Saturday, 27 May, 2017

Top intelligence chiefs accept conclusion Russian Federation hacked election

The heads of the United States intelligence agencies Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers Defense US intelligence director warns of more Russian cyberthreats
Saul Franklin | 13 May, 2017, 09:37

"We assess at Moscow's strategic objectives in Ukraine, maintaining long-term influence over Kyiv and frustrating Ukraine's attempts to integrate into western institutions, will remain unchanged in 2017", Coats said.

The DPRK said early this month that the current crisis on the Korean Peninsula is the most risky in half a century since the 1950-1953 Korean War.

He described Russian Federation as a "major threat" to us government, military, diplomatic, business and critical infrastructure and said the country will keep up its attacks after seeking to influence the 2016 presidential vote.

But he said the USA doesn't know if Iran will eventually decide to try to build nuclear weapons.

On Afghanistan, Coats said the situation "will very likely continue to deteriorate, even if global support is sustained". The performance of Afghan national security forces will worsen because of weak military leadership, desertions and combat casualties, he predicted.

However, a joint statement by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Coats said last month that U.S. President Donald Trump aims to use economic sanctions and diplomatic measures to pressure the DPRK to dismantle its nuclear and missile programs.

President Donald Trump is now weighing an increase of 3,000 to 5,000 USA troops in Afghanistan in an effort to stabilize the fight against the Taliban and terror groups there.

If left unchecked, Stewart added, the "stalemate" will deteriorate in the Taliban's favor, risking "all the gains" from US -backed efforts there.

FBI Raids Annapolis Fundraising Firm
The Washington FBI office said the investigation, including the raid, is being done with "fierce coordination". The firm's vice president is former congressional aide Chip O'Neil, according to the group's website.

500M Windows 10 devices, half of 2018 goal
And yes, before you ask, the Live Player team has talked with Apple, and Live Player has been approved for distribution in the App Store.

Murray bows out as Nadal, Djokovic march on in Madrid
Nadal faces David Goffin in Friday's quarter-finals after the Belgian beat world number six Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2. Women's defending champ Simona Halep has crushed American Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1 to reach the semis.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday that the "most frequent and unpredictable" terrorism threat facing the U.S.is that of homegrown extremists.

"Kabul's political dysfunction and ineffectiveness will nearly certainly be the greatest vulnerability to stability in 2017", he wrote.

But he said China can and should do more.

Coats stressed that Iran's suggested desire to preserve the deal has not stopped the country from engaging in malign activities, such as its support for the Assad regime.

Gen. Vincent Stewart and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo at Thursday's Senate hearing.

But, Coats said also that there is a possibility that chemical weapons could be used again on the Syrian people by the Syrian government and on other countries, too.

Information for this article was contributed by Matthew Pennington and Deb Riechmann of The Associated Press; and by Nick Wadhams and Tony Capaccio of Bloomberg News.

Recommended

  • State police: 3 dead, including deputy, in rural Arkansas

    State police: 3 dead, including deputy, in rural Arkansas

    Two other people were found dead near a home, and authorities say the deaths appear to be linked to Mainhart's killing. The incident happened at the intersection of State Highway 27 and Slow Fork Road near Chickalah in Yell County.
    Tribune Media (TRCO) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Finds

    Tribune Media (TRCO) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Finds

    The recommendation scale measures the value from 1 to 5, where 1 means "Strong Buy" and 5 stands for "Sell". Stockholders of record on Monday, May 22nd will be paid a dividend of 0.25 per share on Tuesday, June 6th.
    Diddy Named Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artist for Sixth Year in a Row

    Diddy Named Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artist for Sixth Year in a Row

    Puff earned much of his wealth through Cîroc Vodka, Revolt TV, his "Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour", as well as other investments. Dre" Young, with a net worth of $ 740 million , largely from his Beats deal with Apple in 2014.
  • Zidane must target domestic dominance at Real Madrid - Salgado

    Zidane must target domestic dominance at Real Madrid - Salgado

    This is not over, we have three more games in La Liga and then we have to think about the final". In the final 15 minutes of the first half we started to play our game. "It's been incredible .
    Manfred speaks out on Sox-O's intervention

    Manfred speaks out on Sox-O's intervention

    On Wednesday night, the Red Sox permanently banned from Fenway Park a man they said used a racial slur. Dylan Bundy's fastballs at Mookie Betts' hip may have slipped under the radar.

