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Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit overturned the conviction of Andrew “weev” Auernheimer, who had been sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison after exploiting a bug in AT&T‘s website, allowing him access to confidential data about their iPad customers.

The hacker and self-described “troll” was convicted of conspiracy to unlawfully access AT&T’s servers and identity theft by federal jury in November 2012 by a New Jersey court under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Co-defendant Daniel Spitler plead guilty.

Spitler discovered AT&T had inadvertently made data publicly available through their website, and wrote a script allowing him to obtain the email addresses of approximately 120,000 customers, including that of then-New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. Auernheimer passed this information to Gawker, who published a redacted version.

The three judges on the Philadelphia-based court, in a unanimous decision, ruled the New Jersey courtroom was an inappropriate venue for the initial trial. Michael Chagares, circuit judge, wrote “the improper venue here—far from where he performed any of his allegedly criminal acts—denied Auernheimer’s substantial right to be tried in the place where his alleged crime was committed”. The court said the issue represented a basic constitutional right and not a mere technicality.

Prosecutors argued that approximately 4,500 of the affected users lived in New Jersey and the state was therefore a valid place for the trial, but the court noted neither the servers accessed, nor the Gawker reporter, nor the defendants, were based in that state. Auernheimer’s attorney, Tor Ekeland, said that the government was “trying to find courts that are favourable to them”.



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January 28, 2011

Taliban bombing in Kabul supermarket leaves eight dead

Taliban bombing in Kabul supermarket leaves eight dead

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Violence in Afghanistan is at its worst since the end of the Taliban regime in 2001.

At least eight people have died after a suicide attack at a supermarket in Kabul, Afghanistan. The ‘Finest’ store, located in the strongly patrolled Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul, was popular with foreigners, being located near embassies, a few hundred yards from the British Embassy.

The suicide bomber opened fire in the supermarket, which was protected by armed guards and was situated near a police checkpoint, before detonating a bomb, resulting in at least eight deaths and six wounded, including a child, both from Afghanistan and abroad. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, with Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid stating: “We claim responsibility for the attack, and it was carried out at a time when foreigners were shopping, including the head of a security company”.

The last major attack on civilians occurred last February, when fourteen were killed in two separate bombings, and there have been multiple attacks against security forces in the meantime.



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January 27, 2011

BBC World Service to drop five languages

BBC World Service to drop five languages

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According to the BBC News website, five languages are to be cut from the BBC World Service’s coverage. Albanian, Macedonian, and Serbian are no longer going to be used on the global radio station, and Portuguese will no longer be used in African regional programmes, nor English in the Caribbean. Seven undisclosed languages are also going to be scaled back. The cuts mean that approximately 650 jobs will be lost in order to save around £46m. The cuts were officially announced at a staff briefing on Thursday.

The BBC’s director of global news, Peter Horrocks, said that the cuts were “not a reflection on the performance of individual services or programmes”, and were cut due to a “need to make savings”, after the Government’s grant-in-aid funding was cut. The BBC took over funding the World Service in October 2010, previously funded by the Foreign Office. The move comes just days after announcements that the funding for the BBC website is to be slashed by £34m as part of 25% cuts across the spectrum of services offered by the taxpayer-funded broadcaster.

The National Union of Journalists protested the “drastic cuts” outside the World Service headquarters today, stating that the loss of the language editions “severely damage the national interest of the UK”.



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Indonesians charged with people-smuggling following Christmas Island wreck

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Three Indonesians have been charged with people-smuggling by Australian authorities after a shipwreck off Christmas Island last month. Over 50 people were killed when the vessel, carrying mainly Iraqi, Iranian & Kurdish asylum seekers, smashed against rocks on December 15 after its engine failed.

The trio, ages 22, 32 and 60, appeared in a Perth court charged with, “facilitating the bringing to Australia of a group of five or more persons,” according to police. The case, which is now adjourned for three weeks, could result in a 20 year prison sentence. The three Indonesians will reappear in court on 15 Febuary via video link. Their attourney, David McKenzie, stated that the men are “unhappy” and that the wreck was “a total tragedy and they’re very upset.”

