36 Stylish and Spooky Halloween Decorating Ideas

Customize your Halloween decor with pumpkin topiaries, glam mantels, glowing tabletops, wreaths and more. Everyone seems to have a different mentality when it comes to Halloween decor. Some people are so into it they start buying discount decorations the morning of November 1. Others don’t want to bother with carving a pumpkin. But whether you’ve been planning your costume since last year or you’re just going with the same old pair of black cat ears, there’s bound to be something that fits your style in this eclectic mix of handmade…

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Is enough being done to combat cybercrimes?

The global cost of online crime is expected to reach six trillion dollars by 2021. Cyberattacks are now one of the biggest concerns for governments and companies across the world. In the past year alone, there has been an 11 percent increase in security breaches by hackers. These growing figures show just how big a threat cybercrime has become. With security experts fighting the hackers, the cybercrime economy is growing so quickly, it is now making profits of $1.5 trillion each year. A recent Microsoft survey suggests executives now consider…

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Army officer who listened to Trump’s Ukraine call voiced concerns

Alexander Vindman, Trump’s top adviser on Ukraine, is set to testify he raised concerns over the Trump-Zelenskyy call. US President Donald Trump‘s top adviser on Ukraine is set to testify on Tuesday that he told a government lawyer about concerns that US national security could be undermined after a phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president. Alexander Vindman, an Army lieutenant colonel and former diplomat who later became the director of European affairs on the National Security Council (NSC), said he had listened in on Trump’s July 25 call with…

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Trump says al-Baghdadi’s ‘number one replacement’ is dead

Without giving a name, Trump says the individual expected to replace al-Baghdadi as ISIL’s leader has been killed. US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the person likely to be first in line to replace the slain leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has also been “terminated”. “Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi‘s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops. Most likely would have taken the top spot – Now he is also Dead!” Trump tweeted. Trump did not identify…

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US may bar Huawei, ZTE from government subsidy programme

The US telecom regulator wants to classify the Chinese firms as national security risks, affecting rural US carriers. Rural telecom carriers in the United States could lose access to an $8.5bn government fund to purchase equipment or services from China‘s Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp, as the US telecommunications regulator plans to vote in November to designate them as national security risks. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) also plans to propose requiring those carriers to remove and replace equipment from such designated companies, its officials said on Monday. At a meeting…

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China’s tech firms fight for survival under Trump’s blacklist

Despite warning of lower profits after the US blacklisting, firms like SenseTime and Megvii are pressing ahead. The co-founder of China’s SenseTime Group Ltd. was visiting New York to encourage more collaboration with the U.S. on artificial intelligence when he heard the news: The Trump administration had blacklisted his company. So much for more cooperation. Xu Bing, the 29-year-old co-founder, knew SenseTime was at risk given rising tensions between China and the U.S., but the timing took him by surprise. He was spending a few days showing off his latest…

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HOTTOPIC: Residents, celebrities forced to flee as California burns

As firefighters work to tackle blazes, authorities warn of worse to come with no rain and high winds forecast. Fires swept through the hills of Los Angeles where many celebrities live on Monday, destroying several large homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, as a blaze in California’s wine country in the United States exploded in size. The flames that roared up a steep hillside near the J Paul Getty Museum in the Los Angeles’ district of Brentwood showed the scale of the danger the state faces amid strong…

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Democrats set Thursday vote on US House path to impeachment probe

Pelosi says the step is being taken to ‘to eliminate any doubt’ over the legitimacy of the Trump impeachment inquiry. Democrats in the United States House of Representatives set a Thursday vote to lay out next steps for their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, even as officials past and present refuse to cooperate. Trump and his fellow Republicans have spent weeks branding the probe illegitimate because the full Democratic-led House had not authorised it. If the measure passes the House, Democrats are likely to argue that it neutralises those…

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As Google invests in new areas, Alphabet misses earnings forecast

Under intense regulatory pressure, the search giant looks to broaden its business beyond search, advertising and video. Google parent Alphabet Inc missed analysts’ estimates for quarterly profit on Monday as it reported its highest-ever quarterly expenses, sending shares down even though revenue growth topped expectations. The world’s dominant provider of internet search, advertising and video services has increased spending in recent years on certain new business areas – including cloud computing and consumer electronics – that it views as essential to maintaining its industry leadership in the face of stiff…

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