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World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium announces that WebAuthn, a standard for password-free logins on the web, is now an official web standard.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced that the Web Authentication API (WebAuthn) is an official web standard for password-free logins on the web.


Intel makes Thunderbolt 3 open and royalty-free and gives the specification to USB Implementers Forum, while USB Promoter Group announces the USB4 specification that is based on Thunderbolt 3. USB4 supports 40 Gbps transfer rates and enables the use of multiple data and display protocols simultaneously.

What's New: Intel is well on its way to making the innovation delivered with Thunderbolt™ 3 available to everyone. Today, Intel announced that it

2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis

Venezuelan National Assembly-declared interim President Juan Guaidó defies Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's threats and returns to Venezuela where he is received by tens of thousands of people in Caracas.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A defiant Juan Guaido returned home to Venezuela on Monday despite concerns the opposition leader might be detained and urged supporters at a rally to intensify their...


Canadian Treasury Board President Jane Philpott resigns having lost confidence in the government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Treasury Board President Jane Philpott cites her "ethical responsibilities" as she quits.

Stormy Daniels–Donald Trump scandal

"The New Yorker" reports that Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch prevented the release of a story about hush money which Donald Trump paid to Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election because Murdoch wanted Trump to win the election.

Fox News has always been partisan. But has it become propaganda?

Cabinet of Donald Trump

The United States Department of Justice announces that former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has resigned from the Department, with his final day in the department having been March 2. He had remained in the Department as a senior counselor to the Associate Attorney General after his stint as acting Attorney General.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has left the Justice Department. Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec says Whitaker's last day was...

2020 United States presidential election

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announces he is running for the Democratic Party's nomination to be President of the United States in the 2020 presidential election.

John Hickenlooper becomes the second governor to jump into the sprawling Democratic 2020 contest.

United States Special Counsel investigation

Newly confirmed Attorney General William Barr announces he will not recuse himself from the special counsel's investigation, per the advice of the Justice Department's ethics officials.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from overseeing Speci...

Cuba–United States relations

The Trump administration announces it will allow lawsuits by U.S. citizens against dozens of Cuban companies and other entities concerning property confiscated by the Cuban government. A spokesperson says Cuba's support for Venezuela's incumbent president, Nicolás Maduro, was taken into consideration when the decision was made.

The Trump administration said on Monday it would allow lawsuits by U.S. citizens...


Germany says it will amend the German nationality law to strip dual nationals of their citizenship who have fought for foreign militant groups, such as ISIL.

Germany plans to strip dual nationals who fight for a foreign militant group of their German citizenship, the government said Monday, as Western nations eye the return of IS jihadists warily.


A 4.6 magnitude earthquake is felt in central Alberta just before 6 a.m. The epicentre was determined to be just south of Red Deer, and is believed to be the result of tectonic activity east of the Rocky Mountains. No structural damage or injuries are reported, and it is unlikely to cause aftershocks.

Central Island National Park

A helicopter crashes in Central Island National Park, Kenya, killing four American tourists and their Kenyan pilot.

Four Americans and their Kenyan pilot died in the crash in Central Island National Park.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis announces the Vatican's historical archives of Pope Pius XII's pontificate (1939–1958) will be accessible to scholars next year, effective 2 March 2020.

The announcement was made during an audience for managers and staff of the Vatican Secret Archives, which took place on the occasion of the 80th ...