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05-23-2018 Cars
You Can Now Order The Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor All-Drive

Tesla's Model 3, once touted as a car for the masses, now has something to offer for those who are looking for a little more oomph.

Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, unveiled a faster and more powerful version of the Model 3 in a series of tweets over the weekend.

Musk took to Twitter on Saturday night, May 19, to reveal the specs and pricing for the highly anticipated dual-motor, all-wheel drive, and performance versions of the Model 3.

Tesla Model 3 Standard Dual Motor, All-Wheel Drive Variant

Although Musk did not specify the horsepower and torque, he revealed that the non-performance Model 3 variant with a dual-motor and all-wheel drive setup is capable of going from 0 to 60mph in 4.5 seconds, beating the rear-wheel-drive version's official 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds.

The variant, which costs an additional $5,000, will have a top speed of 140 mph and a driving range of 310 miles, which remains the same as the current extended-range, single-motor Tesla Model 3.

Cost of normal dual motor AWD option is $5k. Range is also 310 miles. Takes 0-60mph to 4.5 sec & top speed to 140 mph. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2018

Tesla Model 3 Performance Variant With Dual Motor, All-Wheel Drive

Musk also announced a second, more powerful "performance" version of the dual-motor, AWD Model 3. It does not only boast a 3.5 second 0-60 mph time, but also a top speed of 155-mph in addition to the same 310 miles of driving range.

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05-23-2018 Security
North Korea Hackers Use Android Apps With Malware To Harass Defectors

North Korean hackers are using Android apps with malware to target the country's defectors, according to researchers from security software firm McAfee.

The Android apps, which were detected as Google Play Store malware, go beyond the usual unwanted advertisements and attempted scams. The apps track and blackmail the targets for escaping North Korea.

North Korea Launches Targeted Malware Attacks

A North Korea hacking team was recently able to upload three Android apps to the Google Play Store that targeted people who escaped from the authoritarian country, according to a report from McAfee.

The team behind the attacks was Sun Team, instead of the more infamous Lazarus, which was previously linked to the WannaCry ransomware from a year ago. This was not Sun Team's first attempt at this kind of attack though. In January, McAfee spotted the same attempt, but it required the targets go out of their way and download the apps with malware outside of the Google Play Store.

The malware campaign, nicknamed RedDawn, involved the hackers contacting the targets through Facebook to invite them to install seemingly innocent apps from the Google Play Store. Compared to the first attempt, the new method of attack may have been more convincing, as the apps were downloaded from the official app store for Android devices.

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05-23-2018 Cars
2019 Subaru Ascent first drive review: Finally, a proper 3-row SUV

You might remember the Tribeca, Subaru's first stab at a three-row crossover SUV. New for the 2006 model year, it stumbled out of the gates with its controversial looks, soldiering on as a slow seller until being axed in 2014. An uncharacteristic one-and-done dud for Subaru, few people lamented the model's demise.

Of course, from failures often come grand successes, and with America's midsize SUV market once again a hot commodity, Subaru is reinvesting in the segment in a big way with this all-new 2019 Ascent. Think of the Ascent as a plumped-up Outback with more traditional SUV looks, room for eight, and no trace of the Tribeca in sight.

I was able to spend a day cruising the back roads of Oregon in the new Ascent in high-end Limited trim, and was immediately charmed by its comfortable driving demeanor and its wealth of family-friendly features.

All the elements needed

What kind of features? Up front are available heated and ventilated seats, a flip-down, wide-angle rearview cabin mirror, two USB ports and all kinds of little storage cubbies. The second-row captain's chairs also feature available heating, and there are two-USB ports and an optional 120V outlet. Like my test model, the captain's chairs can be swapped out with a bench seat, and Subaru says there's room for three child car seats across. The third row reclines for more comfort and has two available USB ports, with an accessory to add two more for a total of eight USB ports throughout.

Also peppered throughout the cabin is available three-zone climate control, and -- wait for it -- 19 cupholders. Nineteen. That's enough for 2.375 Diet Dr. Peppers per person, assuming eight are aboard with the second-row bench seat.

