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  1. T-shirts hang on a fence near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, US, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper In the week since 17 of David Hogg?s classmates and teachers were gunned down in Florida, he and his fellow high schoolers have launched a movement that reshaped the gun control debate almost overnight and may influence the US midterm elections. Staring boldly into TV cameras, Hogg and other students who survived the Feb. 14 Parkland school massacre, have demanded lawmakers restrict gun sales and are targeting politicians funded by the pro-gun National Rifle Association (NRA) lobby. They have taken to social media to urge peers to hold a National School Walkout on March 14 and converge on Washington 10 days later for the ?March For Our Lives.? Plunging into a debate that has long polarized the United States between those defending gun ownership as a constitutional right and those demanding measures to stop mass shootings, the students are now focusing on the November elections. ?We get out there and make sure everybody knows how much money their politician took from the NRA,? Hogg said. They want to influence not only those casting their first ballot this year but all voters to make choices along gun-rights lines. Aid from Oprah, George Clooney The students seem to have made more progress in a few days than years of anti-gun advocacy that has stumbled on opposition from congressional Republicans who fiercely defend their constitutional rights to own guns. The students? movement is forcing donors to cut funding to the NRA and pressuring lawmakers to stop taking money from the politically influential gun rights group. The teenage activists themselves are collecting millions of dollars from celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney, enjoy pro-bono advertising from people in Hollywood and organizational know-how from groups including the Women?s March. What may be different about the Parkland students is their almost instantaneous mobilization and the power of social media, where their passionate speeches have gone viral, experts said. ?It?s this perfect storm of young people whose authority to speak cannot be denied because their friends were just murdered, have control of social media, the ability to speak to mass media, have celebrity support and organizational infrastructure,? said Sasha Costanza-Chock, an associate professor of civic media at MIT. Democrats have rushed to support the teenagers, hoping the movement can help them in the midterm elections by boosting historically-low turnout among young Democratic voters. ?We need to embrace this movement,? said Democratic strategist Rodell Mollineau. ?It very well may be that the solution to gun violence in this country is a generational solution instead of a partisan one. This might be the generation that finally breaks through on this issue.? Republicans, on the other hand, warned that it was unclear whether the students would gain momentum beyond Florida, where they pushed Republican Governor Rick Scott to propose tighter gun laws on Friday. ?I would be cautious to recognize any national trend based on one week in which passions have been high,? said Republican strategist Rory Cooper. Economic aid 'the government has failed to provide' The NRA did not respond to a request for comment. In recent days, NRA officials have lashed out at gun control advocates, arguing that Democratic elites are politicizing the Parkland rampage to erode gun rights. Showing their support for the students, dozens of US colleges and universities - including at least three Ivy League schools - have said their application processes will not consider disciplinary action taken against high schoolers who protest last week?s killings in Florida. Hogg took to Twitter on Saturday to urge vacationing students to boycott Florida during their upcoming spring breaks and instead visit Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from a devastating hurricane in September. The US Caribbean territory is ?a beautiful place with amazing people. They could really use the economic support that the government has failed to provide,? Hogg wrote. To gun rights groups, Hogg and his friends are being used by gun-control organizations to seek the same gun ban proposals that failed after mass shootings including the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. 'Politicians need to be afraid' Dave Workman, the senior editor of The Gunmag.com, said he suspected the high schoolers had support from gun-control groups based on their increasingly polished arguments. ?That may be more of a problem with credibility than an asset,? said Workman, whose magazine is the publication of gun rights group The Second Amendment Foundation. The students themselves say they do not need anyone?s approval and refuse to align with any political party, pointing out that both Republicans and Democrats take NRA money. ?Honestly, both sides are pretty corrupt and I?m not willing to take a side unless I know the person,? said Hogg. ?These politicians need to be afraid.? Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest US gun control advocacy group, formed a youth branch this week after receiving thousands of enquiries from students around the country and is opening chapters in four states. Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, praised the Parkland students for bringing an end to years of inaction. ?These teenagers have done the impossible,? said Wolf, a member of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. ?And all it took was a group of angry children with the right message to slap some sense into somebody.?
