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NSW Labor warns members their data could end up online after hacker’s deadline passes | Labor party From “World news | The Guardian”



New South Wales Labor has warned its members their data could be posted online as early as Saturday after the organisation was targeted by a ransomware attack and the hacker group’s deadline passed.On 5 May, NSW Labor’s systems were taken offline after the party fell victim to a ransomware attack by a hacker group known as Avaddon.The ransomware attack works by sending phishing emails with attachments that look like images but contain malware that steals and encrypts sensitive data. The hacker group then threatens to not only block the organisation accessing it, but to publish the sensitive data. The group also threatens the organisation with distributed denial of service attacks that would keep their systems offline.The information on NSW Labor members obtained by the group allegedly includes contracts, licences, passports and employee information.The hacker group gave NSW Labor 10 days to pay, and the party informed members last night as the deadline drew close that their data may end up online.“We have been working hard to investigate the incident and to protect our systems and prevent the personal data of members from being compromised. This incident has been our absolute priority,” the party told members in an email on Friday evening.”Despite our concerted efforts, there is a possibility that data held by NSW Labor has been compromised and may be leaked on Saturday morning. If this leak takes place, we will issue another member broadcast immediately.”The NSW police cyber crime squad and IT forensic experts have been brought in to investigate. A police spokesperson said detectives were still making inquiries.The party advised members that if data was leaked online they should change their banking passwords and email passwords, and may potentially need to update their passports, tax file numbers and other sensitive information.NSW Labor declined to comment further.The Australian Cyber Security Centre last week issued a high alert about the Avaddon ransomware group, stating multiple organisations across a wide variety of sectors had been targeted by the group in recent weeks.The law enforcement, government, pharmaceutical, academia, marketing, IT, construction and energy sectors had all been targeted in countries including Australia, Canada, the US, the UK, India and China.







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Parties In Nepal Struggle To Form New Government As Deadline Nears From “NDTV News – World-news”



