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Apple tracks who you’re chatting using iMessage — and shares that data with police

September 30, 2016
posted by

The Hacker News    

"Doing conversations with your friend on iMessage and thinking that they are safe and out of reach from anyone else other than you and your friend? No, it's not. End-to-end encryption doesn't mean that your iMessages are secure enough to hide your trace because Apple not only stores a lot of information about your iMessages that could reveal your contacts and location, but even share that information with law enforcement via court orders." (09/28/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/09/apple-imessage.html  

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A third of Argentineans live in poverty, government report shows

September 29, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"After three years without specific details, the National Census and Statistics Institute (Indec) revealed Wednesday that poverty in Argentina has affected 32.2 percent of the population during the second trimester of 2016. According to Indec, 8.7 million Argentineans are in a situation that could be classified as poverty and 1.7 million are in situations of homelessness. The poverty line is marked by how much money an adult requires to buy basic goods and pay for fundamental services like healthcare or education." (09/29/16)

https://panampost.com/raquel-garcia/2016/09/29/a-third-of-argentineans-live-in-poverty-government-report-shows/  

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US regime imposes sanctions on two Congolese security officials

September 29, 2016
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Omaha World-Herald    

"U.S. authorities are placing sanctions on two high-ranking Congolese officials who are considered to be close to President Joseph Kabila. The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control on Wednesday announced the sanctions against Gabriel Amisi Kumba and John Numbi. The U.S. says both men have used violent force to suppress political opposition in recent years." (09/29/16)

http://www.omaha.com/news/world/us-imposes-sanctions-on-congolese-security-officials/article_b65ec012-f18a-5ac4-be65-c8a09e282fdf.html  

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Non-nuclear states advance push for UN treaty to ban nukes

September 29, 2016
posted by

Idaho Press-Tribune    

"Despite arm-twisting and vocal opposition from nuclear powers like the United States, six non-nuclear countries urged the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday to work toward a 'legally-binding' accord to ban nuclear weapons in hopes of ridding them from the planet altogether one day. The countries -- Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa -- sent world diplomats a draft text that calls for a U.N. conference next year to draw up a treaty banning nuclear weapons, diplomats said." (09/28/16)

http://www.idahopress.com/news/world/non-nuclear-states-advance-push-for-un-treaty-to-ban/article_a0465980-3c0c-54be-9a66-183de85351b3.html  

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Saudi Arabia has ways to hit back at 9/11 lawsuit effort

September 28, 2016
posted by

Bennington Banner    

"Saudi Arabia and its allies are warning that U.S. legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks will have negative repercussions. The kingdom maintains an arsenal of tools to retaliate with, including curtailing official contacts, pulling billions of dollars from the U.S. economy, and persuading its close allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council to scale back counterterrorism cooperation, investments and U.S. access to important regional air bases." (09/28/16)

http://hosted2-2.ap.org/VTBEN/429f63d019cd4de6981db805acb4a879/Article_2016-09-28-ML--Saudi%20Arabia-US/id-6213a141eb694d71a83f3eac3f1a1089  

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Russia: Military says it’s ready to talk to US about Aleppo

September 28, 2016
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Bismarck Tribune    

"The Russian military said Wednesday it's ready to resume contacts with its U.S. counterparts over the situation in Syria, even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to cut all cooperation with Moscow on Syria unless an onslaught on Aleppo ends. Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir of the military's General Staff said Wednesday that Russian experts are ready to travel to Geneva to restart consultations with the U.S. to 'search for possible ways of normalizing the situation in Aleppo.'" (09/28/16)

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/world/russian-military-says-it-s-ready-to-talk-to-us/article_8d304292-4a9e-515a-b137-79f96b01a9be.html  

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Going to hell in an alt-right handbasket of deplorables

September 28, 2016
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HubPages
by Garry Reed  

"During this 2016 Presidential Election cycle, perhaps the most entertaining spectacle since Ross Perot popped up on the scene in 1992 with his universal political cure-all sideshow of 'Just open the hood and fix it' the phrase Alt-Right, short for 'the Alternative Right' was dredged up from the bowels of the SPLC by the Hillary Clinton Campaign when she flung her 'Basket of Deplorables' into mainstream America’s face like a caged monkey flinging its own feces at zoo-goers." (09/27/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Going-to-Hell-in-an-Alt-Right-Handbasket-of-Deplorables  

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Feds push back on states targeting Planned Parenthood’s corporate welfare

September 27, 2016
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Fosters Daily Democrat    

"The Obama administration has proposed barring states and other recipients of federal family planning grants from placing their own eligibility restrictions on where the money can go, which would undermine efforts of 13 Republican-led states to prevent such money from going to Planned Parenthood. The Department of Health and Human Services is accepting public comments about the proposed changes to the Title X grant program until Oct. 7. It contends these state restrictions have hurt the quality and geographic availability of family planning services to the poor families that Title X is intended to reach." (09/27/16)

http://www.fosters.com/news/20160924/feds-push-back-on-states-targeting-planned-parenthood-funds  

