Daily News Roundup 6/27

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Syria chemical attack may be being prepared, US warns

The US says Syria’s government appears to be preparing for a chemical weapons attack and has warned that it will “pay a very heavy price” if one takes place.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40413563

Russia brands U.S. warning to Syria over chemical weapons ‘unacceptable’

Russia denounced a U.S. warning that the Syrian leadership will pay a heavy price for any chemical weapons attack, and dismissed White House assertions that a strike was being prepared as “unacceptable”.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-idUSKBN19I083

Donald Trump and Narendra Modi warn Pakistan to tackle homegrown terrorism

US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have issued a joint statement calling on Pakistan to prevent its territory from being used to launch terror attacks. The two leaders spoke shortly after meeting in Washington DC on Monday (26 June).
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/donald-trump-narendra-modi-warn-pakistan-tackle-homegrown-terrorism-1627935

‘Where’s your magic money tree?’ Theresa May faces backlash over £1bn ‘bung’ to DUP

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s billion-pound deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to prop up her minority government has been branded “shabby and reckless,” leaving many to wonder whether the funds grew on a “magic money tree.”
https://www.rt.com/uk/394247-dup-magic-money-tree/

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier runs on Windows XP, vulnerable to cyberattack

The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of Britain’s two brand new aircraft carriers which left port on Monday for sea tests, runs on outdated Windows XP software which is vulnerable to cyberattack.
https://www.rt.com/uk/394237-queen-elizabeth-windows-cyberattack/

Nicola Sturgeon to ‘reset’ independence referendum plan

Nicola Sturgeon is to “reset” her timetable for a second referendum on Scottish independence.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-40415457

New Cyberattack Spreads Across Europe, Hits Rosneft, Maersk

A new cyberattack similar to WannaCry is spreading across Europe, hitting major companies from Rosneft PJSC in Moscow to A.P. Moller-Maersk in Copenhagen while disrupting government systems in Kiev.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-27/ukraine-russia-report-ransomware-computer-virus-attacks

Three CNN journalists resign after Trump aide article removed

Three journalists have resigned from CNN after the US news network retracted an article alleging a Trump aide was under investigation by Congress.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40414886

Google Gets Record $2.7 Billion EU Fine for Skewing Searches

Google’s record-breaking 2.4 billion-euro ($2.7 billion) European Union fine could end up being just a fraction of the costs from the EU’s demand that it stop skewing search results to favor its own shopping site.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-27/google-gets-record-2-7-billion-eu-fine-for-skewing-searches

Preventable Deaths Surge in the U.S.

More than 130,000 Americans are killed annually by preventable causes, and the number has been climbing at a faster rate recently because of opioid abuse and car crashes involving drivers distracted by mobile devices.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-27/opioids-phones-faulted-as-preventable-mishaps-cost-850-billion

OP/ED

An ‘obscure’ party? I’m amazed at how little people in Britain know about the DUP

After the Tories’ deal with the Democratic Unionists, Denis Burke asks why people in Britain weren’t a bit more curious about Northern Ireland before now
http://www.redpepper.org.uk/an-obscure-party-im-amazed-at-how-little-people-in-the-uk-know-about-the-dup/

Norman Solomon: Is ‘Russiagate’ Collapsing as a Political Strategy?

Russia scaremongering is losing its punch as a political rallying call, but the Democrats aren’t giving up on it.
http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/06/norman-solomon-russiagate-collapsing-political-strategy.html

How Baking Soda Could Help Fight Deadly Superbugs

Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die from infections antibiotics can’t effectively treat. In the next few decades, that number may rise significantly.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-27/how-baking-soda-could-help-fight-deadly-superbugs

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