KP Sharma Oli, whose party has 121 seats in Parliament, may again claim stake as the new prime minister.Kathmandu: Nepal’s political parties were struggling to reach a deal over the formation of a new government due to their factional feuds ahead of Thursday’s deadline set by the President after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli lost a crucial trust vote on Monday.The political stalemate comes at a time when the country is experiencing its worst COVID-19 surge with acute shortages of health facilities and oxygen for patients.The Nepali Congress, under the leadership of party president Sher Bahadur Deuba, on Tuesday decided to stake a claim for the prime minister’s post.But its plans to stake claim to a coalition government, however, seems to have hit a snag after a section of the Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP-N), led by Mahanta Thakur, has made clear that it won’t participate in any government formation process.The Mahanta Thakur-led faction has around 16 votes in the House of Representatives.The Nepali Congress has 61 votes, backed by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre), which has 49 votes.The Congress-Maoist Centre alliance has the support of around 15 lawmakers from the Upendra Yadav-led faction of the Janata Samajbadi Party.But together they can ensure just 125 votes-11 short of the required 136 in the 271-strong House to form a coalition government.President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has asked the Opposition parties to come up with the support of majority lawmakers to form a new government by 9 PM Thursday.In a bid to break the deadlock, CPN-UML lawmaker Bhim Bahadur Rawal, who belongs to the Madhav Kumar Nepal-Jhalanath Khanal faction of the party, on Tuesday urged lawmakers who were close to the two leaders to resign en masse to facilitate the formation of a new government.Bhim Bahadur Rawal on Wednesday wrote on his Twitter that to topple the Oli-led government, they needed to resign from the Parliament.”Extraordinary problems require extraordinary remedies. KP Sharma Oli should be toppled to prevent him from taking additional steps against national interests and party statute and to prevent him from engaging in undemocratic activities.””For that, we should resign as members of Parliament. This is appropriate in terms of political morality and legal principles,” Bhim Bahadur Rawal tweeted.If 28 UML lawmakers of the Nepal-Khanal faction, who had abstained from the voting process when KP Sharma Oli sought a vote of confidence on Monday resign en masse, it will make it easier for the Nepali Congress and the CPN-Maoist Centre to form a new government even if Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal ((JSP-N) lawmakers close to Thakur and Rajendra Mahato don’t support them.If the 28 UML lawmakers quit en masse, the strength of the 271-member House of Representatives will be reduced to 243.To avert the possible resignation of lawmakers close to the Nepal-led faction, KP Sharma Oli has withdrawn the party’s earlier decision to suspend four leaders.These leaders include Nepal, Bhim Bahadur Rawal, Surendra Pandey and Ghanashyam Bhusal.It was unclear whether the decision to revoke the suspension will stop the resignation of the lawmakers close to former prime minister Nepal.Nepal has given an ultimatum to the CPN-UML leadership to address their demands by 4:30 pm Thursday.KP Sharma Oli, who is the chairman of CPN-UML, held a telephone conversation with Nepal in an apparent bid to convince the dissident faction.Meanwhile, Baburam Bhattarai, a senior leader of JSP-N, said all parties needed to form a new national coalition government and hold elections in one year.Baburam Bhattarai said such a government should not be led by a former prime minister or the current prime minister.Baburam Bhattarai said such a government should be run based on a common minimum programme, should resolve the Covid crisis, and ensure economic relief packages, constitution amendment, and truth and reconciliation.Given the parties’ strengths and particularly the factional feuds in the CPN-UML and the Janata Samajbadi, many say the current numbers game is just a futile exercise and that the country, which has had eight different governments in a decade, would sooner or later head towards early polls, the Kathmandu Post reported.After KP Sharma Oli lost the trust vote, the NC, the CPN -MC and the faction of the JSP led by Yadav urged President Bhandari to invoke Article 76 (2) of the Constitution to pave the way for the formation of a new government.It says in cases where no party has a clear majority in the House, the President shall appoint as the prime minister a member of the House who can command the majority with the support of two or more parties in the lower house of Parliament.If two or more political parties failed to give a majority Prime Minister by Thursday evening then the President will invite parties to submit the name of a minority Prime Minister from the largest party as per Article 76 sub-clause 3 of the Constitution.In that case, KP Sharma Oli, whose party has 121 seats in Parliament, may again claim stake as the new prime minister.If KP Sharma Oli is appointed under the Constitution, he also needs to win the vote of confidence within 30 days from the date of the appointment.Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 last year after President Bhandari dissolved the House and announced fresh elections on April 30 and May 10 at the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, amidst a tussle for power within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).KP Sharma Oli’s move to dissolve the House sparked protests from a large section of the NCP led by his rival ”Prachanda”.In February, the top court reinstated the dissolved House, in a setback to KP Sharma Oli who was preparing for snap polls.Known for his pro-China stance, KP Sharma Oli had earlier served as the country’s prime minister from October 11, 2015, to August 3, 2016, during which Kathmandu’s ties with New Delhi had strained.KP Sharma Oli said in Parliament on Monday that it was “unfortunate” that a government that “tirelessly worked for the country’s development and nation-building” was being “targeted for narrow and partisan interests”.Prominent leaders, including Deuba and ‘Prachanda’, blamed KP Sharma Oli for his failure to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks.They said “corruption and scandals” had blocked the supply of timely delivery of vaccines from India.Just a month ago, the Himalayan nation of 31 million people was reporting about 100 COVID-19 cases a day.On Tuesday, it reported 9,483 new cases and 225 virus-related fatalities, according to its health ministry — the highest single-day death count since the pandemic began. 







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Israel’s president gives centrist Yair Lapid mandate to form government after PM Netanyahu misses deadline — RT World News From “RT World News”



The president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, has asked opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a government after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to secure enough support to form a coalition.

Lapid, the chairman of the centrist Yesh Atid party will have a 28-day mandate to form a government. He has so far received 56 recommendations from lawmakers from across Israel’s 120-seat Knesset.The politician has pledged to rotate as prime minister with Naftali Bennett, the chairman of the right-wing Yamina party, who has seven recommendations.Rivlin made the announcement in a televised speech on Wednesday, saying it was clear Lapid could form a government, given the support for him in the Knesset.

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Israel, which has held four elections in two years, has been “caught in a maze – if not a political crisis,” the president said.Earlier on Wednesday, Bennett urged all political parties to form a “broad emergency government” in order to avoid a fifth election.At midnight local time on Tuesday, Netanyahu, Israels longest-serving leader, missed the deadline to form a government.His right-wing Likud party won 30 seats in the Knesset in the March election, making it the largest party, ahead of Yesh Atid, which took 17 seats.Like this story? Share it with a friend!







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Israeli PM Netanyahu misses deadline to form government coalition, President Rivlin to decide next move — RT World News From “RT World News”



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to secure a governing coalition despite weeks of negotiations after the March election, leaving President Reuven Rivlin to decide whether to pass the job to another candidate.

