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China boosts defenses on South China Sea islets

Washington, United States | AFP | New satellite imagery shows China has apparently installed “significant” defensive weapons on a series of artificial islands it built in the South China Sea, a US-based think tank said Wednesday. Beijing has created seven islets in the Spratly Islands in recent years, built up …

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Trump meets with tech execs, including his critics

New York, United States | AFP | US President-elect Donald Trump sat down Wednesday with top tech executives — including several of his sharpest critics — to mend fences after a divisive election in which the majority of Silicon Valley backed Hillary Clinton. The afternoon summit at Trump Tower comes …

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Obama orders ‘full review’ of 2016 election cyberattacks

Washington, United States | AFP |  President Barack Obama has ordered a review of all cyberattacks that took place during the 2016 election cycle, the White House said Friday, amid allegations of Russian interference. “The president has directed the intelligence community to conduct a full review of what happened during …

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Clinton warns of danger of fake news ‘epidemic’

Washington, United States | AFP |  Hillary Clinton issued a stern warning Thursday against the proliferation of fake news, branding it an epidemic with “real world consequences” that must be addressed in order to protect the nation’s democracy. The Democrat Clinton lost last month’s presidential election to Republican Donald Trump …

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Chinese firm scraps German tech deal after US block

Beijing, China | AFP |  A Chinese company has scrapped plans to purchase German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron after US President Obama blocked the deal, the company said Thursday. The Chinese government-backed Grand Chip Investment said its offer could no longer be fulfilled after Washington rejected the inclusion of Aixtron’s …

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Pakistan plane crashes, 21 bodies recovered

Islamabad, Pakistan | AFP |  At least 21 bodies have so far been recovered from the site of a plane crash in northwest Pakistan Wednesday, the military said. “Rescue effort continues. 21 bodies recovered so far,” the military, which is part of rescue efforts, said in a statement. There was …

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