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Amazon says 'bias' in Pentagon awarding $10-B contract to Microsoft

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:27 PM

'It's critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence,' a spokesperson for Amazon Web Services says

PENTAGON. This undated US Department of Defense (DoD) image shows an aerial view of the Pentagon in Washington, DC. File photo by US Department of Defense/Handout/AFP

Health websites in UK share data with advertisers – Financial Times

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The Financial Times says Google's advertising arm DoubleClick is by far the most common destination for the data, while a health website caught up in the process is the British Heart Foundation

'Trick or treat, I hate drugs!': Duterte Halloween masks for sale on Amazon

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:13 PM

The Philippine leader who ordered a bloody house-to-house crackdown on illegal drugs is now a Halloween mask

Pope Francis demands 'predators' stop plundering the Earth

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:21 PM

'The mistakes of the past were not enough to stop the plundering of other persons and the inflicting of wounds on our brothers and sisters and on our sister earth: we have seen it in the scarred face of the Amazon region,' Pope Francis says

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds an altar candle as he arrives to preside over the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Scientists fight to save unique Guiana coral reef

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:38 PM

Near the mouth of the Amazon river in the Atlantic Ocean, the Amazon Reef is one of the world's largest but its existence became known only in 2016

OBSERVING. French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) marine biologists search for whales onboard Esperanza, the environmentalist organization Greenpeace's boat, sailing on the Amazon reef off the French Guiana coast on September 3, 2019. Photo by Pierr Trihan/AFP

Trump joins Amazon's Twitch platform

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Trump opens his Twitch account on Thursday just before a campaign rally in Minneapolis which was then streamed live

Pope Francis blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:32 PM

'The fire of God is warmth that attracts and gathers into unity. It is fed by sharing, not by profits,' says the Pope

ON AMAZON. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Greta's truth-telling and Bolsonaro's politics of denial

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:31 AM

Climate change, the Amazon, and Metro Manila congestion

Amazon sued over online sales of Cuban charcoal

Sep 27, 2019 - 12:19 PM

Amazon has allegedly violated a US law that prevents companies from profiting from property seized by Cuba's communist government after the 1959 revolution

AMAZON. US online retail giant Amazon is embroiled in a legal battle involving Cuban charcoal. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Amazon digital assistant Alexa gets into your head

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Amazon brings smart assistant Alexa to glasses, earbuds, and a ring in new hardware announcements

SMART GLASSES. Echo Frames eyeglass frames infused with voice-commanded digital assistant Alexa are pictured at at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle on September 25, 2019. Photo by Glenn CHAPMAN / AFP

Emmy winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge signs major Amazon deal

Sep 25, 2019 - 6:09 PM

'Fleabag' star and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge signs a multi-million deal with Amazon after dominating the comedy awards at the Emmys 2019

'Fallacy' to say Amazon is the heritage of humankind – Bolsonaro

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:30 PM

'It is a fallacy to say that the Amazon is the heritage of humankind, and a misconception confirmed by scientists to say that our Amazon forests are the lungs of the world,' says Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro

'FALLACY.' Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil,  speaks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 24, 2019, in New York. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

As global leaders meet, the Amazon rainforest burns

Sep 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The rate of deforestation in the Amazon has nearly doubled since far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a burnt area of forest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, in the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. Photo by Joao Laet/AFP

Amazon bets big on India with mega-office

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Amazon's new Indian headquarters in Hyderabad is its biggest building worldwide

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 21, 2019 Indian police stand guard at the entrance of Amazon's newly inaugurated largest campus building in Hyderabad. - With 49 elevators moving a floor per second and zumba classes for its more than 15,000 employees, Amazon's new Indian headquarters, its biggest building globally, matches its ambitions in a vast but challenging market. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP)

H&M suspends Brazil leather purchases over Amazon fires

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:31 PM

The retail giant responds to the fires destroying the world's largest rainforest

NO BRAZIL LEATHER. Swedish fashion retail giant Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) says they are temporary freezing leather orders from Brazil following the Amazon fires. File photo by EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Bolsonaro accuses U.N. rights chief of meddling, praises Pinochet

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:47 AM

Brazil's president hits UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet for allegedly meddling in his country's internal affairs by 'attacking our courageous civil police and military'

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the launching ceremony of the Front Brazil Project, which aims at reducing the rates of violence in cities, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on August 29, 2019.  EVARISTO SA / AFP

France fines Amazon 4 million euros over marketplace clauses

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:51 PM

The fine involves abusive commercial clauses, and is over some terms of use deemed unfair for companies using its online marketplace to sell their goods

AMAZON. In this file photo taken on July 23, 2019, a picture shows the Amazon logo at the entrance of the Amazon logistics centre in Amiens, northern France. File poto by Denis Charlet/AFP

