South Dakota bans TikTok access on state-owned devices citing ties to China

Governor Kristi Noem’s executive order prohibits employees and contractors from using the app on government gadget

Kristi Noem, governor of South Dakota, on Tuesday issued an executive order banning state employees and contractors from accessing the video platform TikTok on state-owned devices, citing its ties to China.

TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company that moved its headquarters to Singapore in 2020. It has been targeted by Republicans who say the Chinese government could access its user data like browsing history and location. US armed forces also have prohibited the app on military devices.

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Christian Pulisic taken to hospital after scoring USA winner against Iran

  • USMNT star sustained ‘abdominal injury’ during winning goal
  • Americans now face Netherlands for place in quarter-final

Christian Pulisic was taken to hospital with an abdominal injury sustained while scoring the winner in USA’s tense 1-0 victory over Iran , raising concerns about his availability for Saturday’s last-16 tie against the Netherlands.

The forward underwent scans after being substituted at half-time on Tuesday night, having initially attempted to shrug off his collision with the Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand. He took the knock as he bravely converted Sergiño Dest’s header in the 37th minute but was clearly in discomfort. He was examined in hospital in what was described as a precaution.

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Republican leaders rebuke Trump over dinner with white supremacist

Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy break silence over meeting and say no room in party for antisemitism or white supremacy

The top two Republicans in Congress have broken their silence about Donald Trump’s dinner last week with the rightwing extremist Nick Fuentes, saying the Republican party has no place for antisemitism or white supremacy.

The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, and Kevin McCarthy, who may become House speaker in January, had not commented previously on the 22 November meeting.

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Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes found guilty of seditious conspiracy

Jury convicts leader of rightwing group which supported Trump’s attempt to overturn 2020 election

Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the rightwing Oath Keepers militia group, has been found guilty of seditious conspiracy, a charge arising from the attack on the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump.

In an eight-week trial, the Yale Law-educated former US army paratrooper and disbarred attorney was accused, with four associates, of fomenting a plot to use force to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

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San Francisco officials vote on police bid to use deadly robots

Tuesday’s closely watched decision comes as oversight groups warn of further militarization of officers

Police in San Francisco could get the ability to deploy potentially lethal, remote-controlled robots in emergency situations if supervisors of the politically Democratic city grant permission on Tuesday in a highly watched board vote.

Police oversight groups are urging the 11-member San Francisco board of supervisors to reject the idea, saying it would lead to further militarization of a police force already too aggressive with poor and minority communities. They said the parameters under which use would be allowed were too vague.

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