Judge orders closure of US phone spy scheme
WASHINGTON • A US judge ordered the government's bulk phone spying programme to be shut down immediately in a symbolic victory for critics of a programme set to expire in three weeks.
Congress had allowed bulk telephone data - the subject of leaks by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden - to continue until Nov 29.
Ex-soldier arrested over Bloody Sunday killings
LONDON • British police yesterday said they had arrested a former soldier for the Bloody Sunday killings in Londonderry in 1972, one of the worst atrocities in Northern Ireland's three decades of unrest.
It was the first arrest since a murder investigation was opened in 2012 into the killings of 13 civil rights protesters in the streets that day. Another victim died months later of his injuries.
'Racist' comedian's appeal fails in court
STRASBOURG • The European Court of Human Rights yesterday ruled against the controversial French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, deciding that freedom of speech did not protect "racist and anti-Semitic performances".
Dieudonne, as he is commonly known, was protesting against a fine he received from a French court in 2009 for inviting a Holocaust-denier on stage.
He was fined €10,000 (S$15,300) for what that court referred to as "racist insults".