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Exclusive: US aims to arm Ukraine with advanced anti-ship missiles to fight Russian blockade

The US Navy’s Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur launched a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile during the Quadruple Pacific Vanguard (Pakvan) exercises between Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the US Navy in the Philippine Sea on May 26. Photo taken May 26, 2019. Tony Burton, Mass Communications Specialist / US Navy 1st Class … Read more

Exclusively TikTok planning big push in gaming, testing in Vietnam sources

The TikTok app on a smartphone is shown in this illustration taken on July 13, 2021. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / File Photo Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HONG KONG/HANOI (Reuters) – TikTok is running tests so users can play games on its video-sharing app in Vietnam, four … Read more

Performers push for copyright protection from AI deep forgeries

AI is increasingly common in entertainment and audio Performers fear losing work and rights to technology Calls for new legal protections on shows Tbilisi, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When a friend texted voice actor Bev Standing to ask if TikTok’s text-to-speech feature sounded, the Canadian artist’s surprise quickly turned to anger. She had … Read more

Analysis: White House balances inflation and farmers in new biofuel mandates

May 16 (Reuters) – The White House is expected to announce in coming weeks how much biofuels like corn ethanol that U.S. refiners will have to blend into their fuel this year, a decision that will force it to balance taming consumer inflation against subsidizing the nation’s farmers. How the administration balances competing priorities could … Read more

A closer look: China’s Xiaomi launches investigations into India’s main market

A man walks past the logo of Xiaomi, the Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, outside a store in Mumbai, India, May 11, 2022. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK) It faces legal problems in India as a federal financial crime … Read more

Explainer: Can Elon Musk renegotiate a lower price for his Twitter deal?

May 11 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) Shares have fallen to their lowest level since the social media company agreed to sell itself to Elon Musk for $44 billion on April 25, raising questions about whether the world’s richest person would try to renegotiate the deal. On Tuesday, the implied probability of closing the deal … Read more

Exclusive Germany is preparing a crisis plan for a sudden end to Russian gas – sources

BERLIN (Reuters) – Three people familiar with the matter told Reuters that German officials were quietly preparing for any sudden stop in Russian gas supplies with an emergency package that could include taking control of important companies. The preparations led by the Ministry of Economic Affairs show the growing alert over the gas supplies that … Read more

Analysis: S&P 500 whispers bear market grows louder as US stocks continue to slide

NEW YORK, May 9 (Reuters) – The Fed’s hawkish outlook is weakening Wall Street’s outlook for stocks, as some investors are now bracing for a possible bear market in the S&P 500. A bear market – often believed to have fallen 20% or more from a high – would signal the end of the era … Read more

Analysis: Shanghai coronavirus crisis shines political spotlight on Xi’s key ally

Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang speaks at the opening ceremony of the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai, China, July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Ali Song Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING (Reuters) – If Shanghai’s Communist Party chief Li Qiang is dealt a political blow over the city’s struggle to … Read more

Exclusive wildlife smugglers crawling again as pandemic restrictions ease – UN report

Pangolin walks during a press conference after Thai customs confiscated a live pangolin, in Bangkok, Thailand, August 31, 2017. REUTERS/Prapan Chankaew/File Photo Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SINGAPORE (Reuters) – After a sharp drop in wildlife smuggling during the pandemic, authorities in Southeast Asia must move quickly to prevent smugglers … Read more