- Business Insider 18:36December 11, 2019A suicide attack injured 87 people near the main US base in AfghanistanAP Photo/Rahmat Gul A suicide bombing targeted Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed one person and injured 87.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. KABUL (Reuters) - Suicide bombers struck the main US military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring scores in a major attack that could scupper plans to revive peace talks between the United States and the Taliban.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which struck the Bagram air base north of Kabul.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here are the territories of Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban and ISISSee Also:An Air Force U-2 pilot shaved his whole body to get out of a drug testHere are 5 key points from the Navy's top officer's plan to maintain dominance at seaUS airmen in Florida practiced getting the A-10 Warthog ready to fight any time, any placeSEE ALSO: The war on drugs in Afghanistan 'has just been a total failure,' the US's top watchdog there says
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- Business Insider 18:46December 8, 2019Elizabeth Warren isn't talking as much about Medicare for All. Supporters worry that could hurt her.Reuters Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is refocusing her campaign after a critical reception to her divisive $20.5 trillion Medicare For All plan in November.
The candidate is now focused on her anti-corruption message, only bringing up Medicare For All when asked or toward the end of her stump speeches.
Some supporters worry that shift could end up hurting the Massachusetts senator.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. MARION, Iowa (Reuters) - With support for Elizabeth Warren's White House bid sliding since the release last month of a divisive plan to overhaul healthcare, the Democratic presidential contender has made an effort to refocus her campaign in early-voting Iowa on her signature anti-corruption message.
Some supporters worry that shift could end up hurting the Massachusetts senator, however. Now that Warren has put her $20.5-trillion Medicare For All plan on the table, they want the candidate to try harder to win over doubting voters.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:No. 6 Oklahoma beats No. 8 Baylor 30-23 in OT for B12 title23 tech gifts moms will actually love to get this holiday seasonWhite House says it won't participate in Trump impeachment hearing
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- Business Insider 02:09December 7, 2019White House says it won't participate in Trump impeachment hearingReuters The White House said on Friday it would refuse to take part in hearings in the US House of Representatives set for next week that will consider what articles of impeachment to bring against President Donald Trump.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked the Judiciary Committee on Thursday to draw up articles of impeachment — formal charges — against the Republican president.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone called the Democrats' impeachment inquiry "completely baseless" and said that Pelosi had ordered Democrats to proceed with articles of impeachment "before your committee has heard a single shred of evidence."
"House Democrats have wasted enough of America's time with this charade," Cipollone's letter said. "You should end this inquiry now and not waste even more time with additional hearings."
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it would refuse to take part in hearings in the US House of Representatives set for next week that will consider what articles of impeachment to bring against President Donald Trump.
In a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, White House counsel Pat Cipollone called the Democrats' impeachment inquiry "completely baseless" and said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had ordered Democrats to proceed with articles of impeachment "before your committee has heard a single shred of evidence."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's how to escape a flooding vehicleSee Also:POWER RANKING: Here's who has the best chance of becoming the 2020 Democratic presidential nomineeNurses reveal the meaning of code words they use that patients don't understandThe best mouthwashSEE ALSO: How Nancy Pelosi went from scoffing at the idea of impeaching Trump to leading the charge to remove him
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- Breitbart News 22:21December 6, 2019Poll: Elizabeth Warren Slips as Michael Bloomberg RisesSen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is slipping in the polls as billionaire Michael Bloomberg (D) is gaining traction, but nearly one-third of Democrats and independent voters "don't know" whom they will ultimately support, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday revealed.
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- Business Insider 19:09December 6, 2019The 43 oddest photos of the year will make you look twiceAlexey Pavlishak/Reuters Reuters editors have compiled their oddest pictures of the year collection for 2019, and they're really strange.
Some of these mind-boggling photos aren't what they seem to be.
Others show us some of the most shocking and unusual creations, events, and phenomena of our time.
Take a look at the oddest pictures of the year.
Visit INSIDER's homepage for more stories.
Some of these photos are odd simply because the subject matter is odd. Zorica Rebernik is obsessed with the color red. Here she is drinking coffee in her house in the village of Breze near Tuzla, Bosnia, and Herzegovina.
In this photo, doctors arrange tooth-like structures removed from a seven-year-old boy's mouth inside a hospital in Chennai, India. The boy went to the hospital for jaw pain, and more than 500 "teeth" were removed from the right side of the boy's mouth.
Source: Physicians Weekly
This yellow trail is a single-celled organism — otherwise known as slime mold — and it's forming over a piece of tree bark at the Paris Zoological Park in Paris. It has no brain, but it has the ability to learn. Scientists are calling it one of "nature's mysteries."
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:20 iconic images that have defined the past decade15 kids of celebrities who grew up in the past decadeTHEN AND NOW: 35 of the most iconic Bond women
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- Business Insider 20:01December 3, 2019Photos show Kim Jong Un opening a new ski town that North Korean state media called the 'epitome of civilization' — but human rights activists say it was built with slave laborKCNA via Reuters A massive celebration was held in North Korea on Monday to mark the opening of the new village of Samjiyon, a ski town on the slopes of Mount Paektu.
Leader Kim Jong-un took part in the ribbon cutting. Samjiyon is located close to the secret mountain campsite where his father was allegedly born in 1941.
Human rights activists say the town was built with slave labor.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. North Korea has celebrated the completion of leader Kim Jong Un's signature construction project, a new city near the sacred mountain where his family claims its roots, with state media on Tuesday calling it the "epitome of modern civilization".
A massive celebration including fireworks was held at the city near Mount Paektu on Monday, the official KCNA news agency said.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the networkSee Also:Otto Warmbier's parents want to make North Korea suffer financially for their son's deathYou can now officially purchase legal marijuana in Michigan. Here are all the states where marijuana is legal.Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling console of the current generation — here's why Nintendo is dominating video games
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- Business Insider 19:00December 3, 2019A judge rejected Apple's attempt to end a class-action lawsuit over the controversial 'butterfly' keyboards on MacBooks (AAPL)Apple A federal judge rejected Apple's attempt to end a class-action lawsuit over the 'butterfly' keyboards on MacBooks on Monday.
Plaintiffs claim Apple knew and concealed how the "butterfly" keyboards on MacBooks were prone to failure.
The lawsuit covers purchasers of MacBooks from 2015 or later, and MacBook Pros from 2016 or later.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A federal judge on Monday rejected Apple's bid to dismiss a proposed class-action lawsuit by customers who said it knew and concealed how the "butterfly" keyboards on its MacBook laptop computers were prone to failure.
