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A sweeping vote for fresh French Surveillance Powers in the wake of Charlie Hebdo Terrorist attacks in Paris in January had hit the French Parliament....

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According to Kenya’s Interior Ministry, one of the four gunmen who had murdered 148 people in a college in Kenya the last week was the son of a Keny...

North Korean Missile Launch Photos Modified By Government According to US Official

The North Korean Submarine missile launch Photograph was modified according to US Admiral James Winnefeld of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.\

North Korea said that on May 9, it had successfully conducted an underwater test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile. However, due to the fact the photograph was manipulated, Admiral Winnefeld said that they have not gotten as far as their video editors would have the US believe.

Along with Winnefeld, German Aerospace Engineers Markus Schiller and Robert Schmucker of Schmucker Technologie supported the manipulation angle.

According to the two, the photos of the launch were heavily modified which included the reflections of the missile exhaust flame that did not line up with the missile itself.

However, South Korea continues to believe the photos are authentic and that the missile had been launched from the submarine itself.

South Korea has a record of providing fraudulent evidence for advancements in military technologies.

France Passes New Surveillance Law Post-Charlie Hebdo Attacks

A sweeping vote for fresh French Surveillance Powers in the wake of Charlie Hebdo Terrorist attacks in Paris in January had hit the French Parliament. The new bill allows intelligence agencies to tap phones and emails without having to get permission from a judge.

The new bill was not met with resistance from human rights groups. They said it would legalise intrusive and illicit surveillance methods that may or may not be used in a lawful manner.

Civil liberties groups continue their campaign using George Orwell’s 1984 as their reference. Under the banner “24 hours before 1984”, it gives reference to the all-knowing dystopian dictatorship.

Amnesty International had warned of “extremely large and intrusive powers” without judicial controls.

According to green and hard-left MPs, the Socialist and rightwing parties said the new law was essential to stopping the possibility of another terrorist attack in French soil.

The legal powers included in the new bill allows the spying on digital and mobile phone communications of anyone linked to a “terrorist” inquiry. Intelligence services can install cameras, recording devices and keylogging devices that record every key stroke on targeted computers in real time.

Authorities could keep information for five years.

Do ‘Garden Cities’ Actually Contribute To The Health?

Gardens are truthfully stunning and relaxing upon first sight. For the next few minutes, natural distractions help you focus on relaxation. However, is there evidence that ‘Garden Cities’ actually contribute to a person’s well-being?

The UK plans to reinvent Ebbsfleet, where there are new buildings and has become an ‘industrial paradise’, whichever connotation anybody wants to read it.

Environmentalists are praising the effort as it replaces everything with energy-efficient structures, green spaces and car-free zones, all the modern troubles of urban life blown away in one second.

Urban planners Arup had researched green cities to contribute to the well-being of its citizens and help the city become more prosperous and safer. They predict that two out of three cities in the world will live in such cities.

According to Arup Director of Landscape and Urbanism Tom Armour, humans are ‘hard-wired to enjoy nature’.

Exeter University’s 17-year study had found that UK residents who reside in greener urban environments have lower anxiety levels and had higher states of well-being.

A classic study, used as a related literature of the current study, showed that patients who are recovering from surgery recovered faster with a view of trees from their bed.

However, there are still more troubles ahead.

The greening of poor environments could possibly drive up property prices and force low income residents out. Marginalisation may widen as a result.

Kenyan Attacker Was Official’s Son

According to Kenya’s Interior Ministry, one of the four gunmen who had murdered 148 people in a college in Kenya the last week was the son of a Kenyan government official.

The officials said on Sunday that the gunman was killed by Kenyan security forces during the attack at the university campus as Abdirahim Abdullahi. His father was an official in Kenya’s Mandera district.

The Official reported his son had been missing last year, only to resurface as an attacker in the incident.

He was reported to have studied law at Kenya’s Nairobi University. He was a top student according to the Interior Ministry Spokesperson Mwenda Njoka. The man then disappeared without a trace from his friends and family.

