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UK protests over access to Twitter data

26 Apr

Image copyright AFP Image caption The government has said it is “protesting” against the decision to restrict access to data The British government is protesting against Twitter’s decision to withdraw access to user data used to investigate potential terrorist plots. The information was previously used by the police and the MI5 intelligence agency. However, the […]

Game guide malware ‘targeted more than 500,000 users’

26 Apr

Image copyright AFP Image caption Android devices were targeted by the apps, which can download malicious software once installed App-based guides for games, including Fifa and Pokemon Go, were used to target more than 500,000 Android users with malware, a cyber-security company has said. The apps, discovered on the Google Play Store, were designed to […]

Russia says U.S. missile strike on Syria was a threat to its forces

26 Apr

MOSCOW Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu complained on Wednesday that a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base earlier this month had posed a threat to Russian troops and was forcing Moscow to take extra measures to protect them. Speaking at a security conference in Moscow, Shoigu restated Russia’s view that the strike — […]

Thames bashes way into Brewers’ record book

26 Apr

MILWAUKEE – Eric Thames is bashing his way into the Milwaukee Brewers’ record book. No adjustment period necessary for the bushy-bearded first baseman in his first season back in the majors after three years playing ball in South Korea. With a two-run shot on Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, Thames upped his major league-leading […]

Decision on Sharapova’s status for French Open to come May 16

26 Apr

PARIS – Maria Sharapova will find out next month if she can compete at the French Open. French tennis federation president Bernard Giudicelli said Tuesday that the announcement will be made on Facebook on May 16 at 7 p.m. local time. “The only guarantee I gave her is to call her beforehand,” Guidicelli said without […]

China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier

26 Apr

China launched its first indigenously built aircraft carrier Wednesday in a move that showcases the country’s growing maritime clout amid simmering tensions over the disputed South and East China seas. The 50,000-ton carrier was transferred from a dry dock into the water at a launch ceremony at the Dalian shipyard in the northeastern province of […]

Reconstruction chief Imamura resigns over latest Tohoku gaffe

26 Apr

The minister for disaster reconstruction, Masahiro Imamura, stepped down Wednesday over a gaffe that has enraged Tohoku residents. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rushed to limit political damage by immediately appointing a Fukushima lawmaker to replace him. “Yesterday Minister Imamura made extremely inappropriate remarks in a speech that badly hurt the feelings of people in the […]

Bullying keeps youth suicides high in Japan

26 Apr

Bullying and suicide first entered Japanese national discourse in 1986, when a 13-year-old boy hanged himself in a shopping centre toilet after repeated bullying at school that included a mock funeral that teachers took part in. One of the latest cases involved a 13-year-old girl who jumped in front of a train after enduring more […]

High court rejects appeal by teachers refused work for not standing and singing national anthem

26 Apr

The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by three former school teachers who claimed it was unreasonable they were banned from working part time after retirement because they had in the past refused to stand and sing the national anthem. The Tokyo District Court also rejected their appeal in April 2016. The three […]

NASCAR star Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 season

26 Apr

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season Tuesday, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base. Colorful, candid and talented, Earnhardt has been plagued by concussions the last several years and he missed half […]