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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive in Tokyo on July 28, 2013, with their children Pax, Shiloh and Knox.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive in Tokyo on July 28, 2013, with their children Pax, Shiloh and Knox.PHOTO: EPA

Police deny Brad Pitt probed for alleged child abuse

The Los Angeles Police Department denied reports that Brad Pitt was under investigation for child abuse and said authorities had received no such allegations against the actor.

“We have no report in our record for any filings for Brad Pitt, we are not having any investigations regarding Brad Pitt,” police spokesman Lorenzo Quezada told AFP.

The LA County Department of Children and Family Services also denied that it had confirmed to any media outlets the allegations against Pitt.

Several media outlets on Tuesday reported that Pitt had been verbally and physically abusive to at least one of his six children during an angry outburst that contributed to Angelina Jolie seeking a divorce.


Yahoo says 500 million accounts hacked in 2014 by 'state-sponsored actor', may be largest cyber-breach in history

Yahoo said a massive attack on its network in 2014 allowed hackers to steal data from half a billion users and may have been “state sponsored.”

Yahoo, which confirmed details of the breach months after reports of a major hack, said its investigation concluded that “certain user account information was stolen” and that the attack came from “what it believes is a state-sponsored actor.”

Yahoo said the stolen information may have included names, e-mail address, birth dates, and scrambled passwords, along with encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers that could help hackers break into victims’ other online accounts.


Image purported to be Michelle Obama's passport posted online

An image purported to be a scanned copy of US First Lady Michelle Obama’s passport was leaked online alongside personal e-mails said to belong to a low-level White House staffer who worked with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of the passport or related documents, the latest dump of sensitive material by a hacking entity US intelligence officials suspect is linked to Russia.

The White House declined to comment on their validity, but spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration was taking the matter seriously.


Pentagon helping South-east Asian allies tackle ISIS

The United States is helping South-east Asian allies do more to prevent the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group from gaining a greater foothold in the area, senior Pentagon officials said.

ISIS has already established a presence in several countries across the region including Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and authorities worry both about domestic attacks and nationals travelling to join the militants in Iraq and Syria.

General Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the United States is helping partners share intelligence and information on extremist groups.


Formula One: Ricciardo tips Rosberg for F1 title

Australian Daniel Ricciardo has spoken of the awkward pre-podium silences between Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, while tipping the latter for the season's Formula One title.

The smiling Red Bull driver finished second in Singapore last weekend, with Rosberg winning and triple champion Hamilton third. The result sent Rosberg back on top in the championship, the German now eight points clear of Hamilton with six rounds remaining.

"The best part is if you get on the podium with them two, in the room before we go out on the podium just after the race, you take the helmet off and it's awkward for me because it's just so silent," said Ricciardo. "I don't like silence too much, so I'm like trying to either talk to myself or make conversation with them but they are just happy enjoying the awkward silence."