World News Summary 5/13/14

Europe Orders Google to Let People Sanitize Their Search Results

Ever wish you could make Google delete that embarrassing tidbit of personal information that turns up whenever someone searches your name? Europeans may soon be able to do just that.

The European Union’s top court ruled today that individuals can demand the removal of links and other information in search results that could threaten their privacy. People “have a right to be forgotten,” the court said.

Boko Haram, Benghazi Linked by Obama Narrative on Al-Qaida

Boko Haram and Benghazi may have something in common, according to Politico Magazine: Obama administration efforts to convince the public it had successfully forced al-Qaida into retreat.

“There are very likely real links between the Obama administration’s handling of Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist group, and the violent extremists behind the Benghazi tragedy,” Michael Hirsh, the magazine’s national editor, wrote in a column.

“According to current and former U.S. officials, the reluctance of Hillary Clinton’s State Department to designate Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization in the summer of 2012 was no isolated case; it was partly rooted in a larger effort by the Obama administration to narrowly define al-Qaida and deemphasize the rise of its new affiliates, especially in Africa,” according to Politico’s Hirsh.

Ex-CIA Director Morell Backs Benghazi Probe

Former Central Intelligence Agency acting director Michael Morell has thrown his support behind the special House committee to investigate the Benghazi terror attacks, even though he has serious concerns about Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy heading the panel.

In a speech Monday to a group founded by his former CIA boss Leon Panetta, Morell said he believed the congressional investigation would finally uncover the truth behind the siege on the U.S. mission in Libya that killed four Americans in September 2012, Politico reported.

Israeli court sentences ex-PM Olmert to 6 years
Israeli media say former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to six years in prison for bribery.

The reports say the Tel Aviv District court sentenced Olmert, who was convicted in March, and several others Tuesday in a wide-ranging Jerusalem real estate scandal case related to his activities before becoming prime minister in 2006.

The 68-year-old Olmert says he will appeal.

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