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Brazil President Halts US Trip Over Spying

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Brazil’s president has postponed a state visit to Washington in response to US spying, and has ordered a series of measures aimed at greater Brazilian online independence and security.

President Dilma Rousseff says she’s not making the trip next month, which was to include a state dinner.

Rousseff has been angered reports based on leaked National Security Agency documents, which show her communications with top aides were intercepted.

The NSA espionage program also targeted state-run oil company Petrobras and also spied on Brazilians who entrusted their personal data to US tech companies such as Facebook and Google.

Brazil reportedly has been the top Latin American target for spying, with data on billions of emails and telephone calls swooped up in NSA programs.

Internet security and policy experts say the Brazilian government’s reaction to information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is understandable, but warn it could set the Internet on a course of Balkanization, as Brazil plans to divorce itself from the US-centric internet over Washington’s widespread online spying.

“Brazil intends to increase its independent internet connections with other countries,” Ms Rousseff’s office said.

It cited a “common understanding” between Brazil and the European Union on data privacy, and said “negotiations are underway in South America for the deployment of land connections between all nations.” It said Brazil plans to boost investment in home-grown technology and buy only software and hardware that meet government data privacy specifications.

President Barack Obama called Rousseff late Monday and tried to talk her into maintaining her trip, the Brazilian president’s office said.

But Rousseff was demanding a full public apology from Obama for the spying, which she didn’t get.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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