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Cyber attack compromised records on incomes, tax, health insurance and loans of millions of people

A 20-year-old cybersecurity worker has been arrested in Bulgaria and charged with hacking the personal and financial records of millions of taxpayers, as police continue to investigate the country’s biggest ever data breach.

Bulgaria’s NRA tax agency is facing a fine of up to €20m ($22.43m) over the hack, which was revealed this week and is thought to have compromised the records of nearly every working adult among the country’s population of 7 million.
'Wizard' hacker charged after financial records of nearly every Bulgarian exposed
#Bulgaria #Europe #Cybercrime #Technology #Internet
Fourteen years ago, then 16-year-old McIlroy carded the lowest round ever seen at Royal Portrush at the 2005 Northern Ireland championship. #Europe
This year festival organisers have chosen to focus on the contemporary issues of refugees, exile and exclusion. #Europe #France #Politics
Nearly every adult in Bulgaria had their personal details compromised, exposing the tax agency's weak cyber-security. #Bulgaria #Cybersecurity #Europe
Fabian Picardo to hold discussions with PM about potential release of the Grace 1

Gibraltar’s chief minister, Fabian Picardo, has flown to London to hold talks with Theresa May about the possible release of an Iranian-owned tanker that was seized a fortnight ago by the Royal Marines.

The detention of the Grace 1 and its cargo of 2.1m barrels of oil, which was believed to have been headed to Syria in breach of EU sanctions, has turned into a focal point of severe friction between Tehran and London as Iran threatens to take further steps way from the nuclear deal it signed in 2015 with the US, China, Russia and 3 EU states.
Iran tanker capture: Gibraltar chief minister flies to UK for talks
#Iran #Gibraltar #Europe #MiddleEastandNorthAfrica #Worldnews #UKnews #Foreignpolicy #JeremyHunt #Politics #Military
Hashem Abedi detained after landing at a London airport and will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court, police say. #UnitedKingdom #Libya #Europe
Staff describe decision as ‘blowback’ as a result of worsening relations with US

Russia has denied visas to teachers of the Anglo-American school in Moscow, in a move described by one teacher as “blowback” over worsening US-Russian relations.

In a statement, US ambassador Jon Huntsman called the decision to deny visas to 30 teachers at the Anglo-American school “unfortunate” and said it would “affect over 1,100 students and their families, who represent over 60 countries, including Russia”. The day school is popular among the children of western diplomats and businessmen.
Russia denies visas to teachers at Anglo-American school
#Russia #Europe #USnews #Worldnews #Education #Schools #Students #USpolitics
A report has found the UK Home Office responsible for financial discrimination and careless decision making #Europe #UnitedKingdom #Politics
As climate continues to heat up, temperature records keep breaking. #Environment #Weather #Europe #US&Canada
Investigation into possible anti-competitive behaviour is likely to spark US anger

The European Union has launched a formal investigation into Amazon, opening a new front against US tech giants.

Announcing the decision, the European commissioner for competition, Margrethe Vestager, said she wanted to take “a very close look” at whether Amazon’s business practices broke EU anti-trust rules.
Amazon faces EU inquiry over treatment of small retailers
#Amazon #Europeancommission #MargretheVestager #E-commerce #Internet #Technology #EuropeanUnion #Europe #Worldnews
This brief but engaging documentary celebrates Lisbon’s vibrant African-Portuguese music scene

There is a short, sharp blast of energy in this brief music documentary by DJ Rita Maia and cinematographer Vasco Viana about the African-Portuguese music scene in Lisbon’s outer suburbs, the “corrugated villages” that appeared after the 1970s. It is not quite right to call this ghetto culture; the milieu is more nuanced and complicated than that in terms of nationality, race, generation and class, although it is certainly pretty male.

The music is an engaging mix of digital and analogue, new and old. A lot of it comes from DJs with Mac Book Pros and music-editing software and who play marathon-length parties. A lot more comes from traditional instruments such as a Ferro player, a percussive instrument lying over the shoulder like a length of steel that produces a weirdly hypnotic thrumming noise, and a kora, a 22-string instrument from west Africa that has been in use for hundreds of years.
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David Briffaut broke his neck at Aqualandia after hitting water at the bottom of a slide

A British holidaymaker could be paralysed for life after breaking his neck in an accident at a Spanish water park, his family fear.

David Briffaut, 23, lost consciousness and suffered serious injuries after hitting the water in a pool at the bottom of a slide at the Aqualandia tourist attraction in Benidorm.
British tourist could be paralysed after Benidorm water park accident
#UKnews #Spain #Europe
Families, investigators urge Russia to cooperate, five years after plane shot down over rebel-held territory in Ukraine. #MH17 #Malaysia #Ukraine #Russia #War&Conflict #AsiaPacific #Europe
Three men to face trial for their alleged involvement in the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. #Europe #Malta
Pew findings reveal largest increase in social hostilities towards religion in more than 10 years occurred in Europe. #Religion #HumanRights #Asia #Europe #Refugees
Finance minister hopes to agree global action on tech giants at G7 meeting this week

France will not back down in the face of US threats of legal action over its plans for a digital tax on tech giants, the French finance minister has said.

