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Trump seeks to save Chinese jobs at ZTE ahead of trade talks

Trump seeks to save Chinese jobs at ZTE ahead of trade talks

Technology
China has welcomed a pledge from Donald Trump to help save ZTE, one of China's biggest telecoms companies. The firm has suspended operations after the US last month banned American companies from selling it components. ZTE had admitted to making illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea.But Mr Trump has now tweeted he will work with President Xi to help ZTE get "back into business fast", saying too many jobs in China were at risk.China's called the comments "positive". "We greatly appreciate the positive position of the US on the ZTE issue and are in close communication with the US on the details of the issue," foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.US commentators say the tone of the tweet is a dramatic shift for Mr Trump, who has consistently accused C...
Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

Technology
Facebook has started asking European and Canadian users to let it use facial recognition technology to identify them in photos and videos.Facebook originally began face-matching users outside Canada in 2011, but stopped doing so for EU citizens the following year after protests from regulators and privacy campaigners.The new request is one of several opt-in permissions being rolled out in advance of a new data privacy law.The move is likely to be controversial.The company is currently embroiled in a privacy scandal related to the use of its members' personal information by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.The social network is also facing a class-action lawsuit in the US for deploying the facial recognition technology there without users' explicit consent."Biometric identifica...
PNB fraud: HC seeks ED reply on plea by Mehul Choksi's firm

PNB fraud: HC seeks ED reply on plea by Mehul Choksi's firm

Finance
The Delhi High Court today sought the Enforcement Directorate's response on a plea by diamantaire Mehul Choksi's firm Gitanjali Gems in a money laundering case in connection with the over Rs 11,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. Justices S Muralidhar and I S Mehta issued notice to the ED, which was represented through advocate Amit Mahajan, on the plea challenging the alleged illegal seizure of documents and articles by the probe agency. The court said it will hear the matter along with a similar pending plea of billionaire Nirav Modi's firm Firestar Diamond on April 11. Advocate Sanjay Abott, appearing for Gitanjali Gems, sought direction to quash the ED's move of seizing the firm's moveable properties. Nirav, his uncle Choksi and others are being investigated by multiple pr...
Ant McPartlin steps down from TV shows and seeks treatment

Ant McPartlin steps down from TV shows and seeks treatment

Entertainment
Presenter Ant McPartlin has stepped down from his TV roles following his arrest on suspicion of drink driving. His publicist said McPartlin, who spent time in rehab last year, was taking time off "for the foreseeable future" and would have further treatment.ITV's Saturday Night Takeaway will not air this weekend and the final two episodes, scheduled for 31 March and 7 April, won't feature McPartlin.The star was involved in a collision in south-west London on Sunday.His decision to step down comes following talks with his presenting partner Declan Donnelly and with ITV.Orlando finaleThe final episode of ITV's award-winning Saturday Night Takeaway was due to be broadcast live from Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, with 200 fans of the show flying out in a specially-chartered plane. Star g...
Toys R Us seeks urgent bids for European arm

Toys R Us seeks urgent bids for European arm

Business
Toys R Us is seeking bids for its stores in Continental Europe just hours‎ before it plans to place its British operations into administration.Sky News understands that advisers to the stricken toy retailer have told potential buyers of its European division to lodge offers by the close of business on Monday.Toys R Us trades from more than 230 shops in 10 European markets, including Austria, France, Germany and Spain.Several private equity firms are understood to be planning to table bids for the division, which also has a presence in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Poland and Portugal.It was unclear this weekend whether the European arm of Toys R Us faces a similar path towards insolvency if a sale cannot be agreed in the coming weeks.Sky News revealed on Friday that Moorfields, a corp