with Moscow. Others, however, remain quite skeptical. Zelensky had all but secured a certain victory by Sunday night, leading the incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in this second run-off with Read More

Facebook bans UK far right groups and leaders

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Facebook has imposed a ban on a dozen far-right individuals and organisations that it says “spread hate”. The ban includes the British National Party and Nick Griffin, the English Defence League and the National Front. The list also includes Britain First, which was already banned, but this latest action will prohibit support for it on Read More