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EU Proposes Rules for Artificial Intelligence to Limit Risks

The European Union unveiled proposals Wednesday to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology. The report is part of the bloc’s wider digital strategy aimed at maintaining its position as the global pacesetter on technological standards. Big tech companies seeking to tap Europe’s vast …

Tech

US Urges EU to Use 5G by Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung

EU countries have no reason to use 5G mobile technology from Huawei because Sweden’s Ericsson, Finland’s Nokia and South Korea’s Samsung are on par with the Chinese group in the field, a senior US┬ádiplomat said. Robert Strayer, deputy assistant secretary for cyber, international communications and information policy at the US┬áState Department, said on a visit …

Tech

Google Protests ‘Eye-Catching’ $2.6 Billion EU Fine, Judge Disagrees

Google on Friday attacked what it called an eye-catching EUR 2.4 billion ($2.6 billion or roughly Rs. 18,600 crores) EU antitrust fine, prompting a judge to ask how a rich company can miss a relatively paltry amount. The sparring underlines the battle ahead for the world’s most popular internet search engine, with two other challenges …

Politics

Britain to seek Canada-style free trade deal with EU

LONDON: Two days after Brexit, British officials pushed the European Union on Sunday for a Canada-style free trade arrangement as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson geared up for a key speech to spell out his government’s negotiating stance. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News that Britain will seek a deal that imposes very few …

General

Maldives rejoins Commonwealth as UK leaves EU

Maldives was officially readmitted to the Commonwealth on Saturday more than three years after the Indian Ocean archipelago nation quit the organisation over criticism of its human rights record, taking the count of the bloc’s membership countries back to 54. The island nation’s rejoining came just over an hour after the United Kingdom left the …

General

UK flags taken down at EU buildings in Brussels ahead of Brexit

Britain’s Union Jack was removed from lines of EU member state flags at the European Council and European Parliament buildings in Brussels on Friday evening ahead of the United Kingdom’s exit from the bloc at midnight (2300 GMT). Two solemn-looking officials, a man and a woman, took less than a minute to take down the …

Health

Brexit at last: Britain leaves the EU as champagne corks fly

The United Kingdom finally cast off from the European Union on Friday for an uncertain future, with Brexiteers claiming victory and popping champagne corks for an “independence day” they said marked a new era for the country. In its biggest shift since losing its global empire, the United Kingdom slipped away at 2300 GMT, turning …

General

UK set to say goodbye to EU: Chronology of Brexit divorce deal

Following is the chronology of Brexit as the UK is set to leave the European Union on Friday, more than three and a half years since the country voted for it in a referendum in 2016. HERE’S THE BREXIT CHRONOLOGY: January 23, 2013: Prime Minister David Cameron promises an in-out referendum on EU membership if …