Facebook sees risks to innovation, freedom of expression ahead of EU rules

Canada Dot Com | 2020-02-17

BRUSSELS — Facebook warned of threats to innovation and freedom of expression on Monday, ahead of the release of a raft of rules by the European Union this week and in the coming months to rein in U.S. and Chinese tech companies. The social media giant laid out its concerns ahead of a meeting...

A new Twitter filter can delete unsolicited dick pics from your DMs

The Times of India | 2020-02-17

In internet parlance, eggplant emojis are used to represent the human penis. A new Twitter plugin called "Safe DM" launched Friday, and is designed to block and delete unsolicited nude images in people's private Twitter messages.Developer Kelsey Bressler built the artificial intelligence behind the...

Britain won't heed EU rules to win free trade - PM aide

Canada Dot Com | 2020-02-17

BRUSSELS — Britain will not be threatened into following EU rules in the future by talk of economic rifts and is ready to trade with the bloc on basic international terms if needs be, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser said on Monday. Britain left the EU last month and the two...

Alstom to buy Bombardier rail unit for up to $6.7 billion

Reuters | 2020-02-17

France's Alstom said on Monday it had agreed to buy the train division of Canada's Bombardier for up to 6.2 billion euros ($6.7 billion), in the latest bid by Western rail companies to bulk up in the face of Chinese competition. ......

New secret weapon against Parkinson’s might actually be… COUGH SYRUP?

Russia Today | 2020-02-17

New research indicates that a common treatment for coughs and respiratory illnesses, discovered over 50 years ago, may prove to be the secret weapon which could halt the progression of Parkinson’s disease. A clinical trial of Ambroxol, an active ingredient in cough medicines since the 1970s, has...

Beijing orders mandatory coronavirus quarantines as US moves to evacuate passengers from cruise ship

CNN | 2020-02-15

Hong Kong (CNN)Beijing has ordered a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers returning to the city, with novel coronavirus cases continuing to rise in China and international experts warning there's no immediate end in sight. Beijing authorities announced Friday night local time that all people...

PSG collapses in draw vs. Amiens before Champs League game

TSN Canada | 2020-02-15

PARISFrench league leader Paris Saint-Germain's defence collapsed in a 4-4 draw at struggling Amiens on Saturday. Error-strewn PSG trailed 3-0 and then recovered to lead 4-3 before conceding an injury-time equalizer to Serhou Guirassy in his second goal of the game. It was the first time PSG...

Roger Federer: French Open only clay court appearance in 2020

Sky Sports | 2020-02-14

Roger Federer will play the French Open as his only clay-court tournament this season, says his agent Tony Godsick. The Swiss skipped the entire clay court season in 2017 and 2018 and last year played only two tournaments on the surface before arriving in Paris for the French Open. There was...

Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa wishes 'this nightmare would be over'

Deccan Chronicle | 2020-02-11

LOS ANGELES: Vanessa Bryant said in an Instagram post on Monday that she was both grieving and angry over the loss of her husband, NBA star Kobe Bryant, and 13-year-old Gianna in a helicopter crash last month. Vanessa Bryant, 37, has made few public appearances since the crash...

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US House speaker Pelosi warns allies against using Huawei

Yahoo Daily News | 2020-02-17

BRUSSELS (AP) — No NATO ally should succumb to the temptation of letting Chinese tech giant Huawei into their next-generation cellular networks, U.S. House...

Syria's Assad says his forces' gains are "prelude" to rebels' final defeat

Reuters | 2020-02-17

Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Monday his forces' rapid recent gains in their Russian-backed military offensive presaged the eventual defeat of the...

A citizens’ assembly on climate is pointless if the government won’t listen

The Observer | 2020-02-17

When MPs announced a citizens’ assembly on the climate emergency last June, two crucial things hadn’t yet happened: Boris Johnson’s takeover of the Conservative...

Albania PM likens country to jilted lover in its effort to join EU

The Observer | 2020-02-17

Albania’s prime minister, Edi Rama, has downplayed expectations of an imminent breakthrough in membership talks with the EU, as he compared his country to a...

Bomb attack at religious rally kills 10 in Pakistani city Quetta

Press TV | 2020-02-17

At least 10 people, including two police officers, have been killed in a bomb attack in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan. The attack, which took...

Sudan peace talks extended for three weeks

Middle East Online | 2020-02-17

JUBA - The Sudanese government and a coalition of rebel groups on Monday extended peace talks for another three weeks after missing a deadline for a final peace...

Intensifying Syrian Gov’t Offensive Has Displaced 800,000 Civilians Since December

Democracy Now | 2020-02-17

In Syria, fighting is intensifying between government forces and opposition groups, displacing more civilians who have had to flee toward the...

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Creators Syndicate | 2020-02-17

A Start-Over Job for the ERA

One immense reason for our present political entanglements — would it be OK to say "messes"?...

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