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Guantánamo commander admits listening devices eavesdropped on lawyer meetings with clients

Revelations in pre-trial hearings further undermine US military court as defence lawyers paint legal proceedings as illegitimate The battered credibility of the Guantánamo trials has been further dented by revelations of hidden microphones, intelligence service interference with court proceedings and protests from lawyers who say the US military is preventing…

Russian lawmaker’s body found in barrel filled with cement

The body of a kidnapped Russian lawmaker has been found in a cement-filled barrel in a cellar outside Moscow, investigators said Monday. “The body of Mikhail Pakhomov, a lawmaker from Lipetsk city council, has been found in one of the cellars of a private garage in a metal barrel filled…

‘Argo’ wins best adapted screenplay from Writers Guild

Ben Affleck’s thriller “Argo” scooped up another award late Sunday, receiving the best adapted screenplay prize from the Writers Guild of America just a week before the Oscars. “Zero Dark Thirty” got the best original screenplay prize at the WGA ceremony, which took place seven days before the 85th Academy…

Report: Prisoner X arrested after leaking Mossad work

A suspected Mossad agent known as Prisoner X was arrested by his own spymasters after leaking detailed information about his work to Australian intelligence services, according to sources cited by broadcaster ABC Monday. Ben Zygier, an Australian-Israeli, gave Australian intelligence officials a comprehensive account of a number of Mossad operations,…

EU plans action against Google over failure to comply with privacy laws

European data protection agencies intend to take action against the US Internet giant Google after it failed to follow their orders to comply with EU privacy laws, the French data protection authority said on Monday. In October the data protection agencies warned Google that its new privacy policy did not…

Amazon fires German security firm accused of harassing and intimidating seasonal workers

US online retail giant Amazon said on Monday it had cut ties with a security firm at the centre of allegations that foreign seasonal staff hired in Germany by Amazon were harassed and intimidated. An Amazon spokeswoman said it had ensured that “the criticised security service is not used any…

Floods and landslides kill 17 in Indonesia

Four children were among 17 people killed over the weekend in central Indonesia after heavy rains triggered floods and landslides, officials said on Monday. The children, aged between two and nine, died along with 13 adults when flooding and landslides hit the northern part of Sulawesi island early Sunday, provincial…

Spanish film stars lash out at government austerity at national awards

Spanish stars lashed out at government austerity measures at the prestigious Spanish film awards, the Goyas, on Sunday which saw Pablo Berger’s “Blancanieves” take the top film award. The critical tone of the ceremony was set by presenter Eva Hache’s opening monologue which touched on spending cuts to health and…

Britain pushing to lift European embargo against Syrian rebels

Britain, apparently backed by a handful of European Union allies, is fighting to lift an EU arms embargo barring the supply of weapons to the Syrian rebel coalition battling President Bashar al-Assad. As EU foreign ministers go into a day-long meeting on the issue Monday, the internal row remains unresolved…

Hong Kong’s buffalo provide a divisive link to the region’s past

A short journey from the skyscrapers at the hectic centre of Hong Kong, water buffaloes lumber over jungle-clad hills and through secluded villages where they once worked as farm animals. But after years roaming through the same areas, some have been moved to a nature reserve in a far-flung corner…

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