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« Reply #7470 on: Oct 17th, 2012, 10:18am »

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Syrian rebels shoot down helicopter in Idlib

Rebels downed a helicopter on Wednesday as troops fought to take back a key Syrian town, a watchdog said, as international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warned the conflict risks setting the region ablaze.

3:50PM BST 17 Oct 2012

Fighting for control of the Damascus-Aleppo highway raged around the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan even as Brahimi appeared to have won tentative support for a ceasefire proposal.

Brahimi, the UN and Arab League envoy, warned of the conflict spreading in the Middle East as he visited neighbouring Lebanon, the latest leg of a regional tour aimed at ending more than 19 months of bloodshed.

"This crisis cannot remain confined within Syrian territory," the veteran troubleshooter told reporters in Beirut.

"Either it is solved, or it gets worse ... and sets (the region) ablaze. A truce for (the Muslim holiday of) Eid al-Adha would be a microscopic step on the road to solving the Syria crisis."

Brahimi called this week for a temporary ceasefire in Syria during the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday starting on October 26.

"The Syrian people, on both sides, are burying some 100 people a day," he said on Wednesday.

"Can we not ask that this toll falls for this holiday? This will not be a happy holiday for the Syrians, but we should at least strive to make it less sad.

"If the Syrian government accepts, and I understand there is hope, and if the opposition accepts," a truce would be a step "towards a more global ceasefire," said Brahimi.

The Syrian conflict began in March 2011 with pro-reform protests inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings.

It has since transformed into a civil war pitting mainly Sunni rebels against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, which is dominated by his minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

At times it has also spilled over into neighbouring countries, including Lebanon and Turkey.

Tensions have soared between Turkey and Syria with Ankara taking an increasingly strident line towards its southern neighbour since a shell fired from inside Syria killed five Turks on October 3.

Brahimi has been promoting the idea of a ceasefire during Eid al-Adha on the tour that has included stops in Sunni-ruled Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, as well as Shiite-led Iran and Iraq.

Damascus says it is prepared to discuss the proposal in talks with Brahimi while the exiled opposition says it would welcome any ceasefire but insists the ball is in the government's court to halt its daily bombardments.

"The Syrian side is interested in exploring this option and we are looking forward to talking to Mr Brahimi," Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Maqdisi told AFP.

The opposition Syrian National Council said it expected the rebel Free Syrian Army to reciprocate any halt to the violence but that it was up to the government to act first.

"We would welcome any halt to the killings but we think the appeal needs to be addressed first to the Syrian regime, which has not stopped bombarding Syrian towns and villages," SNC leader Abdel Basset Sayda told AFP.

On the battlefront, rebels shot down a helicopter gunship in the country's northwest as the army fought to recapture the strategic town of Maaret al-Numan, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"In Maarhtat, on the outskirts of Maaret al-Numan, rebel fighters downed a helicopter being used in the fighting," the group said, adding it crashed in nearby Bsida according to initial reports.

Regime warplanes targeted a rebel blockade of a highway in Idlib province which has halted the regime's efforts to get reinforcements to Aleppo, theatre of intense fighting for the past three months, said the Observatory.

The early morning air raids targeted Maaret al-Numan and nearby villages, which fell to the rebels a week ago as they pushed their quest to create a northern "buffer zone" abutting Turkey, it said.

The clashes erupted as rebels attacked a six-tank convoy of government troops in the town of Maarhtat as it was making its way to reinforce the nearby Wadi Deif army base, the largest in the region.

At least five people were killed across Aleppo province, including in the city of the same name, as government forces pounded the area and clashed with rebels who fired rockets into an army base, said the Observatory.

The Observatory – which relies on a network of activists, medics and lawyers for its information – says some 33,000 people have been killed since the revolt began in March last year, among them 2,300 children.

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« Reply #7471 on: Oct 17th, 2012, 10:20am »

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Extreme 'Housework' Cuts the Life Span of Female Komodo Dragons
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— An international team of researchers has found that female Komodo Dragons live half as long as males on average, seemingly due to their physically demanding 'housework' such as building huge nests and guarding eggs for up to six months.

