Texas bomber suspect dead; data breach academic a 'scapegoat'

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The only thing I did wrong was not to ask enough questions” says Aleksandr Kogan, the academic who collected the data of millions of Facebook users at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica row.

  • Texas bomber suspect dead – The suspected bomber in Austin, Texas serial bombings is dead after setting off an explosive device in his vehicle in a parking lot, the police chief said, identifying them only as a 24-year-old white male. Austin was targeted by four package bombings since March 2 that killed two people and wounded four, in a chain of events that left the Texas capital terrorized for 19 days, reports CNN. Police said the motives of the suspect were unknown.
  • Boko Haram releases schoolgirls, say witnesses – Boko Haram returned a number of the 110 schoolgirls it abducted from a school in Dapchi, northern Nigeria, witnesses said. The jihadist militant group dropped an unknown number of girls off in the center of the town, declaring “this is a warning to you all,” according to resident Ba’ana Musa as told to The Associated Press. In 2014, the organization abducted 276 schoolgirls from Chibok. Some of the Chibok girls escaped or were ransomed, but the location of more than 100 are still missing. (Read WikiTribune‘s previous coverage on Boko Haram’s kidnappings.)
  • French ex-president in second day of questioning – Former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy is facing a second day of questioning by anticorruption officers on Wednesday after being taken into police custody on March 20 over allegations that he received funding from the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for his 2007 presidential campaign. The allegations came from a French-Lebanese businessman, Ziad Takieddine, and some former Gaddafi regime officials. Sarkozy has always denied receiving any illegal campaign funding and has called the Libyan allegations “grotesque.” Sarkozy spent the night at his Paris home before returning to a police station in Nanterre, northwest of the French capital, for questioning, an anonymous source told the Associated Press.
    • In 2013 France opened an investigation into allegations that his 2007 campaign had benefited from illicit funds from Gaddafi.

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