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German cyber officials defend handling of mass data attack

German cyber officials defend handling of mass data attack

World
Germany's cybersecurity authority has defended its handling of a mass data attack on hundreds of politicians, after criticism it did not tell the police about the breach for weeks.The agency says it was not aware of the full extent of a systematic leak of information until Thursday night.Journalists, celebrities and politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, are among those whose personal data was published online.It is unclear who was responsible.The attacks took place throughout December, but did not become public knowledge until Friday.The contacts, private chats and financial details of figures from every political party - except the far-right AfD - were posted on Twitter.The interior ministry says there is no evidence ...
Syria conflict: US officials withdraw troops after IS 'defeat'

Syria conflict: US officials withdraw troops after IS 'defeat'

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The Trump administration says US troops are being withdrawn from Syria, after the president said the Islamic State (IS) group had been "defeated".The Pentagon said it was transitioning to the "next phase of the campaign" but did not give details.Some 2,000 troops have helped rid much of north-eastern Syria of IS, but pockets of fighters remain.It had been thought defence officials wanted to maintain a US presence to ensure IS did not rebuild.There are also fears a US withdrawal will cede influence in Syria and the wider region to Russia and Iran. Trump's Syria troop removal prompts questions After the caliphate: What next for IS? Both the Pentagon and the White House statement said the US had started "returning United States troo...
Missing teacher found shot to death on dirt road, Mexican officials say

Missing teacher found shot to death on dirt road, Mexican officials say

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A North Carolina teacher who disappeared in Mexico last month has been found shot to death on a dirt road, according to Mexican officials. Patrick Braxton-Andrew, 34, never returned after leaving his hotel in Urique, a municipality in Mexico's northwestern state of Chihuahua, on Oct. 28, the hotel owner told his parents, according to a Facebook post his father wrote on an alumni page for Braxton-Andrew's alma mater, Davidson College. Braxton-Andrew's body was found about a mile away from the road leading to the village of Guapalayna to Las Lajas in Urique, according to a press release by the Chihuahua state government. The area had already been searched, so officials believe his body was placed there. His body had traces of reddish dirt and pine leaves, but had been placed on a stony ...
Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades

Officials push flu vaccine after most deadly season in four decades

Health
Sept. 27 (UPI) -- One year after a severe flu season, medical personnel are giving it their best shot to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by giving a boost to vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are aiming for significantly higher rates of flu vaccination for the 2018-2019 flu season following the most deadly season since 1976, the first year total seasonal flu deaths were reported. Last year there was an estimated 900,000 hospitalizations, and more than 80,000 deaths, according to new data released by the CDC on Thursday. The previous high for regular flu season deaths was 56,000. The number of people vaccinated dropped last year by 1.1 percentage point to 57.9 percent -- far below the goal of 80 percent. With the new vaccine now available, U.S. government officia...
New York Times Trump op-ed denied by senior officials

New York Times Trump op-ed denied by senior officials

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A number of top US officials have denied that they are the author of a damning anonymous editorial that attacks President Donald Trump.The New York Times article, said to be written by a senior White House official, says Mr Trump's appointees are trying to stifle his agenda.There is fierce speculation over who is responsible - with the vice-president among those to deny any involvement.Mr Trump has described the writer as "gutless" and the newspaper as "phony".A spokesman for Vice-President Mike Pence has dismissed claims that he wrote the op-ed, describing it as "false, illogical and gutless". Several other cabinet members and top officials have also denied writing the piece.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attacked the writer as ...