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NSA Reportedly Collected Millions Of Phone Texts Every Day

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A presentation slide cited by The Guardian is subtitled "SMS Text Messages: A Goldmine to Exploit." The top secret Dishfire text-collection program was reportedly both global and arbitrary.

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Five Changes To The NSA You Might Hear In Obama's Speech

Thursday, January 16, 2014

We look at some of the pros and cons of changes to U.S. policy on electronic surveillance that the president might endorse.

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Egyptian Voters Said To Overwhelmingly Back New Constitution

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Unofficial results say more than 95 percent of voters approved the document. The results are seen as a boost to the military government and Army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is widely expected to seek Egypt's presidency. The Muslim Brotherhood boycotted this week's vote.

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Photos May Show Marines Burning Iraqis' Bodies

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Marine Corps is looking into images obtained by the entertainment website TMZ. They appear to show U.S. Marines burning the corpses of Iraqi fighters during the 2004 battles in Fallujah.

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Vatican Comes Under U.N. Scrutiny Over Priest Abuse Scandal

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Committee on the Rights of the Child takes church officials to task for their handling of sex abuse allegations, saying the Holy See must "take all appropriate measures" to keep children safe.

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Reports Of New Video Showing U.S. Soldier Held In Afghanistan

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

U.S. officials have reportedly received a new "proof-of-life" video of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the first to emerge in years.

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U.S. Official: Afghanistan Could Become 'Narco-Criminal State'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Despite a $7 billion effort to rid the country of opium production, more land than ever before is being used for the illicit trade, says John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

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Bipartisan Report Calls Benghazi Attacks 'Preventable'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Senate Intelligence Committee points to a failure by the State Department to provide adequate security. The panel also says that some members of Congress have mischaracterized the Obama administration's statements in the days immediately after the 2012 attacks.

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$500M From Kuwait Among Pledges For Syrians Affected By War

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Donor nations gathered in Kuwait City pledged tens of millions for those displaced by the more than 2-year-old civil war. The U.S. pledged $380 million, but Secretary of State John Kerry urged a political solution to the conflict.

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Piracy On High Seas At Lowest Level In 6 Years, Report Says

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The International Maritime Bureau says there has been a 40 percent drop in piracy worldwide since 2011, and that much of the drop was due to fewer attacks off the Somali coast.

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Danish Tourist Reportedly Gang-Raped, Robbed In New Delhi

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The attack in the heart of the city is the latest bringing global focus to sexual violence in India. Police say the 51-year-old woman had asked for directions from a group of men, who lured her to a secluded place and then robbed, beat and sexually assaulted her at knife-point.

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NSA Reportedly Can Monitor 100,000 Computers Worldwide

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Circuit boards and USB cards were implanted surreptitiously in the computers when they were shipped overseas from the manufacturers, The New York Times reports. The program, called Quantum, allows intelligence agencies to alter data and insert malware.

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India's High Court Rocked By Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A second allegation in as many months has ramped up calls for the country's Supreme Court to abide by its own 1997 ruling requiring panels in the workplace to hear harassment complaints.

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Israeli Minister: Kerry Should 'Win A Nobel Prize And Leave Us In Peace'

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The remarks by defense official Moshe Yaalon indicate just how difficult discussions are over a possible Mideast peace deal. Yaalon apologized for the comments late Tuesday following a strong reaction from the U.S.

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Egyptians Go To Polls With Opposition Largely Silenced

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Arrests and other intimidation have kept critics from being able to organize and speak out. The interim government's message: If you're really an Egyptian than you'll vote yes. Opponents say the new constitution further enshrines the military's role in Egyptian life.

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Pope Calls Abortion Evidence Of 'The Throwaway Culture'

Monday, January 13, 2014

Francis, who has been criticized by some conservative Catholics for not speaking out forcefully against abortion, said the practice is "horrific."

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Ariel Sharon Remembered As Man Of War And Peace

Monday, January 13, 2014

The former Israeli leader died Saturday. He was 85. Vice President Biden called Sharon an "indomitable bulldozer." Sharon was buried Monday on his ranch in southern Israel.

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Pope Francis Names 19 New Cardinals, None From The U.S.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Francis elevated archbishops from the Ivory Coast, Brazil, Argentina, Nicaragua, Chile and Haiti. They are in keeping with his message of ministering to the poor.

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Iran, World Powers Will Begin Implementing Interim Nuclear Agreement

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beginning Jan. 20, Iran will begin eliminating its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium. In exchange, the U.S. and its partners will ease some sanctions on Iran.

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French First Lady In Hospital, Following Reports Of Hollande Affair

Sunday, January 12, 2014

One observer calls the episode a "very British scandal about a very French affair." French laws and culture make publishing stories about affairs rare.

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