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Web watchdog warns over knee-jerk regulation of social networks

Image copyright Getty Images Government regulation of social media and the internet could have “unintended consequences” for victims of sexual abuse, a charity has warned. The Internet Watch Foundation said that “knee-jerk regulation” in response to a string of data and privacy scandals could come at a “heavy cost”. The UK government is expected to publish a White Paper that will lay out how it plans to tackle “online harms”. Culture Minister Jeremy Wright said it would be published in the coming weeks. He told the BBC’s Dave Lee: “We…

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Pulwama attack: Pakistan warns India against military action

Image copyright AFP Image caption In a televised address, Mr Khan called on India to provide evidence to support its claims that Pakistan was involved Pakistan PM Imran Khan says his country will retaliate if India takes military action against it in the aftermath of last week’s suicide attack on Indian forces in Indian-administered Kashmir. In a televised address, he also called on India to provide evidence to support its claims that Pakistan was involved. More than 40 members of India’s security forces died in Thursday’s suicide bombing. A Pakistan-based…

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Australia’s drought leading to ‘suffering’ of children, UN warns

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChildren speak to the BBC about their experiences last year A prolonged drought in Australia is having a devastating impact on children and forcing them to “grow up” prematurely, a UN report warns. Large parts of eastern Australia have endured severe drought for months, crippling farming communities. Children in these areas are resilient but endure a growing psychological toll, said the UN’s children’s agency. Many children have “long and stressful” days that involve witnessing strain on their parents and animals, Unicef said.…

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Porsche warns UK customers of Brexit price rise

Image copyright Reuters Porsche is warning UK customers they might have to pay 10% extra for cars delivered after Britain leaves the EU. The German firm said its request that buyers sign a clause committing to a potential tariff was “precautionary”. Porsche’s owner Volkswagen declined to discuss if some of its other brands, including Audi, Lamborghini, Skoda, Bugatti, Seat, and Ducati might follow. A 10% surcharge would see the cost of an entry-level Porsche 911 rising from £93,110 to £102,421. Stuttgart-based Porsche said in an emailed statement to the BBC:…

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Pompeo warns allies Huawei presence complicates partnership with U.S.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the United Nations following a Security Council meeting about the situation in Venezuela in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned U.S. allies on Monday against deploying equipment from Chinese telecoms gear manufacturer Huawei on their soil, saying it would make it more difficult for Washington to “partner alongside them”. “We want to make sure we identify (to) them…

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Food industry warns Gove on Brexit ‘crisis’

Image copyright Getty Images The UK food industry has threatened to stop co-operating with government policy consultations, saying it is busy trying to stave off the “catastrophic impact” of a no-deal Brexit. The warning came in a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove from more than 30 business leaders. They said it looked “ever more the likeliest outcome” that the UK would leave the EU without an agreement. They added that it was a “moment of potential crisis” for their industry. Those signing the letter included the heads of the…

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Venezuela crisis: Maduro warns of civil war

Image copyright EPA Image caption Nicolás Maduro has retained the support of the Venezuelan military Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has said he cannot rule out the possibility of civil war as pressure mounts on him to stand down. In a TV interview, he warned that US President Donald Trump would leave the White House “stained with blood” if he intervened in the crisis. He also defiantly rejected the EU’s Sunday deadline to call snap elections. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president last month and won US backing. He…

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U.S. Energy Department warns staff to avoid foreign recruitment programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department on Friday told staff they are banned from taking part in foreign recruitment programs as the agency seeks to stop China and other countries from illegally acquiring sensitive research in supercomputing and other technologies. FILE PHOTO: Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Dan Brouillette attends a meeting in Chile, September 7, 2017 REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido/File Photo Dan Brouillette, the Energy Department’s deputy secretary, said in a memo the agency that recruitment programs sponsored by certain countries “threaten the United States’ economic base…

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Mental health: UK could ban social media over suicide images, minister warns

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAfter Molly Russell took her own life, her family discovered distressing material about suicide on her Instagram account Social media firms could be banned if they fail to remove harmful content, the health secretary has warned. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Matt Hancock said: “If we think they need to do things they are refusing to do, then we can and we must legislate.” But he added: “It’s not where I’d like to end up.” The minister earlier called on…

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Airbus warns of Brexit ‘harmful decisions’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Airbus makes wings for the A380 and other models in the UK European planemaker Airbus has warned that it could move wing-building out of the UK in the future if there is a no-deal Brexit. The firm’s chief executive, Tom Enders, said the firm “will have to make potentially very harmful decisions for the UK” in the event of no deal. Mr Enders said it was a “disgrace” that businesses could still not plan for Brexit. In all, Airbus employs 14,000 people in the…

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