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Nevada Democrats sue to block Green Party from 2024 ballot Nevada Democrats sue to block Green Party from 2024 ballot - The Nevada Independent

The Nevada Democratic Party asked a Carson City court to invalidate the signatures gathered by the Green Party, which it argued do not meet the state's requirements.

Nevada Democrats sue to block Green Party from 2024 ballot - The Nevada Independent

The Nevada Democratic Party is seeking to invalidate the Green Party’s effort to land on the state’s November ballot, arguing it did not gather enough valid signatures to gain ballot access.

The Green Party has not been on a Nevada general election ballot since 2008, when its candidate received around 1,400 votes. Including a qualified minor party on the ballot — one potentially able to pull dissatisfied left-leaning voters away from the Democratic Party — could have major impacts on the presidential race in Nevada, where President Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in 2020 by only about 33,000 votes out of more than a million cast.

The Green Party gathered nearly 30,000 petition signatures to land on the general election ballot, well more than the required amount of 10,095 signatures, which must be split evenly across Nevada’s four congressional districts. The party announced Monday that “as of this moment, the Nevada Green Party is on the Ballot.” The party has not submitted a candidate yet for the November ballot, but the party's former presidential candidate Jill Stein is running again this year. Stein called the lawsuit “outrageous” in a video posted to her campaign website.

Lawyers representing the Nevada Democratic Party filed public records requests to review the Green Party’s submitted signatures and petition, but the lawsuit said they had only received a handful of signatures and no copies of the petition.

“We have filed this challenge to preserve our rights to inspect the petitions consistent with Nevada state law,” Hilary Barrett, the executive director of the Nevada Democratic Party, said in a statement.

41 Israel’s New Air War in the West Bank: Nearly Half of the Dead are Children

Israel’s increasing airstrikes on the West Bank have killed 55 Palestinians — 24 of them children — in the past year.

Israel’s New Air War in the West Bank: Nearly Half of the Dead are Children

Around 9:30 p.m. in late February, a white Mazda pulled up near a game cafe in the Jenin refugee camp on the northern edge of the West Bank, where a crowd of boys and young men often gathered to socialize.

As the car stopped, a few people walked by on the narrow street. Two motorbikes weaved past in different directions. “Everything was fine at the time,” according to an eyewitness sitting nearby in the camp’s main square.

Then the car erupted in a ball of flame. Two missiles fired from an Israeli drone had hit the Mazda in quick succession, as shown in a video the Israeli Air Force posted that night.

According to the IAF, the strike killed Yasser Hanoun, described as “a wanted terrorist.”

But Hanoun was not the only fatality: 16-year old Said Raed Said Jaradat, who was near the vehicle when it was hit, sustained shrapnel wounds all over his body, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International-Palestine. He died from his injuries at 1 a.m. the next morning.

Jaradat is one of 24 children killed in Israel’s airstrikes on the West Bank since last summer, when the Israeli forces began deploying drones, planes, and helicopters to carry out attacks in the occupied territory for the first time in decades.

Hamas says it accepts UN-backed Gaza truce plan, US cites 'hopeful sign'
  • Hamas is repeating that they want a permanent ceasefire. That position is unlikely to change. The temporary ceasefire phase is supposed to work towards it. But Israel is already saying they do not want a permanent ceasefire making it a non-starter.

  • What's Inside the Recent Massive Google Search API Leak? What's Inside the Recent Massive Google Search API Leak? | HackerNoon

    The article delves into the details of the recent Google search API docs leak and its implications for content creators, website owners, and digital marketers.

    What's Inside the Recent Massive Google Search API Leak? | HackerNoon

    May 5, 2024, marked the first-ever leak of the most comprehensive collection of Google Search API ranking factors in the history of search engines – a truly historical moment we might not have seen if Erfan Azimi, founder & CEO of an SEO agency, hadn't spotted Google's documents that were mistakenly released on Github on March 27, 2024, and were just forgotten to be deleted. The irony is that they were published under the Apache 2.0 license, allowing anyone accessing the documents to use, edit, and distribute them. As such, sharing the documents with two of the most reputable SEO experts, Rand Fishkin and Mike King – the next step Erfan Azimi took after spotting the leak – was within the legal boundaries of the license. Both released the documents and accompanying analysis on May 27.

