03 Jan 2022

France cuts isolation times and plans crackdown on unvaccinated amid record surge in Covid cases

On Monday, new restrictions will come into affect across France due to the rising toll of Covid-19 Omicron cases on the country and its population. The variant’s rapid spread across France has prompted the government to cut isolation times for those who are vaccinated and more to further isolate the

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03 Jan 2022

Large fire tears through South Africa’s parliament, collapsing roof and gutting entire floors

On Sunday, South Africa’s parliament building went up in flames, causing the roof of one building to collapse. The chamber of the National Assembly was severely affected by the blaze, as images from the scene showed flames shooting out of the top of the building. The fire broke out on

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03 Jan 2022

LastPass Users Warned After Suspicious Login Attempts From Strange Locations

LastPass users have been alerted to a potential cybersecurity risk on the platform that may have compromised passwords, payment cards, and other sensitive data. LastPass, a password management app, detected suspicious login attempts almost immediately, and was able to take action against the unauthorized access. The attacker was allegedly attempting

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03 Jan 2022

APT ‘Aquatic Panda’ Targets Universities with Log4Shell Exploit Tools

Researchers at CrowdStrike recently released a report detailing an attempt by the advanced persistent threat group Aquatic Panda to steal industrial intelligence and military secrets. Aquatic Panda targeted an unknown academic institution in the attack, which was successfully thwarted by CrowdStrike. The cybercriminals are the latest group to exploit the

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31 Dec 2021

Tunisia: Ennahda says senior party official ‘kidnapped’

Party Vice President Noureddine Bhairi was kidnapped by plain-clothed security agents in Tunisia according to the moderate Islamist Ennahda. The lawmaker was a senior official in the Ennahda party – the largest group in the suspended Tunisian parliament. This was the first time a member of the Ennahda party has

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31 Dec 2021

Germany shuts down half of its remaining nuclear plants

Germany is shutting down half of the six nuclear plants it still has in operation on Friday. This decision comes a year before the country is ending its decades=long use of atomic power. Germany is shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy, a decision tha tws first taken by the

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31 Dec 2021

Ukraine tensions: Putin tells Biden new sanctions could rupture ties

In a phone call late Thursday, Vladimir Putin warned Joe Biden that new sanctions over Ukraine could lead to the breakdown of all relations between the US and Russia. He warned that new sanctions would be a “colossal mistake.” Biden warned that the US and its allies would respond strongly

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31 Dec 2021

Hong Kong reports first Omicron cluster as city welcomes New Year

Hong Kong’s long streak of zero locally transmitted Covid-19 cases ended after it confirmed its first Omicron cluster. As the city prepares to ring in the new year, fears of a wider outbreak followed the detection of the cluster. The first two cases of local transmission were detected on Thursday.

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31 Dec 2021

At least four anti-coup protesters shot dead in Sudan as security forces raid broadcasters

The civilian-allied Sundanese Central Doctors Committee said at least four people were shot dead by Sudanese security forces on Thursday. Security forces fired live bullets and tear gas into crowds in Omdurman during anti-coup demonstrations. A number of people were injured and admitted into hospitals.  The SCDC called all medical

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31 Dec 2021

Confusing data breach in Rhode Island leads to AG investigation

On Thursday, the Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha announced that he plans to open an investigation into a recent data breach involving the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA). The announcement comes after criticism and controversy over the way the agency handled the incident. Neronha reported that the Rhode

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