Washington’s National Mall to be closed for Biden inauguration ‘to ensure safety,’ says National Park Service

The iconic National Mall in Washington, DC will be closed to the public for a week for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service (NPS) said, amid security concerns in the wake of the Capitol attack. … Read More >Washington’s National Mall to be closed for Biden inauguration ‘to ensure safety,’ says National Park Service

‘Legacy of isolation & defeat’: Cuba slams US over sanctions on interior minister for alleged ‘human rights abuse’

Washington has imposed a new round of sanctions on Cuba’s Interior Ministry, also blacklisting the agency’s head over his alleged role in “human rights abuses.” Havana condemned the move as “coercive” and “illegitimate.” … Read More >‘Legacy of isolation & defeat’: Cuba slams US over sanctions on interior minister for alleged ‘human rights abuse’

Syria envoy who admitted LYING to Trump about troop levels now defends his Middle East policy, says Biden should keep it

President Donald Trump’s policy in the Middle East delivered “clear results” and Joe Biden shouldn’t change it, the US ex-envoy to the anti-terrorist coalition operating in Syria and Iraq argued in the pages of Foreign Affairs. … Read More >Syria envoy who admitted LYING to Trump about troop levels now defends his Middle East policy, says Biden should keep it

DOJ internal watchdog opens review into agency’s handling of Capitol riot, will assess if there are ‘weaknesses’ in policies

The US Department of Justice has said it is “initiating a review” of its own procedures and possible failings following the storming of the US Capitol last week by Trump supporters, which resulted in five deaths. … Read More >DOJ internal watchdog opens review into agency’s handling of Capitol riot, will assess if there are ‘weaknesses’ in policies

No Signal: App experiencing ‘technical difficulties’ after gaining 40 MILLION users in a week

Encrypted messaging service Signal appears to be offline for some users, blaming ‘technical difficulties’ and promising restored service. Millions of new users recently flocked to the app, promoted by Elon Musk and Edward Snowden. … Read More >No Signal: App experiencing ‘technical difficulties’ after gaining 40 MILLION users in a week

‘Sanctions guru’ who helped fire 1st shots in Russiagate saga to return as CIA’s deputy director under Biden

Joe Biden’s transition team has picked David Cohen, the former deputy director of the CIA, to reprise his role and help smooth things out for his future boss, career diplomat and intelligence outsider William Burns. … Read More >‘Sanctions guru’ who helped fire 1st shots in Russiagate saga to return as CIA’s deputy director under Biden

‘There at president’s invitation’: Lawyer for ‘QAnon Shaman’ gives ‘bizarre’ interview comparing Trump to cult, asks for pardon

The lawyer for Jacob Chansley, dubbed the ‘QAnon Shaman’, has claimed his client entered the US Capitol at President Donald Trump’s “invitation” and a pardon would be “honorable.” … Read More >‘There at president’s invitation’: Lawyer for ‘QAnon Shaman’ gives ‘bizarre’ interview comparing Trump to cult, asks for pardon

Minds next? Google sends ‘24 hour warning’ to free-speech ‘anti-Facebook’ platform, forces changes to app

The social media platform Minds had to remove ‘major functionality’ from its Android app after getting a chilling warning from Google. Its co-founder said plans for a censorship-resistant infrastructure are in the works. … Read More >Minds next? Google sends ‘24 hour warning’ to free-speech ‘anti-Facebook’ platform, forces changes to app

WhatsApp delays privacy policy update as fleeing users voice concerns over Facebook data-sharing with NO opt-out

WhatsApp said it will push back a planned policy update to give users time to review its terms amid fears the Facebook-owned platform will share private data with its parent company, helping to drive a mass migration from the app. … Read More >WhatsApp delays privacy policy update as fleeing users voice concerns over Facebook data-sharing with NO opt-out

Covid clampdown: UK closing ALL travel corridors in bid to block new virus variants arriving from overseas

The UK will shut all of its remaining international travel corridors from 4am GMT on Monday until at least February 15, in a bid to shield the country from new coronavirus variants, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday. … Read More >Covid clampdown: UK closing ALL travel corridors in bid to block new virus variants arriving from overseas