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Iran says 10 Revolutionary Guards were just killed by Kurdish militants near the Iraqi border

“Earlier this month, the Revolutionary Guards said they had killed three militants in a security operation near the border with Iraq, and nine militants were reported killed by the Guards last month further north on the border” reports businessinsider.com. Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Tuesday that security forces in southwest Iran arrested four suspected Islamic State operatives who were planning attacks.There is little coordination between Iranian and Iraqi forces over security of the porous border that has also been used by Islamic State to enter Iran. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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China is waging a ‘quiet kind of cold war’ against US, top CIA expert says

“I would argue … that what they’re waging against us is fundamentally a cold war — a cold war not like we saw during THE Cold War (between the U.S. and the Soviet Union) but a cold war by definition,” Michael Collins, deputy assistant director of the CIA’s East Asia mission center, said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado” writes Andy Wong for cnbc.com. China is waging a “quiet kind of cold war” against the United States, using all its resources to try to replace America as the leading…

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Progress report: Making Broward County schools safer | Opinion

“Every parent with a child in a Broward County public school, and every school employee, deserves a safe and secure learning environment” writes Robert W for sun-sentinel.com. Providing students and staff with the safest learning environment possible requires a culture of continuous improvement.We will always be redoubling our efforts to create a positive school environment that protects all students and adults from bullying, discrimination, harassment, and assault. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Inside the Putin-Netanyahu-Trump deal on Syria

“Putin also talked about the Syria deal during his news conference with Trump, although few took note” writes Josh Rogin Is for washingtonpost.com. The United States and Russia have long been conducting parallel discussions on Syria, which is how the last cease-fire deal got struck.Administration sources, who admittedly have incomplete read-outs of exactly what happened inside the one-on-one Trump-Putin meeting, tell me that Trump is now fully on board with the Putin-Netanyahu deal over Syria.One thing we do know is that — post-summit — Trump now endorses a deal on…

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Microsoft stops a Russian attempt at hacking 2018 midterm elections

“Less than a week after the United States government charged 12 Russian officers for hacking in the 2016 presidential election, Microsoft is accusing the same Russian intelligence agency of using a phishing scheme to hack at least three additional candidates in the 2018 midterm election” writes Mark Coppock for digitaltrends.com. Similar to the discovery of Russian-linked hacking on the 2018 elections, Microsoft’s security team found that spoofed domains were used in the 2016 election hacks. Source: digitaltrends.com Share This:

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Russian government: Telcoms face cost hike from new security law

“MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian telecoms operators will have to ramp up charges by up to 10 percent to cover costs they will incur implementing new laws designed to give state security greater oversight over telecoms, according to an estimate from the main security agency” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. In March this year, Nikolai Nikiforov, who at the time was communications minister, said he believed the new law would not lead to “a dramatic increase in prices.”. The estimate for increased charges demonstrates the far-reaching and often onerous consequences…

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WhatsApp Pay nationwide launch in limbo: Govt wants more details

“Demanding more details about its payment services (WhatsApp Pay), the government of India has put Whatsapp payment service nationwide launch on hold” writes Jitendra Has Spent for entrackr.com. With 230 million users, Whatsapp payment service will pose threat to its rivals such as Paytm, Google’s Tez and Truecaller.Meanwhile, the messaging platform was expected to expand the service nationwide last month.Earlier, its rival Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma had alleged that the messaging platform is a security risk to India. “Everyone should be allowed to play the field.Doctored images and fake…

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Trump’s friends, Russia and China, delay US bid to cut off oil exports to North Korea

“According to the Security Council North Korea sanctions committee website, only Russia and China have reported legitimate sales of some 14,000 tons of refined petroleum to North Korea in 2018” writes Angela Charlton for businessinsider.com. In March the council blacklisted dozens of ships and shipping companies over oil and coal smuggling by North Korea. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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