U.S. District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California said Apple must face claims that its troubleshooting program did not provide an "effective fix" for MacBook design defects, or fully compensate customers for their out-of-pocket expenses while seeking repairs.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:After 1 year with Apple's latest MacBook Air, I remain convinced it's worth the high price tagLegendary iPhone designer Jony Ive has been hanging out with celebs, models, and designers since announcing his departure from AppleHow to get sticky notes on your Mac computer to create reminders on your desktopSEE ALSO: Apple recently filed a new patent for an iPhone with a wraparound glass screen that forms 'a continuous loop'
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- Business Insider 05:33December 3, 2019Typhoon Kammuri slams into the Philippines, disrupting flights and forcing thousands to fleeRAZVALE SAYAT/AFP via Getty Images Typhoon Kammuri hit the Philippines on Tuesday bringing heavy rains and prompting preemptive halts in air travel, schools and government offices, with some 200,000 people evacuated after warnings of floods and landslides.
Kammuri is the 20th typhoon to hit the country this year.
The storm was packing 155 kph (96 mph) wind speeds and gusts of up to 235 kph (146 mph). Authorities warned of landslides, storm surges and floods triggered by heavy winds and rain.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more. MANILA (Reuters) - A typhoon struck the Philippines on Tuesday bringing heavy rains and prompting preemptive halts in air travel, schools and government offices, with some 200,000 people evacuated after warnings of floods and landslides.
Typhoon Kammuri, the 20th typhoon to hit the country this year, weakened slightly and moved slowly across central parts of the archipelago during the night, with damage minor reported in some areas.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:You can now officially purchase legal marijuana in Michigan. Here are all the states where marijuana is legal.8 insights from a design expert that will change the way you give PowerPoint presentationsThis map shows how the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different culturesSEE ALSO: Devastating photos show the damage of Typhoon Lekima, which left at least 44 people dead and forced 1 million to evacuate in China
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- Business Insider 04:20December 3, 2019Jimmy Carter was hospitalized in Georgia with urinary tract infectionAP Photo/John Bazemore Former US President Jimmy Carter was admitted to a Georgia hospital over the holiday weekend for treatment of a urinary tract infection.
Carter, 95, is the nation's oldest living former president.
Last week, he was discharged from another hospital after undergoing a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain from bleeding caused by recent falls.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was admitted to a Georgia hospital over the holiday weekend for treatment of a urinary tract infection, the Carter Center said in a statement on Monday.
"He is feeling better and looks forward to returning home soon," the statement said.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Trump faces 2 impeachment deadlines as inquiry shifts focusHappy Holidays from the White House: See 91 years of presidents' Christmas cards, from Trump to JFK to Coolidge China threatens 'firm counter measures' in response to US legislation supporting pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters SEE ALSO: President Jimmy Carter reaches new milestone: longest-lived US president
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- Business Insider 20:57December 1, 2019Trump faces two impeachment deadlines as inquiry shifts focusTom Brenner / Reuters President Donald Trump has until 6PM Sunday to respond to the Democratic House Judiciary Committee about whether or not he will participate in Wednesday's impeachment hearing.
Nancy Pelosi is set to make the decision on whether or not to impeach Trump.
Trump has until Friday to respond to the committee on whether or not he will mount a legal defense against the impeachment proceedings.
Read more stories like this on Business Insider. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump faced two deadlines in Congress on Sunday as Democrats prepared to shift the focus of their impeachment inquiry from fact-finding to the consideration of possible charges of misconduct over his dealings with Ukraine.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, tasked with considering charges known as articles of impeachment, has given the president until 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT) on Sunday to say whether he or his legal counsel will participate in an impeachment hearing on Wednesday.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Former White House counsel Don McGahn has been ordered to testify before Congress. Experts say the court ruling may encourage Bolton and other top Trump officials to come forward in the impeachment probe.2 US officials were so disgusted Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine that they resignedImpeachment crushed Nixon's approval ratings, but Clinton emerged unscathed. Here's how Trump could survive, too.
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- Business Insider 22:09November 29, 2019Intel says it sold its modem business to Apple at a 'multi-billion dollar loss' because Qualcomm 'strangled competition' (INTC, QCOM)Intel; Shayanne Gal/Business Insider Intel said in a court filing that it sold its smartphone modem chip business to Apple at a "a multi-billion dollar loss."
Intel said it was forced out of the market because of Qualcomm's patent licensing practices.
Intel was Qualcomm's chief rival in modem chips, and sold the components to Apple for the iPhone.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Intel Corp sold its smartphone modem chip business to Apple at "a multi-billion dollar loss," the U.S. chipmaker said in a court filing on Friday, alleging that rival Qualcomm forced it out of the market.
Intel made the claims in a brief filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where Qualcomm is seeking to overturn a sweeping antitrust decision against it after losing a lawsuit by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Intel, whose executives testified at the trial, argued on Friday that the ruling should stand. Appeal proceedings are expected to begin in January.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Tech giants are racing to create the next big computing device after the smartphone. Qualcomm's president says it may be just two years away.How to mirror your iPad's screen onto a Roku, to watch videos and view pictures on a TV screenThere's more evidence that Apple may be making major changes to some of its iPhone sizes next yearSEE ALSO: Goodbye screens, Hello voice: Tech's biggest platform shift since the smartphone is happening. Here's what it means.
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- Business Insider 07:18November 28, 2019China threatens 'firm counter measures' in response to US legislation supporting pro-democracy Hong Kong protestersPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law congressional legislation which supported the protesters despite angry objections from Beijing, with which he is seeking a deal to end a damaging trade war.
The legislation requires the State Department to certify, at least annually, that Hong Kong retains enough autonomy to justify favorable U.S. trading terms that have helped the territory grow as a world financial center.
China warned the United States on Thursday it would take "firm counter measures" in response to US legislation backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. HONG KONG (Reuters) - China warned the United States on Thursday it would take "firm counter measures" in response to US legislation backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and said attempts to interfere in the Chinese-ruled city were doomed to fail.
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law congressional legislation which supported the protesters despite angry objections from Beijing, with which he is seeking a deal to end a damaging trade war.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:The US is losing its crown to China as the world's biggest diplomatic power, think tank saysThe anonymous senior White House official who wrote 'A Warning' said there is 'no doubt in my mind' that Trump demanded quid pro quo from UkraineThe anonymous White House official who wrote 'A Warning' about the Trump administration says they'll reveal their identity soonSEE ALSO: The 2019 Hong Kong protests, explained in 30 seconds
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- Business Insider 19:46November 27, 2019China's ByteDance is moving to separate its TikTok app from Chinese operations amid U.S. probeAvishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images ByteDance is making an effort to separate its video-sharing app TikTok from its Chinese operations, sources told Reuters.
A U.S. national security panel is conducting an inquiry into the safety of the personal data ByteDance handles.
ByteDance's response represents a key test of corporate China's ability to operate social media businesses in the United States.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NEW YORK/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate its social media app TikTok from much of its Chinese operations, amid a U.S. national security panel's inquiry into the safety of the personal data it handles, people familiar with the matter said.
