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Tech Executives Push Trump on Huawei Sales

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday assured executives of several big technology companies that his administration would make “timely” decisions about whether to allow American firms to continue selling products to Huawei, the Chinese telecom equipment giant that has been placed on a government blacklist, the White House said in a statement. Mr. Trump met on Monday afternoon with the …

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China complains about Pentagon report, says it is ‘pure guesswork’

BEIJING – China’s Defence Ministry has lodged a complaint with the United States about a Pentagon report that said China’s military was likely training for strikes against the United States and its allies, saying it was “pure guesswork”. The assessment, at a time of heightened U.S.-China tensions over trade, was contained in an annual report that highlighted China’s efforts to …

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Indonesia’s ‘Minions’ aim for badminton glory

JAKARTA – Affectionately dubbed the “Minions” after the little yellow creatures from the 2015 animated movie, diminutive badminton duo Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo will hope to stand tall and win gold for hosts Indonesia at the Asian Games this month. Currently the world’s top ranked men’s doubles team, the pair are among some 11,300 athletes from across Asia who …

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Google employees protest secret work on censored search engine for China

NEW YORK — Hundreds of Google employees, upset at the company’s decision to secretly build a censored version of its search engine for China, have signed a letter demanding more transparency to understand the ethical consequences of their work. In the letter, which was obtained by The New York Times, employees wrote that the project and Google’s apparent willingness to …

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Malaysia believes China harbouring Jho Low: Report

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia believes that fugitive financier Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, is currently living freely in China, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has reported. The report said that the extradition of Low, a central figure in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, would be high on the agenda of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s …

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Chinese hackers targeted American firms, government after trade mission: Researchers

WASHINGTON / LONDON — Hackers operating from an elite Chinese university probed American companies and government departments for espionage opportunities following a United States trade delegation visit to China earlier this year, security researchers told Reuters. Cybersecurity firm Recorded Future said the group used computers at China’s Tsinghua University to target US energy and communications companies, as well as the …

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Man involved in alleged Haj tour scam charged with cheating

SINGAPORE — A 47-year-old man who allegedly cheated 80 pilgrims of nearly S$100,000 in a Haj tour scam was charged with one count of cheating on Friday (Aug 17). Court documents showed that Fahrorazi Sohoi allegedly cheated one Mohammad Farehan Mohammad Hussein of S$1,550, by duping the latter into believing that he was able to perform a VIP Haj tour …

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