Hackers gain access to several high-profile Twitter accounts, solicit bitcoin donations

A wave of tweets in apparent hacking swept through Twitter on Wednesday, with more than half a dozen high-profile accounts – belonging to U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, former U.S. President Barack Obama, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and rapper Kanye West, among others – used to solicit bitcoin donations. Some… Read More Hackers gain access to several high-profile Twitter accounts, solicit bitcoin donations

Twelve dead following clashes at Azerbaijan-Armenia border

Seven Azeri soldiers and a civilian and four Armenian servicemen were killed on Tuesday in the third day of border clashes between countries that fought a war in the 1990s over the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region. The international community worries about clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in part because of the threat to instability in the… Read More Twelve dead following clashes at Azerbaijan-Armenia border

Hundreds protest against recent constitutional reforms in Russia

Hundreds protested in central Moscow on Wednesday against constitutional reforms introduced earlier this month that give President Vladimir Putin the option to remain in power for another 16 years, a witness said. About 500 demonstrators, many of whom wore face masks branded with the word “no”, chanted calls for Putin to resign and held up… Read More Hundreds protest against recent constitutional reforms in Russia

Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt tests positive for coronavirus

As coronavirus infections surged in Oklahoma, its governor said on Wednesday he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first of the 50 U.S. state governors to announce testing positive. The number of U.S. cases in the South and West has spiked since local officials started loosening economic and social restrictions aimed at… Read More Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt tests positive for coronavirus

Tunisian PM Elyes Fakhfakh announces resignation

Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh stepped down on Wednesday, plunging the country into a political crisis as it tries to weather the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Fakhfakh presented his resignation to President Kais Saied, a government statement said. Political sources said Saied had asked him to do so as momentum grew in parliament… Read More Tunisian PM Elyes Fakhfakh announces resignation

George Floyd’s family files lawsuit against Minneapolis, four officers over his death

George Floyd’s family sued Minneapolis and four police officers for wrongful death on Wednesday, alleging police violated their own rules and U.S. Justice Department warnings by kneeling on the neck of the handcuffed Black man for nearly nine minutes. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump filed the suit seeking monetary damages on behalf of Floyd’s children… Read More George Floyd’s family files lawsuit against Minneapolis, four officers over his death

Russian scientists hail results of coronavirus vaccine trial

Russian scientists hailed the results of their first clinical trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, saying it had been proved safe and that volunteers had developed an immune response. Speaking to a crowded room without wearing masks, three of 18 volunteers monitored over a month at the Sechenov University said they all had… Read More Russian scientists hail results of coronavirus vaccine trial

U.S. President Donald Trump signs executive order ending special status for Hong Kong

President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law to punish China for what he called “oppressive actions” against the former British colony, prompting Beijing to warn of retaliatory sanctions. Citing China’s decision to enact a new national security law for Hong Kong, Trump signed an executive order… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump signs executive order ending special status for Hong Kong