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  • Judge says NSA collection of phone records violates U.S. Constitution

    December 16, 2013 7:58 PM 112

    WASHINGTON -- A judge says the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches. The judge put his decision on hold pending a nearly certain government appeal. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon has granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles

  • EU, Russia relations strained over eastern Europe

    December 16, 2013 7:53 PM 108

    Wake up with Pandora on your phone British Foreign Secretary William Hague says EU-Russia relations were under “a strain.” The 28-nation bloc says Moscow used undue pressure to try to keep Ukraine aligned and to convince it to reject a cooperation agreement with the EU. Lavrov says “it was our common agreement that everyone should respect sovereignty

  • Iran Says It Will Keep Negotiating, Despite Tightening Of Sanctions

    December 15, 2013 6:10 PM 92

    Iran says it will continue to negotiate over its nuclear program, despite a U.S. decision to expand its blacklist to include more than a dozen firms doing business with Iran's national tanker company. Iran, if you remember, struck a temporary six-month deal with world powers that paused some aspects of its nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions

  • Zuma’s eulogy for Mandela

    December 15, 2013 10:04 AM 114

    December 15 2013 at 12:00pm Mama Graca Machel, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and the entire family and abaThembu bonke, Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community, (SADC) and the President of the Republic of Malawi, It is the end of 95 glorious years of a freedom fighter, a dedicated and humble servant of the people of South Africa, a fountain

  • German SPD counts votes on coalition with Merkel

    December 14, 2013 11:00 AM 141

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats began counting 330,500 postal ballots on Saturday sent in from grassroots members who are deciding whether their party should join a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. The results of the referendum are expected to be announced between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (1500-1700 GMT) by SPD chairman

  • 'Mommy, I don't want a shot' - Belgium to pass child euthanasia law

    December 13, 2013 8:35 PM 105

    Out of Belgium, news that will make you sick to your stomach. The Belgian Senate voted yesterday to allow the euthanization of children with disabilities. Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2013 General Intention: Victimized Children. That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need. Missionary

  • German criticism as Belgium moves closer to euthanasia for minors

    December 13, 2013 8:26 PM 120

    A German patients' organization has criticized the Belgian Senate's provisional approval of child euthanasia in exceptional circumstances. The two neighbors are miles apart when it comes to end-of-life medical ethics. A major German foundation for the seriously ill on Friday sharply criticized the Belgian Senate's clear approval of a draft law that would

  • Gunmen kill 18 gas workers in Iraq

    December 13, 2013 6:49 PM 107

    Eighteen gas pipeline workers, most of them Iranians, have been shot dead north-east of Baghdad, officials say. Security sources confirmed to the BBC that the 15 Iranians and three Iraqis had been working on a gas pipeline to run between their two countries. The attack happened near the city of Baquba. The sources said it took place in a predominantly

  • Russian PM Weighs In Over Ukraine's EU Row

    December 13, 2013 2:58 PM 109

    Dmitry Medvedev tells outsiders not to interfere as talks are held with opposition leaders including ex-boxer Vitali Klitschko. Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said Ukraine must overcome a "tectonic split" in the country that threatens the existence of the state. Speaking at a meeting with his Belarussian counterpart, Mr Medvedev said the appearance

  • Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro

    December 13, 2013 11:31 AM 207

    A single, cordial gesture is unlikely to wash away bad blood dating back to the Eisenhower administration. But in a year that has seen both sides take small steps at improving the relationship, the handshake stoked talk of further rapprochement. “On the one hand you shouldn’t make too much of this. Relations between Cuba and the United States are not changing