    Navboost is a Google ranking algorithm that was revealed during the company's antitrust trial with the U.S. Department of Justice. It enhances search results for navigation queries by utilizing various signals like user clicks to identify the most relevant outcomes. Navboost retains past clicks for queries up to 13 months old and differentiates results based on localization and device type (mobile or desktop). This ranking signal is crucial for SEO professionals to understand and optimize for, as it can significantly impact a website's visibility in search results. Clicks are a primary ranking signal, indeed

    Google has denied for years that clicks belong to a primary ranking factor. Its representatives, including Gary Illyes, have consistently emphasized that click-through rate (CTR) is a "very noisy signal" and that using clicks directly in rankings would be problematic due to the potential for manipulation. They have explained that while click data is used for evaluation and experimentation purposes to assess changes in the search algorithm, it is not a primary factor in determining search rankings.

    The leaked documents prove otherwise. It does matter how many clicks a website can generate. The more on-page optimization and continuous content marketing you do, the more traffic you'll attract, resulting in more clicks, higher rankings, and higher conversion rates.

    Google representatives have consistently misdirected and misled us about how their systems operate, aiming to influence SEO behavior. While their public statements may not be intentional lies, they are designed to deceive potential spammers—and many legitimate SEO professionals—by obscuring how search results can be impacted. Gary Ilyes, an analyst on the Google Search Team, has reiterated this point numerous times. He's not alone; John Mueller, Google's Senior Webmaster Trends Analyst, and Search Relations team lead, once stated they don't have a website authority score.

    However, as the data leak suggests, Google does have an overall domain authority measure. As part of the Compressed Quality Signals stored on a per-document basis, Google computes a feature called "siteAuthority." According to Mike King, Founder and CEO of iPullRank, while this measure's specific computation and application in downstream scoring functions remain unclear, we now definitively know that Google's domain authority exists and is used in the Q* ranking system.

    The recent Google Search API leak revealed the existence of white lists that are used to ensure the quality and reliability of information, particularly for sensitive topics like health and news, where misinformation could have drastic implications on public well-being.

    4 Apple Matches Worker Donations to IDF and Illegal Settlements, Employees Allege

    Self-described Apple workers, former employees, and shareholders are calling on the company to halt donations to nonprofits linked to Israel’s war effort.

    Apple Matches Worker Donations to IDF and Illegal Settlements, Employees Allege

    An open letter from Apple employees and shareholders demands the tech giant stop matching employee donations to organizations with ties to the Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip and ongoing illegal settlement development in the West Bank.

    The letter, building on a previous demand by Apple employees for a ceasefire in the conflict, calls on the company to “promptly investigate and cease matching donations to all organizations that further illegal settlements in occupied territories and support the IDF.”

    As with many large corporations, Apple employees can make donations to a number of nonprofit organizations and receive matching contributions from their employer through a platform called Benevity.

    Among the charitable organizations eligible for dollar-matching from Apple are Friends of the IDF, an organization that collects donations on behalf of soldiers in the Israeli military, as well as a number of groups that contribute to the settlement enterprise in the West Bank, including HaYovel, One Israel Fund, the Jewish National Fund, and IsraelGives.

    1 Ubisoft Excited To Let You Know Prince Of Persia Remake Is Still Years Away

    Announced in 2020, the Sands of Time remake got a tiny teaser confirming it won't be out until 2026

    Ubisoft Excited To Let You Know Prince Of Persia Remake Is Still Years Away

    During today’s Ubisoft Summer Game Fest showcase, the publisher took a moment to acknowledge that, yes, its long-in-development and oft-delayed Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake is still being made. But if you wanted to play it soon...bad news. It won’t be out until sometime in 2026.

    Here’s the super-short teaser that debuted during the UbiForward 2024 event. It reveals basically nothing but a 2026 date:

    The original Prince of Persia: Sands of Time launched in 2003 and was a big hit, leading to a full trilogy of sequels. In September 2020, Ubisoft announced its plans to remake the popular third-person action-platformer and the plan was for it to arrive in 2021.

    However, in December 2020 the game got delayed. Then it got delayed indefinitely in February 2021. Then in May 2022, Ubisoft announced that Ubisoft Montreal—the OG studio behind the original Sands of Time trilogy—was taking over the troubled project. At the time it sounded like the studio was building off what came before. But that wasn’t the case as we learned in May 2023.

