UNITED NATIONS (AP) - UN experts say they are investigating at least 35 instances in 17 countries of North Koreans using cyberattacks to illegally raise money for weapons of mass destruction programmes - and they are calling for sanctions against ships providing gasoline and diesel to the country. Last week, The Associated Press quoted a summary of a report from the experts which said that North Korea illegally acquired as much as US$2 billion (S$2.77 billion) from its increasingly sophisticated cyber activities against financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges. The lengthier version of the report, recently seen by the AP, reveals that neighbouring South Korea was hardest-hit, the victim of 10 North Korean cyberattacks, followed by India with three attacks, and Bangladesh and Chile with two each. Thirteen countries suffered one attack - Costa Rica, Gambia, Guatemala, Kuwait, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Nigeria, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia and Vietnam, it said. The … [Read more...] about UN probing 35 North Korean cyberattacks in 17 countries
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremist group has been left with as much as US$300 million (S$414 million) following the loss of its so-called "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, "with none of the financial demands of controlling territory and population," secretary-general Antonio Guterres said in a report released Monday (Aug 5). The report to the Security Council on the threat posed by ISIS warns that the lull in attacks directed by the militant group "may be temporary." Last week, UN experts said in another report to the council that ISIS leaders are aiming to consolidate and create conditions for an "eventual resurgence in its Iraqi and Syrian heartlands." It said the current lull in attacks "may not last long, possibly not even until the end of 2019." Mr Guterres said in the new report that while the loss of territory ended the group's ability to generate revenue from oil fields and local people, ISIS is believed to be capable of directing funds to … [Read more...] about ISIS has as much as $300 million to fight, says UN chief
UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - Iran said on Sunday (July 7) that it would further scale back its commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, raising its uranium enrichment level beyond agreed levels to produce fuel for power plants. At a news conference, senior Iranian officials also said Teheran would keep reducing its commitments every 60 days unless signatories of the pact moved to protect it from US sanctions, but they left the door open to diplomacy. Most UN sanctions were removed in January 2016 when the deal - formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - was implemented. The United States last year pulled out of the accord - signed along with Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia - saying it did not go far enough, and did not address Iran's missile programme or its behaviour in the Middle East. Under the deal's dispute process, Iran could argue the US withdrawal and Washington's sanctions campaign constitute "significant non-performance" and … [Read more...] about Iran nuclear row: Could UN sanctions return?
By David A. Lieb The Associated Press Thu., May 23, 2019 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri’s capital city as part of an overnight outbreak of severe weather across the state that left at least three people dead and dozens injured. The National Weather Service confirmed that the large and destructive twister moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight Wednesday. “Across the state, Missouri’s first responders once again responded quickly and with strong co-ordination as much of the state dealt with extremely dangerous conditions that left people injured, trapped in homes, and tragically led to the death of three people,” Gov. Mike Parson said. The tornado cut a path about 3 miles long and a mile wide from the south end of Jefferson City north toward the Missouri River, said police Lt. David Williams. Emergency workers reported about two dozen injuries, Williams said, and dozens of people were in shelters. … [Read more...] about Door-to-door checks after tornado damage in Missouri capital
By Robert Burns And Lolita C. Baldor The Associated Press Wed., May 15, 2019 WASHINGTON - International worries that the Trump administration is sliding toward war with Iran flared into the open amid skepticism about its claims that the Islamic Republic poses a growing threat to the U.S. and its allies in the Persian Gulf and beyond . The U.S. military on Tuesday rebutted doubts expressed by a British general about such a threat. President Donald Trump denied a report that the administration has updated plans to send more than 100,000 troops to counter Iran if necessary. But Trump then stirred the controversy further by saying: “Would I do that? Absolutely.” Underscoring what the U.S. says is heightened risk to U.S. personnel, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday ordered all non-essential, non-emergency government staff to leave Iraq immediately. Still, the general’s remarks exposed international skepticism over the American military buildup … [Read more...] about Allies fear US-Iran tensions could spark accidental conflict