The Chinese technology company is seeking to provide assurances to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) that personal data held by TikTok, which is widely popular with U.S. teenagers, is stored securely in the United States and will not be compromised by Chinese authorities, the sources said.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Microsoft is one of the few US businesses now allowed to do business with blacklisted HuaweiGoogle is putting new limits on political ads, blocking advertisers from targeting people based on their politicsA US Senator said Tesla should shut off Autopilot until it comes up with a better way to keep drivers from misusing it
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- Business Insider 18:35November 25, 2019The Supreme Court rejected Adnan Syed's bid for a new trial in the 'Serial' podcast murder caseReuters US Supreme Court justices turned away an appeal by Adnan Syed, who has been serving a life sentence since 2000 after being convicted in the strangling death of a high school classmate.
Syed's case won public attention in 2014 when it was the subject of the "Serial" podcast, which was downloaded tens of millions of times, inspiring news articles and an HBO documentary.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. (Reuters) - A Baltimore man will remain behind bars for the 1999 murder of his former high-school girlfriend after the US Supreme Court on Monday rejected his bid for a new trial in a case that captured public attention after the podcast "Serial" raised questions about his prosecution.
The justices turned away an appeal by Adnan Syed, 39, who has been serving a life sentence since 2000 after being convicted in the strangling death of high school classmate Hae Min Lee. Maryland's highest court in March ruled out a new trial for Syed despite his attorney's failure to properly defend him.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch this documentary short about a tragic crime featured on the hit podcast 'Serial'See Also:The end is near for the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet. Here's how it went from airline status symbol to reject in just 10 yearsThe new $1,000 Roomba has ruined all other robot vacuums for me — it cleans out its own dustbin so I pretty much never have to think about itYour phone has 18 times more bacteria than a public restroom — this clever device sanitizes it for youSEE ALSO: Marine prosecutors are scrambling to save their cases after judge ruled it was illegal to arrest Marines in front of 800 people
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- Business Insider 23:53November 24, 2019The world's largest luxury conglomerate is reportedly close to finalizing a deal to acquire Tiffany for $16.3 billionSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP via Getty Images LVMH, the world's largest luxury conglomerate, is reportedly close to finalizing a deal to acquire IUS jewelry retailer, Tiffany & Co, for $16.3 billion.
Sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that a deal could be announced on Sunday or Monday.
This would be LVMH's most expensive acquisition ever.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. (Reuters) - LVMH is close to buying US jewelry chain Tiffany & Co for about $16.3 billion after sweetening its offer, sources said on Sunday, as the owner of Louis Vuitton and Bulgari aims to tap the fast-growing luxury jewelry market.
The two sides are close to an agreement after the French luxury goods company raised its offer price for the company known for its engagement rings and ties to Hollywood glamor to $135 per share, sources familiar with the matter said.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:25 things every Midwesterner knows to be trueGoldman Sachs is going through a huge transformation under CEO David Solomon. Here's everything you need to know.Medical experts say China is falsifying organ donation data, after it was accused of harvesting body parts from Uighur Muslims in prison campsSEE ALSO: A jewelry battle is brewing between 3 of the biggest luxury conglomerates in the world
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- Business Insider 05:47November 23, 2019Amazon has filed a lawsuit after the Defense Department signed a $10 billion cloud contract with MicrosoftReuters Amazon.com Inc. filed a lawsuit on Friday in the US Court of Federal Claims contesting the Pentagon's award of an up to $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft Corp.
Amazon was considered a favorite for the contract, part of a broader digital modernization process of the Pentagon, before Microsoft emerged as the surprise winner.
Last week, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper rejected any suggestion of bias in the Pentagon's decision to award Microsoft the contract after Amazon announced plans to challenge it.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Friday filed a lawsuit in the US Court of Federal Claims contesting the Pentagon's award of an up to $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft Corp.
An Amazon spokesman said that the company filed a complaint and supplemental motion for discovery. The filing was under seal.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just revealed its AirPods Pro for $249, which feature noise cancellation. Here's everything that was wrong with the $159 pair of the wireless headphones.See Also:Senators are demanding answers from Amazon about its Ring camera network, saying it could threaten national securityAmazon tried to remove a Seattle City Councilmember and lost. Here's how she describes taking on and defeating one of the world's biggest companies.Jeff Bezos might be visiting India in the New YearSEE ALSO: Microsoft's $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract win is a clear sign it's in the same league as Amazon Web Services, but experts say the fight isn't finished yet
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- Business Insider 13:13November 22, 2019Microsoft is one of the few US businesses now allowed to do business with blacklisted HuaweiREUTERS/Aly Song Microsoft is one of the few US firms which is permitted to do business with Huawei, which has been blacklisted by the Trump administration since May.
Microsoft confirmed it had been granted a license to export software to the Chinese tech giant.
The US has granted Huawei a reprieve on a full trade ban until February, to give rural networks time to move their mobile network kit away from the Chinese provider.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Microsoft said it has been granted a license to export software to Huawei.
"On November 20, the US Department of Commerce granted Microsoft's request for a license to export mass-market software to Huawei. We appreciate the Department's action in response to our request," a Microsoft spokesman told Reuters via email.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:How to remove blank rows in Microsoft Excel to tidy up your spreadsheetHow to add a text box on a Google Docs page to make certain text stand outHow to change your background on a Windows 10 device using your settings or a shortcut
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- Business Insider 03:38November 22, 2019Coldplay won't go on tour to promote their new album while working to make gigs more environmentally sustainableGetty Images British band Coldplay will not tour to promote their new album, but are working on how to make their gigs environmentally sustainable, lead singer Chris Martin said.
"Our dream is to have a show with no single-use plastic, to have it be largely solar-powered," Martin told BBC.
Coldplay will play a one-off show at London's Natural History Museum on Monday to promote the album. All performance proceeds will go to environmental charity ClientEarth.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. LONDON (Reuters) - British band Coldplay will not tour to promote their new album, but are working on how to make their gigs environmentally sustainable, lead singer Chris Martin said.
The rock group, known for songs like "Yellow", "Paradise" and "Viva la Vida", will release their eighth studio album "Everyday Life" on Friday. The 52-minute record is made up of two halves, "Sunrise" and "Sunset".See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A podiatrist explains heel spurs, the medical condition Trump said earned him a medical deferment from VietnamSee Also:Will.i.am says a 'racist' flight attendant called the police on him after he missed an announcement to put his laptop awayWatch Dwayne Johnson sing a 'Moana' track in a video message to a 3-year-old boy 'in the fight of his life'Chrissy Teigen has a message for people who don't like John Legend's 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' remake: 'Get over it'
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- Business Insider 18:54November 21, 2019Ukraine says Russia treated seized ships with 'barbarism' and even removed the toilets before returning themReuters Russia returned three Ukrainian naval ships almost a year after they were seized and ahead of a peace summit in Paris.
