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EU aims for data transfer deal with Japan, South Korea BRUSSELS: The European Union hopes to seal commercial data transfer deals with Japan and South Korea to boost business ties, and plans to tackle barriers to the free flow of data within the bloc. Cross-border data flows are key to most businesses. These can include moving employee information around, credit card details to complete online transactions, and people's browsing habits to serve them targeted ads. However, strict EU data protection rules forbid companies from storing Europeans' information on servers in countries deemed to have an inadequate level of privacy - only 12 meet the standard - meaning firms have to rely on other more complex legal contracts. A data transfer deal with Japan and South Korea would allow firms doing business there and in the EU to move data seamlessly without having to ask regulators for permission or setting up expensive legal contracts."It needs some time and we plan to ...

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US ready for a trade deal under new administration LONDON: British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday the incoming administration in the United States was keen to do a free trade deal with Britain. Johnson, who travelled to the United States earlier this week to meet senior advisers to US President-elect Donald Trump, told parliament he had found a "huge fund of goodwill" for Britain. "There was a huge fund of goodwill for the United Kingdom on Capitol Hill and a very large ...

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Turkish police kill would-be suicide bomber in southeast ISTANBUL: Turkish police killed a would-be suicide bomber who tried to enter the main police station in the southeastern city of Gaziantep on Tuesday, a security official told Reuters. Television channels reported that a gunfight broke out in front of the complex and that ambulances had been sent to the area. Eyewitnesses said one police officer was wounded in the incident while a dead person, presumed to be an attacker, was lying on the ground ...

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Liberals rebuff Italy's 5-Star request to join them in EU parliament BRUSSELS: The group of Liberals in the European Parliament rebuffed a request from Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement to join them after they split with the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP), the Liberals' leader said on Monday. Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE, said there was "insufficient common ground" to accept 5-Star's request. "There remain fundamental differences on key European issues," he said in a statement, adding that the ...

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Erdogan says sees better relations with US under Trump ANKARA: President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he believes Turkey's dialogue with the United States will gain pace after President-elect Donald Trump takes office and that they will reach a consensus on regional issues.Relations between Washington and Turkey - a NATO ally key to the US-led fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq - have deteriorated sharply since a failed military coup in July.Erdogan and the government blame the abortive putsch on Fethullah Gulen, ...

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Six months in, Brexit shadow looms over PM May LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May was hailed as a steadying influence when she took over a country deeply divided by the EU referendum, but six months later she is facing widespread criticism for her apparent Brexit indecision.The Conservative leader's refusal to outline a detailed strategy for negotiating Britain's future ties with the European Union has only deepened suspicions among politicians of all stripes that she does not have a grand plan, but the British ...

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Paris boosts cycling infrastructure, names 2017 year of the bike PARIS: Paris plans a major boost to its cycling infrastructure and will ban cars from outside the Louvre museum as it steps up its fight against traffic pollution, the mayor said on Sunday. Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo announced a new two-way 4 kilometre bike lane to run along the Rue de Rivoli, a major east-west thoroughfare and one of the city's most famous streets, and to connect the Place de la Bastille and Place de ...