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Posted: June 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

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Given the opacity of the Chinese government, it was not clear whether Mr. Lu was in trouble or in line for a promotion.

By JANE PERLEZ and PAUL MOZUR

Mr. Chen, an artist, has been detained for more than a year after visiting the grave site of a victim of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

By EDWARD WONG

Censorship there is well known, but bureaucrats are also focusing on more mundane matters, seeking to prevent rumors, fabricated news and superstitious premonitions from going viral.

By JAVIER C. HERNNDEZ

While a crackdown stifles other freewheeling publishers, Ho Pin offers uncensored coverage from his Long Island office, beyond Beijings reach.

By MICHAEL FORSYTHE

The producer of the movie Flying Punjab has turned to the Bombay High Court after he was ordered to remove any reference to Punjab.

By AYESHA VENKATARAMAN

The shooting near Amman raised fears that militants had been able to penetrate one of the regions most powerful counterterrorism agencies.

By KAREEM FAHIM

The French cosmetics company was accused of bending to China after dropping a concert by a singer who supported the pro-democracy Occupy movement.

By AMIE TSANG and ALAN WONG

While trying to emphasize Chinas connectivity, a report by a state newspaper acknowledged the creeping pace of connections in the country.

By EDWARD WONG

Reporters are being accused of supporting terrorism. Its a dangerous precedent for a fragile country.

Organizers said they werent told that the display would have a countdown to 2047, when Chinas promise of a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong expires.

By AMY QIN

Ten guiding tenets frame a call for more and better free speech.

By EDMUND FAWCETT

A new study focuses on Chinas Fifty Cent Party, who tout Beijings views online and make up a major part of its effort to control its image.

By PAUL MOZUR

The British monarchs sharp words resonated online, and journalists asked a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a response.

By EDWARD WONG

Mr. Ren had questioned a major announcement by President Xi Jinping that Chinese news organizations must serve the Communist Party.

By EDWARD WONG

The dispute stems from a rejection by the American Bar Association of a potentially incendiary book being written by a Chinese human rights lawyer.

By EDWARD WONG

Restricting what search results users can see undermines the Internets promise of global access to information.

By DAPHNE KELLER and BRUCE D. BROWN

Kathy Chen served a stint in the Chinese military and was involved in a venture that was partly owned by the countrys domestic security ministry.

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

The political costs of doing business with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, are becoming clearer by the week for the German chancellor.

By ALISON SMALE

In an era of easy access to global news, Beijing is going after critics outside its borders.

The Najib administrations assault on free expression is unprecedented.

By JAHABAR SADIQ

Given the opacity of the Chinese government, it was not clear whether Mr. Lu was in trouble or in line for a promotion.

By JANE PERLEZ and PAUL MOZUR

Mr. Chen, an artist, has been detained for more than a year after visiting the grave site of a victim of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

By EDWARD WONG

Censorship there is well known, but bureaucrats are also focusing on more mundane matters, seeking to prevent rumors, fabricated news and superstitious premonitions from going viral.

By JAVIER C. HERNNDEZ

While a crackdown stifles other freewheeling publishers, Ho Pin offers uncensored coverage from his Long Island office, beyond Beijings reach.

By MICHAEL FORSYTHE

The producer of the movie Flying Punjab has turned to the Bombay High Court after he was ordered to remove any reference to Punjab.

By AYESHA VENKATARAMAN

The shooting near Amman raised fears that militants had been able to penetrate one of the regions most powerful counterterrorism agencies.

By KAREEM FAHIM

The French cosmetics company was accused of bending to China after dropping a concert by a singer who supported the pro-democracy Occupy movement.

By AMIE TSANG and ALAN WONG

While trying to emphasize Chinas connectivity, a report by a state newspaper acknowledged the creeping pace of connections in the country.

By EDWARD WONG

Reporters are being accused of supporting terrorism. Its a dangerous precedent for a fragile country.

Organizers said they werent told that the display would have a countdown to 2047, when Chinas promise of a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong expires.

