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Facebook: Hackers accessed data of 29 million users Facebook originally thought more than 50 million accounts had been affected
Hackers accessed data from 29 million Facebook accounts as part of the security breach the social media giant disclosed two weeks ago.
Turkish court lifts travel ban on US pastor Andrew Brunson A Turkish court sentenced US pastor Andrew Brunson to over three years in jail on a "terror" charge, but said that he would not spend any more time behind bars due to the time he had already spent in custody. More importantly, the court lifted Brunsonʼs house arrest and travel ban, allowing him to leave Turkey. The charge of espionage was dropped. The 50-year-old US national appeared before court in the western Turkish town of Aliaga on Friday, in the culmination of a widely publicized case that causeda diplomatic row between Washington and Ankara.
US cardinal resigns amid accusations of church sex abuse cover-up Cardinal Donald Wuerl became the most prominent leader in the US Catholic Church to resign amid an ongoing scandal concerning sexual abuse by clergyand a massive cover-up by church leaders. Pope Francisaccepted the Wuerlʼs request to step down from his post as the archbishop of Washington DC, the Vatican announced on Friday. As no replacement has yet been named, Wuerl will remain in his post in a temporary capacity until a new archbishop is found. He will reportedly retain his title as cardinal.
Facebook said Friday that hackers accessed personal data of 29 million users in a breach it disclosed two weeks ago. The exact number of accounts affected had not been previously known. The social media titan originally believed that50 million accounts could have been affected, but it didnʼt know if the data had been misused. The hackers accessed name, email addresses and phone numbers from those 29 million accounts and got even more data from 14 million of those, such as hometown, date of birth, the last 10 places they checked into or the 15 most recent searches. Facebook intends to notify people whose accounts were hacked. "We now know that fewer people were impacted than we originally thought," Guy Rosen, Facebookʼs vice president of product management, said in an online post. The social media titan disclosed a cyberattack at the end of September that exploited three distinct software flaws to steal digital keys the company uses to keep users logged in. Facebook said engineers discovered a breach on September 25 and had it fixed two days later. The network reset the 50 million accounts it thought had been affected, requiring users to sign back in using passwords. Third party apps and other Facebook-owned apps like Whatsapp and Instagram were unaffected, the company said. One of the accounts affected was that of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. At the time of the attack, Zuckerberg said
hackers would have had the ability to view private messages or post on someoneʼs account, but thereʼs no sign that they did. The breach was the latest embarrassment for Facebook, which acknowledged earlier this year thatup to 87 million users had their personal data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a political firm working for Donald Trump in 2016. The scandal forced Zuckerberg to face both United States CongressandEU Parliament. The network reset the 50 million accounts it thought had been affected, requiring users to sign back in using passwords. Third party apps and other Facebookowned apps like Whatsapp and Instagram were unaffected, the company said. One of the accounts affected was that of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. At the time of the attack, Zuckerberg said hackers would have had the ability to view private messages or post on someoneʼs account, but thereʼs no sign that they did. The breach was the latest embarrassment for Facebook, which acknowledged earlier this year thatup to 87 million users had their personal data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a political firm working for Donald Trump in 2016. The scandal forced Zuckerberg to face both United States CongressandEU Parliament. At the time of the attack, Zuckerberg said hackers would have had the ability to view private messages or post on someoneʼs account, but thereʼs no sign that they did.
Germany extends border controls with Austria and Denmark
Fire on German high-speed train forces evacuation
Germanyʼs Interior Ministry announced on Friday that it will extend migration controls at borders with Austria and Denmark, which were reintroduced in several parts of the normally passport-free Schengen area after the European migrant crisis of 2015. The extension is set to begin on November 12, one day after they were set to expire, and apply for six months. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer based the new measure on the argument that illegal secondary migration was still too high and that border protection of the European Unionʼs external borders was still lacking.
