Spyware discovered targeting phones through WhatsApp calls

The malware was able to penetrate phones through missed calls via the application’s voice calling function. Spyware crafted by an “advanced cyber actor” infected multiple targeted mobile phones through the WhatsApp messaging service without any user intervention through in-app voice calls. The malware was able to penetrate phones through missed calls alone via the application’s voice calling function, a spokesperson for the Facebook subsidiary said on Monday. An unknown number of mobile phones were infected by the malware, which the company said it discovered in early May, according to the…

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7 Times “Game of Thrones” Taught You Kindness and You Didn’t Even Notice

Yes, even on HBO’s notoriously violent and cynical hit series. Jeremy Adam Smith posted May 12, 2019 This article contains lots and lots and lots of spoilers. “The things I do for love,” says Jaime Lannister in the very first episode of Game of Thrones, which aired on HBO back in 2011. Of course, as he utters these pretty words, he’s pushing a child out of a tower window. That scene set the tone for the fantasy series, now in its eighth and final season. As the characters vie with…

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Manning freed but ordered to appear before new grand jury

Manning spent 62 days in jail after refusing to answer questions to a federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Manning served seven years in prison for leaking one of the largest troves of classified documents in the US history [File: Ford Fischer/News2Share/Reuters] Chelsea Manning, a former US military intelligence analyst who was being detained for refusing to testify before a grand jury, has been released and immediately summoned to appear before a new grand jury, according to her lawyers. Manning was released on Thursday after the term expired for the previous…

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One student killed, seven wounded in Colorado school shooting

Two suspects, both male students, are in custody after shooting at a school near Denver. Police and others are seen outside STEM School Highlands Ranch after a shooting [David Zalubowski/AP Photo] Two students have opened fire at a Colorado science and technology school, killing a fellow student and wounding seven others before being taken into custody, law enforcement and hospital officials in the United States said. The Douglas County Sheriff’s office said deputies heard shots coming from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, about 40km south…

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Tribeca Film Festival: Virtual reality leaves viewers immersed

The cutting-edge technology showcased at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival is the most advanced yet and gives another dimension to cinema viewers’ experience. Going to the movies is becoming more high tech than ever. Virtual reality is the latest phenonemon. It is one of the big screen highlights at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports.

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Kentucky Derby faced with spike in horse deaths

No one has determined the cause of fatal injuries but animal rights advocates point to an over-medication of horses. It is Kentucky Derby (pron. Dur-bee) day in the United States. That means horse racing fans are getting ready for one of the biggest events in the sport. But a spike in horse deaths has overshadowed the season. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles.

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Fentanyl deaths continue in poorest parts of US

As China cracks down on the export of opioids, users and dealers find loopholes to obtain it in impoverished US neighbourhoods. The United States has been fighting an opioid epidemic that has killed thousands of people over the past few years. Many of those drugs originate in China, forcing Beijing to clamp down on its export of the painkiller fentanyl. However, cities such as Baltimore, Maryland are not seeing the results as yet. Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Baltimore.

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The Aftermath: Mass Shootings in the US

We explore the trauma of mass shootings in the US and how communities grapple with the reality that they could be next. Mass shootings have become a grim reality of life in the United States. There were more than 300 in 2018 alone, and each one has made this clear: they can happen anywhere and at any time – in malls, theaters, places of worship, even schools. They have become predictable now: the shooting happens, then politicians denounce it and ask for thoughts and prayers; then there are vigils and…

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The Mueller report: Can Trump be impeached?

We ask a Trump campaign adviser about the Mueller report and discuss regime change in Iran with dissident Shirin Ebadi. In this week’s UpFront, we ask 2020 Trump campaign adviser Marc Porter about the findings of the Mueller report and whether he thinks the US president obstructed justice. And in our special interview, Nobel Peace laureate and Iranian dissident Shirin Ebadi explains why the government in Iran must change, and how she thinks it can be done. Debating Mueller, Trump and the lies told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report into Russia’s…

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US Boy Scouts scandal: Over 12,000 children sexually abused

The Boy Scouts of America faces accusations that it failed to report cases of child sex abuse. A child sexual abuse scandal threatens to engulf Boy Scouts of America, an institution once considered one of the United States‘ most wholesome and patriotic. More than 12,000 children were sexually abused while taking part in Boy Scouts activities, it has emerged. The organisation kept quiet about the alleged paedophiles after kicking them out, keeping their files secret instead of revealing their identities. Now, lawyer Jeff Anderson plans to file multiple lawsuits on…

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