US intelligence agencies expect Russia to target midterm elections

Updated 13 February 2018
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US intelligence agencies expect Russia to target midterm elections

WASHINGTON: A new US intelligence report predicts Russia will meddle in this year’s midterm elections as it pursues bolder cyber operations and false information campaigns against America and its allies.
The global threats report issued Tuesday also says the risk of conflict with North Korea is higher today than at any time since the end of the Cold War. So, too, is the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia that’s destabilizing the Middle East.
Cyberattacks are on the rise.
National Intelligence Director Dan Coats tells The Associated Press they’re coming from governments, militant groups, criminal organizations and people with the technical know-how to breach US agencies, intelligence bodies and the military. He says Washington must better craft responses to minimize these attacks. (AP)


Thousands await rescue amid deadly south Indian floods

Updated 2 min 22 sec ago
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Thousands await rescue amid deadly south Indian floods

  • Thousands of people are waiting to be rescued as relentless monsoon rains cause extensive flooding
  • The central government has dispatched military units to Kerala, but state officials are pleading for additional help

NEW DELHI: Thousands of stranded people are waiting for rescue as relentless monsoon floods batter the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 170 have died in a little over a week and much of the state is at least partially submerged.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Saturday with the state’s top officials, promising tens of millions of dollars in aid.
The central government has dispatched military units to Kerala, but state officials are pleading for additional help.
The Indian Express newspaper reported that state legislator Saji Cherian begged for aid on a TV news channel, saying, “Please ask Modi to give us helicopters, give us helicopters. please, please!“
Over 300 people have died in Kerala since the monsoon started in June, including over 170 since torrential rains began in August.