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Trump announces social media app ‘TRUTH Social’ to ‘stand up to’ Twitter, Facebook that barred him

 Former U.S. President Donald Trump will launch his own social media app, TRUTH Social, that he said would “stand up to Big Tech” companies such as Twitter and Facebook that have barred him from their platforms. TRUTH Social will be created through a new company formed by a merger of the Trump[Read More…]

Former US Secretary Of State, Colin Powell, has died

General Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state, has died from complications from Covid-19, his family said on Facebook. He was 84. “General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid[Read More…]

Opposition candidate Jose Maria Neves, wins Cape Verde presidential election

Opposition candidate and former prime minister Jose Maria Neves won Cape Verde’s presidential election on Sunday, as his main rival, the ruling party’s flagbearer Carlos Veiga, conceded defeat. Neves, 61, who served as prime minister from 2000-2016, will inherit responsibility for stabilising the Atlantic archipelago nation’s tourism-driven economy after the[Read More…]

UK to offer 10,500 visas to counter growing worker crisis

Britain will issue up to 10,500 temporary work visas to lorry drivers and poultry workers to ease chronic staff shortages, the government announced Saturday, in a U-turn on post-Brexit immigration policy. The short-term visas, to run from next month until late December, come as ministers grapple with a huge shortfall[Read More…]

Taliban leader says its government will cut hands of criminals, execute them in accordance with Islamic laws 

One of the founding fathers of the Taliban, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, has revealed that its new government in Afghanistan will embrace harsh punishment like amputations and executions.   Turabi who will control prisons under the new government complained that other countries feel entitled to dictating how Taliban rules its people while[Read More…]

China’s central bank declares all cryptocurrency-related transactions ‘illegal’

China’s central bank has on Friday declared all cryptocurrency transactions illegal.  With this directive, banks and investors in the country are banned from operating in crypto exchanges.  The new development, which is a continuation of China’s clampdown on cryptocurrency, has been partly responsible for the fluctuations of cryptocurrencies in the[Read More…]

Twitter to pay $809 mn to settle suit claiming investors were misled

Twitter announced Monday it will pay $809 million to settle a 2016 lawsuit alleging members of the social network’s leadership, including founder Jack Dorsey, provided misleading information to investors about slowing user growth. The suit claimed the defendants, such as former CEO Dick Costolo, did not disclose the full picture[Read More…]

Afghanistan: Taliban to allow women study in only gender-segregated universities

Afghan women will be allowed to attend university as long as they study separately from men, the Taliban’s new higher education minister said Sunday.  Women’s rights in Afghanistan were sharply curtailed under the Taliban’s 1996-2001 rule, though since returning to power last month the hardline Islamists have claimed they will[Read More…]

US zoo treats several gorillas who test positive to COVID-19

Several gorillas at Zoo Atlanta in the southern US state of Georgia have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, the zoo said. The western lowland gorillas were tested after keepers saw them coughing and other symptoms, it said. Initial tests indicated they were positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes[Read More…]

Terrorist with $10m bounty on his head named interior minister in Taliban’s new govt

A wanted terrorist with a $10m US bounty on his head has been made Afghanistan’s interior minister as the Taliban announced a caretaker government packed with the movement’s old guard. Sirajuddin Haqqani, the movement’s deputy leader, is accused of overseeing some of the worst atrocities of the militants’ insurgent campaign,[Read More…]