Thursday 18 January 2018

Benghazi attack

THE deadly assault on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented if US officials had heeded warnings of terrorist activity, including threats to Western targets, and had improved security in response, according to a US Senate report.

The report also says analysts inaccurately referred to protests as the reason for the violence, without enough intelligence to rely on.


A car bomb planted by rebels linked to al-Qa'ida killed at least 26 people in Syria's northern city of Jarablus yesterday, most of them rival opposition fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syria's rebel-held northern and eastern territories are mired in the worst episode of internecine clashes since the nearly three-year-old uprising began, with hundreds killed in over a week of fighting.


Tropical cyclones hitting east Asia have grown increasingly fierce in the past 30 years and are likely to intensify further with global warming, say scientists.

The coastlines of China, Korea and Japan have felt the force of stronger storms particularly, a study has shown. Experts attribute the trend to rising sea surface temperatures and the strengthening of a local atmospheric circulation system.


The US Marine Corps says it is attempting to determine the authenticity of photos published by that the entertainment website says show Marines appearing to burn bodies of dead Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah in 2004.

A Marine spokesman at the Pentagon said yesterday the Marine Corps was also investigating the circumstances depicted in the photos and attempting to identify the Marines shown.


Apple is to refund millions to US families where children spent money without parental permission while playing on mobile apps.

It is to give back $32.5m (€24m) to settle a federal case involving the purchases. The Federal Trade Commission said Apple would make full refunds for any such 'in-app' purchases made by youngsters while playing on mobile phones and tablets.

Irish Independent

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