Firm claims Kremlin-linked group created fake websites for Senate and thinktanks
The Russian group linked to the hacking of Hillary Clinton?€?s presidential election campaign has been launching fresh attacks in the US, including against two conservative thinktanks, in the run-up to the midterm elections.
According to Microsoft, which uncovered the new attempts, the hackers created fake websites that appeared to mimic the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute, two rightwing thinktanks broadly allied against Donald Trump. Three other fake domains were designed to look as if they belonged to the Senate.
UK foreign secretary will ask president to tighten rules on online election advertising
Jeremy Hunt is to urge the EU to stand shoulder to shoulder with the US administration by going further to impose more comprehensive sanctions against Russia.
In his first speech since his appointment as foreign secretary, Hunt will renew the British attack on Russian efforts to undermine liberal democracies, saying that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has made the world ?€?a more dangerous place?€?, and that after a chemical weapons attack in England, the EU should apply more pressure to protect western democracy from Russian interference and ensure Russia sticks to international rules.
Interior minister wants EU states to agree to take 177 refugees and migrants onboard
An Italian coastguard ship with 177 people on board has docked in the Sicilian seaport of Catania, but Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini has not given authorisation for the refugees and migrants to disembark.
The passengers, who have been stuck on the coastguard boat Ubaldo Diciotti for five days will not be allowed on land until ?€?Europe steps in to help?€??€?, Salvini said.
US first lady speaks on pitfalls of social media, while her husband uses it to attack former CIA head John Brennan
Melania Trump has issued a warning over the destructive power of social media on the same day her husband used Twitter to attack John Brennan as ?€?the worst CIA director in our country?€?s history?€? and a political ?€?hack?€?.
The US first lady was speaking at a federal conference on cyberbullying in Maryland.
Complaint alleges people with north African names refused bookings on holiday rental sites
Several French holidaymakers with north African names are preparing to file a discrimination complaint with the France?€?s rights watchdog, claiming they were refused holiday rentals on online booking sites on the basis of their name.
The French journalist Merwane Mehadji told a France Inter radio investigationthat discrimination was happening when bookings were made. ?€?I wanted to book an apartment or house in Marseille on Airbnb or Abritel,?€? he said. Twice, the booking and payment went through but then was swiftly cancelled by the homeowner for no reason.
Musk tweeted on 7 August that he had ?€?secured?€? funding to take the company private, but so far no offer has been made
Investors betting on a fall in Tesla?€?s share price have made $1.09bn since 7 August, when Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted he had ?€?secured?€? funding to take the troubled company private.
The electric car company?€?s soared 11% to $379 after Musk?€?s so-called ?€?Tesla tweet?€? that he had ?€?funding secured?€? to buy out investors at $420 share. But that tweet - now the subject of legal action and a regulatory inquiry - so far has not led to an offer and Tesla?€?s stock has fallen 19% to $308 share.
A road project has taken the homes of 2,000 families without compensation - yet over half of Kenyans travel on foot
Early on Sunday morning on the outskirts of Nairobi, hundreds of people gathered amid the rubble where their church once stood. Pastors preached atop bare foundations. Worshippers, dressed in their Sunday best, sat on shattered bricks and broken concrete. Pamphlets, family photos and school papers littered the ground.
Days before, they had watched as bulldozers tore through their neighbourhood, mowing down churches, schools and businesses, to make way for a highway extension that aims to ease Nairobi?€?s notoriously bad traffic congestion. The new road will pass through the heart of Kibera, the largest informal settlement in Africa, where many of the homes are built from mud bricks and corrugated metal, and house some of the capital?€?s poorest people.
Visitors are promised a taste of the newly reunited city?€?s 1990s underground music scene
If you can remember it, you probably weren?€?t there, as the old adage goes. What was true of the summer of love generation applies also to Berlin?€?s 1990s techno scene, the subject of the city?€?s latest blockbuster exhibition.
The brainchild of the team behind Berlin?€?s nostalgia-drenched DDR Museum, Nineties Berlin promises thrill-seeking tourists a taste of the fabled parties of the 20th century?€?s last decade.
Playground oases could benefit students and city alike, but will making them public prove too controversial in a city on high alert?
It?€?s only 10am but the heat is already radiating off the asphalt at the École Riblette, a primary school on the outskirts of Paris. Sébastien Maire, the city?€?s chief resilience officer, points to the school?€?s lower courtyard, a classic heat trap: surrounded by concrete walls that reflect sunlight inside. Last June, the courtyard hit 55C (131F).
?€?For three days, school activities stopped,?€? Maire says. ?€?It was not possible for the children to study, nor to go into the schoolyard. We would forbid them because it?€?s 55 degrees - you can fry an egg on the ground.?€?
Reports warn it could run out of groundwater by 2020. Has Delhi run out of time to reverse years of mismanagement and unchecked urbanisation?
