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Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei denies espionage allegations in rare public announcement

Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei denies espionage allegations in rare public announcementHuawei founder Ren Zhengfei has broken a lengthy silence to hit back at criticism levelled at the Chinese telecoms giant by western countries in recent months, claiming that the firm is not aiding Beijing in espionage. Mr Ren, who has not spoken to the foreign press since 2015, said that his company has “never received any request from any government to provide improper information”. The chief executive made the public appearance following the arrest of his daughter and Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver two months ago, who is alleged to have violated US sanctions on Iran. Huawei is the world’s biggest provider of telecoms equipment and will be a key partner for companies working to build next-generation 5G mobile networks. The company has come under fresh pressure after a Huawei executive arrested in Poland was accused of spying. Huawei has since sacked the employee. The arrest comes after months of heightened scrutiny from the likes of the US, Australia, Japan and the UK, which have raised questions about the cyber security risks posed by the telecoms firm. Technology intelligence – newsletter promo – EOA “I love my country, I support the Communist Party. But I will not do anything to harm the world,” Mr Ren told journalists in Shenzhen on Tuesday. “I don’t see a close connection between my personal political beliefs and the businesses of Huawei.” The Huawei boss doubled-down on his defense, saying that his company does not have regular contact with the political regime and would refuse any requests from the Chinese government for sensitive information.  Huawei has also found support from the Chinese government amid a backlash from western countries. During a briefing in Beijing on Monday, Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the allegations of security threats posed by Chinese companies were being used to suppress their growth in international markets. “We urge relevant parties to cease the groundless fabrications and unreasonable restrictions toward Huawei and other Chinese companies, and create a fair, good and just environment for mutual investment and normal cooperation by both sides’ companies,” she said. Ms Hua added that those using "security reasons to hype, obstruct or restrict" Chinese company ties with other countries would be hurting their own interests.



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Barr Say He, Not Mueller, May Write the Public Report on Russia Probe

Barr Say He, Not Mueller, May Write the Public Report on Russia Probe“I will commit to providing as much information as I can consistent with the regulations” on special counsels, Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department, said Tuesday in the first of two days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barr, 68, has been through the confirmation process before and served as attorney general in the 1990s.



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Trump attorney general pick Barr says wants Mueller report made public, won't allow improper interference

Trump attorney general pick Barr says wants Mueller report made public, won't allow improper interferenceWilliam Barr, nominated by President Donald Trump as attorney general, said Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's report should be made public and vowed to let the special prosecutor to complete his work.



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For Shanahan, a very public debut in Trump's cabinet

For Shanahan, a very public debut in Trump's cabinetShanahan, a former Boeing executive, sat silently at Trump’s side, often expressionless, as television cameras rolled. Trump suggested that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis – who abruptly resigned last month over policy differences with Trump – had been essentially fired and that Mattis had failed in Afghanistan, where Taliban insurgents are becoming increasingly confident of ending the 17-year-old war on terms favorable to them. “I’m not happy with what he’s done in Afghanistan and I shouldn’t be happy,” Trump said.



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Florida's Scott delays oath, despite light public schedule

Florida's Scott delays oath, despite light public scheduleTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott was supposed to start his new job as a U.S. senator Thursday, but he delayed his swearing in ostensibly to keep his promise to fight for Floridians every day of his term.



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For Shanahan, a very public debut in Trump's cabinet

For Shanahan, a very public debut in Trump's cabinetShanahan, a former Boeing executive, sat silently at Trump’s side, often expressionless, as television cameras rolled. Trump suggested that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis – who abruptly resigned last month over policy differences with Trump – had been essentially fired and that Mattis had failed in Afghanistan, where Taliban insurgents are becoming increasingly confident of ending the 17-year-old war on terms favorable to them. “I’m not happy with what he’s done in Afghanistan and I shouldn’t be happy,” Trump said.



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Police criticised for asking public to choose which village to patrol via Twitter poll

Police criticised for asking public to choose which village to patrol via Twitter pollA local police force has been criticised for asking the public to vote on which village they should patrol by using a poll on Twitter. Wiltshire Police force has been accused of signposting where criminals should target after announcing on social media that it would send officers to patrol one of three villages. It posted: "Which village would you like us to patrol later today?", giving the options of Aldbourne, Great Bedwyn and Worton. The village Great Bedwyn was picked as the winner. The force wrote: "Great Bedwyn got the vote! Quick pit stop to refuel and we’ll head there!" The Twitter account posted pictures from the village, writing:  "As promised, a foot patrol of Great Bedwyn! Had a chat to some residents and bumped into Daisy the dog." Followers of the account were quick to criticise, with Steve Johnson incredulously writing: "Wow a poll to see where to patrol ? What next a lucky dip to see who to arrest!" Which village would you like us to patrol later today?— Wiltshire Police (@wiltshirepolice) December 29, 2018 Another, Matty, wrote: "So the criminals will be hitting Worton and Aldbourne later then." Follower Gary Lawrence asked:"Is this a joke? If it is it’s not very funny @wiltshirepolice If it’s serious you need to think about the message it sends out. What next, a poll on what crimes to investigate or suspects to charge?" The force replied: "Not meant as a joke. We continually patrol rural areas. We are promoting our work and engaging with the communities." Mr Lawrence said in response: "It's commendable but how do people who don't use social media get a say? Who decides which areas go on the poll? What happens in the places that don't win the vote?" Chief constable Kier Pritchard said: "We patrol areas based on intelligence, likely risk and threat and where we can do our level best to reassure the public and prevent crime. This tweet was just part of raising awareness that we have to make choices and involve the public, we can’t be everywhere." Many pointed to budget cuts as a reason for police having to ask the public where to patrol. Cuts to police budgets that have led to a reduction of 20,000 officers since 2010. Dave Thompson, the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Finance and Resources, said earlier this year that “budget cuts and a hands-off Government approach to aspects of policing” mean the public’s experience is of a “less visible, less responsive and less proactive” force.



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All I want for Christmas is a Supreme Court victory for public Christmas displays, crosses

All I want for Christmas is a Supreme Court victory for public Christmas displays, crossesThe Supreme Court should clearly establish that governments don't have to shy away from celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.



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Surgeon General issues rare advisory calling for local taxes, indoor public vaping bans

Surgeon General issues rare advisory calling for local taxes, indoor public vaping bansMore than 2 million middle school, high school and college teens use these battery-powered devices to heat liquid-based nicotine into an inhalable vapor.



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Texas judge who approved plea deal for alleged Baylor University rapist faces public backlash

Texas judge who approved plea deal for alleged Baylor University rapist faces public backlashBy Thursday night, more than 25,000 people had signed a petition for Judge Ralph Strother of McLennan County, Texas, to either resign or be removed from the bench after he accepted on Monday a deal that allowed Jacob Anderson to plea to lesser charges.



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