Ukrainian officials say the returned ships were treated very poorly by the Russians, who even took out the toilets.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian naval ships, captured by Russia last November and released on Tuesday to be returned to Ukraine, are in very poor condition and cannot move independently, the commander of Ukraine's navy said on Wednesday.
Russia seized three ships in the Kerch Strait last year after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors. Moscow said the ships — two small Ukrainian armored artillery vessels and a tug boat — had illegally entered its territorial waters. Kiev denied that.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A law professor weighs in on how Trump could beat impeachmentSee Also:'It's Lt. Col. Vindman': Key impeachment witness corrects Devin Nunes for addressing him as 'Mister' during impeachment hearingTestimony by the former US ambassador to Ukraine shows US foreign policy is 'in shambles,' former Pence adviser saysChina sailed its first domestically built aircraft carrier through the tense Taiwan Strait on the way to the South China SeaSEE ALSO: China sailed its first domestically built aircraft carrier through the tense Taiwan Strait on the way to the South China Sea
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- Business Insider 02:42November 21, 2019Google is putting new limits on political ads, blocking advertisers from micro-targeting people based on their politicsJustin Sullivan/Getty Images Google announced Wednesday that it was making changes to its political ads policies, limiting advertisers from targeting people based on their political beliefs.
The announcement comes at a time when the tech industry has come under fire for how it has handled political advertising. Facebook has so far stood by its decision to not fact-check ads run by politicians on its platform.
Google said its policies would begin to be enforced in the U.K. within a week, as the country heads toward its general election on December 12th. By early January, the company said its new ad regulations will be enforced across the world.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Alphabet's Google will stop giving advertisers the ability to target election ads using data such as public voter records and general political affiliations, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday.
Google said it would start limiting audience targeting for election ads to age, gender and general location at a postal code level. Previously, verified political advertisers could also target ads using political affiliations such as left-leaning, right-leaning, or independent.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The FTC confirmed Facebook isn't the only tech company it's investigatingHow to avoid highways on Google Maps for your directions on desktop or mobileHow to change the background color on Google Docs in 5 steps, to customize your documents
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- Business Insider 02:26November 21, 2019UK says it is 'shocked and appalled' after an ex-Hong Kong consulate employee alleged he was chained up and beaten in China in order to spill information on Hong Kong protestsVernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday condemned China's treatment of a former employee of Britain's Hong Kong consulate, Simon Cheng.
Cheng told news outlets that Chinese secret police beat him, deprived him of sleep, and chained him as they pressed him for information on Hong Kong protests.
"We were shocked and appalled by the mistreatment he suffered while in Chinese detention, which amounts to torture," Raab said.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. HONG KONG (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday condemned China's treatment of a former employee of Britain's Hong Kong consulate who told a newspaper Chinese secret police beat him as they sought information about pro-democracy protests in the former British colony.
Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the British mission's business development team when he was detained, told the Wall Street Journal he was questioned repeatedly about the role his interrogators presumed Britain was playing in fomenting anti-government unrest in the city.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The US House and Senate both passed bills to defend human rights in Hong Kong — a powerful act of defiance against China as pro-democracy protests rageA US appeals court has paved the way for Congress to access over 8 years of Trump’s tax returnsThe best Kindles and ebook readersSEE ALSO: A human rights lawyer mysteriously disappeared and a UK consulate worker was detained for 15 days as China cracks down on Hong Kong supporters
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- Business Insider 03:29November 19, 2019The Trump administration granted Huawei a new 90-day license extensionREUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke -/File Photo President Donald Trump's administration issued a 90-day extension allowing US companies to continue doing business with China's Huawei Technologies.
The US Commerce Department initially added Huawei to an economic blacklist in May, saying the company is engaged in activities "contrary to US national security or foreign policy interests," but has since been allowed to purchase some American-made goods in a series of 90-day license extensions.
The newest license comes amid discussions between the United States and China aimed at developing an initial agreement to resolve a trade war that has roiled for over a year.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday issued a new 90-day extension allowing US companies to continue doing business with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd as US regulators continue crafting rules on telecommunications firms that pose national security risks.
After adding Huawei to an economic blacklist in May citing national security concerns, the US Commerce Department has allowed it to purchase some American-made goods in a series of 90-day license extensions that it says aim to minimize disruption for its customers, many of which operate networks in rural America.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A 45-year-long study discovered trends in successful hyper-intelligent childrenSee Also:34 of the most dangerous things science has strongly linked to cancerA Stanford design professor says switching out 'but' and 'have to' from your vocabulary will help you make better decisionsThis is how the world's 5 youngest billionaires spend their time and moneySEE ALSO: Apple is predicted to beat Samsung and Huawei to become the leader in 5G smartphones next year, even though it's late to the game
DON'T MISS: Huawei exec says its 5G base stations perform better without components from US companies, but it still wants to repair its relationship with America
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- Business Insider 19:41November 18, 2019China sailed its first domestically built aircraft carrier through the tense Taiwan Strait on the way to the South China SeaGetty Images China sailed its first domestically built carrier through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, which Taiwan denounced as a provocation as election campaigning gets underway on the island country.
China's navy said the carrier, which is not expected to enter service until 2020, was on its way to the South China Sea.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. TAIPEI (Reuters) - China has sailed a carrier group into the sensitive Taiwan Strait led by its first domestically built aircraft carrier as election campaigning kicked into high gear on the self-ruled island on Sunday.
Taiwan's foreign minister, Joseph Wu, said they would not be intimidated.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: China just unveiled its first homemade aircraft carrierSee Also:Sri Lanka's Premadasa accepts defeat at presidential poll; steps down from party positionAt least seven killed in gas explosion in BangladeshKhamenei blames counter-revolution, enemies for 'sabotage' in Iran gasoline price protestsSEE ALSO: Satellite images reveal what appears to be China's aircraft carrier 'factory'
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- Business Insider 15:46November 18, 2019Airbnb is sponsoring the Olympics until 2028 for a reported $500 millionToru Hanai/Reuters Airbnb has scored a nine-year sponsorship deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The deal comes in time for next year's Tokyo 2020 games, and will cover four more games in Beijing, Paris, Milan, and LA — all hotspots for the accommodation rental platform.
The Financial Times reports the deal was closed at $500 million.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Airbnb is becoming a worldwide Olympic partner in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo as the games' organisers bid to cut the costs associated with hosting the event.
