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Published: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:44:25 -0500

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‘Now we have a bogeyman’: Trump helps immigration activists raise awareness of deportation issues

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:03:31 -0500

(image) Demonstrators protest the immigration polices of President Trump on Feb. 11, 2017, in New York City. For many immigrants living in the United States, President Trump’s rhetoric and recent executive orders have become a source of confusion and fear. Undocumented immigrants, by definition, have a vested interest in keeping a low profile.



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Philippines' Duterte ordered murders: ex-police aide

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:08:15 -0500

(image) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ran a death squad that killed many people, including a journalist and a pregnant woman, when he was mayor of a southern city, a retired policeman who claimed to be part of the group said Monday. Arthur Lascanas, sitting alongside three prominent human rights lawyers, broke down in tears as he listed a series of murders in Davao city that he alleged Duterte ordered either to eliminate critics or fight crime. Lascanas said he even killed his two brothers, who were involved in drug trafficking, due to "blind loyalty" to Duterte as well as cash rewards.



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Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in Roe v. Wade abortion ruling, dies at 69

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:38:30 -0500

(image) McCorvey died on Saturday morning of heart failure at an assisted living home in Katy, Texas, Joshua Prager, a journalist who is writing a book about the decision, said in an email. A reluctant hero of the abortion-rights movement, McCorvey put her courtroom pseudonym fully behind her in the 1980s when she lent her name to supporters of women's rights.





Car bomb blast in Somalia marketplace

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:02:33 -0500

(image) A car bomb blast at a marketplace Somalia’s capital has killed at least 20 people and injured 50 others, said a local Somali official. The blast by a car bomb parked near a restaurant went off at a busy time when shoppers and traders were gathered inside the market, said district commissioner Ahmed Abdulle. Mohamed Haji, a butcher who suffered shrapnel wounds, pointed at a clothes shop devastated by the blast.





AP Exclusive: Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:30:00 -0500

(image) AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state's toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID.



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Hundreds of Cubans deported after US immigration status end: Cuba

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:52:31 -0500

(image) More than 680 Cubans have been deported back to Cuba since the United States ended its decades-old policy giving them preferred immigrant status in January, state media reported Saturday. According to official Cuban reports, 683 people have been sent back to the Caribbean island from the United States, or from Mexico, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, where they were crossing in a bid to reach the US border. On January 12, then-president Barack Obama scrapped with immediate effect a 1995 policy that had given Cubans near-automatic entry to the United States if they managed to set foot on American soil, regardless of their visa status.



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On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:38:14 -0500

(image) PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Plug your noses and ready your "Juche fertilizer." It's time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea.



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U.S. carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:09:55 -0500

(image) A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the new U.S. administration. China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the South China Sea. The U.S. navy said the force, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, began routine operations in the South China Sea on Saturday.





‘That’s how dictators get started’: McCain, critics blast Trump’s view of the media as ‘the enemy’

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:56:23 -0500

(image) Critics on both sides of the aisle are blasting President Trump’s assertion that the media is “the enemy of the American people” — and comparing his escalated attack on the press to that of a dictator. “That’s how dictators get started,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said in an interview that aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. McCain stopped short of calling Trump one.



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Blind sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman dies in US prison facility

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:36:24 -0500

(image) Blind sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian-born cleric linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, died Saturday of natural causes in a US prison facility, the Justice Department said. Abdel Rahman was serving a life sentence on several terrorism-related charges at a Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina. The sheikh was seen as a jihadist spiritual leader even after his conviction in 1995 for conspiring to bomb New York landmarks, including the United Nations, and assassinate the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.



