WTO panel considers easing protections on COVID-19 vaccines

Envoys from World Trade Organization member nations are taking up a proposal to ease patents and other intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines to help developing countries fight the pandemic, an idea backed by the Biden administration but opposed in other wealthy countries with strong pharmaceutical industries. On the table for a two-day meeting of a WTO panel opening Tuesday […]

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Myanmar forces use violence again against protesters

Police used tear gas and rubber bullets again Wednesday to violently disperse protesters against last month’s military takeover. Multiple reports from several cities and towns, difficult to independently confirm, said police also used live ammunition, causing at least one death.Myanmar’s new military rulers escalated their use of deadly force and mass arrests over the weekend to try to quash protests […]

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Facebook signs pay deals with 3 Australian news publishers

Facebook announced on Friday preliminary agreements with three Australian publishers, a day after the Parliament passed a law that would make the digital giants pay for news.Facebook said letters of intent had been signed with independent news organizations Private Media, Schwartz Media and Solstice Media.The commercial agreements are subject to the signing of full contracts within the next 60 days, […]

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Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

Australia’s law forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news is ready to take effect. However, the laws’ architect said it would take time for the digital giants to strike media deals.The Parliament on Thursday passed the final amendments to the so-called News Media Bargaining Code agreed between Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday.In return […]

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German economy grew 0.3% in 4th quarter, better than thought

The German economy grew 0.3% in last year’s fourth quarter compared with the previous three-month period; official data showed Wednesday — a better performance than first thought.In late January, the Federal Statistical Office reported that gross domestic product edged up 0.1% in the October-December period.Wednesday’s revision meant that last year’s overall GDP drop was a touch less sharp than initially […]

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Facebook will lift its Australian news ban soon

On Tuesday, Facebook said it would lift its ban on Australians sharing news after it struck a deal with Australia’s government on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook confirmed that they have agreed on amendments to proposed legislation to require the social network and Google to pay for Australian news that they feature.Facebook’s […]

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Thousands of Algerian activists mark second year of protest

Today thousands of people stormed the Algerian streets to mark Algeria’s pro-democracy movement’s second anniversary. Security forces were waiting but then stepped aside to let marchers pass. The Hirak movement’s protesters helped force long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika from power in 2019. While many heads from the Hirak arrested and imprisoned but after marching for 53 consecutive Fridays, it was a […]

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