The third row is easy enough to climb into, thanks to a wide rear door opening and a lower step-in. However, my 5-foot, 9-inch frame doesn't fit unless the adjustable second row is pushed forward a few inches. There's plenty of room for most kids, but the Ascent won't make for ideal team transportation to your adult softball league's away games.

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05-23-2018 Science&Technology
Apple’s Siri will get a brand new voice and more at WWDC

Apple’s Siri today began leaking information about the upcoming WWDC event. According to the virtual assistant, it’s getting a brand new voice and another smart speaker. If you’ve got an iPad or iPhone you can ask it yourself.

What’s the meaning of this: It looks like Apple is turning to Siri to generate some buzz for the upcoming WWDC event. Users with compatible devices can ask Siri to tell them about this year’s event, it responds:

La la la, Siri is getting a brand new voice.

Furthermore, as was initially discovered by The Apple Post, the virtual assistant is also pushing news that it’ll have a new “home” soon, which will also be announced at WWDC.

Between the lines: It’s pretty well-known that Siri is little more than an afterthought in the virtual assistant market – being limited to the iPhone and iPad have it pretty far behind Google Assistant and Alexa.

But a little catch-up isn’t a bad thing. Siri follows Google Assistant and Alexa, both of which recently announced they’d be getting new voices. And – if we can start our own rumor – maybe the “la la la” portion of Siri’s response indicates it too will have a famous singer voicing it like John Legend will for Google Assistant.

As far as the new “home goes,” according to 9to5Mac there’s some sketchy reports that Apple is set to unveil a $199.99 Beats-branded HomePod. Take that with a few grains of salt though, as this one comes from a friend of a distributor who knows somebody who thinks it’s true (or something like that).

Either way, more voices for virtual assisants is a good thing. And everybody loves every product Apple makes, so we’re certain we’ll be drooling over whatever (if any) new smart speakers the company announces at WWDC.

Stay tuned for all of our WWDC coverage starting June 4.

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05-23-2018 Entertainment
Netflix announces multi-year production deal with the Obamas

Barack and Michelle Obama will work both in front of and behind the camera in a multi-year production deal with Netflix.

The unique pact was announced on Monday. The first content from the Obamas will appear in 2019 at the earliest, according to a person involved in the deal.

Netflix did not specify a timeline. But the company's announcement of the deal said "the Obamas will produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features."

Sometimes the former president and first lady will be on camera as hosts or moderators, the source said on condition of anonymity. In other cases they will stay behind the scenes as producers.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The Obamas are giving Netflix valuable content that many of the streaming service's 125 million members may want to watch. And Netflix is giving the Obamas a valuable platform to stay visible in their post-White House years.

The Obamas said Monday that they want to harness "the power of storytelling" to promote common values.

"We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world," Barack Obama said in a statement.

"Netflix's unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership," Michelle Obama added.

The Obamas now need to hire a team of producers. They have set up a company called Higher Ground Productions "as the entity under which they will produce content for Netflix," Netflix said.

These types of exclusive production partnerships are common in Hollywood -- in fact, Netflix has been attracting a bevy of A-listers, including Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.

But this is a first-of-its-kind deal for a former U.S. president.

The talks with Netflix were first reported back in March.

Back then, The New York Times described two potential shows. In one, "Mr. Obama could moderate conversations on topics that dominated his presidency." Another show "could feature Mrs. Obama on topics, like nutrition, that she championed in the White House."

In the final days of the Obama administration, it was reported that Obama was interested in pursuing digital media ventures after he left office.

Jen Psaki, the White House communications director at the time, told CNN that "he is very interested in how people consume information and the changing trends," citing online and mobile news consumption.

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05-23-2018 Politics
6 GOP talking points that show why the gun control debate isn't changing anytime soon

CNN)If you want to understand why the idea of any sort of major -- or, really, minor -- change in gun laws in the wake of yet another school shooting is a pipe dream, all you needed to do is listen to Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

In a series of media appearances on Sunday, Patrick, a Republican, spoke extensively about what caused the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas -- and how he thinks future shootings like it can be prevented.

