Yemen funding far short of target: UN
BEIRUT • International donors have pledged about US$1.35 billion (S$1.9 billion) in humanitarian aid for Yemen, far short of the US$2.4 billion the United Nations had said was needed to pull a country shredded by years of war, hunger and disease from the brink of disaster.
Mr Mark Lowcock, the UN emergency relief coordinator, was blunt about the results of a donor conference, which was hosted, virtually, by Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
“We cannot be satisfied where we got to today,” he said.
Canadian telcos tap Ericsson, Nokia for 5G
TORONTO • Two of Canada’s largest telecoms firms on Tuesday teamed up with Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia to build 5G telecoms networks, ditching China’s Huawei Technologies for the project.
Bell Canada and smaller rival Telus Corp eschewed Huawei, which analysts said would ease the Canadian government’s thorny decision on whether to allow the company into Canada’s 5G network.
Google sued for $7b over privacy invasion
NEW YORK • Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the Internet search firm of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their Internet use through browsers set in “private” mode.
The lawsuit seeks at least US$5 billion (S$7 billion).