December 2016


FBI and Homeland Security detail Russian hacking campaign in new report

Experts say report is too little too late and comes after several others from private sector detailing alleged exploits of groups Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI have released an analysis of the allegedly Russian government-sponsored hacking groups blamed for breaching several different parts of the Democratic […]

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Theresa May criticises John Kerry’s ‘inappropriate’ comments on Israel

PMs spokesman says it was unfitting for US secretary of state to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally Theresa May has distanced the UK from Washington over John Kerrys condemnation of Israel, in comments that appear to be designed to build bridges with the incoming Trump administration. Kerry, the outgoing […]

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Trump New York co-chair won’t resign despite racist remarks about Obamas

Carl Paladino, who said he wanted to see president dead of mad cow disease and first lady living with a gorilla, will not resign despite school board voting him out The Trump presidential campaign New York co-chair who made inflammatory and racist statements about Barack and Michelle Obama says he will not resign from the […]

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After 130 years of obscurity, Myanmar’s forgotten royals make a comeback

The descendants of exiled King Thibaw sense a revival and hope to bring his body home a century after he died in India Soe Win has never lived in a palace or held court, and his previous job was managing Myanmars under-19s football team. Sometimes we forget that we are royal family members, said the […]

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Australian pub apologises and removes sexist banners used to promote ‘frat party’

The Brass Monkey hotel in Perth was accused of promoting rape culture with New Years Eve signs An Australian pub has apologised after suggestive banners hung from its balcony appearing to reference sexual assault on campus prompted a community backlash. The Brass Monkey Hotel in Northbridge, Perth, drew criticism for hanging homemade banners from its […]

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Sherlock’s future in doubt as stars’ Hollywood schedules fill

Benedict Cumberbatch says his character in BBC1 drama, back on Sunday for possibly its last series, is becoming less of a dick The growing Hollywood success of Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman could mean that the next series, which begins on Sunday night, is the last to be filmed. Mark Gatiss, the co-creator […]

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A Monster Calls review Liam Neeson stars in sweet, sad fantasy

Neeson voices a monster who helps a bullied boy cope with his mothers terminal illness in a dramatic, affecting tale JA Bayona, director of Let the Right One In, Ted Hughess The Iron Man; theres also a briefly visible model of Frankensteins monster, maybe alluding to Victor Erices The Spirit of the Beehive. It is […]

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Jrgen Klopp hails Pep Guardiola for choosing difficult Premier League

Liverpools German manager said his Manchester City counterpart took a risk but added that his clear philosophy stands him in good stead Jrgen Klopp has said Pep Guardiola deserves credit for testing a fantastic career in the Premier League when easier options were available to the former Bayern Munich manager. The two Bundesliga-winning coaches face […]

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Times Square to be sealed off by dozens of garbage trucks for New Year’s Eve

Sand-filled trucks and thousands of police officers will be used to thwart attacks like those in which suspected Islamic militants drove trucks into holiday crowds New York City will deploy sand-filled trucks and thousands of police officers as part of a plan to protect revelers at this years New Years Eve celebrations in Times Square, […]

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Thatcher’s resignation shocked politicians in US and USSR, files show

Emotional Henry Kissinger called to say it was worse than a death in the family and Soviet ambassador reported consternation Margaret Thatchers resignation as British prime minister provoked tears in Washington and consternation in Moscow, according to a secret Downing Street file released on Friday. Henry Kissinger rang Downing Street in a very emotional state […]

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