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  1. Apple now has an official account on Instagram. The company has been advertising their products on the popular social media platform but the company is now going to up the ante by sharing their own posts on their own account. The account is currently winning many hearts as it is sharing photos and videos taken on iPhones as part of its 'Shot on iPhone' campaign. © Instagram The Apple Instagram account has the handle you would expect because you know the company will never settle for less. You can follow them @apple (https://www.instagram.com/apple/) on Instagram, and it also verified for its authenticity. Even though Apple is a firm believer of dictating their message through their own channels, the company has now started embracing Social media, although they still need to Tweet something. © Instagram The account is currently posting a set of images and galleries taken by various photographers using iOS/Apple equipment. Apple has also been sharing interviews with some of the artists who are behind these amazing images and uses it as a voiceover track. © Instagram The description of their account is rather straight forward, it includes quotes by the photographers of the featured images in each post. Apple is also giving credit to Instagram accounts of photographers so that the world can be exposed to their work. © Instagram Apple has also invited their fans and users to share their own iPhone photography on Instagram and use the apt hashtag i.e. #ShotoniPhone. Apple had a great relationship with Instagram until the social media giant came to the Android platform. Phil Schiller abruptly shut down his account as soon as the application was available for Android smartphones. A look through the lens of iPhone users around the world. Tag #ShotoniPhone to take part. - Words and images by @koci, @itsreuben, @danilo, @_xst, @subwayhands, @marcelonava, @brockdavis, @lanadeathray, @thesdcowgirl, @inomad, @_yaisyusman_, @dawn_denfeld, @pauloctavious, @jeremysnell, @laurazazanis, @ryanpernofski, @abstractconformity, @mirafilm, @joez19, @daniil, @oli_op, @fotombo, @j9ryl, @tertiusalio, @maggiefortsonphoto, @trevorpaulhus, @rodrigomartinezfotos, @louiegraphy, @vmiura, @lfleischer, @vasjenkatro, @stevenxuex, @ianteraoka, @easonhsiung, @omidscheybani, @tamon_, @jaywilliamsphotography, @holephoto, @bigheadtaco, @mamacaxx, @aconica, @joshuakissi A post shared by apple (@apple) on Aug 7, 2017 at 5:15am PDT
  2. LONDON: A number of teams staying at one of the official London hotels of the World Athletics Championships have been affected by a stomach virus, the local organizing committee said on Monday. One of the most high-profile victims was reported to be Isaac Makwala of Botswana, one of the favourites for Tuesday's 400 meters final, who was due to race in the first round of the 200 meters on Monday but did not start. He was withdrawn due to "an unspecified medical condition" by an IAAF medical delegate, though it was not immediately confirmed if he was staying at the hotel in question. The London 2017 organisers released a statement later on Monday saying that a number of team members had reported numerous cases of gastroenteritis at their hotel. "There have been a number of cases of gastroenteritis reported by team members residing within one of the official team hotels for the World Championships," the statement said. "Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC medical staff, in addition, we have been working with Public Health England to ensure the situation is managed and contained. "As a result, further advice and guidelines have been issued to team doctors and support staff - standard procedure for such an occurrence where a number of teams are occupying championship accommodation."
  3. <p class="MsoNormal">The second episode of ‘Game Of Thrones' season 7 wasn't exactly high on adrenaline rush. While we just can't keep calm over Daenerys' aggressive narcissism and the epic conversation that follows between her and Jon, the real punch was delivered by none other than Lady Olenna, the show's official badass.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy anim-gif imwidth-500" title="Olenna's Parting Shot To Cersei Makes Her The Official GoT Badass" data-gif_image="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/lady-olenna-gif-1501510351.gif" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/lady-olenna-gif-1501510351.gif" alt="Olenna's Parting Shot To Cersei Makes Her The Official GoT Badass" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/lady-olenna-gif-1501510351.gif" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Even though Cersei takes over Highgarden, defeating House Tyrell, she couldn't win over sassy granny Olenna. Lady Tyrell has been quite a handful ever since she was introduced in the show. But her parting shot to Cersei was the most fiery comeback ever used in the show. Safe to say she is the official badass on<a href="http://www.mensxp.com/entertainment/gossip/38148-12-sassy-game-of-thrones-insults-that-are-more-savage-than-dragon-fire.html " target="_blank"> GoT.</a></p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Olenna's Parting Shot To Cersei Makes Her The Official GoT Badass" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/image1-1501510396.jpg" alt="Olenna's Parting Shot To Cersei Makes Her The Official GoT Badass" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/image1-1501510396.jpg" />(C) HBO</p> <p>Not an iota of fear on her face and not a hint of regret, she reveals to Jaime how she got his son Joffery killed on his wedding day. “I want her to know it was me,” she says with satisfaction writ all over her face. What a way to go!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Mic drop!</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">You may have killed me, but I killed your son. Peace. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameofThrones?src=hash">#GameofThrones</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThronesYall?src=hash">#ThronesYall</a> <a href="https://t.co/whwD66mE3M">pic.twitter.com/whwD66mE3M</a></p> — Emily (@ejweeks) <a href="https://twitter.com/ejweeks/status/891841711340748800">July 31, 2017</a> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Even though she receives the kindest death on ‘Game of Thrones', she manages to be turn the tables on her murderer. Jaime bragging about how he talked Cersei out of giving Olenna a cruel death is the most ironic fails on the show.