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rta sends bus drivers on umrah trip


dubai: the roads and transport authority’s public transport agency recently organised an umrah trip for 30 of its bus driversthe gesture comes in line with the uae initiative of making 2017 as the year of giving. tanzifco emirates llc, a service provider of the agency, sponsored the trip.“this initiative had been rolled out as part of our social responsibility towards a specific segment of rta’s employees — public bus drivers — with the aim of raising their job isfaction, and making them happier. it embodies the uae trends of making 2017 the year of giving,” said basel saad, director of buses at the public transport agency.he added that “the selected bus drivers were escorted during the trip by a team from the agency to ensure a smooth running of their itinerary and meet their needs in ter






rta sends bus drivers on umrah trip


rta’s public transport agency in dubai, has recently organized umrah trip for 30 of its bus drivers, offering them a chance to perform this religious ritual with the aim of raising their job isfaction, and making them happier.dubai: the roads and transport authority’s public transport agency recently organised an umrah trip for 30 of its bus driversthe gesture comes in line with the uae initiative of making 2017 as the year of giving. tanzifco emirates llc, a service provider of the agency, sponsored the trip.“this initiative had been rolled out as part of our social responsibility towards a specific segment of rta’s employees — public bus drivers — with the aim of raising their job isfaction, and making them happier. it embodies the uae trends of making 2017 the year of giving,” said base






indonesia: seven boat carrying 19 p engers capsizes, sevend dead


by: ians | jakarta | published:february 4, 2017 9:22 ama boat carrying at least 19 people has sunk in waters off south sulawesi in indonesia, leaving seven people dead, a disaster agency official said on urday. head of the provincial disaster mana ent agency h. alamsyah said the boat capsized in taneke waters of mak ar strait.watch what else is making news“search for missing persons is underway now, involving navy, personnel from search and rescue office, and disaster agency office,” he told xinhua news agency.






taller, stronger fence design approved for white house


washington — a planning agency has approved the design of a taller, stronger fence around the white house. the secret service says thursday’s approval by the national capital planning commission means the agency can move forward with contracting to build the new fence. the changes were proposed after a series of people managed to scale the current 7-foot-tall barrier. in the most serious security breach, a man got over the fence in 2014 and ran deep inside the white house while carrying a folding knife before he was caught. no one was injured. the new metal fence will be 11 feet, 7 inches tall, and the secret service says it will have “anti-climb and intrusion detection technology.” the agency has not disclosed its cost.scott walker advises white house on gutting federal unions constructi






rta call centre handled 2m calls in 2016


the numbers reflect the extent of interaction between the centre and rta clients, said the authoritydubai: the roads and transport authority (rta), announced that its call centre received 2,177,521 calls in 2016, and the response time covered 86.3 per cent of incoming calls within the targeted time response time of 20 seconds per call.the centre has also received 53,298 reports about lost items where more than 70 per cent of them were found, recording a sign-off rate of 99 per cent. additionally, the madinati system received 25,208 cases.“the number of calls picked up by the call centre (8009090) reflects the extent of interaction between the centre and rta clients, and the considerable attention paid by the rta to their services, inquiries, suggestions, complaints, etc. recording such a h






death toll from indonesia boat tragedy rises to 10


jakarta: rescuers have recovered 10 bodies after a boat capsized in waters off south sulawesi province in eastern indonesia, a senior disaster official said on urday.the boat sank after it left a seaport in takalar town heading to pulau tanakeke of takalar district, said sharuddin, head of operational unit at disaster mana ent agency in the district.“the boat capsized after it was hit by huge waves,” he told xinhua by phone from takalar district. the official said the number of people on board was not clear and it could be between 32 to 35.a total of 21 people have been evacuated so far.rescuers from navy, search and rescue office, and disaster mana ent agency were searching for the missing people.






iran says shipment will boost its supply of uranium


tehran, iran –  iran's nuclear chief says it will have 60 percent more stockpiled uranium than it did prior to the landmark 2015 agreement with world powers after a shipment expected later this week.ali akbar salehi was quoted by the semi-official fars news agency on sunday as saying that iran will receive a final batch of 149 tons of natural uranium by tuesday, in addition to 210 tons already delivered since early 2016.under the nuclear accord, iran's import of uranium is supervised by the international atomic energy agency.low-enriched uranium can be used for civilian applications, including power generation and medical research. highly enriched uranium can be used in nuclear weapons.iran agreed to curb enrichment and place its nuclear program under international surveillance in exchange






