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Silicon Valley firms deny giving government broad access to data

The top executives of Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley firms on Friday fiercely denied they gave intelligence officials broad access to data about their users.<p>The statements sharply contradict the language in a National Security Agency document, cited by The Washington Post and the British …

Associated Press News

Sander Levin, Michigan Congressman, Will Live On Food Stamp Budget To Protest Cuts

Survive on less than $5 a day for groceries? That's a fact of life for many recipients of food stamps -- but we have a feeling most lawmakers deciding program funding for food-assistance programs have never grocery-shopped on such an austere budget. To get a sense of this hardship and raise …

McCain, Feinstein, White House chief of staff visit Gitmo

President Obama’s chief of staff accompanied two senators to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Friday, two weeks after Obama announced a renewed effort to close the facility.<p>Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), a …

Will Istanbul's protesters have the last laugh?

<b>Revolutions take commitment and determination. Revolutions are often messy and confusing. But in today's digital age of iPhones, citizen journalism and self-made producers, revolutions can also be funny.</b><p>While the atmosphere in Istanbul's Taksim Square has changed dramatically from music festival by …

North Africa

Afghan 'insider attack' kills Americans in Paktika

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/984000/984966_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522225588_bec2d22bebee555846f772d6bca0c39e<p><b>Two US soldiers and an American civilian have been killed in a possible insider attack in eastern Afghanistan, the Nato-led force says.</b><p>A man wearing …

Afghanistan

Blanket Surveillance. Total Secrecy. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Imagine that one day you came home to find a shiny little bubble of one-way glass in an upper corner of every single room, and a notice left on your kitchen table: “<i>As required by the Safe Society Act, we have installed remotely controlled cameras throughout your home. (Also your office.) But don’t</i> …

Why Does the American Media Get Big Stories Wrong?

A magazine publisher has written a provocative article raising that question. I try to offer some answers.<p>Colin Dunn/Flickr<p>The metaphor Unz chose in his headline provokes more than it distills.<p>His whole article is nevertheless worth reading (with the caution that Tyler Cowen wisely counsels). At …

After Six Years of Bloodshed, Mexico's Drug War Shows Little Sign of Waning

The horrors of daily life with the cartels.<p>It was roughly 8 a.m., on Jan. 3, 2007. Mexican President Felipe Calderon had just landed at the airport in Uruapan, in the central state of Michoacan. He had come to check on the troops involved in counter-drug operations, to give them a morale boost; …

What If China Hacks the NSA's Massive Data Trove?

The danger of creating data sets that would permit a foreign government or non-state actor to wreak havoc on Americans.<p>Reuters<p>Bradley Manning proved that massive amounts of the government's most secret data was vulnerable to being dumped on the open Internet. A single individual achieved that …

How Google and Facebook May Help with the NSA and PRISM

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>An update and slight correction, 7:59 p.m.</i>: A spokesperson forwarded us this message from Google's …

Hundreds flee deadly gunbattles in Somalia

At least 18 people have been killed in gunbattles in the disputed southern Somalian port city of Kismayu, residents have said.<p>Hundreds were fleeing the clashes on Saturday, the first since several former warlords staked rival claims on the lucrative port and fertile hinterlands in May.<p>Gunmen from …

Sudan 'orders halt to oil transfers' from South Sudan

<b>Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has ordered the stoppage of oil transfers through its territory from South Sudan from Sunday, state media report.</b><p>State radio gave no further details in a text alert that it sent to subscribers.<p>Oil only started flowing again in April after the two sides struck a deal.<p>…

Africa

This Is Pakistan's Answer to U.S. Drone Defiance

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Pakistan's newly-elect prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, announced the country would no longer permit …

Poll: Americans, Chinese Harbor Mutual Suspicions

As President Obama and his Chinese counterpart prepare for a weekend summit in California to discuss thorny bilateral issues, a new poll shows that ordinary Americans and Chinese increasingly eye one another with suspicion.<p>Obama and the newly minted Chinese president, Xi Jinping, are hoping a …

Pakistan drone strike kills seven in North Waziristan

<b>A suspected US drone attack has killed seven people in northwest Pakistan, officials say.</b><p>Two missiles hit a compound in a village in the North Waziristan tribal area, close to the Afghan border.<p>It is the first drone strike since Nawaz Sharif took over as Pakistan's prime minister and demanded an …

Drones

Wal-Mart's annual meeting has glitz, songs, protests, stock buyback

Wal-Mart Stores Inc's board approved a $15 billion stock repurchase plan, its first in two years, the world's largest retailer announced at its annual meeting on Friday.<p>The event at the Bud Walton arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas, is traditionally more of a pep rally for thousands of employees than …

Walmart

Syria appeal is biggest in UN history

The UN has launched the largest emergency appeal in its history – $5bn (£3.2bn) – as it warned that half the population will need humanitarian aid by …

Turkish citizens crowdfund full-page ad in NY Times to fuel protests

Protestors against Turkey’s government ran a full-page ad in the New York Times today using money from a crowdfunding campaign.<p>The Indiegogo campaign went live on June 3 and achieved its initial goal of $53,800 in under 24 hours. Now it has attracted $103,282 million from 2,587 funders around the …

Facebook and Google insist they did not know of Prism surveillance program

America's tech giants continued to deny any knowledge of a giant government surveillance programme called Prism, even as president Barack Obama …

President Obama, Xi Jinping meet in California

Play Slideshow<p>PALM SPRINGS, Calif.—Vowing to usher in a "new model" of relations between the U.S. and China, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping sat down together Friday in southern California for their first meeting since Xi assumed China's presidency early this year.<p>With talk …

Army suspends general for handling of sex assault case

WASHINGTON -- The Army on Friday suspended its top commander in Japan for failing to properly investigate a sexual assault allegation, an action that follows a month of increasing calls in Congress for accountability for a crisis that has affected all the services.<p>Maj. Gen. Michael Harrison, the …