Airbnb said that the partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would cover five Olympics and Paralympics over the next nine years. Alongside next year's Tokyo Olympic games this includes: the Beijing 2022, Paris 2024, Milan 2026 and LA 2028 winter and summer games. All are major rental hotspots for the accommodation platform.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering MarsSee Also:Twitter wants to stop 'malicious actors' from abusing next month's pivotal UK election so it's creating special reporting tools and a custom emojiPresident Trump and Tim Cook are going to tour an Apple factory in Texas togetherUber's co-founders are starting to cash out of the ride-hailing giant. Here's the pitch deck they created back in 2008, way before it was a $45 billion ride-hailing giant.SEE ALSO: The new CEO of Trivago says travelers want the coziness of an Airbnb but the predictability of a hotel, and it's creating a new type of company
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- Business Insider 06:39November 18, 2019The owner of TikTok is reportedly in talks with major record labels to launch a music streaming serviceChina Stringer Network/Reuters TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co Ltd is in talks with big music labels — Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music — for global licensing deals to include their songs on its new music subscription service, according to the Financial Times.
The as-of-yet-unnamed music app will include a library of short video clips for listeners to search through and sync to songs as they listen, the report said.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. (Reuters) - TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co Ltd is in talks with big music labels - Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music - for global licensing deals to include their songs on its new music subscription service, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.
ByteDance is looking to launch its music streaming as soon as next month, initially in emerging markets such as India, Indonesia and Brazil, before a future opening in the United States, the FT reported, citing people familiar with the matter.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Exclusive: Haiti's president warns of humanitarian crisis, calls for supportHP rejects Xerox's $33.5 billion offer to buy the companyDeval Patrick at odds with some U.S. Democratic hopefuls over big money in politics
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- Business Insider 19:10November 15, 2019Russian forces just occupied a former US air base in SyriaAssociated Press Russian have ground forces occupied what was a US air base in northern Syria until US troops withdrew last month.
Russian media showed footage of armed military police were shown flying into the base, near the border with Turkey, and of US equipment left behind.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia landed attack helicopters and troops at a sprawling air base in northern Syria vacated by US forces, the Russian Defence Ministry's Zvezda TV channel said on Friday.
Armed Russian military police were shown in footage aired on Zvezda flying into the Syrian air base in northern Aleppo province near the border with Turkey and fanning out to secure the area.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why Russia is so involved in the Syrian Civil WarSee Also:Mekong countries and U.N. agree to jointly fight drug scourgeU.S. trade groups raise alarm over Canadian digital services taxAutomakers around world await Trump tariff decisionSEE ALSO: Trump keeps contradicting the Pentagon about whatever it is the US is doing with Syria's oil
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- Business Insider 04:50November 14, 2019A US appeals court has paved the way for Congress to access over 8 years of Trump’s tax returnsReuters A US appeals court has on Wednesday brought Democrats one step closer to shedding light on President Donald Trump's business interests and how he built his fortune.
An 8-3 vote by the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit declined to revisit an October decision backing a House subpoena issued to Trump's accounting firm for his financial records.
Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said the president would appeal to the US Supreme Court, which could delay the process.
Trump has broken with a decades-old convention of presidential candidates releasing their tax returns publicly.
Visit Business Insider's home page for more stories. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday it would not revisit an October decision backing a U.S. House of Representatives subpoena issued to President Donald Trump's accounting firm for his financial records.
The 8-3 vote by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, declining the Republican president's request to rehear arguments that the subpoena to Mazars LLP was illegitimate, brings Democrats closer to shedding light on his business interests and how he built his fortune.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:The new book written by an anonymous White House official claims staff react to Trump's tweets like finding your 'elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard'Hillary Clinton slams Bernie Sanders' and Elizabeth Warren's wealth-tax plans as 'incredibly disruptive' and 'unworkable'Trump reportedly tried, and failed, to get his attorney general to hold a news conference defending the Ukraine call
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- Business Insider 22:06November 13, 2019Chuck Schumer wants the Army to examine whether using TikTok for recruitment is a security riskAssociated Press Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants the Army to evaluate the risks of using the Chinese-owned app TikTok in its recruiting efforts.
The company has stressed that it's independent from China, but Congressional leaders are still concerned about security of the personal data of US citizens who use it.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, on Tuesday released a letter he wrote to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy raising concerns about the US military's use of the China-owned TikTok social media platform for recruiting American teenagers.
"While I recognize that the Army must adapt its recruiting techniques in order to attract young Americans to serve, I urge you to assess the potential national security risks posed by China-owned technology companies before choosing to utilize certain platforms," Schumer wrote in the letter dated November 7.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 6 reasons Snapchat is losing its popularitySee Also:EU pushes Brexit Britain to name new commissionerJuul to cut $1 billion in costs as new CEO aims for rebootNo end in sight to Chile unrest as massive strike, more protests plannedSEE ALSO: Army intelligence soldiers were forced to download an app that could access all their personal information
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- Business Insider 07:17November 13, 2019A suspected suicide bombing in Indonesia kills perpetrator and wounds officers outside Medan police headquartersAntara Foto/Irsan Mulyadi/REUTERS A suspected suicide bombing outside police headquarters in Indonesia's city of Medan in North Sumatra killed the perpetrator and wounded some officers on Wednesday, police said.
The motive for Wednesday's attack was not immediately clear, but Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, has suffered a resurgence in homegrown militancy in recent years, with some attacks targeting police.
The latest attack comes a month after a suspected Islamist stabbed and wounded Wiranto, Indonesia's former security minister, who uses one name.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. MEDAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bombing outside police headquarters in Indonesia's city of Medan in North Sumatra killed the perpetrator and wounded some officers on Wednesday, police said, just a month after an attack on a former security minister.
The motive for Wednesday's attack was not immediately clear, but Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, has suffered a resurgence in homegrown militancy in recent years, with some attacks targeting police.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at CostcoSee Also:More than 9,100 stores are closing in 2019 as the retail apocalypse drags on — here's the full listThese are the watches worn by some of the most powerful CEOs in the world35 unexpected places the Berlin Wall ended up around the world
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- Business Insider 23:32November 12, 2019A Chinese land deal in the Pacific is disrupting access to one of WWII's most important battlefieldsReuters Visitors have been blocked from a battlefields on Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, after a deal that handed control of the land to a Chinese-run company.
The issue has stirred debate in the Solomons over its new relationship with China and frustrated the US, Japan, and other countries that are alarmed at Beijing growing influence in the region.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. (Reuters) - The battlefields of Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, draw visitors from the United States and its war allies, as well as those from Japan, decades after the bloody campaign in the South Pacific ended.
But in recent weeks, some visitors say they have been prevented from accessing one of Guadalcanal's most significant World War II sites, which includes a Japanese war monument, after a deal handed control of the land to a company controlled by a Chinese businessman.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The wreckage of a World War II-era US warship that the Navy called the worst disaster at sea has been discoveredSee Also:Mauritius to appoint Renganaden Padayachy as its new finance minister, Padayachy tells ReutersKazakh former president says in talks to arrange Putin-Zelenskiy summitChina's digital currency not seeking 'full control' of individuals' details: central bank officialSEE ALSO: One of the toughest battles of WWII began 77 years ago — here's 7 things you didn't know about Guadalcanal
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- Business Insider 18:04November 12, 2019The EU just agreed on 13 more weapons projects to develop more firepower independently of the USAssociated Press European Union members have signed off on 13 new defense projects as part of the bloc's effort to develop its own firepower.