A day earlier, an Australian Customs internal report cleared both the Customs authorities and the Navy of any blame, stating that all personnel acted appropriately and exercised good judgment. Eight recommendations have been made to prevent a similar incident, including the establishment of a land-based radar system to monitor northern maritime approaches to the island. The recommendations will be implemented by June 30, 2011.



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Ivory Coast trade embargo backed by US

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

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The United States has stated Monday that it will support a month-long ban on cocoa exports from the Ivory Coast, which was called for by its internationally recognised president, Alassane Ouattara. The move comes as Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president of Côte d’Ivoire, refused to concede the presidency after November’s election.

Ouattara hopes that the embargo will result in Gbagbo being forced to resign, unable to pay civil servants, including the security forces, due to lost revenue. “We do support President Ouattara’s call for a month-long ban on cocoa exports, our embassy is in touch with relevant players on this”, said US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley.

US agricultural firm Cargill, which buys around 15% of Ivorian cocoa, have said they are “temporarily suspending” those purchases. “We are working with others in the industry and with the authorities to clarify and resolve the situation as quickly as possible”, Cargill stated.

Gbagbo’s finance minister, Desire Dalo, denied that the embargo has had any effect on the country’s cocoa production. Mars, one of the world’s largest confectionery manufacturers, said in a statement that “as a major end-user of Ivorian cocoa we will work with our suppliers in the face of this ban”, and that “in the short term this will not impact our ability to manufacture the chocolate products”.



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Boy arrested for murder after seventeen-year-old run over by bus

Boy arrested for murder after seventeen-year-old run over by bus

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Amousu was walking from Essex Close before being hit by a bus in Forest Road.

A fifteen-year-old boy has been arrested in Walthamstow, London, England after Ezekiel Amosu, 17, was run over by a bus Monday night. Metropolitan Police detectives said that Amosu may have been “involved in an altercation with a group of teenagers immediately beforehand”.

Amosu was walking with four friends when they were approached by a group of youths, who asked for Amosu’s mobile phone. It is unclear as to whether Amousu was attempting to escape, or was pushed under the bus during the fight. The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin, stated that “[w]hat happened exactly is unclear at this stage but we believe that he may have been the victim of an attempted robbery minutes beforehand”.

The number 123 bus was traveling west towards Blackhorse Road station when the impact happened, at the intersection of Forest Road and Pembar Avenue, resulting in Amosu receiving fatal crush injuries. Amosu was declared dead at the scene, which was attended by homicide detectives after reports of a fight in the street before the incident.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the police incident room on +44 (0) 20 8345 3865, or anonymously via Crimestoppers.



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January 26, 2011

Toyota recalls 1.7m cars after new concerns

Toyota recalls 1.7m cars after new concerns

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Car manufacturer Toyota is to recall almost 1.7 million cars in two simultaneous recalls, that include the Toyota Avensis and Lexus IS 250, after concerns over fuel systems, which, if combined, amount to the biggest Toyota recall for six years.

Japan’s transport ministry stated it was possible for slight cracks to appear in fuel pipes in Avensis models, which may widen if the cars continue to be used. In the United Kingdom, Toyota GB are offering free repairs, which are expected to take around four and a half hours each. The Lexus IS 250 is involved in a separate recall, with around 280 thousand models outside of Japan being recalled over a faulty fuel pressure sensor, which can possibly come loose, causing a fuel leak.

The Managing Director of Toyota GB stated “We are committed to putting the customer first and have a total focus on the quality of all our products. We will liaise with our customers to carry out the repair procedures as efficiently as possible, with minimal disruption”.

Toyota has recalled over 16 million cars globally since late 2009.


