U.S. senator to change anti-child porn bill over Google, Facebook encryption concerns: draft

– U.S. legislation aimed at stopping online child sexual abuse material is likely to be amended to address concerns of platforms like Google and Facebook that the proposed law goes too far to weaken privacy protections for ordinary users, according to a draft of the bill seen by . Tech companies, currently protected from lawsuits over content posted by users, feared the original bill would hurt their ability to offer protections like end-to-end encryption. That…

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‘No more rainbow capitalism’ as protests shine light on Black trans lives

NEW YORK – Protests and marches for the rights of Black trans people drew thousands to the streets under the banner of “Black Trans Lives Matter” in recent weeks amid a global demonstrations against racism. digital editors Ben Kellerman and Arlene Washington hosted a conversation featuring the Black trans community as part of our #Ask Twitter chat series during the close of Pride month in June, which commemorates the Stonewall uprising. Below are edited highlights.…

"‘No more rainbow capitalism’ as protests shine light on Black trans lives"

Biden says new China national security law a ‘death blow,’ weighs sanctions

– Democrat Joe Biden on Wednesday threatened new economic sanctions on China if he is elected U.S. president, calling its new security law imposed on Hong Kong a “death blow” to the territory’s freedom. Biden, who has a lead in national opinion polls ahead of his Nov. 3 election fight against President Donald Trump, said Beijing was “acting with impunity” when it unveiled new laws for Hong Kong that would punish crimes of secession, subversion,…

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Trump administration sends out teams to guard monuments on July 4th weekend

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s administration has put special law enforcement teams in place to protect monuments it believes could be vandalized by protesters over the 4th of July holiday weekend, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday. The announcement did not provide details on the teams’ sizes or makeup, how much the deployment cost, or how they would respond to any perceived threats. It also did not say exactly which memorials would be…

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Turkey asks EU to correct ‘mistake’ of travel list exclusion

ANKARA – Turkey said on Wednesday it is disappointed by the European Union’s decision to exclude it from a list of countries recommended for non-essential travel and called on the bloc to correct the “mistake” as soon as possible. The Turkish Foreign Ministry statement came after the EU excluded Turkey, along with the United States and other countries, from its initial travel “safe list”. “The measures Turkey has taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic as…

"Turkey asks EU to correct ‘mistake’ of travel list exclusion"

Pompeo urges Turkey to maintain the status of Hagia Sophia as museum

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday urged Turkey to continue to maintain the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul as a museum, a day before an expected court ruling that may give the legal foundation to groups asking to restore its status as a mosque. Hagia Sophia was the main cathedral in Christendom for 900 years before becoming a mosque for 500 years until 1934, when it was converted into a…

"Pompeo urges Turkey to maintain the status of Hagia Sophia as museum"

Exclusive: U.S. delays diplomats’ return to China amid concerns over coronavirus testing, quarantine

WASHINGTON – The United States has postponed flights for dozens of diplomats who had planned to return to China later this month, after failing to reach agreement with Beijing over issues including COVID-19 testing and quarantine. Five months after the coronavirus epidemic forced the evacuation of some 1,300 U.S. diplomats and family members from China, Washington and Beijing remain locked in negotiations over conditions for their return, according to more than a dozen internal State…

"Exclusive: U.S. delays diplomats’ return to China amid concerns over coronavirus testing, quarantine"

Khashoggi’s fiancee hopes Turkish trial will reveal fresh evidence

ISTANBUL – A Turkish court will open the trial on Friday of 20 Saudi officials indicted over the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a step his fiancee hopes will shed more light on the death and reveal where his body was hidden. The indictment by Istanbul prosecutors accuses the former deputy head of Saudi Arabia’s general intelligence, Ahmed al-Asiri, and former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani of instigating “premeditated murder with monstrous intent”, the…

"Khashoggi’s fiancee hopes Turkish trial will reveal fresh evidence"

Pride celebrations stir tensions in Turkey

ANKARA – This year’s LGBT Pride celebrations have exposed fault lines in Turkey as authorities called for caution against what they call LGBT propaganda, while companies who adopted rainbow colours on social media have faced boycott calls. Hashtags demanding a ban on LGBT activities and a boycott by shoppers of companies expressing solidarity have been trending on Twitter since Sunday, celebrated worldwide as Pride Day. On Sunday, Kerem Kinik, chair of the Red Crescent Society…

"Pride celebrations stir tensions in Turkey"

In legal setback, U.S. judge strikes down Trump asylum restrictions

WASHINGTON – A U.S. federal judge late Tuesday struck down President Donald Trump’s hardline rule that curtailed asylum applications by migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, a legal setback that follows a recent Supreme Court defeat over another immigration policy. The administration failed to adhere to proper regulatory guidelines when it issued a fast-track rule requiring migrants who want asylum to first seek safe haven in a third country through which they traveled on their way…

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