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Why are WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram not working? Cause of global app outage REVEALED

WHATSAPP not connecting on your iPhone? Facebook not working on your Android phone? Instagram can’t load? You’re not alone – but what is causing these widespread problems? And why is everyone talking about a DNS issue with the social networking giant? We’ve got all of the answers.

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Eastweststream.com media platform to take its place in global information market – Agency (UPDATE)

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BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 17


The Eastweststream.com media platform will make a significant contribution and take its place in the global information market, executive director of the Azerbaijan Media Development Agency Ahmad Ismayilov said at the presentation of the joint project of Azerbaijan’s Trend news agency and Russia’s TASS news agency – the Eastweststream.com media platform, Trend reports on July 17.

“The Azerbaijani media outlets, which are preparing to celebrate the 146th anniversary in a few days, have become a dynamic information platform that meets new challenges, accompanied by the rapid development of digital technologies,” Ismayilov said.

“The main task not only is to provide the local audience with high-quality and timely news content, but also to convey Azerbaijani realities to the world, for Azerbaijan, which is the leading country in the region in terms of development rates, to have its voice in the international arena,” the executive director said.

“Proceeding from rich historical experience, the Azerbaijani media adequately cope with this honorable and responsible task,” Ismayilov said.

“The joint project of Trend and TASS news agencies – the Eastweststream.com media platform will make a great contribution to eliminating the gap that exists in this sphere and will take its place in the global information market,” the executive director said.

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One in three people globally imprisoned without trial, while overcrowding puts prisoners at risk of contracting COVID-19, says UNODC’s first global research on imprisonment

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Vienna (Austria), 16 July 2021 – One in every three prisoners worldwide are held without a trial, which means that they have not been found guilty by any court of justice, according to the first global research data on prisons published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The research brief, released ahead of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July, examines the long-term trends of imprisonment, stating that over the past two decades, between 2000 and 2019, the number of prisoners worldwide has increased by more than 25 per cent, with a global population growth of 21 per cent in the same period, with 11.7 million people incarcerated at the end of 2019. This is a population comparable in size to entire nations such as Bolivia, Burundi, Belgium, or Tunisia. 

At the end of 2019 — the latest year data is available — there were around 152 prisoners for every 100,000 population. While Northern America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe have experienced a long-term decrease in imprisonment rates of up to 27 per cent, other regions and countries, such as Latin America and Australia and New Zealand, have seen growth over the last two decades of up to 68 per cent.

At 93 per cent, most of the persons detained in prison globally are men. Over the past two decades, however, the number of women in prisons has increased at a faster pace, with an increase of 33 per cent versus 25 per cent for men. 

As guardian of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners – the so-called Nelson Mandela Rules — UNODC also looked at data on overcrowding in prisons. While the rates vary substantially across regions, in roughly half of all countries with available data, prison systems are operating at more than 100 per cent of their intended capacity.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically shifted attention towards the issue of prison overcrowding. According to a global analysis of Government and open sources, as of May 2021, nearly 550,000 prisoners in 122 countries have become infected with COVID-19, with close to 4,000 fatalities in prisons in 47 countries. 

In response to the pandemic, some prisons limited recreation, work opportunities, and visitation rights, all essential components of rehabilitation programmes. With prevention measures often difficult to implement in prisons, especially when they are overcrowded, some countries meanwhile opted to release, at least temporarily, large numbers of people in custody, particularly remand prisoners and those convicted of non-violent offences.

Since March 2020, at least 700,000 persons around the globe – or roughly 6 per cent of the estimated global prison population – have been authorized or considered eligible for release through emergency release mechanisms adopted by 119 Member States. 

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News: IATA urges global government to adopt WHO travel rules

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on states to follow new guidance on travel from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The guidance recommends a “risk-based approach” to implementing measures related to Covid-19 and international travel.

Specifically, WHO recommended that governments:

  • Do not require proof of Covid-19 vaccination as a mandatory condition for entry or exit.
  • May relax measures such as testing and/or quarantine requirements for travellers who are fully vaccinated or have had a confirmed previous Covid-19 infection within the past six months and are no longer infectious.
  • Ensure alternative pathways for unvaccinated individuals through testing so that they are able to travel internationally. The WHO recommends rRT-PCR tests, or antigen detection rapid diagnostic tests (Ag-RDTs) followed by confirmatory rRT-PCR tests of positive samples, for this purpose.
  • Implement test and/or quarantine measures for international travellers “on a risk-based manner” with policies on testing and quarantine regularly reviewed to ensure they are lifted when no longer necessary.

“These common sense, risk-based recommendations from WHO, if followed by states, will allow for international air travel to resume while minimizing the chance of importing Covid-19.

“As the WHO notes – and as the latest UK testing data proves –  international travellers are not a high-risk group in terms of Covid-19.


“Out of 1.65 million tests carried out on arriving international passengers in the UK since February, only 1.4 per cent were positive for Covid-19.

