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Three dead after fire at Huawei facility in southern China: local govt

By Brenda Goh

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Three people have been found dead after a fire at a facility belonging to Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies in the southern city of Dongguan on Friday, local authorities said.

The building, which was close to a Huawei research lab, was a steel structure that was under construction and was not being used when the incident happened, said the management committee of Dongguan’s Songshan Lake area, where it is located.

The fire was put out by firefighters on Friday afternoon, it added. Dongguan city fire rescue department earlier in the day said the main material burning was sound-absorbing cotton.

The Dongguan city fire rescue department later said that three people were found dead in the building who were from the facility’s property management company and that an investigation was under way. Local authorities had previously said that there were no casualties.

State media had

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Judge Agrees to Delay US Gov’t Restrictions on WeChat | Business News

By STAN CHOE, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has approved a request from a group of U.S. WeChat users to delay looming federal government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use.

In a ruling dated Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government’s actions would affect users’ First Amendment rights as an effective ban on the app removes their platform for communication.

WeChat is a messaging-focused app popular with many Chinese-speaking Americans that serves as a lifeline to friends, family, customers and business contacts in China. It’s owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent.

The group of WeChat users had requested an injunction after the U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it would bar WeChat from U.S. app stores and keep it from accessing essential internet services in the country, beginning Sunday night at 11:59 p.m.

The Trump administration has targeted

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Atlantia prepares to challenge Italian govt with motorway assets listing

MILAN/ROME (Reuters) – Atlantia ATL.MI is ready to approve the listing of its motorway assets as early as next week, challenging the solution favoured by the Rome government to solve a long-running dispute with the infrastructure group, two sources said.

FILE PHOTO: A logo of the Atlantia Group is seen outside their headquarters in Rome, Italy August 31, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Benetton-owned Atlantia has been embroiled in a legal dispute with the state since the deadly collapse in 2018 of a bridge operated by its Autostrade per l’Italia toll-road unit.

In July, Atlantia agreed to pull out of Autostrade under a government plan that would see state lender CDP work with Atlantia on spinning off the group’s toll-road assets, of which CDP and other investors would get control.

The sources said a stalemate in talks had prompted Atlantia to consider proceeding with the spin-off without

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Uber Seeks Hong Kong Govt Meeting After Court Defeat

Uber on Wednesday said it was seeking an urgent meeting with Hong Kong’s government after drivers working for the company lost a landmark court case that could cripple ride-sharing apps in the finance hub.

Hong Kong was one of the first international cities Uber moved into as it rapidly expanded outside the United States.

But for the past six years it has operated in a legal grey area with the government declining to regulate or legalise ride sharing.

In 2018, a group of 24 Uber drivers were convicted and fined for carrying passengers without a hire-car permit and their appeal has been working its way through the courts.

On Tuesday, the case was dismissed by the city’s top judge in the Court of Final Appeal before the hearing began, the South China Morning Post reported.

The paper said no reason was given by the court but a judgement is expected

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