The Australian government granted Australia’s media regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), new powers Monday to combat disinformation and misinformation on digital platforms like Facebook and YouTube. ACMA is a regulatory government body that oversees communication and media services in Australia. As a part of their mission, the Australian Government asked ACMA to [...]

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Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Sunday an immediate ban on exports of alumina and aluminum ores to Russia as a part of Australia’s ongoing sanctions against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine. The Morrison Government announced the new ban in a media statement Sunday. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Australia has imposed [...]

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Friday refused Russia’s request to end FIFA’s suspension of all Russian teams from the 2022 World Cup playoffs because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On February 28, FIFA suspended all Russian teams from participating in FIFA competitions until further notice. The decision was made only a few days [...]

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Thursday signed into law a bill which creates a legal pathway for a cryptocurrency market in Ukraine. The bill, “On Virtual Assets,” was initially developed as a joint effort from Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation and industry representatives. Last month, the Ukraine legislature considered and passed the bill. With Zelenskyy’s signature, the [...]

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Australia announced Monday new sanctions against 33 Russian oligarchs and business people. Australia joins Canada, the EU, New Zealand, the UK and the US in imposing further restrictive measures against key Russian individuals. The new round of sanctions was announced by Australia Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne. In a statement, Payne said the sanctions [...]

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Australia and the Netherlands Monday filed joint legal action against Russia at the United Nations aviation agency, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), concerning the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in July 2014 when it crashed in Eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers and crew [...]

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The Spanish Parliament voted Thursday overwhelmingly in favor of a proposal to create an independent commission to investigate alleged Catholic Church sexual abuses of minors. Spain’s ombudsperson is set to chair the commission. The final vote count consisted of 286 votes in favor, 51 votes against and two abstentions. Spain’s Catholic Church has been under [...]

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US President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday calling for the first ever, whole-of-government approach to addressing the risks and benefits of cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency is a digital asset based on a decentralized network rather than some central authority, like the US Central Bank. Cryptocurrency first emerged in 2009. However, it has since become one [...]

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday announced new sanctions against 10 individuals close to Russian leadership over the invasion of Ukraine. Canada has previously imposed sanctions on hundreds of Russian officials and oligarchs over the crisis in Ukraine. The latest round of sanctions aims to increase pressure on Russia to end the crisis in Ukraine. [...]

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OVD-Info, a Russian independent human rights group, reported Monday that around 5,000 anti-war protesters were arrested across 69 cities in Russia on Sunday. As of Tuesday, more than 5,292 people are detained by Russian authorities in 74 cities. OVD-Info is a Russian independent human rights media project. The group launched in 2011 in an effort [...]

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