i'm like a football being kicked around by two teams: vijay mallya


new delhi: with the government planning to frame a law to prevent loan defaulters from fleeing the country, beleaguered liquor baron vijay mallya has likened himself to a "football" being kicked around by "two fiercely competitive teams" nda and upa. hitting out at the ongoing investigations by cbi and efforts to extradite him from the uk, mallya also alleged that media has been used against him. "media happily being used as the pitch. i am the football. two fiercely competitive teams nda versus upa playing. unfortunately, no referees," mallya said in a tweet. in the budget 2017 , finance minister arun jaitley had stated that the government plans to bring in a law to confiscate the ets of such persons till they submit to the judiciary. in the recent past, there have been instances of "big






iran says shipment will boost its supply of uranium


tehran, iran — iran’s nuclear chief says it will have 60 percent more stockpiled uranium than it did prior to the landmark 2015 agreement with world powers after a shipment expected later this week.ali akbar salehi was quoted by the semi-official fars news agency on sunday as saying that iran will receive a final batch of 149 tons of natural uranium by tuesday, in addition to 210 tons already delivered since early 2016.under the nuclear accord, iran’s import of uranium is supervised by the international atomic energy agency.low-enriched uranium can be used for civilian applications, including power generation and medical research. highly enriched uranium can be used in nuclear weapons.iran agreed to curb enrichment and place its nuclear program under international surveillance in exchange






pakistan envoy denies visa ban by kuwait


kuwait city/karachi: pakistan on wednesday rejected reports of a visa ban by kuwait on its nationals. pakistani amb ador in kuwait ghulam dastagir has termed news on social media about the ban as baseless, adding that similar news had cropped up in 2011, geo news reported. on wednesday, ians quoted russian news agency sputnik international to say that kuwait has banned nationals from syria, iraq, iran, pakistan and afghanistan. it said the ban included on tourism, visit and trade visas as well as visas sponsored by spouses. the ban was attributed to the "difficult security conditions" in the five countries by the russian agency. the news could not be immediately verified.






child welfare cases in city climb nearly 20 percent: report


despite coming under intense scrutiny, average caseloads at the city’s child welfare agency have climbed by 19 percent through the first half of the fiscal year, new city data shows.the surge — to 11.0 cases per child protective worker compared to 9.2 per worker over the same period in 2015 — comes even as mayor de blasio insists that caseloads have declined with the infusion of more than $100 million for the agency.“we’ve worked to reduce caseloads over the years,” de blasio said as recently as dec. 20. “some of that started in the previous administration, we’ve deepened that.”in fact, average caseloads at the administration for children’s services have gone up every year under de blasio, from 8.2 in fiscal year 2013 — including former mayor bloomberg’s last six months in office — to 10.6






iran confirms missile test, denies breach of nuclear deal


by: afp | tehran | published:february 1, 2017 4:04 pm file p o: in this p o obtained from the iranian fars news agency, a qadr h long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile is fired by iran’s powerful revolutionary guard, during a maneuver, in an undisclosed location in iran, wednesday, march 9, 2016. (ap p o/fars news agency, omid vahabzadeh)defence minister hossein dehghan confirmed on wednesday that iran had tested a ballistic missile, but denied that was a breach of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. “the action was in line with boosting iran’s defence power and is not in contradiction with the jcpoa (the nuclear deal) or resolution 2231,” dehghan said, according to the isna news agency, referring to a un resolution that bans iran from developing missiles that can carry nucl






nyc mom nabbed for taking out in cold with only coat, shoes


a homeless brooklyn mother was busted for taking her 5-year-old daughter out in the morning cold wednesday clad only in adult-size sneakers and a coat, police sources said. keleisha kelly, 26, was charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17. her child, nevaeha kelly, was taken to coney island hospital for observation, then placed in administration for children’s services’ custody. “we are concerned by this troubling news and are investigating along with the nypd,” a spokesperson for the agency said. the suspect’s mom, princess codwell, 44, said kelly is a sick woman who has had at least two mental breakdowns. “she doesn’t need to go to jail. she needs to go to the hospital,” codwell said. she expects acs to place the child in her care, but her home in prospect leffer






mayoral hopefuls rip de blasio cut to veterans services agency


three mayoral candidates took aim at city hall on wednesday over funding for a newly formed agency serving veterans. mayor de blasio’s preliminary budget includes $3.6 million for the department of veterans’ services – $300,000 less than the $3.9 million provided last year. the mayor’s office said the change cuts out one-time startup costs, such as computers and phones, related to the department’s founding in april. michel faulkner, paul m ey and bo dietl railed against the move at a rally.paying for de blasio's mistakes “you know where you can find the money? how about the $12 million of public money that you are spending to protect yourself,” said dietl, a private detective and unabashed backer of president trump. he was referring to newly released documents showing that the de blasio a






