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FBI: Terror plot a very serious case


The three Californian men charged with plotting to kill Americans overseas spent months preparing for a trip to Afghanistan authorities have said.

FBI: Terror plot a very serious case

US state starts internet safety lessons for children

Zinie Chen Sampson

On a screen at the front of a classroom, Gene Fishel flashed an online social-networking profile of "hotlilflgirl", which said she was 15, enjoyed being around boys and wanted to meet new people. The next image revealed the real "hotlilflgirl" -- a mug shot of a man who was convicted of sexually abusing 11 children he met online.

Porn firm sells the Hendrix sex experience

Staff Reporter

The exploitation of the private lives of celebrities, even dead ones, by the United States entertainment industry is again under the spotlight after a Los Angeles company released a 45-minute video purporting to show a sexual encounter with Jimi Hendrix.

Kiwi teen convicted over global cyber-crime ring

Staff Reporter

A New Zealand teenager was convicted on Tuesday for his central role in a global cyber-crime ring that infected at least 1,3-million computers worldwide. Owen Thor Walker (18) allegedly led a group of international hackers who used his programmes to access personal data and send viruses around the world, causing losses of $20-million, police say.

US accused of holding suspects on prison ships

Staff Reporter

The United States is operating "floating prisons" to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal the numbers and whereabouts of detainees. The US government was on Sunday urged to list the names and whereabouts of all those detained.

Sex tape played at R Kelly's child porn trial

Michael Tarm

Prosecutors played the sex tape at the centre of R Kelly's child pornography trial in open court on Tuesday, just hours after opening statements in which they accused the R&B singer of choreographing and starring in a video featuring "vile, disturbing and disgusting sex acts" with an underage girl.

'DC Madam' hangs herself in mother's shed

Juan Castro Olivera

The "DC Madam," whose arrest for running a high-end prostitution ring sent sex-scandal tremors through the United States capital, hanged herself on Thursday in a shed at her mother's house, police said. Deborah Jeane Palfrey was convicted last month on federal racketeering charges for running the prostitution ring for the rich, famous and powerful.

Marilyn Monroe sex film to be kept private

Daniel Trotta

A 15-minute film of Marilyn Monroe engaging in oral sex with an unidentified man will be kept from public view by a New York businessman who has bought it for $1,5-million, the broker of the deal said on Monday. Monroe is clothed and the man's head remains out of the frame for the entire 15 minutes of the film.

Los Angeles Times retracts hoax rapper story

Staff Reporter

The Los Angeles Times on Monday retracted a story that linked hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs to the 1994 shooting of rapper Tupac Shakur, admitting that the report relied on fake FBI documents. The move came three weeks after the paper's website carried a lengthy story by Pulitzer Prize-winner Chuck Philips.

Disbanding Scorpions 'will protect politicians'

Fienie Grobler

The disbanding of the Scorpions will protect corrupt and criminal politicians from prosecution, the deputy director of Public Prosecutions warned on Thursday. The Directorate of Special Operations, also known as the Scorpions, would lose its ability to independently investigate government officials if it was incorporated into the police, said Billy Downer, SC.

Mbeki's govt sounds death knell for Scorpions

Staff Reporter, Boyd Webb and agencies

President Thabo Mbeki's government has approved the disbanding of the elite Scorpions crime-fighting unit, bowing to pressure from supporters of rival Jacob Zuma who accused it of political abuse. Mbeki's Cabinet adopted two Bills last week paving the way for the end of the Directorate of Special Operations.

FBI nabs Fidentia fugitive

Staff Reporter

One of the alleged masterminds in the Fidentia scandal was arrested by the FBI in the United States, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Tuesday. Spokesperson Tlali Tlali said Steven William Goodwin was arrested following a request by the Directorate of Special Operations, better known as the Scorpions.

Fidentia kingpin seeks freedom in Pretoria court

Staff Reporter

An alleged kingpin in the Fidentia asset management scandal, Steven Goodwin, launched an urgent application in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday to secure his freedom. He asked the court to set aside and declare unconstitutional a request by the Director General of Justice to United States authorities for his provisional arrest.

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