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Lawmakers in the far-flung Falkland Islands are rejecting a U.N. commission’s determination that the archipelago would come within Argentina’s maritime territory.

The U.N. commission on the limits of the continental shelf sided with Argentina this week in a dispute with Great Britain going back decades. The commission ratified a 2009 Argentine report that fixed the limit of its territory at 200 to 350 miles from its coast.

Mike Summers is one the local legislative assembly members that govern the British Overseas Territory. He tells The Associated Press the decision “has no effect for the sovereign position of the Falklands.”

In 1982, Argentina invaded and was then routed by British troops. Saturday marks the 34th anniversary of the war.

Islanders and the British government have long rejected Argentina’s claims.

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Source: Falkland Island Lawmakers Reject Argentine Claim to Islands – ABC News

Government surveillance of the internet may cause people to self-censor and avoid voicing controversial opinions, a new study has suggested.

The study looks at how knowledge of surveillance can cause a “chilling effect on democratic discourse” online, and paints a worrying picture of the future of free speech on the internet.

For her research, Wayne State University’s Elizabeth Stoycheff looked through the lens of the ‘Spiral of Silence’ theory, which describes the tendency of people to keep quiet when they think their views go against those of the majority.

Source: Government surveillance stops people sharing controversial opinions online, study suggests | News | Lifestyle | The Independent

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture can be justified to extract information from suspected terrorists, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a level of support similar to that seen in countries like Nigeria where militant attacks are common.

The poll reflects a U.S. public on edge after the massacre of 14 people in San Bernardino in December and large-scale attacks in Europe in recent months, including a bombing claimed by the militant group Islamic State last week that killed at least 32 people in Belgium.

Donald Trump, the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has forcefully injected the issue of whether terrorism suspects should be tortured into the election campaign.

Trump has said he would seek to roll back President Barack Obama’s ban on waterboarding – an interrogation technique that simulates drowning that human rights groups contend is illegal under the Geneva Conventions. Trump has also vowed to “bring back a hell of a lot worse” if elected.

Trump’s stance has drawn broad criticism from human rights organizations, world bodies, and political rivals. But the poll findings suggest that many Americans are aligned with Trump on the issue, although the survey did not ask respondents to define what they consider torture.

“The public right now is coping with a host of negative emotions,” said Elizabeth Zechmeister, a Vanderbilt University professor who has studied the link between terrorist threats and public opinion. “Fear, anger, general anxiety: (Trump) gives a certain credibility to these feelings,” she said.

The March 22-28 online poll asked respondents if torture can be justified “against suspected terrorists to obtain information about terrorism.” About 25 percent said it is “often” justified while another 38 percent it is “sometimes” justified. Only 15 percent said torture should never be used.

 

Source: Exclusive – Most Americans support torture against terror suspects: Reuters/Ipsos poll | Reuters

The U.S. government has approved the sale of up to nine Boeing Co (BA.N) P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes to Britain in a deal valued at up to $3.2 billion, the U.S. Defense Department said Friday.

Source: U.S. approves $3.2 billion sale of Boeing P-8A patrol planes to UK | Reuters

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