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China hit by cyber virus, Europe warns of more attacks

Brad Smith criticized US intelligence agencies, including the CIA and National Security Agency, for "stockpiling" software code that can be used by hackers. Britain's National Health Service (NHS) is the world's fifth largest employer after the USA and Chinese militaries, Walmart and McDonald's. Germany's rail operator Deutsche Bahn said its station display panels were affected. Read More »

Trump says he has 'absolute right' to release terrorism info to Russians


About an hour after the original tweets , Trump again tried to turn the focus on those leaking information to the press. The controversy engulfed the White House. Trump did not directly reveal the source of the information, but intelligence officials told CNN that there is concern that Russian Federation will be able to figure out the highly sensitive source. Read More »

Intel officials: Trump disclosure 'carelessly' risked ally relationships

Trump came under fire (again) overnight after the Washington Post reported he had revealed "highly classified" information during a meeting with Russia's ambassador, putting a United States source with intelligence on Isis at risk. intelligence officer told CNN about the Washington Post's report. Jordan says King Abdullah II is to speak by phone Tuesday with President Donald Trump. Read More »

Trump 'didn't cause lapse' in security

During a press conference at the White House, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster attempted to clear up any confusion regarding President Trump's alleged passing on of "classified information" to Russian officials, an occurrence which the Washington Post received a tip about from who they're calling "current and former USA officials". Read More »

France's Macron To Name PM on First Full Day in Office


If Macron's La Republique en Marche! party does not win a majority in the National Assembly, the new president will have to strike deals to win support for Philippe and for his government programme. Analysts say his appointment could convince other Republicans to support Mr Macron , who is looking to secure a working majority in crucial parliamentary elections next month. Read More »

Trump Asked Comey To Shut Down Flynn Investigation


The Times said Trump told Comey, "I hope you can let this go". Russia's foreign ministry spokesman has denied reports that President Donald Trump revealed classified information to senior officials during the Russian minister's visit to the Oval Office last week. Read More »

North Korea may have connection to WannaCry ransomware action

They might be hiding out in countries that wouldn't be willing to extradite suspects for prosecution, said Robert Cattanach, a former U.S. Justice Department attorney and an expert on cybersecurity. But the cross-border police agency Europol said the situation was "stable" after attacks that struck computers in British hospital wards, European auto factories and Russian banks. Read More »

Tillerson: Trump Concerned About Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem, responding to an earlier statement by US State Secretary Rex Tillerson. An orthodox Jew and ardent Zionist, Friedman made clear when nominated and since, that he hopes to be working from Jerusalem as soon as possible. That would be a blow to far right=wingers who believe there is no such thing as a nation of Palestine, that there is no Israeli occupation and that the Jewish state should be free ... Read More »

Sudan's president invited by Saudi Arabia to Trump meeting

McMaster, said Tuesday. The White House has previewed the president's trip, which will also take him to Italy for the G-7 Summit in Sicily and a meeting with the Pope, and Brussels for the NATO Summit. Mr Trump will also discuss how to counter the threat from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants, the war in Yemen and threats of ballistic missiles and maritime shipping in the Red Sea, the official said. Read More »

I had the "absolute right" to share facts with Russians

He did not reveal the specific intelligence-gathering method, but he described how the Islamic State was pursuing elements of a specific plot and how much harm such an attack could cause under varying circumstances. He departed without taking questions. McMaster said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will join Trump for most of the trip, which they'll depart for on Friday. Read More »

At least one Australian firm hit by global cyber attack

According to security experts, it exploits a vulnerability that was discovered and developed by the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US. Europol said its cybercrime specialists will support affected countries as a "complex global investigation" to identify the culprits begins. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn sets out Labour manifesto promising a 'better future'

Lib Dem shadow first secretary of state Alistair Carmichael accused Labour of committing itself to "Theresa May's Brexit agenda" through its acceptance of an end to freedom of movement in its manifesto . "We make no apologies for putting these aims before bogus immigration targets". Labour says it will borrow money to pay for future investment - it pledges to create a National Transformation Fund of £250bn - but there is no detailed costing of nationalisation plans in the manifesto and ... Read More »

WannaCry might have been made in North Korea

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley pledged Tuesday that the US plans to "tighten the screws" on North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Haley says the USA and China have been working on "a unified plan" on North Korea that would include new sanctions and she predicts a new United Nations resolution will move forward following the weekend launch. Read More »

Trump takes heat for sharing intel with Russians, but defends move

The official said the information Trump divulged came from a USA intelligence partner. He also stressed that no USA representatives who were in the room during the meeting thought Trump's comments to the Russians were problematic, going on later to say that what the president shared was "nothing you would not know from open source reporting". Read More »

BBC presenter slapped by woman after appearing to touch her breast


Smith politely asked her to leave them alone during the live segment on BBC News just after 2pm, saying: "Yes just give us one second, alright?" Brown quickly made eye contact with the unidentified woman and extended his right hand, placing it onto the woman's right breast while pushing her out of the frame. Read More »

North Korea missile programme progressing faster than expected, says South


Firing the missile at high altitudes could also help North Korea test the technologies needed for warheads to withstand the re-entry through the earth's atmosphere. The missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean, Japanese and USA militaries said. Read More »

Trump shared highly classified info with Russians


McMaster, in a White House briefing, said: "In the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he is engaged". Read More »

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

Lawyers for the Department of Justice were back in court today defending President Trump's revised travel ban. Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from the United States city of Seattle . For the second time in two weeks, a federal appeals court heard arguments about whether the order discriminates against Muslims. Trump's campaign website included a press release about his call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States until the morning of 8 May, when it was deleted moments before ... Read More »

Female swimmers win bronze medal for Pakistan in Islamic solidarity games


Furthermore, Pakistan's tennis team, comprising of Aqeel Khan, Abid Mushtaq and Muzail Murtaza, qualified for the final after winning all the matches and topping the group. Ghulam Mustafa Bashir and Farrukh Nadeem also failed to win medals in respective events today. Javid Ehsani Shakib and Javad Dalakeh claimed silver and bronze medal at the Islamic Solidarity Games on Tuesday. Read More »

Hamas urges Trump to find 'equitable solution' for Palestinians


It said Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem may shut down if the Palestinian Authority does not pay overdue debt owed to the hospitals for patients transferred there for treatment. Hamas accused the Abbas government of irresponsible behavior and warned that the announced cuts would be disastrous for Gaza's 2 million residents. Read More »

NHS Forth Valley staff warned after cyber attack


One did not include the so-called kill switch that allowed researchers to interrupt the malware's spread Friday by diverting it to a dead end on the internet. "You're only safe if you patch as soon as possible", he tweeted. "It should just be a case of making sure installing updates is enabled, installing the updates, and reboot". Read More »