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Ex-national security adviser 'defies Senate Russia inquiry'

Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump’s fired national security adviser is refusing to hand over files to a Senate panel probing alleged Russian political meddling. According to US media, Michael Flynn will invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination. The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and Kremlin. Mr Flynn stood down in February after it emerged he lied about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. The Senate committee issued a subpoena – a legal summons – two weeks ago to obtain ...

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Donald Trump visits Israel amid tight security

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories, as he continues his first foreign trip. He flies in from Saudi Arabia, a key US ally, where he gave a speech to Arab and Muslim leaders at a summit. Mr Trump will hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders during the course of his two-day stop. The president has called an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement “the ultimate deal”, but has been vague about what form it should take. He has said ...

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FCC security manhandles a Washington reporter trying to ask a question

Journalist arrested after questioning Secretary Price Another journalist has been manhandled by security while trying to ask a public official questions. Now the National Press Club is worried about a trend, and has called on reporters to speak up if they’re mistreated. On Thursday, veteran Washington reporter John Donnelly was pinned against a wall by two security guards at the Federal Communications Commission headquarters when he approached FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to ask a question after a press conference. This is at least the second time a reporter has been ...

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Global cyber-attack: Security blogger halts ransomware 'by accident'

Media playback is unsupported on your device A UK security researcher has told the BBC how he “accidentally” halted the spread of the malicious ransomware that has affected hundreds of organisations, including the UK’s NHS. The 22-year-old man, known by the pseudonym MalwareTech, had taken a week off work, but decided to investigate the ransomware after hearing about the global cyber-attack. He managed to bring the spread to a halt when he found what appeared to be a “kill switch” in the rogue software’s code. “It was actually partly accidental,” ...

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Major Intel Security Flaw Is More Serious Than First Thought

Last week, news broke of a serious security flaw in Intel business chipsets dating back seven years. The flaw, which doesn’t affect consumer hardware, concerned products with Intel’s Active Management Technology, Intel’s Small Business Technology, and Intel Standard Manageability. Intel’s description of the flaw is as follows: There is an escalation of privilege vulnerability in Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT), Intel® Standard Manageability (ISM), and Intel® Small Business Technology versions firmware versions 6.x, 7.x, 8.x 9.x, 10.x, 11.0, 11.5, and 11.6 that can allow an unprivileged attacker to gain control ...

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French election: Security alerts as campaigning ends

Separate security alerts in and around Paris have marred the final day of campaigning ahead of Sunday’s French presidential election. A suspected radical Islamist possessing weapons and a pledge of allegiance to IS was arrested north of the capital. And Greenpeace activists scaled the Eiffel Tower to unfurl a banner, sparking an emergency police meeting. Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron will take on far-right rival, Marine Le Pen, in Sunday’s final round of the poll. Various opinion polls have suggested a lead of 20 percentage points or more for Mr Macron. ...

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$61 million set to be approved for Trump family security

Congress strikes budget deal, shutdown averted Congress is set to approve $ 61 million to reimburse local police departments for protecting President Donald Trump and the first family when they travel outside of Washington. The vast majority of those funds will be sent to New York City, where first lady Melania Trump and their 10-year old son Barron still live full time. The money includes $ 20 million covering the period from the election to the inauguration on Jan. 20. Another $ 41 million will cover the period from inauguration ...

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France votes for new president amid high security

Voters are going to the polls in France to choose their next president, amid high security following a deadly attack on Paris police three days ago. About 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers are being deployed across the country to secure polling. Eleven candidates are vying to be the country’s next president, with leading candidates spanning the political spectrum from far-left to far-right. The two with the most votes will go to a run-off round in a fortnight’s time. Polling stations in France opened at 08:00 local time (06:00 GMT), although ...

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Iraqi security forces hold defensive line in Mosul

The Iraqi government has issued instructions to residents of Mosul on how to stay safe as forces prepare for an assault on the city which has been held by militants from the so-called Islamic state since 2014. The BBC’s Jonathan Beale reports as soldiers try to retake the al-Nuri Mosque, where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi first appeared after the declaration of the caliphate. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Home

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Steve Bannon loses National Security Council seat

President Donald Trump has removed his senior strategist Steve Bannon from the US National Security Council (NSC). The appointment in January raised fears that the circle of US intelligence chiefs was being politicised. A White House aide said the reshuffle was not a demotion for Mr Bannon, who used to head up Breitbart News. The aide said Mr Bannon was only given a seat on the NSC to keep an eye on National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired in February. Steve Bannon: Who is Trump’s key adviser? Trump’s ...

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