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by | May 13, 2017 | 07:24

This could become one of the biggest cyber attacks in history. The hacking tool was leaked by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, which has been dumping stolen NSA hacking tools online beginning previous year. The attack is causing canceled procedures and appointments at hospitals across England. The NHS says at least 16 of its organizations have been hit by the ransomware.

by | May 13, 2017 | 07:26

Turkish forces last week launched airstrikes on Syrian Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG). Sihanouk Dibo , a spokesperson for the YPG-linked political organisation PYD, said: "we fight alongside against one enemy, which is Isis". But Turkey regards the militias as a direct offshoot of a Kurdish militant group that poses a grave threat to Turkish security. A senior Kurdish official, Ilham Ahmad told The Associated Press that American forces began carrying out patrols along the ...

by | May 13, 2017 | 07:22

Mr. Haideri, who was slightly injured, belongs to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) of Maulana Fazlur Rehman. The explosion occurred next to a convoy carrying the official, in the conflict-plagued south-western region of Baluchistan. Rabbani said that it was suicide attack which targeted Haideri. Local TV stations broadcast footage showing Mr Haideri's badly damaged vehicle. "It would be premature to say what kind of blast it was at this stage".

by | May 13, 2017 | 07:21

Authorities are exploring a number of possible causes, but early reports indicate remote-controlled devices caused the blast. The Independent quoted police as saying that there was no immediate suspicion of Islamist terrorism linked to the blast and officers believe the blast was an "act of protest".

by | May 13, 2017 | 07:18

It was the highest level talks between the two nations since Washington on Tuesday announced plans to back the YPG in an assault to retake from Daesh the northern city of Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the terror group in Syria. "A negative outcome will also emerge for the United States". Ankara said the plan was "unacceptable" and a threat to its national security. Before his meeting with Mattis, Yildirim had warned that "there is still an opportunity for the United States to take Turkey's ...

by | May 13, 2017 | 07:09

An alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has announced it has taken a strategically important town from so-called Islamic State (IS). The SDF seized Tabqa and the nearby dam on Wednesday and was conducting clearance operations on Thursday morning, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

by | May 13, 2017 | 07:05

The president said Mr Flynn misled senior administration officials about his pre-inauguration talks with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador in Washington. Of course the company line is that meeting was about Syria and safe zones and the Islamic State group, but let's read between the lines here. Russia's top diplomat on Wednesday appeared to joke about President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey during a visit to the State Department.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:59

In a redacted version of a letter sent to the committee, the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) told lawmakers it had found no evidence that Flynn sought approval of or reported any foreign payments. Flynn's client, Inovo BV, is owned by a Turkish businessman who is also a member of a committee overseen by Turkey's finance ministry. "There is a paper trail that the White House does not want our committee to follow", he said.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:55

Nonetheless, as the U.S. becomes a hermit under Donald Trump's "America First" agenda, China has the attention of scores of countries. Analysts say the OBOR is the biggest trade investment by a country since the Marshal Plan - an American initiative to aid Western Europe after the World War II.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:58

Last week US fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers and two Su-35 "Flanker" jets in a special air zone off Alaska's shore. The U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon was conducting routine operations in global airspace, Kunze told NBC . The statement said that the USA reconnaissance plane subsequently "changed its course to move away from the Russian border". The entire encounter lasted about an hour.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:58

Rouhani insinuated the top hard-line candidate he faces, Ebrahim Raisi, of being in the pocket of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. However, in a report released Wednesday by an Iranian-backed news agency in Lebanon, Raisi stated, "There is no evidence that the US and the Western countries are abiding by their commitments".

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:52

Former deputy chief Haniya will replace Qatar-based veteran leader Khaled Meshaal, who steps down at the end of his term limit and as Hamas looks to rebrand its image with a new manifesto and a more moderate stance towards Israel . In recent weeks, the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas, has cut the wages of state employees in Gaza by up to a third while also informing Israel it will no longer pay for electricity being sent to Gaza .

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:44

Under Xi, China has strongly asserted its claim to virtually the entire strategic South China Sea and established the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank as a global institution alongside the World Bank , Asian Development Bank and International Monetary Fund.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:39

A previous cease-fire agreement signed in Astana on December 30 helped reduce overall violence in Syria for several weeks but eventually collapsed. The new deal was penned by Turkey, which backs the opposition, as well as Russian Federation and Iran , both supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:34

The former first lady said parents should " think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap ". The Trump administration recently said it would delay federal rules promoted by Obama aimed at trying to make school lunches healthier.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:33

The legislation also requires US President Donald Trump to report to the Congress within 90 days on whether North Korea has retreated on its activities or should be reinstated on the government's list of "state sponsors of terror". Moon also has said he would reconsider the deployment of a controversial US missile defense system known as THAAD, which was installed on the divided peninsula based on an agreement with ousted President Park Geun-hye.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:30

The agreement proposes that four de-escalation zones be established in Syria for a period of six months, which could be extended if the three signatory countries agree to a continuation of the plan. Russia, the main ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and principal author of the agreement, had suggested when it was announced last week that outside powers could play a monitoring role.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:27

Critics are marking the milestone by lambasting his struggle to convert campaign promises into tangible achievements, which his supporters blame on obstruction by his opponents. "Governing, so far, has turned out to be more than Mr Trump can manage", the paper wrote. Trump's approval ratings now hover at around 40%, which is believed to be lower than any other president at the 100-day mark.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:23

Yates was joined at the hearing by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. As Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said to Yates, "Without that published report, and without the free press telling us a lot of what went on, Michael Flynn might still be sitting in the White House as national security adviser, because by January 30th , you were forced to resign, correct?" Graham asked Yates whether she had any information about whether there was collusion between members ...

