Twitter suspends accounts linked to Colombian FARC dissidents over violation of rules

Twitter has suspended accounts linked to FARC dissidents, shortly after Colombian police requested they be taken down for inciting violence. The Twitter accounts for @IvanMarquezFarc, belonging to former FARC leader Ivan Marquez, and @SMarquetalia, which is controlled by FARC dissidents who rejected a 2016 peace deal, now read “Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts which violate… Read More Twitter suspends accounts linked to Colombian FARC dissidents over violation of rules

Messaging app Signal experiences technical difficulties

Signal said on Friday it was experiencing technical difficulties and working to restore the service, as it dealt with a flood of new users after rival messaging app WhatsApp announced a controversial change in privacy terms. Along with another encrypted app, Telegram, Signal has been the main beneficiary of online outrage around the policy changes… Read More Messaging app Signal experiences technical difficulties

Spain’s Catalonia postpones parliamentary election to May 30 over surge in coronavirus cases

Catalonia on Friday postponed a parliamentary election scheduled for February 14 until May 30 because of a surge in coronavirus cases that has pushed hospital occupancy in the restive northeastern region of Spain to one of the highest levels in the country. “The current evolution of COVID-19 shows that to continue with the election is… Read More Spain’s Catalonia postpones parliamentary election to May 30 over surge in coronavirus cases

Morocco confers highest award on U.S. President Donald Trump for role in resolution of Middle East dispute

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday received Morocco’s highest award for his work in advancing a normalization deal between Israel and Morocco, a senior administration official told Reuters. In a private Oval Office ceremony, Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui, who is Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, gave Trump the Order of Muhammad, an award given… Read More Morocco confers highest award on U.S. President Donald Trump for role in resolution of Middle East dispute

Scottish court rejects appeal to overturn conviction of 1988 Pam Am plane bomber

A Scottish court rejected on Friday an appeal to overturn the conviction of a now-deceased Libyan man found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing which killed 270 people. Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, an intelligence officer who died in 2012, was jailed for life in 2001 for the murder of 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11… Read More Scottish court rejects appeal to overturn conviction of 1988 Pam Am plane bomber

Kazakhstan president reappoints Askar Mamin as prime minister

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev nominated Askar Mamin as prime minister on Friday, and the newly elected lower house of parliament swiftly approved his appointment after ruling party leader Nursultan Nazarbayev asked his lawmakers to back Mamin. Mamin had stepped down after a January 10 parliamentary election, as required by the constitution, after almost two years… Read More Kazakhstan president reappoints Askar Mamin as prime minister

U.S. judge rejects Apple’s bid to overturn VirnetX patent infringement verdict

A federal judge denied Apple Inc’s bid to set aside or reduce a $502.8 million patent infringement verdict favoring VirnetX Holding Corp, and awarded interest and royalties that could boost Apple’s total payout in two lawsuits above $1.1 billion. In a decision issued on Friday, U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder in Tyler, Texas rejected Apple’s… Read More U.S. judge rejects Apple’s bid to overturn VirnetX patent infringement verdict

Palestinian Authority announces dates for legislative and presidential elections

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced parliamentary and presidential elections on Friday, the first in 15 years, in an effort to heal long-standing internal divisions. The move is widely seen as a response to criticism of the democratic legitimacy of Palestinian political institutions, including Abbas’s presidency. It also comes days before the inauguration of U.S. President-elect… Read More Palestinian Authority announces dates for legislative and presidential elections