Here are the six reasons he cited:

1. Violent video games

"The video games issue, we have got to address in this country. ... The vast majority [of psychologists and psychiatrists] will tell you it leads them to become numb to violence, to have less empathy to their victims and be more aggressive."

2. Abortion

"We have 50 million abortions. We have families that are broken apart, no fathers at home. We have incredible heinous violence as a [video] game, two hours a day in front of their eyes. And we stand here and we wonder why this happens to certain students."

3. Irresponsible gun owners

"Gun ownership -- and I'm a proud gun owner -- that comes with responsibility of gun control in your home."

4. Not enough armed teachers

"We need to -- we need our teachers to be armed. We -- you know, when you have -- when you are facing someone who is an active shooter, the best way to take that shooter down is with a gun. But even better than that is four or five guns to one."

5. Too many school entrances

"We need to get down to one or two entrances into our schools. You have the necessary exits for fire, of course, but we have to funnel our students into our schools so we can put eyes on them."

6. Decline of religion in schools

"We have devalued life in this country. We threw God out of school."

None of those reasons, you'll notice, are anything close to "pass legislation to limit gun ownership in any meaningful way." In fact, Patrick went out of his way to make clear that the availability of guns has zero to do with what happened in his state on Friday.

"It's not about the guns," Patrick said on ABC on Sunday. "It's about us."

That's it. The end.

The divide between those who view gun violence as a broader cultural issue and those who believe that the availability of guns is the problem has rarely been expressed in more stark terms.

If you believe, as Patrick does, that school shootings are a symptom of a broader cultural decline, you simply do not believe that limiting access to guns is a solution to the problem. The issue is not that the Sante Fe shooter had access to weapons -- apparently he used his father's guns -- but rather that he was brought up in a culture that devalues traditional family values and venerates violence. ...

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05-23-2018 Science&Technology
Google and Microsoft disclose new CPU flaw, and the fix can slow machines down

Microsoft and Google are jointly disclosing a new CPU security vulnerability that’s similar to the Meltdown and Spectre flaws that were revealed earlier this year.

Labelled Speculative Store Bypass (variant 4), the latest vulnerability is a similar exploit to Spectre and exploits speculative execution that modern CPUs use. Browsers like Safari, Edge, and Chrome were all patched for Meltdown earlier this year, and Intel says “these mitigations are also applicable to variant 4 and available for consumers to use today.”

However, unlike Meltdown (and more similar to Spectre) this new vulnerability will also include firmware updates for CPUs that could affect performance. Intel has already delivered microcode updates for Speculative Store Bypass in beta form to OEMs, and the company expects them to be more broadly available in the coming weeks. The firmware updates will set the Speculative Store Bypass protection to off-by-default, ensuring that most people won’t see negative performance impacts.

“If enabled, we’ve observed a performance impact of approximately 2-8 percent based on overall scores for benchmarks like SYSmark 2014 SE and SPEC integer rate on client 1 and server 2 test systems,” explains Leslie Culbertson, Intel’s security chief.

As a result, end users (and particularly system administrators) will have to pick between security or optimal performance. The choice, like previous variants of Spectre, will come down to individual systems and servers, and the fact that this new variant appears to be less of a risk than the CPU flaws that were discovered earlier this year.

Microsoft started offering up to $250,000 for bugs that are similar to the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws in March, and the company says it discovered this new bug back in November. “Microsoft previously discovered this variant and disclosed it to industry partners in November of 2017 as part of Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD),” says a Microsoft spokesperson. Microsoft is now working with Intel and AMD to determine performance impacts on systems.

“We are continuing to work with affected chip manufacturers and have already released defense-in-depth mitigations to address speculative execution vulnerabilities across our products and services,” says a Microsoft spokesperson. “We’re not aware of any instance of this vulnerability class affecting Windows or our cloud service infrastructure. We are committed to providing further mitigations to our customers as soon as they are available, and our standard policy for issues of low risk is to provide remediation via our Update Tuesday schedule.” ...

