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Syria crisis: No clear winner in Russia-US G20 duel

<b>Both sides have claimed victory in this G20 gladiatorial contest over Syria, but identifying who is on which team is not straightforward.</b><p>So who backed Russia and who backed the United States?<p>According to President Vladimir Putin, the outcome was not a 50/50 split, but a balance of opinion in …

NSA tech disclosure battle heats up

A legal battle over surveillance pitting the U.S. government against Google and Microsoft intensified on Friday — and the two tech titans requested extra time to convince a court they should be able to disclose more data about NSA orders.<p>Both companies have asked the Foreign Intelligence …

U.S. Grand Jury Probing Contractor That Vetted Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The company that conducted the most recent security review of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is the subject of a federal grand jury investigation into its background check processes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing people involved …

State Department Extends Closure Of Embassies

<b>Update At 4:40 p.m. ET:</b><p>State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki says Sunday that the embassy and consulate closures will be extended:<p>In a statement, Psaki says the decision was taken "out of an abundance of caution" and the it was "not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of …

Activists stage second national day of protest against NSA's domestic spying

Privacy campaigners held the second national day of protest against US government surveillance programmes on Sunday, picketing an AT&T building in New York they claimed was being used to facilitate National Security Agency snooping.<p>A grassroots group named Restore the Fourth, after protections …