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January 14, 2016

Twitter sued for helping ISIS

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A US widow has filed a lawsuit against Twitter accusing the social network of facilitating communication between terrorists and fueling the growth of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Twitter has knowingly permitted IS to spread propaganda and recruit members, she said.

The lawsuit was filed in the federal court in Oakland, California on Wednesday.

“Without Twitter, the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most-feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” she said in a complaint.

Tamara Fields’ husband, Lloyd Fields, was killed in a shooting spree at a Jordanian police training center in November. IS later claimed responsibility for the attack.

“While we believe the lawsuit is without merit, we are deeply saddened to hear of this family’s terrible loss,” Twitter said in a statement.










Alex Becomes First January Hurricane Since 1938

Subtropical storm Alex has strengthened into a hurricane, becoming the first January hurricane to form in the Atlantic since 1938, the U.S. National Hurricane Center has said.

The NHC says Alex is located about 490 miles (790 kilometers) of Faial Island in the Central Azores, moving north-northeast at 20 mph.

NHC says Alex is packing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 km/hour).

A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the islands of Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa, and Terceira in the central Azores.

Little change in strength is forecast through Friday, the NHC said.

source gCaptain

‘Push the limits’: China to create world’s first quantum info teleport in 2016


A group of Chinese scientists plans to create a quantum space communications system for the first time ever by launching a satellite that could facilitate quantum teleportation of photons between earth and space this June.

The aim of the new experiment conducted by a team led by physicist Pan Jian-Wei from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei is to see if the quantum property of entanglement extends over record-breaking distances of more than 1,000 kilometers.

This could potentially facilitate super-fast, long-range communications, as well as lead to the creation of unbreakable quantum communication networks.

The team also wants to use the world’s first quantum satellite to find out if it is possible to teleport information securely between Earth and space using entangled photons. The launch of the satellite is scheduled for June, the international weekly of science Nature reports.










Colossal star explosion detected

Police Clear Anti-fracking Camp, Find Fortified Tunnels, Treehouses and a Moat

 Protesters at the site of the protest camp in Upton, Cheshire. Photograph: Frack Free Dee

 Protesters at the site of the protest camp in Upton, Cheshire. Photograph: Frack Free Dee

Protesters at the site of the protest camp in Upton, Cheshire. Photograph: Frack Free Dee

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Protesters evicted from the UK’s longest-running anti-fracking camp have responded defiantly, saying they will not be defeated.

Activists had built fortified tunnels, treehouses and a moat, months after the high court ordered them to leave so drilling could begin.

On Tuesday night, however, police cleared the camp in Upton, Cheshire, and arrested nine people. Two others were given a section 35 direction to leave the area, which bars them from returning for 48 hours.

Matt Bryan, a Labour councillor for Cheshire West, was one of the nine people arrested after he climbed on to a digger in a bid to delay the eviction because he believed activists were trapped underground.

The site has been leased by the fracking company IGas Energy, which has permission to begin exploratory drilling in the area.

It has a deadline of May to start work and protesters had hoped to prevent staff accessing the site until it expired. They locked themselves underground and high up on unstable structures in an effort to make the eviction as long and costly as possible.

Other activists said they would not be defeated despite a police cordon being placed around the site. Anna Davis, 32, said: “It was really quite sad when the camp finally came to an end, but we will not be defeated and we are going to keep up the pressure. A visible opposition will remain at either end of the cordon.”

Cheshire police said: “High court officials attended the site to carry out an eviction process. There are currently no protesters at the site. Previously, an order of possession had been served by high court enforcement officers on the site. The enforcement officers had been instructed to enforce the writ on behalf of the court.”

The camp had been continuously occupied since April 2014, and was extensively fortified after IGas was given a possession order in November. A protester told the BBC earlier this month that the aim was to instigate a “game of mousetrap” when the bailiffs arrived.

An IGas spokesperson said: “While we respect the right to peaceful protest, these protesters are trespassing as determined by the high court. We do not condone any activity that is illegal.”

source Earth First

Parents Of Chibok Girls Are Marching To Demand Urgent Rescue Of Their Daughters

Life has been “unbearable” for the Chibok community since the disappearance of the girls, a spokesperson for Bring Back Our Girls told BuzzFeed News.

Members of the “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign group marched to the presidential villa in Nigeria on Thursday morning demanding more to be done to rescue the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in April, 2014

The march marks 21 months since at least 276 schoolgirls were seized from their dormitories in the northeastern town of Chibok. Fifty-seven of them later escaped.

