14 Jan 2021

Hong Kong internet firm blocked website over security law

A Hong Kong internet service provider blocked access to a pro-democracy website to comply with the city’s national security law. HKChronicles, the site that was blocked by Hong Kong Broadband Network, had compiled information on “yellow” shopes that supported the city’s pro-democracy movement. The site also posted personal information and

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14 Jan 2021

Two members of WHO team blocked from entering China over failed coronavirus antibody test

Two members of the WHO team sent to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic were blocked entry to China after failing a coronavirus antibody test. Since November 2020, people entering China must have a negative IgM antibody test and PCR test before they will be allowed into the country.

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14 Jan 2021

A Rohingya Camp Fire Leaves Hundreds Homeless

The Rohingya camp in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh saw a large fire tear through the area on Thursday. Hundreds of shelters were destroyed and displaced Muslim refugees into the winter cold. The blaze did not cause any casualties, however, it left hundreds of people without homes. Bangladesh is

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14 Jan 2021

Ugandans vote in contested presidential election

Ugandans moved to the polls on Thursday to vote in the presidential election as the 76-year old president runs for a sixth term. Bobi Wine, a 38-year old is considered to be the front-runner against Museveni. There has been no sign of violence in the capital, however, a delay in

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14 Jan 2021

North Korea stages military parade after rare party congress – Yonhap

On Thursday, international observers were able to closely watch a military parade staged in North Korea. The parade was staged after a ruling party congress and gave international watchers an opportunity to see signs of new military developments. The parade began between 6 and 7pm and continued past 8pm. The

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13 Jan 2021

Uganda orders all social media to be blocked – letter

Internet service providers were ordered to block all social media platforms and messaging apps on Tuesday in Uganda. This order was issued through the country’s communications regulator in a letter and is in effect until further notice. Facebook and WhatsApp are among the social media platforms that are unable to

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13 Jan 2021

Iran unveils its largest military vessel during missile drill

During a mari-time missile drill, Iran’s navy officially inducted its largest military vessel into its fleet. The forward base ship IRIS Makran is said to be able to carry up to five helicopters. The ship joined the fleet with another one capable of firing missiles at a time of tension

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13 Jan 2021

Estonian opposition asked to step in after PM quits over scandal

Prime Minister Juri Ratas resigned after an inquiry into a property development, leading the president of Estonia to ask the leader of the opposition centre-right Reform Party to step in. On Wednesday, Kaja Kallas was asked to form the next government, but will need support from parliament for the nomination.

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13 Jan 2021

Aleksei Navalny Says He’ll Return to Russia on Sunday

A Russion opposition leader, Aleksei A. Navalny will be returning to Russia this weekend. He faces potential jailing upon arrival due to a petition to the court to imprison him for violating the terms of a suspended prison sentence earlier. Navalny has been in Germany recovering from a nerve-agent attack,

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13 Jan 2021

Italy ‘Ndrangheta group: Biggest mafia trial in decades opens

Italy’s biggest organised crime trial in decades will see 355 alleged mobsters and corrupt officials tried. These 355 people were charged after investigation into the ‘Ndrangheta group. 900 or more witnesses are expected to give evidence. The charge list includes murder, drug trafficking, extortion and money laundering. The trial begins

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