Daily Archives: October 4, 2018

‘If it's cancer, it's cancer’: Duterte admits his health ‘got worse’, awaits screening results

Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte has acknowledged that his health has deteriorated and that he has undergone a colonoscopy and endoscopy, fearing it could be cancer. Three weeks after having his digestive tract as well as his colon examined, the 73-year-old President of the Philippines said that he had to take additional tests this week to see if he has any ...

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You can now use the Google Assistant to order an Uber or Lyft

If you ever wanted to use your Google Assistant to book a ride with Uber or Lyft, your wishes have been heard. Starting today, you’ll be able to use your voice to ask Google’s virtual assistant to book you a car from Uber, Lyft, Ola, Grab, GO-JEK and similar services. The new feature works with Google Assistant-enabled speakers and on phones. ...

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Obstruction of justice? 300 anti-Kavanaugh protesters arrested in Washington (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Hundreds of protesters, including prominent #MeToo celebrity figures Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski, have been arrested in Washington DC during another protest against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. READ MORE: Grassroots outrage? Soros-funded activists behind anti-Kavanaugh campaign Thousands of women took to the streets of the US capital in a last-ditch effort to appeal to senators to ...

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Yahoo returns to messaging with IRC-inspired Yahoo Together

Farewell, Yahoo Messenger. Hello, Yahoo Together? Yep, Yahoo is returning to the messaging space today after closing its older app due to lack of use. Designed for group chats between family, friends, clubs and others, Yahoo Together tries to differentiate itself from others through its ability to organize group conversations into separate topics, similar to the IRC model, and its ...

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‘Trump humiliates Saudis’: Iran’s FM invites SA to jointly boost regional security, not outsource it

Iran, rarely friendly to Saudi Arabia, has extended an unusual offer of cooperation to its neighbors in the face of “humiliation” by Donald Trump, who claimed the kingdom would fall within two weeks without protection from the US. While the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations, Iran proposed to its arch-nemesis and regional foe to unite against ...

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VP Pence calls on Google to end work on a search engine for China

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence called for Google to end its development of a search engine custom built to accommodate China’s disposition for censorship. Pence gave the speech at a conservative think tank in D.C., dipping into a range of anti-Beijing sentiments, from intellectual property concerns to tariffs and the trade war. Pence didn’t mince words, calling on Google ...

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Foreign mediators? Catalonia urges Madrid to talk independence, forwards letter to Trump, Putin & Xi

Catalonia’s leader has urged the Spanish government to enter a constructive “mediated dialogue” over the region’s independence aspirations, sending a copy of his letter to the US, Russian and Chinese leaders. In a letter dated September 26 and leaked to the media on Thursday, Catalan President Quim Torra formally asked Madrid to “enter mediated dialogue as quickly as possible.” “You ...

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Bioweapon insects? DARPA seeks to ‘defend crops’ by spreading genetically modified viruses

A US military program dubbed ‘Insect Allies’ could be used as a biological weapon, a group of European scientists warns. The Pentagon’s research arm claims they are intended to defend crops, but doesn’t deny ‘dual-use’ potential. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology and the University of Freiburg in Germany, as well as the University of Montpelier, France, ...

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Bloomberg’s spy chip story reveals the murky world of national security reporting

Today’s bombshell Bloomberg story has the internet split: either the story is right, and reporters have uncovered one of the largest and jarring breaches of the U.S. tech industry by a foreign adversary… or it’s not, and a lot of people screwed up. To recap, Chinese spies reportedly infiltrated the supply chain and installed tiny chips the size of a ...

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Pentagon's ‘self-defense’ means war anywhere, any time. But there's a call to regulate war powers

A post-9/11 act grants the president authority to wage foreign wars with few restrictions. However, Democrats want the Pentagon to explain a lesser-known policy that allows the military to strike almost anywhere, at any time. Passed easily in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) streamlines the usual requirement that the president ...

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