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Ukraine banks, companies and airport hit by massive hack attack, government computers offline

Ukraine has been affected by massive cyberattacks targeting the country's government, a number of banks and companies, as well as the Ukrainian capital's airports. "Our network seems to be down, too, in case you wondered! This picture is on all of the Cabinet computer screens," the country's vice prime minister, Pavel Rozenko, posted on Facebook, along with a picture of a computer starting up after an apparent error. "Computers aren't functioning in the government building," the Kiev authorities told Interfax-Ukraine news agency. Security forces said that the intelligence services are looking into the cyberattacks.

Series of over 40 earthquakes registered north of Iceland

There has been a series of earthquakes 230 km north of Iceland since last night. There have been over 40 small earthquakes and two have been measured over 4 on the Richter scale. "There are no sings of an eruption. The series of earthquakes seems to be connected to the tectonic plates," says Einar Hjörleifsson from Iceland Met Office. The earthquakes originate on the borders of the American and the Eurasian tectonic plates. "Kolbeinseyjarhryggur [where the earthquakes originate] is located where two tectonic plates meet. Series of earthquakes aren't unusual, though they were many and some of them large all at the same time."

Russian state-run Rosneft oil company under 'major' cyberattack

Russian oil giant Rosneft has said its servers came under a massive hacking attack, according to a statement on Twitter. The company has asked Russia's security services to look into the issue. "We hope that it isn't connected to the current legal proceedings in any way," the company's statement said. The latest announcement comes after a court froze some assets belonging to Russian businessman Vladimir Yevtushenkov's Sistema corporation as the result of a lawsuit filed in May by Rosneft and its subsidiary Bashneft, as well as Russia's Republic of Bashkortostan. According to the Russian plaintiffs, Sistema took some $3 billion of the oil company's assets when it owned Bashneft from 2009 to 2014.

EU slams Google with $2.7bn fine for manipulation of search results

The European Commission has fined American IT giant Google €2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) for breaching competition rules with its online shopping service. The firm was accused of putting its Shopping Box at the top of search results, making other shopping websites less visible. The Commission has been investigating Google's parent company Alphabet for several years. EU regulators said on Tuesday that "Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.''

Large sinkhole appears on road in Ulsan, South Korea

A big sinkhole swallowed a road in Ulsan early Sunday. There were no reports of injuries or major property damage. The sinkhole was reported about 30 minutes past midnight, according to Ulsan police and fire authorities. The hole was six meters wide and two meters deep. An emergency operation is under way to restore the site. Ulsan officials said water leaking from a buried sewer pipe had washed away underground soil.

'You will be held accountable Trump': ISIS hackers deface Ohio government website with threatening message

The websites of Ohio Governor John Kasich and other state government agencies were hacked on Sunday with a pro-ISIS post warning that President Donald Trump would be "held accountable" for deaths in Muslim countries, according to Bloomberg. Ten state websites and two servers that were affected have been taken off line for an investigation with law enforcement into how the hackers were able to deface them, said Tom Hoyt, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. The Ohio governor's website wasn't loading on Sunday afternoon, and a cached version showed the message "hacked by Team System Dz.'' The message, pictured above, read: "You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries'' adding, "I love the Islamic State."

Brazilian President Temer charged with taking multi-million-dollar bribery

Brazilian President Michel Temer has been officially accused of taking multi-million-dollar bribes in a formal statement sent to Brazil's Supreme Court by Prosecutor-General Rodrigo Janot. Temer has been charged in connection with a graft scheme involving the world's biggest meatpacking company, JBS SA. It is alleged that Temer was to receive a total of 38 million reais ($11.5 million). The document presented to the Supreme Court, which aims to imprison Rodrigo Rocha Loures, an ex-lawmaker and close advisor to the Brazilian leader, contains the accusation against the president. "Rodrigo Loures represented the interests of Michel (Temer) in the occasions when he met with representatives of Group J&F. Through him, Temer arranged to receive unfair advantages in exchange for favors in public affairs," wrote Janot, as cited by Xinhua.

