US intelligence reportedly says Huawei funded by Chinese state security

U.S. intelligence has accused Huawei Technologies of being funded by Chinese state security, The Times said on Saturday, adding to the list of allegations faced by the Chinese technology company in the West. The CIA accused Huawei of receiving funding from China’s National Security Commission, the People’s Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network, the British newspaper reported, citing a source. Earlier this year, U.S. intelligence shared its claims with other members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group, which includes Britain, Australia, Canada and New…

Lyra McKee: Killing has led to ‘palpable change’ in community sentiment towards policing

Media playback is unsupported on your device The killing of journalist Lyra McKee has led to a « palpable change » in community sentiment in support of policing, a senior detective has said. Ms McKee, 29, was shot while observing rioting in Londonderry’s Creggan estate in Northern Ireland on Thursday night. Two teenage men, aged 18 and 19, have been arrested and are being held under the Terrorism Act. On Saturday, Det Supt Jason Murphy, who is leading the investigation, urged people to come forward. He said there was a…

Extinction Rebellion: Met Police asks for 200 extra officers

The Met Police has requested about 200 extra officers from neighbouring forces to help deal with the Extinction Rebellion protests in central London. Oxford Circus was reopened to traffic on Saturday afternoon after officers cleared demonstrators. Protesters continue to occupy Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square. The Met said 750 people have been arrested and 28 have been charged. Commissioner Cressida Dick said it had caused « miserable disruption ». « Every day we have had over 1,000 officers – and now over 1,500 officers – working to police these protests,…

Sudan crisis: Cash hoard found at al-Bashir’s home

A large hoard of cash has been found at the home of Sudan’s ousted president Omar al-Bashir and he is now being investigated for money laundering, prosecutors say. Security services found euros, dollars and Sudanese pounds totalling more than $130m (£100m). The ex-leader was placed under house arrest after months of protests led to his removal. Reports say Mr Bashir is now being held at the Kobar high-security prison. A source in Sudan’s judiciary told Reuters news agency that suitcases loaded with more than $351,000, €6m ($6.7m; £5.2m) and five…

UK weather: Hottest day of the year, says Met Office

The Met Office has confirmed Saturday as the hottest day of the year, with 25.5C recorded in Gosport, Hampshire. And the UK is set for record-breaking temperatures over the rest of the Easter weekend, forecasters have said. Temperatures are expected to climb to 26C on Easter Sunday and 27C on Monday, though north-west Scotland could be clipped by outbursts of rain. The record temperature for Easter Sunday in the UK is 25.3C reached in Solent, Hampshire in April 2011. The Solent also lays claim to the hottest Easter Monday with…

Yellow vest protests: Paris police fire tear gas at demonstrators

Police in Paris have fired tear gas and arrested more than 100 people as part of the latest anti-government protests by France’s yellow vest movement. A number of motorbikes have been set on fire and the protesters have been banned from the area around the Notre-Dame cathedral, which was badly damaged in a huge fire earlier this week, in order to protect the structure. Source: BBC

Yellow vest demonstrators, police clash in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Clashes broke out between dozens of demonstrators and police in Paris on the 23rd Saturday of yellow-vest protests after authorities warned that rioters could return to the French capital to spark a new wave of violence. Dozens of black-hooded demonstrators threw rocks at police and some set fire to scooters and trash cans in the center of the French capital, according to Reuters TV footage. Police responded by firing tear gas and stun grenades. Some officers also marched toward demonstrators to control the crowd and funnel it…

Pop singer Adele parts with husband

FILE PHOTO: Singer Adele arrives at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – British pop singer Adele and her husband have separated, her representatives said on Saturday. One of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time, Adele and water charity executive Simon Konecki met in 2011. They had a son a year later, and married in 2016. “Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be…

This new ETF lets you invest in the rapidly growing, $400 billion space industry

The flood of young companies into the $400 billion space industry is sparking investor interest but there’s a common issue: A lack of public U.S. companies that generate the majority of revenue from space business. div > div.group > p:first-child »> « The space industry is one that is still fairly new as far as corporations and the commercial viability of companies in space go, » Andrew Chanin, co-founder and CEO of ProcureAM, an exchange-traded product issuer. SpaceX, Blue Origin, Rocket Lab, Virgin Galactic and others are some of thetoo…

Syria war: Kosovo brings back 110 citizens including jihadists

Kosovo has brought back 110 of its citizens from Syria, mostly mothers and their children but also several jihadist fighters. The group contained 74 children, 32 women and four men suspected of fighting for the Islamic State group (IS) who were arrested on arrival. They flew back with the help of the US military before police escorted them to an army barracks near Pristina. The issue of repatriations has come to the fore since the collapse of IS. « An important and sensitive operation was organised in which the government…

