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Myanmar shadow government calls for revolt against military rule
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Myanmar shadow government calls for revolt against military rule

Myanmar’s shadow government, formed by opponents of military rule, called for a revolt against the junta on Tuesday, setting out a strategy that included action by armed militias and ethnic forces as well as urging bureaucrats to leave their posts. Duwa Lashi La, the acting president of the National Unity Government (NUG), said in a speech that the shadow government, which is made up of members in exile or in hiding, was declaring a state of emergency. Myanmar’s military toppled the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1, triggering a wave of protests by pro-democracy supporters and hundreds of deaths as security forces tried to quell the demonstrations. Some opponents of military rule have formed armed groups under the banner of the People’s Defense Forces, and have forged al...
Vietnam delays reopening resort island over low vaccination rate
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Vietnam delays reopening resort island over low vaccination rate

HANOI: Vietnam has pushed back a plan to re-open the resort island of Phu Quoc to foreign tourists until November, after failing to meet targets for inoculating residents due to insufficient vaccine supplies, state media reported. The Southeast Asian nation, which is currently shut to all visitors apart from returning citizens and investors, has been struggling to speed up inoculations to help contain a spike in COVID-19 cases driven by the Delta variant in recent months. Authorities had initially planned to allow vaccinated foreign tourists to start returning to Phu Quoc in October to revive the tourism sector and prop up the economy. "We have to inoculate residents here for herd immunity but vaccine supplies are falling short," the state-run VTC newspaper quoted Huynh Quang Hung, the ...
FTC bars alleged ‘stalkerware’ company and its CEO from the surveillance business
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FTC bars alleged ‘stalkerware’ company and its CEO from the surveillance business

Lina Khan, commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) nominee for U.S. President Joe Biden, speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. The Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously to ban what it called a "stalkerware app company" and its CEO from the surveillance business, the agency announced Wednesday. This marks the first time the FTC has obtained such a ban, the commission said in a press release touting the proposed settlement. The agency made clear it likely won't be the last. "This case is an important reminder that surveillance-based businesses pose a significant threat to our safety and security," Samuel Levine, acting director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Prote...
Lithuania looks to ban ‘untrustworthy’ phones after Chinese censorship concerns
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Lithuania looks to ban ‘untrustworthy’ phones after Chinese censorship concerns

VILNIUS : Lithuania's Defence Ministry is drafting legislation to ban state institutions from purchasing "untrustworthy" equipment, after finding a censoring feature in a Chinese smartphone company's flagship phone, Margiris Abukevicius, deputy minister at the Defence Ministry said. The censoring capability in Xiaomi's Mi 10T 5G phone software has been turned off for the "European Union region" but can be turned on remotely at any time, the country's National Cyber Security Centre said in a report on Tuesday. A Xiaomi spokesman said in a statement sent to Reuters on Wednesday its device "does not censor communications to or from its users". The Defence Ministry is now drafting the legislation to ban public institutions from procuring "untrustworthy" equipment, including smartphones, wit...
Regulators not up to speed on banks’ digital marketplaces, EU watchdog says
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Regulators not up to speed on banks’ digital marketplaces, EU watchdog says

LONDON : Regulators have little understanding of risks from banks creating digital marketplaces with tech companies and a framework is needed to spot potential contagion if things go wrong, the European Union's banking watchdog said on Tuesday. The European Banking Authority's warning is the latest sign that financial regulators are starting to pay more attention to Big Tech's increasing links with finance, such as in cloud computing. Finance and tech companies are coming closer together as banks set up digital marketplaces for products like payments and mortgages, as well as other financial and non-financial services, a process which has accelerated since the pandemic began. This means customers can make payments or buy things using their mobile phone which links directly to their bank...
Myanmar faces ‘alarming’ risk of escalating civil war: UN
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Myanmar faces ‘alarming’ risk of escalating civil war: UN

GENEVA: Myanmar is facing the alarming prospect of an escalating civil war as an uprising against the military junta widens, the UN's human rights chief warned on Thursday (Sep 23). Michelle Bachelet told the United Nations Human Rights Council that time was running out for other countries to step up efforts to restore democracy and prevent a broader conflict. Myanmar has been in turmoil since Aung San Suu Kyi's government was ousted by the military in February, sparking a nationwide uprising that the junta has tried to crush. Attacks on troops have increased since lawmakers ousted by the generals called for a "people's defensive war" earlier this month. Bachelet said the human rights situation had deteriorated significantly as the effects of the coup "devastate lives and hopes across ...
All-civilian SpaceX crew feels only ‘good kind’ of jitters before launch
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All-civilian SpaceX crew feels only ‘good kind’ of jitters before launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. : The four would-be citizen astronauts poised to ride a SpaceX rocket ship around the globe as the first all-civilian crew launched into orbit said on Tuesday they were eager for liftoff on the eve of their flight, feeling only "the good kind" of jitters. "I was just worried that this moment would never come in my life. Let's get going, let's do it," said Sian Proctor, 51, a geoscience professor, artist and lifelong space enthusiast who was a 2009 finalist in NASA's astronaut candidate program before she was cut. Proctor also disclosed she and her flightmates received a telephone call from one of her personal heroes, former first lady Michelle Obama, wishing them well, an honor she said "would stay with me the rest of my life." The "Inspiration4" quartet are due for...
China accuses Washington of ‘low political tricks’ over Uyghur exhibit
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China accuses Washington of ‘low political tricks’ over Uyghur exhibit

GENEVA: A US-backed Uyghur photo exhibit of dozens of people who are missing or alleged to be held in camps in Xinjiang, China, opened in Switzerland on Thursday (Sep 16), prompting Beijing to issue a furious statement accusing Washington of "low political tricks". The "Wall of the Disappeared" which also features interviews with camp survivors about alleged forced sterilisation, stands outside the United Nations in Geneva where a month-long session of the Human Rights Council opened this week. "It was important for us to bring faces to represent the statistics," said Zumretay Arkin, whose uncle is featured in the exhibit. "It's easier to forget about numbers but if people see faces, we hope they will grasp the urgency of the situation." Rights groups estimate one million Uyghurs and ot...
Why home prices are still sky high and what you can do if you’re looking to buy
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Why home prices are still sky high and what you can do if you’re looking to buy

Select’s editorial team works independently to review financial products and write articles we think our readers will find useful. We may receive a commission when you click on links for products from our affiliate partners. The pandemic has flipped the real estate market on its head, and it has left many prospective buyers further away from becoming homeowners as they struggle to afford the rising costs. This unprecedented sellers' market is the result of a myriad of economic factors, including record low interest rates from the Federal Reserve, a lack of homes for sale and a slow down in the number of new homes being built due to labor shortages and rising costs of construction supplies. As a result, real estate prices have skyrocketed. In Q4 2019, the average home sale price was $384,6...
After dragging its heels, the Biden administration finally embarks on Southeast Asia charm offensive
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After dragging its heels, the Biden administration finally embarks on Southeast Asia charm offensive

After a relatively slow start, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has embarked on a diplomatic offensive across Southeast Asia, the new theater of great power competition. Within a matter of weeks, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin as well as Vice President Kamala Harris visited key members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, specifically Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. Against the backdrop of the withdrawal debacle in Afghanistan, the incidental timing of the visits also helped soothe lingering anxieties over American commitment to the region. By and large, the Biden administration seems determined to rally not only like-minded Indo-Pacific powers such as Japan, India and Australia, but also front-line ASEAN states, which share similar anxieties over a r...