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Best farewell speech eva!</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Episode: Anyone have any last words?<br /><br />Lady Olenna: I've got a few.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameOfThrones?src=hash">#GameOfThrones</a> <a href="https://t.co/90wh0NKSvC">pic.twitter.com/90wh0NKSvC</a></p> — Penelope ðë¿ð³ð (@dailyunnie) <a href="https://twitter.com/dailyunnie/status/891883624584237056">July 31, 2017</a> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Cersei's got competition</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Cersei: Nobody could execute a more vicious revenge than me.<br /><br />Olenna: Hold my glass of poisoned wine. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameOfThrones?src=hash">#GameOfThrones</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gots7?src=hash">#gots7</a></p> — GoT Things (@GoTthings_) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoTthings_/status/891864413543833600">July 31, 2017</a> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">That's how you make your enemies see red</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Olenna: So this will b a super chill death?<br />Jamie: Totes<br />Olenna: *chugs poison* I killed ur son, pass it on.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameOfThrones?src=hash">#GameOfThrones</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DemThrones?src=hash">#DemThrones</a> <br />Me: <a href="https://t.co/S4lrYJGiFn">pic.twitter.com/S4lrYJGiFn</a></p> — Alaina Urquhart (@AlainaToTheMax) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlainaToTheMax/status/891872038314553345">July 31, 2017</a> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Throwback to the time when she throws shade on Cersei</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">RIP Olenna Tyrell. I will remember you like this. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameOfThrones?src=hash">#GameOfThrones</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameOfThones7?src=hash">#GameOfThones7</a> <a href="https://t.co/6DgMjnc1b1">pic.twitter.com/6DgMjnc1b1</a></p> — Veinor (@_Veinor) <a href="https://twitter.com/_Veinor/status/891842587635707905">July 31, 2017</a> <p>That's right</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The true savage in the 7 kingdoms ð <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameofThrones?src=hash">#GameofThrones</a> <a href="https://t.co/WFagvBddl0">pic.twitter.com/WFagvBddl0</a></p> — Game of Thrones (@ItsGoTQuote) <a href="https://twitter.com/ItsGoTQuote/status/891970194272333824">July 31, 2017</a> <p>Tell them I had the last word</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Talking smack straight to the grave. Rest in shade, Lady Olenna. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameOfThrones?src=hash">#GameOfThrones</a> <a href="https://t.co/Upc7Bj0fqX">pic.twitter.com/Upc7Bj0fqX</a></p> — Michelle Romano (@michellleromano) <a href="https://twitter.com/michellleromano/status/891842934815035394">July 31, 2017</a> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Lady Olenna went down like the OG she is, petty and to the point. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameofThrones?src=hash">#GameofThrones</a> ðð¾ <a href="https://t.co/STKgXLCd4D">pic.twitter.com/STKgXLCd4D</a></p> — Alisa D. (@AlisaD_77) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlisaD_77/status/891857890537074694">July 31, 2017</a> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy anim-gif imwidth-500" title="Olenna's Parting Shot To Cersei Makes Her The Official GoT Badass " data-gif_image="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/olenna-1501510931.gif" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/olenna-1501510931.gif" alt="Olenna's Parting Shot To Cersei Makes Her The Official GoT Badass " src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/olenna-1501510931.gif" /></p>
  4. Israeli security forces stand by as Palestinian worshippers gather to pray in the old city of Jerusalem on July 26, 2017. Photo: AFP JERUSALEM: A top Muslim official said Thursday worshippers should maintain a boycott of a sensitive Jerusalem holy site until an inspection has been completed after Israel removed more new security installations overnight. Sheikh Omar Kiswani, director of the Al-Aqsa mosque, joined Palestinian celebrations outside the compound in the early hours of Thursday after Israel removed the installations. He was lifted onto the shoulders of joyous Palestinians and given a microphone, then said: "Don´t rush my brothers to enter. "Do not enter until after there is confirmation from the technical committee," he said, referring to a committee of Muslim officials inspecting the mosque compound, which is also holy to Jews. A meeting was expected to be held on Thursday morning and a decision may be announced afterwards. A tense standoff has been underway between Israel and Muslim worshippers at the holy site despite the removal of metal detectors on Tuesday, with concerns of major unrest later this week if no resolution is found. Newly installed railings and scaffolding where cameras were previously mounted had also been removed early on Thursday from at least one main entrance to the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, an AFP journalist reported. The compound encompasses the revered Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The crowds grew larger overnight, with some holding up a large Palestinian flag outside Jerusalem´s Old City. Israel installed the new security measures after an attack nearby that killed two policemen on July 14. Muslims have refused to enter the site and have prayed in the streets outside for more than a week after Israel installed the new security measures. Palestinians view the move as Israel asserting further control over the site. Israeli authorities said the metal detectors were needed because the July 14 attackers smuggled guns into the site and emerged from it to attack the officers. Deadly unrest has erupted since the new measures were introduced, with clashes breaking out around the compound and in the occupied West Bank, leaving five Palestinians dead. A Palestinian also broke into a home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank last week and stabbed four Israelis, killing three of them.
