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Noodles & Co reports possible data security incident
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:38:24 -0400

(Reuters) - Fast-casual restaurant chain operator Noodles & Co said on Tuesday a recent data security incident may have compromised the security of payment information of some its customers. The company said the possible data security incident has affected customers who used debit or credit cards at some of its locations between Jan. 31 and June 2. Noodles & Co confirmed that malware may have stolen credit or debit card data from some cards used at some of its locations.

BuzzFeed closing Ottawa bureau, shifting Canada editorial focus
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:25:25 -0400

Buzzfeed employees work at the company's headquarters in New YorkOnline media outlet BuzzFeed said on Tuesday that it is closing its Ottawa bureau as it moves away from covering Canadian political news, in a broader editorial revamp that will also see its Toronto team work more closely with editors in New York. "With the 2015 Canadian federal election behind us, we are wrapping up our Canadian political coverage," Scott Lamb, vice president of international editorial, said in a memo to staff that was provided to Reuters by BuzzFeed. The editorial shift comes as the traditional media outlets in Canada are struggling to remain profitable amid declining advertising revenues and competition from online upstarts like BuzzFeed and Mashable.

Woman injured, gunman dead in downtown Denver shooting
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:16:58 -0400

Police vehicles sit at 15th and Wynkoop, after an active shooter was reported and police secured the scene, in Denver, Colorado(Reuters) - A woman was critically injured in a shooting inside a downtown Denver office building on Tuesday and police said the suspected gunman was pronounced dead at the scene with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Denver Police spokesman Doug Schepman told reporters at a news conference that the woman was shot multiple times around 2:45 p.m. local time (2045 GMT) and was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The Denver Post newspaper uploaded video online showing office workers with their hands above their heads fleeing the building dubbed the Alliance Center, a hub for environmental activism groups and other organizations.

Economic espionage a 'tremendous problem': U.S. attorney general
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:52:20 -0400

United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks to Reuters in an exclusive interview in PhoenixPHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Tuesday fighting economic espionage was a priority for the Department of Justice. Interviewed by Reuters in Phoenix, she said: "When it comes to economic espionage, this is in fact a tremendous problem because ... be they individuals or be they state actors ... essentially they're stealing from future generations also. We take these matters very seriously... It is a matter of priority for us." (Reporting by Julia Edwards in Phoenix; Writing by Doina Chiacu and Eric Walsh; Editing by Howard Goller)

Airbnb seeks funds valuing it at $30 billion: source
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:20:11 -0400

A man walks past a logo of Airbnb after a news conference in Tokyo(Reuters) - Apartment-sharing startup Airbnb is in talks for a new round of funding that would value the company at $30 billion, a source close to the company said on Tuesday. Airbnb intends to use the financing to support new investments and growth opportunities, the source added.

Thales aims at boosting its revenue in cybersecurity with Cisco
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:22:06 -0400

The logo of French defence and electronics group Thales is seen at the company's headquarters in NeuillyFrench electronics group Thales aims to increase its revenues by hundreds of millions of euros in the cybersecurity field through a strategic agreement it has signed with Cisco Systems, it said on Tuesday. "We hope that with this agreement, we will add several hundred millions of euros in the next years," said Jean-Michel Lagarde, who heads secure communications and information systems at Thales. "It will have a multiplier effect, as this is not only about cybersecurity, but also about secure systems for cities and airports." The two companies have been partners since 2010 and plan to co-develop a solution to better detect and counter cyber attacks in real time, it said.

Oracle's cloud business takes lead in Latin America
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:29:45 -0400

The Oracle Corporation campus is shown in this aerial photo in Redwood City, CaliforniaBy Brad Haynes SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Oracle Corp is selling more cloud-based business software than traditional licensed products in Latin America, executives said on Tuesday, underscoring how remote computing has spurred demand from smaller businesses in new markets. Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd said the cloud business, which stores enterprise software and data on remote servers, lets Oracle sell to clients without the budget for hardware or qualified staff, which can be tough to find in emerging markets. "One of the benefits of cloud is that you can now offer capabilities to a much broader set of customers," Hurd said at an event in São Paulo.

EU regulators readying third Google antitrust charge: sources
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:09:48 -0400

File photo of a Google search page is seen through a magnifying glass in this photo illustration taken in BerlinAlphabet's Google may face a third EU antitrust charge as soon as next month, this time focusing on its revenue mainstay AdWords ad placement service, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The world's most popular Internet search engine is already under fire from the European Commission for promoting its shopping service at the expense of rivals and for using its Android mobile operating system for smartphones to squeeze out competitors. The Commission has asked Google rivals to share information related to search advertising with the tech giant, a step suggesting the EU competition enforcer could be poised to hit Google with a fresh charge, the sources said.

