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FBI chief sees better cyber cooperation from China WASHINGTON: FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday he has seen some improvement in cooperation from China in fighting cybercrime following last year's bilateral agreement on the issue.Chinese authorities "seem to have an agreed upon framework for what is nation-state action appropriate, that is intelligence collection, and what is theft," Comey told a cybersecurity event in Washington, when asked about international cooperation on cybercrime."There are signs of progress in the Chinese helping us impose costs on active engagement and theft. I'm reasonably optimistic (about China), less so with Russia."Comey's comments were far more upbeat than those from National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers earlier this month on the implementation of last year's accord between President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.The two leaders agreed on principles aimed at stemming what has been seen as a wave of hacking directed against US companies and organizations.Rogers told Congress earlier this month ...

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60 mn people worldwide hit by El Nino: UN GENEVA: Some 60 million people worldwide need assistance due to havoc wreaked by the El Nino climate phenomenon, but a shortage of funding could threaten the delivery of life-saving aid, the UN warned Tuesday."The numbers are truly alarming," UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien told reporters in Geneva.The El Nino effect, which comes with warming sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, causes heavy rains in some parts of the world and drought elsewhere.The 2015-2016 El ...

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US to eye 'other' options if North Korea continues nuclear activity WASHINGTON: The US State Department urged North Korea on Tuesday to refrain from actions that destabilize the region and said it would consider "other" options if Pyongyang continued its nuclear and ballistic missile testing. State Department spokesman Mark Toner made the comment at a briefing after being asked about reports that North Korea may be planning more nuclear or missile tests. Toner noted the United Nations had recently imposed some of its toughest sanctions on ...

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Putin 'not entirely persuaded' by European unity: Obama WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama said Monday that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is trying to undermine European unity, which he sees as a threat.Speaking to CBS News in an interview set to air Tuesday morning, Obama said Europe's migrant crisis is also a problem for the United States."But more importantly, more strategically, is the strain it's putting on Europe's politics, the way that it advances far-right nationalism, the degree to which it is encouraging ...

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Clinton, Trump look to dominate in Tuesday primaries WASHINGTON: Five US states vote Tuesday at a critical juncture in the presidential race, with Hillary Clinton seeking a knockout against Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump confident of extending his lead despite rivals joining forces against him.A very strong showing in primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island would put former secretary of state Clinton on the cusp of Democratic victory, a monumental step in her quest to become the nation's first ...

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UN's Ban condemns Burundi general's assassination UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the assassination of a Tutsi general who was killed along with his wife in Burundi's capital on Monday.General Athanase Kararuza, a security advisor to one of Burundi's vice presidents, and his wife died in a rocket and grenade attack as they were dropping off their daughter at school in Bujumbura.The daughter survived the attack, according to a family member. "The assassination of Brigadier General Kararuza comes in the ...

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US, EU resume trade talks shadowed by election, Brexit WASHINGTON: US and European Union negotiators began meeting in New York on Monday for a new round of talks on an ambitious transatlantic trade pact.But the discussions on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which both sides want completed by year-end, come amid rising anti-free trade talk in the US presidential election race and the threat that Britain could move to pull out of the 28-nation EU this year.The week-long talks are the 13th round ...