From 7-11s to train stations, cyber attacks plague Taiwan over Pelosi visit

From 7-11s to train stations, cyber attacks plague Taiwan over Pelosi visit

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (not pictured) at the presidential office in Taipei, Taiwan August 3, 2022. Taiwan Presidential Office/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TAIPEI/BEIJING, Aug 4 (Reuters) – As US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi … Read more

Who is Viktor Bout, arms dealer linked to swap for Americans held by Moscow?

Who is Viktor Bout, arms dealer linked to swap for Americans held by Moscow?

Bout dubbed ‘the merchant of death’ and ‘sanctions buster’ Was among most wanted men in world before 2008 arrest Clients included rogue states, warlords in Asia, Africa Likely had ties to Russian intelligence, experts say Moscow has long sought his release from long US jail term LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The life of Viktor … Read more

Beirut silo collapses, reviving trauma ahead of blast anniversary

Beirut silo collapses, reviving trauma ahead of blast anniversary

Silos a towering reminder of Aug. 4, 2020 explosion Smouldering fire had put Beirut residents on edge for weeks 2020 blast seen as symbol of corruption of Lebanese elite BEIRUT, July 31 (Reuters) – Part of the grain silos at Beirut Port collapsed on Sunday just days before the second anniversary of the massive explosion … Read more

US House passes, sends to Senate assault-style weapon ban

US House passes, sends to Senate assault-style weapon ban

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – The US House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation banning assault-style rifles that have been used in mass shootings, sending it to the Senate where it faces likely defeat. By a mostly partisan vote of 217-213, Democrats won passage of the measure amid public anger over mass murders in which … Read more

Conspiracy website InfoWars parent files for bankruptcy

Conspiracy website InfoWars parent files for bankruptcy

July 29 (Reuters) – The parent of far-right conspiracy website InfoWars filed for US bankruptcy protection on Friday as the company and its founder Alex Jones face up to $150 million in damages in a trial over longstanding falsehoods he perpetuated about the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. The bankruptcy filing by the InfoWars parent, … Read more

US gun executives say criminals, not guns, responsible for mass shootings

US gun executives say criminals, not guns, responsible for mass shootings

WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – Top executives at US gunmakers testified on Wednesday that criminals, not their products, were responsible for mass shootings, as they faced questions from a US House committee investigating recent massacres in Texas and New York. The chief executives of Sturm, Ruger & Co Inc (RGR.N) and Daniel Defense Llc, tested … Read more

Texas school principal suspended after Uvalde shooting

Texas school principal suspended after Uvalde shooting

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks with Mandy Gutierrez, Principal at Robb Elementary School, where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in the deadliest US school shooting in nearly a decade, during US President Joe Biden’s visit at the school, in Uvalde, Texas, US May 29, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Register now for FREE unlimited … Read more

Alex Jones must pay for Sandy Hook falsehoods, parents’ lawyer says as defamation trial begins

Alex Jones must pay for Sandy Hook falsehoods, parents' lawyer says as defamation trial begins

July 26 (Reuters) – US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones led a “vile campaign of defamation” when he falsely claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, a Texas jury was told on Tuesday, but a lawyer for Jones said his client already had paid a price. Attorney Mark Bankston, representing the parents of slain … Read more

Sixth boy charged in Central Park jogger case is exonerated

Sixth boy charged in Central Park jogger case is exonerated

NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) – A long overlooked co-defendant of the Central Park Five, a group of Black and Latino teenagers wrongly convicted of raping a white woman jogger in 1989 based on false confessions, was exonerated of a related conviction by a New York judge on Monday. Steven Lopez was 15 when he … Read more

Trump deleted references to prosecuting Jan. 6 rioters in remarks, testimony shows

Trump deleted references to prosecuting Jan.  6 rioters in remarks, testimony shows

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump crossed out sentences that distanced him from the rioters who attacked the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and refused to call for their prosecution in a draft of a speech he delivered the next day, congressional testimony showed on Monday. The former Republican president deleted lines … Read more