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Abuja Chamber suspends activities as efforts to contain virus spread

As Nigeria continues to witness cases of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) infection, the President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, has called on Nigerians to operate within the directives of the Federal Government as a means to minimise risks.

RSF: Press freedom in Russia, Iran under attack from ‘digital predators’

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has included pro-Kremlin social-media users, Russia's communications regulator, and an Iranian state body tackling cybercrime on its list of press freedom’s 20 “worst digital predators” that it says represent a “clear danger for freedom of opinion and expression.”
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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Islamic State says it beheaded Christian captives in Nigeria

Islamic State released a video purporting to show its militants beheading 10 Christian men in Nigeria, saying it was part of a campaign to avenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and its spokesman.

Plane crashes into house in Kazakhstan, kills 14

At least 14 people died on Friday when a passenger plane carrying 100 people crashed into a house shortly after takeoff from Kazakhstan’s largest city, authorities said.
21-year-old Amaani Noor was found guilty of fundraising for terrorism by a Liverpool Crown Court today.

Liverpool player’s ex-girlfriend jailed for sending money to ISIS husband

A beauty queen and ex-girlfriend of Liverpool footballer, Sheyi Ojo, has been jailed for 18 months for sending $45 to her jihadi fighter husband she met online.
Thomas Osadzinski, a student of DePaul University and Chicago native has been arrested by the FBI for coding for Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)

FBI arrests Chicago student for coding for ISIS

Thomas Osadzinski, a student of DePaul University and Chicago native has been arrested by the FBI for coding for Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)
Protesters hold banners reading “All to La Jonquera” as they block the AP-7 highway at the Spanish-French border in La Jonquera northern Spain, on November 11, 2019 during an action called by Tsunami Democratic movement for civil disobedience actions. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Catalan separatists block Spain-France highway

Catalan separatist activists blocked traffic on Monday on a motorway linking Spain and France, in a fresh protest against the sentencing last month of nine of their leaders to lengthy jail terms.
Apple has removed HKmap.live, a crowdsourced mapping app widely used by Hong Kong residents, from the App Store. The app and accompanying web service has been used to mark the locations of police and inform about street closures during the ongoing pro-democracy protests that have engulfed Hong Kong this year.

Apple pulls Hong Kong app used by protesters after China warning

Apple on Thursday removed an app criticised by China for allowing protesters in Hong Kong to track police, as Beijing steps up pressure on foreign companies deemed to be providing support to the pro-democracy movement.
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Google reveals massive iPhone hacks

Google security experts uncovered an “indiscriminate” hacking operation that targeted iPhones over a period of at least two years and used websites to implant malicious software to access photos, user locations and other data.

Telegram’s latest update helps users cut down on notification overload

The messaging app Telegram has been updated with a number of features that should cut down on the amount of notifications and noise generated by the app.

Governor resigns following protests

Ricardo Rossello, the embattled governor of Puerto Rico, announced his resignation late Wednesday following two weeks of massive protests triggered by the release of a chat exchange in which he and others mocked gays, women and hurricane victims.

Telegram blames China for ‘powerful DDoS attack’ during Hong Kong protests

As well as using encrypted messaging apps, Bloomberg notes that protesters in Hong Kong are also covering their faces to avoid facial recognition systems. They’re also avoiding the use of public transit cards that can link location to identities.

Telegram cyber attack timed to coincide with Hong Kong protests

Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets of the Chinese-ruled city in recent days to protest against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to the mainland to stand trial.
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BlackBerry Messenger shuts down on May 31

Blackberry has announced that its messaging platform will be shut down on May 31, because “users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on”.

Telegram gains three million new users during Facebook outage

Three million new users have signed up to Telegram over the past 24 hours, during a period in which Facebook (and Facebook Messenger), Instagram, and WhatsApp were all experiencing significant outages worldwide.
Participants are seen holding a banner and flags during the... MOSCOW, RUSSIA - 2019/03/10- Participants are seen holding a banner and flags during the protest. Participants in an opposition rally in central Moscow protest against tightening state control over the internet in Russia. Igor Russak/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Russians protest against tighter internet restrictions

Thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow and two other cities on Sunday to rally against tighter internet restrictions, in some of the biggest protests in the Russian capital in years.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres(not shown) in New York on September 26, 2018, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. - AFP PHOTO - Don EMMERT

Iran summons Polish diplomat to protest US summit

Iran’s foreign ministry summoned Poland’s top diplomat in the country to protest its decision to host what it called an “anti-Iranian” summit, a spokesman said Sunday.

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Cross River governor issues executive orders on coronavirus response

Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has issued Executive Orders in the state following the prevalence of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) infections in neighbouring Benue and Akwa Ibom.=

NATO ministers to discuss coronavirus response, warn against aggression

NATO foreign ministers are due on Thursday to discuss their countries’ response to the global coronavirus pandemic, while stressing that the defence alliance remains ready to defend itself against any threat.
A National Guard UH60 Blackhawk takes off after refueling between aerial support missions in Sasabe, Arizona on Nov. 20, 2018, as part of Operation Guardian Support. (Sgt. Kyle Larsen-Army)

US beefs up military on Mexico border over coronavirus concerns

The U.S. is stepping up its military presence on the southern border with Mexico over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
John Obi Mikel helped Trabzonspor edge their fierce rivals Fenerbahce with a 2-1 win in a Turkish Super Lig match on Saturday.

Mikel Obi in talks with Brazilian side Botafogo

It is not easy for Mikel, but Yahoo Sports suggests that he could be closing in on a deal with the Brazilian team.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says it has extended its molecular laboratories with the capacity to detect Coronavirus Disease to six. Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of the NCDC, disclosed this to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja, while giving an update on COVID-19 in the country.

Virologist urges Nigeria to expand coronavirus test capacity

Dr Solomon Chollom, a Jos based Virologist, has called on the Federal Government to increase testing capacity for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak in the country.