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Russia says over 63,000 troops have fought in Syria

Top Stories - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 10:14

Russia has sent over 63,000 troops to Syria over the course of its involvement in the conflict, the Russian defence ministry said Wednesday. A total of 63,012 Russian personnel have "received combat experience" in the war-torn country, the ministry said in a video about Russia's campaign to support the Syrian regime dating back to September 2015. Previously Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in December 2017 that over 48,000 military personnel had taken part in the Syrian campaign.

Mollie Tibbetts' aunt speaks out: 'Evil comes in every color'

Top Stories - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 10:08

The aunt of Mollie Tibbetts, an Iowa college student who was found dead on

Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan wanted in Singapore for dodging military service

Top Stories - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:03

The author of the book "Crazy Rich Asians", which inspired the Hollywood hit film of the same title, is wanted in his home country of Singapore for defaulting on his military service, the defence ministry said on Wednesday. Kevin Kwan, author of the 2013 book and an executive producer of the film, was notably absent from the Singapore premier of the romantic comedy on Tuesday. The Ministry of Defence said Mr Kwan had failed to register for National Service (NS) in 1990, despite notices and letters sent to his overseas address, and he had also stayed overseas without a valid exit permit. "Mr Kwan is therefore wanted for defaulting on his NS obligations," the ministry said in a statement. He was liable to a fine of up to S$10,000 ($7,315) "and/or imprisonment of up to 3 years upon conviction", the ministry said. Director John Chu and his wife Kristin Hodge pose for photographers as they arrive for the red carpet screening of the movie "Crazy Rich Asians" on Tuesday Credit:  Don Wong/AP Mr Kwan could not be reached for comment. Singapore has a strict law on national service for all male citizens and enforces it with few exceptions. It makes it illegal for men to give up citizenship without having completed their military service, of about two years. Mr Kwan left Singapore at age 11, first moving to Texas with his family, and has lived in the United States since then, Singapore media said. His 1994 application to renounce his Singapore citizenship and a subsequent appeal had been rejected, the ministry said. Mr Kwan's book and the film directed by Jon M Chu depict Singapore as a playground for the super-rich in a story about an Asian-American woman who goes to the city state to meet her boyfriend's wealthy family. Mr Kwan himself comes from a prominent Singapore family. His great grandfather was a founding director of the Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation - Singapore's oldest bank.

Facebook shuts down fake pro-Corbyn and anti-Brexit accounts linked to Iran 

Top Stories - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:58

Facebook has removed fake pro-Corbyn and anti-Brexit accounts linked to Iran amid a purge of hundreds of pages falsely posing as news organisations or grassroots activists in Britain. Fake accounts called “The British Left” and “Free Scotland 2014” were among a list of 652 pages, groups and accounts shut down by the social media company, which found they were “distinct campaigns” for “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”. On Wednesday, Facebook published extracts from the accounts which included praise for Jeremy Corbyn and satirical images mocking Brexit, adding that the network appeared to be part of an entity known as "Liberty Front Press" which was linked with “Iranian state media”. One image posted by The British Left referenced Jeremy Corbyn having the “fewest expenses of any MP”, while another showed a series of “Brexit stamps” portraying an English longbowmen turning the arrow on himself and a man shooting himself in the foot with a pistol. In an online blog, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, said that one part of the network, “Quest 4 Truth”, had masqueraded as an independent news organisation but “is in fact linked to" an Iranian state media channel. Examples provided by Facebook from the page called 'The British Left'  Mr Gleicher added that from 2017 onwards, the channels “increased their focus on the UK and the US”, and typically “posed as news and civil society organisations”. Facebook’s investigation, which was prompted after it received a tip-off from the cybersecurity firm FireEye, found that the Iranian network of accounts also engaged in “traditional cybersecurity attacks” such as hacking into people’s accounts and spreading malware. The Iranian effort dated to 2011 and had also spread to Facebook’s sister site, Instagram, as well as Twitter and Youtube. The fake Iranian accounts bought $6,000 worth of adverts on Facebook and used it to organise events. Fake news | What exactly is it – and how can you spot it? A pro-Scottish independence page, called “Free Scotland 2014”, posted images mocking the Queen and another linking Boris Johnson to Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former chief strategist. Mr Gleischer said website data linked 74 pages, 70 accounts and three groups which targeted UK and US politics on Facebook, as well as 76 Instagram accounts, to Iran's state media. Facebook has shared its finding with the US and UK governments and confirmed it would be making changes to ensure it was able to “better detect people” attempting to create similar pages in the future. In a press conference last night, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said the network of accounts “were misleading people about who they were and what they were doing”, adding that it was imperative that users were “able to trust the connections” they make on the site. Posts from the Free Scotland page  Mr Gleicher added: “We saw content targeting people across multiple Internet platforms in the Middle East, the US, the UK, and Latin America. “Our investigation, building off of this tip from FireEye, was able to expand this initial network of assets linked to Liberty Front Press and link it to Iranian state media. “In total, we found 74 Pages, 70 accounts, and three Groups on Facebook, as well as 76 accounts on Instagram that were associated with Liberty Front Press. “What we're seeing here is a coordinated network, but the assets themselves were not presenting a coordinated front in terms of how they identified themselves.” FireEye plans to release a full report into the activity but has not specified a date.

