‘Their Country Is Being Invaded’: Exodus of Venezuelans Overwhelms Brazil

Hundreds turn up each day, many arriving penniless and gaunt as they pass a tattered flag that signals they have reached the border.

Once they cross, many cram into public parks and plazas teeming with makeshift homeless shelters, raising concerns about drugs and crime. The lucky ones sleep in tents and line up for meals provided by soldiers — pregnant women, the disabled and families with young children are often given priority. The less fortunate huddle under tarps that crumple during rainstorms.

The scenes are reminiscent of the waves of desperate migrants who have escaped the wars in Syria and Afghanistan, spurring a backlash in Europe. Yet this is happening in Brazil, where a relentless tide of people fleeing the deepening economic crisis in Venezuela has begun to test the region’s tolerance for immigrants.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/28/world/americas/venezuela-brazil-migrants.html

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Kim Prepared to Cede Nuclear Weapons if U.S. Pledges Not to Invade

Keeping diplomatic developments coming at a head-snapping pace, the South Korean government said on Sunday that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, had told President Moon Jae-in that he would abandon his nuclear weapons if the United States agreed to formally end the Korean War and promise not to invade his country.

In a confidence-building gesture ahead of a proposed summit meeting with President Trump, a suddenly loquacious and conciliatory Mr. Kim also said he would invite experts and journalists from South Korea and the United States to watch the shutdown next month of his country’s only known underground nuclear test site.

In Washington, Trump officials spoke cautiously about the chances of reaching a deal and laid out a plan for the rapid dismantling of the North’s nuclear program, perhaps over a two-year period.

That would be accompanied by a “full, complete, total disclosure of everything related to their nuclear program with a full international verification,” said John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s new national security adviser.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/29/world/asia/north-korea-trump-nuclear.html

ISIS propaganda machine smashed in cyber raid…

Police around Europe and North America have seized servers and data from Islamic State propaganda outlets in a multi-country operation aimed at tracking down radicals and crimping the group’s ability to spread its violent message.

The two-day operation was the culmination of efforts started in late 2015, after coordinated IS attacks that killed 130 people in Paris, according to a statement from European police agency Europol.

Police notably targeted the IS-branded Aamaq news agency, as well as al-Bayan radio, and Halumu and Nasher news sites. Aamaq spreads information online in at least nine languages and has been used to claim IS was behind attacks in multiple countries, from the 2016 nightclub attack in Florida to a deadly supermarket hostage-taking in southern France last month.

While Europol said the operation “punched a big hole in the capability of IS to spread propaganda online and radicalize young people in Europe,” it didn’t shut down the propaganda altogether.

For example, Nasher continued to share IS statements and Aamaq reports Friday through channels on encrypted messaging network Telegram.

The Islamic State group has used sophisticated and ever-changing communications tools to spread its apocalyptic message to disillusioned Muslims living in the West, to persuade them to reject Western ideals of pluralism and tolerance. High-quality videos, complete with thrumming beats and slick editing techniques, have unlimited reach thanks to social networks. Extremists with gentle American accents narrate radio broadcasts aimed at U.S. internet users.

European authorities involved in the operation Wednesday and Thursday said it showed the importance of international cooperation in fighting online radicalization, which has helped fuel deadly attacks in multiple countries in Europe and the U.S.

The operation was led by Belgian prosecutors and also involved authorities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Romania.

It aimed “to destabilize this apparatus by seizing and dismantling servers used to diffuse IS propaganda and to identify and arrest its administrators,” the Belgian public prosecutor’s office said.

Two prior international police operations, notably targeting Aamaq’s mobile app and web infrastructure, paved the way for this week’s raids. One led by Spain’s Civil Guard that seized servers in Panama allowed authorities to identify radicals in 133 countries via their interaction with IS propaganda, according to Europol and a Civil Guard statement.

The operation came as more than 70 countries vowed to bolster efforts to stop financing for IS and al-Qaida. Participants at an international conference in Paris on Thursday promised to improve international coordination and transparency of money flows.

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_EUROPE_US_ISLAMIC_STATE?SITE=TXMCA&SECTION=INTERNATIONAL&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2018-04-27-08-06-26

GOP-led House panel clears Trump campaign in Russia probe

The Republican-led House intelligence committee on Friday released a lengthy report concluding it found no evidence that Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign, drawing praise from the president and rebuttals from Democrats.

The report caps an investigation that began with the promise of bipartisanship but quickly transformed into an acrimonious battle between Democrats and Republicans over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and whether there were any connections with the Trump campaign.

Trump quickly claimed vindication Friday, calling the report “totally conclusive, strong, powerful, many things.”

“No collusion, which I knew anyway. No coordination, no nothing. It’s a witch hunt, that’s all it is,” he told reporters in the Oval Office.

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https://apnews.com/8b95a7cf7bcb4585b00c038be2257ba4

Blue light from smartphones linked to some cancers

Exposure to the kind of blue light emitted by outdoor LEDs, smartphones and tablets may increase your risk of breast or prostate cancer, a new study suggests.

The study, published Monday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, compared previous exposure to artificial lights at night between approximately 2,000 breast or prostate cancer patients and approximately 2,000 controls living in Barcelona and Madrid.
The researchers measured exposure to outdoor artificial light, such as streetlights, using images from the International Space Station and to indoor artificial light using self-reported questionnaires.
    The researchers found that those exposed to high levels of outdoor blue light at night had around a 1.5-fold higher risk of developing breast cancer and a twofold higher risk of developing prostate cancer, compared with those who were less exposed. Men exposed to high levels of indoor artificial light also had 2.8-fold higher risk of developing prostate cancer, according to the study.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/27/health/artificial-blue-light-prostate-breast-cancer-study/index.html

    I Alexa bug let hackers turn into covert listening device

    Amazon Echo speakers listen out for the word “Alexa”, the name of its voice assistant, before completing a command, like “Alexa, read tell me today’s news”. Any interaction with Alexa is recorded to improve the service, but once the command is finished, Alexa stops recording.

