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Bracing for US sanctions, Iran lifts ban on exchange offices

Bracing for US sanctions, Iran lifts ban on exchange officesTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With the Trump administration set to re-impose some sanctions on Iran on Monday, the country's Central Bank lifted a ban on exchange offices, allowing them to resume work in a move aimed at bringing in badly needed hard currencies.



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UK regulators search Cambridge Analytica offices

UK regulators search Cambridge Analytica officesBritish regulators on Friday began searching the London offices of Cambridge Analytica (CA), the scandal-hit communications firm at the heart of the Facebook data scandal, shortly after a judge approved a search warrant. Around 18 enforcement agents from the office of Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham entered the company’s London headquarters at around 8:00pm (2000 GMT) to execute the warrant. The High Court granted the raid request less than an hour earlier, as Denham investigates claims that Cambridge Analytica may have illegally harvested Facebook data for political ends.



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Regulators search Cambridge Analytica's London offices for seven hours over Facebook row

Regulators search Cambridge Analytica's London offices for seven hours over Facebook rowEnforcement officers for the Information Commissioner spent nearly seven hours searching Cambridge Analytica's central London premises overnight. Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, has requested urgent access to the records of Cambridge Analytica, a company accused of harvesting the records of 50 million Facebook users. The data watchdog's investigation includes the acquisition and use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica, its parent company SCL and academic Dr Aleksandr Kogan, who developed the app used to gather data. It stems from claims over the harvesting of personal data – and whether it was used during Donald Trump's US presidential campaign or the Brexit referendum. After entering the building in New Oxford Street at 8pm on Friday, some of the team emerged on foot at around 2.50am on Saturday morning as a van, thought to be carrying evidence, left via a rear exit. A van leaves the building followed by Information Commissioner's Office enforcement officers working on the premises of Cambridge Analytica in central London Credit: PA Earlier the investigators could be seen examining documents and taking photographs of a whiteboard and of computers. The group of around 18 people, some wearing ICO enforcement jackets,  arrived at the building less than an hour after a High Court judge granted the search warrant sought by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Information Commissioner's Office enforcement officers working on the premises of Cambridge Analytica in central London  Credit: PA They went up a side set of stairs at the building in New Oxford Street, London, and were seen on the second floor – where Cambridge Analytica has its offices. Earlier, the Information Commission Office said it was "pleased with the" judge's decision. Twitter account posted: "ICO granted warrant: We're pleased with the decision of the judge and we plan to execute the warrant shortly. ICO granted warrant: We’re pleased with the decision of the judge and we plan to execute the warrant shortly. This is just one part of a larger investigation into the use of personal data for political purposes and we will now need time to collect and consider the evidence— ICO (@ICOnews) March 23, 2018 The officers were seen on the first and second floors taking photographs of a whiteboard and of computers, while a man took notes on clipboard. Alexander Nix, the firm's chief executive, has been suspended while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been called on to give evidence to MPs. After a hearing at London's High Court on Friday, Judge Leonard said he would give the reasons for his decision on Tuesday. People are seen are seen inside the building which houses the offices of Cambridge Analytica  Credit: Reuters Facebook has admitted to a "major violation of people's trust" and announced an investigation into the harvesting and sale of the private data of millions of users. The social media giant said that it does not "deserve to serve" its users unless it can protect their personal information and said conceded it will have to regain people's trust. Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, said that mistakes had been made after people's private information was passed on without their permission. He launched an investigation into all developers that were given access to "large amounts" of private data, in a clear sign that the scandal is likely to expand.



