MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) release date, price, news and leaks

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  According to a report The new MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) has been keenly awaited. The MacBook Pro 16-inch 2019 had made a splash with its bigger display that provided more screen real-estate without increasing the actual size of the MacBook Pro 15-inch. And, fans of this newer flagship are anxious for an upgrade, especially […]

Oppo Find X3 release date, price, features, news and leaks

Oppo Find X3 release date, price, features, news and leaks

According to a report if there was any question as to whether the Oppo Find X3 series was coming in 2021, the company itself has both name-dropped the thing and given us a launch window, so there’s no doubt it’s on its way – and soon. Oppo is one of the bigger Chinese phone companies, […]

India rescues 81 Rohingya on drifting boat, 8 dead, one missing

India’s coastguard finds 81 survivors and eight dead on a boat crammed with Rohingya refugees adrift in the Andaman Sea. India’s coastguard has found 81 survivors and eight dead on a boat crammed with Rohingya refugees adrift in the Andaman Sea, an Indian foreign ministry official said. The official on Friday added that the survivors […]

Russian diplomats use hand-pulled trolley to cross N Korea border

It took a group of eight, including a three-year-old, 32 hours by train and two hours by bus to reach the border on a ‘long and difficult’ journey home. A group of Russian diplomats and family members used a hand-pushed rail trolley to leave North Korea this week, amid Pyongyang’s strict anti-coronavirus measures, which include […]

Facebook signs deals with three more Australian media firms

Australia’s parliament passed landmark legislation on Thursday requiring global tech giants to pay for news content. Facebook Inc says it has signed preliminary deals with three Australian media firms, a day after the country’s Parliament passed a law forcing it to pay media companies for using content on its platform. Facebook said it signed partnership […]

Biden’s trade nominee vows ‘worker-centric’ model to protect jobs

Katherine Tai, United States President Joe Biden’s top trade nominee, backed tariffs as a “legitimate tool” to counter China’s state-driven economic model and promised to hold Beijing to its prior commitments while promising a sweeping new approach to US trade. At her Senate confirmation hearing to become the US Trade Representative (USTR), Tai also called […]

Sri Lanka finally lifts ban on burial of COVID victims

Controversial ban imposed since March last year lifted after months of protests by Muslim and rights groups. The Sri Lankan government has lifted a controversial ban on the burial of bodies of people whose deaths were caused by the COVID-19 disease, a health ministry spokesman said. The ban was lifted on Friday after months of […]

Brazil surpasses 250,000 COVID deaths, a year after first case

The South American country has the world’s second-highest death toll after the United States. One year after the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Brazil, Latin America’s biggest country has recorded more than 250,000 deaths from COVID-19, with the virus still spreading as a national vaccination drive struggles to gain momentum. President Jair Bolsonaro, […]

India tightens regulatory grip on social media companies

Facebook, Twitter and others will be obliged to remove content within 36 hours of receiving a legal order, according to the new rules. India has announced new rules to regulate content on social media, making Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and others more accountable to legal requests for the swift removal of posts and sharing information on […]

US jobs market shows signs of improvement but challenges ahead

Fewer people in the United States filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week amid falling COVID-19 infections but the near-term outlook for the labour market is unclear after winter storms wreaked havoc in southern states earlier this month. Still, the decline in claims to a three-month low reported by the Department of Labor on Thursday […]

UK imposes new sanctions on generals, Myanmar tensions mount

Six generals cited over rights abuses and companies told not to work with military-linked businesses following the February 1 coup. The United Kingdom has announced new sanctions on the Myanmar generals behind the February 1 coup and said British companies should not be doing business with military-linked firms, as tensions rose in Myanmar amid mass […]

Dutch parliament says China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

The Dutch motion says China’s actions in Xinjiang, including birth control measures, fall under UN genocide convention. The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying the treatment of the Muslim Uighur minority in China amounted to genocide, the first such move by a European country. “A genocide on the Uighur minority is occurring […]