rodrigo duterte bans another corruption-hit agency from drug war


by: ap | manila | published:february 2, 2017 9:16 pm the philippine president has prohibited another key law enforcement agency from carrying out his deadly anti-drug crackdown after banning the national police from the paign because of corruption. (source: ap p o)the philippine president has prohibited another key law enforcement agency from carrying out his deadly anti-drug crackdown after banning the national police from the paign because of corruption. president rodrigo duterte said on thursday his decision to exclude the national bureau of investigation the philippine counterpart to america’s fbi from the crackdown left him with fewer enforcers and raised the need for him to tap the military to help wage the paign.watch what else is in the newsduterte says he will issue a formal orde






iran says ‘shipment’ will boost its supply of uranium


by: ap | tehran | published:february 6, 2017 8:10 amiran’s nuclear chief says it will have 60 per cent more stockpiled uranium than it did prior to the landmark 2015 agreement with world powers after a shipment expected later this week. ali akbar salehi was quoted by the semi-official fars news agency today as saying that iran will receive a final batch of 149 tons of natural uranium by tuesday, in addition to 210 tons already delivered since early 2016.under the nuclear accord, iran’s import of uranium is supervised by the international atomic energy agency. low-enriched uranium can be used for civilian applications, including power generation and medical research. highly enriched uranium can be used in nuclear weapons.watch what else is making news:iran agreed to curb enrichment and pla






fla. lawmaker pitches bill that would abolish epa


a proposed bill from a florida lawmaker would make good on donald trump's paign promise to abolish the environmental protection agency as it faces crippling cutbacks under the new administration. the radical legislation submitted by rep. matt gaetz (r-fl.) on friday would dissolve the 47-year-old agency tasked with protecting the nation's air, land and water with an $8 billion budget. the agency's future and former president obama's climate change mandate is doubly uncertain as president trump's pick to lead the department, scott pruitt, has garnered a reputation for waging legal wars against environmental conservation with more than a dozen lawsuits. in the first week after trump took office, the white house gagged the epa’s communications and froze its grants and contracts. it's believe






fla. lawmaker pitches bill that would abolish epa


a proposed bill from a florida lawmaker would make good on donald trump's paign promise to abolish the environmental protection agency as it faces crippling cutbacks under the new administration. the radical legislation submitted by rep. matt gaetz (r-fl.) on friday would dissolve the 47-year-old agency tasked with protecting the nation's air, land and water with a $8 billion budget. the agency's future and former president obama's climate change mandate is doubly uncertain as president trump's pick to lead the department, scott pruitt, has garnered a reputation for waging legal wars against environmental conservation with more than a dozen lawsuits. in the first week after trump took office, the white house gagged the epa’s communications and froze its grants and contracts. it's believed






nyc mom nabbed for taking out in cold with only coat, shoes


a homeless brooklyn mother was busted for taking her 5-year-old daughter out in the morning cold wednesday clad only in adult-size sneakers and a coat, police sources said. keleisha kelly, 26, was charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17. her child, nevaeha kelly, was taken to coney island hospital for observation, then placed in administration for children’s services’ custody. “we are concerned by this troubling news and are investigating along with the nypd,” a spokesperson for the agency said.dhs fired officer for reporting co-workers selling drugs: lawsuit the suspect’s mom, princess codwell, 44, said kelly is a sick woman who has had at least two mental breakdowns. “she doesn’t need to go to jail. she needs to go to the hospital,” codwell said. she expects ac






saradha s : ed attaches matang sinh’s ets worth rs 100 crore in lutyens delhi


by: pti | new delhi | published:february 2, 2017 8:37 pm with the latest action, ed has so far attached properties worth rs 700 crore in this case. (express p o)enforcement directorate (ed) on thursday attached two flats worth rs 100 crore in the posh lutyens zone area of the national capital belonging to former union minister matang sinh in connection with its money laundering probe in the saradha chit fund ponzi s case.the agency identified the ets as “7b and c, doctor’s lane, gole market” and said they have been provisionally attached under the provisions of the prevention of money laundering act (pmla).the immovable ets belong to sinh and his estranged wife manoranjana, officials said. sinh is in judicial custody at present in this case.“the value of the attached immovable properties






