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Chief US spy catcher says China using LinkedIn to recruit Americans

WASHINGTON: The United States’ top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down. William Evanina, the US counter-intelligence chief, told Reuters in an interview that intelligence and law enforcement officials have told LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft Corp., about China’s “super aggressive” efforts on the site. He said the Chinese campaign includes contacting thousands of…

People donate millions to help reunite families after this viral tweet

A viral tweet has inspired people to donate millions of frequent flyer miles to help reunite separated immigrant families. Non-profit organizations have been working to reunite hundreds of children and parents who were separated from each other at the U.S.-Mexico border. This week, they got a little bit of help from University of Michigan Law School professor Beth Wilensky. On Aug. 6, Wilensky tweeted: "My husband travels a lot. Downside: he's gone a lot. Upside: frequent flyer miles. We just used some to fly a…

Half of Americans trying to lose weight: study

WASHINGTON: Half of the adults in the United States are trying to lose weight, according to a study published Thursday, with more women than men seeking to shed a few pounds. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted from 2013 through 2016, found that 49.1 percent of Americans aged 20 and older had tried to lose weight in the last 12 months. A higher percentage of women -- 56 percent -- had tried to lose weight than men -- 42 percent. Nearly six out of 10 women between the age of 40 and 59…

Americans world’s biggest TV addicts – watching four hours a day

PARIS: The average person around the world spent nearly three hours a day in front their television last year, according to a report released Monday. Eurodata TV Worldwide said that television viewing was holding up despite more and more people watching online platforms like Netflix and Amazon. Americans and Canadians are the biggest TV addicts, said the report, watching four hours and three minutes on average daily. European viewers came next watching three hours 49 minutes a day in 2017, just ahead of Russia and…

Most Americans don’t trust Facebook: poll

SAN FRANCISCO: Opinion polls published on Sunday in the United States and Germany cast doubt over the level of trust people have in Facebook over privacy, as the firm ran advertisements in British and U.S. newspapers apologising to users. Fewer than half of Americans trust Facebook to obey U.S. privacy laws, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday, while a survey published by Bild am Sonntag, Germany’s largest-selling Sunday paper, found 60 percent of Germans fear that Facebook and other social networks are…

Americans prefer bank branches over mobile apps for opening new accounts: survey

NEW YORK: Mobile banking apps keep getting better, but 60 percent of Americans would still rather open a new checking account in person at a bank branch than on a phone, tablet or desktop computer, according to a new survey. Set for release on Wednesday by consulting firm Novantas, the survey also found that half of U.S. customers feel that online-only banks are “less legitimate” than those with branches. The preference for visits to branch offices over online banking for some activity stems from being able to see…

Terrorists killed more Pakistanis than Americans, underscores Bilawal Bhutto

WASHINGTON: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the terrorists had killed more Pakistanis than they had killed Americans in the war on terror, ARY News reported. “The allies forces of the US have failed to defeat Taliban in Afghanistan, while Pakistan has been fighting extremism all alone,” he said in an interview with Fox News, an American news channel. صدر ٹرمپ کے ٹوئٹ نے پاکستان میں غلط پیغام پہنچایا،بلاول بھٹو. pic.twitter.com/DB3KA9JiVw — ARY Videos (@ARYVideos) February 8, 2018 …

Spokesman for Trump’s aide among four Americans killed in Kabul hotel attack

WASHINGTON: Four US citizens, including spokesperson for US President Donald Trump’s campaign adviser, were killed and two others wounded in an attack last weekend against a luxury hotel in the Afghan capital, foreign media reported on Thursday. The US state department on Wednesday confirmed that four Americans were killed in the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. Glenn Selig, spokesperson for Trump’s campaign adviser Rick Gates, were among the killed in the attack, reported foreign media. In a…

Most Americans ‘don’t want’ Oprah to run for president

LOS ANGELES: Americans may love Oprah Winfrey, but most don't want the chat show queen to run for president, although if she did she would beat Donald Trump, a poll revealed on Friday. Winfrey's rousing speech at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards ceremony ignited speculation that the billionaire entertainment mogul, the first black woman to own a television network, is harboring Oval Office ambitions. Sixty-four percent of respondents have a favorable view of Winfrey, including 43 percent of Trump supporters, according to…

US urges citizens to ‘reconsider travel plans’ to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The United States unveiled a way to warn its citizens about the dangers of foreign travel Wednesday, with a four-point safety ranking system for countries and an interactive world map. Ten war zones and failed states are ranked Level Four, "Do Not Travel": Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Pakistan has been put in Level 3, and the State Department has urged US citizens to reconsider their plans to visit the country. "Reconsider travel…