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German court rules against foreign intelligence mass communication surveillance

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s foreign intelligence agency (BND) must not store the metadata – such as phone numbers – of international phone calls for the purpose of intelligence analysis, a court rules on Thursday. FILE PHOTO – The logo of the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND) is pictured at the 60th anniversary of the founding of the BND in Berlin, Germany, November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke Surveillance is a sensitive issue in Germany after the abuses by the Gestapo during the Nazi era and the Stasi in Communist East GermanyRead More


Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

Dec 12 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1100 GMT on Tuesday: ** France’s Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $15.7 billion, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record. ** Australia’s Tatts Group Ltd cleared one of the last hurdles in its takeover by horse race-betting firm Tabcorp Holdings Ltd with the lottery owner getting the green signal from its shareholders. ** Zurich Insurance has agreed to buy Australia and New Zealand BankingRead More


Honda recalling 900,000 minivans because seats may tip forward

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co (7267.T) said on Saturday that it was recalling about 900,000 minivans because second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched after being adjusted. Honda Motor’s logo is seen on Civic sedan car at its showroom in Tokyo, Japan October 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon The Japanese automaker said the recall covered 2011-2017 Honda Odyssey minivans, all but 2,000 of which are in North America, and that it had 46 reports of minor injuries related to the issue. Honda said it was working on aRead More


Special Report: In blocking arms to Yemen, Saudi Arabia squeezes a starving population

DJIBOUTI (Reuters) – Late last year, the Kota Nazar, a Singaporean ship with 636 containers of steel, paper, medicine and other goods, set sail to Hodeida, the largest cargo port in war-torn Yemen. It never got there. Like dozens of other ships carrying food and supplies to Yemen over the past 30 months, the Kota Nazar was stopped by a Saudi Arabian warship blocking Yemen’s ports on the Red Sea. Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have been stationing naval forces in and around Yemeni waters since 2015. Western governmentsRead More


Apple names former Honeywell executive as new general counsel

(Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Friday its general counsel, Bruce Sewell, will retire and be succeeded by former Honeywell International Inc (HON.N) executive Katherine Adams, who will take over Apple’s multinational legal battle against Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O). Adams, who will also be senior vice president of legal and global security, will report to Chief Executive Tim Cook, the company said. Before joining Honeywell in 2003, Adams was an attorney with Sidley Austin LLP in New York. Earlier, she had served as a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court JusticeRead More


Character actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at age 91

Harry Dean Stanton, the shambling, craggy-face character actor with the deadpan voice who became a cult favorite through his memorable turns in “Paris, Texas,” ”Repo Man” and many other films and TV shows, died Friday at age 91. Stanton died of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his agent, John S. Kelly, told The Associated Press. Kelly gave no further details on the cause. Never mistaken for a leading man, Stanton was an unforgettable presence to moviegoers, fellow actors and directors, who recognized that his quirky characterizationsRead More


Singer Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry dies in helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Singer Troy Gentry, of country music group Montgomery Gentry, died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey on Friday, the band’s website said. The singer was 50. Details of the crash, which occurred in Medford township were not immediately known, the band said in a statement. Medford police did not immediately respond to a request for information on the crash. Gentry was due to perform with his bandmate Eddie Montgomery on Friday evening at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford. Singer Montgomery did notRead More


Don’t look down! London runners stretch their legs 16 floors up

LONDON (Reuters) – Athletes risked vertigo on Tuesday at the launch of London’s highest running track, 16 floors above the capital’s streets. “It’s incredibly exhilarating running at that height, with panoramic views in every direction,” said Benjamin Lesser, an amateur marathon runner who works for one of the developers of the building topped by the track. “It’s very uplifting,” he added. The 150-metre running loop, perched atop the new White Collar Factory overlooking the tech-heavy Old Street area of London, will be for all occupiers of the building and isRead More


Apple shifts responsibility for Siri to operating system chief

(Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has transferred responsibility for Siri, its voice assistant, from content chief Eddy Cue to operating systems chief Craig Federighi, a sign that the company is looking to embed the voice assistant more deeply into its core systems amid rising competition from Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O). Apple made the change in an update to the company’s executive biography pages. An Apple spokeswoman confirmed the change to Reuters but did not comment beyond the changes. Cue, a senior vice president, had overseen SiriRead More