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U.S: Russia hacks White House sensitive information-U.S Official

(By Estera Popowska)
A U.S. official has told CNN Wednesday that Russian hackers accessed White House computer system including access to sensitive information. According to U.S. officials the Russian hackers had access to information such as real-time non-public details of the president's schedule. According to news analysis, although such information is not classified, it is still highly sensitive and prized by foreign intelligence agencies.

U.S: White Police officer charged for shooting dead a black man in S. Carolina

(Estera Popowska)
A video has emerged Wednesday purportedly showing a white police man in South Carolina shooting a black man running away from him. According to BBC, the police officer has been charged with murder.

Police officer Michael Slager was reportedly arrested Tuesday by State investigators after viewing the mobile phone video of the shooting.
According to authorities, the black man, Walter Lamer Scott was shot after the officer had already targeted him with a stun gun. BBC said the US Department of Justice is set to launch an investigation.

U.S: Killer of Three Muslim students face death sentence-judge

(By Estera Popowska)

A man accused of killing three Muslim students can face the death penalty, a North Carolina judge has ruled, reports CNN. According to reports, the U.S man, Craig Hicks is charged with the murders of Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister, 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.

South Korea: Samsung projects $5.44bn profit in three months

(By Estera Popowska)

For the first three months of 2015,South Korea's Samsung Electronics has projected a quarterly operating profit of $5.44bn; or £3.65bn, reports BBC.
While the projection is above what the market had forecast, BBC reports that the forecasts ‘would mark a fall of more than 30% in profit from a year earlier.’

U.S: World's oldest person dies at 116 just days after breaking record

The world's oldest known and recorded person, Gertrude Weaver has died Monday in Arkansas at the age of 116-year-old, just days after acquiring the record, reports AP.
Following the death of a 117-year-old Japanese woman last week, Weaver, who was born in 1898, became the oldest person in the world according to records kept by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group.

AP reported that the Williams Funeral Home confirmed Weaver died just after 10 a.m. Monday at the Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden, about 100 miles southwest of Little Rock.

Turkey: Authorities block Twitter and YouTube over prosecutor's online photographs

Following an online publication of photographs of an Istanbul prosecutor held at gunpoint by far-left militants hours before he was killed in a shootout last week, Turkey blocked access to Twitter and YouTube on Monday officials said.

According to a Turkish Presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin, a prosecutor had sought the block on access to social media sites because some media organisations had acted “as if they were spreading terrorist propaganda” in sharing the images, according to Reuters. 

Indonesia: Court dismisses clemency appeal for Australians on death row for drugs smuggling

An Indonesian court has dismissed a bid by Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan to challenge the decision by Indonesia’s president not to give them clemency.
Guardian has reported however that the lawyer of the pair, who are also known as Bali Nine will now file a challenge to the constitutional court.

According to an analysis of this case, Monday’s appeal in the state administrative court in Jakarta appeared likely to be the Australian pair’s last legal avenue to save them from the firing squad for their involvement in the 2005 Bali Nine heroin smuggling ring.