Russian cyber spies target NATO, Ukraine: Report

Madrid : Russian hackers have exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows to spy on NATO, the Ukrainian government and companies in the energy and telecommunications sectors, according to cyber intelligence firm iSIGHT Partners.

The company reported Tuesday on its website that it had detected a five-year cyber espionage campaign dubbed "Sandworm" to infiltrate the Microsoft Windows operating system of NATO, Ukrainian officials, a government organisation from western Europe and European energy and telecommunications companies.


Bolivia polls: Partial vote count confirms Morales' victory

La Paz : Official scrutiny of 42.56 percent of the votes from presidential elections in Bolivia has confirmed the re-election of leftist Evo Morales as indicated by the exit polls.

Results from the counting of the votes was disclosed by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) late Monday, 24 hours after polls closed following technical problems and an alleged threat to the TSE system from hackers.


Violence against women denounced in Argentina

Buenos Aires : With a call to end all forms of violence against women, nearly 40,000 participants brought Argentina's 29th National Women's Conference to an end in the north-western city of Salta.

The speakers claimed that "femicide" kills one woman every 30 hours on an average in Argentina.

Republicans blamed for slashing US disease-prevention budget

Washington : The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, has blamed the Republicans, in a new electoral ad, for slashing the US Centres for Disease Control's (CDC) budget for researching and combating diseases such as Ebola.

"Republicans voted to cut CDC's budget to fight Ebola," the commercial says, citing a 2011 budget vote that included cuts to the agency, while noting at the same time that conservatives "protect tax breaks for special interests".


Central banks will not be able to avert next global crash

By Vatsal Srivastava,

Last week marked the inflection point many market pundits have been waiting for. The stage is set for the deepest global stock market correction since the rally began in March, 2009.

British police seize over $400,000 suspected funds for IS

London: British police have confiscated 250,000 pounds (about 401,713 dollars) of suspected funds for the Islamic State (IS), the anti-terror authorities said Monday.

Most of the money was seized from travellers departing from Manchester Airport to Turkey, who were suspected of supplying cash for militia fighters in Syria and Iraq.

Nepal parties agree to elect new president after constitution promulgation

Kathmandu : Nepal's major parties have agreed to elect a new president and vice-president soon after the promulgation of the new constitution, party leaders said Monday.

A meeting of Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC), a committee responsible for thrashing out the contentious issues of the new constitution, decided to elect a president and vice-president once the new constitution was promulgated, Xinhua reported.

The parties would abide by this agreement under the transitional provision of the new constitution.


12 sentenced to death in China's Xinjiang

Beijing : A court in China's Xinjiang autonomous region Monday sentenced 12 people to death for organising terrorist attacks that killed 37 civilians in Shache County July 28.

Those sentenced to death included Osman Ablet, Yuwup Ablet and Jume Qadir. According to the court, Osman Ablet joined the terrorist group led by Nur Memet, who police shot dead during the attack, and slashed at passing drivers with a knife, killing three. Yuwup Ablet also joined the group and killed five people while Jume Qadir smashed cars and killed two people.


Ukraine's Donetsk Republic offers support to MH17 investigation

Moscow : Eastern Ukraine's self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic's prime minister Alexander Zakharchenko Monday said that he and his people are ready to offer support to international teams investigating the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

MH17, enroute to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, was shot down near eastern Ukraine July 17 killing all 298 passengers and crew on-board.


Nepal may miss key deadline in constitution-drafting process

Kathmandu : Nepal's political parties are likely to miss the mid-October deadline for preparing the first draft of a new constitution as stipulated by the country's Constituent Assembly, party leaders said Saturday.

Failure to meet this deadline will cast doubt on whether the country will be able to promulgate the new constitution by Jan 22, 2015, as planned, according to Xinhua.