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Scuffles at Thai temple as police hunt for monk

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:25:27 -0500

(image) By Cod Satrusayang and Aukkaraporn Niyomyat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Monks and police scuffled on Monday at a Buddhist temple in Thailand where security forces are trying to arrest an influential former abbot on money-laundering charges. The standoff at the scandal-hit Dhammakaya Temple represents one of the biggest challenges to the authority of Thailand's junta since it took power in 2014. Police said they would try to avoid violence while threatening arrest for followers of the sprawling temple who have defied orders to leave and instead flocked there, hampering the search for 72-year-old Phra Dhammachayo.





Arpaio successor pulls back on immigration holds in jails

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:02:36 -0500

(image) PHOENIX (AP) — For years, immigrants being released from jails in Phoenix would routinely be kept locked up an extra couple days to give federal authorities time to check their immigration status and launch deportation proceedings.



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Debt-saddled Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailout

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:07:15 -0500

(image) Mongolia has reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a $5.5 billion bailout package, officials announced, as the debt-wracked country tries to stabilise its economy. The landlocked north Asian nation has been hit hard by a more than 50 percent fall over the past five years in the price of copper, its main export. Billions of dollars' worth of natural resources lie buried beneath Mongolia's sprawling steppes, but development has been delayed for years and slowing growth in its biggest customer China has hobbled the economy.



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Man dies after breaching security at Honolulu airport

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:28:51 -0500

(image) HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a man is dead after he breached security at Honolulu International Airport and stopped breathing.





This new iPhone 8 feature might end up blowing our minds

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:33:11 -0500

Amid rumors that the iPhone 8 will incorporate advanced facial recognition features, the Hebrew-language website Calcalist (via Times of Israel) is reporting that Apple recently acquired Realface, an up-and-coming Israeli startup with impressive real-time facial recognition software. Lending credence to rumors that the iPhone 8 may forgo the use of Touch ID in favor of facial recognition, Realface's software is said to be sophisticated enough such that it can reliably be used as a foundation for mobile-based biometric authentication. As is often the case when Apple acquires a company, Realface's web presence has already been wiped from the web. Still, thanks to the magic of Google, we were able to poke around and dig up some intriguing nuggets of information about the company's promising technology. Realface boasts that it's AI software rests upon deep learning methods and is so reliable and quick that the end-result is an absolutely seamless user experience. "Our technology provides our customers and end-users with the highest level of authentication and security available on all platforms," says Realface. "We have proprietary IP in the field of frictionless face recognition and effective learnings from facial features." Incidentally, Realface's technology is also capable of filtering out photos of faces and advanced sculptures designed to trick the software into thinking that a device's camera is honed in on an actual human face. Further, Realface claims that its software can recognize faces with a 99.67% success rate, an impressive figure that is even higher than the average 97.5% success rate exhibited by humans. To this point, a profile on Realface from last year relays that the company's technology is so advanced that it can even distinguish between identical twins with alarming and impressive accuracy. Below is a quick and dirty demo of the software in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNlkxGmIgW0 What's particularly interesting is that Realface's technology is not only capable of discerning individual faces, but can also analyze specific facial expressions as a means to determine a user's mood. If this sounds somewhat familiar, Apple last year acquired Emotient, a company with similar AI technology of its own. Now as for what Apple is planning to do with its growing portfolio of AI-based facial recognition software, well, that's the million dollar question. While initial speculation centered on Apple rolling out augmented reality features, perhaps similar to what the beloved MSQRD app does, more recent rumblings suggest that Apple wants to position facial recognition as a means to identify users and securely authorize sensitive transactions. Again, there are even reports that facial recognition might ultimately serve as a replacement for Touch ID. While this seems far-fetched, Ming Chi-Kuo -- an analyst with the best track record regarding Apple rumors -- seems to think otherwise. In a recently issued research note, Kuo claims that the iPhone 8's rumored edgeless design cannot, for whatever reason, coexist peacefully with Touch ID. Consequently, Kuo relays that Apple wants to eventually replace Touch ID with a facial recognition solution. When it comes to Apple, the old adage that when there's smoke, there's fire is generally true. That being the case, it stands to reason that facial recognition will be a huge and incredibly exciting component of the iPhone 8 user experience.[...]