Brazil president Bolsonaro to skip Amazon summit on doctor's orders

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:18 AM

Bolsonaro is due to undergo surgery to correct an incisional hernia, his fourth operation since he was stabbed nearly a year ago during the presidential campaign

UNDER THE KNIFE. File photo of Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro. Photo by Marcelo Chello/

Brazil's Bolsonaro fuels spat with Europe as fires soar

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:51 AM

The latest official data show thousands of new fires are ignited across Brazil on Thursday – the first day of a ban on burning –with most of them in the Amazon basin

JAIR BOLSONARO. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (R) talks to advisors before the launching ceremony of the Front Brazil Project at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on August 29, 2019. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's burning ban takes effect as Amazon fires rage

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:17 PM

(UPDATED) The decree issued by President Jair Bolsonaro comes after escalating international pressure over the worst fires in the Amazon in years

BOLSONARO'S BAN. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the commemoration ceremony of the National Volunteer Day in Brasilia, on August 28, 2019. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Amazon fires a 'tipping point' – forestry group chief

Aug 28, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The situation in the Amazon is 'very urgent,' stresses Gerhard Dieterle, executive director of the International Tropical Timber Organization

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a fire in the Amazon rainforest near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, on August 25, 2019. Photo by Joao Laet / AFP)

U.S. tech industry cool on Trump deal on France digital tax

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:47 AM

France's levy has been criticized in Washington for departing from precedent on taxing revenue instead of profits and for targeting a narrow group of companies

GAFA. This combination of pictures shows the logos of the GAFA, named after US multinational technology and Internet-related services company Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, displayed on a tablet in Paris, on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro open to G7 aid if Macron 'withdraws insults'

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:29 PM

'To talk or accept anything from France, with the best possible intentions, he has to withdraw these words, and from there we can talk,' says Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro

CONDITION. In this file photo taken on April 9, 2019 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the appointment ceremony of his new Education Minister Abraham Weintraub at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

G7 pledges millions to fight Amazon fires

Aug 27, 2019 - 7:57 AM

Nearly 80,000 forest fires have been detected in Brazil since the beginning of the year – just over half of them in the massive Amazon basin

FOREST FIRES. Brazilian farmer Helio Lombardo Do Santos and a dog walk through a burnt area of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil, on August 26, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

More fires flare up in Amazon as Brazil warplanes fight blazes

Aug 26, 2019 - 10:56 PM

The worsening crisis has fueled a row between President Jair Bolsonaro and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who has been piling pressure on Bolsonaro to do more to protect the forest

United Kingdom pledges $12.3 million for fire-ravaged Amazon

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The money will made available immediately to help restore the habitat, including areas that have been hit by the fires, the British government says in a statement

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a fire in the Amazon rainforest near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, on August 25, 2019 Photo by Joao Laet/AFP

G7 to help nations hit by Amazon fires – Macron

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:39 PM

'Our teams are making contact with all the Amazon countries so we can finalize some very concrete commitments involving technical resources and funding,' French President Emmanuel Macron says

Photo from NOAA

Pope Francis fears for Amazon, planet's 'vital lung'

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:08 PM

He urges the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to pray for the fires to be extinguished as quickly as possible

POPE'S MESSAGE. Pope Francis speaks from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's square during the weekly Angelus prayer on August 25, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Plane crash in Ecuador's Amazon region kills 4

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:24 AM

The civil aviation authority launches an investigation to determine the cause of the plane crash

Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) Official figures show 78,383 forest fires were recorded in Brazil so far in 2019, the highest number of any year since 2013

DEFORESTED LAND. Aerial picture showing a deforested piece of land in the Amazon rainforest near an area affected by fires, about 65 km from Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia, in northern Brazil, on August 23, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Why is part of the Amazon burning?

Aug 24, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Amazon deforestation began in the 1970s, reaching its peak rate at the end of the 1990s and the start of the 2000s

Photo from NOAA

Protests to greet G7 leaders as they discuss Amazon fires, trade

Aug 24, 2019 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) United States President Donald Trump and his fellow G7 leaders will meet in France as wildfires rage in the Amazon rainforest and trade tensions heat up

Oxfam activists wearing firefighters costumes and "big head" masks depicting (from 2nd-L) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel perform druing a demonstration in Biarritz on August 23, 2019, on the eve of the Group of Seven (G7) summit. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)

The Amazon is on fire: Here are 5 things you need to know

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The fires are emitting huge amounts of carbon, with smoke plumes visible thousands of kilometers away


Brazil's Bolsonaro authorizes army to help fight Amazon fires

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:53 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's decision comes as demonstrations are held around the world over the fires in the Amazon forest

