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Intl agencies to brief Trump on Russian hack today

Updated: Jan 06, 2017 21:12 IST

Washington [USA], Jan. 6 (ANI): U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to receive a briefing related to the Russian hack by intelligence agencies on Friday as the classified intelligence report was presented to President Barack Obama on Thursday.

According to officials, U.S. intelligence has identified the go-betweens the Russians used to provide stolen emails to WikiLeaks, according to US officials familiar, reports the CNN.

In a Fox News interview earlier this week, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denied that Russia was the source of leaked Democratic emails.

Meanwhile, U.S. intelligence has received new information following the election that gave agencies increased confidence that Russia carried out the hack and did so, in part, to help Trump win.

Included in that new information were intercepted conversations of Russian officials expressing happiness at Trump's win. Another official described some of the messages as congratulatory.

Officials said this was just one of multiple indicators to give them high confidence of both Russian involvement and Russian intentions.

However, officials reiterated that there is no single intercepted communication that qualifies as a "smoking gun" on Russia's intention to benefit Trump's candidacy. (ANI)

New York [U.S.], Feb. 27 (ANI): The White House announced Monday that President Donald Trump's first budget proposal will look to increase defence and security spending by $54 billion and cut roughly the same amount from non-defence programs.

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Militants behead German hostage in Philippines

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 22:01 IST

New York [U.S.], Feb. 27 (ANI): Abu Sayyaf militants in southern Philippines beheaded a German hostage after the deadline passed to pay his ransom passed.

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London [UK], Feb. 27 (ANI): The indigenous communities in Pakistan's Sindh province have come down on the government over the massive coal mining in the region which has severely affected their daily lives.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb.27 (ANI): The killing of five UAE diplomats in a terror attack in Kandahar was planned in Pakistan, a spokesman of Afghanistan's interior ministry has said.

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Senior Taliban commander killed in Afghanistan

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 18:11 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.27 (ANI): The Taliban confirmed on Monday through a statement that one of its senior commanders had been killed in an air strike in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province.

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Karachi (Sindh) [Pakistan): Sufism is the country's first line of defence against terrorism, said PPP Chairmain Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.27 (ANI): Police in Karachi were Monday directed by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) to put the names of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leaders Farooq Sattar, Khalid Maqbool and Amir Liaquat on the Exit Control List (ECL).

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Lahore [Pakistan], Feb.27 (ANI): Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has issued show-cause notices to a pilot and two others officials for loading seven extra passengers on a Karachi-Medina flight last month in a violation of air safety regulations.

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Rawalpindi [Pakistan], Feb.27 (ANI): Pakistan security forces have covered the further arrest of 91 suspects from across the country under the Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad counter-terrorism operations.

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Karachi (Sindh) [Pakistan], Feb.27 (ANI): The Governor of Pakistan's Sindh province, Muhammad Zubair, has said that both Pakistan and China will stand to benefit from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in both the short and long term.

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New Delhi, Feb. 27 (ANI): At least seven people were killed in an attack on a prison bus in Colombo, according to local media reports.

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London [UK], Feb. 27(ANI): The Baloch Cultural Association (BCA) held a conference at Birkbeck University in London.

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Berlin [Germany], Feb.27 (ANI): The Embassy of India, Berlin organized second Diaspora event over the weekend at the embassy in which several Indian associations and prominent members of Diaspora, besides representatives of 16 student associations participated.

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Kathmandu [India], Feb. 27(ANI): The National Seismological Centre (NSC) of Nepal recorded two aftershocks post the Gorkha region earthquake on Monday.

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Hong Kong [China], Feb. 27(ANI): All may not be well between the 'all weather friends' Pakistan and China.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 27(ANI): As Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win Oscar for his role in Hollywood flick 'Moonlight', Pakistan's Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi tweeted in support of his achievement.

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Washington D.C.[USA], Feb. 27(ANI): Hijab-wearing ex-White House Muslim staffer of Bangladeshi-origin has said that she quit her job after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his controversial travel ban, which made her last for eight days in the new administration.

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London [United Kingdom], Feb. 27 (ANI): Dr. Naguman, well- known Baloch writer and author of six books has urged writers, scholars and politicians to work together to preserve mother languages of Baloch people.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Feb. 27 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for Navy secretary Philip Bilden has withdrawn his name from consideration citing his financial holdings as the reason.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Feb. 27 (ANI): Trump administration has cancelled the scheduled informal talks between a North Korean delegation and a team of former U.S. officials by withdrawing its initial approval of the North Koreans' visas.

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