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Julian Assange facing hearing on U.S. extradition request

WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange is facing a court hearing over a U.S. request to extradite him for alleged computer hacking. Assange is expected to appear by video link from prison for Thursday’s hearing at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court. The 47-year-old Australian is serving a 50-week prison sentence for jumping bail in 2012 and holing up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in ...

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Tempted by Tappy: Why Huawei is accused of trying to steal trade secrets

Read this story in traditional Chinese In May 2013, Huawei allegedly made a fateful decision to send an employee known as “F.W.” to Seattle. According to an indictment for wire fraud and attempted theft of trade secrets, the company was determined to get its hands on proprietary technology belonging to one of its partners and competitors — wireless giant T-Mobile. The item in question was ...

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Trump wants an immigration system ‘like they have in Canada.’ Would a merit-based plan work in the U.S.?

Donald Trump doesn’t always speak fondly of Canada’s prime minister, but he’s an avowed admirer of Canada’s immigration system — and he is reportedly set to review a proposed plan that functions in similar ways. His son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is expected to present a new immigration reform proposal to the president this week, with a key tenet that it ...

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Exploitation in the fields: Sikh workers toil under gangmasters on Italian farms

When most people think of the Italian Mafia, cinematic clichés of gangsters fighting turf wars on the hardscrabble streets of blighted metropolises are apt to spring to mind. What likely doesn’t is a lush expanse of Italian farmland lined with giant eucalyptus trees tended by a vast community of Sikh workers under the tight control of criminal organizations. But an ...

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