U.S. regulator approves $5billion settlement in Facebook user data case

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook Inc this week over its investigation into the social media company’s handling of user data, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. The FTC has been investigating allegations Facebook inappropriately shared information belonging to 87 million users with the now-defunct… Read More U.S. regulator approves $5billion settlement in Facebook user data case

Nine dead following plane crash during skydiving trip in Sweden

Nine Swedes were killed when their plane crashed during a skydiving trip near Umea, a small university city in northern Sweden, authorities said on Sunday. The small plane designed to carry parachutists crashed on an island on the Ume river shortly after takeoff from Umea airport, police spokesman Peder Jonsson said, adding that those on… Read More Nine dead following plane crash during skydiving trip in Sweden

Italian court jails Ukrainian fighter over 2014 killing of photojournalist

An Italian court sentenced a Ukrainian man to 24 years in jail on Friday over his role in the 2014 killing of an Italian photographer covering fighting between pro-Russian forces and Ukrainian troops. Journalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian colleague Andrey Mironov were killed after they were hit by mortar fire near the town of… Read More Italian court jails Ukrainian fighter over 2014 killing of photojournalist

Twenty-six killed, dozens injured as Islamist insurgents attack hotel in Somalia

Kenyans, Americans, a Briton and Tanzanians were among 26 people killed when Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in the Somali port city of Kismayo, officials said on Saturday, the deadliest attack in the city since insurgents were driven out in 2012. A car bomb exploded at the hotel in the southern port city while local… Read More Twenty-six killed, dozens injured as Islamist insurgents attack hotel in Somalia

Catalan court to try regional leader Quim Torra over separatist propaganda during election campaign

The leader of the Spanish region of Catalonia, Quim Torra, will be tried for disobedience after he failed to obey an order to remove separatist propaganda from public offices during election campaigning, the regional court said on Friday. During campaigning for national and local elections in April and May regional leaders were required to remove… Read More Catalan court to try regional leader Quim Torra over separatist propaganda during election campaign

North Korea names Kim Jong Un as head of state in new constitution

Kim Jong Un has been formally named head of state of North Korea and commander-in-chief of the military in a new constitution observers said was possibly aimed at preparing for a peace treaty with the United States. North Korea has long called for a peace deal with the United States to normalize relations and end… Read More North Korea names Kim Jong Un as head of state in new constitution

Fifteen dead, six missing as rains trigger floods and landslides in Nepal

More than 20 people have been killed or are missing due to landslides and floods as monsoon rains lashed Nepal, the government said on Friday. Heavy rains since Thursday have hit 20 of Nepal’s 77 districts, in the hills as well as in southern plains. A Home Ministry statement said 15 people had been killed,… Read More Fifteen dead, six missing as rains trigger floods and landslides in Nepal

Seven deaed, scores injured as violent storm lashes northern Greece

At least seven people, including six tourists, were killed and more than 100 others injured when a violent, short-lived storm lashed northern Greece overnight, felling trees and ripping off rooftops. Witnesses said the storm had come and gone in a matter of minutes. Winds of over 100 kph (60 mph) were reported on the Halkidiki… Read More Seven deaed, scores injured as violent storm lashes northern Greece