Chinese economic cyber-espionage is diminishing, says U.S. official
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:00:41 -0400

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said on Tuesday that Chinese hacking activity appears to have declined since the Chinese government vowed last September to stop supporting the hacking of U.S. trade secrets. The assertion supports findings released earlier this month from cyber security firm FireEye that breaches attributed to China-based groups had plunged by 90 percent in the past two years.

Court rules Dutch cyber-bullying suspect can be extradited to Canada
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:18:13 -0400

By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch court ruled on Tuesday that a 38-year-old man can be extradited to Canada to face charges of using a computer to harass and blackmail a teenager who later committed suicide. Judges said Aydin Coban, who denies harassing Amanda Todd or any other wrongdoing, can be sent to Canada after he stands trial in the Netherlands in another cyber extortion case, due to start in early 2017. The Canadian teenager committed suicide in October 2012, a month after releasing a widely-viewed YouTube video in which she detailed her suffering. ...

China tightens rules for mobile app developers
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:18:46 -0400

China has tightened rules for mobile app developers including requiring real-name registration and preserving users' activity logs, the country's internet regulator said on Tuesday, as Beijing looks to strengthen oversight of the growing app market. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement that mobile app providers would need to fulfill six requirements to help crack down on "unscrupulous" use of their platforms to carry out fraud, distribute pornography and spread malicious rumors. China's government already exercises widespread controls over the internet.

U.S. senator, opposing FBI email data grabs, places hold on spy bill
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:05:33 -0400

Wyden speaks with reporters the weekly after party caucus luncheons at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic senator on Monday prevented legislation from being quickly considered that would expand the FBI's power to use secretive surveillance orders to obtain some Internet records, arguing it would lead to a "dramatic erosion" of U.S. privacy rights. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon placed a hold on the annual Intelligence Authorization Act, which grants congressional approval for clandestine operations carried out by the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. A provision of the authorization bill would allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use national security letters, which do not require a warrant, to compel companies such as Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook to hand over certain Internet records.

Lyft hires investment bank Qatalyst Partners: WSJ
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:01:06 -0400

A smartphone app for Lyft drivers is seen during a photo opportunity in San Francisco(Reuters) - Ride-sharing service Lyft has hired investment bank Qatalyst Partners, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Qatalyst Chairman Frank Quattrone has contacted companies including large automakers about acquiring a stake in Lyft, the Journal said, citing the people.

FCC chair proposes retaining most U.S. media ownership rules
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:02:24 -0400

Wheeler testifies before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the FCC's 2016 budget request on Capitol Hill in WashingtonThe chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday proposed retaining most rules limiting cross ownership of newspapers, radio and TV stations in the same market. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed retaining the existing rules barring companies in most instances from owning a newspaper and a broadcast TV or radio station in the same market, as well as other individual market limits on radio and TV stations with "slight modification," according to the summary of a proposal to fellow commissioners seen by Reuters. Congress had ordered the commission in 1996 to review cross ownership rules every four years but the FCC last completed a review in 2006.

Kuwait's emir warns against sectarian abuse on social media
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:22:25 -0400

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Al-Sabah addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New YorkKuwait's ruler warned on Monday against the abuse of social media to stoke sectarian tensions in the small Gulf Arab country, which has a mixed Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim population. "What we are living through and seeing is the misuse of social media tools ... to spread enmity and hatred," Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah said in a message published by state news agency KUNA to mark the last 10 days of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. A suicide bombing by Sunni extremist group Islamic State at a Shi'ite mosque last June killed 27 worshippers and jolted the usually quiet kingdom, caught between the sectarian-tinged rivalry of its massive neighbors Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Google beats children's web privacy appeal, Viacom to face one claim
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:31:15 -0400

File photo of a woman holding her smart phone which displays the Google home page, in this picture illustrationGoogle and Viacom on Monday defeated an appeal in a nationwide class action lawsuit by parents who claimed the companies illegally tracked the online activity of children under the age of 13 who watched videos and played video games on Nickelodeon's website. By a 3-0 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, and Viacom Inc were not liable under several federal and state laws for planting "cookies" on boys' and girls' computers, to gather data that advertisers could use to send targeted ads. The court also revived one state law privacy claim against Viacom, claiming that it promised on the Nick.com website not to collect children's personal information, but did so anyway.