By AMY QIN

Ten guiding tenets frame a call for more and better free speech.

By EDMUND FAWCETT

A new study focuses on Chinas Fifty Cent Party, who tout Beijings views online and make up a major part of its effort to control its image.

By PAUL MOZUR

The British monarchs sharp words resonated online, and journalists asked a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a response.

By EDWARD WONG

Mr. Ren had questioned a major announcement by President Xi Jinping that Chinese news organizations must serve the Communist Party.

By EDWARD WONG

The dispute stems from a rejection by the American Bar Association of a potentially incendiary book being written by a Chinese human rights lawyer.

By EDWARD WONG

Restricting what search results users can see undermines the Internets promise of global access to information.

By DAPHNE KELLER and BRUCE D. BROWN

Kathy Chen served a stint in the Chinese military and was involved in a venture that was partly owned by the countrys domestic security ministry.

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

The political costs of doing business with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, are becoming clearer by the week for the German chancellor.

By ALISON SMALE

In an era of easy access to global news, Beijing is going after critics outside its borders.

The Najib administrations assault on free expression is unprecedented.

By JAHABAR SADIQ

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Israel Demands World Internet Censorship – The New Observer

Posted: May 9, 2016 at 7:41 am

The Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has unveiled plans to censor the Internets worldwide social media platforms with the building of an international coalition to counter criticism of Israel.

According to an article in the Times of Israel, Erdans plan calls for developing legislation in conjunction with European countries, most of which are very interested in this idea.

The legislation would have common features, such as defining what constitutes incitement and what the responsibilities of social networks regarding it are, a spokesman for the minister told the Israeli-based newspaper.

Companies that do not comply will find themselves hauled into court, paying a penalty, he added.

According to the plan, the participating countries would be part of a loose coalition that would keep an eye on content and where it was being posted, and members of the coalition would work to demand that the platforms remove the content that was posted in any of their countries at the request of members.

This is a perfectly logical and just project, Erdans spokesperson said. If a hotel was being used as a venue for a hate group, we would demand that the hotel break its contract, and we would lean on other hotels to abstain from hosting them, so that the hate group would not be able to hold its event. This is no different.

Although the Israelis are attempting to disguise the project as a counter to Palestinians posting violence promoting material on the Internet, it is clear that the extension of this coalition has a far wider scope.

Justifying the plan, Erdans office used an example of a Palestinian who allegedly posted up a body chart showing where the best places were to stab someone fatallyapparently a reference to the recent spate of knife attacks on Jews in Israel.

READ New Israeli Government Seeks to Seize West Bank Permanently

The number of postings of that nature are, however, tiny in comparison to the volume of material going up on the Internet, and there are already more than sufficient methods in place to deal with such incidents and get them removed.

Nonetheless, Erdans spokesman said the coalition would force the worlds leading social media giants to prevent their platforms from being abused to peddle incitement to terrorism.

The social media giants make millions but claim they are not responsible for content, and that they only provide a platform, a spokesperson for Erdan told the Times of Israel. That is not going to wash. We are planning to put a stop to this irresponsibility, and we are going to do it as part of an international coalition that has had enough of this behavior as well.

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As Scott Walker addresses NRA, concealed carry vote criticized

Posted: April 12, 2015 at 6:48 am

Gov. Scott Walkers vote against a concealed carry bill in 2002 resurfaced Friday as the likely presidential candidate addressed an annual convention of the National Rifle Association.

Democrats highlighted the vote which clashes with his otherwise lengthy record of supporting Second Amendment rights as yet another example of Walker shifting his position for political gain. The 2002 vote came just before Walker mounted a successful campaign for Milwaukee County executive.

But Walker spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski countered that the reason Walker voted against the bill was because it came up after a lengthy late-night session and didnt follow the normal legislative process.

Gov. Walker was protecting the voters through transparency, Kukowski said. This is why the NRA has and continues to believe Gov. Walker stands up for Second Amendment rights, continually giving him good ratings year after year.

