Facebook signs content deals, restores news services in Australia

Facebook Inc ended a one-week blackout of Australian news on its popular social media site on Friday and announced preliminary commercial agreements with three small local publishers. The moves reflected easing tensions between the U.S. company and the Australian government, a day after the country’s parliament passed a law forcing it and Alphabet Inc’s Google… Read More Facebook signs content deals, restores news services in Australia

U.S. carries out airstrikes on Iran-backed militia facilities in eastern Syria

U.S. air strikes against Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria killed at least one fighter and wounded several others in what U.S. officials said was a calibrated response to rocket attacks against American personnel in Iraq. The attacks, which took place early on Friday Middle Eastern time, were deliberately limited in scope and designed to show… Read More U.S. carries out airstrikes on Iran-backed militia facilities in eastern Syria

Greece to toughen laws on sex crimes following recent abuse reports

Greece will toughen laws to combat sexual abuse and protect minors, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday following a cascade of recent scandals in culture and sport. “Greek society underwent a shock when it began to learn about its hidden facades,” Mitsotakis told parliament. The measures he outlined include stricter penalties for crimes against… Read More Greece to toughen laws on sex crimes following recent abuse reports

India announces new rules to regulate social media firms

India announced new rules on Thursday to regulate big social media firms, such as Facebook and Twitter, the latest effort by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to tighten control over Big Tech firms. The rules come after Twitter ignored orders to drop content on farmers’ protests, fuelling the government’s zeal, dating from 2018, to clamp… Read More India announces new rules to regulate social media firms

Italy holds state funeral for ambassador and security official killed in Congo

Italy on Thursday held a state funeral on Thursday for its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and his bodyguard killed in an ambush that a cardinal said should prompt everyone to “hear the cry” of a people devastated by violence. Luca Attanasio, 43, and Vittorio Iacovacci, 30, were shot dead after being kidnapped… Read More Italy holds state funeral for ambassador and security official killed in Congo

Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan warns of attempted coup as army demands his resignation

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan condemned what he said was an attempted coup after the army demanded he quit on Thursday, and told a rally of thousands of supporters that only the people could decide his future. The army’s demand, in a written statement, plunged the impoverished former Soviet republic of less than 3 million… Read More Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan warns of attempted coup as army demands his resignation

India, Pakistan agree to cross-border ceasefire in disputed Kashmir region

The militaries of India and Pakistan said in a rare joint statement on Thursday that they had agreed to observe a ceasefire along the disputed border in Kashmir, having exchanged fire hundreds of times in recent months. The nuclear-armed neighbours signed a ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kashmir region in… Read More India, Pakistan agree to cross-border ceasefire in disputed Kashmir region

Russian court sentences man to eight years imprisonment on espionage charges

A Russian court sentenced a man to eight years in prison on Thursday after finding him guilty of state treason for allegedly handing over secrets to China, the TASS news agency reported. Vladimir Vasilyev, 52, was arrested in Russia’s eastern Siberian Zabaykalsky region that borders Mongolia and China in August 2019. He pleaded guilty to… Read More Russian court sentences man to eight years imprisonment on espionage charges