A high-speed train traveling from the western German city of Cologne to Munich in the south caught fire early on Friday, prompting a large-scale rescue operation, in which all 510 passengers escaped to safety. Two carriages from the Intercity-Express (ICE) train were engulfed by the flames, whose smoke was smelled by a policeman on the train who then activated the emergency brakes, according to the mass-circulation Bild daily. Five people were said by police to have been slightly injured, including one person with a hurt ankle joint.
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Amnesty accuses Turkey of ʼturning blind eyeʼ to abuses in Afrin Human rights organization Amnesty International accused Turkey on Thursday of allowing Syrian armed groups to commit a wide range of violations against civilians in Afrin. Turkish forces aided by allied rebelscaptured the northern Syrian townin March from the US-backed Kurdish Peopleʼs Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terrorist group.According to Amnestyʼs research, scores of displaced residents have since returned to their homes, only to be subjected to rights abuses. Read more:Turkeyʼs military offensive against Kurdish-held Afrin: What you need to know Amnesty interviewed 32 people, both current and former Afrin residents, between May and July 2018, who said: Residents in Afrin are enduring "arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, confiscation of property and looting."Most of the abuses were "at the hands of Syrian groups that have been equipped and armed by Turkey."Some of the rebel groups and Turkish armed forces had "taken over schools, disrupting the education for thousands of children."
Outcry in Uganda over compulsory HIV test 19-year-old Methia Nalukwago, a student at Makerere University in the capital Kampala, is excited by the proposal to have all students undergo compulsory HIV/AIDS testing. Some students, she says, have been living in denial. "Our friends, we study with them but you look at someone and you are like, ʼare you sure you are not sick or something like that?ʼ Of course you never come out to tell them but you feel it deep down inside you, this person must be sick because of the symptoms that show," Nalukwago told DW. "Compulsory testing for HIV will help us know our HIV status and where we stand." Studies conducted by the Ugandan AIDS Commission show lack of sufficient information among the youth is contributing to an increase of HIV. Jane Were, the head teacher of Forest Hill College in Mukono district located 21 kilometers (13 miles) east of Kampala, said they are grappling with HIV in schools. She said the situation has been made worse by parents who mislead their children on what they are actually suffering from. "We have situations where parents lie to students about these [anti-retroviral] drugs. There are parents who tell children they have other ailments other than HIV," 2
Builders found not guilty of negligent homicide Cologne archive collapse:
The 2009 collapse of Cologneʼs archive killed two people, destroyed innumerable historical documents and caused millions in damage. Over nine years later, a court found that the builders were largely not to blame. A district court in the western German city of Cologne acquitted three people on Friday who were charged with negligent homicide for their role inthe collapse of the cityʼs archive building in 2009. A fourth defendant was handed a suspended sentence of eight months. The defendant is part of the construction management department of the cityʼs public transportation operator KVB, which was overseeing the construction of a new subway line
German politician targeted by haters over climate refugees A member of the Green Youths has received an onslaught of online hate, including rape and death threats, after she publicly put her support behind extending citizenship to asylum seekers fleeing disasters of climate change. Earlier this month, comments made by 24-yearold Ricarda Lang (above), a spokeswoman for the political organization, were published in a number of German regional newspapers and online outlets, including ZDF, and Die Welt. "The EU should offer the citizens of island states that are threatened by climate change European citizenship and enable them to migrate with dignity," Lang told German media. In the 24 hours that
Germanyʼs family reunification policy can leave young adults in limbo It sounds desperate, but Riham abo Staiti says she would rather die than turn 18. The 17-year-old only leaves her darkened accommodations when absolutely necessary. She lives here in a 30-square-meter (323-square-foot) portable housing unit with her father and three siblings in the Nahr alBared Refugee Camp in northern Lebanon. Yet, one important person is missing: "I just want to be with my mother," Riham says. She only speaks with her mother, who lives in a suburb of Karlsruhe, Germany, on her mobile phone. Her fear is constant when the two talk each day: "I am terrified of being left here on my own," says Riham. She has been waiting for the day she can join her mother for more than three years now. She is in a race against time, for she will likely be barred from family reunification as soon as she turns 18.
in front of the building at the time of the accident. After a years-long investigation,prosecutors said that the faulty construction of an underground station was to blame for the collapse, which killed two people and caused more than €1 billion ($1.1 billion) in damage. Of the defendants who were found not guilty of negligence, one is also a KVB worker while the other two are from private construction companies that were working on the subway tunnel. followed, Lang saidhate messagesflooded her Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Email. "People threatened my life and commented on my body, and said how they wanted to kill or rape me," she told DW. "The first day was really hard because I kind of felt like I was alone, standing in front of this huge wall of hate."
