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Oklahoma officer's trial defense attacks credibility of vulnerable black women

Daniel HoltzclawFour weeks into the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer charged with the sexual abuse or rape of 13 different women, the prosecution has drawn a picture of a predator who followed a cynical calculus: because his victims were black, living on the margins, and had criminal histories, he was confident no one would believe them.

Holtzclaw, 28, is said to have methodically targeted black women with criminal records or a history of drug use or sex work for seven months while he worked the 4pm to 2am patrol. For all but one of his alleged victims, police investigators claim, Holtzclaw used his position on the force to run background checks for outstanding warrants or other means by which to coerce sex.


UK child sex abuse inquiry: Serving MPs, the church and locals council to be put under spotlight

Justice Goddard in charge of sex abuse inquiry in the UKServing MPs could be compelled to give evidence over allegations they were involved in child sexual abuse, it has been confirmed.

The judge leading the investigation announced that politicians still active in Westminster will form part of its scope.

Justice Lowell Goddard, who was appointed earlier this year to run the massive inquiry, said: "The investigation will focus on high profile allegations of child sexual abuse involving current and former MPs, senior civil servants and government advisers, and members of the intelligence and security agencies."


ISIS Affiliate Claims Bangladesh Mosque Attack

Bangladesh mosque attack by ISISAn Islamic State group affiliate in Bangladesh said Friday it was behind an attack on a Shiite mosque in the country's north that killed one man and wounded three others.

A statement posted on IS-affiliated Twitter accounts from Islamic State - Bangladesh said that the mosque was hit by a barrage of shots fired from machine guns.


Senior El Salvador priest fired over alleged sex with minor

Jesus DelgadoEl Salvador's Roman Catholic Church said on Thursday it had fired a senior priest and former secretary of murdered Archbishop Oscar Romero after allegations that he had sex with a minor.

The Archdiocese of San Salvador said its preliminary investigation showed Jesus Delgado, 77, the third-ranking priest in the country's Catholic church, had sex with a minor aged between 9 and 17.

The female victim, who is now 42, presented the allegations to the Salvadoran government.


FBI warns NYPD about anti-Islam Arizona man who may try to confront Muslim group

John RitzheimerAfter tracing the cross-country movements of a menacing anti-Muslim rabble-rouser from Arizona, the FBI took the unusual step of issuing an alert to New York law enforcement agencies to look out for him, sources said.

The FBI got involved after a Muslim group based near Albany notified the agency that Jon Ritzheimer, 32, of Phoenix had posted a video on Nov. 18 in which he showed a gun, made profane anti-Obama statements and said he was driving cross-country to confront them, sources and a group spokesman said.


HSBC whistleblower Falciani sentenced to five years in prison

Falciani, HSBC whistleblowerHerve Falciani, an ex-employee of HSBC's (HSBA.L) Geneva private bank who leaked information on clients and their tax situation, has been sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated industrial espionage, the bank said on Friday.

HSBC said it welcomed the ruling on Falciani, a 43-year old French citizen who had been on trial in Switzerland.


Hundreds protest jailing of 2 journalists in Turkey

HUndreds protest Turkey jailing of journalistsHundreds of protesters gathered outside the Istanbul office of an opposition newspaper Friday, accusing the government of silencing critics and attempting to cover-up a scandal after two journalists were jailed on terror and espionage charges for their reports on alleged Turkish arms smuggling to Syria.

Cumhuriyet newspaper's editor-in-chief Can Dundar, and the paper's Ankara representative, Erdem Gul, were sent to a prison in Istanbul late on Thursday, accused of willingly aiding a terror organization and revealing state secrets.


Polish cargo ship attacked off Nigeria; 5 abducted

Polish cargo ship seizedPirates operating off the coast of Nigeria have taken hostage five Polish sailors, including the captain and officers, from the Cyprus-flagged cargo ship the Szafir.

The Polish Foreign Ministry has confirmed the abduction of the seaman explaining that 11 other members of the crew were able to avoid capture after they barricaded themselves inside the ship.


Reporter: Trump camp requiring bathroom escorts for press

Trump demands bathroom escorts for pressDonald Trump’s campaign is requiring journalists at rallies to have bathroom escorts, according to an NBC News reporter.

“Trump campaign now requiring media to have bathroom escorts at his rallies when leaving 'the pen,' " NBC News reporter Katy Tur tweeted late Tuesday alongside the hashtag "#watchthemedia."

“Media told they aren’t allowed to leave 'the pen' while Trump is in the room,” she continued. "It’s now official policy that the secret service is enforcing.


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