In U.S. politics, gun control still a dead issue

| Jun 20, 2015

In U.S. politics, gun control still a dead issue

They offered prayers and moments of silence. They sought to comfort. Some flashed with anger and frustration that, once again, America was forced to confront another mass shooting. Yet less than 48 hours after nine people were shot to death in a South Carolina ...

Trade could make or break Obama pivot to Asia

| Jun 18, 2015

Trade could make or break Obama pivot to Asia

Critics have long predicted that President Barack Obama’s policy to shift America’s focus toward Asia is doomed. The legislative battle over his trade agenda could prove the acid test. Legislation to smooth the way for a free-trade pact with 11 other Asia-Pacific nations hit ...

| Jun 16, 2015

Cybertheft of U.S. personnel info rips hole in espionage defenses

By exposing the names and addresses of foreign relatives, the cybertheft of private information on U.S. security clearance holders by hackers linked to China will complicate the deployment and promotion of American intelligence professionals with special language skills and diverse backgrounds, current and former ...

Giant hack may be first step in pursuit of bigger U.S. secrets

| Jun 6, 2015

Giant hack may be first step in pursuit of bigger U.S. secrets

The U.S. government is worried that suspected China-based hackers who raided more than 4 million federal employment files will use the data to break in to highly secure computers and plunder secrets about the U.S. military, economic strategy or foreign relations. Federal officials said ...

South Korea's MERS scare: no need to panic

| Jun 5, 2015

South Korea's MERS scare: no need to panic

The current frenzy in South Korea over Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) brings to mind the other menacing diseases to hit Asia over the last decade — SARS, which killed hundreds, and bird flu. Sales of surgical masks have surge amid fears of a ...

| Jun 4, 2015

U.S. spying under spotlight with new surveillance law

The surveillance law enacted this week stands as the most significant curb on the U.S. government’s investigative authorities since the 1970s. But it is practically inconsequential in the universe of the National Security Agency’s vast digital spying operations, a technical overhaul of a marginal ...

Controversial post-9/11 surveillance laws set to expire

| May 31, 2015

Controversial post-9/11 surveillance laws set to expire

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Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday. Obama administration officials say their expiration will make Americans less secure. But civil liberties activists counter by saying ...