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FILE PHOTO - A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Facebook to invest $1 billion in news industry after Australia row

Facebook Inc on Wednesday pledged to invest at least 1 billion dollars in the news industry over the next three years, days after a high-profile stand-off with the Australian government over paying news outlets for content.
FILE PHOTO - Smartphone with Google app icon is seen in front of the Australian flag in this illustration taken January 22, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Australia’s competition chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

The architect of Australian media reforms being watched around the world claimed victory on Wednesday, even as critics said concessions to the laws forcing Big Tech to pay for news content have given Facebook and Google a get-out clause.
(FILES) A file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US multinational technology company Google displayed on computers' screens. Google is dropping out of the bidding for a huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $10 billion, saying the deal would be inconsistent with its principles. The decision by Google, confirmed to AFP in an email October 9, 2018, leaves a handful of other tech giants including Amazon in the running for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract aimed at modernizing the military's computing systems. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

Google wants to give Africans N35 million each for news-business ideas, amid Australian war

Applications have just opened for a new round of a Google-funded scheme to help media organisations in the African region improve their revenues – as tech giants fight it out with Australia about funding news.
A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag in this illustration photo taken February 18, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Facebook to restore Australian news pages after tweaks to media laws

Facebook will restore Australian news pages after Canberra offered amendments to a proposed law designed to force tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Tuesday.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has received the coronavirus vaccine as the country prepares to start inoculations this week.

Australia premier vaccinated as rollout begins

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has received the coronavirus vaccine as the country prepares to start inoculations this week.
FILE PHOTO - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2020. REUTERS-Issei Kato

Australian premier warns of ‘culture problem’ after allegations of rape in parliament

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday he was “sickened” by allegations of sexual assault in Parliament House, adding that there was a “culture” problem at the government building.
Japanese Foreign Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi and Britain’s International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, signed the agreement in Tokyo.

Japan, U.S., India, Australia call for return of democracy in Myanmar

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Thursday he had agreed with his U.S., Indian and Australian counterparts that democracy must be restored quickly in Myanmar.
A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag in this illustration photo taken February 18, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Facebook ‘unfriends’ Australia as news pages go dark in test for global publishing

Facebook faced an angry backlash on Thursday after blocking news feeds in Australia in a surprise escalation of a dispute with the government which could be a test for the future of online publishing worldwide.
FILE PHOTO - A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Facebook blocks news content in Australia

Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing or viewing news content on the platform, causing much alarm over public access to key information.
Ashleigh Barty’s quest for a maiden Australian Open title hit the rocks on Wednesday after a quarter-final loss to Karolina Muchova 1-6 6-3 6-2 on Wednesday.

Ashleigh Barty’s quest for maiden home Grand Slam crashes

Ashleigh Barty’s quest for a maiden Australian Open title hit the rocks on Wednesday after a quarter-final loss to Karolina Muchova 1-6 6-3 6-2 on Wednesday.
Mat Ryan admits he was shocked when Graham Potter told him he could leave Brighton in January.

Arsenal keeper Mat Ryan shocked to learn about exit

Mat Ryan admits he was shocked when Graham Potter told him he could leave Brighton in January.
FILE PHOTO - People wearing face masks descend a stairwell following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China January 26, 2021. REUTERS-Aly Song

China refused to provide WHO team with raw data on early COVID cases –...

China refused to give raw data on early COVID-19 cases to a World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of the pandemic, one of the team’s investigators said, potentially complicating efforts to understand how the outbreak began.
Myanmar authorities should immediately release Sean Turnell, an economist and adviser to deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, following his weekend arrest, Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Monday.

Australia calls for immediate release of economist detained in Myanmar

Myanmar authorities should immediately release Sean Turnell, an economist and adviser to deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, following his weekend arrest, Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Monday.
3. Thousands of people took to the streets of Yangon on Saturday to denounce this week’s coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in the first such demonstration since the generals seized power.

Coup: Thousands protest in Myanmar, demand Suu Kyi’s release

Thousands of people took to the streets of Yangon on Saturday to denounce this week’s coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in the first such demonstration since the generals seized power.
Egypt has released from Mahmoud Hussein after more that four years in detention on accusations of publishing false news, a security source said on 5 February, 2021. Khaled DESOUKI - AFP

Egypt frees al-Jazeera journalist after 4 years jail – security

Egypt has released Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein after more than four years in detention on accusations of publishing false news, a security source said Friday.
Austrian star, David Alaba is still waiting on the possible move to either Chelsea or Manchester United before making his final decision on his future.

Premier League clubs keep David Alaba in tight corner

Austrian star, David Alaba is still waiting on the possible move to either Chelsea or Manchester United before making his final decision on his future.
“President (Joe) Biden has been briefed by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan,” White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement.

U.S. threatens to take action against detainers of Myanmar’s president, others

The U.S. has threatened to take action against those responsible for the detention of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as President Win Myint in Myanmar. “The United States is alarmed by reports...
Myanmar's powerful military has taken control of the country in a coup and declared a state of emergency, following the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior government leaders in early morning raids Monday.

