Germany legalises medical use of cannabis
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The information Manning released to the public through WikiLeaks and The Guardian in 2010 included diplomatic accounts,...

Natal from file. (Image: Beraldo Leal.)At least 26 killed in another Brazil prison riot
Prison authorities said that some victims were decapitated. Prison coordinator Zemilton Silva witnessed this happen to three men, and forensic report that there have been more. The Ministry of Justice and state-run news outlet Agência Brasil said the latest riot started at around 5:00 p.m., local time, on Saturday. It continued until the security forces quell...

Esteban Santiago mug shot, January 7, 2017. (Image: Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida.)Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting suspect appears in ...
Police drove Santiago from the Broward County main jail to the court building in the morning. At the hearing, Santiago attended handcuffed and also cuffed at the ankles, guarded by at least eight police officers. The Magistrate, Judge Alicia Valle, questioned Santiago on his finances. The prosecutor also sought a detention order for public safety and flight ri...

The Hollywood sign as it normally appears. (Image: Oreos.)Artist who changed Hollywood sign to 'Hollyweed' sur...
According to LAPD, Fernandez went to the police station accompanied by his lawyer, where he confessed to have changed the sign and was bailed out shortly thereafter for $1,000. LAPD charged Fernandez with trespassing; earlier reports indicated vandalism charges were ruled out as he used black and white tarps to alter the letter "O" to read lowercase "e". The s...

 ()At least 56 killed in Brazil prison riot
According to Amazonas state Public Security Secretary Sergio Fontes, members of two criminal organisations, the Família do Norte (FDN) and the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), were involved. The conflict started on Sunday. It lasted at least seventeen hours until the authorities quelled the riot on Monday at 7 a.m. local time, according to Fontes. Accordin...

A courtroom at the Helsinki District Court, from file. (Image: MakeF.)Helsinki court jails anti-drug chief Jari Aarnio for...
Aarnio, who maintains his innocence, was among thirteen defendants prosecuted over the import and distribution of Dutch hashish totaling about 800 kg in 2011–12. Ordered into immediate custody, Aarnio was convicted of all 22 charges he faced. Five were of aggravated drug offence, with other offences including official misconduct, threatening a suspect, and agg...

Modern-day Montevideo, from file. (Image: Maryam Laura Moazedi.)Uruguay ex-ruler Gregorio Alvarez dies at age 91
Military health authorities on Wednesday announced the death of Gregorio Alvarez, military ruler of Uruguay from 1981–85. He was 91 years old. Alvarez was serving a 25-year term imposed in 2009 for 37 homicides, and other human rights violations. He was initially detained in 2007 suspected of kidnapping dissidents living in exile in Argentina. Hundreds vanish...

 ()South African killer, rapist, serial escapee Ananias...
Ananias Mathe, an infamous South African criminal, died on Tuesday in hospital. His offences included rape and murder, and he escaped custody several times. Mathe, from Mozambique, had been suffering digestive problems for weeks according to the prison service. He died on Tuesday in the King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban. He was resident in a high-security p...

The Melbourne Federal Court building, from file. (Image: Adz.)Australian Federal Court orders ISPs to block copyri...
In the first case of site blocking under new Australian legislation, the court asked the companies to block access to these websites within fifteen business days. The ISPs are free to choose the method of blocking; options include DNS blocking, blocking IP addresses and URL blocking. The court has asked the copyright holders to pay up to A$50 to the ISPs for ...

The city of Algiers, from file. (Image: Damien Boilley.)Detained journalist Mohamed Tamalt dies in Algeria
Mohamed Tamalt, a journalist imprisoned in Algeria for insulting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, died in hospital while serving his sentence. His lawyer on Sunday announced his death. The city of Algiers, from file. Image: Damien Boilley. Tamalt, 42, lived in England, basing himself in London, and had UK-Algerian dual citizenship. He was arrested on Jun...

 ()Delhi High Court restores copyright infringement cas...
On Friday, the Delhi High Court restored a trial over claims of copyright infringement from photocopying of study materials for Delhi University (DU) course packs. The charges of violation of copyright by DU's Rameshwari Photocopy Service was dismissed by justice Rajiv Sahan Endlaw in September saying there is no copyright infringement. But the bench of justi...

File photo of police at work in Kiev. (Image: Commons:User:Nushtaev Dmitriy.)Friendly fire kills five police in Knyazhychi, Ukraine
Police had aimed to arrest suspects accused of robbery in Kiev and the surrounding area. A surveillance unit staking out a building placed two undercover officers in an empty, partially-constructed building next door. When an alarm in the empty building summoned regular police, the two undercover officers were mistaken for burglars and detained. Surveilance o...

Recovery operations in February. (Image: Asiano.)German court jails rail worker over Bad Aibling disa...
A court in Bavaria, Germany today jailed rail worker Michael Paul for causing a train collision near Bad Aibling in February. The disaster left twelve dead and over 80 wounded. Recovery operations in February. Image: Asiano. Michael Paul, 40, switched the two trains onto a collision course while distracted by playing the game Dungeon Hunter 5 on his mob...

Interpol HQ, in France. (Image: Massimiliano Mariani.)Interpol arrest Karachi fire suspect in Bangkok
Interpol on Friday evening arrested Abdul 'Bhola' Rehman in Bangkok, Thailand. Rehman, 46, is accused of starting a 2012 garment factory fire in Karachi, Pakistan that killed over 250. Initially thought to be accidental, the fire is now believed to have been set deliberately by an extortion group targeting the factory's owners. Rehman is accused of receiving ...

File photo of a Polish M-28 Skytruck. (Image: Krammielec.)Indonesian police plane crashes near Batam, fifteen ...
The domestic flight from Pangkal Pinang on Bangka to Batam lost contact with Singaporean air traffic control at 10:22 Batam local time; Singapore has controlled some Indonesian airspace since the 1940s. Fisherman have located wreckage and body parts off the coast of Kabupaten Lingga in the Riau Islands which also include Batam. The Civil Aviation Authority of...

Port's mugshot. (Image: Metropolitan Police.)Judge jails 'monstrous' London serial killer Stephen...
More than a year after he was first charged, a judge on Friday sentenced London serial killer Stephen Port to life imprisonment without parole for four murders and a host of poisoning and sexual offences, calling him "wicked and monstrous". Port was convicted of the murders on Wednesday. Chef Port, 41, was first charged on October 18 last year and made his fi...

Sign damaged on Monday at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound in Redmond, Washington. The slab has multiple cracks at the upper left corner, with the top plate in that area missing. (Image: Dennis Bratland.)Mosque vandalized near Seattle, Washington
A mosque in Redmond, Washington, US, was vandalized in the early hours of Monday morning. A granite sign in front of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) was apparently smashed with a sledgehammer, breaking away portions of the top of the sign, causing significant cracks in a corner of the approximately five foot tall, six foot wide carved stone placa...

José Eduardo dos Santos, from file. (Image: Agência Brasil.)Angolan Supreme Court summons President dos Santos o...
The Supreme Court of Angola yesterday summoned President José Eduardo dos Santos to explain his decision to appoint his daughter head of the national state-owned oil firm, Sonangol. The pair face claims of nepotism and breach of probity legislation. José Eduardo dos Santos, from file. Image: Agência Brasil. Isabel dos Santos, Africa's richest woman acco...

 ()Distributed malware attacks Dyn DNS, takes down webs...
On Friday, a network of diverse Internet-connected devices targeted the Dyn domain registration service provider. It took down Dyn clients, including several popular websites such as Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Reddit, New York Times, and Wired. The attack involved targeting Dyn's domain name system servers with a large volume of requests, rendering it incapab...

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