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Relatives of Akram Hussain,
a civilian killed in gunfire
allegedly from the Pakistan
side of the border, weep at
their village in Ranbir Singh
Pura region, about 35 km
(22 miles) from Jammu,
India, yesterday. India and
Pakistan traded gunfire in
the disputed Kashmir
region yesterday, killing two
villagers on each side and
wounding several others,
officials said. Tensions have
escalated in Kashmir since
India earlier in the week
called off diplomatic talks
with Pakistan because the
Pakistani ambassador in
New Delhi met with
separatist leaders from the
disputed region. AP PHOTO
Egypt yesterday called on Israel and the
Palestinians to halt fire and resume peace
talks, but violence continued unabated
with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip
and Hamas militants firing rockets at the
A senior Egyptian diplomat said Pales-
tinian President Mahmoud Abbas had
informed Sisi that Hamas was prepared to
come to Cairo for further talks, but Hamas
did not immediately confirm the report.
Israel also had no immediate comment.
Gaza health officials said five people,
including two children, were killed in an
Israeli strike on a house in central Gaza.
Four more Palestinians were killed in other
strikes. The Israeli military said it bombed
about 20 targets across the Hamas-dom-
inated strip, including rocket launchers and
weapon caches. It said Gaza militants had
fired more than 40 rockets at Israel.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry issued a
short statement yesterday calling on both
sides to resume talks. Palestinian President
Abbas, in Cairo after meeting President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, also urged swift
resumption of negotiations.
The Egyptian diplomat said Cairo expect-
ed to receive responses from both Israel and
Hamas, the Islamist militant group which
dominates Gaza, by Monday.
The talks, conducted in Cairo, do not
involve direct meetings between Israeli offi-
cials and representatives of Hamas. Israel
considers Hamas a terrorist organisation
and Hamas for its part refuses to recognise
Israel. Egyptian officials shuttle between
the two sides.
Hamas has said it will not stop fighting
until the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza
is lifted. Both Israel and Egypt view Hamas
as a security threat and are reluctant to
make sweeping concessions without guar-
antees weapons will not enter the econom-
The United Nations says about 400,000
Gazans have been displaced and more than
400 children killed in the longest and dead-
liest violence between Israel and the Pales-
tinians since the second Intifada, or Pales-
tinian uprising, a decade ago. (Reuters)
Egypt calls for
BOSTON/WASHINGTON: A cyber attack at a firm
that performs background checks for US govern-
ment employees compromised data of at least
25,000 workers, including some undercover inves-
tigators, and that number could rise, agency officials
said on Friday.
The breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US
Investigations Services (USIS) exposed highly personal
information of workers at the Department of Home-
land Security s headquarters as well as its US Immi-
gration and Customs Enforcement and US Customs
and Border Protection units. The information includes
Social Security numbers, education and criminal his-
tory, birth dates along with information about spouses,
other relatives and friends, including their names
"Records including this data were exposed to unau-
thorised users during the cybersecurity intrusion,"
according to a notification letter obtained by Reuters.
"We do not yet know whether the data was actually
taken." One DHS official told Reuters the agency has
identified some 25,000 employees whose information
it believes were exposed in the breach.
While the number of employees affected is relatively
small compared to breaches at retailers such as Target
Corp, which have affected tens of millions of cus-
tomers, security experts say the attack on USIS is
nonetheless quite serious.
Files on background checks contain highly sensitive
data that foreign intelligence agencies could attempt
to exploit to intimidate government workers with
access to classified information. "They would be
collecting this data to identify individuals who might
be vulnerable to extortion and recruitment," said
Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology officer with
cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, which sells intelli-
gence on state-sponsored cyber attacks.
The Department of Homeland Security has sus-
pended all work with USIS since the breach was dis-
closed and the FBI launched an investigation.
USIS says it is the biggest commercial provider of
background investigations to the federal government,
with over 5,700 employees, and provides services in
all US states and territories, as well as abroad. A
spokeswoman for Altegrity, which owns USIS,
declined comment. Altegrity is majority owned by
Providence Equity Partners. (Reuters)
US investigators among those
exposed in data breach
Pakistan and India exchanged fire
near the border in the disputed Kashmir
region early yesterday, killing at least
two people from each country.
The Indian paramilitary border
security force said Pakistani forces fired
shots and mortar rounds near the
border, killing a father and his eight-
year-old son, and injuring four others,
including a trooper. A spokesman for
the security force called the action from
the Pakistani side "unprovoked."
The Pakistani military said an
intermittent exchange of fire continues
between the countries. It accused
Indian troops of "unprovoked" opening
fire on the working boundary near
Sialkot, killing two civilians---a woman
and a 60-year-old man. The two
nuclear-armed countries agreed to a
bilateral ceasefire in November 2003.
But it has suffered breaches since last
year. The latest round of violence has
triggered the dislocation of more than
1,000 border residents, an Indian official
Kashmir has been in the throes of
separatist violence since 1989. (CNN)
Deaths in Pakistan-India border fire
NASSAU, BAHAMAS: A cluster of storms in the
northern Caribbean is heading toward the Bahamas.
The National Hurricane Center said yesterday that
the storm was moving west-northwestward and was
expected to pass over or near the southeastern
Bahamas yesterday. It had generated heavy rains and
wind over parts of Haiti, the Dominican Republic
and Puerto Rico.
The system has already downed several trees and
power lines in Puerto Rico, as well as left several
thousands of people without power or water. The
storm is expected to move near or over the central
Bahamas today. (AP)
Storm to strengthen
as it aims for Bahamas
MADRID: Spanish police working in
cooperation with the US Drug Enforce-
ment Agency say they have arrested six
members of a Colombian-based drug-
trafficking gang and seized 240 kilo-
grams (530 pounds) of cocaine that had
been hidden inside a yacht.
According to yesterday s police state-
ment, their investigation opened in April
after police learned that a Spanish citizen
based in Colombia was smuggling cocaine
into Europe by sea.
Police say they raided three premises
after the gang leader, his wife and four
gang members from Colombia travelled
to Spain as part of their latest cocaine-
smuggling operation. The gang leader
and his wife were arrested in Madrid,
the four henchmen in the southwest
province of Huelva.
The drugs were found concealed within
the hull of the yacht at the Huelva port
of El Rompido.
Spain busts Colombian cocaine-smuggling gang
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