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Flybe: Government strikes a deal to rescue troubled airline

Flybe: Government strikes a deal to rescue troubled airline

Business
The government has agreed a rescue plan for troubled regional airline Flybe.Ministers agreed to work with Flybe to figure out a repayment plan for a significant tax debt that is thought to top £100m.Meanwhile, the firm's owners have agreed to pump more money into the loss-making airline.Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said the deal would keep the company operating.That will be a relief to many of the eight million passengers who fly with the airline each year.Flybe services dozens of UK domestic routes that are not flown by other airlines, making it the largest carrier to fly out of some regional airports like Newquay."Flybe plays a critical and unique role in the UK aviation system, supporting the development of the regions, providing essential connect
Hackers post bloodied image of Trump on US government website

Hackers post bloodied image of Trump on US government website

Technology
A US government-operated website has been hacked by a group claiming to be acting in retaliation for the killing of Iran's top general.Those who clicked on the American Federal Depository Library Programme (FDLP) site on Saturday night were faced with a black page claiming to be from the Islamic Republic of Iran. It showed a picture of President Donald Trump being hit in the face by a fist with blood dripping from his mouth.Underneath it said "Hacked by Iran Cyber Security Group Hackers" with a claim that the attack was "only a small part" of their ability.Despite this, there is little evidence the defacement was carried out by Iran. Advertisement A spokesperson for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Secu...
Popular app ToTok a government spy tool: Report

Popular app ToTok a government spy tool: Report

Technology
The New York Times says a chat app called ToTok is a spying tool used by the government of United Arab Emirates to track users' conversations, locations, images and other dataByThe Associated PressDecember 23, 2019, 8:30 PM3 min readNEW YORK -- A chat app that quickly became popular in the United Arab Emirates for communicating with friends and family is actually a spying tool used by the government to track its users, according to a newspaper report. The government uses ToTok to track conversations, locations, images and other data of those who install the app on their phones, The New York Times reported, citing U.S. officials familiar with a classified intelligence assessment and the newspaper's own investigation. The Emirates has long blocked Apple’s FaceTime, Facebook's WhatsApp and o
Hezbollah-backed professor to form new government in Lebanon

Hezbollah-backed professor to form new government in Lebanon

World
Lebanon's president has asked former education minister Hassan Diab to form a new government and break a political impasse amid mass protests in the deeply divided countryBy SARAH EL DEEB and ZEINA KARAM Associated PressDecember 19, 2019, 10:10 PM4 min readBEIRUT -- A former education minister backed by the militant Hezbollah group and its allies was selected Thursday as Lebanon’s new prime minister to break a political impasse amid mass protests, although he almost immediately ran into opposition from demonstrators on the streets. Hassan Diab, a professor at the American University of Beirut, was named by President Michel Aoun after a day of consultations with lawmakers in which he gained a simple majority in the 128-member parliament. He won support from 69 lawmakers, including the parl
U.S. government joins whistle-blower suit accusing Navistar of false billing

U.S. government joins whistle-blower suit accusing Navistar of false billing

Business
Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The federal government has joined a lawsuit accusing Navistar International and its defense unit of defrauding the United States to the tune of $ 1.3 billion, according to court filings made public this week. The legal complaint, released Wednesday, accuses the company of violating the False Claims Act by submitting fraudulent invoices and charging inflated prices for commercial parts for military vehicles used by the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan. "The Department of Justice will hold accountable those contractors who falsify information and thereby cause the military to pay inflated prices," said Jody Hunt, assistant attorney general for the Civil Division. "We will take steps necessary to protect the military's procurement process from abuse." The U.S. Marine Co...