  5. A US Navy ship fired warning shots when an Iranian vessel in the Gulf came within 150 yards (137 meters) on Tuesday in the first such incident since President Donald Trump took office in January, a US official told Reuters. The last major incident was earlier in January, though there have been other instances when a US vessel fired a flare and another event in March when a US Navy ship was forced to change course after multiple fast-attack vessels from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard came too close. The US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Thunderbolt fired the warning shots after the Iranian vessel approached at a high rate of speed and ignored radio calls, flares and the ship´s whistle. The Thunderbolt was accompanied by several US Coast Guard vessels. The Iranian vessel appeared to be from Iran´s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the official said, adding that it was armed but that the weapons were unmanned. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iranian Foreign Ministry could not immediately be reached for comment. Years of mutual animosity had eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran last year as part of a deal to curb Iran´s nuclear ambitions. But serious differences remain over Iran´s ballistic missile program and conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The Trump administration, which has struck a hard line on Iran, recently declared that Iran was complying with its nuclear agreement with world powers, but warned that Tehran was not following the spirit of the accord and that Washington would look for ways to strengthen it. During the presidential campaign last September, Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harass the US Navy in the Gulf would be "shot out of the water." Such incidents occur occasionally. In January, a US Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait of Hormuz after they closed in at high speed and disregarded repeated requests to slow down.
  6. Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Sulaimania, IRAQ: A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed. "Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 percent he is alive," Lahur Talabany told Reuters in an interview. "Don't forget his roots go back to al Qaeda days in Iraq. He was hiding from security services. He knows what he is doing." Iraqi security forces have ended three years of Daesh rule in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and the group is under growing pressure in Raqqa - both strongholds in the militants' crumbling self-proclaimed caliphate. Still, Talabany said Daesh was shifting tactics despite low morale and it would take three or four years to eliminate the group. After defeat, Daesh would wage an insurgency and resemble al-Qaeda on "steroids", he said. The future leaders of Daesh were expected to be intelligence officers who served under former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the men credited with devising the group's strategy.
  7. LOS ANGELES: Corrupt football official-turned-whistleblower Chuck Blazer, whose evidence helped trigger the FIFA bribery scandal, died Wednesday, his lawyers said. Blazer, who was banned for life from all football activities for corruption in 2015, had been battling cancer up to his death. He was 72. "We are truly saddened by the passing of our client and friend, Chuck Blazer," his lawyers said in a statement to AFP. "His misconduct, for which he accepted full responsibility, should not obscure Chuck´s positive impact on international soccer," the statement added. The bearded, hulking football official was a pivotal figure in the corruption scandal which convulsed FIFA in 2015 and ultimately led to the downfall of former supremo Sepp Blatter. Yet for years Blazer himself was seen as emblematic of the worst excesses of FIFA during the Blatter era, unapologetically pocketing millions to fund a luxurious, globe-trotting VIP lifestyle. His notorious excesses included an $18,000-a-month apartment in Trump Tower in New York -- and a separate $6,000 unit in the same building just to keep his mob of unruly cats. Blazer had pleaded guilty in 2013 to charges of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion as part of a web of corruption that spanned multiple decades. "Chuck felt profound sorrow and regret for his actions," his attorneys said Wednesday. "He expressed sincere remorse towards his former constituents and colleagues, and to all of the soccer players and fans disappointed by his conduct." While FIFA banned Blazer in 2015, he had in fact cut a deal to work with investigators years earlier, taking recording devices into meetings to help build a case against corrupt officials across the globe. ´Mr Ten Percent´ Blazer had risen to power through his work with CONCACAF, the ruling body for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, where he served as general secretary from 1990 until 2011. He was a powerful member of FIFA´s corruption-tainted Executive Committee from 1996 to April 2013, when he was succeeded by US Soccer´s Sunil Gulati. Blazer notoriously trousered vast earnings during his years as a football powerbroker, with one estimate suggesting he raked in millions to fund his extravagant lifestyle. A 2013 report by CONCACAF´s integrity committee said Blazer had received more than $20.6 million in commissions, fees and rental payments from the organisation between 1996 to 2011. Blazer was famous for posing with his blue and green parrot Between 2004 and 2011, some $26 million of CONCACAF expenses were charged to his personal American Express account. He was a close confidante of former CONCACAF President Jack Warner, who is also facing charges in the United States related to the scandal. Blazer was nicknamed "Mr Ten Percent" due to an arrangement he had with CONCACAF which granted him 10 percent of the regional confederation´s revenues. Blazer was unrepentant about the sums directed his way, however, insisting they were just reward for his work in helping to build the profile of football in the CONCACAF region. "I´m perfectly satisfied that I did an excellent job," Blazer once said about his sweetheart deal with CONCACAF. "I spent 21 years building the confederation and its competitions and its revenues and I´m the one responsible for its good levels of income." Opulent lifestyle: for cats However the opulent trappings of his office became ever more blatant. During his tenure as one of football´s senior chieftains, Blazer kept a blog -- "Travels with Chuck Blazer and Friends" -- dedicated to chronicling his brushes with celebrities and world leaders, posing with the likes of Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela and Miss Universe. Yet his luck ran out when he attempted to conceal his true level of income after failing to file tax returns between 2005 and 2010. According to one account, Blazer was arrested in New York by an FBI agent and an Internal Revenue Service official in 2011 as he trundled along on a mobility scooter to a favorite Manhattan restaurant, the now-defunct celebrity hangout Elaine´s. "We can take you away in handcuffs now or you can cooperate," Blazer was reportedly told.
