Pipe bombs explode at two separate homes in Bushmills

Pipe bombs explode at two separate homes in Bushmills

Two pipe bombs have exploded at two separate houses in Bushmills, County Antrim. The attacks happened just before 01:00 GMT on Friday. One was detonated at Woodland Court and another in nearby Ballaghmore Court. Damage was caused to the properties but no-one was injured. Police have appealed for anyone with information to them. Norman Hillis, a UUP (Ulster Unionist Party) councillor for the area, condemned those behind the attacks. “There […]

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Sassa crisis: SA court averts welfare payments crisis

Sassa crisis: SA court averts welfare payments crisis

South Africa’s constitutional court has averted a crisis on welfare payments to 17 million people by extending the contract of the processing company by one year. The court had ruled in 2014 that Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) was awarded the contract unlawfully. The state had failed to clarify how the payments would be handled after CPS’s contract ends on 31 March. One in three South Africans depend on these payments. […]

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Attack on Somali migrant boat ‘kills 31’

Attack on Somali migrant boat ‘kills 31’

At least 31 people have been killed after a boat carrying Somali refugees was targeted in a helicopter attack off the coast of Yemen, the International Organisation for Migration says. Women and children were among those killed when the vessel was hit near the Bab al-Mandeb strait, the IOM said. Images from the scene showed a boat strewn with bodies. Among the dead were Somali refugees carrying ID documents issued […]

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Robo-nurses.

Robo-nurses.

The receptionist at the Institute of Media Innovation, at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, is a smiling brunette called Nadine. From a distance, nothing about her appearance seems unusual. It’s only on closer inspection that doubts set in. Yes – she’s a robot. Nadine is an “intelligent” robot capable of autonomous behaviour. For a machine, her looks and behaviour are remarkably natural. She can recognise people and human emotions, and make […]

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Millions of US employee records ‘leaked’

Millions of US employee records ‘leaked’

Details of more than 33 million US employees – including military staff – have been released online, according to a security researcher. The database is reported to contain information on 100,000 US Department of Defense employees, among others. Troy Hunt, , said the information had “enormous” potential for scammers. Business services firm Dun & Bradstreet confirmed to tech news site ZDNet that it owns the data. Information on government departments […]

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Small drone ‘shot with Patriot missile’

Small drone ‘shot with Patriot missile’

A Patriot missile – usually priced at about $3m (£2.5m) – was used to shoot down a small quadcopter drone, according to a US general. The strike was made by a US ally, Gen David Perkins . “That quadcopter that cost 200 bucks from Amazon did not stand a chance against a Patriot,” he said. Patriots are radar-targeted weapons more commonly used to shoot down enemy aircraft and ballistic missiles. […]

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