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China accused of cyber-attack on Microsoft Exchange servers

China accused of cyber-attack on Microsoft Exchange servers


London – The United Kingdom, United States and European Union have accused China of carrying out a major cyber-attack earlier this year. The attack targeted Microsoft Exchange servers, affecting at least 30 000 organisations globally. Western s...

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BBC: Spyware sold to governments ‘targets activists’

BBC: Spyware sold to governments ‘targets activists’


Rights activists, journalists and lawyers around the world have been targeted with phone malware sold to authoritarian governments by an Israeli surveillance firm, media reports say. They are on a list of some 50 000 phone numbers of people believ...

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Merkel ‘shocked’ by devastation following flooding in Germany

Merkel ‘shocked’ by devastation following flooding in Germany


Berlin – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed shock at what she described as surreal destruction caused by last week's flooding. Merkel visited affected areas of western Germany on Sunday, talking to survivors and emergency workers. At...

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Britain’s Prime Minister and Chancellor to self-isolate

Britain’s Prime Minister and Chancellor to self-isolate


London – The prime minister and chancellor are now self-isolating after contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has tested positive for coronavirus. No. 10 initially said they would not have to isolate, as they were taking part in a pilot s...

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Massive cleanup after floods in Europe

Massive cleanup after floods in Europe


Residents in regions of Germany and Belgium worst-affected by recent floods have begun the huge task of clearing their neighbourhoods, as the waters begin to recede. The scale of the damage is becoming clear, as rescue crews continue to look for v...

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Texas judge rules migrant programme illegal

Texas judge rules migrant programme illegal


Texas - A federal judge in Texas has ruled that a programme protecting migrants who came to the United State as children from deportation is illegal. Judge Andrew Hanen said new applicants should not be enrolled in Deferred Action for Childhood Ar...

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England and Wales monitor cases of Beta variant in France

England and Wales monitor cases of Beta variant in France


London - Fully jabbed travellers returning to England and Wales from France will still have to quarantine from Monday. From July 19, adults who have been double jabbed in the United Kingdom arriving from amber list countries will not need to isola...

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Dutch crime reporter dies after being shot in the street

Dutch crime reporter dies after being shot in the street


Amsterdam – Celebrity Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries died over a week after being shot in a busy street, his family and his employer RTL Netherlands said on Thursday, prompting an outpouring of grief and anger at home and abroad. De Vries,...

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WHO panel advises against COVID-19 vaccination proof for travel

WHO panel advises against COVID-19 vaccination proof for travel


Geneva – The World Health Organisation’s Emergency Committee on Thursday maintained its stance that proof of COVID-19 vaccination should not be required for international travel, amid a growing debate on blocking the entry of travellers if they are u...

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Biden, Merkel stress friendship while agreeing to disagree on pipeline

Biden, Merkel stress friendship while agreeing to disagree on pipeline


Washington – United States president Joe Biden and German chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday agreed to disagree about a Russian pipeline project that Washington opposes, while vowing to stand together against aggression from Moscow and anti-democra...