Woman left brain dead following attack by 2 dogs near Bozeman, Montana

A woman was left brain dead after being attacked by two dogs near Bozeman on Saturday morning. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said the attack happened around 8 a.m. Saturday at 5499 Love Lane. Two dogs were involved, one of them a pit bull, he said. The victim, 65-year-old Melissa Barnes, was initially attacked by the pit bull, Gootkin said, and the second dog followed suit. Barnes was flown to a Billings hospital for treatment and declared brain dead on Sunday, the sheriff said. Both dogs were euthanized voluntarily by their owners, Gootkin said. The dogs, neither of which had up-to-date vaccinations, were then taken to the Montana Department of Livestock's Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in Bozeman to be tested for rabies.

Supreme Court sides with Missouri Lutheran church in case with religious freedom implications

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Monday in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, a case with national religious freedom implications that involved a denied grant application for playground resurfacing. The case began in 2012 when Trinity Lutheran Church applied for a Missouri Department of Natural Resources state grant meant to help public and private schools, nonprofit daycare centers, and other nonprofit entities buy rubber playground surfaces made from recycled tires. The grant application was denied because the Department had a provision in place that "no money shall ever be taken from the treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, or denomination of religion." The Supreme Court ruled today that this state policy violates the rights of Trinity Lutheran under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. Chief Justice Roberts explains in his opinion that "the Free Exercise Clause 'protect[s] religious observers against unequal treatment' and subjects to the strictest scrutiny laws that target the religious for 'special disabilities" based on their 'religious status.'"

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier runs on outdated Windows XP, vulnerable to cyberattack

The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of Britain's two brand new aircraft carriers which left port on Monday for sea tests, runs on outdated Windows XP software which is vulnerable to cyberattack. It is the same software controversially used on the UK's nuclear armed Vanguard submarines. Windows XP has not been supported by Microsoft since 2014. In May, a massive cyberattack struck the National Health Service (NHS), which also uses the software.

Boy dies after attack by stray dog pack in Telangana, India

A pack of stray dogs mauled a 7-year-old boy in Shamirpet on Monday. The boy succumbed to the injuries later in the day. The incident happened as the child's father and some locals were offering Id prayers at a mosque. The boy, Mohammed Farooq, accompanied his father to a mosque. After being inside for a while, he came out to play when he was attacked by a pack of dogs, Sub-Inspector M. Jagender, said. The boy could not be rescued from the dogs immediately as the adults were inside the mosque and unaware of the incident outside. Later, when the badly injured boy was noticed, the locals rushed him to a private hospital and later to Niloufer Hospital in the city. The child died while being treated. "At least five dogs attacked the boy and tore him apart. He had suffered grievous injuries," the police official said. A case was registered under Section 174 of CrPC.

Russians name Stalin 'most outstanding' world figure, Putin ties for second

Soviet leader Joseph Stalin has once again been named the most oustanding world figure by Russians. Vladimir Putin shared second place with poet Alexander Pushkin. Among non-Russians, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton made the top 20. Stalin, Putin, Pushkin, and Vladimir Lenin took the top three positions in a Levada Center poll which asked Russians to name the "most outstanding people of all times and peoples." The poll results were published on Monday.