  2. Sridevi, one of the most notable actresses of Bollywood, passed away in the wee hours of Sunday morning, Indian media reported, citing a massive heart attack as the cause of her death. The actress was 55 years old. She was in Dubai with her family, including husband Boney Kapoor and daughters Khushi and Janhavi, to attend a wedding. ?This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available
  3. Abu Malek ? one of the survivors of a chemical attack in the Ghouta region of Damascus that took place in 2013 ? uses his crutches to walk along a street in the Ghouta town of Ain Tarma, Syria, April 7, 2017. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh/Files BEIRUT: The two major rebel factions in Syria?s eastern Ghouta welcomed on Saturday a UN resolution demanding a 30-day truce across the country to allow aid access and medical evacuations. In separate statements, Jaish al-Islam and Failaq al-Rahman pledged to protect aid convoys that come into the besieged rebel enclave near Damascus. The insurgents said they would commit to a truce but would respond to any violation by the Syrian government and its allies. The UN Security Council (UNSC) adopted the resolution on Saturday, as one of the deadliest air assaults of the seven-year war pounded eastern Ghouta this week. UNSC delays vote on Syria ceasefire resolution A draft resolution aimed at ending the carnage in Syria will be put up for a vote in the 15-member council Earlier, on Friday, the UNSC had delayed a vote on a demand for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, where pro-government warplanes have been pounding the last rebel bastion near Damascus in one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the seven-year civil war. The 24-hour delay followed a flurry of last-minute negotiations on the text drafted by Sweden and Kuwait after Russia ? a veto-holding ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ? had proposed new amendments on Friday. ?Unbelievable that Russia is stalling a vote on a ceasefire allowing humanitarian access in Syria,? US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley posted on Twitter. Talks centred on the paragraph demanding a cessation of hostilities for 30 days to allow aid access and medical evacuations.
  4. LAHORE: The first information report (FIR) of a case of child molestation was Saturday night in Nawab Town police station, a year after the alleged incident occurred, Geo News reported citing authorities. In his statement in the FIR, the assault survivor said he was abused by his madrasa teacher but chose to remain silent over the fear of negative repercussions. The boy also noted that the accused lured in and assaulted multiple of his schoolmates. According to the police, the FIR was registered following an inquiry report, which was furnished after a request submitted by three boys of the same madrasa. Unidentified reports on social media, however, claim the accused has abused over a 100 boys, with a protest being held in the area due to the delay in filing the FIR.
  5. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/2ecd07f7857ee63bf4bedf82089e1b61.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8yNC8yMDE4IDg6MDI6NDYgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT0xN1FXcS8wQzRwQ3NncTdkeGxFd1NBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor has hailed Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates for their role in development works in areas cleared from terrorists in Pakistan. In an interview with Arab News during a visit to its Dubai bureau, the DG ISPR said that there is no second opinion about Pakistan's relations with the two Gulf states and that Islamabad has a history of wonderful relationships with KSA and UAE. "This cooperation is increasing with every passing day, and we believe this cooperation is in the interest of not only Pakistan, but also the region," Ghafoor said. He said the development work in areas cleared by Pakistani forces has been "assisted phenomenally" by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. "When it comes to the development phase in the conflict area that Pakistani forces have cleared, the development work has been assisted phenomenally both by KSA and the UAE, especially in the social welfare field with hospitals and water supply schemes." Commenting on Pakistan's concerns with Afghanistan and situation along the border, the DG ISPR said the situation is different on either side of the Pak-Afghan border, contending that Pakistan has fought a war [on its side of border] for the last 10-15 years. He said the areas under the influence of terrorists on Pakistan side of the border have been cleared, because Pakistani forces were competent, capable and they had the capacity do that. Ghafoor said the issue now resides inside Afghanistan, pointing to "ungoverned" swathes and "unchecked threat" across the border. "But unfortunately on Afghan side, due to lack of capacity of Afghan forces, and now with reduced footprint of international forces, there are areas which are still ungoverned. So the issue now resides inside Afghanistan with the threat still unchecked." He maintained that to have enduring peace along Pak-Afghan border, the effort in Afghanistan is to succeed as well.