Refugees in Italy get their hands dirty with own farm Every morning Dembo Cisse, a sturdily-built 21-year old from Guinea, waits for the car to pick him up. He and two others, who live in the same apartment that belongs to Italyʼs privatized migrant reception system, get in the vehicle. The old family car
then heads from Oleggio, a small town in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, to an agricultural field nearby. But Dembo and his companions are not off to work in the food supply chain, dominated by large-scale distributors who require ever lower prices and therefore cheap labor — which many of their fellow Africans provide for lack of better options. Read more: Italy tells refugees: Donʼt risk the journey The carʼs driver is Raffaele DʼAcunto, known as Lello, the areaʼs first organic farmer, now retired, who decided to set up a small-scale agricultural company to make organic produce and sell it on the local market. Lello, Dembo and four others from Mali, Senegal and Nigeria — the youngest of whom is just 19 — are to become equal partners in the budding business they have aptly named Zappa Arcobaleno, Italian for Rainbow Hoe. The company is currently caught up in the bureaucratic process awaiting official registration.
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Dark, intense shades meet casual feminine style: Högl Collection A/W 2018/2019 The Högl autumn/winter 2018/19 collection confidently showcases the new on-trend colours dark plum, violet, rust brown and different shades of grey.
The new season’s styles are impressively strong, but still feminine. They come in a range of new colours and materials, in slim, elegant styles with block heels and profiled soles – guaranteed to turn heads. Nightwalker Mysterious and as dark as the night, the styles in this part of the collection won’t fail to impress. The focus is on new interpretations of classics: boots and ankle boots with stylish details such as laces, eyelets and buckles. The colour palette ranges from black to dark grey to the new addition of dark plum. Swarovski® crystal de-
tailing emphasises the feminine look and adds a hint of opulence. Winter styles are enhanced by a Gore-Tex® membrane, and are available in both casual suede and metallic leather. Sense Maker Delicate greys bring a ray of light in the winter darkness, complemented by clean, simple lines. The urban focus of the collection uses a palette of flattering dark grey, stone, nude and mauve tones. Trendy block heels and new queenie heels feature strongly. From sneakers to heels (in round, V-neck and highfronted cuts) to bootees and overknee boots, the high-quality leather
and soft neutral colours of these new designs complement next season’s relaxed, feminine look perfectly. Experiencer The third theme of the collection is expressed in earthy tones, from espresso to rust brown and camel. Sneakers, bootees and heels in burnt colours and retro-chic style invite to experiment with all sorts of different combinations. The multi-tone effect of the new materials used for ankle boots – such as crushed Naplak – adds a surprising twist to their look. Singer Adrien Szek‐ eres is now 3rd year brand ambassador of Högl Shoes in Hungary!
Air guitarists compete for world title (and world peace) in Finland The elite among the international air guitar scene donʼt just gather each year in the Finnish city of Oulu to shake their long hair and jump around on stage, but also to strive for loftier humanitarian goals. According to the ideology of the Air Guitar World Championships, as stated on the official website, "wars would end, climate change stop and all bad things disappear, if all the people in the world played the air guitar." Contestants from six countries are gearing up for the final of the air guitar world championships on Friday, organizers said. Contestants are judged on their ability to pretend to strum rock or heavy metal electric guitar solos — minus the instrument.
