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US, China clash over head of UN intellectual property agency

Technology
Dozens of countries are voting in a pivotal phase of an election to choose the next head of the U.N.'s intellectual property agencyBy JAMEY KEATEN Associated PressMarch 4, 2020, 10:11 AM2 min readGENEVA -- Dozens of countries are voting Wednesday in a pivotal phase of an election to choose the next head of the U.N.'s intellectual property agency, a contest for a key post in the Digital Age that has pit the United States against China's candidate. The results of the closed-door voting by 83 states on a key committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization to choose its next director-general could come later Wednesday. WIPO's general assembly has final say in May, but it has never rejected a committee nominee since the agency was created in 1967. After the year began with 10 candida...

Many asylum seekers arrive in Europe legally, EU agency says

World
More and more people seeking asylum in the European Union come from countries with visa-free travel arrangements with the blocBy LORNE COOK Associated PressFebruary 26, 2020, 10:16 AM3 min readBRUSSELS -- Increasing numbers of people applying for asylum in the European Union are arriving from countries with visa-free travel agreements with the bloc, notably from Latin America, rather than entering without permission, the EU’s asylum agency said Wednesday. More than 714,000 people applied for asylum or some form of international protection in Europe last year, up 13% from 2018, the European Asylum Support Office, or EASO, said in its latest report on asylum trends in 2019. “Most of the increase is accounted for by the large number of applications lodged by applicants who are exempt of visa
NASA, Europe space agency launch Solar Orbiter mission

NASA, Europe space agency launch Solar Orbiter mission

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- One of the most advanced science missions to study the sun in history -- the Solar Orbiter -- launched aboard an Atlas V rocket from Florida on Sunday night. The rocket lifted off into a partly cloudy sky with a full moon as planned at 11:03 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, adjacent to Kennedy Space Center. The Solar Orbiter satellite will aim multiple cameras and sensory equipment at the sun's polar regions, images of which have never been taken. It's part of a concerted effort by NASA and the European Space Agency to better understand solar radiation and solar flares. "The mission will be able to look at the poles of the sun, which will be the first time ever that we will be able to look at the poles," said Cesar ...
European Space Agency gets more funds, also for Moon mission

European Space Agency gets more funds, also for Moon mission

Technology
The 22 member states of the European Space agency have pledged to boost their funding to support more missions and research projects, including a new generation of satellites to monitor climate changeByThe Associated PressNovember 28, 2019, 4:14 PM2 min read The 22 member states of the European Space agency pledged Thursday to boost their funding to support more missions and research projects, including a new generation of satellites to monitor climate change. The agency’s director-general, Jan Woerner, said at the conclusion two-day ministerial meeting in Seville, Spain, that member states pledged a record three-year budget of 12.5 billion euros ($ 13.7 million) plus an additional 1.9 billion euros to cover operational costs and basic research in years four and five. “14.4 billion euros.
Sorrell’s S4 Capital raises £100m to fund Google agency deal

Sorrell’s S4 Capital raises £100m to fund Google agency deal

Business
The marketing services mogul Sir Martin Sorrell will this week unveil a £100m share sale to fund another wave of takeover deals as his new venture edges closer to a £1bn valuation.Sky News has learnt that S4 Capital, which Sir Martin launched last year following his departure from WPP Group, will announce to the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning the launch of a placing and open offer. City sources said part of the proceeds of the fundraising will be used to finance the takeover of Firewood, the largest marketing agency in Silicon Valley.Founded in 2010 and employing more than 300 employees in the UK, Ireland, Mexico and the US, Firewood specialises in digital creative campaigns for clients including Facebook, VMWare, cloud software provider Salesforce, LinkedIn and the navigation ap