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Obama Has Already Broken His Pledge on Surveillance Reform

Last week, he promised an "independent" review by "outside experts." Then he assigned insider James Clapper to lead it.<p>Reuters<p><b>Updated, 10 p.m.</b><p>President Obama pledged last week that he would take "specific steps" to reform U.S. surveillance policy. This week, he proved unable to keep his word for …

Edward Snowden not in Moscow, say Russian authorities

A shroud of mystery has surrounded American whistleblower Edward Snowden's whereabouts since he received temporary asylum in Russia last week, but migration authorities have let slip that he is not in Moscow.<p>On Tuesday, Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said the National Security Agency leaker …

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Zimbabwe to open a 'blacks only' stock exchange

Zimbabwe's regime has promised to open a new and racially exclusive stock exchange, allowing blacks alone to trade shares seized from foreign companies.<p>The plan to grab mining companies, most of which are South African-owned, follows President Robert Mugabe's landslide re-election last week.<p>Saviour …

Japan Shows Off Largest Warship In 60 Years

It's being called a destroyer, or perhaps a helicopter carrier. But by any name, Japan's new warship, unveiled Tuesday, is the largest it has built since World War II. The ship was shown to the public on the anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and at a time of escalating tensions …

Noaa report says Arctic sea ice is disappearing at unprecedented pace

The Arctic lost record amounts of sea ice last year and is changing at an unprecedented pace due to climate change, a landmark climate study said on Tuesday.<p>Last year was among the 10 warmest years on record – ranking eighth or ninth depending on the data set, according to a report led by the …

UK and US urge all citizens to leave Yemen 'immediately'

Britain and America urged their citizens to leave Yemen immediately on Tuesday after it emerged that Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al Qeada, had allegedly discussed plans for an imminent terrorist attack on Western interests.<p>The Foreign Office also announced the closure of Britain’s embassy in …

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's New President, Reaches Out To U.S. In First Press Conference

By Marcus George and Yeganeh Torbati<p>DUBAI, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Iran's incoming President Hassan Rouhani used his first press conference on Tuesday to offer an olive branch to the United States in protracted talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, raising hopes of progress after years of …

Egypt's ousting of Mohamed Morsi was a coup, says John McCain

A senior US senator, John McCain, has described the ousting of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi as a coup, in a move that contradicts the White House.<p>Officials, including Barack Obama, have avoided using the term to characterise the armed overthrow of Morsi's government on 3 July, largely …

Woolly mammoth DNA may lead to a resurrection of the ancient beast

The pioneering scientist who created Dolly the sheep has outlined how cells plucked from frozen woolly mammoth carcasses might one day help resurrect the ancient beasts.<p>The notional procedure – bringing with it echoes of the Jurassic Park films – was spelled out by Sir Ian Wilmut, the …