  6. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley smiles as she speaks to members of the Security Council before the vote for ceasefire to Syrian bombing in eastern Ghouta. -Reuters1 UNITED NATIONS: A UN Security Council meeting to vote on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria failed to start as scheduled at 1700 GMT on Saturday as negotiations continued in an effort to avert a Russian veto, diplomats said. It was not immediately known if the vote would be postponed on a draft resolution demanding a truce to allow humanitarian aid deliveries and the evacuation of the sick and wounded. US Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters as she went into the council chamber: "Today we are going to see if Russia has a conscience." Russia is supporting the Syrian government, and the UN negotiations have stumbled over Russian demands that militant groups fighting government forces comply with the truce. Negotiations on Friday led to amendments to the proposed measure, which now states that the ceasefire will begin "without delay," not after 72 hours as provided in a previous draft. The text demands the lifting of all sieges including in Eastern Ghouta, where Syrian government forces are waging a fierce bombing campaign. The vote, initially expected on Thursday, was delayed to Friday and finally rescheduled for Saturday. Sweden and Kuwait presented the measure two weeks ago.
  7. FILE photo. KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers Sindh on Saturday freed two foreign nationals, who were taken hostage, during a raid in Karachi. Rangers' personnel conducted the raid on a bungalow located in Khayaban-e-Muhafiz area of Karachi's Defence neighbourhood, a spokesman for the paramilitary force said. Image shows freed foreign hostages. Three suspects were also apprehended during the raid, who were identified as Wasim Baloch, Naeem Rabbani and Fahad Shabbir. Suspects, Wasim Baloch, Fahad Shabbir and Naeem Rabbani, apprehended during the raid. The spokesman said the raid was conducted following a tip-off regarding hostages being kept at the bungalow. The recovered hostages belonged to Niger and Tanzania. Officials also recovered weapons and ammunition from arrested suspects, he added.
  8. The Foreign Office. -File ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Saturday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh to protest continued Indian firing on the civilian population residing along the Line of Control (LoC). A civilian was martyred and three others injured when Indian forces opened unprovoked fire at a village in Nakyal sector, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) earlier today. Director General South Asia handed the Indian diplomat a letter of protest and condemned the targetting of residential areas by Indian forces. The letter added that Indian forces have martyred 16 civilians in 2018 in continuous ceasefire violations. According to the ISPR, a civilian identified as Mohammad Farooq was martyred in the firing. The injured were transferred to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Nakyal. Pakistan Army, in retaliatory fire, targetted Indian posts, the ISPR statement added.
