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    • US announces AI software export restrictions

      US announces AI software export restrictions

      The US will impose new restrictions on the export of certain AI programs overseas, including to rival China. The ban, which comes into force yoday, is the first to be applied under a 2018 law known as the Export Control Reform Act or ECRA. As The Verge reports, this requires the government to examine how it can restrict the export of “emerging” technologies “essential to the national security of the United States” - including AI.

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    • Trump approves Russia-Europe gas pipeline sanctions

      Trump approves Russia-Europe gas pipeline sanctions

      President Donald Trump on Friday signed off on US sanctions against companies building a Russian natural gas pipeline to Germany that Congress fears will give the Kremlin dangerous leverage over European allies. The sanctions, which are opposed by the European Union, were included in a sprawling defense spending bill Trump signed at a ceremony on Joint Base Andrews, an air force installation outside Washington, DC.

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    • US President Donald Trump impeached

      US President Donald Trump impeached

      The US House gaveled in for a historic session on 18 December night to impeach President Donald Trump on allegations that he abused his power and obstructed congressional efforts to investigate his actions. In a vote that will leave a lasting mark on his tenure at the White House, Trump has now become the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors.

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    • US, Mexico, Canada finalise trade deal

      US, Mexico, Canada finalise trade deal

      The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalise their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations. However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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    • China to ditch all foreign software and hardware by 2022

      China to ditch all foreign software and hardware by 2022

      China has reportedly ordered all foreign PC hardware and operating systems to be replaced in the next three years, intensifying an ongoing tech war. The country has attempted this sort of thing before halfheartedly, but this is the most serious effort yet to isolate itself from the influence of the western technology sector.

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    • Spain to introduce a digital tax

      Spain to introduce a digital tax

      Spain will press ahead with the creation of a tax on certain digital services, following in the footsteps of France, Italy, and the UK, El Pais announced Thursday. This so-called “Google tax” could, however, raise the ire of the United States, which has already threatened France with sanctions over a similar levy.

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