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Isolated Tribe Says Elders Were Murdered

Also, video shows young members' first contact

(Newser) - A video that purports to show footage of first contact with a formerly isolated tribe on the Brazil-Peru border has been released by Brazil's FUNAI agency, along with some disturbing news from tribe members themselves. As had been hinted at in previous reports, some of the younger members say... More »

Players Sue: NHL Promoted 'Extreme Violence' for Profit

It's the second suit against the NHL since November

(Newser) - The National Hockey League is being sued by nine of its own, who claim the league "intentionally created, fostered, and promoted a culture of extreme violence" with an eye on profit, the suit reads. Ex-players brought a similar suit against the NHL in November , but the New York Times... More »

Officials: Male Sophomore Went on Stabbing Spree

He's in custody, 20 injured

(Newser) - A male sophomore is in custody after 20 were injured in "multiple stabbings" at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., this morning, WPXI reports. Nineteen students and a security guard were hurt, according to KDKA , which reports that the suspect had two knives on him. Of those injured,... More »

Murdered Ex-Miss Venezuela Had Been Attacked Before

Monica Spear was no stranger to violence, but refused to leave country she loved

(Newser) - A high-profile shooting in Venezuela continues to grab headlines, with the Monday night murder of well-known soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela shining a light on the country's rampant violence—as the nation's leader tries to shift the focus. President Nicolas Maduro yesterday tried to paint Monica Spear'... More »

Police Fire AK-47s at Cambodian Protesters

3 killed as garment workers demand double the current minimum wage

(Newser) - At least three people were killed today when police in Cambodia opened fire to break up a protest by striking garment workers demanding a doubling of the minimum wage, police and human rights workers said. Police said the three were killed and two others were wounded in a southern suburb... More »

Knockout Game 'Trend' Is Just a Racist Myth

Reports 'part of ongoing demonization of black teens': Robin Abcarian

(Newser) - Reports have been flying about a game called "Knockout," in which teens punch innocent passersby for fun. And conservative outlets are blasting the politically correct-minded mainstream media for neglecting to mention the supposed fact that African-American teens are behind the attacks, writes Robin Abcarian in the LA Times... More »

Scary New 'Game' for Teens: Knockout

It involves punching unsuspecting victims unconscious

(Newser) - A terrifying new "game" is sweeping across the nation: "Knockout." Just like it sounds, it involves targeting a stranger on the street and rendering him unconscious with one punch, WPIX reports. Videos of the attacks are increasing on YouTube, WJLA reports. The NYPD is investigating a series... More »

Facebook: Decapitation Video Not OK After All

But will still allow other violent content

(Newser) - After on Monday defending a gory video of a man beheading a woman posted on the site, Facebook has done a 180, deciding the violent video wasn't OK after all and removing the offending clip. The site initially deemed such violent content fine as long as it wasn't... More »

Facebook: Beheadings Now OK, but No Breasts

Ban on gore lifted, as long as acts are condemned

(Newser) - Facebook users might want to brace for bloodier newsfeeds: The site has quietly dropped a ban on gory photos and videos, including those showing beheadings. Gory videos were temporarily banned earlier this year, but the policy has now changed again, the BBC found when investigating a complaint about Facebook's... More »

Another Climate Change Effect: More Violence

Study finds climate changed linked to increases in violence

(Newser) - Another way climate change is messing with your life: Scientists say it's linked to a global increase in violence. A new study finds that even minor changes in rainfall or temperature affect violence levels, the BBC reports. For example, during droughts in India, domestic violence increased; during heat waves... More »

240 Inmates Escape in Indonesia Prison Riot

Most still on the loose after uprising that killed 5

(Newser) - Nearly 200 prisoners—and five convicted terrorists—may be roaming the streets of Indonesia today, after a deadly prison riot over a broken water supply led to a mass breakout. Five people were killed—two guards and three prisoners—as inmates at the maximum-security Tanjung Gusta facility in Medan lit... More »

10 Dead in Egypt Clashes

Security forces shot into crowd: sources

(Newser) - At least three people are dead in Cairo after security forces opened fire on supporters of the freshly-ousted president Mohamed Morsi, security sources tell Reuters . While an army spokesman says the military did not use live rounds, the BBC reports that forces fired at a crowd of Muslim Brotherhood supporters... More »

Jim Carrey Denounces Own Movie

Can't support 'Kick-Ass 2' due to violence

(Newser) - Jim Carrey is having second thoughts about Kick-Ass 2 , in which he plays a superhero named Colonel Stars and Stripes. The R-rated film is a sequel to the ultra-violent Kick-Ass, and Carrey filmed it a month before the Sandy Hook shootings, he explained on Twitter yesterday. "And now in... More »

US Violent Crime Sees First Hike in 6 Years

Years of declines bottom out

(Newser) - For the first time since 2006, violent crime climbed in the US last year, preliminary FBI data show. Nationally, violent crime was up 1.2%. Urban areas led the increase, with cities of between 500,000 and 1 million people seeing a 3.7% jump in rates; murder rates in... More »

Want Better Behaved Kids? Turn Off Violent TV

'It's not just about turning off the television': author

(Newser) - Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found. The results were modest and faded over time, but may hold promise for finding ways to help young children avoid aggressive, violent behavior, the study... More »

Newtown Neighbor Plans Video Game Burning

Donors to receive gift certificates

(Newser) - A Connecticut town is getting ready to burn violent video games to protest their "desensitizing" influence on children, the Guardian reports. A group based in Southington, which sits a half-hour from Newtown, is calling on locals to donate their games, DVDs, and CDs in exchange for gift certificates "... More »

US Closes Embassy in Central African Republic

Country's president seeks help against rebels

(Newser) - With rebels advancing in the Central African Republic, the US has evacuated its ambassador and his staff and closed its embassy in the country. Washington is urging Americans not to visit the country, where violence is surging, the AP reports. Rebels have captured 10 northern towns, and locals in the... More »

Is Hollywood to Blame for Newtown?

Many in the media say yes, but not all agree

(Newser) - Everyone's talking about the need for gun control and mental health treatment in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, and Peggy Noonan is on board with reform in both areas. But there's a third area she thinks sorely needs to be addressed: "our national culture ... of... More »

Film Premieres Scrapped in Wake of Newtown Shooting

'Django Unchained,' 'Jack Reacher' affected

(Newser) - Hollywood has been responding to the Newtown tragedy with a slew of cancellations, postponements, and other changes to movies:
  • Tonight's LA premiere of Django Unchained, the latest violent film from Quentin Tarantino, has been canceled. "In this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo our scheduled
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Tanks Roll In as Clashes Rock Cairo

5 deaths, 600 injuries reported

(Newser) - Violent protests in Cairo have reached a pitch not seen since the days of Egypt's recent revolution, the Wall Street Journal reports: Tens of thousands of demonstrators battled on the streets yesterday, with the AP reporting five dead and more than 600 injured as some threw rocks and Molotov... More »

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