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Cyber attacks can cost airlines ‘millions’

Geneva – Cyber attacks can cost airlines hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and irreparably damage their reputations, according to Carolina Ramirez, global director of security and facilitation at the International Air Transport Association (Iata). “The threat of cyber security in the aviation industry is evolving,” she said. “Terrorists …

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Africa gets $10bn boost for renewable energy

Africa received a $10bn boost of help to build out its renewable energy sources, with Germany leading the advanced economies in its contribution. Germany’s Environmental Minister Barbara Hendricks made the announcement on Monday on the sidelines of the UN climate talks in Paris. “Africa has a large hunger for energy,” …

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SA questions impartiality of International Criminal Court

South Africa has questioned why the International Criminal Court (ICC) does not try to arrest leaders involved in conflicts in Palestine and Afghanistan in the “current era of disorder” with the same vigour it pursues Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. “We ask ourselves, as have many, why no investigations have been …

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Shots fired in Paris during police raids

Shots were heard as police raided a northern Paris suburb early on Wednesday in connection with last week’s terrorist attacks, a news report said. A witness heard “a loud bang” followed by gunfire exchange “that lasted 10 minutes or so,” after the operation was launched around 04:25, broadcaster RTL reported. …

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Migrant-smuggling ring that enslaved Pakistanis in EU busted

Twenty-nine arrests were made in Spain and Poland in raids targeting a migrant-smuggling operation that illegally brought Pakistanis to the European Union and forced them to work in slave-like conditions upon arrival, the EU law enforcement agency said on Tuesday. A Pakistani organised crime network transported the immigrants over the …

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Zim cops caught trying to sell anteater

Two police officers from southern Zimbabwe were caught last week allegedly trying to sell a live rare ground pangolin to a businessman in Zimbabwe, it was reported Sunday. The state-controlled Sunday News paper said the two, both in their 20s, are currently in police custody and have been charged with “possessing a specially-protected animal …

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India to ban surrogacy services for foreigners

The Indian government on Wednesday said it would ban foreign couples from using surrogate mothers to have children, targeting a rapidly growing industry. An affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court by the government’s top law officer, Ranjit Kumar, said surrogacy would still be available to Indian couples who can’t have …

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Afghan quake leaves devastation

A massive earthquake in a remote part of the Hindu Kush mountain range in north-eastern Afghanistan sent tremors rippling through Pakistan and India, leaving scores dead and hundreds injured in inaccessible areas. As night fell, Pakistani officials said the death toll had crossed 150, and at least 700 people were …

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