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Russian court fines TikTok $50,000 over refusal to delete LGBT content

Russian court fines TikTok $50,000 over refusal to delete LGBT content

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MOSCOW, Oct 4 (Reuters) - A Russian court on Tuesday fined ByteDance-owned TikTok 3 million roubles ($51,000) over the social media platform's refusal to delete content Russian authorities say violate laws against spreading "LGBT propaganda."News agencies reported that the case against TikTok was based on accusations that the company was "promoting non-traditional values, LGBT, feminism and a distorted representation of traditional sexual values" on its platform.Russia is considering expanding its existing "gay propaganda" law, passed in 2013, which bans any person or entity from promoting homosexual relationships to children. Lawmakers have argued the law should be expanded to include adults as well and fines for exposing minors to "LGBT propaganda" should be increased.Register now for...
At least 15 killed in latest Ecuadorean prison violence

At least 15 killed in latest Ecuadorean prison violence

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LATACUNGA, Ecuador, Oct 3 (Reuters) - At least 15 prisoners were killed in a prison in the Ecuadorean city of Latacunga on Monday, Ecuador's SNAI prison agency said, and another 21 were injured in the latest incident of deadly jail violence in the Andean country.The government of conservative President Guillermo Lasso attributes prison violence to fights between gangs over control of territory and drug trafficking routes.Authorities are working on identifying the bodies, officials said, while Oswaldo Coronel, governor of the Cotopaxi province, which includes Latacunga, told reporters security had been restored.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegister"At the moment, according to the forensic information from the national police, 15 people have died (and) 21 people ha...
Ukrainian pensioner who lost legs defies Russian occupation

Ukrainian pensioner who lost legs defies Russian occupation

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Ex-paratrooper, 75, lost legs, fingers to gangreneHe says he raised $16,000 in Kherson for Ukrainian troopsFearing for his life, he fled occupied city last monthZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, Oct 3 (Reuters) - More than half a century after gangrene claimed his legs up to his hips and all of his fingers, Hryhoriy Yanchenko joined the Ukrainian resistance to Russia's invasion.Now 75, he put on the blue-striped jersey and sky-blue beret of the Soviet paratroop unit in which he served and drove his electric mobility cart through the occupied southern city of Kherson collecting donations.He said that, with a speaker at his side playing Ukraine's national anthem, he collected more than 600,000 hryvnias ($16,400) over six months before fleeing in September to the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizh...
Iran’s Khamenei backs police over Mahsa Amini protests, may signal tougher crackdown

Iran’s Khamenei backs police over Mahsa Amini protests, may signal tougher crackdown

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Growing public fury over woman's death in police custodyKhamenei says Amini's death 'deeply broke my heart'Supreme leader blames foreign foes for 'riots'Anti-government protests spread to universitiesDUBAI, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader on Monday gave his full backing to security forces confronting protests ignited by the death of Mahsa Amini in custody, comments that could herald a harsher crackdown to quell unrest more than two weeks since she died.In his first remarks addressing the 22-year-old woman's death after her arrest by morality police over "inappropriate attire", Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said her death "deeply broke my heart" and called it a "bitter incident" provoked by Iran's enemies."The duty of our security forces, including police, is to ensure the safety of the...
Indonesia authorities say 174 dead after soccer melee, stampede

Indonesia authorities say 174 dead after soccer melee, stampede

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East Java stadium disaster apparently worst since 1964Around 180 injured during crowd stampedeIndonesia football association suspends league to investigatePolice say they fired tear gas to control crowdMALANG, Indonesia, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Up to 174 people were killed and 180 injured in a stampede at a soccer stadium after police sought to quell violence on the pitch, officials said on Sunday, in one of the world's worst stadium disasters.Officers fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse agitated supporters of the losing home side who had invaded the pitch after the final whistle in Malang, East Java, on Saturday night, the region's police chief Nico Afinta told reporters."It had gotten anarchic. They started attacking officers, they damaged cars," Nico said, adding that the crush occurr...
Four shot dead in Indonesia’s restive Papua region-police

Four shot dead in Indonesia’s restive Papua region-police

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JAKARTA, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Four people were shot and killed by an armed rebel group in Indonesia's restive West Papua province, the latest in a string of attacks on civilians, police said on Friday.The West Papua National Liberation Army, which the government has designated as a terrorist organisation, said its members on Thursday night shot people they believed were Indonesian intelligence personnel disguised as road construction workers."Our troops succeeded in shooting dead four Indonesian intelligence officers disguised as workers," Sebby Sambom, a spokesperson for the rebel group said in a statement, adding that the victims' bodies were still being held by the group.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterHe did not provide evidence to substantiate the claim ...
Apple senior exec leaves iPhone maker after remark in viral video

Apple senior exec leaves iPhone maker after remark in viral video

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Sept 29 (Reuters) - Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) Tony Blevins, a key player in the company's supply chain operations, is leaving the iPhone maker, the company confirmed on Thursday, without providing a reason.The move comes after a TikTok video of the executive making a crude remark about women went viral. Bloomberg first reported Blevins' departure.In a video on TikTok published earlier this month, Blevins can be heard saying, "I have rich cars, play golf and fondle big-breasted women, but I take weekends and major holidays off" in response to a question on what he did for a living.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterBlevins had been approached by TikTok content creator Daniel Mac at a car show as part of a video series in which Mac asks owners of expensive cars their ...
Iran protests over young woman’s death continue, 83 said killed

Iran protests over young woman’s death continue, 83 said killed

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DUBAI, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Protests continued in several cities across Iran on Thursday against the death of young woman in police custody, state and social media reported, as a human rights group said at least 83 people had been killed in nearly two weeks of demonstrations.Mahsa Amini, 22, from the Iranian Kurdish town of Saqez, was arrested this month in Tehran for "unsuitable attire" by the morality police that enforces the Islamic Republic's strict dress code for women.Her death has sparked the first big show of opposition on Iran's streets since authorities crushed protests against a rise in gasoline prices in 2019.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegister"At least 83 people including children, are confirmed to have been killed in (the) #IranProtests," Iran Huma...
U.S. pace of sanctions on Russia to continue, focus on finance, technology

U.S. pace of sanctions on Russia to continue, focus on finance, technology

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WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The United States is working with allies and partners to quickly impose severe economic costs on Moscow over "sham" referendums held by Russia in occupied regions of Ukraine, according to prepared remarks from the U.S. State Department's head of sanctions coordination on Wednesday.James O'Brien, in testimony prepared for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects that the Biden administration's pace of announcing sanctions on Russia on average every six weeks will continue, as Washington continues to focus on choke points in the Russian economy and its military supply chains."There will be more packages. We are working on more sanctions," O'Brien told the committee.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegister"Everything is on...