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New Zealand Prime Minister: No Indication that Israeli Killed in Earthquake was a Mossad Spy (Lie)

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
New Zealand PM John Key says investigation uncovered no evidence linking group of four Israelis to the Mossad.

Reports that an Israeli killed in the New Zealand earthquake in February was an intelligence agent were wrong, Prime Minister John Key said on Wednesday.

The Southland Times reported that an Israeli who was crushed in a van was found with at least five passports and was part of a group suspected of trying to hack into the police computer system.

But Key said an investigation found no evidence linking the group of four Israelis and their country's intelligence service, the Mossad.

"The unusual circumstances which triggered the investigation was the rapid departure from the country of the three surviving members of the group of Israelis in question," Key said.

Smiley

UK: Rupert Murdoch Hit by a Pie

Activist ladyslapped by Wendi Murdoch, now in custardy

News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch was attacked by a protestor during a parliamentary hearing into the phone-hacking allegations at his sister company News International this afternoon.

The committee's public inquiry has been suspended.


Evil Rays

Judge Grants Google 'Street View' Wiretap Appeal

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A federal judge sided with Google on Monday, granting the search giant the right to appeal his ruling that packet-sniffing on non-password-protected Wi-Fi networks is illegal wiretapping.

The decision by U.S. District Judge James Ware tentatively sets aside his June 29 ruling in nearly a dozen combined lawsuits seeking damages from Google for eavesdropping on open, unencrypted Wi-Fi networks from its Street View mapping cars. The vehicles, which rolled through neighborhoods across the country, were equipped with Wi-Fi - sniffing hardware to record the names and MAC addresses of routers to improve Google location-specific services. But the cars also secretly gathered snippets of Americans' data.

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Police officers given mobile fingerprint scanners for improved ID on the beat

Police forces across the UK are rolling out mobile fingerprint scanners to speed up the identification of criminal suspects.

The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) said that an initial trial of the MobileID Lantern devices by 28 forces had proved highly successful by reducing the time officers spend in the station.

Twenty-five forces are rolling out the devices at present, including the Metropolitan Police, Greater Manchester Police, Thames Valley Police and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, and more are expected to get onboard over time.

A spokesperson for the NPIA told V3 that the devices are supplied by Cogent as part of a three-year contract worth £5.7m, and that 250 units will be rolled out initially followed by a further 250 in two weeks' time.

Bad Guys

GMO Deregulation: An Act of War

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Scotts Miracle Gro has applied for and received complete deregulation for genetically engineered Kentucky Bluegrass from the USDA. Scotts "is Monsanto's exclusive agent for the international marketing and distribution of consumer Roundup®." The main ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate. This strain of Kentucky Bluegrass will be "herbicide resistant" to Monsanto's Roundup, and there will be absolutely no oversight of this genetically engineered plant, which can be used as turf or livestock feed. The reason that this was allowed to happen is because actual regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was designed just for such an opportunity. The program was meant to fail from the very beginning. This is no less than an act of war against the world's population.

How Scotts GE Kentucky Bluegrass achieved complete deregulation

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Scotts' genetically engineered (GE) Kentucky Bluegrass will not be regulated as either a plant pest or noxious weed, and these are the ONLY two ways that GMOs can be regulated by the USDA. The genetic engineering process itself is not considered a factor in determining if a plant should fall under regulation by the USDA. If a "plant pest" designated by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is used in the genetic engineering process, then the plant falls under APHIS' regulatory authority. Also, if a plant is considered a noxious weed by APHIS, then its GMO counterpart can be considered a noxious weed. Conversely, if neither condition exists, then the plant falls through the loophole, and is deregulated completely. No oversight whatsoever. APHIS has no grounds on which to enforce regulations.

Mr. Potato

Rupert murdoch fired by his own company

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The American board of News Corporation - the parent company of News International - has decided to replace Rupert Murdoch as the chief executive officer of his own media empire.

The decision has been made over fears that the 80-year-old tycoon would not be able to ward off attacks over avalanche of revelations about phone hacking within his UK newspaper empire.

According to the Bloomberg business news agency in the US, chief operating officer Chase Carey could take over from Murdoch at the helm of the troubled media giant, leaving Murdoch as just chairman.

Family friends said Murdoch is struggling to cope with the revelations about the phone hacking scandal.

Attention

Iranian military shoots down US spy drone near nuclear site

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Mechanical, without conscience and murderous: Made in the USA
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has shot down a US spy drone which was flying over the central Iranian province of Qom, a lawmaker says.

A member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Majlis (Parliament), Ali Aqazadeh Dafsari, said on Tuesday that the unmanned spy plane was flying near the Fordo nuclear enrichment plant in Qom province when the IRGC's Air Defense units brought it down, Javanoline.ir reported.

The official stated that the US drone was on a mission to identify the location of the Fordo nuclear enrichment plant and gather information about the nuclear facility for the CIA, Dafsari stated.

Earlier in the day, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast had said that the country is installing a new generation of uranium enrichment centrifuges in the country's nuclear facilities to enhance the Islamic Republic's peaceful nuclear program.

Bad Guys

10 questions the UK MPs will not ask Murdoch

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What was it about the relationship with Murdoch that made Tony Blair feel it was appropriate to take a phone call from a newspaper proprietor just hours prior to the most momentous decision a prime minister can make: ordering the country's armed forces to war?

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When Rupert Murdoch appears before the parliamentary committee on 19 July 2011, here are ten questions the MPs certainly will not ask about the relationship he had with Tony Blair during the run up to the Iraq war, when Murdoch was, in the words of Blair's former press officer Lance Price, "the third most powerful figure in the Labour government", after Blair himself and Gordon Brown.

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'Israeli spies among New Zealand earthquake casualties'

New Zealand press raises suspicions that Israeli travelers killed in Christchurch earthquake last February were secret service agents. Israeli ambassador dismisses claims as 'science fiction'.

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Ofer Mizrahi's car after quake
New Zealand media outlets are reporting of claims that the Israeli travelers killed in the Christchurch earthquake last February were in fact Mossad agents. According to The Southland Times, Israeli ambassador Shemi Tzur dismissed the claims as "science fiction."

Tzur said he was "shocked and upset" that such suspicions would even arise.

Ofer Mizrahi was killed after a block of concrete collapsed on his car. Foreign reports suggest that a parcel of his effects contained several passports, possibly five or six. Ambassador Tzur confirmed that Mizrahi, 23, had more than one passport but was not aware of reports of as many as five or six.

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Colbert Report: Murdoch's Media Empire Might Go Down the Toilet

With News of the World gone and BSkyB out of reach, all Rupert Murdoch has to comfort him are a few media companies..