It?€?s about 4pm on a muggy monsoon day in Wazirpur, a low-income urban village in Delhi. A group of 30 women are lined up in the 34C heat (93F) behind an assortment of empty coolers, buckets, petrol containers - anything they can store water in once the government tanker arrives.
?€?We?€?ve been here since 10am,?€? says 55-year-old Gudi. ?€?You never know if the tanker will come or not - we come here every day and wait.?€?
Critics in city where hit film is set complain that it leaves out minorities and is ?€?simplistic?€?
It has been heralded as a milestone for representation of Asian people on screen, the first Hollywood blockbuster to feature an all-Asian cast in 25 years.
But Crazy Rich Asians, which raked in $26.5m (£21m) at the US box office over the weekend, has proved polarising among the community it is supposed to represent, many of whom have said it perpetuates racist stereotypes and presents a single version of Asia that is ?€?palatable?€? for Hollywood audiences.
Wife speaks publicly for first time about legal fight to get answers on politician?€?s suicide
The widow of the late Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant has described her agony at still not understanding the circumstances surrounding her husband?€?s death nine months ago.
Bernie Sargeant told the Guardian she owed it to her husband to establish the chain of events that led to him killing himself four days after being sacked by the Welsh first minister following allegations about his behaviour towards women.
Lawyers to argue that choice of senior PSNI officer breaches Irish national security
A Belfast man is launching legal proceedings in Dublin to try to stop the deputy chief constable of the Northern Ireland police becoming head of the Garda in Ireland.
Lawyers for Ciarán MacAirt are seeking a judicial review of the appointment, which would see someone who is likely to have worked with British intelligence in Northern Ireland take over the Republic?€?s police and security.
The waltz with Austria?€?s foreign minister was more than a PR stunt: it was a dagger in the heart of European liberal values
When Vladimir Putin took to the dancefloor to waltz with Austria?€?s foreign minister, Karin Kneissl, at her wedding last weekend, perhaps he wanted to send a signal that it was Europe he wanted to dance with. But which Europe? Surely not the Europe of the Enlightenment, embodied today by liberal democrats struggling to counter the populist wave. Rather a darker, more sinister side of Europe?€?s history and current politics.
Among the many wedding moments that drew disapproving comment on social media, the most significant was arguably when Kneissl curtsied to Putin, her head bowed, an image not unlike those of ancient Russian paintings where boyars pay homage to the tsar. But to me, something much more sinister was at play. Kneissl was appointed foreign minister last year thanks to the support of Austria?€?s far-right Freedom party, which as part of the governing coalition, now also controls the defence and home affairs ministries.
Great Suffolk Street, London British and African artists trade sounds between opposing stages in a cross-generational celebration that fizzes with energy
London?€?s Africa Centre recently relocated to a shiny new development near Tate Modern, but in the process it appeared to lose its groove, belying an era where young British talents reflect pan-African heritage (under the umbrella term Afrobeats and beyond), and arts from across Africa inspire increasingly wide audiences. On a mellow August day, the centre?€?s free summer festival, stretching over the long street outside its base, feels like a positive reconnect.
In the US, most criminal justice reform focuses overwhelmingly on nonviolent drug offenders. But violent offenders might deserve leniency, too - here?€?s why
Michael Flournoy attempted to murder someone just a few blocks away from the cafe where we?€?re now eating brunch. That?€?s what his records say, anyway. In 1996, aged 21, Flournoy was involved in a shooting which left Carolyn Jones, an innocent bystander, with a bullet in the brain.
Jones was a devoted mother and pious churchgoer who worked as a 911 operator and spent her free time volunteering. She?€?d just finished counseling teenage girls at a church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, when she was shot in the head - collateral damage in a dispute between rival drug dealers. The bullet didn?€?t kill Jones, but life as she knew it came to an end that night: it wasn?€?t clear if she?€?d ever be able to walk or talk again.
While we are all talking about who has resigned and who may resign, and who could sit on the crossbench and who could quit (it has been floating around all day there are some moderate liberals who have threatened to quit and spark byelections if Peter Dutton becomes leader) it might be worth noting that the Liberal party has not come anywhere close to finishing its preselections.
Labor still has some fights in the Senate, but is mostly done and dusted and is far enough along in the process that it could make some hasty decisions if needed.
This has been floating around a bit today, so may as well stick it in the blog - given he is now the man who wants to smile again, and have a drink, and fly all the refugees on Nauru and Manus Island on a charter plane back to Australia.
How long until we see the soft focus pictures of him playing with his children?
Some friendly advice Julia - beware a D/PM selling his "softer" side at a time your party is looking for l'ship
Study finds restrictions on migration can push people towards unauthorised channels
The use of visa restrictions to control global migration is ?€?counterproductive and ineffective?€?, pushing people who want to stay within the law towards illegal channels, research has suggested.
The study by academics from University of Central London (UCL), Royal Holloway and University of Birmingham, found that increased visa restrictions on migrants creates a greater need for enforcement. Researchers suggested governments should consider the wider impacts of controls, and take into account the aspirations of the individual in order to stem illegal immigration.
