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Europol director calls on 'all sectors' to take cyber security threat seriously

There are fears of further "ransomware" attacks as people return to work on Monday. Hospitals, universities, manufacturers and government agencies in Britain, China, Russia, Germany and Spain have all been affected. A security update was released by Microsoft in March to protect against the virus, but it appears many NHS organisations had not applied it or were using an older version of the operating system no longer supported - namely Windows XP.

Beware, global ransomware virus on the prowl

The worldwide effort to extort cash from computer users is so unprecedented in its nature - the first widely successful example of ransomware that self-replicates like a virus - that Microsoft quickly changed its policy, announcing free security patches to fix this vulnerability in the older Windows systems still used by millions of individuals and smaller businesses.

Arabs have a lot to say after Trump's meeting with Palestine's president

Abbas has insisted on the creation of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Israel rejects the 1967 lines as a possible border, saying it would impose grave security risks. It's the first direct meeting between Trump and Abbas. "The nation of Israel isn't an occupier in its land". Like previous US leaders, Trump faces numerous obstacles in the long-shot bid.

North Korea says missile could carry nuclear warhead

Tong Zhao, an analyst with the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, said if the missile does have the range to hit Guam, it could give North Korea "a regional nuclear deterrence", meaning it might not need to pursue an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which could reach the United States mainland.

Trump urged to hand over Comey 'tapes'

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the White House should "clear the air" about whether tapes existed or not. "You can't be cute about tapes". Democrats and several Republicans in Congress have publicly pressurized the Department of Justice to appoint a special prosecutor or establishing an independent investigative body to look into allegations of potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign in what the USA intelligence community says was Moscow's efforts to ...

Delta Air Lines Breaks Silence After Kicking Family With Babies Off Flight

His wife captured the whole thing on her phone; the YouTube posting of her video is what's drawn attention to the incident almost two weeks later. "We are sorry for what this family experienced", the airline said in a statement to CBS.

Trump says he could pick FBI head by next week

According to insiders who spoke with the Associated Press , the leak-obsessed president, distrustful of his staff, has shrunk his inner circle to his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as longtime aides like former spokesperson Hope Hicks and Trump's personal bodyguard Keith Schiller.

Supreme Court rejects appeal over state's voter ID law

Democrats have said the laws are voter suppression measures meant to make it harder for groups that tend to back Democratic candidates, including black and Hispanic voters, to cast ballots. The lawyers pressing the appeal, however, told the justices that they represented the Republican-controlled General Assembly, not the governor. The changes in the law put North Carolina in the mainstream of current state election practices, he said.

Extremism, jobs, Europe _ challenges facing France's Macron

Macron wore a dark suit that cost $491, made by his usual Paris tailor, his aides said by text message. In his inauguration speech Sunday, Macron said he will do everything necessary to fight terrorism and authoritarianism and to resolve the world's migration crisis.

North Korea missile test due to Kim's 'paranoia': Nikki Haley

The direction of the missile, so close to Russian Federation, was likely an attempt by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to send a message to both Moscow and Beijing, said Carl Schuster, a Hawaii Pacific University professor and former director of operations at the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center.

France's Macron takes power, vows to overcome division

In his inauguration speech, Macron said he will do everything that is necessary to fight terrorism and authoritarianism and to resolve the world's migration crisis. After a rocky week in American politics dominated by fallout from President Trump's firing of his Federal Bureau of Investigation director, we chose to kick off this hour by looking overseas at how presidential politics are playing out in some other capitals around the world.

Russia's proposed Syrian "safe zone" deal goes into effect

The United States is not party to the de-escalation agreement, and the Syrian government and opposition have not signed on to the deal. The armed opposition, instead, was highly critical of the proposal, saying it lacks legitimacy. However, he said Syria was not about to confront Jordan. The Russian statements could also signal an effort to limit US strikes against Syrian regime forces like the one carried out in retaliation for a chemical attack last month.

