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US troops in Syria call in strikes after 'unprovoked' attack by regime forces

US troops in Syria call in strikes after 'unprovoked' attack by regime forces

World
U.S. military advisers in Syria had to call in American airstrikes and artillery support to repel an attack late Wednesday night by pro-Assad regime forces on a headquarters belonging to U.S.-backed rebels fighting ISIS. An estimated 100 pro-regime forces were killed by the strikes, said a U.S. official. A U.S. official said there were no U.S. casualties in the attack, which the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition called "unprovoked" and an "act of aggression" by "Syrian pro-regime forces." A coalition statement said the attack occurred on a "well-known" headquarters belonging to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) about eight kilometers east of the deconfliction line along the Euphrates River that is used to separate the U.S. area of operations from that of Russia and the Assad reg...

Design call for 'solar sentinel' mission

Science
UK scientists and engineers will play a leading role in developing a satellite that can warn if Earth is about to be hit by damaging solar storms. The European Space Agency has requested studies be undertaken to design the mission that would launch in the 2020s. Explosive eruptions from the Sun can lead to widespread disruption on our planet - degrading communications, even knocking over power grids. The satellite's observations would increase the time available to prepare. Esa has a working name for the new mission - "Lagrange", which reflects the position the satellite would take up in space. The plan is to go to a gravitational "sweetspot" just behind the Earth in its orbit around the Sun known as "Lagrangian Point 5". Spacecraft that are sited there do not have to use so much fuel to m...
Police shoot man dead after alleged Call of Duty 'swatting' hoax

Police shoot man dead after alleged Call of Duty 'swatting' hoax

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA man has been arrested after an alleged "swatting" prank call led to police shooting dead a 28-year-old man.Andrew Finch was shot at his front door on 28 December in Wichita, Kansas.Police surrounded the home after receiving a hoax emergency call from a man claiming to have shot dead his father and taken his family hostage.The call stemmed from a row between two gamers playing Call of Duty online, US media say, although the address raided was apparently unconnected to either.Police have said they believe the report was an act of "swatting" where a person makes a false report to send police to another person or fake address. 'Innocent victim'Audio of the emergency call has been made public. A man can be heard telling authorities that he had shot ...
Josh Brown: Don't get sucked into the hype on Barron's call that Apple will hit $1 trillion

Josh Brown: Don't get sucked into the hype on Barron's call that Apple will hit $1 trillion

Finance
Lots of chatter about how this weekend's Barron's cover features a gleaming new Lifesavers-shaped headquarters on the cover with a feature story about why it's destined to be the first $ 1 trillion company.All the usual smartasses are offering commentary about how this is "the kiss of death" or "marks the top" or whatever. Barron's, like every other investor, sometimes gets it right and sometimes gets it wrong. They've made huge, important calls, like the top of the Dot Com Bubble and they've had some notable whiffs, like the infamous "Facebook is worth $ 15" cover from September 2012.They're no more likely or unlikely to get everything right all the time than anyone else is. It takes a certain child-like sort of mindset to expect otherwise.There are no serious professionals who change the...
Trump Putin call: CIA helped stop Russia terror attack

Trump Putin call: CIA helped stop Russia terror attack

World
Information provided by the CIA helped Russian security services foil an attack on St Petersburg's Kazan cathedral, US and Russian leaders say.President Vladimir Putin phoned Donald Trump to thank him for the information, the White House and Kremlin confirmed.The attack was allegedly planned to take place on Saturday, Russia says.A White House statement said "terrorists" were captured prior to an attack "that could have killed large numbers of people".Russia's FSB security service said in a statement on Friday that it had detained seven members of a cell of Islamic State supporters and seized a significant amount of explosives, weapons and extremist literature.The cell was planning to carry out a suicide attack at a religious institution and kill citizens on Saturday, the FSB statement sai...