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May, Macron face lawmakers angry over Syria strikes

LONDON/PARIS: British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday faced anger from lawmakers for conducting air strikes with the United States in Syria in their first major military action since coming to power. May was due to address MPs after proceeding with the joint strikes without prior parliamentary approval -- a sensitive subject in Britain where memories of participation in the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 are still raw. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party,…

EU lawmakers to investigate alleged misuse of Facebook users’ data

BRUSSELS: EU lawmakers will investigate whether the data of more than 50 million Facebook users has been misused, the head of European Parliament said on Monday. Antonio Tajani urged the social media giant to take more responsibility, saying on Twitter that “allegations of misuse of user data is an unacceptable violation of our citizens’ privacy rights.” Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from more than 50 million users in developing techniques to support President Donald Trump’s 2016…

EU lawmakers back exports control on spying technology

BRUSSELS: EU lawmakers overwhelmingly backed plans on Thursday to control exports of devices to intercept mobile phone calls, hack computers or circumvent passwords that could be used by foreign states to suppress political opponents or activists. Members of the European Parliament’s trade committee voted by 34 votes to one in favor of a planned update to export controls on “dual use” products or technologies. The EU has had export controls since 2009 on such dual use products including toxins, laser and technology for…

Venezuelan lawmakers beaten, besieged in latest violence

CARACAS: Pipe-wielding government supporters burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress on Wednesday, witnesses said, attacking and besieging lawmakers in the latest flare-up of violence during a political crisis. The melee, which injured seven opposition politicians, was another worrying flashpoint in a traumatic last three months for the South American OPEC nation, shaken by opposition protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro. At least 90 people have died in the unrest, with fighting and…

WATCH: BJP lawmakers fall for Vinod Khanna death hoax

Veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna hit the news headlines earlier this week after pictures of him in poor health started going rounds on the social media. The snaps were followed by rumours of his death. But some Indian ruling party lawmakers fell for the rumours of the actor’s death and went a step ahead by offering a two-minute silence for the veteran actor. Reportedly, before starting the party meeting, party General Secretary David Kharsati asked the members to hold a two-minute silence as a tribute to the departed…