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Appeals court grills US lawyer on NSA phone collection NEW YORK: A on Tuesday grilled an Obama administration lawyer about the legality of the continuing collection of millions of Americans' phone records, adding fuel to a debate that has raged since the spy program was revealed more than a year ago. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York was the first appellate court to hear arguments on whether the National Security Agency (NSA) program is lawful, in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging the gathering of so-called metadata. Judge Gerard Lynch, one of three judges who heard the arguments, said it was "hard for me to imagine" Congress had envisioned such a sweeping effort when it passed an expansion of anti-terrorism powers known as the Patriot Act after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Stuart Delery, a lawyer for the Justice Department, told Lynch in response that Congress was fully informed ...

Washington Post names ex-Politico executive as publisher WASHINGTON: The Washington Post's owner, Inc founder Jeff Bezos, has named a former executive from rival Politico as publisher of the 137-year-old newspaper, replacing Katharine Weymouth.Frederick J. Ryan Jr. will lead the paper, the Washington Post said in a statement on Tuesday. His appointment ends 80 years of control by the Graham family after Weymouth's great-grandfather bought the newspaper at a 1933 auction, according to a separate report in the Post. "This is just ...
US forces conduct operation in Somalia: Pentagon WASHINGTON: US military forces carried out an operation against Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in Somalia on Monday, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said."We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," he added in a statement.There were no further details immediately available.It come a day after Shebab rebels carried out a car bomb and gun attack against an intelligence headquarters in central Mogadishu, leaving at least ...
Obama to spell out message to Putin on former Soviet land WASHINGTON: Setting the stage for a NATO summit dominated by the worst East-West tensions in decades, President Barack Obama will go to Estonia this week with a simple message for Vladimir Putin -- don't mess with NATO's ex-Soviet members.With Europe and the United States accusing the Russian president of sending his troops to intervene directly in Ukraine, Obama's trip to Europe, his second of the year, comes at a dangerous moment.Obama will make clear that ...
Enforced disappearances cannot be tolerated in 21st century: UN chief UNITED NATIONS: Stressing that the enforced disappearance of individuals by States constitutes an unacceptable violation of human rights, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that the time has come for the end to this 'abhorrent' practice."Enforced disappearance is a practice that cannot be tolerated in the twenty-first century," the secretary general said in a message to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, which is observed annually on 30 August."This abhorrent practice ...
'Legroom war' rages as planes grow more cramped WASHINGTON: To recline or not to recline? Airplane "legroom wars" are prompting growing rage in the United States, with two recent seat battles sparking a heated debate about the knee-bumping practice. Amid the furor, one thing everyone seems to agree on is that space on passenger planes is getting scarcer and scarcer.The question of reclining etiquette "has been a topic of discussion for many years," said Sarah Schlichter, editor in chief of"But the current ...
Mexico searches Grupo Mexico Buenavista mine offices in spill probe MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities on Friday searched the offices of Buenavista copper mine, which belongs to miner Grupo Mexico, as part of an investigation into a toxic spill that could cost the firm billions of pesos, the prosecutor's office said. Mexican officials are preparing to bring a lawsuit against Grupo Mexico, which released 40,000 cubic meters of toxic mining acid into the Bacanuchi River in the Northern state of Sonora earlier this month, Mexico's environmental ...


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