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U.S. homicides rise nearly 30 percent in 2020: FBI

Washington, U.S. | Xinhua | Homicides in the United States rose nearly 30 percent in 2020 from 2019, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s Uniform Crime Report for 2020 published on Monday. “In 2020, there were an estimated 1,277,696 violent crimes,” the agency said in a statement. Among them, …

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U.S. record gun sales continue in historic uncertain times

Denver, US | XINHUA | Americans are arming themselves to the teeth like never before. The number of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks — the barometer of Americans buying guns — hit another record in July when 3.6 million Americans were loaded up. Since 1998, the FBI’s National Instant …

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US says China trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research

Washington, United States | AFP | US authorities warned healthcare and scientific researchers Wednesday that Chinese-backed hackers were attempting to steal research and intellectual property related to treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Organizations researching the disease were warned of “likely targeting and network compromise by the People’s Republic of China,” a statement from the FBI …

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Huawei’s founder faces fight for company and family

Beijing, China | AFP | Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei survived food shortages during China’s Cultural Revolution, but now the reclusive billionaire identified as “Individual-1” in a US indictment faces an existential fight for his family and company. Ren, 74, founded Huawei in 1987 with just 21,000 yuan ($5,600) and watched …

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Facebook has ‘new tools’ against EU election meddling

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Facebook unveiled Monday new tools to counter online political meddling in the European elections, part of a campaign to answer growing pressure to rein in disinformation. The US tech giant’s vice president, former British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, said in a speech the methods …

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FBI says operations threatened by US govt shutdown

Washington, United States | AFP | Federal Bureau of Investigation agents warned Thursday that the ongoing partial shutdown of the government is threatening their ability to investigate crimes and maintain staffing. “Special Agents remain at work for the American people without being paid, and FBI leadership is doing all it …

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Ex-FBI chief Comey’s book sells 600,000 in first week: publisher

Washington, United States | AFP | Former FBI chief James Comey’s book “A Higher Loyalty,” which details his soured relationship with US President Donald Trump, sold 600,000 copies in its first week, publisher Flatiron Books told AFP on Tuesday. The highly-anticipated book, released April 17, debuted at the top slot on …

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