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Iran sticking to nuclear deal, IAEA says, amid new U.S. sanctions

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 07:45

Iran is implementing its side of its nuclear deal with major powers, the U.N. atomic watchdog policing the pact reaffirmed on Thursday, two weeks after the latest wave of reimposed U.S. sanctions against Tehran took effect. President Donald Trump said in May he was pulling the United States out of the 2015 nuclear deal for reasons including Iran's influence on the wars in Syria and Yemen and its ballistic missile program, none of which are covered by the pact. Germany, France and Britain have been scrambling to prevent a collapse of the deal, under which international sanctions against Tehran were lifted in exchange for strict limits being placed on Iran's nuclear activities.


Lloyds CEO Must Explain Whistleblower Actions or Quit: Lawmaker

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 07:45

“Our concerns relate to the allegations of the cover-up of the fraud, rather than the fraud itself,” Kevin Hollinrake, a lawmaker who co-chairs the all-party parliamentary group on fair business banking, wrote in a letter to Antonio Horta-Osorio. While the incidents that led to criminal convictions occurred years ago, scrutiny of how Lloyds handled the affair has grown as the bank settled last week with the whistleblower, former risk officer Sally Masterton. It claimed some executives at HBOS hid the fraud at one of that bank’s branches before Lloyds acquired the lender at the peak of the financial crisis.


SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Scheduled For First Test Flight In January

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 07:27

NASA has officially set the date for the first test flight of SpaceX’s new generation Crew Dragon capsule. Dubbed DM-1, the first demonstration mission of the Crew Dragon astronaut pod is scheduled to take place in less than two months and will lift off on January 7, NASA announced yesterday. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the first test flight of the Crew Dragon will be an unmanned trip to the International Space Station (ISS).


Facebook Under Fire For Allowing Man In South Sudan To Make Post Auctioning Teen Daughter As Child Bride

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 07:20

Facebook is coming under fire for allowing a man in South Sudan to make a post auctioning off his 17-year-old daughter to the highest bidder as a child bride. Philips Anyang Ngong, a human rights lawyer who tried to stop the girl’s sale, said the viral Facebook post was “the biggest test of child abuse, trafficking and auctioning of a human being.” He called for all of those involved, including Facebook, to be held responsible.


Lara Trump Soaks Up The Sun In Red Bikini At Mar-A-Lago Ahead Of Thanksgiving

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 07:14

The first family has headed off to South Florida for their Thanksgiving reunion, and Lara Trump is going to soak up as much sunshine as she possibly can. Lara Trump was spotted walking around Mar-a-Lago in a red bikini on Wednesday after flying into West Palm Beach the night before, as the Daily Mail reported. In the snap, Trump is also wearing a matching red hat, though it is unclear whether it was one of her father-in-law’s, President Donald Trump, MAGA hats.


The Best Black Friday Deals From Every Major Retailer

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 07:00

From Best Buy to Walmart


Pulling our leg: Google says it’s “just as secure”

Macworld - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 07:00

Now, you may have heard that iOS is more secure than Android. You may have even heard that Android is a cesspool of malware. But CNet is here to bring us a different perspective: Google’s.

“Google: Android is just as secure as the other guys.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Ramin.)

The other guys? Are the other guys the net being protected by the Washington Generals?

To read this article in full, please click here

Marley No Bounds XL Bluetooth speaker review: Floatable, sustainable sonics

Macworld - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 06:00
Kudos to Marley for using recycled materials in the No Bounds XL waterproof Bluetooth speaker. But its sounds mediocre at low volumes, and only average when you crank it.

Midterm elections: Democrats lead popular vote in House by largest margin in history

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 05:25

Democrats are set to pull off the largest midterm elections victory in history, according to a breakdown of the popular vote in races for the House of Representatives. The party leads the Republicans by more than 8.9 million votes across the US, raw data compiled by the Cook Political Report, an independent, non-partisan political analysis website. Previously, the largest margin of victory was 8.7 million, which came in the 1974 midterm elections after the Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon’s resignation.


UN Yemen envoy to visit battleground Hodeida city: source

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 04:50

The United Nations envoy will visit Yemen's embattled city of Hodeida this week, a UN source said Thursday, ahead of peace talks set for December in Sweden. Martin Griffiths, who arrived in the rebel-held capital Sanaa on Wednesday, was in the country to lay the groundwork for the upcoming negotiations aimed at ending almost four years of devastating conflict. The British diplomat is expected to visit the lifeline port city of Hodeida on Friday, a UN source told AFP.


Ivanka Trump's 2009 Book Warning On Dangers Of Email Comes Back To Haunt Her

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 03:39

Senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump faces a House investigation into her


Macron Magic Endures for Foreign Businesses Despite Domestic Woes

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 03:25

For 74 percent of heads of foreign companies in France, the country is an attractive place for business, according to an annual poll of 200 executives by Ipsos. “A year and a half after the election of Emmanuel Macron, the image of France and its attractiveness remains very high and is even increasing,” Ipsos said.


