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Inside the USA effort to keep laptop bomb intel secret


I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community. "They are in a downward spiral right now and have got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that's happening", Corker said . Read More »

Chinese newspaper slams India for OBOR summit boycott

DIPLOMATS have voiced concern over China's ambitious "new Silk Road" plan, particularly over the transparency of the multi-billion dollar project, or apparent lack thereof. China on Monday dismissed India's concerns over its Belt and Road initiative, saying the mega venture has broad worldwide support and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, which is a part of it, will not affect Beijing's stand on Kashmir. Read More »

United States agrees not to bring in Europe-wide laptop ban - for now

A senior U.S. administration official said there was no time frame for making a decision on the extension of the ban but U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly was "currently considering next steps". European officials say they received little advance notice of a possible expansion of the ban before news reports about the possibility surfaced last week. Read More »

Led coalition airstrikes targeted Syrian regime forces


It was the first such close confrontation between United States forces and fighters backing President Bashar Assad. The U.S. military does not speak with the Syrian government, so American military commanders at an air command center in Qatar called their Russian counterparts on a special hotline set up to ensure the two countries' pilots will not mistakenly run into - or fire on - one another as they conduct daily bombing runs in the skies above Syria. Read More »

Euro surges overnight as Macron takes victory in French election

Macron, who was Hollande's economy minister from 2014 to 2016, joined his former mentor at a ceremony commemorating the Allied victory over the Nazis in World War II. The notion that a new movement under Le Pen could lead to political alliances and entice new voters poses a challenge to Macron, who said during his victory speech that the anger and despair of far-right voters must be acknowledged. Read More »

Saudi Arabia: Women No Longer Need Guardians' Consent To Receive Services


But, she added, they needed additional official explanations regarding which matters would be covered by the decision. Just to be (very) clear, this directive doesn't end male guardianship but merely loosens some restrictions. 'How can Pakistan maintain neutrality with Iran, Saudi Arabia?' In 2013, 30 women joined the council. "However, I am concerned at allegations that some of the most violent armed groups involved in jihad which have committed serious human rights violations [in ... Read More »

Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence

Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest. Ankara launched its "Euphrates Shield" operation inside Syria past year, backing Syrian rebels with tanks, air strikes and special forces to sweep Islamic State from its southern border - and stop the advance of the YPG. Read More »

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell dies after Detroit show

The cause of Cornell's death was not immediately reported. Singer Chris Cornell, the grunge rock pioneer and lead singer of the group Soundgarden, has died after performing with the group in Detroit, U.S. Soundgarden was scheduled to play tour dates in Columbus, Ohio, ; Denver, Dallas, Maryland Heights, Mo.; and Houston prior to Rocklahoma. The medical examiner's office in Detroit is conducting an autopsy on Cornell. Read More »

North-east GP surgeries open as normal after being caught in cyber attack


There is no evidence that patient data has been compromised in the hack which affected around 1% of computers in the NHS in Scotland, the Scottish Government said. Mr Turnbull's cyber security advisor, Alastair MacGibbon, said none of Australia's government agencies or health systems had been hit. On Sunday night, Microsoft blamed the United States spy agency that had originally developed software that allowed the ransomware attack to infect computers. Read More »

Israel calls for embassy move to Jerusalem


The Palestinians have demanded east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. "It's clearly in Jerusalem but there's been - it's an issue that has had serious consideration, it'll be a topic that's gonna be discussed during the president's trip between the parties that he meets with". Read More »

COMMENT: Macron's election win - that was the easy bit


PARIS French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday the government had tendered its resignation following France's presidential election and that he had asked it to handle day-to-day business until it is replaced. If so, he'll be able to choose a prime minister. Macron's movement is banking that voters, having elected him, won't want to see his presidency hobbled so quickly. Read More »

Europol Reports More than 200000 Affected by Cyber Attack

Patched computers carry a much lower risk of being infected by malware or ransomware than those without an update. Since it was first uncovered on Friday afternoon, the WannaCry ransomware attack, which has affected England's National Health Service and prompted companies like automaker Renault to idle their factories, continues to spread throughout the world. Read More »

Trump Announces 'Fast' Replacement for Sacked FBI Director

Pirro asked Trump, in an interview for her Fox News show "Justice With Judge Jeanine". The White House also shifted its stance on whether Comey's termination had anything to do with the Russian Federation investigation , at first saying it was not linked. Read More »

Volvo Cars to begin local assembly in India this year

Volvo Cars is working with Volvo Group, the truck, bus and construction equipment manufacturer, and will make use of Volvo Group's existing infrastructure and production licences near Bangalore. But Volvo is unlikely to cut prices of models even after the local assembly, said Bonsdorf. Swedish vehicle maker Volvo Cars' Indian subsidiary, Volvo Auto India has announced plans to start local assembly in line with the Make in India initiative. Read More »

Rolf Harris to be released from prison


When sexual abuse by former BBC star Jimmy Savile was revealed, she said she told others " Rolf Harris will be next because he groped me". At Southwark crown court this morning, Judge Deborah Taylor told jurors she has agreed Harris can have bail during the ongoing trial. Read More »

2 dead, 30 missing after Portuguese-era bridge collapses in Goa


Search and rescue ops have been intensified. "Nine naval divers with boats and associated equipment rush to Curchorem, south Goa bridge collapse site, for search-and-rescue operations", the Navy tweeted. Latest reports claimed that 15 people has been rescued and five have been admitted to hospital for medical care. A police official informed that the rescue operation is in the process though he could not tell the actual number of victims. Read More »

