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Israel firm NSO says Macron not targeted by Pegasus spyware

Israel firm NSO says Macron not targeted by Pegasus spyware

HERZLIYA: An official at Israeli cybersecurity company NSO Group said Wednesday that the firm's controversial Pegasus spyware tool was not used to target French President Emmanuel Macron. The comments came as Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urged Israel to suspend exports of the spying technology after heads of state -- including Macron -- and scores of journalists and rights activists featured on a list of alleged targets selected for potential surveillance. We can "specifically come out and say for sure that the president of France, Macron, was not a target," Chaim Gelfand, chief compliance officer at NSO Group, told the i24…
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Xi Jinping hails ‘irreversible’ rise of China at 100th birthday of Communist Party

Xi Jinping hails ‘irreversible’ rise of China at 100th birthday of Communist Party

BEIJING: President Xi Jinping hailed China's "irreversible" course from humiliated colony to great power at the centenary celebrations for the Chinese Communist Party on Thursday, in a speech reaching deep into history to remind patriots at home and rivals abroad of his nation's -- and his own -- ascendancy. Speaking above the giant portrait of Mao Zedong, which dominates Tiananmen Square, from the podium where the famous chairman proclaimed the People's Republic of China in 1949, Xi said the "era of China being bullied is gone forever" praising the party for uplifting incomes and restoring national pride. Drawing a line…
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Hong Kong security law creates ‘human rights emergency’: Amnesty

Hong Kong security law creates ‘human rights emergency’: Amnesty

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's national security law has decimated freedoms and created a "human rights emergency", Amnesty International said on Wednesday, a year after Beijing imposed the legislation on the city. The sweeping national security law -- which criminalises anything authorities deem subversion, secession, collusion with foreign forces and terrorism with up to life in prison -- has radically transformed Hong Kong's political and legal landscape. "In one year, the National Security Law has put Hong Kong on a rapid path to becoming a police state and created a human rights emergency for the people living there," Amnesty's Asia-Pacific Regional…
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