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Canadians and Chinese justice: A who’s who of the political feud so far

Canada and China haven’t been seeing eye to eye on issues of justice lately. Since Canada’s arrest of a Chinese telecom executive in December, Beijing has detained several Canadians, while the death sentence this week of another man has sparked allegations of political interference by Beijing. Check

GLOBE AND MAIL

Today's Pickup: Robotic Delivery, FedEx Furniture, Israeli Blockchain

Here are a couple of the deals and tech unveiled by robotic delivery companies during the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) last week. China's second-largest e-commerce company, JD.com, displayed an autonomous four-wheeled robot that can deliver packages up to five kilometers. The company also announce

CNBC

Stock Market Today: Stocks Stall on Earnings and China

The U.S. government shutdown, now the longest in history, continues to drag on and may soon eat into economic growth, according to the White House and various economists. 800,000 federal workers missed their first paychecks of the year last Friday and several agencies are completely shutdown amid th

CNBC

Freezing weather kills at least 15 displaced children in Syria

At least 15 Syrian children have died as a result of a lack of medical care and inadequate living conditions for displaced people in the country amid freezing winter temperatures, the UN has said, warning that more are likely to follow.

THE GUARDIAN

Canadian dollar strengthens on oil prices as China hints at stimulus

The Canadian dollar edged higher against its broadly stronger U.S. counterpart on Tuesday as oil prices rebounded and China hinted at more stimulus to support its slowing economy.

GLOBE AND MAIL

Italy Bond Sale Draws Record 35.5 Billion Euros of Investor Bids

(Bloomberg) -- Italy drew record demand of more than 35.5 billion euros ($41 billion) for its first syndicated debt offering this year, suggesting a turnaround in investor sentiment toward one of the euro area’s most indebted economies.

CNBC

Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo, the strongman who refused to let go

The International Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo of crimes against humanity, marking the latest dramatic twist in the career of one of West Africa’s most divisive politicians.

FRANCE 24

EU seeks temporary deal over migrants rescued at sea

The European Union is attempting to agree a temporary deal on the handling of migrants and refugees rescued at sea, after a push for wide-ranging reforms before the European elections failed to win support.

THE GUARDIAN

Trump’s Cuba policy hurts private sector, new figures say

HAVANA — President Donald Trump’s Cuba policy is driving millions of dollars from the island’s private entrepreneurs to its state-run tourism sector, the opposite of its supposed goal, according to new government figures.

WASHINGTON POST

Pakistan university rebrands Valentine's Day as 'Sister's Day' with free headscarves for women

A Pakistani university is attempting to rebrand Valentine’s Day as “Sister’s Day” by distributing headscarves and shawls to female students. The University of Agriculture in Faisalabad (UAF), in central Punjab province, said the move was an attempt to encourage “Eastern culture and Islamic tradition

THE INDEPENDENT

US Open champion Osaka eases into 2nd round in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia — The only bug in the system was of the genuine flying variety when Naomi Osaka secured her first win at a major as a Grand Slam champion. The U.S. Open champion beat Magda Linette 6-4, 6-2 to end play at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday at the Australian Open. The only delay in the 5

WASHINGTON POST

Saudi woman who fled family pledges to fight for women escaping persecution

Rahaf Mohammed, the Saudi teen who shot into the headlines after barricading herself into a Thai hotel room, has pledged to fight for women fleeing persecution after she successfully escaped abuse and the fear of death in her home country.

THE GUARDIAN

Huawei says it won’t comply with China’s request for customer data

The founder of Huawei Technologies said Tuesday the company would refuse to disclose its customers' data and information about their communications networks amid concerns the telecommunications giant might be used to spy for the government.

THE HILL

Japan’s robot hotel lays off half the robots after they created more work for humans

It turns out that even robots are having a tough time holding down a job. Japan’s Henn-na “Strange” Hotel has laid off half its 243 robots after they created more problems than they could solve, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

THE VERGE