Budapest installs new running track near MOM Park Steps away from Buda’s MOM Park shopping centre and the popular Saturday organic market, Gesztenyés kert park now welcomes runners with a newly installed rubberised track. The 400-metre-long facility contains a shock-absorbing layer and an EPDM rubber-wearing surface to provide consistent thickness. Every 100 metres is marked, allowing runners to track their performance. Blending in with its environment, a yellow-coloured rubberised running track awaits sport aficionados in District XII. The joint-friendly course is made of pervious materials, allowing water to pass through the track, so runners can train there any time of the year. Set in the triangle of Alkotás utca, Csörsz utca and Jagelló út, Gesztenyés kert is a laid-back park towered above by the modern MOM Park shopping mall. This quiet recreation zone, complete with a playground and dog-friendly facilities, is a popular hangout for local residents. Additional fitness and spa facilities around here include MOM Sport, an extensive complex with swimming pools and saunas.
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Hungarian company wins exclusive rights to AC/DC brand
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A local eyewear manufacturer is the exlcusive producer of eyewear for hard rock gods AC/DC. Vinylize, created by local designer Zachary Tipton, recycles vinyl records into uber-premium glasses and sunglasses. Now their new collection is made out of one of the most successful albums ever: Back in Black. Be prepared to pay premium
for their products which are all handmade in their downtown workshop. Prices start at 90,000 HUF(300 euros). A visit will grant you access to their production facilites where you can even have your purchase customized.
ʼFahrenheit 11/9ʼ: Michael Mooreʼs latest film is a call to action
Reasons why you should be happy the holidays are over
In his new documentary, Oscar winner Michael Moore takes on Donald Trump, the US electoral system and growing social inequality. "Fahrenheit 11/9" opens this week in cinemas across North America. So reads the provocative slogan on posters for Michael Mooreʼs latest film, Fahrenheit 11/9. The poster shows a golfer from behind, a man wearing a red baseball cap, his swing aiming for the White House. Itʼs clear who the image is meant to represent. This movie is about Donald Trump — but not only him. Fahrenheit 11/9 deals with Trumpʼs election to the US presidency in 2016 and raises the question of how it could happen despite all polls suggesting otherwise. In his documentary, Moore also takes aim at the entire US political system. Known for his controversial documentaries, Moore received an Oscar for Bowling for Columbine in 2003, a film about school shootings and the US arms industry.
Best time of the year? No way! Nearly 20 percent of people aged between 30 and 44 cannot relax while on holiday. This is the conclusion of a Forsa survey. Some people canʼt completely forget work because their boss wants them to be available at all times. Others have stress with their family. The holidays apparently also lead to a few extra pounds. More than 50 percent of all Germans gain weight during their vacation, usually one or two kilos, according to a representative survey by the travel site start.de. All that good food and drink has to go somewhere!
Everyday use and extreme fashion accessories by young Hungarian brand DELACIER
Timeless stability meets sophisticated elegance in the collection. DELACIER is an extravagant jewelry and accessory brand which was born by the fusion of steel and string art technique. The philosophy of the brand is based on innovation, experimentation and astonishing combining with minimal elements. In addition to the jewelry pieces DELACIER also provides extreme fashion accessories not meant for everyday use, which belong to the futurist line of the brand. The products depend on the
style, not the age. It means the DELACIER woman is having a strong, fierce character, unique style with confidence. She is choosing the perfect DELACIER jewelry no matter if it is a strong necklace or a refined earrings. The brand was created by Dora Domokos after graduating the ModʼART International Institute of Fashion Design in Hungary. "While designing my diploma collection I realized that I would like to work with steel in the future. Working with this metal was natural for me, because our family business is processing and working with steel more than 20 years. As I child, I spent so much time in the workroom, where I discovered many industrial materials and technologies. These childhood memories gave me the inspiration of creating the brand, the mood as well as the spectacle of DELACIER. Showroom (By appointment only!) : Clique De‐ sign studio 1082 Budapest, Hungary, Baross u. 47. Mobile: +36 30 4692494 Shops (just drop by): ColourMyStyle // 1066 Budapest Zichy Jenő u. 32 ONE Fash‐ ion Budapest // 1092 Budapest Ráday u. 9.