Netanyahu missed a midnight deadline on Wednesday to pull together a majority coalition in Israel’s 120-seat Knesset, following weeks of wrangling between his Likud party and smaller players. Rivlin, who has three days to consult with lawmakers to determine a path forward, could allow the PM an extra two weeks to ink a unity deal, though it remains unclear whether he will do so, as Netanyahu has failed to form a government three times over the last two years.“Netanyahu informed the President’s Residence that he was unable to form a government and so returned the mandate to the president,” Rivlin’s office said in a statement, noting that the president would meet with party leaders on Wednesday morning.Though Netanyahu could have requested an extension from the president ahead of the deadline, he instead issued a statement blasting the right-wing Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett, who’s flirted with joining forces with Yair Lapid’s center-left Yesh Atid party. “Due to Bennett’s refusal to promise to only form a government with the right… the prime minister has returned the mandate to the president,” Netanyahu’s office said.

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The latest round of political deadlock comes after the country held its fourth election in just two years back in March, with several of those races failing to produce a ruling majority. Though Netanyahu was able to reach an unusual power-sharing deal with Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party last year, seeing the pair agree to a rotating premiership, the shaky coalition collapsed after Gantz accused Likud of reneging on a budget plan that was part of the original unity deal. A fourth election soon followed.Since the last race on March 23, in which Likud won 30 seats but failed to reach the 61-seat majority, Netanyahu has struggled to cobble together a coalition. Though he has approached some of his rivals with grand bargains, offering a power-sharing deal to Bennett, for example, all have rebuffed him.Perhaps underscoring his desperation, the PM also reached out an Arab Islamist party, Raam, which currently holds four Knesset seats, but the gesture immediately stoked protests from the Religious Zionism Party, accusing Raam of supporting terrorism.In a last-ditch effort to hold on to his post, Netanyahu endorsed a bill that would allow the Knesset itself to directly vote for a PM in a new snap election, though that project suffered a major setback on Tuesday night after Raam objected to the proposal, stalling it in committee. 

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Haaretz and the Times of Israel reported on Wednesday that Rivlin is expected to offer Lapid a chance to form a coalition. Haaretz cited a source saying that the president will choose Lapid even if Likud and other right-wing parties nominate Bennett as part of “a political game” aimed at boosting Netanyahu’s chances of staying PM into the next election.Axios news website cited Rivlin’s aides saying that Lapid will most likely be given the mandate to form the coalition.The power struggle comes at an extremely hard time for Netanyahu, who has been serving as PM for over a decade at this point. This week, a Jerusalem court continued to hear witnesses in the first of three corruption cases against the prime minister, in which Netanyahu is being accused of trading political favors with an owner of a media company in exchange for positive coverage. The PM vehemently denies any wrongdoing, but the allegations have dogged him for years, repeatedly sparking protests and counter-protests across the country.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!







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Israel’s Netanyahu fails to form government by deadline, prolonging political deadlock : worldnews From “World News”



This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 67%. (I’m a bot)There was also no guarantee that, after the conservative incumbent was unable to assemble a new coalition, parties outside his caretaker government could bridge their differences and unseat him.Netanyahu’s bloc of right-wing and Jewish religious parties failed to win a majority, but so did a camp aiming to oust him, which would have to include his right-wing rivals as well as traditional left-wing and centrist opponents.Bennett, 49, has voiced a preference to join Netanyahu but said he would seek a partnership with the prime minister’s opponents to avoid a fifth election as Israel reopens its economy following a swift COVID-19 vaccination rollout and grapples with the challenges of Iran’s nuclear programme.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: party#1 Netanyahu#2 new#3 minister#4 prime#5







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Netanyahu fails to form government by deadline, putting his political future in question From “World News”



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Israel’s Netanyahu fails to form government before deadline | Israel From “World news | The Guardian”



Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to form a coalition government, extending a two-year political deadlock in Israel – and putting the country’s longest-serving leader back on the defensive as his rivals move to unseat him.Following an inconclusive snap election on 23 March – the fourth since 2019 – the 71-year-old leader had hoped to clinch what would be a unique and historic partnership in Israeli politics.Netanyahu sought to forge an agreement between far-right Jewish politicians and a conservative Islamist party, called the United Arab List, or Ra’am in Hebrew.Without such a deal, the prime minister had few other options to form a majority government of 61 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, Israel’s parliament.Complicating his efforts and part of the reason for the political stalemate is Netanyahu’s corruption case. While he denies the charges, some politicians have pledged not to serve under a prime minister who is on trial.Still, as Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud party won the most seats in March, he was tasked by Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, to form a government within a mandated 28 days. With that period expiring at midnight on Tuesday, the president has two options.Rivlin could, as soon as Wednesday, give the opposition leader Yair Lapid, whose Yesh Atid party finished second in the March vote, another 28 days to try to form a government. Or he could ask parliamentarians to vote on a candidate.Lapid has welcomed the opportunity. He became head of the opposition after his predecessor, Benny Gantz, lost support when he made a power-sharing deal with Netanyahu that ultimately collapsed.“It’s time for a new government,” Lapid, 57, a former TV host and finance minister, said on Monday. “We can form a government.”However, there was no guarantee Lapid could bridge vast ideological differences in the Knesset.Meanwhile, Naftali Bennett, who was Netanyahu’s defence minister but has since run against him, has emerged as a potential kingmaker. The far-right politician has said he wants to oust the prime minister and avoid a potential fifth election – the inevitable outcome if no government is formed.Netanyahu said he had suggested a deal in which Bennett becomes prime minister for a year and then hands back power, but it was swiftly rejected. A similar “rotation” deal between Bennett and Lapid could be a possibility.Netanyahu is famed for political wizardry and has often appeared on the brink of losing power since he first took office in 1996, only to snatch it back.“This is a day for people with strong nerves,” Sima Kadmon, a political commentator, wrote in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. “As always, nobody knows what trick Netanyahu intends to pull out of his hat at the last minute.”However, writing in the competing Israel Hayom newspaper, the commentator Matti Tuchfeld said the Israeli leader was out of options: “Even the greatest magician of all times at some point runs out of rabbits.”







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Israel’s Netanyahu faces midnight deadline to form coalition From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a midnight deadline on Tuesday to put together a new coalition government — or be looking at the possibility of leading his Likud party into the opposition for the first time in 12 years.Netanyahu has struggled to secure a parliamentary majority since March 23 — when elections ended in deadlock for the fourth consecutive time in the past two years. Despite repeated meetings with many of his rivals and unprecedented outreach to the leader of a small Islamist Arab party, Netanyahu has not been able to close a deal during a four-week window.That window was to expire at midnight, at which point the matter returns to President Reuven Rivlin in the absence of an agreement.A failure to reach a deal would not immediately push Netanyahu out of office.Rivlin could give him an additional two weeks to form a coalition. He could give one of Netanyahu’s opponents an opportunity to form a government, or in a final move of desperation, send the matter straight to parliament.That would give lawmakers a chance to choose one of their own as a prime minister. If all options fail, the country would face another election this fall, meaning months of continued political paralysis.In the March 23 election, Netanyahu’s Likud emerged as the largest single party, with 30 seats in the 120-member parliament. But to form a government, he needs to have the support of a 61-seat majority.That task has been complicated in large part by members of his own religious and nationalist base.The New Hope party, led by a former Netanyahu aide, refuses to serve under the prime minister because of deep personal differences. Religious Zionism, a far-right party that espouses an openly racist platform, supports Netanyahu but has ruled out serving in a government with the Arab partners he has courted. Yamina, another right-wing party led by a former Netanyahu aide, has refused to commit to either him or his opponents.Story continuesOn Monday, Netanyahu said he had offered the head of Yamina, Naftali Bennett, the chance to share the job of prime minister in a rotation, with Bennett holding the post for the first year.Bennett responded: “I never asked Netanyahu to be prime minister. I asked to form a government. Unfortunately, he does not have that.”Looming over Netanyahu has been his ongoing corruption trial. Netanyahu has been charged with fraud, breach of trust and bribery in a series of scandals. The trial has moved into the witness phase, with embarrassing testimony accusing him of trading favors with a powerful media mogul. Netanyahu denies the charges.In recent days, he has appeared increasingly frustrated, coddling potential partners one day and then lashing out at them with vitriol the next. Last week’s deadly stampede at a religious festival, in which 45 ultra-Orthodox Jews were killed, has only complicated his task by creating an unwelcome diversion and calls for an official investigation into possible negligence on his watch.Netanyahu’s opponents, meanwhile, have been holding meetings of their own in an effort to cobble together a possible alternative government.Netanyahu has also suffered a series of embarrassing — and uncharacteristic — defeats in parliament.Earlier this month his opponents gained control of the powerful Arrangements Committee, which controls the legislative agenda until a new government is formed. Last week, he was forced to abandon his appointment of a crony as the interim justice minister, just before the Supreme Court appeared set to strike down the move.Despite all of Netanyahu’s vulnerabilities, it remains unclear whether his opponents can form an alternative government. The opposition includes a vast spectrum of parties that have little in common except for their animosity toward Netanyahu.If Netanyahu fails to put together a coalition by midnight, he will do his utmost to prevent his opponents from reaching an agreement in the coming weeks.That would keep him in office until the next election, allowing him to battle his corruption charges from the perch of the prime minister’s office and giving him yet another chance to win a new term, along with possible immunity from prosecution.







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