News you should read today – October 20 – 2015


 trudeau-win-in-canada-electionJustin Trudeau’s Liberal Party won election in Canada

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party won a resounding victory in Monday’s election, gaining an outright parliamentary majority.

More than 40 years ago, Richard Nixon said during a state dinner in Ottawa hosted by Pierre Trudeau “Tonight we’ll dispense with the formalities. I’d like to toast the future prime minister of Canada: to Justin Pierre Trudeau,”. A 43-year-old former high school teacher who until recently sported long hair, Trudeau first captured national attention in 2000 with a moving eulogy at his father’s state funeral. He challenged the country to cement Pierre Trudeau’s vision of a united and multicultural Canada, moving many people to tears. AP



Oscar PistoriusOscar Pretorious released from prison

After serving less than a year in a South African prison for the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend, Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was released on Monday.

His lawyer, Brian Webber, says that Pistorius, 28, is now staying at his uncle’s house under correctional supervision. He is serving a five-year term for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law school graduate, who was shot on Valentine’s Day 2013; his defense argued during trial that Pistorius thought Steenkamp was an intruder. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide, a charge similar to manslaughter, and found not guilty of murder, and went to prison on Oct. 21, 2014.NBC



CIA_Brennan_HackedCIA director’s email hacked by a teen

The FBI is looking into an anonymous hacker’s claim that he gained access to CIA Director John Brennan’s private AOL email account and stole several files, U.S. officials said Monday. The documents reportedly include a list of Social Security and phone numbers of senior U.S. national security officers.

A CIA spokesman said the agency is aware of the reports “and have referred the matter to the appropriate authorities.” Officials say the Secret Service is also looking into claims that the hacker was able to extract private information from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s Comcast account. A person claiming to have hacked into Brennan’s email spoke with the New York Post Monday, telling them he was motivated by opposition to U.S. foreign policy. The Post descirbed the anonymous hacker as a “stoner high school student” who said he was able to gain access by pretending to be a technician for Verizon, then tricking the company’s technical support department into giving him Brennan’s account number, password, and other details. He then called AOL, said he was Brennan, and requested a password change. The Washington Post



apple phoneApple bans hundreds of iPhone apps that secretly gathered personal info

Apple has removed hundreds of apps from the iTunes App Store that secretly collected personal information from anyone who downloaded them.

Most of the 256 affected apps were made in China, but they were available worldwide on the app store and were downloaded 1 million times, according to app analytics service SourceDNA, which first discovered the problem. Anyone who already downloaded the apps will still be able to use them but the apps won’t be updated. This is the third big lapse in Apple’s typically tight app store security in the past month.

Last week, Apple (AAPL, Tech30) banned a group of apps that were able to peek into encrypted communications between the iPhones they were installed on and the servers the phones communicated with. CNN



xi jinping in ukRights Protests in Britain as Xi Begins Visit

Human rights advocates are urging questions about China’s human rights record as Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a four-day visit that the British government is touting as an opportunity for the two countries to boost trade and investment.

The group Freedom Now, which represents detained Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia, released a letter Tuesday written by 12 fellow Nobel Peace Prize winners urging Cameron to call on China to set the pair free. The laureates, including Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, also ask that Cameron push for Liu Xia to be allowed to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Xi was greeted by Queen Elizabeth Tuesday at Buckingham Palace during a lavish welcoming ceremony.  Later in the day, Xi will address Britain’s parliament and attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.  Xi also holds talks Wednesday with Cameron, then has dinner at Cameron’s country retreat and makes visits to businesses. VOA