Germany Has No Plans for Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations, Chancellor Angela Merkel Says

Germany currently has no plans to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory, unlike France and Greece, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on July 13. “We do not intend to go the way France suggested. We say there would be no compulsory vaccination,” …

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China Introduces Three-Child Policy in Major Policy Shift

China has announced on May 31 that couples will now be allowed to have up to three children, a major shift from its existing two-child policy. “Implementing the policy and its relevant supporting measures will help improve China’s population structure, …

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U.S. Interior Department Reverses Trump-Era Policies to Restore Tribal Lands and Management

The United States Interior Department on April 27 has reversed a series of steps taken during the administration of former President Donald Trump to restore tribal lands and management. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued an order returning jurisdiction to the …

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Myanmar Military Junta Shuts Down Mobile Data Access

Netblocks and Burmese social media users have reported that the military junta has been blocking mobile data access in the country for 31 consecutive days. “Update: Mobile data remains cut in #Myanmat even as fIxed-line (wifi) internet is restored from …

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Russian Government Threatens to Block Twitter in a Month

The Russian government has warned that will block Twitter in a month if it fails to delete banned content. “We’ve taken a month to watch Twitter’s reaction on the issue of removing prohibited information. Appropriate decisions will be made depending …

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Mexico’s Lower House Votes to Decriminalize Recreational, Medical, and Scientific Cannabis

The Mexican Chamber of Deputies has approved a bill to legalize marijuana nationwide for recreational, medical, and scientific purposes. The bill had 316 votes in favor, 129 against, and 23 abstentions but there will be possible amendments to the legislation …

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China Introduces Virus Passport System

China has started a ‘virus-passport,’  health certificate program for Chinese citizens who will be traveling internationally. The health certificate which was launched on Monday will show the person’s vaccination status and virus test results via WeChat. It will be also …

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