The new weapons could be put at NATO's disposal, but doubts about that defense alliance have prompted EU members to pursue their own initiatives.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union governments gave the green light on Tuesday for 13 new defense projects in a step to develop more firepower independently of the United States.
Under plans agreed by EU defence ministers in Brussels, work will begin on a new patrol vessel, an electronic jamming weapon for aircraft and technology to track ballistic missiles.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why there is French on a British passportSee Also:The US and Russian militaries are heating things up on one of the world's coldest bordersLithuania just changed its laws to allow for a possible three-way spy swap with Russia and NorwayTurkey is headed for trouble with its allies, but Erdogan has a Plan BSEE ALSO: European officials keep talking about a 'real European army' to reduce their reliance on the US
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- Business Insider 01:33November 12, 2019Twitter wants to stop 'malicious actors' from abusing next month's pivotal UK election so it's creating special reporting tools and a custom emoji (TWTR)Ollie Millington/Getty Images
Twitter said it would make it easier to report misleading information about the voting process in Britain's Dec. 12 election, less than a month after its global ban on political advertising comes into force.
The microblogging site is a vital tool for candidates, political parties and journalists to break news and fuel debate, but it has also been used to spread fake news, such as manipulated video clips, and to abuse and threaten individuals.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Russia's VTB sells stake in Bulgaria's Vivacom telecoms operatorGoogle launches smart device in Brazil in new challenge to AmazonKremlin eyes four-way Ukraine summit this year
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- Business Insider 20:07November 11, 2019Adidas is closing its high-tech 'robot' factories in the US and Germany just 3 years after the first one openedReuters Adidas is closing its high-tech "robot" factories in Germany and the US, the company announced on Monday.
These so-called "Speedfactory" locations were originally opened in 2016 and 2017 in order to meet demand for faster delivery of new styles to the company's major markets.
A global network of similar factories was planned to counter rising wages in Asia and higher shipping costs.
Instead, the technologies pioneered in these factories will be applied to the company's existing factories in Asia.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Adidas plans to close high-tech "robot" factories in Germany and the United States it launched to bring production closer to customers, saying on Monday deploying some of the technology in Asia would be "more economic and flexible."
The Adidas factories were part of a drive to meet demand for faster delivery of new styles to its major markets and to counter rising wages in Asia and higher shipping costs. It originally planned a global network of similar factories.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Carbonite to be bought by Canada's OpenText in $1.42 billion dealEU agrees sanctions on Turkey over Cyprus drilling, to add names laterWorld’s first airport therapy pig hogs the limelight at San Francisco airport
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- Business Insider 14:07November 11, 2019Hedge fund Whitebox places big bet on gunmaker RemingtonReuters
Whitebox Advisors LLC, a credit-focused hedge fund, has been quietly capitalizing on Wall Street's ambivalence toward gun manufacturers by replacing some banks as a lender to Remington Outdoor Company.
Whitebox, whose assets under management have grown from $2 billion to $6 billion in the last six years, became a major lender to Remington this year, according to people familiar with the transactions that allowed it to build its position.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:51 unique holiday gifts your mom actually wants to get this year — for every budgetMartha Stewart shares the family favorites she serves during the holidays, including adding cream cheese to her mashed potatoesPatagonia's sale has bestsellers for up to 50% off — here are the best deals on eco-friendly clothing and gear just in time for the holidays
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- Business Insider 00:57November 11, 2019Bolivian President Evo Morales resigns after weeks of protests over disputed electionAP Bolivian President Evo Morales announced on Sunday that he will resign from his post after 14 years at the helm of the South American nation.
His resignation comes on the heels of widespread protests over the results of the presidential election on October 20.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Sunday he would resign after the military called on him to step down and allies tumbled away amid a fierce backlash over a disputed election that has roiled the South American nation.
Morales, the country's leader for nearly 14 years, said in televised comments that he would submit his resignation letter to help restore stability, though he aimed barbs at what he called a "civic coup."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Afghan poll results may be delayed again as candidates spar over recount -officialsHezbollah says its 'arms won't be twisted' as crisis deepensEight killed in bombing in Turkish-controlled northeast Syria
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- Business Insider 00:13November 11, 2019Alibaba's Singles' Day sales hits $13 billion in the first hour — up 32% from 2018VCG via Getty Images Alibaba kicked off Singles' Day — its massive global shopping event — to the tune of $13 billion in the first hour, an increase of 32% from 2018.
To celebrate the start of the annual event, Taylor Swift joined local artists for a performance at the Singles' Day opening gala in Shanghai.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Inc <BABA.N> said on Monday that sales for its annual Singles' Day shopping blitz hit 91.2 billion yuan ($13 billion) within the first hour, up 32% from last year's early haul of 69 billion yuan.
Akin to Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the United States, Singles' Day has been promoted as a shopping fest by Alibaba Chairman and Chief Executive Daniel Zhang since 2009, growing rapidly to become the world's biggest online sales event.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Pope wants to visit South Sudan next year, urges unity governmentSinking suburban 'home' drifts down Thames in watery climate protestUBS wealth management co-head Khan unveils plans to grow business: paper
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- Business Insider 22:51November 8, 201935 photos show unexpected places the Berlin Wall ended up around the worldHilton Anatole After the Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989, pieces of it scattered around the world.
These photos show the surprising places the pieces ended up, from the grounds of the Vatican to a bathroom in Las Vegas.
Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, which once separated East Berlin from West Berlin, hundreds of the portions of the barrier stand scattered in countries throughout the world.
In fact, more pieces of it actually reside in other countries than in Germany itself, according to The Guardian.
We've put together a collection of images that show where pieces of the wall stand today and how they look in different countries, from a segment gifted to Nelson Mandela in South Africa to a massive display in Los Angeles.The East Side Gallery is approximately a one-mile portion of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany. The gallery is filled with symbolic artwork, like this one of a car breaking through the wall.
Getty Images/Sean Gallup
Source: Visit Berlin
Over the years, segments of the Berlin Wall have been gifted and sold to countries around the world. Here, portions of the Wall are up for sale at a storage yard in Teltow, Germany.
Three segments of the Berlin Wall were gifted to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City by the Federal Republic of Germany. The illustration displays a boy and a girl meeting over the wall.
Source: International Business Times
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Little-known facts about every American first ladyA Hawaiian man trimming branches in his yard died after falling 22 feet into a lava tubeOnly children are more likely to be overweight or obese than kids with siblingsSEE ALSO: The Berlin Wall has been gone longer than it stood. Here's how the 28-mile blockade looks today compared to 1989.
