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Day: March 27, 2018

Russia’s revolutionary regime: worse than a new cold war
Europe, Featured

Russia’s revolutionary regime: worse than a new cold war

    The expulsion of scores of Russian diplomats from the United States, countries across Europe and beyond has raised, yet again, the question of whether the world is veering back where it was during the Cold War. The alarming answer from some in Russia is: No, but the situation is in some ways even more unpredictable. For all the tension, proxy conflicts and risk of nuclear war that punctuated relations between Moscow and the West for decades, each side knew, particularly toward the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, roughly what to expect. Each had a modicum of trust that the other would act in a reasonably predictable way. If you look for similarities with what is happening, it is not the Cold War that can explain events but Russia’s firs...
Easter traffic would be busiest this bank holiday weekends
Featured, United Kingdom

Easter traffic would be busiest this bank holiday weekends

    Easter is set to be one of the busiest bank holiday weekends for travel in years with 26 million cars on the roads, drivers have been warned. More than four out of five UK motorists are planning a leisure trip by car over the weekend, according to an AA poll. The motoring firm believes Easter falling early is encouraging more people to take advantage of the four-day weekend, because there is a longer wait until summer. Bank holiday getaway traffic is expected to peak on Saturday, with 66 per cent of motorists driving to a holiday destination or leisure outing. AA patrol of the year Vince Crane urged families to carry out essential vehicle checks and pack sufficient supplies in case they are affected by gridlocked traffic or severe weather. He said: As well as you...
Stormy Daniels accuses Trump attorney of defamation
America, Featured

Stormy Daniels accuses Trump attorney of defamation

    Stormy Daniels ramped up her legal battle against President Trump on Monday, alleging in court that his personal attorney Michael Cohen defamed her by insinuating that she lied about an affair with Trump more than a decade ago. Daniels amended her existing lawsuit against Trump, adding Cohen as a defendant in the pending case. The expansion of the lawsuit in a California federal court comes one day after the adult-film actress’s widely watched interview on 60 Minutes. She has alleged that she had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006 and signed a nondisclosure agreement shortly before the 2016 election. She says she received $130,000 for her silence and has sued to break the agreement, alleging that it was invalid. Neither Cohen nor his attorney could be immedia...
Indian PM accused of spying on citizens using official smartphone app
Asia, Featured

Indian PM accused of spying on citizens using official smartphone app

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been accused of spying on his citizens through his office’s official smartphone app. A security researcher, tweeting under the pseudonym Eliott Alderson, has said Indians personal data was sent to a third party’s server in the US without prior permission and the claim has drawn the ire of the main opposition Congress Party. Mr Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has denied the allegations and said in a tweet that the data was merely being used to provide users with the most contextual content. Mr Alderson, whose name is an homage to the television drama Mr Robot, posted a series of tweets over the weekend with screenshots of code that supposedly detail the data privacy breach of the app, which has been downloaded by at lea...
The Facebook boss denied to talk  UK Parliament about data abuse
America, Featured

The Facebook boss denied to talk UK Parliament about data abuse

    The Facebook boss will send one of his senior deputies instead, the company said. Damian Collins who leads the digital, culture, media and sport select committee had written to Mr Zuckerberg directly requesting that he appear. Mr Collins letter made the request in the strongest possible terms, and suggested that Mr Zuckerberg himself should appear. He gave until Monday evening to reply to the request. Facebook has now replied, on a letter dated 26 March, in which it says that it will send either Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's chief technology officer, and Chris Cox, its chief product officer. Both have worked under Mark Zuckerberg for more than 10 years, and are among the longest serving executives at the company. It didn't say why the Facebook boss himself could not...