Briefs, March 4, 2013

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 March, 2013, 5:13am

Passwords reset after Evernote cyber attack

CALIFORNIA - Evernote, a web-based note-sharing service, said it was resetting the passwords of its 50 million users after hackers breached its network, accessing usernames, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords. The attack "follows a similar pattern" to other cyber attacks in recent weeks, it said. Reuters


Karzai condemns Nato strike that killed 2 boys

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned a Nato helicopter strike in which two brothers under seven years old were shot dead after being mistaken for Taliban insurgents. The boys were tending livestock and collecting firewood in Uruzgan province when they were killed on Thursday. AFP


Somali journalist stays in jail over rape report

MOGADISHU - A Somali appeals court dropped charges against a woman sentenced to a year in jail after she told a reporter that she was raped by security forces, but the journalist will remain in jail for six months. "The court has learned that the journalist misled the alleged rape victim into the interview," the judge said while cutting the reporter's original sentence in half. AFP


Madonna to present GLAAD media award

NEW YORK - Madonna will present CNN's Anderson Cooper with an award for openly gay media professionals, an advocacy group said. The singer was chosen to give Cooper the Vito Russo Award at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on March 16. AP


Unmanned US capsule docks at space station

WASHINGTON - A privately owned unmanned US space capsule arrived at the International Space Station with food, scientific materials and other crucial equipment. The original plan was for Dragon to attach to the space station on Saturday, but the capsule ran into troubles with its thrusters shortly after launching on Friday. AFP


Netanyahu gets more time to form coalition

JERUSALEM - Israeli President Shimon Peres gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an additional 14 days to form a new government after he was unable to do so during an initial 28-day period. Talks with potential partners have been deadlocked since elections on January 22, and a new poll could be called if a government is not formed by March 16. Reuters


Outrage at Walesa's anti-gay comments

WARSAW - Democracy icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa sparked controversy and outrage in Poland by saying that in his view gays have no right to a prominent role in politics and that as a minority they need to "adjust to smaller things" in society. Walesa said in a television interview that he believes gays have no right to sit on the front benches in parliament and, if there at all, should sit in the back, "or even behind a wall". AP


Two held in Britain over US cannibal plot

LONDON - Two men have been arrested in Britain in connection with the ongoing case of a New York policeman, Gilberto Valle, who is accused of plotting to kidnap and eat women in the US. Police in Kent, southeast England, said two men aged 30 and 57 from the Canterbury area were arrested on February 21 for conspiracy offences, grooming and possession of child-abuse images. AFP


FBI-style taskforce to fight Australia's gangs

SYDNEY - Australia will set up an anti-gang taskforce based on an FBI model to combat "the gangs and guns on our streets", Prime Minister Julia Gillard said. Gillard said the A$64 million (HK$506.5 million) taskforce would comprise 70 police from national and state forces and include officers from the Australian Crime Commission, customs and the tax department. AFP


Portuguese protest at austerity measures

LISBON - Tens of thousands of demonstrators held marches in more than 20 cities in Portugal to protest against government-imposed austerity measures aimed at lifting the ailing country out of recession. Protesters in Lisbon carried placards saying, "Screw the troika, we want our lives back". The troika is a reference to the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, the lenders behind the country's financial bailout. AP