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Facebook fuels broad privacy debate by tracking non-users

SAN FRANCISCO: Concern about Facebook’s respect for data privacy is widening to include the information it collects about non-users, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the world’s largest social network tracks people whether they have accounts or not. Privacy concerns have swamped Facebook since it acknowledged last month that information about millions of users wrongly ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, a firm that has counted US President Donald Trump’s 2016 electoral campaign…

Pakistan raises case of Kulbhushan Jadhav in UNSC debate

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan raked up the issue of Indian death-row prisoner and spy Kulbhushan Jadhav in the UN Security Council debate. Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN Maleeha Lodhi was responding to Indian ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin who said Pakistan needs to change its "mindset" of differentiating between good and bad terrorists. Lodhi raised the case of Jadhav, who was captured in March 2016 and sentenced to death by a Pakistani court for spying and causing unrest in the province of…

Iran to air live presidential debates after U-turn

TEHRAN: Iran will air live debates on state television ahead of May's presidential election, the interior ministry said on Sunday, reversing a decision to show recorded versions that had triggered an outcry. "After demands by the Iranian nation and the candidates for a review (of the decision), the presidential elections campaign commission decided... that debates may be broadcast live," the ministry said in a statement on official news agency IRNA. The U-turn came days after the commission, which sets campaigning…

Iran bans live election debates

TEHRAN: Iran's interior ministry said Thursday there would be no live debates in the run-up to next month's presidential election.  "Based on a decision by the Election Campaign Monitoring Commission, the election debates of the candidates will be broadcast pre-recorded," interior ministry spokesman Seyed Salman Samani said. President Hassan Rouhani, who has registered to run for a second term in the May 19 election, called for the decision to be reviewed. "I don't want to interfere... but I would like the election…

Clinton, Trump duel in must-win states in a tightening race

RALEIGH: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off Thursday in do-or-die North Carolina with duelling rallies in the home stretch of a bitter, hard-fought US presidential race that is tightening by the day. As the candidates jostle and joust for supremacy in the handful of battleground states that will decide the November 8 election, two of the biggest prizes on the electoral map, Florida and North Carolina, have narrowed into absolute dead heats, according to RealClearPolitics poll aggregates. Democrat Clinton…

Hitting back at hackers: debate swirls on how far to go

WASHINGTON: After a seemingly endless barrage of cyberattacks, debate is heating up on hitting back at hackers where it hurts. Amid calls for ways to punish and deter hackers without sparking a so-called “cyber war,” a panel of experts assembled by the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security said in a report Monday that US policies should be eased to allow “active defense” measures by both the government and private sector. However, it stopped short of endorsing the idea of “hacking back” to…

Trump loses ground after tape scandal, debate: poll

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump has fallen further behind Hillary Clinton and now trails her by 8 points among likely voters, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, with 1 in 5 Republicans saying his vulgar comments about groping women disqualify him from the presidency. The national tracking poll was launched after Sunday night's second presidential debate, where Trump was pressed to explain his comments in a 2005 videotape about grabbing women's genitalia. He described the remarks, which first surfaced on Friday, as…

Trump’s struggles may depress voter turnout for Clinton

WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton's campaign is confronting an emerging risk to her presidential ambitions - if Donald Trump continues to trail her in opinion polls many Democrats may simply stay at home on Election Day. Without enough popular support, Clinton would enter the White House lacking the political capital she would need to drive through her agenda. In the worst-case scenario, it could cost her the presidency if Republicans turn out in big numbers on November 8. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, has spent much of her…