Study shows how high fat diets can alter gut bacteria to combat harmful inflammation

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have shown a high fat diet may lead to specific changes in gut bacteria that could fight harmful inflammation--a major discovery for patients suffering from Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel syndrome, causes debilitating intestinal swelling, cramping, and diarrhea. The disease affects half a million people in the United States, but its cause is yet unclear. In the new study, a diet of plant-derived "good" fats, including coconut oil or cocoa butter, drastically reduced bacterial diversity in mice with Crohn's-like disease. Mice fed beneficial fatty diets had up to thirty percent fewer kinds of gut bacteria as those fed a normal diet, collectively resulting in a very different gut microbial composition. Some of the species changes showed up in feces, while others were different in cecum, a portion of the intestine commonly inflamed in Crohn's disease. Mice fed even low concentrations of coconut oil or cocoa butter also had less severe small intestine inflammation. "The finding is remarkable because it means that a Crohn's patient could also have a beneficial effect on their gut bacteria and inflammation by only switching the type of fat in their diet," said Alexander Rodriguez-Palacios, DVM, DVSc, PhD, first author on the study and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. "Patients would only need to replace a 'bad' fat with a 'good' fat, and eat normal amounts."

Is the current rise in kidney disease due to our over-consumption of animal source foods?

I periodically get asked about concerns regarding the growing rates of kidney disease and concerns about kidney health in general in relation to a diet based in animal source foods. The worry is that consuming animal protein might somehow put a strain on kidneys and even lead to kidney damage over time. Here are the facts: In the United States, approximately one in three adults aged 65 years and older currently has chronic kidney disease. Certain mainstream sources are determined to find every which way to blame and further vilify animal source foods in this equation (and innumerable others), while extolling the supposed virtues of a plant-based diet. This is a pervasive misinformation trend, and one that I take on in my newest book, Primal Fat Burner. For starters, I don't see the rise in kidney disease as necessarily being unrelated to the rise in metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the result of insulin resistance (which, in turn, is overwhelmingly the result of excess carbohydrate consumption—not fat or protein consumption). As my friend, Ron Rosedale, MD has aptly pointed out (and I'm paraphrasing somewhat), the development of obesity, in some respects, is technically the price your body pays to try and keep you from becoming diabetic. Excess sugars continually get stored through the efforts of insulin in your fat cells until the day your fat cells are no longer able to respond to insulin and there's no place else for the sugar to go. Among the tissues unfortunate enough to lack the capacity for insulin resistance include your nerve cells and brain tissue, which may become chronically bombarded with excess tissue-damaging insulin and glucose and undergo degenerative changes. Nerve cells are readily damaged by glycation and through this process eventually develop neuropathy. Brain cells similarly are extremely vulnerable here and deteriorate, rapidly glycate and oxidize, creating cognitive and memory problems in setting the stage for dementias, including Alzheimer's disease. The arterial endothelium gets increasingly damaged and scarred by the effects of insulin and the oxidation of glucose. Surges of insulin and leptin stimulate sympathetic nervous system activity, causing the body to rapidly lose magnesium and the vessels to constrict, raising blood pressure and impairing cerebral and other vascular circulation. Vulnerable constricted blood vessels, clogged with glycated and oxidized plaques, and especially smaller vessels that supply the eyes and kidneys begin to become compromised, impairing blood supplies there. Although this gets directly associated with diabetes, it is a process that is quite literally happening to everyone over time. It is simply a matter of how quickly this occurs in anyone based in large measure on how a person is choosing to eat.

Passengers told to 'say a prayer' after engine in AirAsia plane 'shudders like a washing machine and shuts down' (VIDEO)

Passengers aboard Air-Asia Flight D7237 from Perth, Australia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were startled by a terrifying bang outside of the plane, before the jet began to violently shake up and down for 90 uninterrupted minutes. The seats shook so much that the 359 passengers of the Airbus A330 felt like they were "sitting on top of a washing machine," as one unnamed passenger put it. The first minutes of the shaking were reportedly the worst, according to several passengers, who believed that the plane was going to go down. "I was crying a lot," Sophie Nicolas told Australia's ABC. "A lot of people were crying, trying to call their moms and stuff. But we couldn't really do anything. Just wait and trust the captain." "It was just like a small explosion almost from the left wing, and the plane just started shuddering," she added. The captain, however, informed the passengers that they should pray for a safe landing. "Please listen to everything," an airline staffer told the frightened passengers over the intercom. "Our survival depends on your cooperating. Hopefully everything will turn out for the best."

