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Greenpeace activists arrested after arctic rig protest

Greenpeace arrestsSix Greenpeace activists were arrested by Dutch authorities Tuesday when they tried to block vessels from leaving for arctic energy work, the group said.

Greenpeace said 30 activists boarded a rig contracted by Russian energy company Gazprom for work in the northern Pechora Sea. They were there for five hours and six of them were arrested by Dutch authorities.

Another group of 15 demonstrators is on board a rig contracted by Norwegian energy company Statoil for work in the northern reaches of the Barents Sea.

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Wikileaks reveals NSA is listening to nearly all calls in Afghanistan

Julian AssangeWikileaks revealed that the NSA is listening to most of the calls in Afghanistan after Glenn Greenwald redacted the country from his report, per a request from the U.S. government.

Glenn Greenwald published a story earlier this week revealing that the NSA was intercepting call data in the Bahamas and other countries as part of the SOMALGET, which is part of the MYSTIC program. They declined to identify one country where these programs were being implemented, naming it "Country X" after the U.S. government warned that not redacting the information could endanger lives.

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For women priests, a moment of justice – and excommunication

women priestsThe packed church descended into silence as the two candidates for priesthood took their place before the altar to prepare for the most solemn moment of their ordination — the laying on of hands. The bishop rose and instructed the assembled crowd to place their right hand on the shoulder of the person seated directly in front of them.

Then, with all the energy in the room focused on the ordinands, the bishop laid her hands on the head of each, praying silently to invoke the Holy Spirit to come down on the newly ordained priests.

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Secrets, lies and Snowden's email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit

Snowden secretsMy legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation of surveillance equipment on my company's network.

My company, Lavabit, provided email services to 410,000 people – including Edward Snowden, according to news reports – and thrived by offering features specifically designed to protect the privacy and security of its customers. I had no choice but to consent to the installation of their device, which would hand the US government access to all of the messages – to and from all of my customers – as they travelled between their email accounts other providers on the Internet.

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Investigators race to find victims of child pornography

Investigating child pornThe expansion of the "Dark Web," where pedophiles hide using websites that encrypt their computers' identifying information, has fueled an explosion of child pornography that has law enforcement in a race against time to find victims before they are abused again.

Investigators follow the trail of images around the world any way they can. They rely on traditional detective techniques, such as interviewing suspects, but they also use modern-day digital methods. They enhance blurry backgrounds for clues to a photo's location. They monitor websites popular with pedophiles. They use social media to blast photos of suspected child pornographers in the hope that someone will recognize them.

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Privacy group: Snapchat, AT&T and Amazon are least trustworthy with data

least trustworthy sitesAmazon, AT&T and Snapchat ranked among the worst companies when it comes to protecting user's privacy and handling data requests from the government.

The report released by Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group, gave AT&T and Amazon two out of six stars, and Snapchat just a single star in its rankings. Of the 26 companies rated Apple, Credo Mobile, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sonic.net, Twitter and Yahoo were the only companies to receive all six stars in every categories.

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Harvey Milk stamp to make LGBT history

Harvey Milk stampSince 2008, May 22 has been known in California as Harvey Milk Day, a chance for public schools to observe and discuss the LGBT civil rights movement and the slain gay leader, one of the first openly lesbian or gay politicians elected to public office.

But this year will be a little different. On May 22, the United States Postal Service will start to circulate a postage stamp featuring Milk, with an expected 30 million first-class stamps being printed showing the murdered San Francisco supervisor’s smiling likeness under a rainbow strip.

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