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 ...

Syria 'accepting de facto partition' of country

| May 25, 2015

Syria 'accepting de facto partition' of country

Weakened by years of war, Syria’s government appears ready for the country’s de facto partition, defending strategically important areas and leaving much of the country to rebels and jihadis, experts and diplomats say. The strategy was in evidence last week with the army’s retreat ...