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Worries arise over student loan forgiveness program

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program promises to cancel any remaining student debt for those who work for the government or nonprofits if they have been making on-time payments for 10 years. Borrowers often plan their financial lives and careers around the existence of the program, which allows them to work in fields that may require a lot of education, but don't necessarily pay well, with fewer financial worries. Read More »

Canada beats Russia 4-2 to reach final of ice hockey worlds

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The Canadians will bid for a third successive title against Sweden or Finland, who meet later on in the second semi-final, after scoring four times without reply in the third period. In a tight contest Russian Federation, the 2014 world champions, were cruising at 2-0 up in the second period after Canadian indiscipline cost them eight minutes of penalties. Read More »

Israel supposedly the source of Trump/Russia Intel flap

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Since the announcement of the president's travel plans, there has been some speculation that he would use the occasion to fulfill his campaign promise to move the U.S. In return, the Sunni states, Israel's natural allies in the struggle against Shiite Iran and Hezbollah, expect Israel to take modest steps in regard to the Palestinians, such as a partial freeze on construction in some West Bank settlements and an easing of restrictions on trade with Gaza. Read More »

Rouhani leads Iran presidential race - interior ministry official

After his victory, Mr Rouhani vowed to deliver on his campaign promises of creating a freer society and improving the economy. She said she spent more than three hours outside waiting to vote, "but it was worth it". The other candidates, Mostafa Aqa Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemi Taba, respectively won 297,276 and 139,331 votes. Syrian President Bashar Assad is one of the first world leaders to congratulate President Rouhani on his re-election. Read More »

Major Worldwide Cyber Attack Spreads

Once installed there's no more worry about backing up your information. Lastly there are, of course, the attackers, who kidnapped precious data and demanded ransom be paid. The ransomware part of WannaCry does work on Windows XP, if gets on to the machine some other way, and on all other versions of Windows. Microsoft has also launched updates for windows XP and Windows server 2003 , which is very unusual as these operating systems are the most outdated and are more prone to attack. Read More »

Ransomware prevention has been hindered by U.S.: Chinese state media

In mid-march, Microsoft distributed a security update after it detected the security flaw in its XP operating system that enabled the so-called WannaCry ransomware to infiltrate and freeze computers last week. "In India, the use of outdated software is a big problem when it comes to be safe from these attacks", he said. "Whether you are a Fortune 500 company or a family-owned business, if you don't take cyber-security seriously, you are at significant risk of being attacked". Read More »

No substantial impact of WannaCry on India

Security researchers say they encounter "ransomware" every day: malicious software that hijacks your computer and scrambles your files, demanding money to get them back. Some 300,000 computers worldwide were infected by the ransomware attack over the last two days . The second wave of cyber attacks that were predicted to occur on Monday using more enhanced encryption making it more hard to fix did not happen, but the world was still reeling from the recent ransomware attack . Read More »

Australian Treasurer Unveils Near Universally Popular Budget Measure

The federal government still anticipates meeting its slated return to surplus in 20210-21, despite the projected deficit for this year rising slightly. Among revenue boosting measures was a six-basis point levy on the liabilities of banks with liabilities of more than A$100 billion from July 1, a move that will help the government raise A$6.2 billion through 2020/21 to aid budget fix. Read More »

Why WannaCry ransomware took down so many businesses

In an analysis posted today, Finnish cybersecurity firm F-Secure explains that China and Russian Federation are two of the countries most severely hit by WannaCry, and there's a reason why this happened: the big number of computers running pirated Windows. Read More »

Local Fine Gael members split on leadership choice

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Mr Varadkar now has the support of 45 members of the parliamentary party which equates to 40% in the overall contest. Party heavy-hitter and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Minister of State Catherine Byrne are widely expected to declare for My Varadkar at his launch in Dublin in the next hour or so. Read More »

Oil falls as market stays well supplied despite cuts

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In fact, traders have remained net-long since April 19 when Oil - US Crude traded near 5301.8; price has moved 7.3% lower since then. Brent crude slipped by 17 cents to $52.04 a barrel, while the U.S. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 16 cents, or 0.3%, at US$48.91. Shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon shows that United States oil exports to Asia have soared from just a handful of tankers per quarter throughout 2015 and 2016, to 10 tankers in the first quarter of this year, ... Read More »

Saudi to open militant-monitoring centre during Trump visit

The Boston-headquartered firm said the agreements were inked in the presence of King Salman and Trump, who has chosen Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since taking office in January. The White House says the agreements include military sales of about $100 billion, effective immediately, plus another $350 billion over the next 10 years. Read More »

Sweden drops rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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Assange took refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London in 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden to answer questions about sex-crime allegations from two women. "The UK said it would arrest me regardless", he stated. A U.S. Department of Justice spokesman on Friday declined to comment on the case. Ecuador Foreign Minister Guillaume Long said the United Kingdom should now grant Assange safe passage, as the European arrest warrant against him "no longer holds". Read More »

Officers on Dunkin' Donuts roof weren't looking for speeders

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Police chiefs all across Illinois chose to donate to Special Olympics Illinois this year. Additional activities will vary by Dunkin' Donuts location. This year's goal is $4 million, she said. Law enforcement officers will run to the Odessa Police Department from Third Street and Golder Avenue and will then give a brief program at 10 a.m. Read More »

