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New guidelines issued for US news media leak investigations

Eric HolderThe Justice Department on Wednesday announced revised guidelines for obtaining records from the news media during leak investigations, removing language that news organizations said was ambiguous and requiring additional levels of review before a journalist can be subpoenaed.

The updated policy revises protocols announced last year amid outrage among news organizations over Obama administration tactics. It was released two days after the Justice Department formally abandoned its yearslong efforts to compel a New York Times reporter to testify in the trial of a former CIA officer accused of disclosing classified information.


Charlie Hebdo plans 3 million copies of new issue

Charlie HebdoThe French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is planning a multimillion copy press run of its next issue, which will feature a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on the cover, the first since extremists killed 12 people at its offices Jan. 7.

The newspaper Libération hosted Charlie Hebdo staffers as they prepared the new issue and is handling its special 3 million copy print run in numerous languages.

Libération published the Charlie Hebdo cover online late Monday night, ahead of the satirical magazine's publication on Wednesday. The cartoon shows a bearded man in a white turban with a tear streaming down his cheek and holding a sign reading "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie").


Fox News’ terrible, horrible, no good, very bad weekend

Rupert MurdochNews Corp head honcho Rupert Murdoch found himself in the eye of a social media storm last weekend for tweeting out the sort of bigoted ignorance often heard on his premier U.S. news network, Fox News.

“Maybe most Moslems peaceful,” the Australian-born billionaire tweeted, “but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.”


Hackers Anonymous 'disable extremist website'

anonymousHacking group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for disabling an extremist website based in France.

A post on Twitter said "Tango Down" and included a link to a site which has been linked to extremists.

Anonymous "declared war" on jihadist websites on Friday after the Paris attacks. The group posted a video saying it would target extreme social media accounts as part of efforts to protect freedom of speech.


UK Prime Minister: FOX News 'expert' Steve Emerson is a 'complete idiot'

Steve Emerson on FOXAn American “terrorism expert” who claimed that Birmingham is a Muslim-only city is “clearly a complete idiot”, David Cameron has said

The Prime Minister said he choked on his porridge after hearing the claim by Steve Emerson, a Fox News pundit, that non-Muslims “simply don’t go” to Britain’s second-largest city.

Mr Emerson issued a grovelling apology after issuing the claim.

Mr Cameron said: “Frankly I choked on my porridge and thought it must be April’s Fools Day. This guy is clearly a complete idiot.


Mexican police officers detained after journalist disappears

Mexico police questioned Thirteen police officers in Medellin, Mexico, have been detained in an investigation of the Jan. 2 kidnapping of a newspaper journalist.

Gunmen abducted Moises Sanchez, a social activist known for his coverage of drug-related violence for a Medellin newspaper, from his home. Over 30 people, the town's entire police force, was questioned about the disappearance. Sanchez was threatened by the mayor, his brother Juan Carlos Sanchez claims, although Mayor Omar Cruz denies the accusation.


Neil deGrasse Tyson to host first ever National Geographic talk show

De Grasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson is coming to late night television.

The famed astrophysicist has inked a deal with National Geographic to host the channel's first ever late-night talk show, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The show will be based on Tyson's Star Talk podcast -- where "science, pop culture and comedy collide" -- and will feature interviews with celebrities and science commentary from the likes of Bill Nye, among others.


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