Tension as pro and anti Catalan independence demonstrators shut down central Barcelona

Thousands of people demonstrating both for and against Catalan independence shut down parts of central Barcelona on Saturday, two days before the anniversary of a vote on secession last year that polarised the wealthy Spanish region. Tensions remain high in the independence-minded region a year after the October 1 vote deemed illegal by Madrid but… Read More Tension as pro and anti Catalan independence demonstrators shut down central Barcelona

Millions of user accounts affected in Facebook security breach 

Facebook Inc said on Friday that hackers stole digital login codes allowing them to take over nearly 50 million user accounts in its worst security breach ever given the unprecedented level of potential access, adding to what has been a difficult year for the company’s reputation. Facebook, which has more than 2.2 billion monthly users,… Read More Millions of user accounts affected in Facebook security breach 

Belgian defense ministry to sue Google over non-compliance to blur military images

The Belgian defense ministry will sue Google for not complying with its requests to blur satellite images of sensitive military sites, a ministry spokeswoman said on Friday. Citing national security, the ministry said it had requested that sites such as air bases and nuclear power stations be obscured on Google’s satellite mapping services. “The Ministry… Read More Belgian defense ministry to sue Google over non-compliance to blur military images

Hundreds dead, several buildings collapsed as magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit Indonesian island of Sulawesi

At least 384 people were killed, many swept away as giant waves crashed onto beaches, when a major earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, authorities said on Saturday. Hundreds had gathered for a festival on the beach in the city of Palu on Friday when waves as high as six meters (18… Read More Hundreds dead, several buildings collapsed as magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit Indonesian island of Sulawesi

All passengers, crew rescued following Air Niugini plane crash into sea in Micronesia

​A flotilla of small boats rescued all 47 passengers and crew from an Air Niugini flight that crashed into the sea short of the runway at an airport in the tiny South Pacific nation of Micronesia on Friday, the airport’s manager said. “It was supposed to land but instead of landing it was 150 yards… Read More All passengers, crew rescued following Air Niugini plane crash into sea in Micronesia

U.S. fashion group Michael Kors set to acquire Italian fashion giant Versace

U.S. fashion group Michael Kors has agreed to take control of Versace in a deal that could value one of Italy’s most prized designers at $2 billion, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday. Budding luxury conglomerates, including Michael Kors’ U.S. rival Tapestry, owner of Coach and Kate Spade, are trying to make in-roads… Read More U.S. fashion group Michael Kors set to acquire Italian fashion giant Versace

Apple to build voice assistant Siri, other features into Salesforce mobile apps

Apple Inc and Salesforce.com Inc are entering a partnership in which the iPhone maker will help Salesforce build the iPhone maker’s features such as its Siri voice assistant deeper into Salesforce’s own mobile apps, which are widely used in the sales and marketing industries. In exchange, Salesforce will make software tools so that the big… Read More Apple to build voice assistant Siri, other features into Salesforce mobile apps

Vatican signs landmark agreement with China on appointment of bishops 

The Vatican on Saturday signed a landmark agreement giving it a long-desired say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labeled the deal a sellout to the Communist government. The provisional agreement, signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers from both sides, was announced as Pope Francis visited Lithuania on a four-day trip… Read More Vatican signs landmark agreement with China on appointment of bishops