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WhatsApp panics as users flee to rivals in privacy boycott

The encrypted messaging service is having to embark on some damage control after criticism about its new terms and conditions

Uganda comms regulator orders social media shutdown ahead of vote

The vote will come after one of the bloodiest campaigns in years, as veteran leader Yoweri Museveni seeks a sixth term against popstar-turned-MP Bobi Wine

WHO experts to arrive in Wuhan for delayed virus probe

The 10 scientists will investigate the origins of the new virus in a politically fraught mission that comes more than a year after the pandemic began, with accusations Beijing has tried to thwart the project.

WHO warns coronavirus herd immunity unlikely this year

Infections numbers are surging around the world, especially in Europe where nations have been forced to ramp up virus restrictions even as vaccines are rolled out.

Call for media workers to get Covid vaccine

Most of the coronavirus deaths were in Peru, Brazil, India, Mexico, Ecuador, Bangladesh, Italy and the United States

Incumbent wins Central African Republic election

The December 27 presidential election, which coincided with legislative polls, took place as a coalition of armed rebel groups renewed an offensive that left thousands unable to cast their ballots.

Insurrectionist mob storms US Capitol as Trump is accused of ‘coup’

Egged on in an extraordinary rally across town by an aggrieved Trump, a flag-waving mob broke down barricades outside the Capitol and swarmed inside, rampaging through offices and onto the usually solemn legislative floors

Democrats win first Georgia runoff, control of Senate in reach

Should Republicans lose the second race it would be a political debacle just as Trump is expected to suffer another bitter blow when Congress affirms Biden's Electoral College victory

Vaccine-destroying US pharmacist was ‘conspiracy theorist’ — police

Steven Brandenburg destroyed vials of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine because he believed that they were dangerous and could alter human DNA.

NYSE scraps plan to delist China telecom firms

No detailed reason was given for the sudden reversal, which the exchange said came after "further consultation with relevant regulatory authorities".

Rouhani says Iran ‘very happy’ Trump leaving

President-elect Joe Biden, who defeated Trump at the ballot box in November, has signalled a willingness to return to diplomacy with Iran after four tense years under the outgoing president

Gig economy workers say they can no longer survive

Whether in Paris, Kuala Lumpur or California, gig economy workers fear they can no longer survive on meagre earnings from jobs that leave them increasingly vulnerable.

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