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WeChat: Judge blocks US attempts to ban downloads of Chinese app

A judge has blocked a US government attempt to ban the Chinese messaging and payments app, WeChat. US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said the ban raised serious questions related to the constitution's first amendment, guaranteeing free speech. The Department of Commerce had announced a bar on WeChat appearing in US app stores from Sunday, effectively shutting it down. The Trump administration has alleged it threatens national security. It says ... Full story

Czech government could declare coronavirus state of emergency, says minister

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government could declare a state of emergency if a recent spike in coronavirus cases continues in the coming days, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said. FILE PHOTO: People wait in line to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before a sampling station opens at Wenceslas Square in Prague, Czech Republic, Sept 16, 2020. REUTERS/David W Cerny. The Czech Republic’s daily count of new coronavirus cases has ... Full story

U.S. judge blocks Commerce Department order to remove WeChat from app stores

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge early Sunday blocked the Commerce Department from requiring Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to remove Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for downloads by late Sunday. The sign of the WeChat app is seen reflected on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken September 19, 2020. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration. U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco said in an order that WeChat users ... Full story

Belarus police detain at least 10 protesters in Minsk

FILE PHOTO: A Belarusian law enforcement officer attempts to detain a woman during an opposition rally to protest against police brutality and to reject the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus September 19, 2020. BelaPAN via REUTERS. (Reuters) - Belarus police detained more than ten protesters in Minsk on Sunday, Russia’s TASS news agency reported, citing Belarus police. People were gathering for a rally in Minsk and other cities, ... Full story

Italy sees GDP down 9% this year, rising more than 5% in 2021 - sources

FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks shop at Porta Palazzo market in Turin after it reopened with social distancing rules as Italy begins a staged end to a nationwide lockdown, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Turin, Italy, May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca. ROME (Reuters) - Italy expects its coronavirus-hit economy to grow by more than 5% next year after shrinking 9% in 2020, two government sources ... Full story

Coronavirus: WHO sets rules for testing African herbal remedies

Coronavirus: WHO sets rules for testing African herbal remedies - BBC News - - - - - sign-incaret-downsearchnolistlistdurationdurationdurationdurationplayplayplayplayplaymobile-smartmicrophonenewsletteremail Full story

Iran's rial hits record low as tension spikes with the U.S.

FILE PHOTO: A man displays the Iranian currency at Ferdowsi square in Tehran, Iran July 2, 2020. Mohamadreza Nadimi/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS. DUBAI (Reuters) - The Iranian rial fell to a record low against the U.S. dollar on the unofficial market on Sunday, a day after the U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration declared all United Nations sanctions on Tehran had been restored. The dollar was offered for as much as 273,000 ... Full story

Exclusive: Brazil's Lula says he will back anyone who can take on Bolsonaro

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, barred from elected office due to corruption convictions, said he is open to backing any candidate who can beat far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in the 2022 elections. Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is seen on a screen as he speaks to Reuters from Sao Paulo in a video conference interview conducted in Brasilia, Brazil, September 18, 2020. ... Full story

Why Thai protesters are challenging the monarchy | Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Since a longstanding taboo on criticising Thailand’s monarchy was broken by protesters in early August, their rallies in Bangkok have got increasingly bold in criticising King Maha Vajiralongkorn and demanding change. Student leader Panusaya Sithijirawattankul hands over a letter with demands for reforming the monarchy during a mass rally to call for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government and reforms in ... Full story

Hackers leak personal data of 1,000 Belarusian police on weekend of protests

(Reuters) - Anonymous hackers leaked the personal data of 1,000 Belarusian police officers in retaliation for a crackdown on street demonstrations against veteran President Alexander Lukashenko, as protesters geared up for another mass rally on Sunday. Slideshow ( 2 images ). “As the arrests continue, we will continue to publish data on a massive scale,” said a statement that was distributed by the opposition news channel Nexta Live on the ... Full story

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