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Chinese survey team plans to summit deserted Everest

Chinese survey team plans to summit deserted Everest

Technology
A Chinese government-backed team plans to summit Mount Everest this week at a time when the world’s tallest peak has been closed to commercial climbersByThe Associated PressMay 17, 2020, 2:32 AM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- A Chinese government-backed team plans to summit Mount Everest this week at a time when the world's tallest peak has been closed to commercial climbers. Bad weather forced the team charged with measuring the mountain's current height to return to base camp, but they have since taken up their former position, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. As long as the weather holds, the team expects to reach the summit on Friday morning, Xinhua quoted Wang Yongfeng, deputy director of the mountaineering administrative c
Nato summit: Leaders meet at 70th anniversary amid rows

Nato summit: Leaders meet at 70th anniversary amid rows

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Nato leaders are meeting near London, as tensions between members threaten to overshadow a summit marking the military alliance's 70th birthday.The three-hour talks are expected to cover issues such as cyber-attacks and the strategic challenge posed by China.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the host, is set to remind members that the commitment to defend one another is at the heart of the alliance.Tuesday saw sharp exchanges between the US and French leaders over many topics.The highly choreographed anniversary gathering, intended to show unity, has been unable to hide deep differences between Nato members, BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale reports.Although the 29-member bloc's future is not ...
Brittany Kaiser calls for Facebook political ad ban at Web Summit

Brittany Kaiser calls for Facebook political ad ban at Web Summit

Technology
Former Cambridge Analytica employee Brittany Kaiser, recognisable to many as the unlikely star of the Netflix documentary The Great Hack, has appeared at Web Summit in Lisbon.The documentary followed the self-styled whistleblower as she testified to the UK parliament about what she knew when she worked at the firm as a business development manager.Now with a book out, she has reinvented herself as a data privacy guru aiming to educate youngsters about disinformation, and planning to put data back into the hands of users via blockchain technology.The Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in 2016 when it emerged that the data of up to 87 million Facebook users had been harvested via a personality quiz - and it's never been exactly clea...
COP26: Glasgow to host UN climate change summit in 2020

COP26: Glasgow to host UN climate change summit in 2020

Science
A major United Nations climate change summit will take place in Glasgow.The UK has won the bid to host the 26th Conference of the Parties, known as COP26, following a partnership with Italy.Up to 30,000 delegates are expected to attend the event at Glasgow's Scottish Events Campus (SEC) at the end of next year.It is designed to produce an international response to the climate emergency. The UK will host the main COP summit while Italy will host preparatory events and a significant youth event, as part of the agreement.Claire Perry, UK nominated president for COP26, said: "In 2020, world leaders will come together to discuss how to tackle climate change on a global scale ...
G20 summit: Trump and Xi agree to restart US-China trade talks

G20 summit: Trump and Xi agree to restart US-China trade talks

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device The US and China have agreed to resume trade talks, easing a long row that has fuelled a global economic slowdown.US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping reached agreement at the G20 summit in Japan.Mr Trump also said he would allow US companies to continue to sell to the Chinese tech giant Huawei, in a move seen as a significant concession. Ahead of the G20 summit Mr Trump had threatened an additional $ 300bn (£236bn) in tariffs on Chinese imports.However after the meeting on the sidelines of the main summit in Osaka, he confirmed that Washington would not be adding the additional tariffs, and that he would continue to negotiate with Beijing "for the time being".And at a subseque