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 […]

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 […]

Amid Shortfalls, Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Critical Supply Chains

WASHINGTON — Automakers have been forced to halt production because of a lack of computer chips. Health care workers battling the coronavirus pandemic had to make do without masks as the United States waited on supplies from China. And pharmaceutical executives worried that supplies of critical drugs could dry up if countries tried to stockpile […]

Biden signs orders to end ‘Muslim ban’, rejoin Paris climate deal

United States President Joe Biden has signed a string of executive orders, memorandums and directives that will reverse some of his predecessor Donald Trump’s most divisive policies, including rescinding the so-called “Muslim ban” and rejoining the Paris climate accord. Just hours after his inauguration at the US Capitol on Wednesday, Biden signed 15 executive actions […]

Sudan signs deal to normalise relations with Israel

Prime minister’s office said Sudan signed ‘Abraham Accords’; deal also gives Sudan ‘access to over $1bn in annual financing’. Sudan has signed the “Abraham Accords” with the United States despite the move being rejected by its political parties when it was first announced in October last year. A statement from the office of Sudan’s prime […]

Trump signs order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese software applications, including Ant Group’s Alipay, the White House said, escalating tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office this month. Meanwhile, Chinese authorities are planning to force Ant Group to share troves of consumer-credit data, a further push to […]

Algeria’s Tebboune signs new constitution into law

Algerian leader approves new charter after a November referendum that saw a record low voter turnout. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has signed into law the country’s new constitution, his office said on Friday, months after the document was approved in a referendum that saw a record low voter turnout. Tebboune, 75, who returned to Algeria […]

US stocks hit record highs after Trump signs COVID relief bill

US investors cheer the passage of the latest round of coronavirus relief aid, which has restored some of the optimism that drove global stocks to a record this month. U.S. equities rallied to records after President Donald Trump backed away from earlier threats and signed a coronavirus aid package. The S&P 500 Index, Dow Jones […]

US government shutdown averted as Trump relents, signs massive budget bill

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday said it was “concerned about some negative comments” from Afghanistan about its commitment to the peace process and accusations that it was hosting Taliban leaders on its soil. A video released on social media last week showed the deputy Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar meeting with purported senior members of the […]

Under pressure, Trump finally signs COVID relief bill

BREAKING Clock ticking on relief bill that includes payments to jobless Americans, and funding for federal government operations. US President Donald Trump, on holiday in Florida, has finally signed a $2.3 trillion financial package that is crucial to millions of jobless Americans, as he came under pressure from legislators. The White House confirmed he had […]

South Korea signs COVID vaccine deals as tougher curbs kick in

Starting on Thursday, gatherings of five or more individuals are banned nationwide with violators facing stiff penalties. South Korea signed new COVID-19 vaccine deals on Thursday, as daily new coronavirus cases fell below 1,000 and the authorities imposed its most stringent social-distancing rules yet to help contain the spread of the virus during the holiday […]

Russia’s Putin signs bill giving ex-presidents lifetime immunity

Bill gives former presidents and their families immunity from prosecution for crimes committed during their lifetime. President Vladimir Putin has signed a law granting former Russian presidents expanded immunity from prosecution and allowing them to become senators for life in the upper house of Parliament once they leave the Kremlin. The new law follows sweeping […]

UN signs deal with Ethiopia for aid access to Tigray: Report

A month after fighting began, the Ethiopian government has allowed the UN ‘unimpeded’ humanitarian access to the region, AP reports. The United Nations says it has signed a deal with Ethiopia’s government to allow “unimpeded” humanitarian access to the embattled Tigray region, at least the parts under federal government control, the Associated Press news agency […]

Sewage may offer early signs of coronavirus outbreaks.

People infected with the coronavirus may shed extremely high amounts of virus in their stool even before they show symptoms — if they ever do — suggesting that testing wastewater may offer health officials a way to spot budding community outbreaks early, researchers have found. Scientists at M.I.T. and elsewhere compared coronavirus concentrations in sewage […]