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Published: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:43:23 -0400

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Not Just Coal: Retail Jobs Fall Despite Lower Unemployment

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:38:06 -0400

(image) A close look at labor statistics shows that retail jobs are falling, even as the national unemployment figure stays low.



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Suicide Bomber Planning To Attack Mecca's Grand Mosque Blew Himself Up

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:25:15 -0400

(image) Just days ahead of Eid Al-Fitr, Saudi Arabia law enforcement officials said a man who was planning to attack Mecca's Grand Mosque blew himself up after being surrounded by police.



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Johnson: 'I Would Like to Delay' the Senate Healthcare Vote

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:12:29 -0400

(image) Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) joins Meet the Press for an exclusive interview to explain why he isn't prepared to vote for the Senate's healthcare bill.



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Strong earthquake injures 2, knocks off roof tiles in Japan

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:07:38 -0400

(image) TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook residents Sunday in a mountainous region of central Japan, injuring at least two people and knocking roof tiles off homes.



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Banned Bahraini newspaper fires staff

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:56:41 -0400

(image) A independent Bahraini newspaper has sacked its staff three weeks after Sunni-dominated authorities banned it on accusations that it "sows division" in the Shiite-majority Gulf kingdom. "We regret to inform you that the board of directors... has decided to terminate the employment contracts with the employees," board chairman Adel al-Maskati wrote in English in a message addressed to "all staff" on Saturday. The information ministry banned Al-Wasat in early June "until further notice" for its "violation of the law and repeatedly publishing information that sows division in society and affects Bahrain's relations with other states," said BNA state news agency.



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Amnesty for militants in Syria's Raqqa aims to promote stability

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:20:42 -0400

(image) By Michael Georgy AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) - A civil council expected to rule Raqqa once Islamic State is dislodged from the Syrian city pardoned 83 of the jihadist group's low-ranking militants on Saturday, a goodwill gesture designed to promote stability. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have gained significant ground in the battle for Raqqa, the operational base for Islamic State over the past three years and a symbol of its self-proclaimed caliphate. Senior SDF figures predict Raqqa could fall within months.



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Hot Car Deaths up As Extreme Heat Sweeps Country

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:31:34 -0400

(image) Nationwide, hot car deaths are up and there’s a push for new legislation in Congress that would require all passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system.



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Qatar blockade exposes rifts in Trump administration's 'peculiar' foreign policy

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:00:06 -0400

(image) US secretary of state Rex Tillerson meets with then-Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef in May. Tillerson has warned the Gulf states to make their demands of Qatar ‘reasonable and actionable’. The crisis created by the ultimatum delivered to Qatar by the Saudi-led Gulf coalition has been deepened by mixed messages from Washington.



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Deadly landslide in southwestern China

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:39:36 -0400

(image) Fears grew for 141 people missing in China after a landslide buried their mountain village in southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday, with reports that only three survivors had been pulled out of the mud and rock hours after the calamity struck. The landslide swept over 46 homes as dawn broke at around 6 a.m. in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, a remote mountainous area of north Sichuan close to the region of Tibet, according to the official Xinhua state news agency. President Xi Jinping urged on the rescue effort, but state broadcaster CCTV reported that by midday the only people rescued were a couple and their two-month-old baby.





A Look at a New, Bold Experiment at UPenn for Organ Transplants

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:46:24 -0400

(image) Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania treated 10 patients on the organ transplant waiting list with a Hepatitis C infected kidney. All 10 got the virus and were treated with one pill for 12 weeks. Today, all 10 are healthy with functioning kidney.



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Over 150 dead as overturned fuel truck explodes in Pakistan

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:50:03 -0400

(image) BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan (AP) — Alerted by an announcement over a mosque's loudspeaker that an overturned tanker truck had sprung a leak, scores of villagers raced to the scene with fuel containers Sunday to gather the oil. Then the wreck exploded, engulfing people in flames as they screamed in terror.



