September 4, 2019

Hong Kong’s embattled leader withdraws bill that sparked months of unrest

LewisTsePuiLung/iStock(HONG KONG) -- Almost three months into Hong Kong’s worst political crisis since its return to Chinese control, the city’s embattled leader Carrie Lam agreed to formally withdraw the extradition bill that drove millions of people to the streets in protest some 13 weeks ago. In a pre-taped televised address, a weary-looking Lam addressed the city from behind a desk and said the government will formally withdraw the bill “to fully allay public concerns.” “Incidents over these..
September 4, 2019

Churchill’s grandson and 20 other MPs expelled from the Conservative Party for voting against hard Brexit

tolgart/iStock(LONDON) — Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Britain’s World War II leader Winston Churchill, has been expelled from the Conservative Party for going against Boris Johnson over Brexit. He and 20 other Conservative members of Parliament "had the whip removed" following their votes against the Conservative Party and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which helped to defeat the government's position. A member of parliament since 1983, Soames had only voted against the government th..
September 3, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffers critical defeat as lawmakers rule out no-deal Brexit

melis82/iStock(LONDON) -- The U.K. Parliament is set to extend the Brexit deadline once again in defiance of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, throwing the government’s plans into chaos and increasing the likelihood of a general election. Lawmakers voted, 328 to 301, to take control of Parliamentary time Wednesday in order to pass legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit, with several members of Johnson’s own party voting against him. Johnson has now said he will table a motion to have a general elec..
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..