10yo boy seeking mum ends up in Chile

A 10-year-old Bolivian boy who hid on a truck in an effort to visit his mother in prison ended up in Chile after an unexpected 500-kilometre trek through the Andes mountains, officials said.

The boy, identified as Franklin Villca, ended up in the Chilean city of Iquique, 1,800 kilometres north of Santiago, after a three-day journey without food or water in the compartment of a truck carrying minerals — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Digital sets scheme sparks fears of shonks

Members of the digital communications technology industry are concerned that the government’s set-top box scheme will see a flood of shonky, unqualified operators contracted by the federal government to install digital aerials and antennas.

Technicians are currently expected to complete a certificate 2 and 3 diploma in digital reception technology. But this is not compulsory, and there is no mandatory standard — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Neo-Nazi’s 10-year-old son charged with his murder

A 10-year-old boy charged with murdering his father at their home in California was being exposed to his father’s extreme neo-Nazi ideology of racism and violence at the time he allegedly turned a gun against him.

Evidence is mounting that Jeff Hall, 32, a white supremacist who led the National Socialist Movement in the south-west of the US, was involving his son in neo-Nazi activities before his death on 1 May.

A possible link between the group’s violent messages and the shooting – an act exceptionally rare for a child as young as 10 – could be an important factor in the boy’s trial — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Revised Net censorship bill requires search engines to block sites

Surprise! After months in the oven, the soon-to-be-released new version of a major US Internet censorship bill didn’t shrink in scope — it got much broader. Under the new proposal, search engines, Internet providers, credit card companies, and ad networks would all have cut off access to foreign rogue sites — and such court orders would not be limited to the government. Private rightsholders could go to court and target foreign domains, too.

As for sites which simply change their domain name slightly after being targeted, the new bill will let the government and private parties bring quick action against each new variation.

Get ready for the PROTECT IP Act — via redwolf.newsvine.com

When a pet’s love is all you have left

More and more, people who until only recently had somewhere to live are out on the streets of Portland with their pets, said Amy Sacks, who runs the Pixie Project, a nonprofit pet store and shelter for animals.

She tracks down homeless people in alleys and under bridges and makes her pitch as to why they should make sure their pets get proper care — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Julian Assange awarded Australian peace prize

WikiLeaks‘ Australian founder Julian Assange, who enraged Washington by publishing thousands of secret US diplomatic cables, has been given a peace award for exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights.

Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation’s gold medal on Tuesday at the Frontline Club in London, only the fourth such award to be handed out in its 14-year history. The not-for-profit organisation is associated with the University of Sydney and supported by the City of Sydney — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Man, dog stabbed in savage attack

A man and his dog were stabbed in a vicious attack in Melbourne’s south-east this morning.

The 56-year-old old man was walking his dog – an Australian bulldog named Hank – in Greaves Reserve in the Dandenong Showgrounds Park at the intersection of Cheltenham Road and Bennet Street about 9am when the dog approached a man riding a mountain bike.

Police said the man became agitated before getting off his bike and producing a kitchen knife, which he used to stab the dog in the head.

When the owner went to protect his pet, he was stabbed in the forearm by the man, who then fled on his bike — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Phoenix gay dads adopt, raise 12 happy kids

Steven and Roger Ham are raising 12 children, all adopted from foster care, in Arizona, one of the most unlikely places for two gay men to piece together a family.

In Arizona, two men can’t be married, nor adopt children together.

Steven and Roger Ham wanted a family. And each of their sons and daughters was desperate for one. But bringing together this family wasn’t easy.

We had to fight to get them, Roger says.

We had to fight to get them all, Steven says — via redwolf.newsvine.com

I’m not for muzzling: Keating quits

Paul Keating has severed official involvement with the $6 billion Barangaroo development by spectacularly quitting as chairman of its design review panel after a row with the Planning Minister, Brad Hazzard, whom he accused of trying to muzzle him.