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Panda mania hits Germany as China's cuddly envoys arrive

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:55:15 -0400

(image) Germany was bracing for panda mania as furry ambassadors arrive from China on Saturday, destined for a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo. The pair, named Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, will be jetting in on a special Lufthansa cargo plane, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the Berlin Zoo's chief vet and a tonne of bamboo. Berlin's mayor, China's ambassador to Germany and a gaggle of journalists will greet the VIPs as LH8415 pulls to a stop on the tarmac of Schoenefeld airport.



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AirAsia plane 'shaking like washing machine' returns to Australia

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:13:09 -0400

(image) An AirAsia flight to Malaysia was forced back to Australia Sunday due to a technical problem, with one passenger saying the plane was "shaking like a washing machine". The Airbus A330 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur experienced problems about 90 minutes into the journey. It landed safely, with Perth Airport reporting a "technical issue".



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Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:17:36 -0400

(image) By Marius Bosch MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate. U.S.-trained urban warfare units were channeling their onslaught along two perpendicular streets that converge in the heart of the Old City, aiming to isolate the jihadist insurgents in four pockets. The week-old battle in the Old City is turning into the deadliest of the eight-month U.S.-backed campaign to take back the northern city, which fell to the militants in June 2014.



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Trump wants 'heart' as Republicans seek to deliver Senate healthcare bill

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:26:52 -0400

(image) Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans’ healthcare bill. President Trump has called for an injection of what he called “heart” into the US Senate’s healthcare bill, as at least eight Republican senators continue to express doubts about the deal ahead of a critical vote this week.



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Lawyer: Race a factor in St. Louis cop being mistakenly shot

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:42:16 -0400

(image) An off-duty black St. Louis police officer's race factored into him being mistakenly shot by a white officer who didn't recognize him after a shootout with black suspects this week, the wounded officer's lawyer contends.





This Super Common Beauty Product Could Be Linked to Breast Cancer

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:41:03 -0400

(image) A new study conducted by Rutgers School of Public Health found a connection between hair dye and relaxer usage and an increased chance of developing breast cancer. The results show that way these products affect you has a lot to do with your race. The study found that African-American women who used dark brown or black hair dyes saw a 51 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer. These products also led to a 72 percent increase specifically in estrogen-positive ...



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15 dead, scores missing hours after landslide buries Chinese village

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:19:35 -0400

(image) By Christian Shepherd BEIJING (Reuters) - Fifteen people were killed in a landslide in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Saturday and about 100 were believed to be still buried in the debris and feared dead, state media said. The landslide swept over more than 60 homes as dawn broke in Xinmo, a remote village in north Sichuan province. Rubble slid 800 meters (half a mile) down a steep slope to block a 2 km stretch of river and 1.6 km of road, official state news agency Xinhua said.



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Invasive Asian carp found near Great Lakes beyond electrified barrier

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:26:35 -0400

(image) Asian carp can weigh up to 100lbs and often outcompete other fish. An Asian carp has been found just miles from the Great Lakes, beyond an electrified barrier designed to keep the invasive species from entering the ecosystem and wreaking the sort of damage seen elsewhere in the US. The carp was sent to Southern Illinois University for further analysis.



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Hong Kong activists stage China protest ahead of Xi visit

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:49:38 -0400

(image) Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters on Monday draped a black flag over a statue symbolising the city's return to China by Britain, days before a visit by President Xi Jinping to mark 20 years since the handover. High-profile student campaigner Joshua Wong and a dozen demonstrators attached the black cloth to the giant golden bauhinia flower on Hong Kong's harbourfront in an early morning protest as security tried to stop them climbing on the famous tourist attraction. The sculpture of the bauhinia, which became the emblem of Hong Kong after the handover, was a present to the city from China in 1997 and stands outside the convention centre where Xi will attend anniversary events during a three-day visit starting Thursday.



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NY town plagued by violence graduates high school seniors

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:00:50 -0400

(image) BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — Approximately 1,200 high school students in Brentwood, Long Island graduated on Sunday capping a tumultuous year of gang violence that started with the killing of two fellow students.



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Animal Hope And Wellness Saves 5,000 Dogs From Yulin

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:58:31 -0400

(image) “I never knew what a hero was. Never met one, until the day I first walked into a slaughterhouse,” Ching wrote on Instagram.



