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France revealed to be spying on its citizens’ phone calls, email and social media

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s external intelligence agency spies on the French public’s phone calls, emails and social media activity in France and abroad, the daily Le Monde said on Thursday. It said the DGSE intercepted signals from computers and telephones in France, and between France and other countries, although not…

Estonia tells European Union to rely less on U.S.-based ‘cloud’ storage

IT hub Estonia on Wednesday urged the European Union to rely less on US firms for “cloud” data storage, amid tensions over claims of US spying and data surveillance. “Recent months have proven once again that it’s very important for Europe to have its own data clouds that operate strictly…

Activists converge on Rahm Emanuel’s home for Fourth of July protest

Dozens of activists angry over austerity measures in Chicago used their Fourth of July holiday to demonstrate at the home of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. As of Thursday afternoon, over 400 people had indicated on a Facebook event page that they would be attending the “Block Party to Fight Austerity at…

Judges refuse to let up on order to reduce California prison overcrowding

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) – A federal court on Wednesday refused to back down from an order requiring California to reduce prison overcrowding by the end of the year, a goal that could force the early release of up to 10,000 inmates. The decision is the latest in a feud…

Brazilian man convicted of killing U.S. nun released on house arrest

A man sentenced to 27 years in prison for the 2005 murder of US nun Dorothy Stang has been placed under house arrest in Brazil after serving only eight years behind bars, a lawyer said Thursday. Rayfran das Neves Sales “was released Tuesday and is already home. A judge determined…

Iceland bill to grant citizenship to Snowden could be foiled by fisheries

Three political parties in Iceland have put forward a bill that would grant citizenship to National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden, but it could be delayed by fisheries legislation. According the the Icelandic news service RUV, MPs representing Brighter Future, Piran (Pirate Party) and the Green Party backed the…

Gambia to punish those who spread ‘false news’ with 15 years in prison and $100,000 fine

BANJUL (Reuters) – Gambia’s parliament has made sweeping changes to the country’s information law, introducing new legislation that threatens those who spread “false news” with 15 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. The government said the changes were needed to ensure stability and prevent “unpatriotic behavior” but they are…

Fertility centers report ‘misleadingly’ high success rates for IVF treatment

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Fertility centers are mandated to report the number of in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles they perform, but a new study suggests those data may give some practices misleadingly high success rates. Researchers looked at a database maintained by the Society for Assisted…

Snowden gets proposal tweet from ex-Cold War spy

By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) – A tabloid says Vladimir Putin is Russia’s most eligible bachelor, but the president may have competition from an American half his age: Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor believed to be holed up at a Moscow airport. Snowden, 30, has received a…

California passes transgender bathroom rights bill

A bill passed this week in California would make it a violation of state law to prevent K-12 schools from prohibiting a transgender students from using whichever bathroom they feel most comfortable using, according to the Associated Press. The California Senate approved A.B. 1266 on Wednesday in a 21-9 vote.…

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