The Daily Populous

Monday January 3rd, 2022 evening edition

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A Chinese national flag and security camera at the Urumqi No. 3 Detention Center in China's Xinjiang.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japan’s government will place export controls on artificial intelligence-powered facial recognition devices and cameras to prevent the technology from being used to surveil and persecute minorities in China.

There has been growing concern from a number of countries about China’s human rights abuses and ongoing repression of the Uyghurs and other groups, according to a CNA report.

China has been using AI and other advanced technologies to deploy large-scale surveillance systems and control the movement of peoples in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and other areas.

Tokyo has deemed the new measures necessary to prevent technologies from being used in this way.

With this goal in mind, the Japanese government said it will continue to cooperate with the U.S. and other like-minded countries to roll out further regulations going forward. »

Hockey fan who spotted Vancouver Canucks staffer's cancerous mole given $10,000 medical school scholarship

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A woman who alerted a hockey staffer to a suspicious mole on his neck has been given a medical school scholarship to say thank you for saving for his life.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 2:08 A woman who alerted a hockey staffer to a suspicious mole on his neck has been given a medical school scholarship.

It was later announced that both teams had joined forces to award Ms Popovici a $10,000 (£7,392) scholarship for medical school. »

Biden reaffirms support for Ukraine in phone call with president

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been shy about suggesting that Russian military action might be needed to resolve ongoing differences with Ukraine.

In 2014, Putin and Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine; that was followed by battles in Donbas, a region in southeastern Ukraine.

Biden has responded to the current tensions by indicating that the United States would not accept a Russian invasion of Ukraine, threatening sanctions. »