July 27, 2010 |
Jailbreaking an Apple iPhone to add unauthorized apps or use an alternative cell provider is officially no longer a government offense. The Library of Congress, as part of a regular review of copyright rules, has revised a 1998 position that banned phone owners from bypassing technical locks on the devices. The process, nicknamed jailbreaking, has been used by iPhone owners to buck AT&T Inc.'s exclusivity as the cell carrier for the device. Apple Inc., which makes the iPhone, had urged that the rules be kept intact.
July 18, 2010 |
Amid sharply heightened security in advance of a major international conference, a suicide bomber Sunday killed at least three people and injured dozens on Kabul's eastern edge, Afghan officials said. The bombing came two days before a donor countries' gathering, expected to be the largest of its kind to take place in Afghanistan since the 1970s. The conference was to bring together senior diplomats and officials from at least 60 nations, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
June 17, 2008 |
Hundreds of Taliban fighters have invaded villages just outside Afghanistan's second-largest city, forcing NATO and Afghan troops to rush in and frightened residents to flee. The Taliban assault Monday into the Arghandab district on the outskirts of Kandahar came three days after a Taliban attack on Kandahar's prison that freed 400 insurgent fighters. Those fighters, NATO acknowledged Monday, appear to be massing outside the city, the Taliban's former power base. The U.S.
May 4, 2008 |
More than 30 prisoners escaped from a jail in Nzerekore by using spoons to scoop a hole in the baked earth wall of their prison building, which had been softened by rain, prison authorities in the African nation said. "They used their sheets and shirts to make a rope to climb down the right wall of the jail," an official said.
December 22, 2007 |
Belgian police arrested 14 suspected extremists Friday on suspicion of plotting the prison break of a charismatic Al Qaeda operative serving a 10-year sentence for planning a suicide bombing of a NATO base. Amid the most urgent terrorism alert in Belgium in years, police rounded up a group that they suspect had intended to use guns and explosives to aid the escape of Nizar Trabelsi, one of the first extremists imprisoned in Europe after the Sept. 11 attacks.
October 16, 2007 |
Ten prisoners shot their way out of a Honduran jail, killing an unarmed guard and carjacking at least two visitors in the parking lot, officials said. One of the escapees, a 24-year-old awaiting trial on homicide charges, was shot and killed near the prison. Another, a 26-year-old robbery suspect, was recaptured late Sunday, said a spokesman for Honduras' Public Safety Department. Officials were still searching for the other eight escapees from the Yoro penitentiary on Honduras' Caribbean