Zoom to offer end-to-end encryption for all users, bending to pressure over privacy concerns

SAN FRANCISCO (BLOOMBERG) - Zoom Video Communications will offer full end-to-end encryption to all users, free and paid, succumbing to pressure from members of Congress and the public who pushed the video-conferencing company to bolster privacy. Those using the service at no charge will have to verify their phone numbers to get access to the … Continue reading Zoom to offer end-to-end encryption for all users, bending to pressure over privacy concerns

BBC seeks UK job cuts as part of $218 million coronavirus savings

LONDON (AFP) - The BBC said Wednesday it has invited staff to apply for voluntary redundancy as the broadcaster seeks £125 million (S$218 million) in savings due to the coronavirus pandemic. The cuts, which the broadcaster described in a statement as "necessary", would be put in place in the current financial year to March 2021. The … Continue reading BBC seeks UK job cuts as part of $218 million coronavirus savings

Pompeo meets China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Hawaii: US State Department

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in Hawaii on Wednesday (June 17), the State Department said, amid a deep deterioration of relations between strategic rivals that are the world's two top economies. The two have been at loggerheads over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and … Continue reading Pompeo meets China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Hawaii: US State Department

Teenager Burkardt edges Mainz towards safety with shock Dortmund win

Berlin (AFP) A first ever top-flight goal for 19-year-old Jonathan Burkardt saw German minnows Mainz all but secure Bundesliga survival with a surprise 2-0 victory at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. Local boy Burkardt, making only his second start of the season, gave his side a shock lead when he headed in Ridle Baku's cross after … Continue reading Teenager Burkardt edges Mainz towards safety with shock Dortmund win

Atlanta police officer charged with murder in Rayshard Brooks shooting

An Atlanta police officer will face felony murder charges for the death of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, who was shot in the back as he fled the officer, the district attorney announced Wednesday. District Attorney Paul Howard Howard said the police officer, Garrett Rolfe, had no justification for shooting Brooks, and aggravated the case by kicking Brook's … Continue reading Atlanta police officer charged with murder in Rayshard Brooks shooting

LATAM announces suspension of Argentine subsidiary operations

Santiago (AFP) Latin America's largest airline announced on Wednesday that it is indefinitely ceasing operations at its Argentine subsidiary due to the financial hardship provoked by the coronavirus pandemic. LATAM said in a statement the move was "because with the current conditions of the local industry, aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a sustainable projected is … Continue reading LATAM announces suspension of Argentine subsidiary operations

Trump asked China’s Xi for help winning 2020 election, claims Bolton

Washington (AFP) Donald Trump pleaded with China's leader Xi Jinping for help to win re-election in 2020, the US president's former aide John Bolton writes in an explosive new book, according to excerpts published Wednesday. In a meeting with Xi last June, Trump "stunningly turned the conversation to the US presidential election, alluding to China's … Continue reading Trump asked China’s Xi for help winning 2020 election, claims Bolton

Players take knee before goalline row gives Villa point on Premier League return

Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) The Premier League returned in dramatic fashion on Wednesday as Aston Villa's 0-0 draw against Sheffield United featured a powerful anti-racism message and controversy over a goalline technology blunder. After 100 days in coronavirus lockdown, the eagerly-anticipated first match of the Premier League restart gave players a platform to back the … Continue reading Players take knee before goalline row gives Villa point on Premier League return

US vows to curb China and Russia in space

Washington (AFP) The United States wants to prevent China and Russia from taking control of space and will look to allies for help, according to a new "Defense Space Strategy" unveiled by the Pentagon on Wednesday. The strategy document was the first since President Donald Trump announced the creation of the new Space Force military … Continue reading US vows to curb China and Russia in space

Wagner’s Schalke fail to win again in Europa League hunt

Berlin (AFP) David Wagner's Schalke continued their record-breaking run of bad form on Wednesday, notching up a 14th successive game without a win in a 2-1 away defeat to fellow European hopefuls Eintracht Frankfurt. Former Huddersfield boss Wagner has overseen a miserable second half of the season, which has seen Schalke plummet from the Champions … Continue reading Wagner’s Schalke fail to win again in Europa League hunt

Trump to meet with Polish president at the White House

Washington (AFP) US President Donald Trump will host Poland's President Andrzej Duda at the White House for wide-ranging talks next week, the White House said on Wednesday. The June 24 summit comes four days ahead of a presidential election in the EU nation delayed by the coronavirus, with opinion polls suggesting a liberal opposition candidate … Continue reading Trump to meet with Polish president at the White House

Prosecution demands four-years jail for ex-athletics chief Diack

Paris (AFP) The prosecution in the corruption trial in France of former global athletics supremo Lamine Diack called on Wednesday for him to serve four years in prison and be fined a maximum of 500,000 euros. Diack, an 87-year-old Senegalese, is accused of delaying punishment for Russian athletes who failed doping tests in return for … Continue reading Prosecution demands four-years jail for ex-athletics chief Diack