Thursday, September 16, 2021

#CHINA: US Senators Want Chinese Tech Firm Sanctioned

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Three US senators are calling for a Chinese "Internet of Things" platform operator to be added to a list of sanctioned Chinese companies, citing national security concerns. 

US senators want Tencent-backed Internet of Things firm Tuya sanctioned, calling the Chinese platform a security threat.

Three Republican senators say Tuya is required by law to turn Americans’ data over to Beijing, a frequently cited concern in the US.

Tuya denied the claims, saying its user data is regionally isolated and has never been requested by foreign governments.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

#THAILAND: Parliament Amends Electoral System

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Thailand’s parliament has approved a constitutional amendment bill to change the election system which analysts said could favor bigger parties including one backing Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha while proving advantageous to the opposition Pheu Thai Party as well. 

The joint session of the parliament voted for the bill 472 to 33, while 187 lawmakers abstained.

“The constitutional amendment bill which the parliament has passed will change the electoral system from a one-ballot system to a two-ballot system,” said Jurin Laksanawisit, deputy prime minister and leader of the Democrat Party. 


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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

#UKRAINE: Parliament Approves Use Of Cryptocurrency

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The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has adopted Bill No. 3637 "On Virtual Assets," which establishes in Ukraine a mechanism for the legal regulation of virtual assets, such as cryptocurrencies.

According to Ukrinform, 276 MPs voted for the document at its second reading and in its entirety in a Sept. 8 session.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

#UK: Gov't Ditches Plans For Vax Passports In England

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Plans to introduce vaccine passports for access into nightclubs and large events in England will not go ahead, the health secretary has said.

Sajid Javid told the BBC: "We shouldn't be doing things for the sake of it."

It was thought the plan, which came under criticism from venues and some MPs, would be introduced at the end of this month.

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

#CANADA: Trudeau Defends Calling Election During Pandemic

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Responding to critics, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau said he “absolutely” does not regret calling the federal election during the COVID-19 pandemic, and he pledged to be “ferocious” in the last week of the campaign, as his main competitor, Erin O’Toole, pitched a changed Conservative Party ready to earn voters’ trust.

The leaders began their final bids for votes on Friday, a day after the last leaders’ debate and with just 10 days to the Sept. 20 election.

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

#UK: Chinese Firm's Takeover Of UK Chip Company Investigated

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The Chinese firm behind the purchase of Britain's largest chip manufacturing facility earlier this summer has admitted that the acquisition could be unwound as the U.K. government reviews the takeover.

Shanghai-headquartered Wingtech Technologies warned shareholders in a note this week that "domestic and foreign industry policies" present a risk to the takeover of Newport Wafer Fab, which is located in South Wales. The news was first reported by The Telegraph newspaper.

The warning comes after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Stephen Lovegrove, the U.K.'s national security advisor, to investigate the deal. A decision could be announced in the coming days.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

#MOROCCO: Half Of Registered Voters Head To Polls

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Moroccan voters have headed to the polls to choose a new parliament and local leaders in elections that have been reshaped by the pandemic, amid widespread disillusionment with the political system. Only about half of registered voters appeared at polling stations.

About 18 million people cast their ballots on Wednesday, the third time since a new constitution was introduced in 2011 in the wake of the February 20th Movement, the local version of the Arab Spring.

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Thursday, September 09, 2021

#UK: PM Johnson Faces Rebellion In His Party Over Vax Passports

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Vaccine passports still haven't been ruled out for pubs and restaurants, the UK's Vaccines Minister suggested in parliament this week.

Nadhim Zahawi would only commit to not making a Covid ID compulsory for "essential" services as he clashed with furious Tory MPs.

He was lambasted by conservative  backbenchers over the "pointless policy" and accused of starting a "needless fight" with his own party.

Zahawi defended the introduction of vaccine passports which he said would "reduce transmission and serious illness."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is already facing a major rebellion over the plans, with more than 50 Tories expected to mutiny.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2021

#AUSTRALIA: PM Takes Heat For Holiday Trip

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The Prime Minister has defended traveling from Canberra to Sydney during COVID-19 lockdowns, arguing criticism of the trip is nothing more than a "cheap shot."

Scott Morrison took an RAAF VIP jet to Sydney last Friday and spent several days in his home city, including Father's Day,  which was celebrated on Sunday, before returning to Canberra, the national Capital. 

The Prime Minister's office said he had received approval from ACT Health to return to the capital, with a number of conditions. 

They included restricting his movement while in the ACT and taking frequent COVID-19 tests. 

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