Opposition boycott polls as Venezuela holds parliamentary elections

Polling stations in Venezuelan opened on Sunday for a vote to choose a new congress that the opposition is boycotting and most Western nations call a fraud by President Nicolas Maduro to retake the last state institution not in the hands of the ruling Socialist Party. The vote is almost certain to return congress to… Read More Opposition boycott polls as Venezuela holds parliamentary elections

Mastercard launches investigation into child abuse allegations against Pornhub

Mastercard Inc said on Sunday it was investigating allegations against Pornhub.com following a newspaper column which said many videos posted on the adult website depicted child abuse. The New York Times column, written by Nicholas Kristof, described videos on Pornhub that the author said were recordings of assaults on unconscious women and girls. “The issue… Read More Mastercard launches investigation into child abuse allegations against Pornhub

Volkswagen autonomous vehicles to be ready for sales between 2025 and 2030

The chief executive of Volkswagen, the world’s largest vehicle maker by sales, expects autonomous vehicles to be ready for sale between 2025 and 2030, he told a magazine. Herbert Diess cited the improving performance of computer chips needed in autonomous cars while developments in artificial intelligence are also speeding the process. “It is foreseeable that… Read More Volkswagen autonomous vehicles to be ready for sales between 2025 and 2030

Japan retrieves asteroid samples in exploration mission to uncover origin of planets

Japan has retrieved a capsule of asteroid dust from Australia’s remote outback after a six-year mission that may help uncover more about the origins of the planets and water, the Asian nation’s space agency said on Sunday. The mission of the Japanese spacecraft, Hayabusa2, spotlights Asia’s growing role in space exploration, with a Chinese robotic… Read More Japan retrieves asteroid samples in exploration mission to uncover origin of planets

Former Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez dies at 80

Former Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez died on Saturday in Montevideo at the age of 80 after suffering from lung cancer, his son said in a tweet on Sunday. The center-left politician and oncologist was president of Uruguay twice in 2005-2010 and 2015-2020 and was diagnosed with cancer last year towards the end of his second… Read More Former Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez dies at 80

Unrest impending as Cameroon set to hold first ever regional elections

Cameroon holds its first ever regional election on Sunday, which the government says hands more power to the provinces but opponents fear only maintains President Paul Biya’s long hold on power. Biya hopes the vote will appease critics who say he has long neglected the Central African country’s 10 regions, and end a four-year separatist… Read More Unrest impending as Cameroon set to hold first ever regional elections