28 Dec 2020

China Jails Citizen Journalist for Her Accounts of Covid-19 in Wuhan

Zhang Zhan, a 37-year-old journalist, faces four years in prison due to her accounts of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wuhan. A Chinese court found Zhan to be guilty of picking quarrels and provoking trouble after sustaining a 2.5 hour trial at the Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court. Prosecutors accused

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28 Dec 2020

Europe launches mass vaccination program as countries race to contain new variant

Yesterday, the European Union began its Covid-19 vaccination program after approving the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine on December 21. The vaccine has now been delivered to all EU countries, according to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen. December 27, 28, and 29 have been declared EU vaccination days, although

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28 Dec 2020

Lazarus Group Hits COVID-19 Vaccine-Maker in Espionage Attack

The APT Lazarus Group and other threat actors have allegedly been actively trying to steal COVID-19 research, likely to speed up their own countries’ vaccine development efforts. Lazarus is likely seeking to steal intellectual property to report back to North Korea, according to Kaspersky researchers. Lazarus recently attacked both a

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23 Dec 2020

Thousands of truck drivers scramble for tests at UK port after France eases blockade

On Sunday night, several countries around the world such as France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands, shut down borders with the UK and banned travel due to renewed fear brought on by the discovery of a  new mutated variant of coronavirus that was in England. Due to the announcement,

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22 Dec 2020

Britain, stuck in COVID-19 isolation, strives to lift France’s freight ban

On Tuesday, much of the world blocked Britons from traveling due to a highly infectious new coronavirus strain. This has also completely shut down one of Europe’s most crucial trade routes. The developments come just days before the Brexit date, causing political panic. Lines of trucks carrying important goods currently

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22 Dec 2020

Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine Is Cleared for Use by EU Drug Agency

The Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has been cleared by the European Union, a major step for Europe in combatting the pandemic. Europe has been battling with economic hardship and a deadly winter surge, combined with fear over a new mutation in the virus found in Britain. The vaccine has

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22 Dec 2020

North Korea’s Economy Hit Harder Than It Has Been in Decades

North Korea is faring worse economically than over the past several decades due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. North Korea enacted harsh measures from the very beginning, seeking to halt the virus entirely before outbreaks got out of control. However, this dealt a brutal blow to its already

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18 Dec 2020

Phone scammers were able to get 270% more personal information in 2020 than in 2019

First Orion’s Annual Phone Scam Call Report details the organization’s research into phone scamming over the past year, concluding that phone scammers were able to obtain 270% more personal information in 2020 than they did in 2019. This is likely due to the fact that phone scammers have been capitalizing

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17 Dec 2020

France’s Emmanuel Macron tests positive for Covid-19, sending other European leaders into quarantine

On Thursday, the office of Emmanual Macron, sitting French president, disclosed that he had tested positive for Covid-19 after experiencing symptoms. Macron is planning on self-isolating for a week after being tested at the onset of early symptoms. Macron will continue to work and lead the country remotely, according to

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16 Dec 2020

Germany enters harder lockdown as virus deaths hit new high

Germany entered a stricter lockdown on Wednesday, enforcing the closure of shops and schools, after reporting a record level of Covid-19 related deaths and high daily infections. Over the last seven days, Germany recorded 179.8 virus deaths per 100,000 residents. This figure is significantly higher than the one reported a

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