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In the first-ever widespread criticism of US technology giants and social media platforms, the British Home Affairs select committee has slammed the internet behemoths of becoming a "recruiting platform for terrorism" and "passing the buck".   Led by Keith Vaz, the British...

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The FBI has discovered almost 15,000 unrevealed documents linked to the e-mail scandal surrounding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, US media reports said on Monday.   The documents were found during the FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private e-mail server...

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Brazil's justice system imposed a fine of 35,000 reais (around $10,800) on the United States swimmer James Feigen so that he could leave the country after falsely stating he had been a victim of an armed assault along with three of his other teammates in Rio de Janeiro, local media reported...

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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he was detained at a US airport.   "I fully understand and respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks," Shah Rukh said in a tweet posted on Friday morning...

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Russia's anti-monopoly watchdog said on Thursday it has fined technology giant Google 438 million rubles ($6.7 million) for violating competition law.   The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) said Google had forced mobile device manufacturers to pre-install its applications on mobile...

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SSA Zaidi 09 August 2016
Criminals employ various methods to disguise the identity of their ill-gotten money. One method is to recruit ‘Money Mules’ to achieve their nefarious purpose. This essentially means conning people into lending their identity and bank account to route and transfer illegitimate money. Using...

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A district court judge in Australia's New South Wales state has ordered a man to pay $150,000 in damages for writing a defamatory Facebook post that ruined a motel owner's life.   In March 2014, electrician David Scott wrote the following post on Facebook: "Pedophile [sic] warning:-...

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Chaitanya Mallapur (IANS) 02 August 2016
As thousands of laid-off Indian workers in Saudi Arabia were said to be without food, 87 per cent of complaints received from Indian workers at Indian missions across nine countries were from six Gulf countries, with nearly half of those from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, according to government...

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The South Korean government on Tuesday revoked the certification and banned the sale of 80 Volkswagen models in the country over the false emission scandal implicating the German car manufacturer.   The ban affects 32 different (18 diesel and 14 petrol) vehicles of Volkswagen and...

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A leading air crash expert on Monday said the missing Malaysia Airlines fight MH370 was likely to have been in controlled flight as it hit the water, giving life to the theory that it was brought down by a rogue pilot or hijacker.   Air crash expert Larry Vance told Australia's Nine...

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India has lost its arbitration case in an international tribunal against Bengaluru-based Devas Multimedia Private Ltd for cancelling its space/satellite contract with the government-owned Antrix Corporation, Devas said on Tuesday.   In a statement, Devas said: "A Permanent Court of...

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Nearly, every day in one country or the other terrorists strike and innocent people are killed. Terrorism is global menace. It has become a major problem of this century. Attempts made to counter it have not produced any tangible results. This is evident from series of attacks taking place...

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act, which was designed to give the public the right to scrutinize the records of government agencies. Almost no one needs public records more than an organization like ProPublica, whose mission is producing work that "shines...

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Sebastian Rotella (ProPublica) 12 July 2016
After assembling suicide bomb vests for the attacks that slaughtered 130 people in Paris last November, Najim Laachroui went underground in his native Brussels.   The 24-year-old explosives expert wasn't just hiding from the biggest manhunt in Europe's recent history. He was plotting....

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The US Internal Revenue Service has sued social networking giant Facebook for the delay in sharing documents related to transferring its assets to Ireland in 2010 to cut corporate taxes.   Ireland’s top corporate tax rate is 12.5%, much lower than the US 35%, the Wall Street Journal...

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Washington: An Indian-origin businessman has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining contracts worth $6 million from a federal program created to help minority-owned small businesses, according to authorities.   Tarsem Singh was sentenced by Washington Federal...

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Justin Elliott (ProPublica) 07 July 2016
Legislation introduced in the Senate today would open the American Red Cross to outside oversight that it has long resisted.   The bill was introduced by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, following a lengthy investigation by his staff that raised questions about the charity's spending...

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A Spanish court on Wednesday sentenced FC Barcelona's Argentine football star Lionel Messi and his father to a prison term for tax fraud committed between 2007 and 2009.   The Barcelona Provincial Court ruled that Messi and his father, Jorge Messi, had committed three counts of tax...

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Chinese internet regulators have banned online media from publishing unverified news reports and content from social media, the authorities said.   Every news item taken from social media must be verified before publishing.   Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued a...

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T Christian Miller (ProPublica) 29 June 2016
Today, The Dig dives into water. Pun totally intended. I've received a lot of questions about applying investigative reporting techniques to figuring out whether your water is safe - the stuff in your taps, the stuff in your rivers, the stuff at the beach. Flint, Michigan, has made us all...

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