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Hannibal mugshots in newspaper ruled illegal

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Apr 12, 2010 – 19:11

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A tribunal has ruled a Swiss newspaper’s publication of police mugshots of the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi was illegal.

But the Geneva court rejected a claim for compensation by Hannibal Gaddafi, in a ruling made public on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

OSCE media freedom representative welcomes Ireland’s decriminalization of defamation, calls for crime of ‘blasphemy’ to be abolished

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VIENNA, 12 January 2010 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Miklos Haraszti, welcomed today Ireland‘s amended Defamation Act which went into effect at the start of the year, but criticized the introduction of a new “blasphemy” provision. Read the rest of this entry »

Obama decides against relisting N.Korea as terrorism sponsor

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Washington. President Barack Obama ruled out that the U.S. would again include North Korea on its list of states that sponsor terrorism, RIA Novosti disclosed.The U.S. president said in a letter to Congress that a classified report on the communist state’s activities from June 26, 2008 through November 16, 2009 indicates that “the DPRK does not meet the statutory criteria to again be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.” Read the rest of this entry »

US may target citizens linked to terrorism, says spy chief

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US counter-terrorism officials may try to kill American citizens embroiled in extremist groups overseas with “specific permission” from higher up, the top US intelligence chief said.

“We take direct action against terrorists in the intelligence community,” director of national intelligence Dennis Blair told the House Intelligence Committee in a rare admission that Washington sometimes targets US citizens.

If “we think that direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that,” Blair said in response to questions from the panel’s top Republican, Representative Pete Hoekstra. Read the rest of this entry »

Court withdraws passports from alleged terror camp recruits

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Berlin – Alleged Islamists can have their passports removed to prevent them from travelling from Germany to attend terrorist training camps, a Berlin court announced on Friday. The ruling came in a case brought by three men who were stopped as they attempted to board planes to Istanbul last September, since there was reason to believe they aimed to reach Pakistan or Afghanistan to join jihad, or holy war.

It was acceptable to confiscate a passport if there was reason to suspect that German interests were under threat, the administrative court said. Read the rest of this entry »

New facility opened at Diyarbakır Prison for stone-throwing minors

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Children are seen throwing stones at a group of children believed to be directed by the outlawed PKK as they throw stones at policemen.

An additional building has been opened at a prison in Diyarbakır to hold girls under 18 who receive prison sentences for throwing stones at police officers during illegal demonstrations in Turkey’s eastern and southeastern provinces. Read the rest of this entry »

U.N. examines cybersecurity

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Published: Jan. 29, 2010 at 4:49 PM

BERLIN, Jan. 29 (UPI) — U.N. members gathered for a workshop in Berlin to discuss how terrorist groups and organized criminal enterprises take advantage of the Internet.

The U.N. Counter-terrorism Implementation Task Force organized a two-day workshop in the German capital to discuss laws in place aimed at examining the safety and use of the Internet for criminal activity.

The U.N. Security Council included Internet security in November as one of the areas of focus for the global effort to combat extremists. Read the rest of this entry »