Apple and Amazon resume advertising on Twitter, reports say

Apple and Amazon resume advertising on Twitter, reports say

Dec 3 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Apple Inc (AAPL.O) are planning to resume advertising on Twitter, according to media reports on Saturday. The developments follow an email sent by Twitter on Thursday to advertising agencies offering advertisers incentives to increase their spending on the platform, an effort to jump-start its business after Elon … Read more

Exclusive: China may announce 10 new COVID easing steps on Wednesday

Exclusive: China may announce 10 new COVID easing steps on Wednesday

HONG KONG, Dec 5 (Reuters) – China may announce 10 new COVID-19 easing measures as early as Wednesday, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, supplementing 20 unveiled in November that set off a wave of COVID easing steps nationwide. Three years of zero-tolerance measures, from shuttered borders to frequent lockdowns, have battered … Read more

China readies new COVID rules as investors cheer easing shift

China readies new COVID rules as investors cheer easing shift

New nationwide COVID rules due as soon as Wednesday – sources Shift follows widespread demonstrations last month Yuan firms, global markets rally on China hopes HONG KONG/BEIJING, Dec 5 (Reuters) – China is set to announce the further easing of some of the world’s toughest COVID curbs as early as Wednesday, sources told Reuters, as … Read more

Protesters storm governor’s office in southern Syrian city, two killed in clashes

Protesters storm governor’s office in southern Syrian city, two killed in clashes

Protests in Sweida over worsening economy Crowds storm governor’s office, set fire to building Authorities say armed “outlaws” also tried to seize police HQ One policeman killed, Interior Ministry says Hospital source says one demonstrator has died from injuries AMMAN, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Dozens of demonstrators angry over worsening economic conditions in Syria stormed … Read more

Iran top legal cleric says morality police shut down

Iran top legal cleric says morality police shut down

Protesters call for economic boycott from Monday to Wednesday Raisi visits Tehran University on Wednesday for Student Day Interior ministry silent on the morality police’s status DUBAI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Protesters in Iran called on Sunday for a three-day strike this week, stepping up pressure on authorities after the public prosecutor said the morality … Read more

Ukraine slaps sanctions on senior clerics in pro-Moscow church

Ukraine slaps sanctions on senior clerics in pro-Moscow church

Dec 3 (Reuters) – Ukraine is slapping sanctions on 10 senior clerics linked to a pro-Moscow church on the grounds they agreed to work with Russian occupation authorities or justified Moscow’s invasion, the security service said on Saturday. The announcement is the latest in a series of steps against a Ukrainian branch of the Orthodox … Read more

Iran state body reports 200 dead in protests, Raisi hails ‘freedoms’

Iran state body reports 200 dead in protests, Raisi hails ‘freedoms’

DUBAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday hailed Iran’s Islamic Republic as a guarantor of rights and freedoms, defending the ruling system amid a crackdown on anti-government protests that the United Nations says has cost more than 300 lives. A top state security body meanwhile said that 200 people, including members of … Read more

Judge blocks Indiana abortion ban on religious freedom grounds

Judge blocks Indiana abortion ban on religious freedom grounds

Dec 2 (Reuters) – A second Indiana judge on Friday blocked the state from enforcing its law banning most abortions after Jewish, Muslim and other non-Christian women challenged it in a lawsuit. Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch issued a preliminary injunction against the Republican-backed law, which prohibits abortions with limited exceptions for rape, … Read more

Exclusive: Twitter exec says moving fast on moderation, as harmful content surges

Exclusive: Twitter exec says moving fast on moderation, as harmful content surges

Dec 2 (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s Twitter is leaning heavily on automation to moderate content, doing away with certain manual reviews and favoring restrictions on distribution rather than removing certain speech outright, its new head of trust and safety told Reuters. Twitter is also more aggressively restricting abuse-prone hashtags and search results in areas including … Read more

Twitter suspends Kanye’s account again

Twitter suspends Kanye’s account again

Dec 2 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc on Friday suspended Kanye West’s account again, just two months after it was reinstated, after its owner Elon Musk said he had violated the platform’s rules prohibiting incitement to violence. Musk, who calls himself a free speech absolutist, had welcomed the return of the rapper, now known as Ye, … Read more