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05-23-2018 Science&Technology
Apple HomePod Under Beats Brand With Cheaper $199 Price Tag In The Works?

Apple is reportedly working on a version of HomePod that will be released under Beats branding, with a cheaper price tag of $199.

The report on the cheaper Apple HomePod has drawn both excitement and skepticism. A lower-priced HomePod might be what Apple needs to fight back against its rivals in the smart speaker industry, but it remains unclear if the device will really happen.

Cheaper Apple HomePod Reportedly On The Way

According to a report by Loveios, Apple is currently in discussions with MediaTek to launch a cheaper version of the Siri-powered HomePod smart speakers, citing sources from the company's supply chain in Taiwan through Sina.

The cheaper HomePod, however, will not be linked to Apple but will rather be released under Beats branding. It looks like customers who have been waiting for new Apple Beats products will get a cheaper HomePod, which will carry a price tag of about $199.

A cheaper Apple HomePod, which has been previously reported, makes sense for Apple's smart speaker. The device only sold 600,000 units in the first quarter, placing it well behind Amazon's Echo and Google Home. The blame for the disappointing performance may be attributed to several factors, including the steep HomePod price of $349, the limited capabilities of Siri compared to Alexa and Google Assistant, and even the risk of wood furniture damage.

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05-22-2018 Science&Technology
App That Allows Parents to Spy on Teens Leaked Thousands of Passwords

TeenSafe, a service used by parents to monitor the online behaviors and phone activity of their children, allowed tens of thousands of accounts to leak online after failing to properly secure their servers.

According to a report from ZDNet, the so-called “secure” activity monitoring app left at least two of its servers hosted on Amazon’s cloud service completely unprotected so anyone who happened to stumble across them could access the information stored within, no password needed.

The exposed servers, which were first discovered by security researcher Robert Wiggins, contained the email addresses of parents with TeenSafe accounts, as well as the email address associated with the Apple ID of their children. Passwords for the kids’ Apple ID accounts were also available in the database, stored in plaintext with no encryption or hashing. The server also displayed the name of the child’s device and the phone’s unique identifier.

The servers didn’t contain any saved content like photos or messages, but it puts the kids in a pretty tough spot. For the TeenSafe app to work, it requires two-factor authentication be disabled. The servers contained basically all of the login information required for a malicious actor to hijack a kid’s account and mandates that the primary means of protection against such an attack be turned off.

ZDNet reported there were about 10,200 records found in the server, though it noted some were duplicates. The other exposed database stored test data. It’s not clear if any other servers may have been equally as easy to access, and the unprotected servers have since been pulled offline by TeenSafe.

“We have taken action to close one of our servers to the public and begun alerting customers that could potentially be impacted,” a TeenSafe spokesperson told ZDNet.

TeenSafe, by the way, is an incredibly creepy and invasive service. It doesn’t require teens to give their consent to use the service—it encourages parents to tell their kids about it but basically says it’s not that big of a deal legally—and it hands over an incredible amount of data and control to parents.

According to the company’s website, the app, which works for Android and iOS, provides parents access to full conversations sent via SMS and iMessage—inlcluding deleted messages. It shows logs of sent and received calls as well as all contacts stored on the device. Parents can track real-time device location and look at location history. It even can suck up browsing history and bookmarks from web browsers and messages sent through third-party messaging services like WhatsApp and Kik.

The TeenSafe YouTube page is filled with guides that show parents how to do everything from blocking access to individual apps like Snapchat and Instagram to “taking back dinnertime” by shutting down a kid’s device. (The video for that one comes complete with black and white footage of a family talking at the dinner table like the good old days.) ...

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05-22-2018 Science&Technology
OnePlus 6 Review—A series of downgrades is saved by the low price

OnePlus might not be a perfect Android device maker, with fairly regular controversies involving its security mistakes, bad advertising decisions, and lack of a concrete support policy. But OnePlus is really good at making high-end hardware at a low price, though, and for some people that's enough to forgive the company's other flaws.

