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One to Charge Them All: EU Demands Single Plug for Phones
Technology
One to Charge Them All: EU Demands Single Plug for Phones

LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans Thursday to require smartphone makers to adopt a single charging method for mobile devices. The European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, proposed legislation that would mandate USB-C cables for charging, technology that... Read More

Keeping Big Brother in Check: Facial Recognition Technology
Technology
Keeping Big Brother in Check: Facial Recognition Technology
2021-07-28 13:23:01
by Victoria Turner

Biometric technology identifies you based on your biological characteristics: your fingerprint, your iris, your face.  It can even measure how you walk, your gait, said Steve Crown, vice president and general counsel at Microsoft, during Tuesday’s Center for Strategic &... Read More

US, Allies Accuse China of Backing Cyber Attacks Worldwide
Cybercrime
US, Allies Accuse China of Backing Cyber Attacks Worldwide
2021-07-19 13:41:56
by Dan McCue

The United States, NATO and several allies collectively called out China on Monday for a series of malicious cyber- and ransomware attacks, including a March attack that exploited a flaw in Microsoft's Exchange Server. Monday’s announcement, which followed a conference... Read More

Biden Moves to End Long-running Boeing, Airbus Dispute
Business
Biden Moves to End Long-running Boeing, Airbus Dispute
2021-06-15 14:58:38
by Dan McCue

President Joe Biden on Tuesday moved to end a 17-year dispute with the European Union over how big a government subsidy each can provide to its major aircraft manufacturer. That’s Boeing in the case of the U.S.; Airbus in the... Read More

EU Reaches Major Climate Deal Ahead of Biden Climate Summit
Climate
EU Reaches Major Climate Deal Ahead of Biden Climate Summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached a tentative climate deal that is intended to make the 27-nation bloc climate-neutral by 2050, with member states and parliament agreeing on new carbon emissions targets on the eve of a virtual summit... Read More

Retaliatory Sanctions Have Emboldened China's Critics In Europe
Geopolitics
Retaliatory Sanctions Have Emboldened China's Critics In Europe
2021-04-12 16:30:36
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Retaliatory sanctions imposed by China on Europeans in March have emboldened China's most vocal critics in Europe, who hope to push against the country's human rights abuses. In March, the E.U., U.K., U.S., and Canada issued coordinated sanctions against... Read More

EU Chief: Bloc Was Late, Over-Confident on Vaccine Rollout
International
EU Chief: Bloc Was Late, Over-Confident on Vaccine Rollout

BRUSSELS (AP) — As the European Union surpassed 500,000 people lost to the virus, the EU Commission chief said Wednesday that the bloc's much-criticized vaccine rollout could be partly blamed on the EU being over-optimistic, over-confident and plainly "late."European Commission... Read More

UK Warns of 'Bumpy' Post-Brexit Transition Despite Deal
International
UK Warns of 'Bumpy' Post-Brexit Transition Despite Deal

LONDON (AP) — First came the Brexit trade deal. Now comes the red tape and the institutional nitty gritty. Four days after sealing a free trade agreement with the European Union, the British government warned businesses to get ready for... Read More

Brexit Talks Given Fresh Impetus by High-Stakes Diplomatic Push
Foreign Affairs
Brexit Talks Given Fresh Impetus by High-Stakes Diplomatic Push

The topsy-turvy trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union took another somersault on Sunday when Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen opted to ignore a self-imposed deadline and give negotiators another shot at closing a deal. After... Read More

Wine Sellers Brace for Second Round of Tariffs
Business
Wine Sellers Brace for Second Round of Tariffs
2020-08-07 19:26:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As if a global health crisis wasn't enough to have on their plate, wine sellers are bracing for the imposition of another round of tariffs that could raise the price of imported European wines and other products by... Read More

EU Nations Clinch $2.1T Budget, Virus Aid Deal After 4 Days
Business
EU Nations Clinch $2.1T Budget, Virus Aid Deal After 4 Days

BRUSSELS (AP) — Weary but relieved, European Union leaders finally clinched an unprecedented 1.82 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, somehow finding unity after four days and as many nights of fighting and wrangling over... Read More

Boris Johnson’s Election Bid Casts Doubt Over EU Brexit Delay
Business
Boris Johnson’s Election Bid Casts Doubt Over EU Brexit Delay

LONDON — Boris Johnson’s efforts to break three years of gridlock in the U.K. Parliament with another election were thrown into doubt, after his main opponent demanded he rule out a no-deal Brexit first. Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn said... Read More

Scottish Whiskey, French Wine and Italian Cheeses Targeted For Tariffs
Foreign Affairs
Scottish Whiskey, French Wine and Italian Cheeses Targeted For Tariffs
2019-10-04 15:27:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Scottish whisky, French wine and Italian cheese all could feel the wallop of hefty tariffs now that the World Trade Organization decided it will allow the United States to place tariffs on $7.5 billion of European Union goods.... Read More

Theresa May to Step Down As UK Prime Minister, Eyes June 7 Departure
Foreign Affairs
Theresa May to Step Down As UK Prime Minister, Eyes June 7 Departure
2019-05-24 15:33:50
by Dan McCue

Theresa May announced Friday morning that she will step down as the United Kingdom's Conservative Party leader June 7, conceding defeat in her years-long attempt to take Britain out of the European Union. May's voice cracked as she made a... Read More

Trump Urged to Drop Tariff Threat on Imported Autos and Auto Parts
Economy
Trump Urged to Drop Tariff Threat on Imported Autos and Auto Parts
2019-03-27 23:19:34
by Dan McCue

Nine members of the New Democrat Coalition, led by vice chairs Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., sent a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday, urging him to abandon his threat to impose sweeping new tariffs on auto... Read More

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