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Members of ‘Anonymous’ accused of hacking PlayStation, world governments

MADRID (AFP) – Spanish police said Friday they had nabbed three hackers from vigilante group Anonymous for online attacks on Sony PlayStation and the governments of Egypt, Libya and Iran among others. The trio were suspected leaders of the Spanish operations of Anonymous, a so-called “hacktivist” group that breaks into…

Chicago man guilty of aiding Pakistan militant group

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A U.S. jury Thursday found a Pakistani-born Chicago businessman guilty of providing support to an Islamic militant group responsible for the 2008 assault on Mumbai but not guilty of taking part in the attack. In a mixed verdict, the jury also found Tahawwur Rana, 50, a former…

Gates says no hasty U.S. troop cut in Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday there would be no hasty U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and Washington expected the same from its allies. Gates, speaking ahead of the start of President Barack Obama’s planned troop cuts in Afghanistan next month, said a “rush to the…

Aussies may kill 1.2 million camels to reduce greenhouse gases

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia is considering awarding carbon credits for killing feral camels as a way to tackle climate change. The suggestion is included in Canberra’s “Carbon Farming Initiative”, a consultation paper by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, seen Thursday. Adelaide-based Northwest Carbon, a commercial company, proposed…

British Attorney General rules out David Kelly inquest

LONDON — Attorney General Dominic Grieve on Thursday ruled out asking the High Court to order an inquest into the death of government weapons inspector David Kelly. Grieve told MPs in the House of Commons there was “overwhelming” evidence that Dr Kelly took his own life and none to support…

Revealed: Pollution kills more in Afghan capital than war

KABUL (AFP) – War may kill thousands of civilians a year in Afghanistan, but choking air pollution in the capital Kabul is more deadly, experts say. Signs of the silent killer — pollutants emitted by old cars, poor quality fuel and people burning trash — are everywhere on the city’s…

Powers plot ‘post-Gaddafi’ future as rebels eye cash

ABU DHABI (AFP) – Major powers met Thursday to plot out what US officials call a democratic “post-Gaddafi Libya” as the rebels warned the talks would be a failure if they secured no concrete financial support. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and counterparts from NATO and other countries participating…

Yemen’s Saleh out of intensive care: state media

SANAA (AFP) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is out of intensive care in neighbouring Saudi Arabia where he is being treated for bomb blast wounds, state media said, prompting celebratory gunfire by his supporters that left dozens wounded. Fireworks rang out over the Yemeni capital during Wednesday night as…

Gaddafi ordered Viagra-like sex drugs for mass rapes in Libya: ICC prosecutor

UNITED NATIONS — Investigators have evidence that Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi ordered mass rapes and bought containers of sex drugs for troops to attack women, the chief ICC prosecutor said Wednesday. Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he may ask for a new charge of mass rape to be made against Kadhafi following…

Next generation Internet addresses tested on global scale

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A worldwide test was under way on Wednesday of the next generation of Internet addresses designed to replace the dwindling pool of 4.3 billion unique identifiers in the original system. Hundreds of companies, organizations and institutions around the world are taking part in “World IPv6 Day,” including…

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