Walker didnt address his 2002 vote in his speech Friday, but highlighted how he has an A+ rating from the NRA as governor and had an A rating as a state legislator.

Im proud of that even though some on the left may say its a scarlet letter, Walker said in the speech. I say its a badge of honor.

The likely 2016 presidential contender has come under fire for shifting his position on various issues, including immigration, right-to-work, abortion, ethanol mandates and the Common Core education standards.

Add concealed carry to the list of issues Walker has changed his position on just to benefit himself, said Jason Pitt, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. If weve learned anything from Scott Walker over the past few months its that his constant pandering on issues has defined him as one of the least trustworthy candidates among the 2016 GOP field.

Kukowski said Walkers record of supporting the Second Amendment included:

Co-sponsoring a constitutional amendment in the late 1990s that added the right to keep and bear arms;

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Human remains found as search continues for 11 service members involved in helicopter crash

Posted: March 12, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Human remains wash ashore near a Florida military base after seven Marines and four soldiers in an Army helicopter crashed overnight during a training mission. (Reuters)

Human remains washed ashore Wednesday, as officials continued their search for seven Marines and four soldiers in waters off the Florida Panhandle, where a military helicopter had crashed during a training exercise.

We have confirmed that we have had some human remains wash ashore in the area where our search and rescue team have begun a larger scale operation,AndrewBourland, a spokesman for the Eglin Air Force Base, told The Washington Post.

Bourland also said that debris from the aircraft had been located.

The Army UH-60 Black Hawk is believed to have gone down in the water and foggy conditions were reported in the area at the time of the crash, though it is too soon to say what might have caused the mishap.

At a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Maj. Gen. GlennH.Curtis, the Adjutant General for the Louisiana National Guard, said the Black Hawk pilots had thousands of hours of flight experience and were instructor pilots, which indicates that they were experienced and qualified enough to train other pilots.

According to Curtis, it is one of the highest designations pilots in the Army can receive.

A second Black Hawk that participated in the exercise returned to base after take-off due to the weather conditions, Curtis said.That helicopter landed safely and all personnel on board were accounted for.

One of them started to take off and realized that theweather was a condition thenturned around and came back, said Curtis, who spoke from Hammond, La.

According to a Pentagon official who spoke anonymously to the Associated Pressnearly 12 hours after the craft was reported missing, all 11 service members are presumed dead.

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10 dead: Greek fighter jet crashes during NATO training – Video

Posted: January 29, 2015 at 9:49 pm



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Newark prostitution sting focuses on human trafficking

Posted: January 2, 2015 at 7:42 am

NEWARK, Del. When Newark Police and federal agents carried out a sting at a South College Avenue motel last month, they arrested seven men who allegedly thought they were meeting a prostitute.

However, the officers conducting the operation at the Rodeway Inn had their sights on a bigger target: human traffickers.

Such joint local and federal operations are a common tactic of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements Homeland Security Investigations division as it seeks to crack down on human trafficking. Though the agency is better known for its immigration enforcement, ICEs HSI division is also responsible for investigating child pornography, sex trafficking and other similar offenses.

Human sex trafficking is defined as prostitution induced by force, fraud or coercion. The victims sometimes children often make arrangements to be brought to the United States only to find themselves forced into prostitution. Other times, it involves young Americans from troubled backgrounds.

Its akin to modern-day slavery, said William Walker, assistant special agent in charge of HSI in Philadelphia.

The Dec. 18 sting in Newark was in response to recent complaints about prostitution at the Rodeway Inn, said Lt. Mark A. Farrall, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

After posting ads online, undercover officers used phone calls and text messages to communicate with 22 men, seven of whom showed up at the motel and were charged with patronizing a prostitute. Those charged include John Jarrell, 57; Bernard Racey, 44; Robert Fletcher, 22; Suprapto Bonari, 48; Jonathan Caine, 28; Aaron M. Johnson, 38; and James L. Poston, 45. Police withheld the defendants hometowns for unspecified reasons.

