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Police try to divert Critical Mass ride away from ‘Occupy Chicago’ protest

The Chicago police on Friday attempted to divert the Critical Mass cycling event away from “Occupy Chicago” protesters, who have been camped out in front of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank. The protesters marched to the intersection where the police had halted the monthly ride, chanting “Occupy Chicago” and “We…

U.S. monitors detect mass graves in Sudan’s S. Kordofan

KHARTOUM — New satellite images support eyewitness accounts that mass graves were dug in the capital of Sudan’s South Kordofan state to bury 100 or more people killed last month, US monitors said Thursday. “Based on an analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and eyewitness reports obtained by the Satellite Sentinel…

More than 220 bodies found in Iraqi mass grave

The remains of 222 people, probably Kurds killed under Iraq’s former regime in 1987, were extracted from a mass grave south of Baghdad, the authorities said on Sunday. “We have found 222 bodies and we have transferred them to the morgue in the province of Najaf,” said Karim Ziad, the…

Iraq unearths mass grave of 900 bodies

DIWANIYAH, Iraq — Iraqi authorities uncovered a mass grave with 900 corpses near the central city of Diwaniyah on Wednesday, believed to be Kurds killed during the rule of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, an official said. The corpses were found in the Shanafiya region, 70 kilometres (45 miles) west of…

Microsoft patent application opens door to spying on Skype

A U.S. patent application filed by Microsoft in 2009 specifically mentions “Skype” and “Skype-like applications” as being likely candidates for software that would give government spies easy, official access to any and all communications, public documents show. While back doors in software for “legal intercepts” are not uncommon in the…

Oceans in distress foreshadow mass extinction

PARIS (AFP) – Pollution and global warming are pushing the world’s oceans to the brink of a mass extinction of marine life unseen for tens of millions of years, a consortium of scientists warned Monday. Dying coral reefs, biodiversity ravaged by invasive species, expanding open-water “dead zones,” toxic algae blooms,…

Black hole shreds star, sparking gamma ray flash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A monster black hole shredded a Sun-like star, producing a strangely long-lasting flash of gamma rays that probably won’t be seen again in a million years, astronomers reported on Thursday. That is definitely not the norm for gamma ray bursts, energetic blasts that typically flare up and…

Syria troops seize hotbed town, ‘mass grave’ found

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian troops on Sunday seized the flashpoint northern town of Jisr al-Shughur, state television said, as international outrage mounted at the regime’s harsh crackdown on protesters. Rights activists had earlier reported heavy gunfire and explosions in the town near the Turkish border after troops backed by helicopter…

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…

Texas police probe psychic’s mass grave hoax

HARDIN, Texas (AFP) – Texas police were investigating whether a tip-off from a psychic about a mass grave containing dozens of dismembered bodies was in fact a hoax after an intense search found no bodies. State, local and federal agents combed the area around a rural home after a woman…

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