Bulgaria to hold national election on April 4

Bulgaria will hold a national election on April 4, the president said on Thursday, completing the full four-year term of the centre-right coalition government after it survived major anti-corruption protests last summer. President Rumen Radev, who supported the anti-government protests, called the election a week later than the earliest possible date, citing the need for… Read More Bulgaria to hold national election on April 4

Google closes deal to acquire Fitbit amid Justice Department probe

Search and advertising giant Google closed its deal to buy fitness tracking company Fitbit, the companies said on Thursday, even as U.S. and Australian competition regulators said they were continuing probes of the $2.1 billion transaction. The Justice Department, which sued Alphabet Inc’s Google in October for allegedly violating antitrust law in its search and… Read More Google closes deal to acquire Fitbit amid Justice Department probe

Cambodian court convenes for mass treason trial of opposition figures

A court in Cambodia convened on Thursday for the treason trial of scores of opposition figures, one of a series of cases seen by activists as moves by the ruling party to sideline threats to its political monopoly. The defendants are among 121 people affiliated with the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) who are… Read More Cambodian court convenes for mass treason trial of opposition figures

Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi hospitalised for heart problems

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been urgently admitted to hospital in Monaco because of heart problems, his personal doctor said on Thursday. Alberto Zangrillo said he saw Berlusconi on Monday and decided to transfer him to a nearby hospital because he did not think it prudent to bring him to Italy, which is… Read More Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi hospitalised for heart problems

WhatsApp faces legal petition in India over new privacy policy

WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy verges on user surveillance and threatens India’s security, a petition filed in an Indian court said on Thursday, presenting another legal challenge for the Facebook Inc-owned messenger. California-based WhatsApp said on January 4 it reserved the right to share some data including location and phone number with Facebook and its units… Read More WhatsApp faces legal petition in India over new privacy policy

Samsung unveils new flagship Galaxy S21 series smartphones

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday unveiled the first Galaxy S smartphone with a stylus for on-screen work called the S Pen, more than a month ahead of its usual annual release schedule for models of its flagship compact phone. Analysts have said offering a stylus within the Galaxy S21 series might signal the South… Read More Samsung unveils new flagship Galaxy S21 series smartphones

Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Benedict receive coronavirus vaccine

Both Pope Francis and ex Pope Benedict have received the first dose of a vaccine against coronavirus, the Vatican said on Thursday. The 84-year-old pope and the 93-year-old former pope, got their jabs as part of a Vatican vaccination program that began on Wednesday. Both men are vulnerable to contracting the virus because of their… Read More Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Benedict receive coronavirus vaccine

Four UN peacekeepers dead, five injured following attack in central Mali

Four United Nations peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in central Mali on Wednesday after a convoy struck an explosive device and came under fire, the U.N. said. It was not clear who carried out the attack about 20 km (12 miles) north of the town of Bambara-Maoudé in the Timbuktu region. Islamist groups linked… Read More Four UN peacekeepers dead, five injured following attack in central Mali