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Trump slams critics, media at Coast Guard Academy




Washington, May 18 : President Donald Trump slammed his critics and the “Washington media” while delivering a speech at the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, the media reported.

“Over the course of your life, you will find things are not always fair, you will find things happen to you that you do not deserve and not always warranted but you have to put your head down and fight fight fight,” CBS News quoted Trump as saying on Wednesday at the academy in New London.

“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately. Especially by the media, no politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly, you can’t let them get you down, you can’t let the critics and naysayers get in the way of your dreams,” the President said, adding, “I guess that’s why we won!”

“I didn’t get elected to serve the Washignton media or special interests…I got elected to serve the forgotten men and women of our country and that’s what I’m doing.”

In the speech, Trump told cadets that “adversity makes you stronger, don’t give in, don’t back down and never stop doing what you know is right”, reports CBS News.

He then went on to list his various accomplishments he’s made in a “very short time as president,” including the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, providing “historic investments” in the defence budget and his plans to work on “major tax cuts for all”.

“We are setting the stage right now for many, many things to come and the people understand what I’m doing and that’s the most important thing.”

This was Trump’s first official appearance since the new reports that fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey was pressured by the President to end the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to a memo written by Comey himself.

Wednesday’s speech also comes just days after reports revealed that he divulged classified information to Russian officials during a White House Meeting.



Israel opens probe into Facebook after data scandal



Cambridge Analytica data scandal

JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities said Thursday (Mar 22) they had launched an investigation into Facebook’s activities following a scandal over the hijacking of personal data from millions of the social network’s users.

Israel’s privacy protection agency “informed Facebook” of the probe after revelations over data transfers from the tech giant to consultant Cambridge Analytica, the agency said.

It said it was also looking into “the possibility of other infringements of the privacy law regarding Israelis”, it said in a statement released by the justice ministry.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper has reported that Israeli hackers offered material to Cambridge Analytica.

But an Israeli justice ministry spokeswoman said the probe did not involve hackers, focusing rather on whether Israeli users’ rights were violated.

Under Israel’s privacy law, personal data may only be used with consent and for the purpose for which it was handed over, the privacy protection agency said.


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Loud explosion heard outside busy hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

Explosion hits busy road outside popular hotel in central Mogadishu.



Somalia Car Bombing

MOGADISHU: 16 people killed and 20 injured in a bomb attack at the entrance of  Wehliye hotel in Mogadishu. Most of the casualties are auto rickshaw drivers and passengers, according to witnesses.

The death toll is expected to rise.

The attacked was claimed by al-Shabab, Reuters news agency reported, citing the armed group’s military operation spokesman.

Al-Shabab, which is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally recognised government, is frequently carrying out attacks in and around the capital.

More to follow.

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Twitter’s chief information security officer quits




San Francisco, March 22: As tech companies reel under mounting pressure to prevent their platforms from data breach and fake news, Twitter’s Chief Information Security Officer Michael Coates has decided to quit.

In a tweet on Thursday, Coates who joined Twitter in 2015 announced his departure from the micro-blogging website.

“Twitter has been an amazing ride, but as I mentioned internally a few weeks back, my time is coming to an end. I’m confident to leave the program with an amazing security team,” Coates tweeted.

According to The Verge, Coates’ interim replacement is Joseph Camilleri, a senior manager for information security and risk.

Coates’ departure comes soon after reports surfaced that Facebook’s Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos is planning to leave the company by August.

Facebook is facing the heat after Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting company, was accused of harvesting data of up to 50 million Facebook users without permission and using the data to help politicians, including US President Donald Trump and the Brexit campaign.

Meanwhile, Michael Zalewski, Director of Information Security Engineering at Google, has also announced his departure from that company after 11 years.


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