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United Kingdom says Russian Federation was behind 4 major cyber-attacks on Western democracies

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The government alleges that Aleksei Sergeyevich Morenets, Evgenii Mikhaylovich Serebriakov, Ivan Sergeyevich Yermakov, Artem Andreveyich Malyshev, Dmitriy Sergeyevich Badin, Oleg Mikhaylovich Sotnikov and Alexey Valerevich Minin are members of the Russian intelligence agency and hacked into computer networks used by anti-doping and sporting officials, as well as groups investigating Russia's alleged use of chemical weapons. Read More »

'Palestine' - it's not a state

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The US withdrawal from the 1955 Treaty of Amity was " 39 years overdue ", Pompeo told reporters . Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton , said the United States was pulling out of a protocol concerning the separate International Court of Justice in The Hague, which considers disputes between nations. Read More »

Disbarred lawyer suspected in shooting of 7 SC law enforcement officers

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Hopkins is also a former attorney who had been disbarred in SC, and is married to prominent local divorce lawyer, Cheryl Turner-Hopkins, The Post-Courier reported . He did not say why he wasn't using state police like most law enforcement agencies do in officer shootings in SC. There were children inside the home, but officers said all of them were okay. Read More »

4 dead, 200 injured as powerful typhoon wreaks havoc in Japan

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More than 750,000 homes lost power and train departures and plane flights were cancelled. Huge crowds built up at Tokyo train stations, where people battled for spots in jam-packed commuter trains. Friday, still packing 104-mph sustained winds and 127-mph gusts at center. Shinkansen trains between Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima as well as many local railway services in western Japan were also halted Sunday. Read More »

'Presidential Alert' sent to every phone in America

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The messages come from the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), which attempts to send the alert to every cell phone within the USA operating on a network run by a carrier opting into the Wireless Emergency Alert system . Read More »

3 deputies, 2 officers shot in SC

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Five South Carolina law enforcement officers were shot Wednesday in Florence County and one officer has died , while the suspect is in custody , authorities said . A 20-year-old male in the home was also injured, according to Kirby. He asked South Carolinians to reflect on the officers' sacrifice. The sheriff department's armored personnel carrier was brought in to recover the wounded during Wednesday's two-hour standoff in Florence, and the gunman finally released the children as ... Read More »

An accuser accused: Critics slam latest claim against Kavanaugh skeptic Julie Swetnick

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She says Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were in the same part of the house earlier that evening but she can not be sure if they were involved."I can not specifically say that he was one of the ones who assaulted me", she said. But she told Snow that the boys were merely huddled near the doorways of the rooms. The most serious allegation in the statement is that he spiked the punch with "Quaaludes and/or grain alcohol". Read More »

Hundreds of people are dying from selfies

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India-based researchers found that 259 people worldwide died from accidents that occurred while trying to take a cool selfie in 137 incidents from October 2011 to November 2017. The study also revealed that while women generally take more selfies than men, men were more likely to die as they took greater risks, like standing at the edge of a cliff, to capture a dramatic shot. Read More »

Utah Man Suspected of Mailing Ricin to Trump, Mattis Arrested

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William Clyde Allen III, 39, was taken into custody in in the small northern Utah city of Logan, said Melodie Rydalch, a spokeswoman for the state's USA attorney's office. United States security and law enforcement officials separately said an active counter-terrorism investigation was not being conducted into the envelopes. Read More »

America's image worsens under Trump, survey shows

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Even in Russian Federation, where the US's image has grown more positive under the current administration, Trump's had fallen by 34% since previous year. Israelis were also more convinced than any other respondents that the U.S. was doing more to address global problems in the past two years, with 52 percent expressing that sentiment. Read More »

India under fire as it deports Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar

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The seven illegal refugees were reportedly confined in a detention prison since 2012 in Cachar district of Silchar, Assam . These people were the first to come....the Myanmar government has refused to recognise them as their citizens and they are considered as stateless individuals. Read More »

McConnell takes key step toward Kavanaugh vote

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Mr McConnell, a Republican , filed a petition for a so-called cloture vote , which if successful would limit debate on the Kavanaugh nomination and start the clock ticking on a final 30-hour waiting period before the Senate could vote to confirm the nominee. Read More »

