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Chicago police seek follow-up interview with ‘Empire’ actor

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police have shifted the direction of their investigation into actor Jussie Smollett’s report of a hate-crime assault and are seeking to interview him again, after releasing two men detained for questioning in the probe, a police spokesman said on Saturday. Smollett, 36, an openly gay African-American performer who plays a gay character on the musical hip-hop TV drama “Empire,” ignited a furor on social media last month when he reported he had been attacked on the street by two men yelling racial and homophobic slurs. According…

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Passengers seek flights after Flybmi ceases operations

Image copyright Getty Images Passengers stranded across Europe have told of their frustration after the UK regional airline Flybmi collapsed, cancelling all its flights. The company said uncertainty over Brexit and rises in fuel and carbon costs led it to go into administration. One Briton stuck in Belgium said the airline would not refund her fare and she could not afford an alternative. The airline has told affected travellers to contact their insurance and credit card companies. Emergency talks over Derry-Stansted link Derry-Stansted flight cash extended to 2021 Flybmi, which…

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Technology 

Venture capital firm uses AI to seek out start-ups across Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – A London-based venture capital firm that uses artificial intelligence to find promising start-ups across Europe said on Tuesday it had raised 53 million euros (£46.6 million) for its biggest fund to date. InReach Ventures was founded by Roberto Bonanzinga and John Mesrie, both previously at Balderton Capital, and Ben Smith, formerly at Microsoft’s teamworking tool Yammer. InReach has spent three years developing its own proprietary AI technology to discover, evaluate and support its investments. Bonanzinga said European start-ups were scattered across the continent, meaning that many early…

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Venture capital firm uses AI to seek out start-ups across Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – A London-based venture capital firm that uses artificial intelligence to find promising start-ups across Europe said on Tuesday it had raised 53 million euros (£46.6 million) for its biggest fund to date. InReach Ventures was founded by Roberto Bonanzinga and John Mesrie, both previously at Balderton Capital, and Ben Smith, formerly at Microsoft’s teamworking tool Yammer. InReach has spent three years developing its own proprietary AI technology to discover, evaluate and support its investments. Bonanzinga said European start-ups were scattered across the continent, meaning that many early…

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Facebook: MPs seek to quiz Clegg on online abuse

Sir Nick Clegg has been asked to appear before a committee of MPs investigating the online abuse and harassment of MPs. The former deputy prime minister is now Facebook’s head of global affairs. Labour MP Harriet Harman, chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, said he was “uniquely well placed” to give evidence on whether social media abuse was stifling democracy. Sir Nick’s boss, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has turned down repeated requests to appear before MPs. Facebook, which also owns WhatsApp and Instagram, has been accused along with…

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Tesco’s unions seek talks amid fears of 15,000 job cuts

Image copyright Getty Images Unions are calling for urgent talks with Tesco amid fears that the supermarket could cut 15,000 jobs. Unite’s national officer for retail distribution, Adrian Jones, said this was a “worrying time” for members, while Usdaw said it was “distressing”. Tesco has told staff in an internal memo that restructuring was “still being finalised” after the Mail on Sunday reported that jobs could go. Reports say this could include closing some fresh food counters and bakeries. Tesco is the UK’s biggest grocery chain and employs 324,000 in…

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Smartphone makers seek export incentives to grow India production

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Smartphone makers in India are calling for export credits on devices and tariff cuts on machinery imports as part of measures they say will make Asia’s third-biggest economy a global smartphone manufacturing hub. FILE PHOTO: A worker arranges battery charger circuit boards at a mobile phone battery manufacturing plant in Noida, India, October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo The India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA), whose members include some of the industry’s biggest names including Apple Inc, made the proposals in a 174-page document reviewed by Reuters…

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Las Vegas police seek DNA from soccer star Ronaldo in sexual assault inquiry

(Reuters) – Police in Nevada have formally asked Italian authorities to obtain a DNA sample from Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in the investigation of accusations that he raped a woman a decade ago in Las Vegas, police said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – World Cup – Portugal Departure – Zhukovsky International Airport, Moscow Region, Russia , July 1, 2018. Cristiano Ronaldo walks at the airport before the departure. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/File Photo Ronaldo, 33, widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, has maintained…

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Offices grow ‘brains’ as companies seek to attract smarter workers

BERLIN (Reuters) – Employees will not need a key to get into the office of the future when it opens in Berlin this year, featuring ample meeting space, plenty of copy machines always stocked with paper along with high-quality air processed to maximize worker health and minimize sick time. The Berlin headquarters of Zalando is seen during the final construction phase in this company photo released from Berlin, Germany on December 14, 2018. Courtesy: Zalando/Handout via REUTERS Their smartphones will help guide them around their new workplace — and they…

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Reality Check: How many people seek asylum in the UK?

More than 220 people have attempted to cross the English Channel in small boats since November, according to a tally being kept by BBC News. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has declared the crossings “a major incident”. Mr Javid said that while the UK had “obligations to genuine asylum seekers which we will uphold, we will not stand by and allow reckless criminals to take advantage of some of the most vulnerable people in our global society”. So how many of those who’ve crossed the Channel in recent weeks are claiming…

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