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Facebook claims new ad policy is ‘unchanged’

Facebook said Friday that ads on the social network featuring user endorsements and pictures were nothing new, and that members remain in control of their own content and images. The company’s chief privacy officer Erin Egan, in a blog post responding to complaints about user-picture ads, said the policies of…

‘Anonymous’ hacker receives 10 years in prison

A computer programmer linked to the online hacktivist group Anonymous who pleaded guilty to hacking the intelligence firm Stratfor was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said. Jeremy Hammond, whose case has been supported by digital rights activists and others, also was part of a group which broke…

Pat Buchanan upset by Pope Francis: He is losing the culture war

Pope Francis is bordering on moral relativism by refusing to berate atheists and condemn LGBT individuals, according to conservative columnist Pat Buchanan. Writing at Townhall on Friday, Buchanan said Pope Francis was attempting to move “the Catholic Church to a stance of non-belligerence, if not neutrality, in the culture war…

JPMorgan trader refuses to be extradited to U.S. over ‘London Whale’ fraud scandal

A former JPMorgan bank trader arrested in Spain refused Friday to be extradited to the United States where he faces criminal charges in the massive “London Whale” fraud scandal. Spanish national Javier Martin-Artajo told Spain’s National Court that he did not consent to be extradicted voluntarity to face charges because…

Watchdog set to finalize plan to rid Syria of chemical weapons

The world’s chemical watchdog met Friday to agree a final roadmap for ridding Syria of its arsenal by mid-2014, despite the setback of Albania refusing for the weapons to be destroyed on its soil. Friday is the deadline for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to agree…

Suspected French cannibal ‘ate victim’s heart and tongue’ with beans

A suspected cannibal killed a 90-year-old in a sleepy southern French village then pulled his heart and tongue out with the apparent intention of eating them with white beans, sources close to the case said Friday. The young, homeless man slipped into his victim’s house at the edge of the…

Toronto city council to limit executive powers of crack-smoking mayor

Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford, faced a new political challenge on Friday from city councillors seeking to limit his powers after his latest obscene outburst. Ford, under fire after admitting to having once used crack and allegedly abusing a prescription drug and other misconduct, drew gasps, giggles and at least…

U.S. thinks nuclear deal with Iran is possible next week

A nuclear deal with Iran is possible at the next round of talks in Geneva, a US official said Friday, but warned tough issues still had to be hammered out. “We are going to work very hard next week. I don’t know if we’ll reach an agreement. I think it…

Jihadists in Syria accidentally behead one of their own

Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria have admitted beheading a fellow rebel by mistake after believing him to be an Iraqi Shiite fighting alongside regime forces, a watchdog said on Friday. A video posted on the Internet on Wednesday showed two members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)…

British gynecologists say more and more women are seeking labial reduction procedures

British gynaecologists warned on Friday that increasing numbers of teenage girls and women are undergoing genital cosmetic surgery, driven in part by unrealistic images of how they should look based on pornography. The state-funded National Health Service (NHS) performed more than 2,000 labial reduction procedures — labiaplasties — in 2010,…

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