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Justice Department paid AT&T for access to 4 billion call records a day for federal, local drug investigations

Hemisphere project, revealed by NYT, has AT&T employees sit alongside drug units to aid access to data in exchange for payment US law enforcement officers working on anti-drugs operations have had access to a vast database of call records dating back to 1987, supplied by the phone company AT&T, the…

92-year-old Dutch SS officer refuses to speak at trial for 1944 murder of Dutch resistance fighter

A 92-year-old former SS officer went on trial Monday in Germany for the murder of a Dutch resistance fighter nearly 70 years ago. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is a German national, was deemed fit enough for the trial in the western town of Hagen to sit for up to three…

Taiwanese man who had extramarital affair avoided punishment while 56-year-old lover faced 298 years in jail

A Taiwanese widow who faced the theoretical possibility of 298 years in jail for an affair with a married man has rekindled the debate over the island’s controversial adultery laws. The woman, 56, who was not herself married during the five-year affair with her neighbour, was told she must serve…

Medical experts on Nelson Mandela’s long-term prognosis: ‘It does not look good’

South Africa’s peace icon Nelson Mandela is facing a long and uncertain road to recovery, despite his return home from nearly three months in hospital, medical experts said on Monday. The 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero is receiving intensive care for a respiratory illness at his Johannesburg home where he returned Sunday…

John Kerry: Science on climate change is ‘irrefutable and it is alarming’

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the evidence for climate change was beyond dispute but it was not too late for international action to prevent its worst impacts. “The science is clear. It is irrefutable and it is alarming,” Kerry told a climate conference in Majuro in the…

Fukushima radioactive plume to hit the U.S. by early 2014

The first radioactive ocean plume released by the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster will finally be reaching the shores of the United States sometime in 2014, according to a new study from the University of New South Wales — a full three or so…  …

Tuberculosis followed early humans out of Africa 70,000 years ago: study

One of the largest genetic investigations into the microbe which causes TB shows the germ followed early humans out of Africa at least 70,000 years ago, scientists say. In a parallel probe, investigators also said they had identified 39 new genes that drive dangerous drug resistance in this germ, Mycobacterium…

One fifth of CIA job applicants with suspect backgrounds have ‘significant terrorist’ connections: Washington Post

Al-Qaeda and other hostile groups have repeatedly sought to infiltrate US intelligence agencies, which are investigating thousands of their employees to counter the threat, The Washington Post reported on Monday. The CIA found that about a fifth of job applicants with suspect backgrounds had “significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections,”…

‘Ugly Betty’ drug cartel leader captured by Mexican police

Mexican police have detained the alleged leader of the New Juarez Cartel, a 47-year-old man known as “Ugly Betty,” authorities said. Alberto Carrillo Fuentes was arrested by federal police in the western state of Nayarit and he was later questioned by prosecutors, an official from the attorney general’s office told…

Angry mob castrates Papua New Guinea’s cult leader ‘Black Jesus’

An infamous Papua New Guinea cult leader known as “Black Jesus” was castrated by an angry mob after being hacked to death for killing young girls as sacrifices, reports said Monday. Steven Tari, a convicted rapist who was suspected of cannibalism, was killed in a remote PNG village last week,…

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