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Prosecutor in Italy launches Facebook investigation after bullying results in girl's suicide

Before taking her life, Carolina wrote: 'Forgive me if I am not strong. I cannot take it any longer'
An Italian prosecutor has launched an investigation into how Facebook allowed the publication of insults and bullying posts aimed at a teenager, who later leapt to her death from her third floor bedroom window.

Carolina Picchio, 14, from Novara in northern Italy, committed suicide in January after a gang of boys circulated video on Facebook of her appearing drunk and dishevelled in the bathroom at a party.

The group, aged between 15 and 17, were said to be friends of Miss Picchio's ex-boyfriend. He had allegedly insulted her on Facebook when she left him days earlier, although he claims to have later apologised.

"Isn't what you have done to me enough? You have made me pay too many times," Miss Picchio wrote in a note to the boy which was found in her room by investigators.

Before taking her life, she wrote on Facebook: "Forgive me if I am not strong. I cannot take it any longer."

The Italian Parent's Association has already filed a criminal complaint in Rome directly against Facebook for allegedly having a role in the instigation of Miss Picchio's suicide.

"This is the first time a parent's group has filed such a complaint against Facebook in Europe," said director Antonio Affinita. "Italian law forbids minors under 18 signing contracts, yet Facebook is effectively entering into a contract with minors regarding their privacy, without their parents knowing."

Francesco Saluzzo, the Novara prosecutor, said he did not rule out placing Facebook staff under investigation.

Mr Saluzzo told The Daily Telegraph he was probing how the videos had stayed online "for days", even after Miss Picchio's friends requested their removal.

"There is a procedure for asking for the removal of messages that break rules," he said. "This is an open investigation without named suspects, as yet. Facebook itself is not under investigation. But we could theoretically investigate employees of Facebook who failed to respond to these requests."

Red Flag

Draconian Shadow Justice: Secret UK courts break up families

A secret court in the UK has put some people behind bars just for trying to take care of their own relatives. One woman whose father was pronounced 'mentally ill' was locked away. But since the hearings are behind closed doors, it's hard to know why.


Female suicide bomber attacks police headquarters in Dagestan, Russia

A female suicide bomber has blown herself up in Russia's Dagestan region, injuring 11 policemen and passers-by.

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The latest attack comes days after two car bombs in Makhachkala killed four people and injured dozens more on May 20th
Dagestan, an ethnically mixed, mostly Muslim region between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea, has become the most violent province in the North Caucasus, where insurgents say they are fighting to carve out an Islamic state out of southern Russia.

The bomb was detonated after police stopped the car to check the driver's documents, 100 metres from the regional police ministry in the centre of Makhachkala, the regional capital.

The city is where Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev's family came from, and the 26-year-old returned there to visit last year. American authorities are currently in the city to investigate Tsarnaev's possible jihadist connections there.

Police sources told local media on Saturday the only person killed in the suicide attack was the bomber, whom they identified as the former wife of two militants.

It is not unusual for women to carry out suicide bombings in the region, and they are often the widows of militants.


Crane collapses and crashes into flats in Russia

Residents in a Russian apartment block describe the moment the massive structure came crashing into their homes.

A huge construction crane has collapsed onto a block of flats in Kirov, Russia, smashing through several floors of the nine-storey complex.

Around 250 people live in the building, including 37 children, but despite extensive damage to the outside there were no reports of injuries.

Witnesses described hearing a loud noise and seeing the several ton crane rolling towards them, before it crashed into their flats.

Tenants reportedly ran into the hallways for shelter as the crane tore through balconies at the front of building.

Seven cars parked outside were badly damaged, one was said to have been crushed into a "shapeless heap of metal".

One resident told reporters: "We were in the kitchen and heard a loud rattle.


Pope Francis 'performs first exorcism'

According to TV2000, a Catholic television channel, the act was carried out in St Peter's Square after Mass on Sunday.

Smiling broadly, the Pope initially shook the man's hand, but the South American pontiff's expression changed dramatically after a priest from the Legionaries of Christ, a conservative order, leaned in close and spoke a few words to him.


