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U.S. defends minority farmer debt relief despite legal fight
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Lindsay MorrisA USDA spokesperson said the agency will be ready to process payments on an estimated $4 billion in debt relief for 17,000 Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and Asian farmers once legal battles are resolved. “USDA will continue to forcefully defend its ability to carry out this act of Congress and deliver debt relief to socially disadvantaged borrowers,” a USDA spokesperson said on Tuesday. The lawsuit, filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty on behalf of 12 white farmers, aims to halt the debt relief by claiming it excludes farmers on the basis of race. Judge William C. Griesbach, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, granted the temporary restraining order on June 10. Wright said Black farmers have been promised relief from federal discrimination in the past, only to be repeatedly disappointed.
Persons: Lindsay Morris, Biden, Judge William C, ” Griesbach, , Lloyd Wright, Wright Organizations: CHICAGO, U.S . Agriculture Department, U.S, REUTERS, USDA, , Eastern, Eastern District of, Tufts University, Wisconsin Institute for Law, Liberty, American, District, Civil Rights Locations: U.S, Sagaponack, Long, Eastern District, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Virginia
China's bitcoin miners could be headed to Texas
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Mackenzie Sigalos | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
China has long been home to more than half the world’s bitcoin miners, but now, Beijing wants them out ASAP. Sichuan and Yunnan’s hydropower make them renewable energy meccas, while Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia are home to many of China’s coal plants. After failing to meet Beijing’s climate targets, province leaders decided to give bitcoin miners two months to clear out, explicitly blaming its energy misses on crypto mines. Answering the Musk critiqueTesla CEO Elon Musk has bashed bitcoin mining, claiming that it is bad for the environment. The dominant narrative, to date, has been that much of the world’s bitcoin is mined with Chinese goal.
Persons: , Brandon Arvanaghi, Greg Abbott, Nic Carter, it’s, Carter, hasn’t, Alejandro De La Torre, De La Torre, Steve Barbour, Didar Bekbauov, Xive, he’s, ” Bekbauov, “ It’s, Elon Musk, , Adam Back, You’re Organizations: Mining, Ventures, Miners, Upstream, , CNBC, bitcoin, Lazard Locations: China, Beijing, Texas, United States, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Sichuan, Yunnan, hashrate, Hong Kong, Canada, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, U.S, Northern Europe, Kazakhstan, North America, “ Texas, ” Wyoming,
Technicians make repairs to bitcoin mining machines at a mining facility operated by Bitmain in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesChina has long been home to more than half the world's bitcoin miners, but now, Beijing wants them out ASAP. Sichuan and Yunnan's hydropower make them renewable energy meccas, while Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia are home to many of China's coal plants. Answering the Musk critiqueTesla CEO Elon Musk has bashed bitcoin mining, claiming that it is bad for the environment. The dominant narrative, to date, has been that much of the world's bitcoin is mined with Chinese goal.
Persons: Qilai Shen, Brandon Arvanaghi, Greg Abbott, Nic Carter, it's, Carter, hasn't, Alejandro De La Torre, De La Torre, Steve Barbour, Didar Bekbauov, Xive, he's, Bekbauov, It's, Elon Musk, Adam Back, Lazard Organizations: Bloomberg, Getty, China, Mining, Ventures, Miners, Upstream, CNBC, bitcoin, Lazard Locations: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, Beijing, Texas, United States, Xinjiang, Sichuan, Yunnan, hashrate, Hong Kong, Canada, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, U.S, Northern Europe, Kazakhstan, North America, Wyoming
Here is the full transcript of the NBC News interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which took place in Moscow on June 11, 2021. VLADIMIR PUTIN: Well, I don't know. VLADIMIR PUTIN: —it conduc— it conducts—KEIR SIMMONS: Russia is—VLADIMIR PUTIN: It conducts exercises in that battlefield. KEIR SIMMONS: I don't— I don't— I don't think I heard you answer the question, the direct question— Mr. President. I don't think that anybody in the Syrian government is interested in stealing some part of this humanitarian assistance.