ByteDance says not aware of $5 billion education fund in TikTok deal
- U.S. President Donald Trump said he had approved a deal, which included a $5 billion education fund, to allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States.
TikTok owner Bytedance said in a social media post on Sunday that it was the first time it had heard in the news it was setting up a $5 billion education fund in the United States.
U.S. President Donald Trump said he had approved a deal, which included a $5 billion education fund, to allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States.
"The company has been committed to investing in the education field, and plans to work with partners and global shareholders to launch online classroom projects based on AI and video technology for students around the world," ByteDance said on its official account on Toutiao.
Judge halts Trump administration order banning WeChat from app stores
A U.S. judge early Sunday blocked the Commerce Department from requiring Apple and Alphabet's Google to remove Tencent Holding's WeChat for downloads by late Sunday.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said in an order that WeChat users who filed a lawsuit "have shown serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim, the balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs favor."
Beeler's preliminary injunction also blocked the Commerce order that would have barred other transactions with WeChat in the United States that could have degraded the site's usability for current U.S. users. The U.S. Commerce Department did not immediately comment.
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South Africa Roads Agency Urges Toll Decision, Sunday Times Says
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TheSouth African National Roads Agency needs the government to decide on the future of electronic tolls in Gauteng province, as the coronavirus cuts its cashflow, the Sunday Timesreported.
“We’re having to scurry around to ensure our liquidity,” the Johannesburg-based newspaper cited Sanral Chief Executive Officer Skhumbuzo Macozoma as saying. “Until you solve the the e-tolls problem we won’t get out of this quagmire.”
Macozoma said the decision on whether to keep the system or scrap it rests with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet. Only about 20% of users are paying e-tolls, the Sunday Times said. If canceled, Sanral’s debt related to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project will jump from around 40 billion rand ($2.4 billion) to 67 billion rand.
South Africa’s lockdown to curb coronavirus cost Sanral more than 620 million rand, the Sunday Times said.
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Chile: Indigenous group escalating tactics to take back land
Younger Mapuche are organising and some are taking up arms to expel people they view as foreign invaders.
A centuries-old conflict over land and discrimination is escalating in southern Chile.
The struggle pits the Mapuche Indigenous people against the government and private landowners.
Now, younger Mapuche are organising and some are taking up arms to expel people they view as foreign invaders.
Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman was given exclusive access to Mapuche communities in southern Chile and filed the first of two special reports.
German Union Calls Public Sector Strike Over Pay Dispute
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Some German public servants will start warning strikes on Tuesday after talks with the government on a pay increase for approximately 2.3 million workers stalled.
Ver.di union is demanding a salary increase of 4.8%, but no less than 150 euros ($178) per month, according to an emailed statement. It didn’t specify how many people will take part in the strikes.
The walkout would come at a moment when the German economy is trying to weather the impact of a deep recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with96 billion euros of new borrowing planned for next year to cover a swelling budget gap.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer praised “constructive and intensive” discussions and expressed optimism that a solution can be found in the next round of talks, in an e-mailed statement.
Negotiations between the union and the government are scheduled to resume at the end of October in Potsdam, Ver.di said.
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Bahrain says it foils 'terrorist attack' backed by Iran – Saudi state TV
DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain said on Sunday it had foiled a “terrorist attack” that was backed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Saudi state TV Al-Ekhbariya reported, citing Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior.