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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

BBC News - Israel tops cyber-readiness poll but China lags behind

BBC News - Israel tops cyber-readiness poll but China lags behind
BBC News - Israel, Finland and Sweden are seen as leading the way in "cyber-readiness", according to a major new security report.

BBC News - Strong 6.3 earthquake hits Peru's central coastline

BBC News - Strong earthquake hits Peru's central coastline

Monday, January 30, 2012

Japan population seen falling 30 percent by 2060 - Yahoo!

Japan population seen falling 30 percent by 2060 - Yahoo!

BBC News - Spanair collapses, stranding 20,000 people

BBC News - Spanair collapses, stranding 20,000 people
BBC News - Spain's fourth-largest airline Spanair has collapsed, leaving more than 20,000 passengers stranded across Europe and Africa.

BBC News - Russia 'to block' Syria vote at UN Security Council

BBC News - Russia 'to block' Syria vote at UN Security Council
BBC News - Russia has said it will block a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for a transfer of power in Syria because it "leaves open the possibility of intervention" in Syria's affairs.

BBC News - Afghan woman is killed 'for giving birth to a girl'

BBC News - Afghan woman is killed 'for giving birth to a girl'
BBC News - A woman in north-eastern Afghanistan has been arrested for allegedly strangling her daughter-in-law for giving birth to a third daughter.

Feds: Megaupload files may be deleted this week - CNN.com

Feds: Megaupload files may be deleted this week - CNN.com

Feds: Megaupload files may be deleted this week - CNN.com

Feds: Megaupload files may be deleted this week - CNN.com

China cracks down on unrest ahead of Tibetan holiday - CNN.com

China cracks down on unrest ahead of Tibetan holiday - CNN.com
CNN - Thousands of Chinese security forces have flooded into an ethnically Tibetan area of southwestern China following large protests that led to violent, sometimes deadly, clashes with the police.

Amid anger and despair over Chinese rule, a series of recent self-immolations by Tibetans has spurred the unrest in the region ahead of the Tibetan New Year next month.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Afghan family convicted in Canada 'honor murders' - CNN.com

Family convicted in Canada 'honor murders' - CNN.com
CNN - A Canadian jury Sunday convicted a family of Afghan immigrants of the "honor" murders of four female relatives whose bodies were found in an Ontario canal.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Building in Brazil partially collapses after blast - CNN.com

Building in Brazil partially collapses after blast - CNN.com
CNN - An 18-story building partially collapsed after an explosion in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro Wednesday, state media reported.

Navy SEALs raid rescues Somalia aid workers - CNN.com

Navy SEALs raid rescues Somalia aid workers - CNN.com
BBC News - U.S. special forces swooped into Somalia in a pair of helicopters in a daring overnight raid to rescue two kidnapped aid workers -- an American and a Dane -- and killed several gunmen in the operation, an American official said Wednesday.

BBC News - China says one Tibetan killed in second Sichuan clash

BBC News - China says one Tibetan killed in second Sichuan clash
BBC News - China has confirmed that a Tibetan was shot dead in Sichuan province, the second violent clash with security forces this week.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

BBC News - Spain's stolen babies and the families who lived a lie

BBC News - Spain's stolen babies and the families who lived a lie
BBC News - Spanish society has been shaken by allegations of the theft and trafficking of thousands of babies by nuns, priests and doctors, which started under Franco and continued up to the 1990s.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15335899

BBC News - Croatia EU referendum: Voters back membership

BBC News - Croatia EU referendum: Voters back membership
BBC News - Near complete results from Croatia's referendum on European Union membership suggest that a large majority of people want to join the EU in 2013.

Friday, January 20, 2012

BBC News - Sopa and Pipa bills postponed in US Congress

BBC News - Sopa and Pipa bills postponed in US Congress

BBC News - Cuban hunger striker Wilmar Villar dies in jail

BBC News - Cuban hunger striker Wilmar Villar dies in jail
BBC News - A jailed Cuban political dissident has died, 50 days after beginning a hunger strike, a human rights group says.

Wilmar Villar was protesting against a four-year prison sentence for taking part in a demonstration.

The Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission said the 31-year-old had died in hospital after being critically ill for several days.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16644899

BBC News - Hackers retaliate over Megaupload website shutdown

BBC News - Hackers retaliate over Megaupload website shutdown
BBC News - Hackers have targeted the US government and copyright organisations following the shutdown of the Megaupload file-sharing website.

A statement attributed to Anonymous claimed responsibility.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Huffington Post - SOPA Blackout Aims To Block Internet Censorship Bill

SOPA Blackout Aims To Block Internet Censorship Bill
Huffington Post - Thousands of websites, including some of the most popular, are going dark today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill which is designed to thwart copyright infringement but that Web experts warn could threaten the functionality of the Internet.