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Keir Simmons, KEIR SIMMONS, it's, VLADIMIR PUTIN, Biden, autocrats, I'm, What's, , Will, We're, We've, I've, Assad, he's, Let's, — VLADIMIR PUTIN, Trump, they're, One's, — KEIR SIMMONS, Colin Powell, Cybersecurity, Mr, Putin, Presi, Keir, You've, mut, Isn't, administr, Biden —, He'll, Alexei Navalny, Navalny, United States — KEIR SIMMONS, you'll, Alexei Navalny — VLADIMIR PUTIN, Alexei Navalny's, John McCain —, we're, Th, Ann — Anna Anna Politkovskaya, Alexander Litvinenko, Sergei Magnitsky, Boris Nemtsov, Mikhail Lesin —, Lesin, — Biden, Lukashenko, hasn't, — you've, Gorbachev, You’ve, nyah, Russia — Paul Whelan, Trevor Reed, Trevor Reed —, I'd, — shitfaced, It's, Yaroshenko, he'd —, he'd, They're, It's —, Rogozin, Andrea Mitchell —, Boris Yeltsin Organizations: NBC, NBC News, Iran, NATO, U.S, Foreign Ministry, Defense — Ministry, Pentagon, State Department of, , Senate, Treasury Department, Microsoft, America, International League of Sexual, Russian Federation, United, — Hollywood, Washington , D.C, Air Force, Bolivian, European Union, of Islamic Conference, U.S . State Department, Security, Russia, NASA, People's Liberation Army, China Locations: Moscow, American, , Russia, Iran, Tehran, Iraq, Yemen, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Europe, United States, U.S, Washington, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, Helsinki, Trump, Soviet, Octo, America, Ukraine, USSR, United, — United States, Congress, Hollywood, — U.S, North, Russian, Washington ,, Belarus, Minsk, Bolivia, Vienna, Ukrainian, Donbas, Alaska, NATO, Eastern Europe, Saint Petersburg, China, Xinjiang, Soviet Union, Republic, Crimea, Taiwan, Idlib, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey
China Clouds Biden’s Transatlantic Reunion
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Rochelle Toplensky | ) www.wsj.com + 0.99   time to read: +1 min
Of all the differences between the U.S. and its allies in Europe, how to deal with China is the most intractable. Fresh from the G-7 love-in in Britain, President Biden is in Brussels this week to meet NATO and European Union leaders. There will no doubt be more warm words of trans-Atlantic harmony on subjects such as Covid-19, climate change and the importance of democracy. The weekend’s G-7 communiqué was mainly hawkish on China, but the accompanying commentary highlighted the balancing act the EU has to pull off. European leaders such as France’s Emmanuel Macron and Italy’s Mario Draghi stressed the need to cooperate with Beijing.
Persons: Biden, France’s Emmanuel Macron, Mario Draghi Organizations: U.S, NATO, European Union, Boeing, Airbus, EU, Initiative Locations: Europe, China, Britain, Brussels, Beijing, Washington, Central, Eastern
U.S. Fight Against Chinese 5G Efforts Shifts From Threats to Incentives
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Stu Woo | Drew Hinshaw | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.64   time to read: +1 min
The U.S. government is ratcheting up pressure on Beijing’s 5G ambitions overseas, offering financial incentives and other enticements to countries willing to shun Chinese-made telecom gear. Leading the initiative is the Commerce Department’s Commercial Law Development Program, whose mission is to advance U.S. foreign policy by directly collaborating with foreign governments on technical and legal matters. To help with training, U.S. officials say they are putting together a reference book that includes case studies of how American allies such as Britain have implemented restrictions on Chinese telecom equipment. Over the weekend, the Group of Seven industrialized nations unveiled a new global infrastructure initiative called “Build Back Better World.” The Biden administration has positioned it as an alternative to China’s Belt and Road initiative, which has aimed Chinese investment at infrastructure projects around the world. While not part of the weekend G7 initiative, Washington’s new incentives for avoiding Chinese telecom purchases underscores the U.S.’s special focus on the telecom industry.
Persons: , Biden Organizations: Huawei Technologies Co, China’s ZTE Corp ., Commerce Locations: Central, Eastern Europe, Britain
Even before today’s NATO summit, President Biden settled the most important question: He affirmed America’s commitment to defend the alliance’s 30 members by force. And despite divisions on many other foreign policy issues, his party stands in lock step behind him. After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, depriving NATO of its original reason for being, skeptics of the alliance included liberals as much as conservatives. In between voting against the first Iraq war in 1991 and the second after Sept. 11, Mr. Wellstone warned that expanding NATO would jeopardize Europe’s hard-won gains. “There is peace between states in Europe, between nations in Europe, for the first time in centuries,” he said.
