Thursday, February 22

Day: April 23, 2017

Won’t let your citizens access the internet? Fine, no more IP addresses for you
ENGLISH, Technology

Won’t let your citizens access the internet? Fine, no more IP addresses for you

    One of the world's five internet registries is considering a proposal that will penalise any country that prevents its citizens from having access to the internet by banning them from receiving any new IP addresses. Every time your device tries to access the internet, it is assigned an IP address. There are five regional internet registries in the world that are tasked with managing and allocating IP address blocks across all the countries in their region. Together, they form an essential part of the backbone of the internet, working together with ICANN, which manages IP addresses and the internet's Domain Name System (DNS) to keep the internet stable. The African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) is in charge of allocating IP addresses across the African continent, and...
Jeremy Corbyn promises four new UK bank holidays if Labour wins election
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Jeremy Corbyn promises four new UK bank holidays if Labour wins election

    The UK will get four new bank holidays if Labour wins power, leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised. They will fall on the patron saint's day of each of the home nations and apply to the whole of the UK. The Labour leader said the move would bring together England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, while giving workers a well-deserved break. The four nations that make up our great country have rarely been more divided due to the damaging and divisive policies of this Conservative Government, Mr Corbyn said. But where Theresa May divides, Labour will unite our four nations. A Labour government will make St George's Day England's national day and Shakespeare's birthday a public holiday, along with St David's Day, St Andrew's Day and St Patrick's Day. And we will ask for the s...
France votes in election nailbiter
ENGLISH, Europe

France votes in election nailbiter

    France goes to the polls under heavy security Sunday for the first round of the most unpredictable presidential election in decades, with the outcome seen as vital for the future of the beleaguered European Union. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are the frontrunners to progress to a run-off on May 7 but the result is too close to call in a deeply divided country. Le Pen, the 48-year-old leader of the National Front (FN), hopes to capitalise on security jitters that were catapulted to the fore of the campaign after the fatal shooting of a policeman on Paris’s Champs Elysees avenue claimed by the Islamic State group. Aiming to ride a wave of populism that led Donald Trump to the White House and Britain to vote for Brexit, Le Pen also wants to pull...
Silent protest over 20 deaths in Venezuela
America, ENGLISH

Silent protest over 20 deaths in Venezuela

    Venezuelan opposition activists march in a quiet show of condemnation of the government of President NIcolas Maduro, in the border state of Tachira-San Cristobal, on 22 April, 2017. Photo: AFP Caracas, Venezuela: Dressed in white, Venezuelan protesters opposed to President Nicolas Maduro marched in silence in several cities on Saturday to pay respects to 20 people killed in three weeks of unrest. Unlike demonstrations in recent days, the rallies in Caracas, Maracaibo, Barquisimeto and San Cristobal passed with no major violence reported between protesters and police. A few minor scuffles briefly broke out in the east of the capital when police forced back the crowd with tear gas. A female journalist said she was assaulted by pro-government heavies downtown and a male journ...
UN says nuclear deterrence will not work in damning report on world’s most dangerous weapons
ENGLISH, United Nation

UN says nuclear deterrence will not work in damning report on world’s most dangerous weapons

    There will be catastrophic consequences when luck runs out on nuclear deterrence, the United Nations (UN) has warned in a major report which highlights the massive risk of an accidental or deliberate use of the world’s most deadly weapons. The poor relations between nuclear powers has contributed to an atmosphere that lends itself to the onset of crisis, said the report by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. The rise in cyber warfare and hacking has left the technical vulnerabilities of nuclear weapons systems exposed to risk from states and terrorist groups, it added. Nuclear deterrence works up until the time it will prove not to work, it said. The risk is inherent and, when luck runs out, the results will be catastrophic. The more arms produced, particul...