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Report links hacking campaign to Lebanese security agency
(AP Photo)
By RAPHAEL SATTER
From Associated Press
January 18, 2018 12:34 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A major hacking operation tied to one of the most powerful security and intelligence agencies in Lebanon has been exposed after careless spies left hundreds of gigabytes of intercepted data exposed to the open internet, according to a report published Thursday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting.

LONDON (AP) — A wolf escaped from its British sanctuary Thursday as high winds battered the country, triggering hours of concern and a lockdown at a nearby school.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least six people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African city of Cape Town announced new water restrictions Thursday to combat drought, saying it was looking more likely that it will have to turn off most taps on "Day Zero," or April 21.

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a storm affecting parts of Europe (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Authorities say three people have died in Germany as a storm with high winds and snow sweeps across western Europe.

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's president said Thursday he will sign the first death warrants in nearly two decades to create fear among criminals in the East African country, vowing to "hang a few."

IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up his Chile visit Thursday by performing a first-of-its-kind airborne papal wedding ceremony and then celebrating a Mass on land in which he urged the South American nation to continue welcoming migrants and caring for the least fortunate among them.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dozens of former U.S. ambassadors to African countries have written to President Donald Trump expressing "deep concern" over his comments about the continent and warning that respectful engagement is crucial to protecting American interests.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the threat from weapons of mass destruction "seems to be gathering force" and is urging expanded diplomatic efforts to tackle the security challenge posed by North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When athletes from the rival Koreas paraded together behind a single flag for the first time at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was a highly emotional event that came on a wave of hope for reconciliation following their leaders' first-ever summit talks.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East's largest airline, Emirates, is throwing Airbus a lifeline for its troubled A380 jumbo jet.

MADRID (AP) — The smugglers took Rodriguez Tankeu's savings and disappeared, leaving the 25-year-old bewildered near Tripoli, the Libyan capital.

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria said on Thursday its air defense would shoot down any Turkish jets that carry out attacks within Syria, a stark warning as tensions soar over apparent preparations by the Turkish military to invade a northern Syrian Kurdish enclave.

LONDON (AP) — A terminally ill British man has been granted permission to challenge the country's law on assisted dying, after an earlier decision that rejected his case.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is attending events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Russia's breaking the Nazi siege of Leningrad.

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president says elections will be in May or June, as he faces pressure at home and abroad to deliver a credible vote to cement his legitimacy.

HELSINKI (AP) — A pair of giant pandas has arrived in snowy Finland, China's gift to mark the small Nordic nation's 100 years of independence.

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 14:20 p.m. Syria's deputy foreign minister says the country's air force will shoot down any Turkish fighter jets that attack Syria.

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has convicted an Algerian man of supporting the Islamic State group for helping plan the smuggling of a would-be fighter to IS-held terrority in Syria.

MOSCOW (AP) — A bus fire in Kazakhstan killed 52 people on Thursday in a vast snow-covered steppe, officials said. The tragedy happened near the village of Kalybai in the northern Aktobe region, the Emergencies Department of the former Soviet nation in Central Asia said.

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's upcoming visit to the Middle East comes at a time of intensely publicized friction between his administration and the Palestinian leadership, posing a dilemma for his Arab hosts — Egypt's president and Jordan's king — on how to safeguard their vital ties with Washington without appearing to ignore Palestinian misgivings.

BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the U.S. legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump's administration delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status, Haitian community leaders and immigrant activists say.

PARIS (AP) — Human Rights Watch says that new intolerance in countries like the United States is encouraging oppressive strongmen from Russia to China and Turkey.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani and Indian troops traded gunfire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Thursday, leaving three civilians and a soldier dead amid increasing tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, officials from both sides said.