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Drunk Connecticut man’s Christmas wish to lesbian sister: ‘I will kill a gay’

A Plainville, Connecticut man was arrested on Christmas Day after his mother and brother shared voicemails with the police in which he said he would “execute” his lesbian sister if he saw her at Christmas. Gordon Bissonnette reportedly left the voicemails beginning in mid-December. He was upset with his mother…

Argentina court rules 14-year-old rape victim can have abortion

A court in Argentina ruled Friday that a 14-year old rape victim could have an abortion, overturning a lower court decision barring the girl from seeking the procedure which had triggered outrage. The teenage girl discovered early last month that she was pregnant after being raped by her mother’s partner.…

Former Stasi officers still employed at archives of East Germany’s secret police

It was set up as a unique historical experiment: an agency that would open up the secret service’s files to those it had spied upon. But now the commissioner in charge of the East Germany’s secret police archive has admitted that his agency still counts 37 former Stasi employees among…

McDonald’s dumps repeatedly mocked ‘McResource’ employee advice website

McDonald’s has pulled the plug on an employee website after it was mocked by critics of the fast-food giant’s salary practices, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday. Dubbed “McResource” and managed by a subcontractor, the site aimed to give employees tips on managing stress and other daily challenges. “A combination of factors…

New York judge rules mass NSA phone metadata surveillance is lawful

A US district judge in New York ruled on Friday that controversial telephone surveillance by the National Security Agency was lawful and a vital component of the war on Al-Qaeda. The ruling (PDF) from Judge William Pauley of the southern district court in New York came 10 days after a…

Russia buries AK-47 creator Mikhail Kalashnikov in new ‘pantheon’ for heroes

Russia on Friday buried Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle that was the favoured weapon of guerrillas worldwide, at a newly-opened cemetery for national heroes. To the sound of a final salute fired from the AK-47 machine guns that made him world-famous, Kalashnikov was laid to…

Indian man jailed for life for raping Spanish student at knifepoint

A rapist who attacked a young Spanish woman at knifepoint after breaking into her apartment in Mumbai was jailed for life in India on Friday. Mohammed Badshah Ansari was handed the sentence after a trial heard how the 28-year-old broke into the flat through a window in November last year…

Six more Greenpeace activists leave Russia

Five British Greenpeace activists and one Canadian left Russia on Friday after an amnesty that halted their prosecution for a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic. Following a flight out of Saint Petersburg precisely 100 days after first being detained, the activists landed at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport,…

Gaza’s sole power plant shuts down again due to a lack of fuel

Lack of fuel from Israel brought Gaza’s lone power plant to a halt on Friday, days after it was fired back to life following a seven-week shutdown, the electricity company said. “The plant stopped working on Friday morning due to a lack of fuel caused by Israel’s closure of the…

Top India Bitcoin operator ‘BuySellBitCo.in’ halts trade after bank warning

India’s biggest Bitcoin trading platform said on its website Friday it had suspended operations after the central bank warned against the risks of using virtual money. BuySellBitCo.in closed its platform, citing an advisory by the Reserve Bank of India issued on Christmas Eve highlighting the risks of trading in digital…

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