Google, Facebook, and Others Plan Briefs Supporting Apple’s iPhone Case

Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp and Twitter Inc will all file or sign on to amicus briefs in support of Apple Inc’s fight against a magistrate’s order, which requires it to help the US Federal Bureau of Investigation break into a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. Sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that Google and Facebook… Read More »

iOS 9 Adoption Appears Stalled at 77 Percent of Active Devices

Apple released its iOS 9 operating system to the public in September last year alongside the launch of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. At that time, it was reported that the iOS 9 penetration was in about 12 percent of the compatible devices within 24 hours since the launch. However, now the mobile OS seems… Read More »

Perth mining outfit Lucapa finds huge $20m diamond in Angola

THE BIGGEST diamond ever to be discovered by an Australian company has been found in Angola, a 404-carat sparkler estimated to be worth $20 million. The gem stone was unearthed by small Perth-based mining outfit Lucapa Diamond Company in the country’s northeastern province of Lunda Norte. A photo released by Lucapa showed the diamond measuring more than seven… Read More »

Nepal passenger plane crash kills all 23 on board

A small passenger plane has crashed in mountainous western Nepal, killing all 23 people on board. The Twin Otter aircraft, operated by Tara Air, was travelling from Pokhara to Jomsom and lost contact with the control tower shortly after taking off. Most of those on board were Nepalis. It is not clear what caused the crash. The plane… Read More »

Egypt’s Sisi accepts Sinai jet crash was ‘terrorism’

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has officially acknowledged for the first time that the crash of a Russian airliner in the Sinai peninsula last October was a result of “terrorism”. He said the attack had been intended to damage Egypt’s tourism industry and relations with Russia. Russia has already said a bomb caused the crash in which 224… Read More »

Syrian conflict: UN first air drop delivers aid to Deir al-Zour

The UN says it has carried out its first air drop of aid in Syria to help civilians in an eastern city besieged by Islamic State (IS) militants. UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council that the plane dropped 21 tonnes of humanitarian items on a government-held part of Deir al-Zour. Initial reports indicated that the… Read More »

Migrant crisis: Hungary to hold referendum on EU quota plan

Hungary will hold a referendum on whether to accept mandatory EU quotas for relocating migrants, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced. Without disclosing the date for the poll, he stressed that the quotas “could redraw Europe’s cultural and religious identity”. In September, the EU agreed to relocate an additional 120,000 migrants across the continent – a move Hungary… Read More »

Rick Perry: Charges against Ex-Texas governor dismissed

The highest criminal court in Texas has dropped an abuse of power charge against Rick Perry during his time as governor of the US state of Texas. Mr Perry, who has twice run as a Republican presidential candidate, had been fighting the case, which he described as “unconstitutional”. “Appeals court clears @GovernorPerry of all charges. Thank you for… Read More »

Fukushima disaster: Tepco admits late meltdown announcement

The operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant hit by a tsunami in 2011 has admitted that it should have announced sooner that there was a nuclear meltdown at the site. The Tokyo Electric Power Company denied the meltdown for two months. The company now says the public declaration should have been done within days of the disaster.… Read More »

MH17 Ukraine disaster: Report names suspected Russian soldiers

A UK-based online investigative team says it has identified Russian soldiers who were likely involved in the shooting down of a Malaysian plane. In a report, the Bellingcat team links personnel from the 2nd Battalion of the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade to the tragedy in eastern Ukraine in 2014. A Dutch report last year said the plane was… Read More »