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:18

While Democrats in the Senate Committee and critics of Mr. Trump sought to focus on the delay by the White House in sacking Mr. Flynn, Republicans and the President himself wanted to press on issues related to the leaking of classified information.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:19

Kubo Macak, a cyber warfare expert at Exeter University, said that if the "investigation shows that the cyber attack was directed by an outside state, it would amount to a violation of the UK's sovereignty". It then drops ransom notes to a user in a text file, demanding $300 worth of bitcoins to be paid to unlock the infected files within a certain period of time.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:20

The East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust updated its website shortly after the attack, telling visitors that they were "currently experiencing significant problems with our IT and telephone network". Megafon, a top Russian mobile operator, also said it has come under cyberattacks that appeared similar to those that crippled United Kingdom hospitals on Friday.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:17

Bart's Health, which runs several London hospitals, said it had activated its major incident plan, cancelling routine appointments and diverting ambulances to neighboring hospitals. A spokesman said: "A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack which is affecting a number of different organisations".

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:13

The Conservative party has swept aside Labour to win the biggest gains by a governing party in a local election for more than 40 years. With nearly all the results in, May's party had gained control of 11 new councils, added more than 500 new councilors and taken a plum mayoral post in the Birmingham area of central England, once strong Labour Party territory.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:13

The ministers who populate Mr Netanyahu's cabinet are not under the same pressure to go along with the pretense, because most of what they say stays in Hebrew. That has sparked speculation about a meeting between the three. While Trump spoke broadly about his desire for a peace deal and some of the barriers to a deal, Abbas spoke about the specific complaints and demands of Palestinians.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:12

As its name implies, "ransomware" demands compensation for the return of the data, making it some of the most infuriating malware going. The company said the attack was limited to some computers on an internal network and had not affected clients or services.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:15

US President Donald Trump today said he will visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican on his first overseas trip as president later this month. Last month he met with the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, at the White House, and in February he played host to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:06

The document accepts the idea of a Palestinian state in territories captured by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967, but dismisses the establishment of the State of Israel as "illegal", asserting a Palestinian claim to the entire land of Israel, and a so-called right of return for all descendants of refugees.

by | May 13, 2017 | 06:02

A large number of hospitals across Britain were hit by a cyber-attack Friday, shutting down their computer systems and forcing the cancellation of patient appointments. And Osterman Research shows that nearly half of hospitals in the US were attacked with ransomware between June 2015 and June 2016. Britain's National Health Service is a source of pride for many Britons but faces substantial budget issues and has had previous problems with its huge IT system.

by | May 13, 2017 | 05:52

I will go to Beijing and Tokyo. He said that he would even be willing to visit Pyongyang under the right circumstances. Moon told Xi during the 40-minute call that he plans to send a special delegation to Beijing for talks on both topics, Moon's office said in a statement.

by | May 13, 2017 | 05:51

Moon praised Modi for his leadership, saying India was becoming a global leader on various worldwide issues, including North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Moon and President Trump, with his fast-shifting views on North Korea. Newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in chose to send special envoys to China, Russia, Japan and the United States, the presidential office said Thursday.

by | May 13, 2017 | 05:49

Returning to the mat after nearly a year since the bronze-medal feat at the Rio Olympics in August 2016, Sakshi outclassed Ayaulym Kassymova of Kazakhstan 15-3 to enter the finals. However, on Friday, she could not counter the challenge from the strong Japanese grappler. It was a really good learning experience for me. She defeated Sevara Eshmuratova of Uzbekistan 10-0 in the quarterfinal before thrashing China's Qi Zhang 4-0 in the semifinal to storm into the gold medal round.

by | May 13, 2017 | 05:48

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump appears on Capitol Hill in Washington , D.C. on November 10, 2016. The Kremlin on Wednesday downplayed President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and instead focused on ways that Russian Federation and the United States can cooperate on other issues such as Syria.

by | May 13, 2017 | 05:46

The armed opposition, instead, is highly critical of the proposal, saying it lacks legitimacy. "So we've got to look at the details". Walid al-Moallem, Syria's foreign minister, explained the decision regarding the recently-brokered deal involvingfour "de-escalation" zones during a press conference in Damascus on Monday.

by | May 13, 2017 | 05:47

China's defense ministry says the military has successfully test-fired a new type of missile into waters near the Korean Peninsula. The conflict is that the United States had delivered the THAAD to South Korea in March and is operational now.