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China tightens rules on transferring tech know-how

BEIJING: China has issued new guidelines on transferring intellectual property rights from Chinese firms or individuals to foreign investors, as global tensions rise over technology theft. The instructions made public by the State Council on Thursday stipulate that IP rights related to integrated circuits, computer software copyrights and new plant breeds will be reviewed by the government before any overseas transfers. The guidelines aim to "safeguard national security and major public interests", the council said.…

Australia tightens airport security, screens laptops

SYDNEY: Australia said Friday it will increase security checks for flights from some Middle East airports, but stopped short of implementing the laptop ban introduced by the United States and Britain. Britain and the US banned laptops and tablet computers in cabins on flights from some countries in the Middle East and North Africa earlier this month, citing fears of possible attacks. "Explosive detection screening will be conducted for randomly selected passengers and their baggage. Checks may also include a targeted…

Islamic State tightens grip on captured Iraqi city

BAGHDAD: Islamic State fighters who overran Ramadi in a major defeat for the Iraqi government and its Western backers tightened their grip on the city, flying back flags on key buildings and setting free prisoners in a drive to win the support of local residents.