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Huawei arrest: China demands Canada free Meng Wanzhou

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou is the daughter of the company’s founder China has demanded that Canada release the arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou or face consequences. Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had summoned the Canadian ambassador and lodged a “strong protest”, a statement said. The ministry described Ms Meng’s arrest as “extremely nasty”. Ms Meng, Huawei’s chief financial officer and daughter of the firm’s founder, is accused of breaking US sanctions on Iran. She was held in Vancouver last Saturday and faces extradition to the US, where…

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German 5G auction at risk if government demands roaming: FAZ

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German regulator has said the government’s auction of fifth-generation (5G) mobile licenses could be delayed if operators had to offer roaming in rural areas, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported on Thursday. FILE PHOTO – People speak before the first demonstration of the technology 5G in Lisbon, Portugal June 4, 2018. Picture taken June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante But the Transport Ministry said national roaming was not possible based on a European provision and so not planned. It said details in a letter cited by FAZ…

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France fuel protests: Man with grenade demands Macron meeting

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThousands march in France over diesel tax A man armed with a grenade demanding protesters be given an audience with French President Emmanuel Macron has been arrested in western France. The man, who was wearing a yellow jacket like the hi-visibility jackets worn by protesters, surrendered after several hours’ negotiation in Angers. The incident comes as Paris readies itself for the arrival of tens of thousands of protesters taking part in a second weekend of demonstrations. They are protesting at fuel prices.…

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U.S. regulator demands companies take action to halt ‘robocalls’

FILE PHOTO – Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday wrote the chief executives of major telephone service providers and other companies, demanding they launch a system to combat billions of “robocalls” and other nuisance calls received monthly by American consumers. In May, Pai called on companies to adopt an industry-developed “call authentication system” or standard for the cryptographic…

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Italy budget: European Commission demands changes

Image copyright AFP Image caption Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (L) and his two deputies – Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini (R) – have been told to revise their budget The European Commission has told Italy to revise its budget, an unprecedented move with regard to an EU member state. The Commission is worried about the impact of higher spending on already high levels of debt in Italy, the eurozone’s third-biggest economy. Italy’s governing populist parties have vowed to push ahead with campaign promises including a minimum income for the…

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Paralympics: IPC demands more accessible hotels, transport at Tokyo 2020

TOKYO (Reuters) – The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) warned Tokyo 2020 organizers on Friday that more accessible hotels and transport options must be found ahead of the showpiece event. IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez was critical of the number of hotel rooms that are wheelchair accessible and does not believe there will be enough suitable rooms by the time some teams arrive for pre-Paralympic camps. “The job to deliver the best Paralympic Games ever becomes much harder from now on,” said Gonzalez following a two-day project review meeting in the Japanese…

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Tesla’s Musk mocks SEC as judge demands they justify fraud settlement

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tesla Inc’s Elon Musk on Thursday mocked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, just hours after a federal judge ordered him and the regulator to justify their securities fraud settlement, which let Musk remain chief executive. FILE PHOTO: Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk stands on the podium as he attends a forum on startups in Hong Kong, China January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo “Just want to [sic] that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work,” Musk, a frequent critic of investors betting against the…

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Michael Phelps demands more help for former Olympians

Phelps won five Olympic golds in his final Games at Rio 2016 Legendary US swimmer Michael Phelps says more must be done to support Olympians after they move out of the spotlight. Phelps, 33, said in January that he contemplated suicide during the worst periods of his own depression. “I don’t think there’s been much help for when an athlete retires,” he said. “When we’re done it’s kind of like we’re just moved along or brushed aside because there’s somebody else that’s coming up.” Phelps won a record 23 Olympic…

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BA boss demands action on Heathrow queues

Image copyright PA The boss of British Airways has criticised long queues at Heathrow, saying arrivals face two-hour waits to get through border control. Alex Cruz has written a letter to the Times saying queues at the London airport are “significantly worse” than other major hubs across the world. The letter is in response to proposals for “UK-only” lines after Brexit. He said that was a matter for government, but its priority should be preventing long queues now. The airline chief executive called on Home Secretary Sajid javid to “take…

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North Korea: US is making ‘gangster-like’ demands on denuclearisation

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol say goodbye as the US envoy departs for Japan North Korea has accused the US of using “gangster-like” tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament after a fresh round of high-level talks. It branded the US attitude at the meeting as “extremely troubling”. The statement, by an unnamed foreign ministry official, gave a starkly different account from one provided by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just hours before. He had said progress was made during his two-day visit to…

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