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Japanese newspaper retracts term ‘sex slaves’ from wartime coverage

Japanese newspaperJapan’s biggest-selling newspaper has apologised for its past use of the term “sex slaves” to describe tens of thousands of women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels before and during the second world war.

The move by the Yomiuri Shimbun, a conservative broadsheet with a daily circulation of more than 10 million, has fuelled concern that sections of the country’s media have signed up to a government-led campaign to rewrite Japan’s wartime history and portray its actions on the Asian mainland in a more favourable light.

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St. Louis County Police Violate Court Order By Arresting Journalist Standing on Sidewalk

Ferguson journalist arrestedA credentialed member of the media was arrested in Ferguson around 11:40 pm Saturday night. The arrest appeared to violate a court order issued Friday prohibiting the police from arresting law-abiding journalists.

Lieutenant Jerry Lohr of the Saint Louis County Police Department later told myself and other members of the media that the journalist was arrested for "failure to disperse" from a street, despite the fact that I, as well as approximately one hundred other protesters and media clearly witnessed the arrest take place on the sidewalk.

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ESPN suspends Keith Law from Twitter after arguing about evolution with Curt Schilling: report

Kurt SchillingAn argument of creationism vs. evolution may have led to the latest ESPN Twitter suspension.

On Nov. 12 former Red Sox pitcher and ESPN analyst Curt Schilling went on Twitter, voicing his support on the theory of creationism, leading ESPN baseball writer Keith Law to tweet his rebuttal using some facts to argue in favor of evolution.

Law has been noticeably absent on social media since Wednesday and on Friday Deadspin reported that ESPN suspended Law from Twitter.

TVNL Comment:  Geez.  What an embarrassment.....still arguing over evolution in this day and age.  Only in America...

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Syrian 'hero boy' video faked by Norwegian director

Syrian hero boyMillions of YouTube viewers have been captivated by the 'Syrian hero boy' who manages to rescue a little girl while under gunfire. Now a group of Norwegian filmmakers have told BBC Trending they are behind it. They say it was filmed on location in Malta this summer with the intention of being presented as real.

Lars Klevberg, a 34-year-old film director based in Oslo, wrote a script after watching news coverage of the conflict in Syria. He says he deliberately presented the film as reality in order to generate a discussion about children in conflict zones.

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U.S., European authorities strike against Internet’s black markets

Internet sites taken downU.S. and European law enforcement agencies Friday announced the largest strike ever against the Internet’s thriving black markets, shutting down more than 400 sites and arresting 17 people for allegedly selling drugs, weapons and illegal services to anonymous buyers worldwide.

The sweep of the crackdown marked a new level of aggressiveness and coordination by Western governments determined to police shadowy corners of the Internet.

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Iran hints at early release for detained Washington Post reporter

Jason RezaianThe family of imprisoned Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian says his health is deteriorating due to “neglect” after 107 days in custody, even as a top Iranian official suggests that he may be free within weeks.

Until now, little news has emerged about Mr. Rezaian – a dual American-Iranian citizen – since his arrest at home in Tehran on July 22 with his wife, Iranian journalist Yeganeh Salehi, and two others Iranian-Americans.

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U.S. shuts down Silk Road 2.0 website, charges alleged owner

silk road 2.0U.S. authorities said Thursday they have shut down the successor website to Silk Road, an underground online drug marketplace, and charged its alleged operator with conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, computer hacking, money laundering and other crimes.

Blake Benthall, 26, was arrested on Wednesday in San Francisco and was expected to make an initial court appearance in federal court there later on Thursday.

The charges against Benthall carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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