SMIC, China’s largest chipmaker, plunges 23% after U.S. says it could blacklist the firm

A close up image of a CPU socket and motherboard laying on the table.   GUANGZHOU, China — Shares of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), China’s biggest contract chipmaker, plunged over 23% on Monday, after the U.S. government said it was considering putting export restrictions on the company. The firm’s Hong Kong-listed shares were down 23.89% at 18 Hong Kong dollars as of 3:24 p.m. local time. SMIC’s recently-listed Shanghai shares were down 11.29% at 58.8 yuan. The U.S. Department of …

NATO says Turkey, Greece agree to talks; Athens denies deal

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says Greece and Turkey have agreed to start “technical talks” aimed at helping to reduce the risks of military incidents and accidents in the eastern Mediterranean By SUZAN FRASER and NICHOLAS PAPHITIS Associated Press September 3, 2020, 6:37 PM • 5 min read ANKARA, Turkey — NATO’s chief said Thursday that alliance members Greece and Turkey have agreed to start “technical talks” to help reduce the risks of military accidents in the eastern Mediterranean, where …

US sanctions top International Criminal Court officials

The United States has imposed sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and one of her top aides. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the moves on Wednesday, saying that “the ICC continues to target Americans”. The Hague-based court is continuing an investigation into whether US forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan. The sanctions include a freeze on assets held in the US or subject to US law and target Bensouda and the court’s head of jurisdiction, Phakiso Mochochoko. …

Google Said It Would Invest $10 Billion In India. Nearly Half Of It Is Going To The Country’s Richest Man.

On Monday, Google announced that it will invest $10 billion in India over the next few years. Two days later, the company revealed a key detail: Nearly half of the money will go to a top telecom operator owned by Asia’s richest man. The internet giant will invest $4.5 billion into Jio Platforms as part of a plan to provide “increase access for the hundreds of millions in India who don’t own a smartphone,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted Wednesday. …

Actor Chadwick Boseman Dies At 43 After 4-Year Fight With Colon Cancer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown with searing intensity before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died Friday of cancer, his representative said. He was 43. Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press. Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said …

Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Dies of Cancer at 43

(LOS ANGELES) — Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died Friday of cancer, his representative said. He was 43. Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press. Read more: The Revolutionary Power of Black Panther Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years …

Germany calls for end to east Mediterranean military drills

Germany has called for an end to military drills in the eastern Mediterranean to defuse tensions and create conditions for NATO allies Greece and Turkey to resolve a dispute over offshore energy exploration rights By SUZAN FRASER and GEIR MOULSON Associated Press August 27, 2020, 8:06 PM • 4 min read ANKARA, Turkey — Germany’s foreign minister on Thursday called for an end to military drills in the eastern Mediterranean to defuse tensions and create conditions for NATO allies Greece …

WWII memory wall defaced in massacred French village

Vandals have defaced a wall with graffiti denying the Holocaust in the village that was the site of the biggest massacre of civilians by World War II occupying Nazis August 22, 2020, 12:15 PM 2 min read PARIS — Vandals have scrawled graffiti denying the Holocaust on a wall in the village that was the site of the France‘s biggest massacre of civilians by the Nazis during World War II. France’s justice minister vowed on Saturday that those responsible would …

AP Explains: India’s Kashmir move foretold China standoff

SRINAGAR, India — Indian and Chinese officials are holding talks Thursday to try to resolve a months-long standoff along their disputed frontier, where the two countries have deployed tens of thousands of soldiers. More than a dozen rounds of talks so far have failed to break the impasse.   Experts say India’s actions in Kashmir a year ago exacerbated existing tensions with China, culminating in the deadliest clash between the Asian giants in more than four decades. The ongoing standoff …

These Before And After Photos Show The Damage In Beirut After The Massive Explosion

Dozens of people were killed and thousands more injured after a gigantic explosion tore through Beirut on Tuesday, pulverizing entire neighborhoods and devastating a nation facing political and economic crises, as well as the coronavirus pandemic.   Lebanese authorities have said they suspect the disaster was caused by almost 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate being stored unsafely at a warehouse at a port in the capital city. The force of the explosion was estimated by scientists at the University of …

UK’s Princess Anne to mark 70th birthday in low-key fashion

Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter will be celebrating her 70th birthday in a no-nonsense manner that befits her reputation in Britain   LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter, Princess Anne, will be celebrating her 70th birthday on Saturday in a no-nonsense manner befitting her reputation in Britain. Whatever is planned for the princess, it will have to be a scaled-back affair because of the coronavirus pandemic. Not that the pandemic has stopped Anne. She’s been as busy as ever …

Mark Kozelek, Of Sun Kil Moon And Red House Painters, Accused Of Sexual Assault

Mark Kozelek, performing as Sun Kil Moon on Sept. 30, 2018 in Long Beach, Calif.   Warning: This article contains descriptions of alleged sexual assault and misconduct. Three women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against musician Mark Kozelek, who frequently performs as Sun Kil Moon. The accusations were published by Pitchfork on Thursday in a report by Amy Zimmerman. When reached by NPR, a representative responded that Kozelek was not available to comment on the allegations. In …

The Last Attempt to Stop Japan’s Surrender in World War II

  The Japanese refer to the attempted coup d’état on Aug. 14, 1945, the last night of the Second World War, as the “Kyujo Incident.” Ringleaders Kenji Hatanaka and Jiro Shiizaki, officers at the army ministry, led a battalion of rebels into the Imperial Palace. Lying brazenly, Hatanaka and Shiizaki told the commander of the Second Imperial Guard Regiment that the top brass had ordered the palace sealed off from the outside. The guards, believing that a broader revolt was …