Daily Archives: May 16, 2018

France drops plan to set age of sexual consent at 15, triggering outrage & confusion

The government’s decision to back out of plans to set the minimum age of sexual consent at 15 has sparked a massive backlash in France, with critics saying the alternative wording is only adding more confusion. The proposed legislation was introduced, to much fanfare, by Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa in March in the aftermath of a case which saw a ...

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Facebook faces fresh criticism over ad targeting of sensitive interests

Is Facebook trampling over laws that regulate the processing of sensitive categories of personal data by failing to ask people for their explicit consent before it makes sensitive inferences about their sex life, religion or political beliefs? Or is the company merely treading uncomfortably and unethically close to the line of the law? An investigation by the Guardian and the ...

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‘Philippines won’t go to the dogs’: Duterte says China’s Xi ‘won’t allow’ him to be ousted

Chinese leader Xi Jinping once offered Rodrigo Duterte personal assurances his country “won’t go to the dogs,” the Philippines president said, noting that the former colony won’t become Washington’s “vassal” ever again. “’We will be there if you need us,’” Duterte said on Tuesday, recalling a conversation with the Chinese president. “The assurances of Xi Jinping were very encouraging. Eh, ...

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USS Milwaukee fires Longbow Hellfire missiles in 1st ‘fully integrated’ test (VIDEO)

The US Navy successfully test fired four surface-to-surface longbow hellfire missiles during live-fire drills which simulated the USS Milwaukee striking approaching hostile small boat targets farther toward the horizon. During the live-fire missile exercise off the coast of Virginia on May 11, USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) fired four longbow hellfire missiles that “successfully struck fast inshore attack craft targets,” the ...

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Iran says US sanctions will only strengthen Russia ties

Iran intends to boost economic ties with Russia and the prospect of the return of US sanctions will only serve to strengthen them, according to an Iranian official. Read more “Not only will the previous agreements remain in force, but, there will be new ones, there will be new contracts,” head of Economic Affairs Committee of Iran Mohammad Reza Pour ...

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A $400 Microsoft Surface may be on the way

Microsoft’s always taken a premium approach to its Surface line, showing users what its operating system can do when run on top of the line hardware. It’s a model that makes sense for a company with so many ties to third-party hardware manufacturers. But the line that’s been so focused on the high-end needs of “creative professionals” may be getting ...

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OPCW says chlorine 'likely' used in Syria based on open-source info & samples provided by jihadists

The OPCW report claiming that chlorine was “likely used” in Saraqeb, Syria in February is “seriously misleading” because its narrative is based on evidence provided by jihadists, the former UK ambassador told RT. A fact-finding mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Wednesday published a report which “determined that chlorine, released from cylinders through ...

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George Soros comes to the rescue of sinking Tesla

Billionaire investor George Soros has invested in electric car maker Tesla at a time when the company is facing stock sell-off amid severe production and legal problems. Read more Soros Fund Management invested $ 35 million in the convertible bonds of Tesla, which are due in March 2019, Reuters reports quoting the US Securities and Exchange Commission. This is not ...

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Tweetbot 3 arrives with a new look…and a reprieve from Twitter’s API changes

One of the more popular desktop clients for Twitter, Tweetbot, is today launching a completely rewritten version of its software, Tweetbot 3 for Mac. The updated app introduces new features like timeline filters, a new notifications view, an upgraded navigation sidebar, and more. At the same time, the company is also detailing what impact to its app could occur with ...

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‘No secret’: Western countries have known Novichok formula for decades, German media report

A sample of Novichok, the nerve agent allegedly used to poison the Skripals, was obtained by German intelligence back in the 1990s, local media report. The substance has since been studied and produced by NATO countries. Western countries, including the US and the UK, have long been aware of the chemical makeup of the nerve agent known as Novichok, a ...

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