Lufthansa to bring satellite-based Wi-Fi to short-haul fleet from October
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:00:56 -0400

An Airbus A320 of German airline Lufthansa is moved on the airfield at the airport Fuhlsbuettel in Hamburg.BERLIN (Reuters) - Lufthansa will roll out satellite-based broadband onboard short-haul flights starting from October, it said on Monday, as customers increasingly demand to stay connected in the air. Airlines across the world are moving to satellite-based Internet services, prompting a scramble for customers by communication providers. The technology on board the Lufthansa flights is being provided in cooperation with partner Inmarsat and its Global Xpress network. ...

German publishers appeal decision in market power case against Google
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:16:08 -0400

A security guard keeps watch as he walks past a logo of Google at an exhibition stage during the 4th China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair 2016 in Shanghai,German publishers have appealed a Berlin court's rejection of a case in which they accused Google of abusing its market power by refusing to pay them for displaying newspaper articles online, a lawyer for the publishers said on Monday. Germany's biggest newspaper publisher, Axel Springer and 40 other publishers had accused Alphabet Inc's Google of unfair treatment. The court had rejected the case in April, saying that Google's business model was a "win-win" proposition for both parties.

China moves closer to adopting controversial cybersecurity law
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:33:58 -0400

The Google logo is seen on the top of its China headquarters building, behind a road surveillance camera in BeijingChina moved closer on Monday to adopting a controversial cybersecurity law, after parliament held a second reading of the draft rules, which carry significant consequences for domestic and foreign business and threaten greater censorship. China enforces widespread controls over the internet that it has sought to codify in law, and Chinese laws often go through multiple readings and drafts before they are adopted. The draft, presented before the standing committee of the National People's Congress, requires network operators to comply with social morals and accept the supervision of the government and public, official news agency Xinhua said.

Bangladesh central bank ends FireEye investigation into cyber heist
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:54:19 -0400

Commuters pass by the front of the Bangladesh central bank building in DhakaBangladesh's central bank has ended a contract with U.S. cyber security firm FireEye to investigate February's online theft of $81 million, turning down a proposal to extend the agreement, a senior official said on Monday. More than four months after hackers broke into the computer systems of Bangladesh Bank and transferred money from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, investigators in Bangladesh and the United States are still trying to identify them. FireEye's Mandiant division had asked for 570 hours of additional work to complete its investigation into the biggest cyber heist in history, sources at the bank had said earlier.

Payments app Circle raises $60 million in China expansion
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 03:51:22 -0400

(Circle corrects investor name in paragraph two to China Everbright Limited, and timing of Spain launch in final paragraph) LONDON (Reuters) - U.S.-based payments app Circle has raised $60 million from Chinese investors and launched a company in China, as it seeks to expand in the world's second-largest economy. The latest funding comes from existing investor and Beijing-based tech investment fund IDG Capital Partners, as well as Chinese firms including Baidu, CICC Alpha and China Everbright Limited, Circle's co-founder Jeremy Allaire said. "We're not aiming to compete with the domestic market as that would be a suicide mission given the strength of local players like Alipay and WeChat, but we can connect Chinese consumers with the euro zone and dollar markets," Allaire told Reuters by phone.

Bahraini activist to be tried for tweets: lawyer
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:36:18 -0400

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in ManamaBahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab will face trial for tweets condemning the Gulf Arab kingdom's prison system and its involvement in the war in Yemen, his lawyer said on Sunday, and he could face up to 13 years in prison. Rajab was arrested earlier this month on unspecified charges in what appears an escalating crackdown by the Sunni-led government that also included a court shutting down a main opposition society and a decision to strip the spiritual leader of the island's Shi'ite Muslim majority of his citizenship. Jalila Sayed, Rajab's lawyer, told supporters in an e-mail that he faces a prison term for tweets he made last year accusing security forces of torturing detainees in a main prison and of killing civilians in a war led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

Michelle Obama to visit Africa to highlight girls' education
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:46:58 -0400

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and television presenter Oprah Winfrey (not pictured) participate in the White House's "United State of Women" summit in WashingtonBy Isma'il Kushkush WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Africa on Sunday with daughters Sasha and Malia and her mother as part of an effort to promote girls' education, her office said. The upcoming, six-day trip will include visits to Morocco and Liberia. The trip will highlight the work of Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative launched by U.S. President Barack Obama and the first lady in 2015.