    Now, here we are in 2024 and Ubisoft has a new, very short teaser confirming the game is still being developed. During the event, Ubisoft confirmed that time-bending powers and action would be a core part of this upcoming project. Th teaser looks good and seems to have similar vibes as Sands of Time. Which is nice, I guess.


    Hamas says it accepts UN-backed Gaza truce plan, US cites 'hopeful sign'

    TEL AVIV/CAIRO, June 11 (Reuters) - Hamas accepts a U.N. resolution backing a plan to end the war with Israel in Gaza and is ready to negotiate details, a senior official of the Palestinian militant group said on Tuesday in what the U.S. Secretary of State called "a hopeful sign".

    Conversations on plans for Gaza after the Israel-Hamas war ends will continue on Tuesday afternoon and in the next couple of days, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Tel Aviv after talks with Israeli leaders. "It's imperative that we have these plans."

    Blinken met Israeli officials on Tuesday in a push to end the eight-month-old Israeli air and ground war against Hamas that has devastated Gaza, a day after President Joe Biden's proposal for a truce was approved by the U.N. Security Council.

    Ahead of Blinken's trip, Israel and Hamas both repeated hardline positions that have undermined previous mediation to end the fighting, while Israel has pressed on with assaults in central and southern Gaza, among the bloodiest of the war. On Tuesday, however, senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri, who is based outside Gaza, said it accepted the ceasefire resolution and was ready to negotiate over the details. It was up to Washington to ensure that Israel abides by it, he added

    13 EU expected to impose import tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles

    Experts believe Beijing will retaliate with measures that could hit European exports from cheese to cognac

    EU expected to impose import tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles

    The EU is expected to notify China that it will impose tariffs on electric vehicle imports this week, firing the starting gun on a potential summer trade war with Beijing.

    A formal pre-disclosure of tariffs could happen as early as Wednesday, after a lengthy investigation into China’s state subsidies for its car manufacturing, which is predicted to conclude that massive support continues to be concentrated on the EV sector.

    Chinese manufacturers are already bracing themselves for new import duties, but experts anticipate that Beijing will retaliate with countermeasures that could hit a range of EU exports to the country, ranging from cognac to dairy products.

    Centrist Benny Gantz, a member of Israel's war Cabinet, resigns over frustration with Netanyahu
  • Gantz has supported the genocide as much as Netanyahu has. He was a big factor in making it possible the last half year. Gantz now realizes that the optics are not great and Israel is rapidly losing international support.

    As a member of the war cabinet Gantz would have known from the beginning that there was never a plan. He was in those meetings.

  • Remarks by President Biden on Securing Our Border
  • These are the people that went from the biggest Commie haters to liking Russia the second the Democrats opposed Russia.

    Republicans will take a more extreme or opposite position of the Democrats. It is impossible to appease to them.

  • The First Borderlands Movie Clip Looks Like An SNL Skit

    Not only does it look cheap and boring, but the debut clip is so dark it's hard to see anything

    The First Borderlands Movie Clip Looks Like An SNL Skit

    Today, during IGN Live, we got our first real look at the Borderlands movie, and folks, I’m not sure this is going to be very good.

    Based on the popular looter shooters developed by Gearbox and published by 2K Games, Borderlands was first announced all the way back in 2020. The movie is being directed by Eli Roth and has been in production hell for years now. But finally, our long national nightmare is almost over as Borderlands arrives in theaters on August 9. Sadly, I’m not sure its going to be worth the wait based on a scene released earlier today during IGN Live’s Day 1 showcase.

    In the new scene, we see Roland (Kevin Hart), Lilith (Cate Blanchett), Tiny Tina (Ariana Greenblatt), Kireg (Florian Munteanu), and Claptrap (voice by Jack Black) in a dark underground facility filled with boxes and not many lights. It’s hard to see what’s happening.

    This is supposed to be an action-packed sequence from a major motion picture, but it feels more like a pre-recorded skit from a so-so episode of Saturday Night Live. Enemies get shot and just fall down with no blood or gore, characters move around slowly even though this is meant to be a fast-paced sequence, and all of this is done to generic music that you’ll forget about the moment the scene ends.

