Facebook to reinstate political ad ban in Georgia following runoff elections

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday that Georgia will again be added to the social media company’s existing political ad ban on Wednesday, after the state’s runoff elections. “This is part of our ongoing efforts to reduce the potential for confusion or abuse,” Facebook told advertisers. Last month, Facebook said it would lift its temporary ban… Read More Facebook to reinstate political ad ban in Georgia following runoff elections

U.S. President Donald Trump signs executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese software applications, including Ant Group’s Alipay mobile payment app, the White House said, escalating tensions with Beijing two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The move is aimed at curbing the threat to Americans posed by Chinese software applications,… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump signs executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies agree to restore diplomatic ties with Qatar

Embracing Qatar’s ruler, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince pushed a deal to end a row with Doha at a Gulf summit on Tuesday to try to strengthen an Arab alliance against Iran, although a final declaration contained only a general pledge of solidarity. The kingdom’s foreign minister said Riyadh and its Arab allies agreed to restore… Read More Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies agree to restore diplomatic ties with Qatar

Singer Akon signs deal with Congolese company in venture into mining sector

A company led by American-Senegalese R&B singer Akon has signed a deal to finance a copper and cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a joint venture with state miner SODIMICO, according to a contract published by the mines ministry. The Grammy-nominated singer, known for hit songs like “Don’t Matter” and “Smack That,”… Read More Singer Akon signs deal with Congolese company in venture into mining sector

Nigeria seeks to get coronavirus vaccines through COVAX scheme

Nigeria hopes to get 42 million COVID-19 vaccines to cover one-fifth of its population through the global COVAX scheme, said Faisal Shuaib, head of the country’s primary healthcare agency, on Tuesday. Shuaib said the batch of vaccines would come as part of Nigeria’s plan to inoculate 40% of the population this year, with another 30%… Read More Nigeria seeks to get coronavirus vaccines through COVAX scheme

Over twenty people killed at wedding ceremony following airstrikes in Mali

More than 20 people, including children, were killed in air strikes during a wedding ceremony in a remote desert area of central Mali on Sunday, a health worker with knowledge of the attack said on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attacks but a French army source said that French forces… Read More Over twenty people killed at wedding ceremony following airstrikes in Mali

Ethiopian police release detained Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu

Ethiopian police released Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu on Tuesday after detaining him without charge for 12 days. Police had told his lawyer Melkamu Ogo that their lines of inquiry included accusations of disseminating false information, communicating with groups fighting the government, and disturbing the public’s peace and security. However, Ogo said he had seen no… Read More Ethiopian police release detained Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu

Grammy Awards postponed due to surge in coronavirus cases

The Grammy Awards ceremony due to take place on January 31 has been postponed because of the coronavirus surge in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone magazine and Variety reported on Tuesday. The two outlets cited multiple sources as saying the ceremony to present the highest awards in the music industry may now take place in March.… Read More Grammy Awards postponed due to surge in coronavirus cases