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Can Tony Blair stop Brexit?

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:41:11 -0500

(image) Earlier this month, British members of Parliament (MPs) overwhelmingly voted to back Brexit, citing deference to the will of the people. Speaking at an event for Open Britain, which wants Britain to maintain access to the single market, Tony Blair declared that the Brexit discussion was far from over. The task for voters who want to remain in the EU, Mr. Blair said, is to persuade Leave voters to change their minds, thus forcing a reversal on Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.





Trump Refers To Imaginary Attack In Sweden

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:36:17 -0500

(image) During his Saturday rally in Melbourne, Florida, President Donald Trump linked the large number of refugees in Sweden to an incident “last night” that never actually occurred.



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Impeached Brazil leader Rousseff eyes political return

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:54:52 -0500

(image) Brasília (AFP) - Six months after her humiliating departure from Brazil's presidency following an impeachment trial, Dilma Rousseff is contemplating her political future. Lula faces trial over alleged involvement in the Petrobras affair, which he denies.



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New Zealand court rules Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to U.S. for alleged fraud

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:18:17 -0500

(image) A New Zealand court ruled on Monday that internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom could be extradited to the United States to face charges relating to his Megaupload website, which was shutdown in 2012 following an FBI-ordered raid on his Auckland mansion. The Auckland High Court upheld the decision by a lower court in 2015 on 13 counts, including allegations of conspiracy to commit racketeering, copyright infringement, money laundering and wire fraud, although it described that decision as "flawed" in several areas. Dotcom's lawyer Ron Mansfield said in a statement the decision was "extremely disappointing" and that Dotcom would appeal to New Zealand's Court of Appeal.





Iraqi forces launch offensive to drive IS from western Mosul

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:35:37 -0500

(image) HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq (AP) — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a major air-and-ground offensive Sunday to retake western Mosul from Islamic State militants and drive the extremist group from its last major urban bastion in Iraq.



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Fantasy league aims to lure US students to economics

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:03:45 -0500

(image) Have you needed to use your high school chemistry recently? The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, part of the US central bank system, is on the forefront of trying to make economic and personal finance information accessible to the general public, and especially to students.



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Toughening penalties if pets are harmed during crimes

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:53:00 -0500

(image) FLORIDA, N.Y. (AP) — When Denise Krohn came home to find her goldendoodle Kirby bleeding on the kitchen floor, she at first thought it was a terrible accident. But she soon realized that her home had been ransacked, and that her other dog, Quigley, was lying dead on his favorite blanket in the living room.



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How to install the genius media app that Apple banned from the App Store

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:00:30 -0500

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What is Kodi and why should one want to install on the iPhone or any other iOS device? It’s a versatile media player that’s already quite popular with the crowds. You may have used it on other devices back when it was called XBMC. Unfortunately, it’s not the kind of application that Apple allows in the App Store, so you can’t really enjoy it on iOS devices unless you’re willing to jailbreak the phone, or pull off other tricks that would let you sideload the app.

If you’re looking to install Kodi on the iPhone 7 or any other kind of iOS device without jailbreaking, then you’re in luck. It looks like such a method is already available.

The method does work, and it’s as shady as you can expect. But if you can’t go without Kodi in your life, and you don’t want to jailbreak the iPhone 7, or can’t find a method that jailbreaks the phone, then you could always go for this option.

Discovered by Kodi Tips the trick involves navigating to a shady site — just because it’s in a language you don’t understand — and downloading an app to your iPhone.

Once that’s done, an error message will appear when you’ll try to run Kodi. However, you can fix it by simply choosing to trust the application from the phone’s Settings menu. Check out Kodi Tips full instructions if you really want to go through with the procedure.

Finally, if all else fails, there’s one other type of Kodi install for the iPhone that you can try, which doesn’t require a jailbreak either. You have to pretend you’re an app developer and use Apple’s Xcode to get the app running on your iOS device — Macworld has all the instructions, assuming the method is still available.



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Powers push for ceasefire, weapons withdrawal in eastern Ukraine

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:56:00 -0500

(image) By John Irish and Andrea Shalal MUNICH (Reuters) - Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed on Saturday to use their influence to implement a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from Monday in eastern Ukraine. Fighting has recently escalated between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in the region, refocusing global attention on a simmering conflict that has strained relations between Russia and the West. "On Feb. 20 the ceasefire regime will start and withdrawal of heavy military hardware will also start ... We have actively supported this decision and obviously expressed a conviction that this time, failure should not be allowed to take place," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his Ukrainian, German and French counterparts in Munich.





Mar-A-Lago Is Now ‘The Southern White House’

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:18:46 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump referred to his Florida property as the “Southern White House” as he tweeted he had a number of meetings lined up at the resort over the weekend.



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France denounces cyberattacks blamed on Moscow

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:57:18 -0500

(image) Suspected Russian cyberattacks on the French presidential campaign are "unacceptable", France's foreign minister said Sunday, adding it was clear that pro-Europe candidate Emmanuel Macron was being targeted. A spokesman for Macron, who is currently riding high in the polls, has accused Moscow of being behind a flurry of cyberattacks on his campaign website and email servers over the past month. "It's enough to see which candidates, Marine Le Pen or Francois Fillon, Russia expresses preference for in the French electoral campaign," Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said in an interview with Journal du Dimanche.



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Dubai police summon Russian model who dangled from skyscraper: newspaper

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:36:06 -0500

(image) Dubai police have summoned a Russian model who posed for a video while dangling from a skyscraper to sign a pledge not to put her life in danger again, a local newspaper reported on Saturday. A video of the model, identified by local media as 23-year-old Viktoria Odintcova, went viral after she posted it on her Instagram account earlier in the week. It shows her stepping off a girder at the top of Dubai's 73-storey Cayan Tower and dangling in the void, held only by a man gripping her hand.





Mourning the presidency: A mock funeral for Presidents’ Day

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:55:12 -0500

(image) A New Orleans-style funeral in New York’s Washington Square Park hosted by Rise and Resist and GAG Is Watching on Saturday gave young New Yorkers the chance to grieve, march, sing, wail and ultimately “demand the rebirth of a presidency dedicated to the service of all peoples.”








Police: Man in photos now 'main suspect' in 2 girls' deaths

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:58:18 -0500

(image) DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — A man photographed walking along a northern Indiana trail system around the time two teenage girls later found slain were dropped off by a relative is now considered "the main suspect" in their killings, State Police said Sunday.



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One dead, 27 hurt in Belgium train derailment

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:07:30 -0500

(image) One person died and 27 others were injured -- three of them seriously -- when a train derailed Saturday shortly after leaving a station east of Brussels, officials said. The train carrying 85 passengers derailed four minutes after leaving Louvain bound for the North Sea coast via the Belgian capital, the SNCB railway authority said. "Rescue workers confirm the death of one person, three seriously injured and 24 others hurt," a Belgian official told AFP on condition of anonymity.



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Philippines: Vietnamese ship attacked; 1 dead, 6 abducted

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:53:45 -0500

(image) MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Gunmen attacked a Vietnamese cargo ship off the Philippines' southern tip, killing a Vietnamese crewman and abducting six others including the vessel's captain, the Philippine coast guard and the ship's owner said Monday.





Russia Calls For New World Order

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:39:26 -0500

(image) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow was seeking closer with Washington while also refusing to cower to the NATO militant alliance led by the U.S. 



