Prosecutors in Brazil file suit against Google
SAO PAULO -- Prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro said they have filed a civil suit against the Brazilian subsidiary of Google because its Orkut social-networking service is being used to promote pedophilia and defamation and to defend organized crime.
Prosecutors said in a statement that Google has 120 days to create mechanisms to identify ''the profiles, communities and pages dedicated to pedophilia and to the justification of crime.''
They also said Google must create systems to identify and store Internet Protocol addresses and sponsor a media campaign to alert parents on the dangers of using the Internet and Orkut.
Taliban decry Kabul meeting as sign of failure
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Taliban denounced this week's international conference on Afghanistan's future, saying the ''vague and terrible agenda'' shows that the U.S. and its allies intend to abandon the country and blame their ultimate defeat on the Afghan government.
Representatives of the U.S. and 60 other countries met Tuesday to endorse President Hamid Karzai's plan for Afghan police and soldiers to take charge of security nationwide by 2014. Karzai also urged his international backers to distribute more of their development aid through his government.
In a statement posted in English on their website, the Taliban said the conference showed that the U.S. ''has lost the initiatives and is unable to resolve Afghanistan issue.''
Turkey not well-prepared for earthquake
ANKARA, Turkey -- More than a decade after a devastating earthquake revealed dangerously shoddy construction across Turkey, authorities are failing to enforce stricter building codes and protect people from another deadly quake, according to a new parliamentary report obtained by The Associated Press.
Many of the roughly 18,000 people killed by 1999 quakes in western Turkey died in cheaply made housing blocks that pancaked into the ground and turned out to have never been inspected by authorities. Many people were surprised to see how the rubble of their homes broke into pieces or turned into dust with a poke. Closer inspection revealed that much of the cement lacked metal reinforcing bars, or was mixed with large amounts of sand that made it unstable.