  8. PTI Chairman Imran Khan addressing an event in Chitral. Photo: Geo News CHITRAL: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan criticised the ?buildup? to Maryam Nawaz?s appearance before the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) today. Addressing an event in Chitral, the PTI chief said they [Sharif family members] are being called in a criminal investigation in light of the April 20 Supreme Court judgment. ?She?s a normal citizen but 2,500 security personnel were deployed to give her security,? he said, adding that they all consider themselves members of a royal family. Security personnel outside the judicial academy prior to Maryam's arrival. Photo: Azaz Syed/Geo He also criticised the politics of family dynasties in Pakistan, referring to the Pakistan Peoples Party and Awami National Party as well ?whose next of kin are in line to take the throne?. In the rest of the world people do not know the names of the children of prime ministers and presidents, he explained. ?When you end rule of law in a country, society is destroyed,? he claimed. Referring to the premier?s son Hasan Nawaz?s recent comments wondering why he has been called thrice by the JIT, Imran said ?you were called because you were a student a few years ago and are now living on a property worth billions of rupees?. ?When they?re asked about the money trail they raise a hue and cry,? he added. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/3f578c9ae209d7534e9504ce1250d819.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny81LzIwMTcgMTA6Mjk6MzYgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1WUXZzTXVXNXc2bUFjbnJZcVNmYUxnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Talking about the lack of meritocracy in the country, Imran said a merit-based system will strengthen democracy. It is our mission to ensure merit in country, he stated. Referring to the lynching of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan student Mashal Khan on April 13, Imran said Mashal was killed because he questioned the political appointments in his varsity [and not over blasphemy allegations]. In a series of tweets earlier, Imran voiced his criticism of Maryam "getting official protocol with police saluting". The officer in question was reportedly SP Arsala Saleem, who was specially deputed in light of Maryam's summoning at the JIT. A Geo News screen grab of the police officer saluting Maryam Nawaz on her arrival. Responding the Imran Khan's comments, State Interior Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said in a statement that no official protocol was given to the premier's daughter during her visit to the judicial academy. She said Maryam Nawaz reached the site in private vehicles of the Sharif family. "Imran Khan should explain under which capacity he uses the helicopter of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, and why he is [running away] from the courts," the statement quoted the minister.
  9. Police officer seen saluting Maryam Nawaz Sharif as she arrived at the Federal Judicial Academy - Geo News screen grab ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday voiced his criticism of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif "getting official protocol with police saluting" as she made her way to appear before the Panama Case Joint Investigation Team (JIT). Prior to Maryam Nawaz?s arrival at the Federal Judicial Academy, the Islamabad Police extended the security perimeter and deployed more than 2,500 personnel. Maryam reached the Federal Judicial Academy accompanied by her family members and senior government officials.
  10. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz MANAGUA: A fishing boat with 13 people on board has disappeared in the Caribbean off Nicaragua, authorities said Tuesday. The Miss Johana Betsy set off on June 29 from the Corn Islands, a Nicaraguan territory, Edward Jackson of the country's fisheries authority was quoted as saying by state media. They said the Navy and four fishing boats were preparing to start searching for the vessel. In January 2016, 13 Costa Rican tourists died when a passenger's vessel sank off the Corn Islands. In July 2016, authorities rescued 61 people from a fishing boat that sank in Nicaraguan waters in the Caribbean.
  11. Image courtesy: Voice of Europe Twitter account (@V_of_Europe) TOULOUSE: One person was shot dead and six others injured ? two seriously ? when a gunman opened fire in the southern French city of Toulouse late Monday, a local source said. Local press reported that a gunman on a scooter opened fire at around 9:00 PM (12:00 AM PST, Tuesday) in the La Reynerie district of Toulouse. "No possibilities are ruled out, but there is at this stage no indication of any terrorist element" connected to the incident, the official added. The favoured theory is that the shooting was some revenge killing, a source close to the enquiry said. Local officials, meanwhile, said extra security had been deployed to the area.
  12. When it comes to editing pictures, Photoshop is the unchallenged ruler that can make or break any f**king image and turn it into an art piece or just a piece. However, cropping the images or making subtle changes here and there, does not really bring out the magic that Photoshop contains in it, hilarious memes do that. We are sure even the developers didn't anticipate that Photoshop will be put to such a good use. However, you need someone influential to fuel the virality of your meme. Earlier, eminent personalities like PM Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump acted as fodder; this time around it was French President Emmanuel Macron who became the latest target of the trolls. But, we aren't really complaining, we are actually loving the creativity of these people. Portrait officiel. pic.twitter.com/fAhSZJvPa5 — Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 29, 2017 On one hand where Macron confidently posed for his official portrait, Twitteratis were busy trolling the picture that literally had ‘crop me' written all over it! Here are some of the most brutal and hilarious tweets. We guess Jack loves France more than he loves Rose. Eh ben on commence en douceur ahah#PoseTonMacron pic.twitter.com/yycBfuf4D5 — Kiking (@LeMendibilien) June 29, 2017 We can do it boys, we can do it. #PoseTonMacron pic.twitter.com/A0oqnAqsZn — airwone17 (@airwone17) June 29, 2017 They actually make a cool pair. #PoseTonMacron @topito_com Macron In Black pic.twitter.com/ArV3rHBIaF — Max B (@MaxBook59) June 29, 2017 And we can never see Foosball in the same light again! pic.twitter.com/0lS6p99Gx1 — JuCarnon (@JuCarnon) June 29, 2017 France is way ahead of its time with their latest Fidget Spinner. Le macron spinner, pour calmer nos nerfs pendant la réforme du code du travail. pic.twitter.com/2yin9qZskz — Freud_is_alive (@Freud_is_alive) June 29, 2017 The Mat…Macrox Alors, pilule rouge ou pilule bleue? #PoseTonMacron@topito_com pic.twitter.com/Rogx0pgLAG — Dr. Twisto (@balloo67) June 29, 2017 Ugh, one Pina Colada please! Ivre, la photo officielle d'@EmmanuelMacron by night. (par @julibelluIe_) pic.twitter.com/X6ybr5zQsG — IvreVirgule (@IvreVirgule) June 29, 2017 All hail Captain French! Captain French ! pic.twitter.com/nuxD2kR59W — Thaiv (@Gregoire_bzh) June 29, 2017 Fitness goals anyone… .@topito_com on en est où ? #PortraitOfficiel pic.twitter.com/EefAUnR8RW — Ronan (@RonanTopito) June 29, 2017 And their Gold medal is confirmed now! On va pas à la salle, nous ? pic.twitter.com/UVMUXgApyx — Franck (@franckb22) June 29, 2017
