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  • NSA Spying Sweeps 'Have Gone Too Far', Report

    December 19, 2013 3:21 AM 31

    The US must "step back and take stock" says a report recommending curbing the snooping powers of its intelligence agency. A panel has recommended curbing the secretive powers of the National Security Agency, warning its mass spying sweeps in the war on terror had gone too far. The report, commissioned by President Barack Obama, said the NSA should halt the mass storage

  • South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar denies coup

    December 18, 2013 10:31 AM 33

    Fugitive former South Sudanese vice president Riek Machar has denied government allegations that he tried to stage a coup at the weekend. Mr Machar, who fell out with President Salva Kiir in July, accused him of "inciting tribal and ethnic violence" to cover his own failings. The UN has said the fighting has claimed hundreds of lives, and warned that it could

  • Saudi Prince Criticizes Obama Administration, Citing Indecision in Mideast

    December 18, 2013 7:05 AM 75

    “We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white,” said Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia. “When that kind of assurance comes from a leader of a country like the United States, we expect him to stand by it.” He added

  • Saudi ready to act ´with or without´ West: ambassador  

    December 18, 2013 6:10 AM 19

    WASHINGTON: The West´s policies on Iran and Syria are a "dangerous gamble" and Saudi Arabia is prepared to act on its own to safeguard security in the region, a top Saudi diplomat said Tuesday. "We believe that many of the West´s policies on both Iran and Syria risk the stability and security of the Middle East," the Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince

  • North Korea pays homage on anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

    December 17, 2013 12:01 PM 49

    PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea vowed to unite behind leader Kim Jong Un during carefully staged events Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of his father's death, in an attempt to show it has returned to business as usual after the purge and execution of his once-powerful uncle last week. Kim sat silently as a stadium full of military and party

  • Syrian refugees' hardship worsens with snow, cold

    December 16, 2013 11:20 AM 44

    In Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, tents are filled with mud and slush, fuel for heating is scarce and aid deliveries are erratic. BEKAA, Lebanon — A makeshift bucket brigade hauled 14 pails of mud and slush from the tent that Um Mahmoud shares with a dozen other Syrian refugees in a ramshackle settlement here in the Bekaa Valley, now blanketed with snow that lends

  • Mandela funeral ‘was very painful to watch’

    December 15, 2013 2:04 PM 14

    December 15 2013 at 02:32pm By Karabo Ngoepe The funeral of former president Nelson Mandela on Sunday was sad to watch for villagers at Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape, where he was born. “It brought back memories of all the things he did. The man fought for us. We are free, thanks to him,” he said. Locals came to watch a broadcast of the funeral, which took place

  • SAFMA conference: Ringing endorsement for premier Nawaz’s noninterference policy

    December 15, 2013 5:00 AM 20

    Speake­rs say relati­ons should be built on a firmer footin­g. Politicians and academics from Pakistan and Afghanistan gave the thumbs up to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s policy of non interference in Afghan affairs on the second day of the South Asian Free Media Association (Safma) conference. “It’s good to see that PM Nawaz is willing to pull Pakistani

  • N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects ski resort

    December 15, 2013 3:09 AM 15

    SEOUL, Dec. 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected the country's lavish new ski resort, the country's official news media said Sunday, as all eyes are on the communist country following its shock execution of the leader's once-powerful uncle last week. Kim visited the Masik ski report and toured the resort facilities now near completion

  • Calls Mount to Free 2 Iranian Opposition Leaders

    December 15, 2013 2:01 AM 23

    Only months ago, merely uttering in public the name of the leader, Mir Hussein Moussavi, could have led to arrest; a newspaper’s printing it invited almost certain shutdown. Last week, however, calls for the release of Mr. Moussavi and another prominent opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, echoed over the campus of Shahid Behesti University in Tehran