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Egypt sides told to end 'dangerous stalemate'

The US and the European Union have called on all sides in Egypt's political crisis to end "a dangerous stalemate" after the interim government said foreign mediation efforts had failed.<p>The joint statement came as the army-installed government repeated its threat to take action against supporters of …

Israel's Security Paradox: Never Safer and Never More Uncertain

For the moment, Israel's enemies are focused on their own problems. But the regional turmoil could affect the way it negotiates with Palestine.<p>As Israel enters yet another round of peace negotiations with Palestinians, the fundamental concern that will guide its decision-making is security. And …

The Pentagon Wants To Sell $2.7 Billion In Weapons To A Country On The Verge Of Collapse

The weapons deal would include 681 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and 40 truck-mounted launchers, as well as three Hawk anti-aircraft batteries with 216 Hawk missiles, according to Agence France Presse.<p>The sale is primarily viewed as a way to support a possible no-fly zone in Iraq, though it would …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

World leaders seek answers on US collection of communication data

Leading Europeans, from Angela Merkel down to information chiefs across the continent, are lining up to grill American counterparts on the Prism surveillance programmes, amid mounting fury that the private information of EU nationals will have been caught up in the data dragnet.<p>With Merkel set to …

Europe warns US: you must respect the privacy of our citizens

European Union officials have demanded "swift and concrete answers" to their requests for assurances from the US that its mass data surveillance programmes do not breach the fundamental privacy rights of European citizens.<p>The European commission's vice-president, Viviane Reding, has sent a letter …

NSA surveillance: the US is behaving like China | Ai Weiwei

Both governments think they are doing what is best for the state and people. But, as I know, such abuse of power can ruin lives<p>Even though we know governments do all kinds of things I was shocked by the information about the US surveillance operation, Prism. To me, it's abusively using government …

Edward Snowden and the security state laid bare | Clay Shirky

Beyond the leaks themselves, Snowden has exposed how the US government enforces secrecy in the very act of spying on us<p>Edward Snowden has given up almost everything in his previously comfortable life so that we could know at least some of the ways in which the US government is spying on us. So what …

NSA snooping: Obama under pressure as senator denounces 'act of treason'

Barack Obama was facing a mounting domestic and international backlash against US surveillance operations on Monday as his administration struggled to contain one of the most explosive national security leaks in US history.<p>Political opinion in the US was split with some members of Congress calling …

NSA surveillance played little role in foiling terror plots, experts say

Lawyers and intelligence experts with direct knowledge of two intercepted terrorist plots that the Obama administration says confirm the value of the NSA's vast data-mining activities have questioned whether the surveillance sweeps played a significant role, if any, in foiling the attacks.<p>The …

Pressure builds on US over Hong Kong civilian hacking allegations

Political pressure on the United States to address claims that it hacked hundreds of targets in Hong Kong has begun to build in the territory.<p>Pro-Beijing politicians on Thursday urged the US to clarify whether it had carried out such surveillance, as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden alleged, and if …

Senators challenge NSA's claim to have foiled 'dozens' of terror attacks

Two prominent Senate critics of the NSA's dragnet surveillance have challenged the agency's assertion that the spy efforts helped stop "dozens" of terror attacks.<p>Mark Udall and Ron Wyden, both members of the Senate intelligence committee, said they were not convinced by the testimony of the NSA …

Edward Snowden is a 'traitor' and possible spy for China – Dick Cheney

Senior officials from the current and previous US administrations lined up on Sunday to defend the government sweep of phone and internet records and condemn the whistleblower who revealed the secret surveillance programmes.<p>The White House chief of staff, Denis McDonough, said President Barack …

US intelligence outlines checks it says validate surveillance

The US intelligence community has written to Congress to confirm the existence of two sweeping surveillance programmes revealed by the Guardian, but defended their legality and usefulness in preventing terrorism.<p>In the fullest official account yet of how the US gathers domestic telephone data and …

