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UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown

UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown

World
YANGON, Myanmar -- Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power, and a U.N. human rights official said it had “credible information” that at least 18 people were killed and 30 were wounded.That would be the highest single-day death toll among protesters who are demanding that the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi be restored to power after being ousted by a Feb. 1 coup. About 1,000 people are believed to have been detained Sunday.“Deaths reportedly occurred as a result of live ammunition fired into crowds in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku,” the U.N. Human Rights Office said in a statement referring to several cities, adding that the forces also used tear gas, flash-bang...
Facebook, Instagram announce crackdown on anti-vaccine misinformation

Facebook, Instagram announce crackdown on anti-vaccine misinformation

Business
Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Facebook announced Monday that the company would take action against users and groups on Facebook and Instagram that spread misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine or vaccines in general. "We will begin enforcing this policy immediately," the company said on a blog post, "Groups, pages and accounts on Facebook and Instagram that repeatedly share these debunked claims may be removed altogether." Advertisement Facebook already has banned advertisements that spread misinformation about vaccines. In December, the company announced that on the advice of its oversight board, posts that spread misinformation about COVID-19 would be labeled as inaccurate, with links to correct information. The new policy was developed in consultation with the World Health Organization expanding...
Protests in Italy over new virus crackdown turn violent

Protests in Italy over new virus crackdown turn violent

World
Italians have turned out by the hundreds in several cities and towns to vent anger, sometimes violently, over the latest pandemic restrictions that force restaurants and cafes to close early and shutter cinemas, gyms and other leisure venuesBy ANDREA ROSA and FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated PressOctober 26, 2020, 9:46 PM• 3 min readMILAN -- Protesters turned out by the hundreds in Turin, Milan and other Italian cities and towns Monday to vent their anger, sometimes violently, at the latest pandemic restrictions that force restaurants and cafes to close early and shutter cinemas, gyms and other leisure venues.In the northern city of Turin, some demonstrators broke off from a peaceful protest, smashing store windows on an elegant shopping street, setting smoke bombs and hurling bottles at police...
Dark web crackdown on opioid traffickers triggers 179 arrests

Dark web crackdown on opioid traffickers triggers 179 arrests

Technology
Police have arrested 179 people, including four in the UK, as part of a global crackdown on dark web opioid trafficking.More than $ 6.5m (£5m) in cash was seized in a series of arrests and raids across the US and Europe, which came more than a year after the Wall Street Market darknet site was closed down. At the time the site - which was operated by three German nationals - was one of the largest online illegal marketplaces, allowing users to purchase illicit items ranging from fraudulent documents to drugs and weapons.It was accessible though the anonymity-preserving Tor browser, which is legitimately used around the world by people whose access to the internet is controlled by authoritarian governments, but which has also provided criminals with a mechanism to frustrate law enforcement....
Face masks, fines, pub curfews and working from home: New coronavirus crackdown revealed

Face masks, fines, pub curfews and working from home: New coronavirus crackdown revealed

Business
Face masks will become compulsory for bar staff, shop workers, waiters and taxi passengers in an effort to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in England, the prime minister has announced.Fines for failing to wear a face mask will rise to £200 and will be extended to customers when they are not seated at a table, Boris Johnson told MPs. PM: New restrictions could ...