A human rights lawyer mysteriously disappeared and a UK consulate worker was detained for 15 days as China cracks down on Hong Kong supporters

On Wednesday, China said it detained a worker at the UK’s consulate in Hong Kong for 15 days for “violating public security laws.” Also on Wednesday, Chinese human rights lawyer, Chen Qiushi, went oddly quiet after his trip to Hong Kong to observe protests, which was cut short, according to the South China Morning Post. The two events appear to be part of increased pressure by China on those seen to support the protesters. Hong Kong’s main airline, Cathay Pacific, has also faced scrutiny from Beijing, leading to the resignation of CEO Rupert Hogg and the departure of at least three pilots. The country has been carefully filtering news of… Read More

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Karamo Brown clapped back at raging ‘Queer Eye’ fans who turned on him after he called his ‘Dancing with the Stars’ costar Sean Spicer a ‘good guy’

“Queer Eye” culture expert Karamo Brown is facing a backlash after he called his “Dancing with the Stars” colleague Sean Spicer a “really sweet guy.” The former White House press secretary’s casting on the show has been the subject of much vitriol. “I was most excited to meet him [Spicer] because people would look at us and think that we’re polar opposites,” Brown told “Access Hollywood.” After a journalist on Twitter criticized Brown’s reaction to meeting Spicer, Brown clapped back saying: “I honestly can’t stand people like you who post things like this […] just to flame the fire and get a reaction.” Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. The… Read More

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We visited alleged Epstein ‘madam’ Ghislaine Maxwell’s upscale house in London’s Belgravia, where the superrich live, and got a taste of her lifestyle before she disappeared

Ghislaine Maxwell, the ex-girlfriend and accused “madam” of Jeffrey Epstein, is one of the most sought-after women in the world but is nowhere to be found. A trove of court documents contain allegations that she recruited girls for Epstein, the late millionaire paedophile. Business Insider visited a quiet, residential street in Belgravia, central London — one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the world — where Maxwell owns a house and used to host parties. One person said she hadn’t seen Maxwell in 10 years, while other residents and businesses either said they didn’t know Maxwell lived or owned property there. One woman seen entering the property on Wednesday afternoon… Read More

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Apple, Google, and Mozilla are blocking the Kazakhstan government’s wild attempts at spying on people

Google, Mozilla, and Apple have blocked an encryption certificate issued by the Kazakhstan government, which citizens were asked to install on their browsers and that critics said enabled the government to monitor their internet traffic. The government reportedly said the software was a security measure but researchers from the University of Michigan found that installing the browser certificate allowed the government to surveil which sites people were accessing, and see anything a user types or posts. According to the researchers, the fake certificate targeted 37 sites including Google-owned messaging apps, Google Docs, Instagram, Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, and a number of Russian social media services. Google’s Chrome is by far the… Read More

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Apple’s noise-canceling AirPods and cheaper HomePod expected in 2020

Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge In addition to details on Apple’s 2019 hardware plans, Bloomberg is also offering insight into Apple’s audio accessory ambitions for 2020. According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a cheaper HomePod. It’ll undercut the current HomePod’s selling price of $299 by offering just two tweeters instead of the seven found in the original when it’s released. It’s not clear exactly when it will arrive, but Bloomberg says we could potentially see this new HomePod “as early as next year.” Apple’s HomePod, which reportedly hasn’t sold as well as the company had hoped, was priced at $349 at launch. Rumors of a cheaper version… Read More

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10 things you need to know before the opening bell

Here is what you need to know. 1. It’s the start of the Jackson Hole conference in Wyoming today. Here’s what to look out for. 2. After two years touting a booming economy as his own doing, President Donald Trump is test driving a new message on the economy: Any chance of a recession is not his fault. However, Democrats are calling the president’s bluff, including Joe Biden. 3. China hopes the United States will stop its wrong tariff action, the commerce ministry said on Thursday. China will have to retaliate if the US persists in its current course, Gao Feng, a ministry spokesman, said in a news briefing. 4.… Read More

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Meghan Markle gave fans a first glimpse at her new clothing line with a behind-the-scenes video on Instagram

Meghan Markle is gearing up for the release of her new clothing line. The Duchess of Sussex showed a sneak peek of her charity workwear collection on Wednesday, with a behind-the-scenes video posted to her Instagram story. The video shows Markle overseeing a photoshoot for the collection, giving fans a first look at some of the pieces included. For every item purchased, another will be donated to Smart Works, a charity that helps unemployed women get back into the workplace. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. The Duchess of Sussex has given fans a sneak peek at her new clothing line, which is set to be released later this year.… Read More

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China’s currency just dropped to its lowest level in a decade — and US exporters will pay the price

China’s renminbi slipped to its lowest level in a decade on Thursday, after earlier this month allowing its currency to weaken to more than 7:1 to the dollar. The weaker currency will help China in the trade war, as it helps to stop capital flight out of the country, but also makes imports into China more expensive. China retaliated to added tariffs imposed by Trump earlier this month by letting the currency fall — in doing so it sent markets tumbling. View Markets Insider’s homepage for more stories. China’s renminbi (yuan) slipped to its lowest level in over a decade on Thursday, dropping 0.2% to 7.0749 to the dollar. The… Read More

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WeWork might be painting itself as a tech company, but it’s facing a bunch of old-school real estate worries

Some analysts are viewing WeWork as more of a real estate than tech company. The coworking firm listed its risk factors in a recent SEC filing as it gears up for a possible initial public offering. WeWork outlined the risks of unexpected increases in labor and materials costs, lease negotiations in new markets, and the time-consuming process of compiling paperwork to recoup remodeling expenses. WeWork also noted its overseas expansion could increase risks of potential labor issues, and also introduce lease terms that differ from those in the United States. Read all of BI’s WeWork coverage here. WeWork parent The We Company’s recent S-1 filing provided the clearest look yet… Read More

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Watch as ULA launches the final flight of its Delta IV Medium rocket

This morning, August 22nd, the United Launch Alliance is set to fly the very last mission of its Delta IV Medium rocket, a single-core vehicle that’s been launching to space since 2002. This final flight will be the 29th mission of the Delta IV Medium. The vehicle is now being retired as ULA works to consolidate its technology and develop a new generation of rockets. The Delta IV is the last remaining descendant of the Delta family of rockets, a long line of vehicles that date back to the birth of the modern space era. The original Deltas, built by the Douglas Aircraft Company (now part of Boeing), were derived… Read More

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