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Milky Way nightscapes

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:24:53 -0400

(image) Thousands of glittering stars lighting up beautiful Indonesian and Malaysian nightscapes will take your breath away.





Trump May Be Sleep Deprived Because Of Twitter

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:00:03 -0400

(image) President Donald Trump might have become dependent on Twitter to the extent where he is losing sleep over it. According to experts, it could be affecting his administrative abilities.



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Three police, family of six killed in latest Mexico violence

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:54:40 -0400

(image) Three federal police officers were mowed down Saturday in Mexico's Veracruz state, where gunman also killed a family of six, in the latest spasm of violence linked to criminal gangs. Among Saturday's victims were a federal police commander and two agents, who were ambushed by gunmen in the city of Cardel. In the nearby city of Coatzacoalcos, the dead included two adults and four children who died in a hail of bullets as they ate dinner at an outdoor restaurant.



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Fugitive lawyer says he's fled the US using fake passport

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:05:44 -0400

(image) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A fugitive Kentucky lawyer at the center of a nearly $600 million Social Security fraud case has fled the country using a fake passport and has gotten help from someone overseas with a job to help support himself.



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If Baghdadi is dead, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:49:08 -0400

(image) By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were Iraqi army officers under late dictator Saddam Hussein. Experts on Islamist groups see no clear successor but regard Iyad al-Obaidi and Ayad al-Jumaili as the leading contenders, though neither would be likely to assume Baghdadi's title of "caliph", or overall commander of Muslims. Russia's defense ministry said last week Baghdadi may have been killed in an air strike in Syria and Interfax news agency quoted a senior Russian parliamentarian on Friday as saying the likelihood that he had been killed was close to 100 percent.



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Dallas officer charged with aggravated assault for killing of 21-year-old woman

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:00:06 -0400

(image) Mary Dawes (center), Genevive’s mother, becomes emotional during a news conference. A grand jury has indicted a Dallas police officer on a charge of aggravated assault for firing into a moving car and killing a 21-year-old woman. Christopher Hess, a 10-year veteran of the department, has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation into the death of Genevive Dawes, Dallas police said in a statement on Friday.



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UK Labour leader Corbyn says will 'try to force early election'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:38:06 -0400

(image) British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to "try to force an early general election" after Prime Minster Theresa May lost her parliamentary majority, in an interview published Saturday. Corbyn's Labour Party outperformed expectations in this month's election, turning what was predicted to be a procession for May into a disaster, severely weakening her authority as Britain kicks off crucial Brexit talks. A poll for the paper asking the public who would make the best prime minister has put Corbyn ahead for the first time, although other surveys have revealed little appetite for another vote after two tumultuous years for British voters.



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The Latest: 153 killed in Pakistan tanker fire

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:30:12 -0400

(image) MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — The Latest on an oil tanker fire in Pakistan that killed more than 140 people (all times local):



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AT&T promises massive broadband investment if Trump gives it tax breaks

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:01:37 -0400

There's a tired old trick for internet service providers that want a tax break to continue gouging customers. The ISP will make some vague promise of future broadband investment, in return for immediate tax breaks or approval of an industry deal. On the surface, it sounds good: delivering broadband to rural areas is often uneconomic, so government often wants to cut a deal with private industry to deliver it. But the problem is that internet providers seem to have a really tricky time keeping to their promises, and unexpected roadblocks just happen to always spring up right around the time the investment is meant to happen. That's why AT&T's promise to President Trump that it ill invest $22 billion in new infrastructure -- in return for immediate tax cuts -- is so terribly worrying. The promise came during a meeting yesterday at the White House. Executives from the telecoms industry made the pilgrimage to kiss the ring, and just like Trump's cabinet, they all had good things to say. Verizon president john Stratton lauded Trump's "focus on U.S. job creation and U.S. leadership in these industries," while AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that "It's been dizzying the pace that the regulatory playing field has been cleared and been made more clear for companies that invest like ours." In a CNBC interview after the meeting, Stephenson laid out the terms under which his for-profit company would consider investing money in private infrastructure: "We're on pace to invest around $22 billion in capital in the United States this year...if we have some kind of tax reform, see that rate move down, we'll consider stepping up our capital investment." It's a kind offer, but it's exactly the kind of vague, details-lacking announcement that AT&T may well never follow through on. DSLReports noted back in 2014 that AT&T has been making the same promise to bring broadband to 100% of people in its regions for the last decade, and has used it as the carrot in a number of mergers and acquisitions. Coincidentally, Charter has just been fined $13 million for failing to meet the terms laid out by New York State to approve a merger. Those terms -- surprise surprise! -- included deploying broadband to 35,000 new homes and upgrading internet speeds to 100Mbps. Neither of those things have been completed. Unfortunately, vague promises of future investment is exactly the kind of thing that President Trump falls for. Two of his most high-profile deals -- keeping Ford and Carrier manufacturing plants in the US -- have quietly fallen apart in the last couple months. It's easy to tout AT&T's promised investment now as the reason to decrease taxes, but unless something changes dramatically, expect to hear these same promises as the reason for further tax cuts four years from now.[...]