An HSI agent accompanied Newark Police during the sting and helped conduct interviews of the suspects, looking for red flag indicators of human trafficking. Similar operations have occurred in cities across the country, Walker said.

The basic idea, authorities said, is to lean on the accused to open up about any past involvement with prostitutes in an effort to get information that could lead to human trafficking rings.

We interview them and see if they can turn us on to any human trafficking victims theyve encountered in the past, Walker said.

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Afghan Bombings Kill 2 NATO Troops, 6 Civilians

Posted: November 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

Bombings across Afghanistan killed two NATO troops and six civilians Monday, authorities said, as the death toll in the country’s deadliest insurgent attack this year rose to at least 50.

The attacks, including Sunday’s mass killing by a suicide bomber at a volleyball tournament, come amid a renewed Taliban offensive as foreign troops begin to withdraw from the country.

In a statement, NATO said the troops had been killed by an “enemy attack in eastern Afghanistan.” It did not identify the nationalities of dead, as the coalition waits for their home countries to make the announcement.

A spokesman for Kabul’s police chief, Hashmat Stanekzai, said the troops were killed when a bomb attached to a bicycle exploded near a foreign military convoy in the eastern part of the capital Monday morning. He said the blast wounded one Afghan civilian.

A total of 63 NATO troops have been killed this year, 46 of them Americans.

Another bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded later Monday in a crowded market in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province, killing six people and wounding at least five, police spokesman Sarwar Hussaini said.

No group claimed responsibility for either attack Monday. Insurgents have stepped up their assaults against Afghan security forces in a bid to undermine the Western-backed Kabul government of President Ashraf Ghani.

The insurgents’ deadliest attack this year, the volleyball tournament bombing Sunday in Paktika province bordering Pakistan, killed at least 50 people, said Mokhlis Afghan, a spokesman for the provincial governor. He said authorities were still trying to determine an accurate death toll Monday.

The suicide bomber detonated explosives as he mingled with the large crowd there, causing the many casualties. Interior Ministry spokesman Seddiq Sediqqi said the dead included 10 members of a local police force, including a police commander.

Abdullah Abdullah, the country’s chief executive, visited a hospital in Paktika province Monday to see the wounded. He said locals believed the Taliban carried out the attack as they opposed the insurgents.

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Group urges Utah lawmakers to fund DNA analysis of all rape kits

Posted: October 16, 2014 at 2:43 am

DNA Were going to identify serial rapists, says panelist.

All of Utahs backlogged DNA evidence from sex-assault cases should by analyzed, and all such rape kits from present and future cases should be processed as well.

Thats what Ned Seale, a spokesman for a special work group, told the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Legislative Interim Committee on Wednesday.

The ad hoc work group has defined a priority system for analyzing about 2,700 backlogged rape kits statewide that contain DNA and other forensic evidence, said Jeff Carr, deputy commissioner for the Utah Department of Public Safety.

Earlier this year, the Utah Legislature allocated $750,000 for the analysis of backlogged forensic kits. Some federal funding also may be available for processing them, Carr said.

The state crime lab is establishing the “Utah Quick Analysis Program,” Carr told the committee, to analyze DNA but not necessarily all the evidence in the kit. The protocol would be faster and less expensive than the present system. Rather than months, DNA could be analyzed in 60 to 90 days.

Law enforcement agencies in other states that have begun testing backlogged rape kits are discovering that one in three find matches in CODIS, the national criminal DNA database, Donna Kelly, Utah Prosecution Council, said in an interview

“Were going to identify serial rapists,” Kelly explained.

Rep. Jennifer Selig, D-Salt Lake City, who has spearheaded the movement in Utah to get backlogged rape kits processed, said she is “cautiously optimistic” that law enforcement agencies will begin to process all such evidence to help give victims some satisfaction while seeking out offenders.

Whether legislation to fund the analysis of sexual-assault evidence will come out of the 2015 legislative session remains unclear. Also uncertain is whether the Legislature will require agencies to test all rape kits.

