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Vietnam jails former PetroVietnam official for life, another for 13 years 21 Jan 2018, 11:27 pm

Vietnam jails former PetroVietnam official for life, another for 13 yearsA court in Vietnam sentenced one former official from state oil and gas group PetroVietnam to life in prison and another to 13 years on Monday for embezzlement and violating state rules amid a widespread corruption crackdown, state media said. Dinh La Thang, a former politburo official and the most senior Vietnamese politician to be tried in decades, was jailed for 13 years for violating state rules, the state-run Voice of Vietnam said.


Senate sets Monday Noon vote to end govt. shutdown 21 Jan 2018, 8:43 pm

Senate sets Monday Noon vote to end govt. shutdownChad Pergram has the details.


Alison Brie Talks Allegations Against Brother-In-Law James Franco At SAG Awards 21 Jan 2018, 6:44 pm

Alison Brie Talks Allegations Against Brother-In-Law James Franco At SAG AwardsAlison Brie addressed the sexual misconduct allegations waged against her brother-in-law James Franco during a red carpet interview at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards, saying that anyone who “feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward.”


'Tide Pod Challenge' takes serious turn for college student 21 Jan 2018, 6:38 pm

'Tide Pod Challenge' takes serious turn for college studentA dangerous social media stunt took a serious turn for one college student.


Football Fans Lose Faith In Humanity As Patriots Head To Another Super Bowl 21 Jan 2018, 6:27 pm

Football Fans Lose Faith In Humanity As Patriots Head To Another Super BowlFootball fans were utterly distressed Sunday night as the New England Patriots secured a spot in yet another Super Bowl.


See All The Looks From The 2018 SAG Awards Red Carpet 21 Jan 2018, 6:06 pm

See All The Looks From The 2018 SAG Awards Red CarpetThe stars brought their fashion A-game to the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night.


With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tally 21 Jan 2018, 2:20 pm

With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tallyThere were more than 25,000 murders across drug-ravaged Mexico in 2017, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data showed. Investigators opened 25,339 murder probes last year, up nearly 25 percent from the 2016 tally, interior ministry data released on Saturday showed. Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled vicious drug cartels that have increasingly splintered into smaller, more bloodthirsty, gangs.


Leaders to meet with white separatist town official in Maine 21 Jan 2018, 12:44 pm

Leaders to meet with white separatist town official in MainePORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Leaders in a Maine town said Sunday they will meet with their town manager, who has come under fire for espousing white separatist views.


Turpin family home was 'littered with faeces and dead cats and dogs' 21 Jan 2018, 12:31 pm

Turpin family home was 'littered with faeces and dead cats and dogs'Former Texan neighbours of David and Louise Turpin, the American couple whose 13 children were discovered chained and malnourished last week, have described a previous home littered with faeces, dead animals and a makeshift classroom. Ricky Vinyard, a tree feller from Rio Vista also told how one Christmas eight bikes arrived but remained untouched outside until they bleached in the sun.  And that one of the daughters once ran away from home, only to be returned to her parents by another local resident. “It was waist-deep in filth. There were dead dogs and cats in there,” he told the Los Angeles Times. He described how he found two Chihuahuas that had survived by eating waste from a mound of soiled nappies in a trailer behind the property where the children slept. “There were no beds, just mattresses." Inside the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home he said that: "There wasn’t a place that wasn’t filthy. “Everything had locks on it: the closet had locks, the toy chest, the refrigerator.” The Turpin parents have pleaded not guilty to charges of turture Credit:  Damian Dovarganes/ Damian Dovarganes Source: AP The couple, David 56 and Louise, 49, claimed to home-school their children, and the faeces-littered living room included eight small desks, a chalkboard, alphabet and number signs stapled to the wall. The family lived in the rural neighbourhood, south of Dallas with eight children from approximately 2000 to 2004 before they abandoned the property and moved to Perris in California. There, last week, both were each charged with multiple counts of torture, child abuse, the abuse of dependent adults and false imprisonment relating to the children aged from two to 29. They pleaded not guilty to all counts and are being held in custody on $9 million bail each. (£6.5m) David Turpin was also charged with one count of a lewd act on a child by force. If convicted, they face up to 94 years to life in prison. Facebook photos showed the family visited Las Vegas and Disneyland The new revelations came as a California politician began drafting legislation to give greater oversight of home-schooled children, in a bid to prevent a repeat of the horrors. Jose Medina told The Telegraph: “What happened in the city of Perris was tragic, and it was horrific. And I would like to try to do everything I can to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.” The Turpins' 13 children, aged between two and 29, had all, except the eldest, been exclusively home-schooled - meaning that, under California law, there was no outside contact. “One of the reasons this went undetected was because the parents could keep the children hidden from the public,” said Mr Medina. “So I’m looking at what the state can do, so that kids can no longer be kept in captivity.”Two million children in the US are home-schooled, representing three per cent of all American youngsters, according to the Mike Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). The trend began in the 1970s, he told The Telegraph, but has increased in recent years. By contrast, in the UK only 30,000 children were educated at home in the 2016/17 academic year, out of over eight million. 