N Korea embassy raid in Madrid: ‘US Marine arrested’

US authorities have arrested a former US Marine who is allegedly part of a group that raided North Korea’s embassy in Madrid, reports say. Christopher Ahn appeared in a Los Angeles federal court, sources say. It would be the first arrest over the incident, which happened in February days before US President Donald Trump met North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in Vietnam. Free Joseon, a self-styled human rights group, says it was involved. US federal agents have also raided the apartment of Adrian Hong, one of the group’s leaders, says the…

Northern Ireland leaders urge calm as police arrest two over journalist’s killing

LONDONDERRY (Reuters) – Two men have been arrested in Northern Ireland over the killing of a journalist during a riot, police said, with politicians calling for calm after the shooting added to concerns about the stability of the region’s 21-year-old peace deal. Lyra McKee, 29, an award-winning journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was shot dead on Thursday as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid. Her death, which follows a large car bomb…

UK police say total of environment activists arrested passes 700

Police officers are seen during the Extinction Rebellion protest on Waterloo Bridge in London, Britain April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Simon DawsonLONDON (Reuters) – More than 700 climate change activists blocking roads at some of London’s most famous landmarks have been arrested over the last six days, police said on Saturday, up from a total given on Friday of more than 682. The protests, organized by climate group Extinction Rebellion, have for several days disrupted travel through parts of central London, including at Oxford Circus, Marble Arch and Waterloo Bridge. Extinction Rebellion…

Here’s what it feels like to be blind in my mind — a condition called ‘aphantasia’

I was recently asked to visualize the size and shape of my laptop, which I’ve had for more than a year, while shopping for a replacement part. As usual, my mind’s eye was completely blank. div > div.group > p:first-child »> « I think it’s purple, or maybe pink? » I bumbled to the Apple Store clerk, who gazed back at me with a look of total confusion. I’ve had this problem for as long as I can remember, where I can’t conjure up images no matter how hard I…

Here’s how advertisers are getting tech companies to clean up their act or risk losing billions

Advertisers haven’t been afraid to pull money out of Facebook or YouTube campaigns, following the exposures of controversial content hosted on the platforms, but they always seem to come crawling back. div > div.group > p:first-child »> They’re caught in a Catch-22. Tech companies may get caught hosting content like terrorist videos or targeted comments from pedophiles, but their massive audiences make their platforms next to impossible for advertisers to quit in the end. But at least one major advertising group, representing close to a trillion dollars worth of buying…

Vulnerable House Democrats tread carefully in wake of Mueller report

(Reuters) – Vulnerable House Democrats, mindful of President Donald Trump’s continued strength among Republican voters, are using caution in how they respond to the special counsel’s report, which detailed Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation into Russian efforts to help him win the White House. FILE PHOTO – U.S. Representative Haley Stevens speaks with constituents at a town hall meeting in Livonia, Michigan, U.S. April 18, 2019.. REUTERS/Steve Friess More than 30 Democratic representatives, many of whom are in their first term, represent districts that supported Trump in 2016. The…

Thai navy boards cabin of fugitive ‘seasteaders’ facing death penalty

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The Thai navy on Saturday boarded the floating cabin of a fugitive U.S. bitcoin trader and his Thai girlfriend, both prominent members of the “seasteading” movement who possibly face the death sentence for setting up their offshore home. A floating home, lived in by an American man and his Thai partner, is pictured in the Andaman Sea, off Phuket island in Thailand, April 13, 2019. Picture taken April 13, 2019. Royal Thai Navy/Handout via REUTERS Thai authorities have revoked the visa of American citizen Chad Elwartowski and…

Northern Ireland police arrest two over murder of journalist

LONDONDERRY (Reuters) – Two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Londonderry on Thursday, police said, as politicians in the divided British region united to condemn the attack. Journalist Lyra McKee poses for a portrait outside the Sunflower Pub on Union Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland May 19, 2017. Jess Lowe Photography/Handout via REUTERS McKee, an award-winning 29-year-old journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was…

Lyra McKee: Two men arrested in connection with journalist’s killing

Two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of journalist Lyra McKee. The pair, aged 18 and 19, were arrested under the Terrorism Act. Ms McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet as she was observing rioting in Northern Ireland on Thursday night. She was shot in Londonderry’s Creggan estate. Violence broke out after police raids on houses in the Mulroy Park and Galliagh areas in the city. Ms McKee was standing near a police 4×4 vehicle with other journalists when she was wounded. CCTV captured her final…

