20 dead in suicide blast outside Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul
- Suicide attacker targeted Supreme Court employees, police say
- At least 35 wounded in blast at a parking lot near Supreme Court, hospital official says
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)At least 20 people are dead after a suicide blast Tuesday outside Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul, police and other officials told CNN.
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a parking near the court in the Afghan capital, according to Basir Mojahid, spokesman for Kabul’s chief of police.
The attack at around 3:45 p.m. local time targeted Supreme Court employees as they were leaving for the day, Mojahid said.
At least 35 people were wounded in the blast, according to Saleem Rasooli, head of Kabul hospitals.
There have been no initial claims of responsibility.
No one was injured in the incident, but police are now investigating a possible link between the blast and the officer’s activities.
The vehicle, parked outside the police chief’s home in the northern part of Stockholm, blew up during the early hours of Monday morning, according to broadcaster SVT, citing investigators.
The police chief and his family are being cared for, and officials have launched a preliminary investigation on the basis of endangering public safety.
We can’t rule anything out just now, but we are working to try and find out what the motive could be for the detonation,” Uppsala police spokesperson Lisa Sannervik told the TT news agency, as cited by the Local.
Venezuela, Russia cement ties during high-profile Moscow meetings
The Venezuelan government received a pat on the back from Russia Monday, with its foreign minister expressing the Kremlin’s strong support for Nicolas Maduro’s socialist rule and a willingness to expand the existing bilateral cooperation.
In a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez, Serguéi Lavrov also spoke against foreign interference in the country’s internal affairs and reiterated Russia’s commitment to a 2016 deal to reduce oil production.
Vizio smart TVs tracked viewers around the clock without consent
Manufacturer will pay $2.2 million and delete data to settle privacy-invasion charges.
Vizio, one of the world’s biggest makers of Smart TVs, is paying $2.2 million to settle charges that it collected viewing habits from 11 million devices without the knowledge or consent of the people watching them.
According to a complaint filed Monday by the US Federal Trade Commission, Internet-connected TVs from Vizio contained ACR—short for automated content recognition—software. Without asking for permission, the ACR code captured second-by-second information about the video the TVs displayed. The software collected other personal information and transmitted it, along with the viewing data, to servers controlled by the manufacturer. Vizio then sold the data to unnamed third-parties for purposes of audience measurement, analysis, and tracking.
“For all of these uses, Defendants provide highly specific, second-by-second information about television viewing,” FTC lawyers wrote in Monday’s complaint. “Each line of a report provides viewing information about a single television. In a securities filing, Vizio states that its data analytics program, for example, ‘provides highly specific viewing behavior data on a massive scale with great accuracy, which can be used to generate intelligent insights for advertisers and media content providers.'”
The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to face trial for alleged fraudulent financing of his failed 2012 bid for re-election, a legal source has said.
The case centres on an alleged system of false accounting used by Sarkozy’s officeto conceal an enormous campaign overspend, mainly on the lavish rallies and US-style stadium gigs that cemented Sarkozy’s reputation as a political showman.
The limit on presidential campaign spending in France is €22.5m (£19.5m), and investigators suspect Sarkozy’s campaign spent €23m on top of that. Sarkozy has always denied any wrongdoing in the case, or even any knowledge of Bygmalion, an events company that allegedly concealed the overspend.
Hungary will submit proposals to the EU to protect Europe’s borders by automatically detaining any asylum seeker for the whole period of their asylum application, according to the government’s chief spokesman, Zoltán Kovács.
Kovács claimed Donald Trump’s election in the US was contributing to “a change of mood in Europe” that vindicated the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s tough position on migration, and said the recent EU summit in Malta marked a turning point in the EU’s attitude to migration in the Mediterranean.
At a briefing in London, he said anyone seeking asylum through Hungary would be kept in “shelters” for the whole period of their application, though they would be free to go back to their own country at any point.
Putin orders Russia’s air forces to prepare ‘for a time of war’ with ‘special attention paid to air defence systems and readiness to repel aggression’
- Defence minister Sergey Shoigu said Putin had ordered forces to ‘evaluate readiness’ for combat
- Air defence systems are set to be deployed, he revealed
- The move comes at a time of heightened tensions with Nato countries
Vladimir Putin has ordered his air force to prepare for ‘a time of war’, Russia’s defence minister has revealed.
The Russian president has launched a spot check on the country’s aerospace forces, in order to ‘evaluate readiness’ for combat.
Air defence systems are set to be deployed, minister Sergey Shoigu revealed.
‘It’s not Gogglebox’: John Bercow faces fight for his job as furious MPs accuse Speaker of ‘grandstanding’ and ‘hypocrisy’ over his extraordinary BAN on Trump addressing parliament
- Donald Trump has been invited for state visit to the UK this spring or summer
- John Bercow said he would deny Trump honour of Westminster Hall speech
- Commons Speaker railed at ‘racism’ and backed an ‘independent judiciary’
- Many MPs cheered and applauded his intervention in the chamber last night
- But Bercow faces backlash from critics who say he has undermined neutral role
- Tory MPs accuse him of ‘grandstanding’ and are considering no confidence vote
John Bercow is facing a desperate battle to hang on to his job amid a major backlash over his ‘grandstanding’ decision to ban Donald Trump from addressing parliament.
Furious Tory MPs are considering forcing a vote of no confidence in the Speaker after an extraordinary intervention in which he branded the US President ‘racist and sexist’ and said he would not authorise the use of historic Westminster Hall during the impending state visit.
The comments were cheered by many MPs in the chamber, who have been heavily critical of the travel ban imposed by the White House on nationals from seven mainly-Muslim countries.
But Tories have broken ranks to condemn Mr Bercow for abandoning the Speaker’s traditional neutrality and wading into international politics.
The Navy’s aircraft arsenal is so depleted it would take several years to rebuild the fleet even if the Trump administration allotted the funding needed to repair inoperable aircraft, according to a policy expert and former Air Force pilot.
John Venable, a senior research fellow for defense policy at the Heritage Foundation, cited a report released Monday that found two-thirds of the Navy’s strike fighter jets are unable to fly due to maintenance problems exacerbated by several years of military budget cuts.
Thirty-five percent of grounded fighter planes are waiting for parts, while 27 percent are undergoing major depot work, according to the report published by Defense News. A full 62 percent of F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet strike fighters are out of service, a concerning figure because of the essential role the planes fill in the fleet’s combat power.
In all, more than half of the Navy’s planes are grounded, including some 1,700 combat transport aircraft, patrol aircraft, planes, and helicopters.
A major airline company currently engaged in business with Iran, the leading state sponsor of terrorism, stands to receive billions in tax breaks under a new plan being floated by a large coalition of Republican lawmakers.
A new tax plan spearheaded by House Republicans includes a provision that would remove government fees on exports, meaning that Boeing—which is locked in a multi-billion dollar deal to sell the Islamic Republic planes—could receive $56.7 billion in tax breaks from the U.S. taxpayer.
Boeing is currently lobbying in favor of the revamped tax plan, along with other multinational corporations.