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Pedophile’s ‘lenient’ sentence reviewed after prosecutor argued the underage victim was the real predator

Earlier this month in London, Neil Wilson, 41, pleaded guilty to “two counts of making extreme pornographic images and one count of sexual activity with a child.” He was sentenced to eight months in jail, but the Judge Nigel Peters suspended the sentence for two years because his victim, who…

UN postpones Syria chemical weapons investigation over ‘safety’

The United Nations has postponed a planned new visit by chemical weapons experts to a site near Damascus on Tuesday over “safety” fears, a spokesman said. A sniper attack on the experts Monday forced the review of the plan to return to the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, said UN spokesman…

More than 40 Auschwitz guards ‘to face German justice’

German investigators into Nazi war crimes will send the files of more than 40 former Auschwitz death camp personnel to state prosecutors from next month, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Most of the suspects are aged in their 90s and they live in all parts of Germany including the former communist…

Chelsea Manning offers to pay for hormone therapy during jail sentence

Army Private Chelsea Manning would be willing to pay for hormone therapy during her 35-year jail sentence at a men’s military prison, the Associated Press reported on Monday. Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, told the AP that she will not expect sex-reassignment surgery, while hoping officials at the facility at Fort…

Six-year-old boy has eyes gouged out in gruesome attack by ‘organ trafficker’

A six-year-old boy in China had his eyes gouged out, blinding him for life, reports said Tuesday, in a gruesome attack that may have been carried out by a ruthless organ trafficker. Family members found the boy covered in blood some three to four hours after he went missing while…

78-year-old custodian of world’s longest running science experiment dies after 52 years on watch

The science professor who oversaw the world’s longest running laboratory test — the Pitch Drop Experiment — has died after more than half a century on its watch, his university said Monday. John Mainstone, the former head of the Department of Physics at the University of Queensland, was in charge…

CNN contributor Jeffrey Toobin lashes out at reporters who use ‘stolen’ documents

Reporter Toobin Lashes Out At Reporters Who Use 'Stolen' Documents; Leaves Out His Own History Of Doing The Same (via Techdirt) David Carr, over at the NY Times, has a good article looking at how many of the people who have been involved in reporting on recent leaks concerning government…

Author of UK’s Terrorism Act says it was never meant for situations like David Miranda

In the US, we’ve had one of the key authors of the Patriot Act, Jim Sensenbrenner, speak out strongly, saying that the NSA interpretation of the law appears to be completely different than what was meant when the bill was written. It looks like something…  …

Four new wind farms in upper Midwest could power 750,000 homes

Last week, Minneapolis-based utility Xcel Energy proposed its fourth wind farm in the Upper Midwest since mid-July. If approved, the 150-megawatt Border Winds Project would be developed…  …

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