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GUWAHATI - Tens of thousands villagers have fled their homes in northeast India after clashes between indigenous tribes and Muslim settlers killed at least 17 people during the weekend.

Between 25,000 and 50,000 villagers have fled their homes and taken shelter in government-run camps, after unidentified groups set ablaze houses, schools, and vehicles, and started firing indiscriminately with automatic weapons in populated areas.

Sparking the clashes on Friday night, unidentified men killed four youths on Friday night in the Bodo tribe-dominated Kokrajhar district, police and district officials told Reuters. In retaliation, armed Bodos attacked Muslim settlers, suspecting them to be behind the killings.

Rioting erupted in the remote state of Assam, close to the borders with Bhutan and Bangladesh, a region that has been the scene of decades of friction between the Bodo tribe and Muslim settlers, the Indian daily newspaper Times Of India reports -- although some of the biggest rebel movements have recently started peace talks with the government.

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REvil Bust: Is Russian Cybercrime Crackdown Just A Decoy From Ukraine?

This weekend’s unprecedented operation to dismantle the cybercriminal REvil network in Russia was carried out on a request and information from Washington. Occurring just as the two countries face off over the Russian threat to invade Ukraine raises more questions than it answers.

Kyiv blamed Russia for another cyber-attack that knocked out key Ukrainian government websites last week

Cameron Manley

The world’s attention was gripped last week by the rising risk of war at the Russia-Ukraine border, and what some have called the worst breakdown in relations between Moscow and Washington since the end of the Cold War. Yet by the end of the week, another major story was unfolding more quietly across Russia that may shed light on the high-stakes geopolitical maneuvering.

By Friday night, Russian security forces had raided 25 addresses in St. Petersburg, Moscow and several other regions south of the capital in an operation to dismantle the notorious REvil group, accused of some of the worst cyberattacks in recent years to hit targets in the U.S. and elsewhere in the West.

And by Saturday, Russian online media Interfax was reporting that the FSB Russian intelligence services revealed that it had in fact been the U.S. authorities who had informed Russia "about the leaders of the criminal community and their involvement in attacks on the information resources of foreign high-tech companies.”

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