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Regional News • Americas • United States
Donald and Melania Trump received Covid vaccine at the White House in January
Donald and Melania Trump
Donald and Melania Trump Credit: Trump White House Archived (Public Domain)

CNN reports that Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump were vaccinated against the coronavirus back in January. Further details about their vaccination were not available.

According to The New York Times, both received at least the first dose of the vaccine before leaving the White House before President Joe Biden's inauguration.

The news came a day after Trump spoke at the CPAC political conference and said, "Everyone should go get your shot," encouraging everyone to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Reporters Without Borders files criminal charges against Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Credit: U.S. Secretary of Defense (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced it has filed a criminal complaint with the German Public Prosecutor General of the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe, detailing a litany of crimes against humanity committed against journalists in Saudi Arabia.

The complaint targets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and other high-ranking Saudi officials and addresses 35 cases of journalists: slain Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and 34 journalists who have been jailed in Saudi Arabia, including 33 currently in detention -- among them, blogger Raif Badawi.

"In Saudi Arabia, journalists, who are a civilian population according to international law, are victims of widespread and systematic attacks for political reasons in furtherance of a state policy aimed at punishing or silencing them," an RSF statement said.

Regional News • Americas • Central America
The Dominican Republic announces a plan for Haiti border fence
Dominican Republic / Haiti border in 2012
Dominican Republic / Haiti border in 2012 Credit: Alex Proimos (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Dominican Republic will begin constructing a fence along its 376-kilometre border with Haiti later this year to curb unauthorized migration and illicit trade, President Luis Abinader announced on Saturday. Abinader said the barrier would help curb illegal immigration, drugs and the flow of stolen vehicles between the two countries, which share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.

"In a period of two years, we want to put an end to the serious problems of illegal immigration, drug trafficking and the movement of stolen vehicles," Abinader said in a presentation to Congress.

It is estimated that about 500,000 Haitian migrants are living in the country - many of them there illegally.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Second former aide accuses New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Credit: Shinya Suzuki (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

The ex-aide, Charlotte Bennett, told The New York Times that she was repeatedly made to feel uncomfortable by Andrew Cuomo after she was hired in 2019 in the governor's office. Bennett said the governor had asked her numerous questions about her personal life, including whether she believed that age made a difference in romantic relationships.

"I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared and was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job," Bennett said.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Saudi Crown Prince responsible for approving Khashoggi operation says US Intelligence report
Saudi Crown Prince responsible for approving Khashoggi operation says US Intelligence report
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A US intelligence declassified version of a top-secret assessment found Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman approved the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"We assess that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi," the report's executive summary states.

Recognition of the prince's involvement could cast a huge shadow over relations between the US and its most significant ally in the Arab world, Saudi Arabia. Relations between the two had flourished under Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump.

Regional News • Middle East
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urges Saudi Arabia to allow free speech and assembly
Michelle Bachelet
Michelle Bachelet Credit: UNCTAD (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet welcomed the release earlier this month of women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul in Saudi Arabia, adding: "although I regret that others continued to be unjustly detained." The country has observer status on the council.

Bachelet also said. "I urge the authorities to also establish legislative frameworks to uphold the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association for everyone in the Kingdom."

Business • Markets
DigitalOcean files for a $100 million IPO
Digital Ocean logo
Digital Ocean logo Credit: Digital Ocean

DigitalOcean, which offers cloud computing services and web development tools to SMBs, filed on Thursday with the SEC to raise $100 million in an initial public offering. The company has filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “DOCN.”

Regional News • Americas • United States
Former USA gymnastics coach John Geddert dead after sex assault charges
Former USA gymnastics coach John Geddert dead after sex assault charges
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The gymnastics coach John Geddert died by suicide Thursday after human trafficking and sexual assault charges were announced against him. Geddert, who led the 2012 U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team to win gold, was charged with 24 felonies Thursday in Eaton County, Michigan.

"My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel later said in a statement.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Deutsche Telekom announces more than 100 billion euros of revenue in 2020
Deutsche Telekom logo
Deutsche Telekom logo Credit: Deutsche Telekom

Germany's Deutsche Telekom posted a record-breaking turnover figure on Friday as its US unit T-Mobile continued to drive growth. In 2020, the telecommunications company earned €101 billion, a 25.4% increase compared with the year before.

CEO Tim Höttges said, "We closed a groundbreaking deal in the United States, improved our market position in Europe and at the same time made an important contribution to managing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic with our stable networks."

Regional News • Europe
AstraZeneca admits huge Covid-19 vaccine shortfall for EU
AstraZeneca admits huge Covid-19 vaccine shortfall for EU
Credit: Illustration: Pendect, Ashley Winkler. (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Pascal Soriot, CEO of AstraZeneca, said to European lawmakers the company would deliver to the EU less than half the amount of Covid-19 vaccine doses that it pledged for the first quarter of 2021. The undersupply torpedoed the EU’s plan to use AstraZeneca as its main first vaccine during the first quarter.

Soriot also said, "we hope that by Q2 (the April-May-June second quarter), we can catch up to where we would like to be."

EU officials say ramped up deliveries from April by the Anglo-Swedish company and by BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna mean that the 27-nation bloc remains on track to reach its goal of fully vaccinating 70% of adults by mid-September.