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  • United States and Iran swap prisoners in rare act of cooperation
    The United States and Iran each freed a prisoner on Saturday in a rare swap, an act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened since President Donald Trump took office.

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  • Factbox: Reactions to Iran-U.S. prisoner swap
    The United States and Iran swapped prisoners - a Chinese-American detained for three years on spying charges and an imprisoned Iranian - on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes.

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  • Indian rape victim dies in hospital after being set ablaze
    A 23-year-old rape victim set on fire by a gang of men, which included her alleged rapists, has died in a New Delhi hospital, prompting protests from opposition leaders who blamed the ruling party for failing to check incidents of violence against women.

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  • UK minister says concerned about election interference after leak of documents linked to Russia
    The leak of classified UK-U.S. trade documents online, tied to a previous Russian disinformation campaign, has all the hallmarks of an attempt to interfere in Britain's upcoming election, a British minister said on Saturday.

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  • Hong Kong police chief promises flexibility ahead of rally
    Hong Kong's new police commissioner said on Saturday his force would take a flexible approach to pro-democracy demonstrations as the city gears up for a rally on Sunday that is expected to draw a huge crowd.

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  • Johnson, Corbyn wage Brexit battle in final debate before UK election
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn clashed over Brexit on Friday in the last televised debate before next week's election that will determine the path for Britain's departure from the European Union.

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  • Buttigieg pledges billions to curb education disparities
    Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg vowed on Saturday to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to improve public education if elected, with a plan that boosts funds for "underserved children" and expands early childhood learning.

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  • Democrats to spend weekend drafting impeachment charges against Trump
    Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will spend the weekend on Capitol Hill preparing for what could be the final week of their months-old impeachment inquiry that has imperiled Donald Trump's presidency.

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  • Ericsson to pay over $1 billion to resolve U.S. corruption probes
    Swedish mobile telecoms company Ericsson has agreed to pay over $1 billion to resolve probes into corruption, including the bribing of government officials, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday.

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  • U.S. health spending recovers after two slow years: CMS
    (This Dec. 5 story corrects first paragraph to say growth was slower not declined in previous years, removes reference to projected spending in eighth paragraph)

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  • US and Iranian men released in prisoner swap
    Xiyue Wang was jailed in Iran in 2016 while Massoud Soleimani was arrested at a US airport last year.

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  • Trump impeachment: White House signals it will not attend hearings
    The administration describes the process as a "charade" in a letter to the House judiciary committee.

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  • Climate change: Oceans running out of oxygen as temperatures rise
    A warmer world means oceans are able to hold less dissolved oxygen, which is bad news for many fish.

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  • How US law professors teach impeachment
    We visit a constitution law class a few miles from where the US president faces an impeachment inquiry.

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  • Elon Musk wins defamation case over 'pedo guy' tweet about caver
    Tesla's founder did not defame a UK caver who helped in the Thai cave rescue, a US jury finds.

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  • Unnao rape case: Indian woman set on fire on way to hearing dies
    The 23-year-old, who suffered 90% burns, died after she was attacked, allegedly by men who had raped her.

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  • General election 2019: Divisive UK campaign reaches climax
    Rob Watson shares his findings in his fifth and final round-up from the political campaign trail.

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  • Trump halts plan to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorists
    The US president vowed to label Mexican drug gangs as terrorists after US citizens were ambushed.

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  • General election 2019: Reddit says UK-US trade talks document leak 'linked to Russia'
    Jeremy Corbyn claimed the papers proved "the NHS is for sale" when he highlighted them at a press conference.

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  • Iraq protests: Gunmen kill at least 20 people in Baghdad
    The country is in the midst of fierce protests fuelled by anger over corruption and unemployment.

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  • OpenBSD bugs, Microsoft's bad update, a new Nork hacking crew, and more

    Meanwhile, the DOJ sets its sights on money mules

    Welcome to yet another El Reg security roundup. Off we go.?

