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Mass sexual assaults were reported in Germany on New Year’s Eve .

German police in Cologne have warned of a “new dimension of crime” after more than 100 women reported being groped and sexually assaulted during New Year’s Eve celebrations in the city’s centre.

Sexual assaults triggered a debate  among the people  and opponent political parties  asking the governemnt to deport criminal foreigners or prevent migrants from entering the country in the first place.

The reaction in Cologne reflects a broader debate as Germany struggles to reconcile law and order with its new-found role as a haven for those seeking a better life.

Police in Cologne announced that more than 100 women have filed complaints of rape,sexual abuse, harassment and assault during the New Year festivities outside the city’s main train station and famed Gothic cathedral.

Up to 1,000 young men, primarily of Middle Eastern and North African origin were involved in the act.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned sexual assaults on close to 90 women in Cologne on New Years Eve, describing the act as “disgusting”.

Mrs Merkel’s migrant policy, … the migrant crisis is the biggest gamble of her political career.Merkel told the Mayor of Cologne, Henritte Reker, that she was outraged at the “disgusting attacks and sexual assaults,” perpetrated against the women of Cologne.

She said that those responsible must be found “as quickly and comprehensively as possible,” and that Germany should punish them, “regardless of their origin or background.”

Authorities have said there is no concrete indication that the perpetrators were asylum seekers who arrived in last year’s record influx.

German police have identified three suspects in connection with attacks on women at New Year celebrations in the city of Cologne but have not yet made any arrests, the interior minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said on Wednesday.

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Six French tourists among eight killed by gunmen in Nigeria

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PARIS, Aug 9 : Six French tourists were among a group of eight people killed by gunmen in Niger, AFP reported on Sunday, citing a local governor.

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China starts blocking HTTPS connections with encrypted SNI: Report

TLS 1.3 introduced Encrypted SNI (ESNI) that encrypts the SNI so that intermediaries cannot view it, said the report.

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San Francisco, Aug 9 : In an update to its national censorship tool, known as the Great Firewall, China has reportedly started blocking HTTPS connections with Encrypted Server Name Indication.

The ban has been in place for over a week now, three organisations tracking Chinese censorship — iYouPort, the University of Maryland, and the Great Firewall Report – said this week in a joint report.

“We confirm that the Great Firewall (GFW) of China has recently begun blocking ESNI – one of the foundational features of TLS 1.3 and HTTPS,” said the report.

TLS is the foundation of secure communication on the web (HTTPS). It provides authenticated encryption so that users can know whom they are communicating with. It also ensures that an intermediary does not read or tamper with your information.

But even though TLS hides the content of a user’s communication, it does not always conceal with whom the user is communicating.

The TLS handshake (a process that kicks off a communication session) optionally contains a Server Name Indication (SNI) field that allows the user’s client to inform the server which website it wishes to communicate with.

Nation-state censors have used the SNI field to block users from being able to communicate with certain destinations, said that report, adding that China has long been censoring HTTPS in this manner.

TLS 1.3 introduced Encrypted SNI (ESNI) that encrypts the SNI so that intermediaries cannot view it, said the report.

The Great Firewall of China blocks ESNI connections by dropping packets from client to server, it added.

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Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong calls for resilience in face of economic downturn

The prime minister added that he is confident that Singaporeans will get through this current crisis, though it may take longer time.

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Singapore, Aug 9 : Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday called for resilience in the face of severe economic downturn on the 55th National Day.

When delivering his National Day message, Lee said Singaporeans are understandably anxious and worried as business closures, retrenchments and unemployment are all likely to go up in the coming months, Xinhua news agency reported.

“But this is not the first economic crisis we have experienced,” he said. “Each time the outlook was ominous, and we feared the worst, but each time we worked hard to secure our position, gritted our teeth, and came through together.”

The prime minister added that he is confident that Singaporeans will get through this current crisis, though it may take longer time.

He said unity and resilience are needed more than ever. Many countries that had brought COVID-19 under control and eased restrictions see their cases rise sharply again, and this can happen to Singapore too despite all the precautions, he added.

Lee forecast that it will most likely take a year or two before a vaccine is widely available, and the threat of the virus is blunted. “Until then, we have to maintain our vigilance and resolve, to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbours all safe,” he said.

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