Microsoft in talks to acquire TikTok as parent company faces forced breakup

The White House is preparing to force Chinese internet giant ByteDance to shed the U.S. operations of TikTok, as potential buyers, including Microsoft Corp, are already in talks to buy the popular short video app, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The move would be the culmination of U.S. national security concerns over… Read More Microsoft in talks to acquire TikTok as parent company faces forced breakup

State of emergency declared in Florida, North Carolina as Hurricane Isaias approaches

Florida and North Carolina declared states of emergency on Friday as Hurricane Isaias churned toward the U.S. East Coast, prompting authorities to close COVID-19 testing sites and people to stock up on essentials with heavy rains feared within hours. The hurricane, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (120 km) per hour, was lashing the… Read More State of emergency declared in Florida, North Carolina as Hurricane Isaias approaches

Three arrested, charged with recent hack of high-profile Twitter accounts

Two teenagers and a 22-year-old were charged with hacking the Twitter Inc accounts of famous people including former President Barack Obama, billionaire Bill Gates and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, the Department of Justice said on Friday. Mason Sheppard, a 19-year-old British man who went by the alias Chaewon, was charged with carrying out the… Read More Three arrested, charged with recent hack of high-profile Twitter accounts

U.S. appeals court overturns death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death penalty sentence for helping carry out the 2013 attack, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. Tsarnaev and his older brother set off a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the world-renowned race, tearing through… Read More U.S. appeals court overturns death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Hong Kong issues arrest warrant for six democracy activists

Chinese state television said on Friday that Hong Kong authorities had issued arrest warrants for six pro-democracy activists who fled the city and are suspected of violating a national security law that came into effect on June 30. CCTV said the six were wanted on suspicion of secession or colluding with foreign forces, crimes that… Read More Hong Kong issues arrest warrant for six democracy activists

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam postpones legislature election

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Friday postponed a September 6 election to the Chinese-ruled city’s legislature by a year because of a rise in coronavirus cases, dealing a blow to the pro-democracy opposition which had hoped to make huge gains. The United States quickly condemned the move, saying it was the latest example of… Read More Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam postpones legislature election

Namibia to shut schools, limit public gatherings following surge in coronavirus cases

Namibian schools will be suspended for the second time in four months next week, while limits on public gatherings will be tightened further to 100 from 250 amid surging cases, President Hage Geingob said. In a televised speech on Friday, Geingob said the decision to suspend schools from August 4 for 28 days came after… Read More Namibia to shut schools, limit public gatherings following surge in coronavirus cases