Manifestaciones masivas en la segunda Marcha de las Mujeres 21 Jan 2018, 11:29 am

Manifestaciones masivas en la segunda Marcha de las MujeresMiles de personas participan en la “Marcha de las mujeres, en Washington, EEUU. EFE


Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress 21 Jan 2018, 11:02 am

Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In CongressHouse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday he wasn’t planning on leaving Congress any time soon, but he also didn’t disclose whether he will serve another term in the House of Representatives.


Canadian billionaire and his wife were murdered, private investigators say 21 Jan 2018, 10:34 am

Canadian billionaire and his wife were murdered, private investigators sayA billionaire and his wife found dead side-by-side were both murdered, a report by private investigators has said.


Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trial 21 Jan 2018, 10:19 am

Brash ex-Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke faces civil trialMILWAUKEE (AP) — Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's run-in with a 25-year-old man who shook his head at him while boarding a flight last year is headed to trial.


Ex-Revel customers tell what they want in new Ocean Resort 21 Jan 2018, 9:37 am

Ex-Revel customers tell what they want in new Ocean ResortATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There were many reasons why Atlantic City's former Revel casino failed after little more than two years in business, including its choking debt, an oversaturated casino market in the northeastern U.S., and a fundamental misreading of their main clientele.


Rev. Franklin Graham: If Trump succeeds, we all succeed 21 Jan 2018, 8:51 am

Rev. Franklin Graham: If Trump succeeds, we all succeedSamaritan's Purse president discusses the president's first year in office.


New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into Orbit 21 Jan 2018, 8:41 am

New Zealand Just Became The 11th Country To Send A Rocket Into OrbitNew Zealand successfully launched a rocket into orbit on Sunday, becoming the 11th country to achieve the feat.


Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV to debut in March at Geneva auto show 21 Jan 2018, 8:30 am

Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV to debut in March at Geneva auto showUnlike rival Rolls-Royce, which may go directly to an all-electric model in future, Bentley has set its sights on plug-in hybrids first—and the Bentayga luxury SUV will be the first one from the brand. The plug-in versions of the Bentley Bentayga is expected to debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, and will be capable of running solely on battery power and producing zero emissions for short periods of time. A dedicated electric mode will keep the internal combustion engine at bay, though the big, heavy luxury SUV is likely to cover only a mile or so at lower speeds on electric power alone.


With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down 21 Jan 2018, 8:17 am

With just 3 students, small-town high school closing downROCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — With just three students left attending high school here, junior Kimberly Taylor moves from one empty classroom to the next, taking mostly online classes or studying alone.


South Korea in a swoon as megastar from the North visits 21 Jan 2018, 5:33 am

South Korea in a swoon as megastar from the North visitsSouth Korea went into swoon mode Sunday -- at the feet of a party apparatchik from the North. Cameras followed her every move as the glamorous songstress swept through Seoul at the head of a North Korean delegation sent to inspect performance venues for the Pyeongchang Olympic Games. Believed to be in her late 30s or early 40s, Hyon is as close to a megastar as North Korea probably has.


