19 Oct 2018

TSA Expands Facial Recognition to Automate Bag Drop, ID Verification, and Flight Boarding

“The TSA released its proposal to expand facial recognition on Monday. Its ‘Biometrics Roadmap for Aviation Security and the Passenger Experience’ is an effort to increase security, travel efficiency, and convenience. According to the TSA, the plan is rooted in working with the CBP agency using biometrics on international travelers;

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19 Oct 2018

All Alone Now, the Saudis Will Entice Trump with Big Contracts

“After weeks of siding with the Saudi royals—and sending his secretary of state to grip-and-grin with the king—U.S. President Donald Trump finally bowed to public outrage on Thursday and pulled Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s dwindling ‘Davos in the Desert’ conference next week. They were

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19 Oct 2018

ISIS vows Eiffel Tower drone attack

Only months after Paris installed a massive glass bullet proof wall and anti-terrorism defense system around its iconic landmark, ISIS propaganda has threatened a suicide drone attack on the Eiffel Tower. In a striking image released by an ISIS-affiliated group, the Tower sits within a set of crosshairs while a

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19 Oct 2018

Facebook Finds Hack Was Done by Spammers, Not Foreign State

“Facebook Inc. believes that the hackers who gained access to the private information of 30 million of its users were spammers looking to make money through deceptive advertising, according to people familiar with the company’s internal investigation. The preliminary findings suggest that the hackers weren’t affiliated with a nation-state, the

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19 Oct 2018

Drug trafficking at sea is devastating island states, ministers say

“Ministers from tiny island states including Palau, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati are calling for help over the ‘devastating’ impacts of criminal networks in the fishing industry. Fishermen, unable to work because stocks are so low, are being lured into gun-running and drug trafficking by international organised crime, the small

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19 Oct 2018

Most Big Cities Are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

“More than half of the largest U.S. cities are preparing for autonomous vehicles in their long-range transportation plans—up from less than 10 percent three years ago, according to a new National League of Cities report. Between 2011 and 2017, 22 states passed 46 bills, and five governors signed executive orders

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19 Oct 2018

Mass Expulsion of Congolese from Angola Could Spark Humanitarian Crisis

“The United Nations refugee agency warns the mass expulsion of an estimated 200,000 Congolese from Angola into Congo’s unstable Kasai Central Province could trigger a humanitarian crisis. Ethnic tensions that triggered a brutal conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016 are still running high.

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18 Oct 2018

Dollars Are Out, Euros Are In as U.S. Sanctions Sting Venezuela

“Venezuela said it will shun the greenback and inject 2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) into its sinking economy as U.S. sanctions limit the cash-strapped nation’s access to capital markets. Economy Vice President Tareck El Aissami said Tuesday that going forward all government auctions of foreign exchange would be quoted in

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18 Oct 2018

How Russia moved into Central Africa

“When Central African Republic (CAR) pleaded for help last year to fight marauding militias, former colonial ruler France offered guns it had seized off Somalia. But Russia objected and donated its own weapons instead. By early February, Russia had sent nine planes with weapons along with dozens of contractors to

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18 Oct 2018

Twitter Publishes 10 Million Election Meddling Tweets

“Twitter has decided to release data sets containing 10 million election meddling tweets, the company announced Wednesday in a blog post. If you parse the data you will find that these 10 million tweets came from 4,611 accounts, of which 3,841 are linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency. Another 770 accounts are potentially

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