Australia Tries to Convince Facebook to Back Anti-Troll Defamation Law

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday that Facebook will show no interest in making the online world safe if it quits Australia over laws holding it liable for defamation on its platform. Australia proposes to require global internet firms …

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Russia Announces Twitter Slowdown to Continue Until Alleged Illegal Content is Removed

Russian officials backed down from threats to block Twitter on Monday, saying the social media site erased the majority of the unlawful information identified by Moscow and shown “readiness and desire in creating a constructive discussion.” While Russia’s official communications …

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Maduro Accuses EU Election Observers of Espionage

Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro accused the European Union (EU) electoral observation mission (EOM) on Sunday of being spies who tried to strain the election. “Spies! They tried to stain the impeccable electoral process of Venezuela, and they could not. A …

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COVID-Positive Czech President Appoints New Prime Minister From Inside Glass Box

Czech President Milos Zeman formally appointed opposition leader Petr Fiala as the new prime minister on Nov. 28 while sitting inside a glass box after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. Hospital staff in full protective gear wheeled Zeman into …

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Urges Countries to Lift Omicron Travel Bans

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urged several countries on Nov. 28 to lift their travel bans following the detection of the Omicron variant in southern Africa. In a speech, Ramaphosa said he was “deeply disappointed” by some countries for their …

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China Seeks Japan’s Help to Support Winter Olympics

China has urged Japan to support the Beijing Olympics amid calls for a boycott from Western nations over their alleged human rights violations. “China fully supported Japan in hosting the Tokyo Olympics. Japan should have basic faith,” said Chinese Foreign …

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