This Is What The Future Of Legal Weed Looks Like 21 Jan 2018, 4:46 am

This Is What The Future Of Legal Weed Looks LikeThe green revolution is here ― and it’s mostly black, brown and female.


Anti-Abortion Harassment Goes Way Beyond Picketing Clinics 21 Jan 2018, 4:46 am

Anti-Abortion Harassment Goes Way Beyond Picketing Clinics“Can I pray for you?” a woman asked after I shared my abortion story at the Women’s March Convention in Detroit last year.


Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperation 21 Jan 2018, 2:20 am

Saudi Arabia calls for extending non-OPEC cooperationSaudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh on Sunday called for extending cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers beyond 2018 after a deal to shore up crude prices. This is the first time OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia explicitly calls for extending a 2016 deal between oil producers to cut back production to combat a global oil glut.


Trustee: MSU president should quit over sex assault scandal 20 Jan 2018, 11:08 pm

Trustee: MSU president should quit over sex assault scandalDETROIT (AP) — A Michigan State University trustee on Saturday called for the university president to quit over the school's handling of the sexual assault scandal involving former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.


U.S. Army helicopter crash in California kills two soldiers: official 20 Jan 2018, 10:15 pm

U.S. Army helicopter crash in California kills two soldiers: official(Reuters) - A U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter crashed early Saturday morning in California, killing two soldiers, a spokesman for the Army said. An investigation is ongoing into the crash of the AH-64 Apache helicopter on the sprawling National Training Center at Fort Irwin in southern California, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Brown, U.S. Army spokesman, said in a statement emailed to Reuters. Another Army spokesman said that the pilot and the co-pilot were killed, but did not give their names, saying their families had yet to be notified.


The Chinese Are on the Verge of Dominating a New Domain: Near Space 20 Jan 2018, 10:13 pm

The Chinese Are on the Verge of Dominating a New Domain: Near SpaceIn November 2017, the Chinese conducted two flight tests of an operational prototype of a missile known as the DF-17. The successful tests marked the end of a concerted — and successful — Chinese effort to exploit and dominate a new operating domain: near space. The genesis of the Chinese effort can be traced back to the so-called Third Taiwan Strait Crisis.


Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law 20 Jan 2018, 8:23 pm

Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax LawJust days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from billionaire energy mogul Charles Koch and his wife, according to a recent campaign donor report.


House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment Settlement 20 Jan 2018, 7:14 pm

House Ethics Committee Drops Republican Over Taxpayer-Funded Harassment SettlementA Republican tasked with fighting against sexual harassment in Congress secretly settled a misconduct complaint filed against him by a former aide, The New York Times first reported Saturday.


Trump Campaign Uses Shutdown To Accuse Democrats Of Being Complicit In Murder 20 Jan 2018, 6:06 pm

Trump Campaign Uses Shutdown To Accuse Democrats Of Being Complicit In MurderWASHINGTON ― It only took a government shutdown for President Donald Trump to return to his original campaign message: Undocumented immigrants are dangerous and out to get Americans.


Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensive 20 Jan 2018, 5:22 pm

Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensiveTurkey on Saturday launched a new air and ground operation to oust a Kurdish militia from their northern Syrian enclave, defying US warnings that the action risked further destabilising the area after almost seven years of civil war. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had repeatedly vowed that Turkey would root out the "nests of terror" in Syria of the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia which Turkey deems a terror organisation. Turkey's army said operation "Olive Branch" began at 1400 GMT and was aimed at the YPG and Islamic State (IS) jihadists.


The women who marched in 2018 20 Jan 2018, 4:37 pm

The women who marched in 2018One year into President Trump's administration, another Women's March. Here are scenes from the New York City event.


Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In Office 20 Jan 2018, 4:18 pm

Cable News Chyrons Tell The Bizarre Story Of Trump's First Year In OfficeDonald Trump has officially completed one full year as president, and holy moly what a year it’s been.


