Chinese professor found guilty in US of economic espionage

SAN FRANCISCO (BLOOMBERG) - A Chinese professor was found guilty by a judge of trade-secret theft and and an even more serious and rarer charge of economic espionage, marking the latest conviction in the Trump administration's pursuit of Chinese scientists and engineers. At an unusual in-person courtroom hearing on Friday (June 26) during the coronavirus … Continue reading Chinese professor found guilty in US of economic espionage

Trump’s re-election prospects darkening

WASHINGTON - The polls are becoming too consistent in their message for United States President Donald Trump to ignore. It is very clear what he is up against: the Covid-19 outbreak may be remembered not just as a deadly pandemic, but as the wave that swamped his re-election bid. The Covid-19 outbreak may be remembered as the wave that … Continue reading Trump’s re-election prospects darkening

Appeals court rejects Trump’s diversion of military funds for border wall

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled on Friday (June 26) that the Trump administration did not have the authority to transfer US$2.5 billion (S$3.5 billion) from the Pentagon to President Donald Trump's border wall without congressional approval, most likely sending the matter to the Supreme Court. The 2-1 decision, which … Continue reading Appeals court rejects Trump’s diversion of military funds for border wall

Trump signs order vowing to protect statues from ‘anarchists’

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that he says is intended to protect monuments and statues from "anarchists and left-wing extremists". "My administration will not allow violent mobs incited by a radical fringe to become the arbiters of the aspects of our history that can be celebrated in public spaces," Mr Trump … Continue reading Trump signs order vowing to protect statues from ‘anarchists’

Coca-Cola pauses social media advertising

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Coca-Cola, a major force in global advertising, announced on Friday (June 26) it would suspend ads on social media for at least 30 days, as platforms face a reckoning over how they deal with racist content. "There is no place for racism in the world and there is no place for … Continue reading Coca-Cola pauses social media advertising

TV show ‘The Simpsons’ ditches using white voices for characters of colour

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Animated TV comedy "The Simpsons" is ending the use of white actors to voice characters of colour, producers said on Friday (June 26). "Moving forward, 'The Simpsons' will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters," they said in a brief statement. The Simpsons is syndicated in more than 100 countries.PHOTO: … Continue reading TV show ‘The Simpsons’ ditches using white voices for characters of colour

‘TikTok Grandma’ who helped tank Trump rally now works for Biden

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - Last weekend, Mary Jo Laupp was enjoying a quiet night at a birthday party for her granddaughter - until she picked up her phone and her world flipped upside down. A TikTok video she had made urging people to reserve tickets to United States President Donald Trump's June 20 rally in … Continue reading ‘TikTok Grandma’ who helped tank Trump rally now works for Biden

French agency to read black boxes of Ukrainian airliner downed in January over Iran

France said on Friday it would download the black boxes from a Ukrainian airliner shot down by an Iranian missile in January, easing a stand-off over where they should be read. France's BEA crash investigation agency said it was acting at the request of Iran, which remains responsible under global rules for conducting a formal … Continue reading French agency to read black boxes of Ukrainian airliner downed in January over Iran

Hotels and ashrams repurposed for Delhi coronavirus surge

New Delhi (AFP) Staff at the luxury Suryaa hotel used to wear bright saris as they welcomed guests. Now they must don medical suits and handle gurneys as New Delhi desperately prepares for a predicted surge in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks. The pandemic is still raging in India with more than half a … Continue reading Hotels and ashrams repurposed for Delhi coronavirus surge

Facing advertisers’ boycott, Facebook to ban more ‘hateful content’ in ads

Facebook said Friday it would ban a "wider category of hateful content" in ads as the embattled social media giant moved to respond to growing protests over its handling of inflammatory posts. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook also would add tags to posts that are "newsworthy" but violate platform rules -- following the lead of Twitter, which … Continue reading Facing advertisers’ boycott, Facebook to ban more ‘hateful content’ in ads

Iceland president set for landslide election win

Reykjavik (AFP) Iceland votes in a presidential election on Saturday, the second European country to hold polls since coronavirus lockdowns were lifted, with incumbent Gudni Johannesson widely expected to win a second four-year mandate. In Iceland's parliamentary republic, the role of the president is largely symbolic, but he or she does have the power to … Continue reading Iceland president set for landslide election win

Top US virus expert warns of ‘serious problem’ as cases surge

Houston (AFP) America's top infectious diseases expert has warned the United States is facing a "serious problem" from a resurgent coronavirus as the illness puts the brakes on reopening two of the country's largest states. Texas and Florida closed bars and reimposed other curbs on Friday as the number of infections in the US hit … Continue reading Top US virus expert warns of ‘serious problem’ as cases surge