September 3, 2019

Chinese ‘deepfake’ app Zao comes under fire over privacy concerns

yasinemir/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A new Chinese app that lets users seamlessly swap faces with celebrities gained widespread popularity over the weekend, but quickly drew just as much criticism over privacy concerns. The app, named Zao, was the most downloaded free app in China’s iOS App Store as of Sept. 1, and has been featured on the worldwide iPhone App Store homepage since its release on Aug. 30, according to App Annie, which tracks app data. With Zao, users can choose an array of features, i..
September 3, 2019

Russia jails 2 men, blogger amid crackdown following anti-Kremlin protests

anouchka/iStock(MOSCOW) -- A Russian court on Tuesday handed down prison sentences to two men accused of acting violently toward police during anti-Kremlin protests this summer, while separately a court jailed another man for five years over an "extremist" tweet. The sentences came amid a crackdown by authorities on Russia’s opposition after a period of unusually large and persistent protests in Moscow. They were the first rulings in the roughly dozen criminal cases that have become known coll..
September 3, 2019

Prince Harry launches travel initiative after controversy over private jet use with Duchess Meghan

NataliaCatalina/iStock(LONDON) -- Prince Harry spoke out for the first time after he and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, faced criticisms for flying on a private jet during their summer vacation in Europe. “I spend 99 percent of my life travelling the world by commercial [aircraft],” Harry, 34, said Tuesday in Amsterdam. “Occasionally, there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe, and it's genuinely as simple as that.” “But for m..
September 3, 2019

Benjamin Netanyahu’s chances at re-election in jeopardy

pawel.gaul/iStock(JERUSALEM) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing an uphill battle for re-election. With the election just two weeks away, the right-wing base that secured his victory for 10 straight years has broken apart, with some eager to oust him. Polls show the Israeli leader has no clear path to forming a majority government. Meanwhile, a rival on the right is vowing to block him and pursue a unity government. Netanyahu’s political future is also being affected by a vol..