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Macron warns: 'The old demons are rising again'

Macron warns: 'The old demons are rising again'

World
French President Emmanuel Macron used his speech marking Armistice Day to warn world leaders to "build hope, not fear". In front of nearly 70 heads of state, including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said that nationalism is a "betrayal of patriotism".His speech at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris marked the centenary of the 1918 Armistice ending First World War, and it came before Donald Trump visited an American cemetery where he hailed US soldiers who fell during the Great War.Mr Trump and Mr Putin listened in silence as France's president used the occasion to sound a sobering warning about the fragility of peace and the dangers of nations that put themselves first. Image: Donald Trump, Angela Merkel and Vladi...
Dunford warns that Russia, China are near-peer military competition

Dunford warns that Russia, China are near-peer military competition

Business
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told an audience at Duke University that Russia and China are near-peer competitors that the U.S. needs to match, according to the Pentagon. In comments on Tuesday, Dunford said that China's rise and Russia's resurgent activities mark the return of great power military competition even as the U.S. continues to face concerns from Iran, North Korea and rogue militant groups and terrorism. The concern is real, as Secretary of Defense James Mattis told Congress in February that the U.S. military's "competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare." The Government Accountability Office in October said in a report that "nearly all" weapons systems of the military under development in the last five years have criti...
Apple CEO backs privacy laws, warns data being 'weaponized'

Apple CEO backs privacy laws, warns data being 'weaponized'

Technology
The head of Apple on Wednesday endorsed tough privacy laws for both Europe and the U.S. and renewed the technology giant's commitment to protecting personal data, which he warned was being "weaponized" against users. Speaking at an international conference on data privacy, Apple CEO Tim Cook applauded European Union authorities for bringing in a strict new data privacy law in May and said the iPhone maker supports a U.S. federal privacy law . Cook's speech, along with video comments from Google and Facebook top bosses, in the European Union's home base in Brussels, underscores how the U.S. tech giants are jostling to curry favor in the region as regulators tighten their scrutiny. Data protection has become a major political issue worldwide, and European regulators have led the charge in ...
Russia nuclear treaty: Gorbachev warns Trump plan will undermine disarmament

Russia nuclear treaty: Gorbachev warns Trump plan will undermine disarmament

World
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev says US President Trump's plan to withdraw from a key Cold War nuclear weapons treaty is a reversal of efforts to achieve nuclear disarmament. Mr Gorbachev - who signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with President Reagan in 1987 - questioned the plan's intelligence.Mr Trump said Russia had been "violating [the INF] for many years".Russia has condemned the plans and threatened to retaliate.The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin would be seeking an explanation from visiting US National Security Adviser John Bolton.Germany was the first US ally to criticise the move, with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urging Washington to consider the consequences both for Europe and fo...
'Ending austerity' will cost £19bn, IFS warns chancellor

'Ending austerity' will cost £19bn, IFS warns chancellor

Business
The only way the chancellor can end austerity is to borrow substantial sums or raise Britain's tax burden to the highest level for nearly 70 years, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned. In its closely-watched green budget, a survey of the UK economy and public finances, the IFS said that even the mildest version of "ending austerity" would cost a minimum of £19bn - the equivalent of a penny on income tax, National Insurance and on VAT.The IFS added that there was effectively no prospect of a "Brexit dividend" for the public finances and warned that UK economic growth would remain weak for another two years.Its report comes a fortnight ahead of the chancellor's winter budget, in which he will unveil his latest plans for borrowing and spending. But the I...