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US ‘to view major cyber attacks as acts of war’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Pentagon has adopted a new strategy that will classify major cyber attacks as acts of war, paving the way for possible military retaliation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The newspaper said the Pentagon plans to unveil its first-ever strategy regarding cyber warfare next month,…

U.S., U.K. plan trans-governmental national security group

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the United States are to create a new joint forum to assess long-term threats to their national security, a British government source said Monday. The launch of the new national security strategy board is expected to be announced during U.S. President Barack Obama’s state visit to Britain, starting Tuesday. “The U.S.…

Afghan Taliban deny Mullah Omar is dead

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — An Afghan Taliban spokesman said Monday it was “not possible at all” that their leader Mullah Omar was dead, after an Afghan intelligence source said he had been killed in Pakistan. “This is pure propaganda. This is not possible at all,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP by…

Russia opens trial into ‘US spy ring traitor’

MOSCOW (AFP) – A Russian court on Monday began hearing the case of a former top secret service agent accused of treason and defecting after he blew the cover on a sleeper spy ring in the United States last year. Alexander Poteyev, who is being tried in absentia and is…

Schwarzenegger to star in proposed new “Terminator”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – He said he would be back, and now Arnold Schwarzenegger is doing just that. The action movie hero turned politician is attached to star in a new “Terminator” movie being shopped to Hollywood studios, an industry source said on Wednesday. Schwarzenegger, 63, who played the killing…

White House eyes Warren associates for consumer job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is zeroing in on close associates of law professor Elizabeth Warren, an outspoken critic of Wall Street, to head the new U.S.consumer financial agency, a source with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters. Warren has long been considered a front-runner to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will…

Crisis-hit Tokyo Electric to cut top exec pay by half

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power said it would cut the total compensation of its president, chairman and other top executives by half as it grapples with the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years at its Fukushima Daiichi plant. The company, which is seeking government help to foot a massive bill to compensate…

Former Egyptian prime minister ‘to face trial for corruption’

CAIRO, Egypt — Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Nazif and the former ministers of interior and finance are to face trial on charges of corruption, a judicial source told AFP on Sunday. “The former prime minister Ahmed Nazif, former interior minister Habib al-Adly and former finance minister Yussef Boutros-Ghali will…

Google is in the FTC’s “regulatory crosshairs,” may be investigated for anti-trust

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. antitrust regulators may investigate Google Inc’s dominance of the Web search industry, and will settle on the agency to launch a probe once scrutiny into the company’s plan to buy ITA software is done, a source told Reuters on Tuesday. The Federal Trade Commissionand Justice Department will decide which has…

U.N. plane crashes in Congo, at least 20 dead

KINSHASA (Reuters) – A United Nations plane crashed while trying to land at the airport serving Congo’s capital Kinshasa on Monday, killing least 20 people, a government official said. The plane lost control in high winds as it came in to land and left the runway, the Health Ministry official, Joseph…

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