  13. The primary target of a crippling computer virus that spread from Ukraine across the world this week is highly likely to have been that country's computer infrastructure, a top Ukrainian police official told Reuters on Thursday. Cyber security firms are trying to piece together who was behind the computer worm, dubbed NotPetya by some experts, which has paralyzed thousands of machines worldwide, shutting down ports, factories, and offices as it spread through internal organizational networks to an estimated 60 countries. Ukrainian politicians were quick on Tuesday to blame Russia, but a Kremlin spokesman dismissed "unfounded blanket accusations". Kiev has accused Moscow of two previous cyber strikes on the Ukrainian power grid and other attacks since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. A growing consensus among security researchers, armed with technical evidence, suggests the main purpose of the attack was to install new malware on computers at government and commercial organizations in Ukraine. Rather than extortion, the goal may be to plant the seeds of future sabotage, experts said. International firms appear to have been hit through their operations in the country. Slovakian security software firm ESET released statistics on Thursday showing 75 percent of the infections detected among its global customer base were in Ukraine, and that all of the top 10 countries hit were located in central, eastern or southern Europe. Arne Schoenbohm, president of BSI, Germany's Federal cyber security agency, told Reuters in an interview on Thursday that most of the damage from the attack had hit Ukraine, and Russia to a lesser extent, with only a few dozen German firms, affected. "In all of the known cases, the companies were first infected through a Ukrainian subsidiary," the German official said. SMOKESCREEN Ukraine's cyber police said in a statement on Thursday morning that it had received 1,500 requests for help from individuals and companies in connection with the virus. The malicious code in the new virus encrypted data on computers and demanded victims pay a $300 ransom, similar to the extortion tactic used in a global WannaCry ransomware attack in May. A top Ukrainian police official told Reuters that the extortion demands were likely a smokescreen, echoing working hypotheses from top cyber security firms, who consider NotPetya a "wiper", or tool for destroying data and wiping hard disks clean, that is disguised as ransomware. "Since the virus was modified to encrypt all data and make decryption impossible, the likelihood of it being done to install new malware is high," the official, who declined to be identified, wrote in a phone text message to Reuters. Information Systems Security Partners (ISSP), a Kiev-based cyber research firm that has investigated previous cyber attacks against Ukraine, is pursuing the same line of inquiry. ISSP said that given that few people actually paid the $300 demanded removing the virus, money was unlikely to be the primary object of the attack. "It's highly likely that during this attack new attacks were set up," said ISSP chairman Oleg Derevianko. "At almost all organizations whose network domains were infected, not all computers went offline," he said by phone. "Why didn't they all go offline? We are trying to understand what they might have left on those machines that weren't hit." Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said the virus was first and foremost spread through an update issued by accounting services and business management software. "Also involved was the hosting service of an internet provider, which the SBU (Ukraine's state security service) has already questioned about cooperation with Russian intelligence agencies," he said, according to a statement. DESTRUCTIVE INTENT Technical experts familiar with the recent history of the cyber escalation between Russia and Ukraine, say these latest attacks are part of the wider political and military conflict, although no "smoking gun" has been found to identify the culprits. John Hultquist, a cyber intelligence analyst with FireEye, said the failed ransomware attack disguises an as yet unseen destructive motive. "If it were an attack masquerading as crime, that would not be unprecedented at all," Hultquist said. Some cyber security researchers have said the fact that the Kremlin's two flagship energy companies are victims of the attack could suggest Moscow was not behind it. Russian oil major Rosneft was one of the first companies to reveal it had been compromised by the virus and sources told Reuters on Thursday computers at state gas giant Gazprom had also been infected. For technical reasons, NotPetya appears to be more targeted than last month's global ransomware attack, known as WannaCry. When first infected by WannaCry, computers scanned the internet globally for other vulnerable machines. By contrast, NotPetya does not randomly scan the Internet to find new computers to infect. It only spreads itself inside organizational networks, taking advantage of a variety of legitimate network administration tools. This makes it far harder for anti-virus software or network security technicians to detect. It also gives it the capacity to infect other Windows computers, even those with the latest security patches, several security firms warned on Thursday. "Petya is proving to be more sophisticated than WannaCry in terms of scope, ability to be neutralized, and apparently, the motivation behind its launch," corporate security consulting firm Kroll has advised its clients. So far, NotPetya appears only to have been distributed inside Ukraine via a handful of so-called "watering hole attacks" - by piggy-backing on the software updating feature of a popular national tax accounting program known as MEDoc. Kaspersky, a global cyber security firm based in Russia, also said they found a second distribution point on a local news site in the city of Bakhmut, Ukraine, which infected visitors who clicked on the site with the ransomware-like attack. "Our analysis indicates the main purpose of the attack was not financial gain, but widespread destruction," said Costin Raiu, Kaspersky?s global head of research. "NotPetya ..combined elements of a targeted watering hole attack we?ve traditionally seen used by nation states with traditional software exploitation to devastate a specific user base," Lesley Carhart, a Chicago-based security researcher, wrote in a blog widely shared online by top security experts.