    90 Outrage over ‘massacre’ in Gaza as Israel rescued four hostages

    Top EU diplomat says ‘bloodbath must end’ after Israeli attacks killed at least 274, according to Gaza ministry

    Outrage over ‘massacre’ in Gaza as Israel rescued four hostages

    At least 274 Palestinians were killed and 698 wounded in Israeli strikes on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, Gaza’s health ministry said on Sunday. The Israeli military said its forces came under heavy fire during the daytime operation.

    The EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, called it a “massacre”, while the UN’s aid chief described in graphic detail scenes of “shredded bodies on the ground”.

    “Nuseirat refugee camp is the epicentre of the seismic trauma that civilians in Gaza continue to suffer,” Martin Griffiths said in a post on X, calling for a ceasefire and the release of all hostages.

    151 How 3D Printing Is Impacting Supply Chains | HackerNoon

    3D printing has long been a hobby, but now it's moving into logistics. Here's how it will impact supply chains.

    How 3D Printing Is Impacting Supply Chains | HackerNoon

    3D printing’s primary role in supply chains revolves around manufacturing. Many manufacturers use it for small-batch or custom orders because of its fast turnaround time. Its popularity in warehousing and distribution is rising, too, since it’s a relatively versatile technology. Logistics companies use it to bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds.

    While many people associate 3D printing products and services with do-it-yourself projects and fun, worthless trinkets, it’s not just for consumers. In the logistics sector, its penetration rate is high — which isn’t surprising, given its global market value is set to reach $35.6 billion in 2024, achieving a compound annual growth rate of 22.5% from 2020 to 2024.

    Since this technology can accelerate typical production and backend processes, it has become a large part of logistics. Already, 74% of supply chain companies report spending $5-$10 million on additive manufacturing technology, and another 18% spend up to $50 million. As its penetration rate increases and investments grow, decision-makers will uncover new use cases.

    Manufacturers use 3D printing to shift from mass production to on-demand. For example, medical equipment manufacturers use it to craft tailor-made prosthetics. Some facilities have established local hubs where they produce, assemble, and ship products from decentralized centers instead of relying on distributors to distribute from one central location.

    1 Jewish US Army Major Explains Why He Resigned Over Gaza | Common Dreams

    "I knew that as long as I stayed, I'd be contributing to this campaign that had already demonstrated basically it was going to be indiscriminately killing civilians at an industrial scale," said Harrison Mann.

    Jewish US Army Major Explains Why He Resigned Over Gaza | Common Dreams

    After Harrison Mann's resignation from the U.S. military was finalized on Monday, the Jewish U.S. Army major who worked in the Defense Intelligence Agency gave a pair of interviews this week explaining his decision to resign over American support for Israel's war on the Gaza Strip.

    "We saw, even from the first days of the Israeli air campaign, willingness to inflict very high civilian casualties," Mann toldCBS News chief investigative correspondent Jim Axelrod in a conversation that aired Tuesday.

    Even before the Hamas-led October 7 attack prompted the ongoing Israeli bombardment, ground assault, and restrictions on humanitarian assistance deliveries into Gaza, the United States gave Israel billions of dollars in annual military aid. U.S. weapons and diplomatic support for the Middle East ally has increased over the past eight months, as the death toll has topped 36,500.

    Journalists and human rights groups have documented Israel's use of U.S. arms to kill and injure civilians in Gaza. Asked by Axelrod whether Israeli forces were intentionally doing so, the Mann responded, "I don't know how you kill 35,000 civilians by accident."

    3 Report: Warner Bros. Execs Thought Suicide Squad Would Make A Ton Of Money Despite Development Woes

    Rocksteady Games is working on a Hogwarts Legacy Director's Cut and hoping to pivot back to single-player games

    Report: Warner Bros. Execs Thought Suicide Squad Would Make A Ton Of Money Despite Development Woes

    Anyone who played Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League could probably guess that something went terribly wrong during development. Bloomberg now reports that the multiplayer bomb from a studio beloved for its single-player Batman: Arkham games was plagued by several issues leading up to its repeatedly delayed launch.