Lyra McKee: Two teenagers arrested under Terrorism Act

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee. The men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested under the Terrorism Act. They have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime suite. Miss McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet as she was observing rioting in Londonderry on Thursday night. Source: BBC

U.S. intelligence says Huawei funded by Chinese state security: report

(Reuters) – U.S. intelligence has accused Huawei Technologies of being funded by Chinese state security, The Times said on Saturday, adding to the list of allegations faced by the Chinese technology company in the West. A Huawei logo is pictured during the media day for the Shanghai auto show in Shanghai, China April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Aly SongThe CIA accused Huawei of receiving funding from China’s National Security Commission, the People’s Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network, the British newspaper reported, citing a source. Earlier…

Hundreds sign online petition supporting woman suing JD.com CEO in rape case

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Hundreds of people have added their names to an online petition in support of a University of Minnesota student who said she was raped last August by Richard Liu, the chief executive officer of China’s e-commerce retailer JD.com Inc. FILE PHOTO: JD.com founder Richard Liu attends a Reuters interview in Hong Kong, China June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File PhotoThe student, Liu Jingyao, from China, filed a civil lawsuit against JD’s CEO in a Minneapolis court on Tuesday, nearly four months after prosecutors declined to press criminal charges…

Lyra McKee: Police release footage of suspected gunman

Media playback is unsupported on your device Detectives hunting the killer of journalist Lyra McKee have released footage of the shooting as they appeal for help from the local community. The 29-year-old was struck by a bullet as she was observing rioting in Londonderry on Thursday night. Police have blamed dissident republicans for the murder and believe more than one person was involved. CCTV captures Ms McKee’s final moments in the crowd and mobile phone footage shows the suspected gunman. In the video, the masked attacker leans from behind cover…

Turpin captivity case: Children forgive parents for torture

Media playback is unsupported on your device A California couple’s children have forgiven them for years of torture and starvation as the parents were sentenced to life in prison. David and Louise Turpin’s children told a court they still loved their mother and father despite all the abuse. The couple were arrested in January 2018 when their 17-year-old daughter escaped the filthy home in Perris. The Turpins pleaded guilty to the abuse of all but one of their 13 children for at least nine years. They are expected to serve…

Hacking ‘hero’ Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to US malware charges

A British man hailed as a hero for stopping a global cyber-attack that was threatening the NHS has pleaded guilty to US malware charges. Marcus Hutchins, 24, has pleaded guilty to two charges related to writing malware – or malicious software – court documents show. Writing on his website, Hutchins said he regretted his actions and accepted « full responsibility for my mistakes ». Hutchins has been held in the US since he was arrested by the FBI in 2017. « As you may be aware, I’ve pleaded guilty to…

Are plants a necessity or a luxury?

A new campaign says we should pay less tax on plants because they are good for the environment and mental health. It’s being backed by the National Garden Scheme at a time when house plants are becoming increasingly popular – particularly among young people who can’t afford gardens. In the UK, plants which don’t produce food are subject to full VAT (Value Added Tax) at a rate of 20%. Whereas in other European countries, it can be at least half that. Source: BBC

Targeted checks ‘prevent one-in-10 heart attacks’

Nearly one-in-10 heart attacks and strokes in England and Wales could be prevented if routine check-ups were better targeted, say researchers. Currently, people aged 40 and over are eligible to have their heart health assessed every five years. But UCL scientists say people at low risk are being checked too often while those considered at high risk are not checked often enough. They say a personalised approach could save lives without costing any more. Chances of a heart attack or stroke can be worked out by looking at risk factors…

U.S. arrests former Marine connected to North Korea embassy raid in Spain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities have arrested a former U.S. Marine who is a member of a group that allegedly raided the North Korean embassy in Madrid in February and stole electronics, two sources familiar with the arrest said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A Spanish National Police car is seen outside the North Korea’s embassy in Madrid, Spain February 28, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File PhotoChristopher Ahn was arrested on Thursday and appeared on Friday in federal court in Los Angeles, according to a law enforcement official and a source close to…

California couple sentenced to life in prison in severe child abuse case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California couple was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on Friday after the pair pleaded guilty to charges stemming from grim, headline-making accusations they beat, starved and shackled their 13 children in the family’s home, prosecutors said. David Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Turpin, 50, had agreed to be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison as part of an agreement with Riverside County prosecutors that saw them plead guilty in February to torture, child abuse and false imprisonment charges.…