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Hacking, From Submarines To A News Bureau

Although conventional warfare makes headlines, a more insidious conflict also warrants attention. Cyber warfare, in its many forms, is arguably still in its infancy. But the new-age combat is a growing concern — so much so that the latest NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, chose to focus on cyber defense.

The list of government agencies, companies and even news organizations targeted by hackers gets longer everyday. Today is no exception: The Australian reports that DCNS, a submarine company mostly owned by the French government, suffered a massive leak that exposed in detail the ­entire secret combat capability of its Scorpene submarines.

This has enormous implications, not least in Asia. DCNS built a fleet of these submarines for India, meaning it would be an "intelligence bonanza" for rivals like Pakistan and China to obtain the 22,400 pages of leaked documents, the newspaper reports. Other countries that use similar submarines, from Malaysia to Chile, could also be affected. Reuters cited a DCNS spokeswoman as calling the hack "tools in an economic war" even as she said the information had yet to be authenticated.

This is not the only breach to be reported this week. In Russia, the Moscow bureau of The New York Times said it had been targeted, though unsuccessfully, by hackers. The announcement came days after hacking tools were apparently stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency in what whistleblower Edward Snowden said might be a "warning." Technology has, undeniably, brought us great benefits. But the truth is, we're all much more vulnerable as a result. These hacks are just the beginning.



A 6.2-magnitude earthquake killed at least 37 people and left 150 others missing after it struck about 65 miles northeast of Rome earlier today. "Half of the town isn't there anymore," Sergio Pirozzi, the mayor of Amatrice, told Italian daily Il Messaggero. Follow live updates from BBC.


The 29-year-old Frenchman stabbed to death a British woman, 21, while apparently shouting the Arabic phrase for "God is great" at a backpackers' hostel in Australia's northeastern state of Queensland yesterday. A man was also seriously injured and a dog was killed in the attack. Australian police are investigating whether the killer, who has since been taken in custody, has any links to terrorist groups.


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The move is an effort to remove terror group ISIS from the Syrian border town of Jarablus, Al Jazeera reports. Turkey and the U.S.-led coalition have also been carrying out artillery and airstrikes in the area.


Elon Musk unveiled a new battery that extends Tesla's Model S range to 315 miles, the first time an electric car exceeded 300 miles of range. It will also make the sedan the world's fastest production car, going from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, Bloomberg reports.


Capital flows in Latin America suggest Brazil's economic free fall may have stopped. For America Economia, Marío Epstein writes: "Brazil's economy shrank 4% in 2015. A similar negative figure is expected this year. In keeping with cyclical theories, things are likely to bottom out soon. Analysts predict that its growth rate could stabilize in the third quarter of 2017 and gain momentum in the fourth. Nothing to celebrate, perhaps, but it will at least signal a turning point for producers and consumers to regain confidence."

Read the full article, Can Latin America's Economy Rebound? Keep An Eye On Brazil


South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine early this morning, in what South Korean officials described as an "apparent protest" of the annual military drills between Seoul and Washington.


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A study published in the journal Radiology suggests that the damage caused by Zika infection during pregnancy on the brains of fetuses could go beyond microcephaly. The study, led by neurologists in Boston and doctors in northeastern Brazil, says that babies born with a normal-size head may present serious brain abnormalities as they grow up.



Nils Olav has been promoted to the rank of brigadier by the King of Norway's Guard. Oh, small detail: Nils is a penguin at Edinburgh Zoo.

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Winning African Hearts And Minds? Why Russia Has An Edge Over The West

Russia's Foreign Minister is in South Africa for the second time in a year. In spite of the West's best efforts, Vladimir Putin's delegation is still welcomed in large parts of Africa, which still harbors colonial resentment toward Europe.

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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and South Africa's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor shake hands

Pierre Haski


PARIS — Sergey Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Minister, has not traveled much since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But he arrived yesterday on an official visit to South Africa, his second official trip there in a year.

But it is not a coincidence: Africa is a priority for Russian diplomacy.

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The West was caught off guard when, at the United Nations last year, a large part of Africa refused to condemn the Russian aggression on Ukrainian territory. They were all the more surprised because, since the 1960s, the African continent has wisely adopted a principle recognizing the borders inherited from colonization: it wanted to avoid possible inter-state targeting, which is what Russia is trying to do in Ukraine.

Moscow has been able to capitalize on this refusal of Africa to align itself with the West.

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