The results provide important information on the endangered lizards' growth rate, lifestyle and population differences, which may help plan conservation efforts.

The Komodo dragon is the world's largest lizard. Their formidable body size enables them to serve as top predators killing water buffalo, deer and wild boar and they have also been known to kill humans.

A research team which included scientists from the University of Melbourne, Australia, Indonesia and Italy studied 400 individual Komodo Dragons for 10 years in eastern Indonesia, their only native habitat. The team then produced a model of the Dragon's growth rate, with results published in the current issue of international journal PLoS One.

Males live to around 60 years of age, reaching an average 160 metres in length and 65 kg at adulthood. However their female counterparts were estimated to live an average of 32 years and reach only 120 cm in length, and 22kg.

Dr Tim Jessop from the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne was a co-author on the study and said that the team were surprised by the significantly shorter lifespan of the female Komodo Dragon.

"The sex-based difference in size appears to be linked to the enormous amounts of energy females invest in producing eggs, building and guarding their nests. The process can take up to six months during which they essentially fast, losing a lot of weight and body condition, he said.

"Males and females start off at the same size until they reach sexual maturity at around seven years of age. From then on females grow slower, shorter and die younger."

The research team was keen to understand the growth rate of the Komodo Dragons as this critical process can indicate how the species prioritises its energy use in lifestyle and reproductive strategies. The results suggest that females have high energy 'costs' for reproduction resulting in their smaller size, whereas to reproduce successfully, males must keep increasing in size.

The results could have dramatic consequences for the endangered species as early female deaths may be exacerbating competition between males over the remaining females, possibly explaining why males are the world's largest lizards.

"These results may seem odd to humans when the life span between Australian men and women differ by five years. But each species has different strategies to pass on their genes. For example humans invest a lot of energy in few children as raising them is very energy intensive, whereas insects will have hundreds of offspring with no input into their rearing."

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« Reply #7472 on: Oct 17th, 2012, 10:25am »

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Lance Armstrong Fired by Nike, Steps Down From Livestrong

6:39 AM PDT 10/17/2012
by Jordan Zakarin

The sneaker superpower says that Armstrong misled them over performance enhancing drugs for a decade, leading to his dismissal.

The wheels are falling off for Lance Armstrong.

Once one of America's great sporting heroes, a cyclist who remarkably came back from a near-death brush with cancer to win an incredible seven Tour de France titles, the allegations that he abused performance enhancing drugs during his storied run is finally catching up to him. Less than a week after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a statement detailing teammates' accusations of Armstrong's steroid abuse, Nike has terminated their ten year relationship.

"Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him," the company said in a statement.

Additionally, Armstrong said that he is voluntarily stepping down as chair of own Lance Armstrong Foundation.

This summer, Armstrong announced that he would no longer fight the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's allegations, though he insisted they were unfounded. The cycling world has long chased Armstrong on the suspicion that he operated within an elaborate doping scheme meant to hide his abuse of performance enhancers.

Upon his announcement, the USADA stripped him of his seven titles and banned him for life.

Last week, the USADA released a tease of conversations with 26 witnesses, many of them former teammates of Armstrong, including Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis, they themselves disgraced bikers stripped of their medals.

Armstrong's lawyer, Tim Herman, blasted the release at the time.

"Ignoring the 500-600 tests Lance Armstrong passed, ignoring all exculpatory evidence, and trying to justify the millions of dollars USADA has spent pursuing one, single athlete for years, USADA has continued its government funded witch hunt of only Mr. Armstrong, a retired cyclist, in violation of its own rules and due process, in spite of USADA's lack of jurisdiction, in blatant violation of the statute of limitations, and without honoring… national and international rules," he said.

In 2005, the peak of his earning power, Armstrong reportedly took in $17.5 million from endorsements, including his deal with Nike.

