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Federal prosecutors unseal indictments against members of smartphone ‘piracy groups’

San Francisco (AFP) – US prosecutors on Monday unsealed indictments against six people suspected of collectively pirating millions of applications tailored for Android-powered mobile devices. Criminal charges were leveled at leading members of “piracy groups” SnappzMarket, Appbucket, and Applanet, according to the US Department of Justice. “Copyright infringement discourages smart…

Ukrainian rebels hand over MH17 black boxes and call for cease-fire near crash site

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday handed over two black boxes recovered from the crash site of the MH17 jet to Malaysian officials at a press conference. They also announced a ceasefire within a 10 kilometre (six mile) radius around the crash site to allow…

Beef’s environmental costs far outweigh poultry and pork

Beef is by far the most costly protein when it comes to the environmental damage wreaked by feeding and raising cattle, according to a study out Monday. Beef requires 28 times more land than the average total needed to produce either dairy, eggs, poultry or pork, said the research in…

American anti-abortion activist tactics threaten to infiltrate Europe

US clinics now provide escorts for patients attending women’s centres to protect them from militant protesters, whose tactics now threaten to infiltrate the UK It’s not yet 7 o’clock on a Saturday morning in New York and I’m confronted by a group of people standing in front of a nondescript…

More than 20 members of one family killed in Gaza strike

‘We don’t want to see any more civilians killed’ says Barack Obama as IDF attacks intensive care unit in day of bloodshed A hospital was shelled, killing and injuring staff and patients, and up to 28 members of one family died in an air strike as Gaza endured another day…

Florida stay on marriage equality upheld after judge’s ruling

By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) – A judge in the Florida Keys rejected an emergency motion filed by a gay couple hoping to wed, effectively allowing Florida’s state’s same-sex marriage ban to remain in effect while it is appealed, likely all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The couple…

FBI pressured Muslims into committing terrorist acts, then arrested them: report

The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday. “Far from protecting Americans, including American Muslims, from the threat of terrorism, the policies documented in this report have diverted…

New Age leader sues ex-students over leaked video of her drunken racist anti-gay rant

The leader of a New Age consciousness and enlightenment school, who channels the voice of a 35,000-year-old Lemurian warrior when speaking to her followers, is suing two former students after they posted a drunken rant by her saying Jews have enough money to “have paid their way out of the…

Friend of accused Boston bomber found guilty of obstructing justice

By Scott Malone and Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Monday found a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber guilty of obstructing the investigation into the deadly blasts by removing a backpack containing fireworks shells from the suspect’s dorm room. The friend, Kazakh exchange student Azamat…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to the border: reports

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry was expected to announce plans on Monday to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security, according to local media, a move that could pile pressure on U.S. President Barack Obama. Perry, seen as…

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