US may deploy forces in Tunisia over 'Russia concerns'
TheUnited Statesis considering sending a 'training' unit to the north AfricanTunisia, citing concerns overRussia's involvement in Libya, a report said on Saturday.According toReuters, the US is weighing on deploying a Security Force Assistance Brigade in Tunisia for "training", as part of its assistance program with the North Africa country, amid concern over Russian activity inLibya.Earlier in the week, the US military command for Africa (Africom) sounded the alarm, claiming Moscow had deployed several MiG-29 Fulcrum jets and Su-35 Flankers in Libya, where Russia is supporting the forces of w...
How South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is addressing parents' concerns about return to campus
COLUMBIA, S.C. — While the SEC has cleared the way for student-athletes to return to campus under strict safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic, South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley isn’t rushing her players back to Columbia just yet.Speaking on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Friday, Staley said that while she wants her players back on campus “to a degree,” she’s aware of the fear and concern still involved, especially among parents.“Their parents are, you know, pretty concerned,” Staley said. “I talked to a parent who is going to send her daughter back, but gonna send her dau...
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Hong Kong public broadcaster to be reviewed by gov’t amid ‘wide public concerns’
Hong Kong’s public broadcasting service will be reviewed by the government to ensure it fully abides by the service charter and codes of practice due to “wide public concerns.”A spokesperson for the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (CEDB) on Thursday announced that a dedicated team will be set up to review Radio and Television Hong Kong (RTHK) governance and management.“The CEDB took the view that RTHK must address the public concern over its programmes as well as the department’s governance and management,” they said. “RTHK must follow up on the matters in a proactive and positive man...
Hong Kong Free Press
Turkey eases coronavirus restrictions amid economic concerns
ANKARA: Turkey is easing its coronavirus lockdown from June 1, despite the World Health Organization (WHO) saying it is one of the leading European countries for coronavirus infections.The virus has killed 4,461 people in Turkey, and there were 160,979 infections as of May 28. It ranks 10th worldwide in confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to a tally from John Hopkins University.Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to reopen from Monday while intercity travel restrictions will be lifted the same day.Turkish Airlines has said there will be no additional measures for social distancing on its fli...
Contact tracing raises concerns over privacy
As restrictions loosen and many Americans flocked to beaches and barbecues this past Memorial Day weekend, businesses and governments are still seeking ways to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.One approach involves mobile-phone apps aimed at monitoring who has the coronavirus and their contacts have been launched worldwide, but privacy advocates have concerns.Three US states — Alabama, North Dakota and South Carolina — have signed up to use Exposure Notification, an API (application programming interface) for contact tracing produced by Apple and Google that was released May 20. Severa...
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Georgia Republicans aim to 'safely host' RNC; Atlanta mayor raises concerns
ATLANTA — Georgia’s GOP leaders are laying out the welcome mat for the Republican National Convention, stoked by President Donald Trump’s threats to move the August gathering from Charlotte, N.C., unless the state’s governor can guarantee full attendance.Atlanta’s mayor, meanwhile, is firmly opposed to the idea.Gov. Brian Kemp said Georgia would be “honored to safely host” the party’s seminal event, touting the state’s facilities and workforce in a Tuesday tweet. And Georgia GOP chair David Shafer said he has contacted the RNC about the possibility.That triggered sharp concerns from Atlanta Ma...
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US: Growing concerns over Iran-Venezuela ties in oil tankers controversy
The first of five tankers loaded with gasoline sent fromIranapproached Venezuelan waters late Saturday, expected to temporarily ease the South American nation’s fuel crunch while defyingTrumpadministration sanctions targeting the two U.S. foes.The oil tanker Fortune encountered no immediate signs of U.S. interference as it eased through Caribbean waters toward the Venezuelan coast and Venezuelanofficials celebrated the arrival.“Iran and Venezuela have always supported each other in times of difficulty,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted. “Today, the first ship with gasoline arr...
Tokyo stocks drop on concerns about U.S.-China tensions
Tokyo stocks dropped Friday on worries over U.S.-China tensions as China's parliament started a key annual session.The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended down 164.15 points, or 0.80 percent, from Thursday at 20,388.16. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 13.41 points, or 0.90 percent, lower at 1,477.80.Decliners were led by mining, iron and steel, and marine transportation issues.
Plight of Filipino maids in Lebanon raises concerns over stranded workers
The fate of about 26 Filipino women housed in a crowded shelter under the care of the Philippine Embassy in Beirut has highlighted the plight of foreign workers in Lebanon struggling to return home after losing jobs, human rights groups said, Thomson Reuters Foundationreports.The women, most of whom were employed as domestic workers, have been confined since borders closed in late March to stem the spread of the coronavirus, said Bassam Al Kantar of the National Human Rights Commission of Lebanon.Coronavirus restrictions coupled with an economic meltdown have led to unemployment and a shortage...
The Middle East Monitor
Facebook to pay $9 million penalty to settle Competition Bureau concerns
Facebook to pay $9 million in fines to Canadian Government. Facebook made false and misleading privacy claimsFacebook Inc. will pay a $9 million penalty after the Competition Bureau concluded that the company made false or misleading claims about the privacy of Canadians’ personal information on Facebook and Messenger. Facebook will also pay an additional $500,000 for the costs of the Bureau’s investigation.The payments are part of a settlement registered today with the Competition Tribunal in which Facebook has agreed not to make false or misleading representations about the disclosure of per...
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