Brazilian electoral court acquits President Jair Bolsonaro of misinformation charges

Brazil’s authorities will not tolerate the dissemination of fake news in next year’s elections, a Supreme Court justice said on Thursday after an electoral court acquitted far-right President Jair Bolsonaro of such a crime in the 2018 election. People found to be spreading fake news may face prison and any candidate involved could be banned… Read More Brazilian electoral court acquits President Jair Bolsonaro of misinformation charges

U.S. imposes sanctions on two Lebanese businessmen and lawmaker

The U.S. Treasury on Thursday imposed sanctions on two top Lebanese contractors and a lawmaker close to the Hezbollah movement over alleged large-scale corruption that undermined the rule of law in Lebanon. Businessmen Jihad al-Arab and Dany Khoury, close to former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and Christian politician Gebran Bassil respectively, were sanctioned for… Read More U.S. imposes sanctions on two Lebanese businessmen and lawmaker

Facebook changes its name to Meta in corporate rebranding

Facebook Inc is now called Meta, the company said on Thursday, in a rebrand that focuses on investing in the “metaverse,” a shared virtual environment that it bets will be the successor to the mobile internet. The name change comes as the world’s largest social media company battles criticisms from lawmakers and regulators over its… Read More Facebook changes its name to Meta in corporate rebranding

Three civilians killed as Ethiopia carries out airstrike in Tigray region

An Ethiopian air strike hit the capital of the northern region of Tigray on Thursday. Tigrayan forces said three civilians were killed in their homes, while the government said the strike hit a factory where military equipment was stored. A doctor said he saw six people pulled out of the rubble from the bombing, and… Read More Three civilians killed as Ethiopia carries out airstrike in Tigray region

France seizes British fishing boat amid post-Brexit row

Britain on Thursday condemned France’s “disproportionate” seizure of a British fishing boat in French waters, marking a sharp deterioration in a row over post-Brexit fishing rights that is in danger of spinning out of control. French Seas Minister Annick Girardin said the vessel was detained during routing checks off the northern port of Le Havre… Read More France seizes British fishing boat amid post-Brexit row

Looted artefacts returned to West African nations by Cambridge college, Paris museum

A Cambridge University college and a Paris museum on Wednesday handed back cultural artefacts looted from West Africa during the colonial era, setting a precedent that will pressure other Western institutions to return similarly stolen works. Jesus College, Cambridge, returned a sculpture of a cockerel taken by British troops in 1897, one of hundreds of… Read More Looted artefacts returned to West African nations by Cambridge college, Paris museum