Hackers test defences of Trump campaign websites ahead of US election, security staff warn

LONDON (REUTERS) - Hackers have stepped up efforts to knock Trump campaign and business websites offline ahead of the US election, in what a security firm working for the campaign said could be preparation for a larger digital assault, according to emails seen by Reuters. The security assessment was prepared by staff at US cybersecurity firm Cloudflare, … Continue reading Hackers test defences of Trump campaign websites ahead of US election, security staff warn

Activists protest Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Berlin visit

BERLIN (AFP) - Exiled Hong Kong activist Nathan Law led a protest by several hundred demonstrators, including members of the Chinese Uighur minority, in Berlin on Tuesday (Aug 1) ahead of a visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Speaking outside the Foreign Ministry, Mr Law called for more support from Berlin over a security law … Continue reading Activists protest Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Berlin visit

France’s Charlie Hebdo republishes Mohammed cartoons for trial start

PARIS (AFP) - French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the target of a massacre by Islamist gunmen in 2015, said on Tuesday (Sept 1) it was republishing hugely controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to mark the start of the trial this week of alleged accomplices in the attack. "We will never lie down. We will never give … Continue reading France’s Charlie Hebdo republishes Mohammed cartoons for trial start

Powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.8 strikes near coast of northern Chile

SANTIAGO, CHILE (REUTERS) - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck near the coast of Northern Chile on Tuesday (Aug 1), the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences said, and some damage and minor landslides were reported in areas near the epicentre, according to local media. A number of people living near the coast were evacuated as … Continue reading Powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.8 strikes near coast of northern Chile

Russia’s coronavirus case tally passes 1 million as schools reopen

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia's coronavirus case tally passed the one million-mark on Tuesday (Aug 1) as schools and educational institutions reopened across the world's largest country with new mandatory safety precautions in place. Russia has the fourth-highest case tally in the world after the United States, Brazil and India, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking … Continue reading Russia’s coronavirus case tally passes 1 million as schools reopen

Totti hopes to rejoin Roma ‘sooner or later’

Rome (AFP) Roma legend Francesco Totti believes that "sooner or later" he will reconnect with the club which has just changed owners, he told Italian daily La Repubblica in an interview published on Tuesday. Totti, 43, spent 24 years at the club as a player before moving upstairs to the boardroom. Roma legend Francesco Totti … Continue reading Totti hopes to rejoin Roma ‘sooner or later’

Jackie Chan’s luxury Beijing condos up for auction in ownership row

Beijing (AFP) Two luxury Beijing apartments seized from martial arts film star Jackie Chan will be put up for auction for around $10 million due to an ownership dispute, according to court documents seen by AFP. The action star, 66, best known for hit movies "Rush Hour" and "Police Story", sparked controversy in 2013 when … Continue reading Jackie Chan’s luxury Beijing condos up for auction in ownership row

China silent on detention of Australian journalist

Beijing (AFP) China refused Tuesday to disclose why an Australian journalist working as an anchor for state TV has been detained for at least two weeks without charge. Cheng Lei, an anchor for CGTN, China's English-language state broadcaster, has been held since at least August 14 but Australian diplomats say Beijing has given no reason … Continue reading China silent on detention of Australian journalist

Nepal lifts virus ban for Bahrain royal climbing expedition

Kathmandu (AFP) Nepal is making a royal exception to its coronavirus ban on foreign arrivals, with a mountaineering team including a Bahrain prince set to tackle two major peaks. The Himalayan country shut its borders in March including grounding international flights just ahead of the busy spring season, devastating the local tourism sector. Nepal is … Continue reading Nepal lifts virus ban for Bahrain royal climbing expedition

Blatter’s turn to face Swiss prosecutor over Platini payment

Bern (Switzerland) (AFP) Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was facing questioning Tuesday by a Swiss prosecutor over a payment of two million Swiss francs ($2.2 million) made to former UEFA boss Michel Platini in 2011. The 84-year-old arrived around at 09:00 am at the headquarters of the Public Ministry of the Confederation (MPC) in Bern, … Continue reading Blatter’s turn to face Swiss prosecutor over Platini payment

Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case ‘dishonest’, says Thai PM probe

Bangkok (AFP) The case against the Thai heir to the Red Bull billions accused of a fatal hit-and-run was "compromised" from beginning to end, the premier's office said Tuesday, calling the entire procedure "dishonest". The announcement comes a month after charges against Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya were dropped by the police and attorney general's office, prompting … Continue reading Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case ‘dishonest’, says Thai PM probe

Iran’s Khamanei says UAE ‘betrayed’ Muslim world with Israel deal

Tehran (AFP) Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused the United Arab Emirates of betraying the Muslim world with its agreement to normalise relations with Tehran's arch-foe Israel. "The #UAE betrayed the world of Islam, the Arab nations, the region's countries, and #Palestine," Khamenei said, according to his official Twitter account. Iranian students … Continue reading Iran’s Khamanei says UAE ‘betrayed’ Muslim world with Israel deal