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European Union issues sanctions on Iran over assassination plots

European Union issues sanctions on Iran over assassination plots

World
Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The European Union announced sanctions Tuesday against a unit of the Iranian intelligence agency and two individuals for their alleged involvement in various assassination plots. The move places both individuals and the intelligence unit onto the EU's terror list, accusing them of carrying out attacks as part of plots against Iranian opposition figures in Denmark and France. As a result of the designation, the accused will have their assets frozen and will be subject to other restrictions. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said the Netherlands' secret service had "strong indications" Iran was involved in the assassination of Dutch nationals in Almere in 2015 and in The Hague in 2017 "The EU and the Netherlands take strong action against Iranian unlawful interference in Eur...
European Union diplomatic communications 'targeted by hackers'

European Union diplomatic communications 'targeted by hackers'

World
Hackers successfully targeted the European Union's diplomatic communications over a period of several years, The New York Times reports.Thousands of messages were intercepted in which diplomats referenced a range of subjects from US President Donald Trump to global trade.The breach was reportedly discovered by the cyber-security company Area 1.European officials say that information marked as confidential and secret was not affected by the three-year hack.One expert told the New York Times that the methods used by the hackers were similar to those previously used by the Chinese military."After over a decade of experience countering Chinese cyber-operations... there is no doubt this campaign is connected to the Chinese government," he said.The intercepted ...
Video games workers create union to demand rights

Video games workers create union to demand rights

Technology
Workers in the video games industry have formed a union for the first time in the UK. Excessive and unpaid overtime, precarious contracts and discrimination are all serious problems in the industry, according the the Games Workers' Union, which launched on Friday.Now it is hoping to use collective organising to fix a "broken sector and create an ethical industry", according to founding member Dec Peach."For as long as I can remember it has been considered normal for games workers to endure zero-hours contracts, excessive unpaid overtime, and even sexism and homophobia as the necessary price to pay for the privilege of working in the industry," he said.When the union holds its first meeting on Sunday, one of the biggest concerns for Mr Peach and his follow members is likely...
Cooper Union college plans to bring back free tuition

Cooper Union college plans to bring back free tuition

Finance
When it comes to college, rising costs are more reliable than a degree. However, some schools are bucking the trend, slashing tuition in hopes of attracting more students and families struggling with the weight of a college tab . Most recently, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science, in the heart of New York City, announced a return to full-tuition scholarships for all undergraduate students. Cooper Union, founded in 1859, had long been tuition-free but dialed back its commitment that education be "as free as air and water" and began offering st...
NFL, players' union at impasse on national anthem policy

NFL, players' union at impasse on national anthem policy

Sports
The NFL and its players association "have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy," they said in a joint statement on Thursday night. The NFLPA filed a grievance on July 10 against the NFL's new national anthem policy that requires players and league personnel to either stand for the anthem or remain in the locker room. The policy also subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other personnel do not show respect for the anthem. Now, that policy is on hold while the NFLPA and the NFL negotiate. "No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing," the joint statement read. "The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly d...