Karadzic says he should be ‘rewarded’

ABC – Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has told his war crimes trial he is a tolerant man who should be rewarded for his efforts to avoid war. Karadzic, 67, is defending himself against charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. Arrested in 2008, he is accused of some of the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II. Read Article

Japanese officials angry after 2 U.S. sailors arrested in Okinawa rape case

CNN – Japanese officials expressed outrage after two U.S. sailors were arrested over accusations that they raped a woman on the island of Okinawa, where the American military presence has generated long-simmering resentment. Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto on Wednesday called the alleged rape “vicious and mean” and said Japanese authorities were lodging protests with the U.S. government and military, as well as demands for better preventive measures. Read Article

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Problem, Action, Solution? – Hicks could be cleared after US court decision

ABC – David Hicks’s former US military lawyer says the Australian’s terrorism conviction could be overturned after a landmark decision in a US court overnight. A US appeals court has ruled that the charge Hicks was convicted of in 2007 – providing material support to terrorism – cannot be applied retrospectively. The court has overturned the conviction of Osama bin Laden’s former driver and bodyguard, Salim Hamdan, saying providing support for terrorism was not a war crime at the time of Hamdan’s alleged conduct from 1996 to 2001, and therefore could not support a conviction. Read Article

Foxconn admits employing under-age interns

BBC – Foxconn, Apple’s main supplier in China, has admitted it employed interns as young as 14 years old. In a statement, the Taiwan-based manufacturer acknowledged that some students who took part in its summer internship programme were below China’s minimum legal working age of 16. The company said the interns were employed at its factory in the city of Yantai in eastern China. Foxconn has previously been accused of poor conditions for its workers. The firm is best known for producing iPhones and iPads for Apple, but also makes products for other companies, such as Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard. Read Article

Australia accused of contempt for UN over refugees

ABC – A leading academic and lawyer says Australia has shown contempt for the United Nations by its treatment of vulnerable refugees and does not deserve a place on the Security Council. By the end of the week a vote in the UN General Assembly will decide whether Australia’s $25 million campaign for a seat on the Security Council has been successful. However, Professor Ben Saul claims Australia is not only breaking international law by keeping genuine refugees locked up indefinitely, but it is flouting a guarantee made to the UN to keep them safe. Read Article

Blind stroke victim shot in the back with 50,000-volt taser by police who mistook his white stick for a SAMURAI sword

Daily Mail – A police force has apologised to a blind grandfather who was shot in the back with a 50,000-volt taser stun gun after officers mistook his white stick for a samurai sword. Two-time stroke-victim Colin Farmer, 61, said he thought he was being attacked by muggers when he was hit with the weapon by the officer, who then handcuffed the retired company director as he fell to the ground. Officers had been dispatched to Chorley, Lancashire – where Mr Farmer had been on his way to meet friends for a drink in a local restaurant – following reports of a man armed with a sword roaming around the town centre. Read Article

U.K. Blocks Extradition Of Hacker Accused Of Accessing Pentagon Computers

NPR – Gary McKinnon, who the U.S. government says perpetrated the biggest military computer hack of all time, will not be extradited to the U.S. from Britain, CNN reports. The network adds: “Home Secretary Theresa May said McKinnon’s Asperger syndrome and depressive illness meant ‘there is such a high risk of him ending his own life that a decision to extradite would be incompatible with his human rights.’ Read Article

Cuba eases travel restriction for citizens

CNN – Starting next year, Cubans traveling abroad will face fewer hurdles leaving the country. The official news site Granma reported Tuesday that the Cuban government will no longer require a travel permit and a letter of invitation. Until now, Cubans had to pay $150 for an exit visa. A resident in the country that the Cuban wanted to visit would also have to write a letter of invitation. Read Article

French urge boycott of British catch as scallops war over fishing rights intensifies

Daily Mail – Militant French fishermen yesterday demanded a boycott of British caught scallops as the war over fishing rights intensified. The French are furious that British fishermen have harvested scallops in the Bay of Seine at a time when they are banned from going to sea. They have rammed British boats, pelted them with iron bars and rocks and attempted to snag their propellers with rope. Read Article

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Big Tobacco lawyers target food industry