China tightens controls on paid-for internet search ads
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:12:37 -0400

A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeChina's internet regulator said on Saturday that search engines should tighten management of paid-for ads in search results, making clear which results are paid-for and limiting their numbers. Chinese regulators last month imposed limits on the number of lucrative healthcare adverts carried by Baidu Inc following the death of a student who underwent an experimental cancer treatment which he found using China's biggest internet search engine. Wei Zexi, 21, died in April of a rare form of cancer, and the case sparked widespread public anger.

Citigroup resolves 'technical issue' that left accounts frozen
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:55:15 -0400

People walk past a Citibank branch in New York(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc said on Friday it resolved a technical issue that had left customers unable to access their accounts remotely. Customers had taken to social media to complain about the outage, which affected several U.S. states, including New York, Pennsylvania and California, according to Bloomberg. "We experienced a brief technical issue that is now resolved," Citigroup's customer service Twitter account said in response.

Exclusive: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:32:15 -0400

A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in ZenicaBy Joseph Menn and Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States. YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, the sources said.

Lindsay Lohan fumes over #Brexit, Elizabeth Hurley sleeps soundly
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:04:17 -0400

Actress Lindsay Lohan arrives for the presentation of the Gareth Pugh Spring/Summer 2016 collection during London Fashion Week in LondonBy Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan went viral on social media in the early hours of Friday. "good luck with the pound.. will take you about 15 years to get it back up #REMAIN instead," Lohan (@LindsayLohan) tweeted to 9.3 million followers as sterling began to plummet and markets came to terms with the fact that British voters had decided they wanted their country to leave the European Union. Lohan wasn't the only celebrity to flaunt economic insights on social media.

TD Ameritrade, Fidelity problems rile social media users
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:04:30 -0400

A TD Ameritrade sign is seen outside a branch in the financial district in New YorkBy Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - Social media users flooded TD Ameritrade's and Fidelity Investments' Twitter feeds with irate messages on Friday, as customers struggled to access their online brokerage accounts. The apparent problems came a day after Britain voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, or Brexit. Good job TD," tweeted Mo Karney (@mo_karney).

U.S. charges Filipino man with hacking accounts of celebrities
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:53:04 -0400

(Reuters) - A Filipino man has been criminally charged in New Jersey with running a large and sophisticated scheme to hack into the bank and credit card accounts of well-known or celebrity customers, U.S. prosecutors said. According to an indictment made public on Friday, Peter Locsin, 35, conspired with others from February 2012 to January 2015 to compromise accounts belonging to at least five victims at three financial institutions. In June 2015, The Philippine Star newspaper said former FBI director Robert Mueller was among the victims, without saying where it got the information.

An activist campaign seeks to shame U.S. companies over Trump
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:39:56 -0400

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at his Turnberry golf course, in Turnberry, ScotlandDisturbed by Donald Trump's presidential campaign, U.S. activists have taken out online advertisements, circulated petitions, put up billboards and even chipped in for an airplane banner to try to shame companies into dropping their sponsorships of the Republican National Convention in July. The campaign, led by the political arm of California-based advocacy group Color of Change, seeks to weaken Trump's White House bid by pressuring companies to skip the Cleveland convention where he is expected to formally become the nominee. "The fact of the matter is that any employee of these Fortune 500 companies that are sponsoring the convention, if any of those employees went into their job and said the things Donald Trump is saying, they'd be fired," said Rashad Robinson, spokesman for Color of Change PAC.

German court hands Springer partial victory in ad-blocking case
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:27:45 -0400

Logo of German publisher Axel Springer is seen outside its headquarters in BerlinA German court on Friday handed publisher Axel Springer a partial victory on Friday in its fight against so-called ad-blockers, which users can install on computers or mobile devices to prevent advertising from being shown. The court said ad-blocking provider Eyeo should not charge Axel Springer for putting it on its "white list" of publishers and advertisers it exempts from blanket blocking by consumers. Springer, which depends on advertising to pay for its publications, is one of the most vocal opponents of ad-blocking software.

Democrat gun control sit-in sparks social media sensation
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:17:38 -0400

A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. Rep. Clark shows Democratic House members staging a sit-in over gun legislation in WashingtonDemocrats leapt on Facebook Live and Twitter's Periscope after the cameras, controlled by the House, went dark Wednesday when presiding House officer and Republican Representative Ted Poe declared the chamber not in order during the protest. As Democrats took to alternative forms of video broadcasting, their message gained tremendous momentum from social media. On Twitter, the hashtags #NoBillNoBreak and #HoldTheFloor have been tweeted at least 1.4 million times.

