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‘White powder’ hazmat threat prompts lockdown at Indonesian embassy in Australia

Published time: May 04, 2015 04:15 A street view of the front of the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra (Reuters) A bomb squad and a hazardous materials team have been deployed to the Indonesian embassy in Canberra, Australia, after staff received a suspicious package containing “white powder”. ACT Policing is responding to reports of a suspicious […]

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‘Italy can’t afford to close doors to Russia’ – Italian Foreign Minister

Published time: May 03, 2015 21:46 Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni (Reuters / Tiksa Negeri) Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has said that “Italy can’t afford to close the doors to Russia” and “can’t cut ties” with Moscow. His statements come just days after Italian officials postulated that the sanctions against Russia may be lifted. […]

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​Athens cheers German president’s stance on WWII reparations to Greece

Published time: May 03, 2015 14:03 ARCHIVE PHOTO: A Presidential guard pays tribute at the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier during an anniversary ceremony marking the end of World War II in front of the parliament in Athens (Reuters / Yorgos Karahalis) Greek authorities have welcomed the recent statement of German President Joachim Gauck, who […]

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SOPA Lives On For the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition

Last week the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) held their spring conference in San Diego, to share intelligence about the latest strategies for combatting “counterfeiting” (by which they mean trademark infringement) and “piracy” (by which they mean copyright infringement). EFF’s Jeremy Malcolm attended as an invited panelist, giving us the opportunity to assert our views that […]

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Blue ice and whales: Breathtaking drone video of Antarctica revealed

Published time: May 03, 2015 06:03 Still from Vimeo video by Kalle Ljung Bird’s eye footage of the frozen continent is what Stockholm-based filmmaker Kalle Ljung brought from his trip to Antarctica. Using a DJI Phantom 2 quadricopter and a GoPro HERO3 camera, he filmed pods of whales, a crewmember standing on an iceberg and […]

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Radioactive water leaked from Fukushima storage tank – TEPCO

Published time: May 02, 2015 21:05 An aerial view shows the Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and its contaminated water storage tanks (top) in Fukushima. (Reuters/Kyodo) A minor leakage of radioactive water has been detected at Japan’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co said. […]

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Russian police chase away anti-gay crusader from Labor Day pride march

Published time: May 02, 2015 12:58 Gay pride march in St. Petersburg on May 1. (Ruptly video screenshot) Police in St. Petersburg wouldn’t allow controversial legislator Vitaly Milonov, best known for his anti-gay stance, to interfere with a gay pride march on May Day. He tried to stop the march on the grounds of a […]

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Yesterday's USA Freedom Markup: A Glimpse into the Fight to Reform Section 702

The 2015 version of the USA Freedom Act, HR 2048 /S.1123 passed out of the House Judiciary Committee this week, with a vote of 25 ayes and 2 noes. The Committee did not pass any amendments to the legislation. But the markup discussion revealed a lot about where the House Judiciary Committee stands when it […]

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​‘Horribly possible’: More child-rape cases by peacekeepers could emerge – UN

Published time: May 02, 2015 04:56 Reuters/Luc Gnago Following shocking revelations of child sexual abuse by French peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic, the UN has warned that it is “horribly possible” that information about more such cases may emerge. As the investigation continues into the alleged French crimes and troop misconduct, UN human […]

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