For 2018, the company is introducing the OnePlus 6. While OnePlus' flagship pricing is once again jumping up $29 to $529, the OnePlus 6 is still one of the cheapest Snapdragon 845-powered devices you can buy. With a switch to a glass back and a notched display design, OnePlus' flagship seems more generic than ever. But for that price, it's still hard to beat.

Design and build quality

The OnePlus 6 is one of the first Android devices we're reviewing that comes with an iPhone X-style notch, but it is not one of the first ones announced. OnePlus joins LG, Asus, Huawei, HMD/Nokia, Oppo, and like 17 no-name Chinese OEMs in producing a notched smartphone in 2018. Given how many in-development Android phones we've seen that are aping the iPhone X's most recognizable feature, we're going to end up talking about notches a lot in 2018.

Notches have been this year's controversial topic in the Android community, and I fall on the side of thinking a notched design can be a genuine improvement to a smartphone. Anytime you maximize screen space and minimize bezels, you're making the phone better. Eventually, you run out of bezel to remove, and the remaining front-facing components—the camera, earpiece, and sensors—need to go somewhere, which gives birth to the notch.

I think "running out of bezel" is kind of key to a good notch design though. You should only cut into on the screen area if you have no other place to put the other components. Plenty of Android OEMs seem to get lazy though and just toss a notch into their design to keep up with what they perceive as the cool new trend in smartphone design. This definitely feels like the case when you look at something like the Huawei P20 Pro.

The OnePlus 6 doesn't quite get rid of the existing bezels, as it still has a small bottom "chin" of dead space. But so far it is this the best notched design we've seen from a mainstream Android OEM. The OnePlus 6's notch is small enough to fit inside a normal-height status bar, so you don't have an ugly double-height status bar like on the Essential Phone. ...

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05-22-2018 Politics
Venezuela election: Maduro wins second term amid claims of vote rigging

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has won re-election to another six-year term, in a vote marred by an opposition boycott and claims of vote-rigging.

Amid food shortages stemming from a severe economic crisis, just 46% of the electorate turned out to vote.

The main opposition candidate, Henri Falcón, rejected the result soon after the polls closed.

"We do not recognise this electoral process as valid... we have to have new elections in Venezuela," he said

With more than 90% of the votes counted, Mr Maduro, 55, had 67.7% - 5.8 million votes - National Electoral Council chief Tibisay Lucena announced. Mr Falcón won 21.2% - 1.8 million votes - she said.

What has been the reaction to the result?

"They underestimated me," Mr Maduro told cheering supporters outside his presidential palace in Caracas, as fireworks went off and confetti was fired in the air.

Mr Falcón has alleged that the vote was rigged in Mr Maduro's favour, by abuse of the scanning of state-issued benefits card used for accessing food.

Government officials said the polls were "free and fair" but most of the opposition joined boycott against the poll.

The administration of the US President Donald Trump said it would not recognise the result. Posting on Twitter ahead of the vote, the US mission to the United Nations called the process an "insult to democracy".

The elections were supposed to be held in December 2018, but the National Constituent Assembly, made up exclusively of Mr Maduro's supporters, brought them forward.

The opposition Democratic Unity coalition said the elections were moved to take advantage of divisions within the coalition. Its two biggest candidates were also barred from running, and others have fled the country. ...

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05-22-2018 Environment
Hawaii lava finally reaches the Pacific -- only to create another deadly danger

(CNN)First it was catastrophic lava. Then it was sulfur dioxide. Now Big Island residents have yet another danger to worry about.

Laze -- a mashup of "lava" and "haze" -- is a nasty product formed when hot lava hits the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.

And now it's a real threat after lava crossed Highway 137 late Saturday night and entered the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

Laze can cause lung, eye and skin irritation. And it has proven deadly in the past.

"This hot, corrosive gas mixture caused two deaths immediately adjacent to the coastal entry point in 2000, when seawater washed across recent and active lava flows," the HVO said.

