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Obama To Back Modest NSA Surveillance Reforms

By JULIE PACE and KIMBERLY DOZIER, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping a monthslong review, President Barack Obama is expected to back modest changes to the government’s surveillance network at home and abroad while largely leaving the framework of the controversial programs in place, including the bulk collection of phone records from millions of Americans. The approach reflects a ...

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Rockets from Syria hit Lebanese towns, killing 7

A barrage of almost two dozen missiles and shells from Syria slammed into Lebanese border towns and villages on Friday, killing seven people, including several children who were out playing, Lebanese security officials said. The attack was the latest incident in what has been an increasing spillover of Syria’s civil war into neighboring Lebanon,…

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West Prepares To Ease Sanctions as Iran Nuclear Deal Approaches

Henry Ridgwell LONDON — A temporary deal agreed in November between world powers and Iran regarding its nuclear program comes into force Monday. It’s seen as a stepping-stone to a broader agreement on the future of the program, which many Western countries believe is aimed at producing nuclear weapons – a charge Iran has long denied. The interim deal between ...

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Madagascar court confirms ex-finance minister is president-elect

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) – Madagascar’s electoral court declared former finance minister Hery Rajaonarimampianina president-elect on Friday despite allegations by his defeated rival that the December run-off vote was rigged. The ruling raises the specter of protests by supporters of Jean Louis Robinson who had demanded a recount and warned on Thursday that his patience was wearing thin. Any prolonged row over ...

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WHO: Peshawar is ‘Largest Reservoir’ of Polio

The World Health Organization has declared Pakistan’s restive northwestern city of Peshawar as the world’s “largest reservoir” of polio. The international group on Friday…

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Explosion hits Bangkok protesters, wounding dozens

Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand’s capital Friday when a grenade was hurled at anti-government demonstrators marching through Bangkok at midday, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country’s political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban was in the procession but was not wounded when the explosive device was thrown into ...

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US nuke scandal: 34 officers accused of cheating

The U.S. Air Force has disclosed that 34 officers entrusted with the world’s deadliest weapons have been removed from launch duty for allegedly cheating — or tolerating cheating by others — on routine proficiency tests. The announcement was a stunning setback for a nuclear missile force already beset by missteps and leadership lapses. The cheating scandal revealed Wednesday is the ...

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900 students hit by suspected food poisoning in Japan

TOKYO : More than 900 pupils at elementary schools in a central Japanese city have fallen ill in a suspected outbreak of mass food poisoning, officials said. The number of students who reported…

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Thailand Authorities to Investigate Rice Program for Corruption

VOA News Thai authorities said they will start a corruption investigation into a government subsidy program for rice farmers, in the latest setback for embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The country’s anti-corruption agency on Thursday announced the move. It was welcomed by Thai opposition protesters who have staged days of anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok calling…

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Rafik Hariri assassination: trial of Hezbollah suspects to begin

UN’s Special Tribunal for Lebanon to try four men in absentia because Hezbollah has vowed never to arrest them Portrait of Rafik Hariri on his grave in Beirut, Lebanon. He and 22 others were killed when a truck bomb with a tonne…

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