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Philippine financial service firm flags data breach affecting 900,000 clients

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 12:14 PM PST

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Sat, 2019-01-19 22:22

MANILA: Cebuana Lhuillier, a Philippine financial service provider, said on Saturday that the data of 900,000 clients had been accessed without authorization and that it had already alerted authorities to investigate the incident.
The breach came as Philippine investigators were looking into allegations by the country's foreign minister last week that a privately contracted firm took away documents and data from the Department of Foreign Affair's passport database.

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Six charged in Bulgaria with financing ‘terrorist’ groups

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 12:06 PM PST

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Sat, 2019-01-19 16:13

SOFIA: Five Syrians and a Bulgarian have been charged with financing terrorist groups in the Middle East with 25 million euros ($28.4 million), Bulgaria's attorney general said Saturday.
"The group transferred at least 25 million euros to terrorist organizations over four years," Rumiana Arnaudova, a spokeswoman for the attorney general said.
They were also charged with "preparing terrorist acts in another country," she said.

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Police kill 4 insurgents in shootout in Pakistan

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 11:45 AM PST

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Sat, 2019-01-19 22:00

MULTAN, Pakistan: Counter-terrorism officers killed four insurgents, including two women, in a shootout on a highway in eastern Punjab province on Saturday, officials said.
Senior officer Rai Tahir said insurgents traveling in a car opened fire when police stopped them near the city of Sahiwal. He said the police officers were acting on intelligence gleaned from a previous operation. No officer was hurt in the shootout.

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What We Are Reading Today: Empires of the Weak by J. C. Sharman

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 11:21 AM PST

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Sat, 2019-01-19 22:17

What accounts for the rise of the state, the creation of the first global system, and the dominance of the West? The conventional answer asserts that superior technology, tactics, and institutions forged by Darwinian military competition gave Europeans a decisive advantage in war over other civilizations. 

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Indonesia’s radical cleric to be freed next week

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 11:16 AM PST

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Sat, 2019-01-19 22:06

JAKARTA: Abu Bakar Bashir, Indonesia's Muslim cleric known for his radical religious views and the ideological icon for the 2002 Bali bombers, is to be released from prison next week on health grounds, his lawyers confirmed on Saturday.

Muhammad Mahendradatta, the head of Bashir's legal team, told journalists at a press conference that Bashir had served eight years out of his 15-year sentence. He said the team had been seeking his early release for the past two years, as his poor health required him to undergo regular medical checkups.

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Crude oil price rise signals a return to balanced market

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 11:06 AM PST

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Zaynab Khojji
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Sat, 2019-01-19 22:02

RIYADH: Crude oil prices recovered by the end of the week, with the Brent crude price settling above $60 per barrel after deteriorating below that level during the week. The Brent price rose to $62.70 per barrel and WTI rose to $53.80 per barrel.

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Saudi Arabia, UAE agree on joint program to test supply chain and security systems

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 10:57 AM PST

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Sat, 2019-01-19 21:53

JEDDAH: Supply chains and security systems are to be tested in preparation for a crisis or disaster in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, one of several initiatives agreed on Saturday by a body representing both countries.

The Saudi-UAE Coordination Council held its first executive committee meeting in Abu Dhabi. 

It was chaired by Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammed bin Maziad Al-Tuwaijri from the Saudi side, and Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Gergawi from the UAE side.

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FaceOf: Fahad bin Maayouf Al-Ruwaily, Saudi ambassador to Denmark and Lithuania

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 10:50 AM PST

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Sat, 2019-01-19 21:48

Fahad bin Maayouf Al-Ruwaily has been Saudi ambassador to Denmark and Lithuania since March 2017. 

Al-Ruwaily joined the Foreign Ministry in 1990 as an attache. He served as deputy head of mission at the Saudi Embassy in Niger and was head of the Department of Political and Consular Affairs from 1993 to 1996. In 1997, he became the embassy's charge d'affaires.

He also served as head of the consular, citizen affairs and Islamic affairs sections at the Saudi Embassy in Brussels between 1997 and 2001. 

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US airstrike in Somalia kills 52 Al-Shabab extremists

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 10:41 AM PST

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Sat, 2019-01-19 (All day)

JOHANNESBURG: The US military on Saturday said it had carried out its deadliest airstrike in Somalia in months, killing 52 Al-Shabab extremists after a "large group" mounted an attack on Somali forces.
The US Africa Command said the airstrike occurred near Jilib in Middle Juba region. There were no reports of Americans killed or wounded.

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Brexit bullion: Fear of no-deal triggers Irish gold rush

Posted: 19 Jan 2019 10:23 AM PST

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Joe STENSON | AFP
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Sat, 2019-01-19 03:06

DUBLIN: In a vault under the streets of Dublin a pot of gold owned by anxious investors is growing every day Britain edges closer to leaving the EU without a deal.
"They're worried about a significant devaluation in sterling if there's a hard Brexit," said Seamus Fahy.
Fahy is co-founder of Merrion Vaults, a gold brokerage and safe deposit facility in the center of the Irish capital.

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