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In Spain, website owners can now get six years in prison for linking to copyrighted material

Website owners whose sites profit from linking to unauthorized copyrighted material can now be jailed for up to six years under a new measure that passed today in Spain. Spain is considered one of the worst offenders in Europe when it comes to illegally downloading content; one study reported that …

China just detained a teen for having 500 retweets

As of last week, posting a message that the Chinese government deems inaccurate on social media platforms can get you three years in the slammer, provided it gets 500 retweets (or their equivalent) or 5,000 views. At least, that’s what the law said (link in Chinese). But would the new policy, part …

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Mexico's Ambassador Blasts Hollywood For Promoting Racist Stereotypes

In blunt remarks for a diplomat, Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora, accused Hollywood’s film industry of promoting “racist” stereotypes of Mexicans. “Mexicans on the silver screen are usually portrayed as poor and uneducated at best, corrupt and violent at worst”, he …

Number of children blackmailed into webcam sex acts increasing, says report

Children as young as eight are being blackmailed into performing sexual acts on webcams by abusers in increasing numbers, research by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre shows.<p>In a report published on Friday Ceop says it has uncovered a number of children self harming or, in one …

Indian woman, 20, killed by her family for eloping with man from 'wrong caste'

A young Indian woman was beaten to death and her boyfriend beheaded in an "honour killing" by relatives after they eloped in defiance of local caste rules.<p>The couple was attacked and killed in front of neighbours in their home village after they were persuaded to return with promises that they …

France moves to ban beauty contests for girls

The French parliament has moved to ban children's beauty contests in an attempt to halt what one former minister called the hyper-sexualisation of young girls.<p>France's upper house of parliament, the senate, adopted the proposal as part of a wider law on gender equality after former sports minister …

Greek Golden Dawn member arrested over murder of leftwing hip-hop artist

The alleged murder of a prominent leftwing hip-hop artist by a self-confessed member of the far-right Golden Dawn party has sent political tensions soaring in Greece.<p>As the crisis-hit country was brought to a standstill by striking workers on Wednesday, police raided several Golden Dawn offices in …

University of Alabama president pushes sororities to end segregation

The University of Alabama will make changes to its sorority system following a report in a student publication revealing discrimination in the Greek-letter organizations' formal recruitment process.<p>University President Judy Bonner acknowledged Tuesday that the on-campus organizations are segregated …

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Average yearly cost for a child's food allergy: $4,184

Children's food allergies cost nation a total of nearly $25 billion a year, study says.<p>Food allergies in children are not only increasingly common, they are expensive – costing an average of $4,184 a child each year, with $931 coming straight out of parents' pockets, a new study finds.<p>The study, …

Miss America Nina Davuluri brushes off racist remarks

The new Miss America says she has "to rise above" negative comments calling her a "terrorist" and linking her to "7-11" and "9/11."<p>Social media was abuzz overnight in the wake of Nina Davuluri being crowned as Miss America 2014.<p>And a lot of the tweets were attacks on the fact that she is the first …

Dodgers continue push for diversity with first scheduled LGBT night

Here's a new one for those forward-thinking Dodgers:<p>They announced Friday they will host an LGBT night on Sept. 27.<p>In their announcement they never actually explained that LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.<p>The team that broke baseball's color barrier, that brought in the …

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.<p>On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech …

First, forget about witchcraft....

<b>The only psychiatrist working in the African country of Chad has his work cut out to convince patients their issues are medical, rather than spiritual.</b><p>The sign outside Dr Egip Bolsane's surgery in the sleepy riverside district of Chagoua in the Chadian capital N'Djamena proclaims "the pioneer".<p>Even …

South Korean fisherman kidnapped by North Korea escapes after 41 years

A South Korean fisherman who was kidnapped by North Korea more than four decades ago has managed to make a rare and daring escape back home to Seoul.<p>Jeon Wook-pyo, 68, had been fishing near the disputed Yellow Sea border when he was seized by a North Korean navy ship along with 24 others on …

When Public Shaming of Children Fails

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Kids these days are out of control, strutting around in their short shorts, twerking anywhere and …

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Inside Twitter’s plan to go public as quickly and quietly as it can

Twitter would like to go public as quietly as possible. And to do that, it will go public as quickly as possible, too.<p>The clock started yesterday when the company tweeted that it had filed paperwork for an IPO. But the confidential filing actually happened a few weeks ago, according to someone who …

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Hawaii governor convenes special session for marriage equality vote

If the measure passes the Democrat-controlled Legislature, Hawaii will be the 14th state to legalize gay marriage<p>Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is pushing for his state to legalize gay marriage, announcing on Monday that he is convening a special legislative session to pass a bill extending marriage …

Judge Rules That Abercrombie's Ban On Religious Head Scarves Is Illegal

Former Hollister employee Hani Khan was fired from a San Francisco-area store in 2010 after she refused to remove her hijab, reports The San Jose Mercury News.<p>U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers found that by firing Khan, Abercrombie, which owns Hollister, "violated anti-discrimination …

Bangladeshi union chief brings living wage campaign to London fashion week

A union leader representing millions of poverty stricken Bangladeshi garment workers is to use London fashion week to confront Britain's top fashion retailers and clothing brands and urge them to support fresh demands for all employees to be paid a living wage.<p>Nearly five months after 1,129 people …

Prisoners use 'Breaking Bad' method to light cigarettes

Destroying TVs with TV<p>Inmates at an Australian prison have begun lighting their cigarettes with broken TV sets, using a tactic popularized by Walter White. According to Australia's News.com.au, prisoners at a correctional center in Queensland have been taking apart jail-issued television sets and …

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Former Model Calls Out Designers for Racism

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>As promised, former model and current activist Bethann Hardison (right) sent letters to the major …

Mom of autistic daughter accused in murder-suicide try blogged her despair

BEULAH, Mich. — Kelli Stapleton, the Michigan woman accused of trying to kill herself and her severely autistic daughter, blogged that day about how desperate she was feeling.<p>"I have to admit that I'm suffering from a severe case of battle fatigue," Kelli Stapleton wrote Tuesday on her blog, The …

South Africa grapples with dilemma of pregnant students

<b>A recent Constitutional Court ruling in South Africa has confirmed that schools cannot expel students for becoming pregnant, but the BBC's Pumza Fihlani reports that the country is still struggling to cope with the issue, which affects some 180,000 girls each year.</b><p>Shrill wails fill the maternity …