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Human trafficking: US downgrades China over record

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionZhang Qingqing’s family told her she was bought as a baby China “is not making significant efforts” to stop human trafficking, the US says, claiming that fewer people are now being prosecuted than before. The US Department of State released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report on Thursday, and downgraded China to one of the worst offenders. The reports highlights the forced

Why TV’s ‘gong’ big on game shows

Fueling the race is a mix of nostalgia and pure economics. NBC and ABC have both gone big on game shows, with the former’s “Hollywood Game Night” lineup going up against ABC’s revival of “The Gong Show” and singing competition series “Boy Band” last Thursday. (In keeping with the “everything old is new” theme, the latter network reintroduces “Battle of the Network Stars” on June 29.) Fox has also mixed

EU slaps Google with record $2.7 billion fine

European Union regulators slapped Google with a record €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) antitrust fine on Tuesday, the latest broadside fired at big American tech companies doing business in the region. The European Commission found that the U.S. tech giant denied “consumers a genuine choice” by using its search engine to unfairly steer them to its own shopping platform. Regulators said that Google must change its behavior within 90 days or

Syrian refugee’s award-winning dairy company

It was 2012, and the country’s brutal civil war had arrived in Damascus. Alsous’ husband survived the blast. But what came next was wrenching: The couple decided to leave their home in the capital and take their three children to safety in the United Kingdom. Syria has only slid further into chaos and violence in the five years that have passed since the family’s departure. But Alsous has carved a

Queen Elizabeth II is getting a 78% raise from the government

The Queen received £42.8 million ($54.6 million) in tax-free income from the state last year as her annual “sovereign grant.” This year the payment will balloon by 78% to £76.1 million ($97 million). Payouts from the state are expected to remain at elevated levels for 10 years as Buckingham Palace undergoes an extensive face lift. Staff have to replace wiring and pipes that are over 60 years old. Visitor access

Controversial Russian ambassador leaving US

He’s been at the center of a firestorm over contacts with Trump team Kislyak’s replacement as ambassador is Anatoly Antonov For a look into Russia’s efforts to influence the US election, tune in to the CNN Special Report: “The Russian Connection: Inside The Attack On Democracy,” Tuesday, June 27 at 10 p.m. ET. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova is clarifying reports that Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is leaving his

Why Iran’s brightest graduates are leaving their country

It could be a college campus anywhere in the world, but Sharif University of Technology sits in the shadow of the Azadi tower in Iran’s capital, Tehran. SUT represents the aspirations of a generation of Iranian policy makers who, in the wake of the 1979 revolution, were determined to put their country on the science and technology map. It is often called the MIT of Iran — re-imagined after austere

Liu Xiaobo: China’s mild-mannered political firebrand

His mild manners and gentle voice belie his conviction for his cause — improving human rights in China. “I feel that, in a dictatorship, if you want to be a person with dignity, if you want to be an honest person, you must fight for human rights and fight for freedom of speech,” the writer and activist said in an interview in 2007. As news spread Monday that Liu Xiaobo

Snap vote: German lawmakers to vote on same-sex marriage

Following Merkel’s comments, German politicians writing on Twitter called for a vote to be held as soon as possible. Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) — the second largest party in parliament — called for parliament not to wait until after the federal election in September. “We will push through marriage equality in Germany,” he tweeted. “This week.” The vote is likely to pass with strong support

Inside Orania, South Africa’s whites-only town

The settlement west of the Orange River in Northern Cape, South Africa lies on arid and weather-beaten land; baked by the harsh summer sun and frigid through the dry winter. It’s farmable, but not easy, requiring strong backs and callused hands. Rising above the scrub the town’s symbol flutters atop a flagpole, a young boy rolling up his sleeves, preparing to knuckle down and transform this landscape. It’s a romanticized