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China’s Huawei Soft Power Push Raises Hard Questions

China’s Huawei Soft Power Push Raises Hard Questions

As a nasty diplomatic feud deepens between the two countries over the tech company, involving arrests and execution orders, it...

Google, Apple Face Calls to Pull Saudi App Allowing Men to Monitor Wives

Google, Apple Face Calls to Pull Saudi App Allowing Men to Monitor Wives

A Saudi Arabian government app that allows men in the country to monitor and control their female relatives’ travel at...

Somalia Readies for Oil Exploration, Still Working on Petroleum Law

Somalia Readies for Oil Exploration, Still Working on Petroleum Law

The Somali government says it will award exploration licenses to foreign oil companies later this year, despite calls from the...

For Those Who Can’t Read, A New Way to Use Mobile Devices

For Those Who Can’t Read, A New Way to Use Mobile Devices

For the 750 million people globally who can’t read, using a smartphone can be difficult. One company is helping illiterate...

Global Unemployment Has Reached Lowest Level in a Decade

Global Unemployment Has Reached Lowest Level in a Decade

A new report finds the world’s unemployment rate has dropped to five percent, the lowest level since the global economic...

Supporters Renew Push for Nationwide Paid Family Leave in US

Supporters Renew Push for Nationwide Paid Family Leave in US

Democrats pushed on Tuesday for a nationwide paid family leave system in the United States, the only developed nation that...

Pentagon Outlines its First Artificial Intelligence Strategy

Pentagon Outlines its First Artificial Intelligence Strategy

The U.S. military wants to expand its use of artificial intelligence in warfare, but says it will take care to...

National Debt Hits New Milestone, Topping $22 Trillion

National Debt Hits New Milestone, Topping $22 Trillion

The national debt has passed a new milestone, topping $22 trillion for the first time. The Treasury Department’s daily statement...

With ‘On-the-Go’ Loans and Tech, Social Firm Boosts Myanmar Farmers

With ‘On-the-Go’ Loans and Tech, Social Firm Boosts Myanmar Farmers

A social venture in Myanmar is boosting farm outputs with customized technologies and giving loans for seasonal migration to raise...

Trump Says He Could Let China Trade Deal Deadline Slip, But ‘Not Inclined To’

Trump Says He Could Let China Trade Deal Deadline Slip, But ‘Not Inclined To’

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he could let the March 1 deadline for a trade agreement with...

Russian Lawmakers Back Bill on ‘Sovereign’ Internet

Russian Lawmakers Back Bill on ‘Sovereign’ Internet

Russian lawmakers backed tighter internet controls on Tuesday to defend against foreign meddling in draft legislation that critics warn could...

Reddit Value at $3B After $300M in Finance Led by Tencent

Reddit Value at $3B After $300M in Finance Led by Tencent

Social media service Reddit Inc. says it has raised $300 million in a financing round led by Chinese internet giant...

Iowa Democrats Propose ‘Virtual’ Caucuses in 2020

Iowa Democrats Propose ‘Virtual’ Caucuses in 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party on Monday proposed the biggest changes to the state’s famed caucuses in nearly 50 years by...

Mexican Union Declares Victory in Strike at 48 Border Plants

Mexican Union Declares Victory in Strike at 48 Border Plants

A union declared total victory in a mass strike by about 25,000 workers at 48 assembly plants in a Mexican...

Report: Vale Knew Deadly Dam Had Heightened Risk of Collapse

Report: Vale Knew Deadly Dam Had Heightened Risk of Collapse

Vale SA, the world’s largest iron ore miner, knew last year that the dam in Brazil that collapsed in January...