Joshua Melvin
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EU eyes Russian oil import ban amid new bid to evacuate Mariupol
by Joshua Melvin - May 5, 2022 - 8:25am
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said the bloc would "phase out Russian supply of crude oil within six months, and refined products by the end of the year".
Russia steps up Ukraine assault as US warns of annexation
by Joshua Melvin - May 3, 2022 - 8:00am
The new heavy fighting came as the European Union said it was bracing for a complete end to Russian gas supplies, with the bloc preparing another package of sanctions sure to anger President Vladimir Putin.
Dozens of civilians evacuated from besieged Mariupol steel plant
by Joshua Melvin - May 2, 2022 - 8:20am
The UN said earlier that a "safe passage operation" was going on at the Azovstal plant, the last holdout in the port city that has endured a Russian blockade since the conflict began on February 24, while the International...
Russia strikes Kyiv during UN chief's visit, Biden asks for $33 billion for Ukraine
by Joshua Melvin - April 29, 2022 - 9:02am
Russian forces bombarded Ukraine's capital late Thursday during a visit by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who decried the "absurdity" of war in the 21st century, as US President Joe Biden asked for $33 billion...
Russia warns of WWIII after top US officials visit Kyiv
by Joshua Melvin - April 26, 2022 - 8:18am
Speaking to Russian news agencies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticised Kyiv's approach to floundering peace talks, saying the risk of a World War III "is serious".
Top US officials visit Kyiv as war casts pall over Orthodox Easter
by Joshua Melvin - April 25, 2022 - 8:31am
The trip by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin comes as the war enters its third month, with thousands dead and millions displaced, and as Kyiv desperately sought relief for Ukrainians...
Twitter adopts 'poison pill' defense against Musk $43-million buyout bid
by Joshua Melvin - April 16, 2022 - 9:24am
Twitter moved Friday to defend itself against Elon Musk's $43 billion hostile takeover bid, announcing a "poison pill" plan that would make it harder for the billionaire to get a controlling stake.
Google to overhaul ad tracking system on Android devices
by Joshua Melvin - February 17, 2022 - 9:02am
Google announced plans Wednesday to limit ad tracking on its Android operating system running on billions of devices, a sensitive privacy issue that rival Apple has already moved to address on its iPhones.
US lawmakers rebuff Instagram boss's self-regulation pitch
by Joshua Melvin - December 9, 2021 - 8:35am
Instagram's boss aimed to appease fuming US lawmakers Wednesday with a rosy view of the photo-sharing app's impact on teens, but they rejected his self-regulation proposal and signaled a rekindled push to clamp down...
TikTok, YouTube and Snapchat defend impact on kids at US hearing
by Joshua Melvin - October 27, 2021 - 7:28am
Video-sharing app TikTok and photo network Snapchat, in their first testimony to US senators, argued they are built to protect against the mental health and safety risks present on social media.
Facebook fights global outage and whistleblower revelations
by Joshua Melvin - October 5, 2021 - 7:22am
Tracker Downdetector said it had received 10.6 million reports of problems ranging from the United States and Europe to Colombia and Singapore, with trouble first popping up around 1545 GMT.  Roughly seven...
'Belly of the beast': From 13, kids treated as adults online
by Joshua Melvin - September 30, 2021 - 10:58am
Facebook drew outrage for its now paused plans for an Instagram app for kids aged 12 and under. But 13-year-olds are already welcome on social media with few protections and sometimes tragic effects, experts...
Trailblazer Kamala Harris: America's first woman vice president
by Joshua Melvin - January 21, 2021 - 9:42am
Kamala Harris smashed through one of America's highest glass ceilings Wednesday, becoming the first woman, first Black American and first person of Asian heritage to be appointed vice president, blazing a trail...
Kamala Harris: On the cusp of US election history
by Joshua Melvin - October 31, 2020 - 1:58pm
Kamala Harris is on the verge of what would be a double-dream for US Democrats: becoming the nation's first woman vice president and ending Donald Trump's turbulent rule.
ABS-CBN shutdown crosses dangerous line for Philippines
by Joshua Melvin - May 6, 2020 - 7:24pm
The shutting down of the Philippines' top broadcaster crosses a dangerous line in eroding the nation's democracy and sends a warning to those who risk angering President Rodrigo Duterte, watchdogs said.
Patients die as Manila traffic jams block ambulances
by Joshua Melvin - September 9, 2019 - 11:32am
Gridlock in Manila is costing lives as ambulances stuck in traffic face severe delays in the race against the clock to reach the city's hospitals, medics warn.
Orphan goes from sniffing 'Rugby' glue to playing for Philippines
by Joshua Melvin - July 10, 2019 - 12:48pm
Long before Lito Ramirez was one of the Philippines' first homegrown rugby stars he was a six-year-old orphan addicted to sniffing glue, who survived on trash and begging.
Sinking feeling: Philippine cities facing 'slow-motion disaster'
by Joshua Melvin - May 20, 2019 - 1:30pm
When Mary Ann San Jose moved to Sitio Pariahan more than two decades ago, she could walk to the local chapel. Today, reaching it requires a swim.
Philippine polls could open door to death penalty return
by Joshua Melvin - May 10, 2019 - 4:22pm
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to strengthen his grip on power in midterm polls next week, experts say, clearing a possible path to restoring the death penalty and advancing his pledge to rewrite...
Farmers risk death to save crops from killer 'Ompong'
by Joshua Melvin - September 17, 2018 - 3:33pm
As Typhoon Ompong hurtled toward the Philippines, those in its firing line had a stark choice: stay or flee.
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