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Toddler accidentally shoots father in Walmart parking lot

The Russellville Police Department is investigating the accidental shooting of a man in a Walmart parking lot on Saturday. According to Public Information Officer Drew Latch, police responded to a call in the Arkansas Walmart parking lot at 11:04 a.m. on Saturday. When officers arrived, they found a man, identified…

Greek PM vows ‘relentless’ action after escalating political violence

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras promised “relentless” action against political violence Monday, amid fears of score-settling after the murders of an anti-fascist musician and two members of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. “We will not let democracy succumb to criminal violence under any circumstances,” Samaras told Mega television channel in an…

Singapore boosts cyber defenses after ‘Anonymous’ threatens ‘to go to war with you’

The Singapore government said Monday it was on “heightened vigilance” following threats from the activist hackers’ group Anonymous, but denied that any of its websites had already been compromised. The statement by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) came as Singapore’s biggest publisher confirmed users were having difficulty accessing some of…

Katy Perry is the new queen of Twitter

Pop star Katy Perry has overtaken Justin Bieber as the most followed person on Twitter. The latest figures Monday showed 46,534,966 followers for the singer best known for hit songs such as “Teenage Dream,” California Gurls,” and “I Kissed a Girl.” That overtook the number of followers of the Canadian…

Mystery surrounds discovery of art trove stolen by Nazis

The discovery in a rubbish-strewn flat in Germany of nearly 1,500 paintings including works by Picasso and Matisse looted by the Nazis sparked urgent calls Monday to hunt for their rightful owners. The shock find, valued at an estimated one billion euros ($1.3 billion dollars), was reported Sunday by news…

Computer-generated preteen girl with webcam helps identify 1,000 pedophiles

A Dutch rights group said Monday it had identified over 1,000 paedophiles around the world by offering online sex with a computer-generated 10-year-old Filipina girl called Sweetie. Terre des Hommes Netherlands has now handed over to police the identities of those who were willing to pay children in developing countries…

Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.2 billion to settle health care fraud allegations

Global health-care giant Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $2.2 billion to settle allegations that it misrepresented drugs and used kickbacks to promote their sales, the Justice Department said Monday. In one of the largest health-care fraud settlements in US history, J&J’s criminal and civil fine covers allegations the…

Atheist group sues California city for opening meetings with explicitly Christian invocations

The city council of Pismo Beach, California is being sued by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) for opening its meetings with explicitly Christian invocations. According to transcripts obtained by FFRF and submitted along with its complaint, between January of 2008 and October of 2013, the city’s official chaplain, Paul…

North Korea using Russian tech to create ‘electromagnetic pulse weapons’

South Korea’s spy agency said Monday that North Korea was using Russian technology to develop electromagnetic pulse weapons aimed at paralysing military electronic equipment south of the border. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a report to parliament that the North had purchased Russian electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weaponry to…

Iran’s Rouhani not ‘optimistic’ about nuclear talks

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is not “optimistic” about ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers, the official IRNA news agency reported Monday ahead of a new round of talks this week. “The government is not optimistic about the Westerners and the current negotiations,” he was quoted as saying, echoing similar comments…

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