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White House counsel interviewed for 30 hours in Russia probe: NYT

WASHINGTON: The White House’s top lawyer has cooperated extensively with the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Citing a dozen current and former White House officials and others briefed on the matter, the newspaper said White House Counsel Donald McGahn had shared information, some of which the investigators would…

Facebook fends off new NYT charges over data access

Facebook on Sunday rejected claims by the New York Times that it had allowed Apple and other major device makers “deep” access to users’ personal data saying any such links were tightly controlled and largely subject to users’ consent. Facebook shares fell 1.3 percent to $191.50 before the bell on Monday, in what was otherwise an upbeat start for Wall Street. The software referred to by the newspaper was launched 10 years ago and was used by about 60 companies, including Amazon, Apple, Blackberry, HTC, Microsoft and…

Hackers tried to cause Saudi Arabian petrochemical plant blast: NYT

RIYADH: Cyber-attackers tried to trigger a deadly explosion at a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia in August and failed only because of a code glitch, The New York Times reported. Investigators declined to identify the suspected attackers, but people interviewed by the newspaper unanimously said that it most likely aimed to cause a blast that would have guaranteed casualties. A bug in the attackers' code accidentally shut down the system instead, according to the report. The cyber-attack -- which could signal…

Trump says Russia probe will be fair, but timeline unclear: NYT

MIAMI: President Donald Trump said on Thursday he believes he will be fairly treated in a special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the US presidential election, but said he did not know how long the probe would last. The federal investigation has hung over Trump’s White House since he took office almost a year ago, and some Trump allies have in recent weeks accused the team of Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller of being biased against the Republican president. But in an interview with the…

Spy vs spy vs spy as Israel watches Russian hackers: NYT

NEW YORK: Israeli spies observed Russian government hackers in real time as they scoured computers around the world for the codenames of US intelligence programs, The New York Times reported Tuesday night. The Russian intrusion detected more than two years ago used anti-virus software manufactured by the Russian firm Kaspersky Lab as an ad hoc global search tool, the Times said, quoting current and former government officials. The software is used by 400 million people around the world, including by officials at some…

Trump denies talk of Russian connection as ‘non-sense’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed talk of a Russian connection as "non-sense," two days after the resignation of his national security adviser Michael Flynn renewed questions about Moscow interference in US politics. "This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign," Trump said in an early morning post on Twitter. This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary…

New York Times swings to loss as advertising revenue slides

The Times reported a net loss for shareholders of $211,000, compared with a profit of $16 million in the same period a year ago. Overall revenues edged up three percent to $219 million, but ad revenues slid 11.7 percent to $131 million. Print advertising revenue fell 14.1 percent while digital advertising revenue decreased 6.8 percent, underscoring the challenges for the newspaper's efforts to emphasize its digital edition. Circulation revenues were a bright spot, led by a 15 percent jump in digital-only subscriptions.…