Egypt sentences female activist Sanaa Seif to eighteen months imprisonment over call for release of prisoners amid pandemic

An Egyptian court sentenced prominent female activist Sanaa Seif to a year and a half in prison on Wednesday for spreading false news, her sister and judicial sources said. Seif was detained in June 2020 outside the public prosecutor’s office as she tried to file a complaint about an assault on her and her mother… Read More Egypt sentences female activist Sanaa Seif to eighteen months imprisonment over call for release of prisoners amid pandemic

Uganda launches coronavirus rapid test kit

Uganda on Wednesday launched a rapid COVID-19 antibody test partly funded by France that developers hope to market in sub-Saharan Africa, where the laboratory infrastructure needed for extensive novel coronavirus testing is thin. The test, which requires a finger prick to draw blood, was developed by a team at Makerere, Uganda’s oldest public university, with… Read More Uganda launches coronavirus rapid test kit

U.S. President Joe Biden says Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will face consequences over election meddling

President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin will face consequences for directing efforts to swing the November 2020 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump, and that they would come soon. “He will pay a price,” Biden told ABC News in an interview broadcast on Wednesday. Asked what the consequences would be, he said, “You’ll… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden says Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will face consequences over election meddling

Tanzanian President John Magufuli dies at 61

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli, one of Africa’s most prominent coronavirus sceptics, has died aged 61, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Wednesday after a more than two-week absence from public life that led to speculation about his health. Magufuli, had not been seen in public since February 27, sparking rumours that he had contracted… Read More Tanzanian President John Magufuli dies at 61

Japanese court rules not allowing same-sex marriage as unconstitutional

A Japanese court ruled on Wednesday that not allowing same-sex couples to marry is “unconstitutional,” setting a precedent in the only G7 nation not to fully recognise same-sex partnership. The ruling by a district court, the first in Japan on the legality of same-sex marriages, is a major symbolic victory in a country where the… Read More Japanese court rules not allowing same-sex marriage as unconstitutional

Uber pressured to pay minimum wage following reclassification of UK drivers as workers

Uber drivers in Britain should receive the minimum wage for the whole time they are logged on to the app, two former drivers said on Wednesday after winning a court battle which could reshape the gig economy. Following a UK Supreme Court defeat last month, the Silicon Valley-based company reclassified its more than 70,000 drivers… Read More Uber pressured to pay minimum wage following reclassification of UK drivers as workers

Eight dead, suspected arrested following shootings in Atlanta

Eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, were shot dead in a string of attacks on Atlanta-area day spas on Tuesday, and a man suspected of carrying out all of the shootings was arrested hours later in southern Georgia, police said. Although authorities declined to offer a possible motive for the violence, the… Read More Eight dead, suspected arrested following shootings in Atlanta