Edward Snowden: the truth about US surveillance will emerge

The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that the truth about the extent of surveillance carried out by US authorities would emerge, even if he was eventually silenced.<p>In a live Q&A with Guardian readers from a secret location in Hong Kong, Snowden hinted at more disclosures to come and that …

Apple follows Facebook's lead and reveals US surveillance requests

Apple has joined rivals including Facebook, Google and Twitter in calling on the US government to allow it to publish more details of the secret court orders its receives to disclose customers' information.<p>The company gave more details of its dealings with US authorities Monday as it sought to …

Edward Snowden: NSA whistleblower answers reader questions

The whistleblower behind the biggest intelligence leak in NSA history answered your questions about the NSA surveillance revelations<p>12.43pm ET<p><b>Final question from Glenn Greenwald:</b><p>Anything else you’d like to add?<p>Thanks to everyone for their support, and remember that just because you are not the …

The top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant

Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders which allow the NSA to make use of information "inadvertently" collected from domestic US communications without a warrant.<p>The Guardian is publishing in …

Snowden spy row grows as US is accused of hacking China

Edward Snowden, the former CIA technician who blew the whistle on global surveillance operations, has opened a new front against the US authorities, claiming they hacked into Chinese mobile phone companies to access millions of private text messages.<p>His latest claims came as US officials, who have …

NSA leaks: US and Britain team up on mass surveillance

Twelve years ago, in an almost forgotten report, the European parliament completed its investigations into a long-suspected western intelligence partnership dedicated to global signals interception on a vast scale.<p>Evidence had been taken from spies and politicians, telecommunications experts and …

The world must hear from Edward Snowden again | Mark Weisbrot

The White House and its media allies are gradually undermining the NSA whistleblower. The cause of liberty needs his advocacy<p>In the case of Edward Snowden and the secret surveillance abuses that he has exposed, it's us against them. But who is "us" and who is "them?"<p>This started out as a story of …

The NSA's mass and indiscriminate spying on Brazilians

I've written an article on NSA surveillance for the front page of the Sunday edition of O Globo, the large Brazilian newspaper based in Rio de Janeiro. The article is headlined (translated) "US spied on millions of emails and calls of Brazilians", and I co-wrote it with Globo reporters Roberto Kaz …

NSA leaks: UK blocks crucial espionage talks between US and Europe

Britain has blocked the first crucial talks on intelligence and espionage between European officials and their American counterparts since the NSA surveillance scandal erupted.<p>The talks, due to begin in Washington on Monday, will now be restricted to issues of data privacy and the NSA's Prism …

NSA surveillance: French human rights groups seek judicial investigation

Two human rights groups have filed a lawsuit in Paris seeking an investigation into whether the US National Security Agency violated French privacy laws by secretly collecting massive amounts of personal data.<p>The legal complaint against persons unknown aims to prompt a judicial investigation that …

Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.<p>The files provided by Edward …

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data<br>• NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches<br>• Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history<br>• NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations<p>A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts …

Cow Town Opts For Funk Over Funky Smell

Greeley, Colo., has an image problem. Actually, it's more of an odor problem.<p>A meatpacking plant is on the northeast side of town, and when the wind blows just right, you can't miss the smell — a cross between a slaughterhouse, a cow farm with manure and other unidentified odors.<p>In fact, the city's …

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei endorses Hassan Rouhani as president

Iran's supreme leader has formally endorsed Hassan Rouhani as the country's president, opening the way for the moderate cleric to take over from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.<p>In a ceremony broadcast live on state television on Saturday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave his official approval for Rouhani. As the …

Interpol issues global alert over al-Qaida-linked prison breakouts

Interpol has issued a global security alert following a series of al-Qaida-linked prison breakouts in which hundreds of terrorists escaped.<p>The warning came a day after the US state department issued a worldwide travel warning to American citizens and closed 21 of its embassies over intelligence …