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Jul 3, 2017

Dept. of Homeland Security frees Emirati airline from laptop ban

Etihad Airways has been exempted from a U.S. ban on laptops and other electronics for flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport, officials said Sunday, the change to a three-month-old Trump administration policy affecting flights to the United States from eight Muslim-majority countries. The other airlines and airports included in the March laptop ban remain affected […]

May 2, 2017

Accused Benghazi ringleader Abu Khattala challenges US evidence in new court files

WASHINGTON – A Libyan militant charged with leading the lethal 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi will ask a federal judge to throw out his statements to American authorities during his overseas capture and interrogation for 13 days aboard a U.S. Navy vessel. The move to toss terrorist suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala’s […]

Nov 17, 2015

Irondequoit High School cancels trip to Paris

IRONDEQUOIT — Irondequoit High School has canceled a class trip to Paris because of concerns over security in the French capitol after Friday’s terrorist attacks. Jim Thomas, a French teacher at Irondequoit High School outside Rochester, tells WHAM-TV that he notified 26 students that the trip to Paris was called off after one of the French […]

Nov 2, 2015

New nations joining cyber-espionage game

LONDON — Researchers say some smaller, poorer nations are now using spy software, suggesting that recent data leaks and lawsuits have not deterred governments from investing in off-the-shelf cyber-espionage products. Internet watchdog group Citizen Lab said in a report recently that it had found 33 “likely government users” of FinFisher, one of the world’s best-known […]

Oct 19, 2015

Justice Dept. expands cybercrime reach into southeast Asia

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is broadening its overseas efforts against cybercrime, for the first time stationing a legal adviser in Malaysia to help ensure Southeast Asian countries have the laws and tools to fight hackers. The position is intended to shore up international partnerships against a type of crime that’s without geographic borders and […]

Oct 14, 2015

Host a student for Thanksgiving Day

Just as the Native Americans welcomed settlers to the New World to the First Thanksgiving feast, Rochester Global Connections invites the Rochester community to welcome international students from local universities by hosting them for Thanksgiving Dinner. It may be an opportunity for international students far from home for the first time to meet a local […]

Oct 6, 2015

EU court: Data sharing pact with US invalid

LUXEMBOURG — Europe’s top court ruled Tuesday that data stored on U.S. servers is potentially unsafe because of government spying, a blow to companies such as Facebook that might need to change the way they handle private data from the region. The court’s decision declares invalid a pact allowing thousands of companies to transfer to […]

Oct 1, 2015

Supreme Court to review European suit against R.J. Reynolds

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the European Union can pursue its lawsuit claiming that tobacco company R.J. Reynolds sponsored cigarette smuggling in Europe as part of a global money-laundering scheme with organized crime groups. The justices agreed Thursday to review an appeals court ruling that said the EU and 26 of its […]

Sep 29, 2015

Major companies push for LGBT rights globally

NEW YORK — A dozen corporations, including Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Coca-Cola Co., are joining a new coalition to push for LGBT rights in the workplace in places beyond the U.S. and Western Europe. The organization is partly a response to the recent setbacks for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights in countries like […]

Sep 26, 2015

Obama issues new sanctions threat over cybertheft

WASHINGTON — Somber against a backdrop of grand pageantry, President Barack Obama laid out a fresh threat of sanctions against China for alleged cybercrimes on Friday, even as he and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached an agreement not to conduct or support such hacking. “It has to stop,” Obama declared. The president, in a Rose […]

Sep 19, 2015

Yuan devaluation could weigh on Chinese buyers of US homes

Shanshan Wu already owns three houses back home in China. But the 36-year-old has spent the last two months in Chicago shopping for a three-bedroom. She’s got cash to spend – up to $400,000. And she’s not done. “The real estate market in China is dropping and I’m planning to sell one of them to […]

Sep 12, 2015

House goes on record against Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House cast largely symbolic votes on Friday against the Iran nuclear deal and sought to restrict President Barack Obama’s authority to lift sanctions against Tehran, one day after the Senate ensured that the administration can implement the accord without congressional interference. After three hours of hot-tempered debate, the House voted 269 […]

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