US slashes number of refugees it will take in 2018

US slashes number of refugees it will take in 2018

The US plans to admit no more than 45,000 refugees in the coming year, with regional caps of 19,000 for Africa, 17,500 for the Near East and South Asia (which includes most Middle Eastern countries), 5,000 for East Asia, 2,000 for Europe and Central Asia, and 1,500 for Latin America and the Caribbean. Unlike in previous years, this cap does not include a so-called “unallocated reserve” quota for the administration to respond to unforeseen upticks in refugees within one of the regions, a State Department official confirmed to CNN. “The…

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Mum’s baby monitor hacker fears

Mum’s baby monitor hacker fears

A YOUNG mum in Waikiki fears cyber hackers have used her baby monitor to spy on her and her young daughter. Katie McMurray and her partner Sean Johnson thought a baby monitor would give them peace of mind when their daughter Chelsea arrived. The couple have used the monitor to watch the three-month-old from another room, or via an app on Mr Johnson’s phone. But the high-tech helper turned sinister on Tuesday when Ms McMurray was changing her daughter’s nappy. media_cameraKatie with her partner Sean Johnson and baby Chelsea. Picture:…

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Russians bought Black Lives Matter ad during US election

Russians bought Black Lives Matter ad during US election

At least one of the Facebook ads bought by Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign referenced Black Lives Matter and was specifically targeted to reach audiences in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, sources with knowledge of the ads told CNN. Ferguson and Baltimore had gained widespread attention for the large and violent protests over police shootings of black men. The decision to target the ad in those two cities offers the first look at how accounts linked to the Russian government-affiliated troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency used geographically…

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Key senators prepare subpoena for Manafort

Key senators prepare subpoena for Manafort

Story highlights Sen. Dianne Feinstein told CNN ‘We’ve agreed on a subpoena for’ Paul Manafort Manafort has been on the judiciary committee’s radar since this past summer Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said she and Senate Judiciary chairman, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley have reached a deal on a several key items as part of their investigation, which is examining both Russian efforts to interfere in the election and possible interference with the FBI in both the Trump and Obama administrations. And one of the key items the committee has agreed…

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Government department backs process for 'unusual' awarding of $880k in tenders

Government department backs process for 'unusual' awarding of $880k in tenders

Posted September 28, 2017 07:21:45 Photo: “They just have a landing page with an email address for a website,” says an industry source. (Supplied) Several industry sources have raised questions after four government tenders totalling nearly $1 million were awarded to a Hobart-based multimedia company. The four tenders totalling $880,000 were awarded by the Department of Education to DCNSTRCT Pty Ltd to undertake media work on behalf of the Aboriginal Education Service (AES). One source, a Hobart-based senior manager in the multimedia industry, told the ABC they were “very concerned”…

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