World briefs :2 US cops shot dead in 'ambush-style' strikes

2 US cops shot dead in 'ambush-style' strikes

DES MOINES (Iowa) • Two police officers were shot dead in Iowa's Des Moines area in separate "ambush-style attacks" yesterday. Police have caught the suspect, Scott Michael Greene, 46, and have taken him into custody, a police spokeswoman in Urbandale said.


Saudi prince caned and jailed

DUBAI • A prince of Saudi Arabia's ruling Al Saud family was given lashes in a prison in Jeddah as a court-ordered punishment, less than a month after the kingdom executed another prince for murder.

Saudi paper Okaz reported yesterday the prince had been sentenced to caning and jail but did not specify the charges.


Windows vulnerability 'exploited by hackers'

SAN FRANCISCO • Microsoft warned that a Windows vulnerability exposed by rival Google was being exploited by a hacking group suspected of cyber attacks on US political institutions.

Hackers that Microsoft researchers call "Strontium" launched a low-volume spear-phishing campaign aimed at a specific set of people, Windows and Devices Group executive vice-president Terry Myerson said in a blog post on Tuesday. Spear phishing involves tricking people with personally crafted e-mails that get them to click on links or files booby-trapped with malicious code that infects machines.


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