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Panama: Regime asks US to extradite ex-leader Martinelli

September 27, 2016
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Iron Mountain Daily News    

"Panama has formally asked the United States to extradite former President Ricardo Martinelli in connection with a phone-tapping controversy, the country's foreign ministry said Tuesday. The case involves allegations that the phones of dozens of business, opposition and labor leaders were tapped by Martinelli's 2009-2014 government." (09/27/16)

http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/1352534/Panama-asks-US-to-extradite-ex-leader-Martinelli.html?isap=1&nav=5024  

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Iran: Regime releases Canadian-Iranian professor held since June

September 27, 2016
posted by

Epoch Times    

"A Canadian-Iranian retired professor was released from prison on 'humanitarian grounds' and flown out of Iran on Monday, Iran’s state-run news agency said, ending her months of detention alongside other dual nationals swept up by hard-liners in the security services. Homa Hoodfar was flown to the Persian Gulf nation of Oman, the brief report from the IRNA news agency said. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hailed her release in a statement, thanking Italy, Switzerland and Oman for their help in the matter." (09/26/16)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2162292-iran-releases-canadian-iranian-professor-held-since-june/  

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Congress looks to override Obama veto of 9/11 bill

September 27, 2016
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Willoughby News-Herald    

"Congress is poised to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the terrorists who carried out the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. The showdown is scheduled for Wednesday. Proponents of the legislation say they have enough votes for what would be a first: During his nearly two full terms in office, Obama has vetoed nine bills. None has been overridden." (09/26/16)

http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20160926/congress-looks-to-override-obama-veto-of-911-bill  

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Poll: 70 percent of Venezuelans want Maduro out of office ASAP

September 27, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro has lost eight points of approval in five months, according to a recent poll. Over 76 percent of Venezuelans said they considered Maduro’s adminstration to be doing a poor job, according to the study by Venebarómetro, with 68.4 percent saying they disapproved of his management." (09/26/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/09/26/70-of-venezuelans-want-to-oust-maduro-asap/  

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Arnold Palmer, 1929-2016

September 26, 2016
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Seattle Times    

"Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner'’s touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, 'The King' died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87. Alastair Johnston, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems. Johnston said Palmer was admitted to a hospital Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened." (09/25/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/golf/arnold-palmer-who-made-golf-popular-for-the-masses-dies-at-87/  

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Brazil: Rousseff’s former chief of staff arrested in Petrobras scandal probe

September 26, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"Brazil's former chief of staff under President Dilma Rousseff and former minister of Finance under President Lula de Silva was arrested Monday on corruption charges related to the Petrobras scandal. The influential Workers Party politician Antonio Palocci was detained in Sao Paulo with possible connection to bribes paid by construction company Odebrecht -- —the central company investigated by the Brazilian police’s Car Wash probe." (09/26/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/09/26/rousseffs-former-chief-of-staff-arrested-in-petrobras-scandal-probe/  

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Russia may be guilty of war crimes in Syria, says UK foreign minister

September 26, 2016
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Russia may have committed war crimes in Syria, as the U.K. government joined four other world powers in warning that patience with Moscow is wearing thin. 'They are guilty of protracting this war and making it far more hideous, and yes, I think that when it comes to instances such as the bombing of civilian targets, we should be looking at whether or not that targeting is in the knowledge that those are wholly innocent civilian targets,' Johnson said in an interview on BBC Television’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. 'That is a war crime.'" [editor's note: If any of the various sides/factions in the Syria conflict AREN'T guilty of war crimes, it is a unique war in all of human history - TLK] (09/25/16)

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/09/25/russia-may-be-guilty-of-war-crimes-in-syria-says-uk-foreign-minister.html  

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Leaked NSA hacking tools were “mistakenly” left by an agent on a remote server

September 26, 2016
posted by

The Hacker News    

"If you are a hacker, you might have enjoyed the NSA's private zero-day exploits, malware and hacking tools that were leaked last month. But the question is: How these hacking tools ended up into the hands of hackers? It has been found that the NSA itself was not directly hacked, but a former NSA employee carelessly left those hacking tools on a remote server three years ago after an operation and a group of Russian hackers found them, sources close to the investigation told Reuters." (09/22/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/09/nsa-hacking-tool-exploits.html  

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IRS to target citizens who aren’t buying ObamaCare insurance

September 22, 2016
posted by

Forbes    

"As many as 20 million Americans soon will be getting a letter from the Internal Revenue Service 'suggesting' they sign up for ObamaCare insurance. Getting a letter from the IRS can be a threatening and nerve-racking experience; it seldom is seen as a suggestion and more of a threat. But at President Obama’s direction, the IRS is 'reaching out' to people who paid the tax penalty for not buying mandatory health insurance or who claimed an exemption in hopes of 'attracting' more people to sign up for ObamaCare insurance. The government is particularly interested in compliance from healthy young people." (09/21/16)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gracemarieturner/2016/09/21/irs-to-target-citizens-who-arent-buying-obamacare-insurance/#11748fdd2530  