donald trump names former ‘black site’ prison operator cia deputy chief


by: reuters | washington | published:february 3, 2017 7:08 am us president donald trump (file p o)a veteran cia clandestine service officer who ran one of the agency’s “black site” prisons set up after the 9/11 attacks was named deputy director of the us spy agency on thursday by us president donald trump. gina haspel, who will serve under new central intelligence agency director mike pompeo, was the first woman spy to reach the cia’s second-highest position, and her selection won applause inside the agency’s virginia headquarters and from many longtime us intelligence professionals.watch what else is making newshowever, haspel once ran a secret cia prison in thailand where two suspected al-qaeda members were waterboarded, intelligence and congressional officials said on condition of anon






norway blames russian ers for cyber attack on spy agency, ministries


arlington: norway's security service says nine email accounts - including those belonging to the labour party, the foreign ministry and defence ministry - have been targeted by ers believed to be the same russia-linked group blamed for breaking into democratic national committee computers.prime minister erna solberg told tv 2 that the ing was "a serious attack on our democratic institutions," although security officials say no cl ified material was taken. prime minister erna solberg. p o: keystone/aptargets also included the police security service, norway's radiation protection authority and an unidentified college, arne christian haugstoyl, section chief for the pst told the station.pst believes the attack e from a ing group known as "cozy bear" that is linked to the russian security ser






pti’s official twitter account ed, restored within minutes


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: february 1, 2017 8:16 pm news agency pti’s twitter account was ed on wednesday by a group called iran crack team. (source: pti twitter account)news agency press trust of india’s official twitter account was reportedly temporarily ed on wednesday by a group called ‘iranian crack security’ team. the account was, however, restored within minutes of ing. the group sent out tweets such as, “join the best channel telegram” among other tweets. their profile images was also changed.here is a screens : pti later issued a statement on their official twitter handle saying, “between 7:30 pm & 7.50 pm, pti twitter account was ed. pti is not responsible for any messages that could have appeared in that period.”© the indian express online media pvt ltd






acs workers sue over demotions after zymere perkins’ death


two senior administration for children’s services workers are suing the city claiming they were scapegoated and demoted in the agency’s rush to blame employees for the ​death of little ​zymere perkins.susan starker and lee gordon say they had unblemished records and a combined 50 years experience at the child welfare agency until news broke that 6-year-old perkins was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend in september, even though the family had been on the agency’s radar for years.starker, 59, of brooklyn was a $130,000-a-year managing attorney at acs. gordon, 45, of manhattan, was a $110,000-a-year istant director.they insist in court papers that they “had absolutely nothing to do with any decisions made regarding zymere perkins.”yet they were demoted when they couldn’t immediately p






saudi warship returns to port after yemen rebel attack


by: afp | jeddah | published:february 5, 2017 9:55 pm a saudi warship targeted by yemeni rebel “suicide” boats returned to its home port in jeddah today, saudi arabia’s national news agency said.a saudi warship targeted by yemeni rebel “suicide” boats returned to its home port in jeddah today, saudi arabia’s national news agency said. “the frigate, which was attacked by the huthi militia while on patrol in the red sea, has returned to jeddah as planned,” the saudi press agency reported. saudi arabia said last week that two sailors were killed and three wounded when battleship al-madinah was hit by a yemeni rebel “suicide” boat strike off the red sea port of hodeida.watch what else is making newsthe huthi rebels said they hit the ship with a guided missile.the united states has since deplo






ed slaps pmla case in rs 3700 crore noida ponzi s , conducts raids in up


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: february 5, 2017 8:03 pm anubhav mittal.the enforcement directorate (ed) on sunday conducted searches in various cities across uttar pradesh after it registered a money laundering case in lucknow to probe the alleged rs 3,700 crore ponzi s case perpetrated by seeking fake social media ‘likes’ from lakhs of gullible investors by a noida-based firm. the agency conducted raids at the business and residential premises of the owners of the said firm and others in noida, ghaziabad and kanpur, officials said adding “incriminating documents”, that reveal ets worth crores of rupees of the accused, were seized. they said the enforcement directorate’s zonal office in lucknow registered a criminal case under the prevention of money laundering act (pmla) bas






cia officer with ties to ‘black sites’ named deputy director


a cia veteran who ran one of the agency’s “black site” prisons before a ncing to the spy service’s upper ranks has been named deputy cia director, the agency announced thursday.gina haspel, 60, spent much of her 32-year cia career in undercover ignments overseas and at cia headquarters, including serving as the agency’s top representative in london and as the acting head of its clandestine service in 2013.but her extensive involvement in a covert program that used harrowing interrogation measures on al-qaeda suspects is likely to compound mounting concern among human rights organizations at a time when the trump administration has signaled that it may seek to reestablish cia prisons overseas.cia director mike pompeo described haspel as a “proven leader with an uncanny ability to get things






