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Countries Crack Down on Speech Online, Says Report

SAN FRANCISCO —  Around the world, Internet freedom is deteriorating, with some governments taking down their mobile Internet service, restricting live video streaming and employing a digital army of pro-government commentators. These are some of the findings of “Freedom on the Net 2017,” an annual report by Freedom House, a …

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New Russia Probe Details Likely to Dominate Sessions Hearing

WASHINGTON —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to Capitol Hill this week amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump, bracing for an onslaught of lawmaker questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last year’s White House campaign. The appearance before the …

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Silicon Valley Blasts US Senate Proposal to Tax Startup Options

SAN FRANCISCO —  A proposal by the U.S. Senate to change the way shares in startup companies are taxed incited panic and dread in Silicon Valley on Monday, with startup founders and investors warning of nothing less than the demise of their industry should the proposal become law. The provision …

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US to Fight Islamic State in Syria ‘As Long As They Want to Fight’

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. military will fight Islamic State in Syria “as long as they want to fight,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday, describing a longer-term role for U.S. troops long after the insurgents lose all of the territory they control. As U.S.-backed and Russian-backed forces battle to …

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Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks exchanged private Twitter messages during election campaign: report – National

U.S. President Donald Trump‘s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. exchanged several private messages with WikiLeaks‘ official Twitter account during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to The Atlantic. The messages, which The Atlantic reports were obtained from congressional investigators, show WikiLeaks making an array of requests that include asking the Trump campaign to …

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Seeking to Dodge Default, Venezuela Hosts Creditors

CARACAS —  Venezuela’s socialist government welcomed scores of creditors on Monday for talks intended to renegotiate a crippling foreign debt and avert a default that could compound the once-prosperous OPEC nation’s economic crisis. About 100 investors — including some bondholders from New York, and lawyers and representatives for others — …

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