Chief of Russia's military intelligence agency dies

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 03:19

The head of the Russian military intelligence agency linked to a series of notorious operations abroad has died after a long illness, the defence ministry said on Thursday. Igor Korobov, 62, had headed the military's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) since 2016 and was the target of US sanctions. The West has accused the powerful agency of a number of attacks on foreign soil including the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent in Britain last March.


California fire death toll rises to 83

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 02:55

The death toll from the wildfire in northern California rose to 83 Wednesday after crews found two more sets of remains in burned-out buildings, officials said. Another three people died in a second major blaze that struck Malibu in southern California. Crews are preparing to deal with heavy rain forecast for the rest of the week, which will help put out the fire but raises the prospect of flash floods and could wash away human remains.


Don’t Worry, The Military At The Border Is Ignoring The White House

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 01:13

In a truly shocking and unprecedented turn of events, the White House authorized the use of “lethal force” at the Mexican border, per a cabinet order signed on Wednesday by Chief of Staff John Kelly, as previously reported by the Inquisitr. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis stated that the military police at the border don’t even have weapons. “There is no armed element going on,” Mattis told reporters on Wednesday, according to the BBC.


Trump May Move Ahead With Plans To Make Asylum Seekers Wait In Mexico: Report

Top Stories - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 00:28

The Trump administration is preparing to unveil a plan that would force asylum


Iran Burns Trump With ‘Rake’ Jab: ‘Perhaps We’re Also Responsible For California Fires’

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 23:16

Iran's foreign minister took a swipe at President Donald Trump in a barbed


California's Camp Fire Death Toll Rises To 83 While Nearly 600 People Remain Missing

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 23:07

The death toll from Northern California's Camp fire now stands at 83 following


Igor Korobov, head of Russian spy agency accused over Salisbury attack, dies aged 63 after 'serious illness'

Top Stories - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 21:35

The head of Russian military intelligence, which is accused of orchestrating the Salisbury Novichok attack, has died. Igor Korobov died on Wednesday after "a serious and long illness," Russian news agencies reported, citing the defence ministry. The 63-year-old GRU Chief's death comes after a series of embarrassments for the secretive organisation, for which he was reportedly berated by President Vladimir Putin. Mr Putin reportedly gave Mr Korobov a personal dressing down last month for the bungled operation to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Russian journalist Sergey Kanev, who writes for an investigative group funded by Putin foe and former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, reported that Mr Korobov fell ill after the meeting with Mr Putin. Evgeny Buzhinsky, a former Russian general, dismissed allegations of foul play. Commenting on suggestions that Mr Korobov's death was untimely, he told the BBC: "No you are completely wrong. It was a long, long struggle against a very bad disease ... In Russia no one is suspicious, believe me." The defence ministry called General Korobov, who ran the spy agency since 2016, "a wonderful person, a faithful son of Russia and a patriot of his homeland." It did not give further details about his death. Gen Korobov had worked in military intelligence since 1985. In 2016, Mr Putin made him head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces - also known as the GRU. He took over from Gen Igor Sergun, who died of a heart attack at the age of the 58.  Michael Carpenter, a Russia adviser for Barack Obama's administration, tweeted on Thursday: "His predecessor died in 2016 of a heart attack. Life expectancy for incumbents of this job is pretty low, but then so is the median life expectancy in Russia." At a glance | GRU Gen Korobov was sanctioned along with other GRU officers by the United States for activities that "undermine cybersecurity on behalf of the Russian government." The West has blamed the GRU for a string of brazen attacks. Britain has accused it of attempting to poison Mr Skripal and his daughter with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury. The botched assassination attempt led to the death of Dawn Sturgess, who, along with partner Charlie Rowley, fell ill after handling a container contaminated with the nerve agent in June. The Netherlands believes the agency has tried to hack the global chemical weapons watchdog, and US intelligence agencies said GRU was behind attempts to hack the 2016 US presidential election. Russia denies all the allegations. But the GRU has also suffered humiliation after the UK revealed the identities of the suspects behind the Skripal poisonings. The agents accused of carrying out the poisoning were named as Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga, Dutch and British authorities also exposed the identities of the four Russian GRU operators who took part in the bungled operation to hack the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).  Four GRU operatives were caught trying to hack into the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons after Salisbury Credit: Ministerie van Defensie The four Russian spies had in their possession laptops and mobile phones holding damning proof of the cyber hacking operations of its notorious Unit 26165, also known as “GRU 85 Main Special Service Center”. One of them even had a taxi receipt showing he had been picked up from the rear entrance of Unit 26165’s headquarters when he went to the airport.  There was fresh embarrassment when further database research  revealed 305 other individuals thought to be working for the Russian intelligence agency. At the time, Bob Seely, the Tory MP who sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee, described the lapses that led to the identity of the GRU spies being exposed as "extraordinarily unprofessional".  "It shows that subversion is probably beyond their professional capability - they can't even cover their tracks in the most basic of ways. It is very sloppy and makes President Putin look foolish," he added. The GRU has been at the forefront of several of the most controversial Russian intelligence operations in recent years.  As well as the brazen hacks, its agents were accused of a failed attempt to mount a coup in Montenegro in 2016, and its special forces are deeply involved in Russia's semi-covert wars in Ukraine and Syria. 


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