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« Reply #7473 on: Oct 17th, 2012, 2:15pm »

on Oct 17th, 2012, 10:20am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
Males live to around 60 years of age, reaching an average 160 metres in length and 65 kg at adulthood. However their female counterparts were estimated to live an average of 32 years and reach only 120 cm in length, and 22kg.


Ah yes, Crystal, see they just ought to vote for Obama, benefit from equality between the sexes with contraceptives covered, that sort of thing. A difference of 160 METRES in males vs. a meagre 120 centimetres for the ladies, this really takes male dominance to a whole new level...


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on Oct 17th, 2012, 2:15pm, purr wrote:
Ah yes, Crystal, see they just ought to vote for Obama, benefit from equality between the sexes with contraceptives covered, that sort of thing. A difference of 160 METRES in males vs. a meagre 120 centimetres for the ladies, this really takes male dominance to a whole new level...


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on Oct 17th, 2012, 9:43pm, Қℓάť wrote:
Dang, that just plum-dad reminded me of these two well-known U.S. cable tv personalities and I do wonder just how they will vote for President*. cheesy

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Fortunately I don't know who they are, LOL!

But I do watch "Gold Rush" so can't act all prissy!

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Dubai fueled by cheap Iran oil as U.S. steps up pressure

By Amena Bakr and Raissa Kasolowsky
Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:49am EDT

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States and Dubai are negotiating an end to the desert emirate's Iranian oil imports to head off the threat of U.S. President Obama sanctioning a trade that has riled Gulf Arab oil producers, industry sources and diplomats said.

Washington in the summer tightened controls on financial transactions for importing Iranian condensate, a light hydrocarbon, as part of U.S. efforts to starve Tehran of revenues for its disputed nuclear program.

But Dubai is still buying the oil while U.S. officials encourage the Dubai-government-owned Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) to find another source of supply.

"The Americans did ask ENOC to stop importing but this is still going on," a UAE oil industry source said of the continued imports by fuel-poor Dubai.

"We have discretion under executive order and we are working with UAE to ensure imports wind down," a U.S. official said.

Iran's condensate sales are its biggest source of income after crude and refined products, with Dubai its biggest buyer ahead of Asian buyers including China.

ENOC refines the condensate at Dubai's Jebel Ali refinery to provide the city's 2 million mainly expatriate, often wealthy, residents with cheap subsidized fuel at 1.72 dirhams, 47 cents, a litre.

U.S. and European sanctions have succeeded in cutting Iran's crude exports by half this year, slashing oil revenues and piling pressure on Tehran to drop a nuclear program that Washington and Brussels fear is designed to develop weapons.

But Dubai's condensate imports from Iran are up nearly 20 percent from last year, according to estimates by some market analysts, with ENOC continuing to bring in Iranian supply in barter deals, Gulf industry sources familiar with the matter said.

Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter and a significant condensate seller, has complained that ENOC's trade undermines sanctions against its OPEC rival Iran, a western diplomat said.

"The Saudis aren't happy that another GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) member is effectively supporting Iran and undermining sanctions and they've made their feelings known," said the diplomat.

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An executive order issued by Obama this summer gives the U.S. president the option to sanction those who buy Iranian condensate.

Gulf oil industry sources said that ENOC is still in talks with U.S. officials over how the Dubai fuel retailer can stop buying Iranian fuel completely. It operates at a big loss because it is obliged by UAE rule to sell gasoline at a fraction of international market rates. Officials at ENOC were not available to comment.

As long as the multi-billion dollar loss-making company shows it serious about halting the imports, the U.S. government is likely to hold off on imposing sanctions on a financial center that is home to many thousands of U.S. citizens and the Middle East base of dozens of U.S. businesses.

Under new sanctions for oil-related transactions effective since June 28, Washington can punish foreign banks that carry out financial transactions for any petroleum products from Iran.

But traders say the fuel trade is mainly done through barter deals and it is unclear what the United States would do if ENOC refused to stop. It is not known what Dubai delivers to Iran in return for the barter, if anything.