Gambian parents jailed in Spain for circumcising daughters

Gambian parents have been sentenced to 12 years in prison in Spain for circumcising their two daughters in a landmark case pitting Spanish law against African tradition.
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Female circumcision is not a culture. It is mutilation and discrimination against women' said the written judgement.
In what is believed to be the toughest sentence in Europe to date for parents who allowed genital mutilation on their daughters, Binta Sankano and her husband Sekou Tutay, were sentenced to six years for each crime against their young daughters.

A panel of judges at the Provincial Court in Barcelona ruled that the parents, both of Gambian nationality and resident in Spain for 20 years, were criminally responsible for the clitoridectomy performed on both their daughters.

"The couple deliberately mutilated their young daughters either directly or through a person of unknown identity," said the written judgement. "Female circumcision is not a culture. It is mutilation and discrimination against women."

Alarm Clock

Stockholm riots leave Sweden's dreams of perfect society up in smoke

A week of disturbances in Sweden's capital has tested the Scandinavian nation's reputation for tolerance, reports Colin Freeman

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Like the millions of other ordinary Swedes whom he now sees himself as one of, Mohammed Abbas fears his dream society is now under threat. When he first arrived in Stockholm as refugee from Iran in 1994, the vast Husby council estate where he settled was a mixture of locals and foreigners, a melting pot for what was supposed to be a harmonious, multi-racial paradise.

Two decades on, though, "white flight" has left only one in five of Husby's flats occupied by ethnic Swedes, and many of their immigrant replacements do not seem to share his view that a new life in Sweden is a dream come true. Last week, the neighbourhood erupted into rioting, sparking some of the fiercest urban unrest that Sweden has seen in decades, and a new debate about the success of racial integration.


Memorial Day weekend violence erupts across city of Chicago

At least 17 people have been shot over the Memorial Day weekend, and six of them died.

The most recent victim was a man shot on the Near North Side just before 3 a.m. Sunday. Chicago police say the 42-year-old victim was shot in the head in the 1000-block of North Branch Street.

Another man died after he was shot in the head in a possible drive-by Saturday night in the 7300-block of South Dorchester.

Bizarro Earth

Million people on the streets: Huge anti-gay marriage protest in Paris

About 400,000 traditionalists take to streets to oppose new law

Activists against same-sex marriage took to the streets in Paris.
Riot police fought running battles with hard-right protesters in the heart of Paris at the end of a mostly peaceful demonstration against gay marriage.

About 200 young people, many of them masked, pelted police lines with bottles, stones, fireworks and flares. The crowd - led bizarrely at one stage by a lone bagpiper - chased and beat up TV crews and press photographers. Police and gendarmes responded with tear gas and baton charges.

There were surreal battle scenes on the Esplanade des Invalides beside the foreign ministry as 200 gendarmes in riot gear formed into defensive squares to beat off attacks from running bands of protesters. Although a hard core of about 200 hard-right youths started the fighting, many hundreds of other, soberly dressed, middle-class protesters cheered them on.

Comment: Meanwhile, Hollande has troops in multiple west African countries blowing things up and causing chaos in order to justify French military presence and secure Africa's natural resources for French multinationals like Areva, the world's largest uranium mining/nuclear energy company:

The conflict in Mali has nothing to do with fighting terrorists

In addition, French jihadists are waging proxy war on behalf of Hollande in Syria:

At least 50 French citizens 'waging jihad in Syria'

France's media admits that the Syrian "opposition" is Al Qaida, then justifies French government support to the terrorists

But don't mind those things; gays can now get married in France.


Teen caught with six bombs, planned Columbine-like attack on school

A 17-year-old high school junior from Oregon planned a Columbine-style attack on his high school, manufacturing six different bombs and hiding them in a secret compartment in his bedroom.

Grant Acord will be charged as an adult, said Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson.

He said Acord had written plans, a checklist and a specific timeline for the attack. The bombs that investigators found included pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, a Drano bomb and a napalm bomb, Haroldson said.