    Spurs fans drench Ginobili in social media love after block on Harden

    The Spurs should finish the Rockets in game 6 in Houston, but that depends on what attitude they have when they are in Houston. Leonard, nursing the left ankle, walked slowly but was able to participate in the team's shootaround on Thursday morning.
  • Engineer charged in deadly Amtrak crash

    Engineer charged in deadly Amtrak crash

    The Bartlett native blamed for crashing an Amtrak that killed eight people and injured hundreds more will now face charges. A federal judge in October approved a record $265 million settlement for the accident victims.
    Google's Fuchsia OS Could One Day Supersede Android On Your Smartphone

    Google's Fuchsia OS Could One Day Supersede Android On Your Smartphone

    The images shared by Ars Technica also show overlapping apps which could suggest a layout similar to the present one in Android . It turns out Fuchsia has come a long way from the command line form it existed in when it was first uncovered last August.
    European Union  reassures Ireland over post-Brexit

    European Union reassures Ireland over post-Brexit "hard border" fears

    British Brexit minister David Davis said in March that technology could prevent the need for physical customs officers. Earlier: The EU's chief Brexit negotiator arrives in Ireland today.
  • N.Korea displays apparently new missiles as USA  carrier group approaches

    N.Korea displays apparently new missiles as USA carrier group approaches

    North Korea showed off its military might during a parade in Pyongyang on Saturday, in celebration of its founder's birthday. Unlike at some previous parades attended by Kim, there did not appear to be a senior Chinese official in attendance.
    Thousands of people fill arena to hear from Warren Buffett

    Thousands of people fill arena to hear from Warren Buffett

    Buffett said the bloody removal of a 69-year-old passenger from a United Express plane in Chicago was obviously "a bad mistake ". Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett prepares to hug table tennis player Ariel Hsing, bottom.

    Parents of freed Nigeria schoolgirls still wait to see them

    Nigeria's government has come under fire for the length of time it has taken to reunite the former hostages with their families. The Red Cross had on Monday explained its rolein freeing the girls.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Supporting employees with mental health conditions Mental health encompasses a whole host of illnesses such as depression, stress, and eating disorders to name but a few. Ferrell, Executive Director of Coronado SAFE , with a Proclamation for Mental Health Month in Coronado for May 2017.

French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead France's CAC 40 index, which last week touched the highest level since early 2008, slipped 0.8 percent to 5,391 on Monday. Helena Alves, Thomas Adamson, Philippe Sotto in Paris and Carlo Piovano in London contributed.

Kelly Clarkson joining 'The Voice' as coach for 14th season Kelly Clarkson joining 'The Voice' as coach for 14th season Shelton and Clarkson held a Facebook Live event on Shelton's Facebook page to reveal Clarkson's upcoming new role on The Voice . She is no stranger to musical competition shows - she won the first season of Fox's " American Idol ".

Iraq, Algeria support extension of oil production cuts The forecast for 2018 rose to 1.95 million barrels per day as compared to 1.91 million barrels per day in April report. Any more supply from OPEC or non-OPEC could return the market to surplus.

North Korea missile threat: THAAD defence could be axed by Moon Jae The polls will close in a few hours and doubtlessly Moon Jae-in, who led the polls for months now, will be proclaimed the victor . The system has angered Beijing, which says its powerful radars allow Washington to spy on its own military operations.

Oil prices edge up in anticipation of extended crude output cut US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $47.57 per barrel, up 24 cents, or 0.5 per cent from the last settlement. Brent crude has endured a volatile past few years, plummeting from more than $100 a barrel in 2014 to less than $30 last year.

Led coalition lauds capture of Syrian IS town Led coalition lauds capture of Syrian IS town Meanwhile, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis expressed confidence that the United States can allay Turkey's concerns over the decision. The United States regards the YPG as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Syria.

The Players Championship tee times and pairings: Thursday's Round 1 The Players Championship tee times and pairings: Thursday's Round 1 "I alluded to the fact that I wasn't really happy with the golf ball I was playing and I needed to do something", McIlroy said. I think you would be somewhat of a machine if you said every week that, yeah, I'm the best and I believe in myself 100 percent.

Spurs overcome Leonard injury, Harden to beat Rockets in OT Patrick Beverley scored 20 points, while Anderson and Gordon added 19 and 11 points, respectively, for the Rockets . They missed several wide open threes down the stretch that likely would have changed the complexion of the game.

Treasurer calls Shorten's budget 'bulldust' Social Services Minister Christian Porter said that Labor had not outlined enough to fund the NDIS. Although affecting only one in 100 taxpayers, this would save $1.3 billion over the medium term.

Illini football players arrested Illini football players arrested According to court records, Darta Lee, 18, is in custody on preliminary charges of home invasion and armed robbery. All three were arrested in connection with an alleged incident at Bromley Hall, a university dormitory.

Tillerson arrives in Alaska for Arctic meeting The SWIPA report goes on to say, if greenhouse gases are reduced now, numerous changes could slow or stop after the middle of the century.

Tillerson says US won't be rushed on climate change policies It's an important trip for Finland, which takes over the rotating two-year chairmanship of the council at a delicate time in worldwide politics.

Lavrov acknowledges Comey fracas by quipping 'Was he fired?' The meeting was reported to be private, but photographers from the state-run TASS of Russian Federation were there. Tillerson's office says his meetings with Lavrov will focus on "Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral issues".

Bank of England keeps rates at record low as economy slows The March trade deficit expanded, while construction and production results all added further disappointment by missing forecasts. The Resolution Foundation think tank noted that 40 percent of the British workforce have been affected by falling wages so far.