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US hits Chinese and Russian firms over North Korea

US hits Chinese and Russian firms over North Korea

Business
The US has imposed sanctions on a dozen Russian and Chinese companies and individuals it accuses of helping North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. Earlier this month, members of the UN Security Council, including Russia and China, voted for further sanctions against Pyongyang.The US Treasury said the move would "increase pressure" on North Korea.China responded swiftly, calling on the US to "immediately correct its mistake" of punishing its firms.The US Office of Foreign Assets Control designated 10 companies and six individuals in its sanctions. "[The] Treasury will continue to increase pressure on North Korea by targeting those who support the advancement of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, and isolating them from the American financial system," said Treasury Secretary Steve...
Russian hackers accused of spying on hotels

Russian hackers accused of spying on hotels

Technology
Hackers linked to Russian military intelligence were behind a cyber-espionage campaign targeting influential figures from the West, according to a report by security researchers.Phishing emails sent to employees at high-class hotels were designed to allow the hackers to steal passwords and other information belonging to Western government and business travellers.The campaign was detected by cybersecurity firm FireEye and saw the attackers gain access to the IT systems of numerous hotels across Europe and the Middle East.Researchers believe the espionage group behind the attacks is linked to the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.The group is known colloquially as Fancy Bear, or in the more academic language of the report as Advanced Persistent Threat 28 (APT 28).Moscow denies the gro...
Air Force negotiating for Air Force One 747s originally slated for Russian airline

Air Force negotiating for Air Force One 747s originally slated for Russian airline

Business
Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force is in the process of finalizing a deal with Boeing for the purchase of two 747-8 passenger jets once slated for a now defunct Russian airline.Defense One reported Tuesday the contract could be announced as early as this week, though the Air Force and Boeing say the deal is still coming together."We're working through the final stages of coordination to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft and expect to award a contract soon," Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told UPI.Boeing spokeswoman Caroline Hutcheson told UPI that the deal is still under final negotiations."We are working towards a deal for the 747-8s that will provide the best value for the Air Force," Hutcheson said.The two 747-8s were originally slated for the now bankrupt Russian airline Trans...
Putin hints he may be Russian president for life

Putin hints he may be Russian president for life

World
July 22 (UPI) -- In an interview with teenage schoolchildren, Russian President Vladimir Putin hinted he may remain president for life.Putin, who is widely expected to win another six-year term after elections in March, was asked by one of the children what he would do after his time in office is over."But I haven't decided yet if I will leave the presidency," Putin said, earning a loud round of applause from the friendly audience. The session was broadcast live on Russian television across the country and the questions appeared to have been screened in advance.The appearance before a group of young people who attend a school for gifted students Putin opened in Sochi, came a month after youth-fueled protests in Moscow over corruption at the Kremlin.Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has said...
Vulnerable 'playing Russian roulette' choosing care

Vulnerable 'playing Russian roulette' choosing care

Health
Vulnerable people are playing "Russian roulette" when they need care in England, campaigners warn, as a quarter of services are failing on safety.The Care Quality Commission said drug errors, lack of staff and falls were major problems, after inspecting 24,000 services.Nursing homes had the worst problems, with a third falling short on safety.The CQC said the failings across services for the elderly and disabled were "completely unacceptable".The findings mark the completion of the first round of inspections under the "tougher" system launched in 2014 amid concerns problems were going undetected.One million vulnerable people use care services - either getting their fees paid by councils or funding it themselves.More than 200,000 of them live in nursing homes, which had the most serious pro...