Good Morning. Alphabet Inc.'s Google has taken the fight to Apple and Samsung when on Thursday it unveiled its new Pixel phones and smartwatches. The company said its new phones will deliver improved voice and camera features that are unprecedented.
Still an Android. I mean, iPhone is iPhone, Android is Android duh.
Russia. In a rare instance of public criticism of the Putin regime by a state official, Colonel General Andrei Kartapolov, head of the Russian State Duma Defense Committee, told a journalist that the Kremlin needs to "stop lying" about the progress of the war in Ukraine.
Thailand. A former police officer, who was dismissed over drug charges, killed at least 37 people, including more than 20 children, in a mass shooting at a childcare center. A witness reported the killer was "a parent of one of the kids." After the mass shooting, the gunman returned to his home and killed his wife and son before taking his own life.
Global Economy. The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that the group plans to lower its 2023 global growth forecast because "the risks of recession are rising." Kristalina Georgieva described the current macro outlook as "a period of historic fragility" due to rising interest rates and a commodities crisis triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
United States. President Joe Biden has announced a sweeping pardon for thousands of people convicted of marijuana possession under federal laws, penalties that have disproportionately affected Black and other people of colour across the United States. Biden said the move reflects his view that “no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana”.
A U.S.-led coalition begins attacks on Taliban-controlled Afghanistan with an intense bombing campaign by American and British forces. Logistical support was provided by France, Germany, Australia and Canada. The invasion of Afghanistan was the opening salvo in the United States “war on terror” and a response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. The conflict in Afghanistan would span two decades and become the longest war in U.S. history.
The Nigerian Army has announced the capture of 79 terrorists in the North-east region of the country.
Troops of the “Operation Hadin Kai’’ (OPHK) captured the terrorists and their collaborators in the last two weeks. This was disclosed by the Director of Defence Media Operations, major general Musa Danmadami, in Abuja on Thursday at the bi-weekly briefing on the operations of the Nigerian armed forces. Some abducted Chibok school girls were also rescued in the period, according to Danmadami.
How many Chibok girls?
According to Danmadami, there were two Chibok girls among 14 abductees that were rescued by the troops, who also eliminated many terrorists in-land and air operations. Danmadami said the Chibok girls - Yana Pogu and Rejoice Senki - and other abductees were rescued at Bula Davo village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State and Kawur village in Konduga Local Government Area, also in Borno.
A suspected ammunition technician, in whose possession was 300 empty cases of ammunition, was also apprehended at Gorom village in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno state. "Troops recovered six AK47 rifles, 14 AK47 magazines, one HK gun, one G3 rifle, 112 rounds of 7.62mm special, 285 rustled cattle, and eight gallons of petrol within the period in focus", Danmadami said, adding that, "All recovered items and arrested Boko Haram terrorists were handed over to the appropriate authority for further action".
South Korea's government has announced plans to scrap the country's Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.
This was a significant part of the campaign promises of conservative President Yoon Suk Yeol, who said it was time to launch an agency with a more comprehensive role, saying women in South Korea no longer face structural barriers to success. In contrast to the current approach, which focuses on addressing the disparities women face, Interior and Safety Minister Lee Sang-min stated during a televised briefing on Thursday that government programs for women must be about equal rights for both men and women.
What's the reaction from Koreans?
During the campaign, Yoon faced criticism from Koreans who said that his intention to scrap the Ministry was an appeal to young male voters opposed to policies that promote gender equality in a highly competitive job market. The likelihood of his government's execution of the plan is, however, uncertain as it needs the National Assembly's approval. With the legislature currently controlled by liberal MPs, the main opposition Democratic Party's women's committee has vowed to fight the proposal, arguing that women still experience systemic discrimination.
What's the government's plan on the potential replacement?
According to the Interior and Safety Minister, who commended the current gender equality ministry for its efforts in addressing discrimination against women, the ministry is limited in its ability to handle broader urgent issues like gender and generational conflicts, a shrinking population, and social problems for the elderly. According to Lee, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and the Ministry of Employment and Labor would take up the Ministry's responsibilities. He said that the Ministry of Health and Welfare will house a new agency responsible for population, family, and gender equality concerns.
Lee said the Democratic Party has been notified of the proposals for reorganization, and that opposition party officials had expressed worry that they would reduce the current responsibilities of the ministry for gender equality. The roles and responsibilities entrusted to the ministry would be carried out more effectively, according to Lee, under the anticipated restructure.
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New research shows that journalists and human rights defenders located in Mexico were hacked using Pegasus, spyware made by Israeli technology firm NSO Group, as recently as 2021.
Who used it?
The research shows that the Mexican government used the software even after it had publicly promised to stop doing so. NSO Group has claimed in the past that its software would only be used by its government clients to combat crime and terrorism, but last year, the software was revealed to have been used on 15,000 non-criminal individuals, including children and victims of state-sponsored crime. After this information was revealed, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised his country would no longer use Pegasus.
How was the latest use discovered?
The most recent research on Mexico’s continued use and abuse of the software was conducted by R3D and The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, two digital rights researchers. For their part, NSO Group denied any fault in the matter, claiming that they only made the weapon but never fired it: “NSO licenses Pegasus solely to law enforcement and intelligence agencies of sovereign states and government agencies following approval by the Israeli government. When we determine wrongdoing, we terminate contracts.”
What's the attraction to the targets?
Their study shows that human rights defenders (and two journalists who report on government corruption) were amongst Pegasus’ latest victims. One of the journalists, Raymundo Ramos, was hacked at least three times by the government, including after his coverage of footage showing Mexican army soldiers murdering citizens. In response to NSO, a spokesman for Citizen Lab said, “NSO’s claims to be the only party that can ‘truly’ verify infections is like a robber claiming to be the only one who can truly confirm whether he committed a crime.”
Citizen Lab’s statement says: “These latest cases, which come years after the first revelations of problematic Pegasus targeting in Mexico, illustrate the abuse potential of mercenary spyware in a context of flawed public accountability and transparency. Even in the face of global scrutiny, domestic outcry, and a new administration that pledged to never use spyware, the targeting of journalists and human rights defenders with Pegasus spyware continued in Mexico.”
QUORA QUESTION: As a flight attendant, what's the shadiest thing you've seen a passenger do?
I was giving out breakfast, 2 hours before landing, on a night flight. A lot of passenger were sleeping. When they do, and if I can drop the table, I will and put their breakfast tray on it. Otherwise I would go back and forth for ages as passengers slowly wake up one after the other.
So anyway, after breakfast I was picking up the empty tray, when this one passenger asked me for his breakfast. I did put his breakfast on his table, but the guy sitting near him just ate it!
I couldn’t believe it!
He ate his breakfast and the one belonging to his seat mate, a complete stranger!
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Official Name: Republique du Bénin
Short form: Bénin
Formerly: Republic of Dahomey
Country Calling Code: +229
Capital City: Porto-Novo
Largest City and Economic Capital: Cotonou
Population: 13,754,688 (2022 estimate)
Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)
Ethnic groups: 42 (Major: Fon, Adja, Yoruba, and Bariba)
Official Language: French
President: Patrice Talon
GDP Per capita (PPP): $2,552 (2019 estimate)
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