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Facebook denies request for Zuckerberg to appear before Canadian, British lawmakers

Facebook denies request for Zuckerberg to appear before Canadian, British lawmakers

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Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg declined an invitation to testify before British and Canadian lawmakers about the social media giant's data privacy. Facebook's head of U.K. public policy Rebecca Stimson and head of Canada public policy Kevin Chan, responded to the request by British Member of Parliament Damian Collins and Canadian Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer in a letter released Wednesday, informing the lawmakers it isn't possible for Zuckerberg "to be available to all Parliaments." "While he is unable to accept your invitation we continue to fully recognize the seriousness of these issues and remain committed to working with you to provide any additional relevant information you require for your respective inquiries," they wrote. In their letter to Facebook i...
Spain drops extradition request for ex-Catalan President Carles Puigdemont

Spain drops extradition request for ex-Catalan President Carles Puigdemont

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July 19 (UPI) -- Spain's high court on Thursday withdrew European arrest warrants for former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and five of his aides related to their roles in last year's independence referendum. The move came one week after a German court ruled that while Puigdemont could be extradited to face corruption charges, the country could not force him to Spain to face rebellion and sedition charges. Puigdemont fled Spain after facing criminal charges for declaring independence from Spain after a referendum. Though the Supreme Court dropped the extradition request, Puigdemont and the others still face prosecution should they cross the border into Spain again. The five others are in Belgium, Scotland or Switzerland. In the ruling, Judge Pablo Llarena said the German court showe...
South Korea expresses regret on U.S. steel tariff, extends request for exemption

South Korea expresses regret on U.S. steel tariff, extends request for exemption

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SEOUL, March 9 (UPI) -- South Korea expressed regret over the United States' decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on foreign steel products and said it will consider lodging a complaint with the World Trade Organisation if an exemption isn't made.Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Paik Un-gyu convened a meeting with local steel firms Friday morning, after U.S. President Donald Trump signed the order to slap steep tariffs on foreign steel, ignoring Seoul's repeated requests to exclude South Korean products from the measure.Paik expressed concern that the U.S. trade action would take a sizeable toll on South Korean businesses, as they account for the third largest amount of foreign steel in the U.S. market after Canada and Brazil, Chosun Ilbo reported.According to the Korea Internation...