27 Feb 2019

Russia Jails Former Top Cyber-Cop in U.S.-Linked Treason Case

A Russian court has convicted two native cyber security specialists with treason for “having contacts with” US intelligence. A former top officer of the country’s Federal Security Service’s information-security division was sentenced with 22 years imprisonment, while a manager at Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab was jailed for 14

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27 Feb 2019

US nuclear general worries over Russia’s weapons outside New START

In a testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, the head of the US nuclear forces this week said that Russia is developing strategic weapons outside of the New START Treaty, which will lapse in 2021 if it is not expanded before then. Among the new weapons being developed by

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27 Feb 2019

Russia and Syria call for US troops to leave Syria

In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, Russia and Syria urged the US to withdraw its troops from Syria, saying that the “military units are on Syrian territory illegally.” Just last week, the Trump administration announced that it will leave 400 troops in the country, 200 near the border with

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26 Feb 2019

Key senators say administration should ban Huawei tech in US electric grid

A coalition of 11 powerful US senators, including the top Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is urging the US government to ban Huawei technology from the US electric grid. The Senators on Monday sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in which

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26 Feb 2019

Here’s What We Know About North Korea’s Nuclear Program

After last year’s US-North Korea summit in Singapore, US President Trump claimed that the nuclear threat from North Korea had ceased to exist. The Trump administration has since then acknowledged that the nuclear threat from North Korea certainly has not gone away, although a recent statement by US Secretary of

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26 Feb 2019

Congress considers a national standard for data privacy

This week, the US Congress will consider the establishment of nationwide data privacy rules.  A Tuesday hearing of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, which is part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will be devoted to the issue, and on Wednesday it will be debated by the Senate

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25 Feb 2019

‘The work begins’: US, Taliban arrive in Doha for fresh talks

On Monday, a new round of high-level talks between the US and the Taliban is starting in Doha, Qatar. US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad will be meeting a Taliban delegation that includes influential leader and cofounder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Khalilzad stated that the talks, which follow a week of 

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25 Feb 2019

Trump and Kim May Declare End of War at Summit, South Korea Says

According to a spokesman for South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, “[t]he possibility is open” for an end-of-war declaration at the upcoming US-North Korea summit in Vietnam. “We still don’t know exactly what format the end-of-war declaration will take, but there is an ample possibility of North Korea and the United

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25 Feb 2019

Afghanistan’s war killed a record number of civilians in 2018

A new report by the United Nations (UN) shows that 3,804 civilians were killed in Afghanistan’s war last year, the highest number since the UN began keeping track in 2009. Previously, the highest civilian death toll had been recorded in 2014, the year in which the United States started to

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25 Feb 2019

Donald Trump delays tariff hike on Chinese goods, sending stock markets soaring

US President Donald Trump on Sunday night announced that his administration will be delaying an increase in trade tariffs with China, which was bound to occur after 1 March in the absence of a new trade deal between the two countries. Trump claimed that “substantial progress” has been made in

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