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Cage director charged for failing to disclose passwords

The director of campaign group Cage has been charged under the Terrorism Act. Muhammad Rabbani faces a charge of failing to disclose his password after being detained at Heathrow Airport under counter-terrorism stop-and-search powers, the organisation has said. Mr Rabbani was stopped at Heathrow in November, but refused to give officers access to his phone and laptop. Cage describes itself ...

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Twitter user numbers overtaken by China's Sina Weibo

There are now more people using Sina Weibo, the Chinese micro-blogging platform, than there are using Twitter. According to the Chinese company’s first quarter results, it has 340 million active monthly users, 30% up on the previous year. About 154 million people use the site daily, 91% of whom access it via mobile. By comparison, Twitter, which is blocked in ...

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Election candidates warned about phishing attempts

Candidates in the general election have been asked to look through their emails for signs that they have been targeted by a phishing attack. The list of potential targets includes recent MPs. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of GCHQ, disclosed the request in a document released early on 16 May. The BBC understands that the number ...

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'Bots' spam FCC website over proposed net neutrality reversal

Bots appear to be spamming a US regulator’s website over a proposed reversal of net neutrality rules, researchers have said. According to three separate analyses, a flood of automated comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was detected over the weekend. More than 400,000 comments with remarkably similar wording have been detected in recent days. Net neutrality proponents argue that ...

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Beauty sleep is a real thing, research shows

Beauty sleep is a real thing, according to researchers who have shown that people who miss out on sleep do appear less attractive to others. A couple of bad nights is enough to make a person look “significantly” more ugly, their sleep experiments suggest. Dark-circled “panda” eyes and puffy lids can even put others off socialising with you, they say. ...

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'Fat but fit is a big fat myth'

The idea that people can be fat but medically fit is a myth, say experts speaking in Portugal. Their early work, as yet unpublished, involved looking at the GP records of 3.5 million people in the UK. They say people who were obese but who had no initial signs of heart disease, diabetes or high cholesterol were not protected from ...

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NHS cyber attack: A&Es 'fully open' again

Patients are no longer being diverted away from accident and emergency units following the cyber attack, NHS England says. When the computer virus struck on Friday 47 trusts were affected and seven had to close their doors in A&E to ambulances. Some routine surgery and GP appointments were also cancelled across the NHS in the aftermath. Services are returning to ...

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Private surgery 'needs better patient safety regulation'

The Royal College of Surgeons has called for a review of the way private hospitals are regulated, following the case of Ian Paterson. The surgeon was convicted last month of unlawfully wounding patients during breast surgery at private clinics in the West Midlands. He is due to be sentenced this month. In an open letter, surgical leaders said they had ...

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Two Britons arrested in Thailand over football streaming

0SHARESShare Two British men have been arrested in Bangkok for allegedly selling online access to illegally streamed football broadcasts. A complaint from the Premier League to local authorities was reported to have led to the arrests on 11 May. The men were named as William Lloyd, 39 and William Robinson, 35. They are accused of causing damages worth more than ...

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Cities need 'hedges as well as trees' for environment

0SHARESShare Hedges are often better than trees at soaking up air pollution among tall buildings, research has suggested. A paper in the journal Atmospheric Environment says tall trees are good at absorbing pollution in more open areas. But hedges can trap toxins at exhaust pipe level, so reduce people’s direct exposure to harmful pollutants. Lead author Prof Prashant Kumar said ...

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