The former prime minister informed Mr Hazzard of his resignation last night after receiving a stinging reprimand over his dismissal of opponents of Barangaroo as sandal-wearing, muesli-chewing, bike-riding pedestrians — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Pit bull Diamond who saved girl from burning house wins National Hero Dog Award

Diamond had to overcome fire, smoke and her breed’s reputation to become a hero.

The 15-month-old dog is a pit bull — the canine of choice in dogfights, the dog most often cited in the news about vicious attacks and the most abandoned and euthanised dog in the country.

But on Wednesday, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles presented Diamond with their 29th annual National Hero Dog award — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Politics, Rights, World

Detention Is A Legal Twilight Zone

In Australia, immigration detention is becoming a legal twilight zone; a place where the normal rules of fairness do not apply.

Both Mohammed Sagar and Muhammad Faisal left Iraq to seek asylum in Australia around 2001. Both were sent to Nauru. Both were recognised by Australia as refugees in 2005 — via redwolf.newsvine.com

NZ politician sorry for praising bin Laden

An outspoken New Zealand Maori politician has apologised for praising slain Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden as a freedom fighter who stood up for his people.

In remarks that prime minister John Key slammed as ridiculous, independent MP Hone Harawira said this week that positive aspects of bin Laden’s life should be acknowledged and urged people not to damn him — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Animal clinic to improve human health

Community health will hopefully be improved in Wilcannia, with a free animal health program being run this week.

The RSPCA in conjunction with Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation is in the town desexing cats and dogs, while also microchipping and treating animals for parasites.

The Mayor of the Central Darling Shire, Paul Brown, says it is an important initiative to help improve the health of the local population — via redwolf.newsvine.com

IP-Address Is Not a Person, BitTorrent Case Judge Says

A possible landmark ruling in one of the mass-BitTorrent lawsuits in the U.S. may spell the end of the pay-up-or-else-schemes that have targeted over 100,000 Internet users in the last year. District Court Judge Harold Baker has denied a copyright holder the right to subpoena the ISPs of alleged copyright infringers, because an IP-address does not equal a person — via redwolf.newsvine.com

HMS Ark Royal sale viewings take place in Portsmouth

Potential buyers of HMS Ark Royal have had the first chance to look at the Royal Navy’s former flagship.

Ministry of Defence (MoD) tours of the aircraft carrier are taking place at the Portsmouth Naval Base.

The vessel, decommissioned in March after 25 years service as part of the government’s defence budget review, is up for sale on the MoD auction website — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Canberra lobbied secretly to dilute cluster bomb ban

Australia secretly worked with the United States to weaken a key international treaty to ban cluster bombs, leaked US diplomatic cables show.

Despite taking a high-profile stance against cluster munitions – condemned as the cause of large numbers of civilian casualties – Australia was privately prepared to pull out of international negotiations on a global ban of the weapons if this threatened ties with US forces.

The US continues to use cluster munitions as a legitimate and useful weapon, including in Afghanistan, and has affirmed that it will not sign the treaty to ban them. The disclosure comes as Federal Parliament prepares to consider a bill to ratify Australia’s signature of the Convention on Cluster Munitions — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Malaysia to open e-mail accounts for every adult by 2015

Malaysia plans to offer every adult in the country a free Web-based e-mail account to ensure that tax returns, court documents and other official notices reach the population of 28.3 million.

The government has named Tricubes Berhad, a local smartcard reader and authentication software vendor, as the operator of the service. Starting from July, the company will begin setting up a email account for citizens over 18, with a goal of total coverage by 2015, company officials said — via redwolf.newsvine.com

‘Tired of snow’ message stomped in park sums up weary Calgarians’ sentiments

A message written in the snow Thursday afternoon tapped into how many Calgarians feel about the most recent blast of winter weather.

Paul Yancey, who works in accounts payable at Suncor Energy, said he spent part of his lunch hour watching a man from his office window stomp out the words “I am tired of snow” in James Short Park below.

Yancey believes it took the unknown artist no more than 10 minutes to complete his work — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Christian leader uses Anzacs to hit gays, Muslims

A former Special Air Services commander turned conservative Christian commentator has used Anzac Day to attack homosexuals and Muslims.