Latest gun control bid falters in Congress, Democrat sit-in ends
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:41:21 -0400

House Democrats walk out on the East Front on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., after their sit-inBy Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Another attempt at gun control faltered in the U.S. Congress on Thursday despite outrage at the Orlando massacre, as a proposed ban on firearms sales to people being monitored for links to terrorism barely avoided being killed in the Senate. In a procedural vote, the Senate narrowly rejected an attempt to scrap the plan by Republican Senator Susan Collins to prevent guns getting into the hands of people on two U.S. government terrorism watch lists. It was the latest setback for proponents of gun restrictions who have been thwarted for years on Capitol Hill by gun rights defenders and the National Rifle Association.

HP, Apple top list of tech companies fighting forced labor risk
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:25:34 -0400

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook leads a moment of silence for the victims of the attack in Orlando as he opens the company's World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, CaliforniaBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - HP Inc and Apple Inc topped a list issued on Thursday ranking how well technology companies combat the risk of forced labor in their supply chains. Workers who make components in information and communications technology (ICT) companies’ supply chains are often migrants who are vulnerable to becoming forced labor, said the report by KnowTheChain, an online resource for business. An estimated 21 million people are victims of forced labor around the world, according to the International Labour Organization.

Arista infringes Cisco networking patents, U.S. trade agency rules
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:11:05 -0400

File photo of the Cisco Systems logo is seen as part of a display at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference in ChicagoBy Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc won a key victory in a sprawling legal battle with rival Arista Networks Inc on Thursday after the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Arista infringed three of Cisco's patents with its ethernet switches used in computer data centers and servers. The ITC, which investigates complaints of violations of U.S. intellectual property, also recommended an import ban against Arista's products that infringe the patents. The ITC's ruling must now be reviewed by the U.S. Trade Representative, who can approve or disapprove of the commission's orders.

Florida man brags about burglary on Facebook, lands him in jail
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:41:45 -0400

A Florida burglar who posted a Facebook video bragging about a $500,000 jewelry haul has landed himself and one of his accomplices in jail, police said on Thursday. Officers from Pinecrest, Florida said they arrested Raderius Glenn Collins, 18, after he uploaded the video to Facebook on May 27. The video, which runs more than seven minutes long and has over 3,000 views, showed the men bragging about their illegal earnings, exclaiming: "We got a safe" and "Can someone say check please?" The man in the driver's seat makes sure the traffic light is still red and proceeds to proudly reveal his bag of cash to the camera while the other two men cheer.

U.S. Senate advances compromise gun control measure
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:45:12 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday advanced a compromise gun control plan to stop people on some terrorism watch lists from buying guns, in the wake of the June 12th mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. While the measure, spearheaded by Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, cleared one procedural hurdle, it was not clear if the Senate would move further ahead on it. Passing the bill in the House of Representatives could also be an uphill battle. (Reporting by Timothy Gardner)

Saudi prince aims for Silicon Valley appeal to gleam at home
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:01:56 -0400

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman walks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the tech giant's headquarters in Silicon ValleyBy Celine Aswad and Angus McDowall DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - The powerful young prince behind modernizing reforms in Saudi Arabia presents himself as the champion of his nation's plugged-in youth, and his visit to Silicon Valley this week sought to bolster that image. The 31-year-old Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has unabashedly pitched his "Vision 2030" reforms at the 70 percent of the staid Islamic kingdom's people younger than him, promising to unlock their "talent, potential and dedication". Pictures of the denim-clad prince in Silicon Valley served both purposes.

U.S. Democrats end House protest, gun control prospects dim
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:51:51 -0400

A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. Rep. Clark shows Democratic House members staging a sit-in over gun legislation in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers on Thursday ended a daylong protest in the U.S. House of Representatives to protest the lack of action on gun control and Congress looked unlikely to approve meaningful firearms restrictions in the wake of the Orlando, Florida, massacre. Democratic house members started a sit-in on the floor of the House on Wednesday, chanting and singing, and stayed all night to push for gun control legislation after this month's shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, which killed 49 people. Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, told Reuters that lawmakers would now go back to their home districts to try to build support for legislation.

Senate to hold vote on stopping gun control bill: Corker
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:25:11 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans aimed to hold a vote on Thursday on whether to set aside bipartisan compromise gun control legislation that has been under negotiation for several days, Republican Senator Bob Corker told reporters. The Senate was also expected to hold a similar vote on a more conservative Republican measure. It was not clear what the result of the two votes would be. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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