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In crackdown, US FDA seeks details on new electronic cigarettes

LOS ANGELES: Faced with a proliferation of new electronic cigarettes and a sharp rise in teen vaping, the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday sent letters to 21 electronic cigarette manufacturers seeking information to assess whether the products are being marketed illegally. An FDA rule banned the sale of new e-cigarette products after August 2016 without regulatory approval. In September, Reuters reported that startups and big tobacco firms launched more than a dozen new high-nicotine e-cigarette products…

Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet’s Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from US senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules. How user data flows between big technology platforms such as Google and Facebook and their partners has faced scrutiny around the world this year since Facebook revealed it had done little to monitor such relationships. Google said in a letter to US senators made public on Thursday that it relies on…

North Korea details plans to dismantle nuclear test site

SEOUL/WASHINGTON: North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear test site for sometime between May 23 and 25, depending on weather conditions, in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, the country’s state media reported on Saturday. The official Korean Central New Agency said dismantlement of the Punggye-ri nuclear test ground would involve collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances, and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts.…