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Veteran Syrian defence minister Tlass dies in Paris at 85

28 June 2017

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's former defence minister, Mustafa Tlass, who was a close confidant of the late President Hafez al-Assad but left the country after the uprising started, died in Paris on Tuesday aged 85, relatives said.

Islamic State orders businesses to use its currency

28 June 2017

BEIRUT/CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State ordered shopkeepers and traders to price goods in its currency, the dirham, as of Tuesday and set the value at 1,000 Syrian pounds (1.41 pounds) per dirham, seeking to steer its own monetary policy even as its territorial grip is shaken.

Israel's Mossad sets up fund to acquire new spy techniques

28 June 2017

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Mossad intelligence agency has set up an investment fund to help development of new cloak-and-dagger know-how and is offering grants of up to $2 million (1.57 million pounds) per project to bring in new ideas.

Macron, Trump agree to work together if new Syria chemical attack - Elysee

28 June 2017

PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron agreed with U.S. President Donald Trump in a phone call on Tuesday that they would work together to find a common response in case of a new chemical attack in Syria, the French presidency said in a statement.

TNT Express facing interference with some of its systems

28 June 2017

PARIS (Reuters) - The Netherlands-based shipping company TNT Express said on Tuesday it was experiencing interference with some of its systems, following a global ransomware attack.

Germany's BSI says Petya malware used in cyber attacks

28 June 2017

BERLIN (Reuters) - German companies were also affected by a rapidly spreading ransomware attack, the federal cyber agency BSI said on Tuesday, urging firms to report any issues to authorities.

U.S. worries Russia could step up North Korea support to fill China void

28 June 2017

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - As the United States pressures China to enforce United Nations sanctions on its ally North Korea, Washington is concerned that Russia could provide support to Pyongyang and fill any vacuum left by Beijing, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.

Cyber attacks affect some radiation checks at Ukraine's Chernobyl site

28 June 2017

KIEV (Reuters) - Some radiation checks at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site in Ukraine were being carried out manually on Tuesday after a wave of cyber attacks that hit Ukrainian institutions affected operations there, a state agency said.

Indian cyber security agency says no reports of ransomware attack on country

28 June 2017

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's cyber security agency has yet to receive any reports of a latest ransomware attack hitting computers there, its boss told Reuters on Tuesday, after a Swiss government agency identified India as one of the main victims.

Factbox - Companies hit by global ransomware attack on June 27

28 June 2017

(Reuters) - A global ransomware attack on Tuesday hit computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukraine's international airport, global shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk and the world's biggest advertising agency WPP.

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