The biggest player you’ve never heard of in the auto industry is moving into China in a big way (MGA)

The world’s largest contract carmaker is leveraging its expertise to move into the huge Chinese EV market. Magna will form two joint ventures with China’s BAIC. The companies already have a deal in place to develop an electric vehicle; Magna will now take over an existing BAIC factory. Magna International is the world’s largest contract manufacturer of automobiles, with clients ranging from BMW to Jaguar. Now it’s moving into China, the world’s biggest car market, and forming partnerships to build electric vehicles. “Magna [has] announced its intention to form two new joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd (BJEV) for complete vehicle manufacturing as well as engineering of electric… Read More

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‘It is immoral’: Former first lady Laura Bush criticizes the separation of migrant children from their parents

Former first lady Laura Bush has criticized the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has seen nearly 2,000 children separated from their parents in two months. Bush, who rarely speaks out on politics, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Sunday. The wife of former president George W. Bush called the policy “cruel,” “immoral,” and said it “breaks my heart.” Bush said the policy is reminiscent of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II which is now considered “one of the most shameful episodes in US history.” Former US first lady Laura Bush rarely speaks out on political issues but on Sunday she openly criticized the Trump… Read More

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China’s Huawei is desperately trying to convince Australian politicians it can be trusted

Chinese firm Huawei has sent a letter to Australian politicians to assuage national security fears surrounding the company, according to the Australian Financial Review. Huawei has been shortlisted to provide equipment to Australia’s new 5G wireless network. Local intelligence agencies have reportedly advised against granting Huawei access to the network. China’s own laws state that organizations must help with “national intelligence work,” raising concerns about giving the firm access to Australia’s critical infrastructure. Chinese firm Huawei is trying to convince Australian politicians that its technology can be trusted as the country decides which companies will construct a 5G wireless network. In 2012, Huawei was not allowed to tender for Australia’s… Read More

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South Korea’s World Cup team tried to confuse Sweden’s spies by swapping jerseys so their opponent couldn’t tell them apart

South Korea’s World Cup team responded to a Swedish spy for Sweden’s team by swapping their jerseys so it would be harder to tell them apart. Taeguk Warriors coach Shin Tae-yong told reporters Sunday “it is very difficult for Westerners to distinguish between Asians.” The Swedish spy, who is a member of Sweden’s coaching staff, said he later set up a telescope and spied on the team from a local couple’s home. Sweden apologized for the incident, but South Korea said it was “perfectly natural” for teams to gather information on one another. South Korea’s World Cup team responded to spying by the Swedish team by swapping their jerseys so… Read More

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10 details you might have missed on the latest episode of ‘Westworld’

Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Westworld” season two, episode nine, “Vanishing Point.” The penultimate episode of HBO’s second season of “Westworld” came out guns blazing with a horrifying storyline centered on the increasingly paranoid William. After he shot and killed his own daughter Emily, believing her to be a host Ford was using to mess with him, William seemed more uncertain than ever about the reality of his surroundings. Is he a host? (“Westworld” actress Katja Herbers tells INSIDER that it’s not likely). What’s the deal with his obsession with his forearm? What the heck is the Forge? Let’s see if we can’t answer some of these important questions before heading… Read More

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Westworld’s Man in Black is beyond saving

The last few episodes of Westworld have been some of the best — and most revelatory — of the entire season. The heartbreaking origin of the Ghost Nation tribe was revealed last week, and in the episode before that, audiences learned new insights about the creation of Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright), and how the virtual simulation called “The Cradle” played a major role. It feels as if the show is pulling its disparate story threads together, all in anticipation of the coming season finale. In the latest episode, “Vanishing Point,” themes of free will and choice bind together four very different storylines. There’s the normally passive Bernard, who finally stands… Read More

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‘Westworld’ star on the traumatic turn of events with William and why it likely disproves a favorite fan theory

Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Sunday’s episode of “Westworld.” HBO’s “Westworld” turn a dark turn on Sunday’s episode, “Vanishing Point,” when William fell deeper into his paranoia thanks partly to Ford’s manipulations. The devastating misunderstanding led him to shoot and kill his own daughter, Emily, because he believed she was a host controlled by Ford. But throughout the episode, we also see William feeling around in his own arm — just as Dolores did on the first season when confronting her own reality — as if he thinks he could be a host himself. Though “William is a host” is one of the more popular fan theories this season, “Westworld”… Read More

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‘Westworld’ star Sela Ward reveals the biggest challenge of getting ‘thrown in the middle of a storm’ this season

Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for Sunday’s episode of “Westworld.” HBO’s “Westworld” amped up its star power once again as Hollywood icon Sela Ward joined the show to play Juliet, William’s late wife, in a series of tragic flashbacks. We watched as the night of Juliet’s death by suicide unfolded, revealing the darkness that lived in her marriage to William. Though “Westworld” fans had seen a younger version of Juliet (played by Claire Unabia) in flashbacks with the younger William (Jimmi Simpson), this was our first time seeing the Juliet who was alive just about a year before the events of the first season took place. “It’s challenging when you’re filming… Read More

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Utah Legislative races to watch in 2018 primary

SALT LAKE CITY — Heading into the June 26 primary, 12 Utah House seats and five Senate seats have contenders vying to be the nominee for their political parties — and of those, Democrats, in particular, are having an interesting year. The vacancy being left by the Legislature’s most rowdy Democrat, Sen. Jim Dabakis, in the liberal Avenues district has drawn what is shaping up to be one of the most high-profile Legislative primary races. In one corner, a familiar face to Salt Lake City politics: food entrepreneur and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the State of Utah for same-sex marriage, Salt Lake City Councilman Derek Kitchen.… Read More

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