“The family told us that he became withdrawn and very critical of everything and everyone,” Mr. Njoka said. “The family is Muslim, but Abdirahim criticized them about how they behaved and worshipped. At first, the parents thought he was just being a typical teenager, until he disappeared.”

Kenyan Islamic Radicalism is on the rise and were drawn into training camps in Somalia. They are given promises of a meaningful life in Kenya’s notorious Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab, which had previously pledged to al-Qaeda its loyalty.

Kenyan authorities supect that militants from Somalia who infiltrated the Somali communities were largely responsible for the massacre.

Greece To Be Grilled By EU Leaders Over Austerity

As Greece’s Prime Minister Attempts to finally break down the country’s strict austerity measures, EU prepares to grill the Greeks for the country’s past misgivings and ambitious requests. The latest Brussels summit is Greece’s few chances left to convince their creditors for additional time and avoid bankruptcy.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is the only one who could or could not convince EU to help the country float over its impending bankruptcy. After Greek Financial Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ failures to convince EU’s Finance Ministers, Greece sits at the brink of downfall.

Meanwhile, EU Parliament President Martin Schulz said that the Greek financial situation was dangerous. Greece needs more than €2-3 billion to help it avoid an bankruptcy. He added that it is only a short-term solution.

“So it would be good if Greece fulfils the obligations that it has agreed to – then further money will flow,” said Schulz.
“The willingness of the Greek government to cooperate must improve.”
Economic Chief of the EC Pierre Moscovici said:
“We completely support the objective of helping those who are most vulnerable in Greek society, those who have been struck by the crisis. But there must be consultations on new measures. We have to be able to evaluate the budgetary impact of the measures being proposed.”

Netanyahu Vs. Obama: Obama Must Realise The Growing Threats

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke in the US Congress answering an invitation from the Republican Party. In his speech, he made clear one thing; he found Obama’s initiative to offer dispenses to Iran as something that could threaten the entire world.

In his speech, he said that the US is “paving the way” for Iran’s nuclear bomb. He highlighted that the IS only had “butcher knives” while Iran had a nuclear bomb and intercontinental ballistic missles.

According to Congressman Adam Kinzinger R-Channahon, “Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address reinforced my serious concerns about the direction of ongoing negotiations with Iran,” said Kinzinger, who has been outpsoken about tougher Iranian sanctions. “A compelling case was made as to why we must reject any deal that allows Iran a pathway that could be used to obtain nuclear weapons. It is time for this administration to stop ignoring the growing threats facing the international community and listen to the calls of our allies to demand Iran give up any nuclear enrichment for the long term.”

Republicans had greatly cheered Netanyahu’s speech, but US President Barack Obama said that Netanyahu “did not offer any solution or alternative”.

He said that the US and the world need insight on what is happening inside Iran, which is why the sanctions are needed. To turn a blind eye on Iran for its economic activities is a risk that can endanger the world.

Health Experts Blame US Food Companies and Lax Governance For Obesity Spread

With major numbers of US children consuming more than 200 calories in a day, health experts point to a lack of government intervention and prodigious advertising and marketing by food companies for obesity.

According to the Lancet Medical Journal’s new estimates, children in the US consume 50% more calories than they did in 1970. They also weigh 11 more pounds than they did 30 years ago.

The US food industry earns £13 billion yearly from extra eating and uncontrolled habits by US citizens. Because of the large revenue, a lacking balance in favour of economic growth compromises health.

The research highlighted the problem of obesity and the food companies’ interest in targeting children with processed foods and sweetened drinks.

It also indicated that at a young age, children’s appetites are shaped by processed infant foods. It could also build taste preference, brand loyalty and high profits.

Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Researcher Dr. Christina Roberto said “Our understanding of obesity must be completely reframed if we are to halt and reverse the global obesity epidemic.

“On one hand, we need to acknowledge that individuals bear some responsibility for their health, and on the other hand recognise that today’s food environments exploit people’s biological (eg, innate preference for sweetened foods), psychological (eg, marketing techniques), and social and economic (eg, convenience and cost) vulnerabilities, making it easier for them to eat unhealthy foods.

