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Australian political parties hit by ‘state actor’ hack, PM says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s parliament was the subject of an attempted hack two weeks ago Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the country’s major political parties have been hit by a hack on their computer networks. The activity was carried out by a “sophisticated state actor”, Mr Morrison said. It was discovered following an investigation into a hacking attempt on Australia’s parliament two weeks ago. There was “no evidence of any electoral interference”, he said. The nation is due to hold an election within months. “During the…

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US shutdown: Parties in fresh talks as next deadline looms

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNick Kwek toured the border dividing the US state of Arizona and Mexico’s Sonora Democratic and Republican negotiators are due to meet on Monday to try to reach a deal on border security and avoid another government shutdown. They remain divided on the detention of undocumented immigrants and on funding for President Donald Trump’s promised border wall with Mexico. Mr Trump accused Democrats of a making a “brand new demand” that was “crazy”. Congress has until Friday to pass legislation before the…

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Brexit: Theresa May to meet Northern Ireland’s political parties

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May will hold Brexit talks with Northern Ireland’s five main political parties at Stormont later. The PM is on a two-day visit to try to reassure people she can secure a Brexit deal that avoids the return of customs checkpoints on the Irish border. On Tuesday, she told business leaders she wanted changes to the controversial backstop plan to prevent this but indicated she did not seek to scrap it. Meanwhile, Irish PM Leo Varadkar will meet EU leaders in Brussels. The talks come before…

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UK’s Prince Charles parties as he celebrates 70th birthday

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Charles celebrates his 70th birthday on Wednesday by attending public and private parties, while his office has released new photographs of the heir to the British throne with his close family. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Charles, Prince of Wales stands during the honouring of the fallen heroes of the two World Wars in Abuja, Nigeria, November 8, 2018. Pius Utomi Ekpei/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo The Prince of Wales and Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son, Charles was born at Buckingham Palace on Nov. 14, 1948, four years before his…

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Stormont: Main parties meet for first talks since February

Image caption The talks at Stormont were organised by the Alliance Party leader Naomi Long Northern Ireland’s main parties have met for the first time since the breakdown of talks in February. The discussions at Stormont on Monday featured the DUP, Sinn Féin, the UUP, the SDLP and the Alliance Party as well as independent assembly member Claire Sugden, People Before Profit’s Gerry Carroll and Steven Agnew of the Green Party. The TUV’s Jim Allister did not attend. The meeting was organised by Alliance leader Naomi Long. Who’s calling the…

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Yemen conflict: UN experts detail possible war crimes by all parties

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe conflict in Yemen has been raging for years – but what is it all about? UN human rights experts believe war crimes may have been committed by all parties to the conflict in Yemen. In their first such report, they allege Yemeni government forces, the Saudi-led coalition backing them, and the rebel Houthi movement have made little effort to minimise civilian casualties. They point to the bombing and shelling of schools, hospitals and markets, in which thousands of people have died.…

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The dancer bringing rent parties from 1920s Harlem to the UK

Rent parties were held in 1920s New York when African Americans faced disproportionately high rents. They threw wild jazz parties for paying guests to make up the money before the rent collector came round. British choreographer Darren Pritchard is putting on performances inspired by these rent parties, to highlight housing inequalities in the UK today. Filmed and edited by Ruth Evans Source link

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Gmail messages ‘read by third parties’

Image copyright Google Google has confirmed that private emails sent and received by Gmail users can sometimes be read by third-party app developers. People who have connected third-party apps to their accounts may have unwittingly given external developers permission to read their messages. One company told the Wall Street Journal that the practice was “common” and a “dirty secret”. Google indicated that the practice was not against its policies. One security expert said it was “surprising” that Google allowed it. Gmail is the world’s most popular email service with 1.4…

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Britons celebrate royal wedding with picnics and street parties

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – Thousands of people across Britain gathered at street parties and picnics in the sunshine to celebrate the royal wedding on Saturday, and festivities were expected to continue into the night as pubs were permitted to stay open longer. People gather ahead of the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj Residents hosting parties on their streets put up bunting and served tea and cakes on tables decorated with British flags. Others came together in local parks, pitching…

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