Unlike Dubai's neighboring Abu Dhabi National Oil Company refineries, which has plentiful cheap crude, ENOC loses hundreds of millions of dollars each year buying fuel on international markets and retailing at low fixed prices.

Thoughts of raising fuel prices in the UAE were swept away by the Arab spring, despite the fact that non-emiratis make up 89 percent of Dubai's population and are beneficiaries of subsidies that squeeze state coffers.

Because Dubai's small oil fields produce far less crude than it needs to meet demand, Iranian condensate is an attractive feedstock for its 120,000 barrel per day (bpd) Jebel Ali refinery.

ENOC's continued trade with Tehran grates with other Gulf Arab nations. Saudi Arabia and Qatar could be alternative suppliers for ENOC but are unlikely to supply condensate as cheaply as Iran.

"Qatar has offered to sell ENOC condensate instead of buying from Iran, but I don't think any discount is being offered," said an Abu Dhabi-based industry source.

With Dubai unable to raise pump prices without oil-rich Abu Dhabi's agreement and sanctions-battered Iran keen to sell any fuel it can, the lure of Iranian condensate supplies for ENOC is unlikely to fade any time soon.

"Covert trading with Iran will continue if the other countries don't offer a discounted alternative," said an oil trader in Dubai.


(additional reporting by Timothy Gardner in Washington, Humeyra Pamuk in Dubai; editing by Daniel Fineren, Richard Mably)

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Originally published Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Woman aims to hitch a ride by air to all 50 states

Amber Nolan, 28, landed in Seattle last week on her trek to hitch rides on small planes to every state in the country. That is one way to travel on the cheap. Our state was No. 11 in that journey. Wednesday she arrived in Portland.

By Erik Lacitis
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Last week, Amber Nolan landed in Seattle, this state being the 11th stop toward her goal of flying into every state in the country. Her belongings are in storage in Fort Lauderdale, her last home where she actually rented a place.

"We live in the present," she says, "but yet we are always making 'future' plans. The future is today."

Nolan, philosopher, wanderer, budding travel writer, is 28 and couch surfing. She is down to her last 100 bucks and plenty familiar with Top Ramen.

So how does she get from one place to another?

To bypass all those airfares, Nolan hitches rides with pilots of small planes, the ones who fly into places like Boeing or Paine fields.

She is remarkably successful.

One such pilot was Paul Schechter, and his wife, Dorothy. They took Nolan from their hometown of Rochester, N.Y., to Nashville. They own a six-seater Piper Lance.

"Pilots love to share. It's a brotherhood," Schechter says. "I think it's exciting that at her age, she can do that. She doesn't have any responsibilities of a husband, children."

Why wait until you're 65 and creaky? There's lot to be said for traveling young, when lugging 40 pounds in a backpack and satchel is no big deal.

Nolan says pilots who give her rides have told her, "I wish I had done what you're doing when I was younger. But I never acted on it."

She is chronicling her adventures on a website she created, jethiking.com. You want travel stories? She's got them.

Here is Nolan, writing about arriving in Whitefish, Mont., having hitched a ride from Las Vegas on an Eclipse 500 jet.

She tells about Pam, who offered her a place to stay through couchsurfing.org:

" 'Come to my house and I'll make you lunch!' she insisted ... She was in the garden picking herbs ... She gave me a big bear hug as if she'd known me for years, and then began telling me about Aaron as we walked to the kitchen ...

"When Pam spoke about him, she never said 'Aaron was' always 'Aaron is' even though he passed away last July in a snowboarding accident in Chile ... She gave me a grand tour of her home, showed me his snowboarding photos, magazine articles and all of his accomplishments.

" 'Smash life,' she explained, 'It was one of Aaron's sayings that means live every day like it's your last.' "

Nolan has been writing since she was a little girl.

At 6, growing up in Geneseo, in upstate New York, her dad a forklift driver, her mom a nurse, Nolan would write short stories and put them together in homemade books.