    According to Bloomberg, there wasn’t a single cause of Suicide Squad’s failure. Instead, the Rocksteady Studios project was hurt by an unclear and shifting creative vision, an ill-fated pivot to a completely new genre, and the “perfectionism” of former creative director Sefton Hill, who left the team prior to release to head up a brand new studio that’s reportedly working on a blockbuster for Microsoft.

    Staff told Bloomberg that Hill often created a bottleneck during development, with people waiting a week or longer for him to sign off on individual elements of the open-world shooter. At one point he apparently had the idea to introduce an in-depth vehicle customization aspect to the game, balked at by others on the team since it would seemingly undermine Suicide Squad’s emphasis on its anti-heroes’ own individual traversal abilities. The game does still have (very bad) vehicle missions in it, which might be a remnant of that earlier vision.


    Palestinian Authority to pay reduced salaries as Israel blocks funds

    RAMALLAH, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The Palestinian Authority said on Tuesday it will pay public sector workers 60% of their December salaries this week as it grapples with the longrunning fallout of Israel's refusal to transfer tax funds earmarked for Gaza.

    Funding to the Palestinian Authority, the body which exercises limited governance in the occupied West Bank, has been severely restricted by the months-long dispute over transferring tax revenues Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinians.

    Funding from international donors has also been squeezed, falling from 30% of the $6 billion annual budget to around 1%, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said.


    Biden Uses Trump 'Muslim Ban' Maneuver to Cap Asylum Seekers

    President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed an executive order to restrict asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, using a controversial regulation last introduced by his predecessor.

    The new restriction will effectively halt the number of migrants able to cross into the U.S. once a daily cap has been reached and allow officials to swiftly deport those who enter illegally.

    The measure would kick in once illegal entries surpassed 2,500 per day over a seven-day average, which means it would take effect immediately as crossings already surpass that figure.

    Legal challenges are expected, with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) telling Newsweek on Tuesday that it would be reading the order closely.

    Following the White House announcement, the ACLU confirmed it would sue, just as it had during the Trump administration.

    12 Guantánamo Prosecutors Accused of “Outrageous” Misconduct for Trying to Use Torture Testimony

    A torture victim’s lawyer said the Guantánamo military commission is trying to use testimony extracted by torture.

    Guantánamo Prosecutors Accused of “Outrageous” Misconduct for Trying to Use Torture Testimony

    In a pretrial hearing Tuesday at the Guantánamo Bay military tribunal, Clive Stafford Smith, a lawyer for a potential witness in the war crimes case, accused government prosecutors of “outrageous” misconduct.

    During the hearing for the case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is charged with masterminding the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole, Stafford Smith said the government attorneys had failed to release exculpatory information about Nashiri and made false statements in the course of their failure.

    Stafford Smith, the lead counsel for Ahmed Rabbani, a former Guantánamo detainee who was tortured by the CIA, made the allegations after being called to the witness stand by Nashiri’s defense team.

    Stafford Smith testified that the prosecutors had filed a brief that falsely said Rabbani had not recanted his initial testimony because, Rabbani said, it was made under torture. After raising the omission, Stafford Smith said, he felt it was not getting due attention and took the unusual step of reporting the prosecutors to their state bar associations.

    “I’ve never, ever, in 40 years reported someone to the bar before this case,” Stafford Smith said in court. “I don’t like doing that, but I felt I was required to.”

    1 New FPS Built Using Doom Tech Is Better Than Most AAA Shooters

    Selaco might look old, but it plays like a modern first-person shooter masterpiece

    New FPS Built Using Doom Tech Is Better Than Most AAA Shooters

    Things aren’t looking good for me. I’m a few levels into Selaco, a new FPS out now on Steam, and I’m stuck behind a bar as a group of sci-fi soldiers unload their rifles and shotguns into my hiding spot. I’m also low on health. So yeah, a bad spot to be in. I take a deep breath and try something.

    As smoothly as I can I slide out from behind the bar, toss an ice grenade toward the enemies, and then dash behind a wall. A moment later a boom happens and my foes are frozen. I spot a nearby propane tank, pick it up, and chuck it at them. A second later I shoot it and watch them blow up. On my screen, a notification lets me know I’ve killed enough of these bastards to unlock a new milestone and earned some new crafting materials to make my assault rifle even better. Sweet!

