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New Zealand police investigate online ‘rape club’ that named victims on Facebook

New Zealand police on Monday said they were investigating a gang of young males who boasted online about stupefying underage girls with alcohol then having group sex with them. In a case that has raised concerns about how to police online bullying, Prime Minister John Key said the claims made…

Russian nationalists stage anti-Muslim march in Moscow

Thousands of Russian nationalists planned to march in Moscow on Monday in an annual show of anger against the presence of Muslim migrants that has previously spilled into violence. The city-sanctioned demonstration was to take place through the same blue-collar region on the city’s outskirts that saw riots break out…

Google chief: NSA spying ‘outrageous’ and potentially illegal

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said reports that the U.S. government spied on the Internet giant’s data centers were “outrageous” and potentially illegal if proved true, in an interview Monday. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal during a visit to Hong Kong, the technology guru said that Google had filed…

Swiss firm: No ‘undue pressure’ on financial chief who committed suicide

Zurich Insurance Group said on Monday that two independent probes had concluded there was no “undue pressure” on its financial chief, whose August suicide rocked the Swiss business world. Switzerland’s regulator, the Finma, launched two parallel investigations in the wake of the death of Pierre Wauthier, who had served as…

Former U.S. house speaker Jim Wright denied voting ID in Texas

Voting rights advocates have been worried about Texas’ new voter ID laws and how they might make things harder for people of color, poor people, and married women to cast a ballot. But netting a former U.S. congressman? The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Sunday that former House Speaker Jim Wright…

ACLU: ‘Capability is driving policy’

Law enforcement agencies’ efforts to conceal the kinds of mass surveillance tools available to them are anti-democratic and will draw a public backlash, an ACLU attorney argued in an essay this week. The piece by ACLU staff attorney Catherine Crump argues that law enforcement policies at all levels, from the…

Accused LAX shooter unable to answer questions in FBI investigation

Rory Carroll, theguardian.com STANDFIRST: Paul Ciancia wounded in leg and mouth, leaving agents to piece together details of airport spree which killed TSA agent The man accused of carrying out a shooting rampage at Los Angeles international airport (LAX) remained too wounded to answer questions on Sunday, as investigators pieced…

Iran sticks to ‘Death to America’ on embassy takeover day

Iran on Monday marks the anniversary of the 1979 US embassy takeover with its customary “Death to America” chants despite a taboo-breaking telephone call between their presidents. Islamist students stormed the embassy compound in Tehran 34 years ago, holding 52 U.S. diplomats hostage for 444 days, rupturing diplomatic relations and…

White House rejects Snowden clemency request

Rory Carroll, theguardian.com The White House and leading lawmakers have rejected Edward Snowden’s plea for clemency and said he should return to the United States to face trial. Dan Pfeiffer, an Obama administration adviser, said on Sunday the NSA whistleblower’s request was not under consideration and that he should face…

British community searches soul, investigates misconduct after man dragged into street and burned to death

British constables, emergency call handlers and officials find themselves under scrutiny for their response when a man falsely accused of pedophilia was beaten unconscious, dragged into the street and set alight by his Bristol neighbors. Bijan Ebrahimi, an avid gardener, took pictures of some kids stomping on his plants in…

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