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- Iran says U.S. move to seize oil shipment is ‘act of piracy’
- Journalists, activists, go on trial in Iraqi Kurdistan over ‘endangering’ national security
- Philippines says it wants more than ‘loose change’ for U.S. troops deal
- Google & Facebook falling in line ‘very soon’ with Australian government media reform bill
Published 2021-02-15 17:33:27 by News Desk in Iran
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Monday that a U.S. move this month to seize a cargo of oil on the grounds that it came from Tehran was an act of piracy, adding that the shipment did not belong to the Iranian government. Washington filed a lawsuit earlier this month to seize the cargo, alleging that Iran sought to mask the origin of the oil by transferring it to several vessels before it ended up aboard the Liberian-flagged Achilleas tanker destined for China. Washington said the cargo contravened U.S. terrorism regulations. “This shipment does not belong to the Iranian government…. Read on ->
Tags: Iran, Piracy, Sanctions, US
Published 2021-02-15 15:54:21 by News Desk in Iraq
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan region,— A group of journalists and activists from Duhok who were arrested last year and accused of endangering national security, went on trial on Monday in Erbil. Activist Badal Barwari and journalists Sherwan Sherwani and Omed Baroshki are among those set to stand trial and are accused of serious charges of undermining state independence, unity, or security, which could come with life imprisonment if convicted. While some lawyers for the defense were allowed in the court, Harem Rafaat who represents journalist Guhdar Zebari told NRT TV that he had been prevented from attending the hearing, with the court disputing his… Read on ->
Tags: Journalism, Kurdish
Published 2021-02-15 13:30:58 by News Desk in Asia-Australia
MANILA (Reuters) – The United States is providing the Philippines with military aid that amounts to “loose change” compared to other Asian countries, a top official said on Monday, justifying demands by President Rodrigo Duterte for Washington to pay more. Duterte last week said the United States should fork out more if it wants to maintain a two-decade-old Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which he unilaterally canceled last year in an angry response to an ally being denied a U.S. visa. “If we have very strong ties with a very strong ally then I think it also comes with a higher… Read on ->
Tags: Philippines, US
Published 2021-02-15 12:39:52 by News Desk in Asia-Australia, Economy
Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says that there has been “great progress” in talks between the tech giants and Australia in regards to the new Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code, which first emerged in 2019. The purpose of the bill is to establish reciprocity for news and media organizations mandating the tech companies to pay for content as well as implement certain transparency about the algorithms in use. Both Facebook and Google have rebutted the demands and states that it would give Australian media companies an unfair advantage by knowing the inner workings of how their technology works. Google has gone… Read on ->
Tags: Facebook, Google, Media
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