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U.S. pledges to stamp out ‘evil’ of human trafficking

Hundreds of people were arrested in the United States in 2012 as authorities crack down on “the evil” of human trafficking, US officials said Friday, warning modern-day slaves could be hidden in any neighborhood. Around the world some 27 million people, including women and girls, are the victims of trafficking,…

Italian police raid hackers who took on Vatican

Italian police on Friday arrested four alleged hackers believed to belong to the activist group Anonymous for attacking websites, including those of the Vatican and the parliament in Rome. The four have been placed under house arrest and communications police carried out a dozen raids. They are suspected of launching…

Ex-dictator who waged Argentina’s Dirty War dies

Former dictator Jorge Videla, who ruled Argentina during its “Dirty War,” died in prison Friday while serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity. He was 87. Videla, who led Argentina at the head of a military junta between 1976 and 1981, died of natural causes, according to a medical…

New report outlines U.S. military’s solar-powered might

If you have any doubts about solar power’s place in the U.S. energy landscape, check out the new report from the Solar energy Industries Association (SEIA). Titled “Enlisting the Sun: Powering the U.S. Military with Solar Energy,” the report details solar power systems at Army, Navy, and Air…  …

‘Poor data sharing’ blamed for U.S. government losing track of two terrorists in witness protection

Copyright ImageClick to View Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee. The Justice Department’s inspector general has found “significent deficiencies” in the department’s handling of suspected terrorists under the witness protection…  …

Cannes Film Festival rocked as $1 million worth of red carpet ‘loaner’ jewels are stolen

Jewellery worth more than $1 million due to be loaned to stars treading the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival was stolen in a pre-dawn heist on Friday but the coveted Palme d’Or trophy was safe, officials said. In a scenario itself worthy of a movie, thieves broke into…

Two-thirds of Europe’s LGBT community ‘still afraid to show sexuality’

Two-thirds of Europe’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are still afraid to show their sexuality in public and a quarter have been victims of physical or verbal attacks, an EU report said Friday, on the International Day Against Homophobia. “Fear, isolation and discrimination are everyday phenomena for the LGBT…

Nick Mancuso’s ‘God is a gangster’ play gets police protection

A play entitled “God is a gangster” will be performed under police protection in Romania after the theatre hosting it received threats, police said Friday. The play, written by Canadian actor and playwright Nick Mancuso, since October has been periodically playing at a theatre in the western city of Timisoara,…

Former IT manager named ‘hero’ after publishing list of ways to skip call center delays

A former IT manager has been hailed as a hero after launching a website listing thousands of call centre menu sequences to save customers the time and anguish of navigating the automated services. Nigel Clarke, 53, from Kent, set up pleasepress1.com after “my small personal frustration hobby (grew) into a…

Hardline cleric and election watchdog proclaims that Iranian women cannot run for presidency

Women can not contest Iran’s June 14 presidential election, a member of the Islamic state’s electoral watchdog said in media reports on Friday, dashing the hopes of some 30 female candidates. “The law prohibits women from being president,” said hardline cleric and former judiciary chief Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, quoted by…

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