  9. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/a3b4958cd50aea7a554349235a9323ed.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8yNC8yMDE4IDM6NTc6MjAgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT15TldCLzV4ZFZMdDRrZ1hDN25lSmJ3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan's (MQM-P) PIB and Bahadurabad factions held another round of talks on Saturday to end the weeks-long stalemate, but failed to reach a consensus this time too, sources informed Geo News. A delegation of Rabita Committee-led Bahadurabad faction, comprising Kishwar Zehra and Sardar Ahmed, arrived at Farooq Sattar's residence in PIB Colony this afternoon. However, the meeting failed to yield a final result, after which the delegation led by Sardar Ahmed returned from Sattar's residence, according to sources. The two sides have agreed to continue the reconciliation process to resolve persisting differences, sources said. Both the factions have been firm on their respective formulae for integration, sources added. Infighting The infighting between MQM-P factions ? Sattar-led PIB and Rabita Committee-led Bahadurabad groups ? started over the issue of distribution of party tickets for next month's Senate elections. MQM-P splinter group files complaint against intra-party election with ECP The complaint demands that Sunday's intra-party elections wherein Farooq Sattar was elected convener be declared void The latter had strongly opposed Sattar's nomination of the relative newcomer Kamran Tessori over seasoned party leaders. Sattar, on February 11, had announced the decision to dissolve the party's Rabita Committee during a general workers' meeting, hours after members of the coordination committee at the party's Bahadurabad office said he was no longer the convener of the party. Sattar elected convener by PIB faction Last week, the PIB faction of the party elected Farooq Sattar as its convener after holding intra-party elections. Sattar, who was deposed by the Rabita Committee on February 11, secured 9,433 votes in the intra-party polls held in Karachi and Hyderabad. MQM-P's PIB faction elects Farooq Sattar as convener Newly elected Rabita Committee to appoint deputy conveners today Speaking to workers after the intra-party polls, Sattar had said the elections were not just polls but a referendum. "A decision has been made that Rabita Committee and [party] constitution exist as long as there are workers too, and if there is no worker, then there's no Rabita Committee." Sattar had said that Sunday's referendum will put an end to a feudal, authoritarian mindset in the party. 'Illegal elections' The Bahadurabad group, however, termed the elections illegal and alleged that they were a "condemnable effort to divide loyal party workers." "The Rabita Committee, alone, can make policy decisions," a statement issued by the splinter group had said.
  10. The majority of people believe cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is successful more often than it tends to be in reality, according to a small U.S. study. This overly optimistic view, which may partly stem from seeing happy outcomes in television medical dramas, can get in the way of decision-making and frank conversations about end of life care with doctors, the research team writes in American Journal of Emergency Medicine. CPR is intended to restart a heart that has stopped beating, known as cardiac arrest, which is typically caused by an electrical disturbance in the heart muscle. Although a heart attack is not the same thing ? it occurs when blood flow to the heart is partly or completely blocked, often by a clot ? a heart attack can also cause the heart to stop beating. Whatever the cause of cardiac arrest, restarting the heart as quickly as possible to get blood flowing to the brain is essential to preventing permanent brain damage. More often than not, cardiac arrest ends in death or severe neurological impairment. The overall rate of survival that leads to hospital discharge for someone who experiences cardiac arrest is about 10.6 percent, the study authors note. But most participants in the study estimated it at more than 75 percent. ?The majority of patients and non-medical personnel have very unrealistic expectations about the success of CPR as well as the quality of life after patients are revived,? said lead author Lindsey Ouellette, a research assistant at Michigan State University?s College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids. Patients and family members should know about the realistic success rate and survival numbers when planning a living will and considering a ?Do Not Resuscitate? order, Ouellette said. ?We think it is best to have the latest and most accurate information when dealing with this life-impacting decision, whether or not to undertake or continue CPR,? she told Reuters Health in an email. To gauge perceptions of CPR, the researchers surveyed 1,000 adults at four academic medical centers in Michigan, Illinois and California. Participants included non-critically ill patients and families of patients, who were interviewed during random hospital shifts. In addition to asking about general knowledge of CPR and personal experiences with CPR, the researchers presented participants with several scenarios and asked them to estimate the likelihood of CPR success and patient survival in each case. One scenario involved a 54-year-old who suffered a heart attack at home and required CPR by paramedics. About 72 percent of the survey participants predicted survival and 65 percent predicted a complete neurological recovery. In a scenario describing a trauma-related cardiac arrest in an 8-year-old, 71 percent predicted CPR success and 64 percent predicted long-term survival of the child. ?Many people felt if a person was successfully revived, they would return to ?normal? rather than possibly needing lifelong care,? Ouellette said. At the same time, more than 70 percent of respondents said they watched TV medical dramas regularly, and 12 percent said these shows were a reliable source of health information. ?Tempering unrealistic expectations may not make for ?good TV,? but perhaps we can get a better idea of just how these dramas may impact the views people hold about CPR and other aspects of medicine,? she said. ?People think about CPR as a miracle, but it?s another medical act,? said Dr. Juan Ruiz-Garcia of Hospital Universitario de Torrejon in Madrid who wasn?t involved in the study. ?I?m not really sure what people would choose if they knew the real prognosis of it,? he told Reuters Health by phone. CPR should be part of the conversation about end-of-life care and advanced directives among families, said Carolyn Bradley of Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. ?When doing CPR at a hospital, we tend to move the family away, but we?ve created a situation where families may not be there for the final moments,? she said in a phone interview. ?Have a critical conversation with your health care provider and go with questions about what would happen during CPR,? she said. ?What does it look like? What happens to my body? Who will be around? It could be the end-of-life. Statistically, it is.?
