Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

Published On: February 25, 2021 07:15 AM NPT By: Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia, Feb 25: Australia’s laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news are ready to take effect, though the laws’ architect said it will take time for the digital giants to strike media deals.

Ghana is first nation in world to receive COVAX vaccines

Published On: February 24, 2021 04:59 PM NPT By: Associated Press

ACCRA, Ghana, Feb 24: Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive vaccines acquired through the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative with a delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.

Suzuki Motor says 91-year-old chairman to retire

Published On: February 24, 2021 04:24 PM NPT By: Reuters

TOKYO, Feb 24: Suzuki Motor Corp’s 91-year old chairman, Osamu Suzuki, announced he will retire in June, stepping aside for a new leader to navigate the shift to electric cars and fight off competition from tech giants such as Tesla and Apple.

U.S. seeks to return to U.N. human rights body

Published On: February 24, 2021 04:15 PM NPT By: Reuters

GENEVA, Feb 24: The United States will seek election to the U.N. Human Rights Council later this year, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, marking the Biden administration’s latest international re-engagement.

BEIJING, Feb 24: China says its Tianwen-1 spacecraft has entered a temporary parking orbit around Mars in anticipation of landing a rover on the red planet in the coming months.

Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

Published On: February 24, 2021 09:47 AM NPT By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, Feb 24: COVID-19 vaccine makers told Congress on Tuesday to expect a big jump in the delivery of doses over the coming month, and the companies insist they will be able to provide enough for most Americans to get inoculated by summer.

Myanmar faces more protests as Indonesia pursues diplomatic efforts

Published On: February 24, 2021 09:30 AM NPT By: Reuters

MYANMAR, Feb 24: Myanmar was set for more street protests on Wednesday against military rule as Indonesia sought to build momentum behind a diplomatic push involving other Southeast Asian countries to steer a path out of the crisis.

Facebook 'refriends' Australia after changes to media laws

Published On: February 23, 2021 02:24 PM NPT By: Reuters

CANBERRA, Feb 23: Facebook said on Tuesday it will restore Australian news pages after negotiating changes with the government to a proposed law that forces tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms.

U.S. House budget panel approves $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill

Published On: February 23, 2021 12:26 PM NPT By: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Feb 23: The U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee on Monday approved legislation with $1.9 trillion in new coronavirus relief, advancing a top priority of President Joe Biden toward a full House vote on passage expected later this week.

Facebook says it will lift its Australian news ban soon

Published On: February 23, 2021 12:14 PM NPT By: Associated Press

CANBERRA, Feb 23: Facebook said on Tuesday it will lift its ban on Australians sharing news after a deal was struck with Australia’s government on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism.