U.S. government appeals order blocking restrictions on TikTok

The U.S. government on Monday appealed a federal judge’s order that blocked the Commerce Department from imposing restrictions on Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok that would have effectively barred its use in the United States. President Donald Trump’s administration has cited national security concerns in its targeting of TikTok, arguing that the personal data of… Read More U.S. government appeals order blocking restrictions on TikTok

Saudi court sentences women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to sixty-eight months imprisonment

A Saudi court on Monday sentenced prominent women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to five years and eight months in prison, her family and media said, after her conviction in a trial that has drawn international condemnation. Hathloul, 31, has been held since 2018 following her arrest along with at least a dozen other women’s rights… Read More Saudi court sentences women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to sixty-eight months imprisonment

Indian police file charges against army officer, civilian over killing of three labourers in Kashmir

Indian police in Kashmir filed charges against an army officer and a civilian for allegedly killing three labourers and planting weapons to pass them off as militants, in a rare indictment of the military fighting an insurgency in the region. The three labourers were killed in July after what the Indian army had initially said… Read More Indian police file charges against army officer, civilian over killing of three labourers in Kashmir

Magnitude-5.2 earthquake shakes central Croatia

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake hit central Croatia on Monday with an epicentre some 50 kilometres southeast of the capital Zagreb, Croatian state television reported, citing data from the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre. The quake at 0528 GMT was also felt in the capital. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. “We have no… Read More Magnitude-5.2 earthquake shakes central Croatia

Seventeen dead as Russian fishing trawler sinks in northern Barents Sea

A fishing trawler sank in the northern Barents Sea on Monday, the emergencies ministry said, and 17 people were feared dead off the coast of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. Rescue vessels were searching for survivors but only two people had been rescued out of a 19-member crew, the ministry said. Authorities said an ice accumulation… Read More Seventeen dead as Russian fishing trawler sinks in northern Barents Sea

Ethiopian police arrests Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu

A Reuters cameraman, Kumerra Gemechu, was arrested in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Thursday and will be kept in custody for at least two weeks, his family said. He has not been charged. No reason was provided to the family for Thursday’s arrest. Kumerra, 40, has worked for Reuters as a freelance cameraman for… Read More Ethiopian police arrests Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu

Chinese court sentences citizen-journalist to four years imprisonment over reporting of coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan

A Chinese court handed a four-year jail term on Monday to a citizen-journalist who reported from the central city of Wuhan at the peak of last year’s coronavirus outbreak, on grounds of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” her lawyer said. Zhang Zhan, 37, the first such person known to have been tried, was among a… Read More Chinese court sentences citizen-journalist to four years imprisonment over reporting of coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan

U.S. President Donald Trump signs $2.3trillion pandemic and spending bill

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday signed into law a $2.3 trillion pandemic aid and spending package, restoring unemployment benefits to millions of Americans and averting a federal government shutdown in a crisis of his own making. Trump, who leaves office on January 20 after losing November’s election to President-elect Joe Biden, backed down from… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump signs $2.3trillion pandemic and spending bill