Persons: Biden, Donald Trump, Paul Wellstone, Wellstone, , Organizations: NATO, Democratic Senators, Locations: Soviet Union, Russia’s, Minnesota, Europe, Russia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Eastern Europe, United States
Belarus could be used as a Russian 'weapon' against NATO, Lithuania president says
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Silvia Amaro | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Russia is extending its influence into Belarus and could use it as leverage against NATO countries, Gitanas Nausėda, the president of Lithuania told CNBC in an exclusive interview Monday. "We see the military buildup of Russian forces in Ukraine, in [the] Kaliningrad region and of course we see what's happening in Belarus right now. Lithuania, a nation in the Baltic region, shares a border with Belarus and has been a member of NATO since 2004. The president has previously described the relationship between Belarus and Russia as another Crimea — in reference to Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Previously, Moscow has criticized the deployment of NATO troops in Eastern Europe and separately Russia has denied involvement in the landing of the Ryanair flight in Belarus.
Persons: Gitanas Nausėda, , Nausėda Organizations: NATO, CNBC, Ryanair Locations: Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine, Kaliningrad, Baltic, Crimea, Crimean, Greece, Latvia, Minsk, Moscow, Eastern Europe
The DOJ's top national security official will step down, AP reported on Monday. John Demers is resigning amid revelations that the DOJ secretly seized lawmakers' and reporters' records. The top national security official at the Justice Department is resigning amid news that the department secretly seized phone records from House Democrats and some journalists as part of aggressive leak investigations, The Associated Press first reported. Demers began overseeing the national security division in February 2018. And a source familiar with Rosenstein similarly told CNN the former deputy attorney general was not aware of the subpoenas.
Persons: John Demers, Demers, Mark Lesko, Donald Trump's, Michael Horowitz, Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Donald Trump, Merrick Garland, Garland, Lisa Monaco, Jeff Sessions, Bill Barr, Rod Rosenstein, Sessions, Barr, Rosenstein Organizations: DOJ, Eastern, of, Justice Department, House Democrats, Associated Press, Intelligence, The New York Times, Department of Justice, Congress, Congressional, Daily, Trump, Politico, CNN Locations: of New York, Russia
U.S. President Joe Biden attends a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a NATO summit, at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 14, 2021. The references to China represent a victory for President Joe Biden, who was attending his first NATO summit as president. Yet NATO's pivot to China, as opposed to a laser focus on Russia, is not necessarily a welcome change for everyone. Some of NATO's smallest members, many located in Eastern Europe, believe that deterrence against Russian aggression should be the chief concern of NATO's security efforts. The president is expected to raise many of the topics addressed in the NATO communique.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jens Stoltenberg, Biden, Donald Trump, Andrzej Duda, Vladimir Putin Organizations: NATO, Alliance Locations: Brussels, Belgium, WASHINGTON, China, cyberwarfare, Eastern Europe, Russia, U.S, Poland, United States, Catalonia, Geneva
Nets security guard who shoved Bucks' Tucker reprimanded by league -reports
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Jun 10, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward P.J. Tucker (17) yells in the face of Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in the third quarter during game three in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsA Brooklyn Nets security official who stepped onto the court and appeared to shove Milwaukee Bucks' P.J. Tucker during a game has been barred by the NBA from the team's Eastern Conference semi-finals matches in Milwaukee, U.S. media reported. "And in the 24 to 48 hours since if it's a Nets security guy and he's bumping our player, that doesn't seem like that's the protocol and what we'd expect from any type of security ...
Persons: Tucker, Kevin Durant, Benny Sieu, Mike Budenholzer, Budenholzer, it's Organizations: Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Fiserv Forum, NBA, team's Eastern, Fiserv, Nets, ESPN, Bucks, Athletic, Thomson Locations: Milwaukee , Wisconsin, USA, Milwaukee , U.S, Brooklyn, Milwaukee
Apple told Don McGahn last month that the DOJ subpoenaed information on an account in February 2018, according to the NYT. According to the NYT, it is unclear what FBI agents were seeking, nor is it clear if McGahn was the subject of their focus. The government reportedly prevented Apple from informing McGahn about the subpoena at the time, according to the Times report. Apple reportedly told the McGahns that it received the subpoena on Feburary 23, 2018, according to an individual familar with the matter. McGahn served as White House counsel for nearly two years, from January 2017 until his resignation in October 2018.
