24 May 2016

Canadian citizen sentenced in U.S. for breaking Iran sanctions

“A Canadian-Iranian dual citizen was sentenced in the United States to three years in prison for violating sanctions against Iran, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday. Ali Reza Parsa, 45, a resident of Canada, pleaded guilty in January in U.S. District Court in New York and was sentenced on

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24 May 2016

National Security Implications of Virtual Currency: Examining the Potential for Non-state Actor Deployment

“This report examines the feasibility for non-state actors, including terrorist and insurgent groups, to increase their political and/or economic power by deploying a virtual currency (VC) for use in regular economic transactions. A VC, such as Bitcoin, is a digital representation of value that can be transferred, stored, or traded

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24 May 2016

Mexico mass grave: Exhumation of 116 bodies in Morelos

“Mexican authorities have begun exhuming 116 bodies found buried in a mass grave in the central state of Morelos. The rural grave, discovered last November in the town of Tetelcingo, consists of two 10m (33ft) deep pits.” Source: Mexico mass grave: Exhumation of 116 bodies in Morelos – BBC News

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24 May 2016

Surge in eastern fighting kills seven Ukrainian soldiers

“Ukraine said on Tuesday seven of its servicemen had been killed in the past 24 hours as a result of increased attacks by pro-Russian rebels, the highest reported daily casualty figure since August.” Source: Surge in eastern fighting kills seven Ukrainian soldiers: official | Reuters

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24 May 2016

EgyptAir crash: official says human remains suggest blast on plane

“Human remains from the EgyptAir passenger jet that crashed last week suggest there was an explosion on board, according to a senior Egyptian forensics official, amid differing accounts of the plane’s final movements.” Source: EgyptAir crash: official says human remains suggest blast on plane | World news | The Guardian

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24 May 2016

South African shanty-town demolition sparks riots, two guards killed

“The demolition of shacks north of the South African capital Pretoria triggered riots on Monday and overnight in which two security guards were killed, police said on Tuesday.” Source: South African shanty-town demolition sparks riots, two guards killed | Reuters

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24 May 2016

Kenya Cord alliance protests turn deadly

“At least three people have died in western Kenya during opposition protests calling for electoral reforms, police say. Their statement said police in Siaya shot dead two people in self-defence.” Source: Kenya Cord alliance protests turn deadly – BBC News

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24 May 2016

Fears DRC president’s push to keep power will spark major violence

“Critics of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s president, Joseph Kabila, fear his attempts to cling to power could lead to widespread violence after a key opposition leader was charged with plotting a coup d’état this week.” Source: Fears DRC president’s push to keep power will spark major violence |

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24 May 2016

Robin Hood Hacker Donates Stolen Bitcoin to ISIS Fighters

“A hacktivist has sent $10,000 worth of allegedly stolen virtual currency (25 bitcoins) to Rojava, an autonomous region in northern Syria that the hacker describes as ‘one of the most inspiring revolutionary projects in the world today.’” Source: Robin Hood Hacker Donates Stolen Bitcoin to ISIS Fighters – Nextgov.com

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24 May 2016

Hackers could bring down the banks, warns SWIFT CEO

“The head of the network that connects the world’s banks has issued a warning: Hackers will strike again, and they could bring down a bank.” Source: Hackers could bring down the banks, warns SWIFT CEO – May. 24, 2016

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