Jeff Okoroafor, spokesperson for the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign group, told BuzzFeed News that since the girls were abducted, life has been “unbearable” for the community of Chibok.

At least seven of the fathers were killed in subsequent attacks on Chibok, and others died from illnesses (heart failure and high blood pressure, among others) that residents attributed to the trauma of losing their daughters.

At least 500 people were expected to attend the march, including 124 parents of the missing girls.

The group hopes that the demonstration will remind the world that more than 640 days after being kidnapped, over 200 schoolgirls are still in the hands of Boko Haram. The march also aims to “keep the issue of the Chibok girls in the front burner,” Okoroafor added.

full article at BuzzFeedNews

No Backdoors But UK Government Still Wants Encryption Decrypted On Request…

Yesterday the U.K. Home Secretary, Theresa May, spent two hours giving evidence to a joint select committee tasked with scrutinizing proposed new surveillance legislation.

The draft Investigatory Powers Bill, covering the operation of surveillance capabilities deployed by domestic security and law enforcement agencies, is currently before parliament — with the government aiming to legislate by the end of this year.

During the committee session May was asked to clarify the implications of the draft bill’s wording for encryption. Various concerns have been raised about this — not least because it includes a clause that communications providers might be required to “remove electronic protection of data”.

Does this mean the government wants backdoors inserted into services or the handing over of encryption keys, May was asked by the committee. No, she replied: “We are not saying to them that government wants keys to their encryption — no, absolutely not.”

Encryption that can be decrypted on request

However the clarity the committee was seeking on the encryption point failed to materialize, as May reiterated the government’s position that the expectation will be that a lawfully served warrant will result in unencrypted data being handed over by the company served with the warrant.

“Where we are lawfully serving a warrant on a provider so that they are required to provide certain information to the authorities, and that warrant has been gone through the proper authorization process — so it’s entirely lawful — the company should take reasonable steps to ensure that they are able to comply with the warrant that has been served on them. That is the position today and it will be the position tomorrow under the legislation,” said May.

“As a government we believe encryption is important. It is important that data can be kept safe and secure. We are not proposing in this bill to make any changes in relation to the issue of encryption. And the legal position around that. The current legal position in respect of encryption will be repeated in the legislation of the bill. The only difference will be that the current legal position is set out in secondary legislation and it will be, obviously, in the bill,” she added.

full post at TechCrunch










Acid attacks in Britain up 30% as ‘cheaper alternative’ to knives & guns

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Acid attacks have soared by 30 percent in the last two years in Britain, according to police figures. One victim has warned criminals are turning to corrosive substances as a cheaper alternative to guns and knives.

Since 2012, more than 500 offences in which people were injured or threatened with harmful substances have been recorded by police forces across the UK.

The data obtained by the Press Association shows there were 242 reports of violent crime which mentioned acid or other corrosive substances across 23 forces in 2014 and 2015. By contrast, 186 alleged offences were reported in 2012 and 2013.

London’s Metropolitan Police said it has recorded 26 incidents involving acid attacks or corrosive substances since 2012.

Chromic acid solution, sulfuric acid and patio cleaner were among the substances used in the assaults, according to the Telegraph.

Wayne Ingold, 57, who had sulfuric acid thrown at his face in 2014, has called for a “stronger deterrent” to tackle such crimes, which he believes are “on the rise.”

We had gun crime and knife crime – acid seems to be a cheaper alternative,” the father-of-two told the Telegraph.

There has to be a stronger deterrent because these crimes are on the rise. It’s got ridiculous now. One day someone will get killed.

The British government needs to look into this subject with far greater seriousness to understand why these attacks are occurring and what can be done to prevent them occurring,” Jaf Shah, director of the Acid Survivors Trust International, told Sky News.

The Colombian government is taking action due to a huge public outcry which in turn led to changes in the law including tighter control on sale of acids and tougher sentencing of attackers.

The fact that the majority of victims in the UK are men goes against the global pattern where women tend to be victims.”

Commenting on the figures, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said such incidents are underreported.

In 2014, Mary Konye, 22, was jailed for 12 years for throwing acid in the face of her childhood friend Naomi Oni, also 22.

Konye had allegedly attacked Oni because she had called Konye ugly. As a result of the incident, Oni suffered severe burns.

Judge David Radford told Konye the consequences of her “deliberate” and “wicked act” had been “devastating to Miss Oni.”

It was a “premeditated and callous” plan to “burn and disfigure” her victim, he added.

source RT









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