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France's Le Pen narrows gap in presidential race: poll

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:15:05 -0500

(image) French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has gained some ground on her main election rivals, independent Emmanuel Macron and conservative Francois Fillon, but would still lose to either of them in the May 7 runoff for the presidency, a poll showed on Monday. The Opinionway poll of voting intentions had Le Pen easily beating her four main rivals and winning the April 23 first round with a score of 27 percent to move through to the two-way runoff against either Macron or Fillon. In a straight fight with Macron she would go down by 42 percent against his 58, while against Fillon she would lose with 44 percent to his 56, the poll showed.





UAE signs $1.2 bn in deals as arms fair opens

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:31:41 -0500

(image) Abu Dhabi (AFP) - The four-day International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) kicked off Sunday in Abu Dhabi with the United Arab Emirates announcing 21 deals worth more than $1.2 billion.



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US student debt tops $1.31 trillion: Does Betsy DeVos have a plan?

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:03:54 -0500

(image) Student loans were the leading cause for a substantial increase in household debt last year, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Thursday. While the high balance of US student debt is not news anymore, the new record-high $1.31 trillion balance, up 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter, is another reminder of the severity of a problem that has cast a shadow over the nation in recent years. During her confirmation hearing, now-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos suggested a vision for higher education that might not require as much student debt.





AstroBot Kit Teaches Kids the Joys of Coding

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:00:00 -0500

(image) One of the most intriguing robot kits at this year's show, UBTech's AstroBot kit can be built into one of three different characters and programmed using a simple mobile app. Available this spring for $199, AstroBot can be built as either a treaded robot that looks a bit like Walle, a humanoid-style robot or a wheeled vehicle. An infrared sensor keeps AstroBot from bumping into objects as it moves around.



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Syrian rebels say army attacks wrecking ceasefire efforts

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:05:06 -0500

(image) Syrian rebel groups who have participated in peace talks said on Sunday that an upsurge in Syrian army shelling and bombing was wrecking the prospects of maintaining a ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey. The rebel groups, mostly backed by Turkey, have attended two rounds of talks in the Kazakh capital Astana. Mohammad Alloush, the head of the Astana talks delegation, said the rebel groups who signed a shaky ceasefire deal late last year that was meant to end bombing of civilians were ready to go back to "all out war".





Sanctuary holds 7 cows saved from slaughter to promote peace

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:29:35 -0500

(image) SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona sanctuary is sheltering seven cows that were intended for slaughter as part of an effort that owners believe promotes peace and good health.



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Photos of the day - February 18, 2017

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:16:03 -0500

(image) Riot Police officers apprehend a protester during clashes at a demonstration against alleged police abuse, in Paris; a model displays a 2017-18 Fall/Winter creation by Spanish designer Andres Sarda during the Madrid’s Fashion Week in Madrid, Spain; and Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout speaks during a news conference at spring baseball practice in Tempe, Ariz. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.





Hundreds of inmates abandon gang life in El Salvador

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:29:51 -0500

(image) Inside a Salvadaron prison Francisco Lopez teaches fellow ex-gang members how to make paper figurines, as part of a program designed to reinsert them into society once they are released. There are an estimated 70,000 gang members in El Salvador.



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Pence offers 'unwavering' NATO pledge, leaves open questions

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:31:59 -0500

(image) MUNICH (AP) — America's commitment to NATO is "unwavering," U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday, reassuring allies about the direction the Trump administration might take but leaving open questions about where Washington saw its relationship with the European Union and other international organizations.



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Blizzard Terminating Windows XP, Vista Support

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:21:58 -0500

(image) Video game company Blizzard Entertainment has announced the end of the road for Windows XP and Windows Vista support for its games.



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Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US: NZ court

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:57:09 -0500

(image) New Zealand's High Court ruled Monday that Kim Dotcom was eligible for extradition to the United States over online piracy allegations linked to his now-defunct Megaupload web empire. "We are far from defeated," Dotcom's barrister Ron Mansfield said in a statement. Dotcom himself lashed out at the judgement on Twitter, arguing he had proved his central legal point that copyright is not an extraditable offence.



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