Sex, lies and video cams: Andrew Tate turned women into slaves, prosecutors say

BUCHAREST, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The woman from Moldova thought it was love. Internet celebrity Andrew Tate had offered her a new life. They’d even discussed marriage. He asked for only one thing: absolute loyalty. “You must understand that once you are mine, you will be mine forever,” Tate told her on Feb. 4 last … Read more

Davos 2023: China reopens its doors with investment pitch to global elite

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 17 (Reuters) – China’s Vice-Premier Liu He welcomed foreign investment and declared his country open to the world on Tuesday after three years of pandemic isolation. Liu’s explicit pitch to global leaders gathered in Davos made it clear China wants international investors to play a key role in Beijing’s attempts to revive … Read more

Online safety bill threatens techies like Mark Zuckerberg with jail

The British government is on the verge of approving tougher measures for a new online safety bill that could make tech CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg criminally liable for harmful content consumed by children on social media. Specifically, an amendment to the bill proposes jail sentences of up to two years for tech executives who fail … Read more

Brazil’s crowdfunded insurrection leaves paper trail for police

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) – With a Brazil flag draped around his neck and his feet propped up on a dark wooden table, Samuel Faria leaned back in the Brazilian Senate president’s ceremonial chair which he had just commanded and surveyed the chaos on the lawn outside. “It’s kicking off out there,” he said, watching … Read more

China defends its retaliation against South Korea, Japan COVID curbs

China says visa suspensions for South Korea, Japan “reasonable” Social media users lash out at South Korea’s “insulting” COVID curbs China working to secure Paxlovid, molnupiravir BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Chinese state media defended on Wednesday the retaliatory measures against South Korea and Japan over their COVID-19 travel curbs as “reasonable”, while Chinese tourists … Read more

Chinese rush to renew passports as COVID border curbs lifted

China dropped quarantine for visitors on Sunday Latest move in easing that has let virus run free Several nations demand COVID tests from Chinese travelers Chinese stocks, yuan rally on growth hopes BEIJING, Jan 9 (Reuters) – People joined long queues outside immigration offices in Beijing on Monday, eager to renew their passports after China … Read more

Exclusive: Russian hackers target US nuclear scientists

LONDON/WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – A Russian hacking team known as Cold River targeted three nuclear research laboratories in the United States this past summer, according to internet records reviewed by Reuters and five cyber security experts. Between August and September, as President Vladimir Putin indicated Russia would be willing to use nuclear weapons to … Read more

China state media plays down the severity of the COVID wave before the WHO meeting

State media says severe illness from COVID is rare Chinese scientists expected to brief WHO China factory activity shrinks in December BEIJING, Jan 3 (Reuters) – China’s state media played down the severity on Tuesday of the COVID-19 wave surging over the country, with its scientists expected to give a briefing to the World Health … Read more

‘Coup-mongering’ Bolsonarista’s battle cry reveals a radicalized Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Nearly two weeks after Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defeated far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s most fraught election in a generation, Milton Baldin arrived in the capital Brasilia to try to overturn the result. A small business owner from the deep interior of Brazil, Baldin, 55, joined … Read more

Facebook, Twitter stocked with ex-FBI, CIA officials

WASHINGTON — Dozens of former national security officials have gone to work for Facebook and Twitter after leaving government service, raising concerns about the influence of their one-time agencies over the social media giants. At Twitter alone, at least eight former FBI agents work at the company’s so-called “trust” and “security” divisions — including its … Read more