News – December 2018

 


  • Afghanistan: Senior police official killed in Takhar bomb explosion

    December 31, 2018

    An explosion took place near provincial police commandment’s compound in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan earlier today amid reports a number of people have been killed or wounded in the incident. Provincial governor’s spokesman Jawad Hejri confirmed the incident and said Col. Mohamamd Omar, the district police chief of Darqad has died and three others have ...

  • Cyber-attack disrupts printing of major US newspapers

    December 30, 2018

    A cyber-attack has caused printing and delivery disruptions to major US newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun. The attack on Saturday appeared to originate outside the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported. It led to distribution delays in the Saturday edition of the Times, the Tribune, the Sun and other ...

  • Statement on disruptions to the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    December 28, 2018

    WHO and partners are continuing to respond to the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, despite a deterioration of the security situation since yesterday morning. Yesterday our teams in Beni were unable to carry out critical field work, including vaccinations, contact tracing, and following up on alerts of ...

  • CenturyLink outage takes down several 911 emergency services across the US

    December 28, 2018

    Emergency 911 services in some US states have gone down yesterday and today due to a massive outage reported at several CenturyLink data centers. According to a CenturyLink status page, the outage began at around 12pm ET on December 27, and work started on resolving the issue at around 7am ET today, although not all services have ...

  • Cairo bombing: At least four killed after explosion hits tourist bus near Giza Pyramids

    December 28, 2018

    A roadside bomb has hit a tourist bus near the pyramids in Cairo, killing at least four people and wounding 10 others, Egyptian authorities said. Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed as the bus was travelling in the Marioutiyah area near the Giza Pyramids when the roadside bomb, concealed by a wall, went off. The interior ministry confirmed the ...

  • Salford chemical incident: Residents told to keep windows and doors shut as firefighters battle ammonia leak overnight

    December 27, 2018

    Fire crews have spent the night battling a chemical leak in Salford. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service declared a hazmat incident at a cash and carry in Langley Road South, following an ammonia leak. A number of roads around the site, including Langley Road South, were closed by police. People living nearby were advised to keep their ...

  • Authorities must do more to meet airport drone threat – Met police chief

    December 27, 2018

    Government and security officials must “up their game” to tackle the illegal use of drones at airports which brought chaos to London’s Gatwick airport in the run-up to Christmas, Britain’s most senior police officer said on Thursday. Three days of drone sightings at Britain’s second busiest airport lead to about 1,000 flight cancellations and disrupted the ...

  • Indonesia tsunami: fresh alert for Anak Krakatau volcano as eruptions continue

    December 27, 2018

    Indonesia has raised the danger level for a volcano that triggered a tsunami over the weekend, which killed at least 430 people in Sumatra and Java, and widened its no-go zone. The country’s volcanology agency said on Thursday the Anak Krakatau volcano’s alert status had been raised to the second-highest level and the exclusion zone more than ...

  • Government ‘Can Now Deploy Drone Detection Systems Throughout The UK’

    December 27, 2018

    Ministers say unidentified systems have been readied to prevent further chaos of the kind that struck Gatwick last week The government has said it now has detection systems that can be deployed throughout the country to combat the threat of drones. Gatwick faced three days of disruption last week after drones were repeatedly sighted at the airport’s sole ...

  • Indian authorities have arrested 10 people and broken up an IS-inspired terrorist cell that had targeted installations, crowded places and VIPs

    December 27, 2018

    India’s National Investigation Agency has arrested 10 people suspected of planning a series of bomb attacks on vital installations, crowded places and important people. The NIA carried out raids in the Indian capital New Delhi and nearby towns, and recovered large amounts of explosives, arms, ammunition and a rocket launcher, agency spokesman Aloke Mittal said. Laptops, 112 ...

  • Hazmat team combs raided apartment in Niagara Falls after FBI agents get sick

    December 27, 2018

    A Niagara County hazmat team and police from at least two agencies swarmed a unit at the Packard Court Apartments in Niagara Falls Wednesday after several members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force got sick in the wake of a Dec. 14 raid that resulted in the arrest of the occupant for possessing drugs, ...

  • Stolen UK identities selling for as little as £10 on the dark web

    December 26, 2018

    Stolen personal data of UK citizens is selling for as little as £10 on the dark web, offering hackers all the information needed to carry out online fraud and identity theft, The Independent has discovered. So-called fullz – hacker slang meaning a “full ID” package – of UK citizens are being listed on several popular online black markets. A full ID ...

  • American Pipeline Security Only Begins With the TSA

    December 26, 2018

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), after an assessment of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) pipeline security program management, has called the agency to task for failing to adequately monitor the vulnerability of the 2.7 million-mile network of pipelines that transport and distribute natural gas all across the U.S. In particular, the GAO criticized the agency ...

  • U.S. says Ninoy Aquino International Airport security measures inadequate – envoy

    December 26, 2018

    The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found that the Philippines’ Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is implementing inadequate security measures, the Philippines’ ambassador said. Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez wrote in a Philippine Star column on Sunday, December 23, that the DHS will send a notice about “security issues” at NAIA after a 90-day ...

  • 43 killed, 25 wounded in coordinated Kabul attack

    December 24, 2018

    The sound of an explosion was heard close to a governmental compound amid reports several people have been killed or wounded in the blast and clashes between the security forces and assailant militants. A spokesman for the Ministry of Public Halth Wahid Majroh confirmed that the dead bodies of at least 43 people have been shifted ...