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CIA halts spying in Europe stand-down

Sep 20, 2014

CIA halts spying in Europe stand-down

The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and ...

Ukraine peace talks negotiators agree to establish buffer zone

Sep 20, 2014

Ukraine peace talks negotiators agree to establish buffer zone

Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants and withdraw heavy weapons and foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine. The deal reached by representatives of Ukraine, ...

Skepticism grows over Obama's 'no boots on the ground' war plan

| Sep 20, 2014

Skepticism grows over Obama's 'no boots on the ground' war plan

President Barack Obama faces growing skepticism in Washington over his plan to defeat Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria without U.S. ground troops, with critics blasting the strategy as unrealistic and half-hearted. Obama’s repeated vow that he will not order “boots on the ...

Sep 20, 2014

U.S. and Canada intercept Russian fighter planes, bombers

Two Russian fighter jets entered a U.S. “air defense identification zone” Wednesday and were intercepted by American F-22 jets near Alaska, military officers said Friday. The incursion was followed by a second incident on Thursday involving two Russian long-range bombers, which flew into Canada’s ...

Iranians sentenced for dancing to 'Happy' hit

Sep 20, 2014

Iranians sentenced for dancing to 'Happy' hit

Seven young Iranians featured dancing to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” in a video that went viral on the Internet have been given suspended sentences of lashings with a whip and terms in jail, a lawyer said Friday. Recorded on a smartphone and uploaded ...

Scots to gain more power despite 'no' vote

Sep 19, 2014

Scots to gain more power despite 'no' vote

Scotland may have rejected independence but will now be handed new powers by Britain that could amount to effective home rule — though experts warn that agreeing these could be messy. “Devo max” — greater powers that fall short of full independence — was ...