2 Tornadoes, 75-mph 'microburst' confirmed in New Jersey says NWS (VIDEO)

Two tornadoes and a 75-mph microburst were in New Jersey this week, the National Weather Service has confirmed Those bursts of high-speed winds that knocked over trees were as bad as you thought. In fact, two of them were actually tornadoes. Two tornadoes and a 75-mph microburst were in New Jersey this week, the National Weather Service has confirmed. Both left destruction in their paths. The weather service said the first tornado was the one seen in the now widely circulated video taken by Brett M. Dzadik at a Home Depot in Howell. That tornado touched down at 7:21 a.m., had wind speeds of up to 75 mph and a path of about 40 yards wide for about a half-mile, the service said. The second tornado touched down at 7:27 a.m. and also had maximum winds of 75 mph, the weather service said. That tornado caused the damage seen at Oak Glen Park, also in Howell, and traveled about three-tenths of a mile with a path about 25 yards wide, the service said.

Hurricane Dora forms off Mexico, first of 2017 season

The National Hurricane Center said Dora became the first hurricane of the 2017 season when it formed early Monday, and is expected to produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening conditions. The NHC said Hurricane Dora, which has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, is about 225 miles southwest of Puerto Vallarta. The NHC said in its Monday afternoon advisory that the storm system is moving west-northwest -- further out into the Pacific Ocean -- at a speed of 13 mph.

Thousands in Jerusalem protest state-sponsored abduction of Yemenite babies, call for government to recognize affair as crime against humanity

Over 2,000 Israeli Yemenite Jews and supporting activists gathered in Jerusalem last Wednesday to mark an annual day of awareness for what families say was a state-sponsored program to abduct Yemenite Jewish infants and other Israeli children born to parents who were recent immigrants from Arab countries. Known as the Yemenite Children Affair, in the first decade after the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, there was a systematic kidnapping of newborn Yemenite children, carried out by Israeli hospitals and government institutions. Mothers, who often were in Israel for a short time and did not speak Hebrew, would enter hospitals or other state facilities to give birth. Once the child was born medical staff told the parents the child died unexpectedly. Yet none of the families were shown bodies or burial documents. Many of the families did not practice any mourning ceremonies because they believed their missing children were still alive. The babies who went missing, parents claim, were given away to childless Ashkenazi families (Jews of European descent - the dominant ethnic group in Israel at the time), leaving the Yemenite families with no answers regarding their children's fate. In most cases, the families were told the children died unexpectedly.

Al-Nusra terrorists wounded in battle with Syrian government forces in Quneitra transferred to Israeli hospitals

Local sources disclosed on Sunday that several terrorists, who had been wounded in the battle with the Syrian government forces in Quneitra province, have been taken to an Israeli hospital. The sources reported that a number of injured members of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) have been transferred to the Israeli hospitals via al-Hamidiyeh region in Quneitra countryside. The army troops repelled Al-Nusra Front's offensives in the Southwestern province of Quneitra, leaving tens of terrorists dead and many more wounded. Later, the Israeli aircraft attacked the Syrian government forces' tanks and artillery positions South-West of the war-hit country. This is not the first time that Al-Nusra terrorists have been transferred to Israeli hospital after sustaining injuries in clashes with the army soldiers.

Discovery of previously unknown rock scripts in Egypt reveals development of hieroglyphic writing

An expedition from Yale University and the Royal Museum of Art and History unearthed some previously unknown rock scripts including huge hieroglyphs dating back to around 5,200 years. "This newly discovered rock art site of El-Khawy preserves some of the earliest - and largest - signs from the formative stages of the hieroglyphic script and provides evidence for how the ancient Egyptians invented their unique writing system," Egyptologist John Darnell said, phys.org reported. The scientists also discovered rock art depicting a herd of elephants that was carved between 4,000-3,500 B.C.

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