October 2021

Nigeria will lift Twitter ban if certain conditions met, President says 

However, he said it has strayed into a “platform to organize, coordinate, and execute criminal activities, propagate fake news, and promote ethnic and religious sentiments.”  President Buhari said that this contributed to the federal government pulling the plug on Twitter in June. He added that a committee set up to resolve the dispute agreed the social networking company must resolve four critical issues before the ban can be lifted.  “The Committee, along with its Technical Team, has engaged with Twitter and have addressed a number of key issues. These are: national security and cohesion; registration, physical presence and representation; fair…


Malawi: Former lawmaker shoots himself dead in parliament building

Clement Chiwaya, an ex-deputy speaker, shot himself in the head after sneaking a firearm into the office of the parliament’s clerk, a spokesman for the Malawi Police Service, James Kadadzera, said. Chiwaya was said to have gained access into the parliament building despite a routine security search. “The late Chiwaya was a man with disability and was using a wheelchair. The metal detector at the parliament building detected metal objects which were thought to be from the wheelchair and he was allowed in,” the police spokesman told CNN on Friday. Kadadzera added that security would be strengthened at the parliament…


Sarah Everard murder: London’s police criticized after warning women to be wary of lone officers

Prosecutors said Everard was walking to her London home on March 3 when serving police officer Wayne Couzens used his police identification and handcuffs to deceive her into getting in his car under the pretense that she had violated Covid-19 rules. He raped her and strangled her with his police belt later that evening. Couzens was sentenced Thursday to a whole-life prison term, which is very rare in the United Kingdom and reserved for exceptionally serious crimes. It means the defendant is never considered for parole. In a press briefing on Thursday, Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police Nick Ephgrave…


Europe’s poor suffer as energy prices surge

Experts, anti-poverty organizations and environmental campaigners are warning that the coronavirus pandemic and rising prices have intensified a longstanding problem tied to a combination of high energy costs, low household incomes and homes that aren’t energy efficient. Recent research led by Stefan Bouzarovski, professor at the University of Manchester and chair of energy poverty research network Engager, found that up to 80 million households across Europe were already struggling to keep their homes adequately warm before the pandemic. The European Union describes energy poverty as being unable to afford “proper indoor thermal comfort.” Only four European countries — France, Ireland,…


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