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Finland to boost web surveillance after Norway attacks

HELSINKI — Finnish police said Monday they will monitor the Internet more rigorously for evidence of extremists plots following last week’s twin massacres in neighbouring Norway. Deputy police commissioner Robin Lardot said his forces will play closer attention to fragmented pieces of information — known as “weak signals” — in…

Germany opens taboo-shattering Wagner festival

BAYREUTH, Germany — Germany’s 100th Wagner opera festival kicked off here Monday in an edition that will include a taboo-busting performance by an Israeli orchestra. The annual tribute to the works of the 19th-century composer, a fervent anti-Semite who later inspired Nazi leaders, will include for the first time a…

Obama: Working without Congress ‘tempting’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said Monday it was “tempting” to think of going it alone without Congress after weeks of trying to forge an elusive debt deal with his Republican foes. “Believe me, right now dealing with Congress… the idea of doings things on my own is very…

Amnesty International website blocked in Saudi Arabia

LONDON — Rights group Amnesty International said on Monday that its website has been blocked in Saudi Arabia after the group criticised a draft Saudi anti-terrorism law. “Access to Amnesty International’s website has been blocked in Saudi Arabia… following the organization’s criticism of a draft anti-terror law that would stifle…

Dow Jones panel defends Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — A special committee set up to ensure the editorial integrity of The Wall Street Journal following its 2007 purchase by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. said Monday it found no evidence of wrongdoing at the newspaper. But the five-person committee did say that the Journal was “slower than it…

U.S. denies killing Iranian scientist

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday denied Iranian accusations it assassinated a scientist and urged the Islamic regime not to use the incident to “distract attention” from its contested nuclear program. Assailants shot dead Dariush Rezaei-Nejad, who was reportedly associated with the defense ministry, and wounded his wife as…

‘Anonymous’ attacks Italian cyber police website

ROME — Hacker groups LulzSec and Anonymous announced on Monday that they had hacked into the website of Italy’s cyber police and published classified information online in an attack dubbed “Operation Italy”. The police unit admitted it had been hacked but did not confirm or deny that any information had…

Lawsuit filed against New York same sex marriage law

NEW YORK — A group of religious leaders filed a lawsuit Monday against a newly approved gay marriage law in New York state and hundreds of same-sex unions celebrated over the weekend. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms filed the lawsuit in state court in Livingston County where one of the…

China closes two fake Apple stores

Chinese authorities have closed two fake Apple stores in the country’s southwestern Yunnan province, state media reported Monday, following a storm of publicity over the rip-off shops. An investigation of 300 IT stores in the city of Kunming found five outlets using the Apple trademark without the US giant’s permission,…

Japan passes second recovery budget

Japan’s parliament on Monday enacted a $25 billion extra budget to pay for relief and rebuilding after the March 11 quake-tsunami, as Prime Minister Naoto Kan faced mounting pressure to resign. Earlier in the day a ruling party heavyweight suggested Kan could be closer to stepping down with the budget…

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