Monday, 23 July 2018
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Monday, 23 July 2018 11:10 WIB

Facebook says it has suspended working with Boston-based analytics firm Crimson Hexagon until it can determine how the firm collects and shares Facebook and Instagram user data. Facebook announced the suspension Friday. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the suspension and said that one of Crimson Hexagon's clients is a Russian nonprofit with ties to the Kremlin. Facebook said that Crimson Hexagon is cooperating with the investigation and there is no evidence that Crimson Hexagon obtained Facebook or Instagram information inappropriately. "We don't allow developers to build...

Pompeo : US Won't Allow Russian Questioning of Former US Ambassador
Saturday, 21 July 2018 03:31 WIB | Global

The U.S. has no intention of allowing Russia to question Michael McFaul, Washington's former ambassador to Moscow and a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told VOA on Thursday. "It's not going to happen," the top U.S. diplomat said in an interview at the State Department. Pompeo said Putin "made a proposal about a number of things during the course of the conversation" he had Monday at his Helsinki summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. "There were suggestions, comments, thoughts by President Putin with respect to that inquiry," Pompeo told...

Russia, China Delay US Push for Halt of Refined Petroleum to North Korea
Friday, 20 July 2018 17:50 WIB | Global

Russia and China have requested more time to consider a U.S. request to stop deliveries of refined petroleum products to North Korea, diplomats said Thursday. The U.S. asked a U.N. sanctions committee last week to halt the shipments after accusing North Korea of exceeding a U.N. limit on fuel deliveries through illegal imports. The U.S. claimed the imports go beyond the quota of 500,000 barrels per year allowed under U.N. sanctions and asked the committee to inform all U.N. member nations and the public that North Korea has violated the quota. The U.S. also asked the committee to urge...

Trump says he's 'not happy' with Fed raising interest rates
Friday, 20 July 2018 11:29 WIB | Global

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he's not happy with the raising of interest rates by the Federal Reserve and suggested the central bank is working at cross purposes with his administration's economic program. In an interview published on CNBC, Trump said he wasn't thrilled with the Feds rate hikes ” despite calling Jerome Powell, whom he picked to replace Janet Yellen, a œgood man ” and said he didn't care that he was breaking a precedent under which presidents do not comment on the Fed so as to safeguard its independence. œSo somebody would say, ˜Oh, maybe you...

EU Preparing to Strike Back if Trump Slaps Tariffs on Foreign Cars
Friday, 20 July 2018 03:36 WIB | Global

European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom says the 28-nation bloc is preparing to retaliate against the United States if President Donald Trump imposes tariffs on foreign autos and car parts. Trump slapped tariffs on EU steel and aluminum on June 1, which the EU responded to with duties on U.S. products, and is threatening to extend them to the automotive industry. Malmstrom said at a Brussels news conference hosted by the German Marshall Fund the European Union is compiling "a list of rebalancing measures'' If the United States imposes car tariffs. New tariffs could hurt...

Facebook to Remove 'Fake News' That Leads to Violence
Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:46 WIB |

Facebook says it will begin removing false information from its site that could lead to violence. œThere are certain forms of misinformation that have contributed to physical harm in certain countries, the U.S. social media giant said in a statement Wednesday announcing the policy. The company says it will work with local organizations to identify such information, including written posts and doctored photos. Facebook has been accused for allowing users to spread hate speech and false information that has led to recent violence in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and India. Source: VOA news

Trump's Top Economic Adviser Accuses China's President of Delaying Trade Deal
Thursday, 19 July 2018 11:37 WIB | Global

U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser accused Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday of stalling efforts to resolve a growing trade dispute with the U.S. White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said he believed lower-level Chinese officials want to end tariffs the world two largest economic powers have imposed on each other, but that Xi has refused to amend China's technology transfer and other trade policies. "So far as we know, President Xi, at the moment, does not want to make a deal," Kudlow said in an interview on CNBC. "I think Xi is holding the game...

EU Regulator Hits Google with a Record $5 Billion Fine
Thursday, 19 July 2018 03:29 WIB | Global

The European Union's antitrust regulator fined Google a record $5 billion Wednesday for illegally exploiting the powerful market share position of its Android smartphone system. The EU antitrust regulator concluded that Google, whose Android system operates more than 80-percent of the world's smartphones, abused its dominant position to promote its own apps and services, especially the company's search engine. The fine represents just over two weeks of revenue for Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., but it could escalate a brewing trade war between the EU and the U.S. EU antitrust...

EU, Japan Sign Massive Free Trade Deal
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:33 WIB | Global

The European Union and Japan on Tuesday signed a "landmark" free trade deal that comes as Washington imposes new tariffs and threatens a trade war with China. The deal signed in Tokyo by the EU's top officials and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the biggest ever negotiated by the EU and creates a free trade zone covering nearly a third of the world's GDP. EU Council President Donald Tusk and Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker land in Japan after talks in Beijing, where they urged global trade cooperation and warned against trade wars. "It is the common duty of Europe and China, but...

European stocks open lower as geopolitical, economic concerns rise

European markets open Monday's session on a negative note, mimicking weaker trading in markets overseas. The pan-European Stoxx 600 was off by 0.14 percent at 385.04 with almost every sector trading in red. A sea of red is expected in Europe on...

Tokyo stocks down for third straight day on strong yen

Tokyo stocks fell for a third straight trading day on Monday as the yen firmed against the dollar after US President Donald Trump accused China and the European Union of manipulating their currencies. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 1.33...

Oil Holds as Trade Fears Weighed Against US Rigs and Rhetoric

Oil traded near $68 a barrel as investors assessed the impact of escalating trade frictions between the world's two biggest economies against a decreasing number of American oil rigs and rising rhetoric between the U.S. and Iranian...

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US Issues List of Russian Politicians, Oligarchs But No New Sanctions
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 01:01 WIB

The U.S. Treasury Department has released a congressionally mandated list of Russian politicians and business figures who are close to President Vladimir Putin's government, along with their...

Riots Roil India Ahead of Controversial Movie Release
Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:25 WIB

Riots broke out in cities across India as angry protestors torched cars and damaged movie theaters a day before a controversial film is set to be released. A day before 'Padmaavat', a movie based...

FBI Deputy Director Stepping Down
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:27 WIB

Andrew McCabe, the FBI's No. 2 official whom President Donald Trump publicly criticized for alleged political bias, stepped down from the bureau Monday, several weeks ahead of his retirement, an FBI...