“We will never give up,” Bruno Le Maire told the Guardian in an interview. “We are implementing a digital tax on digital giants because we think it is a fair and efficient way of taxing them.”
France will not back down on digital tax despite US legal threats
#France #E-commerce #G7 #Europe #USforeignpolicy #Worldnews #Internet #Technology
A huge stash of weapons is found in Italy with neo-Nazi sympathisers and government says the seizure is unprecedented. #Europe #Italy #TheFarRight
'Long-planned movement', says UK as Iran's supreme leader vows response to Britain's 'piracy' of its oil tanker. #Europe #UnitedKingdom #Iran #War&Conflict
Former German defence minister wins narrow backing of MEPs to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker in the EU’s top job

Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the European commission’s first female president and the first German in the top EU job for over 50 years.

In a secret ballot, MEPs voted narrowly to support her as a replacement for Jean-Claude Juncker when he steps down on 31 October.
Ursula von der Leyen elected first female European commission president
#EuropeanUnion #Europeancommission #UrsulavonderLeyen #Europe #Worldnews
#patents that the #us rejects #europe now OK with?
Hong Kong showed China is a threat to democracy. Now Europe must defend Taiwan | Anders Fogh Rasmussen
#Taiwan #Worldnews #AsiaPacific #HongKong #China #EuropeanUnion #Europe
Number of new applicants from Great Britain alone has risen from 6,000 to 31,000 in period

The number of first-time applications for Irish passports from Great Britain has risen sharply since the referendum with five times as many people interesting in acquiring one.

In Northern Ireland, where all citizens are entitled to an Irish passport, the number of first-time applications has more than doubled.
First-time applications for Irish passports up sharply since 2015
#Ireland #NorthernIreland #Brexit #NorthernIrishpolitics #Europe #Politics #UKnews #EuropeanUnion #Foreignpolicy #Worldnews
François de Rugy says he wants to defend himself against allegations that he hosted elaborate dinners at taxpayer’s expense

The French environment minister has resigned over reports that he hosted lavish social dinners of lobster and fine wines paid for by the taxpayer when he was parliament speaker.

François de Rugy, number two in the French government, said on Tuesday via his verified Facebook page that he submitted his resignation to the prime minister Edouard Philippe “to defend myself”.
French environment minister quits over reports of lavish dinners
#France #Europe #Worldnews #EmmanuelMacron
The recent escalation in tensions serves political interests in both Moscow and Tbilisi. #Europe #Russia #Georgia
The former German defence minister is the nominee for EU Commission president, but she doesn't have universal support. #Europe #EuropeanUnion #EuropeanElections2019
The EU commission president candidate Ursula von der Leyen was booed by Brexit party MEPs as she spoke of her openness to extend the UK’s membership of the EU after 31 October. Speaking in Strasbourg before a vote on Tuesday evening to confirm her position, the outgoing German defence minister said: 'I stand ready for a further extension of the withdrawal date, should more time be required for a good reason.' The leader of the Brexit party, Nigel Farage, accused Von der Leyen of wanting to build 'a centralised, undemocratic, updated form of communism where nation state parliaments will cease to have any relevance at all'
Ursula von der Leyen booed by Brexit party MEPs over Brexit extension – video
#EuropeanUnion #UrsulavonderLeyen #Brexitparty #Brexit #Europe
When suspect removed wig officers found 503g of cocaine glued to his head

Police at Barcelona airport have arrested a Colombian man suspected of trying to smuggle half a kilo of cocaine into Spain concealed under his wig.

Officers noted that the passenger, who had arrived on a flight from Bogotá, seemed extremely nervous. However, what most attracted their attention was the size, and in particular, the height of his wig.
Man held in Spain over attempt to smuggle cocaine under his wig
#Spain #Drugs #Europe #Society #Worldnews
Move to renationalise buildings follows protests over rising property prices in the city

The state of Berlin has bought back 670 apartments on the historic Karl-Marx-Allee from a private owner after decades of property privatisation in the German capital.

A 1950s prestige project for socialist East Germany, the grand boulevard that stretches from the city centre to Friedrichshain in the east has been the frontline of a months-long fight over gentrification and rising property prices.
Berlin buys 670 flats on Karl-Marx-Allee from private owner
#Germany #Europe #Worldnews #Gentrification #Cities #Housing #Commercialproperty #Business
Competition to American giants is an "offensive" idea https://twitter.com/zoobab/status/1151056310613491712#eu #europe #censorship

Twitter: zoobab "NO Software Patents" on Twitter (zoobab "NO Software Patents")

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from a hip-hop festival on the Croatian island of Pag after a forest fire broke out nearby. Flames were seen billowing behind the site as attendees left the Fresh Island festival on Zrće beach on Monday night. The organisers said emergency services were working to contain the blaze and it was unclear whether the event would continue as planned on Tuesday
Croatia music festival evacuated after fire breaks out – video
#Croatia #Musicfestivals #Europe
Next PM will be told in ‘no uncertain terms’ that axing backstop amounts to no deal

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt’s Brexit plan to axe the Irish border backstop from the withdrawal agreement will be rejected outright by the European Union, EU sources have said.

Informed sources say that it is doomed to failure and if the next prime minister goes to Brussels with such a plan, he will be told in “no uncertain terms” that it amounts to a declaration of no deal.
EU expected to reject outright Johnson and Hunt's backstop plan
#Brexit #EuropeanUnion #Conservativeleadership #Conservatives #BorisJohnson #JeremyHunt #Politics #UKnews #Foreignpolicy #Europe
A British prison nicknamed 'stabside' is trying new ways to reduce violence between inmates. #Prison #UnitedKingdom #Europe
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