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

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

UN launches probe into drug war killings in Philippines

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted on Thursday to set up an investigation into thousands of killings in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called ‘war on drugs’ – a step that activists said was long overdue. Duterte’s government says that around 6,600 people have been killed by police in shootouts with suspected drug dealers since Duterte… Read More UN launches probe into drug war killings in Philippines

Twelve Ghanaians named among 2019 100 Most Influential People of African Descent Under 40

Twelve Ghanaians across different sectors have been named among a list of 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) under 40, a global 100 list that identifies high achievers of African descent worldwide, pairing those based across the Diaspora with their counterparts inside Africa. The MIPAD under 40 recognition comes as a global civil… Read More Twelve Ghanaians named among 2019 100 Most Influential People of African Descent Under 40

Communities brace for aftershocks following magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Southern California

High desert communities in Southern California on Saturday assessed damage and braced for potentially dangerous aftershocks from a major earthquake that shook buildings, ruptured gas lines and sparked fires near the remote epicenter of the second temblor in as many days. The powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked the Mojave Desert town of Ridgecrest south of… Read More Communities brace for aftershocks following magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Southern California

One dead following volcano eruption on Italian island of Stromboli

A volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted on Wednesday, releasing hot trapped magma in a powerful explosion, killing one person and enveloping the popular tourist destination in ash, witnesses and local officials said. The person, believed to be a tourist, was killed by falling stones during a walk, a rescue service official said.… Read More One dead following volcano eruption on Italian island of Stromboli

Hackers steal data from systems of over a dozen global telecom companies

Hackers broke into the systems of more than a dozen global telecom firms and stole huge amounts of data in a seven-year spying campaign, researchers from a cyber security company said, identifying links to previous Chinese cyber-espionage activities. Investigators at U.S.-Israeli cyber firm Cybereason said on Tuesday the attackers compromised companies in more than 30… Read More Hackers steal data from systems of over a dozen global telecom companies