Get the latest information on the political landscape, entertainment updates, and health sector in the world with this News Tractor news highlight for April! The latest news in the world that you need to know are the following:
1. UK plans to restrict access to the Internet for extremist websites
On April 8, the UK government will introduce legislation to restrict access to extremist websites, including the likes of 4chan, 8chan, and Voat.
The new laws will come into effect in the next few weeks, according to the BBC. The legislation will target the domain names of websites that promote extremist views. The websites will be forced to register their domain names with the government, and any website that does not comply will be blocked.
2. Republican congressman calls for an investigation into Facebook
On April 6, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) called for an investigation into Facebook. The congressman was concerned about the fact that Facebook had not adequately responded to reports of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The Facebook ads that were linked to Russian entities were reportedly shared by users of the social media platform. Facebook has been criticized for not doing enough to stop the spread of fake news.
3. White House blames Russia for not answering questions
On April 6, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders blamed Russia for not answering questions during the daily press briefing.
New Zealand health minister welcomes Ebola vaccine trials
New Zealand Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the Ebola vaccine trials that are underway in New Zealand and has made it clear that the country is ready to play a role in the world’s efforts to stop the disease.
“New Zealand has a strong track record of responding to global health emergencies, including the recent Zika virus outbreak,” Mr Coleman said. “We have an outstanding health system and are one of the few countries in the world with a robust research capacity.”
“I welcome the vaccine trials underway here and New Zealand’s participation in the global effort to stop the spread of Ebola.”
Dr Coleman said that the country’s isolation facilities and expertise in infectious diseases research and clinical trials would help the country play its part in stopping the disease.
“We have a world-class research capacity and New Zealand is one of only a few countries in the world with an isolation facility that can house a patient with Ebola,” Dr Coleman said.
“We are one of the few countries in the world with the capability to conduct a clinical trial of an Ebola vaccine.