Just hope that as we remember servicemen and women today we remember the Australia they fought for – wasn’t gay marriage and Islamic! said Jim Wallace, the head of the Australian Christian Lobby, on Twitter.

Followers of Mr Wallace soon attacked him — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Russian anti-virus tycoon in five-day kidnap ordeal

Russian police on Sunday freed the son of software tycoon Eugene Kaspersky after a five-day kidnap ordeal, ending one of the highest-profile abduction dramas in the country in recent years. Police officers, agents from the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the special OMON police squad freed Ivan Kaspersky, 20, in the Moscow region, Moscow police spokesman Viktor Birukov told Russian news agencies — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Europe moves to give consumers control of online advertising

More companies that advertise on the Internet in Europe will give consumers the option to turn off advertisements that collect data on their audiences ahead of European Union regulations soon to come into effect.

The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) Europe released guidelines on Thursday called the OBA (Online Behavioral Advertising) Framework. It details how advertisers can inform consumers of behavioral tracking technologies and give them the option of turning the tracking off — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Comrade Derptopus

Another odd-size paper experiment. I doodled this derpy guy at work one day, and couldn’t get him out of my brain until I painted him up properly. This doesn’t happen all that often – inspiration strikes all the time, but rarely is it so insistent. Once I finished the painting, I decided he needed borders, and played with acrylic gel medium and Claybord and La Carte and foam core. Interesting lesson: La Carte can be completely denuded with gel medium. I knew it didn’t like moisture, but I didn’t realize I’d end up covered in a cement-like mix of glue and sand. It was fun.

Bonus points if you can decipher my uneducated attempt at Russian half-hidden in the borders — via CrashOctopus Blog

Fujitsu plans 1Gbps fiber optic network for rural Britain

Economies of scale mean that densely populated cities have generally been the ones to benefit from the roll out of superfast broadband networks, while those in rural areas have missed out. Following Google’s recent announcement that it will build and test 1Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks in selected cities with between 50,000 to 500,000 residents in the U.S. starting with Kansas City, Kansas, Fujitsu has unveiled plans to create a similar superfast FTTH broadband network for five million homes and businesses in rural Britain to bridge the digital divide between city and country — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Aussie data breaches doubled in 2011

The number of Australian data breaches reported to forensic investigators has already doubled those experienced in 2010, even though it’s only experienced in 2010, even though it’s only April.

Some of the worst breaches have cost businesses many hundreds of thousands of dollars, and involved significant loss of credit card information and customer information.

Yet it seems that none of the breaches handled by forensic investigators Verizon and Klein&Co have been reported by the media. — via redwolf.newsvine.com

UN torture investigator slams US for denying him access to Bradley Manning

A United Nations special rapporteur on torture claims US authorities refused to give him access to Army Private Bradley Manning, 23, the lone soldier accused of leaking secret files to WikiLeaks.

Juan Mendez, the UN representative on torture, said he had visited numerous other nations where he’d been allowed unmonitored communications with prisoners. The US Department of Defense on Friday, however, denied his request to visit with Manning, saying he may not speak with the soldier unless a government monitor is present — via luckydog.newsvine.com

Inside CERT Australia

The Australian Government has a list of software holes that are so sensitive they’re kept hidden from the public. These weaknesses are being used by criminals to steal our money and our data. They may even be a cornerstone to planned attacks on critical infrastructure, like energy, water and transport. But in the murky battle between those that protect us and those who seek to harm, these vulnerabilities are also the bait with which cyber-criminals are caught — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Indonesia anti-porn MP quits for watching porn

A member of parliament from an Islamic party which promoted anti-pornography legislation has resigned after being caught watching porn in parliament.

Mr Arifinto of the Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) was photographed looking at the images on Friday.

He said he had inadvertently opened an email link which led him to the images.

Pornography has become one of the testing grounds of conservative Islam’s influence over politics in Indonesia.

For the recent developing media coverage, I apologise to all members of the party and parliament, Mr Arifinto – who goes by one name – told a news conference — via richardfarner.newsvine.com