    But security researchers from Checkmarx developed an Alexa Skill that would have been an Echo user’s worst nightmare. The Skill, a voice app that can be installed on an Echo speaker, would keep Alexa listening long after it should have switched itself off and automatically transcribe what it hears for an attacker.

    When an Alexa skill completes its task it is supposed to stop listening. However, sometimes Alexa doesn’t hear a command correctly, which will lead the Echo to ask for the user to repeat it. This “re-prompt” feature could be exploited, the researchers found, and be programmed to carry on listening, while muting Alexa’s responses.

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    https://www.yahoo.com/news/amazon-alexa-bug-let-hackers-104609600.html

    PEACE! North and South Korea agree to ‘COMPLETE denuclearisation’ as Moon Jae-in vows ‘there will be no war’ with Kim Jong-un

    The declaration included promises to pursue military arms reduction, cease “hostile acts,” turn their fortified border into a “peace zone,” and seek multilateral talks with other countries, such as the United States.

    In his first ever press conference in front of the world’s media Kim Jong-un said:“We are one nation we cannot be separated. We share the same blood.

    “We are living with each other. We are brothers.”

    The Koreas said they hope the parties will be able to declare an official end to the war by the end of this year.


    What’s happened so far:

    • Kim Jong-un met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the southern side of the demilitarised zone in the border truce village of Panmunjom
    • He made history as the first North Korean leader to cross into the South since the Korean War ended in 1953
    • The leaders displayed signs of unity and peace as they shook hands on both sides of the border line
    • Kim signed a guest book at the Peace House, in which he wrote: “A new history begins now”
    • Referring to missile tests, Kim joked “[we] won’t interrupt your early morning sleep anymore”
    • Kim offered to visit South Korean presidential mansion after Moon suggested more summits
    • The pair have planted a commemorative pine tree from 1953 – the year the Korean War armistice was signed – at the border truce village.
    • The countries have agreed to the the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula and hope to declare the war officially over by the end of this year.

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    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6154655/north-south-korea-agree-denuclearisation-kim-jong-un-moon-jae-in/

    Bill Cosby is found guilty in sexual assault retrial

    • The jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial found the disgraced comedian guilty of sexual assault after 14 hours of deliberation
    • He was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004
    • The jury found him guilty of all on three counts of aggravated indecent assault
    • The 80-year-old actor now faces spending the rest of his life in prison as each count carries a sentence of up to ten years imprisonment
    • After the guilty verdict was read, defense attorney Tom Mesereau said the ‘fight is not over’ and urged that there would be an appeal
    • DA Kevin Steele commended Constand’s courage said that ‘justice was done’
    • Several women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault were at the courthouse on Thursday and celebrated the guilty verdict

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5661091/Jury-asks-hear-testimony-Cosbys-star-witness-second-day-deliberations.html

    14 states hit record-low unemployment

    Fourteen states have set new records for low unemployment rates in the last year, nearly a decade after the recession put millions of Americans out of work.
    The states hitting new unemployment lows run the ideological gamut, from conservative Texas to liberal California, suggesting a recovery stronger than any particular political persuasion.
    In March, eight states saw new record lows, including Hawaii (2.1 percent), Idaho (2.9 percent), Kentucky (4 percent ), Maine (2.7 percent), Mississippi (4.5 percent), Oregon (4.1 percent) and Wisconsin (2.9 percent).

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    http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/384414-14-states-hit-record-low-unemployment

    Looming Privacy Regulations May Strengthen Facebook and Google

    Facebook and Google may emerge stronger after Europe enacts sweeping new regulations that prioritize people’s data privacy. Credit Tomi Setala/Bloomberg

    SAN FRANCISCO — In Europe and the United States, the conventional wisdom is that regulation is needed to force Silicon Valley’s digital giants to respect people’s online privacy.

    But new rules may instead serve to strengthen Facebook’s and Google’s hegemony and extend their lead on the internet.

    That could begin playing out next month, when Europe enacts sweeping new regulations that prioritize people’s data privacy. The new laws, which require tech companies to ask for users’ consent for their data, are likely to hand Google and Facebook an advantage. That’s because wary consumers are more prone to trust recognized names with their information than unfamiliar newcomers. And the laws may deter start-ups that do not have the resources to comply with the rules from competing with the big companies.

    In recent years, other regulatory attempts at strengthening online privacy rules have also had little effect at chipping away at the power of the largest tech companies, ultimately aiding internet incumbents rather than hurting them.

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    “Regulations help incumbents,” said Avi Goldfarb, a marketing professor at the University of Toronto who has studied the effect of privacy regulations on competition. Mr. Goldfarb was the co-author of a 2013 reportthat said privacy regulation could be anti-competitive because the cost of getting permission from users for their data was typically much higher for a younger company than for an established firm.

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    That Facebook and Google may emerge stronger from all of this can seem like a distant prospect. The Silicon Valley companies have been under scrutiny for months for how they collect and use people’s data, with Facebook reeling from revelations that the political research firm Cambridge Analytica harvested the personal information of up to 87 million of its users. That led to Congress dragging Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, to Washington this month for a grilling.

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    http://radiobiafra.co/how-looming-privacy-regulations-may-strengthen-facebook-and-google