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Former US Presidential candidate and Senator John McCain has assured that the current legislation before US Senate to declare Pakistan a terror state will not succeed.
This was said in a telephonic conversation with former President Asif Ali Zardari, where they also discussed a range of bilateral and international issues.
Two US Senators, Republican Ted Poe and Democrat Dana Rohrabacher, had moved the ‘Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act’ to designate Pakistan a terrorist state in the US Congress.
However, McCain who is also the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said that it was unlikely that the legislation would pass as the sponsors of the resolution are a small minority in the Senate.
McCain acknowledged the sacrifices made by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, and emphasised that the legislation should not be seen as a deterioration of the US-Pakistan relations.
They also discussed the increase in the war of words and the hype in Indian propaganda against Pakistan, which Zardari said was to hide the Indian atrocities against Kashmiris from the world.
Zardari said that Pakistan wants a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue through dialogue and in accordance with the wishes of the people of Kashmir.
He said that that Indian Prime Minister Modi was pandering to the far-right with whose support he had come into power and such policies will strengthen the non state actors on both sides of the border.
The former President said that Pakistan itself was the victim of extremism and terrorism and will never support terrorism.

They agreed that Pakistan is part of solution to this problem and it is in the interest of peace and stability that Pakistan continued to play its part in the fight against the global threat of terrorism.

John McCain assures legislation in US Senate against Pakistan will not succeed

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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama heralded Saturday the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, an institution dedicated to the many threads of black suffering and triumph.
The first black president of the United States cut the ribbon to inaugurate the striking 400,000-square-foot (37,000-square-meter) bronze-clad edifice before thousands of spectators gathered in the nation’s capital to witness the historic opening.
“Beyond the majesty of the building, what makes this occasion so special is the larger story it contains,” said Obama — just a few months before he leaves office — at the star-studded public ceremony that included the likes of Stevie Wonder and Oprah Winfrey.
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“African-American history is not somehow separate from our larger American story. It’s not the underside of the American story,” he said. “It is central to the American story.”
The Smithsonian’s 19th and latest addition to its sprawling museum and research complex is the first national museum tasked with documenting the uncomfortable truths of the country’s systematic oppression of black people, while also honoring the integral role of African-American culture.
“A clear-eyed view of history can make us uncomfortable,” Obama said. “It is precisely of that discomfort that we learn and grow and harness our collective power to make this nation more perfect. That’s the American story that this museum tells.”
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Guests of honor on stage included four generations of a black family called the Bonners, led by 99-year-old great-grandmother Ruth, the daughter of a slave who went on to graduate from medical school.
After Obama declared the museum “open to the world,” it was she — stooped in stature but smiling broadly — who tugged on a rope to ring an antique bell from an historic black church, sealing the inauguration.
“I feel a sense of pride and a sense of humbleness because of all the sacrifices that so many people made to make this happen,” said audience member Karmello Colman, who trekked halfway across the country for the ceremony from Kansas City, Missouri.
“I feel honored because it is highlighting the accomplishments of my ancestors, who were probably slaves, and those of so many others.”
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Deteriorating race relations
Elected in a wave of optimism in 2008, Obama pledged to unify, often repeating that he is not the president of black Americans but of all Americans. But as his job as president ends, polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans see US race relations as “generally bad.”
The recent fatal police shootings of black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charlotte, North Carolina laid bare yet again the country’s racial disquiet.
Obama’s Saturday address to open the museum came amid these ever-heightening tensions, as national outrage grows over the spate of deaths of black men at the hands of police, prompting mass protests.
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The president emphasized that a museum alone cannot solve the ills of a country still struggling to overcome a dark legacy of racial prejudice, but said it “provides context for the debate of our times.”
“Perhaps it can help a white visitor understand the pain and anger of demonstrators and places like Ferguson and Charlotte,” Obama said.
“It can also help black visitors appreciate the fact that not only is this younger generation carrying on traditions of the past, but within the white communities, across the nation, we see the sincerity of law enforcement officers and officials who, in fits and starts are struggling to understand.”
“And are trying to do the right thing,” he said.
‘Hallowed ground’
The dramatic building — set in a prime location near the White House and the Washington Monument — features three inverted-pyramid tiers sheathed in bronze-painted filigree panels that house more than 34,000 objects, nearly half of them donated.
Obama noted that the building reaches 70 feet below ground — “its roots spreading far wider and deeper than any tree on this mall” — a crypt of historical galleries that wind from slavery to civil rights and ascend into upper floors that include testaments to African-American cultural contributions.
The museum’s genesis was fitful. After years of false starts and political warfare, legislation co-sponsored by John Lewis — a major leader of the civil rights movement and US congressman representing Georgia — finally was approved by Congress, paving the way for the museum. The bill was signed into law by Republican President George W. Bush in 2003.
Ringing up to $540 million — half of which was raised from private donations — the museum shows “that this country born of change, this country born of revolution, this country of we the people, this country can get better,” Obama said.

“It is a monument, no less than the others on this mall, to the deep and abiding love for this country and the ideals upon which it is founded. For we, too, are American.”

