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Syria Cuts Off Access To Internet

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Syria resorted to shutting down its country's access to the Internet on Thursday during its time of civil unrest, Helen Popkin reported.

According to Akamai Technologies, a Web content distributor, "all 84 of Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable". Web connection has been disrupted occasionally during the 20-month civil war, but this is the first complete cut off.

Shutting down local and international communication has become a common method used by governments facing civil unrest, as it has been done by Libya, Egypt and Iran.

MSNBC by Helen Popkin

Factory Fire Results In Over 100 Deaths

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A factory fire in Bangladesh over the weekend resulting in over 100 deaths appears to be caused by arson, Farid Ahmed reported.

Bangladesh's prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, declared the fire on Saturday and a different fire at another factory are both cases of "planned arson". Two were arrested in suspicion of the fire, but authorities have yet to make a connection that ties them to the arson.

The clothing factory, which is a supplier for Wal-Mart, caught fire in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. There were 200 people injured in addition to the 100 deceased, Ahmed reported.

"How the factory caught fire, I don't know. But when we heard 'fire,' we all rushed out and we were trying to get out of the factory," said Parul Begum, a survivor.

by Farid Ahmed

Man Tries To Throw Feces At Royals

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A New Zealand man was accused of plotting to throw horse manure at Britain's Prince Charles and his wife on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

Sam Bracanov, 76, was ordered by a New Zealand court to stay away from the royal family after being charged with planning to throw horse manure at Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.

Bracanov has had a long history of speaking out against the monarchy in Britain. He was arrested in 1994 for spraying air-fresheners at Prince Charles. He pleaded not guilty to preparing to commit a crime, although he appeared to be disappointed in not being able to carry out the task, Reuters wrote.

"I make it like liquid - like porridge," Bracanov told reporters. "I would have done it."

MSNBC by Reuters

Two U.S. sailors were indicted Tuesday afternoon on charges of raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa, Junko Ogura reported.

Aviation Electrician's Mate Skyler Dozierwalker, 23, and Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Christopher Browning, 23, were indicted by Naha District Court Tuesday following their arrest one month prior on Oct. 16.

The two sailors allegedly raped a Japanese woman and left an injury to her neck during their stay in Okinawa.

Dozierwalker is being charged with rape by group resulting in injury and Browning is being charged with rape by group resulting in injury in addition to robbery.

CNN by Junko Ogura

Tsunami Hits Hawaii After Canadian Earthquake

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Small tsunami waves hit the coast of Hawaii on Sunday following an earthquake in Canada on Saturday, NBC news staff reported.

A tsunami warning was cancelled at approximately 4 a.m. after the waves appeared to be much lower than previously anticipated. The tsunami began around 10:30 p.m., causing many in the area to evacuate.

No major damages were reported.

MSNBC by NBC News Staff

Sex Abuse Scandal Rocks BBC

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A British TV icon has come under fire for alleged sexual abuse spanning decades a year after his death, Laura Smith-Spark reported.

Jimmy Savile, 83, died last year shortly after being treated for pneumonia. His many accomplishments include the popular show "Top of the Pops" and being knighted by the Queen.

However, after his death, reports surfaced of accusations of sexual abuse by more than 200 people over over several decades, Smith-Spark wrote. Police say his targeted victims were teenage girls. Investigations have begun to determine whether there was a coverup by the BBC.

CNN by Laura Smith-Spark

Picasso, Matisse Paintings Stolen In Dutch Heist

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Priceless paintings disappeared from a Dutch museum in a heist on Tuesday, Ben Brumfield reported.

It occurred at the Kunsthal Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where paintings by Andy Warhol, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Claude Monet. According to Brumfield, alarms went off around 3 a.m. which then alerted police. When they arrived, they discovered the paintings were missing.

"Initial investigations show the burglar was well prepared," authorities said.

CNN by Ben Brumfield

Amanda Todd, a teenager from British Colombia, Canada, left behind a tragic YouTube video a month before ultimately taking her own life on Wednesday. In the video, Todd obscures her face and holds up note cards. These note cards describe her agonizing trials through severe bullying at several different schools. As the video progresses, the tale becomes more heart wrenching and Todd's hand more shaky. Finally, the last note card appears and on it simply says "I have nobody. I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd." The video has accrued much attention on the Internet.

CNN by Lateef Mungin

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