“It’s time to realise that this vicious cycle of supply and demand for unhealthy foods can be broken with ‘smart food policies’ by governments alongside joint efforts from industry and civil society to create healthier food systems.”

 

Thirty-One Estimated Dead in Taiwan Airliner Crash

According to authorities, at least 31 of the 58 passengers of a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop were confirmed dead. About 12 were still missing and 15 passengers survived the ordeal.

The aircraft wobbled over Taiwan’s buildings and descended swiftly, hitting a taxi and a bridge before it landed into the water in the Keelung River.

According to the Air Traffic Control Tower, one of the pilots had sent a frantic message “Mayday, Mayday, engine flamout.” One of the Turboprop’s engines had failed. However, authorities could not find if it were because the engine had a faulty combustion or human error.

The pilot had 4,916 hours of airtime while his co-pilot had 6,992 hours of airtime.

A motorist was able to capture the TransAsia flight GE235 skidding on its wing across the roadway before it plummeted to the river. The plane had also hit a taxi, whose passengers had survived with slight injuries.

The taxi driver said that he was very scared. He is considered the luckiest man alive, along with the passenger. According to him, he fainted the moment the aircraft’s wing hit their vehicle.

Passengers had been wearing life jackets as first responders crowded the water to search for survivors.

Peter Chen, the President of TransAtlantic, bowed before passengers and crew and apologised for the disaster.

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UK SFO Closes Investigation on HP-Autonomy Fraud

The controversial $11.1 billion HP purchase of the UK developer Autonomy has raised many eyebrows. Meanwhile, the UK Serious Fraud Office had closed its investigation, citing the lack of information available to the SFO as its reason.

According to HP, due to many “accounting misrepresentations” at Autonomy, HP has taken a $8.8 writedown of its purchase of the software company. HP had claimed that its former executives and accountants have created a “multimillion dollar fraud” at the company.

The SFO has sent jurisdiction over to US Authorities whose investigations are ongoing.

The USEC and FBI are still conducting investigations regarding the matter.

Meanwhile, a counter-document in December 2014 surfaced, with Autonomy founder Mike Lynch saying that HP has made false representations to the market” over the writedown.

The document proved that HP has not determined whether hundreds of millions of transactions were improperly booked at the time it took its huge charge on Autonomy.

HP responded: “the same fertile imagination that was behind a massive fraud is apparently still hard at work making up stories. We would encourage Mr Lynch to spend as much time as possible with the authorities.”

HP also indicated its plans to sue Lynch, Former Autonomy Chief Financial Officer Sushovan Hussain and company Auditor Deloitte for fraud. All parties have denied wrongdoing.

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Syrian Refugees Feel The Hurt of Lebanon Curbing

Lebanon’s government has implemented restrictions against Syrian refugees for good reason. They are receiving moderate international support for the refugees and their economy is suffering. The roads leading to Lebanon from Syria had become almost empty as the new restrictions were imposed.

The United Nations still wants Lebanon to explain “the most vulnerable refugees” from Syria and how they can gain access to Lebanon.

Today, there are more than a million refugees in Lebanon. A senior minister pointed out that Lebanon’s capacity is at its peak.

“We have enough. There’s no capacity anymore to host more displaced,” Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk said at a news conference on Monday.

Millions of Syrians have been displaced by the civil war as rebel forces try to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

Before the new measures, Syrian refugees could stay in Lebanon up to six months. These new measures need Syrian refugees to fulfil a criteria before they could have a visa to enter the country.

According to Lebanese Lawmaker Basem Shabb “It’s clear to most Lebanese that this situation cannot continue… because it will affect not only the Lebanese but finally it will affect the Syrian refugees in Lebanon if Lebanon descends into chaos.”

There are large numbers of Syrians already in Lebanon who are not registered as refugees. Government officials have said those already in the country would not be forcibly expelled.

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