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Israeli firm can steal phone data in seconds

Petah Tikva, Israel, Nov 23, 2016 (AFP) -It only takes a few seconds for an employee of one of the world’s leading hacking companies to take a locked smartphone and pull the data from it. Israeli firm Cellebrite’s technology provides a glimpse of a world of possibilities accessible to security …

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Prayers return to Iraqi monastery ravaged by IS

Khidr Ilyas, Iraq, Nov 23, 2016 (AFP) -Father Charbel Issu stands before a shattered altar, spreads out his hands and begins leading a group of Kalashnikov-wielding militia fighters in prayer. “Our father who art in heaven,” they chant. “Hallowed be thy name.” On the wall in front of them, graffiti …

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Drug dealer says he gave money to Philippine senator, police

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A self-confessed drug dealer, whose father was killed in an alleged gun fight in prison, has testified before a Philippine Senate investigation that he provided police officials and an opposition senator millions of pesos in protection money. Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. said Wednesday that he gave …

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Trump signals end to Clinton investigations

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a campaign filled with Donald Trump’s denunciations of “Crooked Hillary” Clinton, the president-elect declared Tuesday that “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons; I really don’t,” and a top adviser said he had no interest in pursuing further investigations. Trump also said he saw no potential …

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‘Senior Al-Qaeda leader’ killed in US strike in Syria: Pentagon

Washington, Nov 22, 2016 (AFP) -A US drone strike has killed a senior Al-Qaeda leader in Syria who previously operated in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Tuesday. The November 18 strike near Sarmada in northwestern Syria targeted Abu Afghan al-Masri, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said. “He had ties to …

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One person killed, seven wounded S. Saudi Arabia in Houthis’ attack

JEDDAH, Nov 22 (KUNA) — One person was killed and seven others injured when projectiles fired from inside Yemeni territories hit a shopping center in the Saudi southern city of Najran on Tuesday, an official spokesman said. Captain Abdulkhaleq Al-Qahtani, of the Civil Defense Directorate, said civil defense teams rushed …

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HIV-positive man jailed for two years over sex ritual: judge

Nsanje, Malawi, Nov 22, 2016 (AFP) – An HIV-positive Malawian man who said he had sex with at least 100 girls and women in traditional cleansing rituals was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail for “harmful practices”. “I convict you to serve 24 months’ imprisonment,” judge Innocent Nebi told …

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Lufthansa cancels nearly 900 flights over pilot strike

Frankfurt am Main, Nov 22, 2016 (AFP) – Germany’s flagship carrier Lufthansa said it would cancel nearly 900 flights on Wednesday because of a strike by pilots, causing travel disruptions for tens of thousands of passengers in the latest escalation of a long-simmering pay dispute. The 24-hour stoppage, called by …

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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis fined for ball tampering

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been found guilty of ball tampering and fined 100 percent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council. Du Plessis escaped a suspension which would have prevented him from playing in the third test against Australia starting Thursday …

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Kuwaiti women conquer judiciary in ’16 elections

KUWAIT, Nov 22 (KUNA) — Following on political, economic and social achievements, the Kuwaiti woman is conquering the judiciary through heading and supervising 2016 parliament elections’ committees. Assigning 22 female prosecutors in 2015 had paved the way for such participation. The elections are slated for November 26. The participation of …

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