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January 7, 2011

Ivory Coast expels British, Canadian ambassadors

Ivory Coast expels British, Canadian ambassadors

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The incumbent leader of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, is expelling the Canadian and British ambassadors, according to state television.

State television reports the envoys are being expelled as a reciprocal measure, as the respective countries did not recognise Gbagbo’s leadership. This is following his decision not to step down despite international recognition of rival Alassane Ouattara winning the November 2010 presidential election. Canada withdrew recognition of Louis L.B. Bony — Gbagbo’s ambassador to Canada — on December 29, with the United Kingdom following suit on December 31. In addition, France, the former colonial power of the Ivory Coast, has stated that it will recognise Ouattara’s appointee, as has the United Nations.

Although the ambassadors have been expelled, their diplomatic privileges will not be revoked until such time as they leave the Ivory Coast.

Outtara, who won 54% of the vote, which was backed by the United Nations and the country’s Electoral Commission, remains under protection by UN peacekeepers, in a hotel in the main city and former capital of Abidjan.

The Foreign Office of the United Kingdom issued a travel warning in force for the Ivory Coast last month, advising British nationals to “leave by commercial means, if safe to do so”, due to the threat of “widespread instability in Abidjan and other major cities. The Foreign Office [of the UK] continues to advise against all travel to Cote d’Ivoire”.

In a separate incident, the United States announced that US citizens were to be barred from dealing financially with Gbagbo, and that the assets of Gbagbo, his wife and three aides, had been frozen. Gbagbo retains control of the state army and media.



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November 24, 2010

UK students protest for second time this month

UK students protest for second time this month

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At least three hundred students gathered outside the gates of Cardiff University.

Mass-walkouts took place today in cities throughout the United Kingdom, as students campaigned against rising tuition fees and government cuts.

Protests took place for the second time in as many weeks in places such as Aberystwyth, Cambridge, Southampton, Liverpool, and Brighton. Events included a ‘study-in’ at the Edinburgh Liberal Democrat headquarters, a 10am protest in Trafalgar Square attended by thousands, and a ‘dress in red’ march in Manchester.

In Cardiff, at least a hundred students rallied outside the main gates of Cardiff University‘s main building, in an event organised by a group named Actions Against Cuts Cardiff, with the support of a member of the National Union of Students executive committee. Occupations of university buildings have also begun in Birmingham, Plymouth, and the Royal Holloway.

In London, students are infuriated by what they say is London South Bank University‘s decision to ban anti-cut related meetings from their campus earlier this month. One student described it as “undemocratic and scandalous” as, according to the students, they were forced out of their booked room by security guards, and prevented from partaking on any on-campus meetings — but South Bank University maintains that it was a “misunderstanding” due to a double-booked room. Dr. Phil Cardew, Pro Vice-Chancellor of LSBU, maintained that “freedom of speech lies at the very heart of the higher education community whether it is academic, political or social debate”, and that “the students were encouraged to continue their discussions in the Students Union”.

A police van was vandalised in Trafalgar Square.

Not all the demonstrations were peaceful. Central London saw two officers injured as the police attempted to hold back the protesters, a police van attacked and vandalised, and three arrests were made. Police, keen to make sure that the 30 Millbank occupation was not repeated, were out in force, clashing with students in Cambridge, where two arrests were made, and kettling protesters of up to a thousand, according to protest organisers, as dusk approached.

The group that organised the protests, the “National Campaign Against Fees And Cuts” (NCAFAC), told students in the run-up to the protests to not “be afraid of blocking traffic if you have enough people”. On their blog, they stated that “[they] would like to see university students planning to march around their campus, bursting into lecture theatres and spreading the word”, a move that would breach many University codes of conduct. When contacted by Wikinews, the group did not respond to requests for clarification.

