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Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core

WASHINGTON — Jake Williams awoke last April in an Orlando, Fla., hotel where he was leading a training session. Checking Twitter, Mr. Williams, a cybersecurity expert, was dismayed to discover that he had been thrust into the middle of one of the worst security debacles ever to befall American …

Surveillance

China has 'grave concerns' about North Korea's latest missile test

China's Foreign Ministry has expressed what it called "grave concern and opposition" to North Korea's latest missile launch in an unusual rebuke of …

Man banned from Nobel Literature banquet amid sex claims

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, has banned the director of a Stockholm cultural center from attending a Nobel banquet after several women made sexual misconduct allegations against the man.<p>Earlier this week, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter …

The Paradise Papers suggest Chinese tech billionaire Lei Jun is connected to the world’s biggest bitcoin miner

<b>Update</b> (Nov. 27): Lei Jun denies investing in bitcoin or Bitmain; Bitmain says the entity linked to Lei Jun in the Paradise Papers is not a shareholder.<p>Lei Jun amassed a $7 billion fortune by making stylish, affordable smartphones under the Xiaomi brand. He’s now one of China’s richest men, and is …

Bitcoin

Serbia embraces tug of war between NATO and Russia

BATAJNICA, Serbia — Scarred by the memory of NATO bombs, and with close historical links to Moscow, Serbia would not seem an obvious choice for joint exercises with the U.S. military.<p>But last week, more than 200 American and Serbian paratroopers leapt from two U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft …

Russia

Iran supreme leader is 'new Hitler' says Saudi crown prince

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has called Iran’s supreme leader “the new Hitler of the Middle East” and warned that as in European history, “appeasement doesn’t work”.<p>In his first comments since a widespread anti-corruption purge Mohammad bin Salman fired his strongest criticism yet of Saudi Arabia's …

Trudeau sorry for 'historic wrong' against aboriginal Canadians

The prime minister has apologized to First Nations people in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador for abuse at assimilation-oriented schools. …

Canada

Bird gets lost at sea, accidentally spawns an entire new species on a remote island

If you get lost at sea and find yourself on an island you’d probably try to build a fire, pile some sticks and stones into a makeshift home and maybe …

German court: Ancient forest can be cleared for coal mine

BERLIN (AP) — A court in western Germany says an ancient forest near the Belgian border can be chopped down to make way for a coal strip mine.<p>Cologne's administrative court ruled Friday against a legal complaint brought by the environmental group BUND that wanted to halt the clearance of much of …

North Korean defector a 'nice guy' who likes watching CSI – surgeon

Doctor says 24-year-old known as Oh needed two bodies’ worth of blood transfusions to save him and has nightmares about being sent back over border<p>North Korea’s latest defector, a young soldier being identified only by his family name Oh, is a quiet, pleasant man who has nightmares about being …

Franken faces ethics probe after woman says he groped her

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faces a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him Thursday of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour. He is the first member of Congress caught up in the recent wave of …

Leeann Tweeden

House passes GOP tax bill, upping pressure on struggling Senate effort

House Republicans on Thursday passed legislation that would overhaul the U.S. tax code, a crucial step forward in their effort to enact the centerpiece of President Trump’s economic agenda.<p>The bill passed with 227 votes in favor and 205 against, a comfortable margin in the divided chamber. Thirteen …

Republicans
Jared Kushner

Obama blasts 'politics of division' on return to campaign trail

(Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama, back on the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, called on voters to reject a growing "politics of division" that he said was corroding American democracy.<p>Without mentioning Republican President Donald Trump by name, …

Barack Obama

George W. Bush: Bigotry and white supremacy are 'blasphemy' against the American creed

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former President George W. Bush condemned bigotry and white supremacy Thursday while endorsing policies that run counter to those supported by President Donald Trump.<p>"Our identity as a nation, unlike other nations, is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. …

Political Science

White House begins investigation into use of private email accounts – reports

Jared Kushner among several Trump administration officials alleged to have used personal email to conduct government business<p>The White House has launched an internal investigation after it emerged that Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, and other senior officials used personal …

