UAE princesses guilty of servant abuse in Belgium

UAE princesses guilty of servant abuse in Belgium

Eight princesses from the UAE have been convicted of human trafficking and degrading treatment of their servants by a Brussels court. They were given 15-month suspended jail terms and ordered to pay €165,000 (£145,000; $185,000) each, with half the sum suspended. They were accused of holding more than 20 servants they brought with them on a 2008 visit in near slavery. But they were acquitted of the more serious charge of inhumane treatment.

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Cops Sent Warrant To Facebook To Dig Up Dirt On Woman Whose Boyfriend They Had Just Killed

Cops Sent Warrant To Facebook To Dig Up Dirt On Woman Whose Boyfriend They Had Just Killed

Everything anyone has ever said about staying safe while interacting with the police is wrong. That citizens are told to comport themselves in complete obeisance just to avoid being beaten or shot by officers is itself bizarre — an insane inversion…

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Evolution Will No Longer Be Taught in Turkish Schools

Evolution Will No Longer Be Taught in Turkish Schools

Claiming that evolution is “debatable, controversial, and too complicated for students,” Turkey’s board of education has decided to stop teaching Darwinian natural selection in its schools. The move has infuriated the country’s secular opposition, but it could embolden other countries to do the same.

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Sci-Hub Ordered to Pay $15 Million in Piracy Damages

Sci-Hub Ordered to Pay $15 Million in Piracy Damages

'Pirate' sites Sci-Hub and LibGen have been ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages to Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers. A New York District Court granted Elsevier's request for a default judgment of $15 million in damages. Sci-Hub's founder says that she can't pay the damages even if she wanted to, and for now, the "Pirate Bay for science" isn't going anywhere.

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The slow death of the electric guitar

The slow death of the electric guitar

In the last decade, electric guitar sales have plummeted. But why? The convention couldn’t sound less rock-and-roll — the National Association of Music Merchants Show. But when the doors open at the Anaheim Convention Center, people stream in to scour rows of Fenders, Les Pauls and the oddball, custom-built creations such as the 5-foot-4-inch mermaid guitar crafted of 15 kinds of wood.

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Video Refutes ISIS Claim That U.S. Blew Up Mosque

Video Refutes ISIS Claim That U.S. Blew Up Mosque

Al Nuri Grand Mosque, in Mosul, Iraq, was blown up on Wednesday. The Islamic State said a U.S. airstrike destroyed it. But surveillance footage shows that the building appeared to be packed with explosives and not hit by an airstrike.

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Man Accused Of Making Millions Of Robocalls Faces Biggest-Ever FCC Fine

Man Accused Of Making Millions Of Robocalls Faces Biggest-Ever FCC Fine

FCC proposed a $120 million fine for a Miami resident said to be single-handedly responsible for 97 million robocalls over a three-month period. Telemarketers are prohibited from making prerecorded phone calls to people without prior consent. It's also illegal to deliberately falsify caller ID with the intent to harm or defraud consumers.

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Vancouver Steps Towards a Ban on Coffee Cups and Foam Containers

Vancouver Steps Towards a Ban on Coffee Cups and Foam Containers

With a public consultation taking place over the summer, Vancouver is looking to reduce the amount of coffee cups, plastic bags and various foam take-out containers in city dumps. The consultation will outline the various strategies available to reduce single-use waste and bans are not being ruled out.

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Magnitude 6.8 earthquake off of Guatemala’s Pacific coast, USGS says

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake off of Guatemala's Pacific coast, USGS says

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off of Guatemala's Pacific coast Thursday, the US Geological Survey reports. The quake was recorded at about 24 miles (38 km) from the city of Puerto San Jose, according to the USGS.

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Vladimir Putin gave direct instructions to help elect Trump, report says

Vladimir Putin gave direct instructions to help elect Trump, report says

A report Friday morning claims Russian President Vladimir Putin gave direct instructions to help elect Donald Trump president. According to a Washington Post investigation, former President Obama received a secret CIA report in August. That report "captured Putin's specific instructions on the operation's audacious objectives – defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton."

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