WORD WAR. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro blasts his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron as having a 'colonialist mentality' for rallying G-7 countries to address wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest. File photo by Jacques Witt/Pool/AFP

Amazon wildfires 'acute emergency,' belongs on G7 agenda – Germany

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's bid at rallying world leaders on the issue has been immediately blasted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who accused the G7 summit host of having a 'colonialist mentality'

PROTEST. A man walks past protestors as they hold posters highlighting environmental hazard, wildfires and deforestation of the Amazon outside the Brazilian embassy in Mumbai on August 23, 2019. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Amazon fires: how celebrities are spreading misinformation

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Singers, actors, and world leaders share misleading photos of Amazon fires taken years ago on social media

U.N., France raise concern over Amazon wildfires 'crisis'

Aug 23, 2019 - 1:59 PM

French president Emmanuel Macron tweets: 'Our house is on fire. Literally. The Amazon, the lung of our planet which produces 20 percent of our oxygen is burning'

CHARRED. File photo of the result of practice of slash-and-burn in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Photo by guentermanaus/

Amazon, Microsoft, 'putting world at risk of killer AI' – study

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The use of AI to allow weapon systems to autonomously select and attack targets has sparked ethical debates in recent years

Brazil's Bolsonaro blames Amazon fires on NGOs as Twitter erupts

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'No matter how successful we are, if our Earth dies, we all die,' says one Twitter post

Brazil's right-wing presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL), Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 28, 2018. (Photo by RICARDO MORAES / POOL / AFP)

Forest fires in Brazil surge as deforestation accelerates

Aug 21, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Fires have been concentrated in states occupying the Amazon. Thick smoke has blanketed several cities in recent days and even caused a commercial flight to be diverted.

FOREST FIRES. In this image, taken by NOAA-20, the smoke from the fires in the Amazon rainforest can be clearly seen. File photo from NOAA

Bolsonaro vows to fight 'illegal deforestation' in Brazil

Aug 04, 2019 - 8:53 PM

The announcement comes a day after the head of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research says he was being sacked after a row with President Jair Bolsonaro over deforestation

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends a ceremony to commemorate the participation of Brazil in World War II in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 8, 2019. (Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP)

Amazon pays a price for one-day delivery as profit growth slows

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:31 PM

Analysts say the costs of ramping up infrastructure were eroding profits.

AMAZON. In this file photo taken on July 23, 2019, a picture shows the Amazon logo at the entrance of the Amazon logistics centre in Amiens, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

The struggle to regulate online giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Governments are having trouble regulating the giants as they often have to work with rules that haven't adapted quickly enough to the rise of these digital companies

U.S. announces antitrust review of Big Tech firms

Jul 24, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The Justice Department does not name specific companies but appears to signal targeting Google, Facebook and Amazon, which dominate key sectors of the digital economy

BIG TECH. This illustration picture taken on April 20, 2018 in Paris shows apps for Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple (GAFA) and the reflection of a binary code displayed on a tablet screen. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

EU launches in-depth probe on Amazon over data use

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:10 PM

With its probe, the EU competition watchdog is seeking to expand its oversight powers to data, the most prized asset for Silicon Valley giants that now dominate web use worldwide

PROBING AMAZON. This file photo taken on March 4, 2019 shows the Amazon logo at the entrance area of the Amazon logistics centre in Lauwin-Planque, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Amazon staff strike in Germany on Prime Day extravaganza

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Workers in Germany walk out in the early hours on Monday morning, July 15, with Orhan Akman, a spokesman for labor union Verdi, saying, 'We expect a good turnout'

AMAZON GERMANY. This file photo taken on December 17, 2018 shows an Amazon fulfillment center in Leipzig, eastern Germany, as members of Verdi are on strike to protest against missing collective labor agreements. Photo by Peter Endig/dpa/AFP

Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape the economy

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Surveillance capitalism describes a market driven process where the commodity for sale is your personal data, and the capture and production of this data relies on mass surveillance of the internet

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Amazon says drone deliveries coming 'within months'

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:30 PM

The drones are expected to shorten delivery times for many items to just one day for Amazon Prime members

AMAZON DELIVERIES. In this image released by Amazon, the company unveils its newest drone design for its 'Prime Air' fleet at the Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space conference 're: Mars' in Las Vegas on June 5, 2019. Photo by Jordan Stead/Amazon/AFP

U.S. antitrust hammer for Big Tech: What happens next?

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Each firm has different issues, but any probes could center on whether they abused their dominant position and stifled competition

Apocalyptic comedy 'Good Omens' premieres on Amazon Prime

May 31, 2019 - 6:23 PM

The highly-anticipated TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's 1990 novel stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen