July 28, 2010 Nº 937 - Vol. 8

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Bill Bradley


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  • Top News

Cameron 'anger' at slow pace of Turkish EU negotiations

David Cameron has promised to "fight" for Turkey's membership of the European Union, saying he is "angry" at the slow pace of negotiations. On his first visit as prime minister, he said the country could become a "great European power", helping build links with the Middle East. A European Union without Turkey at its heart was "not stronger but weaker... not more secure but less... not richer but poorer". He compared hostility to the membership bid in some parts of the EU with the way the UK's entry was once regarded. Turkey opened accession negotiations with the EU in 2005 but is considered very unlikely to join in the next 10 years, partly because of opposition from countries such as France. Since 2005, only 11 out of 35 "negotiating chapters" relating to accession talks have been opened for discussion and only one has been "provisionally closed".

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  • Crumbs

1 - Government's move to curb universal jurisdiction sends wrong message (Click here)

2 - Judge sentences Miami attorney to ten years for fraud (Click here)

3 - Man jailed for £250m plot to 'sell' London Ritz Hotel (Click here)

4 - Legal mess from Gulf oil spill likely one of costliest and longest-lasting in US history (Click here)

5 - D.C. Judge blocks The National Law Journal in Court records dispute (Click here)

6 - Lawyers Associated Worldwide names new chairman (Click here)

7 - Khmer Rouge chief jailer to appeal against war crimes conviction (Click here)

8 - Federal Judge refuses to toss suit over Prius headlights (Click here)

9 - Just pay it: under pressure, Nike compensates Honduran factory workers (Click here)

10 - U.S. rules out military action against Venezuela (Click here)


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  • Historia Verdadeira


La operadora Telefónica compra las acciones de Vivo Brasil a la portuguesa Telecom por 7.500 mlls. de Euros. Portugal usara ese dinero para entrar a otra operadora móvil, Oi. (Presione aquí)


Cinco países miembros de la Unión de Naciones Suramericanas (Unasur) - Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Venezuela y Uruguay - han confirmado su asistencia a la reunión extraordinaria de cancilleres, para este jueves en Quito. Allí se buscará mecanismos para solucionar el 'impasse diplomático' surgido entre Colombia y Venezuela.


La Fiscalía de Ecuador pide vincular a 47 ecuatorianos y cubanos. El número de procesados se incrementa en la investigación por la irregular naturalización de ciudadanos cubanos se revisa las presuntas anomalías con las que 95 cubanos obtuvieron la nacionalidad ecuatoriana, utilizando uniones de hecho inexistentes con declaraciones juramentadas falsas. (Presione aquí)


El lavado de activos y la financiación del narcotráfico mediante las entidades del sistema financiero son algunas de las principales preocupaciones de los gobiernos alrededor del mundo. Para el director de la Oficina de Control de Activo Extranjero de los Estados Unidos, Adam Szubin, Colombia es un modelo en la prevención del lavado de activos.


Un consorcio IBT Health, compuesto por las empresas Carimex, IBT y Riogersa de origen español y estadounidense se ha convertido en el gran vencedor de la licitación para construir cinco nuevos hospitales en Panamá, que tendrán una inversión de más de US$ 200 mlls.


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  • Brief News

The iPhone jailbreak: a win against copyright creep

The jailbreaking battle is part of a larger war raging right now over copyright law. Corporations have been pushing to extend copyright protections further than they were intended to go, to reduce competition and increase their profits. This week's ruling pushes back against this copyright mission creep. Jailbreakers are the customers who refuse to fall into line. They hack their iPhones so they can use T-Mobile or other carriers, and they download unapproved software from websites like Rock Your Phone, which bills itself as an "independent iPhone application store." Some of the jailbreakers are classic tech-geek rebels. But others insist that they are acting out of necessity, because Apple's approved products do not meet their needs. Apple has fought back. It has warned customers that if they install unauthorized apps they risk damaging their iPhones. It has told them that jailbreaking may invalidate warranties. And it has accused jailbreakers of violating copyright law. Now the Library of Congress, which operates the Copyright Office, has taken away Apple's copyright argument. Jailbreaking is "fair use," it decided, and therefore not a copyright violation. This ruling on jailbreaking was one of several good decisions issued by the Copyright Office this week. Another one makes it easier for college professors and documentary filmmakers to use small video clips without running afoul of the law. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which made the formal application to the Copyright Office to give the green light to jailbreaking, hailed the Copyright Office's decision as a major breakthrough. According to the EFF, as many as 1 million users may have jailbroken their iPhones, and this week's ruling takes them out of legal danger. Others are cautioning, however, that there may be less to the decision than meets the eye. Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain points out that even with the ruling, it is still illegal to market tools whose purpose is to help people hack. That means that while jailbreakers are off the hook, the developers who provide the unapproved apps may still be violating the law.

Could Florida be the next immigration law hot spot?

As Arizona girds for massive protests and an avalanche of litigation against its controversial immigration law, which goes into effect Thursday, the Sunshine State is considering a similar crackdown. Supporters tried to introduce an Arizona-style bill during last week's special legislative session, but it ended almost before it began. Lawmakers now plan to bring it up in September. An immigration bill would give law enforcement broad authority to check the legal status of people detained for traffic or criminal violations using the federal E-Verify system designed for businesses. If someone is undocumented, he or she could be sent to a federal detention center and face deportation. The legislation resembles the amended version of the Arizona law in that it would only check a person's status once he or she is stopped for something else.

Law school professors' tenure in danger?

The American Bar Association is moving ahead with changes in its accreditation system that faculty members fear could erode tenure protections for many professors and further weaken job security for clinical faculty members, many of whom don't have tenure to start with. A special committee of the ABA last week released the latest version of proposed guidelines on academic freedom — just days before an ABA committee met Saturday to discuss (but not alter) the draft language. (Click here)

Facebook leads Philippines police to murder suspect

Police in the Philippines have arrested a suspect in the murder of nine people, including three foreigners. The suspect, Mark Dizon, was arrested in the northern city of San Fernando after being identified through his Facebook account. He is suspected of killing an American, a Briton, a Canadian, their Filipina partners and three domestic staff in a string of robberies throughout July. Dizon, who has not yet been charged, has denied involvement in the killings.

'Murders for ratings' Brazil TV host dies in hospital

A Brazilian TV host accused of ordering killings to boost his crime show's ratings has died, leaving his alleged involvement in the murders unexplained. Wallace Souza died of in a Sao Paulo hospital, where he had been treated for chronic liver disease since March. Souza, an ex-policeman and state deputy in Amazonas, turned himself in to the authorities last year. Police said he ordered the killings and then alerted his own TV crews who would get to the scene first. Souza, who always denied the accusations, said they were an attempt by rivals to smear him and that there was no evidence to back them.

Japan hangs two death row inmates

Japan has hanged two death row inmates, in the first executions since the new government took power last year. The two prisoners, both convicted killers, were hanged at the Tokyo Detention Centre. Justice Minister Keiko Chiba - who opposes the death penalty - witnessed the executions and announced the formation of a group to review the death penalty. Opinion polls show broad support for capital punishment in Japan.

Obama: 'Nothing new' in Wikileaks Afghan records leak

Obama has said that the leaking of classified documents on the war in Afghanistan is a concern, but that it had not revealed any new information. In his first public reaction to the leak, the US president said the data justified his decision to overhaul the US military strategy in Afghanistan. Wikileaks, which posted the documents on its website, describes them as battlefield and intelligence reports. New details, including reports on Osama Bin Laden have emerged from the files. Several files track Bin Laden, although the US has said it had received no reliable information on him "in years".(Click here)

WikiLeaks: We don't know source of leaked data

WikiLeaks' chief claims his organization doesn't know who sent it some 91,000 secret U.S. military documents, telling journalists that the website is set up to hide the source of its data from those who receive it. Editor-in-chief Julian Assange says the added layer of secrecy helps protect the site's sources from spy agencies and hostile corporations. He acknowledged that the site's anonymous submissions raised concerns about the authenticity of the material, but said the site has not yet been fooled by a bogus document.

India struggles to stem rise in 'honor killings'

Traditional Indian values are clashing with modern mores in northern India, which is experiencing a reported upsurge in murders of young couples who elope in defiance of caste boundaries and their families' wishes. Now, the government is struggling to balance tradition and law.

Hacker in massive computer attack held

International authorities have arrested a 23-year-old Slovenian computer hacker believed responsible for creating the malicious computer code that infected as many as 12 million computers, invading major banks and corporations around the world, FBI officials said.

Rio plans to clear slums ahead of 2016 Olympic Games

Slums in Rio de Janeiro are to be cleared and cleaned up as part of a major rebuilding plan ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. The plan would affect over 260,000 households and would cost over $4.5bn. Hundreds of Rio's favelas will be re-built and 123 of the most "at risk" slums will be torn down. The city's slums, built out of corrugated tin, will be replaced with paved neighbourhoods with running water, electricity and gas, according to the plans. However, the rebuilding will not be finished by the Olympic opening ceremony, as the whole rebuilding plan will take 10 years to complete.

Basel Group agrees to new global rules for banks

Central bankers and regulators have reached an almost unanimous preliminary agreement on new standards to reinforce the stability of the global financial system, adding to investors' confidence in the outlook for many banks. Under the new requirements, banks would have to hold more in capital reserves and more cash on their balance sheets to cushion against unexpected shocks, though regulators have not specified a minimum amount. One country — Germany — said it needed more time to negotiate accords that it believed could put some of its lending institutions at a disadvantage.

Boy, 5, wins Lidl defamation case

A five-year-old Irish boy who was wrongly accused of stealing a bag of crisps wins 7,500 euros damages for defamation of character. The court heard he was in a local branch of Lidl with his mother in June 2009 when a shop assistant grabbed his arm and made the accusation. His barrister told the court her client had suffered injury to his reputation.

Europe to investigate antitrust complaints over I.B.M. mainframes

The European Commission opened investigations Monday into whether I.B.M. had abused its dominant position in mainframe computers, signaling that the era of aggressive prosecution of American technology leaders in Europe did not end with the Microsoft antitrust case.

Spain faces bullfighting ban vote in Catalonia

The parliament of Catalonia is to vote on whether or not to become the first region of mainland Spain to ban bullfighting. The vote is taking place as the result of a petition brought to parliament signed by 180,000 people who argue that the practice is barbaric and outdated. Bullfight supporters insist that the corrida, as it is known, is an important tradition to preserve. They also fear the vote could be the first of many in the country.

Retrial ordered in Warren Jeffs polygamous US sect case

The Utah State Supreme Court has overturned the rape convictions of polygamous US sect leader Warren Jeffs and ordered a new trial. Jeffs, 54, was convicted in 2007 of two counts of first degree rape after he had arranged the marriage of a 14-year-old girl to her 19-year-old cousin. The court said jury instructions on the girl's consent had been "in error". Jeffs was serving two consecutive terms of five years to life in Utah State prison.

Vivendi argues for dismissal of jury verdict

A potential multibillion-dollar judgment against Vivendi for misleading shareholders hung in the balance as a Manhattan judge weighed whether a recent United States Supreme Court ruling limited damages. At a hearing before United States District Judge Richard Holwell, the French media company said it should benefit from the June 24 ruling that limited the ability of non-United States investors to sue non-United States companies for alleged misconduct.

The two-track lawyer market

The Association for Legal Career Professionals released its annual report last week on employment and salaries for new lawyers. One of the most-watched statistics in any profession is the average salary. The organization does indeed report a figure for average new lawyer's salary — somewhere around $90,000, depending on how you weight the pay at big firms — but few knowledgeable observers put much stock in it. Salaries for first-year lawyers seem to congregate in two camps: those who earn about $45,000 to $65,000 a year (representing about 34 percent of reported salaries), and those who earn about $160,000 a year (representing about 25 percent of reported salaries). Very few newly minted lawyers actually receive "average" or even median pay. Many law school graduates enter the job market with an excess of $100,000 in student loans. So when they come to the well-defined fork in the road for which law track to take — the $50,000 public service job or the $160,000 "Big Law" job — which do you expect America's best and brightest to opt for?

Seychelles court convicts Somali pirates

The Supreme Court of Seychelles on Monday convicted a group of Somali pirates, sentencing them to 10 years in prison. The 11 men were apprehended in the Indian Ocean following the attempted hijacking of a Seychelles coastguard ship in December. The trial began in March, after Seychelles amended its criminal code to allow universal jurisdiction in piracy cases. Eight of the men were convicted of piracy, and three others of aiding and abetting piracy. An additional 29 Somalis are being held by the Seychelles government for piracy awaiting either trial or deportation to Somalia.

  • Daily Press Review

Pakistan plane crashes in Islamabad
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

Twelve Killed in Iraq as Shiite Pilgrimage Ends
Asharq Al-Awsat, Pan-Arab daily, London, England

Chinese slimming tea taken off shelves in Dubai
Gulf News, Independent daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire heads to Israel after discovering Jewish roots
Haaretz, Liberal daily, Tel Aviv, Israel

Dutch Christian Group Backs Settlements
IPS Middle East, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Lebanese ruling party wants Muslims to protect Christians
JPost, Conservative, Jerusalem, Israel

Ajman to use sewerage water to irrigate plants
Khaleej Times, English-language daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai's DP World's business up 16%
Middle East North African Network, Online financial portal, Amman, Jordan

Plane with 152 On Board Crashes Near Islamabad
Nahamet, Online news portal, Beirut, Lebanon

Panel formed on Lebanon poll law
Saudi Gazette, English-language daily, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

British PM calls Gaza 'prison camp'
The Daily Star, Independent daily, Beirut, Lebanon

Israeli military helicopter crashes in Romania
Times of Oman, English-language daily, Muscat, Oman

President Saleh grants Kuwait Ambassador Unity Medal
Yemen Observer, Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

The OPEC Fund for International Development Scholarship
Yemen Times, (Independent weekly), Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

Plane crashes in Pakistan capital
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Wednesday's horse racing tips
BreakingNews.ie, Online news portal, Cork, Ireland

Gibson and lawyer present extortion evidence to police
Daily Express, Conservative tabloid, London, England

Painter buys old set of negatives for GBP 30 at garage sale... but 10 years later expert values them at GBP 128 MILLION
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

LG Mobile suffers Q2 loss on price decline
DMeurope, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

PAKISTAN: Plane crashes near Islamabad with more than 150 people on board
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Plane carrying 152 crashes in Pakistan
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

Jessica Biel's Red Hot Premiere Look
Look Magazine, London, England

Cumbrian man stole knickers from washing lines in early morning raids
News & Star, Independent daily, Carlisle, England

Afghan Bus Hits Roadside Bomb, 25 Dead
Radio Free Europe, Prague, Czech Republic

About Tony and Mr T
Sky News, Independent newscaster, Middlesex, England

Love Parade Tragedy: Why Hasn't Merkel Visited the Site of the Duisburg Disaster?
Spiegel International, Liberal newsmagazine, Hamburg, Germany

At least 25 dead in plane crash near Pakistan capital
The Guardian, Liberal daily, London, England

Cameron targets India jobs boost
The Independent, London, England

Batista to lead Argentina as Maradona sacked
The Irish Times, Centrist daily, Dublin, Ireland

Thick Smog From Heat Wave Fires Covers Moscow
The Moscow Times, Independent daily, Moscow, Russia

Carnage after credit ran out
The Sun, London, England

Jeremy Clarkson joins burka debate
The Telegraph, London, England

US Senators postpone Lockerbie BP hearing over lack of witnesses
The Telegraph, Conservative daily, London, England

Six of world's best wild-water swims
Times Online, Conservative daily, London, England

Flood hits Pasuruan, paralyzes Java's northern coastal highway
Antara News, News agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

Plane carrying 152 crashes in Pakistan
China Post, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

10th Seoul International Financial Forum Kicks Off
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

Cameron warns Pakistan over insurgent funding
Dawn, English-language daily, Karachi, Pakistan

CMU team's robot to brave industrial dangers
Gazeta.kz, Official online newspaper, Kazakhstan

'56-year-old British woman slowest to swim English Channel'
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

Plane crashes in Pakistan, 160 on board
India Express, News portal, Mumbai, India

Class IX boy opens fires at schoolmate
India Times, Conservative daily, New Delhi, India

Living life by the numbers
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

KL police: 32 personnel involved in drugs, six expelled
Malaysian Star, Online news portal, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Bomb kills six in Iraq
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

Commander surrenders
Pajhwok Afghan News, (Independent news agency), Kabul, Afghanistan

4 killed in bomb attack in E Baghdad
People's Daily Online, English-language, Beijing, China

Five survive Islamabad plane crash
Sify News, Chennai, India

Garage sale buy tops $220m
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

Rain-triggered landslide in China leaves 21 missing
Taiwan News, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

Marine National Park HQ opens office on Dongsha
Taiwan Today, Government Information Office, Taipei, Taiwan

When Neil was hit with a broom (Movie Snippets)
Thaindian News, Bangkok, Thailand

Opposition united on discussion with voting on prices
The Hindu, Left-leaning daily, Chennai, India

Pakistani plane crash rescue underway
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Region faces economic uncertainty
Caribbean360, Online news portal, St. Michael, Barbados

Minister extends public consultation on Conservation Law
Cayman Net News, Online news portal, George Town, Cayman Islands

Officials, shippers arrested in Customs fraud of more than RD$100M
Dominican Today, Independent daily, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Slack Oversight of Peru's Amazon Rainforest
IPS Latin America, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Horror in Hanover
Jamaica Gleaner, Independent daily, Kingston, Jamaica

Briton given permission to look for legendary treasure of Lima, Peru
Living in Peru, News portal, Lima, Peru

Former student football player says Rob Ford never hit him
The Globe and Mail, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

Pakistan jet with 152 on board crashes; few survivors
Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario

Don't be tempted by corruption
Trinidad Guardian, Independent daily, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Zimbabwe 'run by military junta'
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Global Witness takes UK government to court over Congo conflict minerals
CongoPlanet.com, Independent online news aggregator

Passenger plane crashes
iafrica, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Bad teeth make and break rape case
Independent Online, News portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Separatist Somaliland fights new separatist rebels
Jimma Times, Online news portal, Jimma, Ethiopia

Pakistan declares mourning over plane crash
Mail & Guardian Online, Liberal, Johannesburg, South Africa

Plane crash: Bodies all around
News24.com, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Flood: Bankole consoles victims as FG orders relief materials
Vanguard, Independent daily, Lagos, Nigeria


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