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Kremlin critic journalist stabbed at offices of Moscow news radio station 

Kremlin critic journalist stabbed at offices of Moscow news radio station A Russian opposition journalist was in a medically induced coma on Monday after a man claiming a "telepathic" connection broke into a liberal radio station and stabbed her in the neck.  The stabbing of Tatiana Felgenhauer follows state television smear pieces against the radio station and a series of attacks that forced another Echo of Moscow host to flee the country. Ms Felgenhauer, the well-known deputy editor of the station and an outspoken Kremlin critic, was in the Echo of Moscow offices when an unknown attacker stabbed her in the neck. He had blinded a guard with pepper spray, before barging into the offices and running down the corridor to where she was, editor Alexei Venediktov told Novaya Gazeta newspaper. Ms Felgenhauer was hospitalised in stable condition, he said. Photographs published by a staff member of Echo of Moscow showed blood splattered across the floor and what appeared to be a switchblade knife. A middle-aged man was being detained by police in the photographs. “The attacker didn't yell anything, everything was calm and silent. He came up, hugged her and inflicted the injury,” deputy editor Sergei Buntman told the news outlet Meduza. An ambulance leaves the Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) radio station office in Moscow, Russia Credit: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Russia's investigative committee has opened an attempted murder case, identifying the attacker only as a 48-year-old man with dual Israeli and Russian citizenship. The interior ministry said his motive was “personal hatred”. News agency Interfax quoted a law enforcement source as saying that the crime was not connected with Ms Felgenhauer's journalistic activities and that it was likely a case of “hooliganism”. Echo of Moscow staff rejected this explanation, however.  “A personal conflict between Tanya and the attacker is complete nonsense. Tanya doesn't know him. A thuggish attack on an editorial employee,” tweeted correspondent Tonia Samsonova. Echo of Moscow published a video of law enforcement interrogating the attacker, whom it identified as Boris Grits. In it, he claimed Ms Felgenhauer had sexually harassed him through "telepathic contact". A WordPress blog under the name Boris Grits contained posts in which the author, who also complains about being unable to find work as a programmer in Israel, said he wasn't sure why Ms Felgenhauer was "following" him but suspected it was because he "wrote for Russia". "In a few weeks I'll come to Moscow and, if this doesn't stop, the consequences could be very unpleasant," said a post dated to September. Earlier this month, state television channel Rossiya 24 ran a smear piece on Echo of Moscow that claimed Ms Felgenhauer and other employees had discussed the “strengthening of critical media with foreign money” during a meeting with the France-based organisation Reporters Without Borders and the Germany-based Robert Bosch Foundation.  Before that, state television Channel One ran a piece claiming that Echo of Moscow was financed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors in the United States. Gazprom-Media, the arm of the state gas giant Gazprom that owns Echo of Moscow, denied that the radio station had any financial or other ties to the US agency.  Echo of Moscow's reporting has irked many officials, and employees have reported death threats. Yulia Latynina, a Kremlin critic who hosted a show on Echo of Moscow, fled Russia in September after a series of attacks - unknown assailants released a noxious gas into her family home, set her car on fire and threw feces on her in the street. She had previously complained of being followed and was given a state security detail. Novaya Gazeta political editor Kirill Martynov wrote on Monday that the Kremlin's inaction was partly responsible for the growing number of attacks on journalists and activists. "Propaganda has done too much to put independent journalism and opposition politicians outside the law, morally sanctioning the hunt for them," he said. 



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U.S. forces Russia to close three diplomatic offices ‘in the spirit of parity’

U.S. forces Russia to close three diplomatic offices ‘in the spirit of parity’Last month, the United States was ordered to cut in half its diplomatic and technical staff in Russia. Now Russia is being asked to close its consulate in San Francisco and annex buildings in Washington, D.C., and New York City.



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Immigration enforcement agents banned from labor offices in California amid fears for migrants trying to recoup wages

Immigration enforcement agents banned from labor offices in California amid fears for migrants trying to recoup wagesImmigration enforcement agents have been banned from labor offices amid fears undocumented migrants are being put off pursuing wages owed to them. Multiple reported cases of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents appearing at immigrants’ hearings prompted California Labor Commissioner Julie Su to release a memo to employees instructing them to refuse immigration agents entry to labor commission offices or to provide information on the location of workers.



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Athens healthcare offices to offer free HIV/AIDS testing in honor of World Aids Day

Local healthcare offices will provide free HIV/AIDS testing Dec. 2-5 as part of World Aids Day. World Aids Day is Dec. 1 and is an opportunity to focus attention on facts surrounding HIV/AIDS.
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