Officials are warning people to stay away from areas where lava meets the ocean. But further inland, residents have other problems.

The HVO also reported sulfur dioxide emissions have tripled.

Because of lava entering the ocean, the US Coast Guard enforced a Lava Entry Safety Zone Sunday for the navigable waters around the Kilauea Volcano. A Coast Guard news release says the safety zone includes all waters extending about 300 meters around the entry of the lava flow.

"All waterway users should be aware of the hazardous conditions associated with such an event. Getting too close to the lava can result in serious injury or death," said Lt. Cmdr. John Bannon, waterways management lead for the Coast Guard's Honolulu sector. ...

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05-18-2018 Science&Technology
Why Microsoft wants to make games more accessible for all of us

Inside Microsoft’s Inclusive Technologies Lab in Redmond, Washington, a sign says, “When you do not intentionally, deliberately include … you will unintentionally exclude.”

This reflects the thinking behind the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a new accessory for Xbox One game consoles to help those with limited mobility get back in the game. A lot of players with physical challenges can’t press all of the 19 buttons on a traditional Xbox controller.

Bryce Johnson and Evelyn Thomas were part of a team of researchers who helped design and evangelize the product within Microsoft. And now Microsoft is announcing it will launch the controller as an open platform that will enable people to plug in a wide variety of controller options to help people with limited mobility play games.

The controller enables people who don’t have thumbs, fingers, limbs, or good motor control to plug in alternatives that they can control. And that enables them to play games on the Xbox One consoles that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to play. As many as a billion people with disabilities live in the world, and even more are sometimes temporarily disabled (like those with broken arms), and the Xbox Adaptive Controller is built in a way that allows them to create their own custom solutions for playing games.

The controller started as an idea at a hackathon in 2015, and it slowly gathered steam as Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s then-new CEO, put effort into changing Microsoft’s culture to be more human. I visited the lab last week and heard presentations from many people on the team that made the controller. I also sat down with Johnson for a one-on-one interview.

“I will say that with the Xbox adaptive controller, it’s definitely benefiting more than one person,” Johnson told me. “But we did it one person at a time. What we like to think about when we talk about our inclusive design philosophy — this is very specific, but we’re not trying to design for all of us. We aspire to design for each of us.”

Here’s an edited transcript of our interview.

GamesBeat: The last visit was getting ready for this product discussion, I suppose?

Bryce Johnson: The lab itself is a place we bring people in to explore all types of disabilities. While the lab was being built at the same time as the Xbox adaptive controller – they were in conjunction – we do lots of things in accessibility, all at the same time. While we were creating the lab, we were working on Copilot [which lets two people with two different controllers control the same character or function in a game]. We were working on the Xbox adaptive controller. All these things were in various stages of motion.

GamesBeat: The bigger picture about why you do this, why you convinced the leadership of the company to put resources behind it, can you talk about that? How receptive were they to why this is

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05-18-2018 Health
'Explosive increase' in Ebola cases is feared as outbreak in Congo spreads to a CITY and UN consider

Experts fear an 'explosive increase' in Ebola cases after an outbreak in Congo entered a 'new phase' and spread to a city.

The deadly virus was detected in the northwest city of Mbandaka, with a population of about 1 million people, the country's health minister revealed last night.

So far, the 23 deaths believed to have been caused by Democratic Republic of Congo's latest Ebola outbreak were in more isolated areas, giving authorities a better chance of ring-fencing the virus.

The first urban case to be announced threatens to change that. The World Health Organisation, which on Wednesday deployed the first experimental vaccines in the vast central African country, will decide tomorrow whether to declare a 'public health emergency of international concern'.

Such a declaration by the Emergency Committee would trigger more international involvement, mobilising research and resources, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said.

Senior WHO official Peter Salama warned of an 'explosive increase' in cases calling the spread to a city 'a major development in the outbreak.'

Adding to concerns is the city's location on the banks of the Congo River, a major thoroughfare for trade and transport into the capital, Kinshasa. The Congo Republic is on the other side of the river.