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Yemen: Saudi invaders’ airstrikes kill at least 11

September 22, 2016
posted by

Albany Democrat-Herald    

"Aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition targeting Houthi rebels [sic] in Yemen struck targets in the eastern port city of Hodeida on Wednesday, killing 11 people, including women and children, Yemeni security officials said. A dozen wounded were brought to the hospital after the raid, which left several residential areas in rubble, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief journalists." (09/21/16)

http://democratherald.com/news/world/saudi-led-airstrikes-in-yemen-kill-at-least/article_0147773a-f6d5-549b-ba2e-bc31e1e44236.html  

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US grants Airbus first chance to sell airplanes to Iran

September 22, 2016
posted by

Albany Democrat-Herald    

"Airbus on Wednesday became the first airplane manufacturer to receive U.S. government permission to sell aircraft to Iran following last year's nuclear accord, getting final approval for a 17-plane sale that's part of a larger $25-billion deal. The European aviation company's announcement, coming as Iranian and U.S. leaders are in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, showed that the outgoing administration of President Barack Obama is honoring the economic terms of the pact." [editor's note: Why on God's green earth would a European company need an American government's permission to sell planes to an Iranian airline? - TLK] (09/21/16)

http://democratherald.com/news/world/us-grants-airbus-first-chance-to-sell-airplanes-to-iran/article_9a6c687a-0d44-5056-bd5f-3f725ebd4d30.html  

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Trump calls for nationwide “stop-and-frisk” policy

September 22, 2016
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Politico    

"Donald Trump on Wednesday called for the controversial 'stop-and-frisk' policing practice to be instituted nationwide as a means of combating violent crime in America’s inner cities. In a pre-taped interview on Fox News scheduled to air Wednesday night, Trump was asked by an audience member what he would do to address 'violence in the black community' and 'black-on-black crime.' Trump responded by proposing that 'stop-and-frisk' policing, in which an officer is empowered to stop an individual and frisk them for weapons or any other illegal contraband, be adopted nationwide." (09/21/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/donald-trump-stop-and-frisk-228486  

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Photos on Dark Web reveal geo-locations of 229 drug dealers

September 22, 2016
posted by

The Hacker News    

"It's a Fact! No matter how smart the criminals are, they always leave some trace behind. Two Harvard students have unmasked around 229 drug and weapon dealers with the help of pictures taken by criminals and used in advertisements placed on dark web markets. Do you know each image contains a range of additional hidden data stored within it that can be a treasure to the investigators fighting criminals?" (09/20/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/09/dark-web-drug-weapon.html  

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Mexico: Police find homemade cannon to launch drugs over US border

September 22, 2016
posted by

PanAm Post    

"Mexican authorities believe that a stolen van that was parked near the border between Mexico and the United States was used to launch drugs to Douglas, Arizona using a cannon. Last week, federal security forces in Mexico found the van that had been reported stolen in the state of Sonora. The van was parked in a street in the town of Agua Prieta located adjacent to Douglas. A large cannon had been attached to the vehicle, according to Mexican authorities." (09/21/16)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2016/09/21/home-made-cannon-to-launch-drugs-over-the-us-border-found-in-mexico/  

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Hackers take remote control of Tesla’s brakes and door locks from 12 miles away

September 21, 2016
posted by

The Hacker News    

"Next time when you find yourself hooked up behind the wheel, make sure your car is actually in your control. Hackers can remotely hijack your car and even control its brakes from 12 miles away. Car hacking is a hot topic. Today many automobiles companies have been offering vehicles with the majority of functions electronically controlled, from instrument cluster to steering, brakes, and accelerator." (09/20/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/09/hack-tesla-autopilot.html  

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Massive John Lennon painting pays tribute to International Day of Peace

September 21, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"A Guinness World Record holder is marking the International Day of Peace with a 2,500 square foot painting of John Lennon. Eric Waugh, who earned a Guinness World Record in 2001 for creating the 'world’s largest painting on canvas by a single artist,' created his Lennon tribute, Imagine Again, in Austin, Texas. Waugh used 10 gallons of Valspar Optimus paint provided by Ace Hardware to create the piece, which is a tribute to Lennon’s dream for 'a world without strife, war' or conflict, according to a statement." (09/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/nation-now/2016/09/21/massive-john-lennon-painting-pays-tribute-international-day-peace/90731916/  

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Nicaragua: Opposition abandons presidential race citing lack of funding

September 21, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"Nicaragua's Independent Liberal Party presidential candidate has dropped out. Pedro Reyes, who was running against incumbent Daniel Ortega, cut his candidacy short on Monday citing a lack of financing. Reyes also said the decision was a PR move intended to bolster popularity for his party." (09/21/16)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2016/09/21/opposition-abandons-race-in-nicaragua-over-low-popularity-and-lack-of-financing/  

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