DON'T MISS: 21 stunning photos from the night the Berlin Wall came tumbling down 30 years ago
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- Business Insider 23:22November 7, 2019The US and Russian militaries are heating things up on one of the world's coldest bordersREUTERS/Stoyan Nenov Rising tensions between Russia and NATO have extended to the Arctic, where the US has increased its military presence.
Those strained relations have worried many who are used to living with relative calm in the northern latitudes.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SETERMOEN/KIRKENES, Norway (Reuters) - Under a soft winter sun in northern Norway, US Marines train in the ice and snow as they learn how to fight in the freezing cold.
"Which country is to the northeast?" Staff Sgt. Daniel Croak bellows at a group of 20 soldiers in camouflaged combat jackets and white trousers in a pine forest near the town of Setermoen.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A reporter who lived in Russia for 4 years reveals what it was like being stalked by Russian spiesSee Also:Investors left exposed as Trump's SEC gives America Inc helping handSeattle council race stays tight despite Amazon's hefty donationsSoftBank Group plunges to $6.5 billion quarterly loss as tech bets stumbleSEE ALSO: Russia is finding new islands in the Arctic, while the US is still trying to figure out how to get up there
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- Business Insider 22:31November 6, 2019Tiffany & Co. says LVMH’s $14.5 billion bid to buy the iconic jewelry chain is too lowReuters Tiffany & Co asked Bulgari owner LVMH to raise its $14.5 billion bid to acquire the iconic jeweler, sources said on Wednesday.
Tiffany & Co argued that the $120-per-share offer significantly undervalues the jeweler. The company's board is eyeing a buyout price of $140 per share, according to sources.
LVMH is said to be considering a new acquisition offer, although exact numbers were not revealed.
Acquiring Tiffany would increase LVMH's presence in the bridal and diamond category and help it reach US luxury shoppers.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tiffany & Co has asked Bulgari owner LVMH to raise its $14.5 billion acquisition offer, arguing that it significantly undervalues the U.S. jewelry chain, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Tiffany's board decided that LVMH's $120-per-share, all-cash bid was too low to become the basis for negotiations, the sources said. Tiffany informed LVMH it could open its books and provide confidential due diligence if the French luxury group sweetens its offer, the sources added.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Portugal hopes European tech investment will drive up exportsScenarios: Will Spain finally have a government?Coca-Cola chooses plastic bottle collection over aluminum cans to cut carbon footprint
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- Business Insider 01:32November 6, 2019Standout e-cigarette company Juul disregarded early evidence that its devices were hooking teensAn ad on Juul's website from 2016. E-cigarette company Juul Labs is now the central player in a broader controversy sweeping the US over the safety of its products.
The rise of Juul sales tracks closely with an epidemic of teenage nicotine use.
See the precarious path of e-cig startup Juul, from Silicon Valley darling to $24 billion behemoth under criminal investigation. The San Francisco startup that invented the groundbreaking Juul e-cigarette had a central goal during its development: captivating users with the first hit.
The company had concluded that consumers had largely rejected earlier e-cigarettes, former employees told Reuters, because the devices either failed to deliver enough nicotine or delivered it with a harsh taste. Developers of the Juul tackled both problems with a strategy they found scouring old tobacco-company research and patents: adding organic acids to nicotine, which allowed for a unique combination of smooth taste and a potent dose.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Scramble for propane marks Mother Nature's latest challenge for U.S. farmersBurmese medic killed in Syria felt duty to serve others, widow saysSwiss banking software company Avaloq prepares for 2020 sale: sourcesDON'T MISS: E-cig company Juul is diving further into health with an app geared toward turning smokers into Juulers
SEE ALSO: The precarious path of e-cig startup Juul: From Silicon Valley darling to $24 billion behemoth under criminal investigation
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- Business Insider 17:34November 5, 20199 members of an American Mormon community in Mexico — including 8-month-old twins — were killed in an ambushLafe Langford Jr./Facebook At least nine members of a Mormon community in Mexico were killed in an ambush on Monday while driving between the Chihuahua and Sonora states.
The dead include three women and six children, the youngest being 8-month-old twins.
There's been no indication of who is responsible for the attack. Two members of the same community were murdered a decade ago after a confrontation with local drug gang members.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Gunmen have killed up to nine members of a US Mormon family, believed to be mainly children, in the latest massacre to afflict Mexico, family members said.
The victims belonged to the LeBarón family, members of a Mormon community who settled in northern Mexico in the 1920s and separated from the mainstream church when it abandoned polygamous marriages.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Australian border agents seized almost 900 pounds of meth hidden in Sriracha hot sauce bottlesHere's everyone who has been sentenced in the college admissions scandal so far2 women have been criminally charged over their partners' suicides. Why do men escape the same blame?
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- Business Insider 15:43November 4, 2019A Chinese smartphone entrepreneur who once claimed he was buying Apple is now banned from planes and trainsPhoto by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images) Chinese tech entrepreneur Luo Yonghao has been banned from taking planes or trains over his firm's failure to obey court rulings.
Luo is the founder of smartphone company Smartisan, but is known for making outlandish claims, like once saying that he would acquire Apple.
According to a court order, Luo is banned from spending at high-end hotels, night clubs and gold clubs.
Smartisan is in a dispute with a local electronics firm. The company is a niche player compared to domestic giant Huawei, and bigger international firms like Samsung. The founder of China's smartphone maker Smartisan Technology has been barred from taking flights and high-speed railway trains due to the company's failure to comply with court rulings from a contractual dispute, a local court document showed.
Smartisan is a niche player in China's smartphone sector and is best known for its flamboyant founder Luo Yonghao, who made headlines in recent years with bold statements including a claim that he was planning to acquire Apple.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:China launches high-res satellite able to provide stereo imagery - CCTVChina says ready to work with ASEAN for South China Sea peaceFormer top U.S. diplomat urges unity, sidesteps impeachment debate in speechSEE ALSO: Here are the 3 men quietly overseeing WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann's millions
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- Business Insider 18:40November 1, 2019Sources say the US is formally investigating TikTok on national security groundsChina Stringer Network/Reuters Sources told Reuters the US government is investigating ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns hot video app TikTok, on national security grounds.
Specifically, the government will probe ByteDance's $1 billion acquisition of US lip-syncing app Musical.ly in 2017, the sources said.
The probe comes after lawmakers called for an investigation into TikTok and its owner over fears the app is censoring content offensive to the Chinese government.
TikTok is one of the hottest social media apps in the world, surpassing Instagram and Snapchat in terms of app installs.
View Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co's $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly, according to two people familiar with the matter.
While the $1 billion acquisition was completed two years ago, U.S. lawmakers have been calling in recent weeks for a national security probe into TikTok, concerned the Chinese company may be censoring politically sensitive content, and raising questions about how it stores personal data.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Amazon's bid to acquire stake in Indian retailer faces antitrust hurdle: sourcesSoftbank Group says to book $2.56 billion second-quarter gain on Alibaba stakeBrazil federal police investigate Greek ship in connection with oil spill
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- Business Insider 15:36October 31, 2019Fiat Chrysler beats thanks to strong US sales — and the automaker announced plan to merge with Peugeot (FCAU)Fiat Chrysler Automobiles posted another strong quarterly profit as North American sales of pickups and SUVs remained robust.
