Cybersecurity - an issue once obscure - is now at the centre of US-China relations. In Cold War days, nuclear arms control might have topped the agenda of a major summit - but now when leaders meet, they are looking at how to avoid an escalating cyber-arms race. Tension has grown in recent years and is the sign of a wider struggle over establishing the rules of the road for the internet as the US and other countries battle to define what constitutes acceptable behaviour and how to deter actions that cross those lines. American officials have been making their views about Chinese state-sponsored cyber-espionage clear in the run up to this week's meetings. "This isn't a mild irritation, it's an economic and national security concern to the United States," US national security adviser Susan Rice said. "It puts enormous strain on our bilateral relationship, and it is a critical factor in determining the future trajectory of US-China ties." President Xi Jinping, meanwhile, denied such … [Read more...] about Cyber-suspicion strains US-China relations
Cyber attack disrupts distribution of multiple us newspapers
Bloomberg has crowned the weekend’s dramatic attacks on Saudi oil facilities the largest supply disruption in history, with the cuts surpassing those which resulted from the Iranian Revolution in 1979, and the losses of Kuwaiti and Iraqi supplies during the Gulf War of 1990-1991. For comparison, those disruptions led to losses of as much as 5.6 and 4.3 million barrels per day, respectively. Markets reacted to the cut accordingly, with crude prices surging across the board on Monday, seeing their largest single-day spike since 1988, with West Texas Intermediate futures jumping by 14.7 percent to $62.90, while global benchmark Brent finished up 14.6 percent, at $69.02. Gasoline futures saw a similar climb, up by over 13 percent in trading after initially spiking upwards by as much as 18 percent. Prices pulled back slightly in early Tuesday trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, with WTI down about -1.5 percent, while November Brent slipped by -1.72 percent at the time of … [Read more...] about Aramco Attacks Spark Largest Oil Supply Cut Since Gulf War, What Next?
Boyko Borisov, prime minister of Bulgaria, a nation deeply plagued by widespread corruption, is scheduled to visit President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE at the White House on Monday. The lack of press freedom in Bulgaria is not likely to be on the agenda for their talks.The Bulgarian political system is dominated by Borisov and his party. Borisov has been in power almost continuously in Bulgaria for ten years and has no serious political opposition. Meanwhile, Russia, which continues to see the Balkans as a region of strategic competition with the West, is alleged to indirectly fund political parties throughout Europe.The lack of a free and independent media in Bulgaria today is another condition that … [Read more...] about Trump and Bulgaria: Attacks on free media damage democracy
Dozens of parishioners were attacked inside Roman Catholic church in the Nicaraguan city of Masaya on Thursday when government sympathizers interrupted a mass and attacked congregants with clubs, machetes and metal bars. The shocking attack took place after it became known that San Juan Bautista parish priest Harving Padilla planned to lead a procession to San Miguel Arcángel in solidarity with that priest Edwin Román and a dozen people, including 11 mothers, who are on a hunger strike there to demand the release of loved ones they say are political prisoners. Padilla said the crowd surrounded his church while Mass was being celebrated inside and tried to break through the doors, and priests and parishioners blocked the entrances with pews. 'They came with pipes and machetes, they beat the altar boys and a woman and they had us surrounded in here,' Padilla said. Father Harvey Padilla exposes the consecrated host to one of the barricaded doors of the San Juan Bautista … [Read more...] about Pro-government protesters in Nicaragua storm church and attack alter boys and women with MACHETES and metal bars after priest called for release of political prisoners
STRASBOURG: The celebrated Christmas market in France´s eastern city of Strasbourg opened for another festive season on Friday, with shopkeepers and visitors vowing not to be cowed by an attack last year by a radical Islamist gunman that killed five people.The annual celebrations around a giant Christmas tree will be shadowed by the events of December 11, 2018, when Cherif Chekatt, 29, went on the rampage at the market.The anniversary itself will be marked by a sombre homage to the memory of those killed."We have no specific elements of concern -- terrorist or otherwise -- concerning the Christmas market in Strasbourg," Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told the Dernieres Nouvelles d´Alsace newspaper before visiting the market to enjoy a mulled wine and chat to stallholders.Castener said he wanted to "bring a message of vigilance but also calm, confidence and an invitation to the festivities" and said the presence of security personnel, including anti-terrorist elite … [Read more...] about French city opens famed Christmas market year after attack