Las Vegas Shooter Was Germophobe and Possibly Bipolar, Records Show 20 Jan 2018, 3:53 pm

Las Vegas Shooter Was Germophobe and Possibly Bipolar, Records ShowPolice have learned more about Stephen Paddock


China says U.S. warship violated its South China Sea sovereignty 20 Jan 2018, 3:50 pm

China says U.S. warship violated its South China Sea sovereigntyA U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea this week, U.S. officials said on Saturday, and Beijing vowed to take "necessary measures" to protect its sovereignty. China's foreign ministry said USS Hopper missile destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island, which is also known as Scarborough Shoal and subject to a rival claim by the Philippines. It was the latest U.S. naval operation challenging extensive Chinese claims in the South China Sea and came even as U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.


Airstrikes pound Syria's Afrin as Turkey launches 'Operation Olive Branch' 20 Jan 2018, 3:25 pm

Airstrikes pound Syria's Afrin as Turkey launches 'Operation Olive Branch'By Mert Ozkan and Ellen Francis HASSA, Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey opened a new front in Syria's nearly seven-year-old war on Saturday, launching airstrikes against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise the prospect of a further strain on relations between Ankara and Washington. The operation, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch" by Ankara, pits Turkey against Kurdish fighters allied to the United States at a time when ties between Turkey and Washington - NATO allies and members of the coalition against Islamic State - appear dangerously close to a breaking point.


Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry Seaborn 20 Jan 2018, 3:23 pm

Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry SeabornEd Sheeran announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn on Saturday in an Instagram post that was pretty darn adorable.


Cardinal rebukes pope over Chile 'slander' comments on abuse 20 Jan 2018, 2:48 pm

Cardinal rebukes pope over Chile 'slander' comments on abuseLIMA, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis' top adviser on clerical sex abuse implicitly rebuked the pontiff for having accused Chilean victims of slander, saying Saturday that his words were "a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse."


12-Year-Old Boy With Flu-Like Symptoms Dies After Virus Test Comes Back Negative 20 Jan 2018, 12:33 pm

12-Year-Old Boy With Flu-Like Symptoms Dies After Virus Test Comes Back NegativeHis family is waiting for the autopsy results.


Turkey launches offensive against Syrian city held by US-backed Kurdish forces 20 Jan 2018, 11:39 am

Turkey launches offensive against Syrian city held by US-backed Kurdish forcesTurkish warplanes stuck residential parts of Syria’s Afrin on Saturday, forcing people to hole up in their homes and shelters, as Ankara launched an offensive to smash positions held by US-backed Kurdish forces. Hevi Mustafa, a top member of the civilian administration that governs the city in the northwest of Syria, said several wounded people had arrived in the hospitals. "As of this moment our brave armed forces have started the aerial offensive to eliminate the PYD and PKK and Daesh elements in Afrin," said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, referring to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party and the Kurdistan Worker's Party respectively, and using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. Associated Press journalists at the Turkish border saw at least five jets heading toward Afrin. They also witnessed a convoy of buses, believed to be carrying Syrian opposition fighters, traveling along the border across from Afrin. The convoy included trucks mounted with machine guns. A senior Turkish official said the jets hit positions held by US-backed SDF militias. The militias had said any attack would be “sudden and unjustified” and “breathe new life” into Islamic State. Turkey has been shelling the area for two days, while Syria had warned it would shoot down any Turkish planes over its territory. Ankara, which claims the offensive will provide safety to its Turkey’s borders and the region, informed foreign governments involved in Syria about the attack, which began at 5pm local time and has been codenamed Operation Olive Branch. A military aircraft of Turkish Air Force lands at the Incirlik 10th Tanker Base Command in Saricam district, in Adana after Turkish military started the''Operation Olive Branch'' in Afrin on January 20, 2018. Credit: Anadolu Agency  Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has discussed Turkey's military offensive in Syria with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Separately, Turkey's chief of military staff Hulusi Akar spoke with his US and Russian counterparts, Turkish media reports said. Ministry officials said Saturday Tillerson requested a telephone conversation with Cavusoglu. They did not provide further details. Graphic: Areas of control in Syria Saturday's attack follows Turkish anger at a US announcement of plans to create a 30,000 Kurdish-led "border security force" along the border of Turkey. Tillerson later said the US plans were "misrepresented," in an apparent bid to appease Turkey. Russia has removed its military observers  from the Kurdish-run city. Moscow has said it will demand Turkey halt military operation in Afrin in support of its Syrian allies. At 7.30pm local time, Russia pulled back troops deployed close to Afrin to Tell-Afjar, which is within the de-escalation zone established in September. The Defence Ministry said the decisions was made “to prevent possible provocations” and to “exclude the threat to life and health of Russian servicemen”. Rojhat Roj, a spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish militia group, confirmed that a Turkish plane struck Afrin city. Smoke rises from the Syria's Afrin region, as it is pictured from near the Turkish town of Hassa, on the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province Credit: Osman Orsal/Reuters  


