Author: Ximena Santiago
Australia. Criminal charges were dropped against five bikers arrested and held for three weeks in January 2014 after they stopped to buy ice cream while on vacation. The men were detained for violating an anti-association law, which prohibits more than two bikers to be in public together. The Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act (VLAD), established in 2013, is meant to disband organized gangs and crime groups. The five men did not appear at the Southport Magistrates Court Monday, but Australian lawyer Bill Potts released a statement on their behalf. “Their only sin, their only crime, was to buy an ice cream in a public place,” he said. The charges were dropped as of Monday.
Outer Space. NASA announced the discovery of liquid water on Mars Monday, fueling speculation over possible life on the red planet. While exploring the terrain around the Garni Crater, scientists observed dark, narrow streaks along the slopes of the crater. They have since been identified as waterlogged streaks. Researchers speculate that these may have been formed by water that flows underneath the surface. “We now have, I think, great opportunities in the right locations on Mars to thoroughly investigate that,” James L. Green, the director of NASA’s planetary science division, said.
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Russia. Russian police launched an investigation into Apple Inc. Friday. The investigation was prompted by iOS system emojis featuring same-sex couples that the law enforcement agencies believe are “homosexual propaganda.” In 2013, any type of “promotion of homosexuality” among minors was legally banned in Russia. Orthodox activist and lawyer Yaroslav Mikhailov believes the emojis violate that law. Several Russian officials have complained over the content that features same-sex couples holding hands or with children. The investigation marks the first time police have gotten involved in the controversy. If found guilty, Apple Inc. will face a charge of one million rubles ($15,000).
Brazil. After a Brazilian judge accused Barcelona soccer player Neymar de Silva Santos, Jr. of evading taxes in his home country, his parents defended him in a statement released Saturday. The couple denied that their son has evaded $16 million in taxes and said the judge had an “incorrect understanding” of their son’s earnings. “Neymar did not avoid paying taxes, and neither did any of our companies,” Santos’ parents said. The judge decided to freeze $47.6 million of Neymar’s assets, claiming that he declared only 8 percent of his assets in 2013.
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