Universities are facing more than £900m ($1.4bn) cuts in the next three years. This protest comes as, earlier this month, 50,000 students and lecturers took to the streets in a National Union of Students organised rally, which culminated in the violent occupation of the Conservative Party campaign headquarters at 30 Millbank. In Westminster, a student suspected of throwing a fire extinguisher off the headquarters’ roof pleaded guilty in court today, under the charge of violent disorder, and will appear in Southwark Crown Court at a later date for sentencing, the maximum of which is five years imprisonment. Some protesters involved in the 30 Millbank occupation led an ‘energising meeting’ in Cardiff yesterday, prior to today’s demonstration.

Many students do not understand the reasoning behind the cuts. The Trotskyist student group, Cardiff University Socialist Students, wonder why, compared to the “£120 billion the government throws away every year on evaded, avoided and uncollected taxes”, the “few billion” required to pay tuition fees is “tiny”. The group also advocates cutting the Trident nuclear deterrent in order to pay for fees, and wonder why the vice-chancellor of the university was awarded a 4% pay rise (to £275k p.a.) compared to last year, whilst during the economic recession.

Last week, three hundred sixth-formers marched in Finchley, Margaret Thatcher’s old constituency, throwing shirts at the local Tory headquarters, echoing the phrase “They ripped the shirts of our backs”. Lower income college students are hit badly by the budget cuts, as plans to abolish Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), the up-to £30 a week subsidy for 16-19 year-old full-time students with household incomes of £30,810 or less.

The protests were primarily organised on the popular social networking site, Facebook. One Facebook user said earlier this week that the protests were “a perfect opportunity for students to show how disappointed we are with Nick Clegg”, who was advised by security officers earlier to desist from cycling from his home in Putney to Downing Street over fears that he could be pounced upon by angry students en route.



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January 31, 2010

China threatens to take action over US-Taiwan deal

China threatens to take action over US-Taiwan deal

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China has stated that they will cease all military exchanges with the United States in response to a US$6.4 billion (NT$204 billion) weapons deal with Taiwan going ahead. He Yafei, Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister, said that there would be a “serious negative impact” with regards to the relationship between the US and China.

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—He Yafei, Vice-Foreign Minister for China

Taiwan and mainland China have been ruled by separate governments since 1949, and neither recognize each other’s independence. In an effort to regain control of Taiwan, the government in Beijing has been open to running the island like Hong Kong, in a “one country, two systems” manner, but people in Taiwan support the status quo. The Chinese defense ministry said that they had “decided to suspend planned mutual military visits”. They “strongly demand” that the United States “respect the Chinese side’s interests,” calling for the proposal to be rejected.

China summoned the US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, to warn the US Government about the consequences, and to urge for cancellation of the deal. The Pentagon proposed the deal, that was first promised during the later days of the Bush administration, to Congress earlier.

Yafei issued a statement on the Foreign Ministry website stating that “the United States’ announcement of the planned weapons sales to Taiwan will have a seriously negative impact on many important areas of exchanges and co-operation between the two countries.”

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However, the US is defending itself. “Such sales contribute to maintaining security and stability across the Taiwan Strait”, Laura Tischler, spokeswoman for the US State Department, said.

Beijing is threatening to review co-operation on major issues and impose sanctions on companies selling arms, even though US companies are banned from selling arms to China as a result of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, so it is not clear what the effect will be. A Chinese defence ministry spokesman said that the sanctions reflected the “severe harm” the deal would have. A foreign ministry spokesman stated that there would be “repercussions that neither side wishes to see” if the deal went ahead.

Taiwan, one of Asia’s few functioning democracies, welcomed the proposal, with Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou being quoted as saying “It will let Taiwan feel more confident and secure so we can have more interactions with China.”

The arms deal includes UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, communications equipment and MIM-104 Patriot missiles, but does not include the F-16 fighter jets that Taiwan’s military were looking for. The US is legally obliged to supply Taiwan with defensive weapons under the Taiwan Relations Act 1979.

In 2003, an unnamed US briefing stated that “[the US] would have to get involved if China tried to use coercion or force to unilaterally change the status of Taiwan”.

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