Putin hails Belt & Road Initiative, calling for Eurasia integration

Xi described the "Belt and Road" initiative as a "project of the century" before pledging an additional 100 billion yuan ($14.5 billion) for China's Silk Road Fund, 380 billion yuan in new lending for participating nations, and 60 billion yuan in coming years to developing countries and worldwide organizations that join the program.

NK claims successful launch of new ballistic missile

Yet another missile launch by North Korea also appeared to have little impact, while upbeat talk on trade and infrastructure investment at a top-level conference in China brightened sentiment. ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil gained 83 cents to $48.67 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. During a 2016 test, the Musudan reached a height of 1,410 kilometers (880 miles).

In a divided France, challenges await President-elect Macron

The CGT's Michael Wamen said: "He is no an elected president, he is like a president-CEO". The probe will be carried out by a Paris police unit specialising in computer crimes. The Prime Minister's Office says the two leaders reaffirmed the "rich and diverse bilateral relationship that exists between Canada and France". Francis Kalifat, president of CRIF, called the victory "incontestable" and congratulated Macron.

France's new president moves quickly on first full day in office

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to lay a wreath of flower on the Unknown Soldier's tomb at the Arc of Triomphe monument after his formal inauguration ceremony as French President, Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Paris . His Republic on the Move movement has announced an initial list of 428 candidates for the 577 seats up for grabs in France's lower house of parliament in June.

Korea, US, Japan Nuke Envoys Hold Phone Talks over N. Korean Missile

In recent weeks, North Korea has arrested two American university instructors and laid out what it claimed to be a CIA-backed plot to assassinate Kim. Delegations from Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang are gathering in Beijing on Sunday to attend China's new Silk Road forum, its biggest diplomatic event of the year.

GOP leaders see more smoke than fire in Comey's dismissal

Trump, I have never seen a recording device attached to his phone, nor am I aware of any occasion where he taped a conversation", Cohen said. "If they get one out of 50 just a little bit off - 5%, 10%, 20% - the next day it's a front-page story in every newspaper".

Sacked FBI chief plots strike at Trump

Garcia, a former NY prosecutor, held high-level positions in the Commerce Department, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Before that, he was the assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, appointed by President George W.

Trump Slams Chuck Schumer as 'Not a Good Leader'

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday and later said Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who was not doing a good job. "We can make a fast decision", Trump told reporters Saturday aboard Air Force One before flying to Lynchburg, Virginia to deliver a commencement address at Liberty University.

Hamilton eats into Vettel's lead in Spanish thriller

I have been racing for 24, 25 years and it feels like the first win". Vettel had a great jump from second on the grid, going past Hamilton to the first right-hand turn and staying in front just as his Ferrari partner's race ended. "It's just unfortunate", Verstappen told Sky Sports F1. "Kimi couldn't control the vehicle and slammed into me". The stewards noted the incident, but took no action.

With Merkel and PM, France's new president wastes no time

After a warm welcome from outgoing President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace at around 10:00 am local time (0800 GMT), Macron and Hollande held a closed-door meeting during which Macron was handed the codes to launch France's nuclear arsenal.

Clapper says democracy 'under assault' by Trump

Spicer, a Priebus ally, according to a half-dozen West Wing officials who said the president was considering the most far-reaching shake-up of his already tumultuous term. He also said it was "not necessarily the best idea" to be recording White House conversations. Mr Trump's threat about tapes has intensified calls from Democrats for an independent probe of alleged Russian meddling in the United States election.

Second Ebola case in Congo confirmed

WHO declared the outbreak on Friday, when the organization confirmed a first case of the disease in Congo's Bas-Uele province, a remote area in the country's north bordering the Central African Republic. Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, said of the research. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been briefed on the outbreak and stands ready to provide epidemiological or laboratory support, if necessary, said spokeswoman Amy Rowland.

