own some new rules that require foreign tech companies selling technology to banks to hand over proprietary source code and adhere to the nation’s encryption algorithms. U.S. business lobbies are calling for “urgent discussions” on the new regulations.
In a letter to China’s Central Leading Small Group for Cyberspace Affairs, dated January 28, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned that harm would result from an “overly broad, opaque, discriminatory approach to cybersecurity policy,” according to a Reuters report.
“The domestic purchasing and related requirements proposed recently for China’s banking sector … would unnecessarily restrict the ability of Chinese entities to source the most reliable and secure technologies, which are developed in the global supply chain,” according to the letter, which was also signed by 17 other U.S. business groups. The groups also urged Beijing to postpone the implementation of the new rules.
The Malaysian government has officially declared the disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370 an accident and has said that there were no survivors.
No trace of the Beijing-bound aircraft has been found since it disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Officials said that the recovery operation is ongoing but that the 239 people onboard are now presumed dead.
The plane’s whereabouts are still unknown despite a massive international search in the southern Indian Ocean.
Alexis Tsipras: “Our priority is a new renegotiation with our partners, seeking a just, viable and mutually beneficial solution”
Addressing his first cabinet meeting since Sunday’s victory, Mr Tsipras said he would negotiate with creditors over the €240bn (£179bn; $270bn) bailout.
“We won’t get into a mutually destructive clash, but we will not continue a policy of subjection,” said the left-wing Syriza party leader.
The EU has warned his government to stick to its commitments. A default could force Greece out of the euro.
A captured Ugandan rebel commander made his first public appearance Monday at a hearing before the International Criminal Court, where he stands accused of crimes including murder and enslavement.
Speaking calmly in his native Acholi dialect, Dominic Ongwen, a commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army, the rebel group that has terrorized parts of sub-Saharan Africa for decades, identified himself as a former child soldier born in northern Uganda in 1975. He also said “I’d like to thank God for creating Heaven and Earth, together with everyone that’s on Earth.”
Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and blue and gray plaid tie, his hair closely cropped, Mr. Ongwen did not resemble his guerrilla photographs, which show a man with dreadlocks wearing a green military beret and camouflage fatigues.
@BarackObama must give INDIA a permanent seat in UN for raping gals all over the world #RapePublicDay pic.twitter.com/NGRKIEGJS9
While India marked its 66th annual Republic Day on Monday, some Pakistanis on Twitter attempted to put a damper on celebrations by pointing to the country’s rape statistics.
Several high profile rape cases in India in the past few years have garnered national attention and made headlines around the world. A recent poll from the Thompson Reuters Foundation ranked India as the second-worst country in the world for women’s safety at night.
Using the hashtag #RapePublicDay, many Pakistanis criticised the Indian government’s handling of rape cases.
President Obama announced Sunday that the U.S. and India have made progress on civilian nuclear trade. In a joint news conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, Obama said the countries had agreed to more cooperation in other areas as well, including defense and climate change.
Obama arrived in India Sunday for a three-day trip, and he and first lady Michelle Obama were greeted by Modi at the airport. The warm welcome was a “departure from protocol,” India Today reports.
Obama is the first U.S. president to visit India twice while in office, a point he brought up during the news conference.
President Obama began a three-day visit to India on Sunday, where he is expected to spend much of the day holding talks on climate change, defense and economic ties with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi, wearing a gold kurta, broke protocol to personally welcome Obama with a hug as he disembarked from Air Force One in New Delhi with his wife Michelle.
The president’s arrival in New Delhi marked the first time an American leader has visited India twice during his presidency - Obama visited the country in Nov. 2010. Obama is also the first to be invited to attend India’s Republic Day festivities, which start Monday and mark the 65th anniversary of the enactment of India’s constitution.
In another age, the engagement between Mubarak al-Balooshi and his cousin would have been arranged by their family, with little input on the decision from him or her. Instead, the 23-year-old Omani met his fiancée on Instagram, the photo-sharing application.
“I was liking her photos, then it turned out she was from my family,” al-Balooshi says. As he tells his story, he is sitting with friends on a seaside road in Muscat nicknamed Sharia Al Hub - Arabic for Love Street. The café-lined promenade is a popular place for dates, increasingly common in Oman as the Persian Gulf sultanate adjusts to four decades of oil-fuelled development. While the sun sets over the Indian ocean, young men call out honeyed words to female passers-by.
But in this traditional Islamic society, where mixing between genders is limited, social media offered one of the only discreet ways for al-Balooshi to woo a girl.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who came to the throne in old age and earned a reputation as a cautious reformer even as the Arab Spring revolts toppled heads of state and Islamic State militants threatened the Muslim establishment that he represented, died on Friday, Saudi officials said. He was 90.
The cause was unknown. He had been in a hospital since December and placed on a respirator.
Succession was swift. Abdullah’s brother and crown prince, Salman, in a statement attributed to him on Saudi state television, announced the king’s death and that he had assumed the throne.
President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi of Yemen abruptly resigned Thursday night and his entire government stepped down, leaving the country leaderless and possibly opening the way for armed Houthi rebels to take control.
A United Nations official confirmed that Mr. Hadi had resigned immediately after a meeting with his Houthi political opponents, hosted by the United Nations envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, in an effort to resolve the political crisis that has gripped the capital, Sana, for days. Just one day earlier, the two sides had reached an agreement to end the fighting, and aides to Mr. Benomar said he had hoped to ensure that the agreement was carried out.
With Houthi fighters already in control of much of the capital and many areas of northern Yemen, it seemed likely that they would take at least de facto control of the government.