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Hurricane Michael leaves massive destruction in the US More than 375,000 people were issued mandatory evacuation orders, but many defied the calls
Florida families emerged from shelters to find their neighborhoods leveled after the strongest storm since 1969 wreaked havoc. Hurricane Michael left the US state of Florida battered and bruised on Thursday, as search-and-rescue teams set to work. The storm had the lowest barometric reading of a hurricane to make landfall since 1969, making it the most intense storm to hit the continental US in half a century. Michael was also the most powerful hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle. "So many lives have been changed forever," state Governor Rick Scott said. "So many families have lost everything. ...
This hurricane was an absolute monster." So far, at least six deaths have been attributed to the storm, four of which in Florida. However, vast swaths of property still remained leveled as rescue operations continued through the day and into the night. Read more: Climate change and extreme weather: Science is proving the link Rescuers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used dogs, drones and GPS in their search efforts.
Boycott activists fined for canceled Lorde concert in Israel Two New Zealand activists were ordered to pay damages of 45,000 Israeli new shekels (€10,700; $12,400) for causing mental harm to three Israeli teenagers who had bought tickets to Lordeʼs concert. The lawsuit is considered the first ruling based on a controversial 2011 Israeli anti-boycott law that allows civil action against individuals or organizations who call for a boycott of the state of Israel. Read more: Israel music scene struggles with international boycott Foreign judgment not automatically enforceable in New
Zealand The activists, however, rejected the order to pay. "Our advice from New Zealand legal experts has been clear: Israel has no right to police the political opinions of people across the world," New Zealanders Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab said in a statement Friday. Sachs and AbuShanab said they believed the legal action was "a stunt of which the sole intention is to intimidate Israelʼs critics." They said that they would not pay the fine and would instead fundraise for a Gaza mental health organization.
Maryse Conde wins alternative award to Nobel literature prize The New Academy selected the writer from Guadeloupe as the winner of its New Prize in Literature. The global literary award was created in reaction to this yearʼs absent Nobel Prize, hit by a #MeToorelated scandal. The New Academy Prize in Literature goes to Maryse Conde, the Swedish organization announced on Friday. Kim Thuy and Neil Gaiman were also on the shortlist, as was Haruki Murakami before he withdrew his nomination, claiming he needed to focus on writing. The New Academy is a provisional self-organized group of over 100 volunteers that emerged to provide an alternative global literature prize this year, after the Swedish Academy decided it would postpone its 2018 award. The Swedish Academy, the traditional institution responsible for selecting the laureate for the Nobel Prize in Literature, decided in May that it would betaking a year off following the turmoil related to accusations of sexual assault againstJean-Claude Arnault, an influential figure in Swedenʼs cultural scene who is married to one of the Academyʼs members.
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A new exhibition celebrates 100 years of Budapest’s Gellért Hotel A recreated Baroque-style guest room, photos of the building taken during World War II and Communist-era posters reflect the history of Budapest’s most legendary hotel, the Gellért. A new exhibition at the Museum of Commerce & Catering celebrates the centenary of this institution which opened on 24 September 1918. Attached to the hotel is Budapest’s Art Nouveau Gellért Baths, whose outdoor wave pool, also illustrated at the museum, was the first of its kind in the world. Tucked away in the cobblestoned district of Óbuda, the former residence of Hungarian writer Gyula Krúdy is now home to a charming museum. Here, permanent displays include old-fashioned shop interiors illustrating the history of commerce and catering. This same building also hosts relevant seasonal exhibitions, such as the recently opened Gellért 100 to commemorate the centenary of the Gellért Hotel, a splendid Art Nouveau landmark towering above the Buda riverfront. Opened during the turmoil of World War I, during its long history, the Gellért has accommodated the likes of former US president Richard Nixon and the Dalai Lama. They both enjoyed the hotel’s fine facilities that are now brought to life through historic objects and images currently on show at the museum.