BBC – The lawyers who took on the big US tobacco companies, and won, have now set their sights on the food industry. Newsnight’s science editor, Susan Watts, asks one of them why he has chosen this particular fight. Don Barrett likes his opponents powerful, and rich. He is the lawyer whose decade-long battle to force the tobacco companies to admit they knew cigarettes were addictive and pay the medical costs of victims was depicted in the film The Insider. Read Article

UAE holds world’s largest biometric database

Gulf News – The UAE holds the largest biometric database in the world, the Emirates Identity Authority has announced. The population register of Emirates ID has over 103 million digital fingerprints and over 15 million digital facial recognition records, which includes multiple records of each UAE resident, and digital signatures as of October 11, senior officials said.This biometric database is considered to be the largest in the world, according to a statement issued by the authority. Dr. Ali Al Khoury, Director General of Emirates ID, said the authority has submitted an official application to the World Record Academy to recognise this record. Read Article

Bumi: Nathaniel Rothschild quits board amid Bakrie row

BBC – Nathaniel Rothschild, co-founder of coal mining giant Bumi, has quit the firm’s board amid a row with Indonesia’s influential Bakrie family. The two have been locked in a dispute over assets of the Bakrie family, in which Bumi owns a stake. Last week, the Bakrie Group offered to buy back the stake. In his resignation letter, Mr Rothschild said “it will be a disgrace to proceed with, or even to entertain the proposal”. He said the proposal should not be considered “given the scale of the alleged irregularities, as well as other facts not yet in the public domain”. Read Article

Euro opt-outs on more than 130 criminal justice powers will cost you millions, Brussels tell UK

Daily Mail – Brussels officials are threatening to hit Britain with millions of pounds in fines in retaliation for pulling out of pan-European justice and crime policies. The European Commission has warned of ‘direct financial consequences’ if the UK withdraws from controversial measures such as the European Arrest Warrant. The warning was met with dismay last night by Tory backbenchers who accused Brussels of trying to ‘blackmail’ the UK. Read Article

Europe to call for Google to be more transparent about data collection

Washington Post – Google’s efforts to track users across services such as YouTube and Gmail do not meet European standards of privacy, officials plan to announce Tuesday, in the latest of a growing number of regulatory challenges for the American technology giant. A letter signed by regulators from more than 20 countries will call on Google to give users more notice about how their data are collected and seek consent in some cases, say people who have seen the letter. Read Article

War crimes trials set to begin in The Hague

DW – Two separate trials of leaders accused of crimes against humanity during the Bosnian war are scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Both men standing trial are seeking to convince the courts of their innocence. The trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is scheduled to begin with a statement by the defendant before the UN’s Yugoslav war crimes court, in which he will detail his involvement in the Bosnian war in the early 1990s. Karadzic reportedly plans to speak for at least 90 minutes. Read Article

Spanish politician sentenced in Cuban dissident’s death

CNN – A Spanish politician accused of reckless driving after a car crash that killed two Cuban dissidents was sentenced to four years in prison, Cuban state media said Monday. Angel Carromero had faced a possible sentence of 10 years after the crash that took the life of well-known Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya in July. Paya had been one of the more prominent activists to challenge the Cuban government’s authority and single-party form of rule. Read Article

Pakistan’s Malala has ‘very limited’ chances

Aljazeera – A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban is in critical condition and has slim chances of recovering, a source in the hospital where she is being treated has told Al Jazeera. The source said on Sunday the next 12 hours were critical for 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who is hospitalised in the city of Rawalpindi. Yousafzai has “very limited chance of life left”, said the source, declining to be identified because he is not authorised to speak to the media. Read Article

Pussy Riot duo sent to remote penal colony

ABC – Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot have lost their appeal to serve their sentence in a Moscow pre-trial detention centre. They will now serve the remainder of their terms in a remote penal colony, where conditions are much tougher. A Moscow court last week upheld the two-year jail sentences imposed on Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, over a cathedral protest against Vladimir Putin. They were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. Read Article

Australia’s first child sex offender register published

BBC – Australia’s first publicly accessible register of child sex offenders has been published online in the state of Western Australia. Initially, the details available include photographs, names and physical descriptions of nine sex offenders the police have lost track of. Parents will be also able to enter their addresses to see if there are any convicted paedophiles living nearby. But there are concerns about possible vigilantism and mistaken identity. Read Article