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Biden signs raft of orders, including to rejoin Paris climate accord

Washington - US President Joe Biden signed a series of executive orders to launch his administration Wednesday, including a decision to rejoin the Paris climate accord and a mask mandate for all federal buildings.

Iran says to meet nuclear commitments if Biden lifts sanctions

Tehran - Iran said Wednesday it would "automatically" return to its nuclear commitments if US President-elect Joe Biden lifts sanctions, as the outgoing administration doubled down with more pressure.

Tough combined measures key in virus fight: study

Paris - Quarantining infected people, workplace distancing and school closures are most effective in combatting the spread of the new coronavirus when implemented together, according to new research released Tuesday looking at Singapore's response to the kille...

Citing COVID-19, Bank of Canada cuts rate by half-a-point

The Bank of Canada cut half a percentage point from its benchmark interest rate Wednesday, easing monetary policy for the first time in more than four years to protect the economy from the coronavirus.

Confusion clouds China's social credit system

Bejing - From penalising irresponsible dog owners to blacklisting dissenters, critics warn China's social credit system enables authorities to define "desirable and undesirable behaviour" and could allow unprecedented control of citizen's lives.

Strong state of artificial intelligence in the U.K.

London - A new report into artificial intelligence in the U.K. assesses the current state of play and it identifies the key players. The report concludes that Britain has necessary resources, as well as the industrial will, to develop gold standards for AI.

Q&A: What the U.S. midterm elections mean for the energy sector Special

With the midterm elections on the horizon, the outcome will help shape the future direction of the energy and climate sectors. LevelTen Energy CEO, Bryce Smith provides some expert analysis.

In the wrong direction? Rise of the uninsured

In the U.S. the proportion of the population who are uninsured is growing. At the end of 2016 the rate was 10.9 percent; by the end of 2017 this was up to 12.2 percent. New research reveals the state-by-state patterns.

Same-sex partners of diplomats must be married to get U.S. visa

On Monday, Donald Trump’s administration began denying visas to same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats — a move one former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations labeled “needlessly cruel and bigoted.”

Microsoft's new cybersecurity framework

Microsoft's has developed a new framework could help policymakers better understand cybersecurity. The set of tools and associated research paper draw upon many years of expertise collected by the technology giant.

Britain to unveil new counter-terrorism strategy

London - Britain on Monday was to unveil a new counter-terrorism strategy under which it will boost intelligence cooperation between the domestic MI5 service and police as well as the private sector.

Spotify CEO admits hate content policy 'rolled out wrong'

On May 30, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek admitted to the hate content and hateful conduct policy on Spotify being "rolled out wrong."

The future of AI depends on who’s at the table

A new report from Canada’s Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship about AI’s implications for policy makers found that, to be successful in implementing AI in government, a diversity in conversation must happen.

Global biodiversity 'crisis' to be assessed at major summit

Paris - Earth is enduring a mass species extinction, scientists say -- the first since the demise of the dinosaurs and only the sixth in half-a-billion years.The reason?

Trump 'seeking nuclear war' with new policy: NKorean institute

Hong Kong - US President Donald Trump is "seeking nuclear war" through a controversial new push to revamp America's nuclear arsenal, an institute attached to North Korea's foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Insufficient export pipelines hurting Canadian oil producers

Toronto - Canada's oil and gas producers are struggling to stay competitive with their U.S. counterparts because of the policy limitations in expanding pipeline capacity, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute.

France says 20 under house arrest under new anti-terror law

Paris - French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Wednesday that about 20 people would be held under house arrest under a controversial anti-terror law that went into effect this week.

France's Macron signs controversial anti-terror law

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron signed a controversial anti-terror law Monday that gives authorities permanent powers to search homes, shut places of worship and restrict the movements of suspected extremists.

Hong Kongers must stand up for China, says leader Lam

Hong Kong - Hong Kongers have a duty to stand up for China over threats to its sovereignty, the territory's leader Carrie Lam said Wednesday, months after Beijing warned against any challenge to its control over the semi-autonomous city.

North Korea: Facing limited options, Trump may choose sanctions

Washington - Despite the US warning on Sunday of a "massive military response" to any threat from North Korea, the Trump administration has few good options to force the North to rein in its nuclear and missile programs following Pyongyang's most powerful nuclear t...

France to boost refugee aid, deport economic migrants

Paris - France will cut processing time for asylum requests and boost housing for refugees while "systematically" deporting illegal economic migrants, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Wednesday.

Paris, Berlin eye European centre to fight radicalism

Paris - Paris and Berlin are looking to create a European centre for the fight against religious radicalisation, the French and German interior ministers said on Wednesday.

IMF urges key G20 countries to spend more for growth

Chengdu - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned risks to the global economy are growing, as it called on some G20 nations to boost government spending.

Iraq war casts long shadow over UK foreign policy

London - Britain's war in Iraq, to be examined in a major report due out Wednesday, instilled a deep sense of distrust towards military intervention that still casts a shadow over foreign policy, analysts say.

China restructures military as Xi eyes 'strong army'

Shanghai - China has unveiled changes to the structure of its military, adding three new units, described by President Xi Jinping as "a major policy decision to realise the Chinese dream of a strong army", state media reported.

Communist conclave seeks leaner, cleaner China

Bejing - Economic malaise and the spectre of intractable pollution confronted China's Communist leaders Monday as official media reported they gathered to plan the nation's course for the next five years, following a surprise interest rate cut.

Op-Ed: Disappointing science plan for U.K. announced

London - A report from the U.K. Government Chief Scientific Adviser outlines the scope of the Government Office for Science for the next five years. The report discusses government policy and funding of external agencies.

Spotify to users: 'We have heard your concerns loud and clear'

Spotify's updated privacy policy has had a lot of people up in arms this week owing to its requests to track nearly everything that a user does on their phone. Now, the company has apologised and explained - after debating with Minecraft maker Notch.

Op-Ed: Where next for science in Tory Britain?

London - The dust has settled after the U.K. general election and the Conservative Party, following its narrow victory, is beginning to unveil a raft of policies. What do these mean for science and technology?

Obama urged to support encryption by Apple, Google & Microsoft

The largest and most influential technology companies including giants Apple, Google and Microsoft have formed a coalition to deliver a letter to President Obama, urging him to reject any proposal to deliberately weaken the security of smartphones.
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