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Cellphone carriers report surge in surveillance requests – The Washington Post

Local, state and federal law enforcement authorities made more than 1.3 million demands for cellphone subscriber information last year, in a sign of their growing reliance on technology to aid criminal and emergency investigations. The reports from carriers came in response to a congressional inquiry seeking to document the surge in …

France impounds African autocrats’ ‘ill-gotten gains’ | World news | guardian.co.uk

French authorities are investigating the conspicuous Paris fortunes of three serving African leaders and their families At 42 Avenue Foch, the tree-lined boulevard that is one of Paris’s most expensive streets, looms a five-storey private mansion complete with disco, spa room, hair salon, gold- and jewel-encrusted taps, lift, pastel pink …

Was Breaker Morant the victim of a British cover-up? – Australasia, World – The Independent

 New evidence backs claims that soldiers were following ‘shoot to kill’ orders issued by Lord Kitchener. Kathy Marks reports Harry “Breaker” Morant was a hard-drinking, charismatic Outback cowboy who wrote ballads about rural life and was famous for his horse-breaking skills. He was also, so history has it,a war criminal …

Double Take ‘Toons: News Corpse? : NPR

The FBI will begin looking into whether any people or companies affiliated with Rupert Murdoch hacked into the phone messages of Sept. 11 victims. Mike Luckovich imagines the direction of the inquiry, while Nick Anderson thinks the press baron is tangled up in his own creation.         …