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How To Make the Best Iced Coffee Of Your Life

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:00:29 -0400

(image) If your idea of “iced coffee” is “letting my hot coffee get cold” then, honey, we need to talk—you deserve better. There are myriad ways to make iced coffee, but if you want to do anything well, you’ve got to pare down your options and really focus: Hone your skills at one or two techniques rather than dabbling with a dozen different brewers. Think of them as the poached egg and the scrambled egg of iced coffee.



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Which is the best Haribo candy?

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:00:00 -0400

It's not just the bears. Friends, let us repeat: it's not just the bears. The (wonderful) world of Haribo is rife with unimaginably delicious, squishy, delightful candies ... and a few duds. Such is the world of the sweet treat. So we grabbed a bunch of Haribo candies available in the U.S. — FYI, some of the labels are in German because that was the deal at Economy Candy — tasted each, then judged away.  SEE ALSO: Dogs, ranked You may disagree with these rankings. That's okay! It's subjective. But if you catch yourself feeling angry, please promise us you'll get yourself a packet of Haribo to make yourself feel better. And now: The embarrassing Berries: Berries are aesthetically pleasing, but they do not taste good. In fact, they taste bad — far too sugary with no flavor payoff — and leave a sweater-y film on your teeth. Just put them in a clear jar and leave them there. Image: Mashable/Lili Sams Gummi Frogs: Taste like plastic. Impossible to chew. And the frog speaking German on our bag reminded us of Pepe, which is frankly a real bummer. Image: Mashable/Lili Sams Mini Rainbow Frogs: Unfortunately, the white marshmallow-y section has ruined what was otherwise a perfectly good gummy. Also, Rainbow Frogs are so small that popping one in your mouth isn't super satisfying. Image: Mashable/Lili Sams Tropifruitti: Oh my god, these suck so much! They taste like a hospital smells. Bad! Give these to your enemies. Image: Mashable/Lili SamsThe fine Dinosaurs: Cool shapes, but the flavors are not particularly distinguishable. Said one staffer, "I would never want to eat more than three of these." Image: Mashable/Lili Sams Smurfs: Smurfs are strawberry and raspberry flavored, which are generally great flavors anyway, so it works out fine. They do get stuck in your teeth easily and are maybe too chewy. Smurfs are fine. Image: Mashable/Lili Sams Fizzy Cola: Sadly, Fizzy Cola is inferior to Happy Cola because of whatever lemon-lime business it is attempting. Verdict: fine. Image: Mashable/Lili Sams Alphabet Letters: Fun to spell with, but it's hard to remember anything else about them. Fine. Image: Mashable/Lili Sams The good Rattle-Snakes: Here, some flavors are clearly better than others. Take it from us: the white and red gummies are bright and fruity without being overly saccharine — a delightful experience. The other ones are a little more ... whatever. Image: Mashable/Lili Sams Happy Cherries: A classic fave in a lovely shape. Highly Instagrammable. However, it must be said: Happy Cherries are polarizing. Said one staffer, "They taste like bad breath to me." Surprising! Image: Mashable/Lili Sams Fruit Salad: The way these candies rattle around in the bag is unnerving. The grapefruit ones are the best. Image: Mashable/Lili SamsThe *chef's kiss* Sour S'ghetti: This tart, delicate masterpiece is the perfect candy to eat when you're watching TV alone in bed. Just shovel it into your mouth by the palmful. Image: Mashable/Lili Sams Happy Cola: A cola flavored gummy sounds w[...]


