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Former US Justice Department official warns Europe on election hacking

SAN FRANCISCO: A former Justice Department official who served in the Obama administration said European countries must be willing to respond forcefully to efforts by Russia or others to use cyber attacks to meddle in their elections, saying the U.S. response fell short. Former Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, who ran the national security division… Read More »

Suicide bomber kills 7, wounds 20 in Afghan provincial capital – official

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan: A suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded 20 others outside a bank in the capital city of Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Saturday, the governor’s office said on Saturday. The bomber detonated an explosives-packed car next to an Afghan army vehicle as soldiers arrived at a bank in Lashkar Gah to collect… Read More »

Brexit is opportunity to pull Europe closer together – EU official

NEW YORK: The European Union Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator on Monday said Britain’s decision to make a clean break from the EU was an opportunity to reform Europe and avoid a further breakdown in ties between its remaining member states. Former Belgian Prime Minister and member of the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt also said the… Read More »

US reviewing invitation to Syria talks in Kazakhstan – official

WASHINGTON: The United States is reviewing an invitation to attend upcoming talks on the Syria conflict in the Kazakh capital, Astana, later this month, a State Department official said on Thursday. “We did get an invitation, and it’s under review,” the official told Reuters after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying the… Read More »

FIFA proposes Americas-wide qualifying contest for 2026, says official

REUTERS: FIFA has proposed merging the CONCACAF and South American qualifiers as part of its plans to expand the 2026 World Cup, a leading official from the region said in a newspaper interview. Venezuelan Football Federation president Laureano Gonzalez said the idea for the merger had come from FIFA president Gianni Infantino. Gonzalez, who is… Read More »

Turkey targets foster families in post-coup crackdown – official

ANKARA: Turkish authorities are investigating foster families for suspected ties to a failed coup and may remove children from homes if their guardians are found to be supporters of the putsch, a government official said on Monday. The government has so far detained or dismissed 125,000 people over alleged links to the network of Fethullah… Read More »

Russia moving nuclear-capable missiles into Kaliningrad – US intelligence official

WASHINGTON: Russia is moving nuclear-capable missiles into Kaliningrad, a tiny Russian enclave sitting between Poland and Lithuania, a U.S. intelligence official said Friday, confirming Estonian news reports. Russia’s reasons for shipping the 500-kilometer-range Iskander-M missiles to Kaliningrad “could be innocuous,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They moved a similar missile system… Read More »

UN goals to cure global woes are beacon for troubled nations, official says

UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nations grappling with conflict and discord may be too absorbed by their own troubles to tackle goals set out by the United Nations to fight poverty, inequality and other global woes, a top U.N. official said on Wednesday. For those nations, the U.N.’s ambitious set of global objectives will… Read More »