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  • FTC kicks feet through ash pile that once was Cambridge Analytica with belated verdict

    Trade boss says long-dead biz was indeed deceiving the public

    The US Federal Trade Commission has issued what looks to be a largely symbolic ruling against the remnants of data-harvesting marketers Cambridge Analytica.?

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  • Elon Musk gets thumbs up from jury for use of 'pedo guy' in cave diver defamation lawsuit

    CEO's tweeted taunt totally fine, twelve jurors decide

    Billionaire Elon Musk did not defame British cave explorer Vernon Unsworth, a Los Angeles jury concluded on Friday.?

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  • Forget sharks with lasers, NASA kits out an elephant seal with a sensor-studded skullcap

    We're never gonna survive unless, we get a little crazy

    NASA?s science team has a new female recruit and she's probing the watery depths of the Antarctic in a quest to help climate eggheads understand our climate.?

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  • WebAssembly gets nod from W3C and, most likely, an embrace from cryptojackers online

    Standardization of wasm for the web offers a new take on the same old problems

    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on Thursday published three WebAssembly specifications as W3C Recommendations, officially endorsing a technology touted for the past few years as a way to accelerate web code, to open the web to more programming languages, and to make code created for the web more portable and safe.?

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  • China fires up 'Great Cannon' denial-of-service blaster, points it toward Hong Kong

    Protest organizers come under fire from network traffic barrage

    China is reportedly using the 'cannon' capabilities of its massive domestic internet to try and take down anti-government websites in Hong Kong.?

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  • Samsung Galaxy S11 tipped to escalate the phone cam arms race with 108MP sensor

    Squaring up to the iPhone 11

    Samsung is expected to next year release its newest flagship, the Galaxy S11. And, as is the case with any high-profile phone release, details are steadily leaking from the chaebol's notoriously porous supply chain.?

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  • Cloud vendors burp after last year's server sales feast, couldn't possibly eat any more

    Not even a wafer-thin blade?

    The global server market hasn't been able to match the heady highs of 2018 so far this year and Q3 was no exception as both shipments and the value of those boxes dropped.?

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  • Ireland's B.ICONIC snaffles Stormfront to become largest Apple reseller in the UK

    May we suggest a rebrand?

    B.ICONIC, the parent of one of Ireland's largest Apple Premium Resellers (APRs), is buying Stormfront ? the UK Apple retailer that is, rather than the Aryan social network.?

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  • Still in preview, but look! You can now develop Azure Sphere apps in Linux ? if you dare

    19.11 brings penguin support and a Visual Studio Code extension

    Microsoft's forever-in-preview Azure Sphere received an important update this week, bringing a Linux SDK (also in preview form) and Visual Studio Code support.?

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  • Floor pavements in Pompeii illustrate surveying technology
    Pompeii continues to reveal details of ancient Roman life.

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  • Jury sides with Elon Musk in ?pedo guy? defamation case
    ?I don?t want to have anything to do with this," a juror said after the verdict.

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  • On the day of a key test, Russia trolls Boeing?s Starliner mission
    "And here is the hand of Moscow."

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  • Hulu is finally offering 4K and 5.1 audio on Roku devices
    Hulu already added 4K for some platforms, then removed it, then added it again.

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  • Newly discovered Mac malware uses ?fileless? technique to remain stealthy
    In-memory infection makes it harder for end-point protection to detect it.

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  • Halo Reach on PC is the customizable combat we?ve been wanting?but just barely
    The good absolutely outweighs the bad in a $10 no-brainer for Halo fans on PC.

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  • The ?burp-talking? in Rick and Morty isn?t as meaningless as you might think
    "Burp-talking" is just one example of the cartoon's rich array of nonword sounds.

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  • Social media platforms leave 95% of reported fake accounts up, study finds
    Fake accounts are easy to buy and make, and platforms are bad at yanking them.

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  • Leading anti-vaxxer jailed as measles death toll rises to 63 in Samoa
    He allegedly compared a mass vaccination campaign to a "killing spree."

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  • Google Assistant gets a big note-taking revamp, with support for several apps
    You can create and add to shopping lists in Google Keep,, AnyList, and Bring.

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