    I then remember that the game I’m playing—that lets me do all this and more was built using a modified version of the ancient Doom engine and giggle. This kind of thing happens a lot in Selaco, a game that rarely feels like it’s built on old bones and dated tech, but instead feels like a polished and modern shooter with some slick retro visuals. What’s most surprising about Selaco isn’t that it’s developed in GZDoom, but that it might be one of the best shooters I’ve played in years.

    82 He Made a PowerPoint on Mothers Starving in Gaza. Then He Lost His Government Job.

    Alex Smith, a senior USAID adviser, said he was pressured to resign days after USAID censored his presentation on maternal health in Gaza.

    He Made a PowerPoint on Mothers Starving in Gaza. Then He Lost His Government Job.

    Alexander Smith’s PowerPoint presentation doesn’t appear designed to court controversy. The slides, focused on declining maternal health in Gaza, cite public health data from the United Nations and World Health Organization. His employer, the U.S. Agency for International Development, had selected him to share it at the government agency’s Global Gender Equality Conference.

    But just before the conference, an issue of contention emerged.

    A single slide mentioned international humanitarian law in context of the health crisis in Gaza. USAID staff cited the slide and discussion of international law as potential fodder for leaks, documents and emails Smith shared with The Intercept show. Despite Smith’s willingness to make revisions, his presentation was eventually canceled. On the last day of the conference, he found himself out of a job.

    “I thought it is really obscene that misinformation can go out freely out into the world [about Gaza], but I can’t talk about the reality of starving pregnant women,” said Smith, who worked as a contracted senior adviser at USAID on gender and material health. “We can’t even whisper about that in a conference on that topic.”

    62 Columbia Coincidentally Rewrites Disciplinary Rules Just in Time to Screw Over Student Protesters

    Columbia University is accused of making 11th-hour disciplinary rule changes that hamstring the defenses of students who protested Israel’s war on Gaza.

    Columbia Coincidentally Rewrites Disciplinary Rules Just in Time to Screw Over Student Protesters

    Just as summer vacation is getting underway, students at Columbia University in New York are left dealing with a raft of looming disciplinary charges from their participation in campus protests against Israel’s war in Gaza. But some students at the school said 11th-hour changes to disciplinary procedures are making it harder for students to defend themselves.

    The May 29 CSSI message said that if students recruited a supporting person to accompany them to their hearings, accommodations could be made for them “outside of the hearing location or zoom breakout room,” with a five-minute break at the midpoint of hearings to consult with advocates. (CSSI did not respond to a request for comment.)

    The law students raising the alarm about the message wrote, “No CSSI or University policy or precedent supports the prohibition of faculty advisors, deprivation of legal counsel, or arbitrary time limits on consultation with support persons.”

    The letter also said the May 29 CSSI message required written statements to be submitted 24 hours before hearings, whereas CSSI’s own policies say statements can be submitted at or immediately after hearings.

    3 Windows Subsystem for Linux plans a settings interface

    Scared of editing a config file? There'll soon be a GUI for that

    Windows Subsystem for Linux plans a settings interface

    The Windows Subsystem for Linux is due to receive a user interface for settings as well as management enhancements to make the platform more attractive to enterprise administrators.

    While die-hard Linux fans are unlikely to be averse to editing the odd config file or two in order to tweak a configuration, having to dive into the .wslconfig file to fiddle with global settings could be somewhat jarring for users accustomed to a graphical user interface.

    According to Craig Loewen, Microsoft Senior Product Manager for the Windows Developer Platform, a user interface is on the way that will break the settings out into categories in a familiar Windows interface if the idea of editing a text file seems daunting.


    EU approves Italian aid for $5.4 bln STMicro energy chip plant

    CATANIA, Italy May 31 (Reuters) - The European Commission on Friday approved Italian state aid for chipmaker STMicroelectronics (STMPA.PA), to build a 5 billion euro ($5.4 billion) plant in Catania, Sicily, to make specialist microchips that boost energy efficiency in electric cars.

    Chipmakers across the globe are investing billions of dollars in new plants, encouraged by rising use of semiconductors in everyday devices as well as U.S. and EU subsidies aimed at keeping the West ahead of China in the race for cutting-edge technology.

    The aid approved by the EU executive will be a direct grant of about 2 billion euros to support STMicro's production of chips made from silicon carbide, which is more energy-efficient than standard silicon.