US military halts some exercises with Gulf countries over Qatar diplomatic crisis

The US halted some military exercises with Gulf countries over the ongoing diplomatic row targeting Qatar, US Central Command told AP on Friday. “We are opting out of some military exercises out of respect for the concept of inclusiveness and shared regional interests,” US Central Command told AP. “We will continue to encourage all partners to…

Twin airline pilots retire by landing final flights at Heathrow 30 seconds apart

Twin brothers, who arrived in the world 30 minutes apart, have both retired as airline pilots by landing their final flights just 30 seconds apart. Captains Jeremy and Nick Hart celebrated their 60th birthdays by touching down for the last time at Heathrow Airport. Despite both working for British Airways for the last five years, the…

Tropical Storm Nate kills 20 in Central America as it heads toward US

Tropical Storm Nate killed 20 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras on Thursday, officials said. Hurricane and tropical storm warnings have been issued in three US states as the storm barrels northward. Seven people are still missing after the storm hit Nicaragua, the country’s vice president said. It is forecast to make landfall on…

Las Vegas massacre: It could have been even worse

Editor’s note: Cedric L. Alexander is a CNN law enforcement analyst and deputy mayor of Rochester, New York. The views expressed here are solely those of the author. (CNN) At least 58 people were killed and over 500 injured when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fireon a country music festival in Las Vegas. The crime instantly entered the…

South Africa: Lifetime – Oscar’s Blade Runner Killer Movie ‘Will Elicit Mixed Reactions’

RESOURCE: Oscar Pistorius’s Family Taking Legal Action Against Film Company Lifetime says it’s open about the fact that the upcoming Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer made-for-TV movie has not been endorsed by the families of either Pistorius or Reeva Steenkamp and that it’s anticipated to “elicit mixed reactions in South Africa”. Oscar Pistorius’ brother Carl…

The hard tech behind Google’s simple Clips camera

Maybe the biggest surprise of Google’s hardware event today was the launch of Clips, a small stand-alone AI-driven camera that can capture up to three hours of video and images and then automatically select the best moments for you. I’m not sure how well Clips will do in the marketplace, but technically, it’s a fascinating product. During…

Pixel 2 dethrones iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 in camera rankings

Well, that was quick! The iPhone 8 Plus had a short reign at camera testing outfit DxOMark as “the best smartphone camera we’ve ever tested” — the Galaxy Note 8 tied it after only a few weeks. And now Google’s Pixel 2 has bested them both. Citing excellent video performance, great color and scene reproduction, incredibly fast and accurate autofocus,…

Google is using its biggest advantage as a weapon to totally embarrass Apple

Hardware, as they say, is hard. Building something complex like a smartphone is tough enough as it is; selling enough of them to overcome the lousy profit margins and high costs of manufacturing only makes it harder. Major companies like Google are not immune to these realities. So when Google launched the first Pixel smartphone last year, it…

Snakes on a plate: Locals feast on python after horror plantation attack (PHOTOS)

An Indonesian man is recovering in hospital after a bloody fight to the death with a giant python in rural Sumatra. Security guard Robert Nababan was on patrol at an oil palm plantation in the remote Batang Gansal district of Sumatra island when he came across the near five-meter (25ft) reptile. When the 37 year…

How US Surveillance Helps Repressive Regimes—the Ethiopia Case

  Recent stories from Edward Snowden’s disclosures show how the US government’s involvement with Ethiopia presents a case study in enabling repressive regimes to carry out surveillance on their own citizens. In the case of Ethiopia, such surveillance powers can play a significant role in a government’s criminalization of dissent and politically motivated detentions. The United States…

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