White House Says U.S. Will Remain in Syria Despite Trump’s Eagerness to Withdraw

White House Says U.S. Will Remain in Syria Despite Trump’s Eagerness to Withdraw Photo American forces in northern Syria last month. Credit Hussein Malla/Associated Press WASHINGTON — The White House said on Wednesday that the United States is committed to continuing to fight the Islamic State in Syria, signaling a retreat by President Trump from his insistence that the 2,000 American forces there quickly return home from the conflict.
“The military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the press secretary, said in a statement issued one day after Mr. Trump met with military commanders to discuss the future of the mission. “The United States and our partners remain committed to eliminating the small ISIS presence in Syria that our forces have not already eradicated.”
The statement indicated that the president’s top military advisers, who have argued that maintaining United States forces in Syri..

Google Workers Urge C.E.O. to Pull Out of Pentagon A.I. Project

Google Workers Urge C.E.O. to Pull Out of Pentagon A.I. Project Photo Thousands of Google employees have signed a letter to Sundar Pichai, the company’s chief executive, protesting Google’s role in a program that could be used to improve drone strike targeting. Credit Michael Short/Bloomberg WASHINGTON — Thousands of Google employees, including dozens of senior engineers, have signed a letter protesting the company’s involvement in a Pentagon program that uses artificial intelligence to interpret video imagery and could be used to improve the targeting of drone strikes.
The letter, which is circulating inside Google and has garnered more than 3,100 signatures, reflects a culture clash between Silicon Valley and the federal government that is likely to intensify as cutting-edge artificial intelligence is increasingly employed for military purposes.
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“We believe that Google should not be in the business of war,” says the letter, addressed to Sundar Pichai, t..

Zuckerberg to Testify to Congress on Facebook’s Handling of Data Next Week

Zuckerberg to Testify to Congress on Facebook’s Handling of Data Next Week Photo Mark Zuckerberg is expected to appear before multiple congressional committees. Credit Steven Senne/Associated Press WASHINGTON — Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, will testify before Congress next week on the company’s handling of sensitive user data, lawmakers said on Wednesday.
Mr. Zuckerberg will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Commerce Committee on April 11. He is also expected to also appear before at least one Senate committee next week.
It will be Mr. Zuckerberg’s first appearance before lawmakers, and it comes after revelations that personal information of more than 50 million Facebook users was improperly harvested by a political consulting firm connected to President Trump that used the data to target voters in the 2016 election.
“This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues,” said Representatives Greg Walden, Republ..

U.K. Museum Offers Ethiopia Long-Term Loan of Looted Treasures

U.K. Museum Offers Ethiopia Long-Term Loan of Looted Treasures Photo A crown of gold and gilded copper with glass beads from Ethiopia is among the items in the “Maqdala 1868” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Credit Victoria and Albert Museum LONDON — Treasures taken by British troops 150 years ago could be returned to Ethiopia on a long-term loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the institution’s director said.
A crown, a chalice, a wedding dress and a selection of jewelry are among the items in the museum’s collection that are included in a new exhibition, “Maqdala 1868,” set to open Thursday.
Ahead of the exhibition, which has been organized in consultation with the Ethiopian Embassy in London to observe the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Maqdala, the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tristram Hunt, told the Art Newspaper that he had made “a clear statement to the ambassador, saying that if Ethiopia is interested in pursuing the long-term loan..

The United States Is Starting a Trade War with China. Now What?

Supported by Business Day The United States is Starting a Trade War with China. Now What? Photo The products targeted by the White House are part of an effort to go after China’s dominance in cutting-edge technologies like semiconductors, electric vehicles and advanced medical products — industries that China is pursuing dominance in as part of an industrial plan known as “Made in China 2025.” Credit Gilles Sabrié/Bloomberg The Trump administration is on the cusp of a trade war with China, one that threatens broad swaths of the United States economy, from soybean farmers to pork producers to automobile and drug makers.
On Wednesday, China threatened to retaliate against many of the American products and industries that President Trump has vowed to protect, hitting back against the administration, which detailed a list of $50 billion in Chinese imports that it plans to tax. China, in response, outlined tariffs on $50 billion worth of American soybeans, cars, chemicals and other goo..