World briefs: Google and Microsoft to target child porn in Britian

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LONDON -- Google and Microsoft announced late Sunday that they have joined efforts to clean up search results in Britain.

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt wrote in the British Daily Mail newspaper that the two firms have worked together to keep searchers from getting results when using 100,000 queries that may be "related to the sexual abuse of kids."

Mr. Schmidt said that, with Microsoft, the company has worked to give illegal pictures a unique identifier so those images can be automatically deleted whenever they appear. He added that YouTube engineers are working on a similar process for videos.

British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative-led government pushed for a crackdown on Internet pornography, as The Washington Post reported, after the rape and deaths of two young girls at the hands of men believed to be addicted to child porn.

Chemical arms progress

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the effort to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons is "on target."

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons plans to destroy Syria's estimated 1,300-ton arsenal outside the country but has been unable to get any nation to agree to bring the stores of sarin and mustard gas, among other toxins, to its territory. Destruction is supposed to be complete by mid-2014.

On a related issue, the Pentagon said after a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that it would continue to field Patriot missile batteries in Turkey for at least a year. The missiles, under NATO command, were sent in response to a request by Turkey last year to augment its air defenses against any Syrian attack.

Crash caught on video

KAZAN, Russia -- The grainy airport video is dark, short and chilling. Within five seconds, a dot of light that Russian authorities say is a Boeing 737 appears in the sky over the tarmac and plunges to the ground in a near-vertical crash. The result is a blinding fireball.

The video shown Monday by Russian TV of Sunday night's crash at Kazan airport that killed all 50 people onboard raises a host of questions, including why the plane's second attempt to land at night in good weather went so horribly wrong. Russian investigators combed through the incinerated wreckage Monday. Experts from the NTSB, Boeing and the FAA were heading to the scene to help.

Family of 8 killed

MEXICO CITY -- For the second time in two months, the Mexican border city of Juarez is reeling from a harrowing massacre, the victims this time a religious family of eight, including three children, whose bound, lifeless bodies were found with multiple stab wounds.

The victims, discovered Sunday, include two girls, ages 4 and 6; a 7-year-old boy; three women, ages 25, 30 and 60; and two men, ages 30 and 40, the Chihuahua prosecutor's office said. As of Monday, no suspects had been detained. Friends of the family found a 3-month-old baby girl in the house who had been spared in the assault.

Also in the world ...

Toronto's City Council voted Monday to strip scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford of many of his powers. Mr. Ford, 44, effectively has no legislative power. He retains his title and ability to represent Toronto at official functions. ... French police are hunting for a gunman suspected in a shooting Monday at a Paris newspaper office that gravely wounded a photographer, as well as three other attacks around the nation's capital.



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