Violence

Science • Humans
10-year study: Violent computer games do not make people more aggressive
10-year study: Violent computer games do not make people more aggressive
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Those who spend their entire teenage years playing violent computer games need not expect harmful psychological consequences. This is the result of a U.S. study now published in the journal "Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking," in which scientists observed a group of children and adolescents between the ages of ten and 23 over a total period of ten years and assessed their behavior.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Georgia election official Sterling (R) asks Trump to "stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence"
Georgia election official Sterling (R) asks Trump to "stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence"
Credit: @GabrielSterling, Courtesy of Twitter

Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager and a Republican, has asked President Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric disputing the election results to "stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence."

"Mr President, it looks like you likely lost the state of Georgia. We’re investigating, there’s always a possibility, I get it. You have the rights to go to the courts. What you don’t have the ability to do – and you need to step up and say this – is stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence. Someone is going to get hurt, someone is going to get shot, someone is going to get killed, and it’s not right. It’s not right," so Sterling at a press conference on Tuesday.

Sterling had received threats after election results were announced and had police protection around his home last week.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
German Bundestag has spent €1,4 million to secure private homes of MPs
Bundestag
Bundestag Credit: Herman (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

After an increase of 15% in attacks on politicians compared to 2019, around 100 members of the Bundestag have resorted to the offer of the Federal Criminal Police Office to secure private apartments or houses.

In the current legislative period, the Bundestag has spent around 1.4 million euros on security technology, each member has a budget of 19,000 euros.

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Black man dies after being beaten up in a Carrefour supermarket in Porto Alegre, Brazil
Black man dies after being beaten up in a Carrefour supermarket in Porto Alegre, Brazil

A 40-year-old black man died Thursday after being assaulted by a security guard and an off-duty Police officer, at the Carrefour supermarket in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Both assailants were arrested, suspected of murder.

The victim, identified as João Alberto Silveira Freitas, would have argued with the cashier of the establishment and was led by the security guard of the shop to the car park on the lower floor.

Videos showing the beating and the attempt by rescuers to save the man have been circulating on social networks since last night. The images show Freitas receiving several punches in the face from one of the men, while the other tries to hold him.

Technology • Internet & Web
After Beheading Comments Twitter Permanently Suspends Steve Bannon Account

Twitter permanently suspended an account associated with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon after he suggested in a video posted online Thursday that Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded.

Law
Johnny Depp loses libel trial against The Sun newspaper
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp Credit: Andy Templeton (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Johnny Depp’s libel action against the publishers of the Sun newspaper – which was dismissed by a judge in London this week – may prove to be the moment the public was finally disabused of any lingering illusions of Hollywood as a place of glamour and sophistication. Depp sued the newspaper over an article that claimed the actor was violent toward Heard while they were together, and branded him a "wife-beater".

Judge Andrew Nicol said in his judgment Monday: "I have reached these conclusions having examined in detail the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely, as well as the over-arching considerations which the claimant submitted I should take into account."

Regional News • Europe • France
Samuel Paty received the French Légion d’Honneur posthumously

Samuel Paty, the teacher decapitated in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, has been posthumously awarded the Légion d’honneur.

On October 21, during a private ceremony in the Sorbonne university, President Emmanuel Macron bestowed the country’s highest honour on the family of Paty.

Regional News • Europe • France
A history and geography teacher beheaded near Paris

The victim had made a recent intervention in class about freedom of speech where he mentioned the Muhammad cartoons controversy, which pushed the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor's Office to take over the investigation.

The assaillant has been shot by the police.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Stuttgart: Investigation after racist WhatsApp voice message by police officer
Stuttgart: Investigation after racist WhatsApp voice message by police officer
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After the riots in Stuttgart, a voice message with racist content by a police officer appeared on social networks. The official describes the events in Stuttgart city center and draws a direct parallel to refugee policy and migrants. The police have confirmed the authenticity and have initiated an internal investigation against a known police officer.

Science • Medicine
Stuttgart: Criminologist sees Corona as factor for the riots
Stuttgart: Criminologist sees Corona as factor for the riots
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Christian Pfeiffer, the criminologist and former SPD Minister of Justice of Lower Saxony, sees the corona restrictions as a possible cause for the riots in Stuttgart. Pent-up anger from the contact restrictions and frustration are apparently the cause of the events, but not political motives.

