Turkey summons Swedish envoy over ‘insulting content’ about Erdogan on TV -Anadolu

ISTANBUL, Oct 5 (Reuters) – NATO member Turkey summoned the Swedish ambassador over “insulting content” about President Tayyip Erdogan aired on Swedish public service television, Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu Agency said on Wednesday. Sweden and Finland applied for membership in NATO earlier this year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. So far 28 of the current 30 … Read more

Russian journalist who fled house arrest says she is innocent

Journalist confirms she has skipped house arrest Ovsyannikova defies Putin again in new video Oct 5 (Reuters) – Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, accused of spreading fake news after staging a series of lone protests against the war in Ukraine, said on Wednesday she had fled house arrest because she had no case to answer. … Read more

China’s Xiaomi says it will protect its business interests after India freezes its assets

MUMBAI, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK) on Sunday said it was “disappointed” with an Indian order that froze $682 million of its assets and would continue to protect its interests. An Indian appellate authority on Friday confirmed an April order by India’s federal financial crime fighting agency, the Enforcement Directorate, … Read more

Trump staffers not returning White House records, National Archives says

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump’s administration has not turned over all presidential records and the National Archives will consult with the Justice Department on whether to move to get them back, the agency has told Congress. The congressional panel on Sept. 13 sought an urgent review by the National Archives and … Read more

Iran lawmakers chant ‘thank you, police’ despite growing public fury over woman’s death

DUBAI, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Iranian lawmakers chanted “thank you, police” during a parliament session on Sunday, in a show of support for a fierce crackdown on widespread anti-government protests against the death of a young woman in police custody. The protests, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini from Iranian Kurdistan, have spiraled … Read more

Meta board approves personal security to outgoing executive Sheryl Sandberg

Sept 30 (Reuters) – Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) said on Friday its board had approved providing personal security services to former Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, citing “continuing threats to her safety”. The company, however, did not elaborate on the threats that Sandberg, one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley, faces. It expects … Read more

Tesla’s robot waves but can’t walk, yet. Musk plans to make millions of them

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Tesla (TSLA.O) CEO Elon Musk showed off on Friday a prototype of its humanoid robot ‘Optimus’, predicting the electric vehicle maker would be able to produce millions and sell them for under $20,000 – less than a third of the price of a Model Y. Musk said he expected … Read more

Mexican government suffers major data hack, president’s health issues revealed

MEXICO CITY, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The Mexican government said on Friday it had suffered a major cyber hack of data held by the armed forces, including details about President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s heart that led to his hospitalization in January. The president, speaking at a regular news conference, said information published in local … Read more

Iran arrests Europeans accused of role in unrest

Death of woman in morality police custody kindled protests Widening revolt against clerical establishment Iran blames hostile West for stoking unrest Official says 19 killed during attack on police station DUBAI, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Iran, which has blamed “foreign enemies” for protests that swept the country after the death of a woman in morality … Read more

Gunfire and blasts in Burkina Faso capital raise fears of another coup

OUAGADOUGOU, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Soldiers took to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital on Friday and blocked access to administrative buildings after gunfire rang out and a blast was heard near the presidential palace, raising fears of a second military coup in eight months. Gunshots were first heard around dawn at the main military … Read more