Facebook takes down accounts linked to Ugandan government ahead of presidential election

Facebook has taken down a network in Uganda linked to the country’s ministry of information for using fake and duplicate accounts to post ahead of this week’s presidential election, the U.S. social media giant said on Monday. Ugandans vote on Thursday in a presidential election pitting long-time leader Yoweri Museveni against 10 candidates including opposition… Read More Facebook takes down accounts linked to Ugandan government ahead of presidential election

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu orders advancement of settler housing project in West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered on Monday that plans be advanced to construct some 800 homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, an official statement said. The announcement was widely expected ahead of the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who unlike outgoing President Donald Trump, has been critical of Israeli… Read More Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu orders advancement of settler housing project in West Bank

Pope Francis issues new decree formally allowing more roles for women in Church

Pope Francis, in another step towards greater equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church, on Monday changed its law to formally allow them to serve as readers at liturgies, altar servers and distributors of communion. In a decree, the pope formalised what already has been happening in many developed countries for years. But by… Read More Pope Francis issues new decree formally allowing more roles for women in Church

Twitter shares slump by eight percent following account suspension of U.S. President Donald Trump

Twitter’s German-listed shares slumped as much as 8% on Monday, the first trading day after it permanently suspended U.S. President Donald Trump’s account late on Friday. The company said suspension of Trump’s account, which had more than 88 million followers, was due to the risk of further violence, following the storming of the U.S. Capitol… Read More Twitter shares slump by eight percent following account suspension of U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. Congress Democrats kick off impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump over Capitol attack

Congressional Democrats on Monday begin their drive to force President Donald Trump from office, kicking off a week of legislative action that could end with a vote that would make him the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol last week, scattering lawmakers who were certifying… Read More U.S. Congress Democrats kick off impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump over Capitol attack

Washington mayor Muriel Bowser requests for increased securing around U.S. presidential inauguration

Washington’s mayor has asked for increased security around the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden after last week’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. Describing last week’s assault as an “unprecedented terrorist attack”, Mayor Muriel Bowser said that Biden’s inauguration on January 20 will require a “different approach” compared to… Read More Washington mayor Muriel Bowser requests for increased securing around U.S. presidential inauguration

Turkey launches investigation into WhatsApp, Facebook user data collection

The Turkish Competition Board said on Monday it launched an investigation into WhatsApp and its owner Facebook Inc after the messaging app asked users to agree to let Facebook collect user data including phone numbers and locations. In a written statement, the Competition Board said it ruled the data-collection requirement should be suspended until the… Read More Turkey launches investigation into WhatsApp, Facebook user data collection

Taiwan unveils new passport to further ties from China

Taiwan rolled out a newly redesigned passport on Monday that gives greater prominence to the island’s day-to-day name, aiming to avoid confusion with China amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Beijing’s stepped-up efforts to assert sovereignty. Existing Taiwanese passports have “Republic of China”, its formal name, written in large English font at the top, with “Taiwan”… Read More Taiwan unveils new passport to further ties from China