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Italy election: Populist surge prompts political deadlock

Italy election: Populist surge prompts political deadlock

World
Italy is on course for a hung parliament after voters backed right-wing and populist parties, projections based on partial results suggest.The Eurosceptic, anti-establishment Five Star Movement has won the lion's share of the vote.But ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing coalition, which includes the far-right League, looks set to win the most seats in the lower house of parliament.Forming a government may now take weeks of negotiation and coalition-building.Alternatively, fresh elections could be held in a bid to produce a more decisive result - though there is no guarantee that would happen. Provisional results show Five Star garnering 31.6% of the vote, while the League received 18.2% of the vote and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia 13.8%.Matteo Renzi's ruling Democratic Party (DP) onl...
Bitcoin boom prompts growth of coin-mining malware

Bitcoin boom prompts growth of coin-mining malware

Technology
The booming price of Bitcoin and other crypto-coins has kicked off a gold rush among malicious hackers keen to cash in, warn security firms.Many sites are now harbouring code that secretly uses a visitors' computer to mine the valuable e-cash coins.The code is inserted by hackers who exploit poor site security or web software bugs.The problem has led Google engineers to consider putting protections against mining in the Chrome browser.Freshly mintedEarlier this month, hundreds of websites were found to be running code created by the Coin-Hive project. This let the web domains generate coins for the Monero crypto-currency by using the processing power of visitors' computers. While some sites had put the Coin-Hive code on their site themselves, many others had been hacked to host the short s...
Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

Health
A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu. They say the flu itself is a much greater danger to women and their fetuses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached out to a doctor's group, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, to warn them the study is coming out and help them prepare for a potential wave of worry from expectant moms, CDC offic...