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News from North America, Friday 24th May 2013

BBC News: “President Barack Obama has defended the use of drones in a ‘just war’ of self-defence against deadly militants and a campaign that had made America safer. In a wide-ranging speech on a programme shrouded in secrecy, he said there must be “near certainty” that no civilians would die in such strikes. In a […]

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News from North America, Thursday 23rd May 2013

New York Times: “One lingering mystery in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings is whether the dead suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, played a role in the unsolved murders of three men, one of them his best friend, in a Boston suburb in 2011. That question deepened early Wednesday when a man in Orlando, Fla., who […]

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News from North America, Wednesday 22nd May 2013

BBC News: “The American military has turned off its wi-fi service inside the prison at Guantanamo Bay following threats by the hacker collective Anonymous. Access to social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, from military computers has also been blocked because of the threat. Anonymous had threatened to ‘disrupt activities’ at the base, in solidarity with […]

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News from North America, Tuesday 21st May 2013

BBC News: “Discrimination against Jews and Muslims is on the rise around the world, according to an annual US Department of State report. The findings for 2012 spoke of an increase in anti-Islamic sentiment in Europe and Asia. It also said there was growing anti-Semitism, especially in Venezuela, Egypt and Iran. As he unveiled the […]

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News from North America, Monday 20th May 2013

Reuters: “President Barack Obama, under fire for security lapses at a U.S. mission in Libya, will in a speech on Thursday lay out his wide-ranging counter-terrorism policy, from the controversial use of drones to efforts to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Obama’s use of military drone aircraft to attack extremists has […]

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News from North America, Friday 17th May 2013

New York Times: “F.B.I. agents investigating the Boston Marathon bombing have repeatedly questioned Musa Khadzhimuratov, a Chechen refugee and former separatist fighter who says he had a passing social relationship with one of the two bombing suspects. They searched his family’s small apartment here on Tuesday, scouring his computers, subjecting him to a polygraph, and […]

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News from North America, Thursday 16th May 2013

Wall Street Journal (subscription required): ‘Suspect Raised No Red Flags: Tsarnaev’s Seeming Lack of Ideology Exposes Possible Gap in Anti-Jihad Strategy.’ Washington Post: “The Obama administration released 100 pages of e-mails Wednesday that reveal differences between intelligence analysts and State Department officials over how to initially describe the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. […]

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News from North America, Wednesday 15th May 2013

The Guardian: “The US attorney general, Eric Holder, has defended the Obama administration’s controversial seizure of phone records from the Associated Press, saying that a story run by the news organisation had posed a major security threat to the American public. Holder, speaking at a press conference at the Department of Justice on Tuesday, said […]

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News from North America, Tuesday 14th May 2013

New York Times: “President Obama, facing re-energized Republican adversaries and new questions about the administration’s conduct, on Monday dismissed a furor over the handling of last year’s attacks in Benghazi, Libya, as a political “sideshow” but joined a bipartisan chorus of outrage over disclosures that the Internal Revenue Service had singled out conservative groups for […]

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News from North America, Monday 13th May 2013

BBC News: “Nineteen people have been wounded in a shooting at a Mother’s Day parade in the US city of New Orleans, police say. The victims included two children who were grazed by bullets. Police say most injuries are not life-threatening. It is unclear what sparked the shooting in the city’s 7th Ward on Sunday […]

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