Facebook is preparing to block news content in Australia in response to new regulations which would force social media platforms to pay publishers for their articles. The Australian government announced plans in July to force Facebook and Google to pay royalties to news publishers for reusing their content. The two companies globally collect roughly 70% of media advertising revenue, which has historically underpinned the news industry.
India leads global rise in new weekly cases. Overall global new deaths in the past seven days fell by 3% compared to the previous week, the WHO reported. Tens of millions of pupils returned to school across Europe. AstraZeneca has expanded its agreement with cell therapy firm Oxford Biomedica to mass-produce its COVID-19 potential vaccine, as it looks to scale-up supply ahead of a possible U.S. fast-track approval.
Joe Biden on Monday accused Donald Trump of fomenting violence in American cities as the president endorsed his supporters who fired paintballs at protesters in Portland, and ignored pleas to stay away from Kenosha despite high tension after police shot a Black man there. His remarks came as Trump escalated his attacks on Democratic-run cities and tweeted, “Rest in peace, Jay!” about a member of a right-wing extremist group who was shot dead in Portland, Oregon.
A number of Saudi officials, including two members of the royal family, have been sacked. A royal decree said Saudi King Salman had relieved Prince Fahad bin Turki of his role as commander of joint forces in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. His son, Abdulaziz bin Fahad, was also removed as a deputy governor. The men, along with four other officials, face an investigation into “suspicious financial dealings.”
An Australian TV host at China’s state broadcaster has been detained in Beijing as tensions between the two countries rise. The Australian government received a “formal notification” of Cheng Lei’s detention on August 14, according to a statement released by Marise Payne, Australia’s minister for foreign affairs. Payne told Sydney radio station 2GB that Cheng was being detained in China without charge and could be held “for months.”