Criminalising begging violates the rights of vulnerable people, the court ruled. Campaigners hope the rest of India will follow suit
People beg on the streets of India?€?s capital out of need, not because they want to. With that ruling earlier this month, Delhi high court judges decriminalised begging in the city, leaving jubilant campaigners hoping they can persuade the rest of the country to follow suit.
?€?Begging is their last resort to subsistence,?€? the judges ruled. ?€?Criminalising begging is a wrong approach to deal with the underlying causes of the problem and violates the fundamental rights of some of the most vulnerable people.?€?
Two years ago, the state branded him a terrorist. Now, after years in exile, activist Jawar Mohammed is back - and determined to see democracy in his country
Jawar Mohammed never travels alone. When the US-based Ethiopian activist returned to his home country on 5 August, he was treated like royalty. A posse of sharply suited young men hovered by him at all times. Jeeps carrying security guards patrolled his hotel in central Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Supporters from the provinces arrived in droves to pay their respects. Over the course of a two-week visit he held about 25 to 30 meetings a day, according to an exhausted aide.
After meeting with the Guardian in his hotel suite he rushed off to give a lecture at the capital?€?s main university, entourage in tow.
The British tourist was rescued after falling from a cruise ship into the Adriatic
If you are going to fall from a cruise ship into open water, there are worse places to do so than the Adriatic Sea at the height of summer. The temperature of the stretch of water that separates Italy from the Balkan peninsula is above 20C (68F) in August and minimal wind means that the sea tends to be calm.
Kay Longstaff said she fell from an aft deck on the Venice-bound Norwegian Star around midnight on Saturday and spent 10 hours in the water before she was found and pulled to safety. Had it been another time of year, or a different body of water, the story might have ended very differently. ?€?The two big factors with falling into water are the temperature and the sea state, and they compound each other,?€? said Prof Mike Tipton, an expert in sea survival at the University of Portsmouth.
Nicolás Maduro?€?s emergency package to tackle the problem looks doomed to fail
Countries suffering from an inflationary problem fall into three categories: the ones that have a sharply rising cost of living; the ones gripped by hyperinflation; and the ones where things are so bad comparisons are made with Germany in 1923. With the International Monetary Fund predicting that inflation will hit 1,000,000% by the end of the year, Venezuela falls into the third category.
It wasn?€?t always this way. Venezuela has the highest oil reserves in the world and could once boast of being one of the richest countries in Latin America. Poverty levels were more than halved under the former president, Hugo Chávez, and there was bountiful public investment in health and education.
Beware the hype that trumpets this as a great success story, a tribute to solidarity and a commonsense approach that has restored economic stability and prevented Greece from being the first country to leave the euro. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The president?€?s decision to revoke the former CIA director John Brennan?€?s security clearance turned his feud with his intelligence agencies into an all-out war, uniting former officials against him
For two years, Donald Trump has attacked the US intelligence community as a whole and individually on topics as various as the Iraq war, Hillary Clinton, Michael Flynn, the so-called Steele dossier and, most of all, the Russia investigation.
The Taliban have been blamed for a pair of rockets fired towards the presidential palace during a live broadcast by Ashraf Ghani to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Blasts were heard as the president spoke. He interrupted his message to say: 'If they are thinking the rocket attack will keep Afghans down, they are wrong'
The southern Indian state of Kerala has endured its worst monsoon rain in a century, leaving more than 200 people dead in the past fortnight. Amidst the destruction and loss, small tales of hope and humanity have emerged - from the pregnant woman who was airlifted from her flooded home just in time to give birth in hospital to the Sikh community preparing meals for hundreds of displaced people now living in camps
Footage released by the Italian police shows cars driving along a road beneath the Genoa bridge before capturing the moment of collapse. A 200-metre section of the bridge gave way in busy traffic on Tuesday, leaving 43 people dead
Donald Trump's lawyer, the former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has made several gaffes while serving his client, ranging from spilling the beans on how Michael Cohen bought Stormy Daniels's silence to confusing tales about the alleged meeting with Russian operatives in Trump Tower. So far, Giuliani has managed to keep his job. But how much longer will the president tolerate the slip-ups?
Eighty-nine North and South Korean families were temporarily reunited on Monday in a tearful meeting on Mount Kumgang, a North Korean tourist resort. Many families we separated after the Korean war in 1953. Reunions are permitted only occasionally by North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, but now an ageing generation means the numbers at the meetings are set to decline
Muslims from around the world have started the yearly ritual in Saudi Arabia, performing rites in and around the holy city of Mecca. Hajj is a religious duty that must be carried out by those adults who are able to at least once in their lifetime
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok, sending people fleeing into the streets just two weeks after a quake that killed more than 460 people. The quake on Sunday was centred west-south-west of Belanting town in East Lombok, the US Geological Survey said, at a relatively shallow depth of about 4.5 miles (7km). The tremor was also felt in the island?€?s capital Mataram and on the neighbouring resort island of Bali
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