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Trump ‘to sign border security bill and declare emergency’ over wall

President Donald Trump will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown as well as declare a national emergency to fund his wall. The White House said Mr Trump would sign the bill as promised, but also take action to use military funds for his US-Mexico border wall. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell announced the plan just before the chamber voted on the compromise bill. Congress must first pass the bill before it is signed by the president. “The President is once again delivering on his promise to…

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Russian lawmakers back bill on ‘sovereign’ Internet

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian lawmakers backed tighter Internet controls on Tuesday to defend against foreign meddling in draft legislation that critics warn could disrupt Russia’s Internet and be used to stifle dissent. FILE PHOTO: People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with binary code and a Russian national flag, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo The legislation, which some Russian media have likened to an online “iron curtain,” passed its first of three…

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Australia PM seeks to block bill on sick asylum seekers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption PM Scott Morrison says letting in sick asylum seekers would unleash “a world of woe” Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is campaigning to block a bill that would let sick asylum seekers in offshore centres get treatment in Australia. Mr Morrison said the bill would “take control from the government”, and “unleash a world of woe”. Australia has sent asylum seekers who arrive by boat to detention centres on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus. Its tough immigration policy has been repeatedly criticised.…

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Anti-FGM bill being blocked by MP Chope ‘appalling’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Liz Truss said she wants to change Sir Christopher’s mind A Conservative MP’s decision to block a bill protecting girls from female genital mutilation was “appalling” and he must change his mind, Treasury minister Liz Truss has said. Sir Christopher Chope provoked outrage after shouting “object” during a debate on anti-FGM legislation last week. Ms Truss said she will “look for him around the Commons” to talk it over. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said the government is “looking urgently” at how to get the law…

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MP Christopher Chope under fire for blocking anti-FGM bill

Image copyright UK Parliament The MP who infuriated campaigners by objecting to a ban on upskirting has been heavily criticised after blocking another private members’ bill. Sir Christopher Chope shouted “object” in a debate on laws protecting children from female genital mutilation. His Conservative colleague, Zac Goldsmith, said his actions were “appalling” – Lib Dem Tom Brake said the MP had “reached a new low”. Sir Christopher has argued his aim is to stop badly thought-out legislation. But he has not commented on Friday’s Commons debate on the private member’s…

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Apple reportedly settles French tax bill

Image copyright Getty Images IPhone-maker Apple has reached a deal with French authorities to pay back taxes. French magazine L’Express reported that the firm paid nearly €500m ($570m, £439m) in a confidential settlement reached late last year. Apple’s French business confirmed there was a deal in a statement to the Reuters news agency but refused to say how much was paid. France is lobbying for an EU-wide tax on the biggest technology firms. “As a multinational company, Apple is regularly audited by fiscal authorities around the world,” Apple France said…

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Sofia Coppola to direct Bill Murray in Apple’s first film

Image copyright AFP Image caption Coppola’s first film since 2017’s The Beguiled will be co-produced by Apple Sofia Coppola will reunite with Lost in Translation star Bill Murray to make Apple’s first original feature film. News of the film, titled On the Rocks, comes ahead of the expected launch of the tech giant’s own streaming platform. Rashida Jones will star with Murray in the film, which tells of a young mother who reconnects with her playboy father. Apple is also working with Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg and Reese Witherspoon on…

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Upskirting to be crime after Lords back bill

Image copyright Gina Martin Image caption Gina Martin celebrated with her lawyer Ryan Whelan A woman who launched a campaign against upskirting after being targeted at a festival 18 months ago has said “we did it!” after legislation was passed to make it a crime in England and Wales. The new legislation, approved in the House of Lords and now only awaiting the formality of Royal Assent, will see offenders face up to two years in jail. Gina Martin, 26, said the decision was “politics and society at its best”.…

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Bipartisan bill unveiled in Senate to stop China tech threats

FILE PHOTO: Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Senator Mark Warner listens to testimony from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at a hearing on foreign influence operations on social media platforms on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. lawmakers who have been active in congressional efforts to address technology threats from China introduced a bill on Friday to create a White House office to fight state-sponsored technology theft and defend critical supply chains. Senators Mark Warner, a Democrat…

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Bill Gates’ nuclear venture hits snag amid U.S. restrictions on China deals: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: Microsoft founder Bill Gates attends a forum of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai on November 5, 2018. Matthew Knight/Pool via REUTERS NEW YORK (Reuters) – TerraPower LLC, a nuclear energy venture chaired by Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates, is seeking a new partner for early-stage trials of its technology after new U.S. rules forced it to abandon an agreement with China, company officials told the Wall Street Journal. TerraPower reached an agreement with state-owned China National Nuclear Corp in 2017 to build an experimental…

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