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Orlando police take message from Anonymous as threat against mayor

An apparent message from a hacker with protest group “Anonymous” was taken by police as a direct threat against the mayor of Orlando and an investigation has been launched, according to published reports. Police made the announcement after a photo of the mayor’s home was found hanging from a street…

Palestinians report dramatic rise in attacks by Jewish settlers

Attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinian farmland and crops increased “dramatically” in June, a report released by the Palestinian Authority has shown. “Since the beginning of June, the settlers attacks escalated dramatically, especially against the land and the trees. In the first week of June, settlers burnt 350 trees Deir…

Murdoch paper ‘phone-hacked’ families of dead soldiers

The phone hacking scandal at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid the News of the World deepened on Thursday after reports that relatives of dead soldiers may have been targeted. The families of troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan said they were appalled by reports in The Daily Telegraph that their phones…

Political shootings leave 24 dead in Karachi

Pakistan’s leading human rights organisation on Wednesday accused the government of failing to stop political killings after officials said another night of violence left 24 people dead in Karachi. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) says 1,300 killings have been reported in the country’s biggest city this year, 490…

Sydney woman dead for ‘several years’ in home

SYDNEY — Australian police Wednesday said they had discovered the skeletal remains of a woman in a Sydney house who had been dead for up to eight years. She was found in a home long assumed by neighbours to be deserted, after a call from a sister-in-law — her only…

Teenager says he was beaten by cops after family shot in post-Katrina chaos

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – A New Orleans teenager whose family members were wounded by police in the chaos after Hurricane Katrina testified on Tuesday that officers punched and kicked him before arresting him at the scene. One officer who struck Leonard Bartholomew IV, then 14, as he lay on the…

Italian police raid suspected ‘Anonymous’ hackers: report

ROME — Italian police Tuesday detained 15 suspected members of an international hackers cabal called “Anonymous” blamed for several major online attacks, an Italian newspaper reported. The suspected hackers, including five minors, were picked up by police, questioned and later released, while authorities also seized dozens of computers, the Italian…

Exclusive: After arrests, Orlando activists feed homeless at City Hall

A group of Orlando activists with the organization Food Not Bombs figured out a clever way to avoid arrest while still feeding the city’s homeless population on public grounds: host their event at City Hall. Members of the group had previously been arrested during a food sharing event at the…

Entire police force laid off in small Texas town

Crime is on the rise in one small Texas city because the police department has been padlocked and the officers sent home. The city of Alto laid off its entire police force about two weeks ago because the city council completely cut the department’s budget. “They put a bulls-eye target…

‘Anonymous’ hacks Apple, publishes data

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Internet vigilante hacker group Anonymous claimed to have broken into an Apple Inc server and published a small number of usernames and passwords for one of the U.S. technology company’s websites. Anonymous said on Sunday via its account on microblogging site Twitter that Apple could…

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