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TikTok US sale faces fresh hurdle after China tightens tech export rules – The Guardian

Beijing says some exports will now need government approval in move believed to be linked to Trump sale order

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New Chinese government restrictions could complicate ByteDance plans to sell TikTok to a US company and avoid a ban threatened by Donald Trump.
Late on Friday, Beijing issued new restrictions or bans on tech exports, requiring companies to seek government approval a process that can take up to 30 days. In mid-August, Trump gave the company 90 days to sell up or face a shutdown.
The rules, which hadnt been updated since 2008, are believed to be aimed at delaying the sale of TikTok to US buyers,…

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Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Victorians urged to comply with rules, NSW government looks for app downloads, decision looms on Queensland border – The Sydney Morning Herald

State governments are shifting their focus on how to control case outbreaks as social distancing rules are eased. Overseas there are worrying signs in Europe and…

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We must not be complacent or self-congratulatory. Leadership, science and unity got us and our Asia-Pacific neighbours to this place. And its these things that stand between a “zero COVID” life and the devastation of a new wave.
A one-way travel bubble is in place with New Zealand and that could be cautiously extended two-way to other Pacific and Asian countries with low transmission like Vanuatu, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Until there is an effective and widely…

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Meghan Markle wins court bid to delay privacy trial as Thomas Markle says he could die soon – NEWS.com.au

Meghan Markle wins court bid to delay privacy trial as Thomas Markle says he could die soon

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Meghan Markle has won her bid to delay her privacy court battle for almost a year over a confidential matter, despite her dad warning I could die tomorrow.The Duchess of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Mail on Sunday, for releasing a letter she wrote to her estranged father Thomas Markle before her royal wedding in 2018.
A ten-day trial was set to take place in London on January 11 next year, where the 39-year-old royal and her father were expected to give evidence in…

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‘A bigot without principles’: ex-Malaysian PM condemned by former ambassador to France – Sydney Morning Herald

Mahathir Mohamad infuriates Europe for saying Muslims “have a right to kill millions of French people” after a terrorist beheaded an elderly Christian.

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Famously described as a “recalcitrant” by former PM Paul Keating, Mohamad has previously been condemned for inflammatory comments about Jews and gays.
He was the prime minister of Muslim-majority Malaysia for 22 years between 1981 and 2003, and returned as leader for a further two years before his government collapsed in March this year.
The comment by former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad was removed by Twitter after it was found to glorify violence.Credit:AP
In a series of tweets about…

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