US will defend Taiwan in event of China attack, says Biden

White House spokesperson says president was not announcing any change in US policy

Residents celebrate as Melbourne eases pandemic restrictions

Australia’s second-largest city has endured 262 days of restrictions during six separate lockdowns

China tested hypersonic weapons twice, says report

Financial Times reports two weapons tests were conducted after China denial

Fed bans senior officials from trading shares in wake of ethics scandal

Two bank presidents resigned following revelations of unusual trading during 2020

State surveillance a growing threat in Africa, warns digital rights group

Existing laws have largely failed to stop state surveillance across the continent, says African Digital Rights Network in a report

Brazil’s senate wants Bolsonaro charged over Covid-19 approach

The president has been accused of crimes against humanity, but he is unlikely to experience any short-term fallout

Lira rout accelerates as Turkey slashes rates

Currency weakens as much as 3% as central bank shocked markets again with 200 basis point cut

Trump plans social media platform to rival Twitter and Facebook

Social media company called Truth Social plans to go live well ahead of the 2022 midterm elections

Rival protesters amass in Sudan’s capital over military rule

Street demonstrations in Khartoum come amid escalating tensions between military and civilian factions

Slow rollout of Covid-19 vaccines risks virus becoming endemic in Sub-Saharan Africa

‘Instead of catching up and closing the gap in income, what we see is the region falling short of where things were on the eve of the pandemic’

Eswatini lifts halting of WhatsApp and Facebook services

MTN said its Eswatini unit had received a directive from the Eswatini Communications Commission ‘to suspend with immediate effect’ access to social media ...

G20 urged to increase climate pledges

Action by rich countries to set the tone for COP26 summit in Scotland

‘Korea space age’ starts with mixed results

Locally built rocket fails to fully place a dummy satellite into orbit

Ali Harbi Ali charged with murder of UK MP David Amess

Amess was stabbed repeatedly last Friday in the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, northeast of London

California’s unprecedented effort to save the salmon

Campaigners release 1-million fish into the Pacific and plan to take down damns on Trinity and Klamath rivers to revive spawning grounds

MTN suspends Facebook access in Eswatini amid protests

Kingdom’s communications commission issued order to mobile operators with immediate effect, MTN says

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