‘We are under siege’: Ugandan opposition candidate Bobi Wine says military has taken over his home as election count continues

Uganda’s main challenger to the presidency, Bobi Wine, has claimed that the country’s military has besieged his home, as votes are still being counted from Thursday’s poll in an election already marred by controversy. … Read More >‘We are under siege’: Ugandan opposition candidate Bobi Wine says military has taken over his home as election count continues

Microsoft, Oracle & Co full speed ahead on Covid-19 vaccine passports, citing incipient government demand

US tech and health behemoths have joined forces to roll out yet another Covid-19 vaccination passport, dangling a return to international travel but raising more questions about the future of privacy. … Read More >Microsoft, Oracle & Co full speed ahead on Covid-19 vaccine passports, citing incipient government demand

Like it or not, US no longer holding world in its palm, China is – Professor Richard Wolff to RT’s Boom Bust

With less than a week left before the inauguration of Joe Biden, Washington is getting ready for the event with 15,000 members of the national guard in the streets of the capital, with closures and roadblocks. … Read More >Like it or not, US no longer holding world in its palm, China is – Professor Richard Wolff to RT’s Boom Bust

‘They act as a Spanish Inquisition’: Mexico’s president vows to lead international push against social media censorship

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged to spearhead a global campaign against internet censorship, insisting platforms cannot act as a “Spanish Inquisition” or stifle free speech using safety as a “pretext.” … Read More >‘They act as a Spanish Inquisition’: Mexico’s president vows to lead international push against social media censorship

Russian Pussy Riot activist Verzilov detained in South Sudan on suspicion of flying a drone and filming military installations

Pussy Riot’s Pyotr Verzilov has been arrested in the city of Kapoeta in South Sudan, along with blogger Ilya Varlamov, his wife Lyubov, and lecturer Ivan Bogantsev. The four Russians are in Africa on tourist visas. … Read More >Russian Pussy Riot activist Verzilov detained in South Sudan on suspicion of flying a drone and filming military installations

Google admits experimentally blocking some Australian news sites from searches as row over paying outlets for content gains steam

Internet users can’t find the latest Aussie news on searches as outlets say Google is flexing its muscles against the country’s senate’s proposed code that would make it pay media for news. … Read More >Google admits experimentally blocking some Australian news sites from searches as row over paying outlets for content gains steam

‘Perfect storm’: WHO warns second year of fighting Covid-19 could be ‘even tougher’ than the first

Ongoing transmission dynamics show the world needs to brace for an even tougher year of fighting Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, while the disease has turned into the “perfect storm” in Europe and the US. … Read More >‘Perfect storm’: WHO warns second year of fighting Covid-19 could be ‘even tougher’ than the first

Irish PM apologizes on behalf of the state for the ‘profound generational wrong’ inflicted on mother-and-baby-home residents

The Irish prime minister has issued an apology on behalf of the state following an investigation into the country’s mother and baby homes, which revealed an “appalling level of infant mortality” at the institutions. … Read More >Irish PM apologizes on behalf of the state for the ‘profound generational wrong’ inflicted on mother-and-baby-home residents

Sinovac says its Covid-19 vaccine has ‘good’ efficacy after Brazilian partner claimed it was only 50% effective

The chairman of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac has insisted that the company’s Brazilian partners were incorrect to suggest its jab is only 50 percent effective against Covid-19 after stage-three trials. … Read More >Sinovac says its Covid-19 vaccine has ‘good’ efficacy after Brazilian partner claimed it was only 50% effective

‘What do you talk about with traitors?’ Belarus’ Lukashenko says he’ll speak with opposition politicians, but not Tikhanovskaya

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has revealed that he would be open to speaking with the opposition, but “not with traitors and terrorists.” The leader was referring to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who now lives in Lithuania. … Read More >‘What do you talk about with traitors?’ Belarus’ Lukashenko says he’ll speak with opposition politicians, but not Tikhanovskaya