Facebook curbs Myanmar military over 'misinformation' as protests swell

Thousands take to the streets again as junta releases 23,000 prisoners and detains more opponents overnight

Facebook has imposed widespread restrictions on Myanmar’s military rulers to prevent them spreading “misinformation”, as tens of thousands again took to the streets in what was set to be the biggest day of protests against the coup so far.

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Friday, February 12, 2021 - 12:14am
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'It burns': Nine-year-old pepper sprayed by police begged for help, video reveals

New video shows girl saying: ‘Please don’t do this,’ to which officer replies: ‘You did it to yourself, hon’

A nine-year-old Black girl pepper sprayed by police begged “please don’t do this to me” and said “it burns” as she waited handcuffed in the back seat of a police cruiser for 16 minutes, according to new police body camera footage released on Thursday.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 9:58pm
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Trump's case of coronavirus was far worse than he admitted, report says

Officials feared president would need a ventilator as he faced extremely low oxygen levels, New York Times reports

Donald Trump was reportedly much more ill with Covid-19 in October than the White House publicly admitted at the time, with some officials concerned that he would need to be put on a ventilator.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 6:40pm
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Huawei to seek UK court order to access HSBC records in bid to clear CFO

Chinese company turns to UK high court in attempt to stop extradition of Meng Wanzhou from Canada to the US

Huawei’s battle to prevent the extradition of its chief financial officer from Canada to the US will open a new front at the British high court on Friday when the Chinese telecoms giant seeks an application to access records from inside HSBC in a bid to prove that she did not mislead the bank.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 7:01pm
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Armies of China and India pull back from hand-to-hand border battle zone

Both countries say they are disengaging in disputed Ladakh where soldiers killed each other with sticks and rocks

China and India have been pulling back frontline troops along disputed portions of their mountain border where they have been in a standoff for months, officials in both countries said.

The troops started the disengagement on Wednesday at the southern and northern bank of Pangong Lake in the Ladakh region, according to the officials.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 9:14pm
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Ties with Myanmar military put pressure on western companies

Activists criticise oil and gas companies that have set up highly profitable joint ventures with army chiefs to exploit mineral resources

Western companies are facing growing calls to break ties with businesses run by Myanmar’s military after last week’s coup threatened to cast the impoverished south-east Asian country back into full-blown dictatorship.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 8:19pm
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'You’re upside down, Tom': US congressman appears wrong way up at House video hearing

First a cat-faced lawyer, now Minnesota representative Tom Emmer presents a topsy-turvy screen image at a virtual committee

A US Republican congressman accidentally turned the political world upside down when he appeared with his face flipped the wrong way during a video call for a House of Representatives committee hearing.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 9:29pm
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'A wake-up call': impeachment managers warn against acquitting Trump – video

House impeachment managers warned that more political violence could occur if Trump is not held accountable. Representative Diana DeGette argued the vote to impeach would make sure this would never happen again.

The  managers rested their case on the third day of the trial after presenting arguments for convicting Donald Trump.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 5:41pm
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Biden blasts Trump administration's handling of vaccine program – video

Joe Biden has criticised Donald Trump’s handling of the US Covid vaccination program after confirming the country had ordered an additional 200m vaccine doses to be delivered by the end of July. Speaking at the National Institutes of Health on Thursday, the president spoke of the efforts his team had gone through to ensure high vaccination numbers and criticised Trump’s strategy for distributing vaccines. ‘My predecessor, to be very blunt about it, did not do his job,’ Biden said. ‘He didn’t order enough vaccines. He didn’t mobilise enough people to administer the shots’

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 7:28pm
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New Zealand Covid vaccines to arrive one month early, border staff to be inoculated next week

Jacinda Ardern says vaccination of the wider population will begin in the second half of the year

New Zealand’s first Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in the country ahead of schedule in a win for the government, which has been criticised for being too slow to procure them.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 7:00pm
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