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Saturday 14 December 2019

NATO probing hacking claims

Nato is investigating claims that its computer network has been infiltrated by the website hacking group Anonymous, which yesterday threatened to publish confidential documents online.

The claims were made via the collective's Twitter account. "Yes, Nato was breached. And we have lots of restricted material," it said. A Nato spokesman said the organisation was investigating the claims by Anonymous.

Man gets life for murder of teacher

The father of murdered British teacher Lindsay Hawker said his family had finally achieved justice after her killer was jailed for life in Japan yesterday.

Tatsuya Ichihashi (32) was sentenced at Chiba District Court for the rape and murder of Ms Hawker (22) in March 2007. Speaking after the sentencing, Bill Hawker said: "We are very pleased."

18 killed in Malawi anti-regime riots

As many as 18 people are thought to have been killed in two days of anti-government protests aimed at Malawi's increasingly autocratic president, Bingu wa Mutharika.

Some of the victims were shot by police, civil society groups claim. Children are said to be among scores more who were injured in the riots, and local reports say a 13-year-old was one of those killed in the town of Mzuzu.

Poll monitoring banned in Egypt

Egypt's generals were accused of subverting the country's pro-democracy revolution yesterday after they banned international observers from monitoring the forthcoming election.

The decision triggered outrage among many of the activists who were at the forefront of February's overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

Avoid lions after a full moon. . .

A lion is most likely to eat you just after a full moon, research has shown. Other predators, such as wolves, may also be at their most dangerous when the moon starts to wane.

The discovery, from an African study of 500 lion attacks, could explain the full moon's place in folklore as a harbinger of evil or disaster and its association with werewolves and vampires.

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