  14. A senior Saudi official on Thursday denied as "baseless" a New York Times report that Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been confined to his palace and barred from travelling abroad after being replaced by the king´s son as next in line to the throne. The official told Reuters that Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran interior minister, was continuing to host guests and there were no restrictions at all on his or his family´s movements. Mohammed bin Nayef, who was admired in Washington for quashing an al Qaeda insurgency in the kingdom between 2003 and 2006, was relieved of all his duties a week ago. In his place as Crown Prince, King Salman appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman who also serves as defence minister and leads an ambitious reform agenda to end Saudi Arabia´s over-reliance on oil. Mohammed bin Salman´s promotion ended two years of speculation about a behind-the-scenes rivalry near the pinnacle of royal power, but analysts said he still has to win over powerful relatives, clerics and tribesmen. The New York Times, citing four current and former American officials and Saudis close to the royal family, said Mohammed bin Nayef has been "barred from leaving the kingdom and confined to his palace" in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. Reuters could not reach Mohammed bin Nayef for comment. But the senior Saudi official expressed shock at the report, which he described as a "fabricated story" and suggested that Mohammed bin Nayef may seek legal action against the newspaper. "What was published by the New York Times is untrue, completely false, and baseless," the official told Reuters, responding to a question on the New York Times report. "His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and his family is moving freely and hosting his guests unrestrictedly. Nothing has changed for Prince Mohammed, except for stepping down from his government positions," the official said. "He hosts guests and leaves his house on a daily basis since he has stepped down. Further, there are no restrictions on his movement whatsoever, either in or outside of Saudi Arabia." Although Mohammed bin Salman´s promotion to crown prince had long been expected among those who follow the royal family closely, the timing was a surprise, and puts the kingdom´s future in relatively untested hands. The promotion proceeded smoothly, with royal family members, senior officials and clerics participating in a traditional ceremony held in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in which they pledged allegiance to the new crown prince. Saudi state media, eager to show the change was going smoothly, repeatedly broadcast footage of the young Mohammed bin Salman kissing the hand of Mohammed bin Nayef, as his older cousin offered him congratulations. The Saudi official said Mohammed bin Nayef was "entitled to bring legal action against the newspaper and anyone who defames his reputation by publishing such false news about him".
  15. What do Leonardo da Vinci, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Paul McCartney and Neil Armstrong have in common? Well, not much I think, except for the fact that all of them were/are exceptionally gifted and also every single one of them is/was left handed. Seems like a coincidence, but according to a study carried out by IFL Science, it might not be. IFL Science assessed this very connection in order to find out whether the age-old myth of left-handed people being smarter actually had any truth in it or not. © Twitter According to the study, since hand preference is a manifestation of brain function, it is, therefore, directly linked to cognition. They say that: "Left-handers exhibit, on average, a more developed right brain hemisphere, which is specialised for processes such as spatial reasoning and the ability to rotate mental representations of objects." Wait, there's more. In left-handed people, the bundle of nerve cells that connects the two hemispheres of the brain – otherwise known as the corpus callosum – tends to be larger than in their right-handed counterparts. The increased connectivity provides left-handed people a better ability to process information. © Twitter But, scientists are still unsure on why this increase in connectivity even occurs. One belief is that since the world is primarily geared towards right-handed people, making left-handed people use both hands, resulting in a greater linking between the two sides of the brain. There's no proof, though. It's just a theory, and if, in fact, it is true, then we can all become more efficient and achieve heightened information processing abilities by just training ourselves to become ambidextrous. When talking about this topic, something that always comes up is a relation between handedness and mathematical skill. To gather some reliable results, IFL Science conducted a series of experiments on 2,300 students, varying in terms of difficulty and type of mathematical test. © Twitter The students were asked to complete a specifically designed questionnaire in order to assess to what degree they used each of their hands for different activities; things like drawing, eating, throwing and others. In an attempt to get more 'reliable and powerful statistical models', each individual's preference for using each of their hands was measured. Well, right-handed people, there's some bad news for you, because left-handed people out-performed them in the most difficult tasks and easier tasks, showing no significant difference in performance. © Twitter In short, when it comes to tricky maths puzzles and problem-solving, lefties definitely have the edge. At least, according to this study. But, there's no proof of them being geniuses, though.