“It’s long past time for governments to incorporate data into risk-based decision-making process for re-opening borders,” said Willie Walsh, IATA director general.

WHO also called on states to communicate “in a timely and adequate manner” any changes to international health-related measures and requirements.

“Consumers face a maze of confusing, uncoordinated and fast-changing border entry rules that discourage them from traveling, causing economic hardship across those employed in the travel and tourism sector.

“According to our latest passenger survey, 70 per cent of recent travellers thought the rules were a challenge to understand,” said Walsh.

Additionally, WHO encouraged states to look at bilateral, multilateral, and regional agreements, particularly among neighbouring counties, “with the aim of facilitating the recovery of key socioeconomic activities” including tourism, for which international travel plays a vital role.

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Global investors’ exposure to Chinese assets surges to $800bn

Global holdings of Chinese stocks and bonds have surged about 40 per cent to more than $ 800bn over the past year as investors bought assets at a record pace in spite of souring relations between Beijing and the international community.

The drive into China’s markets by global investors has come despite tensions between Beijing and Washington over issues from corporate audits to Beijing’s repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, which the US has labelled genocide.

It has also coincided with a crackdown by Beijing on Chinese listings in US capital markets, including a probe into data security at ride-hailing group Didi Chuxing announced just days after its $ 4.4bn New York listing.

Offshore investors have bought a net $ 35.3bn of Chinese stocks in the year to date via trading platforms that link Hong Kong with exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen, according to Financial Times calculations based on Bloomberg data. That was about 49 per cent higher compared with a year earlier.

Foreign investors have also bought more than $ 75bn in Chinese Treasuries in the year to date, according to figures from Crédit Agricole, representing a 50 per cent rise from a year earlier.

Foreign buying of Chinese stocks and government bonds has risen at the fastest rate ever compared with corresponding periods in previous years. Enthusiasm for Chinese assets has been fuelled by the country’s swift rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic but concerns are surfacing that its economic growth is slowing.

“Contrary to the geopolitical rhetoric, from an asset management point of view you cannot avoid looking at the Chinese market,” said Andy Maynard, a trader at investment bank China Renaissance.

Inflows to Chinese markets have surged in recent years, partly because of the inclusion of renminbi assets in global stock and bond indices that are tracked by trillions of dollars worth of assets.

In March, FTSE Russell became the latest indices provider to confirm plans to include Chinese government debt in its global bond index, a move that Nomura has forecast will funnel more than $ 130bn into China.

Bond inflows this year have taken total foreign holdings to about Rmb3.7tn ($ 578bn), according to FT calculations based on figures from Crédit Agricole and Hong Kong’s Bond Connect programme, a conduit for offshore investors to trade debt issued in the mainland.

Foreign investors held more than Rmb1.4tn ($ 228bn) of onshore equities as of Wednesday via market link-ups with Hong Kong, excluding other foreign investment programmes.

This brings overseas’ investors holdings of Chinese equities and bonds through these channels to about $ 806bn, up from about $ 570bn a year ago.

A global shift this year away from richly valued tech shares has also benefited mainland China’s markets. Analysts said China’s onshore equities offered better exposure to sectors other than tech, such as industrial groups.

“As tech loses favour, people want other sectors, and most of those sectors are better represented onshore,” said Thomas Gatley, analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics.

Analysts said mainland stocks had also found favour with global investors as Chinese shares listed in the US faced domestic regulatory crackdowns.

Shares in Didi, the New York-listed Chinese ride-hailing group, tumbled last week after Beijing opened a cyber security probe into the company.

In debt markets, Mansoor Mohi-uddin, chief economist at the Bank of Singapore, pointed out that China’s government bonds offered attractive returns compared with their US counterparts.

“There’s a marked difference between Chinese bond yields and US Treasuries,” he said, pointing to a gap of 1.5 percentage points between the two.

The inflows into China’s bond market have also accompanied a rally in the renminbi, which hit a three-year high against the dollar in May.

“We’d expect that interest rate differential to continue to support the [renminbi],” said Mohi-uddin, helping boost inflows into Chinese equities and bonds in the second half of the year.

The Chinese central bank’s decision on Friday to cut lenders’ reserve requirement ratio further fuelled offshore purchases of the country’s bonds this week.

The move, which reduced the amount of capital that banks have to hold in reserve, is expected to free up about Rmb1tn in liquidity and mark an end to months of tighter monetary policy in China.

But the RRR cut also signalled to markets that Beijing may be concerned that growth is slowing, and came despite signs of rising inflation.

Patrick Wu, head of Asia emerging markets trading at Crédit Agricole, said the cut surprised many international bond investors, who had recently slowed purchases of renminbi debt.

“People were quite bearish and underweight on Chinese bonds,” Wu said, adding that the offshore buying of renminbi debt through Hong Kong had surged following the RRR reduction.

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