Roxio Toast 17 Pro review: 64-bit ready, with new multicam editing skills

Macworld - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00

With the release of Toast 17 Pro (as well as DVD-only sibling Toast 17 Titanium), Roxio is sending a clear message that optical media is here to stay. Following last year’s purely cosmetic overhaul which added a dark UI, the latest version sports an under the hood tune-up. The application is finally 64-bit, in time for the release of macOS Mojave this fall, the last macOS to support 32-bit apps. That means Toast will continue working when macOS goes 64-bit only, but users won’t have to wait that long to reap the benefits.

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Edifier S2000 Pro review: Bluetooth speakers on a whole other level

Macworld - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 06:00
The excellent-sounding S2000 Pro speakers have more in common with studio monitors than your average bookshelf or Bluetooth speaker. Top notch stuff at a very reasonable price.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro review: For some, its performance will justify its higher price tag

Macworld - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 06:00
It's more expensive than its battery-powered stablemates, and it requires electrical wiring, but it produces fewer false alerts.

Yes, Pokémon Go works for weight loss, but don’t get too caught up in catching ‘em all

Macworld - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 06:00

This is part of a series on losing 60 pounds with the help of the Apple’s products and associated apps and accessories. I’m currently 22.6 pounds down since July 25.

I like to feel like I’m doing something when I’m exercising. Oh, I know: The very fact that I’m out moving my legs technically means I’m working toward some far-flung a weight loss goal, but I never like to feel like I’m wasting a moment. I love to cultivate and learn; to gain something in the process of losing. When I’m feeling more responsible, I try to learn new languages or listen to lectures on audio books while filling in my 10,000 steps. Lately, though? I’ve been supplementing my walks with Pokémon Go. Countless friends have told me it makes weight loss fun, and I hungered to try that out for myself.

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Feeling Sick? You May Have A Case Of Climate Change

Top Stories - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 05:46

Climate change is, quite literally, making us ill.

10 Things to Know for Today

Top Stories - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 05:32

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Taiwan's last Africa ally tells China 'no desire' to switch ties

Top Stories - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 05:30

Taiwan, which China claims as a wayward province with no right to state-to-state relations, now has formal ties with only 17 countries, almost all small, less developed nations in Central America and the Pacific, like Belize and Nauru. It lost its latest ally, El Salvador, on Tuesday, the third country to fall to China this year. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has vowed to fight China's "increasingly out of control" behavior after the move.

Twitter Users Give Donald Trump's MAGA Slogan A Brutal Makeover

Top Stories - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 05:03

President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan is getting a

Venezuela rocked by strongest earthquake to hit country in 100 years

Top Stories - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 03:15

Venezuela has been hit by its strongest earthquake in more than 100 years, knocking out power and toppling supermarket shelves. Damage from the 7.3-magnitude quake, which shook the nation’s northeastern coast and parts of the Caribbean, was limited by the depth of tremors beneath the Earth’s surface. The US Geological Survey measured the earthquake at a depth of 76 miles (123km), with an epicentre a few miles off the Cariaco peninsula.

#MeToo takes a hit in Asia Argento underage sex case

Top Stories - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 01:15

The #MeToo campaign has proved an irresistible force since emerging from the carnage of Hollywood's abuse and harassment scandal -- dominating the conversation on sexual misconduct. The New York Times reported on Sunday that Argento, 42, paid actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000 in hush money after having sex with him in Los Angeles hotel in 2013, when he was only 17 -- and still underage. The case has cast a pall over #MeToo, already under fire from those who say it has ruined the lives of numerous powerful men on the basis of accusations that are rarely vindicated by the judicial process.

Michael Cohen's Old Tweet About Hillary Clinton In Prison Isn't Aging Well

Top Stories - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 23:57

One of Michael Cohen's old tweets is coming back to haunt him.

Sean Hannity Melts Down About Hillary Clinton On Day Manafort, Cohen Become Felons

Top Stories - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 23:46

Sean Hannity mourned the death of "equal justice under the law" on Tuesday,

The Latest: Suspect worked at farm tied to Republican farmer

Top Stories - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:17

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on an arrest and charges in the death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts (all times local):


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