Michael Somare, PNG’s ‘father of the nation’, dead at 84

Pacific island nation’s four-time prime minister, who led the independence from Australia, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February. Papua New Guinea’s first Prime Minister Michael Somare has died aged 84, his daughter announced on Friday. Known as the “father of the nation”, Somare led the Pacific archipelago to independence from Australia in 1975 and […]

US attacks ‘Iranian-backed military infrastructure’ in Syria

BREAKING Pentagon spokesman says move was in response to recent rocket attacks on US troops in Iraq. The United States military says it carried out attacks on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed militia on Thursday, following recent rocket attacks on US troop locations in Iraq, the Pentagon said. “At President Biden’s direction, US […]

Killings in Axum by Eritrea troops ‘may amount to war crimes’

The killings of hundreds of civilians by Eritrean troops in the ancient Ethiopian town of Axum in November last year amounted to “a series of human rights and humanitarian law violations”, according to Amnesty International. The killings in Axum, located some 187km (116 miles) north of Mekelle, capital of the Tigray region, occurred during the […]

Follow the money: Myanmar coup puts pressure on army businesses

From SIM cards to beer, skydiving and jade mining, there are few areas of Myanmar’s economy that escape the long arm of its military, the Tatmadaw. But after Senior General Min Aung Hlaing led a coup on February 1 that scuppered a 10-year experiment with democracy, campaigners have once again set their sights on the […]

First asylum seekers from Mexico’s Matamoros border camp enter US

Some of the asylum seekers have been there more than a year due to immigration rules set by former President Trump. The first asylum seekers from a Mexican border camp that had become a symbol of Trump-era immigration restrictions entered the United States on Thursday under a new policy meant to end the hardships endured […]

Trial of US citizen charged with terrorism in Venezuela to begin

US State Department spokesman Ned Price called for a fair hearing for Matthew Heath, who was detained in September. A Venezuelan criminal court in a Wednesday hearing ordered that a trial begin for Matthew Heath, a US citizen detained in the South American country on terrorism charges and accused of being a US spy, Heath’s […]

US President Biden, Saudi King Salman discuss end to Yemen war

Biden affirms US commitment to Saudi defence, calls for diplomacy in Yemen and praises release of rights activists. United States President Joe Biden spoke for the first time since becoming president with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Thursday as the US prepares to release a report about the 2018 murder of […]

Israel freezes plan to send vaccines to foreign allies

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial plan to ship surplus coronavirus vaccines to a group of allied nations was frozen on Thursday following a legal challenge to the deal, his office announced. It was the latest twist in a saga that has raised questions at home about Netanyahu’s decision-making authority, as well as his move […]

‘Halfway there’ Biden marks 50 million COVID-19 jabs

US President Joe Biden held a ceremony commemorating 50 million coronavirus vaccine jabs on Thursday, amid rising concerns about the emergence of new variants in at least two states. Biden, who took office on January 20, pledged to vaccinate 100 million people in his first 100 days in office. Now, on his 37th day in […]

EU leaders push to step up COVID vaccinations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the European Union must prepare to vaccinate for new coronavirus variants across the coming years after EU leaders discussed ways to fight new variants of the virus, step up inoculations and save Europe’s tourism industry from another ruinous summer. The 27 EU leaders agreed on Thursday to keep “tight […]

Oil prices mixed as Texas refineries reopen after deep freeze

As refineries in Texas reopen after last week’s freeze, concerns over OPEC+’s willingness to continue output cuts grow, with global benchmark Brent closing lower on Thursday. Oil prices were mixed on Thursday with United States crude edging up to its highest close since 2019 as refineries in Texas in the US restarted production after last […]

Navalny probably moved to prison camp, says lawyer

Lawyer says move would violate the law, adding that Navalny’s relatives have not been informed of his whereabouts. Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has been moved to an undisclosed detention centre outside Moscow that may be a prison camp, according to his lawyer and a member of a rights organisation. Navalny, a prominent critic […]