Encyclopedia giant Wikipedia, popular news-sharing site reddit, browser pioneer Mozilla, photo-sharing favorite Twitpic and even ICanHazCheezburger.com are blocking access to content throughout Wednesday, symbolizing what the bill may allow content creators to do to sites they accuse of copyright infringement. Other websites, including Google, are expressing solidarity with the protests by featuring anti-SOPA content on home pages.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

BBC News - Wikipedia joins web blackout in Sopa protest

BBC News - Wikipedia joins web blackout in Sopa protest
BBC News - Wikipedia plans to take its English-language site offline on Wednesday as part of protests against proposed anti-piracy laws in the US.

The user-generated news site Reddit and the blog Boing Boing have also said they will take part in the "blackout".

Monday, January 16, 2012

Wikipedia, Reddit plan site blackouts in SOPA protest - CNNMoney

Wikipedia, Reddit plan site blackouts in SOPA protest - Jan. 16, 2012
CNNMoney - A handful of large websites will go dark on Wednesday to protest an anti-piracy bill that critics say will wreck the Internet as we know it.


Wikipedia, user-submitted news site Reddit, the blog Boing Boing and the Cheezburger network of comedy sites all plan to participate in the blackout. The protest is their response to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill, a piece of proposed legislation that is working its way through Congress.


Read full story at CNNMoney: http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/16/technology/sopa_wikipedia/

Deaths, detentions mount in Syria, activists say - CNN.com

Deaths, detentions mount in Syria, activists say - CNN.com
CNN - Government forces killed at least 13 people in Syria on Monday, including five soldiers who died trying to defect during a firefight and five people who were shot to death waiting in line at a bakery, opposition groups said.

At least 20 people were wounded when the Syrian army bombarded homes in the Damascus suburb of Zabadani, according to the Local Coordination Committee, an opposition group that organizes and reports on protests.

Zappos.com hacked; 24 million customers affected - CNN

Zappos.com hacked; 24 million customers affected – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs

Friday, January 13, 2012

BBC News - US to withdraw two Europe combat brigades

BBC News - US to withdraw two Europe combat brigades
BBC News - The US is to withdraw some 7,000 combat troops from Europe, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has announced, as part of measures to reduce military spending.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/16543456

BBC News - US to withdraw two Europe combat brigades

BBC News - US to withdraw two Europe combat brigades
BBC News - The US is to withdraw some 7,000 combat troops from Europe, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has announced, as part of measures to reduce military spending.

Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/16543456

'Two dead' and thousands evacuated as cruise ship runs aground off coast of Italy - Telegraph

'Two dead' and thousands evacuated as cruise ship runs aground off coast of Italy - Telegraph

BBC News - US to exchange ambassadors with Burma

BBC News - US to exchange ambassadors with Burma
BBC News - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that Washington will start the process of exchanging ambassadors with Burma.

The announcement came hours after the country's most prominent political dissidents were released from jail.

BBC News - Burma frees high-profile dissidents in amnesty

BBC News - Burma frees high-profile dissidents in amnesty
BBC News - Burma's most important dissidents have been released, in the latest of a series of prisoner amnesties.

Those freed include veterans of the 1988 student protest movement, monks involved in the 2007 demonstrations and ethnic-minority activists.

BBC News - Burma government signs ceasefire with Karen rebels

BBC News - Burma government signs ceasefire with Karen rebels

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Will Google, Amazon, And Facebook Black Out The Net? | Fox News

Will Google, Amazon, And Facebook Black Out The Net? | Fox News
Fox NewsIn the growing battle for the future of the Web, some of the biggest sites online -- Google, Facebook, and other tech stalwarts -- are considering a coordinated blackout of their sites, some of the web’s most popular destinations.
No Google searches. No Facebook updates. No Tweets. No Amazon.com shopping. Nothing. 
The action would be a dramatic response to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill backed by the motion picture and recording industries that is intended to eliminate theft online once and for all. HR 3261 would require ISPs to block access to sites that infringe on copyrights -- but how exactly it does that has many up in arms. The creators of some of the web's biggest sites argue it could instead dramatically restrict law-abiding U.S. companies -- and reshape the web as we know it.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/12/30/will-google-amazon-and-facebook-blackout-net/#ixzz1jJgcqxO6

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

First Western journalist killed in Syrian uprising - CNN.com

First Western journalist killed in Syrian uprising - CNN.com
CNN - A French journalist died Wednesday in a mortar strike on a pro-government rally in Homs, the first Western journalist to die in the Syrian uprising.

He is Gilles Jacquier of the France 2 TV network, the network confirmed.

The violence comes as international journalists and Arab League monitors viewed the tumult rippling across restive cities. The death occurred in a Syrian city that has become the symbol of grass-roots resistance against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

A journalist who witnessed the incident told CNN that a civilian also died in the strike. Another European journalist and nine civilians were injured.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Killing continues in Syria, Arab League says - CNN.com

Killing continues in Syria, Arab League says - CNN.com
CNN - Syrian tanks have withdrawn from residential areas in cities, but snipers remain a threat, and killings are still occurring, the head of the Arab League said Monday.

BBC News - Obama unveils new strategy for 'leaner' US military

BBC News - Obama unveils new strategy for 'leaner' US military
BBC News - The US military will become "leaner" while maintaining superiority as it switches focus to the Asia-Pacific, US President Barack Obama has announced.