Uber driver was streaming Hulu show just before self-driving car crash: police report

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Police in Tempe, Arizona said evidence showed the “safety” driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber was distracted and streaming a television show on her phone right up until about the time of a fatal accident in March, deeming the crash that rocked the nascent industry “entirely avoidable.” FILE PHOTO: U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators examine a self-driving Uber vehicle involved in a fatal accident in Tempe, Arizona, U.S., March 20, 2018. A women was struck and killed by the vehicle on March…

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EU hits back as retaliatory tariffs come into force

The European Union’s retaliatory tariffs come into force today targeting American products, including whiskey, motorcycles and peanuts.   Its duties target goods worth $3.3bn (£2.5bn) after the United States imposed tariffs on the bloc’s steel and aluminium. President Donald Trump is pushing ahead with his campaign pledge to protect American jobs and has described trading relationship with his neighbours and allies as unfair. He has asked his officials to redraw the rules of trade. The United States has imposed tariffs on Canada, Mexico and £25bn in Chinese goods. China, India and…

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In China, universities seek to plant ‘Xi Thought’ in minds of students

BEIJING (Reuters) – Armed with interactive online courses, generous funding and new dedicated research institutes, China’s universities are on the frontlines of an effort to promote the thinking of President Xi Jinping to China and the world. FILE PHOTO: Copies of book “Xi Jinping: The governance of China” are displayed for sale at a bookstore in Beijing, China, March 1, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo Since October, many universities across China have placed “Xi Thought” at the core of their curricula – the first time since the era of Mao Zedong…

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Chinese media says U.S. has ‘delusions’ as impact of trade war spreads

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. protectionism is self-defeating and a “symptom of paranoid delusions” that must not distract China from its path to modernization, Chinese state media said on Friday as Beijing kept up with its war of words with Washington over trade. FILE PHOTO: A staff member walks past U.S. and Chinese flags placed for a joint news conference by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo U.S. President…

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Asian shares hit six-month lows as tariffs take economic toll

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares slid to their lowest in six months on Friday, on signs U.S. trade battles with China and many other countries are starting to chip away at corporate profits, while oil prices were choppy ahead of an OPEC meeting to discuss raising output. FILE PHOTO: A man looks at an electronic board showing Japan’s Nikkei average outside a brokerage at a business district in Tokyo, Japan August 9, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS dropped as much as 0.35 percent…

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Indonesia hands death sentence to Islamic State-linked cleric for militant attacks

JAKARTA (Reuters) – An Indonesian court on Friday sentenced to death a cleric linked to Islamic State, for masterminding from his jail cell a string of deadly militant attacks across the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. Islamic cleric Aman Abdurrahman leaves a court following his verdict in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside The ruling comes as Indonesia struggles to rein in a rising tide of homegrown militancy, inspired in part by the extremist group Islamic State, with parliament approving tougher anti-terrorism laws last month. Aman Abdurrahman, 46, is considered…

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Taiwan’s Foxconn calls Sino-U.S. trade spat a ‘tech war’

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, on Friday said the U.S. and Chinese governments are engaged in a technology war, not a trade war, describing the spat as the biggest challenge the Taiwanese company is facing. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, is seen on top of the company’s building in Taipei, Taiwan March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo President Donald Trump on Monday said Washington would hit $200 billion of Chinese imports with 10 percent tariffs if…

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