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News from North America, Friday 7th June 2013

New York Times: “The federal government has been secretly collecting information on foreigners overseas for nearly six years from the nation’s largest Internet companies like Google, Facebook and, most recently, Apple, in search of national security threats, the director of national intelligence confirmed Thursday night. The confirmation of the classified program came just hours after […]

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News from North America, Thursday 6th June 2013

BBC News: “US President Barack Obama has named US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice as his national security adviser. In a second-term shuffle of his foreign policy team, the president also nominated human rights researcher Samantha Power to replace Ms Rice. Ms Rice will take over from Tom Donilon, who will step down in […]

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News from North America, Wednesday 5th June 2013

New York Times: “Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people, told a judge on Tuesday that he believed he was defending the lives of the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan from American military personnel when he went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood here in November 2009. Major Hasan’s remarks […]

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News from North America, Tuesday 4th June 2013

BBC News: “Military prosecutors have said US soldier Bradley Manning ‘systematically harvested’ a vast trove of secret documents to share with Wikileaks. At the start of Pte Manning’s court martial, a prosecutor said Osama Bin Laden had received leaked information. But defence lawyers said Pte Manning, 25, was young and naive when he shared the […]

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News from North America, Monday 3rd June 2013

Daily Telegraph: “More than three years after the anti-secrecy website began publishing a trove of classified US government documents, Private First Class Bradley Manning will appear for the start of his long-delayed court martial. The 25-year-old soldier faces life imprisonment if military prosecutors successfully argue that the largest intelligence leak in American history also aided […]

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News from North America, Friday 31st May 2013

BBC News: “Surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has recovered enough to walk, his mother says. In an interview for the Associated Press, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said her son told her in a phone call that he and his brother, killed in a police manhunt after the blasts, were innocent. Mr Tsarnaev, who was shot […]

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News from North America, Thursday 30th May 2013

The Guardian: “Two threatening letters sent to New York mayor Michael Bloomberg contained traces of the deadly poison ricin, police said on Wednesday. The anonymous letters were opened in New York on Friday at the city’s mail facility in Manhattan and in Washington on Sunday at an office used by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the […]

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News from North America, Wednesday 29th May 2013

Reuters: “The Republican chairman of a congressional oversight committee ordered the State Department on Tuesday to provide documents related to ‘talking points’ prepared for television interviews about the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued a subpoena ordering 10 current and former […]

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News from North America, Tuesday 28th May 2013

BBC News: “US Senator John McCain has visited Syria to meet rebels in the war-torn country, his office has told the BBC. Sen McCain has repeatedly called for the US to provide military aid to members of the Syrian insurgency. He becomes the highest ranking US official to travel to Syria, though McCain spokesman Brian […]

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News from North America, Monday 27th May 2013

BBC News: “The office of an Arizona lawman who styles himself America’s toughest sheriff improperly targeted Hispanics in routine patrols for undocumented immigrants, a federal judge has found. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was sued by a group of Hispanic drivers who said his deputies relied on race when choosing whom to stop. Judge Murray […]

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