Troy Income & Growth Trust PLC (TIGT) Insider Purchases £50050.40 in Stock

Acacia Mining PLC (LON:ACA) was upgraded by research analysts at Peel Hunt to an "add" rating in a report issued on Friday, May 5th. 70106 shares were traded on BAE Systems PLC's last session. Investors sentiment increased to 0.76 in Q4 2016. Its up 0.61, from 1.64 in 2016Q3. Marks and Spencer Group Plc was downgraded to "sell" by analysts at Investec. Read More »

Trump revelations weighing on global stocks and the dollar

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The S&P 500 financial sector tumbled more than 2 percent, led by losses in Bank of America and JPMorgan. The dollar was last up 6.1 percent at 3.33 reais. Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester on Thursday repeated her call for further US -interest rate hikes now that the economy has reached full employment and inflation is nearing the Fed's 2-percent goal. Read More »

Lawmakers, ranchers praise China agreement on beef

Under the agreement , the United States is inviting Chinese companies to import USA -produced liquefied natural gas. "It's impossible to overstate how beneficial this will be for Minnesota's cattle producers", said Ashley Kohls. "Clearly China , whose banks are among the largest in the whole world, wants access to the US banking market". For exports of gas, the USA will now treat China "no less favorably" than other countries for which is does not have a free trade agreement, ... Read More »

Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump, sources say

The vice president also denied that a request for a security clearance had been made for Flynn's son, apparently unaware that it had in fact been requested. According to CNN , the relationship developed throughout 2016 - before Flynn was caught on an intercepted call in December speaking with Russia's ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak . Read More »

Iran: Rouhani leads initial count; over 70 percent turnout

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He is believed to have the backing of the powerful Revolutionary Guards security force, as well as the tacit support of Khamenei, whose powers outrank those of the elected president but who normally steers clear of day-to-day politics. Suspicions that the Guards and the Basij militia under their control falsified voting results in favor of hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad led to eight months of nationwide protests in 2009, which were violently suppressed. Read More »

President Trump and Saudi King Salman meet in Riyadh

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There's also the matter of the executive orders President Trump signed aimed at halting travel - at least temporarily - from several majority-Muslim countries in the name of security. The White House hopes the trip will shift focus away from domestic controversies and on to Trump's foreign policy agenda. The package includes tanks, combat ships, missile defence systems, radar and communications, and cybersecurity technology. Read More »

Rouhani Holds Lead in Early Vote Results in Iran

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced the vote tallies in a televised news conference, based on a count of more than 99 percent of the ballots. Reuters reported that Mr Rouhani was on course to win more than 50% of the vote in the first round, thus avoiding a second-round run-off. Out of the 40,076,729 votes cast, 38,914,470 ballots were declared valid. Read More »

Hillary Clinton Practiced How to Avoid a Hug From Donald Trump

The video, filmed on September 24, 2016, just two days before the first presidential debate, shows Clinton practicing for her meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump, facing off against a staffer standing in for her opponent. Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of Lawfare and a friend of Comey's who provided the Times with details of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's thinking, provided more details in his own recounting of Comey's thoughts on "the hug". Read More »

Hillary Clinton practiced avoiding unwanted Trump hug before debate

Mr Reines said they didn't expect the Republican candidate to try to hug his Democratic rival. In the video, Reines, pretending to be Trump, greets Clinton on stage for a friendly embrace. 'Comey was disgusted. He regarded the episode as a physical attempt to show closeness and warmth in a fashion calculated to compromise him before Democrats who already mistrusted him, ' Wittes wrote. Read More »

Rouhani all set to be Iran’s President consecutively

Voting time was extended by five hours on Friday, until midnight, amid an unexpectedly high turnout of about 70 per cent. This was Rouhani's first visit to the US since a landmark nuclear deal was reached. His opposing rival Ebrahim Raeisi has won over 10.1 million of the votes tallied while Mostafa Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemi Taba have won 297, 276 and 139,331 of the votes respectively. Read More »

Trump considers sabotaging Obamacare to force Dems to negotiate

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The Republican-led House of Representatives brought the case in 2014 to eliminate subsidy payments to health insurers that cover a portion of out-of-pocket medical expenses for low-income Americans. "Unless CSRs are funded, a tremendous number of Americans will simply go without coverage and move to the ranks of the uninsured". "The wrong decision could trigger the very system-wide "death spirals" that central ACA features, such as stable financing, were created to avoid". Read More »

Graphic - Has the oil market grown tired of OPEC's promises?

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Analysts estimate that every dollar that oil prices rise between $45 and $55 a barrel results in an additional 1.2 billion barrels that become economic to produce. And the recent shift in momentum gets accelerated by systematic trading programs, which now appear to be buying again after a long period of selling, he added. Read More »

Wal-Mart sees online sales surge, more shoppers at stores

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Shell Asset Management Co. raised its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 2.3% in the third quarter. The stock gained $8.17 to $128.67. Focusing in on the valuation of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. For the current quarter, the company guided for earnings of $1.00 to $1.08 a share, including a 5-cent tax benefit from the sale of the company's apparel format in Mexico. Read More »

New leaks may derail Trump's ME trip

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Finally, the president's trip will wrap up in Europe where his shifting pronouncements on Brexit, NATO and the future of the European Union have sown confusion among longstanding allies. They exchanged a handshake and Trump said it was "a great honor" to be there. Known to dislike long trips, the president was joined by his wife Melania, who has until now cut a highly discreet figure at his side. Read More »