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What we know about the ‘kill switch’ in Petya ransomware attack
Cybersecurity researchers have been racing to analyze the new ransomware virus that struck Tuesday, first hitting Ukraine in an avalanche of attacks before spreading to companies around the world. The malicious software has been identified as a modified version of a previously known ransomware, called Petya or Petrwrap, but... Read more
NATO chief: US allies to spend $12 billion more this year
NATO’s chief says U.S. allies are projected to spend around $12 billion more on defense this year, after President Donald Trump berated them for failing to boost military budgets. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that “we have really shifted gears. The (spending) trend is up and we intend... Read more
China frees 3 activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier
Chinese authorities have released on bail three activists who had been detained after investigating labor conditions at a factory that produced shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands. The three activists walked out of a police station in Ganzhou, a city in southeastern Jiangxi province, on Wednesday, the final... Read more
Iran says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate parts of a travel ban applied to six Muslim-majority countries is “racist” and “unfair.” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by state TV Wednesday as saying it is “regrettable” that Washington “closes its eyes to the main perpetrators of... Read more
Millions of people in Nepal are voting in the second phase of local elections to choose municipal and village councils despite threats from ethnic groups that oppose the polls. Security was stepped up in the election areas, but police say there have so far been no reports of election-related... Read more
President Nicolas Maduro said a helicopter fired on Venezuela’s Supreme Court Tuesday in a confusing incident that he claimed was part of a conspiracy to destabilize his socialist government. An Associated Press reporter heard gunfire as a blue helicopter buzzed through downtown but was unable to confirm where the... Read more
A massive ransomware attack struck computers across Europe Tuesday, affecting major companies in Russia and Ukraine as well as the world’s largest shipping firm, Maersk, according to the affected companies and government sources. Ukraine appears to have been particularly badly hit, with the country’s government reporting that some of... Read more
Britain’s May demands major investigation after deadly fire
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday there must be a “major national investigation” into the use of potentially flammable cladding fitted to high-rise towers across the country, as police formally identified a 5-year-old boy as one of youngest victims of London’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. May’s comments came... Read more
The Israeli military says it has struck a pair of Hamas militant sites in Gaza after a projectile fired from the seaside territory landed in southern Israel. Tuesday’s early morning strikes hit training sites but caused no injuries. The projectile on Israel fell in an open area and no... Read more
Second landslide hits stricken site in China
A second landslide has struck the village in southwest China where rescue workers have been looking for nearly 100 people buried over the weekend by a massive wave of rocks and debris. Chinese state radio says the latest landslide struck the village of Xinmo in Sichuan province at around... Read more