She'd let her parents, Dan and Eileen Nolan, check out the books from her little library, and charge them late fees for not returning the books on time. One of Nolan's big thrills came when she was 8, and her parents got her a manual typewriter at a garage sale. Later, her parents moved her up to a Brother word processor.

Making lots of money not being a big priority, Nolan got a degree in journalism from the State University of New York at Brockport. Then she went the route of going to New York City, doing unpaid internships at travel websites, working as a waitress and living with roommates in a Brooklyn apartment.

Eventually the internships turned to paying gigs and by 2009, a $52,000-a-year job with ShermansTravel Media, where she did everything from cruise reviews to helping publish a newsletter. Her bosses said it was fine if she worked out of Fort Lauderdale, where $52,000 goes lots further than in New York City.

But Nolan needed to travel, and not just for a weeklong vacation.

"When you can take a chunk of time to travel, you get to experience it at a slower pace. In the back of your mind, you're not thinking that in a week, you have to be back at work," she says.

So in 2011, she quit ShermansTravel, took her savings and spent 3-½ months in Central and South America, backpacking, going to little towns by bus. She loved it.

Her memories include a four-day sailboat ride from Panama to Colombia, at night watching the water's phosphorescent glow as giant stingrays leapt out of it, and buying and grilling fresh lobster at local villages.

Last year, back in the U.S., she began pondering how next to travel on a low budget. When she Googled, she came upon citations of small-plane pilots discussing sharing rides with other pilots.

That led to Nolan deciding to become the JetHiking Gypsy.

Now, she posts fliers at small airports seeking lifts "to — well — anywhere."

And she posts on Internet chat boards for pilots. Beechcraft owners have a forum. Cirrus pilots have their own.

"Cool adventure!" is a typical reply, and Nolan gets offers for rides.

Glenn Chong, a computer programmer from Red Deer, Alberta, read one of Nolan's postings. He, his wife and two children were flying to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for a convention of Aerostar plane owners.

Chong looked up Nolan's website to find out more about her.

"I thought it was an interesting project," he says. "I don't think I'd have done it at her age."

Flying with his family, Chong says that because Nolan is a female hitchhiker, he was probably less wary of potential problems. He ended up not only flying her from Montana to Idaho, but then to Seattle.

As for Nolan, whose trek began July 11 on that flight to Nashville, she says the one bad thing that has happened didn't happen on a flight.

She was mugged at a bus stop on a trip to see The Heidelberg Project outdoor art exhibit in Detroit. She suffered cuts and bruises on her face. Her camera, wallet, cellphone and computer were stolen.

At a nearby grocery, the owner let her call police, then kicked Nolan out. She says he told her crying was bothering the customers.

One of Nolan's brothers drove from New York and took her back to her parents' home.

A week later, Nolan was back traveling.

And, after a few days in Seattle, on Wednesday she caught a flight to Portland. She is thinking about waitressing for a while to save up more money, although she says a production company is interested in pitching a reality series based on her hitchhiking adventures. But that is a maybe.

Her dad says he and his wife do worry about Nolan's travels.

"We're excited for her, but nervous? Absolutely," says Dan Nolan. "We try to keep in touch with her all the time."

Travel is what Amber Nolan does.

"I've had bad days, when everything seems to go wrong. You miss a bus, you end up walking way further with a heavy pack," she says.

"Then I kick myself: 'Look, what you're doing is awesome. You're going to do something awesome.' "

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Mayfly With Springtail Hitchhiker: Amber Specimen -- 16 Million Years Old -- Reveals Unknown Animal Behaviors

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— Stunning images, including video footage, from a CT scan of amber have revealed the first evidence of any creature using an adult mayfly for transport.


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Researchers at the University of Manchester say this 16-million-year-old hitchhiker most likely demonstrates activity that is taking place today but has never previously been recorded.

Entombed in amber the tiny springtail can be seen resting in a v-shaped depression at the base of one of the mayfly's wings. It appears to have secured itself for transport using its prehensile antennae.

Dr David Penney and colleagues from the Faculty of Life Sciences and the School of Materials used a high resolution CT scanner to take over 3,000 X-rays from different angles.