  16. A mosque is seen alone a coastline in Doha, Qatar, June 15, 2017/Reuters DUBAI: Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said. The demands aimed at ending the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years appear designed to quash a two decade-old foreign policy in which Qatar has punched well above its weight, striding the stage as a peace broker, often in conflicts in Muslim lands. Doha's independent-minded approach, including a dovish line on Iran and support for groups, in particular the Muslim Brotherhood, has incensed some of its neighbours who see the approach as a threat to their dynastic rule. The list, compiled by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain, which cut economic, diplomatic and travel ties to Doha on June 5, also demands the closing of a Turkish military base in Qatar, the official told Reuters. Qatar must also announce it is severing ties with terrorist, ideological and sectarian organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood, Daesh, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly al Qaeda's branch in Syria, he said, and surrender all designated terrorists on its territory, Qatar won't negotiate under boycott The four Arab countries accuse Qatar of funding terrorism, fomenting regional instability and cozying up to Iran. Qatar has denied the accusations. Qatari officials did not reply immediately to requests for comment. But on Monday, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said Qatar would not negotiate with the four states unless they lifted their measures against Doha. The countries give Doha 10 days to comply, failing which the list becomes "void", the official said without elaborating, suggesting the offer to end the dispute in return for the 13 steps would no longer be on the table. The demands, handed to Qatar by mediator Kuwait also require that Qatar stop interfering in the four countries' domestic and foreign affairs and stop a practice of giving Qatari nationality to citizens of the four countries, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. US State Department questions Gulf motives on Qatar boycott The State Department said it was Qatar must pay reparations to these countries for any damage or costs incurred over the past few years because of Qatari policies, he added. Any resulting agreement to comply with the demands will be monitored, with monthly reports in the first year, then every three months the next year, then annually for 10 years, the official said without elaborating. US President Donald Trump has taken a tough stance on Qatar, accusing it of being a "high level" sponsor of terrorism, but he has also offered help to the parties in the dispute to resolve their differences. Turkey has backed Qatar during the three-week-old crisis. It sent its first ship carrying food aid to Qatar and dispatched a small contingent of soldiers and armored vehicles there on Thursday, while President Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Saudi Arabia's leaders on calming tension in the region.
  17. ANKARA: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has arrived in Turkey on an official visit, an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said on Tuesday. On arrival, COAS visited Ataturk Mausoleum and laid floral wreath to pay homage to the father of Turkish nation and penned down his respects on the visitor?s book. COAS visited Turkish Land Force Headquarters where he was received by General Salih Zeki Çolak, Commander Turkish Land Forces and was presented guard of honour. At the Turkish Land Force Headquarters, COAS was briefed on the regional security situation as well as the Turkish Land Forces and their various undertakings in field of training, defence production and peacekeeping operations. ISPR said that COAS was awarded the Legion of Merit in a simple and graceful ceremony in recognition of his services for promotion of Pakistan-Turkey defence ties. Speaking on the occasion, COAS underscored the special place that Turkey enjoys in the hearts of all Pakistanis. He dedicated the award to the Shuhada of both Pakistani and Turkish Armed Forces. Later, COAS called on chief of Turkish General Staff, General Hulusi Akar and discussed matters related to regional security and the role Armed Forces of both countries play towards peace and stability. The two military leaders agreed to further enhance defence cooperation in multiple fields. Turkish military leadership was greatly appreciative of the role Pakistan Army plays against terrorism as well as in peace keeping operations and as a factor of stability in a very volatile region.
  18. Photo: File Paris police on Monday said they were dealing with an incident on the Champs Elysees in the city centre as a Reuters witness saw officers cordon off an area near the avenue and close to the presidential Elysee palace. The announcement on a police Twitter account advised the public to avoid the area, and came after people took to social media to report that a car had caught fire in the area.
  19. PTI chief Imran Khan speaks to media in Lahore on Sunday. ? Geo News screengrab LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan Sunday claimed that former deputy director of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Inamur Rehman has "evidence of money laundering against Sharif family and there are threats to his life". Speaking to media here, the PTI chief said that Rehman made revelations about Huddaibiya Paper Mills and Sharif family, and the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) should summon him. "Those loyal to the Godfather are threatening the former FIA official," he said, calling for providing security to Rehman. The PTI chairman criticised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif, for telling they never did any corruption. He said that Inamur Rehman must present that evidence before the JIT, adding that money laundering and kickbacks have exposed Sharif family. Khan reiterated that the prime minister should step down, for the institutions are under him. Speaking earlier at a fundraiser for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital (SKMH), the PTI chairman said the hospital has been treating 75 per cent patients free of cost and there's no VIP ward in it. The SKMH does not discriminate among patients, he added.
  20. ISLAMABAD: Shahid Aslam ? the Project Director of the city's new airport ? has allegedly gone missing, Geo News reported. Aslam, who left home at 8:30 PM the previous night, has still not returned 24 hours later, a report filed by the official's brother-in-law in the Margalla police station revealed. Report of missing person was filed by Aslam's brother-in-law late Friday night. It is noteworthy that both of Aslam's phones appear to have been powered off, Geo News said. Security officials stated that his unusual disappearance is now under investigation.
  21. RAWALPINDI: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat during his second day of the official visit to China, called on Air Marshal Xu Qilian, Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission. Matters related to prevailing strategic environment and bilateral defence and security cooperation were discussed during the meeting. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), General Zubair Mahmood Hayat also called on Mr Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman Chinese People's Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Mr Meng Jianzhou, Secretary of Political and Judiciary Commission and Mr Tang Dengjie, Administrator of State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND). During these meetings, both sides resolved to stand together as Iron Brothers during current and emerging scenarios. CJCSC also had an interaction with Chinese Think Tanks, "China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations", "Academy of Military Sciences" and "China Institute for International Strategic Studies?. CJCSC dilated upon emerging security challenges and response strategies both at regional and global level.