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Iran arrests Islamic State-linked group planning attacks: state TV

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:53:17 -0400

(image) Iranian security forces have arrested members of a group linked to Islamic State which had planned bombings and suicide attacks in religious centers, state television reported on Saturday. Intelligence Ministry agents "were able to arrest a group linked to Daesh (Islamic state) that intended to carry out terror operations in religious cities ..., and (seized) explosive and suicide attack equipment," the television said. The arrests came days after Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired missiles from western Iran into eastern Syria, aiming at bases of the Islamic State which had claimed responsibility for twin attacks that killed 18 people in Tehran on June 7.





Authorities: Texas mom left 2 kids in hot car as punishment

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:38:53 -0400

(image) WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman told investigators that she left her 2-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son in a hot car where they died last month to teach the girl a lesson and that they didn't lock themselves in, as she initially reported, according to sheriff's officials.



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Official results confirm Cambodian opposition gains

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:28:07 -0400

(image) Cambodian election authorities on Sunday released final results from this month's local polls, confirming that the opposition to the country's strongman leader made significant gains. More than seven million people voted on June 4, testing the political temperature of a country rife with tension between Prime Minister Hun Sen and an embattled opposition determined to end his more than three-decade rule. Hun Sen faces a national election next year and has vowed "civil war" if he is toppled.



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The prize-winning tech helping Ghana's farmers to grow

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:06:00 -0400

(image) Agyei Douglas is a farmer who grows vegetables near Kumasi in Ghana's central Ashanti region. For farmers, there are also weather forecasts, market prices and agricultural tips all offered as voice messages in local languages such as the Akan dialect Twi.



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Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:00:17 -0400

(image) MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach.



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How the CIA hacks computers that aren’t even connected to the internet

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:01:34 -0400

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Air-gapped computers are supposed to be ultra-secure PCs that can’t be infected with malware that spreads with the help of the internet. That’s because of these computers, often connected to sensitive machines, aren’t also connected to the internet. You’d think these systems would be impenetrable by remote attacks and would require a hacker to be in the same room with the PC. But, unsurprisingly, the CIA developed tools that can infect air-gapped computers.

Wikileaks on Thursday published more than 150 pages of materials that explain how the CIA used USB drives to sneak malware to the air-gapped machines. After all, even these computers need to exchange data, and the only way to do it is using USB drives or external hard drives.

A platform called Brutal Kangaroo contains tools that can be used to target computer systems not connected to the internet, Ars Technica explains. Drifting Deadline is a tool installed on a computer of interest. When a USB drive is connected to it, the tool will infect it with malware that would then be passed to the air-gapped computer.

These advanced malware versions would be able to infect air-gapped computer immediately after the USB drive is plugged in. Some of them required no user interaction and could be activated by default behaviors in Windows, such as Windows Explorer displaying icons, or the letter corresponding to the thumb drive that was just inserted.

Microsoft said it patched some of these vulnerabilities, and they don’t work on any of the supported versions of Windows.

The documentation says that the first infection — the deployment of Drifting Deadline — might need manual access to a computer, but Ars argues that intrepid hackers could find ways to deliver the malware to the computer that would be used to transmit it to a USB stick.



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China urges Afghans, Pakistan to form crisis-management mechanism

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:03:26 -0400

(image) By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - China's foreign minister has urged leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve relations and establish a crisis prevention and management mechanism during visits to both countries, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Foreign Minister Wang Yi was scheduled to speak in Islamabad on Sunday, a day after meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul. Wang said a three-way conference mechanism involving the two countries and China could promote dialogue and cooperation, the Chinese ministry said in a statement.



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