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Argentina ousts navy chief after San Juan sub disappearance

Argentina ousts navy chief after San Juan sub disappearance

World
Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Argentina has dismissed its navy chief one month after the disappearance of the submarine ARA San Juan off its southern coast with 44 crew members.Defense Minister Oscar Aguad placed Adm. Marcelo Eduardo Hipolito Srur in retirement, the Argentina newspaper La Nacion reported Saturday. The ministry plans to name an interim leader Monday.Srur, 60, was named head of the navy and promoted to admiral in January 2016.The San Juan, a 34-year-old, German-built, diesel-electric vessel, has not been found after losing contact on Nov. 15 in the south Atlantic Ocean.The sub's last known location was in the San Jorge Gulf was between where it departed from southern Argentina's Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its home base in Mar del Plata.One week after the disappearance, Argentina's ...
U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

World
SEOULl, South Korea, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The United Nations political chief met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk during a rare four-day trip to Pyongyang.U.N. Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in the North Korean capital Tuesday, a week after Pyongyang conducted its new intercontinental ballistic missile test.The North's Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday the two officials had "exchanged views on areas of common interest regarding U.N. agencies in cooperating with North Korea."Before the meeting took place, the North Korean official expressed his hope that the discussion would be "full of sincerity," Kyodo News reported.During his stay, Feltman is also expected to meet Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, who extended the invitation to Pyo...
Chief vet defends support of larger hen cages

Chief vet defends support of larger hen cages

Science
Some cages for hens provide a "necessary defence" against bird flu, the government's chief vet has said.In a tweet, Nigel Gibbens said the larger pens, which replaced so-called battery cages in 2012, have welfare benefits and offer more space.It comes after 10 leading British vets, who believe caging hens is unethical, said his "brazen endorsement" was "extremely disappointing".They said the restricted space was "seriously detrimental to welfare".Battery cages for chickens were banned in the EU in 2012. The ruling said that if laying hens were to be held they must be in enriched - also known as colony - cages instead.The enriched cages provided extra space to nest, scratch and roost and the guidance from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), is that each bird in a...
Revolt forces Rio to ditch Tory chief Davis

Revolt forces Rio to ditch Tory chief Davis

Business
The FTSE-100 mining group Rio Tinto has abandoned plans to appoint the Conservative Party's boss as the company's next chairman in the wake of a full-scale investor revolt.Sky News has learnt that Sir Mick Davis is "no longer in the running" to replace Jan du Plessis less than a fortnight after it emerged that he was the frontrunner for the post.A group of leading shareholders, representing roughly 20% of Rio's stock, wrote to the miner's board earlier this week to say that Sir Mick's appointment would be unacceptable.City sources told Sky News this weekend that several institutions were drawing up plans to oppose the re-election of Rio's nominations committee members next year if they had proceeded with recruiting the former Xstrata chief.The existence of the letter, sent by the Investor ...
Uber bins security chief over hack cover-up

Uber bins security chief over hack cover-up

Technology
Uber has got rid of its chief security officer and announced that his team paid off hackers who stole data belonging to 57 million users.The ride-hailing app's chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, said: "None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it."Former CSO, Joe Sullivan, presided over a loss of the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers belonging to Uber drivers and passengers, according to Bloomberg.Mr Sullivan's team then paid the hackers $ 100,000 to delete the data instead of notifying the victims.Uber's former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, learned of the hack in 2016, according to Bloomberg - seven months before a shareholder revolt forced him to quit and replaced him with Mr Khosrowshahi."At the time of the incident, we took immediate steps to...