'Bad Rabbit' ransomware strikes Ukraine and Russia

A new strain of ransomware nicknamed "Bad Rabbit" has been found spreading in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere.
The malware has affected systems at three Russian websites, an airport in Ukraine and an underground railway in the capital city, Kiev.
The cyber-police chief in Ukraine confirmed to the Reuters news agency that Bad Rabbit was the ransomware in question.
It bears similarities to the WannaCry and Petya outbreaks earlier this year.
However, it is not yet known how far this new malware will be able to spread.
"In some of the companies, the work has been completely paralysed - servers and workstations are encrypted," head of Russian cyber-security firm Group-IB, Ilya Sachkov, told the TASS news agency.
Two of the affected sites are Interfax and


Ghanaian footballer who murdered his mother, sister in Italy released from prison

The Ghanaian footballer who confessed to the harrowing murder of his mother and sister in Italy just four months ago has been released from prison in Parma even though he has been declared 'socially dangerous'.

Solomon Nyantakyi was released from prison custody this week on the grounds of 'mental instability' after judges considered his medical records.

The former of Italian top-flight side Parma has now been transferred to Rems (a home for the rehabilitation mentally challenged people under tight security) in the town of Mezzani.

Solomon will be cured to be reinstated into society following the medical examination conducted by psychologist Dr Roberto Ariatti who was chosen by the prosecutors.

The 21-year-old murdered his mother Patience and sister Magdalene, who was only 11 years in July for unexplained reasons in their home in Parma.


Kenya election: Last-minute court bid to block poll

Kenya's Supreme Court will hold a last-minute hearing to decide whether the re-run of the presidential election can go ahead.

The court will hear an urgent petition by human rights activists arguing Kenya is not ready for the vote.

The election is due to take place the following day, on Thursday.
The Supreme Court in September took the unprecedented decision to annul the presidential election and demand a re-run.

Chief Justice David Maraga said the 8 August election had not been "conducted in accordance with the constitution" and declared it "invalid, null and void".

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the last-minute petition, which questions whether the electoral commission and its chairman will be able to conduct a free and fair election on Thursday.
It is asking for an entirely new election which could extend the process by months.


Taliban attacks leave 71 dead in Afghanistan

At least 71 people have been killed in a series of attacks by the Taliban in Paktia and Ghazni provinces, officials in Afghanistan say.

Of them, up to 41 people have died in a suicide bombing and gun battle, which injured 150 others, at a police training centre in Gardez city in Paktia.

At least 30 others have been killed in car bombings in neighbouring Ghazni province.

The initial double attack in Paktia occurred when fighters attacked the regional police headquarters at around 9am local time (04:30 GMT) on Tuesday in Gardez, less than 161km from the capital, Kabul.

The attackers used a truck and an armoured vehicle stolen from security forces to carry out the bomb attack, which left 41 people, including police chief Brigadier-General Toryali Abdiani, dead and more than 100 wounded, Hidayatullah Hamidi, Paktia's deputy governor, told Anadolu Agency.

Paktia casualties


Court exonerates Canadian accused of fraud by Ghanaian partner

The Court of Appeal in the United Arab Emirates has dismissed as unsubstantiated and frivolous, allegations of fraud made against a Canadian businessman by his Ghanaian partner.

The court said there was overwhelming evidence proving that Alistair Jude Mathias was totally innocent of the charges brought against him by the country’s public prosecutors, and in fact is rather owed more than USD $9.2 million.

The three-member panel held that Mr Henry Osei’s complaint which formed the basis for the charges against Mr Mathias was founded on contradictory, unproven and unsubstantiated claims.


London police probing sexual assault on UK-based Ghanaian gender activist

The police in London are investigating a case in which a UK-based Ghanaian gender activist was sexually assaulted by a man on a public train.

Dilys Sillah in an interview with said the man repeatedly rubbed himself against her but she did not suspect he had a sinister motive.

The incident happened last Monday when she was rushing home from work after she was told a close friend’s husband had passed away unexpectedly.

She said she was devastated by the news and “was not in the best frame of mind” when she boarded the train.

Ms Sillah explained that when the man first touched her, she did not realise it was intentional because the train was packed to capacity during rush hour and passengers were very close to one another.

“When you're in a crowded space you don’t think you're going to be sexually assaulted,” she said adding, "So when you're repeatedly touched or whatever, you don't immediately know what's going on."


UN Security Council finally losing patience with Myanmar

In the past four weeks over half a million Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee Myanmar to escape an orchestrated campaign of violence described by the UN as "ethnic cleansing."

But it wasn't until Thursday that the UN Security Council held its first public meeting on the situation in more than eight years. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the council that the current outbreak of violence has "spiraled into the world's fastest-developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare." "We've received bone-chilling accounts from those who fled, mainly women, children and the elderly," he said.

At least 500,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since violence intensified in late August, bringing with them stories of widespread destruction and murder in their home province.

Their forced migration constitutes the quickest exodus from a single country since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.


China to shut down North Korean companies

China has told North Korean companies operating in its territory to close down as it implements United Nations sanctions against the reclusive state.

The companies will be shut by early January. Joint Chinese and North Korean ventures will also be forced to close.

China, Pyongyang's only major ally, has already banned textile trade and limited oil exports.

The move is part of an international response to North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

The UN Security Council, of which China is a member, voted unanimously for fresh sanctions on 11 September.

China's commerce ministry said it had set a deadline of 120 days from the passing of the resolution for any North Korean companies within its borders to close.

North Korea is politically and economically isolated, and the vast majority of its trade is with China.


US air strike in Kabul hits civilians

A US air strike against militants in the Afghan capital Kabul caused civilian casualties after a missile malfunctioned, officials said.

The strike was in support of Afghan troops fighting insurgents who attacked Kabul airport with rockets shortly after US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived on a visit.

It is not clear how many civilians were killed or injured.

The US recently confirmed it would send 3,000 extra troops to Afghanistan.
"Tragically, one of the missiles malfunctioned, causing several casualties," the Nato mission in Afghanistan, known as Resolute Support, said in a statement.

"Resolute Support deeply regrets the harm to non-combatants. An investigation into the attack and the malfunctioning ammunition has begun."


Sri Lankan arrested with nearly 1kg of gold in his rectum

Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a man for allegedly trying to smuggle gold and jewellery weighing up to 1kg (2.2lb) hidden in his rectum.

Customs officials found 904 grams of gold, worth about 4.5m Sri Lankan rupees ($29,370, £21,700) inside the suspect's rectal cavity.

The 45-year-old Sri Lankan man was bound for India but was stopped at Colombo's international airport.

There have been several similar cases in past years.

Typically smugglers in the region buy gold in places like Dubai and Singapore, where it is relatively cheap, and then bring it to India to sell there at a profit.

A customs officer told BBC Sinhala they spotted the man because "he was walking suspiciously".

Metal detectors then identified the hidden luggage, "carefully packed in polythene bags and neatly inserted", according to a custom officer.


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