two people arrested in u.k. in ing of d.c. police closed-circuit era network


two people have been arrested in london in the ing of storage devices that record data from d.c. police surveillance eras, law enforcement authorities said thursday.the arrests were made in the south london neighborhood of streatham and followed a search warrant that was served jan. 19, the day before the presidential inauguration in washington.great britain’s national crime agency, similar to the u.s. fbi, said in response to a question about the cyberattacks in the district that its agents made the arrests. the names of the suspects, a man and a woman, were not divulged. british media, which first reported the arrest, reported that each is 50 years old and that the man is british and the woman is swedish.[d.c. police department’s closed circuit era system ed]british officials said both s






china: managers held over m age parlour fire that killed 18


by: ap | beijing | published:february 6, 2017 9:31 am the fire at the m age parlor on sunday killed and injured dozens of people, state media reported. (wang junlu/xinhua via ap)authorities have detained those in charge of a foot m age parlor in eastern china in which 18 people were killed and another 18 injured in a fire sunday. the official xinhua news agency gave no further details and the cause of the fire was under investigation on monday. workers jumped out of windows to escape the blaze, which broke out at the zuxintang parlor in zhejiang province’s tiantai county at around 4 pm.china has struggled to improve workplace safety and change a deep-rooted business mentality that puts profits above all else. recent disasters include an explosion at a hazardous material warehouse in the e






two people arrested in u.k. in ing of d.c. police closed-circuit era network


two people have been arrested in london in the ing of storage devices that record data from d.c. police surveillance eras, law enforcement authorities said thursday.the arrests were made in the south london neighborhood of streatham and followed a search warrant that was served jan. 19, the day before the presidential inauguration in the district.britain’s national crime agency, similar to the u.s. fbi, said in response to a question about the cyberattacks in the district that its agents had made the arrests. the names of the suspects, a man and a woman, were not divulged. british media, which first reported the arrests, indicated that each suspect is 50 years old and that the man is british and the woman is swedish.[d.c. police department’s closed circuit era system ed]british officials s






unicef launches appeal of $3.3 billion to children affected by conflict, disaste


by: ians | united nations | published:february 1, 2017 8:32 am unicef is particularly concerned about another slow-burning threat — malnutrition. (file p o)the un children’s fund (unicef) launched an appeal of $3.3 billion to provide emergency istance in 48 countries around the globe, against the backdrop of children driven from their homes due to conflict, disasters and climate change. a total of 48 million children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies will benefit from unicef’s 2017 appeal, which was launched on january 31, xinhua news agency cited a un press release.“from syria to yemen and iraq, from south sudan to nigeria, children are under direct attack, their homes, schools and communities in ruins, their hopes and futures hanging i






two people arrested in u.k. in ing of d.c. police closed-circuit era network


two people have been arrested in london in the ing of storage devices that record data from d.c. police surveillance eras, law enforcement authorities said thursday.the arrests were made in the south london neighborhood of streatham and followed a search warrant that was served jan. 19, the day before the presidential inauguration in the district.great britain’s national crime agency, similar to the u.s. fbi, said in response to a question about the cyberattacks in the district that its agents had made the arrests. the names of the suspects, a man and a woman, were not divulged. british media, which first reported the arrests, indicated that each suspect is 50 years old and that the man is british and the woman is swedish.[d.c. police department’s closed circuit era system ed]british offic






suit settled over false fraud claims against michigan's jobless


buy p oa federal lawsuit has been settled over false fraud allegations against unemployment insurance claimants.(p o: kathleen gray/detroit free press)buy p olansing — attorneys and state officials on thursday announced a settlement of a federal lawsuit against michigan’s unemployment insurance agency over false fraud allegations, saying it includes sweeping changes in agency practices to ure thousands of michigan residents will never again face life-altering false fraud allegations from the state agency.the settlement will require the agency to take real steps to make sure there is a basis to suspect fraud before taking further action, said ann arbor attorney david blanchard, who represented plaintiffs in the case.“for too long state actors and their defenders in the attorney general’s of






