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Ecuadorian Embassy in Britain scales back security for Assange

Ecuadorian Embassy in Britain scales back security for Assange

World
May 18 (UPI) -- Ecuador announced on Friday it will remove extra security at its British embassy, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has received asylum since 2012. The country's National Communications Secretariat said the embassy will have "normal security similar to Ecuador's embassies in the world." The announcement follows a change in Ecuador's political leadership, with the election of President Lenin Moreno in 2017. It was also revealed this week that Ecuador spent $ 5 million protecting Assange by monitoring visitors, embassy personnel and British police. The operation to house and protect Assange was supported by former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. In March, Assange's Internet connection at the embassy was withdrawn to prevent him from interfering in other countries' ...
How the timing of your Social Security check impacts your financial health

How the timing of your Social Security check impacts your financial health

Finance
Your financial wellness could hinge on the timing of your Social Security check every month, according to new research.For 28 million beneficiaries, Social Security checks are issued on the second, third or fourth Wednesday of every month according to birth date. Other beneficiaries get their checks at other times of the month.The timing of those checks and how they correspond to the due dates for your bills can make a big difference whether you are cash rich or cash strapped, research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found.For every one week increase in the timing between when the money comes in and when bills are due, there is an 18 percent increase in the likelihood you will come up short, the research found.A one-week discrepanc...
This is what would happen if Social Security didn't exist, new report says

This is what would happen if Social Security didn't exist, new report says

Finance
The Social Security program is under attack and needs to be modernized and strengthened, according to a new report from Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee, which recommends policy to Congress. "Cuts to Social Security are not a credible solution to pay for the $ 1.9 trillion that Congressional Republicans have recently added to the deficit in passing their tax legislation," Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, the committee's ranking Democrat, said in a statement to CNBC. "We must ensure that our seniors are able to retire with dignity." J.P. Freire, a spokesman for the Republicans on the Committee, said he would have a response for CNBC later. Some Democrats worry that the recent tax cuts will be used by Republicans to make the case that there's a need to reduce other social program...
Report: North Korean leader wants security guarantee from Washington

Report: North Korean leader wants security guarantee from Washington

World
SEOUL, April 9 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing to "complete denuclearize," in return for a security guarantee from the United States, Japanese media reported Monday.According to Yomiuri Shimbun, Kim told Chinese leader Xi Jinping in their summit last month that he will give up his nukes as long as the United States guarantees the security of his regime and there is "full compensation" for denuclearization.The report says Kim clearly insisted that a security guarantee, the removal of international sanctions and broad economic support must first be provided, rather than coincide with the denuclearization process.According to diplomatic source cited by Yomiuri, if the U.S. "faithfully takes part in the summit," the North Korean leader is ready to be more active and open to...
Grid security questioned after Russian sanctions

Grid security questioned after Russian sanctions

Business
March 16 (UPI) -- After the U.S. Treasury Department slapped Russian entities with sanctions for cyberattacks, an industry poll found confidence in grid security is absent.The U.S. Treasury Department revealed Thursday that Russian government actors targetted "multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors" with cyberattacks at least since March 2016.Attendees at an annual Security and Energy conference held in Abu Dhabiin November said cybersecuritty was a major problem for the energy sector. Data from the organizers of the conference said there were nearly 100 cyberattacks reported over the last year by oil and natural gas company leaders and the industry's certification body, DNV GL...