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Lindsey Vonn: US skier to retire at the end of the 2018-19 season
Three-time Olympic medallist Lindsey Vonn says she will retire at the end of the upcoming World Cup ski season. American Vonn previously said she would not retire until she broke Ingemar Stenmarkʼs all-time record of 86 World Cup victories. The 33-year-old - who won downhill Winter Olympic gold at the 2010 Games in Vancouver - has 82 but will quit the sport regardless of her final figure. "If I get it, that would be a dream come true," she toldNBC. "If I donʼt, I think Iʼve had an incredibly successful career no matter what."
Roger Federer beats Kei Nishikori in Shanghai Masters quarter-finals
Defending champion and top seed Roger Federer beat Japanʼs Kei Nishikori in a high-quality quarterfinal in the Shanghai Masters. Federer, 37, won 6-4 7-6 (7-4) against the world number 12 after coming from 4-1 down in the tie-break. The Swiss, aiming for his first Masters title since winning this event last year, will play Croatiaʼs 19th-ranked Borna Coric in Saturdayʼs semifinals. The winner will face Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev in Sundayʼs final. Coric, 21, beat 20time Grand Slam champion Federer in theHalle finalthis year. 6
London Broncos have long-term ambition to win Super League title Promoted London Broncos must have the ambition to win Super League in the future, says head coach Danny Ward. The Broncos will be back in the top flight in 2019 afterbeating Toronto Wolfpack 4-2 in the Million Pound Gameon Sunday. "We need to make it work, have a five-year plan of where we want to be," Ward told BBC Radio London. "Next year is going to be tough but we want a long-term vision to make London the best club in the country." He added: "We donʼt just want to compete in Super League, but win it. We are not there just to survive." Ward, who took charge following the departure of Andrew Henderson at the end of last season, described their victory over the Wolfpack in Canada as "one of the proudest moments" of his career. "What a performance, what a day and what an achievement - I am still on a massive high," he said on their return to England. "To lead the club into the Million Pound Game and win promotion is one of my biggest ever achievements."
Joachim Löw defends Nations League after Jürgen Klopp criticism The Germany boss says his team relish games against high-profile opponents
After Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp dismissed the Nations League as ʼsenselessʼ, Joachim Löw has leapt to the defense of the new competition. Sports Joachim Löw defends Nations League after Jürgen Klopp criticism After Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp dismissed the Nations League as ʼsenselessʼ, Joachim Löw has leapt to the defense of the new competition. The Germany boss says his team relish games against high-profile opponents. With Germany training in front of 5,000 fans in Berlin on Tuesday, ahead of Nations League trips to the Netherlands and France, Löw sang the praises of UEFAʼs new format. "For us, for me as national coach, the Nations League is a good invention," he said Tuesday in Germanyʼs capi-
tal. "Because we play against top nations, because itʼs for something. It is a competition. That is sometimes preferable to me in this phase than to play against the really small countries." Löw was reacting after Klopp revealed his disdain for the tournament, which he called "the most senseless competition in the world." The additional competition, introduced this year, replaces several friendly games but the fact that games are genuinely competetive further burdens national team players, according to Liverpoolʼs German boss: "We have to begin to think of the players," Klopp said.
Cycling Wada: Anti-doping campaigner Beckie Scott says officials tried ʼto bullyʼ her The chair of the World AntiDoping Agencyʼs (Wada) Athlete Committee says some of the organisationʼs most senior officials tried to "bully" her over her opposition to Russian reinstatement. Beckie Scott told the BBC she was "treated with disrespect" at a recent meeting and faced "inappropriate" comments and gestures from some members of Wadaʼs executive committee. The Canadian former Olympic cross-country skiing champion resigned from a Wada panel last month in
protest at its highly controversial recommendation to end the suspension of Russia from international competition after a state-sponsored doping scandal. In her first interview since stepping down, Scott said the treatment she faced was "indicative of a general attitude of dismissal and belittling of the athlete voice". In a statement, Wada admitted "tensions were running high" at last monthʼs meeting, and that the strong views on both sides of the debate "do affect the tone and atmosphere" but "the athletesʼ voice was clearly heard".