suit settled over false fraud claims against michigan's jobless


buy p oa federal lawsuit has been settled over false fraud allegations against unemployment insurance claimants.(p o: kathleen gray/detroit free press)buy p olansing — attorneys and state officials on thursday announced a settlement of a federal lawsuit against michigan’s unemployment insurance agency over false fraud allegations, saying it includes sweeping changes in agency practices to ure thousands of michigan residents will never again face life-altering false fraud allegations from the state agency.the settlement will require the agency to take real steps to make sure there is a basis to suspect fraud before taking further action, said ann arbor attorney david blanchard, who represented plaintiffs in the case.“for too long state actors and their defenders in the attorney general’s of






suit settled over false fraud claims against michigan's jobless


buy p oa federal lawsuit has been settled over false fraud allegations against unemployment insurance claimants.(p o: kathleen gray/detroit free press)buy p olansing — attorneys and state officials on thursday announced a settlement of a federal lawsuit against michigan’s unemployment insurance agency over false fraud allegations, saying it includes sweeping changes in agency practices to ure thousands of michigan residents will never again face life-altering false fraud allegations from the state agency.the settlement will require the agency to take real steps to make sure there is a basis to suspect fraud before taking further action, said ann arbor attorney david blanchard, who represented plaintiffs in the case.“for too long state actors and their defenders in the attorney general’s of






suit settled over false fraud claims against michigan's jobless


buy p oa federal lawsuit has been settled over false fraud allegations against unemployment insurance claimants.(p o: kathleen gray/detroit free press)buy p olansing — attorneys and state officials on thursday announced a settlement of a federal lawsuit against michigan’s unemployment insurance agency over false fraud allegations, saying it includes sweeping changes in agency practices to ure thousands of michigan residents will never again face life-altering false fraud allegations from the state agency.the settlement will require the agency to take real steps to make sure there is a basis to suspect fraud before taking further action, said ann arbor attorney david blanchard, who represented plaintiffs in the case.“for too long state actors and their defenders in the attorney general’s of






suit settled over false fraud claims against michigan's jobless


buy p oa federal lawsuit has been settled over false fraud allegations against unemployment insurance claimants.(p o: kathleen gray/detroit free press)buy p olansing — attorneys and state officials on thursday announced a settlement of a federal lawsuit against michigan’s unemployment insurance agency over false fraud allegations, saying it includes sweeping changes in agency practices to ure thousands of michigan residents will never again face life-altering false fraud allegations from the state agency.the settlement will require the agency to take real steps to make sure there is a basis to suspect fraud before taking further action, said ann arbor attorney david blanchard, who represented plaintiffs in the case.“for too long state actors and their defenders in the attorney general’s of






suit settled over false fraud claims against michigan's jobless


buy p oa federal lawsuit has been settled over false fraud allegations against unemployment insurance claimants.(p o: kathleen gray/detroit free press)buy p olansing — attorneys and state officials on thursday announced a settlement of a federal lawsuit against michigan’s unemployment insurance agency over false fraud allegations, saying it includes sweeping changes in agency practices to ure thousands of michigan residents will never again face life-altering false fraud allegations from the state agency.the settlement will require the agency to take real steps to make sure there is a basis to suspect fraud before taking further action, said ann arbor attorney david blanchard, who represented plaintiffs in the case.“for too long state actors and their defenders in the attorney general’s of






japan ‘space junk’ collector in trouble


tokyo: an experimental ‘space junk’ collector designed to pull rubbish from the earth’s orbit has run into trouble, japanese scientists said tuesday, potentially a new embarr ment for tokyo’s high-tech programme.over 100 million pieces of garbage are thought to be whizzing around the planet, including cast-off equipment from old ellites and bits of rocket, which experts say pose a growing threat to future space exploration.scientists at the japan aerospace exploration agency (jaxa) are testing an electrodynamic ‘tether’ — created with the help of a fishing net company — to slow the junk down and bring it into a lower orbit.the hope was that the clutter — built up after more than five decades of human space exploration — would enter the earth’s atmosphere and burn up harmlessly long before






us eases sanctions on russian intelligence agency


by: ians | washington | published:february 3, 2017 8:16 am us president donald trump speaks by phone with russia’s president vladimir putin in the oval office at the white house in washington, u.s. january 28, 2017. reuters/jonathan ernstthe us treasury department issued a notice easing sanctions on a russian intelligence agency that former president barack obama sanctioned over moscow’s alleged ing activities in last year’s us presidential election. in a statement on thursday, the treasury department authorized certain transactions with the federal security service of the russian federation (fsb) that are needed to request approval for the importation, distribution, or use of certain information technology products in russia, xinhua news agency reported.watch what else is making newslast