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Day: March 18, 2018

Vladimir Putin wins Russian election with up to 76% of votes
Europe, Featured

Vladimir Putin wins Russian election with up to 76% of votes

    Vladimir Putin has won the Russian Presidential election by a landslide, according to exit polls. RIA puts his victory at 76.3% of the vote, VTsIOM has his success at 73.9% and TASS reported a figure of 71.9%. Putin was vying for a new six-year term to make him the longest-serving Kremlin leader since feared Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. He has been either President or Prime Minister since 1999 and the term, which under Russia's constitution would have to be his last, is set to run until 2024. Opinion polls had given Putin 70% support - nearly 10 times that of his nearest challenger. But vocal critic Alexei Navalny was barred from the race due to a corruption conviction he says was fabricated by the Kremlin. Mr Navalny called for a boycott as an aide branded it ...
50 million Facebook profiles data breach
Featured, Technology

50 million Facebook profiles data breach

    The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in the tech giant’s biggest ever data breach, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box. A whistleblower has revealed to the Observer how Cambridge Analytica a company owned by the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, and headed at the time by Trump’s key adviser Steve Bannon used personal information taken without authorisation in early 2014 to build a system that could profile individual US voters, in order to target them with personalised political advertisements. Christopher Wylie, who worked with an academic at Cambridge University to obtain the da...
Britain and allies plan next steps against Russia
Featured, United Kingdom

Britain and allies plan next steps against Russia

    Speaking at the Conservative spring forum on Saturday, Theresa May said Britain would never tolerate a threat to the life of its citizens, or others in the country, from the Russian government. This act of Russian aggression is the very antithesis of the liberal and democratic values that define the United Kingdom, she said. The pledge comes as 23 British diplomats based in Russia begin packing their bags as they are expelled from the country in retaliation for Russian representatives being told to leave the UK. It is thought most or all are intelligence officers. Russia has also shut down the offices of the British Council in Moscow a move the cultural organisation says is profoundly disappointing It is our view that when political or diplomatic relations become...
Man claims he’s found missing flight MH370
Australia, Featured

Man claims he’s found missing flight MH370

    Doomed Flight MH370 has been 'found' on Google Earth, according to an Australian amateur expert in air crash investigations. The flight, carrying 239 people, vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. A massive search operation by China, Australia and Malaysia, costing £115m, came to an end in January 2017 without success. But Peter McMahon, 64, insists he has found the plane. In one snap, the outline of what appears to be an aircraft is visible below the water’s surface. McMahon told Daily Star Online : Four Americans were sent to Australia to oversee the findings of MH370. They have made sure that all information received has been hidden from the public, even our government – but why? McMahon says authorities do not want it found as it’s...
Trump asked $4 billion to Saudi to get the U.S. out of Syria’s war
America, Featured

Trump asked $4 billion to Saudi to get the U.S. out of Syria’s war

    In a December phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, President Trump had an idea he thought could hasten a U.S. exit from Syria: Ask the king for $4 billion. By the end of the call, according to U.S. officials, the president believed he had a deal. The White House wants money from the kingdom and other nations to help rebuild and stabilize the parts of Syria that the U.S. military and its local allies have liberated from the Islamic State. The postwar goal is to prevent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian partners from claiming the areas, or the Islamic State from regrouping, while U.S. forces finish mopping up the militants. The Saudis, whose crown prince arrives in Washington on Monday for extensive meetings with the administration, ...
UK on highest alert on threat of cyber reprisal grows
Featured, United Kingdom

UK on highest alert on threat of cyber reprisal grows

    Banks, energy and water companies are on maximum alert over the threat of a serious cyber attack from Moscow as concern continues over the safety of Russian exiles in the UK. Fears that Russia will target Britain’s critical national infrastructure have prompted round-the-clock threat assessments by the UK’s financial sector, energy firms and GCHQ, the UK’s largest intelligence agency, along with the security services MI5 and MI6. The Bank of England, major financiers, including Lloyds, and organisations such as Water UK are working with the government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to assess the next move from Moscow following the murder of Nikolai Glushkov, 68, and the Salisbury chemical attack. Scotland Yard on Saturday issued a renewed appeal for inform...