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Monday, July 8, 2013

Dozens of Protesters Killed in Cairo

Egyptian interim leader Adly Mansour has expressed his “deep sorrow” at the death of at least 51 protesters near a Cairo army base and has vowed to create a judicial committee to investigate the killings. The Muslim Brotherhood, the party of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, says its members were staging a peaceful sit-in in front of the Presidential Guard barracks, where the toppled leader is believed to be held, when its protesters were fired upon as they performed dawn prayers. “We found the army, around a thousand army troops surrounding us and firing guns, and on the other side of the street the riot police firing tear gas. They were pointing at our heads and chests. I saw with my own eyes 10 martyrs”, said Mohammed Hassan, a protester interviewed by the Associated Press. Egyptian state television reported that “an armed terrorist group” had attempted to storm the barracks, and that soldiers were trying “to ensure the safety of the people”. Three protesters had been killed on Friday in the first clashes between the army and Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

Asiana Pilots ‘Tried to Abort Landing’ Seconds Before Crash

US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said at a news conference at San Francisco airport that Asiana flight 214 from Seoul was travelling “significantly below” its intended speed when it hit the seawall in front of the runway while its crew was attempting to abort the landing. Information recovered from the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder showed that there were no signs of any problems until seven seconds before the crash, when the crew tried to accelerate and gain altitude to attempt another landing. Two teenage Chinese girls were killed in the accident, one of them possibly run over by an emergency vehicle rushing to aid the more than 180 survivors. “One of the deceased did have injuries consistent with those of having been run over by a vehicle”, said Mindy Talmadge, at San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman. NTSB chairwoman Hersman said it was too early to speculate what caused the crash and refused to discuss pilot error. “What I will tell you is that the NTSB conducts very thorough investigations. We will not reach a determination of probable cause in the first few days that we’re on an accident scene”, she said.

‘Extensive’ Abuse at Wales Children’s Homes Hidden for 17 Years

A 300-page report on “extensive” and long-term abuse at children’s homes in North Wales written 17 years ago has finally been published after a FoI (Freedom of Information) request by the BBC. It was shelved due to fears that there would be compensation claims if its contents were published. The report followed a North Wales Police inquiry into abuse claims begun in 1991 and the conviction of seven care workers. Among the findings made by John Jillings, who was commissioned to investigate the claims by Clwyd County Council, were that some children had been so disturbed by the abuse that they took their own lives, that many sacrificed the interests of the children in their care to safeguard their jobs, that five men working at the Bryn Estyn children’s home had been involved in serious offences against 20 boys and girls aged 10 to 16 and that North Wales Police itself refused to investigate allegations made against police officers. Home Secretary Theresa May has launched a new inquiry into the abuse allegations.

Hackers Targeting South Korean Systems Were After Military Secrets

A study by researchers at cybersecurity firm McAfee has shown that the group of hackers that targeted tens of thousands of South Korean computers in April was attempting to steal the country’s military secrets. “This goes deeper than anyone had understood to date, and it’s not just attacks: it’s military espionage”, said Ryan Sherstobitoff, a senior threat researcher at the firm. The malware created by the group scanned the PCs for keywords including “weapon”, “US Army”, “logistics”, “tactics” and “secret”. When it finished indexing what each hard drive contained, attackers could “grab documents at will”. The group also avoided detection because they chose to download few files at a time, keeping network traffic to a minimum. Kim Min-seok, a spokesman for South Korea’s Ministry of Defence, said the country’s’ secrets are safe and that hackers could not get hold of them. “It cannot be done” because the computers holding them are “physically separated” from the internet, he said.

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