Persons: Apple, Don McGahn, McGahn, Donald Trump, wasn't, Trump, Adam Schiff of, Robert Mueller's Organizations: FBI, White, Justice Department, New York Times, DOJ, Apple, Times, The Times, of, Justice, House Intelligence, Democratic, Trump Locations: Eastern, of Virginia, Adam Schiff of California, Russia
Mar 14, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; A sign at BBVA Stadium announces a team store closing after postponement of a match between the Seattle Sounders and the Houston Dynamo. Administration officials said they would continue to fight to maintain the program. Under a preliminary injunction issued by the court in Texas, the SBA must keep approving funds for non-priority applicants, but cannot hand out money to those designated as "priority" candidates until the case is settled. The filing submitted Friday made clear that the 2,965 applicants were fully approved for the funds from May 26 to May 28, shortly before the injunction was entered on the docket. SBA said it would not pay the claims, given the injunction.
Persons: Troy, Joe Biden's, Stephen Miller, Mark Meadows, Donald Trump, Biden, Trump Organizations: BBVA, Seattle Sounders, Houston Dynamo, U.S, The Justice, Northern, Northern District of, Eastern, Eastern District of Tennessee, Small Business Administration, Restaurant, SBA Locations: Houston , Texas, USA, Troy Taormina, Texas, COVID, Tennessee, U.S, Northern District, Northern District of Texas, Eastern District
A prominent opponent of Belarus' authoritarian president Roman Protasevich attends an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, March 25, 2012. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko emerges from the polling booth after marking his ballot in Belarus' national referendum in Minsk, Belarus. But the August elections proved to be an inflection point of massive consequence for Protasevich, Lukashenko, and the future of Belarus. In this Sunday, July 19, 2020, file photo, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, candidate for the presidential elections, reacts during a meeting with her supporters in Minsk, Belarus. In this Aug. 10, 2020, file photo, protesters carry a wounded man during clashes with police in Minsk, Belarus.
Persons: Alexander Lukashenko, Roman Protasevich, Lukashenko, Rachel Denber, Protasevich, Sofia Sapega, Franak, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Viačorka, Sapega, Weeks, Denber, Hanna Liubakova, Protasevich's, wasn't, Oleg Nikishin, Sergei Tikhanovsky, Tikhanovskaya, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Sergei Grits, Tikhanovskaya's, Vladimir Putin, Putin, He's Organizations: Human Rights, Central Asia Division, Ryanair, Passengers, KGB, Twitter, Telegram, New York Times, AP, European Union, Commission, Coordination, Tikhanovskaya, Rights, EU, US Foreign Relations, Viačorka, Belarus — Locations: Eastern Europe, Belarus, Europe, Athens, Greece, Vilnius, Lithuania, Minsk, Belarusian, Sapega, Poland, Warsaw, NEXTA, Soviet, United States, Korea, EU
Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow released from prison
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.94   time to read: +2 min
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow speaks to the media before entering Eastern Magistrates' Courts in Hong Kong, China, November 8, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonHong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow was released from prison on Saturday after serving nearly seven months for her role in an unauthorised assembly during anti-government protests in the city in 2019. Supporters shouted "Agnes Chow add oil", a Cantonese-language expression of encouragement that was widely used at the protests that roiled the city. Fluent in Japanese, Chow has a sizable following in Japan, particularly on social media and had travelled to the country frequently before her arrest. She often posted on Twitter in Japanese and Japanese media has dubbed her a “goddess of democracy”.
Persons: Agnes Chow, Shannon Stapleton, Joshua Wong, Wong, Chow, Nathan Law, Hong Kong Organizations: REUTERS, Correctional Services Department, Tai Lam Correctional, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Hong Kong, Eastern, China, Shannon Stapleton Hong Kong, Tai, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong's, Territories, Britain, Beijing, Hong, Japan
Particularly coming out of World War II, the Soviet Union and the United States were the global leaders in vaccine science. So while the technology was developed in the United States, there just was no way to test this in the United States. And they visited with American scientists and asked for a sample of this new polio vaccine to bring back to the Soviet Union. And the live polio vaccine sample was carried to the Soviet Union by one account in the pocket of Mikhail Chumakov. And they decide that they will provide the live polio vaccine to their own young children on sugar cubes.