Regional News • Europe • European Union
New details surface of police brutality against asylum-seekers at the Croatian border
Injuries sustained by an asylum-seeker
Injuries sustained by an asylum-seeker Credit: Danish Refugee Council

Gruesome reports and photographs have surfaced of migrant and asylum-seekers abuse by Croatian special police. Massimo Moratti, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director, calls for the European Commission to investigate.

There have been reports of abuse at the Croatian border since late 2017.

Law
Two women killed in Carinthia, Austria

On Saturday morning, a 60-year old Austrian man killed two women. He murdered the first woman (62), presumably his ex-wife, with an axe and later shot another woman (56) out of his car. The unnamed man fled to Italy where he was spotted at a parking lot by Italian police. The perpetrator fired three warning shots and, upon being approached by police, shot himself.

Regional News • Africa
Nigeria: "No Means No!" - Protests against sexual violence
Late Vera Omosuwa
Late Vera Omosuwa Credit: Omosuwa Family

Over 200 demonstrators protested in Abuja demanding "Justice for all Nigerian girls and women". Protests were sparked by multiple high-profile rape and murder cases. Just this past week a 22-year old student named Vera Uwaila Omosuwa was raped in a church and later died.

Regional News • Asia • China
China: Security Guard Hurts 40 Children

A security guard at a primary school in southwest China has severely injured some 40 children with a knife.

The perpetrator was arrested, the motive is still unknown.

There are repeated attacks by criminals in kindergartens and schools, often the perpetrators justify their actions with resentment and perceived injustice.

Law
Perpetrator is silent on the motif in Volkmarsen car attack that wounded 154 people

Maurice P., who steered his vehicle into a Rose Monday procession and wounded 154 people on February 24th, 2020 in Volkmarsen (Germany), remains silent about his motive. His lawyer also announced that his client was unlikely to comment on this in court proceedings.

The investigators can now rule out a right-wing motive, but do not have their own investigative approach.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Ella Jones elected first black mayor of Ferguson, Missouri
Ella Jones (First, from the right), new mayor of Ferguson, Missouri
Ella Jones (First, from the right), new mayor of Ferguson, Missouri Credit: Ferguson City Council (Public Domain)

Ferguson voters have elected Ella Jones as the city’s first black mayor as protests over the death of George Floyd, and police treatment of black communities roil the nation.

Six years ago protests in Ferguson, and days of clashes between police and demonstrators, were sparked by the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. A white police officer also killed the young black man.

Jones, a city councilwoman, will also become the first woman to serve as mayor of the St. Louis suburb.

Technology • Internet & Web
Snapchat removes Trump from discover section
Snapchat on iPhone
Snapchat on iPhone Credit: Thought Catalog

The parent company Snap has removed Donald Trump's account from the Discover section on the social media app Snapchat.

In a statement, the company said the "Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society, and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America" and that Trump promotes "racial violence and injustice".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
"Law & Order" boss fires writer Craig Gore over threatening social media posts

Craig Gore a TV writer for an upcoming spinoff series of "Law & Order" has been fired from his job by executive Dick Wolf, after he published threatening statements on social media. Under one of his own posts Craig Gore had previously commented "Sunset is being looted two blocks from me. You think I wont light motherf----ers up who are trying to f--- w/ my property I worked all my life for? Think again...".

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter shuts down multiple fake Antifa accounts run by white supremacists

The social network has stated that the white supremacist group Identity Evropa has posted calls for violence in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement under the twitter handle @Antifa_US. Twitter has reported the account as it "violated our platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts. We took action after the account sent a Tweet inciting violence and broke the Twitter Rules" according to the platform.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Peaceful protesters tear-gassed to clear path for Donald Trump photo-op

Police used tear gas and sound grenades to clear peaceful protesters in front of the White House to make way for Trump to visit the St. John's Episcopal Church.

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Mariann Edgar Budde,  condemned President Donald Trump on a interview with CNN: "Let me be clear: The president just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese without permission as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our churches stand for,"