Earlier FCA and the PSA Group announced their intention to execute a 50-50 stock-swap merger.
FCA jas been seeking a merger partner for years; most recently, a potential deal with Renault fell through.
FCA's shares moved up on Thursday's combination of news. On Thursday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and France's PSA Group announced their intention to execute a 50-50 stock-swap merger that would create world's fourth-largest automaker.
But FCA on Tuesday also reported third-quarter earnings and again posted a strong result due to pickup and SUV sales in the North American market.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Fiat Chrysler has been trying to merge with another carmaker for years — here's whyTesla's US sales fell 39% last quarterGM posts a lower quarterly profit but beats Wall Street estimates thanks to strong US pickup and SUV salesFOLLOW US: On Facebook for more car and transportation content!
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- Business Insider 10:14October 31, 2019Fiat Chrysler will join forces with Peugeot to create the world's 4th largest carmakerReuters Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot's owner PSA said on Thursday they would join forces.
The pact is a 50-50 share swap that will create the world's fourth-largest automaker.
Chairman John Elkann will chair the combined group.
Read Business Insider for more stories. Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot's owner PSA said on Thursday they would join forces through a 50-50 share swap to create the world's fourth-largest automaker.
The boards of the two groups have mandated their respective teams to finalize discussions and reach a binding memorandum of understanding in the coming weeks, the two automakers said in a joint statement.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Southwest Airlines had a great quarter despite a $210 million hit from Boeing's grounded 737 Max planeEngine failures in the Airbus A220 may have been caused by a software issueGM posts a lower quarterly profit but beats Wall Street estimates thanks to strong US pickup and SUV sales
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- Business Insider 00:32October 31, 2019Mexico shows video of the capture of 'El Chapo' Guzman's son and the Sinaloa cartel's brutal fight to free himOn Wednesday, the Mexican government revealed details of an aborted operation to capture the son of former Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
With videos, maps, and images, Mexican security officials gave their account of the capture, the subsequent attacks by cartel gunmen, and the decision to release the younger Guzman.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Mexico's government on Wednesday presented dramatic footage of the moment its forces briefly captured a son of former Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman this month before they released the suspected trafficker to avoid a bloodbath.
During a regular news conference held by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, senior security officials gave a blow-by-blow account of the arrest of Ovidio Guzman Lopez that led to chaotic scenes in the northern city of Culiacan, capital of Sinaloa state, as cartel gunmen fought to free him.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: What El Chapo is really like, according to the wife of one his closest henchmanSee Also:Brazil's Bolsonaro threatens to cancel license of network linking his name to murder caseSyrian army, Turkish force clash near border: state mediaAlgerian protesters march on in defiance of 'The Power'SEE ALSO: Mexico freed 'El Chapo' Guzman's son after a counterattack by his henchmen, but it's not the first time a cartel has taken on the government
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- Business Insider 20:47October 30, 2019Facebook has detected a covert Russian influence campaign in Africa, and it has worrying implications for the 2020 US election (FB)AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Facebook has uncovered a covert Russian influence campaign targeting the domestic politics of eight African countries.
The networks were linked to a Russian financier who was previously indicted by Robert Mueller over social media interference in the 2016 US election, Facebook says.
Russia has now evolved its tactics, Facebook says, and is now working with local people in the targeted countries in a "franchise" model.
This new approach makes these propaganda campaigns harder to detect, and raise questions as to whether they will also be used in an attempt to meddle with the 2020 US elections. Facebook said on Wednesday it had suspended three networks of Russian accounts that attempted to interfere in the domestic politics of eight African countries, and were tied to a Russian businessman accused of meddling in past U.S. elections.
The campaigns used almost 200 fake and compromised accounts to target people in Madagascar, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Sudan and Libya, Facebook said. Between them, the accounts amassed more than 1 million followers.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's how to escape a flooding vehicleSee Also:Here's the salary of every governor in all 50 US statesThe 35 best things we ever bought on Amazon for under $25The best dog food
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- Business Insider 17:38October 30, 2019Facebook just announced it suspended accounts tied to a Putin ally for political meddling in Africa (FB)Reuters
LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook said on Wednesday it had suspended three networks of Russian accounts that attempted to interfere in the domestic politics of eight African countries, and were tied to a Russian businessman accused of meddling in past U.S. elections.
The campaigns targeted people in Madagascar, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Sudan and Libya, Facebook said. They used almost 200 fake and compromised accounts to reach more than 1 million followers in the eight African countries.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Pro-Trump Facebook ads falsely told thousands of people they needed to register to vote in order to gather their informationFacebook sues Israel's NSO Group over alleged WhatsApp hackUS lawmakers are asking the Director of National Intelligence to investigate TikTok as a potential risk to national security
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- Business Insider 00:49October 30, 2019Facebook sues Israel's NSO Group over alleged WhatsApp hackReuters
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook on Tuesday sued Israeli cyber surveillance firm NSO Group, alleging it hacked users of its messaging platform WhatsApp earlier this year.
The hacking spree targeted journalists, diplomats, human rights activists, political dissidents, senior government officials and others, Facebook said in its lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Silicon Valley retailers are running out of black turtlenecks, and it could be because people are going as Elizabeth Holmes for HalloweenGoogle is putting the final nail in the coffin for Flash as it plans to kill support for it in search later this yearFacial recognition is on the rise, but artificial intelligence is already being trained to recognize humans in new ways — including gait detection and heartbeat sensors
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- Business Insider 22:25October 29, 2019Satellite images reveal what appears to be China's aircraft carrier 'factory'Reuters Satellite images of the Jiangnan shipyard outside Shanghai in September show work progressing steadily on China's first full-size, domestically built aircraft carrier.
Infrastructure work being done alongside the carrier suggests that China intends to build more large ships there in the future.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - High-resolution satellite images show that the construction of China's first full-sized aircraft carrier is progressing steadily alongside expansive infrastructure work that analysts say suggests the ship will be the first of several large vessels produced at the site.
The images of the Jiangnan shipyard outside Shanghai were taken last month and provided to Reuters by the non-partisan Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), building on satellite photos it obtained in April and September last year.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch this US Navy aircraft carrier make some incredible high speed turns in the Atlantic OceanSee Also:Unizo top shareholder warns board to consider Blackstone offerVietnam says African swine fever outbreak slows, urges farmers to rebuild herdsNorthern Ireland's DUP says: We cannot support Brexit deal as it standsSEE ALSO: The British navy decked out an F-35B in 'beast mode' aboard its new aircraft carrier
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