  22. Negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union will begin between British and EU officials on Monday, the British government said in a statement. "The first round of talks that will see the United Kingdom leave the European Union will start on Monday June 19," the Department for Exiting the European Union ministry said on Thursday. The announcement was agreed on Thursday between Brexit minister David Davis and the European Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, the ministry said. Britain voted by 52 percent in favour of leaving the European Union in a referendum last year. Prime Minister Theresa May in March formally notified the EU of its intention to leave, starting a two-year timetable for negotiating the exit. Britain will be the first member state ever to leave the bloc. Negotiations had been expected to begin next week but May's loss of her parliamentary majority in a general election last week raised doubts about the date. She has since said the timetable will remain unchanged but there is growing pressure on her to moderate the government's approach and favour maintaining close ties with the European single market.
  23. US President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. File Photo: Reuters US President Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a US official told Reuters on Tuesday, opening the door for future troop increases requested by the US commander. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no immediate decision had been made about the troop levels, which are now set at about 8,400. The Pentagon declined to comment. The decision is similar to one announced in April that applied to US troop levels in Iraq and Syria, and came as Mattis warned Congress the US-backed Afghan forces were not beating the Taliban despite more than 15 years of war. "We are not winning in Afghanistan right now," Mattis said in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier on Tuesday. "And we will correct this as soon as possible." Mattis said the Taliban were "surging" at the moment, something he said he intended to address. US Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., US, June 13, 2017. Photo: Reuters A former US official said such a decision might allow the White House to argue that it was not micromanaging as much as the administration of former President Barack Obama was sometimes accused of doing. Critics say delegating too much authority to the military does not shield Trump from political responsibility during battlefield setbacks and could reduce the chances for diplomats to warn of potential blowback from military decisions. It has been four months since Army General John Nicholson, who leads US and international forces in Afghanistan, said he needed "a few thousand" additional forces, some potentially drawn from US allies. Current and former US officials say discussions revolve around adding 3,000 to 5,000 troops. Those forces are expected to be largely comprised of trainers to support Afghan forces, as well as air crews. Deliberations include giving more authority to forces on the ground and taking more aggressive action against Taliban fighters. Some US officials have questioned the benefit of sending more troops to Afghanistan because any politically palatable number would not be enough to turn the tide, much less create stability and security. To date, more than 2,300 Americans have been killed and more than 17,000 wounded since the war began in 2001. Any increase of several thousand troops would leave American forces in Afghanistan well below their 2011 peak of more than 100,000 troops. The Afghan government was assessed by the US military to control or influence just 59.7 percent of Afghanistan's 407 districts as of Feb. 20, a nearly 11 percentage-point decrease from the same time in 2016, according to data released by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. A truck bomb explosion in Kabul last month killed more than 150 people, making it the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since the Taliban were ousted in 2001 by a NATO-led coalition after ruling the country for five years. On Saturday, three US soldiers were killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan. The broader regional US strategy for Afghanistan remains unclear. Mattis promised on Tuesday to brief lawmakers on a new war strategy by mid-July that is widely expected to call for thousands more US troops. Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Armed Forces Committee, pressed Mattis on the deteriorating situation during the Tuesday hearing, saying the United States had an urgent need for "a change in strategy, and an increase in resources if we are to turn the situation around." "We recognise the need for urgency," Mattis said.
  24. JALALABAD: Three Afghan civilians were killed early on Monday morning when American troops opened fire after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, an official in eastern Nangarhar province said. A man and his two sons were killed in their house in Ghani Khel, a district in the south of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesperson for the provincial governor. "After the bomb blast hit them, the American forces then started shooting and killed one man and two children nearby," he said. The US military command in Kabul said it was investigating the reports. Civilian casualties have been running at near record highs as fighting spreads to more areas of Afghanistan, according to the United Nations. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani generally has been less vocal than his predecessor, Hamid Karzai, in publicly criticising the US military when troops are involved in incidents where civilians are killed. On Saturday, three American soldiers were killed and one wounded when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in Nangarhar, where elite US troops have been helping Afghan forces battle Daesh militants. Also over the weekend, an American air strike in southern Afghanistan killed at least three Afghan policemen and wounded several others during a joint operation by Afghan and US special forces. The US and Afghan troops have been battling militants in Nangarhar province for months. Daesh in Afghanistan, has established a stronghold in the region, which borders Pakistan. US military officials estimate there are about 600 to 800 Daesh fighters in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar, but also in the neighbouring province of Kunar. The increase in involvement by US troops and warplanes comes as US President Donald Trump's administration weighs whether to deploy more troops in the war-torn country. Reuters reported in late April that the US administration was carrying out a review of Afghanistan and there were conversations over whether to send between 3,000 and 5,000 US and coalition troops to Afghanistan. Deliberations include giving more authority to forces on the ground and taking more aggressive action against Taliban fighters. This could allow US advisers to work with Afghan troops below the corps level, potentially putting them closer to fighting, a US official said.
  25. TEHRAN: The attackers who stormed Tehran´s parliament complex and the revolutionary leader´s shrine on Wednesday were Iranian nationals who had joined Daesh, a top official said. The six attackers "were Iranian and joined Daesh from some parts of Iran," said Reza Seifollahi, deputy secretary of Iran´s Supreme National Security Council, on state TV late Wednesday. 13 killed after militants strike heart of Tehran, Iran blames Saudis Attackers entered Iranian parliament and started shooting; another 'blew up' at Khomeini's mausoleum It was the first attack in Iran claimed by Daesh, which had threatened to step up its campaign in the country in recent months. Iran is a key fighting force against Daesh and other groups in Iraq and Syria.