We look at the British dailies which are widely reporting on an alleged Russian hack into coronavirus vaccine research. Also, a new study blames climate change for massive forest fires in Siberia. The European Space Agency has captured the closest ever photos of the sun. Finally, find out why Britney Spears fans are reviving a #FreeBritney movement overs concerns for her wellbeing.
The Russian parliament fast-tracked a law against "fake news" at the end of March amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The legislation introduces criminal proceedings for the authors of false information published in the media and is backed up by an artificial intelligence system as well as an army of cyber activists who are tasked with trawling through the web. But Russian civil society groups say the law is an attack on civil liberties and that its real function is to silence dissident voices critical of the authorities' handling of the health crisis. Our correspondents report.
Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday (August 4) it had made U.S. actor Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries.