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‘US law doesn’t apply here’: India’s defense chief resists pressure over S-400 deal with Russia

American laws are their own matter locally and have nothing to do with India, the country’s defense chief said, refusing to bow to a US sanctions threat over its planned purchase of Russian S-400 air-defense systems. New Delhi has relayed to Washington that the threat of unilateral US sanctions will not have an impact on its decision on the possible ...

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Facebook under fresh political pressure as UK watchdog calls for “ethical pause” of ad ops

The UK’s privacy watchdog revealed yesterday that it intends to fine Facebook the maximum possible (£500k) under the country’s 1998 data protection regime for breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. But that’s just the tip of the regulatory missiles now being directed at the platform and its ad-targeting methods — and indeed, at the wider big data economy’s ...

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Russia stood up for breastfeeding protection when other countries yielded to US pressure – activist

The US pressured Ecuador to drop a pro-breastfeeding resolution by threatening to drop aid, the NYT reports. A breastfeeding advocate confirmed the report to RT, stating that losing money would be a “big deal” for poor countries. According to the New York Times, the pressure was piled on this spring in Geneva, as states gathered for the World Health Organization’s ...

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Twitter suspends 70mn 'fake' accounts in 2 months amid pressure from Congress & media

Some 70 million accounts, a number roughly equal to 20 percent of Twitter’s monthly active users, have been yanked off of the platform in May and June, as the company opts for user ‘safety’ over free speech, it’s been reported. The social media company has exacerbated its crusade against the ‘fake accounts’ accused of spreading divisive political content in tons ...

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Japan PM Abe cancels trip to Iran amid US pressure – report

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly abandoned plans to visit Iran later this month, amid increasing pressure from Washington aimed at isolating Tehran politically and economically. Read more According to Japanese media reports, Tokyo recently informed Tehran that Abe was cancelling talks with President Hassan Rouhani scheduled for mid-July. Abe’s trip would have marked the first time a Japanese ...

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India’s defense council approves S-400 deal despite Washington’s pressure – report

India’s Defense Ministry has reportedly given the green light for the acquisition of the Russian S-400 air defense systems and has forwarded the deal for final approval, despite a warning from the US of potential consequences. After endorsing some “minor deviations” in the contract, defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman forwarded the 39,000 crore ($ 5.7mn) deal to purchase S-400 for final ...

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Pressure mounts on EU-US Privacy Shield after Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal

Yet more pressure on the precariously placed EU-US Privacy Shield: The European Union parliament’s civil liberties committee has called for the data transfer arrangement to be suspended by September 1 unless the US comes into full compliance. Though the committee has no power to suspend the arrangement itself. But has amped up the political pressure on the EU’s executive body, the ...

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Atlantic Council: Pro-NATO pressure group uses distortions to fight ‘disinformation’

Fueling hysteria about ‘Russian disinformation,’ ‘Russian meddling,’ and ‘Russian propaganda’ has quickly become a lucrative pastime. Now NATO’s Atlantic Council has gathered the leading proponents under one umbrella. ‘Russian’s everywhere, everywhere Russians’ – that’s long been the mantra of NATO’s propaganda wing, the Atlantic Council. And, since 1961, the American lobby group’s raison d’être has been to convince the world ...

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US pressure on Iran has nothing to do with nuclear deal – Moscow

Increased US pressure on Iran is politically motivated and has nothing to do with the nuclear deal, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said. Donald Trump has promised to announce his decision on the future of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) accord on Tuesday ahead of the May 12 deadline. Sources told The New York Times ...

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Sanders slammed for using feminist card to pressure Senate on CIA nominee Haspel

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been slammed for claiming Democrats who support women’s empowerment should also support Gina Haspel’s nomination to the CIA, despite her record in torture. Sanders said “any Democrat who claims to support women’s empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite” in a tweet on Saturday, sparking a swift ...

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