Texas judge pushes jury for acquittal in child trafficking case, saying God told him to do it 20 Jan 2018, 10:26 am

Texas judge pushes jury for acquittal in child trafficking case, saying God told him to do itDistrict judge Jack Robison interrupted jurors’ deliberations to say they should not convict 32-year-old Gloria Elizabeth Romero Perez. Judge Robison then reportedly recused himself for the remainder of proceedings. Perez, of Buda, Texas, was convicted anyway on one count of continuous traffic of a person and jailed for 25 years, the site said.


Flu Season in the U.S. Is Getting Worse 20 Jan 2018, 10:07 am

Flu Season in the U.S. Is Getting Worse"This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought"


Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet 20 Jan 2018, 8:35 am

Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabetKazakhstan's quarter-century struggle to assert its autonomy from former overlord Russia has hit an unlikely snag: the lowly apostrophe.  A vast but sparsely populated country wedged between Russia and China, Kazakhstan came under the rule of its northern neighbour as Russia and Britain jostled for control of Central Asia in the Great Game. It also came under its linguistic influence, and to this day, many Kazakhs speak more Russian than their Turkic native tongue.  This became especially concerning after Russian state media, which remain popular in Kazakhstan, helped whip up Russian-speaking separatists to fight government forces in Ukraine in 2014. In April, Kazakhstan's president of 27 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ordered the government to prepare a new Kazakh alphabet based on Latin characters and ditch the one based on Russia's Cyrillic script, which the Soviets implemented in 1940. He has said this will give Kazakhstan “real independence” and help it join the “information world”. But a cumbersome version of the new alphabet chosen by Mr Nazarbayev last autumn has sparked rare dissent in this authoritarian country due to its ample apostrophes. Of 32 letters in the alphabet, nine are written with an apostrophe. Mr Nazarbayev meets with Vladimir Putin in December. He has tried to gently assert Kazakhstan's independence from its former overlord Credit: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP An “against apostrophes” hashtag soon appeared on social media. So did a “No to Kazakh Latinisation with apostrophes!” Change.org petition in October, which was briefly blocked. Film director Saken Zholdas made a video explaining how inconvenient the apostrophes were.  “With this decision, we are unintentionally, or maybe intentionally, killing the brand of Kazakh language once and for all,” he said. The problem lies in the need to differentiate related but distinct Kazakh sounds, such as a long and short “a,” or consonants similar to “s” and “sh”.  Setting them apart with an apostrophe allows the alphabet to be typed on a standard Latin keyboard, but also produces odd flurries of punctuation and many eyesore words. For instance, the word for “bottle,” pronounced “shisha,” is written “s'i's'a”, while “east,” pronounced “shyghys,” becomes “s'yg'ys”. Those are hardly the worst: The word for “skier” will be “s'an'g'ys'y” and that for “crucial” will be “s'es'u's'i”. The Republic of Kazakhstan will be written “Qazaqstan Respy’bli’kasy”. The palace of peace and reconciliation designed by Norman Foster in Astana, Kazakhstan Credit: Sergei Bobylev/\TASS via Getty Images Some have speculated that Mr Nazarbayev picked the apostrophes to keep Kazakh distinct from the Latinised alphabets of other Turkic languages and placate Russia, which since Soviet times has feared pan-Turkic movements along its southern border.  “The guy just liked it, and since our country is this way, no one in government can tell the president no,” Aidos Sarym, a political analyst who previously served on a state working group on Latinisation, told The Telegraph.  Last month, Mr Nazarbayev said while the new apostrophes had caused “much discussion,” this version was the right one because it suited computer keyboards.  But at the same time it complicates web searches and social media hashtags, where an apostrophe between letters splits them into separate words.  “From a technical point of view, apostrophes create more problems than they solve,” said political analyst Dosym Satpayev. Mr Nazarbayev appears with Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday. He has tried to balance relations with the United States, Russia and China Credit: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg In his video, Mr Zholdas suggested replacing the apostrophes with accent marks over the nine letters in question, a move he said could be supported by 70 per cent of computer fonts. Despite the defence of his version in December, Mr Nazarbayev also said there was still time to “work with the new alphabet” before the country switches over fully in 2025, giving hope that he could eventually relax his stance. “He wants to go into history … as the father of the new Latin Kazakh alphabet,” Mr Sarym said. “You can choose any version and let it be called the Nazarbayev version, but do it right so there aren't problems now, and so that tomorrow we won't have to do an upgrade.”


