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Oslo's amnesic mystery man who speaks 5 different languages, allegedly identified by Czech Police

The amnesiac found lying in the snow beside an Oslo carwash has been identified by police, ending a four-month-long mystery.

Czech police have contacted the mystery man's parents a day after Norwegian officers released his photograph to the public.

"We were informed ... through Interpol that the Czech police had identified the man," said Oeyvind Torgersen from Oslo police.

"The Czech police went to his parents ... We know his identity."

Police have been referring to the man - who is aged in his early 20s - as "John Smith".

Despite the positive identification, Mr Torgersen did not reveal the man's real name.

The man, who speaks five languages, was discovered in last December and told police he had no memory of his identity.

He claims to have no idea how he came to be in Oslo. Nor does he know how he learned to speak five languages, including English with a heavy Slavic accent.
Take 2

Prosecutor says Pistorius 'concocted' story as runner sobs on witness stand

The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Monday accused him of tailoring his version of how he killed his girlfriend to fit evidence at the scene, exhaustively listing alleged inconsistencies in the athlete's account of the fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp.

The court temporarily adjourned late in the morning after the double-amputee runner started to sob while testifying about the moments before he killed Steenkamp in his home in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel had asked him what exactly he shouted as he moved toward the bathroom where he shot Steenkamp, who was behind a closed door in the toilet cubicle.

Pistorius said he thought there was an intruder in the house. After a long pause after the question, he said he screamed, using an expletive, for the purported intruder to get out of his house. As he testified, Pistorius began to wail and Judge Thokozile Masipa called an adjournment. Just over an hour later and after court resumed, Pistorius again broke down when replying to a question on why he had opened fire, causing a second adjournment.

The prosecution has said Pistorius' account of a mistaken shooting is a lie. Nel opened the fourth day of cross-examination by alleging that Pistorius had "concocted" his account of the shooting.

527 potential suspects in French high school rape - mass DNA testing

The departemental director of public safety, Olivier Le Gouestre, shows the DNA kit during a press conference at La Rochelle tribunal, western France, on April 14, 2014
French investigators began taking DNA samples Monday from 527 male students and staff at a high school -- including boys as young as 14 -- as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus.

Testing began Monday at Fenelon-Notre Dame high school in western France. All those who received summonses last week were warned that any refusal could land them in police custody, and no one rejected the sweeping request to test the high school's male population.

The testing of students, faculty and staff at the school is expected to last through Wednesday, with 40 DNA swabs recovered inside two large study halls. Prosecutor Isabelle Pagenelle said investigators had exhausted all other leads in the Sept. 30 rape of the girl in a dark bathroom at the school.

"The choice is simple for me," she said. "Either I file it away and wait for a match in what could be several years, or I go looking for the match myself."

Czech amnesiac found in Oslo last December may have been a computer expert for Czech government

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36-year-old Mihal
The parents of a 36-year-old Czech amnesiac whose identity has been confirmed by DNA tests will visit him in Oslo where he was found last winter, a news report said Saturday.

"I'm waiting for my passport and I'm booking the flights," the father identified only as 74-year-old Vladislav P. told the tabloid daily Blesk.

"A legal expert and interpreter will go with us," he added.

The amnesiac, whose first name is Michal according to Blesk, was found half-unconscious in the snow near a carwash on December 14th in the Norwegian capital.

Dubbed "John Smith" at the time, he said he did not remember who he was or how he ended up in Norway, but that he did not think he travelled there by choice and was not prepared to return to his country.

Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer prize for NSA revelations

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The Guardian revealed the NSA's bulk collection of phone records 10 months ago based on Edward Snowden's leaks
The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded the highest accolade in US journalism, winning the Pulitzer prize for public service for their groundbreaking articles on the National Security Agency's surveillance activities based on the leaks of Edward Snowden.

The award, announced in New York on Monday, comes 10 months after the Guardian published the first report based on the leaks from Snowden, revealing the agency's bulk collection of US citizens' phone records.

In the series of articles that ensued, teams of journalists at the Guardian and the Washington Post published the most substantial disclosures of US government secrets since the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war in 1971.
Evil Rays

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Ukrainian presidential candidate Tsarev brutally beaten by Western supported fascists

Oleg Tsarev
Oleg Tsarev
Radicals attacked two presidential candidates that were taking part in the Ukrainian talk show 'Svoboda Slova'. Oleg Tsarev was brutally beaten and is now in a critical condition, the candidate's press office reported.

Oleg Tsarev was attacked by radicals after being trapped inside the ICTV media building following his appearance on the show, according to the statement released by Tsarev's office.

"It was with great difficulty that government's security forces were able to recapture Oleg Tsarev from the angry mob. He was severely beaten and is in serious condition," the press office said.

The video embedded below shows the scene of the alleged mob attack, although Tsarev himself is not visible through the crowd.

Earlier, there were reports of the entire building being surrounded by unidentified gunmen with Tsarev trapped inside and his car attacked, including slashed tires.

Comment: That the West keeps silent about the fascist attacks and violence in Ukraine and the role that the Nazis have in the illegitimate government of Ukraine is tantamount to tacit support for these groups.

Card - VISA

Thousands of Swedes replace credit cards with hand swipe

Hand Swipe
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More than a thousand Swedish shoppers have signed up to make payments with a swipe of their hand, paying at machines in Lund that scan the unique pattern of their veins.

Hand scanning has become an alternative payment method for people in a city in southern Sweden, researchers at Lund University said Monday.

Vein scanning terminals have been installed in 15 shops and restaurants in Lund thanks to an engineering student who came up with the idea two years ago while waiting in line to pay. Some 1,600 people have signed up already for the system, which its creator says is not only faster but also safer than traditional payment methods.

"Every individual's vein pattern is completely unique, so there really is no way of committing fraud with this system," researcher Fredrik Leifland said in a statement. "You always need your hand scanned for a payment to go through."

While vein scanning technology existed previously, it has not been used as a form of payment before.
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'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'

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Mafia infiltration has reached Germany's Rhineland.
Italian mobsters have infiltrated "every sector in Germany", according to investigators, with the Sicilian mafia particularly active in the Rhineland.

Last Friday, a Cologne court began the trial of Gabriele S. - a Sicilian immigrant accused of tax fraud.

The case is part of the larger investigation called the Scavo Commission into mafia outreach in the Rhineland that has uncovered far more than shell companies and tax evasion.

"The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany from construction to alternative energy, from waste management to shareholding of large companies or banks.

"They buy votes and influence elections through bribery, corruption", said Roberto Scarpinato, attorney general of Palermo's court of appeals and anti-mafia pool, in an article published in Wired Italia.

According to Wired Italia, and in collaboration with Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI) and media publisher Funke, the mafia is "increasingly present in Germany".

The rental affordability crisis

miami apartment
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Christine Menedis tours a condominium in Miami Beach that rents for $7,000 a month. In Miami, average rents consume 43 percent of the typical household income, up from a historical average of just over a quarter
For rent and utilities to be considered affordable, they are supposed to take up no more than 30 percent of a household's income. But that goal is increasingly unattainable for middle-income families as a tightening market pushes up rents ever faster, outrunning modest rises in pay.

The strain is not limited to the usual high-cost cities like New York and San Francisco. An analysis for The New York Times by Zillow, the real estate website, found 90 cities where the median rent - not including utilities - was more than 30 percent of the median gross income.

In Chicago, rent as a percentage of income has risen to 31 percent, from a historical average of 21 percent. In New Orleans, it has more than doubled, to 35 percent from 14 percent. Zillow calculated the historical average using data from 1985 to 2000.