Netanyahu against Abbas: "He didn't speak the truth"

The Netanyahu government, like those before it, has expanded settlements on war-won lands, despite U.S. appeals to curb construction. "So far, we didn't talk about a mechanism, but the contacts between us and the Americans began and will continue", he said . Read More »

Germany rejects idea of joint euro bonds after Macron victory


On Monday, Macron resigned as the leader of En Marche! political movement, with Catherine Barbaroux appointed as an interim leader. The movement will be renamed as "La Republique En Marche " on July 15. "The growth in threats of terrorism and militant extremism is accompanied by an escalation of local conflicts and the destabilization of whole regions", Putin said in a congratulatory telegram released by the Kremlin. Read More »

Israel releases record of Trump-Netanyahu meeting

It later annexed East Jerusalem , and in 1980, Israel unilaterally declared "reunited" Jerusalem as its capital. Israel captured the Old City, along with the rest of east Jerusalem , in the 1967 Mideast war. "We said we don't intend to give any assistance with regard to media and logistics for Trump's visit to the Western Wall", the senior Israeli official said. Read More »

White House offers muted response on Comey memo

The spokesman said on at least seven different occasions the White House has been "very clear" about its version of the events. The report is based on anonymous sources who reportedly read an alleged memo Comey wrote about his meeting with Trump to a Times reporter. Read More »

England's emergency units open 'as normal' again after cyber attack

BLOOD tests will resume at hospitals across mid Essex following the NHS cyber attack last week. The computer can be infected by taking advantage of a Windows vulnerability that Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) released a security patch for in March and computers that hadn't updated were still at risk. Read More »

Floods drive almost 1900 from homes in Canada's Quebec

In Ottawa , Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the federal government will pay for the military-related costs. "Every dollar you put in this fund will go to the victims of the flood", he promised. "I've spoken to people who have crossed". "The Ottawa Valley watershed is controlled by dams". A 37-year-old man and his two-year-old daughter are missing in the Gaspé after the man drove on a road that had been closed. Read More »

House oversight chair seeks Comey memos on Trump

If it were me, I'd say one appearance, period. In the face of unfairness, "you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight". Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee , sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump. Read More »

Oscar Lopez Rivera Freed From House Arrest


He was a member of the ultranationalist group Armed Forces of National Liberation, or FALN, that claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings across New York, Chicago, Washington and Puerto Rico in the 1970s and early 1980s. "Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States and thus the Puerto Rican people have a right to fight for independence, using all means possible", Lopez Rivera said during the trial. Read More »

House to Vote on New Sanctions Against the Syrian Regime


At a prison about 45 minutes outside of Damascus, Syria's capital, Assad's regime has "modified a building within the Sednaya complex to support what we believe is a crematorium ", Jones said, so that it can dispose of detainees' bodies "with little evidence ". Read More »

Conservatives' lead over Labour slips to 15 points - Ipsos MORI


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday (16/5/17) launched the Labour Election Manifesto for 2017 detailing plans to renationalise public services, increase NHS funding and scrap tuition fees for students. By contrast, the Labour leader has visited eight seats that Labour should consider safe unless they experience a historic collapse, including Angela Rayner's seat of Ashton-under-Lyne (Labour majority: 27%) and Rebecca Long-Bailey's constituency of Salford and Eccles (majority: 29%). Read More »

Federal Judges Question Whether Trump's Travel Ban Is A 'Muslim Ban'

But during oral arguments yesterday the three-judge panel honed in on Trump's comments, a key indication that they will weigh his statements in determining whether the travel ban impermissibly targeted Muslims. Wall responded that Trump's order is nothing like that, and if it were, he wouldn't be defending it before the court. Whereas only a few of the 13 Fourth Circuit judges seemed inclined to come to the rescue of Mr Trump's second travel ban, none of the three judges at the Ninth Circuit ... Read More »

Unemployment rate drops to 4.1 percent in April


Employment in Australia continued to trend higher last month, causing the Euro Australian Dollar (EUR AUD) exchange rate to tumble as investors welcomed the news. Connecticut's jobless ranks increased last month by about 1,900. The mining and logging sector declined by 200 jobs in April 2017. The state also added 1,200 jobs in that timeframe. Read More »

National Hockey League roundup: Senators get jump on Penguins

A team can enter the playoffs as a longshot, lose their first game, endure early questions about their goaltending and yet, finish with nothing but superlatives about their netminding. "You can only get to the second round so many times before you have to think that something needs to be changed". One of the most noticeable aspects of their success is their completeness. Read More »

Moors Murderer Ian Brady Dead at 79

The Moors Murderer Ian Brady has died at a high security psychiatric hospital in Merseyside. His lawyers said he had emphysema and was terminally ill. We will act on credible and actionable information that will help lead us to him". While Terry Kilbride, the brother of another victim, John Kilbride, told The Sun : "He was a murderous psychopath". Read More »

House GOP leader suggested Putin was paying Trump

According to a transcript from the Post , McCarthy's comment prompted laughter from some Republicans in the room, at which point Ryan jumped in. Sparks called it "a failed attempt at humor". "She supports the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference with our election and supports the decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee the investigation". Read More »