Former PM's wife charged with money laundering

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Referring to a claim by Rosmah's daughter, Nooryana Najwa Najib, that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had gone too far in arresting her mother, Dr Mahathir said the action was taken without any idea of revenge. Najib, who was here at the High Court for his own case mention involving seven charges over RM42 million funds belonging to a former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) unit, met Rosmah at the Sessions Court after her court proceedings ended. Read More »

Theresa May dances to 'Dancing Queen' to open her conference speech

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May as she walked out on stage today dancing to ABBA . Naturally, within the blink of an eye, the internet had jumped onto Twitter to share their disbelief. Another added: "Her advisers must really have it in for her". May later said his speech made her "cross". Clips of the her "dad dancing " have already been the subject of a number of memes, while some users labelled the clip "cringeworthy". Read More »

Key U.S. senators criticise Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

How'd you get home?" "What neighborhood was it in?" I don't know. Where's the house? 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs? "I don't know", Trump said, flailing his arms around to mock her as he has some of his political foes or journalists during similar events in the past. Read More »

United Nations court sides with Iran and orders U.S. to lift some sanctions

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But both nations have in the past ignored the court's rulings . "Pompeo walking out of it signals that he wants to make sure that disputes with Iran are NOT resolved peacefully". Pompeo said Iran was misusing the court for political purposes and that the United States was actively ensuring that humanitarian aid reaches the country, without regard to the court ruling. Read More »

Russia’s Putin calls poisoned ex-spy ‘scumbag’, traitor

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Putin said Moscow was still ready to cooperate with Britain when it came to investigating what happened, an offer London has so far declined to take up. He added on a sarcastic note that 'espionage and prostitution are among the most important professions'. More than three months later, the bottle was found by a local man, Charlie Rowley. Read More »

Ferry carrying 294 passengers breaks down in Baltic sea after 'malfunction'

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The breakdown paralyzed the boat for about six hours. No injuries were reported and an evacuation wasn't immediately necessary. The Lithuanian-flagged Regina Seaways, carrying 335 people, restored power to its main engine four hours after it issued a distress call due to a suspected fire in its engine room, the ministry said. Read More »

Bill Kelly: Trade deal aside, we’re still in a tariff battle

Reinsch says. As a result, more American milk, butter, cheese and other dairy products will flow into Canada duty-free, with reciprocal treatment for Canadian dairy exports to the U.S. "Hopefully, we'll be able to work that out". We are in communication with them. Before Trump took office, Canada was already making moves towards China . Read More »

New Zealand Customs Can Fine You for Refusing to Disclose Passwords

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But the new Customs and Excise Act , which took effect on Monday, now lets them dangle the threat of a fine to anyone who refuses to hand over the passwords or encryption keys for their digital devices. The law applies to both foreign visitors and returning New Zealand citizens. A hot potato: Allowing customs officials to search digital devices remains a controversial issue, one that often raises privacy vs. Read More »

Melania Trump begins Africa trip today

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They exchanged gifts: a Chippendale silver tray embossed with an image of the White House inside a leather case signed by "First Lady Melania Trump " for Akufo-Addo, and Kente cloth and artifacts for Mrs. Since he came into office in 2017, President Donald Trump has not visited the continent. Trump also met last week in NY with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt. Read More »

Donald Trump mocks Blasey Ford's claims against Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh has emphatically denied all accusations of sexual misconduct. This comes shortly after Kavanaugh expressed worry this would be the outcome during his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week . "Hopefully, as Mitch said, they'll have a vote by the end of the week, and it'll be a positive vote". President Trump reiterated his support for Mr Kavanaugh on Tuesday, saying he believed the Senate would approve the judge. Read More »

Wife of former Malaysian PM Najib arrested in graft scandal

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Rosmah Mansor smiled at reporters but didn't speak as she was escorted into the agency's building. But her lawyer requested to postpone the questioning to 3pm and the request has been granted. This is her third appointment with the MACC officials. Rosmah, 66, had arrived at the agency's headquarters at around 0300 GMT on Wednesday, wearing traditional Malay clothing in lime green and accompanied by her lawyers. Read More »

Erupting volcano adds to danger for Indonesia survivors

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More than 1,200 people are now known to have died in the quake-tsunami that smashed into Sulawesi, Indonesia said Tuesday, as police pledged to clamp down on looting by survivors taking advantage of the chaos. Australia announced it will send 50 medical professionals as part of a $3.6m aid package. The United States has provided initial funding, deployed government disaster experts and was working to determine what other help can be given, she said. Read More »