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Taliban Mountain Ambush Kills 14 Afghan Troops

Posted: October 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm

A mountain ambush by Taliban fighters killed at least 14 Afghan security force troops, authorities said Monday, as villagers elsewhere in the country alleged a NATO airstrike that the coalition said targeted militants actually killed civilians.

The fighting in Sari Pul province, as well as the disputed NATO airstrike in eastern Paktia province, show the serious challenges facing new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. Former President Hamid Karzai repeatedly clashed with NATO forces over civilian casualties from airstrikes, straining relations as public anger against the coalition grew.

The ambush in Sari Pul, where Taliban fighters reportedly have been massing for days, happened Sunday in its Kohistanat district. There, militants opened fire on an Afghan Army unit heading back to the capital after several months being deployed there, killing 12 soldiers and two police officers, said Kazim Kenhan, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.

Kenhan said 13 troops and four police officers were wounded and six troops are missing after the ambush there, some 340 kilometers (210 miles) northwest of the capital, Kabul.

“A very intensive gun battle is going on right now and the casualty number might change overnight,” Kenhan said Monday. “It is a mountainous area and very difficult to reach. We do need air support as we requested from the international forces, but they didn’t help us.”

In Paktia province, hundreds of villagers protested over their allegation that a NATO airstrike killed seven civilians in an operation NATO said killed “eight armed enemy combatants.”

The protesters brought seven corpses to the governor’s office there, claiming they were civilians killed Sunday during a NATO airstrike in a mountainous area on the outskirts of the city of Gardez. The villagers said the strike targeted eight people collecting firewood and left one man wounded.

“From the evidence it seems that all seven who have been killed in the airstrike of the coalition forces are civilians, but this needs to be investigated more to find out why and how this incident has happened,” said Abdul Wali Sahee, deputy provincial governor of Paktia province.

Sahee said that there was a dead body of a 12-year-old boy among those brought to the provincial capital.

Protesting villagers shouted slogans against the foreign forces that have been in the country since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. They demanded the Afghan government prevent such attacks in their area.

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Afghans allege NATO airstrike kills 7 civilians

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A U.S. army soldier, center, takes his position at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. An Afghan official said a suicide bomber targeting a NATO convoy in Kabul killed one civilian and wounded three others. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) A mountain ambush by Taliban fighters killed at least 14 Afghan security force troops, authorities said Monday, as villagers elsewhere in the country alleged a NATO airstrike that the coalition said targeted militants actually killed civilians.

The fighting in Sari Pul province, as well as the disputed NATO airstrike in eastern Paktia province, show the serious challenges facing new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. Former President Hamid Karzai repeatedly clashed with NATO forces over civilian casualties from airstrikes, straining relations as public anger against the coalition grew.

The ambush in Sari Pul, where Taliban fighters reportedly have been massing for days, happened Sunday in its Kohistanat district. There, militants opened fire on an Afghan Army unit heading back to the capital after several months being deployed there, killing 12 soldiers and two police officers, said Kazim Kenhan, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.

Kenhan said 13 troops and four police officers were wounded and six troops are missing after the ambush there, some 340 kilometers (210 miles) northwest of the capital, Kabul.

“A very intensive gun battle is going on right now and the casualty number might change overnight,” Kenhan said Monday. “It is a mountainous area and very difficult to reach. We do need air support as we requested from the international forces, but they didn’t help us.”

In Paktia province, hundreds of villagers protested over their allegation that a NATO airstrike killed seven civilians in an operation NATO said killed “eight armed enemy combatants.”

The protesters brought seven corpses to the governor’s office there, claiming they were civilians killed Sunday during a NATO airstrike in a mountainous area on the outskirts of the city of Gardez. The villagers said the strike targeted eight people collecting firewood and left one man wounded.

“From the evidence it seems that all seven who have been killed in the airstrike of the coalition forces are civilians, but this needs to be investigated more to find out why and how this incident has happened,” said Abdul Wali Sahee, deputy provincial governor of Paktia province.

Sahee said that there was a dead body of a 12-year-old boy among those brought to the provincial capital.

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