  11. The sixth edition of the Lahore Literary Festival kicked off on Friday. Previous editions have played host to such luminaries as Naseeruddin Shah, Basharat Pir, and Mona Eltahaway. The line up this year did not disappoint with famed religious scholar Reza Aslan and Emmy award winner Riz Ahmed leading the coveted list. Twitter, of course, had a lot to say about the festival. Here are some of the reactions from fans and detractors: Riz Ahmed and Reza Aslan draw in crowds Controversy precedes LLF LLF will continue till Sunday, the 25th of February.
  12. Afghan security forces keep watch at a checkpoint near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, February 24, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A series of militant attacks in Afghanistan killed more than 20 people, officials said on Saturday, ahead of an international meeting next week aimed at building diplomatic support for hoped-for peace talks with the Taliban. Taliban militants attacked an Afghan army post overnight on Friday, killing 18 government soldiers, while a suicide bomber in the capital killed three people and wounded five, and separate attacks in Helmand killed at least three others. The attacks came as a high-level NATO delegation visited Afghanistan, pledging support for President Ashraf Ghani?s government, which on Wednesday hosts the latest in a series of diplomatic meetings aimed at laying the groundwork for a possible political process involving the Taliban. Violence has intensified in Afghanistan since U.S. President Donald Trump in August unveiled a more aggressive strategy, with U.S.-led forces carrying out more air strikes, and the Taliban responding with bombs, ambushes and raids. The Taliban, fighting to drive out foreign forces and re-impose its version of strict Islamic law, said in a statement it had attacked a government army post overnight on Friday in the western province of Farah. Government officials confirmed the attack. ?A large number of Taliban attacked an army outpost and we lost 18 soldiers and two were wounded,? said government spokesman Dawlat Waziri. On Saturday a bomber blew himself up on a road in Kabul near an office of the Afghan intelligence services, the latest in a spate of attacks in the city in which hundreds of people have been killed and wounded. Islamic State claimed responsibility in a message carried by its Amaq news agency. The capital has been on high alert since a Taliban suicide bomber blew up an explosive-packed ambulance on a busy street on Jan. 27, killing more than 100 people and wounding at least 235. A week earlier, militants had killed more than 20 people, including four Americans, in an attack on one of the city?s top hotels. The Taliban claimed that attack too. Soft Targets General John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said NATO would help authorities improve security in the capital as well as aiding Afghan forces in pressuring the insurgents with air strikes. ?We expect the enemy to continue with these horrendous attacks,? Nicholson said, but added there had been a ?lowering of ambition? by the Taliban which he said had given up trying to seize cities or whole provinces in favour of soft civilian targets. ?The Taliban cannot win and their best hope for the future is to engage in reconciliation,? Nicholson told reporters at a news conference in Kabul. Although there appears to be no immediate prospect of any negotiations with the insurgents, officials say low-level contacts, aimed at establishing the basis for future talks, have been going on behind the scenes. ?Talks about those - beginning talks are certainly in the works in different forms,? Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. permanent representative to NATO, said. ?So don?t think that nothing is happening. A lot is happening in a very beginning stage ... of a way forward.? Islamic State?s Afghan affiliate, which first appeared near the border with Pakistan in 2015, has become increasingly active and has claimed several recent attacks, although Nicholson said its strength had been severely diminished and the movement had only between 1,500 and 2,000 fighters. ?We have cut their numbers in half over the last two years,? he said. Most fighters were Pakistani militants, with no sign of the flood of foreign fighters seen in Syria and Iraq.