Obama opens new African American Museum amid national racial strife

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WASHINGTON: Yahoo on Friday faced pointed questions about exactly when it knew about a cyber attack that exposed the email credentials of 500 million users, a critical issue for the company as it seeks to prevent the breach from affecting a pending takeover by Verizon Inc.
The internet company has so far not provided a clear, detailed timeline about when it was made aware of the breach announced Thursday. Yahoo blamed the incident on a “state-sponsored actor” but has not provided any technical information supporting that claim.
“We don’t know a lot. We don’t know how the bad guys broke in. We don’t know when Yahoo first found out,” said Jeremiah Grossman, chief of security strategy for SentinelOne and a former information security officer at Yahoo.
In a September 9 regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Yahoo stated it did not have knowledge of “any incidents of, or third party claims alleging … unauthorized access” of personal data of its customers that could have a material adverse effect on Verizon’s acquisition.
Verizon, which said Thursday it learned of the breach within the past two days, agreed in July to pay $4.83 billion for Yahoo’s core business. If the hacking prompts customers to leave Yahoo, the company may see its value erode.
Yahoo was sued Friday in a California federal court by a user who accused it of gross negligence in its handling of the massive hacking. The suit, filed on behalf of all Yahoo users in the United States who had their personal information compromised, sought class-action status and unspecified damages.
Some lawmakers swiftly called for close scrutiny of what the company knew and when.
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Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer knew of the breach in July
“As law enforcement and regulators examine this incident, they should investigate whether Yahoo may have concealed its knowledge of this breach in order to artificially bolster its valuation in its pending acquisition by Verizon,” Richard Blumenthal, a Democratic senator from Connecticut, said.
Verizon declined to comment on how the breach might affect the deal. Sources familiar with the transaction say Verizon and its advisers are still examining the situation before determining what actions if any might be taken.
The Financial Times reported Thursday that embattled Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer knew of the breach in July, citing a person briefed on the matter.
The FT article did not specify if Mayer was aware of the hack announced Thursday or of a separate incident, in which a hacker calling himself Peace took to the dark web this summer to claim he was selling hundreds of millions of Yahoo credentials.
“Yahoo has never had reason to believe there is any connection between the security issue disclosed yesterday and the claims publicized by a hacker in August 2016. Conflating the two events is inaccurate,” said a Yahoo spokesperson who declined to be identified by name, adding that Yahoo’s investigation was still ongoing.
Sources familiar with the Yahoo investigation said that the company learned of the theft of data – which included encrypted passwords, names and emails but not banking information – only after probing the claims made by Peace, which Yahoo determined were meritless.

Joseph Cox, a reporter with the technology news site Motherboard, said he emailed Yahoo on July 30 to ask if the company was aware that Peace was attempting to sell Yahoo data. Motherboard published a story on Aug. 1 stating Yahoo was “aware” of the hacker’s claims.

Yahoo faces questions over when it learned of data breach

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DODOMA, TANZANIA: A Tanzanian lecturer has been charged with insulting President John Magufuli in a WhatsApp message, a senior police official said on Friday, bringing the number of people charged under a tough new cybercrimes law to 10.
Magufuli, nicknamed “the bulldozer” for pushing through his policies, has won some praise from Western donors for anti-corruption drives and cutting wasteful government spending since coming to power in November.
But opponents accuse him of becoming increasingly authoritarian, undermining democracy by curbing political activity and restricting live television coverage of parliamentary sessions.
Insulting the president was made a criminal offense in Tanzania under a cybercrimes law passed last year, punishable by up to three years in jail, a fine of around $3,000, or both.
“The senior university lecturer was arraigned in court yesterday, and I think he was later released on bail,” Julius Mjengi, police chief of the south-west Tanzanian town of Iringa told Reuters by telephone.
Police said the lecturer was charged with offenses under Tanzania’s strict cybercrimes law. The lecturer denies the charges.
“The number of people who have been arrested across the country thus far for insulting the president has now risen to 10,” Tanzanian newspaper Mwananchi said in an article on Friday.
Those who have faced trial for insulting Magufuli in recent months include students and opposition politicians.
A U.S. aid agency in March canceled nearly $500 million of funding for Tanzania partly on concerns over enforcement of the new cybercrimes law.
The U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation said Tanzania has “engaged in a pattern of actions inconsistent with MCC’s eligibility criteria” hence the decision to suspend its partnership with the East African nation. 

Tanzanian professor charged with insulting president on WhatsApp

Hungarian riot police use pepper spray to push back refugees at the Hungarian border with Serbia near the town of Horgos on September 16, 2015. Europe's 20-year passport-free Schengen zone appeared to be a risk of crumbling with Germany boosting border controls on parts of its frontier with France as migrants desperate to find a way around Hungary's border fence began crossing into Croatia. With a string of EU countries tightened frontier controls in the face of the unprecedented human influx, the cherished principle of free movement across borders -- a pillar of the European project -- seemed in grave jeopardy. -AFP
VIENNA: Attacks on centres for asylum seekers in Austria are on course to double this year, according to government figures released on Saturday.
Twenty-four were recorded in the first half of 2016, compared with 25 for the whole of 2015, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said in reply to a parliamentary enquiry.
The incidents ranged from arson to acid attacks to stones thrown through windows, or racist or Nazi graffiti and hate postings on the Internet.
Opposition Green MP Albert Steinhauser, who made the enquiry, blamed the rise on the “heated political debate about asylum seekers.” “If in politics there is an atmosphere of intolerance… then it’s no wonder that some people see such attacks as legitimate,” Steinhauser said.
Austria saw a record 90,000 people apply for asylum last year, one of the highest levels per capita in Europe.
The far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), in common with similar parties across Europe, has stoked concerns about the influx to boost its support.
Polls put the FPOe’s Norbert Hofer neck-and-neck with independent ecologist Alexander Van der Bellen to be elected to the largely but not entirely ceremonial post of president on December 4.
A victory for Hofer would make him Europe’s first elected far-right head of state since 1945. 

Sharp rise in attacks on refugee shelters in Austria