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Morocco hosts Libya peace talks

N-backed talks start in Rabat, hours after airplanes bomb airport in Tripoli amid continuing conflict.

United Nations-brokered peace talks aimed at resolving the political turmoil in Libya have started in Morocco, hours after the airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli was bombed.

Warplanes from Libya's UN-recognised parliament in Tobruk carried out the air strikes on the airport in Tripolii, which is currently governed by a rival administration.

The jets hit an open area near the runway at Maitiga airport on Thursday morning but caused no major damage and the airport was operating normally, a security source at the airport told the Reuters news agency.

Libya's legislators are split between the UN-recognised government in the eastern city of Tobruk and the General National Congress, a rival legally-installed government in the capital, Tripoli.

The political turmoil fuelled rival militias and allowed fighters claiming association with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) gr…

“Cyber Security Loophole”- Bank Hackers “Unfettered Access” To Accounts

– Bank accounts at majority of banks in Britain and Ireland are vulnerable to hacking says Financial Times

- Two-step authentication process used by most banks is inadequate

- Vulnerabilities identified similar to those that were used by hackers to steal up to $1 billion across Eastern Europe

- UK regulator says bank customers must be reimbursed, banks are responsible for security

- Highlights risks to deposits and systemic risk should such vulnerabilities be exploited in cyber-warfare or indeed for monetary gain

The vulnerability of banks and the global banking system – reliant as it has become on computer systems, information technology and the internet – was highlighted yet again in an important article in the Financial Times on Tuesday which was largely ignored elsewhere.

The FT reports that it has come into possession of documents and correspondence between the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and a cyber security firm, Bronzeye that identify “serious security issues” at British h…

NATO is using Ukraine crisis to advance towards Russian borders - Defense Ministry

Soldiers of the U.S. Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment, deployed in Latvia as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve, ride in armored vehicles named "Stryker" during a joint military exercise in Adazi February 26, 2015.(Reuters / Ints Kalnins)

NATO is using the situation in Ukraine to push closer to Russia's border, according to the Russian deputy defense minister. He says the Alliance's activities have expanded considerably over the past years.

In their push, Anatoly Antonov says Allied forces are ignoring diplomacy.

"We've noticed that NATO member states are using the situation in southeastern Ukraine as a pretext to discard all diplomatic conventions, tricks and slogans and push forward, closer to the Russian border."

According to the minister, what NATO is doing is completely out of proportion with what NATO commanders call the build-up of Russian forces on its side of the border in Ukraine. "NATO's activities are many times greate…