06 Aug 2018

Bangladesh violence: Armed men attack US envoy’s cars amid protests

The US envoy to Bangladesh was attacked by armed men during protests in the capital of Dhaka on Saturday. The ambassador escaped the area, but two vehicles were damaged. Bangladesh has seen a week of protests for safer roads after two children were killed by a bus. Protestors have been

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06 Aug 2018

Russia names actor Steven Seagal special US-Russia envoy

The American actor and staunch supporter of Russian President Putin has been appointed as a special envoy to improve U.S.-Russian relations. Seagal was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 (as well as Serbian) and sources say that this new position would function similarly to a goodwill ambassador to the UN.  Source:

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06 Aug 2018

Venezuela president Maduro says he’s been attacked by suicide drone, blames Colombia

Video footage appears to show an explosives-laden suicide drone detonating near the outdoor platform from where Venezuelan President Nicolas Madura was giving a speech. The President was unharmed, but a number of soldiers were injured. The President has since claimed that the attack was an assassination attempt by the Venezuelan

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06 Aug 2018

Saudi Arabia Suspends Ties With Canada Over Activist Row

Claiming Canada was “blatantly interfering” with its internal affairs, Saudi Arabia has suspended diplomatic and economic ties with Canada. Canada has been vocally critical of Saudi treatment of jailed women’s rights activists in the country, and the Saudi response reflects the new Saudi diplomatic direction under the Crown Prince Mohammed

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03 Aug 2018

Russia allows entry of thousands of North Korean workers

“Russia is allowing thousands of fresh North Korean laborers into the country and granting new work permits in potential violation of U.N. sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.” So far, over 10,000 North Koreans have registered in Russia in the past year. These actions may violate U.N. sanctions

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03 Aug 2018

Suspected Russian spy worked at US Embassy in Moscow: Report

“A woman suspected to be a Russian spy worked at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and had access to highly sensitive information for more than a decade before she was quietly let go in 2017, according to a report. The Russian national, who was recruited by the U.S. Secret Service,

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03 Aug 2018

Zimbabwe election: Opposition rejects ‘fake’ poll results

The opposition leader in Zimbabwe has dismissed as “fake” Thursday’s results of the July 30th elections. Emerson Mnangagwa has been declared the winner with 50.8% of the vote over the 44.3% by the contester. Protests this week have left a number of people dead in the first election in Zimbabwe

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03 Aug 2018

Genetic Testing Companies Release Guideline on How to Handle DNA Data

Genetic testing companies maintain databases of genetic information on millions of people who have used their services to obtain information on their family history and health. These companies released guidelines this week regarding the protection of this sensitive data, including the commitment to transparency and agreements that companies will only

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03 Aug 2018

Government workers in Alaskan town switch to typewriters after cyber-attack

A small Alaskan borough has switched to typewriters while their computer systems are rebuilt following a ransomware attack that disabled nearly all of its 500 computers and 120 servers. The ransomware also extended to some of the department’s back-up data. The borough is not paying the ransom, and the “encrypted

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03 Aug 2018

South Korea deploys forces after hostage taken in Libya

South Korea is moving a destroyer towards Libya while a special forces team is on standby in Greece after a South Korean national was taken hostage along with three Filipinos were kidnapped my insurgents a number of weeks ago. South Korea has maintained a significant presence in Libya, mostly in

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