Monday, May 15, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 15, 2017

BBC: Cyber-attacks from WannaCry ransomware slow but fears remain

A computer malware that has spread across 150 countries appears to be slowing down, with few reports of fresh attacks in Asia and Europe on Monday.

However staff beginning the working week have been told to be careful.

The WannaCry ransomware started taking over users' files on Friday, demanding $300 (£230) to restore access.

Hundreds of thousands of computers have been affected so far. Computer giant Microsoft said the attack should serve as a wake-up call.

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Iraqi forces close in on Islamic State's Mosul stronghold.

Syria regime nears total recapture of Damascus. Syria war: Rebels evacuated from Damascus stronghold.

Syria army 'moves into area' where rebels evicted ISIL.

Syria war: Fears of 'catastrophe' on the way for millions trapped in Idlib.

US-led coalition strike kills 23 in Syria: monitor.

Deadly cholera outbreak sweeps across Yemen. State of emergency in Yemen's Sanaa over cholera crisis.

Iran election: Hardliner Qalibaf withdraws candidacy.

Palestinians mark 69th 'Nakba' anniversary with rallies.

Hunger strike leader Barghouti says eating video fake.

Erdogan visits Trump, amid much friction between US, Turkey.


Some businesses in Asia disrupted by cyber attack, authorities brace for more.

North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke.

China’s Xi outlines plans for wide cooperation in trade plan. China growth slows amid lower demand globally.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea.

Pakistan a hub in China's 'New Silk Road'.

EU pushes Myanmar for aid access in northern Rakhine.

Seventeen shot dead in mass jail break in Papua New Guinea.

Hong Kong denies protection to refugees who helped Snowden.


Heavy gunfire in Ivory Coast as military tries to end mutiny. Heavy gunfire heard in Ivory Coast's two main cities amid mutiny.

Christian militias launch deadly assault in Central African Republic. Central African Republic death toll could reach 30: U.N..

After conference, there is ray of hope for Somalia.

Egypt’s Sisi meets Libya’s Haftar in Cairo, emphasises political dialogue to end crisis.

Germany and Italy want to take control of Libya-Niger border to stem flow of migrants.

South Sudanese refugees need $1.4 bn this year: UN.

S.Africa court to rule on Zuma confidence vote.


Merkel's CDU unseats ruling SPD in crucial German state election. Merkel's party wins election in rivals' German heartland.

Emmanuel Macron due to name PM on first day as French president.

Germany slams Turkey's refusal to let MPs visit NATO base.

No 'clean slate' between US, Russia: Tillerson.

Putin warns of risks of governments creating hacking tools.

Thousands protest demolition of Soviet-era housing in Moscow.

Austrian chancellor expects snap election this year.


Comey sacking: Trump urged to hand over any tapes.

Lawmakers urge Trump to avoid picking a partisan for FBI job.

Schumer: No FBI director until special prosecutor named.

Trump relying on charisma to bridge old divides on first foreign trip.

Another appeals court to weigh Trump’s revised travel ban.

Opposition in Venezuela in desperate plea to military. Venezuelans plead with military to end 'repressive' crackdown.

EU urges end to Venezuela violence against protesters.

Julian Assange: Ecuador 'concerned' over lack of progress.


US takes Sudan off state-sponsored terrorism blacklist.

Syria's al-Qaeda affiliate escapes from Canada's terror list.

Osama bin Laden was obsessed with al Qaeda’s ‘brand’.


Experts try to figure out who’s behind global cyberattack.

Microsoft says cyberattack should be wake up call for governments.

Oil price rises as Russia and Saudi Arabia back supply cut.

Smartphones that charge in five minutes 'could arrive next year'.

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