Solomon Islands province announces independence vote amid China tensions

The largest province in Solomon Islands has announced plans for an independence referendum as tensions with the country’s national government over China policy rise. Malaita, a province of 200,000 people in the country’s east, “will soon conduct a provincial-wide referendum on the topic of independence”, a statement from premier Daniel Suidani said on Tuesday. In […]

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EU resumes Air Canada/Transat merger review, sets December 11 deadline

EU antitrust regulators have resumed their investigation into Air Canada’s (AC.TO) proposed acquisition of rival Canadian carrier Air Transat (TRZ.TO) and set a deadline of December 11 for a decision. The European Commission, which oversees competition policy in the 27-member European Union, suspended its investigation in June as it waited for the companies to provide […]

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FBI worried Ring and other doorbell cameras could tip owners off to police searches

Federal Bureau of Investigation documents warned that owners of Amazon’s Ring and similar video doorbells can use the systems — which collect video footage sometimes used to investigate crimes — in order to watch police instead. The Intercept spotted the files in the BlueLeaks data trove aggregated from law enforcement agencies. One 2019 analysis describes […]

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Music mogul Akon going ahead with futuristic ‘Akon City’ in Senegal

The US-Senegalese music mogul Akon has said he is pressing ahead with lofty plans to create a futuristic Pan-African smart city in Senegal next year, built in the mould of Wakanda – the fictional, technologically advanced African nation depicted in the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther. The 800-hectare (2,000 acre), surrealist, solar-powered “Akon City”, backed by […]

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