Thursday, June 22, 2017 | ePaper

News In Brief

  • Print
US blames N Korea for cyber attacks since 2009
Reuters, Washington
The U.S. government on Tuesday issued a rare alert on the activities of a hacking group it dubbed "Hidden Cobra," saying the group was part of the North Korean government and that more attacks were likely.
The joint alert from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that "cyber actors of the North Korean government" had targeted the media, aerospace and financial sectors, as well as critical infrastructure, in the United States and globally.

100 IS fighters attack Iraqi forces in Mosul
AP, Baghdad
More than 100 Islamic State militants launched a counterattack in Mosul on Wednesday, killing 11 Federal Police and four civilians in clashes that were still underway, Iraqi security officials said.
The wide-scale assault underscored the extremist group's resilience in the city despite months of heavy fighting with Iraqi forces backed by U.S. air power.

Suicide bomber kills 9 in Afghanistan
AP, Kandahar
A suicide bomber targeted a checkpoint run by rival insurgents in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province Wednesday, killing nine of them, an Afghan official said.
Mohammad Saleem Rohdi, chief of the Gareshk district, said six other militants from a breakaway Taliban faction were wounded in the attack early Wednesday.

Hungary passes tough anti-foreign NGO law
AP, Hungary
Hungary's parliament approved Tuesday a crackdown on foreign-backed civil society groups despite an international outcry, in a move seen as targeting US billionaire George Soros.
A new law, passed by 130 votes to 44, will force groups receiving more than 24,000 euros ($26,000) annually in overseas funding to register as a "foreign-supported organisation", or risk closure for non-compliance.

Two dead after Kenya building collapse
AFP, Nairobi
The mother of two children rescued from a collapsed seven-storey building in Nairobi has died in hospital, officials said Wednesday, amid fears more people are trapped under the rubble.
The woman's daughter and son are in a stable condition after being pulled from the debris in a poor neighbourhood near Nairobi's international airport, southeast of the Kenyan capital.

Two prison guards shot dead in Georgia
BBC Online
Two prison officers were shot and killed during an escape on Tuesday morning in the US state of Georgia.
Inmates Donnie Russell Row and Ricky Dubose are suspected of overpowering the guards while being transported by bus to a work assignment.
Police say the men, who are both serving time for armed robbery at Baldwin State Prison, hijacked the prison transport bus.
They later commandeered another car, and are considered armed and dangerous.

More News For this Category

Macron adds new faces to Cabinet after losing 4 ministers

Macron adds new faces to Cabinet after losing 4 ministers

AP, Paris :French President Emmanuel Macron brought several little-known figures into his government Wednesday as part of a reshuffle after corruption scandals started tarnishing his young Cabinet.Macron had planned

Turkey sends first cargo ship with aid for Qatar

Turkey sends first cargo ship with aid for Qatar

AFP, Istanbul :Turkey on Thursday sent its first ship loaded with aid for its embattled regional ally Qatar which has been hit by sanctions from Gulf powers led by

Trump's approval rating plunges to new low in latest poll

Trump's approval rating plunges to new low in latest poll

The Independent :Donald Trump's handling of the Russia investigation has pushed him towards an even lower approval rating, a new poll has found.A CBS survey of more than 1,000

News In Brief

Russia cancels US meeting over Ukraine sanctionsAFP, Washington Russia has canceled a meeting with senior US diplomats in the wake of Washington's decision to reinforce sanctions imposed over its

In high-level talks, US asks China to do more to rein in North Korea

In high-level talks, US asks China to do more to rein in North Korea

Reuters, Washington :The United States pressed China on Wednesday to exert more diplomatic and economic pressure to help rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs during a round

India eyes breakthrough on US surveillance drones ahead of Modi trip

India eyes breakthrough on US surveillance drones ahead of Modi trip

Reuters, New Delhi :India is pushing for U.S. approval of its request to buy a naval variant of the Predator drone, officials said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries

State Department chastises Saudi Arabia, UAE over Qatar

State Department chastises Saudi Arabia, UAE over Qatar

 The Washington Post :The State Department issued an unusual public warning to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday over a diplomatic rift with fellow U.S. ally

US will be replaced if it disengages from world: UN chief

US will be replaced if it disengages from world: UN chief

AP, United Nations :Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Trump administration on Tuesday that if the United States disengages from many issues confronting the international community it will be replaced

New York outlaws child marriage under 17

New York outlaws child marriage under 17

AP, New York : New York, the fourth most populous state in America, updated antiquated legislation on Tuesday to outlaw children as young as 14 from getting married.Governor Andrew Cuomo,

Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where IS declared caliphate

Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where IS declared caliphate

Reuters, Mosul :U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Wednesday began a push towards the mosque in Mosul where Islamic State declared a self-styled caliphate three years ago, military officials said.The forces