- The UK's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has announced that she intends to fine Facebook up to £500,000 (US$664,000) over the Cambridge Analytica Scandal, in which the social media giant failed to safeguard user's information. "New technologies that use data analytics to micro-target people give campaign groups the ability to connect with individual voters. But this cannot be at the expense of transparency, fairness and compliance with the law," she said, in a statement. Before a final decision is made on the fine, Facebook will have a chance to respond to the Information Commissioner's Office. "We have been working closely with the ICO in their investigation of Cambridge Analytica, just as we have with authorities in the US and other countries. We're reviewing the report and will respond to the ICO soon," the company said. British firm Cambridge Analytica was forced to shut down in May after it was alleged to have acquired data on 87 million Facebook users, without their consent, to target them during political campaigns. The scandal sparked two separate investigations, one by the Electoral Commission, into the company’s role in former UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s Leave.EU campaign, and one by the Information Commissioner’s Office, which has announced a wider inquiry into the use of such data in politics. The company's practices also led to a US Congressional inquiry. Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has apologized for his company’s handling of the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.
- Awami National Party (ANP) candidate Haroon Bilour was among the at least 12 people killed in a suicide bombing on Tuesday in Peshawar, Pakistan, according to authorities. At least 35 more people were admitted to local hospitals with injuries. The attack appears to have targeted the ANP campaign rally. Pakistani elections are scheduled for July 25.
- Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is “eager to proceed to sentencing” on charges of lying to the FBI, his lawyer told a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia on Tuesday. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan gave a provisional deadline of August 24 to prosecutors with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to provide a report on Flynn’s cooperation, making late October the earliest possible date for the sentencing hearing. Flynn announced on Tuesday that he will be joining Stonington Global LLC, a consulting firm lobbying for Qatar.
- Two high-ranking police officers have been killed during a violent protest in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja on Tuesday, police said in a statement. Some 200 people of “radical religious motivation” gathered in front of an administrative building and tried to hold an unauthorized meeting. When the police addressed the crowd, urging them to disperse, the officers were attacked with “knives and sharp objects,” according to the statement. The clashes continued for some 30 minutes, leaving two policemen dead and 40 rioters detained.
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Brussels on Tuesday, ahead of an upcoming NATO summit. While President Trump arrives later on Tuesday and will most likely pressure the US’ allies to step up their defense spending, Pompeo will meet leaders on the sidelines with the aim of ratcheting up pressure on Iran and reassuring allies about alternative oil supplies. Pompeo arrived in the Belgian capital from Abu Dhabi, where he met with Emirati leaders to discuss Iran. Other State Department officials have also just returned from talks with Saudi Arabian leaders, where they discussed “new ways of depriving the regime of revenues,” Reuters reports.
- Sturgess, 44, and Rowley, 45, were hospitalized on June 30 after being found unwell in Amesbury only miles away from Salisbury, where ex-Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a park bench in March. Sturgess and Rowley are believed to have handled an item contaminated with the nerve agent, which has not yet been found. Both Skripals are believed to have recovered, but neither have been spotted publicly since their hospital release. Despite accusations made by the UK government, Russia has denied any involvement.
World NewsCombating mistrust – not terrorism – may be the top item on the agenda for NATO when it meets in Brussels this week. Usually a scripted snooze-fest, this year’s summit has been billed as a showdown between deeply-divided allies.
- Contesting America? China pumps millions in restoration money into Middle EastChinese President Xi Jinping has promised a massive financial package of loans and aid to Middle Eastern nations, aimed at boosting the region's economy and stability, while US influence in the region is seemingly fading.
- ‘80% were grown-ups’: Swedish dentist fired for exposing migrant ‘kids’ as adults talks to RTA Swedish dentist who was ruined after being fired and fined for revealing that over 80 percent of his refugee ‘children’ patients were actually adults, told RT that people coming to his country should not lie about their age.
- Israel wants to send landing craft to the Moon by year’s end (VIDEO)Israel aims to be the fourth country in the world to land an unmanned spacecraft on the Moon, the SpaceIL nonprofit organization announced. If the December launch goes well, the Israeli flag may grace the Moon by next February.
- ‘Not on my watch’: Nurse confesses to killing at least 20 to avoid ‘nuisance’ of telling next of kinA Japanese nurse who may have killed dozens of elderly patients wanted to ensure that her terminally ill victims died anytime but on her watch, due to the “nuisance” of facing relatives with tragic news, Japanese media reported.
- Uncertainty & tension in world affairs push Moscow & Beijing together – Russian defense ministerRussia and China are rigorously improving strategic ties to be better prepared for the challenges of today’s world, as the US resorts to deception, hybrid wars, and controlled chaos, the Russian defense minister said.
- Russia stood up for breastfeeding protection when other countries yielded to US pressure – activistThe US pressured Ecuador to drop a pro-breastfeeding resolution by threatening to drop aid, the NYT reports. A breastfeeding advocate confirmed the report to RT, stating that losing money would be a "big deal" for poor countries.
- Communists to enter Czech govt for 1st time since collapse of Soviet blocCzech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has signed a power-sharing agreement with the Communist Party. It would mark the first time since the collapse of the Soviet bloc that the Communists have been in the Czech government.
- External enemies are to blame for igniting domestic protests in Iran – Defense MinisterIran is facing growing external pressure from its adversaries, who are seeking to sow dissent in the country and pit the people against the government, Iran’s’ Defense Minister has said, adding that they won’t succeed in doing so.
- Fossils of ‘first giant’ dinosaur uncovered in Argentina (PHOTOS)Giant dinosaurs lived on Earth almost 30 million years earlier than previously thought, according to a team of paleontologists in Argentina, who unearthed fossils of the earliest-known giant dinosaur.
- NZ Teachers, nurses, civil servants to walk off the job in biggest mass strikes in decadesA wave of strike action is surging in New Zealand, as disgruntled teachers, nurses, and government staffers prepare to walk off the job in a row over better pay. The workers reject proposals put to them by the NZ government.
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