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India takes down Cambridge Analytica site

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NEW DELHI — With the row over Cambridge Analytica snowballing into a major political slugfest, the website of Ovleno Business Intelligence (OBI), the Indian affiliate of UK-based Cambridge Analytica (CA) firm at the center of the Facebook data breach row, was suspended on Wednesday night following

Cambridge Analytica, a political data-mining firm, has been accused of stealing data from 50 million Facebook users and used it to manipulate elections.

The British data analytics firm uses predictive analytics and behavioural sciences to map trends based on user data, thus influencing voters.

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Founded in 2013, the firm’s parent company Strategic Communications Laboratories tied up with Ovleno, an Indian firm, to provide services like ‘political campaign management’.

It had also worked with Donald Trump during his US Presidential election campaign in 2016.

Before it was taken down, Ovleno’s site had a page listing the BJP, the Congress and the JD(U) among its clients. But both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and main opposition Congress deny links with SCL India but have accused one another of utilising the services of the company.

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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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