News Headlines - 19 October 2011

▽Citigroup paying $285M to settle SEC fraud charges - Wall Street Journal
Citigroup has agreed to pay $285 million to settle civil fraud charges that it misled buyers of a complex mortgage investment just as the housing market was starting to collapse.
The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that the big Wall Street bank bet against the investment in 2007 and made $160 million in fees and profits. Investors lost millions.

▽Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebels in Iraq After Deadly Attack - Voice of America
Turkey has launched a military operation against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq after rebels attacked army posts in southeastern Turkey, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 18. 

▽Dale Farm eviction: Essex police's use of Tasers at close range criticised - The Guardian
Essex police's tactics in spearheading the eviction of residents and protesters from Dale Farm came under criticism and questioning within hours of the start of the operation, particularly over the use of Tasers at apparently close range during the initial stages of their invasion of the site.

▽More Facebook Friends, Bigger Brain? - PC Magazine
All that time you spend Facebooking could be making your brain larger. Those with more friends on Facebook tend to have more grey matter in the portions of their brains linked to social skills, researchers have found.

▽MI5 officer says MP Mike Hancock was victim of Russian spy 'honeytrap' - Telegraph.co.uk
The female officer, referred to only as ZZ, said MI5 believed Ekaterina “Katia” Zatuliveter was “directed by the Russian Intelligence Service” to begin a sexual relationship with the married 65-year-old, who gave her a job as his researcher.







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