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NEW ZEALAND

Gay groups slam ‘censoring’

McDonald’s said it was reviewing its Internet access policies yesterday after gay groups complained the fast-food giant was blocking their Web sites from its Wi-Fi network. Gay lifestyle Web site GayNZ.com sparked the review when it published an open letter condemning McDonald’s for “censoring” the free Wi-Fi access it introduced in its 132 restaurants in the country last month. It said GayNZ and other sites offering advice and resources to the gay community were barred, preventing access to information that could be “extremely valuable, even life saving, for young people.” “There is a difference between sexuality and sex. Perhaps your censors do not understand this?” the Web site said. McDonald’s said it barred gambling, tobacco and adult Web sites from its Wi-Fi service because it was a family restaurant chain and all content it allowed must be suitable for children to view.

PHILIPPINES

Web sex arrests made

Thirty-six people have been arrested for illegally selling Internet sex to Web users in the US, authorities said yesterday. The 36 were arrested in a raid on Monday on a supposed Internet cafe that was actually being used to sell pictures and videos of naked women to US clients, local police officer Myra Sapa said. Those detained would chat with clients via online messaging, posing as women and offering to disrobe and perform live sex acts in front of a Webcam, said Sapa, based in the northern city of Dinalupihan where the raid took place. “They would talk about sex and nudity until they convinced their clients to give them their credit card account number. Then they would send pictures and videos,” she said. “They pretended that they were these people on the videos. But it was not them. They were giving pre-recorded videos.”

PAKISTAN

Bhutto Zardari blasts killing

The son of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto has condemned those who have praised the assassination of a provincial governor opposed to the country’s blasphemy laws. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari told mourners on Monday at the Pakistan High Commission in London that people who have voiced support for the killer of Punjab provincial governor Salman Taseer were “the real blasphemers.” “Because of you, the message of Islam is distorted in the eyes of the world,” said Bhutto Zardari, whose father is Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. “Those who attack my religion, especially those who corrupt its peaceful message, you are what I call covert blasphemers and you will be defeated. This will be our jihad.” Bhutto Zardari further pledged to defend Christians and other minorities in the country.

SWEDEN

Soccer player convicted

Retired goalkeeper Magnus Hedman was convicted on Monday of breaking sex crime laws by having sex with a prostitute. The Svea appeals court in Stockholm overturned a lower court ruling acquitting the 37-year-old keeper, who played club soccer Coventry and Celtic, and ordered him to pay 2,500 Swedish kronor (US$360) in fines. Liberian midfielder Dulee Johnson, recently released by Swedish club AIK, was also convicted of paying for sex with the same prostitute on a different occasion. Hedman admitted he had sex with the woman, but claimed he didn’t pay her and wasn’t aware she was a prostitute.

SYRIA

Honor killing sentence rises

Damascus has ordered the sentence for those convicted of honor killings tripled to between five and seven years. The local press reported on Monday that President Bashar Assad amended the current law which stipulated a jail sentence of just two years for those convicted of killing a relative for having illicit sex. Activists say about 150 to 200 women are killed every year in the country by their relatives to preserve conservative tribal notions of family honor.

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