Mexico’s first lady stirs Twitter storm with comment on kids with cancer

MEXICO CITY – Mexican first lady Beatriz Gutierrez sparked an uproar on social media on Wednesday with a Twitter comment widely viewed as insensitive when she swatted away a question about what she was doing to help parents of children with cancer. Gutierrez published a celebratory post on the two-year anniversary of the election victory of her husband President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in July 2018. Responding to her post, Twitter user Jose David Guerra…

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China orders some American media to give details on staff, after U.S. move

BEIJING – China has asked four U.S. media organisations to submit details about their operations in the country, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday, in what it described as retaliation for U.S. measures against Chinese media outlets. The Associated Press (AP), UPI, CBS and National Public Radio (NPR) are required to provide information about their staff, financial operations and real estate in China within seven days, ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news briefing.…

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India’s TikTok stars feel pained by government app ban

MUMBAI – Geetha Sridhar never used to enter her kitchen in Mumbai without her smartphone. The 54-year-old homemaker used to post dozens of short videos daily on the Chinese video app TikTok, mostly of herself cooking traditional recipes. With 1 million TikTok followers, she earned an average 50,000 rupees ($662) a month from companies who paid her to use their products. For thousands of Indian content creators like Sridhar, TikTok was a window into fame…

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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…

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ViacomCBS taps Amazon executive to replace CFO Spade

– ViacomCBS Inc said on Wednesday Amazon finance executive Naveen Chopra would replace Christina Spade as its chief financial officer, effective Aug. 10. Spade, who held the position since December, will transition into an advisory role after the company’s second quarter earnings results, the media company said in a statement Chopra, currently serving as the finance head for Amazon’s Devices and Services business, will report to ViacomCBS Chief Executive Officer Bob Bakish. Before Amazon, Chopra…

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Sinn Fein criticised for virus risks at ex-IRA prisoner’s funeral

DUBLIN – Northern Ireland’s first minister called on her deputy to apologise for undermining coronavirus restrictions at the funeral of a member of her Sinn Fein party and ex-Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoner that attracted large crowds. The British region’s devolved executive, led by Sinn Fein and its rival Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), allowed up to 30 people at funerals from Monday, including some friends but only when no household or family members of the…

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Turkey determined to control social media platforms, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL – Turkey will introduce regulations to control social media platforms or shut them down, President Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday, pressing ahead with government plans after he said his family was insulted online. Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Erdogan’s son-in-law, said on Twitter on Tuesday that his fourth child had been born. Albayrak’s wife Esra was insulted by some users, who were later detained, according to Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. Speaking to members of his…

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Ex-Atlanta policeman charged in Brooks’ death freed from jail – TV

ATLANTA – The former Atlanta police officer charged in last month’s death of Rayshard Brooks, which touched off days of anti-racism protests, has been released from jail on bail, local television station WSB TV and other media reported. A Georgia County judge on Tuesday set bond for Garrett Rolfe, 27, at $500,000 and added numerous conditions including that he has to wear an ankle monitor and obey a curfew. Rolfe left jail early on Wednesday,…

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London’s Canary Wharf pioneers seamless Wi-Fi roaming

LONDON – Residents and workers in London’s Canary Wharf will be able to experience superfast Wi-Fi broadband across the site without the hassle of logging into different networks thanks to the first European commercial roll-out of OpenRoaming technology. A joint initiative by Canary Wharf Group, broadband provider Virgin Media and technology company Cisco will allow devices to connect securely and automatically to next generation Wi-Fi 6 networks and roam seamlessly from one hotspot to another…

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Chinese police say Tencent likely swindled by chilli sauce impostors

SHANGHAI – Chinese police on Wednesday said Tencent appears to have been duped by a group of people masquerading as representatives of China’s best-known chilli oil maker, Lao Gan Ma, after the internet giant accused the latter of breaching a contract. The dispute emerged earlier this week after a Shenzhen court said it would freeze 16.24 million yuan ($2.3 million) worth of assets belonging to Lao Gan Ma at the request of Tencent Holdings Ltd…

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