Military coup in Myanmar as soldiers detain Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s military seized power on Monday in a coup against the democratically elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained along with other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in early morning raids.
Ageless Venus Williams opened her 2021 season with a 6-1, 6-3 thrashing of Arantxa Rus Sunday, while former top 10 players Jelena Ostapenko and Caroline Garcia also scored wins.

Venus Williams, Jelena Ostapenko start with win in Australia

Ageless Venus Williams opened her 2021 season with a 6-1, 6-3 thrashing of Arantxa Rus Sunday, while former top 10 players Jelena Ostapenko and Caroline Garcia also scored wins.
FILE PHOTO - Smartphone with google app icon is seen in front of the displayed Australian flag in this illustration taken, January 22, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Australia takes on Google advertising dominance in latest Big Tech fight

An Australian regulator is considering letting internet users choose what personal data companies like Google share with advertisers, as part of the country’s attempts to shatter the dominance of tech titans.
FILE PHOTO - Dutch police patrol at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, November 6, 2019. REUTERS-Piroschka van de Wouw-File Photo

Dutch police arrest alleged Asian drug syndicate kingpin

Dutch police have arrested the alleged leader of a large Asian drug syndicate who is listed as one of the world’s most-wanted fugitives and has been compared to Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the date of the country’s national holiday and has criticized cricket bosses for omitting the words “Australia Day” from promotions for its matches.

Australia contemplates controversy surrounding its National Day

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the date of the country’s national holiday and has criticized cricket bosses for omitting the words “Australia Day” from promotions for its matches. The first fleet of British convicts arrived in Sydney on Jan. 26, 1788, but Aboriginal groups mourn what they call “Invasion Day.”

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Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the world’s first recipient of a coronavirus vaccine from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for free for poorer countries.

Ghanaian president becomes world’s first recipient of free Covax jab

Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the world’s first recipient of a coronavirus vaccine from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for free for poorer countries.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. - US President Donald Trump said October 11, 2018 he was not yet prepared to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, but he faced mounting pressure from concerned American lawmakers. Saudi Arabia is one of the world's largest arms purchasers, with most of them coming from the United States.Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, vanished more than a week ago during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish government sources say he was murdered there, a claim Riyadh denies. (Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP)

Reports: Three names disappear from U.S. intel report on Jamal Khashoggi after initial release

The U.S. intelligence community has replaced its long-awaited report on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with another version that no longer includes the names of three men initially considered as complicit.
Top public relations official for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has stepped down, the government says on Monday.

Japanese premier’s aide quits amid wining, dining scandal

Top public relations official for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has stepped down, the government says on Monday.
The Eze Igbo of Zamfara, Chief Egbuna Obijiaku, on Saturday commended Gov. Bello Matawalle for tackling the security challenges in the state.

Zamfara governor: Nigerians’ll be shocked by those behind schoolgirls’ abduction

The Zamfara State Governor, Mr. Bello Matawalle, yesterday said that Nigerians would be shocked to know those behind the abduction of 317 female students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Jangebe.
Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, has revealed his anti-Coronavirus vaccine stance, claiming he would rather miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics than get the jab.

Yohan Blake: I’d rather miss Olympics than take coronavirus vaccine

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, has revealed his anti-Coronavirus vaccine stance, claiming he would rather miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics than get the jab.

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FILE PHOTO - A staff member skis down a slope during an organised media tour to the National Alpine Skiing Centre, a venue of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, in Beijing's Yanqing district, China February 5, 2021. REUTERS-Tingshu Wang

White House has not made ‘final decision’ on participation in Olympics in China

The White House has not made a final decision on participation in the Winter Olympics in Beijing, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, as Republican lawmakers call for the United States to boycott the Games in 2022.
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wọlé Soyinka, has warned that the conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in different states of the federation can degenerate into civil war if the federal government fails to properly handle it.

Wole Soyinka to Nigerians: Don’t accept child hostage taking as a way of life

Following the Friday abduction of over 300 school children in Jangebe in Zamfara State, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Saturday warned Nigerians against accepting kidnapping of school children in parts of the north as a way of life.

USAID, SENSE targets to improve education of 200,000 learners

The USAID, through Strengthening Education in the North East (SENSE), project has reiterated its commitment to improve education outcome of 200,000 primary school learners inline with the attainment of SDGs in Gombe and Adamawa states.
At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.

Zamfara school abduction: Angry residents attack journalists, others

Some aggrieved residents of Jangebe in Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara have taken to the streets destroying vehicles entering the village.
Police in Cameroon have arrested nine people on suspicion of homosexuality, most of them at an HIV-AIDS care centre, an LGBT rights lawyer said on Thursday.

Spate of attacks, arrests puts LGBT+ groups on alert in Cameroon

Three murders and more than 20 arrests targeting LGBT+ people in Cameroon this month have raised fears of an upswing in homophobic persecution in the Central African country, rights campaigners and lawyers said on Friday.