The scientists then created slices, showing the fossil in cross sections. From these slices 3D digital images of the springtail were made so an accurate analysis of its behaviour could be conducted.

Dr Penney says: "The images are really impressive. This pioneering approach to studying fossils has allowed us an insight into the behaviour of one of the world's most prevalent organisms."

Springtails are minute creatures (usually only 1-2mm long) related to true insects. They're found around the world in great numbers, including here in the UK. Gardeners will recognise them as the tiny insects that hop around when soil is disturbed. They readily colonize newly-formed islands but very little is known about how they manage to migrate. One of the reasons is that they are incredibly nervous creatures and have an astonishing ability to leap away from danger using a springing organ (the furca) on the underside of the abdomen, which makes observing them in life very difficult.

Interestingly, when the 3D image of the springtail in amber is magnified it's possible to see that the springtail is very slightly detached (by just 50 micrometres) from the mayfly. This suggests it was attempting to spring away as the amber set around it.

Only one previous case of phoresy (the transportation of one organism by another) has been recorded for springtails. This was found in a piece of Baltic amber where five springtails were hooked in a row on the leg of a harvestman arachnid.

It was this discovery in 2010 which prompted Dr Penney to take a closer look at his own specimen. "I had initially thought the creature on the mayfly may have been a tiny nymphal pseudoscorpion, as they are known to use other creatures for transport, and this behaviour is not uncommon to see in amber. I was interested in the fact that this was the first time a creature had been found on an adult mayfly but I didn't truly appreciate the significance of my find until I used the CT scanner and was able to identify the animal as a springtail."

Phoresy in adult mayflies has never before been recorded. They live for just a short period of time from one hour to a few days depending on the species. The primary function of the adult stage is reproduction and they are unable to feed. This makes it very difficult to study mayflies in their natural habitat and record instances of phoresy.

The amber specimen encasing the mayfly and the springtail provides an accurate snapshot of behaviour that scientists wouldn't otherwise be able to record, highlighting one important application of the fossil record for understanding the present. The near perfect condition of the mayfly demonstrates that it died instantaneously and wasn't moved far from where it rested when the resin ran over it. Equally the position of the springtail resting on the back of the mayfly and the fact that it is in contact with the creature means the pair were unlikely to have been brought together by the resin as it moved down the tree.

The details of Dr Penney's research has been published in the journal, PLOS ONE. More analysis of amber using CT scans is continuing.

Dr Penney says: "The CT scan allows us to build up a 3D image that catches minute details of the animal. We can rotate the image to see parts of the creature that are obscured when looking from the outside in. In effect, we are able to digitally dissect the fossil without causing any damage to it whatsoever. This technology has revolutionised how we study fossils and the findings are incredibly exciting."

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Twitter Blocks Access to German Neo-Nazi Account
4:41 AM PDT 10/18/2012
by Scott Roxborough

COLOGNE, Germany - Twitter has, for the first time, made use of its local censorship policy in Germany to block access to the account of a prominent neo-Nazi group.

The online messaging service responded to a request from a German state government and blocked local access to the tweets and timeline of Besseres Hannover, an extreme right-wing organization banned by the state of Lower Saxony for violating German hate speech laws.

In place of the Group's account, German residents trying to access the group's Twitter page will see '@Username withheld'. The account will still be visible to users outside Germany.

Twitter's chief lawyer Alex Macgillivray announced the move in a tweet on Thursday:

"We announced the ability to withhold content back in Jan. We're using it now for the first time re: a group deemed illegal in Germany."

In addition to the ban, the state attorney's office has launched an investigation into Besseres Hannover on suspicion of forming a criminal association.

“I ask you to close this account immediately and not to open any substitute accounts for the organization Besseres Hannover." State authorities banned Besseres Hannover and has said it should bedisbanded, its assets seized and all its accounts in social networks have to be closed immediately.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/twitter-blocks-access-german-neo-nazi-379954

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