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Voice of America 19 Sep 2020

Tech Glitches Abound as a New US School Year Gets Underway with Remote Instruction

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Experts counsel patience as education resumes in the COVID era


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is set to fight for his freedom in a British court after about 10 years of legal drama, as he challenges an attempt by the American authorities to extradite him on spying charges over the site's publication of secret US military documents.

Lawyers for Assange and the US government are scheduled to face-off in London on Monday at an extradition hearing that was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

US prosecutors have indicted the 49-year-old Australian on 18 espionage and computer misuse charges adding up to a maximum sentence of 175 years.

His lawyers say the prosecution is a politically motivated abuse of power that will stifle press freedom and put journalists at risk.

Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from London, UK.
In Europe, we're living longer than ever before, adding to the strain on health and care services. But smart homes, packed with technology to help assisted living, could lighten the load and keep people in their own homes for longer.
The World Trade Organization has ruled that the Trump administration's trade war is illegal. It says American duties imposed on more than 200-billion dollars in Chinese goods broke trading rules, as they applied only to China and were above maximum rates, agreed to by the US.
Washington says they were justified, as Beijing was stealing intellectual property and forcing American companies to transfer technology for access to its markets. US trade respresentative, Robert Lighthizer, says the WTO is completely inadequate to stop China's harmful practices. This is just the start of a legal process that could take years.
Safer and more resilient technology for expanding the use of geothermal energy in Europe is being developed and tested in Iceland. A particular challenge is developing more flexible casing for the much deeper geothermal facilities typically needed on mainland Europe.

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