Government shutdown: What's closed, who's affected 20 Jan 2018, 8:29 am

Government shutdown: What's closed, who's affectedWASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they'll be able to return to work and how long they'll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown.


Could the U.S. Navy Destroy North Korea? 20 Jan 2018, 8:17 am

Could the U.S. Navy Destroy North Korea?The navy can contribute to a joint or multinational campaign that destroys the Northern regime or its armed forces. How can the U.S. Navy destroy North Korea should Washington give the word? What the navy can do is contribute to a joint or multinational campaign that destroys the Northern regime or its armed forces.


Trump's Biggest Con May Be The One He Has Played On American Workers 20 Jan 2018, 7:00 am

Trump's Biggest Con May Be The One He Has Played On American WorkersThe Donald Trump presidency is now one year old and in many respects ― the unhinged tweeting, the contempt for democratic norms, the potential collusion with a hostile foreign power ― it has been unlike any presidency in history.


Pentagon’s proposed nuclear strategy elevates cyberattacks to a terrifying new realm 20 Jan 2018, 7:00 am

Pentagon’s proposed nuclear strategy elevates cyberattacks to a terrifying new realmIt's the fall of 2019 and America is paralyzed. A wave of cyberattacks have crippled America's banks, sent a blackout rolling across the East Coast, and disabled almost all U.S. internet infrastructure.  America's response is nuclear. A submarine off the coast of North Korea launches ballistic missiles at the tiny, reclusive country, marking the first use of nuclear weapons in battle since 1945. In response, China and Russia prepare for war, and the world watches as an all-out nuclear exchange is suddenly a very real proposition.  This scenario, previously impossible, would be just one of the many that the U.S. government would have to prepare for under the Pentagon's new proposals for how to respond to cyberattacks.  The recently released draft of the Pentagon's proposed nuclear strategy shows an administration bullish on nuclear weapons — even for "non-nuclear" attacks like a cyberattack or hack. This is the first time a U.S. administration has sought to enshrine in policy that cyberattacks against America could result in nuclear war.  Experts warn this is a dangerous, slippery slope toward a nuclear exchange that, once started, is difficult to limit or stop. Richard A. Clarke, former national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection and counter-terrorism under President George W. Bush, said the proposed policy is, in a word, insane.  "I think it’s cavalier to expand the concept of nuclear weapons use," he said. "It’s insane, actually." Clarke was quick to point out that cyberattacks can never match the potential fatalities of a nuclear bomb. "I think there is a very dangerous policy move to expand the scope of things that would allow us to use nuclear weapons," he said. "Nuclear weapons is a last resort — not something we should contemplate doing unless we absolutely have to." On a strategic level it's also flawed, he said. It's too dangerous — the effects of nuclear winter are no joke — and it's not credible to believe the U.S. would respond to something like an infrastructure attack with nukes.  "It just makes no sense whatsoever," Clarke said. Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshare Fund, called the proposed strategy plans "absurd." In a phone call, the anti-nuclear advocate said a nuclear response  would be disproportionate to the threat of a cyberattack. "Under this policy, the Trump administration would feel justified in using nuclear weapons on (Russia meddling in the election)," he said. One part that stood out of the draft report, known as the Nuclear Posture Review, first published in a non-classified form on The Huffington Post, was the mention of "significant non-nuclear strategic attacks." This seems to imply that the U.S. could retaliate with nukes against an attack on U.S. infrastructure, such as the power system. Other methods of retaliation would still be considered, but this is the first time cyberattacks would trigger a nuclear response, as The NewYork Times reported. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump brags his 'nuclear button' is bigger than Kim Jong Un's The prospect of using nuclear weapons against a cyberattack appears extreme but also highlights just how seriously some experts are taking the prospect of modern cyberwar. Cirincione said cyberattacks can be extremely dangerous, but hacks on systems controlling trains, dams or power supplies don't warrant this response. He sees the plan as an attempt to justify more use of nuclear weapons.  "If the only tool you have is a nuclear weapon, every mission is a massive threat," he said. Jeffrey Knopf, professor of nonproliferation and terrorism studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, said in a phone call the proposal is a terrible idea that's "an excuse to keep and build new nuclear weapons." "Nuclear taboo" has kept nations from nuking each other for decades, but with this plan the U.S. is willing to break that over something like a cyberattack, Knopf said. This proposal is also telling about the administration's struggles to deter cyberwarfare. The Pentagon is essentially "throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks," Knopf said. The White House is still reviewing the strategy and a final version isn't expected for several weeks. The leaked version may change in coming weeks, and ultimately the review is a "wish list," as Knopf called it. For real policy changes to actually come from the updated nuclear guidance, Congress would need to pass budgets and funding. It's not a quick path to implementation. Clarke, the former White House cybersecurity czar, can't fathom how the Trump administration is using cybersecurity for nuclear justification. He says over the years this type of policy has been "rejected by everyone except the lunatic fringe." Maybe so, but like on many policy issues these days, it seems the lunatic fringe has crept into mainstream thinking.  WATCH: The most difficult kind of computer systems to hack


Iraqi parliament postpones vote on election date 20 Jan 2018, 6:45 am

Iraqi parliament postpones vote on election dateIraq's parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home. Shi'ite politicians, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, insist on holding the election as planned on May 12, saying a delay would be against the constitution. Speaking after Saturday's session in Baghdad, Parliamentary Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, expressed hope that parliament would be able to vote on an election date by Monday, state TV reported.


Don't Let Dishonest Don Erase Honest Abe 20 Jan 2018, 4:45 am

Don't Let Dishonest Don Erase Honest AbeMichael Wolff’s blistering account of the Trump administration’s first year, Fire and Fury, prompted what has now become the president’s routine response to anyone who criticizes him.


Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking 20 Jan 2018, 3:18 am

Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife traffickingThai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth around $1 million from Africa to Thailand.


Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest Reworking 20 Jan 2018, 3:06 am

Donald Trump's 'Screaming' Face On A Newspaper Stack Gets The Funniest ReworkingA photo-editing battle has erupted over this somewhat unsettling snap of President Donald Trump’s face on a stack of German newspapers: PsBattle: Trump screaming in a stack of newspapers from photoshopbattles The viral image was actually part of an advertising campaign for the Der Tagesspiegel newspaper back in 2016, reports AdWeek.


Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose Gets Woke Over Devin Nunes; Twitter Roars 20 Jan 2018, 1:42 am

Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose Gets Woke Over Devin Nunes; Twitter RoarsGuns N’ Roses’ frontman Axl Rose had an incredibly pithy take Friday on Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)


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