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US Launches Cyber Attacks On Iran, Knocks Out Computers

The United States may have withheld a physical military response to Iran shooting down a drone, but it might not have shown similar restraint with a digital campaign.  Reports say the President greenlit a long-in-the-making cyberattack that took down Iranian missile control computers on the night of June 20th. The exact impact of the Cyber Command operation isn’t clear, but it was described as “crippling” — Iran couldn’t easily recover, one tipster said. It’s uncertain how Iran reacted to the apparent attack. Officials have declined to comment, with Cyber Command…

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US Warns African Leaders Against Seeking Bail Out

African countries running up debt they won’t be able to pay back, including to China, should not expect to be bailed out by western-sponsored debt relief, the United States’ top Africa diplomat warned. The International Monetary Fund and World Bank began the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative in 1996 to help the world’s poorest countries clear billions of dollars worth of unsustainable debt. But Africa is facing another potential debt crisis today, with around 40 percent of low-income countries in the region now in debt distress or at high…

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Ethiopia Foils Coup, Rebels Kill Military Chief, Regional Head

Ethiopia’s government has foiled a coup attempt in a region north of the capital, Addis Ababa, and the country’s military chief was shot dead, the Prime Minister said Sunday. The failed coup in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military officer and others within the military on Saturday, said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who made an address on the state broadcaster, wearing military fatigues, early Sunday. In a related development, the head of Ethiopia’s military was shot dead in the capital also on Saturday, not long after the…

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Songwe: Africa’s Energy Challenge Demand Urgent, Bold, Ambitious Agenda

Africa needs to increase its levels of ambition and strengthen its policies if it is to close its energy gap, increase competitiveness and power its inclusive and sustainable development, says Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). In a speech Wednesday to RES4Africa Foundation’s 7th annual conference on the theme Overcoming Africa’s Energy Access Gap, Ms. Songwe said; “We need to tackle Africa’s energy challenge with urgent, bold and ambitious agenda.” “Current policies and levels of ambition on the continent are not enough. It is estimated that…

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Panic As Helicopter Crashes On Top Of 54-Storey Building

The pilot of a helicopter has died after it crash landed on top of a skyscraper in Manhattan. The helicopter burst into flames on hitting the AXA Equitable Center, but there were no other casualties. The pilot has been identified as Tim McCormack, a veteran aviator. An investigation is under way. Eyewitnesses said the building shook with the impact and they were reminded of the plane attacks on the city in September 2001. Officials quickly ruled out any terrorist element to the crash. It occurred on a rainy and foggy…

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Protesters In Hong Kong March Against Extradition Bill

Hundreds of thousands of people have marched in Hong Kong against a law critics fear could let China target political opponents in the territory. The controversial extradition bill would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial. The government says the bill has built-in protections and will plug loopholes. Organisers say there were one million protesters, which would make it the biggest march since the 1997 handover. Police say 240,000 were at their peak. After the mainly peaceful march ended, hundreds of protesters – some in surgical…

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Amid Bloody Crackdown On Protesters, Opposition Rejects Talks With Military

Sudanese opposition activists have rejected an offer of talks from the country’s military council, saying it cannot be trusted amid a violent crackdown on protesters. Doctors linked to the opposition on Wednesday said at least 100 people had been killed by a paramilitary unit in the capital, Khartoum. They said 40 bodies were pulled from the River Nile in Khartoum on Tuesday. Residents told the BBC they were living in fear in the capital. The deputy head of the military council defended the violent suppression, claiming that the protesters had…

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Trump Arrives UK For State Visit, Meets Queen

United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived London today and are meeting the Queen on the first day of their state visit to the United Kingdom. The pair are at Buckingham Palace for a private lunch and welcome ceremony. Trump arrived on Air Force One earlier on Monday and were taken to the US ambassador’s home in central London, where they are staying. Minutes before touching down, Mr Trump criticised Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, with whom he has clashed in the past. Protests are planned in…

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North Korea Executes Envoy Over Failed Summit With Trump

North Korea has executed its nuclear envoy to the United States as part of a purge of officials who steered negotiations for a failed summit between leader Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper said on Friday. Kim Hyok Chol was executed in March at Mirim Airport in Pyongyang, along with four foreign ministry executives after they were all charged with spying for the United States, the Chosun Ilbo reported, citing an unidentified source with knowledge of the situation. “He was accused of spying…

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Police Hunt For Man With 98% Of His Body Tattooed

A heavily-tattooed internet star has taunted police in Australia from his Instagram account after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Police are seeking Ethan Bramble, 23, over assault-related offences. Mr Bramble has denied any wrongdoing in regular updates to his social media, where he also left provocative messages for police. The model labels himself the “world’s most modified youth”, and has a forked tongue and tattoos all over his body. Mr Bramble has previously appeared in television interviews in Australia due to his unusual appearance. This week, in response…

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