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Zuckerberg meets EU officials as bloc’s new tech rules loom

Zuckerberg meets EU officials as bloc’s new tech rules loom

Technology
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has met top European Union officials on a visit to BrusselsBy KELVIN CHAN Associated PressFebruary 17, 2020, 4:35 PM3 min readLONDON -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met top European Union officials on a visit to Brussels on Monday, days before the bloc is expected to release new proposals on regulating artificial intelligence. The billionaire social network founder is the latest U.S. tech executive to make the trip to the headquarters of the EU, which is becoming an increasingly important player in technology regulation. Zuckerberg's visit came as the company warned that potential regulation risked stifling innovation. Zuckerberg met Margrethe Vestager, the EU's powerful executive vice president in charge of making Europe “fit for the digital age.” He also ha
Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Health
Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands that are most commonly linked to hospitalizationsBy MIKE STOBBE AP Medical WriterDecember 6, 2019, 10:16 PM4 min read Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffered lung damage had vaped liquids that contain THC, the high-inducing part of marijuana. In a report released Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed the products most often cited by patients, noting that some of them said they vaped more than one. Dank Vapes was the brand used by 56% of the hospitalized patients natio...
U.S. health officials warn of eastern equine encephalitis outbreak

U.S. health officials warn of eastern equine encephalitis outbreak

Health
Nov. 21 (UPI) -- An old disease transmitted by mosquitoes called eastern equine encephalitis has reared its head in eight U.S. states so far in 2019, but health officials emphasize there's no need to bug out. In a commentary published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, officials from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases noted that, as of Nov 12, there have been 36 confirmed cases of eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, this year. In all, 14 of these cases were fatal. "Although EEE isn't a major threat at this time, the public needs to be aware that it's out there," NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, MD, told UPI. To date, cases of EEE have been confirmed in Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Tenness...
Have asked officials to come up with framework for better regulation of multi-state cooperative banks: Nirmala Sitharaman

Have asked officials to come up with framework for better regulation of multi-state cooperative banks: Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman today met the customers of the PMC bank which is facing allegations of fraud. The finance minister said that she heard their problems and explained to them that the RBI is looking into the matter as it is the appropriate authority in its capacity as the regulator. The finance minister noted that the PMC is a multi state cooperative banks and like all other banks it is regulated by the RBI. Although she said that the registration of such banks happens through the rural and urban development ministry for rural and urban cooperative banks respectively, the RBI is the right institution to look into the matter. She, however, said that she has asked the banking and economic affairs secretary to sit with the ministries which register the multi-state cooperativ...

Yemeni officials say explosive device has killed 4 children

World
Yemeni health officials say an explosive device has gone off near the flashpoint port city of Hodeida, killing at least four children. The officials say the explosion took place late on Monday in the town of Wadi Nakhla. Two other children were wounded. All the causalities were from the same family. The officials blamed the Houthi rebels, saying they scattered land mines and explosive devices in areas under their control in Hodeida to hamper a push by government forces last year. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity under regulations. Recent heavy rainfall and floods in the region have exposed land mines, which are largely unmapped and remain a threat to civilians. Yemen's war pits the Iran-aligned Houthis against the internationally recognized government, backed by a Saudi-led c...