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U.S. and UK intelligence target airborne phone calls - report | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.S. and UK intelligence target airborne phone calls - report | Reuters

PARIS American and British spies have since 2005 been working on intercepting phone calls and data transfers made from aircraft, France's Le Monde newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing documents from former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.According to the report, also carried by the investigative website The Intercept, Air France (AIRF.PA) was targeted early on in the projects undertaken by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart, GCHQ, after the airline conducted a test of phone communication based on the second-generation GSM standard in 2007.That test was done before the ability to use phones aboard aircraft became widespread.GCHQ declined to comment and the NSA had no immediate comment, but Le Monde reported it as saying that its intelligence activities were lawful.Air France said in a statement that the report was "erroneous", and noted that it still does not allow voice communication aboard its planes. #science #Europe #markets #United Kingdom #President
Italy PM Renzi resigns, president to consult with parties | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Italy PM Renzi resigns, president to consult with parties | Reuters

ROME Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tendered his resignation to the head of state on Wednesday following a weekend referendum in which Italians resoundingly rejected his proposed constitutional reforms.President Sergio Mattarella asked Renzi to carry on in a caretaker capacity while he holds consultations with the political parties to decide the next steps, a statement from the president's office said.The consultations will begin on Thursday at 1700 GMT and are due to end on Saturday afternoon. After the consultations Mattarella is widely expected to ask a member of Renzi's cabinet, or a politician from his Democratic Party to try to form a new government. Elections are due in 2018 but many politicians are calling for them to be held earlier #United States #Economy #Business #Middle East #United Kingdom #article
Aleppo displaced hide out in last rebel districts as army closes in | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Aleppo displaced hide out in last rebel districts as army closes in | Reuters

By John Davison | BEIRUT BEIRUT Years of siege conditions mean the citizens living in rebel-held parts of Aleppo are accustomed to danger, fear and tragedy. But as the Syrian army close in on the ruined streets of the Old City, they face some unbearable choices."I feel this is the end," Reem, a mother of two children, said via patchy internet connection from a rebel held district of the historic city centre. Cold and a lack of water had made her children ill and the family was surviving on one meal a day."We've long accepted that if we die we die, from barrel bombs and so on, but now we're scared that the army will come in and take my husband."The options facing Reem and others caught up in the rapid government advance are bleak: men of fighting age could be arrested whether they stay put or head to government-held districts. #United States #India #Syria #Middle East #Russia #United Kingdom #graphics
Assange releases testimony from London questioning, says he is innocent | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Assange releases testimony from London questioning, says he is innocent | Reuters

STOCKHOLM Wikileaks founder Julian Assange released on Wednesday his testimony from last month's London questioning in a Swedish rape investigation, saying he was innocent and that it was clear the sex was consensual.Assange, 45, has been holed up at Ecuador's London embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden for the investigation of allegations, which he denies, that he committed rape in 2010."You have been found to have subjected me to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. You have denied me effective legal representation in this process," Assange said in the testimony.He was questioned for two days at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in November #India #Australia #Middle East #science #Europe #United Kingdom
Bangladeshi slum kids work over 60 hours a week to make clothes - research | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Bangladeshi slum kids work over 60 hours a week to make clothes - research | Reuters

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One third of children living in the slums of Bangladesh's capital spend more than 60 hours a week making clothes for the garment sector, well beyond the legal working limit, a London-based thinktank said on Wednesday. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said 32 percent of children aged between 10 and 14 living in Dhaka's slum settlements were out of school and engaged in full-time work in clothing factories - according to a survey of 2,700 children."Our survey raises serious concerns over the issue of child labour in the supply of garments from factories in Bangladesh to consumers in Europe, the U.S #Legal #Fashion #Middle East #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment #lifestyle
Brexit: Theresa May agrees to chalk out plan before formal exit talks

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : AFP

Category : World

Brexit: Theresa May agrees to chalk out plan before formal exit talks

Theresa May indicated that she would accept demands by lawmakers to publish her plan for Brexit before starting formal exit talks, as long as they accept her timetable for leaving the EU. #Supreme Court #European Union #Bahrain #Britain #United Kingdom #Labour Party #Theresa May #Conservative Party #House of Commons #Brexit #Steve Baker
U.S. courts look ahead to Trump as Obama cases fizzle | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.S. courts look ahead to Trump as Obama cases fizzle | Reuters

By Lawrence Hurley | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's legal defence of some key initiatives including his signature healthcare law is collapsing as courts put cases on hold until after President-elect Donald Trump, hostile to the policies, assumes office on Jan. 20.The pending conservative legal challenges could undo important elements of Obama's presidential legacy if Trump, as expected, opts not to defend the Obama policies in court or simply ditches the initiatives that are under attack.Since Trump's election on Nov. 8, various courts have delayed action in three groups of cases that will not be resolved before Obama leaves office and blocked an administration regulation from going into effect in another.They include a challenge by House of Representatives Republicans to an important provision in the Obamacare law, and cases concerning religious objections to that law's mandate that employers provide health insurance coverage for birth control.They also include Obama's executive action, put on hold by the Supreme Court in June, to spare from deportation millions of immigrants in the country illegally, and his administration's bid to extend overtime protections for workers.Republican-governed states like Texas were behind some of the biggest challenges to Obama policies."We have a host of cases pending against the federal government due to the Obama administration's overreach," said Marc Rylander, a spokesman for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican who has sued the administration on various issues including immigration #India #Business #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment #House
Italian president pushes for new voting law before election | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Italian president pushes for new voting law before election | Reuters

By Giselda Vagnoni and Steve Scherer | ROME ROME Italy's President Sergio Mattarella wants parliament to draft a new electoral law before any ballot is held, a source close to the president said on Tuesday, a move likely to delay any vote after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigns.Renzi said he would step down after losing a referendum on constitutional reform on Sunday, but Mattarella asked him to stay on until parliament passes the 2017 budget, a vote scheduled for Wednesday.. The next parliamentary election is not scheduled until 2018 but on Tuesday there was growing consensus among party leaders for it to be held a year earlier. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said the vote should be held in February.Senior members of Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) will meet on Wednesday to discuss the referendum defeat and the party's future strategy.On the eve of the meeting, two PD sources said the party would support a government of national unity, which would have to include parties that had been in opposition #Politics #United States #Business #Middle East #markets #Italy #United Kingdom
Saudi court sentences 15 people to death for spying for Iran | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Saudi court sentences 15 people to death for spying for Iran | Reuters

DUBAI A Saudi court on Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for the kingdom's arch-adversary Iran, Saudi-owned media reported, a ruling that could heighten antagonism between the regional powers.The Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced 15 other defendants to prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years, and acquitted two of them, the Arabic-language al-Riyadh newspaper said on its website.The defendants - comprising 30 Saudi Shi'ite Muslims, one Iranian and an Afghan - were detained in 2013 on charges of espionage for Iran and went on trial in February. #science #Crime #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment
Libyan forces clear last Islamic State hold-out in Sirte | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Libyan forces clear last Islamic State hold-out in Sirte | Reuters

By Hani Amara | SIRTE, Libya SIRTE, Libya Libyan forces backed by U.S. air strikes finished clearing the last Islamic State hold-out in Sirte on Tuesday after a six-month battle for the militant group's former North African stronghold.The forces gained full control over a final patch of ground in Sirte's Ghiza Bahriya district after fierce clashes #India #science #Africa #United Kingdom #Foreign policy #lifestyle #city