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Priest outed via Grindr app highlights rampant data tracking

Priest outed via Grindr app highlights rampant data tracking

When a religious publication used smartphone app data to deduce the sexual orientation of a high-ranking Roman Catholic official, it exposed a problem that goes far beyond a debate over church doctrine and priestly celibacy. With few US restrictions on what companies can do with the vast amount of data they collect from web page visits, apps and location tracking built into phones, there's not much to stop similar spying on politicians, celebrities and just about anyone that's a target of another person's curiosity - or malice. Citing allegations of "possible improper behavior," the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on…
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China blasts dam to divert floods that killed at least 25

China blasts dam to divert floods that killed at least 25

BEIJING: China's military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of the country's most heavily populated provinces, as the death toll from the widespread flooding rose to at least 25. The dam operation was carried out late Tuesday night in the city of Luoyang, just as severe flooding overwhelmed the Henan provincial capital of Zhengzhou, trapping residents in the subway system and stranding them at schools, apartments and offices. Another seven people were reported missing, provincial officials said at a news conference. A video posted on Twitter by news site The Paper showed subway passengers standing in chest-high…
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UK citizen arrested in Spain for role in 2020 Twitter hack

UK citizen arrested in Spain for role in 2020 Twitter hack

WASHINGTON: A 22-year-old British citizen was arrested in Spain on Wednesday in connection with a July 2020 hack of Twitter, which compromised the accounts of high-profile politicians and celebrities, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. It named the British man as Joseph O'Connor and said he was arrested on multiple charges, and also accused in a criminal complaint of computer intrusions related to takeovers of TikTok and Snapchat accounts, as well as cyberstalking a juvenile. The July 2020 Twitter attack hijacked a variety of verified Twitter accounts, including then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The accounts…
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25 killed, over 1 million affected as unprecedented floods hit central China; President Xi Jinping calls in PLA

25 killed, over 1 million affected as unprecedented floods hit central China; President Xi Jinping calls in PLA

BEIJING: At least 25 people, including 12 subway passengers, were killed when the heaviest rainfall in 1,000 years hit China's central Henan province, prompting President Xi Jinping on Wednesday to deploy the army to rescue those trapped in inundated subways, hotels and public places. A total of 1.24 million (12.4 lakh) people were affected and 1,60,000 evacuated, state-run Global Times reported. The official media quoted local officials as saying that 25 people were killed and seven others listed missing in the massive floods. Twelve people were killed and five others injured when subway stations were hit by the floods, the…
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Iraq reels as 36 killed in IS suicide blast on eve of Eid festival

Iraq reels as 36 killed in IS suicide blast on eve of Eid festival

BAGHDAD: Iraq was in mourning on Tuesday for at least 36 people killed when a bomb ripped through a crowded Baghdad market in what the Islamic State group's jihadists claimed as a suicide attack. The bloody carnage Monday evening, one of the deadliest attacks in years in the war-scarred country, killed mostly women and children on the eve of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice. It sparked revulsion and renewed fears about the reach of the IS, which lost its last territory in Iraq after a grueling campaign that ended in late 2017, but retains sleeper cells in remote…
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German candidate sorry for laughing scene in flood visit

German candidate sorry for laughing scene in flood visit

BERLIN: The front-runner to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany's September election has apologized for a scene in which he was seen laughing in the background as the country's president delivered a statement on the devastating floods in western Germany. Armin Laschet, the candidate of Merkel's center-right Union bloc to be Germany's next leader, is also the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state - one of two badly hit by last week's floods. On Saturday, he visited the town of Erfstadt, which was the scene of a dramatic rescue effort after the ground gave way, with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. While Steinmeier…
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Four people shot outside Washington Nationals baseball stadium

Four people shot outside Washington Nationals baseball stadium

WASHINGTON: Four people were shot outside of Nationals Park, a professional baseball stadium in the District of Columbia, on Saturday night, police said. The district's Metropolitan Police Department had earlier said on Twitter that two people where shot outside of Nationals Park. It later said in a follow-up tweet that "two additional victims associated with the incident walked into area hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds." A baseball game that had been in progress between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres was suspended as a result of the shooting. Play is expected to resume on Sunday.
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Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for second pandemic haj

Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for second pandemic haj

MECCA: Pilgrims began arriving in the holy city of Mecca on Saturday for the second downsized haj staged during the coronavirus pandemic, circling Islam's holiest site in masks and on distanced paths. The kingdom is allowing only 60,000 fully vaccinated residents to take part, seeking to repeat last year's success that saw no virus outbreak during the five-day ritual. This year's haj, with participants chosen through a lottery, is larger than the pared-down version staged in 2020 but drastically smaller than in normal times, stoking resentment among Muslims abroad who are barred once again. After being loaded on buses and…
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Why Cuba seems to be on brink of another revolution

Why Cuba seems to be on brink of another revolution

Early on Thursday, Cuban-American rapper Pitbull tweeted a “message to the world” about Cuba. “If you don’t understand what’s going on, then you need to wake the f#@k up,” he said in an impassioned 2-minute speech that had clocked many thousands of likes by morning. So, what’s going on in Cuba? A ‘life and death’ struggleThe communists, who have ruled Cuba since 1959, coined the slogan ‘patria o muerte’, which means ‘homeland or death’. But in the streets of Cuba’s cities a different cry is ringing now: ‘patria y vida’ — homeland and life. It’s a call to take back…
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Facebook says Iran-based hackers used site to target US military personnel

Facebook says Iran-based hackers used site to target US military personnel

Facebook said on Thursday it had taken down about 200 accounts run by a group of hackers in Iran as part of a cyber-spying operation that targeted mostly US military personnel and people working at defense and aerospace companies. The social media giant said the group, dubbed 'Tortoiseshell' by security experts, used fake online personas to connect with targets, build trust sometimes over the course of several months and drive them onto other sites where they were tricked into clicking malicious links that would infect their devices with spying malware. "This activity had the hallmarks of a well-resourced and persistent…
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