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China 🇨🇳 cracks down on video 📹 parodies

China's media regulator has announced a crackdown on video parodies.

It says video websites are banned from featuring videos that "distort or spoof" classical literature or art, and videos that re-cut or re-voice radio, TV and online programmes.

Chinese bloggers regularly produce spoof videos, including some that mock state media …

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US 🇺🇸 sanctions Iranian hackers for 'stealing university data' 😱

The United States has imposed sanctions on an Iranian company and 10 individuals for alleged cyber attacks, including on hundreds of universities.

The two founders of the Mabna Institute are among those sanctioned and their assets are subject to US seizure, a statement by the US Treasury Department said.

It …

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US accuses China of stealing patents in WTO complaint

The United States launched a complaint against China at the World Trade Organization on Friday, part of a package of trade measures announced by President Donald Trump on Thursday over China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property. A presidential memorandum signed by Trump will target up to $60 billion …

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Spanish supreme court charges 13 Catalan leaders with rebellion

A Spanish supreme court judge has charged 13 senior Catalan leaders, including the region’s deposed president and the candidate chosen to succeed him, with rebellion over their roles in last year’s unilateral referendum and the subsequent declaration of independence.

The charges, announced on Friday morning by Judge Pablo …

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When is Earth Hour 2018 and how do I take part?

Yes, the annual Earth Hour is fast-approaching. But what does it involve? How can you be a part of it? The next Earth Hour, which is the 11th of its kind, falls on March 24 2018, starting at 8.30pm and finishing at 9.30pm, local time.

To join in …

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China Targets $3 Billion of US Goods in Tariff Spat

China announced a $3 billion list of U.S. goods for possible retaliation in a tariff dispute with President Donald Trump and girded Friday for a bigger battle over technology policy as financial markets sank on fears of global disruption. The Commerce Ministry said higher duties on pork, apples, steel …

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Toys R Us founder Charles Lazarus dies at 94 as his company folds

The man who founded Toys R Us - the children's toy retailer - has died aged 94, one week after his company announced it was closing its doors. Charles Lazarus began selling toys in 1957 in large supermarket-style shops after he returned from World War II military service. His death comes after …

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Plastic patch in Pacific Ocean growing rapidly, study shows

A collection of plastic afloat in the Pacific Ocean is growing rapidly, according to a new scientific estimate. Predictions suggest a build-up of about 80,000 tonnes of plastic in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" between California and Hawaii. This figure is up to sixteen times higher than previously reported …

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Origin of 'six-inch mummy' confirmed

Tests on a six-inch-long mummified skeleton from Chile confirm that it represents the remains of a newborn with multiple mutations in key genes. Despite being the size of a foetus, initial tests had suggested the bones were of a child aged six to eight. These highly unusual features prompted wild …

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EU recalls envoy for consultations on spy attack

The European Union is recalling its ambassador from Moscow for consultations over the nerve gas attack in Britain earlier this month, reinforcing a united stand against Russia. After firmly siding with Britain in the escalating conflict, the summit of EU leaders in Brussels decided to take a united measure against …

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