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Source: The Guradian

Brexit causing ‘palpable decline’ in UK influence at the UN

Today 19:04 GMT

Brexit is already leading to a “palpable decline” in British influence at the UN, and that influence would be in freefall but for the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7 % of gross national income on overseas aid, a study has found.

Prof Jason Ralph, from the University of Leeds, who led the research project, identified “widespread confusion about what Global Britain means, and doubts about the UK’s capacity to deliver the resources to back up its diplomatic leadership”.

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Source: Global News

U.K. approval of Huawei 5G networks would give Canada breathing room, expert says

Today 16:20 GMT

If Britain gives Huawei a cautious green light, it will allow Canada room to make an independent decision, said Wesley Wark, an intelligence expert who teaches at the University of Ottawa.

British media reports say the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre has concluded that with care and safeguards, Huawei equipment can be used in “5G” networks, amid pressure from the United States to ban the Chinese supplier.

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Source: Global News

Suicide blast in Cairo tourist area kills 3 policemen

Today 19:05 GMT

The death toll from a late-night suicide blast near Cairo’s famed tourist market rose to three on Tuesday after a police officer died of his wounds, Egyptian security officials said.

Egypt last year launched a wide-scale security operation focused on northern Sinai, where an Islamic State affiliate has carried out many attacks in recent years.

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Source: BBC

Facebook security app used to 'spy'

Today 08:03 GMT

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee wrote that through the use of Onavo, which was billed as a way to give users an extra layer of security, Facebook could "collect app usage data from its customers to assess not only how many people had downloaded apps, but how often they used them". The report added: "This knowledge helped them to decide which companies were performing well and therefore gave them invaluable data on possible competitors.

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Source: Fox News

Graham defends Trump's border security spending push, says Kentucky students better off

Today 02:24 GMT

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., reiterated his support for President Trump's national emergency declaration at the southern border Sunday, telling CBS News' "Face The Nation" that students in Kentucky would be better off if funds that might have gone toward the construction of a new middle school would go toward building a wall along the frontier.

"Face The Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan suggested to Graham that $3.6 billion of that $6 billion could come from military construction, including "including construction of a middle school in Kentucky, housing for military families, improvements for bases like Camp Pendleton [in California] and Hanscom Air Force Base [in Massachusetts]." "Well, the president will have to make a decision where to get the money," Graham responded.

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Source: Common Domain

Here’s the worst mistake people make that compromises their online security

Sunday 17:13 GMT

Most people (69%) would give themselves an A or B score when it comes to how they manage the security of online accounts, and 61% say they are “too smart” to fall for a phishing attack, a scam that tricks a user into clicking on a nefarious link.

Some 92% of internet users in the U.S. have engaged in at least one risky online behavior in the past year, a survey released Thursday by CreditCards.com

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Source: DW

Climate change a threat to world order, Munich Security Conference hears

Monday 09:53 GMT

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. As the panelists noted, even though this represented the first time that climate change had been included in the MSC's main program, the security community had actually been the first to identify climate change as "a threat multiplier."

School children might be taking to the streets to protest government inaction across Europe, and scientists might be predicting extreme weather and catastrophic food shortages across the world, but for the delegates of the Munich Security Conference, climate change does not seem to be a very urgent problem.

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Source: The Guradian

Protests erupt in Brazil after death of black teenager who was restrained

Monday 19:04 GMT

Brazilian activists have taken to the streets in five major cities after the death of a young black man who was restrained by a supermarket security guard.

Campaigners said the protests are feeding a nascent Black Lives Matter movement in Brazil, where nearly three-quarters of all homicide victims are black. Outside the Extra supermarket in the upscale Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, demonstrators chanted the name of Pedro Gonzaga, who died of a heart attack in hospital on Thursday after being immobilised with a “sleep hold” by a security guard.

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Source: Fox News

Defense Secretary Shanahan still weighing how much to give for border wall

Monday 00:33 GMT

The acting secretary of defense said Saturday he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump's border wall project.

Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said before Trump's announcement that while he favors spending more on border security, he opposes diverting "significant" sums from the Pentagon budget.

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Source: DW

Iran and Israel trade rebukes at Munich Security Conference

Monday 17:14 GMT

Iran's foreign minister hit out at the US and Israeli "fixation" on his country during the final day of the Munich Security Conference. Israel's representative, meanwhile, called Iran a "grave danger to the Middle East."

Read more: Climate change a threat to world order, Munich Security Conference hears. "There is a joke: Why did Iran dare to put its country in the middle of the US bases?" he declared.

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Source: DW

Afghan conflict receives scant attention at Munich Security Conference

Sunday 19:59 GMT

This year's Munich Security Conference could have been a big opportunity for Afghan officials to lobby influential foreign policy and security policymakers from other countries and make sure that Kabul remains a key player in Afghan peace talks.

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Afghan President Ghani is increasingly cutting an isolated figure, something that observers could also glean from this year's conference in Munich.

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Source: DW

Opinion: Angela Merkel's masterful Munich moment

Monday 14:30 GMT

Merkel has already stepped aside as leader of the CDU to make way for her preferred successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who used the conference in Munich to do some foreign policy networking.

Nevertheless, her foreign policy legacy has been firmly established after this year's Munich Security Conference.

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Source: DW

Angela Merkel warns of global political disintegration at Munich Security Conference

Sunday 11:43 GMT

"What we see as an overall architecture underpinning our world as we know it is a bit of a puzzle now, if you like it has collapsed into many tiny parts," Merkel told her audience at the Munich Security Conference. "We have to think of integrated structures and interdependencies,” said Merkel, who noted a deterioration in relations with Russia.

The chancellor on Saturday said international security structures to maintain security were under increasing pressure to meet the demands of a changing world.

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Source: Fox News

Trump forced to declare emergency because of congressional apathy, negligence and incompetence

Sunday 16:19 GMT

Democrats are calling President Trump every name in the book and threatening multiple lawsuits to overturn his Friday declaration of a national emergency on our southern border.

This is a lousy way to resolve a genuine national crisis, but it was born of congressional apathy, negligence and incompetence. There is no doubt that whoever is president of the United States has the constitutional authority to declare a national emergency.


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