A Chinese facial-recognition startup is promising to be good in its IPO filing

By Jane Li | QUARTZ

Megvii Technology, a Chinese artificial intelligence start-up that provides face-scanning technology to clients that include the Chinese government, has filed to list in Hong Kong amid the city’s ongoing protests. It would be the first of a crop of Chinese AI startups to go public.… Read the full article.

Chinese buyers pull back from U.S. housing market, hurting home sales

By Yan Zhang | USA TODAY

Home sales are hurting. Even with lower mortgages rates and a sales pick-up in July, purchases of homes are still down significantly compared with 2018.

But while analysts typically blame high prices and growing worries about a possible recession, another factor is also playing a prominent role: Foreign buyers, particularly the Chinese, have pulled back sharply from the U.S.… Read the full article.

Jeffrey Epstein: CCTV footage from outside jail cell ‘unusable’ as FBI hunts for clearer recording

By Matt Zapotosky, Carol Leonnig | The Independent

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At least one camera in the hallway outside the cell where authorities say registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself earlier this month had footage that is unusable, although other, clearer footage was captured in the area, according to three people briefed on the evidence gathered earlier this month.… Read the full article.

Ex-diplomats urge Trump to pressure Poland on rule of law

By VANESSA GERA | Associated Press

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FILE – In this file photo dated Thursday, July 6, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech before the Warsaw Uprising Monument in Warsaw, Poland. Dozens of former Polish ambassadors are telling Trump that Poland’s democracy is at risk, in an open letter published Tuesday Aug.
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China Formally Arrests Australian Writer on Suspicion of Spying

By Edward Johnson | Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — An Australian writer detained in China seven months ago has been formally arrested on suspicion of espionage, triggering swift demands from the government in Canberra that he be allowed to return home.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she was “concerned and disappointed” that Yang Hengjun, a Chinese native who’s now an Australian citizen, would “continue to be criminally detained.” He is one of several detained foreign nationals whose cases have raised concerns about operating on the mainland.… Read the full article.