18 Jul 2018

Congo Ebola Outbreak Expected to End Next Week

The WHO has set its projected termination date of the DRC’s ebola outbreak at July 24th, 42 days since the last patient infected with ebola was released from care. Since the start of the outbreak in April 4th, there were 38 confirmed cases and 29 deaths. This outbreak was the

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18 Jul 2018

Russia to let World Cup fans come back with Fan ID, no visa

Russia is in the final stages of a bill to allow World Cup attendees free re-entry for the rest of the year by flashing their world cup Fan ID. The bill was announced by Putin last week and is currently “under priority procedure” for a quick passing and rollout.  Source:

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18 Jul 2018

Google hit with record $5 billion EU antitrust fine

Antitrust regulators from the EU have fined Google a record $5 billion dollars for its use of “Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine.” While the fine would hardly dent the $102.9 billion in cash reserves held by Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., Google must

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18 Jul 2018

The Pentagon wants to bring mind-controlled tech to troops

The Pentagon’s Next-Generation Non-Surgical Neurotechnology (N3) program is working to “design, build, demonstrate, and validate a nonsurgical neural interface system to broaden the applicability of neural interfaces to the able-bodied warfighter, according to its research announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website. These “neural interfaces” would connect troops to military

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18 Jul 2018

If Your Weapons Aren’t Cyber-Hardened, Expect to Lose Pentagon Contracts

The Pentagon will begin in-house assessments of its weapons’ cyber protections, rather than relying on manufacturer assessments. Companies are currently responsible for conducting their own assessments and confirming whether their products meet the relevant cybersecurity standards. A number of failures in this process has pushed the Pentagon to move forward

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18 Jul 2018

Raytheon missile defense chief: Turkey Patriot missile decision ‘is all political’

The missile defense chief at Raytheon criticized NATO member Turkey’s decision to purchase a Russian air defense system over the Patriot system, saying “Patriot is the most combat proven integrated air and missile defense system in the world [with] more than 300 ground tests, more than 1,000 combat engagements, more

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18 Jul 2018

Communist-run Cuba starts rolling out internet on mobile phones

Cuba has expanded internet access to a small number of mobile users ahead of a planned nationwide rollout by the end of the year, another step forward for the country’s slow efforts to open up. Cuba’s Communist government has a monopoly over telecoms and media, but analysts predict that this

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18 Jul 2018

Peru declares state of emergency on Colombian border, arrests 50 in narcotics sting

Peru declared a state of emergency on Monday to reassert state control over the border area with Colombia. In the ensuing operations, Peru arrested over 50 people, most of them Colombian drug traffickers, in the region where Marxist FARC rebels that did not demobilize following the 2016 agreement are suspected

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17 Jul 2018

At least 2 dead in violence after France World Cup victory

4,000 police officers were deployed around the city of Paris on Sunday after France’s World Cup victory over Croatia. Thousands of revelers took to the streets and a portion of the crowd turned violent around midnight, with some people throwing projectiles at police, breaking shop windows and looting stores along

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17 Jul 2018

US lawmakers cry foul over China-dominated ‘golden visa’

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program provides up to 10,000 U.S. green cards every year to foreign nationals who invest at least $500,000 in U.S. development projects. Critics argue that the program, nicknamed the “golden visa,” allows the rich to “cut” the line to U.S. citizenship. The program was initially designed

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