  13. MOSCOW: Russia?s diplomatic mail was not used for cocaine traffic in Argentina, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Saturday, after police busted an international ring of drug smugglers. The investigation started in 2016, when the Russian ambassador to Argentina called local authorities to report that traffickers were trying to move 16 bags of cocaine from the Buenos Aires embassy by way of a diplomatic flight. Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, said on social media that the information about smugglers using diplomatic mail ?was not true?. The investigation led to the arrest on Wednesday of an Argentine policeman and another citizen of the South American country. Others involved in the scheme had been arrested in Russia, while one of the leaders of the plot was still on the run, Argentina?s Security Minister Patricia Bullrich told reporters earlier this week. Zakharova said the cocaine was destined for Europe and belonged to a Russian embassy?s non-essential employer. She didn?t say if he was arrested.
  14. SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING: When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users? iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data centre at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities will have far easier access to text messages, email and other data stored in the cloud. That?s because of a change to how the company handles the cryptographic keys needed to unlock an iCloud account. Until now, such keys have always been stored in the United States, meaning that any government or law enforcement authority seeking access to a Chinese iCloud account needed to go through the U.S. legal system. Now, according to Apple, for the first time the company will store the keys for Chinese iCloud accounts in China itself. That means Chinese authorities will no longer have to use the U.S. courts to seek information on iCloud users and can instead use their own legal system to ask Apple to hand over iCloud data for Chinese users, legal experts said. Human rights activists say they fear the authorities could use that power to track down dissidents, citing cases from more than a decade ago in which Yahoo Inc handed over user data that led to arrests and prison sentences for two democracy advocates. Jing Zhao, a human rights activist and Apple shareholder, said he could envisage worse human rights issues arising from Apple handing over iCloud data than occurred in the Yahoo case. In a statement, Apple said it had to comply with recently introduced Chinese laws that require cloud services offered to Chinese citizens be operated by Chinese companies and that the data be stored in China. It said that while the company?s values don?t change in different parts of the world, it is subject to each country?s laws. ?While we advocated against iCloud being subject to these laws, we were ultimately unsuccessful,? it said. Apple said it decided it was better to offer iCloud under the new system because discontinuing it would lead to a bad user experience and actually lead to less data privacy and security for its Chinese customers. As a result, Apple has established a data centre for Chinese users in a joint venture with state-owned firm Guizhou - Cloud Big Data Industry Co Ltd. The firm was set up and funded by the provincial government in the relatively poor southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou in 2014. The Guizhou company has close ties to the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party. The Apple decision highlights a difficult reality for many U.S. technology companies operating in China. If they don?t accept demands to partner with Chinese companies and store data in China then they risk losing access to the lucrative Chinese market, despite fears about trade secret theft and the rights of Chinese customers. Broad Powers Apple says the joint venture does not mean that China has any kind of ?backdoor? into user data and that Apple alone ? not its Chinese partner ? will control the encryption keys. But Chinese customers will notice some differences from the start: their iCloud accounts will now be co-branded with the name of the local partner, a first for Apple. And even though Chinese iPhones will retain the security features that can make it all but impossible for anyone, even Apple, to get access to the phone itself, that will not apply to the iCloud accounts. Any information in the iCloud account could be accessible to Chinese authorities who can present Apple with a legal order. Apple said it will only respond to valid legal requests in China, but China?s domestic legal process is very different than that in the U.S., lacking anything quite like an American ?warrant? reviewed by an independent court, Chinese legal experts said. Court approval isn?t required under Chinese law and police can issue and execute warrants. ?Even very early in a criminal investigation, police have broad powers to collect evidence,? said Jeremy Daum, an attorney and research fellow at Yale Law School?s Paul Tsai China Center in Beijing. ?