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The Baloney Meter: Are there discrepancies in the CRA's Heartbleed timeline?

OTTAWA - "In order to reassure Canadians that your government is able to fully protect the vital private financial information of Canadian taxpayers, we are hoping you could explain apparent discrepancies in the timeline regarding this breach — i.e., the period between when you became aware of the bug, when you took action and the so-called six-hour window that allowed cyber thieves access to the internal workings of Canada Revenue Agency." — New Democrat MPs Charlie Angus and Murray Rankin, in a letter to National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay ---

A timeline of the Canada Revenue Agency's response to the Heartbleed bug

OTTAWA - A timeline of the Canada Revenue Agency's response to the Heartbleed bug: Monday, April 7: The Canada Revenue Agency says it was first informed of the Heartbleed bug. Tuesday, April 8: Two senior CRA officials testify at a parliamentary committee, which begins at 11 a.m. Neither make any mention of Heartbleed. Later that same day, the CRA shuts down public access to its online filing services. The agency says it has been working to implement a patch for the bug and test its systems.

Senegal ex-president's son to be tried for corruption

The flamboyant "super minister" son of former Senegalese leader Abdoulaye Wade is to be tried in June for corruption after accumulating a fortune valued at well over $1 billion, a judicial source said on Thursday. Karim Wade is alleged to have acquired by corrupt means companies and real estate valued at $1.4 billion (1 billion euros), including land in Dakar, a fleet of luxury cars and media and finance companies operating across Africa. "Karim Wade will remain in prison and will go on trial in two months for illicit enrichment," the ministry of justice source told AFP.

Senegal ex-president's son to be tried for corruption: judicial source

The son of former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade is to be tried in June for corruption after accumulating a fortune valued at well over $1 billion, a judicial source said on Thursday. Karim Wade is alleged to have acquired by corrupt means companies and real estate valued at $1.4 billion (one billion euros), including land in Dakar, a fleet of luxury cars and a number of media and finance companies operating across Africa. "Karim Wade will remain in prison and will go on trial in two months for illicit enrichment," the ministry of justice source told AFP.

Putin says Ukraine's decision to disbanded Berkut police will backfire

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine's Berkut riot police, a force disbanded by authorities in Kiev after being blamed for the deaths of protesters, had served honorably in the line of duty. Answering a question from a former Berkut officer in televised call-in with the nation, Putin told him "there is no doubt you and your colleagues ... professionally and honorably carried out your duty."

Putin makes thinly-veiled invasion threat as Ukraine talks open

Russian President Vladimir Putin left the door open to intervening in Ukraine Thursday in a thinly-veiled threat that coincided with the opening of crunch Geneva talks on the escalating crisis. Warning that the former Soviet republic was plunging into the "abyss", Putin said he hoped not to have to use his "right" to send Russian troops into Ukraine, just hours after three pro-Moscow separatists were killed in an overnight gunbattle with Ukrainian troops.

Bangladesh PM Hasina to visit Japan in late May

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is planning to visit Japan late next month to hold talks with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, Japanese government sources said Thursday. According to the sources, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida invited Hasina to Japan during his visit to Bangladesh in March, a symbol of Japan's new commitment to Bangladesh as there is little precedent of continued high-level talks between the two countries within such a short period of time.

N. Korea protests to UK over Kim Jong-Un hair poster

North Korea has written an official letter of complaint to Britain over a London hair salon's advert implying leader Kim Jong-Un has a bad hairstyle, the Foreign Office confirmed Thursday. The Stalinist state has failed to see the funny side of a discount haircuts advert featuring Kim at the M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London. The poster featured a large picture of Kim with his distinctive short-back-and-sides hairdo and the slogan: "Bad hair day? 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April."

N. Korea protests to UK over Kim Jong-Un hair poster

North Korea has written an official letter of complaint to Britain over a London hair salon's advert implying leader Kim Jong-Un has a bad hairstyle, the Foreign Office confirmed Thursday. The Stalinist state has failed to see the funny side of a discount haircuts advert featuring Kim at the M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London. The poster featured a large picture of Kim with his distinctive short-back-and-sides hairdo and the slogan: "Bad hair day? 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April."

Putin says Ukraine risks abyss, dialogue only solution

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused Ukraine's new authorities of driving the country towards the abyss but said that dialogue was the only way out of the intensifying crisis. "Only through dialogue, through democratic procedures and not with the use of armed forces, tanks and planes can order be imposed in the country," Putin said at the start of a major nationwide phone-in broadcast on Russian television.
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