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SenseTime, a Beijing-based developer of facial recognition technologies, has raised $600 million in new funding at a valuation reported to be north of $4.5 billion.

Why it matters: Because that's the highest valuation ever for a privately-held AI company, but it also comes with more than a few privacy concerns.

Existing backer Alibaba led the round, which may soon get a bit larger, and was joined by Qualcomm, Temasek and Suning

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"SenseTime said as far as it knows, Chinese police have only used the company's tech to catch criminals. But critics have slammed the deployment of AI to track Chinese citizens, saying it violates privacy and targets political dissidents."

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Palestinian Authority announces new COVID restrictions as cases surge

A nurse administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Photo: Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images

The Palestinian Authority on Saturday announced fresh coronavirus restrictions, including a partial lockdown, for the occupied West Bank as COVID-19 cases surge.

The big picture: The new measures come as Israel, which leads the world in vaccinations, faces increased pressure to ensure Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have equal access to vaccines.

Myanmar military fires UN ambassador after anti-coup speech

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Myanmar's military regime on Saturday fired the country's Ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, a day after he gave a pro-democracy speech asking UN member nations to publicly condemn the Feb. 1 coup, The New York Times reports.

Details: State television said the ambassador had "betrayed the country and spoken for an unofficial organization which doesn’t represent the country and had abused the power and responsibilities of an ambassador."

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