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UAE jails activist for 10 years over social media posts - report

RIYADH (Reuters) - Prominent Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor has been sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined 1 million AED ($272,000) on charges of criticising the United Arab Emirates government on social media, The National newspaper reported late on Wednesday.

In China, industry push-back stubs out anti-smoking gains

BEIJING (Reuters) - Earlier this year, the city of Hangzhou, home to the internet giant Alibaba, was poised to join Beijing, Shanghai and a handful of other urban areas in banning smoking in public places, part of a long-running campaign against tobacco use in China.

Parkland killer boasted of mass murder plans in cell phone videos

(Reuters) - The teen charged with shooting 17 people dead at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, boasted of plans to commit mass murder in a series of cell phone videos recorded by him before the rampage and released on Wednesday by prosecutors.

Homework, not games, the reason why China’s teens go online: study

Tencent released the findings of the survey ahead of Children’s Day, which falls on June 1 in China. The Shenzhen-based internet giant has been criticised by state media for not doing enough to prevent gaming addiction among the young.

Wanda and Tencent team up on ‘smart retail’ venture

The partnership will aim to transform Wanda’s huge bricks-and-mortar presence into ‘smart’ shopping centres, and drive online traffic through Tencent’s platforms including WeChat

Klang slip road closure gets residents all riled up

The Klang Municipal Council's decision to close Lorong Perbandaran is getting a lot of flak from residents who are unhappy at the congestion it is causing.

New Zealand privacy watchdog seeks greater power over Facebook

New Zealand's top privacy enforcer is seeking greater powers to regulate Facebook Inc as the social media giant grapples with a tough new privacy regime in Europe and investigations around the globe over its handling of personal data.

Rampas dismisses viral post of her 'appointment' as Sabah CM political secretary

PETALING JAYA: A viral Facebook post claiming that Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas has been appointed political secretary to Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is not true.

Airbnb founders go it alone in China after refusing buyout offer

Airbnb Inc’s founders were moments away from merging their China business with local competitor Tujia in January 2017. Executives and investors spent hours hashing out a deal. Preliminary term sheets were drawn up. Then in the final hour of negotiations, Airbnb pulled out.

Balik Pulau Umno division confirms receiving letter on fund cuts

BALIK PULAU: An Umno leader has confirmed that party divisions have been told that there would not be any more monthly allocations for their operational activities.