Mel Brooks: ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Be Made in Today’s ‘Stupidly Politically Correct’ Culture

“Blazing Saddles” may be a groundbreaking comedy, but director Mel Brooks doesn’t think Hollywood would make the iconic Western parody in this …

Kentucky's Longstanding Futility Against Florida Continues in Heartbreaking Fashion

Kentucky came so, so, so, so, so, so close to beating Florida for the first time in 31 years. And then on two pivotal plays, the Wildcats reminded us …

Rubens' Duke of Buckingham 'found' after 400 years

<b>A "lost" portrait by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens has been rediscovered after almost 400 years.</b><p>The 17th Century Flemish artist's "head study" of the Duke of Buckingham was identified by Dr Bendor Grosvenor from BBC Four's Britain's Lost Masterpieces.<p>It was in Glasgow Museums' collection and on …

Artists

Dutch court orders internet providers to block The Pirate Bay

Here we go again. Notorious torrenting portal The Pirate Bay is getting blocked in the Netherlands yet another time.<p>A court in the Hague has ordered Dutch internet service providers Ziggo and Xs4all to cut all access to The Pirate Bay within the next 10 days, local news outlet Tweakers reports. The …

French marchers fill Paris streets to protest new work rules

PARIS (AP) — French far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon urged protesters Saturday to take to the streets and mount strikes to force President Emmanuel Macron to withdraw the labor law changes that are key to his business-friendly economic vision.<p>Speaking to tens of thousands in Paris, Melenchon …

China Moves To Limit Fuel, Textile Trade With North Korea

China is imposing new limits on trade with North Korea after the isolated country's latest nuclear test.<p>China's Ministry of Commerce said Saturday it would limit refined petroleum exports starting Oct. 1 and ban the import of North Korean textiles immediately. It would ban exports of liquefied …

North Korea

McCain Announces Opposition to Republican Health Bill, Likely Dooming It

WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain of Arizona announced on Friday that he would oppose the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leaving Republican leaders with little hope of succeeding in their last-ditch attempt to dismantle the health law and fulfill their longstanding promise to …

Affordable Care Act

Morgan Freeman ridiculed by Kremlin for accusing Russia of declaring 'war' on US

The Kremlin has called the Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman "emotional and self-exalted" after he appeared in a high profile video accusing Vladimir …

Monsanto’s Weed Killer, Dicamba, Divides Farmers

Farmers planted a new kind of seed on 25 million acres of soybean and cotton fields this year. Developed by Monsanto, the seeds, genetically modified to be resistant to a weed killer called dicamba, are one of the biggest product releases in the company’s history.<p>But the seeds and the weed killer …

Agriculture

Trump Ethics Chief Approves Anonymous Donations for Russia-Related Legal Fees

The Washington swamp just got a little bit swampier.<p>The White House has a Russia problem, and over the past few months, staffers have been lawyering up to protect themselves. <b>Robert Mueller</b> is looking at several Trump associates in particular: <b>Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner,</b> and the …

Donald Trump owes Deutsche Bank big bucks

Donald Trump owes hundreds of millions to Deutsche Bank in connection with past real estate deals. Some politicians who are not fans of the president …

Deutsche Bank

Trump Associate Boasted That Moscow Business Deal ‘Will Get Donald Elected’

WASHINGTON — A business associate of President Trump promised in 2015 to engineer a real estate deal with the aid of the president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin, that he said would help Mr. Trump win the presidency.<p>The associate, Felix Sater, wrote a series of emails to Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Michael …

Felix Sater

Black-clad anarchists storm Berkeley rally, assaulting 5

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Black-clad anarchists on Sunday stormed into what had been a largely peaceful Berkeley protest against hate and attacked at least five people, including the leader of a politically conservative group who canceled an event a day earlier in San Francisco amid fears of violence.<p>…

Donald Trump's cybersecurity advisers resign en masse, accuse US president of ignoring national security - Firstpost

<b>Washington:</b> Seven members of Donald Trump's cybersecurity team, including an Indian-origin data scientist, have resigned, accusing the US president …