'We are entering a new phase of the Ebola outbreak that is now affecting three health zones, including an urban health zone,' Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said in a statement.

'Since the announcement of the alert in Mbandaka, our epidemiologists are working in the field to identify people who have been in contact with suspected cases.' ...

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05-17-2018 Environment
Hawaii residents near volcano deal with falling ash, toxic gas, fears of the 'big one'

Pahoa, Hawaii (CNN)A plume of ash from the Kilauea volcano rose 12,000 feet into the air before dropping ash on sections of the Big Island of Hawaii, prompting officials Tuesday to warn residents to stay indoors and airplanes to stay away from the area.

"We've seen the waxing and waning (of volcanic activity over the past few days). It seems that the system up at the summit has been what we call somewhat open, relieving that pressure," Michelle Coombs, a geologist who is the scientist-in-charge at the Alaska Volcano Observatory, told reporters in Hilo, Hawaii. "So, it intensified today but it wasn't the big one."

That doesn't mean the "big one" won't happen, Coombs said. The volcano could "plug up" as the magma level in the crater drops and the pressure below could build up, she said.

She said her team isn't quite sure what caused Tuesday's slightly more intense ash emissions.

US Geological Survey officials have said a phreatic eruption could happen at Halemaumau crater at the top of the Kilauea volcano. And it could send ash plumes as far as 12 miles from the summit crater, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

The USGS changed its aviation color code for the area to red.

"It's very hazardous for aviation," Coombs said.

Weather officials issued an ashfall advisory that ended around 6 p.m. local time.

According to the USGS, ash has fallen as far as 18 miles from the volcano.

Hazardous air

Besides the ash, which is not poisonous, residents have to worry about choking on sulfur dioxide.

Coombs said the gas is coming out of 21 fissures, or cracks in the ground, caused by the volcano.

Levels of the toxic gas are dangerous in some places, Hawaii County officials said.

"Severe conditions may exist such as choking and inability to breathe," the county's civil defense agency said. "This is a serious situation that affects the entire exposed population."


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05-14-2018 Politics
Iran’s President Says Country Could Remain In Nuclear Deal Without U.S.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that, if its interests were protected, Tehran would remain committed to its 2015 nuclear deal, which his foreign minister hoped could be redesigned without Washington.

Tuesday’s U.S. withdrawal from the accord was a “violation of morals”, Rouhani said in remarks carried by state television.

“If the remaining five countries continue to abide by the agreement, Iran will remain in the deal despite the will of America,” he said during a meeting with Sri Lanka’s president.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s pullout has upset Washington’s European allies, cast uncertainty over global oil supplies and raised the risk of conflict in the Middle East.

It has also highlighted divisions among Iran’s political elite.

Rouhani made similarly conciliatory comments on Tuesday, and on Saturday his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, embarked on a tour of other signatory nations to the accord, state media reported, in a last-ditch effort to save it.

After arriving in Beijing on Sunday, Zarif said: “We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a clear future design for the comprehensive (nuclear) agreement.”

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he believed Zarif’s tour would “improve countries’... understanding of Iran’s position.” and help Tehran protect its “legitimate national interests”.

Rouhani has said Iran would stay committed to the deal, which Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia also signed, provided those powers could ensure Iran was protected from sanctions against key sectors of its economy such as oil.

The three European states have also recommitted to the agreement, but senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told worshippers at Tehran University on Friday that Europe was not to be trusted.

The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards also warned against relying on foreign powers to guarantee Iran’s interests.

“America’s exit aims to break the Iranian people’s resistance, which is not new ...but today’s problem is not U.S. sanctions, it’s that some officials look towards outside rather than looking at domestic potentials,” Guards commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari said, the state news agency IRNA reported.

On Wednesday, Jafari had cast doubt on European nations’ ability to save the nuclear accord.

With the deal on shaky ground in the face of fierce opposition from hardliners at home, some analysts say the pragmatic Rouhani faces the prospect of serving out his second term as a lame duck leader.

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; additional reporting by Christian Shepherd in Beijing, editing by John Stonestreet)

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