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US cyber-attacks: Iranians charged by Department of Justice

<b>The US has charged seven Iranians for allegedly hacking nearly 50 financial companies and a New York dam.</b><p>The attacks, occurring from 2011 to 2013, are believed to have been co-ordinated from Iranian companies.<p>The US Department of Justice revealed an indictment against the seven, believed to be …

Preet Bharara

U.S. bank insurer approves surcharge for larger institutions | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the chief guarantor of the U.S. banking system, on Tuesday approved a surcharge on large banks to help grow its fund for insuring deposits and resolving failed banks.<p>Martin Gruenberg, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance …


Saudi-led air strikes kill 41 civilians in Yemen: health official

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi-led air strikes killed 41 civilians and wounded 75 others on Tuesday in Yemen’s northwestern province of Haja, a senior provincial health official said, a region largely controlled by the Iran-allied Houthi militia.<p>People gather at the site of a Saudi-led air strike in …

Middle East

Former Republican presidential hopeful Carson to endorse Trump: Washington Post | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, who dropped his bid last week, plans to endorse front-runner Donald Trump on Friday morning, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing two people familiar with his thinking.<p>Republican U.S. presidential candidate Dr. …


Deadly Sydney factory siege linked to sign dispute

<b>A deadly siege at a factory in Sydney was linked to a dispute over an unfinished sign, say lawyers.</b><p>Michael Bassal, 43, died after he and his brothers, aged 41 and 34, were shot when they arrived at the sign-making shop seeking a refund, lawyers say.<p>Gunman Wayne Williams, 33, shot himself dead after …


North Korea tried to hack South's railway system: spy agency | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has tried to hack into email accounts of South Korean railway workers in an attempt to attack the transport system’s control system, South Korea’s spy agency said on Tuesday.<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a ceremony to award party and state commendations …

North Korea

Israel's Netanyahu declines offer to meet with Obama: White House | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declined an offer to meet U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House later this month and canceled his trip to Washington, the White House said on Monday.<p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet …

The White House

Life sentence for 4-year-old 'a mistake' says Egyptian court

The authorities in Egypt have admitted that a life sentence for murder handed down by an Egyptian court to a four-year-old boy was a mistake.<p>The child was found guilty, along with 115 other defendants, of participating in deadly riots in 2014.<p>Orla Guerin reports.

Muslim Brotherhood

Mexico kills two, nabs 22 in bust of Sinaloa cartel smuggling ring | Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Twenty-two members of Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel have been arrested and two were killed in a police raid near the U.S.-Mexico border where authorities seized assault-type weapons, according to U.S. and Mexican officials.<p>A general view shows part of the ranch "La …


Oregon leader Bundy tells remaining protesters to go home

<b>Ammon Bundy, the leader of an armed protest at a wildlife refuge in Oregon who was arrested on Tuesday, has urged the remaining occupiers to go home.</b><p>One of Mr Bundy's fellow activists was killed during the arrest of the protest leader and seven others.<p>Three more arrests have since been made at a …


Oregon occupation leader Bundy urges remaining protesters to go home | Reuters

BURNS, Ore. (Reuters) - The leader of a month-long armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon on Wednesday urged remaining protesters to leave the site and go home, a day after his arrest and the death of a supporter.<p>Ammon Bundy, who was taken into custody with several members of his …


EU migrant crisis: Sweden may reject 80,000 asylum claims

<b>Sweden may reject the asylum applications of up to 80,000 migrants and should prepare to deport them, the interior minister says.</b><p>Anders Ygeman said charter aircraft would be used to deport the migrants but it would take several years.<p>Some 163,000 migrants applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015, the …

Eastern Europe

Almaz's story

<b>Benjamin Dix and Lindsay Pollock tell the disturbing story of a young Ethiopian woman abused by her employers in Saudi Arabia.</b><p>You can download a PDF with larger, easy-to-read images. [2.65 MB]<p><b>Almaz's story was told to journalist Benjamin Dix and drawn by artist Lindsay Pollock of</b> Positive Negatives<b>.</b><p>…

Saudi Arabia

China's vision of the Middle East | Middle East

Xi Jinping's first visit to the Middle East since becoming China's president three years ago reflects three emerging, defining elements in the conduct of Beijing's foreign policy in the region.<p>The basic building block of Chinese policy remains the development and expansion of economic and trade …