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CIA cites new rules on protecting privacy WASHINGTON: The CIA said Wednesday it would implement new rules to better respect the private information of Americans swept up incidentally during its investigations.The new restrictions imposed by the US attorney general just two days before Donald Trump become president will force the CIA, whose mission is to focus on foreign issues and threats, to dispose of the personal data of Americans it comes across during its probes within five years. Until now, under a 1981 executive order by then president Ronald Reagan, there were loose restrictions on how the spy agency handles that data. And existing rules never considered the avalanche of personal information that can be scooped up from the internet and social media.The CIA is supposed to limit its investigations to foreign targets, but given the global nature of telecommunications and the internet and the massive electronic combing of that electronic data, it inevitably gathers up data ...

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Obama: Rounding up migrants, muzzling press would debase 'core values' WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would take a break from politics upon leaving office, but would not hesitate to speak up if America's "core values" are questioned, citing concerns about discrimination and freedom of the press.In a veiled warning to his successor Donald Trump, Obama also said systematic discrimination or any effort to "round up" immigrant youths "arbitrarily or because of politics... would merit me speaking out.""There's a difference between that normal ...

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Trump health pick defends stocks, says Americans won't lose insurance WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for health secretary defended his vast healthcare stock holdings as being ethical and legal on Wednesday and said Americans who have gained coverage under Obamacare will not suddenly go without healthcare.Representative Tom Price, who has come under fire for stock investments in healthcare companies made while he worked on laws that affected them, said he had broken no laws. "I had no knowledge of those purchases," he said, explaining that ...

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China's Xi says to build new relations with United States GENEVA: China will build a new model of relations with the United States as part of its creation of a "circle of friends" around the world, President Xi Jinping said in a speech at the United Nations in Geneva on Wednesday.His speech, the finale of a Swiss trip that included a state visit and topping the bill at the World Economic Forum in Davos, was intended to highlight a Chinese interest in playing a cooperative ...

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'We need seats so badly', Trump plays down inauguration snub by Democrats WASHINGTON: US-president elect Donald Trumps inauguration ceremony is approaching near and the number of Democratic lawmakers are boycotting his inauguration at the US capital on January 20.In an interview with Fox and Friends set to air Wednesday, the president-elect suggested he was glad some were skipping his inauguration, claiming organizers could use the extra space."As far as other people not going, that's OK because we need seats so badly. I hope they give me their ...

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Schedule of events for Trump's inauguration WASHINGTON: The inauguration of Donald Trump as America's 45th president is the highlight of several days of pomp and circumstance in the US capital. Here's a look at the timeline of events.Thursday, January 19====================10:35 am - Performances begin at Lincoln Memorial. "Voices of the People," the first act of a day-long public concert, will feature groups such as the DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, the Republican Hindu Coalition, high school marching bands, ...

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Trump shakes postwar order, in blow to Europe BRUSSELS: Europe must pull together or risk being sidelined as Donald Trump signals the end of a postwar transatlantic partnership credited with keeping the peace for the past 70 years, analysts and officials say.Fears about the US president-elect's isolationist stance became a reality this week when Trump challenged basic assumptions about the role of an "obsolete" NATO and backed the break-up of the European Union.The shock was palpable among countries who up to now have ...