(They are) authorized by internal police procedures rather than independent court review, and the public has an obligation to cooperate.? Guizhou - Cloud Big Data and China?s cyber and industry regulators did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Guizhou provincial government said it had no specific comment. There are few penalties for breaking what rules do exist around obtaining warrants in China. And while China does have data privacy laws, there are broad exceptions when authorities investigate criminal acts, which can include undermining communist values, ?picking quarrels? online, or even using a virtual private network to browse the Internet privately. Apple says the cryptographic keys stored in China will be specific to the data of Chinese customers, meaning Chinese authorities can?t ask Apple to use them to decrypt data in other countries like the United States. Privacy lawyers say the changes represent a big downgrade in protections for Chinese customers. ?The U.S. standard, when it?s a warrant and when it?s properly executed, is the most privacy-protecting standard,? said Camille Fischer of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Warned Customers Apple has given its Chinese users notifications about the Feb. 28 switchover data to the Chinese data centre in the form of emailed warnings and so-called push alerts, reminding users that they can chose to opt out of iCloud and store information solely on their device. The change only affects users who set China as their country on Apple devices and doesn?t affect users who select Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan. The default settings on the iPhone will automatically create an iCloud back-up when a phone is activated. Apple declined to comment on whether it would change its default settings to make iCloud an opt-in service, rather than opt-out, for Chinese users. Apple said it will not switch customers? accounts to the Chinese data centre until they agree to new terms of service and that more than 99.9 percent of current users have already done so. Until now, Apple appears to have handed over very little data about Chinese users. From mid-2013 to mid-2017, Apple said it did not give customer account content to Chinese authorities, despite having received 176 requests, according to transparency reports published by the company. By contrast, Apple has given the United States customer account content in response to 2,366 out of 8,475 government requests. Those figures are from before the Chinese cyber security laws took effect and also don?t include special national security requests in which U.S. officials might have requested data about Chinese nationals. Apple, along with other companies, is prevented by law from disclosing the targets of those requests. Apple said requests for data from the new Chinese datacenter will be reflected in its transparency reports and that it won?t respond to ?bulk? data requests. Human rights activists say they are also concerned about such a close relationship with a state-controlled entity like Guizhou-Cloud Big Data. Sharon Hom, executive director of Human Rights in China, said the Chinese Communist Party could also pressure Apple through a committee of members it will have within the company. These committees have been pushing for more influence over decision making within foreign-invested companies in the past couple of years.
  15. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. ? Geo News FILE LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Saturday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has never been able to substantiate allegations he levelled against others. Speaking to media here, the provincial minister said that they level false allegations and run away, adding that Imran accused Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif of involvement in corruption worth Rs27 billion through 'frontman', but the PTI chief could not substantiate his allegations. "Imran put all past budgets into Shehbaz's account," Rana said, adding that "whoever is telling all this to him is either trying to befool the PTI chairman or Imran himself is becoming a fool." Imran Khan chastises bureaucracy for allegedly serving only Sharif's agenda Khan told journalists, instead of serving the country bureaucrats are serving the Sharif family. In response to Imran's allegations of allotment of plots worth millions to Ahad Cheema by Shehbaz Sharif, the minister challenged the PTI chief to prove allotment of just one plot, and demanded him to apologise to the Punjab CM and the nation, in case of failure to substantiate his allegations. He said that there is no example of silly things spoken against civil servants today. "Civil servants cannot issue statements legally and constitutionally. Career officers have worked honestly throughout their lives." Rana further accused Imran of misleading the nation, adding, "Cheema has presented complete record of purchase of 32 kanal land." Regretting the use of such language against civil servants, he said that he apologises to them on behalf of the Punjab government, Muslim League-Nawaz and other political parties. Commenting on Multan Metro Bus project, the minister said the Punjab government conducted thorough investigations pertaining to the project and a case was formally lodged against individuals involved in a fraud.
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