World news digest

World news digest of February 11, 2022

 

Some news around the world, in short:

  • France-based news outlet Euronews, US broadcaster Voice of America, and German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle are given 72 hours to obtain their license by Turkey’s media regulator before being blocked in the country.
  • BBC cancelled a documentary about a young cryptocurrency entrepreneur at last minute according to The Guardian. He created a digital currency, Orfano, whose main purpose was to provide support to charities. As the founder made millions, investors claim the token is a scam.
  • The law against the use of single-use plastic items such as cutlery comes into force this weekend in Chile. Supermarkets will also need to accept returned bottles but convenience stores and warehouse have until August 2023 to comply. By 2024, restaurants, cafes and bars will need to have reusable material only while delivery will need to be with biodegradable plastic food containers.
  • Commission of the Constitutional Convention of Chile rejected the popular initiative to decriminalize cannabis but approved the one on abortion. The right now needs to be discussed and voted by Chilean legislators.
  • The Superior Court of Justice of Ontario froze access to millions of dollars donated on online fundraising platform GiveSendGo meant to finance the ‘freedom convoy’ in Canada.
  • The judiciary police of Portugal said they arrested a 18-year-old student at Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon. He possessed weapons and investigators are convinced he was planning a terrorist attack at the University.
  • Australia’s intelligence services think a Chinese businessman with deep connection with China tried to finance New South Wales Labor candidates in this year’s federal election to get sympathy from them. The foreign interference attempt proved unsuccessful as the candidates were not ultimately preselected by the party. The candidates were not aware of the alleged plot.

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