1 in 4 Courts to Close in England

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The Government was saving only £13 million from the move and it would affect the victims of crime, who were often elderly and frail.

Nearly one in four courts will close in England and Wales, the Ministry of Justice confirmed last night.  A total of 93 magistrates’ courts and 49 county courts will shut in the major cost-cutting drive.  It means just 15 of the 157 originally proposed for closure have been spared the axe.

 

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More Than 50% of Kids in India Face Sexual Abuse

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More than 50% of Indian kids have faced sexual abuse.

In a shocking revelation, more than 50% children interviewed for a survey in India to determine the extent of violence against them said they had faced sexual abuse. In total, 12,500 school kids in 13 states between five and 18, as well as otherwise, took part in the research.

 

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Katrina Victims Seek to Sue Shell, Exxon, Other Carbon Emitters

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More than four years have passed since Hurricane Katrina hit the south, and many residents still suffer today. One group of Mississippi victims aims to get compensated by the folks they believe are responsible for all that property damage–multinational corporations. News-wire service Agence-France Presse (AFP) recently spied documents indicating that southern Mississippi residents are attempting to sue a group of greenhouse gas-emitting corporations through a class-action lawsuit. The group argues that major emitters like Shell and Chevron are to blame for fueling global warming and spurring Hurricane Katrina.

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More Than Half of Women Surveyed Blame the Victims of Sexual Assault

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Half of women blame the victims of sexual assault

More than half of women think that rape victims should take responsibility for their assault, a survey has found.  One in ten thought that dancing provocatively, flirting or wearing revealing clothing made them partly to blame.

 

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Top Ten Con Games

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Unlike most kinds of petty crime, a confidence game, or con, takes an enormous amount of skill and forethought to pull off. When done right, in many cases the grifters who perpetrate them have not actually done anything overtly illegal–they’ve simply used lies and manipulation to get their victim, or “mark,” to willingly hand over their own money. Whether blackmail, fraud, or illegal gambling, the following are ten of the most famous ways that these swindlers try to take advantage of the confidence of their unsuspecting victims. Obviously, there are a number of takes on any kind of con, but these are the most popular variations of the most well known tricks.

 

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Mexico on the Brink of Chaos

Mexico’s On The Brink Of Chaos

 A frightening number of drug-related deaths in Mexico

Raymond Alvarez: The quickly rising numbers graphically displayed on a Los Angeles Times web page are telling. Mexico’s drug war story is darkened by numbers, staggering numbers. There were 7,337 drug-related deaths in 2008, the Times reports. The death toll from terrorist attacks in Mumbai last year approaches the average weekly body count in Juarez, which is just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas.

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