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“Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet,” Jeff Bezos wrote on Instagram on Monday.Credit...Emma Howells for The New York Times

Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion fund to combat climate change

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has pledged $10 billion to a new fund to tackle climate change but activists have urged the world’s richest man to first clean up the e-commerce giant’s own lacklustre environmental record.
Rima settles in a chair at an upscale Riyadh cafe, looks around carefully, and seeing no one she recognises, drags on her electronic cigarette and exhales a cloud of smoke.

Saudi women smoke in public to ‘complete’ their freedom

Rima settles in a chair at an upscale Riyadh cafe, looks around carefully, and seeing no one she recognises, drags on her electronic cigarette and exhales a cloud of smoke.
Ignace Sossou quoted on his Facebook and Twitter pages comments made by Benin’s public prosecutor Mario Metonou at a media event to discuss fake news on December 17.

Russia fines Twitter, Facebook for keeping data abroad

A Moscow court on Thursday fined social networking giants Twitter and Facebook for ignoring a Russian law requiring them to store Russian citizens’ user data inside the country.
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New killings in eastern DR Congo blamed on ADF militia

Fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia killed seven civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, just days after another massacre, local officials and police said.
In its effort to curtail the spread of a deadly new virus, Coronavirus, the Chinese government has expanded travel restrictions for two more cities, Huanggang, Ezhou after the Wuhan city was put in lockdown.

Coronavirus death toll jumps to 80 as confirmed cases rise to 2,744

The death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 80, China’s National Health Commission has said.

Egypt extends state of emergency to three years

Egypt’s state of emergency is set to reach the three-year mark by April after the government announced it would extend it by another three months from Monday next week.
Qatar and FIFA published Tuesday the first jointly issued legacy planning strategy ahead of a football World Cup, with pledges on labour and LGBT rights alongside protections for activists and journalists.

Qatar, FIFA publish World Cup rights pledges

Qatar and FIFA published Tuesday the first jointly issued legacy planning strategy ahead of a football World Cup, with pledges on labour and LGBT rights alongside protections for activists and journalists.
Climate activists from protest group Extinction Rebellion on Monday climbed aboard a gas rig in the Scottish city of Dundee in a bid to stop it from being transported to the North Sea.

Climate protesters mount gas rig in Scotland

Climate activists from protest group Extinction Rebellion on Monday climbed aboard a gas rig in the Scottish city of Dundee in a bid to stop it from being transported to the North Sea.
Algeria released on Thursday well-known independence war veteran Lakhdar Bouregaa, who was detained last June for allegedly insulting the army, one of his lawyers told AFP.

Algeria frees prominent war veteran Lakhdar Bouregaa

Algeria released on Thursday well-known independence war veteran Lakhdar Bouregaa, who was detained last June for allegedly insulting the army, one of his lawyers told AFP.

CSOs clash in Abuja over Omoyele Sowore, others

Several civil society organisation, CSOs, on Monday clashed in Abuja over calls for the enforcement of the human rights of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of RevolutionNow Movement, and other citizens unlawfully detained by the Department of State Services, DSS.
Gay Rwandan gospel singer Albert Nabonibo says he will learn to live with those who reject him. iStock

Thousands call for same sex marriage in China

Legalising same-sex marriage was among the top suggestions made by the Chinese public to lawmakers tasked with amending the civil code, a spokesperson for the top legislative body said.

eSwatini police arrest opposition leaders, activists – parties

Police in eSwatini - formerly known as Swaziland - have arrested the head of the southern African country's largest opposition party and several other politicians and activists in raids on their houses, their parties said.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew, pictured in 2018, told aides on Saturday that he planned to declare himself a Republican. Erin Schaff for The New York Times

