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Ukraine to replace defence minister in wartime reshuffle

FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov gestures as he addresses a press conference with French Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu, as part of Reznikov's official visit, at the Hotel de Brienne, the French Ministry of Armed Forces, in Paris on January 31, 2023. JULIE SEBADELHA/Pool via REUTERS

Reuters Ukraine is set to replace Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov with the chief of its military spy agency, a close ally of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday, in a reshuffle at the forefront of Ukraine’s war campaign. Reznikov would be transferred to another ministerial job and replaced by Kyrylo Budanov, head of the GUR […]

Facebook switches news back on in Australia, signs content deals

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Sydney, AustraliaReuters Facebook Inc ended a one-week blackout of Australian news on its popular social media site on Friday and announced preliminary commercial agreements with three small local publishers.  The moves reflected easing tensions between the US company and the Australian Government, a day after the country’s parliament passed a law forcing it and Alphabet […]

100 hours in the dark: How an election internet blackout hit poor Ugandans

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Nairobi, Kenya/Kampala, UgandaThomson Reuters Foundation When Uganda ordered an internet shutdown on the eve of the presidential election, groundnut seller Susan Tafumba’s trade collapsed. The 34-year-old sells groundnuts at Kampala’s Nakawa market, but much of her business now comes through a mobile phone app that customers use to order goods to be delivered to them […]

Doctors pray for sick as blackout batters Venezuelan hospitals

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Reuters Maria Rodriguez’s daughter has spent a month in Caracas’s JM de los Rios children’s hospital with hydrocephalus, a buildup of spinal fluid in the brain, but staff there have faced an uphill battle treating the girl because of a nationwide power outage. “It has been horrible since the blackout. My daughter needs treatment that […]