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Yazidi 'superhero' earns award for helping survivors of ISIS atrocities

The Bond Humanitarian Award has been given to aid worker Bassam Hawas Quru, who is helping people displaced by violence in northern Iraq.

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More than 1,000 arrested in Belarus protests against 'parasite law' (+video)

Authorities have been struggling to contain unsanctioned protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, who has sharply curtailed dissent during his 23 years in power.

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Humongous gold coin stolen from Berlin museum (+video)

A Canadian gold coin weighing about 220 lbs. and worth about $4 million has been stolen from Berlin's Bode Museum, say authorities.

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Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny sentenced to 15 days in jail (+video)

A Moscow court sentenced opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who organized a wave of antigovernment protests nationwide, for resisting police orders.

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Why Russian protests are making the Kremlin rethink 2018 presidential elections (+video)

The implicit choice in next year's elections was looking like 'Putin or nothing.' But the breadth of protests Sunday organized by anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny is changing that equation.

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Under anti-EU pressures, Europe's advocates find their footing

The weekend’s 60th anniversary of the launching of the EU project saw anti-EU protesters on the streets in Rome, but it also saw counter-protests everywhere from Britain to Warsaw.

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The hackers trying to build a hack-proof operating system

A team of Canadian security researchers is set to unveil a computer operating system called Subgraph designed to protect its users from the most common types of digital attacks.

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What keeps cybersecurity experts up at night?

For Passcode’s last Influencers Poll, we asked an open-ended question: What’s the most urgent cybersecurity or privacy challenge right now, and what’s one way to fix it? 

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Cyclone Debbie prompts thousands of evacuations in northeast Australia

Authorities have urged 30,000 people in coastal towns in Queensland to evacuate their homes, as forecasters predict tidal surges and winds of and winds of up to 185 miles per hour.

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Life in a new land: a refugee's journey

A Monitor reporter reconnects with a Syrian refugee who is starting a new life in Germany – while trying to save his family back home.

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Corruption protests sweep Russia

The anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny was also arrested

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UK: Attacker used WhatsApp, firm must help police get access

British press reports suggest that the attack used the messaging service just before starting his killing rampage.

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Could the Trump administration send Fethullah Gülen back to Turkey?

Turkey accuses the cleric of being the author of last summer’s failed coup. Whether or not the Trump administration sides with Turkey or European skeptics could shape the course of the war against ISIS.

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Little Free Library launches 'Action Book Club' to inspire community service

Like other book clubs, Little Free Library's version brings people together to read books – but it also encourages members to take positive action in their communities. When it launched in January, almost 200 groups signed up within 48 hours.

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What Benjamin Franklin can teach us about cybersecurity

Advances in communication like Franklin’s postal service and today’s Internet can help topple regimes — and also erode privacy. Tools like WhoIsGuard offer the anonymity of a Post Office Box.

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Want to fix cybersecurity? Think about worst-case scenarios first

Scenario thinking sketches out future cybersecurity problems and helps policymakers begin addressing tomorrow's digital dilemmas.

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Industrial control systems: The holy grail of cyberwar

Regulators and utility industry leaders need to wake up to the risks that could let malicious hackers cause widespread physical damage to the grid and other critical infrastructure.

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How to reform the outdated federal anti-hacking law

The more than 30-year-old Computer Fraud and Abuse Act carries overly harsh penalties for trivial digital transgressions – and it needs to be completely overhauled (or abolished altogether). 

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Estonia's lessons for fighting Russian disinformation

The Baltic nation has long had an adversarial relationship with its Russian neighbor. As a result, its press and public have become adept at recognizing and debunking Kremlin propaganda.

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What does ‘multispeed’ Europe really mean?

The idea has gotten traction ahead of Saturday's EU summit as a way to allow the union's members to integrate at paces they are comfortable with. But it's a contentious issue.

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