Persons: michael barbaro, I’m Michael Barbaro, Sabrina Tavernise, Andrew Kramer, sabrina tavernise Andrew, andrew kramer Sabrina, tavernise Hi, andrew kramer, andrew kramer Russia, that’s, It’s, it’s, sabrina tavernise Tell, andrew kramer Well, sabrina tavernise, andrew kramer That’s, andrew kramer Polio, Eisenhower, virologists, Mikhail Chumakov, Maria Voroshilova, who’s, tavernise, Sabin, albert b, sabin, Andrew, they’re, they’ve, coronavirus, michael barbaro We’ll, Russia’s, there’s, Alexei Navalny, andrew kramer Right, sabrina tavernise Sputnik, vladimir putin, Putin, we’re, Vladimir Putin, Trump, sabrina tavernise What’s, sabrina tavernise That’s, Luis Arce, Covid Organizations: New York Times, Daily, Covid, U.S, Soviets, Soviet, State Department, Defense Department, virology, United, Sputnik, Union, U.S ., U.S . Department of Health, Human Services, European Union Locations: Russia, Russian, U.S, Soviet Union, United States, Soviet, Berlin, powderkeg, Europe, Japan, America, Pacific, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Moscow, Baltic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, United, Soviet Russia, Ukraine, China, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Africa, Venezuela, Belarus, Hungary, It’s, Brazil, Latin America, American, Slovakia, Italy, Bavaria, Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Bolivia, Republic, San Marino
Selfridges $6 bln deal would be rich bet on London
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( Aimee Donnellan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Selfridges’ 4 billion pound price tag is suitably rich for a luxury department store. The group’s owners, the Weston family, bought Selfridges for nearly 600 million pounds in 2003. It’s nearly 5 times the company’s 852 million pounds of annual pre-pandemic sales. The Westons may argue that the value of Selfridges’ property portfolio has gone up since the Harrods deal, as have wider stock-market multiples. - The retailer is owned by the Canadian wing of the Weston family which bought it in 2003 for 598 million pounds.
Persons: Selfridges, Weston, They’ve, Brown Thomas, It’s, John Lewis, London’s Organizations: London Oxford Street, Dior, Liberty, Qatar Investment Authority, Harrods, European Union, Financial Times, Times, Canadian Locations: Oxford, London, Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, Eastern
REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File PhotoA former president of the United Auto Workers, Gary Jones, on Thursday was sentenced to 28 months in jail for embezzling union funds as part of a larger federal probe into corruption in the union. Jones, who pleaded guilty last June to charges he embezzled more than $1 million, appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Thursday. On Thursday morning, Jones pleaded for mercy from Judge Paul Borman and again apologized to the union and its members. read moreThe UAW said Jones' sentencing brings to a close a "very dark chapter" in the union's history. Jones' predecessor as head of the UAW, Dennis Williams, pleaded guilty to embezzlement of union funds in September and was sentenced to 21 months in prison last month.
Persons: Gary Jones, Rebecca Cook, Jones, Judge Paul Borman, " Jones, Saima Mohsin, Dennis Williams Organizations: United Auto Workers, National Association of, Advancement for Colored, REUTERS, UAW, Internal Revenue Service, U.S, Eastern, Eastern District of Michigan Locations: Detroit , Michigan, U.S, Detroit, Corsicana , Texas, Eastern District, United States
A 17-year-old died after a shooting outside a Texas high school, police said Wednesday. Fort Worth Police responded to Eastern Hills High School at 5:20 p.m. CT Monday and found the teen was shot in the neck. It was unclear if he or the suspect were students at the school, according to police. NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported that the shooting happened outside of the school's gymnasium where a volleyball game was about to start. Eastern Hills High School's last day is scheduled for June 18.
Organizations: Fort Worth Police, Eastern Hills High School, Police, NBC Dallas, Fort Worth, Eastern Locations: Texas
U.S. pharmacist jailed for three years for tampering with COVID-19 vaccines
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
A healthcare worker prepares the Moderna vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a vaccination centre, in El Paso, Texas, U.S May 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis GonzalezA Wisconsin pharmacist who pleaded guilty to trying to spoil hundreds of doses of Moderna’s (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine because he was skeptical about them has been jailed for three years, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesay. Court documents showed he purposefully removed a box of COVID-19 vaccine vials from a hospital refrigeration unit during two successive overnight shifts in December last year, the Justice Department said in its statement. Brandenburg was skeptical of vaccines in general and the Moderna vaccine specifically, and that he communicated his beliefs to his co-workers for at least the past two years, it said. Moderna's vaccine has to be stored and shipped frozen but does not require ultra-cold temperatures and can be stored for 30 days in standard-temperature refrigerators.