Palestine Conflict: Trump 'Just Giving Rhetoric Everyone Wants to Hear'

Abbas' White House talks followed a February visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who moved to reset ties after a combative relationship with the Republican president's predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama. "It is ridiculous to demand a halt to the payment of salaries to the families of prisoners", he stated. "The prisoners are victims of Israel and the result of the occupation", he said , drawing a comparison to the "IDF paying the salaries of Israeli soldiers".

Hundreds rally at Capitol against President Trump's immigration policies

The objective of Loyalty Day is to recognize "the heritage of American freedom", and each year since 1958, the president has issued a Loyalty Day proclamation. Some 200 people gathered in front of the Statehouse on Monday to call on state lawmakers and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to designate MA a "sanctuary state".

Australia says China responsible for NKorea

The South Korean military says the missile flew about 435 miles, or 700 kilometers, according to Reuters. It appeared to demonstrate an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that could "reliably strike the USA base at Guam" in the Pacific, he said, and "more importantly, may represent a substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)".The North says it needs atomic weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion and has carried out two atomic ...

Trump again suggests ending daily White House briefing, won't commit to Spicer

Mr. Rosenstein wrote a memo that the White House initially claimed was the basis for Mr. Comey's removal. After Trump made a decision to fire Comey, he was told by aides that Democrats would likely react positively to the news, given the role many believe Comey played in Hillary Clinton's defeat a year ago.

Rosenstein role in Comey firing raises more questions than answers

In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, Trump slammed Comey as a "showboat" attention-seeker who had lost the confidence of the president and the agency he led. Trump also hit back on Friday at media reports questioning the credibility of White House accounts of why Comey was sacked, which have changed over the course of the week and threatened an end to regular White House press briefings.

Trump kept Spicer in the dark on Comey firing

Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump. "Well, just don't have them", Trump said. After Trump tweeted in March that President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap on his phones in Trump Tower, three ex-employees told The Associated Press that as a businessman, Trump not only anxious about possible listening devices in his phones and office but had also occasionally taped his own phone conversations.

Beer in hand, man shoots 7 at San Diego pool party

Zimmerman said that at some point after the first gunshots, Selis laid down on a lounge chair, took out his cellphone and called his ex-girlfriend to tell her what was happening. The pilot reported seeing multiple victims down and directed officers to Selis, who he said appeared to be reloading his weapon. Zimmerman said investigators worked through the night to discover a motive for the shooting.

Manuel Valls to back Emmanuel Macron's En Marche in parliament

However, it is not clear if he will be able to do so. Valls, a high-profile politician on the pro-business right of the Socialist party, said on Tuesday he was interested in joining Macron - a move that has angered Socialist colleagues who are trying to prepare to fight the legislative elections after taking a beating in the vote for president.

Germany: Merkel challenger predicts 'long, stony road' ahead

But surveys ahead of the vote show the centre-left party running neck-and-neck with Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, with some even placing the CDU ahead. Interior minister of North-Rhine-Westphalia Ralf Jaeger addresses a press conference to announce the suspension of Cologne's police chief on Januar 8, 2015 in Cologne, western Germany.

Ransomware attack spreads to 150 countries and could get worse on Monday

A security guard stands outside the Telefonica headquarters in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 12, 2017. Spanish telco giant Telefonica and United States delivery service FedEx were among the businesses affected. "Remarkably few payments so far have been made, so most people are not paying this", Wainwright said. "It's one of those things, in a flawless world, if people were up to date on the patches, this wouldn't be a problem", O'Leary said.

'Baloney': Dianne Feinstein Rips 'Sanctimonious' Comey for Actions in Clinton Probe

The emails Comey was referring to in his October 28 notification he sent to Congress were found on former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's laptop - former Clinton State Department aide Huma Abedin's estranged husband. Republicans on the House Russia investigation have noted that there were nearly 100 times during Comey's last visit where he said he could not answer their questions - something they hope will change in the private setting.