Democrat defects to Republican Party after opposing Donald Trump impeachment

U.S. Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey is leaving the Democratic Party to become a Republican, President Donald Trump announced Thursday, confirming during a White House meeting with his new GOP ally a party switch that had been expected since last weekend.
Sudanese protesters wait at a train station in Khartoum to board a train to Atbara on December 19, 2019 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their protest movement that brought down Omar al-Bashir last April after a thirty-year rule. – A year after demonstrations broke out in Sudan over soaring bread prices, celebrations are planned across the country to mark the uprising that brought down veteran autocrat Bashir. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)

Sudan marks anniversary of uprising that ousted Omar al-Bashir

A year after demonstrations broke out in Sudan over soaring bread prices, celebrations are planned across the country on Thursday to mark the uprising that brought down veteran autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

Bakeries bountiful in birthplace of Sudan’s bread uprising

A year since bread prices tripled overnight, sparking protests in the Sudanese town of Atbara, residents say bakeries are producing more loaves than the town can eat.
Convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, has arrived the Federal High Court in Abuja for his arraignment on charges of treasonable felony and other sundry offences instituted against him by the Federal Government.

Civil societies give federal government 14-day ultimatum to release of Omoyele Sowore

Following the detention of Omoyele Sowore and other activists, a coalition of over 200 civil rights organizations have given President Muhammadu Buhari a 14-day ultimatum to show commitment to the rule of law or face mass action and civil disobedience.
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on October 24, 2018, shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaking during a joint session of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the capital Riyadh, which included the Crown Prince of Bahrain and the Lebanese Prime Minister. – Saudi Arabia is hosting the key investment summit overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi that has prompted a wave of policymakers and corporate giants to withdraw. (Photo by Bandar AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP) /

Saudi Arabia cancels gender-segregated entrances for eateries

Restaurants and cafes in Saudi Arabia are no longer required to have gender-segregated entrances, officials said, in a further easing of social restrictions in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom.
A series of videos have surfaced in Mexico showing men and male teenagers appearing to mock a feminist anthem, sparking criticism in social and traditional media and among women's activists and allies.

Outrage in Mexico over videos mocking viral feminist anthem

A series of videos have surfaced in Mexico showing men and male teenagers appearing to mock a feminist anthem, sparking criticism in social and traditional media and among women's activists and allies.

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Neymar has criticised Paris Saint-Germain’s handling of his recent injury after scoring in the 2-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund, which leaves the French club facing the prospect of another early Champions League exit.

Neymar criticises PSG injury handling after Borussia Dortmund defeat

Neymar has criticised Paris Saint-Germain’s handling of his recent injury after scoring in the 2-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund, which leaves the French club facing the prospect of another early Champions League exit.
A new Chinese coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has infected hundreds since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December.

Coronavirus: New research places Nigeria among high risk African countries

The study suggested other countries – among them Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Angola, Tanzania, Ghana and Kenya – would all need support with detecting and handling imported cases of the coronavirus.
Ignace Sossou quoted on his Facebook and Twitter pages comments made by Benin’s public prosecutor Mario Metonou at a media event to discuss fake news on December 17.

Facebook sued by US for $9 billion in unpaid taxes

That lawsuit went to trial in a San Francisco court on Tuesday, and the crux of the case is a 2010 deal between Facebook and an Irish subsidiary it uses to shuffle money around internationally. The IRS alleges Facebook undervalued the intellectual property it sold to the subsidiary, thereby dodging billions in taxes.
Lionel Messi, who did not score or provide an assist for the first time in a home Champions League group game since 2012, struck the bar and had the best of Barca’s six shots on target.

Lionel Messi speaks out after Barcelona social media scandal

Lionel Messi, in an interview with Mundo Deportivo, has spoken publicly for the first time since reports emerged that Barcelona hired PR firm I3 Ventures for their social media channels which were aimed at tarnishing the images of Gerard Piqué, Messi himself and others associated with the club.
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will not implement policies that will affect the existence of the poor while raising revenue to fund the nation’s infrastructure projects.

BMO: President Buhari fully in-charge of critical affairs of government

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), says President Muhammadu Buhari is “fully in charge of critical affairs of government” in the country