Twelve killed as Brazilian security forces raid slums in anti-drug operation

At least five civilians and one soldier died in shootouts in northern Rio de Janeiro on Monday, the army said, as thousands of Brazilian soldiers swept into slums in pursuit of drug gangs, trapping terrified residents in their homes. Separately, at least six suspected gangsters were killed on Monday near a bridge linking Rio and… Read More Twelve killed as Brazilian security forces raid slums in anti-drug operation

Man files lawsuit against Google for tracking users despite privacy settings

Google has been accused in a lawsuit of illegally tracking the movements of millions of iPhone and Android phone users even when they use a privacy setting to prevent it. According to a complaint filed late Friday, Google falsely assures people they won’t be tracked if they turn the ‘Location History’ feature on their phones… Read More Man files lawsuit against Google for tracking users despite privacy settings

Eight dead, dozens injured as gun violence rocks Chicago

​For the second time this month, more than 60 people were shot over the course of a weekend in Chicago. At least eight of the 61 people struck by bullets this weekend have died, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson confirmed during a Monday morning press conference. That includes two missing teenage boys found dead in a… Read More Eight dead, dozens injured as gun violence rocks Chicago

Pope Francis promises no more cover ups on clergy sexual abuse 

​Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics on Monday, asking each one of them to help root out “this culture of death” and vowing there would be no more cover ups. In a highly personal letter addressed to the people of God, Church language for all… Read More Pope Francis promises no more cover ups on clergy sexual abuse 

Scores abducted as Afghan Taliban rejects government ceasefire offer

The Taliban rejected on Monday an Afghan government offer of a ceasefire and said they would persist with their attacks, militant commanders said, while insurgents ambushed three buses and abducted nearly 200 passengers traveling for a holiday. Two Taliban commanders said their supreme leader rejected President Ashraf Ghani’s Sunday offer of a three-month ceasefire, beginning… Read More Scores abducted as Afghan Taliban rejects government ceasefire offer