Persons: Jose Luis Gonzalez, Steven R, Brandenburg Organizations: Moderna, REUTERS, U.S . Justice, Attorney's, Eastern District of, Justice Department, Thomson Locations: El Paso , Texas, U.S, Wisconsin, Eastern District, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Brandenburg
The Chinese army conducted an amphibious exercise that involved an assault landing in an area facing Taiwan, according to state media. State media touted the exercise days after a US military aircraft landed in Taiwan with US senators and vaccines for the island. The Chinese military has conducted an amphibious landing exercise in waters near Taiwan amid renewed tensions between Beijing and Washington. In the exercise, landing ships carried several types of equipment, including tracked armoured vehicles, wheeled off-road assault vehicles and truck, according to CCTV. Following the US senators' visit, the Chinese defence ministry said it would defend Beijing's sovereignty over Taiwan "at all costs."
Persons: Tammy Duckworth, Dan Sullivan, Chris Coons, Antony Blinken, Barack Obama, Wu Qian Organizations: Eastern Theatre Command, People's Liberation Army, 72nd Group Army, Taipei Songshan, Central News Agency, PLA Locations: Taiwan, Beijing, Washington, Fujian Province, Taipei, Sens, Taipei Songshan Airport, Zhejiang Province, China
Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, arrives at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, February 4, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The wife of notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of helping her husband run his Mexican cartel, court documents revealed Wednesday. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, is set to enter her guilty plea Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.Coronel, a former beauty queen, is accused of conspiracy to distribute narcotics through the Sinaloa cartel, which her now-incarcerated husband ran for years. She also is charged with helping Guzman escape from a Mexican prison in 2014. Coronel, who has twin daughters with Guzman, was arrested in February at Dulles Airport in Virginia, near Washington.
Persons: Emma Coronel Aispuro, Joaquin, El Chapo, Guzman, El, Coronel Organizations: U.S, Eastern, of, Dulles Airport Locations: of New York, Brooklyn, New York City, U.S, Washington ,, Sinaloa, Virginia, Washington
CNN Lawyers Gagged in Fight With Justice Dept. Over Reporter’s Email Data
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Charlie Savage | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The initial order, Mr. Vigilante said in a separate account CNN published online, demanded data that would cover more than 30,000 emails, including about 26,000 that were internal and so could not have had anything to do with a leak investigation. In September, the network asked a court to narrow the scope of the order, he said. Two weeks later, Mr. Vigilante said, she ordered CNN to comply with the original, full demand for Ms. Starr’s email records. In November, the network appealed that decision, and the following month Judge Anthony Trenga, a district court judge, held a hearing and then directed the department to narrow the scope of its request. The network also said it did not know that Ms. Starr’s phone records and data from her personal email account had separately been seized until the Justice Department notified her in May.
Persons: Vigilante, — Theresa Carroll Buchanan, , Anthony Trenga, , , Trump, Biden’s Organizations: CNN, of, Justice Department, Department Locations: Eastern
JBS says it paid $11 million ransom after cyberattack
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Brian Fung | Cnn Business | ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
(CNN Business) The meat supplier JBS USA paid an $11 million ransom in response to a cyberattack that led to the shutdown of its entire US beef processing operation last week, the company said in a statement Wednesday evening. The ransom was paid after most of the company's facilities had come back online, JBS said. "This was a very difficult decision to make for our company and for me personally," said Andre Nogueira, CEO of JBS USA, in the statement. The cyberattack affected servers supporting JBS's IT systems in North America and Australia. The US government has attributed the ransomware attack to REvil, a criminal gang believed to be based in Russia or Eastern Europe.
Persons: JBS, Andre Nogueira, Read Organizations: CNN, JBS USA, JBS Locations: North America, Australia, Russia, Eastern Europe
Employees work at the Wellis hot tub factory, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Dabas, Hungary, March 19, 2021. "Labour shortages and the very hot labour market despite the pandemic is already reflected in inflation, and in Poland it can be seen in the prices of services. Czech job vacancies, according to the labour office, have climbed since November and are near a pre-pandemic record. WAGES RISINGCompanies under pressure to find workers are raising wages further, after years of double-digit pay growth before COVID-19. "We try to adjust salaries to the labour market.
Persons: Bernadett Szabo, Jiri Rusnok, Andrzej Kaminski, Robert Keszte, Gabor Toldi, Tomas Ervin Dombrovsky, jobs.cz, Ryszard Florek, Florek Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, National Bank of, EU, Labour, Bank, LABOUR, Continental Automotive Hungary, Companies, Thomson Locations: Dabas, Hungary, Western Europe, Hungarian, Czech, Czech Republic, EU, Poland, National Bank of Hungary, Warsaw, Ukraine, Germany
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